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Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of Fossoway and District Community Council 1st September 2020

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 6th October.

Contributing: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Willie Robertson.
Apologies: PKC Cllr Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were three incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: on 1st August a driver was stopped in Crook of Devon for travelling at 54mph in the 30mph zone; on 19th August another driver was stopped for travelling at 78mph in the 40mph section of the A977; Vandalism was committed to two HGVs at Bankhead Farm.
Cllr Barnacle noted that the new traffic lights at the Drum crossroads will help manage speeding on the A977 when they’re installed.
Drum Main Street, the loop road, Waulkmill and Church Road will shortly receive 20mph speed limits. Cllr Robertson suggested that we should contact the Police just before the limits are introduced to ask them to enforce them as soon as they are active to reinforce the change to drivers.
CCllr Marchant was contacted by a resident about speeding on Aldie Road, probably by people avoiding the A977 roadworks, although it is not an official diversion. CCllr Bruce-Jones added that a similar thing is happening in Drum, and it might have helped if the closures and recommended diversions were signposted further afield.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting (the last face to face meeting) will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified. The August proceedings erroneously reported CCllr Cheape as not being present.

Matters Arising
Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: CCllr Marchant has received a reply from Liz Smith MSP’s adviser that they have not yet managed to arrange another meeting with the Bank, and that it may be more appropriate to postpone the meeting in light of the Bank’s decision to put the closure on hold for the time being. CCllr Marchant has received more representation from residents, and will press Liz Smith to hold the meeting before it’s too late to make any significant changes. See Cllr Barnacle’s report below.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has 15 people who are prepared to be members of the group, and the CDT will initially meet online.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: The connection of services was planned for 27th August but it didn’t happen as the drainage contractor didn’t have all the right paperwork, the new date is 14th September. The plot nearest the road which is being used as a dumping ground has now possibly been sold. Cllr Barnacle attended a meeting with PKC’s Chief Exec on 1st September to address issues at this site, she will pressure the Planning Department to enforce the conditions and encourage PKC’s Gypsy Liaison Officer to take some action. If the site cannot effectively operate as a Traveller’s Site, then the CEO is in favour of it being used for affordable housing instead, which has been proposed by a neighbouring landowner. CCllr Bruce-Jones reported that Drum residents are not happy that there is no progress on tidying up this site.

Corona Virus – Information and Links: If you require any information about PKC’s support for both businesses and individuals in our community affected by COVID-19 see this link from PKC: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus

Crook of Devon Resilience Group: CCllr Duffy has been informed by Victoria Sutherland, the head of the group, that the group had closed its operations, although it has some outstanding expense claims still to be paid. The CC thanked Victoria and her colleagues for all the hard work they have done. The group asked if they could transfer the unused funds to Broke not Broken, who have taken over the deliveries previously made by the Resilience Group, but unfortunately that is not allowed, and the remaining funds will be returned to the Hydro Fund.

Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH): CCllr Marchant has been in touch with the developers and plans will be made to meet them once lockdown restrictions permit.

Cycle Path from Aldie Road to Drum: Cllr Robertson had previously notified the CC that this path is very overgrown. Cllr Robertson had approached the Community Service department to ask if they can clear the area, however Arek Nowrotek responded that they had a large backlog of work but would add this job to their list.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Stagecoach has made the decision to permanently suspend the No 23 service from Stirling to St Andrews. However First Bus is planning to institute a new X53 service from Stirling to Kinross on the 12th September, Transport Commissioner to approve. Since this is a commercial service there was no opportunity for PKC councillors to give any input to the route or timing of the service, neither can PKC operate a service on a similar route. The Community Transport Group will look into filling in gaps in the service, and the DRT may be focussed on areas not covered by new bus when the bus is running. Cllr Purves has approached Fife Cllrs to see if they can help but they don’t have any budget for this.

Fossoway Gathering: The planned Penney’s Wood Light Walk cannot go ahead under the current restrictions.
Vegetation on Aldie Road: Following a report from CCllr Marchant that the vegetation had been cut back, but the ditches still needed clearing, Cllr Robertson contacted Garry McConnell to ask for this to be added to the programme of work.

School Exclusion Zone: The zone in Crook of Devon has not been implemented, the CC stresses that it wishes to be fully consulted before this proposal is taken any further.

Old Railway Track Path Below Waulkmill Park: Cllr Robertson had raised the issue of horses using this path with PKC’s access officer Dave Stubbs, who agreed to investigate, but there has been no reply as yet. CCllr C Haigh said that there used to be a post narrowing the entry – perhaps this should be reinstated to only allow access to only pedestrians.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy said that the scheme is now at pre-application stage, needing tree and otter surveys to be done. Land owners also need to be contacted and their agreement sought.

