KILLEARNAN CC WEBSITE
Subject: Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund - Round Three
I hope this email finds you well during these challenging times.
A bit of promising news today, I would just like to update you that the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund deadline has been extended for Expressions of Interests to Friday 18th September 2020.
I would appreciate if you could share this news with any local community groups that may be interested in submitting a project where they have experienced pressures on infrastructure/communities due to an increase in visitors number.
Please note: The Scottish Government have defined the eligible areas for this fund as accessible and remote rural areas which excludes settlements above 3000 people.
I have attached the EOI Form along with the Guidelines and FAQs for your attention.
If you have any questions please come back to me.
Leona Joiner | Tourism Project Co-ordinator
The latest news on the Black Isle's response to Covid-19
Welcome to the second edition of
Black Isle Bulletin
the official newsletter of the Black Isle Partnership
We've gone a bit more digital for this issue, to make it easier for sharing - but kept the layout simple so its easy to print off and give to those without access to the internet.
On Wednesday 8th July the Black Isle Partnership will officially launch its #venturesafely campaign. As people start to move around more freely with the easing of lockdown the campaign aims to promote four key messages to help us all get through this unprecedented time as best we can. Roadside banners will be erected across the Black Isle. Residents, too, are being asked to get involved by printing off posters at home and displaying them in windows. A special edition of the free Black Isle Visitor Map will be readily available and this also carries the same key messages.
With a campaign of this kind it is impossible to cover every angle, or to include everybody’s ideas and opinions. But we trust everyone agrees that something is better than nothing. There are many concerns about how we progress safely into more routine day-to-day activities. The Black Isle has, with great good fortune and not a small amount of community spirit, got off very lightly compared to other parts of the UK. And of course we would all like to keep it that way. We hope you’ll want to support this campaign and help demonstrate to the wider world that the Black isle is a community that continues to care.
For further information go to www.black-isle.info/coronavirus. When using social media please use #venturesafely and #blackisle
The design for the road-side banners which will be going up on 8th July.
An example of one of the A4 print-off-at-home posters - available on the website from Wednesday.
Covid Induced Fear
A personal view from Councillor Gordon Adam:
'It is generally a lot easier to create fear than dispel it. This is particularly true of pandemics: with HIV/AIDS, governments of the time tried to frighten people to control the spread of the disease.
The problem was that many people assumed the disease was far more infectious than it really was, and those suspected of being HIV positive were often stigmatised for no good reason.
There are parallels with Covid-19, not exact of course but worth noting. The government advises remaining isolated and at home as the best protection from the virus, but the consequence that incomers such as tourists can be stigmatised. The government has not helped by sticking to a nationwide approach to Coronavirus control. This was fair enough initially to keep the lockdown message simple, but a one-size-fits-all approach to easing lockdown is not helpful in the Highlands where infections have been low, but the economy – heavily reliant on tourism and hospitality - will be particularly hard hit.
So many people on the Black Isle are worried – those reliant on tourism on one hand, and those afraid of tourists infecting them on the other. But what is the risk of catching Covid-19? Just seven people under 65 in the Highlands have died in the last three months, and 42 people over 65, out of a total population of 235,000. Sadly just under half of them were in care homes. Overall, this suggests the risks of being infected in the community are low.
There are other questions, including: Are locals at increased risk of infection from tourists? Is there additional risk if tourists do their shopping locally? What about tourists passing on the disease in the street?
The government has not given specific guidance on these, but common sense can provide some answers:
* Self-catering accommodation is safer than B&Bs where hosts are sharing their homes with tourists. But a lot of risk can be eliminated through deep cleaning protocols that are being developed.
* Shopping: providing social distancing is observed, tourists do not pose a greater risk than locals.
* It is widely accepted that there is minimal risk in Covid-19 being transmitted out of doors unless there is close contact.
Ultimately it is a balance of risk: trying to eliminate the risk of catching Covid-19 on one hand, with the increased damage that this will inflict on the economy, and mental and physical health; or opening up tourism sooner rather than later so that the rest of the season is saved, businesses survive and people can return to work – but with the caveat there may be a small risk of new Covid infection.
Not an easy choice, but it is important to examine the facts as best we can and then assess the risks accordingly.'
The Coronavirus And Our Children
Anne Mackay, Killearnan CC, writes:
“Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them.” Maya Angelou.
The Media is celebrating the easing of lock-down. Wow! You can drink in your local; football is back; High Street shops are returning to business; there’s even a task force to look into the possibility of reopening English bowling alleys.
So what about the children?
Government response: Well you see we’re kind of looking into that – schools and things – the workers will need to get back into the workplace – the economy will need kick-starting … Maybe the kids can all just go back sometime - they don’t suffer much from the virus – hardly at all – not many have died. They’ll be able to catch up…simple!!
Talk, Talk, Talk!
Eventually the authorities almost got their act together where the NHS and Economy were concerned. Eventually billions were found to set up pop-up hospitals, get PPE for front line workers, furlough workers and pay their wages and prop up companies. (Pity about the tracing App.) Local Councils set up food hubs and such and sent out ‘Advice’. Volunteer groups swung into action.
But what about the children? Where are their emergency billions ? What about the teen-agers - robbed of their rites of passage through S4.S5.S6 exams towards a career and the rest of their lives? Fortunately, they seem to be suffering less mental stress than the 8- 12 year olds. It seems the teenagers’ natural rebelliousness, their native intelligence and their skills with social media have led them to develop amazing coping strategies but what of their future? Perhaps, the enforced freedom from the constraints of formalised learning will result in an entrepreneurial, self-motivated generation. After all, it was the drop outs who developed Microsoft, Face Book and the like.
The worst affected are surely the pre-secondary pupils. Most are spending their time on their phones and notebooks (if they have them). They have shut down. The structure in their lives, so important in giving them the sense of security that they need to develop and flourish, has suddenly disappeared. The bedroom has become their haven; day has been turned into night. Outside the big, bad virus looms. They have not yet developed language and reasoning skills to a level which can help them understand the situation in which they find themselves or even to express their confusion.
Home Learning? Most teachers, both Primary and Secondary, have pulled out all the stops. They have enhanced their own IT skills and turned themselves into Media programme producers. Many contact each of their pupils regularly to see how they’re getting on. But, as with secondary education, assessment has all but vanished.
And there are such wide disparities. So much unfairness. Just take the fact that some primary schools have had to ration the issue of Chromebooks, handing them out only to P7. Not all parents are wealthy enough to provide notebooks or quiet places to work or active help with assignments.
Parents are asking: How safe will our children be if they return to school? What method of virus testing will be used? How will schools make sure younger children are keeping a safe distance from one another? Will kids/staff have to wear masks? How often will hands be washed; how will hygiene standards be enhanced – school toilets are notoriously ‘smelly’?How will intervals be organised? How will senior pupils be helped to progress towards their planned careers? How will schools decide which pupils will be in school and which at home – will it be by age or potential – what social inequalities will ‘grouping’ children set in train? How will the safe distance requirements be met with on the school bus?
Conclusion: get practical you lot in Westminster and Holyrood! Appoint a UK emergency force trained in logistics – from the military? – the sort of people who can organise and carry out manoeuvres like the D Day landings. Liaise with each local education authority; weigh up the capacity of each school –staff and accommodation; increase staffing levels; provide testing for all pupils and staff; issue masks; commandeer nearby public buildings or acquire and set up temporary porta-cabins; hire more cleaning squads and supply disinfectants; increase the fleet of buses. And find the funds. Our children need and deserve a grown-up, nationwide strategy.
I agree with Professor Calum Semple of the University of Liverpool – an advisor on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies:
“It does seem a bit of a paradox I can go to the pub … but my teenage daughter can’t go to school."
School playgrounds have been deserted for months. Come August, might they be echoing to the sounds of children once more?
Further Education? Who Pays For Travel?
