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Night closures: B9006 Culloden Road Over-bridge carriageway works

Motorists are being advised that there will be overnight closures of the B9006 Culloden Road overbridge starting on Monday 10 Septemberto Thursday 13 September for four nights from 6:30pm to 6:30am.

The final stages of the carriageway widening works have been reached and now the Council's contractors need road closures to allow resurfacing of the road to take place. There will be no vehicular access, however access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout the closures.

Diversions will be in place and signposted with variable message signs in place from today to warn motorists of the impending overnight closures.

Winter maintenance plan 2018/2019 approved for Inverness

Across the Inverness area there are 17 gritters available and 10 footpath tractors and a team of 44 staff are involved in delivering winter maintenance. The average annual usage of salt is approximately 10,000 tonnes.

Provost and Leader of Inverness, Councillor Helen Carmichael said: “While Staff work extremely hard to provide the best possible winter service the Council has limited resources and cannot grit every road in the area. That is why we have approved a list of priority routes for treatment. 

“If your street or neighbourhood is not on the gritting map we offer help to communities who wish to take action in their own areas to help clear snow and ice from footpaths.  You can apply through your Community Council for help and the council will provide salt/grit bins, scrapers and reflective waistcoats to allow an enhanced level of service. We would need a team of conscientious volunteers to make this work for us and our less able residents. I urge people to think about this now and to apply as soon as possible before winter is upon us."

She added: “We welcome the assurance given by the Director of Community Services at the recent Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee that a formal escalation procedure will be adopted when severe conditions are forecast or experienced. Footpaths in Inverness were affected severely last winter with freezing conditions and we hope that the assurance given of immediate mobilisation of all available manual staff across Community Services to assist will prevent this re-occurring.”

Details of the Inverness Area priority routes and winter services information will be published on the council’s website at: http://www.highland.gov.uk/gritting


COLD CALL CONTROL ZONE- Just a reminder that there will be an open meeting in Culcabock & Drakies Community Hall on Tuesday the 8th May at 7pm - 8pm when Mr Mark McGinty from Highland Council Trading Standards and a representative from Police Scotland will be in attendance to talk more in depth about how they can help us keep our area free from uninvited traders. They will also welcome and answer any questions you may have. We hope you will all come along. 🙂



Culcabock and Drakies Community Council in conjunction with Highland Council Trading Standards, Police Scotland and your local Ward Councillors are actively looking towards establishing a Cold Call Control Zone for the whole of the Community Council area.  Initially we will be distributing a questionnaire to all residents.  This video will give further information on a CCCZ.


Winter Resilience Community Aid / We offer help to communities who wish to take action in their own areas to help clear snow and ice from footpaths - this is an offer/suggestion which the Highland Council publish on their website in August.

This is a quote from the website.
'Whilst the Council operates a fleet of over 40 footpath gritting tractors, we acknowledge that resources are insufficient to clear every path. We recognise that communities may themselves be able to treat a more extensive path network, earlier.'

Unfortunately it is now too late to implement this Scheme within Drakies for this Winter. But how amazing would it be if someone in the Community could come forward and use their organisational skills to compile a list of volunteers over the summer months. If you are out there please contact one of your Community Councillors or come along to one of our meetings. We your Community Council, will do all we can to help and support this.


23 November 2017
Return of unwanted brown bins

The Highland Council’s chargeable garden waste brown bin collection service started on 3rd July 2017 and to date approximately 32,000 garden waste brown bin permits have been purchased. This accounts for 48% of households that previously received the Garden Waste Collection Service. 

The Council is now implementing the process of collecting unwanted brown bins from households who do not wish to use the garden waste service and want their bins removed. 

Unwanted brown bins will be collected over a 2 week period from Monday 4th December 2017 to Friday 15th December 2017. Householders need to check which day their bin will be collected by going to the Highland Council website www.highland.gov.uk/gardenwaste  or calling 01349 886603. 

Brown bins should be empty before collection and householders should refrain from returning their brown bin, if they think they may need to use the Garden Waste Collection Service in the future.  Empty brown bins will also be accepted at our Recycling Centres. 

Householders can still take their garden waste along to their local Recycling Centre free of charge. Householders are also encouraged to compost garden waste at home wherever possible.

Sylvia Tarrant
Corporate Communications Officer
The Highland Council, Chief Executive Service


Planning and Design – Design Team 3 Major Transport Infrastructure Projects
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road,
Glasgow, G4 0HF
Direct Line: 0141 272 7294

By Email   Our ref: B2103500/TR/SH/
Date: 18 October 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,

A9/A96 Inshes to Smithton Preferred Option Public Exhibitions

As you will be aware, Transport Scotland has been progressing with the options assessment for the A9/A96 Inshes to Smithton scheme taking into account the vital feedback received during the public events held in August 2016. 

On 31 October 2017, Transport Scotland will announce the Preferred Option for the scheme.  To coincide with this announcement, a series of public exhibitions are being held in Inshes and Smithton.  These events will provide an opportunity for members of the public to view our plans for the route and provide feedback. 

I would like to invite you to attend either of the preferred option exhibitions, details of which are provided below:

Tuesday 31 October 2017 – 12 noon to 7 pm Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness, IV2 3TW

Wednesday 1 November 2017 – 12 noon to 7 pm Smithton-Culloden Free Church, Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness, IV2 7YU

Representatives from Transport Scotland and our consultant, Jacobs UK Ltd, will be in attendance at the public exhibitions to answer any questions surrounding the scheme proposals. Representatives from The Highland Council will also be in attendance to provide an update on progress with their Inverness East Development Plan and Inshes Junction improvements.

The information panels being displayed at the exhibitions and further details of the proposed scheme including the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) Stage 2 Report will be available on the project website from 12 noon on 31 October 2017 at the following link: https://www.transport.gov.scot/projects/a9a96-inshes-to-smithton/

I look forward to seeing you if you come along.

Yours faithfully


Craig Cameron
Project Manager 



Residents have raised concerns re. an increase in dog fouling on pavements, in our parks and in other green areas in and around our estate.   There is no excuse for not picking up after their pets and dog owners face fixed penalty fines of £40 for this inconsiderate act.  This rises to £60 if not paid within 28 days and possible conviction and a fine of up to £500 if this remains unpaid.  NOTE:  From 1st April the fine for dog owners who fail to pick up after their dog will rise from £40 to £80 , bringing it into line with the fine for other types of littering.
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Parking on the pavement is likely to cause a grave danger to pedestrians.  
In particular it creates hazards for people with disabilities and poses particular difficulties for the blind and those with other visual impairments. It affects older people who may use a walking aid, and therefore need more space;  those with a wheelchair or a mobility scooter;  those with prams or pushchairs and our children.  There should be absolutely no reason to have to go into the road to get past parked cars.  We are fortunate to have good driveways taking 2 or more cars - It is not difficult to 'swap' the cars around in the driveway so please show consideration to our pedestrians.  

This growing concern is not only dangerous but is unsightly and reduces the tight management of the streets i.e. cleaning, snow clearing etc. which is a key to preserving a high quality street environment - and over time it is damaging to the pavement structure.



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Lower speeds in residential roads is a "win win" policy.
Slower speeds will help
*improve road safety
    *encourage walking and cycling
    *reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
    *reduce noise



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