A977 Mitigation: CCllr Cheape has received reports that traffic heading east from Crook of Devon after passing the traffic lights is already travelling in excess of the speed limit by the time it reaches the garage.
CCllr Bruce-Jones commended the Councillors for their continued pressure which has resulted in the extensive resurfacing work currently being undertaken.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Hydro Scheme Fund, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension: No information at present.

New Business
Scottish Planning Policy Consultation: The CC has received notification of this consultation. CCllr Marchant has reviewed the paper which modifies the policy on presumption of development following a court ruling. The CC will reply to the consultation broadly agreeing with the changes but emphasising that the policy must effectively cover the varied nature of the PKC area with both towns and extensive rural areas.

Pedestrian Crossing Lights: CCllr Pye asked if the change to the traffic lights in P&K so that the pedestrian phase is always activated was really necessary. Cllr Barnacle has received complaints from Drum residents about this too. CCllr Bruce-Jones observed that precautions against COVID-19 were always worthwhile, although there needed to be more publicity about this sort of change so that the public took advantage of it. Cllr Purves agreed with CCllr Pye, but added that PKC’s Mr McKeown had told him that the sensors are supposed to detect when there are no pedestrians. Cllr Robertson said that lights that don’t seem to be working properly should be reported and their times changed. Cllrs and CCllrs are divided on this issue.

Community Council Business:
The next meeting of the Stronger Communities group is planned for 15th Sept 2020, CCllr Marchant will attend. The group is making Community Action Planning (STAR) training available. In light of the imminent creation of the Community Development Trust, the CC considered it appropriate that we should apply to take part in this training. CCllr Marchant agreed to action this.
CCllr Cheape reported that there were no new applications to the Kinross-shire fund.

If the next meeting of this CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be offering online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in “attending” should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Mike Barnacle: The owner of the Poplars, Drum has been in touch with Cllr Barnacle about the repeated problems with flooding at her property. A site meeting is to be arranged later this month with PKC’s flooding team as the current culverts, ditches etc. are no longer coping with the pressure caused by continued development in Drum, which already has a high water table. Warnings from both Cllr Barnacle and the CC that development in Drum would cause such a problem have not been heeded by the planners.
Cllr Barnacle had a one-to-one meeting with Karen Reid PKC’s CEO at which the following topics were discussed
A Pilot of an Area Committee for Kinross-shire, which was first suggested by Cllrs Barnacle and Purves in June last year, and subsequently supported by this CC. Ms Reid is in favour of it, Cllr Barnacle should prepare a draft proposal to go to full council.
The lack of a PKC policy on maintaining the sustainability of rural communities, Ms Reid agrees – Growbiz may be the vehicle to address this.
Cllr Barnacle doesn’t think that Bank of Scotland will reverse their closure plans, so will PKC allow their facilities to be used for banking meetings? Cllr Barnacle is to put a proposal to support “Community Bankers” to the full Council.
In October 2017 it was agreed at a full Council meeting that the rail link from Kinross to Cowdenbeath, and hence joining the “Fife Circle” should be re-established, but this has not been pursued through the Tayplan Transport Strategy by PKC Officers since then.
In the 2004 Local Plan the Cleish Hills and Devon Gorge were established as Areas of Great Landscape Value. However they were not included in Supplementary Guidance to LDP1 after a consultant’s report. Ms Reid will pursue them being reviewed again.
The large scale housing developments in Kinross and Milnathort is putting increasing pressure on the Loch Leven catchment area, both environmentally and community services. Why isn’t the agreed 10% reduction in housing numbers being respected by planners?
A PKC-wide campaign is needed against fly-tipping.
The Drum area has a high water table and there have been frequent flooding issues to local residents. A flood management plan and ditch management programme is needed for Drum.
No affordable is housing being built, and none is scheduled in planning for the Kinross-shire area.
Although the Kinross-shire area was defined as a sub-area in a PKC branding exercise there is still not enough signage. Could local fund-raising be used to address this in light of PKC’s budgetary constraints?
Planning and Development Committee meetings are excessively long and the standard of the Report of Handling could be improved. Cllr Barnacle will provide more detail.

Callum Purves: The CC has received an invitation to attend a meeting for the Kinross-shire Ward with PKC’s CEO and/or Executive Directors, local Councillors and Community Representatives to discuss Recovery and Renewal post-pandemic, and how PKC’s relationship with Communities could change.

