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Wester Ross takes a battering from storm


By SPP Reporter


The Ullapool-Stornoway ferry seeks shelter from the storm at Ullapool harbour as local yacht th Jenny Wren is grounded. Pictures: N Hawkins, Macrae Media.
The Ullapool-Stornoway ferry seeks shelter from the storm at Ullapool harbour as local yacht th Jenny Wren is grounded. Pictures: N Hawkins, Macrae Media.

AS A clear-up operation gets underway after the storm last night and this morning (Monday), Highland Council is calling on landowners to check wind-damaged trees.

Several Highland roads were affected by fallen trees and the council is now encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged amid fears they might fall on vehicles or pedestrians.

Roads affected by trees down included the A832 east of the Badrallach junction at Dundonnell, the B862 Inverness-Fort Augustus, the U1667 Ardachy Road in Fort Augustus and the C1068 Daviot to Balnafoich.

In Ross-shire, the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry service was disrupted, one of nine Caledonian MacBrayne routes affected on the west coast.

At Ullapool, local yacht the Jenny Wren broke her mooring and was washed up on the shores of Loch Broom.

The grounded Jenny Wren.
The grounded Jenny Wren.

Chairman of the council’s community services committee, Councillor Graham Mackenzie commended staff working to clear fallen debris at the various locations.

He said: "Our Community Services Maintenance staff are doing a great job responding to calls to clear fallen trees off our roads and to have them cleared for us to get out and about on our business today."

William Gilfillan, the council’s director of community services added: "Damaged trees and vegetation can cause potential hazards to road users by obstructing the passage of vehicles and pedestrians. The council is particularly concerned where weakened or damaged branches could subsequently fall on vehicles or pedestrians."

He said under Section 91 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 the council may serve notice on landowners requiring them to take action to remove hazardous or obstructive vegetation.

In extreme cases, where there is an imminent danger to the public the council will take action and landowners will be liable for the cost.

• For further information, members of the public requiring advice and guidance on this matter should contact the council’s Service Centre on (01349) 886601.



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