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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 (urged on by Councillor Baxter) is now hosting regular Community Resilience Group meetings, to help provide information and ensure the Council is providing assistance to communities during the locdown. We are posting these on the Community Council website.
They often contain useful information - here is a snapshot on making sure people claim their Pension Credit.....
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The Highland Council (urged on by Councillor Baxter) is now hosting regular Community Resilience Group meetings, to help provide information and ensure the Council is providing assistance to communities during the locdown. We are posting these on the Community Council website. 
They often contain useful information - here is a snapshot on making sure people claim their Pension Credit.....

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Hi folks, have messaged

Job Vacancy - ACC have asked us to circulate the following Vacancy with a closing date of March 8th :

Acharacle Community Company is seeking to recruit a Project Worker to develop the use of the Community Centre in the village.
The officer will secure grant funding for the centre, for employment opportunities and for renovations to the centre. They will work on their own and with the Centre Coordinator to find ways to increase the use of the centre, to improve its income and so to help with the centre’s future viability. The work will include liaison with other stakeholders and support organisations. They will report to the Board of Directors, funders and project stakeholders.

The post will be on a short-term contract basis. A budget in the region of £12,000 is allocated to this project (subject to extension if further funding becomes available). Negotiations about specific working hours will be discussed with the successful applicant.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 8th March 2021, and interviews will be held from Monday 15th March 2021.

Please contact The Administrator on 01967 431411 or email: acharaclecommunitycompany@gmail.com for further details
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Great new affordable housing opportunities - so rare in rural Scotland these days - well done LHA. ... See MoreSee Less

Great new affordable housing opportunities - so rare in rural Scotland these days - well done LHA.

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Terrific 👍Would be interested in the definition of affordable though...Good news nonetheless.

Police BodyCams? - last chance to express your views....
Members of the public are being asked for their views on the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) by armed police officers when interacting with communities in Scotland.

BWV has been shown to have a positive impact on the safety of the public and the officers wearing it, and all other armed police units in the UK are currently deployed with cameras.

The online survey, which opened for three weeks from February 1 2021, will allow members of the public to engage and offer their opinions on the deployment of BWV in Scottish policing for the future.
Members of the public are being asked for their views on the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) by armed police officers when interacting with communities in Scotland.

BWV has been shown to have a positive impact on the safety of the public and the officers wearing it, and all other armed police units in the UK are currently deployed with cameras.

The introduction of BWV will bring Police Scotland in line with these other forces and ensure best practice and evidence as well as increased transparency and accountability at incidents.

The online survey, which opened for three weeks from February 1 2021, will allow members of the public to engage and offer their opinions on the deployment of BWV in Scottish policing for the future.

The move follows Chief Constable Iain Livingstone’s support for the deployment of BWV to armed police officers as a “pressing, critical, ethical and operational imperative” and his commitment to focused and concise public engagement prior to rollout.

An initial roll-out of BWV will equip our armed police officers as soon as possible during the course of 2021. This deployment will also provide a valuable basis and learning for the consideration of a broader national plan to roll out BWV to police officers across Scotland in the future.

Assistant Chief Constable Kenny MacDonald, who is leading on the introduction of BWV, said: “The Chief Constable has consistently expressed strong support for the greater deployment of body worn video by Police Scotland officers and staff.

“Armed policing remains an area of high risk and understandable public scrutiny and as such this roll-out will help improve transparency and accountability. The safety of our officers and staff as well as that of the public remains paramount in our decision to introduce this technology.

“While this is not new technology, and every other armed policing unit in the UK uses body worn cameras, it is a significant introduction for Scottish policing and as such our public engagement survey is essential to ensuring people have a voice and it will help us gather and address any ethical and community related concerns where possible."

Martyn Evans, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “The use of body worn video is widespread across UK policing and the benefits to effective policing such as improved officer safety, reducing and resolving complaints against officers and an increase in early guilty pleas, have been positively evaluated in the current limited use across Scotland.

“However, it is important that whenever new technology is adopted, that the implications are fully considered through an extensive stakeholder consultation process. We welcome the launch of a public survey and would encourage as many people as possible to register their views. The SPA looks forward to considering all responses as part of our oversight of the implementation of BWV.”

Link to survey: consult.scotland.police.uk/strategy-insight-and-innovation/police-scotlands-use-of-body-worn-video/
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Police BodyCams? - last chance to express your views....
Members of the public are being asked for their views on the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) by armed police officers when interacting with communities in Scotland. 

BWV has been shown to have a positive impact on the safety of the public and the officers wearing it, and all other armed police units in the UK are currently deployed with cameras. 

The online survey, which opened for three weeks from February 1 2021, will allow members of the public to engage and offer their opinions on the deployment of BWV in Scottish policing for the future. 
Members of the public are being asked for their views on the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) by armed police officers when interacting with communities in Scotland. 

BWV has been shown to have a positive impact on the safety of the public and the officers wearing it, and all other armed police units in the UK are currently deployed with cameras. 

