News about and concerning the local area
13 October 2017Letter to Planning Committee
The Community Council has written to the Northern Planning Applcations Committee urging then to vote in favour of the Care home at next NPAC meeting on 17th October. The letter may be downloaded via documents/miscellaneous/letters/2017-10-13-letter-to-npac.docx
12 October 2017Planners Recommend Care Home should be Rejected
The Highland Council Planning Department has recommended rejection of the proposed Care Home in Ness Road. The Community Council and Black Isle Ward Councillors on the highland Council disagree with this recommendation and the application will now be determined at the Northern Planning Applications Committe meeting on 17th October. The Handling report recommending refusal is stored in the Documents section of this website under Miscellaneous/Reports.
The Community Council will be writing to all members of the NPAC urging them to ignore the plnner's recommendation and permit the building of the Care Home.
05 October 2017FRCC Involvement with Greenside Farm
Since August 2015, when the major application to build 50 homes on the Greenside Farm site in Rosemarkie was lodged by Paterson estates, until the granting of the application, FRCC worked with local residents and the wider community to oppose it. The overriding reasons for the Community Council’s objection were the lack of infrastructure to support continued large-scale house building in the area, the immediate dangers from yet more traffic passing through Fortrose and Rosemarkie High Streets and the ever-increasing concerns regarding the safety of the A9/B9161 Munlochy Junction. Local residents, particularly those in Courthill Road and close to the site access have more immediate concerns such as the danger of flooding and the lack of a safe pedestrian route to Rosemarkie centre.
Both before and after the determination of the application earlier this year, FRCC held regular meetings with Courthill Road residents and other interested parties. The purpose of these meeting was to coordinate the community’s concerns regarding misleading statements in developer submissions and inaccurate assumptions in consultee responses. As a consequence, FRCC send no fewer than 13 separate letters to Highland Council, many containing detailed technical analyses with much of the site specific and other information coming from local people. These letters together with the very limited response (4 replies) from the Highland Council and other relevant documents have all been filed on the FRCC website in the “Greenside” folder. In addition, there was separate correspondence between Rosemarkie locals and the Highland Council. Many of the letters from FRCC to the Highland Council were in the form of a consultation response and these received no response from the planning department. (The planners are required to take note of consultation responses but are not obliged to respond). Concerns raised in other letters and in those sent by local persons were simply dismissed.
After the Greenside application had been approved by the Northern Planning Applications Committee (NPAC), FRCC and local residents met and agreed that there appeared to be a significant developer bias in the presentation made by the planners to the NPAC. Errors and misleading statements in the planning report had been drawn to the attention of the planners but remained in the planning report issued to Committee members and in the presentation made to the NPAC. In consequence, a formal complaint was made to the Highland Council. Whilst this complaint cannot lead to a reversal of the decision to permit the development at Greenside Farm it is felt important to establish whether the application was processed fairly and to ensure that planning procedures are followed correctly in future major applications.
On completion of the Highland Council complaints procedure there was no resolution and the Community Council has no further formal means of pursuing the complaint. The Highland Council advised FRCC that if it was not satisfied with the Highland Council’s response it should contact the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman (SPSO) despite knowing that the relevant legislation expressly forbids Community Councils from making such representation. Complaints to the SPSO can only be made by individuals and it is likely that such a complaint will be lodged by a Rosemarkie resident in the near future.
In the meantime, FRCC has held a closed meeting with the recently appointed Chair of the NPAC , Ward Councillors and representatives of other Black Isle Community Councils to discuss the procedural failings of the planning process in respect of the Greenside and other applications.
A register of documents is available at documents/miscellaneous/greenside-register.xlsx
Links within this document give access to the individual items.
20 September 2017Approved minutes for July
The approved minutes for the July meeting of FRCC are now available in the document archive and may be viewed by clicking here
(Before anyone asks the reasons for the delay in posting is that there is no meeting of FRCC in August so that the July minutes could not be approved until the September meetin!)
08 September 2017Newsletter No.3 now available
The latest newsletter form your Community Council is now available and can be read on-line by clicking here.
08 September 2017
Newsletter NO.3 is now available. Click here to read.
08 September 2017Agenda for \September Community Council Meeting
03 September 2017Bank of Scotland responds to Ian Blackford MP
Ian Blackford MP has given permission for us to make the attached letter public.
24 August 2017Mobile Bank Times
The following notices referring to "service" after the Fortrose branch of the Bank of Scotland closes on 18th September are currently on prominent display st the branch. The mobile bank will be in Church Street Fortrose on Mondays between 0940 and 1140 and on Fridays between 1330 and 1515.
04 August 2017Draft Bus Table INVERNESS-FORTROSE-CROMARTY now available
No 26 Bus Route
Highland Council has awarded a contract to Stagecoach to enhance the bus service between Fortrose and Inverness to half hourly. This has been made possible using developer contributions from the new housing. Funding will only be available to support the contract for one year. It is hoped that after this the route will become commercially viable.
