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Job Opportunity

Stratherrick & Foyers Community Council are looking for a Minutes Secretary/Administrator.

The post is fully funded by Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust. Funding is in place for 12 months with the expectation that SFCT would continue to support the role.

The role is on a self-employed basis at a rate of £15 per hour with up to 20 hours per month required. Driving licence essential.

Training and support will be offered.

Closing date for applications is Friday 24th May – expected start date is 1st June 2019 depending on number of applicants and interviews if necessary.

Any interested parties should contact Catriona Fraser (SFCC Chair) for further details, a full job description and Application Form.

Contact details:

email: catrionafraser@tinyworld.co.uk

Tel: 01456 486287

Post: Glebe Cottage Gorthleck Inverness IV26YS

Notice of uncontested interim election

 

NOTICE OF UNCONTESTED INTERIM ELECTION
ELECTION OF COUNCILLORS FOR

STRATHERRICK & FOYERS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

FRIDAY 23rd JANUARY 2019
The following candidates were validly nominated for the above Community Council and as the number of candidates nominated was equal to or less than the number of councillors required to be returned, no poll will take place.
Name(s) of candidate(s) remaining validly nominated* Home Address in full  
JIM CAMERON Compass, Whitebridge, Inverness  IV2 6VN  
PHILIP DAVID CROWE Foyers Lodge, Foyers, Inverness IV2 6XT  
PAULA PAGE Craigniche, Glenlia, Foyers, Inverness IV2 6YA  
*Where the candidate has given a commonly used surname or forename on that candidate’s nomination form, it is that commonly used surname or forename (instead of any other name) that will appear on the Notice of Uncontested Election.  

 

Catriona Fraser

Chair

Stratherrick & Foyers Community Council

23/01/2019

Notice of Interim Election

NOTICE OF INTERIM ELECTIONS TO STRATHERRICK & FOYERS COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Stratherrick & Foyers Community Council has decided that it needs to formally elect our three co-opted members and associate member via an Interim Election (paid for by SFCC not Highland Council). The CC has an allocation of 8 councillors of which at least 4 must be elected members otherwise we have to go into abeyance – only one elected councillor needs to go for us to be in this position. With so many important projects being undertaken by the CC at the moment, and the Stronelairg Community Benefit Fund money about to be paid, we cannot allow this to happen.

The four elected councillors at present are Ian Bateman, Catriona Fraser Martin Donnelly and Gordon McAandie – they will not be part of this election.

The three co-opted members who need to be elected are Kim Burton, Jim Cameron and Philip Crowe along with Paula Page (associate member).  It is worthwhile pointing out that when the Election process is completed, we will only have 7 months until the Highland Council run Community Council elections in September 2019 when the current Community Council will stand down but we need to future-proof the CC for the intervening months.

However, anyone else in the community can nominate themselves for a place on the Community Council and Nomination Forms will be available from me – either by email or via postal paper copy – once the Election process begins.  Nomination forms can also be downloaded from here: Nomination Form 2019

If only four nominations are received, there will be NO postal ballot and the four nominees will be duly elected to serve as members of Stratherrick & Foyers CC until September 2019.

The election process will begin on Tuesday 8th January 2019

Email: catrionafraser@tinyworld.co.uk

Tel: 01456486287

The election timetable is as follows;

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 Publication of Notice of Election
Wednesday, 9 January 2019 Earliest date for receipt of Nomination Papers
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 Latest date for lodging Nomination Papers
Friday, 25 January 2019 Latest date for withdrawal of Nomination Paper
Friday, 25 January 2019 Where the election is uncontested, Notification issued regarding the calling of the next meeting of the Community Council
Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Where the election is contested, post out of ballot papers.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 CONTESTED ELECTION DAY – postal ballot papers must be received by 12NOON
Friday, 22 February 2019 Counting of the Votes
Friday, 22 February 2019 Notification issued regarding the calling of the next meeting of the Community Council

Councillor Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council, has organised a public meeting to discuss transport and road issues within the Stratherrick & Foyers Community Council area.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th October 2018, at 7:30pm in Stratherrick Hall, Gorthleck.

Representatives from Police Scotland (Fort Augustus Station), The Highland Council Roads Department, the Forestry Commission and key contractors from the Stronlairg wind farm development (VESTAS & RJ MacLeods) have been invited to attend, along with Councillor Davidson herself.

Please come along to discuss any transport or road issues that you feel need to be addressed.

If you are not able to attend, but have something that you would like raised then please get in touch with one of your Community Councillors who will happily raise any concerns/issues on your behalf.  Community Councillor details can be found on the Contacts page of this website.

 

Your cash Your choice event

Participatory budgeting is coming back to Aird and Loch Ness!  ‘PB’ is a process that lets the local community decide for themselves which community projects are needed in their area and involves locals in ensuring public money is well spent. Given the success of previous PB events in Aird and Loch Ness, the local Councillors have set aside £10,000 of grant funding from the Ward Discretionary Budget top hold another event on Saturday October 13th 2018.