Information from Nige Shapcott of Cromarty:
'One thing that is clear is that it’s a time of change and uncertainty. One of the issues that has arisen is that of young people who are having to change plans for their future as a result of the pandemic. Businesses they were planning to work in, or take part in apprenticeship training with, have themselves had to change their plans. One of the clear choices is to look at Further and Higher Education to gain qualifications and training for future careers.
Unfortunately, people can easily be put off examining this option by their knowledge of local bus fares and by the reality of the cost of getting to college using public transport. But there are ways in which people attending courses can have their travel costs subsidised:
The Educational Maintenance Allowance and the FE Bursary from Inverness College, UHI can provide travel funding to help with travel costs. At the moment, those attending could apply travel funding of £22.50 or £30 a week depending on whether the course was 3/4 days a week. This covers the cost of the Mega Rider ticket.
Full time: see here
Part time: see here
You can approach the Student Funding Team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Higher Education students they fund their own travel out of their SAAS payments, more information here.
There are lots of really good opportunities, start by looking at the website
With each issue of the Bulletin we want to end by focusing on one of the communities in the Black Isle and find out a bit more of what's been going on locally. First off is North Kessock and Helena Macleod has sent us this update:
Kessock Kindness is the Covid community response established by the Residents Association of North Kessock (RANK) to meet the needs of people in the Knockbain area during the pandemic. Initiated by a community survey at the start of lockdown, dozens of residents have volunteered their time to support vulnerable groups, offering to deliver groceries and prescriptions, answer the helpline or walk dogs for people in their neighbourhood. Twice weekly virtual cafés take place on Mondays and Thursdays, helping to keep the community connected by sharing up-to-date news and stories.
The community-led café on Monday has evolved into a themed event with local people sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise across a broad range of topics. Residents have discovered new-found talents, inspiring a unique bonding experience as a community in lockdown. The variety of presentations, workshops and demos include: community wellbeing, soda bread making, cross-stitch and brooch making by the 3R group, social media and online safety training by AbilityNet, a composting & wormery demo, and a presentation on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on mental health & wellbeing. The Kessock Regatta was re-enacted with presentations, images and videos from outstanding speakers, creating fond memories of previous Regattas and a good time was had by all at the Kessock Pub quiz night.
With the easing of lockdown, Kessock Kindness is collaborating with The Old Ticket Office to host outdoor workshops and cafés in the coastal garden. The glass painting demo and workshop has boosted confidence for budding arts and crafting enthusiasts as they decorate bottle lights with dolphins and dragonflies. The novel blend of virtual cafés and outdoor events is creating a unique and exciting experience in the community as more ideas come forward to create Kessock Kindness baby blankets.
The next steps will see the formal launch of the Telephone Befriending service in July with 12 fully trained Kessock Befrienders providing an invaluable service for people in the community. Referrals are welcome from across the Black Isle to support family members, friends or neighbours with a helpful service aimed at tackling isolation and loneliness. The volunteers are supported by the Befriending Coordinator, with ongoing training, support and supervision provided by the Highland Hospice Befriending Team. Please contact Helena at Board@residentsnorthkessock.com or phone the Kessock Kindness helpline on 01463 898128 for more information.
Helena is just one of many community representatives in the Black Isle who have been meeting every week since March (via Zoom). If you have any suggestions or ideas you'd like discussed by this partnership, please contact your local representative, (via your Community Council), or e-mail email@example.com
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AUGUST RETURN TO SCHOOL
The CC put several questions to Highland Council regarding the current policy on the return of pupils to school on August 12. Below are the questions and the response from Mr Derek Martin, Area Manager
"Thank you for your email on behalf of the community council regarding the re-opening of schools. Responses to your questions are below:
1. How can we be sure enough that the level of cases is low enough in the Highlands to allow for a safe return. Alongside this, is the awareness that an influx of tourists could cause a spike.
The Scottish Government are responsible for instructing the re-opening of schools and base this on the medical and scientific advice available to them. The Highland Council continue to work with the government with regards to the local health picture and the safety of resuming school. The current advice is that the level of cases in Highland and, indeed, Scotland are currently very low.
2. The latest research indicates that carriers of the disease can be asymptomatic and that schools could become, unwittingly, new hot spots.
The Highland Council has robust measures in place to ensure high standards of infection control in its schools. Heateachers have prepared risk assessments, which have been moderated and supported by health and safety teams, to manage the re-opening of schools in line with government requirements.
3 Will there be an overall plan to put in place adequate social distancing within the school and on school transport.
Currently, schools are planning to re-open with no social distancing in August, in line with government requirements. The situation will continue to be monitored and there are plans in place, should there be a need to return to social distancing, to deliver a blended model of home and school based learning. Currently, there is a requirement to maintain social distancing on transport.
4. As testing is essential to control the spread of the virus, how will this be made available for both pupils and staff and their families?
NHS Scotland will deliver the Test and Protect system for the population. More details can be found at https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect
5. What is the Authorities' planning in the event of an outbreak in a particular school?
The Highland Council will apply the requirements of Test and Protect by NHS Scotland; and will assess the steps required to manage its buildings.
6. What is the position of vulnerable, shielding children? Will they be exempted from returning. Will additional tutorial support be available?
Shielding children will be unable to attend school, until they are safe to do so. Vulnerable children, who are medically fit to attend school, will be supported back to education. Appropriate home based learning, using a mixture of digital and traditional resources will be used for those who are medically unfit to return to school.
7. Will extra funding be in place to ensure the levels of hygiene needed - the handwashing; surface sanitising etc. What methods of supervision will be employed?
The Highland Council have made arrangements for the appropriate cleaning to be undertaken at enhanced levels. This will be undertaken by trained staff. School staff have responsibility for supervision of pupils, and will encourage appropriate hand hygiene.
8. Will any psychological support be provided for pupils suffering from the harmful effects of the interruption to their education and to the routines which, especially, the younger children need to give them a sense of security?
Schools have access to educational psychology and health staff to support pupils in their return. Teachers and support staff are planning core curricular learning, with a focus on health and wellbeing throughout term 1.
9. What strategies will staff employ to help pupils catch up after the disruptions to their SQA courses?
Discussions are underway nationally to decide on what SQA requirements will be for next year, Subject teachers will continue to use a wide variety of assessment strategies to gauge progress and, if required, attainment levels for senior phase pupils.
I hope you find this useful.
Area Care & Learning Manager
Please see attached the grant conditions from HIE- I was unable to attach it to the zoom chat.
I also had a confirmation that we are not able to release fund directly to individuals, but could provide the payment directly to the service supplier (eg electricity, gas) for those who are struggling.
BLACK ISLE BULLETIN
O F F I C I A L N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E
B L A C K I S L E P A R T N E R S H I P
B Y J O N P A L M E R , C H A I R O F B L A C K I S L E P A R T N E R S H I P
For the past three months the Black Isle has proved its resilience. Throughout the
area there are wonderful examples of residents looking out for one another and
communities keeping us safe and feeling cared for. We have all had to adapt to
change in our normal routines and we’ve proved it can be done. Some initiatives
that have sprung up may remain for the long term. They definitely help to make our
communities more sustainable. Shopping locally, running errands for neighbours,
sharing resources, growing more food! If this crisis has taught us anything it is that
we can be more resilient and self-sufficient.
However. In the short term there are people whose livelihoods have taken a big hit.
Many families and individuals rely on visitors coming to the Black Isle. Some are
wholly dependent, such as accommodation providers. Other businesses such as
shops and eateries rely on the extra footfall to top-up their annual turnover. And
without tourism-related enterprises tradesfolk such as builders, plumbers and
electricians also lose custom. As the country eases out of ‘lockdown’ we must now
adapt to further change.
Whether we like it or not we’re going to be seeing more people in the Black Isle
over the coming weeks and months. This can be managed if we provide clear and
consistent messaging. We recommend that advice to visitors (and locals) should be:
Support local businesses. Respect local needs.
