Glen Urquhart Community Council


Saturday 6th March 2021


Notice of A82 Total Road Closure  Sunday 21st March 2021 2200hrs to 0600hrs Monday 22nd March


Media Release


The A82 will require to be closed between Spean Bridge & Fort William to allow the recovery of a digger from the roadside 1mile south of Spean Bridge.
 

A full closure will be implemented on Sunday 21st March 2200hrs to 0600hrs Monday 22nd March to reduce disruption to the travelling public.

Due to the recovery operation & crane position we are unable to allow any vehicle through at any point during the set closure times.

Diversion Route

Distance: 161.7 miles























Saturday 27th February 2021


Forest and Land Scotland (FLS) Notification for Shenval West


The trees along the AKW and riverside at Balnain have been mostly done. There are just a few stragglers that are being cut now – but the contractors will be using banksmen so the road has reopened.


This is a new operation at Shenval on attached map. Here the forest roads directly below the yellow ‘coupes’ will be closed for a few weeks while the harvesters are near the road. We will put up warning signs. The lower road which is also the AKW and a Core Path will stay open.


Click here for PDF of map



Tuesday 23rd February 2021


Bhlaraidh wind farm extension online exhibition


Click here for PDF

Click here for https://www.sserenewables.com/BhlaraidhExtension

















































Tuesday 9 Feb 2021


Forest and Land Scotland (FLS) Notification of Tree Felling work in Balnain area

Affric Kintail Way temporary road closure


Due to tree felling it has become necessary for public safety to close the lower road shown on the map below.  This road is also part of the Affric Kintail Way.  The road will be closed  from 15th to 22nd Feb 2021.





























 




















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Friday 8th Jan 2021






Temporary road closure – A833


Motorists are being advised of the following temporary road closure which is necessary in the interests of public safety during the abnormal load movement of electricity transformers.

A833 MILTON – PHOINEAS (‘BROCHIES CORNER’) ROAD, INVERNESS-SHIRE

Length of Road to be Closed – A833 Milton – Phoineas (‘Brochies Corner’) Road, Inverness-shire, closed between its junction with the A831 Drumnadrochit – Cannich – Beauly Toll Road and its junction with the A862 Telford Street – Clachnaharry – Windhill Road.

Closure will be in force from 20:00 hours on Saturday 9 January and shall remain in effect until 09:00 hours on Sunday 10 January 2021.

Local, pedestrian and emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.

ENDS

The Highland Council, Corporate Communications
01463 702020 



Tuesday 22nd Dec 2020


Thank you message to the community


On behalf of Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association (GURCA) and the Glen Urquhart Community Council (GUCC) we would like to thank the many workers and volunteers who have helped the community throughout the past year. 

When the pandemic started a steering group was formed to help coordinate the local response and more than 100 people volunteered to help – an amazing response. In addition we had the full support of the local business community, health & care professionals and Soirbheas. 

The local shops and eating places have done an amazing job in keeping everyone in supplies and keeping us safe.

Clearly the start of 2021 is going to be difficult with the whole country going into Tier 4 restrictions but hopefully as the year progresses we will start to return to a more normal situation and be able to meet up and enjoy each others company once again.

Stay safe and we wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and very best wishes for 2021

Susan Clark – GURCA    and David Fraser – GUCC



Tuesday 22nd Dec 2020


Forest and Land Scotland (FLS) Update regarding Tree Felling work in Balnain area


Please be aware that the work at Balnain forestry will continue throughout the Christmas holiday period and is currently expected to finish by the end of February 2021.  For details see news item below dated Friday 20th Nov 2020.


Thursday 3rd Dec 2020







Inverness winter payments scheme 2020/21


Download the application form here: www.highland.gov.uk/invernesswinterpayments

People on low income can apply for a one-off payment of £86 from The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee 2020/21 winter payments scheme to help them with their winter fuel bills.

