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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

As part of its ongoing review of our Local Development Plan the Highland Council has asked Community Council to recommend sites for development. The full reponse of FRCC may be downloaded from the Document/Minutes section of this site. The summary is below:

17 July 2019A letter to the Highland Council


The letter may be downloded HERE.....

16 July 2019FRCC supports Public toilets in Fortrose and Rosemarkie









Ward councillors:

Gordon Adam (chair), Craig Fraser, Jennifer Barclay


Council officers:

Di Agnew (Ward manager), Debbie Sutton (Amenities manager), Erica McArthur (principal planner)


FRCC representatives:

Tom Heath, Douglas Stuart


Fortrose and Rosemarkie Amenities/Groam House:

Doug MacLean, Barbara Cohen




  1. 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.




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, 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.




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.



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.

22 June 2019Chanonry Bus Timetable and Details

The following documents are now available inrespect of the Free  Holiday bus service operting between Fortrose, Rosemarkie and Chanonry Point:


1) Detailed Timetable and Route

2) Chanonry Point Leaflet

3) Chanonry Point Poster


Please click on the above links to access the information.





19 June 2019Bus Timetable Consultation



Message received from Stagecoach:


Stagecoach North Scotland is inviting customers to review their proposed timetables from Tuesday 18th June until Friday 28th June 2019. All feedback received will be reviewed ahead of the final timetables being submitted for registration. The new timetables are planned to take effect from Monday 19th August 2019.

Aberdeenshire Council made some changes to supported services and in line with these changes coming into effect on Monday 19th August the local bus operator has reviewed their network across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Also from the same date a series of revisions are proposed to take place in the Highlands.

David Liston, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: “Our plans to revise our network in August follow a thorough analysis of the performance of our bus services and also take on board feedback from our customers, stakeholders and staff. We continually monitor our services and these revisions will allow us to improve our reliability and use all of our resources in the best way to meet the demand for bus travel across the region. All feedback received helps us to ensure we have optimised departure times and routes and would be grateful for all comments by Friday 28th June 2019 either via email or in person at one of the events we will be hosting or attending.”

How to give your feedback –

Send via email no later than Friday 28th June 2019 to nscotmarketing@stagecoachbus.com.

 At an event –

 Stagecoach representatives will be available to discuss the proposals at the below events –

 Thursday 20th June Inverness Bus Station, 10:00-12:00

  • Thursday 20th June: Aberdeenshire Area Bus Forum, Gordon House, Inverurie, 19:30 – 21:30
  • Monday 24th June: Kemnay Town Hall 12:30-14:30.
  • Tuesday 25th June: Union Square Bus Station, Aberdeen 15:00-17:00
  • Thursday 27th June Lochardil Hotel, Inverness, 14:00-15:30
  • Thursday 27th June Inverness Bus Station, 16:00-18:00


Full details and proposed timetables available to download here - 





Kim Masson

Marketing Manager

Stagecoach North Scotland

13 June 2019Scottish Government Review of Local Governance

The Scottish Government wants to devolve more power to more local levels.

In December 2017 they jointly launched the Local Governance Review with COSLA to ensure Scotland’s diverse communities and different places have greater control and influence over decisions that affect them most. The status of the review may be viewed at HERE

13 June 2019May Minutes now available

The Minutes from the May meeting of Fortrose and Rosemarkie Community Council wer approved at last night's meeting and are now available HERE 

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