Keep your distance. Stay connected.
Issue 1 - 21st June 2020
A Different Future Awaits
Logo by Ben Flieger of Cromarty
The final statement is important if people are
going to heed this advice. The more they feel
part of the community and engage with
what’s going on the more they are likely to
So, the Partnership will be doing all it can to
make information as accessible and available
as possible. We will also be promoting all the
good things that are going on. We hope you
can support us by getting these messages
out there. When folk come to the Black Isle a
big part of their experience should be a sense
that we are a community who cares.
Footnote: Amongst all these changes spare a
thought for those who are ‘shielding’ (until
the end of July at least!) Better still, give them
a call for a friendly chat or post a kindly
message through their door.
Mental Health and
This period in our lives has not been
without its trials and we are especially
concerned for the health and wellbeing of
residents – and our young people in
Some practical steps are being taken to
provide opportunities for more social
interaction, engaging activities and
meaningful employment. We hope to
provide more detail in future editions of
In the meantime if you are in need of
support, or have ideas you’d like to
contribute, contact us at:
A quick round-up of just
some of the things that have
been going on in the various
Black Isle Partnership exists as an umbrella
organisation for all residents. In May it was
awarded the status of ‘anchor organisation’ with
grant-aid from the Scottish Government’s
Supporting Communities Fund – distributed by
Highlands & Islands Enterprise,
Since March we have been holding weekly Zoom
meetings with Community Council representatives
and care providers from across the Black Isle.
North Kessock – Kessock Kindness have
been holding regular knitting meetings via
Knockbain CC are planning to create a
Community Larder in Munlochy.
Avoch and Killen are painting and
refurbishing two ‘phone boxes as community
exchanges for books, games, seeds and
Fortrose. With additional funding Black Isle
Cares have been able to extend the free
provision of meals on wheels to more
Rosemarkie are knitting a blanket depicting
people’s experiences of lockdown.
Cromarty Care Project has been providing
food vouchers for those facing hardship and
delivering groceries from the local shop to
Resolis have been knocking on doors,
especially the more outlying dwellings, to
make sure everyone has what they need.
Ferintosh hold regular online community
quiz nights, amongst other things.
Killearnan work closely with the Church of
Scotland to ensure no one is forgotten. CoS
are also live streaming Sunday services.
And we must of course mention Groam
House Museum who've inspired a population
of scarecrows across the whole Black Isle!
If you wish to comment on anything in this newsletter, make contact on matters related to Covid-19, or
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Local Community Hubs established in Invergordon, Dingwall and Ullapool.
Moving towards recovery yet retaining capacity to respond to any localised increase in demand.
Moving from a mix of frozen meals and dry-goods. Work with NHS and Social Services and community groups (who are providing chilled meals) and the Dingwall Hub will continue with frozen where required.
Continuing to work closely with NHS, Social Services, Children’s Services and third sector including British Red Cross
Management system has migrated across to a new platform, which is still bedding in.
Significant local resilience funding now available in most communities.
Hubs now able to support drought-affected households with bottled water.
Planning under way to enable Hubs to continue to support communities after schools re-open.
Hub staffing being reviewed as furlough ends for volunteers.
From Highland Council
The Scottish Government has recently set up an Advisory Group on Economic Recovery to provide independent advice to the Scottish Government on supporting the sectors and regions of Scotland’s economy to recover from Covid-19.
The Advisory Group wants to ensure that it captures the views of a wide range of groups in the limited time it has available and an Open Call for Views has been set up to support it in doing this. The Group is keen that its recommendations are informed by a wide range of perspectives and we're encouraged to respond to the open call for views as it's vital for rural parts of Highland to have our voice heard. Please take a little time to fill in this short survey from the Advisory Group found at https://consult.gov.scot/economic-development/call-for-views-advisory-group-on-economic-recovery/. The deadline for submissions is 31st May.
Latest news from Connecting Carers
Welcome to the May edition of the Connecting Carers E-bulletin!
Connecting Carers would like to reassure you that we are here for you during this challenging time. You can reach us on the Carers Support Line: 01463 723560, Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm or by email: email@example.com. You can also contact your local Carer Link Worker for support and information (details below). We have been looking at ways of keeping in touch and have enjoyed talking to Carers at our regular online chats. We also have a great range of online training and events available over the next couple of months. So please join us online or give us a call, we’re here to help. Take care and stay safe.
Contact details for Carers
For support and information, or to discuss any aspects of your caring role you can contact one of the local Carer Link Workers, or phone the support line. Please get in touch and we will help:
Stuart Randall - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey
Madeleine Anstead - Inverness & Ross-shire
Lyndsey Johnson - Ross-shire
Mary Cook - Caithness & Sutherland
Lisa MacGillivray - Lochaber
Jean Wood - Referral Co-ordinator (support line)
Kasia Wilczynska - Senior Carer Link Worker - Highland
Here are the details of some training and events that we will be running through Zoom over the next few weeks. You can join us using Zoom on your tablet, mobile or computer. it’s free and easy to use, you just need to create an account, then enter the sessions using a meeting ID and Password which we will send in advance by email.
*Geneology - Family History for Beginners Part 2 with HLH, Fri 22nd May, 10.30-12pm
*Save a Life: Child & Baby First Aid with Margaret, Monday 1st June, 2-3.30pm
*Save a Life: Adult First Aid with Margaret, Tuesday 2nd June, 2-3.30pm
*Carers Rights with Margaret, Friday 5th June, 2-3.30pm
We also have an exciting programme of events with Creativity in Care. They will be running the following sessions via Zoom during the summer:
*Art of Caring for Self and Others: Starting W/C 22nd June
*Positive Dementia Shorts: Starting W/C 29th June
*Places Remembered and Imagined: Starting W/C 24th August
(Dates and times still to be confirmed, but please check our website and Facebook page for details.)
Creativity in Care Art Packs
Packs will be available from Carers Week (8-14 June) onwards. They have been developed for Adult and Young Carers and will be posted out to your home address. The packs contain an array of fantastic art and craft materials, plus guidelines on how to complete various art projects. All packs will have ideas for capturing thoughts and images for our time capsule project which launches during Carers Week.
Time Capsule Project
We will be inviting Adult and Young Carers to get involved with our exciting digital time capsule project, by asking people to send us items on ‘what lockdown means to you’. Photos, artwork, poems or any other interesting article – be creative with your entries! For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The summer issue of our quarterly newsletter will be posted out the week beginning 1st June. It features up to date information on our services as well as many other articles of interest including stories from Carers, health and wellbeing tips, recipes and puzzles. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter please email: email@example.com
Carers Week, 8-14th June
Save the date! Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid Carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as Carers and access much-needed support. During Carers Week we will be providing more online sessions with a wellbeing theme. Sessions include:
Monday 8th June:
Intro to Interior Design with Gael Hillyard, 10-12pm Mindfulness & Meditation with Pauline from Peace of Mind Therapies, 6.45-8pm.
Tuesday 9th June:
Nature Connect with Rachel from Hearts & Minds Scotland, 10.30-11.15am.
General Knowledge Quiz 7-8pm
Wednesday 10th June:
Tea & Chat with Autism Initiatives, 10-11am Botanical Drawing with Gael Hillyard from 2-4pm
Thursday 11th June:
Managing my Emotions & Planning For What I Want with Linda from Thinking Space, 1-2.30pm.
Sound Bath with Peaceful Haven Holistic Therapies, 7-8pm.
