A MEETING of Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council took place on Tuesday April 4. Among the items discussed were:
Thanks: The meeting agreed that chairman John Fotheringham should write to Caol and Mallaig councillor Bill Clark, who is not standing for re- election in the Highland Council elections, to thank him for his support and guidance.
Transport Scotland/ BEAR: Mr Fotheringham read two letters he had received from Transport Scotland. One was to resident Jonathan Binny, rejecting his proposal to reduce the speed limit between Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge, and a proposal to place double white lines on the A86 at Inveroy. The letter did say, however, that Transport Scotland intends to carry out a study of the road between the two villages. A Transport Scotland spokesperson told the Lochaber Times: ‘We assess the safety performance of the trunk road network annually. From this, the A86 between Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge has been identified for further investigation this financial year to understand if any road safety measures may be appropriate.’
Highland Council: Michael Tonks reported that 14 potholes in Roy Bridge Square had been filled in.
Coach services to Inverness, Fort William and Glasgow: Mr Fotherigham itemised the new Shiel Buses timetables as they affect the Fort William to Roy Bridge and Inverness to Fort William services. It had been agreed the 7.35pm from Raigmore Hospital would divert to Roy Bridge on request. Mr Fotherigham had suggested to Citylink that some summer services to Glasgow could be re-routed via Stirling, Callander and Lochearnhead to allow speedier journey times to Edinburgh and the east coast. A Citylink spokesperson told the Lochaber Times: ‘ We are actively considering the suggestion and, if it is possible, we will make it work.’
Reports: Dominic Sargent reported there had been no first responders calls in the last two months but he did not know if it was due to changes in the call- out procedure by the Scottish Ambulance Service. The Fire and Rescue Service has had one call- out to a road accident on the A82 at the Great Glen Water Park on the last day of March.
The next date in the diary for community council members is the annual general meeting on Tuesday June 13 in Sp ean Bridge Primary School. There will be no meeting in May.