As a consequence of this contract award, Stagecoach has also decided to remove the North Kessock diversion from the Cromarty buses for most of the day (peak hour Cromarty buses will still divert into North Kessock) and instead provide a separate service for North Kessock.
The draft timetable may be viewed by pressing the external link below or looking in the Documents/Minutes on the sidebar and then selecting miscellaneous fololwed by services-26_28-xx-september-2017-draft.pdf
01 August 2017£1.5M Cromarty Bridge refurbishment set to get underway in August
Press Release from BEAR Scotland:
Major refurbishment works planned for the A9 Cromarty Bridge are set to get underway in August which will see four spans of the bridge upgraded.
Works will involve concrete repairs to the bridge deck and supports as well as the installation of protection measures to prevent future deterioration. The bridge deck will then be waterproofed and resurfaced to ensure a smooth and safe journey for bridge users.
The project, announced in December last year, will be undertaken over six months starting from Monday 14 August, and follows on from a previous phase of refurbishment work to the first four spans of the bridge carried out in 2011.
The £1.5M project is the latest investment into the 1,462m long structure, bringing the total invested into the bridge by Transport Scotland to £5.8M since January 2016. In the past 18 months this package of improvements included the replacement of the bridge parapets on both sides of the structure, the installation of scour protection measures around six of the bridge piers, as well as advanced electrical works to help facilitate the deck span refurbishment works commencing in August. Resurfacing was also completed in June across almost the whole length of the bridge, with the remaining sections to be resurfaced following completion of the bridge refurbishment project.
Temporary traffic lights will be continuously in place until the works are complete. This will allow for our teams to safely access the bridge to complete the repairs, and also ensure the safety of road users.
The temporary traffic lights will be monitored on site, and manually controlled at peak periods to optimise traffic flow through the work site. Timings of cruise ships to Cromarty Fifth have also been noted to allow for traffic to be accommodated.
BEAR Scotland has met with key stakeholders including The Highland Council, the emergency services, Cromarty Firth Port Authority and the Road Haulage Association to inform them of the planned upgrades to Cromarty Bridge, and feedback has been taken on board in the design of the works.
Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re pleased to begin the £1.5M refurbishment for Cromarty Bridge, which will ensure it continues to withstand the harsh natural environment and make sure it will remain in a safe working condition for years to come.
“We’ve met with representatives from The Highland Council, Cromarty Port Authority, the emergency services, Road Haulage Association and other stakeholders, and have taken account of the issues raised in the design and programming of the project.
“We’ve also taken on board the lessons learned from the previous refurbishment works in 2011 to make sure we can carry out this phase of bridge maintenance as quickly and effectively as possible.
“Our design teams have taken account of big events such as the Black Isle Show and Belladrum Festival when planning these works, and have arranged to start the project after these festivals have taken place to further limit any impact.
“We’ll be manually operating the temporary traffic signals at peak times to ensure traffic flows are optimised to minimise delays to road users, and, according to our traffic impact assessments, delays of up to ten minutes can be expected. We’ll be working to keep delays as low as possible and using VMS signs to inform motorists of traffic conditions. Traffic Scotland will be kept up to date to share information about delays.
“We thank road users in advance while we complete these works, and encourage them to plan ahead using the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”
Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland,org or twitter @trafficscotland.
31 July 2017Tulloch withdraw application to "move" Footpath
Following representations from the Community Council and others Tulloch have withdrawn their planning application (17/01547) which would effectively have meant that they would not build the promised footpath throught the Chanonry Park amenity area.
31 July 2017Community Council Comments of ATM removal from Fortrose
In response to a planning application to remove the Cash Machine from the Bank of Scotland in Fortrose the Community Council has lodged the following objection with the highland Council.
FRCC object to the removal of the ATM until such time as satisfactory alternative arrangements have been made. Plans to remove it feel premature. You may be aware that Ian Blackford MP is corresponding with Lloyds Banking Group in relation to the closure of the Fortrose branch of the Bank of Scotland and the provision of alternative banking services in the area (letter attached). Kate Forbes MSP has also taken up this issue. Discussions between community representatives and the Bank of Scotland have yet to be convened. It would be inappropriate to allow the removal of the ATM from the bank building until such time as these discussions are satisfactorily completed and acceptable arrangements finalised
Details of the application may be seen at http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OS79AHIHH8800 or by clicking on the "External Link" button
31 July 2017Help Needed for St. Boniface Fair
The annual St, Boniface fair will be held in Fortrose on Thurday 10th August. All are invited to help with setting up the stalls from 7am onwards and to take down again after 4pm.
31 July 2017Emergency Dog Poo Bags Available