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


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.

Draft Minutes of AGM and meeting 04/07/19

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 .


minutes – 6th June 2019 (adopted 04/07/19)

6th June 2019
Present –Iain Jenner (IJ), Colin Campbell (CC), Ann Marie Cameron (AM) , Dave Wrigglesworth (DW) Karl Spierling (KS)
Apologies –Lisa Glaze Stewart Livingston (SL) Cllr Andrew Baxter
Also present- Gordon MacIntyre Nicola Mair

Although NLCC have attempted to hold meetings in April and May, due to apologies a quorum was not in attendance at either meeting so minutes for April meeting were not adopted until this meeting

April minutes – proposed by CC and 2nd by AM

Old Cemetery – HC are prepared to transfer ownership to NLCA – this requires a change in constitution of NLCA – meeting has been arranged to discuss and hopefully adopt these changes.

Schools options- Agreement has now been reached for the 2+2 option. Next step will be appointing head teacher following Mrs MacDonald retirement and then classes will find out who their teacher is.

Bus Timetable – Oban/Fw – the timetables shown in bus shelter at Kinlochleven road end are wrong. Gordon had to stand for some time till the correct bus arrived. AM to as for updated timetables to be situated

Woodlands new build- no further info but septic tank may be needed.

CO-OPT NEW MEMBER – as we have a quorum IJ asked members to consider the adoption of KARL SPIERLING as a community councillor. Although elections will be held later in the year, following the resignations of both Nicola Mair and Jennifer Jarl, we need another face to keep us strong. SL due to work commitments offshore has to miss some meeting which is out of his hands. All Comm Cllrs present – DW-CC-AM – agreed unanimously for KS to join us and AM will update Highland Council and the website.

AGM – Am advises the financial paperwork is being audited and we will hold the AGM on Thursday 4th July – AM will put this in FB and contact press.

Elections – IJ gave a short presentation on the importance of NL maintaining it’s community council and feels that we need to have more parents involved, although we need 5 members to be solvent our max. Is 7. Proposing at next meeting – HOW TO PROMOTE NLCC MEMBERSHIP

Transport Scotland reply – DW has had reply re speed laminations and state of cycle path. Luminated signs rejected – not enough serious accidents from stats they use. Re cyclepath they (Bear) state they are not responsible for upkeep and we should pass to Highland Council BUT we are aware of paperwork stating that BEAR are responsible. NLCC to get copy of this information to pass on.

Bin at Cuilchenna junction – we are back to the issue of this bin overflowing and causing distress to residents. The bin was erected following representation about the amount of dog poo being left on the route to the shore and surrounding area. With the pin in position the problem was sorted. Last year and again this year, we have had complaints from residents as this bin is being used but tourists and when bin full bags are being left at the grass verge.
AM to contact HC Refuse and ask for a restricted lid and AM will make notices informing bin is for POO BAGS ONLY. – AM TO CONTACT REFUSE DEPT

CC review – Is ongoing

A82 Gollanfield junction – CC concerned re road surfacing – breaking up again

Onich Hotel – Am has been asked to raise concern re soil stretching to shore line. Concern that this will be washed into the bay at high tide. It appears SNH and Marine Scotland may already be involved as this area is a recognised SSSI.

Meeting closed .

NEXT MEETING – THURSDAY 4th July with agm

Minutes of a meeting held on 7 March 2019 – adopted 06/06/19

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also Nicola Mair, Andrew Baxter and Andy Martin (Manager of MOWI Leven Site)

Apologies Stewart Livingston ,

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed AMC Seconded DW

Matters Arising

Creag Mhòr cemetery
Dot Ferguson has confirmed HC own the cemetery.
IJ to contact SL to set up a meeting with her

Schools Reorganisation
Meeting rescheduled 13/3/19 7.30pm Kinlochleven HS
IJ to attend

Beach Clean
Rubbish not yet collected. HC will pick up hall piano if broken up

Water tank
IJ to send letter expressing community interest copies to AMC and GM

Cross cottage
IJ to send AB planning ref. number

Bus Timetables
IJ to buy picture frame for wall of Cuilcheanna bus stop

Sewage Connection
The date notified is 15 March. There will be a half road closure.

As yet HC has no Brexit policy

A82 photos
AMC to send to SL to coordinate
McIntyre Memorial Hut
The trustee has notified a problem with running water off the road undermining the building. The problem appeared when streams were diverted to build the new house at Creag Mhor. He has contacted SEPA, Transport Scotland and MSP.
IJ suggested he contact Lochaber Times and the P&J

Car parking at school
AB is to organise a site visit


1. Loch Leven Seafood Cafe has applied for a variation in their license to include changes to hours, capacity and off sales.