Willie Robertson: The Dunning Glen road is in a very bad state due to log lorry use. Major works are to be done later this year, which will result in the road being closed for some time.

Planning Matters:

New Applications
20/00972/FLL Erection of two dwelling houses and garages at Land 100 metres south west of Easter Muirhead, Blairingone. Object on grounds of previous application’s conditions not completed; traffic; water pressure.

20/01003/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Ferguslea, Church Road, Crook of Devon. No CC comment.

20/01051/FLL Installation of two biomass boilers, two flues and associated works (in retrospect) at Wharlawhill Farm, Carnbo. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications
20/00577/FLL Installation of a ground-mounted solar PV array and associated works at Solsgirth Home Farm, Solsgirth, Dollar. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

20/00885/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at Land 30 metres north west of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. A virtual meeting of the LRB is scheduled for 15th September, but the meeting agenda is not due to be published until five days before the meeting.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision had been made as of 31st August and the agenda for the Virtual Planning Meeting on 23rd September is not yet available.

Correspondence: If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC FB Page.

Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

AOCB: CCllr Marchant asked about the process for flu vaccination this winter – more people will need to be vaccinated and new ideas are needed for how to do it within the current restrictions. Cllr Purves replied that there’s about to be a meeting of the appropriate Committee where this will be discussed.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:

Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, Community Development Trust, Crook Moss Site, Fossoway Area Transport, Waulkmill Path. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting and AGM: Tuesday 6th October 2020
Crook of Devon Village Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence August 2020

Date From Description
04/08/2020 PKC Scottish Government Third Sector organisation survey
05/08/2020 Liz Smith MSP Re: Kinross Bank Closure
06/08/2020 Victoria Sutherland Resilience group
06/08/2020 Muckart CC Stagecoach Service Number 23 Service Withdrawal Consultation
07/08/2020 PKC A977 Roadworks Letter
10/08/2020 Gisele Hall – Mealmakers Community Meal sharing project
13/08/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
14/08/2020 PKC Scottish Water extreme weather update
18/08/2020 PKC Ward 8 Meeting - Kinross-shire
18/08/2020 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Minutes (23.07.20) and Updates
19/08/2020 Police Sotland Commanders Bulletin
20/08/2020 PKC Ward 8 Meeting – Kinross-shire
20/08/2020 Victoria Sutherland Resilience group
20/08/2020 Muckart CC Service X53 Stirling - Kinross starts Saturday 12 September 2020
25/08/2020 Gisele Hall – Mealmakers Leaflet for Meal Makers and Connects shopping service
25/08/2020 Sharon Buchanan Moubray hall bookings
25/08/2020 Colin Roxburgh Rural Perth and Kinross Community Action Plan Programme
26/08/2020 David Siddle pp Liz Smith MSP Re: Kinross Bank Closure
26/08/2020 PKC Funding - Covid-19
26/08/2020 PKC Courses on Community Finance
26/08/2020 SSEN Transmission Implications on Community Network Reliability and Security of Supply
26/08/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
28/08/2020 PKC FW: Community Litter Pickers - seeking hosts
28/08/2020 PKC Planning Aid Scotland Survey
31/08/2020 PKC Fossoway School use by Fossoway Community Council 3rd March 2020
31/08/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
31/08/2020 PKC Community Council AGM and Financial Accounts
01/09/2020 PKC Community Council AGM and Financial Accounts
01/09/2020 PKC Scottish Government Consultation: Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning
01/09/2020 PKC B934 Dunning Glen Road - Road and Verge Slip Repairs

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Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of Fossoway and District Community Council 4th August 2020

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 1st September.

Contributing: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Callum Purves and Willie Robertson.
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; PKC Cllr Mike Barnacle and Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
The CC is pleased to note that speed checks are continuing in the villages to discourage the few drivers who are taking advantage of the quieter roads to drive recklessly.
CCllr Marchant noted that a number of new 20mph limits have been created in PKC’s region. Cllr Purves replied that none were currently planned for our area, but that Drum residents have asked him and Cllr Barnacle for a 20mph limit on the A977 there.
CCllr Bruce-Jones asked whether it was possible to add countdown signs to the 40mph limit on the A977 as you enter Drum from Kinross to encourage traffic to slow before it actually reaches the 40mph limit and the VAR as traffic approaching the Drum/Muckhart junction is often still travelling very fast. Cllr Robertson suggested that he should ask for a speed monitoring exercise be conducted to find out if there is a serious problem. CCllr Duffy added that the proposed construction of village gateways should also help.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy noted that the hanging baskets and tubs distributed to properties on the Main Street are now in full bloom and look good. The group hopes to extend the scheme next year.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that members of the group have continued working commensurate with social distancing, planting and maintaining existing beds. PKC have a number of litter pickers for loan – but where should they be stored? Volunteers to host these are needed…