Provost and Leader of Inverness Area, Councillor Helen Carmichael said: “If you live in the Aird and Loch Ness, Inverness West, Inverness Central, Inverness Ness-side, Inverness Millburn, Culloden and Ardersier and Inverness South Wards you may be entitled to financial support during winter when extra fuel is needed to keep homes warm. The City of Inverness Area Committee winter payments scheme is designed to help people who are most in need and I urge anyone who meets the eligibility criteria to apply for and claim the one-off winter payment of £86 that they are entitled to. The scheme is aimed at anyone on low income of all ages and not just pensioners.”

Residents of the 7 Inverness Wards are encouraged to apply for the one-off £86 winter payment, if any of the following applies to them: 

aged 90 or older on or before 28 February 2021 irrespective of savings; or

receive a Scottish Welfare Fund Crisis Grant Payment between 1 December 2020 and 28 February 2021;

receive Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit);

have a child/children under the age of five and you must be in receipt of Income Support; Income Based Jobseekers Allowance; Universal Credit; or Income Based Employment and Support Allowance;

in receipt of:

o Pension Credit (Savings Credit);

o Income Support;

o Universal Credit;

o Income-based Jobseekers Allowance;

o Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;

o Incapacity Benefit. 

The applicant must also have someone who lives in their household who is receiving: 

Attendance Allowance;

Middle or high rate Disability Living Allowance (care component);

War Widow’s or War Widower’s pension;

Personal Independence payment (daily-living component);

Armed Forces Independence payment.

In addition, applicants must be able to confirm that there are no residents in the household in receipt of a wage either now or in the previous calendar month or with capital in excess of £6,000. This does not apply if they will be aged 90 or over on or before 28 February 2021 or if they received a Scottish Welfare Fund Crisis Grant Payment between 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.  Only one application per household will be accepted.

Application forms for the Inverness Winter Payments Scheme 2020/21 are available by

telephoning 01349 886661 (Monday to Friday 9am -4pm);

telephoning the Council’s Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004;

contact local Citizens Advice Bureau; or

download the application form here: 

www.highland.gov.uk/invernesswinterpayments



The deadline for return of application forms is 28 February 2021.

Application Forms should be returned by post to: 

The Highland Council, 
FREEPOST RRXJ-GGJX-CRYR, 
PO Box 5650, 
Inverness, IV3 5NX

The Inverness Winter Payments Scheme is fully funded by the Inverness Common Fund and is therefore only available to eligible people within the 7 specified Inverness Wards.

Inverness Common Good Funding can only be used to principally benefit people living within the geographic area of the former Burgh of Inverness. However, The Highland Council along with NHS Highland Public Health, Independent Food Aid Network and the Trussell Trust, have produced a new guide which brings together a wide range of relevant financial advice and support with contact details aimed at people who are struggling to make ends meet.

The Worrying About Money? guide covers information for people waiting for claims to be assessed as well as those already receiving benefits. Topics including advice on what to do if anyone finds themselves having a sudden loss of income or if their statutory sick pay does not cover their living expenses. There is also information on how to apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund, maximising income and benefit advice, debt advice and how to challenge a decision.

The Worrying About Money Guide is available on the Highland Council website here    https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/102970/benefit_advice



Friday 20th Nov 2020



Forest and Land Scotland (FLS) Notification of Tree Felling work in Balnain area


Forest & Land Scotland will be starting tree felling in the Balnain area week commencing 23rd November. The area involved is coloured yellow on the map below.


The road running west, will stay open for any Affric Kintail Way users with advice on safety signs for users. However since heavy machinery will be used and the roads may be temporarily unpleasant FLS will encourage dog walkers, horses, cyclists etc to use the routes running east from the car park during the felling work.


FLS will erect signage


Click on the map for larger image.


