News about and concerning the local area
13 September 2019Community Council Elections
Community Council Elections will be held in November.... The poster says it all....
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30 August 2019Activities at Fortrose Library
12 August 2019FRCC concerns about proposed new leases for the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Campsite
There is a proposal to to be discussed at this weeks meeting of the Ross and Cromarty Group of the Highland Council that the Lease on the Fortrose campsite should be extended by thirty years after its current expiry in 2025. Similar discussions are ongoing in regard oof the Rosemarkie Campsite. This seems to FRCC an extraordinary long time and with nearly six years to run it seems premature to discuss a new lease. The letter below has been sent today to the Highland Coucil and our Ward Councillors:
T|he letter may be downloaded from HERE
25 July 2019FRCC submission to Local Development Plan Review
17 July 2019A letter to the Highland Council
The letter may be downloded HERE.....
16 July 2019FRCC supports Public toilets in Fortrose and Rosemarkie
FORTROSE AND ROSEMARKIE
NOTES OF MEETING ON 18 JUNE 2019 AT HIGHLAND COUNCIL OFFICES, INVERNESS
SUBJECT: PUBLIC TOILETS IN ROSEMARKIE AND FORTROSE
Gordon Adam (chair), Craig Fraser, Jennifer Barclay
Di Agnew (Ward manager), Debbie Sutton (Amenities manager), Erica McArthur (principal planner)
Tom Heath, Douglas Stuart
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Amenities/Groam House:
Doug MacLean, Barbara Cohen
SUMMARY OF POINTS DISCUSSED:
- SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation)
A SCIO has been formed, calling itself ‘ Fortrose and Rosemarkie Amenities Association’ with the aim, amongst other things, of managing the public toilets in both villages. Currently they are awaiting approval from OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator). With this approval, Highland Council will allow the body to take over the toilets on a full repairing and insuring lease. Insurance will also be required, but, as this is still being negotiated, a date for taking over has not yet been set.
- THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL POSITION
THC are very amenable to and supportive of the proposal, and are eager to proceed. However, in the event that the venture is not successful, THC will simply lock the doors and turn off the water. THC are unable to manage the toilets with volunteer labour, and would be obliged to use council employees or an outside agency. Funding for such an arrangement is not available, hence the need to arrange a lease.
- PARKLANDS FUNDING
Parklands, who are currently building the new care home on Ness Road, have a planning condition that obliges them to fund public art at the site. The sum of £15,000 has been allocated. They are happy to reallocate this fund to enable refurbishment and maintenance of public toilets, subject to council approval.
- PLANNING SITUATION
In principle, the planning condition (16) could be satisfied by placing artwork on the toilet buildings, rather than at the care home site. There has been some discussion between Groam House and local artists regarding mosaics or murals. Any artwork applied to the exterior of the buildings will probably require Conservation Area consent. If the community council is the applicant, the planning fees will be reduced by 50%. This proposal can be considered and arranged at a future date, after the toilets have been passed to the SCIO to manage.
- CAR PARKING CHARGES
Cllr Adam intimated that consideration was being given to the introduction of car parking charges locally. Proceeds could be used to assist in funding community facilities such as toilets. It was recognised that this was a controversial proposal and would require care in implementation, with the co-operation of the communities involved.
This was a very positive meeting, and councillors and officials were extremely supportive of the proposal by the SCIO to take over the toilets. The formation of the SCIO is clearly the key factor in bringing this about.
Douglas Stuart 2 July 2019
11 July 2019Approved Minutes of June 2019 FRCC meeting now available
Minutes of the June Community Council Meeting are now available for download HERE
11 July 2019Helpers wanted to set up St. Boniface Fair
The second Thursday in August means it's St.Boniface Fair time and as ever volunteers are needed to help set up the stalls on the morning of the event. The more the merrier from 0700 in Cathedral Square.
04 July 2019Agenda for FRCC meeting on 10th July
29 June 2019Highland Council replies to our letter on Traffic in Fortrose High Street
29 June 2019Highland Council replies to our letter on Grass Cutting
29 June 2019Draft Minutes from the 2019 AGM now available
The Draft Minutes of the 2019 AGM held on 12th June are now available for down;oad from the Documents/Minutes Section or by following the link below:
27 June 2019Observations on Fortrose High Street
A word file of the letter below may be downloaded HERE.
27 June 2019Community sold short in respect of grass cutting
26 June 2019Wellbeing on the Black Isle- Report Now Available
Mental Health and general wellbeing is now at the forefront of public debate. The contribution of the Community Council to the work of the Wellbeing Group is available on our web site HERE. Copies will also be available to read from next week at Fortrose Library and other outlets around the community.