Minutes of the Bimonthly meeting
Tuesday 10th of May 2016
Present: R. Allner, P. Farquharson, T. Frost, C. Grant, S. Inglis, F. Kennedy, C. Kemp,
In attendance: Councillor F. Wood, T. Elliot (Community Liaison Officer, SC), E. Murray (Minutes), Andrew Vince (Acharn Biomass Plant) and 2 members of the public.
- Kennedy welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance.
Apologies: C. Campbell, Y. Gillies, G. Mackenzie, A. Fleming (Police Scotland) B. Ronald (LLTNP).
Acharn Biomass Plant
Andrew Vince (Clean Energy Ventures Operations Management LTD) provided an update on the power plant. There are 4 pending conditions still to be met regarding planning consent. One of these issues is regarding the road access. The plans submitted are for an improved road with a parallel pedestrian path accessed through a gate, with a post and wire fence preventing pedestrians straying onto the road. The comments received back on the plans have included removing this fence because of the visual impact however Andrew Vince had grave concerns regarding pedestrian safety as it is a well-used path and there will be between 10 to 20 lorries using the road. The Community Council were in unanimous agreement that the fence would provide a measure of safety and was therefore better to be included.
As a result of meeting these conditions the revised start date is now mid-June with the aim of having staff in place around October to November. Andrew Vince will email Tim Frost with the actual start date once known.
A use for the heat from the plant has still to be identified. KAT rather than the Community Council would be involved on the communities’ behalf.
Andrew Vince will come back to the Community Council in July to provide an update on progress and discuss options for using the heat for a community project.
Police Service of Scotland Community Council Report:
- A number of complaints have been made regarding residents in Fingal Road and Monemore. The Police want to be notified of all incidents either to a local officer, via the Call Point or by phoning 101.
- Two people were assaulted with a bottle following an altercation near the Capercaillie – one male was arrested.
- One man was arrested in Tyndrum following a domestic assault.
- A road policing unit, speed enforcement cameras and local officers will be deployed on the road network to deter speeding and catch offenders.
- A man driving a car between Dalmally and Tyndrum on the rim of the wheel was found to be drunk.
- The cabin of a boat moored at Auchmore was forced open but nothing was stolen.
- A pedal bike was cut from the back of a campervan in Tyndrum.
Community Engagement and reassurance
- Extra attention will be paid to the Main Road during the start and finish of the school day.
- National air weapon surrender campaign runs from the 23rd of May to the 12th of June. Weapons can be handed in to Callander Police Station between 0800 – 2100. The air weapon and licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 is scheduled to take effect on 1st of July 2016.
- Firearms Licensing enquiries continue to be carried out by local officers.
- Police patrols will continue throughout the summer to deter any anti-social behaviour.
- A local from Balquhidder was charged after a farmer caught their dog chasing sheep at Ledcharrie Farm.
- Killin Mountain Rescue Team were involved in a search on Ben More where sadly a man lost his life.
- Teams with SARDA dogs searched for a missing man near Crianlarich. He was found safe and well in Tyndrum.
Two further complaints have been passed to Councillor F. Wood regarding behaviour at Monemore. Anyone with a complaint is urged to phone 101.
Approval of the minutes of the last meeting:
Proposed: C. Grant
Seconded: S. Inglis
The minutes were approved.
Rather than the expected Environmental Impact Assessment, the Forestry Commission sent plans to T. Frost for comment. He also received an email regarding organising a drop-in consultation in Killin. T. Frost will pass on booking details for the Mclaren Hall and the killin.info website
Lyon Road/Ballechroisk area
The notification of the double yellow lines being installed has been posted by Stirling Council. The lines will extend 10m on each side. The reduction of the speed limit is ongoing.
This remains ongoing. Details of the relevant landowners have been passed to Stirling Council with regards to the vegetation. Parking outside the Smiddy remains a problem as does the lack of markings as cars exit the bridge into the village. Councillor F. Wood will pursue this.
A notice reminding pedestrians that they are on a road is also required.
- Frost will contact LLTNP Ranger Service regarding a replacement sign warning of slippery rocks on the falls.
- Grant will pass on any complaints from local businesses affected to Bruce Crawford. Scottish Water does have a Community Liaison Team.
There have been no details from Stirling Council regarding the schedule of works for roads in this financial year. Councillor F. Wood will ensure this is circulated to the Community Council.
40mph signs have been installed without consultation and the culverts have yet to be cleared.
Breadalbane Park Gates
Some repairs have been started on the pillars by the gates but work is not complete.
Phase One of the Breadalbane Park is complete with the Contractors having fixed the remaining problems. Funding is now required for Phase Two, improvements to the playpark. The current poor state of the playpark will be reported to Stirling Council.
A funding application is in process for the Old Mill.
There were no planning issues received. Councillor F. Wood will pursue.
- LLTNP Grant Scheme – Built Heritage Repair Scheme
- Licensing Scotland – one application
- Stirling Council Community Council Connect Fund
- EGM of the LLTNP Community Partnership – http://www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/community-partnership-egm-asset-management-workshops-sat-21-may-2016/
- Stirling Council Events Fund – passed to C. Grant for the Fireworks.
Councillor F. Wood brought an outline of the proposals for waste collection:
- The blue box would be used for glass and collected every 2 weeks
- A large blue bin would be used for plastic and cans and collected every 2 weeks
- The grey bin would be used for cardboard and paper and collected every 4 weeks
- The brown bin would be used for garden and food waste and collected every 2 weeks
- A small green bin would be used for landfill waste
Collections would be done using a rear-loading vehicle and would operate on a 7-day week.
Concerns were raised that the contract for cleaning of the toilets in Crianlarich and Tyndrum was put out to tender and awarded without proper advertising. The previous post holder was not asked and only discovered they had lost their job through the Killin News. Concerns were also expressed about the possible loss of the local job covering the Killin toilets. The toilets in the car park are due to be upgraded.
Street Lights at Monemore
Five lights were reported and were fixed promptly as was another reported directly to the team who arrived from Stirling Council.
Meeting with the Stirling Council Chief Executive
This meeting was cancelled at short notice with very few people being informed. T. Elliott will feedback the complaint.
Date of next meeting: 7.30 pm Tuesday 12th of July at the Church Community Rooms
Killin Community Council has a vacancy for a paid Minute Secretary. Anyone interested should contact Tim Frost or Fiona Kennedy.