Friday 12th June:
Creating a Sketchbook/Memory Book with Gael Hillyard from 10-12pm Zoom Karaoke 7-8pm
If you would like further information on any of the sessions please contact Margaret by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular online Carers chat
Please join members of the Connecting Carers team for some time to chat, have a cuppa and ask any questions you may have about your caring role or support, advice and funding that’s available. We are running the sessions via Zoom every second Wednesday at 2pm. Our next session is on Wednesday 3rd June, so please join us. Details on how to join will be emailed to Carers. Email email@example.com
Connecting Carers are pleased to announce that our Care4Carers group is to relaunch on Friday 22nd May via Zoom. The group has a mental health focus and is designed to be a safe space to discuss, with others, how you are coping through the Lockdown with your own mental health and that of those you care for. The group will run fortnightly and will be facilitated by Stuart Randall, Connecting Carers Link Worker and Fiona Mclean, Lead Occupational Therapist Practitioner at New Craigs Hospital in Inverness. To begin with we are keen for the sessions to be led by you, so we are hoping for as many Carers along as possible. For more information and instructions on how to join please contact Stuart by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been successful in receiving a significant grant from the Wellbeing fund to help facilitate staying connected, having a break from your caring role and fundamentally taking time for a little ‘self-care’. The fund allows for five core activities which are summarised below:
1. Online workshops for Carers to support their wellbeing and activity packs, including “Art of resilience” and “Places remembered and imagined” delivered in partnership with Creativity in Care 2. To deliver online First Aid training on a regular basis to Carers 3. Online exercise classes for Carers with a personal trainer 4. Huawei or Amazon Fire Tablets for Young Carers and associated set-up costs 5. Laptops or smart phones for Adult Carers, to help stay connected and reducing the impact of social isolation.
To find out more and to take advantage of what the Wellbeing fund has to offer please contact either the adult or Young Carer service on:
Adult service: 01463 723560 Young Carer service: 01463 723562
PPE for Carers
In Highland, you will be able to access PPE directly via Connecting Carers as the local hub for unpaid Carers.
To place an order for PPE supply of gloves, aprons or masks please contact us:
On 01463 723560, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, or by email at email@example.com
Unpaid Carers should source their own stock of PPE wherever possible, however where this fails Connecting Carers will provide PPE to unpaid Carers. Supplies will be used in line with guidance and distributed equitably according to need.
Actions to take if you need PPE:
Contact Connecting Carers who will triage your call and support you to place an order for PPE where you are unable to source through existing arrangements. Where possible, the Connecting Carers team will post our supplies directly to your home address, but in extenuating circumstances, the supplies will be delivered to your door.
New staff members
During the last few weeks Madeleine has joined the Carer Link Workers Team. Heather and Amanda have joined Barbara to form the all new Connecting Young Carers Team.
Madeleine Anstead, Carer Link Worker for Ross-shire & Inverness
Heather Mackenzie, Young Carers Community Link Worker for Inverness & Nairn
Amanda Hicks, Young Carers Community Link Worker for Ross-shire
Connecting Young Carers has now moved to a community based model - meaning there are community workers linked to the area to provide support and events tailored to the people living there. Inverness and Nairn will be supported by Heather Mackenzie and Amanda Hicks will be covering Ross-shire. The new team are excited to make some big changes for Young Carers in Highland and are looking forward to meeting their new network of young people and professionals. We would like you to meet the team and get in touch if you would like to get advice, support or partner up on projects in your area. Contact Barbara on 07950 328 264 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CYC have been awarded funding to support our Young Carers in the current lockdown in order to get them connected, feel supported, learn and develop. Here are examples of ways to use the funding: Virtual song writing session with Fèis Rois; Wellbeing session/tutorial; Online fitness class/subscription; Virtual art/craft tutorial with local artist; Counselling with our qualified existing staff; School subject private tuition; Book club; Cookery class; Technology; Phone credit and internet connection package.
Coronavirus Helplines & Community Registers
NHS Inform Coronavirus Helpline: 0800 028 2816 A FREE helpline. Advice on Coronavirus if you do not have symptoms, but want general advice about the illness. 8 am – 10 pm. Every day. Information for those online available at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Highland Council Covid-19 Helpline: 0300 303 1362 A FREE helpline for advice on benefits, personal support, education and social care as well as other council services. Also for businesses re help with financial support. Helpline staff will signpost callers to other organisations providing help and assistance, and will gather offers from individuals or community groups wishing to volunteer. 8am to 6pm. Monday to Friday.
Highland Council number for those who are “shielding” and require assistance: 01349 886669 Anyone receiving a letter or text from NHS asking them to “shield” can contact the Council for support during self-isolation. People in this position may need different types of support, and that might change during the 12 weeks. Some people may need no assistance at all because they have family or friends who can help.
Anyone else requiring support during self-isolation can call the Council’s helpline at 0300 303 1362 and select the ‘need help with welfare’ option. Support for those with shielding letters will be prioritised - but the Council will also help other vulnerable people.
Those online can visit www.highland.gov.uk/shielding to provide contact details and type of support required.
HTSI Highland Community COVID-19 Response HTSI have recently updated their Community Action Register which is a database of community services, actions and initiatives that are taking place across the Highlands. It’s really useful for access to local advice, support, delivery services and online activities. You can access it here: https://www.covidhelp4highland.org/
Also included is information on registering community activities and registering as a volunteer.
Social Security in Scotland
The Cabinet Secretary announced changes to social security in Scotland recently. The full statement can be found by following this link
For Carer’s Allowance we have adopted the same measures that the UK government announced on the 24th of March which include:
*Carer’s Allowance continuing to be paid even when the carer is unable to provide care due to self-isolation or infection of coronavirus to either them or their cared for person.
*The care provided can now include mental and emotional care and not just physical.
The Scottish Government will also still pay the Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June and December, if DWP is still able to supply us with the necessary data.
Young Carer Grant
For Young Carer Grant (YCG) Social Security Scotland continues to be able to take applications through all the usual channels.
To ensure that coronavirus doesn’t stop anyone accessing the support they deserve we will also allow applications for YCG from people who have recently turned 19 but couldn’t apply while they were 18 due to coronavirus.
During this time of uncertainty the priority is to maintain the benefits we are currently delivering. Given the current uncertainty, it is not possible at the moment to say clearly what this will mean for timescales for delivering Scottish Carer’s Assistance and Carer’s Additional Child Payment. We will continue to update you of revised timelines as they become clear.
Animals and Coronavirus
There is a lot of confusing information out there about how coronavirus affects animals at the moment, causing those who have pets and who look after animal’s great concern. SSPCA, Scotland's animal welfare experts, have produced some really helpful guidance for pet owners during the coronavirus crisis: https://www.scottishspca.org/coronavirus-and-caring-for-pets
They also have an animal helpline you can call: 03000 999 999 for further advice and support.
Connecting Carers Funding
A reminder that Carers can apply for funding such as Time 2 Be and Wee Treat grants, as even though it’s not possible to go away for a short break at the moment, you can still apply for funding for activities at home and purchase items online such as art and craft materials, gardening items, exercise equipment etc. To find out more about these and other grants that are available, such as the Caroline Thomson Legacy Fund, please call us on 01463 723560. Or see our website: https://connectingcarers.org.uk/carers-services/need-a-break.aspx
If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person, you might be eligible for a grant from Family Fund. Popular grants include washing machines, sensory toys, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing, and computers. For more information please visit the website: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Independence at Home
Independence at Home is a charity that provides grants to people of all ages who have a physical or learning disability or long term illness and who are in financial need.
They may be able to help you if you, or a member of your family, have a long term illness or disability and need financial help towards the cost to improve your independence, comfort, safety and quality of life at home.
To find out more: http://www.independenceathome.org.uk/index.html
During the Pandemic, locked-down Killearnan Kids commorate VE Day in the tree house.
This week would have seen the launch of our exhibition in the Fortrose Library in time for VE Day. Obviously, this is not happening but following discussions between Janet, Robin & myself, we've launched a 'virtual exhibition' on Facebook. The Facebook public group is called Fortrose, Rosemarkie & Avoch in World War 2 and if you put the title in to the Facebook search box you should be able to find the group and access the exhibition in a series of PDFs. You can also comment & share.
Please take a look and let your friends know. We realise that Facebook is not everyone's thing but we wanted to mark VE Day and this was the quick (relatively) and free option.
