Crook of Devon
News at a Glance
Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd December, Fossoway Primary School, Crook of Devon
Attending: CCllrs: Trudy Duffy (Chair), Kevin Borthwick, Alastair Lavery and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi; 6 members of the public.
Apologies: CClrs Sandy Morrison, Angus Cheape and Rod Paterson; Cllr Willie Robertson
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Sgt. Sandra Williams attended the meeting and explained that resource constraints have resulted in Community Officers being called to urgent work and hence being unable to attend meetings of late. Sgt Williams emphasised that it was always possible to use the special email address for the Community Officer (ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssornikedisyaT#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssornikedisyaT) to contact them.
Moving on to the normal report, no crimes have been reported for this area; however there have been a number of break-ins to houses and garages in nearby areas.
PKC are looking for volunteers to join the Licensing Forum – contact ku.vog.ckp|llebpmaClieN#ku.vog.ckp|llebpmaClieN if interested.
Emergency response training has been taking place recently, which has resulted in people hearing and seeing “blue light” vehicles more often than normal.
MoP informs us that the main street in Scone has a set of traffic lights that are turned red if a vehicle approaches at excessive speed. Cllr Giacopazzi had previously been told by PKC that this was not possible.
Kevin received a message from Commander Mike Whitford announcing the creation of a weekly bulletin describing crimes in our area that will be sent to the CC.
Minutes of the previous meeting: Were signed off without amendments.
Criminal Justice Unpaid Work Team: There are a number of proposals on the table which can be considered for performing by the team in the Spring.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: Kevin brought an update from Hugh Wallace. Presentations to Rumbling Bridge residents and visits to comparable schemes in Dunkeld have gone well. The revised route requires permission from three landowners, two of whom have already consented, and once the third has agreed an amendment to the planning application will be submitted, hopefully before the next meeting of this CC. The meeting planned for 3rd December will now be held early in the New Year, provisionally the 14th January.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reports that nothing will now be done until the New Year.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Cllr Barnacle has sent a comprehensive letter to PKC discussing the location of Gypsy/Traveller Sites and the protection of the Loch Leven Catchment. Cllrs Cuthbert and Giacopazzi had a long meeting with the Planners and stressed that the Enforcement issues are still ongoing, particularly noise, with little sign of any of them being followed. Local Cllrs have agreed with Nick Brian that a list of Planning Applications that should be given most attention will be created, especially concentrating on enforcement. Cllr Cuthbert has analysed submissions to the DMC and it turns out that 34% are in Kinross-shire, which suggests that planning applications in this area are more contentious than in other areas.
Glenquey Quarry: The applications (10/02181/FLM and 10/02182/FLL) were unanimously refused at the 19th November DMC meeting, even though the intention was merely to discuss conditions of an extant application. Cllr Giacopazzi explained that the planning lawyers are not confident that this refusal will not be overturned on appeal.
Blairingone Community Workshop: We’re still awaiting PKC’s strategic plan.
Lambhill Chipping plant: Cllr Cuthbert reports that Nick Brian stated that the planning application would shortly be resolved, although we don’t know in what manner.
Landscape areas in Kinross-shire: The consultant’s report was received on the afternoon of this meeting; hence it has not yet been possible for the CC to comment. An important consideration is to check which areas are included, especially the Devon Gorge.
A977: Cllr Barnacle is still seeking a meeting of all parties to decide on the best short and long term solutions to the problems of speeding and HGV usage of the road. There is strong community interest in addressing these problems; however there are, not surprisingly, different views about what will and won’t work.
Waulkmill Play Area: Work is ongoing, with some delays due to weather. The Portakabin has now been emptied, and is likely to be taken away in return for a donation to the hall committee.
Greenknowes Windfarm Extension: The scoping report has been published, although it doesn’t contain any details of exactly how many turbines are proposed or where they would be placed. Alastair has created a response requesting additional coverage of Visual Impact, Transport, Landscape, Biodiversity and Consultation. It’s important that this application takes account of the current gap between the previous Areas of Great Landscape Value and pending Landscape Designation, and isn’t allowed to fall between them.
Strathearn Forum of Community Councils: As reported last month, this group has sent a letter of complaint to Bernadette Malone. Since there are common areas with other CCs, then a meeting will be held in January to discuss a combined approach.
Overhanging Trees at Moubray Hall: Cllr Cuthbert reports that this has been reported to Richard Brough and it will be looked into. There seems to be some confusion about who owns the land where the trees are.
A977 Verge Cutting: Although some of the results of this exercise have been cleared up, there is still a large amount to do. Cllr Barnacle will chase.