FLS Balnain tree felling 2_1. Location.pdf


















































































































Wednesday 4th Nov 2020


Bear notification of roadworks A82



 4TH GENERATION TERM CONTRACT FOR MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SCOTTISH TRUNK ROAD NETWORK – NORTH WEST UNIT

A82 NORTH OF DOCHFOUR – CARRIAGEWAY RESURFACING

INFORMATION LETTER


BEAR Scotland, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will be undertaking essential resurfacing works on a section of the A82 Trunk Road to the North of Loch Dochfour, approx. 5km south of Inverness. Please find enclosed location plan for geographical clarity.

The works are programmed for construction from Sunday 29th November to Thursday 10th December 2020 between 8pm and 6am each night, a total of 10 nights, with no works currently planned for Friday or Saturday nights.

Due to the nature of the works and restricted road widths, it will be necessary to close the A82 trunk Road in both directions each night to ensure the safety of our workforce and members of the public, which is of paramount importance. As there is no suitable diversion route, amnesties will be provided at 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am and 4am to allow waiting vehicles to be escorted through the site safely under a 10mph convoy traffic management system.

The road closure will be removed out with working hours, however a 30mph speed limit will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary road surface.

Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

We understand that road closures of this nature will be disruptive and have planned the works overnight when traffic flows are lower, to reduce the impact of the works. BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland wish to thank the local community in advance for their patience during these essential works.

Should you have any specific concerns or require further information please do not hesitate to contact Craig Kerr by e-mail at NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk.

Yours faithfully,

Kenneth Hossack

Assistant Planned Maintenance Manager (North)

For and on behalf of BEAR Scotland


Location map below, click on map for larger image.



20-NW-0320-012-001 Location Plan.pdf

































Wednesday 21st Oct 2020








































Monday 19th Oct 2020


Important update to Bear Scotland road works notification re: Telford Street Roundabout


Due to the adverse weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow, there will be no works undertaken at the above site. This will therefore mean that the A82 will remain open as normal tonight and tomorrow night, and works will now be undertaken from Wednesday 21st to 26th October, with no works planned for Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th October.

 

Should the works be affected further, another update will be sent as soon as possible.

 

Apologies for the disruption this may cause, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Visit us @   www.bearscot.com


Tuesday 13th October


Notification from The Highland Council of Road Closures


1) Temporary closure of the A833 Milton – Phoineas Road, Inverness-shire. The road closure is required to enable an abnormal load movement to safely proceed (SSE electricity transformer). The closure will come into effect at 8pm on Sat 17 Oct until 9am on Sun 18 October 2020.


2)  There will be a temporary prohibition of traffic on the C1072 Abriachan to part of the Foxhole Road, Inverness-shire. Restrictions will apply between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Monday 19 October 2020. These restrictions are required during arboriculture works.


Monday 12th Oct 2020


Notification from Woodland Trust of Road Closure - Abriachan to A82
















































Monday 31st Aug 2020

Bear Scotland road works notification re: Telford Street Roundabout & Friars Bridge
closure 19th to 22nd Oct 2020


 A82 TELFORD STREET ROUNDABOUT – CARRIAGEWAY RESURFACING

INFORMATION LETTER


BEAR Scotland, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will be undertaking essential carriageway resurfacing works on the A82 Trunk Road at Telford Street Roundabout. A location plan is enclosed for geographical clarity.

The works are programmed for construction from Monday 19th October to Thursday 22nd October 2020, between 7pm and 7am each night, a total of four nights. There are no works currently planned to be undertaken at the weekend.

Due to high traffic volumes across this section of the A82, we have programmed these works to be carried out overnight. Furthermore, due to the nature of the works and restricted road widths, it will be necessary to close Telford Street Roundabout each night to ensure the safety of our workforce and members of the public, which is of paramount importance. A signed alternative diversion route will be available for vehicles travelling North of the roundabout via Telford Street, King Brude Road, General Booth Road, A82 Trunk Road, West Link Road, A9 Trunk Road and A82 Trunk Road. For cars travelling South of the roundabout a diversion route will be available via Kenneth Street, Tomnahurich Street, Glenurquhart Road, West Link Road, A9 Trunk Road and A82 Trunk Road. The road closure will be removed out with working hours, however warning signs will remain in place, as traffic will be travelling over a temporary road surface.