Many of us are spending lots more time at home at the moment. While your top priority will be keeping yourself and your family safe, you might be worried about the effect this will have on your energy bills.
We are open and here to help
We are here to help you. With our energy advisors working safely from home, we’re open as usual and are available to help you through this difficult time with free and impartial advice.
We're just a free call away on 0808 808 2282.
Ease the pressure on your finances, keep your energy bills down
We've also pulled together some tips and advice which will help to ease the pressure on your finances.
Getting your timing right
If you've got your heating set around being out of the house for most of the day, think about what suits your new routine. If not commuting to work means you're getting an extra half hour in bed, set your heating to come on half an hour later.
Switch off standby
You might be in the habit of turning appliances off at the wall before you go to bed, but doing this this throughout the day helps you to cut energy waste even further. If you're catching the news at breakfast, switch the TV off at the wall until you'll be using it again.
Although it's officially spring, choosing a cosy jumper and slippers instead of shorts and a t-shirt can stop you needing to turn up the heating.
Latest media release from HC regarding support for self employed businesses. We have many self-employed businesses on the Black Isle and they may wish to access this funding.
Cognosce veritate - ecce libertas
From: Duncan Mckenzie
Sent: 30 April 2020 12:53
To: Craig Fraser - Member
Subject: Highland Council: Launch of Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
30 April 2020
For immediate release
Launch of Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
From today, newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes will be able to apply for a one-off grant of £2,000.
Following the launch of the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund by Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop MSP, Highland Council has been asked to administer the fund for Newly Self-Employed businesses within the Highland Council area.
Councillor Margaret Davidson Leader of the Council said: “A one-off grant of £2,000 is available for newly self-employed individuals who are experiencing hardship as a result of losing income due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is a very welcome addition for those individuals who are not eligible for the UK Government’s Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme or other forms of COVID-19 business support, and who are not in receipt of working age benefits.
“Newly self-employed individuals are encouraged to go to the Council’s Newly Self Employed webpage to determine whether they are eligible and to follow the guidance available on the website prior to submitting the online application form. The scheme is open to people who became self-employed on/after 6th April but have not yet submitted a tax return including income from self-employment for 2018-19.
“The Scottish Government has given Highland Council an initial allocation of £812,433 to provide these grants. Further funding may become available to meet demand but this is not assured and the Council will operate the grant scheme as long as funds last. Completed applications will therefore be dealt with on a first come first served basis. We understand the importance of these grants and will be working with the highest degree of urgency to process applications.”
Other self-employed businesses who do not qualify for this funding can find information on support available at Sources of Funding or Business Coronavirus Support Finder
Firstly I wanted to thank you all on behalf of The Highland Council and Partners for the work you are doing within your communities.
Many Community Councils, community organisations and informal groups are carrying out a huge amount of resilience work, helping to keep their communities safe and cared for across the whole of Highland. However, we are very aware that this level of activity, carried out over a period of weeks can be very intense, leading to volunteer exhaustion and disengagement from these crucial activities. The Highland Third Sector Interface and Highland Council have been encouraging people to come forward to offer help and as a result there is now a significant bank of volunteers covering the whole of Highland.
We would like to encourage all organisations carrying out this vital work, to consider whether they could benefit from more volunteers to help provide some resilience and succession planning, or perhaps even to expand activities such as providing safe social engagement over the phone or internet. If you are interested, please go to https://www.covidhelp4highland.org/register-a-volunteering-opportunities.html
We will be able to tell you how many volunteers are available in your area and put you in touch to give your group that additional support. In addition, all volunteering opportunities will be advertised to volunteers through the HTSI website and regular bulletin email.
If you need to discuss volunteer requirements please contact Jane on email@example.com or 07834 753766 or get more general info here: https://www.covidhelp4highland.org/
Community and Democratic Engagement Manager
29 April 2020
For immediate release
Garden Waste Collection Service- resuming normal service
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that the Garden Waste Collection Service will be resumed from Monday 11th May 2020. Householders who have purchased a 2019/20 permit for the fortnightly collection of their garden waste are urged to check their calendars on The Highland Council’s website for their collection day. https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory/54/bin_calendars
Carron McDiarmid, Chief Executive Officer, Communities and Place said: “It has been a challenge to deliver services during these exceptionally testing times and I’m very pleased to announce that the Garden Waste Collection Service can return to some normality. Your patience and understanding has been most appreciated whilst we have had to prioritise delivery of other essential services.”
She continued: “The Garden Waste Collection Service was suspended on Monday 23rd March due to the impact of Covid-19 on staff resources. The Highland Council is currently operating with a shortfall of approximately 30% - 40% in waste operations staff and therefore priority was given to the collection of statutory household rubbish (green bin), recycling (blue bin) and food waste collections in Inverness. The staffing situation has now been reviewed and additional staff resources have been identified which now allows for the recommencement of the Garden Waste Collection Service.”
Chair of the Communities and Place Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson said: “Arrangements we able to be finalised yesterday so I look forward to the service starting up from Monday 11 May. Some people may not be sure which is their collection week, so I strongly urge permit holders to check their calendars on The Highland Council website and share this information with their immediate neighbours where possible.”
When the collections resume on the 11th May, there will have been 3-4 missed brown bin collections depending on the collection week. To compensate customers for these missed collections, the current collection permits will be extended by a period of 9 weeks beyond their current expiry date at the end of June. All current permits are now valid until the end of August 2020.
The brown bins must be presented with a valid permit and the bin lids fully closed, no extra side waste will be collected.
As a reminder, the Garden Waste Collection Service is for the recycling of the following from your garden: grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs and small branches, flowers, plants and weeds. Customers are asked to check the contents of their bin to ensure it contains no contamination. To help reduce the spread of Coronavirus the public should regularly clean their bin handles and lids as well as washing their hands before and after touching their bins.
Crews are operating on safe distancing procedures due to the continuing threat of COVID-19. This may mean collections take longer to complete than usual so please put your bin out for 7.00am on your scheduled collection day. Collections may also be suspended at short notice if there are further circumstances outwith our control and customers are advised to regularly check the Council’s website for updates.
To check for your collection date and view your calendar please see https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory/54/bin_calendars
Details of the Garden Waste Collection Service can be found here: www.highland.gov.uk/gardenwaste
All enquiries please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
While Garden Waste collection will resume the public are being reminded that all Highland Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) remain closed due to the Government’s decision to restrict all but non-essential movement. The Council is closely monitoring the situation across the country and as soon as it is permittable, the sites will be re-opened. Residents are being asked to act responsibly by not putting waste you may have taken to a HWRC in your household bins as it may overwhelm collection services. In addition, householders are advised to avoid carrying out large DIY projects or spring cleans unless they have space to store the waste.
Corporate Communications Officer
The Highland Council, Chief Executive Service
Tel: 01463 702073 Mobile: 07776481267
Impact of COVID-19 on disabled people
A snap, UK-wide, survey by Research Institute of Disabled Consumers of its 1,649 panel members (conducted between 30th March and 3 April 2020), has collected immediate feedback on the impact of government measures on disabled and older people.
Only one in five disabled and older people feel the government is doing enough to support them during the Covid-19 outbreak.
50% of people with care support needs are no longer receiving health or personal care visits to their home.
One in three RiDC panel members are very worried about contracting the virus.
Highlands Policy & Engagement Officer
Fairways Business Park,
Working Pattern: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Telephone: 07442 278287
Visit our website: www.inclusionscotland.org
Covid-19 - Inclusion Scotland continues to operate during this time. Our staff are working remotely and can be contacted by telephone, email and online. We are speaking to policy and decision-makers about ensuring that disabled people's social, financial, health and care needs are met and that we have all the accessible information we need. For more information please visit our web-site and follow our updates on social media – details below. Keep safe and well.
