Sustrans Route – south of Benderloch – options appraisal report

Sustrans have been undertaking route option appraisal and feasibility work for the gap section on the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 78 which exists south of Benderloch.  During this time they have met with key landowners and the local communities – all of whom are fully supportive of the NCN in the area and the positive effects it has had – emphasising the need for resolution.
Sustrans appraisal report cover

They have produced an appraisal report : – pdf link here:- Sustrans Ledaig Options Appraisal Report and recommended routing for the communities information and further circulation.  This concludes a new route being developed using the existing forest section which exists to the south west, continuing on the east side of the trunk road and joining the railway path at the Boat House track.  Sustrans hope this route provides most benefits and value for the area and also presents a practical solution which can be delivered in the medium term.
Please note the proposed line of routing is not fixed and still at an early stage, there will be further opportunity to shape all the detailed aspects as the project progresses from stakeholders and the community.

Sustrans plan to arrange a presentation and Q&A session for the community in conjunction with the Community council .. details to follow.
In the meantime, should you have any questions or require further information please get in touch on my details below.

Paul Matthews
Engineering and Design Manager
Sustrans Scotland
Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ
Telephone: 0131 346 9773
Mobile: 07887 685 740

Please note the proposed line of routing is not fixed and still at an early stage, there will be further opportunity to shape all the detailed aspects as the project progresses.  As a stakeholder for the project your feedback and knowledge of the area is important as we look to develop the cycle route – and I hope you can continue to be involved in the project moving forward.


Thank you again for your cooperation as part of the process to date.  You will note that we intend to further develop the proposals this year through design and I will keep you updated throughout.

August 24, 2016   Posted in: Roads, sustainability, transport  No Comments

Ardchattan news in the Oban times this week

Tralee Bay Fish and Chips wins a Good Chippy Award : run by the Good Food Awards : and shares plans to replace the current premises with a “proper structure” to create a new cafe alongside the chippy in the future.

Planning : Dawnfresh application to expand the Etive 3 fish farm site to 10 x 80 m cages and increase the extent of the moorings . The plans are at Taynuilt Post Office or on the Argyll and Bute Website : ref 16/01971/MFF

First Registration of 4 Keil Croft on the Crofting Register of Scotland : ref C2898 and C2906



August 18, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Rural Campaigners wanted

Rural campaigners wanted!

Scottish Rural Action have now launched their new volunteer programme, with the aim of developing a network of grass-roots volunteers, who will campaign on rural issues, along with facilitating workshops at the Scottish Rural Parliament event in Brechin this October.

To find out more information go to

August 17, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Have your say on Community democracy – survey

The Scottish Rural Parliament meets again this year at Brechin.
They have created a survey for all members of the community to fill in about the role of Community Councils in local democracy.
Here is their press release

Our Community Councils survey for 2016 is now online. We are looking for responses to the survey from all people, not just those who sit on a Community Council.

The survey aims to identify the views of rural communities on what the relationships between local authorities and Community Councils should be, what powers Community Councils should hold, and what the purpose of Community Councils should be.

Check out for the survey itself, which will close on 31st August 2016.

August 17, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

C25 Bonawe road closure 17 – 19 August 2016

UPDATE – these closures have now been cancelled.
BT enginners have put up notices about the Road Closures ahead of cable laying for New Superfibre boxes along the Bonawe Road .. unfortunately no one remembered to consult (inform) the community beforehand.
Ardchattan Community Council have been busy finding out what is going on visa v the Buses, school timetables, will the Moss road be used for lorries etc, (which is likely to cause troubles at its junction as well as being unsuitable for much traffic) .. and will keep you updated.

It seems like the closure will be between Herons Reach to the Manse with the road being closed for three days from 17th to 19th August.

Reference: BT020-S000000075783 (2119765)
Location: From Opposite Rhumore To Opposite Badgers’ Rake
Address: C25 Bonawe Road Through North Connel From A828 Junction To Access Track To Inion, North Connel
Promoter: Openreach
Telephone: 0800 3282873
Dates: 17/08/2016 – 24/08/2016

August 14, 2016   Posted in: argyll and bute council, North Connel, Roads  No Comments

Next Up at the Victory Hall Palladium – MP and the Expenses!

Next Up at the Palladium – MP and the Expenses!
FRIDAY 19th August at 8pm
A touch of the blues and a wee bit swing at The Victory Hall….check the link below.

The super cool Mike Parker and Iain Macfadyen lead this fabulous band.
Fresh from the Jazz bars of Edinburgh, MP and the Expenses come to entertain us in the wee hall. Expect boogie woogie, blues. and swing to keep you swaying.
Book you tickets at £10 now by email –>

or calling Campbell and Joy on 01631 720247.
That will save you £2 on the door price of £12 – so you can get the first one in at the bar – again!
Keep smiling!
Campbell & Joy
Making it Happen at the Victory hall
Media, Business and Music
Rowena,Benderloch,Oban,Argyll. PA37 1QP.
01631 720247 at the home office.

