Balloch Community Council

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Next Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 18th January 2017, in Balloch Village Hall 


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Balloch Village Trust and the Baptist Church will hold the traditional carols around the tree at 1630 hrs on Saturday, 17 December 2016. 

School's Litter Campaign

For a number of years The Highland Council has experienced issues with external litter at secondary schools and Further Education establishments. The streets in the vicinity of schools (routes to and from school as well as from school to local food shops) are particularly strongly associated with school-related litter in the minds of the general public.

The Highland Council has been successful in securing some funding from Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) for a litter campaign to try to tackle this issue in 5 secondary schools and the new University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). ZWS is funded by The Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund. 

The funding will enable the Waste Aware Team to work with 5 secondary schools and the new University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) campus in Inverness to reduce the amount of litter generated around these locations. Any issues that are identified relating to litter within the school and campus grounds will also be addressed. 

In line with the Scottish Governments strategy “Towards a Litter Free Scotland” The Highland Council believe that effective information and engagement is essential in motivating young people to change their attitude towards littering behaviour. We believe that most of the young people in Highland already demonstrate positive littering behaviour. However we are sure that the materials available to our Waste Aware team through this project will prove successful in helping develop behavioural change in those young people who have not, as yet, adopted an anti-littering culture. 

What’s involved? 

The campaign will include using artwork created by (ZWS) to produce the following:

-       Street/pavement stencils  (these wash away over a period of time)

-       Internal floor vinyls for use near exits of school buildings

-       vinyl banners for school gates

-       Foamex signage for route to school//local shops

-       Posters for school and local shops

-       Litter bin stickers

-       Digital banners for school electronic screens and intranet

-       Social media messages

-       Press release and photo 

The Waste Aware Team will also work closely with all food outlets that students and pupils use to ensure there is a buy in to the project and support for displaying posters in their establishments. 

We plan to have everything up and running the last week of the October holidays so when the pupils come back on their first day there is the direct visual impact all over the Inverness area.

Schools A2_Rat stencil.pdf

Schools Bin your litter A4_Carton.pdf

  • Inverness East Development Brief

The Highland Council have recently launched an online survey about future growth and development in the east of Inverness. Please find below a link to this survey.

  • There is a need for ongoing vigilance regarding bogus workmen in the area. Residents who are concerned about a workman who has ‘cold called’ should tell them they will be contacting the Police and then do so using the 101 number or Crimestoppers. Take details of vehicles if possible.


Are you aware that the “preferred option” for this has been announced? (see plans below)

A96 Dualling Plans

Are you aware that:

·      This route will run BETWEEN the current A96 and Barn Church Road?

·      The proposal is to have the the A96 RAISED up an embankment for this stretch and at the junction with Barn Church           Road at Upper Cullernie?

·      The result will be a substantially altered view, increased levels of vehicle noise and light intrusion from headlights

Balloch Community Council consider that, whilst it is unlikely the route will be changed, the original proposals (Oct 2014) to run the A96 through a cutting at this junction will be less intrusive both visually and regarding noise and light pollution.  It would also be preferable if the new road were not raised.  In addition there are 2 proposals for Milton of Culloden, of which Option 2  provides significantly better access.

BCC will be making representation to this effect, but direct feedback from residents will help to reinforce this.

Further details of the
proposals, including a feedback form are available at  

Please find below a link to the Police Scotland website for the area:

  • Balloch Play Park

    👫☀️ PLAY PARK UPDATE ☀️👫

    We have been busy with some final consultation on the play park plans. Following the Gala we took the options into the primary school and let the pupils choose their favourite design. We now have a very clear favourite. Next step is form filling and raising funds. Total required is around the £40,000 mark. We are taking a short break over the summer and plan to hold a meeting in August for anyone interested in joining us on our quest to create a playpark in Balloch. We will advertise the date through the school, website and the Facebook page. 

    Any ideas for fundraising, offers of help or local businesses that would like to contribute please let us know  at:

    We will update you when we have more progress. 

    See Balloch Play Park page for more information. 

Community Woodland
Following the felling of trees on the east side of the woodland, a working group has been meeting on a regular basis to begin to tidy up the woodland area. 

The Plan

The Community Council has approved a Woodland Management Plan for Balloch Community Woodland. The work will focus on removing some of the Sitka Spruce and other non-native species and improving the paths. This will allow more light to reach the forest floor and encourage wild flower growth. The work will be undertaken on behalf of the Community Council by Balloch Village Trust who will repair, resurface and realign the paths, providing a better environment for the individuals and groups who use the woodland. BVT will endeavour to keep the area beside the paths clear of nettles and brambles and also encourage dog owners to clear up after their pets.

For more information on Balloch Village Trust and how to become involved please visit

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