Emergency Update from Cllr Craig Fraser
Highland Council: Community resilience groups can benefit from new grant scheme
09 April 2020
For immediate release
Community resilience groups can benefit from new grant scheme
A new fund has been set up to provide grants for community resilience groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.
This fund is available to groups which provide vital support to vulnerable individuals, including the delivery of emergency food and supplies.
Support can include:
• Supporting local volunteer efforts and expenses (such as developing promotional materials and support for local volunteer telephone systems)
• Making up food packs for vulnerable households
• Developing measures to address social isolation
• Providing a source of funding to enable groups to shop for individuals in the community where households no longer have cash available and they cannot source local deliveries
Groups can apply for up to £500 at any one time and can reapply once initial funding is spent.
The fund is open to all groups within a local area – both constituted and non-constituted. The Council recognises that there are a lot of new groups, which have been set up to support COVID-19 related resilience efforts.
Groups are also encouraged to register with the Council and Highland Third Sector Interface if they have not done so already. Applications are through the normal ward discretionary grant process.
Download the shortened form
All completed forms should be sent to email@example.com
Highland Council Leader, Cllr Margaret Davidson, said: “We know that there are a lot of groups doing great work locally and this fund has been set up to provide them with the support they need during this difficult time.
“Highland Council is committed to helping protect the most vulnerable in our communities and this is just one of the ways we are able to do this.”
KCC IS NOT ABLE TO PUBLISH ITS NEWSLETTER.
PLEASE FIND BELOW ADVICE ABOUT HELP LINES AND OTHER TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE.
HIGHLAND COUNCIL -COVID-19 Free Helpline
If you can offer help or need help call 0300 303 1362
KCC - 01463811336
EMAILS FROM COUNCILLORS WITH CURRENT INFORMATION.
fROM CLLR ADAM
Dear Black Isle Community Councils, B
I have consulted with Di Agnew and we plan to have the first conference call at 1030 tomorrow morning, Tuesday. Details of how to join the call are as follows: dial 0800 032 8068 (free of charge), then tap in the following passcode on your phone: 19405965 then #. That should connect you. You will be asked to state your name so people know you have joined the call. Try and call in just before 1030 so we can make a prompt start. Any problems, my mobile number is 0780 1246767.
I would suggest the following agenda, but happy to have items added:
2 Summary of Highland Council Covid 19 related activities including the local Humanitarian Assistance Centre (Di Agnew)
3 Black Isle Cares: summary of Covid 19 related activities and plans
4 Community Councils: summary of local initiatives
5 Identify difficulties/ potential gaps in provision – ideas on how to tackle these
6 Identify possible overlaps in providing support with local communities, Highland Council, NHS Highland, Scottish Government (Scotland Cares) all involved. Ideas on how to overcome any difficulties.
7 Future areas of work not covered above
I have added my initial email to you below for reference if required. Look forward to speaking to you tomorrow morning.
Best wishes, Gordon
Cllr Gordon Adam
Chair, Black Isle, Dingwall and Seaforth Area Cttee
Tel: 0780 1246767
fROM CLLR A MACLEAN
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I hope you are all well and I know you are all busy at this time assisting people in our communities. I have included you in this email as you are all key people in our ward either through the community councils or community groups. Cllr Gordon Adams has already set up a weekly telephone discussion with groups on the Black Isle and some of you may already be taking part. These discussions are to find out what’s working, where there are gaps and what is still needed and who is best to help, these can then be fed back to Di Agnew our ward manager who is co -ordinating information with Highland Council , NHS Highland and HTSI.
As local members we like you want to do all we can to help our communities during this difficult time. We too are receiving calls and emails asking for help from individuals. Some of us can’t leave our homes at the moment but we are able to work in other ways either by email and telephone. As councillors we receive regular updates from Highland Council, Police Scotland and NHS Highland as well as other third sector organisations updating us. This may also be useful to you if you are not already receiving the information.
My reason for sending you this email is to find out if you would be interested in either you or a member of your group checking in on a weekly basis by telephone. I am suggestion Cllr Graham Mackenzie could chair a short BT Group Meeting to discuss how we can continue to help our communities and share best practice. If you are in agreement we can send out a meeting request and start by the end of this week. If there is a time or day that suits people best please include this in your response.
I hope you all keep safe and thank you for what you are already doing to help our communities.
Cllr Angela MacLean
Liberal Democrat Councillor for
Dingwall & Seaforth Ward 8
FROM CRAIG FRASER
To reduce the potential for many duplicate information emails I am asking the sender of the email I have received as an elected member has been shared with community councils, such as this one.
From: Mary MacDonald
Sent: 30 March 2020 15:24
To: Mary MacDonald
Subject: Ross & Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau
COVID-19 - the Citizens Advice network stands ready to help
Ross & Cromarty CAB constantly adapts to the changing times around us and our response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is no different.
Throughout March we have continued to give advice to those who need it as we take steps to re-design how we deliver our services to the citizens of Ross & Cromarty. Our teams are now working from home and we continue to provide advice and support by telephone, email, Facebook, messenger and webchat.
For your information I have attached a copy of our contact details. If you follow us on Facebook you will find a number of useful links.
We are here, as always, for the citizens of Ross & Cromarty and will continue to work with you to help those who need it.
If you have any questions about how we are delivering services or the support people are coming to us for please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ross & Cromarty CAB
Crisis on our Roads
Letter from Kate Forbes MSP Re Highland Council Roads Survey
Please use the link to register your views
Following my correspondence earlier this week, I am writing to invite you to participate in a consultation about road safety improvements at the B9161/A9 Munlochy junction.
Please find below a link to a short online survey:
Please feel free to share this survey with friends, family, and others you know who are regular users of the road.
The responses to this survey are anonymous and will be fed into the summit meeting at the end of March.
Paper copies of the survey are available from my constituency office. If you would like to fill in a paper copy, please feel free to drop into my office to collect one (12 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9RU), or phone 01349 863 888 and ask to speak to my caseworker Philip Coghill.
I am happy to keep you informed of any further updates on this matter.
Kate Forbes MSP
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED ON THE A9, TORE ROUNDABOUT AND ADJOINING ROADS to IMPROVE SAFETY.
Killearnan CC has provisionally objected to a planning application to build 14 houses in a development up the single track road which passes Tore Primary School. Access to the single track road is from the trunk road, A835. Traffic from the development is likely to use the A9.
FATAL ACCIDENT & SERIOUS INJURIES
The present objections to Broadlands' proposed development are part of wider concerns being expressed throughout the Black Isle, following the fatal accident at the Artafallie/Munlochy Junction, about safety on the A9, the Tore Roundabout and the effect on the roads feeding into the Roundabout As the A9 Roundabout, the Pedestrian Crossing, the Artafallie/Munlochy Junction and the A835 lie within the Killearnan CC boundary, it was the main item on the CC's agenda, January 30th. (extract below).
A joint meeting of the Black Isle CCs took place on February 11, chaired by Knockbain CC, where possible measures to mitigate the dangers were discussed. A review by the Safer Roads Foundation has been commissioned by MP Ian Blackford to undertake an enquiry involving safety on the A9 A/M Junction, Tore Pedestrian Crossing, Roundabout, A835 and connecting roads. K.Forbes, MSP, is arranging a meeting with Transport Scotland with relevant 'stake-holders'. The results of these investigations are crucial. If no improvement to the transport infrastructure (road network) is undertaken, it will impact adversely on people living in the Black Isle and anyone travelling to the North and the West Coast via the major roads which traverse the Black Isle.
Springfield Inc's proposal, under review in the Inner Moray Firth Local Development plan, to build 1000 houses in Tore is a significant factor additionally influencing concerns.
