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Community Council Minutes - May 2017

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd May 2017, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllr Willie Robertson; 4 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
Chief Inspector Ian Scott has replaced Maggie Pettigrew as Local Area Commander, following her promotion.
MoP observes that blue and white tape left after road accidents is never removed. Fly tipping in the lay-by at end of the Aldie Road has happened again – Cllr Robertson will report this to PKC.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Robertson reported that the new officer in the roads department has started work and is drawing up proposals. Cllr Robertson noted that there is money in place for speed activated cameras and appropriate positioning of these is important.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that there will be a planting day on 20th May. The 22nd April fund raiser, held jointly with Powmill in Bloom Group, generated around £200 and has also raised the profile of the group’s activities with the public.
Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar echoed CCllr Duffy’s comments above. A number of trees are ready to plant when the weather improves.
Best Kept Village: We have received an invitation to enter this competition, however there may not be enough volunteers to organise this – anyone who would like to help please contact the CC.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Brown reported that the planning permission has lapsed, but there is no other progress.
Hydro Scheme Community Group: CCllr Duffy observed that the group is suffering from a shortage of members. As well as the annual contribution from the hydro scheme, it has emerged that the residue of the contingency fund, which will probably be over £10,000, is also going to become available. It is expected that the first tranche of funding will arrive in July or August. An application has been made to Local Energy Scotland to fund a mailshot to consult the community, which would cost around £1000.
LDP Public Consultation: A special meeting of this CC was held on the 18th of April to assist the CC in collecting opinions about development in the three sites Rumbling Bridge, Blairingone and Crook of Devon. The CC met after this meeting and will be sending its recommendations to PKC shortly.
Poo Group: CCllr Brown informed the meeting that the CC have received, via Facebook, several suggestions for bin locations: Fossoway Main Street, past the Scout camp to the bridge, on the other side towards Naemoor Road and along Back Crook and/or in the adjacent field.
There are a number of reports of people using the playing field for exercising their dogs without clearing up after them, additionally dogs without owners have also been seen there. CCllr Duffy will contact PKC’s Dog Warden to make visits at likely times to try and address this. Cllr Robertson suggested that the Dog Warden should be asked to provide stickers for normal rubbish bins stating that they can also be used for dog waste.
Glen Devon Bridge: The bridge is very badly damaged, with a large amount of the stones being knocked into the river. Willie notes that planning permission to repair the bridge is in place, which is needed as the bridge is a listed building, and he has written to PKC to expedite the repairs. CCllr Duffy examined the bridge recently and there is no current evidence of wild camping taking place, although it’s not obvious who else might have damaged the bridge.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: CCllr Farquhar reported that Cllr Barnacle has contacted the owners about the possibility of receiving a grant to bring the building into a state where it could be rented.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site and Station Road Adoption: No Update

New Business
None this month.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Networking Group at LLCC which is attended by representatives of various community groups.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: Has arranged for the A91 to be litter picked.
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Planning Matters
17/00512/FLL Change of use of existing farm buildings to part commercial equestrian use and part caravan storage use. Barnhill Farm, Powmill. Object on grounds of insufficient information.
17/00606/AML Erection of 3 dwelling houses/garages at land 30 metres north-east of Rantrie Knowe, Drum. No CC comment
17/00660/IPL Erection of dwelling house (in principle.) Land 50 metres south-east of Hoodshill, Fossoway.
If this development is within the LL catchment, then there would be a requirement to include a SUDS scheme, which is not mentioned in the current application. Additionally, there are contradictions between the number of storeys and bedrooms described in the text of the application (1 and 2) and shown on the plans (2 and 3). The CC will discuss this further and decide whether to comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: Aero Space Kinross is holding a 1940s Gala Dinner on 17th June at the Windlestrae Hotel in Kinross.

AOCB: A Waulkmill resident complained to the CC about speeding vehicles.
Cycling Event last year caused some local difficulties and the CC asked the organisers to notify us of future events, but they failed to do so again this year. CCllr Duffy has complained to Kinross Cycling Club.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Blairingone War Memorial, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Poo Group, Glen Devon Bridge, Station Road Adoption.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th June 2017 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
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Fossoway & District Community Council Extraordinary Meeting - 18th April 2017

Draft Minutes Fossoway & District Community Council Extraordinary Meeting
18th April 2017, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert; 36 Members of the Public (MoP).
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Angus Cheape declared an interest in the development at Crook of Devon, and withdrew from the Council table.

