News about and concerning the local area

18 April 2019Black Isle Tourism Stategy

A Stategy for Tourism on the Black Isle was published on 8th April and is available to view HERE

11 April 2019FRCC Minutes March 2019


The minutes of the March meeting of FRCC were approved at the meeting on 10th April and are now available in the documents section of this site.

20 March 2019Rosemarkie Beach Clean

20 March 2019Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan to be revised

Notice has been received that the IMFLDP is to be revised. It is important that local people review and comment on this plan particularly in respect on future housing developments. The message received reads:


An opportunity to shape the growth of your place

The Highland Council is raising awareness of the opportunity to help shape future growth and development across the Inner Moray Firth area, and is encouraging anyone living, working, investing and being educated in the area to get involved.


The Council has announced its intention to review the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan. This will involve looking at development activity since the current plan was published in 2015 and listening to people’s views on where future development could be directed. While background information is being gathered over the next few weeks and months, the Council wants to make people aware of how and when they can contribute.


Scott Dalgarno, Highland Council's Development Plans Manager said:

“Ultimately the plan will confirm how our communities will grow. It’s about where best to locate new housing and employment areas, along with new schools, roads and other services? But also, what do people think about recent developments, and what assets and features should be safeguarded? At this stage we are encouraging people to start thinking about these issues, and in the summer we will ask people to submit their views at the first stage of consultation. Later in the year, where further work is needed the Council intends to hold workshops to work alongside local people in planning for their future.”


The Council will be writing to Community Councils and other interested parties with information about when and how they can get involved and opportunities for briefings with the Development Plans Team.


To find out more about the review process, please see the Council’s website highland.gov.uk/imf or email the team at devplans@highland.gov.uk.


To join our mailing list, please register your details at the Development Plans Consultation Portal at:

highland.objective.co.uk/portal (external link).


Twitter: @planhighland
Facebook: @highlandLDPs


Scott Dalgarno

Development Plans Manager, The Highland Council

20 March 2019Public Meeting on Public Toilets

17 March 2019Common Good Asset Register


The Highland Council has opened the consultation on the lists of property it is proposing should form the Highland Council Common Good Asset Register. The process is described in the document available HERE ; and the draft list of Common Good Assets is available HERE

It is important that evryone looks at this list and notes any ommissions or errors in that if not listed such assets may be lost for ever.

14 March 2019February 2019 Minutes

The approved minutes of the February 2019 FRCC meeting are now available HERE

06 March 2019December FRCC MInutes

The FRCC Decenber minutes are available HERE. Apologies for the long time in making them available.

05 March 2019Agenda for FRCC Meeting on 13th March

Meeting of the Community Council

Wednesday 13th March @ 1845

Fortrose Leisure Centre


Pre-meeting: A Presentation on the proposed Greenside Farm Development by Hamish Little of Pat Munro Homes



  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Minutes of last meeting
  3. Matters Arising (if not an agenda item)
  4. Correspondence and Points from the Public
  5. Police Report
  6. Treasure’s Report
  7. Planning/Licensing/Consultations
  8. Common Good Update
  • Coastal Protection
  • Chanonry Point

      9) Community Issues

  • Christmas Lights
  • Condition 16 in Care Home Planning Permission – Provision of Public Art
  • Stagecoach/buses:  reliability, regularity, timetable feasibility.
  • Community Well-Being/Mental Health
  • Proposed Community Orchard in Rosemarkie
  • Public Toilets
  • Distribution of RemainCollection from Christmas Eve Community Singing
  • Waste Management
  1. AOCB
  2.  Date of Next Meeting – 10th April 2019

26 February 2019Assurances from the Highland Council on Coastal Defence Works

Following correspondence with the Highland Council regarding the specification of materials used in the coastal defence works at the Rosemrkie Campsite we have received the following message:


"I can confirm that the gabions are constructed from galvanised steel and have included the gabion specifications from the manufacturer.   As you see the Specification for Highway Works (SHW) does not require a polymer coating.    From experience I have encountered at least one instance where a fire caused the polymer coating to melt and affected the steel mesh of the gabion which in turn hastened corrosion.

SHW demands the gabions are suitable for highly aggressive environments with a design life of 120 years (this relates to the mesh and not the overall coastal protection wall).


I can also note that the gabions were assembled as per the manufacturer’s instructions but with additional lacing and the internal ties which are used to prevent bulging.

The stone used to fill the gabions complies with Class 6G material but is angular stone sourced from a quarry rather than beach material.

With reference to the Scottish Water gabions,   we don’t know the make of gabions used or the specification.  Nor do we know whether they were assembled to the manufacturer’s instructions and internal ties included.  Some of the fill to the gabions did look like it was rounded stones sourced from the beach which has less of an interlock compared to the angular stone used in our gabions.

Additionally I don’t know if the Scottish Water gabions were maintained and failed catastrophically during a storm or failed due to lack of annual inspection and maintenance.   If they failed catastrophically I don’t know the return period for the storm or the wave height.

In short, I don’t believe it’s possible to compare the new gabions with the Scottish Water gabions on the information available.

I hope this gives you some reassurance regarding the longevity of the gabions being used.

