Minutes of Inaugural Meeting Thursday 5th December, 2019.


Ann Marie Cameron, Iain Jenner, Lisa Glaze, Colin Campbell, Dave Wrigglesworth, Nicola Mair, Cllr. Andrew Baxter, Neil Johnston.


Karl Spierling, Cllr. Niall Maclean

Introduction by Inaugural Chair, Cllr. Andrew Baxter

  1. Appointment of Office Bearers

Chair: LG proposed AMC, seconded IJ

Secretary: LG proposed IJ, seconded DW

Treasurer: AMC proposed LG, seconded CC

  • Adoption of Standing Orders

AB detailed the following changes:-

  • Associate Membership can now be granted to key groups/individuals outwith the CC area (to be an agenda item for next meeting)
  • CC meetings to be held first Thursday of every month at 7pm in NL Village Hall, excluding August (recess) and January 2020 (second Thursday)

AB handed over to AMC

Minutes of last meeting: proposed IJ, seconded CC

Treasurer’s Statement: £1228.41 in bank, interim financial statement provided

  • AMC bought new pads for community defib at Onich Café – to be reimbursed – it should be noted Lawson Taylor has taken over monitoring this

HC Ward Discretionary Fund:  IJ to apply to Emma Taylor (HC)

Retrospective Planning Application, Old Town (NJ): NJ outlined his position regarding previous issues raised, and was satisfied by NLCC explanation of their position –  it should be noted AB provided advice on planning processes only

Picnic Site Bin:  issue seems to be resolved – no recent overspill

999 Call Delays: no response aS yet from Police Scotland

Gorge Path (Glenshellach): drains adjacent to the path have been blocked, exacerbating the problem, and drains at A82 junction are full of gravel

AMC to contact BEAR about roadside drains

Onich Hotel Pods:  drainage pipe to shore seems to be from a stream crossing the property – checked by HC Planning Officers and AB has spoken with owners

Old Town Sign: no response from BEAR Scotland


  1. NM – posters have been removed from the new noticeboard at school – gravel path to be put underneath, and IJ + SL to remove old noticeboard
  2. NL Community Association update: (i) Forest and Land Scotland are offering old Inchree barn to community for almost nothing + 0.5 costs of valuation process and NL own legal fees. Community Asset Transfer application now only for other building (Vertical Descents) and forestry block. (ii) Another ‘Open Weekend’ to be held 25th/26th January 2020 updating community on progress/events/plans, AGM to be held at end. (iii) public artwork opportunity at Creag Mhor, and dry stone walling course to be held at end of February to rebuild missing wall – remainder of HC funds for rebuilding to be paid toward Instructor fee of £650. SUSTRANS being approached for Artroots Fund grant. (iv) Winter Ceilidh to be held on Saturday 28th December.
  3. Cycle bridge at Inchree has been completed – cyclepath between Old Stores and Keppanach is cracking badly from subsidence.

IJ to contact SUSTRANS

Meeting Closed at 8.10pm

Next Meeting: Thursday 9th January 2020 at 7pm.

Inchree Community Steering Group

12th December 2019

1900 – 2115

Apologies:     SM, JM, Kathleen Dickson, Barry Marshall

Minutes proposed by Lisa and Iain Jenner

No amendments

1.         Building layout – put to next meeting

2.         LHA – Proposed letter sent to LHA on the 11/12/2019 – everyone has seen the letter.

  •         HIE John McDonald (JM) met with KS, IJ 25/11/19

Valuation for barn to be covered by Community Association. (£300)

We will have to fundraise for any other costs.

SLF Stage one application:  Minimum of £2500

SLF Stage two application:  Minimum of £10000

Legal fees: Use the HIE Legal Land Fund Use and claim back through the SLT stage 2.

Pays for – Business plan, Architects drawings, solicitors fees etc.

JD questioned why FLS were expecting Group to pay half the legal fees for the barn.

Group have to cover costs for their own legal fees, shouldn’t be expected to cover them twice.

JM –  JM contacted groups regarding questions raised at meeting regarding funding. Funding from IMPACT

Reply from JUST ENTERPRISE – Karen McClean-Yuille helps business plans doing CAT’s with FLS.

Fundraising needed to be done for business plan.

IMPACT Hub Islands: Experienced in our type of business plan.

JM suggested getting back in touch with Strontian group.

CALORGAS Rural Community Fund

JM gave a list of banks that could help group:

TRIODOS Bank (Dutch)

Ecology bank

Royal Bank                              

4.         LHA – Ronnie Mcrae (RM) and Margret Moynihan (MM)

They both had a copy of letter sent by IJ and said they wanted to work in partnership with the group.

IJ said this wasn’t what the letter was implicating and that we wanted to reduce the amount of car usage into the village not increase it. 