A resident with 33 years experience as a HC road engineer is preparing a detailed comment for the CC. He writes regarding changes to the junction:-
"The pressure on Tore would be considerable and traffic to Coldwells and beyond would have the junction at Old Kilcoy House to negotiate, another prospective black spot with heavy transport to/from the garage, grain drier and Agricultural store . Traffic along the A832 between Munlochy and Tore would be increased. Tore village itself is not pedestrian friendly.... PROVIDE A NEW ROUNDABOUT. This is a “gold plated” option and probably the one to increase safety the most. I have no idea how much land is already in Transport Scotlands ownership but I would have thought that land acquisition would not be a major problem. If this option was considered then the inclusion of the Craigrory junction in the plan would seem sensible. Bearing in mind the continued development and prospective development of the Black Isle it is surprising that a roundabout was not considered in the original design. Did the design engineers not look far enough ahead ??"
With regard to his final question, please note Transport Scotland's initial response to an application for a development in Fortrose:-Rejection (15/03033) in October 2015
“Reason given: “The proposal would result in an increase in waiting and turning manoeuvres, on a rural section of the trunk road, which would be to the detriment of the safety and free flow of traffic on this length of trunk road where vehicle speeds are high and vehicles waiting to turn right may be stopped in the fast lane of the trunk road.”
Notes from the recommendation: “The junction of the A9 and B9161 is liable to have an increase in turning movements as a result of this development. It is presently the site of an accident cluster with lengthy queues northbound at the evening peak and Transport Scotland is awaiting an investigation report…”
Extract from Killearnan CC Minutes January 30th 2020:-
”A9 Munlochy Junction
The widespread fears about the danger inherent in the design of the Munlochy Junction have been sadly confirmed by the tragic death of 16 year old Gregor Mcintosh, before Christmas. MSP Kate Forbes has contacted us about a planned meeting involving Transport Scotland, MSPs, Councillors and Community Councillors to discuss the issue. Knockbain CC is also convening an urgent meeting of the BLCCs to be held as soon as possible in Fortrose Academy.
It has been suggested that the Junction be permanently closed and that Munlochy, Avoch, Fortrose and Cromarty traffic be redirected to the Tore Roundabout. While this closure would certainly remove any chance of fatalities at that point on the A9, the danger will be shifted to an already hazardous roundabout. The increased number of vehicles, including buses and HGVs, travelling from Inverness will come into conflict with traffic:-
from the West Coast, Muir of Ord, Marybank, Garve etc on the A832;
from Dingwall and the West on the A835;
from the North on the mainThurso to Edinburgh trunk road
…. before drivers can access the A832 to Fortrose and Cromarty.
Major Housing Developments in Munlochy, Avoch, Fortrose, Dingwall and elsewhere have contributed to a general increase in traffic on the A9. Proposals, recently submitted to Highland Council, for the erection of up to a thousand houses in the Tore Area will add to the fact that the A9 in the Black Isle is no longer fit for purpose.
The increase in traffic will also severely compromise safety on the already inadequate pedestrian crossing south of the roundabout, making access to amenities, particularly public transport, almost impossible for residents.
The CC members suggest that, if Transport Scotland decides to close part or all of the Munlochy Junction as an immediate solution to that hazard then a 30mph speed limit should be immediately applied to the whole Tore area and that the crossing be made into a clearly signed and controlled pedestrian crossing."
The CC is not opposed to enhancing life in the Black Isle through imaginative new developments but all care should be taken to ensure that the road network can genuinely support them.
VE DAY COMMEMORATION.
The CC plans to host a VE Day Tea Party in the Killearnan Church Hall on May 8th.Planning is in progress. This is a call to all Killearnan residents to come forwad and help in organising and supporting the event.
North Kessock History Society Event
‘Killearnan Memories – Revisited’ will be presented at a new exhibition in Tore Village Hall from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday 21 September 2019. Entrance is free and there will be lots to see and do – crafts for children, information boards on local cairns, castles and crofts, old films and photos, displays of bygone domestic and farming equipment, and a village tearoom serving refreshments and home bakes. Also, a new book written by local author Graham Clark entitled ‘Killearnan Memories’ will be launched – buy a copy and get it signed by the author.
Killearnan Community Council
Draft minutes of Meeting Tore Primary School, Thursday 29th Aug 2019.
Chair Treasurer Secretary Kenne MacKenzie Andrew Mackay Anne Mackay Wester Muckernich Swallow House Cnoc Eile Beg Tore Tore Tore By Muir of Ord By Muir of Ord By Muir of Ord
Mr K Mackenzie Cllr A Mackinnon
Mrs A Mackay Mr A Cameron
Ms A Dalgetty
Mr A Mackay
Mr S Hudson
Mr James Maclean
Minutes of May 2019 approved by Mr K Mackenzie and Mr A Mackay.
CC has still not received a police report. Cllr Mackenzie to follow up.
CC has welcomed the notification that there will be a reduction of the speed limit to 40mph on the Mulbuie Road.
Proposed Public Meeting was cancelled by Broadlands as they have withdrawn planning application re: IMFDP.
Email from Di Agnew inviting two representatives to meet with Donna Manson at Fortrose Academy from 6.00 – 8.00pm on September 24th. (Wellbeing Report)
Email from Mr I Fraser who has contacted Transport Scotland about the flooding caused by poor drainage and lack of maintenance on A9.
1. Wellbeing Forum Meeting. Attended by Mr K Mackenzie, Mrs A Mackay and Ms A Dalgetty. The meeting involved a talk on depression/suicide (the inspiration for the song ‘Lighthouse’); 3 workshops and stalls in the main hall.
2. Police Report. No report again, even though residents have reported 5 major incidents on the A9, one involving an articulated vehicle losing a ship’s fender Cllr Mackenzie will follow up.
Residents are concerned about the axe attack in Rosemarkie this summer, on an S4 male pupil by an adult male accompanied by an adult male driver,
3. IMFDP. Mr A Mackay and Mrs Mackay attended a meeting with planners. A summary of the main constraints concerning Springfields proposal to site a major housing development at Tore has been circulate to members. Constraints include: the necessity for a major sewer; impact on A9 and Muir of Ord Road and on the school.
Points made at meeting –
clearer information to be released in January;
consultation process to begin
at least 5 year consultation process;
the proposal will quadruple Tore;
CC has applied to HC for £600 for costs involved in increasing number of Newsletters in order to ensure residents are well informed and in hiring venues for public meeting/s.
4. Toredale- Further incidents have been reported. Cllr Mackenzie will contact Council and Planning.
5 Remembrance Day – Mr George Bethune to be asked to lay the wreath
VE 75th Anniversary iay 2020. CC awaits further information/guidance.
6. Water Problems in Cairnurenan/ Wellhouse area. Scottish Water to be contacted again.
a) Mr Hudson reported concerns about the minor road to the right of the Tore Mains access road from the A9. The road exits onto the Fortrose Road at ‘the Pillars’. Flooding has deposited silt on the road and grass is already growing. Pot-holes also make the road hazardous. Cllr Mackenzie to contact Roads Dept.
b) Advert to be included in the Newsletter for North Kessock History Society’s event in Tore Hall on Saturday 21st September 10.00am - 4.30pm. ‘Killearnan Memories’.
Meeting Closed at 8.18pm Next meeting Thursday 26th Sept 7.30pm
Killearnan Community Council
Draft minutes of Meeting
Tore Primary School, Thursday 29th November 2018, 7.30pm
Chair Vice-chair Secretary Treasurer
Kenne MacKenzie Andrea Dalgetty Anne Mackay Andrew Mackay
Wester Muckernich Linnie Cottage Cnoc Eile Beg Swallow House
Tore Killearnan Tore Tore
By Muir of Ord By Muir of Ord By Muir of Ord By Muir of Ord
Tel: 01463 811336
Mr K Mackenzie Cllr G MacKenzie
Mrs A Mackay Cllr Paterson
Miss A Dalgetty
Mr A Mackay
Mr A Cameron
Miss C Fitzsimmons
Miss L Fitzsimmons
Miss A Clark
Miss C Mackay
Amendment from last minutes. Agenda point 5, Drynie Park to be changed to Iurnan Park Wood.