LDP Public Consultation
Cllrs Barnacle and Cuthbert made it clear that they had no pre-conceived positions on the proposals, but were there to hear the opinions of the Members of Public present.

Blairingone: CCllr Trudy commenced the discussion by stating that the CC believes that the majority of the residents are in favour of the proposed plan. 27 positive and 6 negative comments were received by PKC. Cllr Cuthbert reminded the meeting that the school is due for review so increased housing may help it. Cllr Barnacle expressed the view that there were more people from Blairingone at the earlier review that didn’t make specifically attributable comments. In answer to a question from CCllr Donachie, Cllr Barnacle said that the development would likely be in excess of fifty houses. There were no additional comments from those present.

Rumbling Bridge: 92 comments, of which 60 were from Rumbling Bridge residents, were received by PKC. 26 individual comments objected to the proposal, and 38 supported it, with seven not expressing a clear preference. Additionally there was a petition signed by 44 people from 35 individual addresses objecting to further development. Principal objections received were that development would damage the character of the village, amenity greenspaces and setting of the gorge. Supporters specified improved car parking and other discretionary benefits provided by the developer, and that the development would improve the balance of the village.

MoP explained that they thought that the petition applied to a previous proposal which they would object to, however when the exhibition was visited it became clear that a different, more acceptable scheme was being proposed, and hence they withdrew their objection. Another MoP asked who else had changed their mind. CCllr Duffy expressed her concern that because the petition was circulated before the current proposals were made public it’s possible that people were confused. The organisers of the petition emphasised that they had made it clear which proposal they were objecting to.

MoP noted that there is already a plan in existence that has not yet been fully developed, so why should we now add other areas. The existing car parks are not signposted; if they were then additional areas wouldn’t be needed. MoP stated that there is no public parking for the Gorge at the nursing home. Cllr Barnacle commented that the “Thompson” car park was not finished at the time of the consultation meeting, but a MoP reported that it now is.

The proposed development would destroy the “green field” feel of the village. Cllr Barnacle is of the view that the previous settlement boundary was more appropriate than the currently proposed one. MoP describes Rumbling Bridge as a hamlet rather than a village, with no school, pub, etc., so unlike Blairingone it would not be appropriate to develop it, and challenged the automatic assumption that development of villages is always necessary.

MoP observed that the Thompson development of four houses occupied ground that was previously rough scrubland and the house are attractively designed and have improved the look of the village, can’t we expect that the proposed development would be the same.

MoP suggested that many other developments are ribbon-styled, whereas this one is a sensible one that would improve the heart of the village – this comment received some support. Another MoP replied that there is currently no heart to the village, and this development would not create one.

MoP pointed out that there is already a traffic problem across the bridge, and any development could make this worse. Cllr Barnacle reported that there are already plans to consider calming measures, speed limits and possibly traffic lights at the bridge.

MoP asked whether their comment had been received as they hadn’t received a reply – it was suggested that perhaps only those who applied online received responses. Cllr Cuthbert undertook to collect email addresses of those who had not received replies and would check that their comments had been received.

Cllr Barnacle summarised that the CC needs to decide whether it supports a change to the village envelope or not.

Crook of Devon: 83 comments (11% of the population) were received by PKC – there were 53 objections and 26 supportive comments. The proposal is for a fairly large development of around fifty houses, and some business use. Main objections were that it would be difficult for the village to support such an expansion, the separation between Drum and Crook of Devon would be lost, doubt about the viability of proposed businesses, and the village’s character would be impacted. Supporters suggested that the development was in an appropriate place, affordable housing would be provided, employment would be created and the community benefits were worthwhile.

MoP was concerned that this development would dramatically increase traffic. MoP suggested that the school and other facilities would not be able to support this sort of expansion, and the current school’s location is in an untenable position for pedestrian access from the proposed location, due to the road being too narrow.

MoP asserted that a roundabout provided as part of this development would be unlikely to reduce the speed of vehicles, or dissuade drivers from using the A977, and those leaving the roundabout will increase their speed to compensate for the time lost crossing the roundabout. Further were the traffic measures to be successful, the traffic would likely divert to the A91 which would be worse. Cllr Barnacle replied that unless some physical obstacle is introduced there will never be any way of slowing the traffic down as speed limits are widely ignored. MoP pointed out that there is currently no concrete evidence that the benefits from the development will help the traffic problem.

