Minute of Inveraray Community Council Meeting

Published: 13th February 2024

Inveraray Community Council

General Meeting held on Wednesday 7th February 2024 at 7.00pm in the Loch Fyne Hotel

PresentIn attendance
Linda Divers

Jacqui MacDonald

Julie Hendry

Alyssa Stewart

Convener (Chair)




Hugh Nicol

Emma Stark

Tracy Boyce

Alistair Rodden


  1. Welcome

Linda welcomed all to the meeting and thanked the Loch Fyne Hotel for their hospitality.

  1. Apologies

Cllr Garret Corner

  1. Declarations of Interest


  1. Approval of previous minutes

Jacqui approved; Tracy seconded

  1. Treasurer’s report

Martin Wilson thanked us for donation from the ARCK fund.

Outgoing Treasurer’s Report 05/02/24
General Account Balance£2,466.15
This includes income from:
Mini Bus£0.00
Pier Fund-£1,024.47
Action Plan£0.00
Drax for Avenue Light Survey-£500.00
Mens Shed-£500.00
Warm Spaces£0.00
Balance After Pending/Allocated Funds£441.68
This includes income from:
Fundraising- not restricted
Balance after Pending  £276.83
ARCK Fund   £1,632.12
Pending grants awarded:
Balance after Pending  £743.01
Pending Payments:
Balance after Pending  £18,894.10




  1. Inspire Inveraray report

DA MacDonald (Contractors) Ltd has finished repair and remedial works on the Pier.  There is now an electricity supply to the Pier in addition to the supply that the owner of the Vital Spark has.


Community Hall consultation events which were held on Friday 26th January 2024, 3.30pm – 7.00pm and Saturday 27th January 2024, 12noon – 4.00pm in Church of Scotland hall were a great success.  The report from Glic will be shared in due course.

  1. Police report – no report received.


  1. Proposed Loch Awe National Park – Niall Macleod

Niall gave an overview of the application for the proposed Loch Awe National Park.  Further details can be found here www.lochawenationalpark.scot

  1. Correspondence

Heather Rogan – West Lochfyneside Community Council – suggested contacting supermarket’s Scottish Head Offices to see if any of them would be interested in supplying the area, this might galvanise them to carry out their own customer surveys, Heather to arrange this.

  1. Licencing/Planning applications


Nothing of note.  These will no longer be automatically submitted to the Community Council, they can be viewed from Argyll & Bute Council’s website here

  1. Fundraising

Plans being made for an auction later this year.

  1. AOCB
  2. Doctor’s surgery – letter received advising that Lochgilphead Medical Practice has decided not to continue with the current contract to supply GP services to Inverary and Furnace as they are struggling to recruit and retain clinical staff and can no longer guarantee a high-quality service across both practices and for A&E/Community Hospital. It is the HSCP who hold the responsibility to either directly provide or contract General Practice services so they will be in communication once discussed. The out of hours service will remain with Lochgilphead Medical Practice.

Linda and Jacqui met with Dr Robbie Coull from Strachur Medical Practice on

1st February 2024 to discuss his interest in taking over the provision of GP services to Inveraray and Furnace – sounds very promising.

  1. Badgers at Glen Shira Cemetery – Graham Hatton provided an update. Badgers are highly protected and it is illegal to disturb them, Argyll & Bute Council has done all they legally can to try and keep them out of the cemetery.  The Badgers are digging for food and they like the loose soil as it is easy to dig in, they are not trying to get to remains in the graves.
  • Minibus – work is required on the minibus – Al to apply for grant from Clachan Flats.
  1. Defibrillator – Barn Brae – Al will check expiry date on pads and that the machine is in good condition.
  2. Defibrillator – phone box – Church Square – currently we do not have a defibrillator in the phone box beside Inveraray Jail. The British Heart Foundation have funding available for defibrillator packages so we have applied for one.  We will find out at the end of February if our application has been successful.
  3. Defibrillator – Inveraray Primary School – the battery needs replacing – Jacqui to apply for a grant towards this cost.
  • Defibrillator – Argyll Estates – there is a defibrillator located at Cherry Park.
  • Tree on front green overhangs the pavement – Hugh Nicol will arrange for it to be trimmed back.


  1. Date of next meeting

Wednesday, 6th March 2024.