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: Cllr Purves had contacted Liz Smith MSP for an update on the actions from the March meeting, she is happy to have another meeting; CCllr Marchant will contact her to request one.
CCllr Marchant had received a note from a resident regarding alternative options to having a branch. These have been raised with local Councillors along with a request for their support in asking Liz Smith to seek a further meeting with the Bank, so that the options can be discussed. CCllr Marchant wondered what date the bank had in mind when they said that they would keep the branch open until the pandemic is over.

Fossoway Tennis Club: The Tennis Club’s application has been submitted, however PKC decided not to allow the CC to submit it on the club’s behalf and hence the full fee would be payable. A number of additional details were also required to complete the application so the club have decided to withdraw the application for the time being.
A member has donated two palm trees to the Tennis Club which are now planted in the verge. The verge has now been adopted by Crook and Drum Growing Together, who are creating a new planting bed around the base of the trees, to avoid a small area of grass which is difficult to cut.
The enhancements to this area have highlighted the poor state of the corner of Church Road and Waulkmill, with a scruffy area behind the kerb, and the large stones where it is not possible to cut the grass tidily. Residents say that heavy vehicles often drive over the kerb at the corner, and it is cracked and sinking. CCllr Marchant added that car parking in the area makes this problem worse.
Amanda James has contacted the CC to ask if it would be possible for this corner to be considered for improvement by PKC, potentially installing a new kerb further back, so the stones can be removed. She believes that PKC do cut the grass there, although the corner apparently belongs to the Tennis Club. Cllr Robertson replied that it would be necessary to install something more solid, e.g. a bollard, to prevent the kerb being damaged, but first let’s see how long the palm trees last…

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has approached possible members of the group, and the CDT will meet face to face once restrictions on larger groups are lifted.

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar said that a good job has been done and the local children are very pleased with the results.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar reported that there is now only one family remaining on the site. The equipment is available on the site for connection of services, currently planned for 27th August. The plot nearest the road is being used as a dumping ground, which no-one is clearing up. Cllr Barnacle is attending a meeting in September to address this issue.

Corona Virus – Information and Links: Recycling Centres are now fully open, with distancing measures in place.
Useful links for job hunting are at - https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/15218/Skills-and-employment-initiatives
The Job Centre - https://www.gov.uk/find-a-job
PKC’s Welfare Rights Department are very helpful with finding, and helping apply for, benefits for those on low income or who are out of work - www.pkc.gov.uk/welfarerights
GrowBiz has FAQs and links - https://www.growbiz.co.uk/coronavirus-support

Crook of Devon Resilience Group: The Group had obtained additional funding from Fossoway and District Community Council Benefit Fund to continue its operations; however the group has now substantially closed down, although some people continue to receive help with their shopping. CCllr Duffy will ask Victoria Sutherland, the head of the group to check if they’re closed and hence whether we should return the unused money to the Benefit Fund.

Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH): CCllr Marchant has sent a letter to the developers and has opened a line of communication with them. With the support of local residents, the rubbish at the site has been cleared up. Once lockdown restrictions permit, the developers are keen to address a CC meeting to discuss their proposed plans for the site. The site currently has planning permission, obtained by the previous owners, for the construction of four substantial houses and conversion of part of the quarry for leisure use.
CCllr M Haigh observed that the proposals sounded quite reasonable and would be a good use of the site, however they were made some time ago and the economic landscape has changed considerably since then. He further noted that the bus service along the A977 referred to in the Report of Handling for this application has been permanently withdrawn, which may affect the viability of the proposed leisure facilities.
All agreed that it was most important to find out what will happen to the remainder of the site, apart from the house site,