That we are tapping into existing usage by visitors and wanting to encourage families cycling into the area and make it safer for them to do so.  Using existing path network that exists on OS map.

Stage one application will include vertical descents and field.  Barn is now being given to community by Forestry so this won’t go into stage one app.

Waiting on Lyndsey Sharp from Forestry to email drawings and plans across to group.

RM said he had misunderstood letter and thought that we would want to go into partnership with LHA to improve junction and that there would still be a possibility to build houses on the field as LHA now have access to funding that they didn’t have before.

He mentioned the type of housing that could be put on the field but wouldn’t give a straight answer on how many.  He did mention that they were in negotiations with Bunree and building houses on their plot of land.

The group felt like they were being held to ransom as RM said LHA couldn’t offer their support until LHA find another plot to build on.

The group asked the question…..where do we go from here?

Site visit suggested at the field as LHA feel the area could be looked at for housing again now that they have funding to improve the infrastructure of the junction.  Infrastructure fund.  Date to be arranged.  Unlikely to be before the New Year.  This affects the group going for the last application for the stage one funding.

He was left in no doubt that the group do not want housing on the field and that this affects the whole point of the project and in no way did the letter sent by IJ imply that this is what the group wanted.

Kate Forbes and Andrew Baxter to be contacted again as they are the ones that approached the residents of Inchree to take on the field.

IJ to suggest 5 sites that could be looked at by LHA to build on, instead of the field.  IJ agreed to email these to RM to consider.

RM and MM left meeting at this point.

5.         VAL meeting – 4 attended, KS, SM, IJ and LG – useful.

identified Sarah Kennedy as a possible accountant for the group.

John Hutchinson and John Blair mentioned funding opportunities for the Barn.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Scottish Rural Development fund

Emma Taylor said group would get 50% off any planning application if forms submitted through the Community Council.

Highlands SSE said that 3-5% of the annual profit would go back into the communities fund.(£35 million?).

Karl to organise a meeting with Just Enterprise / IMPACT for the the business plan.

Coastal Communities Fund is available.  Area wards of councilors can apply for it on the communities behalf.

The group need to target Andrew Baxter and Ian McClean for the Inchree Project.

  • Sustrans – IJ spoke to COSMO who in turn are trying to contact Phil?

Funding available to connect cycle tracks but a business plan is needed first.

Toilets and showers and places to stay would be appealing to them, for example four seasons have accommodation.

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund – min spend of £75K, this could be put towards a number of cycle tracks or extra facilities as mentioned above. Applied for through the Community Council.

Cycle tracks don’t need to be tarmac as long as they spur off of an existing SUSTRANS track, like the fire roads we have up to the waterfalls at inchree.


Karl mentioned contacting Butterfly conservation.  CC reminded KS that Barry Marshal contacted them last year.  KS to speak to BM.

CC to speak to a contact in Scottish Water.

Scottish Electric need to be contacted.  We need a 120 amp supply.

CC to find out process for Heritage lottery fund.

A folder needs to be set up with the funding opportunities available and the process needed.

Lisa to contact Strontian.

Neil Blair to set up website – launch event on the 25-26th January  Group need to set up a similar display as was done on the Open Day.

Helen from VAL can help with filling out funding applications.

Meeting Closed 2115.

Minutes- 5th September 2019

Present  Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell, Dave Wrigglesworth,  Karl Spierling , Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also , Nicola Mair, Isobel Logan, Morag MacIntyre Andrew Baxter(late)

Apologies   AnnMarie Cameron, Stewart Livingston

Minutes of last meeting be accepted  proposed CC  Seconded KS

Treasurers Statement

£1228.41 in bank

Matters Arising


Base has been cemented in

IJ and SL to finish


Successful and well attended, well done to AnnMarie and team


 Submissions 24/9-8/10. Nomination papers available on HC website . Election 20 November. First meeting of the new council to be held in December or January.

LG notice on CA FB

AM on CC website


DW to put up posters


AM has applied to the Ward discretionary fund for £200 for minute Secretary, notices and laminating equipment.


Retrospective planning has been applied for for a timber short term letting property in Old Town. Objections have been raised by neighbours whose property is overlooked by the development. Kate Forbes had been approached to take it up with planning and now nearest neighbour notices have been issued for retrospective planning.

