News about and concerning the local area

14 May 2019April Minutes now available

The approved minutes of the April Community Council Meeting are now available in Documents and Minutes HERE

09 May 2019Trying to keep public toilets open

FRCC is continuing to work to keep our public toilets open:


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.

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