August 12, 2016   Posted in: Benderloch, Event  No Comments

Flower Show : 27th August 2016

North Connel and District Horticultural Show is Saturday August 27th – and you can download the exhibit labels here.
show poster 2016-02 (Medium)

exhibit labels sheet-1

August 12, 2016   Posted in: Arts and Crafts, Benderloch, Community, Hobbies, Schools  No Comments

Bookends Festival Benderloch September 27 – October 1st 2016

NEW for 2016 is the Bookends festival in Benderloch, coming this September.

The small hall of the Victory Hall is going to be transformed into a cosy reading space, with extra areas for speakers and authors to meet and hear from.

You can get all the up dates on Facebook – or from the organiser : Joy Cameron, 01631 720247  / 07786985446email joycameron57 at

The Reading Room
Our delightful wood paneled village hall, The Victory Hall will be transformed into a sumptuous reading room for the week of the festival Saturday 24th Sept – Sat 1st October 2016.
It is the venue for nearly all of our events and every day from 3.30 – 6.30pm its doors are open to all to come and sit awhile, read, leaf through a book or two and chat about books you love over a cuppa.
All the books in the Reading Room are yours to enjoy
If you find one you love please take it home and keep it.
If you have some to spare please bring them to The Reading Room for others to enjoy.

Join us at The Bookends Festival Launch.
Saturday 24th September 2016 3pm Free – scroll down for details of the authors talks and evenings

An Afternoon with Norman Bissell
The Reading Room, Victory Hall – Sunday 25th September 2016 2pm £8

George Orwell, Isle of Luing poems, community activism and more. Luing poet Norman Bissell will read extracts from his forthcoming novel The Last man in Europe about the last years in the life of George Orwell on Jura where he wrote Ninety Eighty-Four and from his popular poetry collection Slate, Sea and Sky, A Journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Luing. He will discuss his experiences of writing and community activism and how Geopoetics inspires artists and scientists of all kinds to express the natural world. He is Vice-Chairman of the isle of Luing Community Trust and Director of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.

An Evening with Kenneth Steven
The Reading Room, Victory Hall Saturday 24th September 2016 8pm £8

Kenneth is first and foremost a poet, but also very much a novelist. In all his creative writing, it’s the power of wildscape that inspires his pen. His newest novel The Well of the North Wind is set on Iona during the high days of the Celts, and follows the story of a young boy who will become the last “hand” in the emerging of “The Book of Kells”. Kenneth will read from the novel, and from his newest volume of poems: “Letting in the Light”.

A chance to have Afternoon tea with An Island Wife.
Come and meet Judy Fairbairns on Saturday 1st October 2016 2pm – £8 entry at the Victory hall.

Wife, mother, cook, domestic superwoman, fixer of all things broken – including hearts. Knitter of baby blankets, singer and author. Wildly enthusiastic child at heart.
Island Wife tells the story of Judy, who, at 19, met her Wild Pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island, where the sea-birds fly, the weather is always changing and whales swim in the deep.
Judy will read from her memoir, answer questions from the audience and after her book signing join us all for a cuppa and cake.

And the final author to complete the eloquent Bookends quartet –
Russell Campbell
The Reading Room, Victory Hall : Saturday 1st October 8pm – £8

Raised in Taynuilt, Russell Campbell has been a university business school lecturer for more than 20 years, including a seven year spell running a Master’s degree in International Marketing which was delivered in Scotland and Athens. He has written for both The Herald and the Scotsman, and has also contributed to the (Glasgow) Evening Times. His first novel Movers and Shirkers was published in 2014. His second novel is due for publication in late 2016.Russell will talk about creating a novel….the what, where, when and how of writing your first novel. We’ll have a Q and A session afterwards and Russell will then be on hand to sign copies of his book, Movers and Shirkers and share a drink with us in the Bar – opens at 7.30pm.


August 10, 2016   Posted in: Arts and Crafts, Benderloch, Community, Event  No Comments

Aircraft crash Lochnell

from Oban Times facebook 2nd August 14.30
A MAJOR incident is ongoing at Fionnard Loch Nell, near to Loch Nell House Benderloch, after a German registered light aircraft dramatically crashed into the hillside at 10.45am on Tuesday with two passengers on board.
Emergency services are on site. Two passengers described by eye witnesses as ‘alive’ are being taken by air ambulance to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
The area has now been closed down as police and Air Accident Investigations officers are brought to the scene.
The air craft was part of an annual tour of the area by German pilots. There were eight planes as part of the group. Seven of the aircraft are believed to have gone to Oban Airport immediately after the incident.

The injured are reported to be stable.

photo from Oban Times FB page – copyright Kevin McGlynn

August 2, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments

Caravan off the road by Letterwalton

report on facebook that there is a caravan off the road by Letterwalton, north of Benderloch, on the northbouard carriageway. The police are in attendance and traffic is moving with care, there may be a temporary closure to recover the caravan. Take care

August 2, 2016   Posted in: Community  No Comments