A BLACK Isle councillor has come up with a novel idea to help him come in contact with more local residents.
Craig Fraser has hit on the idea of holding his local “surgeries” at the community markets, held three times a month at Cromarty, Culbokie and North Kessock.
Mr Fraser, an SNP councillor, said: “I have trialled this idea over the past month or so and the feedback I have received has been very positive.
“This arrangement will allow me to meet many more Black Isle residents and discuss their concerns.
“Some of the topics they have raised have included wind turbines, planning, insurance for poly-tunnels being used by people with smallholdings and crofts, and how to improve transport links with the potential for a park-and-ride scheme at Tore.
“There have also been concerns about bus services and A832 road improvements at the Fairy Glen, Rosemarkie. Some of these issues are outside my control, so I will be forwarding them to our Highland MSPs. I have not put figures together, but at a rough guess, over 400 people regularly attend each market, so you get nearly 5,000 turning up over the year.
“I don’t think there are many councillors who come into contact with that many people in their wards.”