The fund is open to any local community, voluntary or non-profit organisations based in Aird and Loch Ness.  Projects can be large or small, add value to existing projects or be something completely new.

Grants can be applied for from £100 to £500 and you must submit your application before 5pm on Monday October 1st 2018.  If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 13th October 2018 at the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit from 10.30am (doors open at 9.30am).

At the event you will be required to present your idea to the community. The event is open to all, and individuals who would like to help decide are invited to come along and vote for their favourite projects.  Those in attendance vote on all the applications and decisions are made on the day.

Application forms can be found on the Highland Council website at: https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1080456/your_cash_your_choice_october_2018/category/155/grants_for_community_groups (external link) and from the Craigmonie Centre website www.craigmoniecentre.co.uk/ (external link)

If you require assistance with the application form or need any further information, contact policy6@highland.gov.uk or contact the Craigmonie Centre on 01463 459 224.

Trinloist and Dalcrag road upgrade works

Upgrade works will be taking place on the Dalcrag and Trinloist roads as part of the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme.  The contractor for the work is Leiths Scotland and they intend to start on site on 10th September.  At the moment the programme for the work is to carry out the widening, patching and drainage on the B852 from the junction at the Tea-room to first forestry entrance into the Dalcrag felling area.  This will take approximately 4 weeks and will involve traffic lights, so delays will be inevitable but hopefully not excessive.  The contractor will endeavour to minimise disruption throughout.
There is similar work to be done from the Tea-room junction to the forestry road cross roads on the Trinloist Road  which should take around 2 weeks, and will involve a road closure for this section.  Without the closure the work will take much longer and be very disruptive to through traffic.  Emergency vehicle and local access will be maintained.
Following the patching and widening works, there are some sections of the road which are to be overlaid with tar.  These works are located throughout the scheme and will involve local traffic control and significant delays.  The exact extent of these works will be determined based on remaining budget following the widening improvements, and will take approximately 1 week.
The SFCC appreciates that the works will cause disruption and apologise in advance for that.  Were Arvikaconsult Ltd and Leiths Scotland  to delay the works until the tourist traffic reduced they would run the risk of being delayed by bad weather (surfacing is very weather susceptible) which would extend the inconvenience for all.
If there are any specific events in the area or other issues please let us know, and the contractor will try to accommodate where possible.
A map of the area of works and the roads affected can be found here: Dalcrag-Trinloist road upgrade works map

Potholes on our roads causing you issues?  Annoyed that the Highland Council never seem to get around to doing anything about them?

Well, here’s how to report them effectively to the Highland Council’s Roads Department;

  • Take a picture of the offending pothole wherever possible
  • You can either log your report verbally by calling the Council’s Roads Department on 01349 886606 or fill in the on-line form on the Highland Council Website (Click the following link to take you straight to the Pothole reporting page: Road Faults & Pothole Reporting)
  • If you log your report verbally by phone, make sure you are clear that you want the fault or pothole logged on their CRM system, and make sure you get a reference number once they have logged it.
  • The on-line form does not issue reference numbers.
  • You can upload your photos to the on-line form.
  • Give as much details about the location as possible – grid reference if possible.

The more people that report potholes (and other road faults), the better!

More reports = quicker repair!

If you have any issues reporting potholes or other road faults, please contact Kim, the SFCC Secretary on 01456 486297 or kim.burton2@icloud.com who will be more than happy to log faults on your behalf.

The Rural Communities Convention will take place at the Craigmonie Centre, Glen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit on Wednesday 1st November from 5pm to 8pm.

The event is open to any community groups and the invitation is not limited to a set number from each group.

The invitation can be viewed here: Rural Communities Convention – Invitation letter

The agenda for the evening can be viewed here: 2017.11.01 Rural Inverness Communities Convention AGENDA

Soup and sandwiches will be provided.

HGV Lorries – B862 overlay works

Please see below info from SSE regarding HGV lorries travelling through the Strath to carry out B862 overlying works.

Please note that the Stratherrick & Foyers Community Council was NOT consulted on this change to the planning consent.

“To allow us to ensure the overlay work is carried out to the highest standards and in the most efficient way, last week we sought special dispensation from the Highland Council to allow only the HGV overlay material lorries to use the B862/B851 for the duration of the overlay works, which is expected to last up to seven days.

The Highland Council  have stated that they consider it ‘reasonable and acceptable’ to allow only these specific HGV movements on the B851/B862 to deliver this road mitigation provided that they are scheduled to avoid the school opening and closing times at Farr Primary School and Stratherrick Primary School.

As such, we will be going ahead with the works which are expected to commence on Thursday 27 April. We anticipate approximately 75 lorry loads will be required to be brought to the site to complete the works over the course of around seven days. Work will not be carried out on the Sunday so it is hoped the works would finish on Thursday 4 May.”

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