Amended minutes of September 2018 approved by Mrs S Mackay and Miss A Dalgetty.
Miss A Clark was introduced to members and will now take up the role of Youth Rep to liaise between the teenagers and KCC. Present with Miss Clark at this meeting were Miss L Fitzsimmons and Miss C Mackay. They wished to put forward a request for a “Hub”, ie summerhouse building, to be erected in Tore for the Local Youths to use for social gatherings. Cllr Maclean spoke at length with the girls to try and gage possible uses of the building and how this would include and encourage other local youths to attend. Members will await contact between the teenagers and Claire at Pillarbox and Esme from Youth Highland in order to discuss all options and make a plan going forward. In the meantime they also requested a dance would be of interest and how this could be organised to be held in the hall during January 2019. Hall committee to be contacted.
Due to the large amount of correspondence copies of the emails have been circulated to members to take away. The urgent items are listed in the Agenda. Items are attached to this minute.
Highland Council Mid-Ross Community Partnership – Attended by Mr A Mackay. To be listed on the next agenda.
Remembrance Day – The Armistice 100th celebration was extremely well attended. The Rev Susan Cord and local residents gave an informal service with readings from the research carried out by Mrs S Bain and Mrs A Mackay about the fallen men from Killearnan.
Choose life, Wellbeing joint BICC Meeting – Attended by Mrs A Mackay and Miss C Fitzsimmons. The CC`s of the Black Isle are wanting to reach out their communities in a bid to help reduce Suicide and loneliness. Key points taken from the meetings were read out by Mr K Mackenzie to members. Items were discussed and agreed a survey should be circulated to gather vital data and statistics from our residents. The Black Isle CCs plan to take a ‘pan-Black Isle’ approach and set up a Website to disseminate information for all the CCs.
Learning & Development Inspection – Attended by Mr K Mackenzie and Mrs A Mackay. The main point asked was to find out how well the Community Councils engage with their communities. The website and Facebook account for KCC needs to be updated and kept current.
Highland Council Workshop – Attended by Mrs A Mackay – To be listed on the next agenda
Democracy Matters – To be listed on the next agenda
Changes to Bus Timetable – Stagecoach will be adding some new services. Tore will not be affected by the changes.
Change of Police Liason Officer – As PC Fleming has relocated the replacement will be PC Rebecca Shand, NO588, Team 5, Dingwall Police Station.
Black Isle Partnership – A request is being circulated in a push for new members.
Mr I Fraser has reported that HC has repaired the pot hole on the cul-de-sac near the old Post Office.
Email to Cllr G Adams expressing concerns of no recent attendance at the KCC meetings. No reply as yet.
Mr A Cameron informed members that the water pressure between Drynie Park and Iurnan Wood area is still extremely low and it has been reported that the water has been off around 12-13 times in recent times. As the new Ord Industrial site is in full working order it is noted the windows have been rattling with the extent of the drilling. Email to be sent to Scottish Water.
Meeting Closed at 9.10pm Next meeting Thursday 31st, January 7.30pm
CENTENARY - END OF WORLD WAR ONE
On Sunday 11 November the Community Council will lead a special remembrance of the sons of Killearnan Parish who died in the Great War.
This will be held at the Cenotaph, Fettes from approx 10.45 am.
August 2018 MINUTES
The KCC have received a reply from Transport Scotland regarding the reduction in speed limits at the Tore Roundabout independent survey. Members were not happy with the results and Mr Mackenzie will request an updated survey to include peek travelling times. Cllr Paterson suggested a representative be invited to attend a future KCC meeting to discuss further.
The request from Kinlochbervie CC regarding toilet closures has been submitted by Mrs A Mackay.
Copies of emails circulated to members. Items are attached to this minute.
Susy MacAulay, Press and Journal - Members agreed this is not applicable to KCC at this time.
Highland Community Council Scheme Review - Drop-in session dates have now been confirmed as Dingwall Town Hall, 18th September 2018, 2pm – 4pm. Members attending to be confirmed.
Highland Council Quality Awards 2018 – Mrs A Mackay stated a request to put resident Morven MacCallum forward but it was noticed she was not a HC employee. Suggest MFR Awards.
Minister of Killearnan – Susan Cord of Killearnan Parish Church is happy with the KCC taking on responsibility of the WW1 plans for Remembrance Sunday. Meeting with Rev Cord on 25th Sept. Full article regarding the Remembrance Day will appear in the next newsletter.
Social Inclusion – Ms Wanda Mackay and Mr Fraser Thompson from Highlife/HC gave a talk regarding the activities their charity provides for young adults and the elderly on the Black Isle and how residents from Tore can be included. Due to the public transport restrictions in this particular area it solely relies on the parents to transport the children around. Wanda explained there are a range of options to try and accommodate all situations. KCC should contact Lyndsey McGarry in Dingwall for updated numbers academy age young adults.
Schools Plan Update – No update available at present.
Remembrance Service – See correspondence – KCC and the Royal British Legion intend to plan this centenary of WW1. At present research is being carried out to locate the graves of 24 men that are named on the Fettes Memorial. Mrs Mackay suggested that local children read out the names of the men. Cllr Paterson recommended speaking to Mr B Shanks, Chair of Seaforth Highlanders. Mrs Mackay has a meeting with S Cord on 25th September to finalise arrangements for the day.
HC Quality Awards – See correspondence, item c.
Playground provision – KCC have not responded yet. Mr MacKenzie to action.
Planning request from Safehands of Lossiemouth – Erection of a single storey training building, improved access and associated services, land 45m east of Jacaranda, Muir of Ord.
This is referred to as a Class 4 Industrial Development and with short time-lapse since the approval of the Ord Industrial site Mr And Mrs Kitson are distressed and concerned the area is fast becoming too industrial. Not only will their house be looking directly onto the proposed car park which at present is a field with thriving natural habitat there is also worry about the amount of traffic flow that will increase to and from this site. The amount of heavy goods vehicles already travelling just 0.8 miles away on an unsuitable single track road with very few passing places, congestion will just continue to grow for our residents.
The KCC have been asked to support an objection on behalf of residents, Mrs Mackay has already objected on a neutral capacity.
The grounds for complaint will be as follows-
Encroaching on a residential area.
May 24th 2018
Killearnan Community Council Privacy Statement
(to meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))
Killearnan Community Council (KCC) holds some residents’ contact details, with their consent, within password-protected databases. The purpose for holding and using the contact details to communicate is both to inform and to seek views of residents. The purpose is a lawful public task for KCC to undertake in its legal obligation to ascertain and co-ordinate views of residents and to inform residents of its activities and other matters that KCC considers to be relevant to residents. Personal data may also be held, with consent, for other community activities that KCC considers appropriate. The personal data held is not shared with any third party without specific consent of the individual resident.
Residents have the right, at any time, to access their own personal data for checking and updating and to request immediate removal of their data. Personal data may include email addresses, phone numbers and addresses but no other information. Please contact Anne Mackay, Secretary, either on 01463811336 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to the data is restricted to the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of KCC. Personal data will be held only for as long as the consented purpose continues.
Within the meaning of GDPR, the Data Controller is Killearnan Community Council which can be contacted through the Secretary (see above).
The supervisory authority to whom complaints can be directed is:
Information Commissioner's Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
March 15 2018
Black Isle CC Group Meeting
at Kilcoy House, (Teclan)
Members of the BICC and Black Isle Parent Councils met to discuss the many concerns associated with the Highland Council's Management of Schools Plan (Cluster Schools). Since the meeting CCs and Parent Councils have been informed by the Care and Learning Department that plans will be put on hold and new discussions will take place with Parent Councils and other groups after the Easter break.
Message to Craig Rory Residents.
Killearnan CC needs to get in touch with residents of this area of the CCs coverage so that we can represent their concerns.
Is anyone from the Craig Rory area willing to join us at our next meeting in Tore School on May 31st at 7.30 pm?