We understand that a road closure of this nature will be disruptive and have planned the works overnight when traffic flows are lower, to reduce the impact of the works. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience whilst these essential works are undertaken.

Should you require further information,  contact us by e-mail at NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk.


Location Plan click this link for larger image.pdf































Diversion Location Plan click this link for larger image.pdf






























Thursday 6th Aug 2020


Advice for campers from Mountaineering Scotland




















































































Saturday 1st Aug 2020







Temporary road closure - A831 Drumnadrochit - Cannich - Beauly Toll Road


The A831 Drumnadrochit - Cannich - Beauly Toll Road will be temporarily closed from 6pm to 11pm daily from Monday 3 August until Tuesday 4 August 2020.

The closure is to allow public utility maintenance work to take place safely.

The closure affects the length of the A831 Drumnadrochit – Cannich – Beauly Toll Road, starting at its junction with the C1110 Cannich – Fasnakyle – Kerrow Wood Road to its junction with the C1108 Kiltarlity – Eskadale – Kerrow Road.


Monday 27th July 2020


Craigmonie Woodland – damage by motorbikes.


Forest & Land Scotland are currently making  good progress in restoring the paths in the Craigmonie woodlands. Currently (25th July) around 90% of the path formation now being complete. The next stage is taking in the stone for the path surface. All the paths will be finished with type 1 subbase with a 50mm top layer of whin dust, this type of surface will be damaged quickly if not given enough time to settle.


Since work started about 7 weeks ago there has been a lot of motorbike activity and as a result the surface has been damaged most evenings, signs reminding motorbikes that they are not permitted on Woodland trust nor Forest & Land Scotland property have been removed on more than one occasion.


The Craigmonie woodland is a local resource  looked after by volunteers. We are asking everyone to help look after the woods. If you see any motorbikes in the woods please to report it to the police on 101.


If you are aware of anyone who may be using a motorbike in the woods please explain that the woods are paths are not suitable locations for motorbikes.


New signage will be erected by Forest and Land Scotland.


Thank you for your help


Glen Urquhart Community Council



Thursday 16th July 2020








Highland Council warns of COVID-19 crisis grants scam


The Highland Council is warning the public to be on their guard for the latest COVID-19 scam which is circulating around the country. Information on this scam was received by Highland Council Trading Standards, through a national intelligence network.

The scam involves a text message which states that crisis grants of £1500 are now available to individuals who need support during the pandemic.  It asks the recipient to click on a link to check eligibility, gov.crisis-grant.com.

Mark McGinty, Trading Standards Team Leader, says: “In this type of scam, the scammers are hoping that those in our community who are in real need of financial assistance will click on the link.  The link clearly isn’t a link to an official Government site and by clicking on it, the recipient runs the risk of opening up their personal and financial data, which will likely be used for criminal purposes with no thought for the harm it may cause the individual concerned.”

Sheila McKandie, Head of Revenues & Customer Services, added: “I would urge everyone who reads this message to help stop the scam by sharing this warning and advice issued by Highland Council with as many family members, friends and neighbours as they possibly can.”

She said: “If you, or someone you know, is needing financial support, the Council’s Welfare Support Team can undertake a welfare check to ensure that their household’s income is maximised by claiming all entitlements that are due.  Our team can be contacted on 0800 090 1004 or by email to welfare.support@highland.gov.uk.  Alternatively, your local Citizens Advice Bureau is on hand and has a team of experts to offer advice and to assist with completing all relevant application forms.”

Any individual who receives one of these scam texts is asked to delete it completely from their device.

Highland Council Trading Standards work in partnership with Advice Direct Scotland (ADS). 