13 February 2019Youth Members for Community Councils says new review

The Highland Council has published its proposals for chages to the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. The report may be viewd HERE


A key proposal is the introduction of Youth mambers : "Each Community Council is able to appoint two youth members between the ages of 14-18. The appointment shall be made in liaison with the local High School and Youth Work Service. These members shall be in addition to the total membership of each Community Council but will be considered as full members of the Community Council. They will have full voting rights, with the exception of co-option and will be appointed for a two year term."

05 February 2019FRCC November Minutes now available

Rather belatedly and thanks to a remonder from Tim Blackie the approved November minutes have been added to the Website and are available for download HERE.  

There was no meeting in October and hence no October Minutes.

Similarly there was no meeting in January and as such the December minutes cannot be approved until the meeting on February 13th. If all goes well they will be posted soon after that!

03 February 2019Restictions on A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam. 


Major Traffic works start on 4th February with overnight closures 22nd-25th February . Details are available in the letter from Tronsport Scotland and the Project Update

31 January 2019Highland Adventure Fest

An exciting new event is coming to Inverness. The first ever Highland Adventure Fest 2019, sponsored by Glenmore Lodge, takes place 10am-4pm, Sunday 24th March 2019 at Inverness Leisure Centre. Festival-goers will be able to try out kit, buy new clothing and equipment, book activities and meet new people with similar interests while enjoying presentations and entertainment!


Cecilia Grigor, Director at Planit Scotland, the team behind the scenes organising the event said “the Highlands of Scotland have so much to offer yet often people don’t realise the potential in the great outdoors. It really is an adventure playground and so important to get fresh air especially in our digital dependant society. We wanted to show people all the activities on offer that are right on their doorstep and connect them to the right people so that they are equipped to embrace the great outdoors”.


A spokesperson for Glenmore Lodge, headline sponsor of the event and sportscotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre, added “we’re delighted to be supporting the Highland Adventure Fest. It is our desire for everyone to discover what a slice of outdoor adventure can bring to our lives. Adventure is for everyone, just pick an adventure that is right for you, give it a go and you never know, you might just get hooked.”


Organisations exhibiting at the 1-day event include Explore Highland, Scottish Cycling North, Craggan Outdoors, Bark and Ride Sports, Kayak Summer Isles, Hamlet Mountaineering, Bowhunter Archery, ACE Adventure and Hideaways, Gael Force Marine, Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre, Torridon Outdoors, Loch Ness 360, Skye Highland Adventures, Cotswold Outdoors, Walkabout Scotland, You Fish Scotland, Highland Hospice Adventures, Liquid Footprints, Outdoor First Aid Courses, Highland Bikes, Mckenzie Mountaineering, True Grit Events, Highland Defenders, Highlife Highland and Glenmore Lodge.


On the day Scottish cycling will be offering skills coaching and encouraging people to get involved in local clubs. James Bracher, Scottish Cycling, stated “We’re delighted to be a part of the Highland Adventure Fest; cycle sport is booming and what better place to showcase what’s on offer for people of any age to develop their interest in the sport. From entry-level racing to national events, social rides to mountain bike adventures – there’s a club, event or group of cyclists ready to welcome you”.


Keith, MD at Craggan Outdoors, said “we’re looking forward to this unique event. Recognised as 'Best Outdoor Activity & Learning Centre' in the Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018, our centre ‘Craggan Ourdoors’ offers one of the widest ranges of activities available in the Highlands, as well as 60-bed bunkhouse accommodation & a licensed café venue. All from a fantastic Speyside location in the Cairngorms National Park. Why not come along to our stand for a chat to find out more & see what we can do for you?”


Marc Wilson, Marketing Manager at Gael Force Group, said “We are very excited to be involved in Highland Adventure Fest and to have the opportunity to bring the very best of our kayaks, paddle sports accessories and top range clothing from our Inverness Marine Centre down the road to the Leisure Centre”.


Tracy Lamb, ACE Adventures & Hideaways, said “we are thrilled to be taking part in what will be a fun day out for all! We offer amazing white water rafting on the River Findhorn. You should come along and find out more, or even book a session for you and friends”.


Graeme Ambrose, CEO of Visit Inverness Loch Ness, said “an event like this will help us raise awareness of the LochNess360° trail. An new exciting and beautiful 116km circular trail around the iconic Loch Ness which will be launched by Visit Inverness Loch Ness late spring this year. Starting and finishing in Inverness, the Loch Ness 360° Trail has been created by linking up the Great Glen Way on the north side of Loch Ness with and the South Loch Ness Trail on the south side, completed in 2018. The trail is suitable for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders and for walkers will take an average of 5-6 days to complete”.


A series of informal ‘Adventure Talks’ will take place on the main stage where keynote speakers will share their experience of adventures across Scotland and offer guidance on how to prepare.

 From nutrition to training and inspiration, there is lots to take in.


The Highland Adventure Fest will provide fun for all the family! Come along and experience it for yourself, it’ll give you lots of ideas of things to see and do in the coming year plus meet people with a similar love of the great outdoors.


Further information is available online at www.highlandadventurefest.co.uk or you can email info@highlandadventurefest.co.uk.

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