Following discussion of what would be an acceptable outcome

DW to write letter of objection on behalf of the neighbours and make a late submission

AMC to inform the Planning Officer

IJ to contact the grazings clerk


Emptying of bin to be monitored




  1.  CC had experienced a delay when making a 999 call and has taken it up with Cllr Andrew Baxter.
  2. DW asked CC if it was possible to move the cow feeders on the gorge road as the path was becoming impassable with slurry.
  3. NM informed the council that the police are receiving training in the use of mobile devices
  4. Concern was raised over drainage onto the beach from the pods at the Onich hotel AB to contact Planning Officer
  5. Another car has come off the road at Ash Cottage IJ to add to communication with Transport Scotland. NM to enquire about unmarked car presence in village.
  6. Old Town sign is causing problems for visitors calling late at night and unable to find the road

Meeting closed at 9pm

Date of next meeting   Thursday 5 December 7pm (or 9 January if there is an election)



The first meeting of the Nether Lochaber Community Council will be held on Thursday 5 December 2019 at 7.00pm in Nether Lochaber Village Hall.

Minutes of a Meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Association held on 17 October 2019

Present Iain Jenner Elaine Cameron (Inch) Jill Morrow Lisa Glaze
Apologies jennifer Jarl Gordon MacIntyre
The Midgies are booked for Saturday 28 December
Tickets £6
100 to be sold in advance
Bring a plate of food to share and BYOB
NS minibus?
Invitation to go out to young folk
IJ to speak to Alex MacMahon
LG – Lyn
LG Ask JJ to make tickets and poster for beginning of December . One
person to deal with sales

There is an extra meeting to be held on 24/10/19

October the rose bed at St Brides was finished and is ready for spring bulbs.
We then went along to the Creag Mhor cemetery to discuss plans
November meet at Cuilcheanna cross, tidy and plant daffodils. Install new
tub at Onich sign
December Hall car park, ceilidh prep
January ceilidh tidy up 29 December
February rebuild cemetery wall IJ to contact Pete Holmes

Dot Ferguson has been informed we wish to proceed with community
East bay has trees and telephone mast
West bay more open and suited to a bench
The shrubbery at the back could be enhanced and also have a bench
SUSTRANS have an arts fund >£5000 per project. LG had approachedHelen
Michie a local ceramicist about a mosaic subject to be Nether Lochaber man/
place, croftlands and sea.
LGto arrange for Helen to come for a site visit

We will require public liability. Dot Ferguson suggest we approach Zurich.
IJ to ask GM to organise

LG to buy more bulbs and another rose. Volunteer s needed for the rosebed
and new tub

IJto write to the minister asking to be notified if they are proposing to dispose
of the building


Even the sun cam out for the flower and produce shwo in Nether Lochaber Village hall.  Another great turnout of bakery and flowers and veg.
Winners of the trophies were for Section 1 – Home Baking – Elaine Cameron won the Onich Hotel Cup with Jill Morrow runner up with the Lodge on the Loch Cup, Section 2 for Procude was won by Jill Morrow and Section 3 Knitting was won by Jennifer Jal who took the Corran Bar Trophy.  Section 4 for Handcrafts saw Eileen Irons taking the Camus na Gaul CupThe floral section was won by Harrison Wyatt who received the Gleaner Oil Cup and Jill Morrow again scooped the Old Manse Trophy.  For Vegetables Jill Morrow again topped the points and took away the Old School Cup.
Tea was served in the afternoon with lovley home baking on offer.
After totalling all entry points the most points in Show, and winner of Nether Lochaber Community Council Rose Bowl , was Jill Morrow with Alex Cameron in second place and receiving the Callart Quaich.  Alex also received the George Ross Memorial Cup for Best Rhubarb in show.
Picture below shows HARRISON WYATT, JILL MORROW and ALEX CAMERON with their trophies


23 September
Publication of Notice of Election
24 September
Earliest date for receipt of Nomination Papers
8 October
Latest date for lodging Nomination Papers – papers must be received by 12noon
9 October
Publication by 12noon on THC website of list of nominations and notices of: contested election; uncontested election and CC not formed
11 October
Latest date for withdrawal of Nomination Papers – notification in writing must be given by 12noon.
At the close of the withdrawal period, should the number of candidates validly nominated equal or exceed HALF, but be less than or equal to the total maximum permitted membership, the said candidates will be declared elected from this date and no ballot shall be held.
Monday 14 October –
Friday 25 October
School Holidays
29 October
Post out of ballot papers, where election is contested
19 November
Existing Community Councils that were contested to be dissolved at 11.59 pm
ELECTION DAY – postal ballot papers must be received by 12 noon.
Thursday / Friday
21 & 22 November
Counting of the Votes, if the number of elections permits the counts to be held over 2 days.
By Friday
13 December
Notification issued regarding the calling of the first meetings of the new Community Councils
*Further dates to be confirmed for any Community Council’s that fail to form.