Anyone who thinks they may have been scammed can contact ADS who offer free and confidential consumer advice on Freephone 0808 164 6000 or by email through their website address at: www.consumeradvice.scot

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Mura h-eil na beachdan a tha air an cur an cèill sa phost-d seo a' buntainn ri gnothachas Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, 's ann leis an neach fhèin a chuir air falbh e a tha iad, is chan eil iad an-còmhnaidh a' riochdachadh beachdan na Comhairle, no buidhnean buntainneach, agus chan eil am post-d seo na phàirt de chunnradh sam bith mura h-eil sin air innse.

Listening * Open * Valuing * Improving * Supporting * Partnering * Delivering

Èisteachd * Fosgailte * Luach * Leasachadh * Taic * Com-pàirteachas * Lìbhrigeadh






Thursday 2nd July 2020


Communities and place - Update from Highland Council


While there have not been so many significant changes in the service this week--- the most important announcement, especially with the schools about to go on holiday, is that open air play parks can commence to reopen. You will recall that they were closed up, as they were seen as possible sites of risk of transmitting Covid.

Before any site can reopen, inspections have to take place and, yes, you have guessed it, the same small team that we have had the great response to work changes from, perform this duty. This team are also under strength and due holidays after the sterling shifts they have put in during Covid lockdown. On speaking to our local operational manager the plan is to inspect play parks as the amenities teams move through the towns and villages on their next cutting schedule. Play parks will only be reopened if it is safe to do so ,since some equipment may have failed in the intervening period. Keeping safe and hygiene will be the responsibility of parents and good practise will be to wipe down prior to use of equipment. Clearly, the council staff cannot be asked to do this. This is similar practise to the toilets use.

As Bear get back to work and have quickly commenced cutting large swathes of trunk road verges I am sure your mail bag/phone calls will have increased as concerned residents contact you about over zealous cutting and destruction of flowers that have not seeded yet, by the council. The council have commenced talks with Bear and Transport Scotland about cutting less which is in line with the council and has a direct saving to tax payers while helping environmentally. The message in general has to be ----Bear cut Trunk and council the rest. Working with our communities we can make more people happy and save money.

We are happy to stay that the extra team for burials have been ‘stood down’ and from lessons learned the burial service will move to digitising.

I haven’t forgotten about the extra requests for vans, trailers, other recycling materials at the Recycling Centres and neither have officers----they are working hard to increase the service---and I will update as soon as possible



Thursday 4th June 2020


A82 – Resumption of road repairs notification from BEAR

BEAR Scotland, working on behalf of Transport Scotland, are planning to carry out essential resurfacing works at 3 locations on the A82 Trunk Road between Invergarry and Inverness. Please see attached consultation letter with details and location plans for the closures.

The works from Drumnadrochit to Temple Pier are programmed to be carried out between 8pm-6am from Sunday 14th to Wednesday 17th June for 4 nights. The carriageway will be subject to a road closure due to the restricted road widths within this section to ensure the safety of the workforce and members of the travelling public. Amnesties will be provided to allow traffic to pass through the site at 9pm, 10pm, 12am, 2am, and 4am. During these times vehicles will be escorted through under a 10mph convoy.

The works North of Invergarry and at Eilean Dubh are proposed to be carried out under a full road closure between 7pm – 7pm from Sunday 21st June to Wednesday 8th July. The A82 will be closed between Invergarry and Aberchalder with a diversion route available via the A87 from Invergarry to Bunloyne and the A887 from Bunloyne to Invermoriston. This diversion is expected to add 22 minutes to the total journey of vehicles travelling between Invergarry and Invermoriston.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and strict physical distancing measures in line with Scottish Government guidance will be in place on site to ensure the safety of site staff.

(Click this link for PDF document giving further details and maps of proposed works)

If you require any further information or would like to comment on any of the proposed works please to not hesitate to contact Bradley Doran by email at nwconsultation@bearscotland.co.uk



Tuesday 2nd June 2020


Motorbikes in Woodland & Vandalism to Woodland Trust Property

 

The Woodland Trust and Forest & Land Scotland have received complaints about people using motorbikes in Balmacaan Woods, there was also an incident where a pedestrian was very nearly injured. We would remind everyone that motorbikes are not permitted in any of these woods and users may be reported to the Police using the 101 telephone number.