Cycle Path from Aldie Road to Drum: Cllr Robertson had previously notified the CC that this path is very overgrown. Cllr Robertson reported that the problem still existed, and he will approach the Community Service department to ask if they can clear the area.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Stagecoach has made the decision to permanently suspend the No 23 service from Stirling to St Andrews. This leaves Crook of Devon without any public transport. Moreover, the DRT service in this area is non-existent, since Fossoway Taxis have ceased to be a provider and Angela’s Taxis are not operating due to the Covid19 pandemic. Muckhart is in the same position and this CC has been in contact with them. There is a consultation at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east-scotland/service-change-consultation which ends on 7th August. The demise of the No 23 service is not unexpected – it was a bus that didn’t go at times to suit potential travellers, and didn’t connect with other services, so was underused.
Cllr Purves said that the ward councillors had recently had a meeting with Margaret Roy from PKC about this, but were told that not many complaints about the lack of service had been received by PKC. The Councillors proposed the creation of the “Figure of eight” route (including Muckhart) again. Ms Roy suggested that this service might only run a few days per week, but the Councillors pressed for a more extensive service to be trialled at least. We hope that the Community Transport Group may pick this up.
CCllr C Haigh said that the Transport Act requires Bus Companies to provide a service in rural areas in order to retain their licence, however CCllr Duffy replied that the companies use commercial reasons to justify closing a service. CCllr Bruce-Jones added that the lack of this service will particularly hit young people, and will discourage development along the A977. CCllr Marchant emphasised that we should ensure that no planning applications rely on public transport to support them.
Cllr Robertson stated that subsidies are the only way that services to rural areas will exist, and without them there will be increasing isolation. Cllr Robertson has asked Ms Roy for some outline costs to run such a service. CCllr M Haigh pointed out that central government’s goal to move people out of their cars is in complete contrast to what’s happening here. CCllr Duffy encouraged everyone to complete the survey mentioned above, and ask all their neighbours to do the same. Additionally the Green Party are campaigning to save this service, providing an easy way to email the CEO of Stagecoach: https://greens.scot/SaveTheNo23Bus

Fossoway Gathering: There are a few smaller events planned for this year. One is “Meet your Neighbours” - walking routes through ALL our communities, with possibly a live walking event; the other one is “Lights in Penneys Wood” – a lit up trail for children, with crafts, food and drink. There may be another event but we will report on that next months. Dates of all these events are to be confirmed.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Hydro Scheme Fund, A977 Mitigation, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension, Vegetation on Aldie Road: No information at present.

New Business
School Exclusion Zone: The Scottish Government has created a “Spaces for People” fund to support social distancing measures. PKC acted quickly in applying for finance to implement school exclusion zones. These would prohibit cars during times of school drop-off or pick up - the reasoning behind this is the expectation that many parents will be hesitant in allowing their children to use the school bus and instead use their cars. CCllr Duffy reacted promptly to the email from PKC regarding this: the proposal is to completely close the Back Crook Road (apart from residents) during the school drop off and pick up times. CCllr Duffy was unhappy with the proposals firstly because of the lack of consultation (which was later addressed) and with the proposals themselves. If more parents are using their cars where will they park? The Hall car park has limited spaces and cars stopping there to drop off children could cause dangerous situations.
Cllr Purves agreed, that the local councillors had received little notice of this proposal either, but were assured that CCs would be consulted. Cllr Purves went on to explain that during COVID-19 emergency powers, which end on 17th August, PKC officers often needed to move quickly on this sort of activity. Cllr Robertson pointed out that this sort of scheme can work well in certain areas, but it was not well thought out here.

Old Railway Track Path Below Waulkmill Park: CCllr Young was approached by a local resident who confronted two horse riders on the narrow section of the path that diverts round the garden of Devon Valley House, pointing out how dangerous it was for them to ride there as there is little visibility of other users. The riders reacted aggressively and stated that they intended to continue to use the path. The CC agrees with the resident’s concerns and will approach PKC to request imposition of a ban on horse riding along the path. Cllr Robertson will raise this issue with PKC’s access officer Dave Stubbs. CCllr Bruce-Jones was concerned that this path, which is not a public right of way, might be lost to access for everyone, which was only gained after considerable effort.

Community Council Business:
Meetings Attended: CCllrs Duffy and Pye attended a (virtual) meeting on 8th June to discuss proposals to help upgrade the local digital infrastructure: Gigabit Kinross-shire. Cllr Purves and Andrew Mitchell have been working on a project with Perth & Kinross Council and Grow Biz on behalf of Cleish Hills Community Interest Company Every property in Kinross-shire is eligible for a Rural Gigabit voucher of up to £3,500 from the UK Government.

CCllr Marchant attended a (virtual) meeting of the Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities group on Thursday 23rd July and reported that PKC’s Wellbeing Support Team are publishing information on where to get support for individuals who may be anxious about going out post lockdown. PKC have contracted Star Development to deliver training to community groups on developing a five year community action plan, which would be appropriate for potential members of the Community Development Trust. The next meeting of the group is planned for 15th Sept 2020.