Cycle Bridge
Planning has gone through
IJ to speak to SUSTRANS
AB to arrange letter from HC stating sweeping of Cycleway is BEARS responsibility

1. Gollanfield road end is breaking up again after repair in November
2. Inchree Buyout Group is to hold an open day on the last Sunday in April after which IJ will notify HC and there will be an official ballot
3. Marine Harvest have changed their name to MOWI. Andy Martin (Manager of Leven site) attended to give an update. They have been using warm water, wrasse and lumpfish to keep the lice down to .5 per fish. They are hoping to go organic next year. He was asked about the underwater seal scared which is heard by wild swimmers in the Loch.
4. Abbeyfield AGM was held on 5/3/19. There was concern at the lack of notice to councillors and community councils
5. Calor Rural Community Fund is open. AMC to forward details to LG

Meeting closed at 8.15pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 4 April 7pm

Village Hall meeting 6.30

Minutes of meeting 10th January 2019

Minutes of a meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Council held on 10 January 2019
Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell,, Jennifer Jarl, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),
Also Nicola Mair, Andrew Baxter
Apologies Stewart Livingston , Stewart Livingston, Cllr McLean
Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed CC Seconded AMC
Matters Arising
Creag Mhòr cemetery
Search fee has been paid
CC Review
The changes proposed at the review to be sent to HC on 17/1
Speed Limits
The speed limit at North Ballachulish is to drop to 30mph subject to approval at Area Committee meeting on 24/1
AB to ask Pauline Donaldson about costing gateway signage
Schools Reorganisation
There is a meeting at St Brides PS 16/1 AMC available to attend
Beach Clean
CC to remove rubbish from beach and email AMC to inform HC
A new officer has been appointed to Glencoe
Sgt A Cooper has sent a letter to confirm NM as liaison officer and explaining her role. There is now a CC vacancy as NM has stepped down due to conflict with liaison role.
Water tank
IJ to send letter expressing community interest
Cross cottage
IJ sent letter of objections on 29/10/18
Forestry Commission
Still no reply about fly tipping at Inchree
Barn beside sewage works
IJ to contact S MacMillan as site has not been cleared
£1040.50 with £24 cheque outstanding
1. Cycle path Harvey Caplan has replied. BEAR to deal with overgrown vegetation. Their operating companies should clear debris from collisions if informed by police. He believes HC responsible for sweeping (wrongly)
AB to take the reply to HC
2. Cllr McLean has asked for opinions on a bridge at Corran:
-Large bridge to cope with shipping and cruise ships
-Tunnel would be less intrusive
-AB has council approval for a STAG appraisal by Hi Trans for a fixed link crossing
-Barrage idea producing power from the tidal flow
-Tunnel or bridge to be sited at Fort William, not Corran
-Community buyout of ferry
LG to copy list to AMC for reply
3. AMC to contact HC again, bus timetables required for Cuilcheanna and defibrillator sign for shoreside bus shelter
1. ‘Scare’ children in use in other villages. To be discussed next month
2. High tides have scoured under concrete at Onich Bay
IIJ to take to CA
3. Sustrans liability for Cycleway only 99 years
4. SL has passed on the information from M Kinnear
AB to chase
5. Fort William 2040 meeting in Ballachulish. It was felt that planners had edited submissions including a tunnel at Rannoch. Consensus that transport needs to be prioritised before development. Water supply was also raised.
Meeting closed at 8.40pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 7 February 7pm
Village Hall meeting 6.30

Minutes meeting 7th February

Minutes of a meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Council held on 7 February 2019

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell,, Jennifer Jarl, Ann Marie Cameron, Dave Wrigglesworth, Stewart Livingston, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also , Andrew Baxter , Gordon MacIntyre

Apologies Nicola Mair

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed AMC Seconded IJ

Matters Arising

Creag Mhòr cemetery

CC to ask villagers for support and suggestions re community acquisition
NLCA to discuss liability insurance
SL to complete paperwork
GM to send SL SCIO number (Community Association)

Speed Limits

AMC to print off and put notices on public noticeboard at school and filling station

Schools Reorganisation
AMC attended the meeting and had minutes.
St Brides is to be partnered with Glencoe.
Next meeting 27 February AMC to attend

Beach Clean
AMC to inform HC rubbish awaiting collection

A new officer has been appointed to Glencoe and has now started

Water tank
GM to find address for IJ to send letter expressing community interest

Cross cottage
Planning in principle has been granted. There was some confusion as to location
IJ to send planning reference number to AB
Bus Timetables
Laura Carpenter will send copies to be laminated and put inside bus shelters. Posters are OK if removed and the go ahead was given for the defibrillater sign

Scare children
DW to ask where speed monitoring took place and why a VAZ sign is not being taken seriously when so many motorists were exceeding 40mph

