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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.


ENDS                                                                                                  28 July 2017

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

16 July 2017Highland Council Housing Land Audit 2017

The Highland Council Housing is inviting comment on its Land Audit 2017. This may be accessed via the Council website at http://consult.highland.gov.uk/portal/dp/iandr/hla/hla_2016_1/hla2017


A copy is also stored in the consultations tab of the documents section on this site.


13 July 2017Minutes for June FRCC meeting approved

At last night's Community Council Meeting (12th June) the minutes of the June meeting were approved and are now available on the Documents/Minutes page

04 July 2017Consultation on Forestry Bill

The Scottish Parliament is running a consultation on the Forestry and Land Management
(Scotland) Bill and its likely impact. Both individuals and representative bodies are invited to submit written evidence as described at http://www.parliament.scot/S5…/Forestry_-_Call_for_views.pdf . The Community Council would welcome advice from any one with expertise in this field who might prefer to submit evidence through the Community Council rather than as an individual. Anyone interested please contact Tom Heath on 01381-620377

03 July 2017St Boniface Fair 10th August - Book a stall

The annual St Boniface Fair will be held in Cathedral Square Fortrose on Thursday 10th August from 1-4 pm....For details on how to book a stall call 07714 768394 or contact the organisers via the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StBonifaceFair/


30 June 2017Coop is looking for applications to fund local projects

You may know that the Co-op funds local projects as part of its committment to the Community. The next round of funding applications is now open and details may be found at: https://colleaguestories.coop.co.uk/2017/06/28/local-cause-applications-open-spread-the-word/


29 June 2017Help Needed at Rosemarkie Toddler Group

29 June 2017Temporary Closure of Academy Street Fortrose

Please note that Academy Street in Fortrose will be closed from 1730 on Thursday 27th July till the following morning.

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