If the next meeting of this CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be trialling online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in “attending” should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Callum Purves and Willie Robertson: Nothing not already discussed and mentioned above.

Planning Matters:

New Applications
20/00706/AML Renewal of permission 17/00606/AML (Erection of three dwelling houses and garages) at Land 30 metres north-east of Rantrie Knowe, Drum. The CC objected on grounds of: Contrary to LDP2, potential flooding, sewage capacity and traffic impact.

20/00742/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Gairneyburn Cottage, Church Road, Crook of Devon. No CC comment.

20/00764/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) (S42 application to modify condition 6 (access and road) of permission 19/00631/FLL) at Land 180 metres south-west of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

20/00574/FLL Installation of a ground-mounted solar PV array and associated works at Solsgirth House, Solsgirth, Dollar. No CC comment.

20/00577/FLL Installation of a ground-mounted solar PV array and associated works at Solsgirth Home Farm, Solsgirth, Dollar. No CC comment.

20/00782/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage, and realignment of vehicular access at Land 40 metres north west of Rowanbrae, Powmill. No CC comment.

20/00784/FLL Erection of a dwelling house (revised design) at Land 45 metres east Of Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

20/00885/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at Land 30 metres north west of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications
20/00520/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house (revised design) at Fossoway Schoolhouse, Crook of Devon. The application was refused with delegated powers, the CC had not commented.

19/01673/AML Erection of 10 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure and landscaping (approval of matters specified in conditions of 18/01855/IPL) Land 100 metres north-west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. The application was refused by Committee, the CC had objected.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. A virtual meeting of the LRB is scheduled for 18th August, but the meeting agenda is not due to be published until five days before the meeting.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision had been made as of 4th August and the agenda for the Virtual Planning Meeting on the 25th August is not yet available.

Correspondence: If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC FB Page.
Scottish Hydro is seeking feedback on their scoping document regarding the upgrade of the 275kV power line that passes through our area to 400kV. The CC responded to this request, stressing the significance of the Devon Gorge SSSI, and asking for more detailed study on the effects of the increased EMF from the raised line voltage, both on humans, and the livestock near the line.

Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

AOCB: None this month.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, Community Development Trust, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry. Fossoway Area Transport, Waulkmill Path. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 1st September 2020
Powmill Moubray Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence June/July 2020

Date From Description
3/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
4/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
4/6/20 PKC Kinrosss-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Minutes and Updates
4/6/20 KYTHE KYTHE Spring-Summer 2020 newsletter
5/6/20 PKC RE: Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting:
5/6/20 PKC Updates for Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities
5/6/20 PKC Carers Week Files
6/6/20 Power for people Local Electricity Bill - House of Commons debate
9/6/20 PKC The Gannochy Trust : new COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal Fund for charities
9/6/20 Scott McKechnie Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry
10/6/20 Scottish Government East Coast 400kV Overhead Line Upgrade
10/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
12/6/20 Audit Scotland Audit Scotland annual report 2019/2020
12/6/20 PKC Fly-tipping Fund
15/6/20 Transport Scotland A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam
6/6/20 Scott McKechnie Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry
17/6/20 Cllr Purves 20 mph Speed Limits
17/06/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
23/6/20 Scott McKechnie Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry
24/6/20 PKC Requesting help raising awareness of the new social distancing requirements at PKC Recycling Centres
26/6/20 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting: 23rd July, 10am
26/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
29/6/20 PKC Public Transport Information
1/7/20 PKC School Exclusion Zone at Fossoway Primary School
1/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
2/7/20 PKC BT Payphones
2/7/20 PKC GOGA survey
2/7/20 Cllr Purves School Exclusion Zone at Fossoway Primary School
3/7/20 PKC Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
3/7/20 PKC Launch of REDS initiative
3/7/20 PKC How has the coronavirus pandemic affected you?
3/7/20 PKC Spaces for People Second Bid - School Exclusion Zones
3/7/20 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting
3/7/20 PKC Spaces for People Second Bid - 20mph Speed Limits
6/7/20 David Wyllie Application No 19/00631/Fll
7/7/20 PKC School exclusion zones
8/7/20 Annelie Carmichael Please sign our petition to keep Perthshire's wildflower verges blooming
9/7/20 PKC Letter to Community Councils regarding COVID signs
9/7/20 PKC Resilience Awareness - online session for third sector organisation
9/7/20 SSEN Transmission SSEN Transmission's response to RIIO-T2 draft determinations
10/7/20 PKC A977 Roadworks
10/7/20 Cllr Purves A977 Roadworks
14/7/20 PKC Community Litter Pickers
14/7/20 PKC A977 Powmill and Crook of Devon Carriageway Resurfacing
14/7/20 PKC A977 Roadworks
15/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
15/7/20 Power for people Local Electricity Bill – Reintroduction
16/7/20 PKC school exclusion zones
17/7/20 PKC Spaces for People Second Bid - School Exclusion Zones
20/7/20 PKC July Funding Alert
21/7/20 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Agenda
22/7/20 PKC Lead Scotland Online safety classes
22/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
24/07/20 PKC LAP Funding
29/7/20 Muckhart CC Stagecoach Service Number 23 Service Withdrawal Consultation
30/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
30/7/20 PKC Culture Perth & Kinross Covid-19 Collecting Project
30/7/20 Cllr Purves Proposed Bank Closure Kinross