Minutes of inaugural meeting of the Inchree Steering Group 11th July 2019

Present:  Elaine Cameron, Chaela Carrell, Lisa Glaze, Iain Jenner, Jill Morrow, Steve Morrow, Dougie Pryce, Karl Spierling,

1          Apologies: Gordon MacIntyre, Zuza Pryce,

2          Minutes from last meeting

            Proposed:  Iain Jenner, Seconded: Steve Morrow

3          Election of officers:

            Chair:                          Karl Spierling

            Secretary:                   Elaine Cameron

            Minutes secretary:      Jill Morrow

            Treasurer:                   Not needed just now as part of NLCA

            Social media posts:     Lisa Glaze

4          Forestry Buildings

            Initial focus is on the Hub.

            IJ sent a document to CM with the group’s thoughts about the future of the barns.

            CM out of office until 15th July.  Copied to Andrew Baxter

            Personalised OS map showing Inchree settlement and Glen Righ Forest.


            EC to look into getting a paper copy and a digital copy.  NLCA to fund this.

            CM wants a meeting soon.  A representative from FLS is in the area on 25th July.


            LG to provisionally book the village hall for that evening.

            IJ to contact Gary Servant, John MacDonald, Andrew Baxter, Neil MacLean, Kate Forbes

5          Funding

            Target HIE for feasibility study. SLF for acquisition.  Other sources e.g. National Lottery for          renovation.

            Renovation costs 50% more than a new build.  Initially need to make the shell secure.                   Need 3 tenders.                      


            KS to speak to John MacDonald re funding for feasibility study.

            Get forms 


            CC to complete forms.

            Target end of August to get forms in.


            IJ to approach David Mee (architect) to see if he is interested in getting involved.

6          Planning

            Susan MacMillan (Fort William) has a remit to help community groups.

            The group can submit a pre-application for £40 and get advice before final submission.

            Once permission is granted there is 3 years to implement.

7          The Fields


            EC to contact Fiona Sorley LHA to arrange a meeting


            IJ to contact Kathy Mayne (SNH) who is an independent ecologist.

8          AOB


            LG to put notice of meetings and minutes on NLCC and NLCA websites. 

            Also posts on   Face Book

            Voluntary hours


            EC and JM to count up hours from meetings and the Open Day.

            Each person responsible for submitting individual hours to EC.

            Meeting closed at 8:30

            Next meeting 8th August Village Hall at 7:00pm

Minutes of AGM and meeting 04/07/19 – adopted 05/09/19

Present –Iain Jenner (IJ),  Colin Campbell (CC), Ann Marie Cameron (AM)  , Karl Spierling (KS)

Apologies –Lisa Glaze Stewart Livingston (SL) Cllr Andrew Baxter Dave Wrigglesworth (DW)  

Also present- Mr & Mrs Morrow, Mrs Elaine Cameron,  Nicola Mair and Chaela Carrell

Meeting opened with annual AGM.

Chair Report –  IJ thanks all present and felt this year has been a successful one.  The creation of the Association and the works carried out has been a real positive link within the village, and the NLCA has over 50 members and a strong committee.  Notable progress being made with plans to buy the land at Inchree.

Fewer meetings due to not being able to have a quorum.  As elections will be due it is hoped we can encourage locals to become involved in NLCC.

We are still pressing forward re road safety (speed limits and maintenance) and maintain support of our scenic area.

We put submissions in to the Highland & Island Development plans along with the other ccs in South Lochaber but all appear to have been sidelined.

Negatives are the apathy received from planning and transport authorities.

Treasurer report;  given by CC.  Financial report given and explained.  Due to loss of grant amount we were only able to offer donations to 3 local groups but will not be able to offer anything further.  Report was proposed for adoption by IJ and seconded by AM, all agreed

IJ then asked for all office bearers to stand down and proposed all be re-elected to office – all agreed

Chair – Iain Jenner

Secretary – Ann Marie Cameron

Treasurer – Colin Campbell

As Stewart Livingston was not present he was not reinstated to Vice-Chair but will be asked at next meeting.

AGM closed 740pm

June minutes – proposed by CC and 2nd by KS


Old Cemetery – Awaiting update when SL back

Schools options-  2 part campus has been set – awaiting news of who head teacher will be but concerns over PSA posts.

Bus Timetable – Oban/Fw –  AM to as for updated timetables to be situated


Bin at Cuilchenna junction –   reply from HC refuse dept –  restricted lid not suitable as they have found bags and refuse are just left at the base.  They will say POO ONLY

WEB SITE BILL – invoice from GRAPL,  AM will deal and was given a cheque

Noticeboards – need replacing.  IJ and SL have made 1 and hope to make the rest.  CC to gather prices so AM can submit an application for grant from HC.  KS offered workshop space if needed.

FLOWER SHOW ;  will be held in September, AM will be in touch nearer the time for some help to get tables over and for setting up.

Meeting closed .



Following the resignation of both Nicola Mair and Jennifer Jarl, at the meeting on Thursday 6th June 2019, a new community councillor was adopted


Members are delighted to welcome Karl in joining us and look forward to working with us.