A828 works on road north of Benderloch delayed again

We regret to inform you that due to an unforeseen quarry breakdown which has impacted on our
resurfacing programme, the works on the A828 North of Benderloch due to commence on Friday 2nd
December have now been delayed to Monday 5th December.

Location plan of Benderloch road works
The works are still to be constructed during the hours of 7am and 7pm each day under a 10mph convoy
traffic management system, with no works planned for the weekend.
Some minor delays are unfortunately inevitable but efforts will be made to keep these to a minimum.
BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland wish to thank the local community and the travelling public in
advance for their patience during these essential works.
Should you require further information, or wish to discuss these proposals, please do not hesitate to
contact Craig Kerr, Graduate Design Engineer, by e-mail NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk

December 1, 2016   Posted in: Community Council, transport  No Comments

Christmas Fayre -Benderloch




December 1, 2016   Posted in: Arts and Crafts  No Comments

Argyll and Bute new policy guidance on advertising and signage

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning service has prepared new policy guidance on advertising and signage. This revised guidance was approved for public consultation at the November meeting of the Council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee.
A copy of the policy document is available to view or download from the Council’s web-site here:
The public consultation runs from Friday 2nd December 2016 until Friday 6th January 2017.
All comments should be submitted by e-mail to: ldp@argyll-bute.gov.uk
If you wish to submit comments in writing these should be sent to:
Argyll and Bute Council
Development Policy
1A Manse Brae
PA31 8RD
Please pass details of this consultation on to anyone you know in the business/tourism/leisure sectors who may have an interest in advertising and/or signage within our towns, villages and countryside.

November 30, 2016   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

Argyll and Bute council planning applications in Ardchattan CC

Decisions on Planning applications to 1st April 2016 – decided does not necessarily mean approved.

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November 25, 2016   Posted in: argyll and bute council  No Comments

Ben Lora Forest felling and replanting

Felling amendment, Benderloch, Barcaldine FDP
The accompanying Management Approval Map shows three coupes, 43628 approved under the original plan, 43255 approved by you on 02/12/2012 and 43039 which was intended to be included in the new LMP revision, but has now had to be brought forward due to access concerns. 43628 was felled in January 2013 and the lower part of 43255 in April 2013 to deal with windblow affecting the core path. Since then, it was agreed with the community that further felling would be undertaken during the winter months, but due to lack of winch resource, no further felling has taken place. An opportunity has now arisen to complete the approved site this winter, operations expected to commence in 3-4 weeks’ time. This will require closure of the core path/rerouting, plus further consultation with the community, including information regarding felling of 43039. The new LMP intended to propose felling of 43039 firstly because access to the lower parts must be taken off the forwarder access to 43255, which will become unserviceable once operations are complete. Secondly, the attached map extract (Map 4.6 Viewshed Analysis from Tralee) shows that skyline conifers will be visible in 43039 once 43255 is felled. Thirdly, windblow above Benderloch posing a risk to property and the A828 primarily through disturbing surface material and rocks was an important consideration in opting to fell 43255, whose removal may expose 43039 to increased risk of windblow. The landscape architect’s ‘Landscape Issues Map 4.5’ from the new LMP highlights the concerns. The original FDP phased the three coupes as follows; 43628 – 2014, 43039 – 2019, and 43255 – 2024. A combination of harvester and winch working is expected, with winching most likely required at the bottom of the coupe. It is unclear whether the contractor will require any digger work to gain access for the winch, but the topography of 43255 hides the lower part of 43039 in views from Tralee, whilst sightlines and native woodland screen this area from the south. ‘View 5 From Tralee’ shows that only 43255 is currently visible from the caravan park. View 4 From Connel Bridge shows the limited oblique views of 43039, with part of 43255 beyond.
The proposed future species rationale is to restock with native broadleaved species, with some edge modifications along the south side to remove trees form ‘extra land’ and to scallop this otherwise straight edge. This replaces the approved FDP rationale which included 3.4ha of mixed conifers in the upper part of the coupe.
Let me know if you require any further information.
Roger Wilson
Planning Forester
For FDM West Argyll FD
+44 (0) 300 067 6650 (switchboard)
+44 (0) 300 067 6684 (direct)
+44 (0)7776171413 (mobile)







November 22, 2016   Posted in: Benderloch, Environment  No Comments

pop up cafe in Benderloch Church hall


November 17, 2016   Posted in: Benderloch, food and drink  No Comments

Ardchattan Parish Archive Open Friday Afternoons

Do you have ancestors in the parish of Ardchattan ?
Do you have an interest in the places of Ardchttan ?
come and visit the local history archive at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
Open from 2 – 4 (ish) pm every Friday afternoon
The fire will be on, and the kettle singing for anyone wanting to visit the Archive tomorrow .. would love to hear about your local families, see local pictures, come and take a look at the library, the records, ask questions or pass on stories 🙂

November 14, 2016   Posted in: Genealogy, History  No Comments

Emergency Quarry traffic – Nov 3

From Breedons today : –
Due to a major breakdown at our Furnace quarry we are having to use Bonawe quarry for delivery of materials tonight on a Bear job which we have been delivering to for the last few days.
We are sorry there is no alterative and hope to have 7 x vehicles in Bonawe from approx. 10pm loading one after another so there should be minimal disruption. The vehicles will only be in once and no other traffic is expected on the road after the vehicles have been loaded.
I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
Rosemary Morrison
Distribution Manager – West
Tel: 01631 567724

November 3, 2016   Posted in: Bonawe  No Comments

Pop Up Cafe in Benderloch this Autumn

Pop-up Cafe
in Benderloch Church Hall
Teas, Coffee & Cakes
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
All welcome – do “pop in” !

October 12, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Barcaldine Spooky nights

October 9, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments