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Sunart Community Council Helping Hands – a COVID-19 Coronavirus community response. We want you to know we are here to help. 

If you need help, go to this page and complete the survey form: https://sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/get-help , email: helpinghands@sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk

Pines Medical Centre updated procedures, other useful information and to find out how we are helping the community during the crisis: See:- https://sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/covid19

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The Highland Council is looking at where improved tourism infrastructure is needed in Lochaber. E.g. Car Parking at certain viewpoints or beauty spots, camper van waste disposal points, toilets etc. You have until 18th December to send them your views.... see document on our website
sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/notices/tourism-infrastructure-plan-consultation-with-community-coun...
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The Highland Council is looking at where improved tourism infrastructure is needed in Lochaber. E.g. Car Parking at certain viewpoints or beauty spots, camper van waste disposal points, toilets etc. You have until 18th December to send them your views.... see document on our website
https://sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/notices/tourism-infrastructure-plan-consultation-with-community-councils

Just to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the volunteers who have been keeping the Memorial tidy - you know who you are! Nice to see that despite the lack of public service ... The Fallen are not forgotten. ... See MoreSee Less

Just to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the volunteers who have been keeping the Memorial tidy - you know who you are! Nice to see that despite the lack of public service ... The Fallen are not forgotten.

AND ANOTHER POINT....
Following recent correspondence F&LS have acce pted our idea that it would be good to consult on any other issues / improvements required on these routes. Perhaps you have noticed other areas of deterioration or would like to share an idea. If you email the Community Council we will pass on any thoughts. Here's what they say......
“......FLS are going to be looking at how to repair the bridges and get the path back open. The community council thinks this it would be good to go back to FLS with other ideas for improvements, so let us know if you have suggestions? Please note there is no funding committed to this currently from FLS or the Community Council............”

ANOTHER UPDATE
ALL FOUR BRIDGES ARE NOW CLOSED. The lower Strontian Bridge is probably going to have to be replaced. Forestry and Land Scotland have reassured us that reopening these routes is a priority. The HC Ranger Service and WalkHighlands have been informed.

UPDATE - BOTH RIVER BRIDGES TO CLOSE in the Ariundle Nature Reserve AND those on the eastern side (Faeries Road)
We have received an email today from Forestry & Land Scotland as follows:
"I have spoken with CE colleagues and they are advising the closure of two bridges in the Ariundle NNR and a further two on a link path Rathad na Sìdhein (faeries road) as per attached maps.

This is due to Health and Safety issues, therefore until a definitive inspection and report is carried out by qualified structural engineers we have to close these structures. We intend undertaking these inspections between now and the Christmas period. The reports will give us a definitive outline of required actions to take forward.

I intend a gradual closure process over this week to allow some adjustment for user groups and anticipate that the bridges as notified will be closed off by 20th Novemeber 2020. This will lend to limited access to Ariundle with an inability to cross the River onto the Torra Ban side of the river. The restrictions will also prevent through travel over Rathad na Sìdhein (faeries road).
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AND ANOTHER POINT....
Following recent correspondence F&LS have acce pted our idea that it would be good to consult on any other issues /  improvements required on these routes. Perhaps you have noticed other areas of deterioration or  would like to share an idea.  If you email the Community Council we will pass on any thoughts. Heres what they say......
“......FLS are going to be looking at how to repair the bridges and get the path back open. The community council thinks this it would be good to go back to FLS with other ideas for improvements, so let us know if you have suggestions? Please note there is no funding committed to this currently from FLS or the Community Council............”

ANOTHER UPDATE
ALL FOUR BRIDGES ARE NOW CLOSED. The lower Strontian Bridge is probably going to have to be replaced. Forestry and Land Scotland have reassured us that reopening these routes is a priority. The HC Ranger Service and WalkHighlands have been informed.

UPDATE - BOTH RIVER BRIDGES TO CLOSE in the Ariundle Nature Reserve AND those on the eastern side (Faeries Road)
We have received an email today from Forestry & Land Scotland as follows:  
I have spoken with CE colleagues and they are advising the closure of two bridges in the Ariundle NNR and a further two on a link path Rathad na Sìdhein (faeries road) as per attached maps.
 
This is due to Health and Safety issues, therefore until a definitive inspection and report is carried out by qualified structural engineers we have to close these structures. We intend undertaking these inspections between now and the Christmas period. The reports will give us a definitive outline of required actions to take forward.
 
I intend a gradual closure process over this week to allow some adjustment for user groups and anticipate that the bridges as notified will be closed off by 20th Novemeber 2020. This will lend to limited access to Ariundle with an inability to cross the River onto the Torra Ban side of the river. The restrictions will also prevent through travel over Rathad na Sìdhein (faeries road).Image attachmentImage attachment

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Is the bridge at the top being looked at too? As you head to Sgurr Dhomhnuill? the wood on that bridge would give health and safety nightmares.

Thanks for letting us know. Looking forward to re-opening of these bridges.

Will the bridges on the faeries road be repaired to be fit for horses as we’ve been asking for for a couple of years now?

What a change in the conditions underfoot and on the boardwalk since yesterday's run 24 hours ago. Such a shame that Phemies looks like it's about to go the way of Ariundle and The Fairies road... boardwalk bust...be careful up there folks...

Sunart Community Council hi folks, who are the best body to speak to re expediting this? Six months seems unreasonable especially when there are staff furloughed at present who could potentially manufacture something off-site ready for installation. Signage at start of Faeries Road at the top of the Community Woodland does indeed indicate April and with new lockdown travel restrictions meaning exercise needs to be taken locally it would seem sensible to push this through sooner rather than later. Thank you.

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Ariundle Bridge Closure!! We have been notified of the imminent closure of the Lower Bridge over the River Strontian in the Ariundle Oak Woods due to structural issues. Forestry and Land Scotland are seeking funding for replacement. This is very well used and we will press for urgent replacement. (Please share) ... See MoreSee Less

Ariundle Bridge Closure!! We have been notified of the imminent closure of the Lower Bridge over the River Strontian in the Ariundle Oak Woods due to structural issues. Forestry and Land Scotland are seeking funding for replacement. This is very well used and we will press for urgent replacement. (Please share)

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Please see the latest post relating to the National Nature Reserve. 4 bridges will be shut over the next week leaving NO circular route on the normal paths.

It would be really good if the horse riders stopped using these bridges... despite the signage, we can all see the horseshoe marks...

Gemma Gray

Dean

Next SCC Meeting this Thursday 12th Nov at 7.30pm via Zoom. As usual please drop us a line with any Agenda items you wish to bring to our attention. ... See MoreSee Less

The Community Councils' Helping Hands Volunteers are still here to help. Although the Helpline phone number and Sunday lunches are not currently available, our brilliant volunteers continue to deliver prescriptions door to door until another process can be found for prescriptions. We are still a Lochaber Food Bank distribution point and if you are sheilding / isolating and need assistance you can still call our Coordinator, Fiona Christian or Chair Denise Anderson and we will try to help with your request. You can also Message us via this page. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great work been going on in Strontian and Locaber area! Brilliant place and people!

Thanks to everyone at Helping Hands! Very grateful for your hard work xx

Bryan Gregg

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