AMC to send a letter to organisations who no longer receive a donation

1. BBC Alba are looking for community events and news

1. No date yet for road closure at Croft 5 to connect water/sewage
There is a strong smell of sewage in the burn crossing the beach at Onich Bay
2. CC asked if Highland Council had formulated a Brexit policy
3. Photos of the condition of the road have been collected and are to be put on the website and FB
4. Jennifer Jarl handed in her resignation as she is now on the Board of the Community Association . She was thanked for her contribution over the years by the chair. There are now two council vacancies.
5. Concern was noted about rubbish collecting on the Cycleway and water continuously running across it at Creag Mhor
6. Marlyn MacDonald was supportive of creating additional parking at the school from the end of the playing field.
AAB to follow up
IJ to write a letter with MMs consent
7. AMC to advertise the Priority Service Register on website
IJ to get pamphlets
8. Dial 105 is a little known service which logs your location and notify SSE in the event of a power failure.
9. The Community Service Criminal Justice team will build the new CC noticeboard s if given a template.
IJ to contact
CC to enquire about a discount on slates
10. IJ enquired as to expansion and parking at Innis na Bhuilin cemetery

Meeting closed at 8.30pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 7 March 7pm

Adopted 7th March

MINUTES – MEETING 6th December 2018

Minutes of a meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Council held on 6 December 2018

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell,,Stewart Livingston , Nicola Mair , Ann Marie Cameron, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also Gordon MacIntyre, Andrew Baxter

Apologies Jennifer Jarl

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed CC Seconded AMC

Matters Arising

Inchree Forum
Two members, Elaine Cameron and Jill Morrow have now joined the Community Association Board.

Creag Mhòr cemetery
Malcolm Kinnear has discovered a letter from the Church of Scotland trustees dated 1991, asking the council to take over the cemetery.
SL to chase Dot Ferguson now we have this

CC Review
IJ attended the area chairs meeting in Inverness on 15/11/18. The final consultation will be in May and any changes will take place after the next elections. No boundary changes are proposed. There will be some mergers where CCs have requested it. Youth member and a floating seat for other community groups were suggestions

Schools Reorganisation
Suggestions were a 3-18 campus In Kinlochleven and St Brides/Glencoe and Ballachulish/Duror with a head for each.

North Ballachulish
AB to ask Pauline Donaldson about the removal of the single white line as a traffic calming measure

Operation Cedar
NM gave a report on this traffic operation. 2 speeding offences and one no MOT occurred in Onich. Report appended

Beach clean
CC to move bag to picnic site and email AMC
AMC to notify council
Smaller bags, donated by HC, are now in village hall and will be easier to remove.

Police Officer
The post in Glencoe is being interviewed. Previous officers have found it hard to get accommodation

Water tank
IJ to write expressing community interest


Current balance £1123.94

1. Forest Enterprise Scotland are clear felling at Inchree. SSE has identified the power lines there as vulnerable. IJ will pass on tel.no Of Peter MacDonald if anyone has concerns

1. AMC enquired as to why the Police liaison was not a police officer. Nicola Mair, as special costable is acting as police liaison with the CC and St Brides PS
2. AB to check planning objection at Cross Cottage as owners are in dereliction
3. IJ to phone Peter MacDonald about fly tipping at Inchree
4. Debris is encroaching onto the Cycleway
5. Following lack of response to problems arising on the A82;itbwas decided to catalogue the problems through the village
SL Village Hall to his house
GM SL house to bridge
IJ and LG Village Hall to Cuilcheanna
AM Cuilcheanna to ferry
Photos to be collected at next meeting and put on social media, tagged Transport Scotland, BEAR, MSP and titled Neglect in Nether Lochaber, please share
6. The speed limit at North Ballachulish is to be dropped to 30mph. It should be in force by Easter and there will be step down signs on approach
7. There has been a visit to the MacFatridge site by the planning officer to inspect the encroachment of materials onto this agricultural land. He has written to the owner.
8. Parking at the school has again been raised at a PTA meeting. A suggestion was made to dig up the Community Orchard.
IJ to contact the headmistress with an alternative proposal using part of the playing field
9. The CA has formed a new board which includes Jennifer Jarl .This May lead to a CC vacancy.
10. IJ has taken a new job this may lead to no chair being available on occasion, if both IJ and SL are not available AMC to call the meeting and a chair to be appointed on the night.
11. AB was congratulated on his stand over car parking charges in Fort William.