The introduction of BWV will bring Police Scotland in line with these other forces and ensure best practice and evidence as well as increased transparency and accountability at incidents.

The online survey, which opened for three weeks from February 1 2021, will allow members of the public to engage and offer their opinions on the deployment of BWV in Scottish policing for the future. 

The move follows Chief Constable Iain Livingstone’s support for the deployment of BWV to armed police officers as a “pressing, critical, ethical and operational imperative” and his commitment to focused and concise public engagement prior to rollout. 

An initial roll-out of BWV will equip our armed police officers as soon as possible during the course of 2021. This deployment will also provide a valuable basis and learning for the consideration of a broader national plan to roll out BWV to police officers across Scotland in the future.

Assistant Chief Constable Kenny MacDonald, who is leading on the introduction of BWV, said: “The Chief Constable has consistently expressed strong support for the greater deployment of body worn video by Police Scotland officers and staff. 

“Armed policing remains an area of high risk and understandable public scrutiny and as such this roll-out will help improve transparency and accountability. The safety of our officers and staff as well as that of the public remains paramount in our decision to introduce this technology. 

“While this is not new technology, and every other armed policing unit in the UK uses body worn cameras, it is a significant introduction for Scottish policing and as such our public engagement survey is essential to ensuring people have a voice and it will help us gather and address any ethical and community related concerns where possible.

Martyn Evans, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “The use of body worn video is widespread across UK policing and the benefits to effective policing such as improved officer safety, reducing and resolving complaints against officers and an increase in early guilty pleas, have been positively evaluated in the current limited use across Scotland. 

“However, it is important that whenever new technology is adopted, that the implications are fully considered through an extensive stakeholder consultation process. We welcome the launch of a public survey and would encourage as many people as possible to register their views. The SPA looks forward to considering all responses as part of our oversight of the implementation of BWV.”

Link to survey: https://consult.scotland.police.uk/strategy-insight-and-innovation/police-scotlands-use-of-body-worn-video/

Corran Ferry is back on now, after a wee bit of Sunday disruption ... See MoreSee Less

Next meeting of the Sunart Community Council is this Thursday , 7.30pm on Zoom. As usual please contact us if there any issues you wish to raise. Thanks. Email john.jones@sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less

Scottish & Southern Electricity Network have clarified that only those houses in Strontian from Seaview Grazings to the river will be affected this Friday from 0900 to 1500. Monument Park and Properties west of the Strontian River will be unaffected. (Vaccines will continue to be given at the village hall as planned) ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for the update. As SSE telephone number was on the letter I telephoned them and they assured me that Scotstown was not on the power outage. I appreciate that the Community Council had published the letter. Thank you.

What about village hall? Aren't the nurses doing vaccines?

Comments requested on suggested deciduous plantations on Ranachan Croft.
An A.O.B. at last weeks meeting was a request for comments on a draft proposal to plant more trees on Ranachan Croft. Other photos will be available to view on the SCC website. Community Councillors felt that increasing deciduous tree cover to link with the oak woods along the lochside should be supported on environmental and amenity grounds. Although not a formal consultation, anyone with comments please send to the Community Council so we can pass on to the proposer.
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Comments requested on suggested deciduous plantations on Ranachan Croft. 
An A.O.B. at last weeks meeting was a request for comments on a draft proposal to plant more trees on Ranachan Croft. Other photos will be available to view on the SCC website. Community Councillors felt that increasing deciduous tree cover to link with the oak woods along the lochside should be supported on environmental and amenity grounds. Although not a formal consultation, anyone with comments please send to the Community Council so we can pass on to the proposer.

Planning Ref 20/05131/FUL - extension of existing borrow pit to form a quarry.
Members of the public are notified that local firm Corrigan Contractors lodged a recent planning application (published on Jan 8th) to quarry rock beside the forest track to the east of Liddesdale Hill - to be known as the Midland Bank Quarry) At last weeks CC meeting Councillors were minded to support the application, as an economic supply of rock is required for building works this side of the ferry. They were informed that the orientation and topography should minimise visual impact. Anyone wishing to express views on the application can do so via the Highland Council's Planning portal (Ref: 20/051341/FUL ) or my making comments to the Community Council before the 25th January.
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Planning Ref 20/05131/FUL - extension of existing borrow pit to form a quarry. 
Members of the public are notified that local firm Corrigan Contractors lodged a recent planning application (published on Jan 8th)  to quarry rock beside the forest track to the east of Liddesdale Hill - to be known as the Midland Bank Quarry)  At last weeks CC meeting Councillors were minded to support the application, as an economic supply of rock is required for building works this side of the ferry. They were informed that the orientation and topography should minimise visual impact. Anyone wishing to express views on the application can do so via the Highland Councils Planning portal (Ref:   20/051341/FUL ) or my making comments to the Community Council before the 25th January.

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Make no mistake, a quarry isn’t just about the visual impact, it is primarily about noise! We moved to Strontian from Achintraid on Loch Kishorn and have first hand experience of a new quarry being created! The peace of Loch Sunart will be gone for ever.

Gemma Gray

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