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21 November 2017Community Partnership Meeting

The next meeting of the Mid Ross Community Partnership will take place on 30th of November at 2pm in the Theatre at Fortrose Academy. It will concentrate on the priorities for adults health and social care issues in the Mid Ross area.  The Agenda is as follows:


Mid Ross Community Partnership

November 30th 2017


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Actions from last meetings
    1. Partners will be asked to update on any actions they had from the previous meeting
  4. Adults Integration Plan
    1. Partners will receive a presentation on the current position of the Adults plan, development process and consider how this can be progressed or modified given local concerns/pressures.
  5. Falls Approach - Partners will hear about the local issues regarding people falling in the community, with examples provided by several agencies.
    1. Partners will be asked to consider how a joined up approach can be generated to improve the situation.
  6. Actions
  7. Next Meeting date confirmation

Details of the Mid-Ross Community Patrnership can be found HERE

20 November 2017October Minutes of FRCC

The pproved minutes from the October Community Council meeting are now available HERE

10 November 2017Winter Resilience - Roads for Gritting

The highland Council has published a map of the main roads that will be gritted as necessary during the winter of 2017/2018. It is available as a jpeg HERE

07 November 2017Community Councils in Scotland: Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement

Some heavy reading for those interested in that sort of thing. A Team at  Napier Univervisty has reported on a survey they have performed on how Community Councils gather information  It is available HERE in our documents/Minutes section.

30 October 2017Latest updates on Fibre Broadband Rollout

A paper publisked this month by Digital Highlands and Islands is available HERE

26 October 2017Minutes of September CC Meeting

The approved minutes from the September meeting are now available on the Documents/Minutes tab or by clicking HERE

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!)

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