Operation Cedar Report

Meeting closed at 8.30pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 10 January 7pm

Village Hall meeting at 6.30pm

Minutes – 8th November 2018 – adopted 06/12/18

Minutes of a meeting of Nether Lochaber Community Council held on 8 November 2018

Present Iain Jenner, Colin Campbell,, Jennifer Jarl, Ann Marie Cameron, Lisa Glaze (minute sec),

Also Gordon MacIntyre

Apologies Stewart Livingston

Minutes of last meeting be accepted proposed CC Seconded JJ

Matters Arising

Inchree Forum
The Inchree group are to join the Community Association and form a subgroup within that organisation

Hydro Inchree
IJ to send letter to Chris Tracey enquiring about community payback

Creag Mhòr cemetery
Maintenance may be HC responsibility
Community council to pay £20+VAT for the search to discover ownership.
AMC to email confirmation of church ownership
IJ to speak to minister about the Community Association maintaining the beds at the front and rebuilding the wall

Coronation Trees
To be put forward as a community Association activity

Cycleway Hedges
AMC to resend to P Devine and H Caplan cc Kate Forbes, Minister and M Mathewson

CC Review
This has been extended to the end of November. IJ to attend meeting in Inverness

Speed Limits
The results of the survey carried out from 26/9-6/10 have been received
DW to ask where the survey was conducted
There is a meeting 14/11/18 in Glencoe of the steering group. Representatives of each school in the cluster group to attend

Annual Grant of £324.91 has been received.
It was noted that this is greatly reduced.
Current balance £1423.94
Donations of £100 will be made to the children’s Christmas party, village hall and Senior citizens

1. From Planning for pods at Carness and change of use at Seannabhaile Old Town
2. Notification of roadworks at Gollanfield 25/6/7 November.
IJ has written in support of the road closure to BEAR and the A 82 partnership

1. LG suggested the removal of the single white line from outside the Old Folks houses at North Ballachulish might help slow down traffic.
2. NM informed that Operation Cedar would be from 12-18 November
Hi Vis patrols would be checking all aspects of motoring
3. FC is clearing rhododendron near Innis na Birlinn
4. AMC enquired on the number of police officers stationed at Glencoe. NM informed there are 3, one officer having moved to Mallaig because no housing was available
5. A ton bag of rubbish has been collected from the beach at North Ballachulish.
CC to move to picnic site for HC uplift. AMC to email HC. IJ to provide another bag
6. Remembrance Sunday service to be held at St Brides Church by the Salvation Army at 4pm to commemorate the centenary of Rev. Railtons idea for a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
7. IJ to ask the fishfarm about underwater noise in Loch Leven
8. IJ to register community interest in st Brides water tank with Scottish Water

Meeting closed at 8.40pm
Date of next meeting Thursday 6 December 7pm

Village Hall meeting at 6.30pm

Minutes – October meeting – adopted 08/11/18

Minutes of Nether Lochaber CCM, October 11th, 2018.

Present: Iain Jenner (IJ), Nicola Mair (NM), Dave Wrigglesworth (DW), Colin Campbell (CC), Jennifer Jarl (JJ)

Apologies: Anne Marie Cameron (AMC), Andrew Baxter (AB), Niall Maclean (NM), Lisa Glaze (LG), Stewart Livingston (SL)
Proposed: CC Seconded: JJ

Matters Arising:
Community Payback Team: ongoing, more timber requiring supplied and prototype board to be completed, SL & IJ in process
Bus timetable for Cuilcheanna: ongoing, AMC to follow up
Defib Signs for Onich Bustop: ongoing, AMC to follow up for HC permissions
Inchree Forum Group: preparing for leaflet drop and public engagement meeting, no date set as yet
Hydroplan at Inchree: no update from FCS, IJ to write to FCS and formally request prior notification of all future projects in our remit, and updates on forestry work activities
BT Works: ongoing, AMC to follow up
Creag Mhor graveyard: deed search has revealed ownership remains with Kirk, ongoing, SL to follow up
Coronation Trees: ongoing
Cycleway/Hedges: ongoing, AMC to follow up with David Devine (?), IJ to contact Iain Macinnes at BBC Scotland
Cross Cottage Planning: ongoing, IJ to follow up
CC Review: IJ to attend conference on November 15th at Glenurqhurt House, Inverness; online survey extended until end of November, all CC Members encouraged to submit a rsponse

Treasurer’s Report: £1099.03

Correspondence: DW received a response to his FOI re speed limit data; TS position appears based on a survey from 11th-19th December, 2008; DW to challenge the adequacy of this given subsequent changes to traffic volumes and road conditions (NCN 78), and continue to pursue VAS signage for Onich

AMC – change of signatory on flower show account to AMC & JJ (Morag Mackintosh no longer involved); proposed IJ, seconded NM
NM – debate over local schools cluster groupings & headteacher management structure to be hosted at Village Hall (date TBC); St.Brides reluctant to be grouped with Kinlochleven campus; concerns over salaries, quality of education; steering group of parents being established.