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Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of Fossoway and District Community Council 2nd June 2020

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what would have been discussed, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 4th August.

Contributing: Community Cllrs, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves.
Apologies: CCllr Sarah Bruce-Jones; PKC Cllrs Willie Robertson and Richard Watters
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
The CC is pleased to note that speed checks are continuing in the villages to discourage the few drivers who are taking advantage of the quieter roads to drive recklessly.
There is a renewed problem with cars parking along the road next to Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry. This site is dangerous and should not be entered, but also because the cars are obstructing part of the road making it difficult for other vehicles to pass oncoming traffic. The CC will ask the Police to address this.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Powmill in Bloom: Like all bloom groups the current restrictions have prevented any activities. However CCllr Duffy has been told by PKC’s Community Greenspace team that now two people can meet bloom group activities can resume taking appropriate precautions.

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: Cllr Barnacle has received a letter from Natalie Birch which says that the branch will stay open until the end of the pandemic – we hope this means until the branch is able to be fully open again so that the Bank can honour their promise to speak to all businesses and users who are losing access to the branch. Cllr Purves said he will contact Liz Smith MSP for an update on the actions from the March meeting.

Fossoway Tennis Club: The Tennis Club have passed a cheque to the CC’s treasurer which has been paid in to the CC’s account. CCllr Young has finally been given permission to edit the application and has now changed the ownership of the planning application sponsored by the CC. CCllr Pye can now pay the fee and submit the application.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has approached possible candidates and many have agreed to be part of the Trust. There were some minor problems with people who don’t live in the Fossoway district even though they represent an organisation that is within the area – this will be worked round by making them associate members. Cllr Barnacle is optimistic that the Trust will be able to get off the ground as soon as meeting restrictions are lifted.

Corona Virus – Information and Links:
PKC have announced that Recycling Centres will reopen from 1st June, although initially it will only be possible for householders to deposit bagged waste under limited rules – no other recycling options are currently available.

Crook of Devon Resilience Group:
A total of four expense claims have now been processed, disbursing the majority of the funding. The Group is now seeking additional funding to continue its operations.

Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH):
After concerns were raised by several local residents last month about the amount of rubbish at this site, CCllr Marchant has investigated the history of the site. Planning consent 11/000111/FLL for four executive houses and a leisure facility was given on 5th March 2013 to the then developer Devonshaw Development. The site was then sold to Easy Living Development Ltd in 2015 who completed construction of the access roads, and hence PKC granted consent in perpetuity in 2016. The company are operating from an address in Glenrothes and appear to be financially active.
After some discussion of possible options, CCllr Duffy proposed that the CC sends an open letter to the developers saying that we’re worried about the amount of rubbish and risks of the public accessing what is potentially a dangerous site. Are the owners covered by insurance in the event of a serious accident? CCllr Marchant will draft a letter to the developers addressing those issues and asking what the developers plan to do with the site and when.

Fossoway Gathering: The Gathering Committee has secured a £7700 grant from the Lottery Fund for equipment, mostly marquees. They are hoping to hold some sort of event in September that the whole community can get involved in – suggestions are welcomed.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Hydro Scheme Fund, A977 Mitigation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport/DRT, Crook Moss Travellers Site, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension, Powmill Play Park, Vegetation on Aldie Road: No information at present.

New Business:
None this month.

