The planned renovation of Ardentinny hotel to provide a bar/restaurant, house, and holiday let accommodation has been approved by the National Park’s Planning Department. This was announced at the Community Council meeting held on 2nd October when the Convenor read aloud a letter from the owners conveying their thanks to the Community Council and the community for their support of the project.
The Convenor also welcomed new Community Councillors Roy Harrison and Marian Norris to the committee and announced that Bill Williamson had been appointed secretary.
Community Police Report
PC Donald MacKay reported that the 3 main areas of concern which had emerged from public consultation among The Shore community were: speeding; bogus callers; and drunk and disorderly behaviour and therefore these were police priorities. He also said that there would be a planned diary of bi-monthly mobile police office meetings with 2 scheduled drop-ins between meetings, so that the community can discuss issues in the interim.
A group of volunteers has begun clearing the wood and they are now awaiting a visit from a tree surgeon. The Village Hall Association and the Community Council are contributing £500 each to this project while the Community Trust will contribute through fund-raising efforts. However, when the Trust began its dissolution process prior to its recent revival, it passed its remaining funds, which were in excess of these contributions, to the Village Hall Association for the benefit of the community. The project is to include new planting, some of which will be undertaken by the local schools community.
Some of you may have noticed that the Memorial bench to Tim and Sheila Honeyman has been removed from the Laird’s grave. The issue was raised by Bill Williamson as he had been approached by the late Mr. & Mrs. Honeyman’s daughter. David Robertson of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) explained that this is in line with new FCS policy not to have memorials on FCS land. He did say that a new bench will be placed at the Laird’s grave but without the memorial plaque. We can now report that the plaque is being returned to the owner who is considering having the memorial bench at Glenfinart Walled Garden.