Fly Tipping (Old Golf Course Road): This has been removed now.
Management of Temporary Gypsy/Traveller Encampments: This CC responded to the PKC consultation paper, and although the Council co-operated in slightly extending the time to respond it was still very short notice, giving no opportunity for the wider public to be involved.
Community Empowering Plans: The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill may provide the CC with an opportunity to request participation in the Community Planning Partnership; a local body consisting of the Council, Emergency services, NHS and Scottish Enterprise or Highland and Island Enterprise. The bill also includes provisions for communities to purchase small areas of unused land.
Community Council Business
Kinross Fund: Angus reports that there were no applications, so the next meeting has been held over until March.
Community Safety Meeting: Sandy, Trudy and Kevin attended this meeting which discussed improving communications between the Police and Fire Service and the Community.
Planning Users’ Forum: Sandy attended this meeting – Sandy will report at the next meeting. The
Minutes of the Training in Planning Issues workshop contain a suggestion that Kinross members were only interested in discussing specific local issues which was certainly not the case. A correction will be sent to the author.
Cllr Giacopazzi: Cllr Robertson’s motion at the E&I Committee on the 12th November was passed, and so in future, full reports from the Conservation Officer will be posted on the Planning website. Additionally, the Report of Handling will include a summary of the Conservation Officer’s position, together with the Planning Department’s response. There is currently some confusion about the detail of this motion, which will hopefully be clarified once the E&I minutes are published.
Cllr Cuthbert: Adds to Cllr Giacopazzi’s report above that reports from internal planning consultees (e.g. Roads) would only be submitted when they were “acceptable”, which could result in the reports being published too late to be of use to the members of the DMC.
Cllr Barnacle: Nothing further to add to items already covered above.
14/01948/FLL Extension to dwelling house Marwood, Naemoor Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0UH.
Large extension on existing house.
No Community Council comment.
An application has been posted for a single Wind Turbine at Gibsley Farm in Forest Mill, probably in Fife, which Alastair will review.
Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing:
The TellMeScotland web site (http://www.tellmescotland.gov.uk/) enables the public to learn about Planning Applications, Traffic and Licensing Notices from almost all Councils and many other Public bodies in a single place. It’s possible to search for new notices based on your location and also to be sent email or text reminders of all new items within a specified radius of your postcode. Cllr Barnacle notes that as it’s Scottish law that only properties 20metres away are “Neighbour Notified” then it’s even more important to use this sort of website to find out what’s going on in your area.
There will be no waste collections on 25th/26th December or 1st/2nd January. Recycling centres will be closed on the same dates. Collections scheduled for 25th will be made on 27th, those for the 26th on the 28th, for the 1st on the 3rd and the 2nd on the 4th. There will be no garden or food waste collections between the 22nd December and 4th January.
There will be further closures on the Dunning Road over the next few months.
AOCB: We’ve received 55 “Likes” to our Facebook page.
This CC is intending to prepare a strategy over the next few months to attract more people to join.
Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
• Welcome and Apologies
• Declarations of Interest
• Community Policing
• Minutes of last meeting
• Matters arising: Hydro Scheme, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, Landscape Areas in Kinross-shire, A977, Waulkmill Play Area.
• Community Councillors - Meetings Attended
• PKC Councillors’ Reports
Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th January 2015 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
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Fossoway Community Council has been contacted by the Chief Executive's Office at Perth & Kinross Council to inform us all of a new website to enhance the work of community councils in Scotland.
The text below is from their email.
The Scottish Government are pleased to let you know that as part of their work in collaboration with COSLA to enhance the role of Community Councils, the Improvement Service has developed a Community Council website. The purpose of the website is to:
• Raise awareness of Community Councils amongst the general public.
• Provide information on the role of a Community Councillor to potential candidates.
• Support new Community Councils/Councillors to access information to help in their work.
• Support Community Councils with good practice case studies.
This is the first time a national website has been developed in Scotland with a focus on Community Councils. They would like to thank all the Community Council Liaison Officers and Community Councillors who provided comments on the website. They would also like to thank Morningside Community Council who won the competition for designing the logo, as well as all the other Community Councils who entered.
They would be grateful if the website could be shared widely with members of the local community. The link is: http://www.communitycouncils.org.uk/
Your feedback is important to them so please send any comments to the Community Council mailbox at ku.vog.isg.dnaltocs|xobliam_licnuoc_ytinummoc#ku.vog.isg.dnaltocs|xobliam_licnuoc_ytinummoc
They hope you find the website helpful and please keep checking back as they continue to upload more good practice case studies in the near future.