Bal­lachul­ish

The Oban Times - - Districts -

TWO COM­MU­NITY groups are work­ing on projects to ben­e­fit Bal­lachul­ish.

Nether Lochaber Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (NLCC) and Nether Lochaber Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion are or­gan­is­ing a com­mu­nity beach clean and bar­be­cue at North Bal­lachul­ish, cur­rently sched­uled for April 23.

The groups are also jointly pur­su­ing two longer term projects. The first is the cre­ation of a pic­nic site and view­point at the Gleaner petrol sta­tion in North Bal­lachul­ish, work­ing with Gleaner, SUSTRANS and, it is hoped, Lochaber Geop­ark.

They are also work­ing on the aqui­si­tion of build­ings and a small area of wood­land, cur­rently owned by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land (FCS) at Inchree, as part of FCS’s ‘com­mu­nity as­set trans­fer’ pro­gramme.

Ac­cord­ing to NLCC, this will cre­ate a chance to de­velop a vis­i­tor hub and com­mu­nal space that gen­er­ates a small in­come for the com­mu­nity and could host a va­ri­ety of projects of ben­e­fit to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

Also, in re­sponse to con­cerns over the bound­aries of the Spe­cial Area of Con­ser­va­tion cov­er­ing hill­sides above Cuilcheanna, Onich and North Bal­lachul­ish, in­clud­ing the Croft­ing Com­mon Graz­ings of those town­ships, NLCC has asked Scot­tish Na­tional Her­itage to ar­range a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion day at Nether Lochaber Vil­lage Hall to clar­ify the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the SAC bound­aries and the im­pli­ca­tions for res­i­dents whose land hold­ings meet or cross those bound­aries.

Ear­lier this month vol­un­teers from the groups painted the vil­lage’s benches and tubs.

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