Community Council Business:
Hall Bookings: A provisional booking has been made for Carnbo Village Hall in case the August meeting can take place. CCllr Duffy has proposed a rota using the three halls at Carnbo, Powmill and Crook of Devon for the remainder of the CC’s year; bookings are in the process of being confirmed.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle is comparing everyone’s availability to choose the best time to hold a meeting of the Community Transport Group when restrictions are lifted.
Seventeen of the eighteen residents have agreed to financially support the Drummond Park road adoption. Cllr Barnacle is investigating ways to meet the shortfall against PKC’s Roads Department’s budget.

Last month Cllr Barnacle reported that the developer had created an unplanned footpath by the three new houses at the end of Vicar’s Bridge Road, and raised that issue with PKC’s Andy Brown. Mr Brown wants a site meeting, but that’s not currently possible to arrange due to the lockdown.

Callum Purves: Cllr Purves noted that the Council are trying to resume meetings as much as possible – the full council meeting was achieved in a virtual manner last week, together with some others. Virtual meetings are live streamed so the public can observe – there is a link to the stream on the same page of PKC’s website as the meeting papers. Cllr Purves, and the other local Councillors, are worried that more decisions are being made by officers than is ideal, although the Councillors are doing their best to ensure that there is an adequate overview of all decisions.
PKC’s budget for this financial year could be as much as £25-30M adrift. There have been financial contributions from Westminster for additional Covid-19 related expenditure and the Scottish Government is meeting the full cost of social care, but PKC are looking for further contributions from Holyrood.
Cllr Purves observed that one of the good things to come out of the current crisis is the development of quicker and more efficient ways of doing things, which hopefully will continue to be the case from now on. Additional community involvement in decision making has been under discussion for a long time, but may now be able to be brought to the fore.
Cllr Purves and Andrew Mitchell have been working on a project with Perth & Kinross Council and Grow Biz on behalf of Cleish Hills Community Interest Company to help upgrade the local digital infrastructure: Gigabit Kinross-shire. Every property in Kinross-shire is eligible for a Rural Gigabit voucher of up to £3,500 per premises from the UK Government. There will be a meeting to discuss the proposals on 8th June at 7pm. CCllrs Duffy and Pye will attend.

Planning Matters:

No new or decided applications in our area this month.

Withdrawn Applications
20/00417/IPL Erection of a holiday accommodation unit (in principle) at Land 90 metres south of Craiglaw Poultry Farm Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. The CC objected.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. A virtual meeting of the LRB is scheduled for 23rd June, but the meeting agenda is not due to be published until five days before the meeting.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision had been made as of 2nd June and the application is not included in the agenda for the Virtual Planning Meeting on the 3rd June.

19/01673/AML Erection of 10 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure and landscaping (approval of matters specified in conditions of 18/01855/IPL) Land 100 metres north-west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. This application is being taken to Committee on 3rd June. Although the CC had already objected to this application on 29th October 2019, the CC submitted a further document confirming our objections to the Development Committee Members on 1st June.

Correspondence: The correspondence list is attached at the end of this document. Should anyone wish to see any items other than those described here, please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.
The CC was invited to the Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting, although no-one was able to attend, CCllr Marchant agreed to contact the group in order to represent this CC at future meetings.

AOCB:
CCllr Marchant mentioned the PKC return to school survey; Cllr Purves was asked if the results from this could be published before the CC’s next meeting in August.
As the furlough system winds down we need to become aware about potential redundancies in future and how we might support them.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Tennis Club Application, Community Development Trust, Corona Virus Info, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry. Fossoway Gathering. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

No Meeting in July!
Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th August 2020
Carnbo Village Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual

Correspondence May/June 2020

Date From Description Action Who
6/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
8/05/2020 PKC Covid-19: Staying Safe Leaflet
8/05/2020 Scottish Council for Voluntary Orgs Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin - Wellbeing Fund and Connecting Scotland
13/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
13/05/2020 PKC Update re 2020 Holyrood Garden Party
14/05/2020 PKC Financial support for organisations across PKC area
17/05/2020 Victoria Sutherland Financial support for organisations across PKC area
18/05/2020 Victoria Sutherland Financial support for organisations across PKC area
20/05/2020 PKC Perth and Kinross Disability Sport Funding ideas
20/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
22/05/2020 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting:
27/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
30/05/2020 Cllr Callum Purves Gigabit Kinross-shire: Help us upgrade our digital infrastructure locally Cllr Rept
31/05/2020 PKC - Planning Submission for the Virtual Meeting of the Development Committee
02/06/2020 PKC COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal Fund OPENS TODAY
02/06/2020 PKC URGENT - Temporary Measures for Physical Distancing - Wards 1, 2, 4 - 9

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