Sadly there has been a problem with vandalism to the gates that stop access to the old Balmacaan Estate water tanks. Damage to the gates can be a serious safety hazard as well as costly to repair. Again anyone with any information is asked to contact the local police.




Tuesday 28th April 2020


Online Fraud


We are aware of a recent incidence of online fraud in Glen Urquhart and ask that we are all extra careful if we get a call, text or email asking for personal details. No matter how convincing the person may sound, or authentic the email the police advice is simply if you are in any doubt or have any concerns about who is contacting you do not provide any personal details. 

 

Currently on the Police Scotland website they have advice and guidance on shutting out scammers and the advice is as follows

 

It's not easy to spot a scammer, please be cautious and don't let them fool you

1. Be vigilant and on guard if someone turns up / phones or emails unexpectedly.

2. Don't rely on their word or identity card. Phone the company using a number you know is real to verify the caller or person (no legitimate business would mind you hanging up on them and phoning back on a number you know to belong to that business). Don't let the person on the phone try to give you another number to phone, this may be false.

3. Never be persuaded to provide your personal details or let them put pressure on you to do so.
4. Don't feel embarrassed, genuine callers would expect you to be vigilant.

5. Never provide personal data such as your full name, address and date of birth.

6. If in any doubt whatsoever end the call or don't answer your door.

7. No legitimate business would expect you to make a decision about anything on the spot.

8. Never click on any text / email or online links or attachments you can't be 100% sure are safe.

9. Be very aware if you receive texts / calls or emails about having money owed to you from any company, this most likely won't be the case.

 "if in any doubt whatsoever do not provide any details".


Monday 27th April 2020


Online briefing on EU Citizens’ rights












A series of free on-line seminars on EU citizens’ rights is being organised by the Citizens Rights Project, which works with EU citizens across Scotland. The webinars will focus mainly on the ‘Settled Status’ scheme under which EU citizens currently in the UK can get a permanent right to stay in the country. The series of five webinars will run from 29 April until mid-May, and will feature a range of legal and other experts. Each webinar will run for an hour, with time for Q & A.

The first seminar, at 1600 on 29 April will look at the overall picture of “EU citizens’ rights in the UK under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement”. The speaker will be advocate, Mark Lazarowicz, who has represented EU citizens in a number of cases involving citizens’ rights.

Mark Lazarowicz, who is an advocate with Terra Firma Chambers, said: “The rights of EU citizens in the UK are founded on the ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ agreed between the EU and UK. This includes the right to continue to reside which have been brought into effect by the UK’s ‘EU Settlement Scheme’, but also other provisions about equal rights at work, access to public services and benefits, and social security coordination. It also includes other provisions for on citizens’ right issues. It is important that those working in this area have an up-to date knowledge of these wider rights that EU citizens have during the Transition Period, and beyond”.

Places for this webinar should be booked here.

The dates and speakers of the future events in the seminar are as follows:

 6 May 2020, 1600. Settled Status and pre-settled status: Kenneth Campbell QC

 12 May 2020, 1600. Specific issues in applying for settled status: Janey Armstrong, Partner, Drummond Miller solicitors.

 14 May 2020, 1600 The experience of applicants for settled status: Dorota Peszkowska, Project Officer, FENIKS EU Settlement Scheme Support project

 Date TBC. The ‘suitability test’ – the consequences of criminal convictions: Alan Caskie, Advocate

I hope that your organisation will be represented at this event. Please feel free to book as many places as you like. Additionally, if you know any other organisations that you think would benefit from attending, please do forward this email on to them.

I have also attached a poster, should you wish to share the event in your social media.

If you have any questions, please contact our project team at info@citizensrightsproject.org





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