This development will contribute to Drum and Crook of Devon merging into one, and this level of development is not appropriate. Cllr Barnacle pointed out that PKC already treat Drum and Crook of Devon as one village, which isn’t necessarily correct.

A member of the development team pointed out that the number of houses at fifty is not set in stone. Cllr Duffy noted that all the developments consist of big houses. There is no opportunity for older people and new buyers to find small houses in this area. If these developments were allowed to proceed then perhaps there will be some smaller houses. MoP commented that in the absence of a bus service, affordable housing is useless. Cllr Cuthbert explained that “affordable housing” can mean small houses or “social houses”, the latter being more appropriately placed in bigger conurbations.

MoP asked for timetable of LDP2. Cllr Barnacle thought that the LDP2 document will be produced in the autumn, and then a further six weeks consultation period will follow. Cllr Barnacle emphasised that this is a zoning exercise and not a planning proposal, and hence the CC can respond by saying that an area should be zoned for development, not zoned, or zoned for mixed development with further public consultation required.

CCllr Duffy concluded by thanking Katie Briggs for her work in advertising the consultation meeting and summarising the comments. Thanks were also given to Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert for all their work.


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Community Council Minutes - April 2017

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th April 2017, Carnbo Village Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Carol Farquhar and Trudy Duffy (Chair); P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert; Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllrs Angus Cheap, Graham Pye and Graham Kilby; P&K Cllrs Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson;
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Barnacle reported the final matrix of consultation feedback is being collated and will be issued shortly - the feedback received so far considerable community support for 20mph speed limits through all of the A977 villages consulted. Cllr Cuthbert reported that there was also considerable community support for vehicle-activated signs at village gateways. CCllr Duffy raised the question of what other areas might be appropriate for vehicle-activated signs. Cllr Cuthbert agreed that further discussion between relevant PKC officer and the community would help in ascertaining this and that some of recently secured budget for road improvements could fund such works. If any members of the public know of a Vehicle Activated Sign in need of renewal please get in touch with a Local Councillor or the Community Council.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together and Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllrs Duffy and Farquhar announced that Crook and Drum Growing Together along with Powmill in Bloom Group will be collaborating through a fundraiser held at Kinross Farmers Market on Saturday 22nd of April. It is hoped the fundraiser will help raise the profile of both groups and open the opportunity for further joint projects. One MoP asked if any funds raised by the two bloom groups could go toward improvements in Rumbling Bridge Village; unfortunately this would not be possible as each bloom group is established to serve their respective village with limited numbers of volunteers. CCllr Duffy suggested that should any community within Fossoway wish to establish a Bloom Group there is a considerable number of funding opportunities available such as PKC, the Kinross-shire Fund and hopefully soon funds from the RBCHS. CCllr Duffy and CCllr Farquhar would be happy to provide guidance to anyone looking to form a Bloom Group, the Bloom Groups are greatly encouraged by the improvement to the appearance of the villages and would encourage further volunteers to join as well as collaboration with other groups. CCllr Duffy reported that a planting day is being arranged for a date to be set in May; follow relevant social media groups to look out for a date for what is sure to be a fun day and great family event.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Brown reported that a written method statement would be required from a mason in order to pursue funding for this project and will arrange site visits with further stonemasons requesting this along with quotations. Cllr Cuthbert offered to find some recommended masons through PKC Heritage Trust also. Cllr Barnacle reported that listed building consent for the memorial’s relocation has lapsed however; this can be resurrected as part of a recent planning application on the site with the current owner, Profile Projects, willing to assist in this.
LDP Public Consultation: A special meeting will be held at 7.30pm on the 18th of April at Fossoway Primary School where all proposals put forward for LDP2 will be discussed. CCllr Duffy reported that the CC has not yet received a report of results from the consultation event held earlier this year and as a result could not make comment on the proposals. Cllr Cuthbert confirmed there would be opportunity to review the report before the special meeting, allowing for more informed discussion on the 18th. Cllr Barnacle reported that a summary of the consultation results had been circulated between local representatives indicating a mixture of responses from different villages. Cllr Barnacle raised a serious concern that should no further areas for development be zoned within Fossoway it would leave NO zoned land for future affordable housing stock within the region. Cllr Barnacle reported that a petition formed by residents of Rumbling Bridge demonstrated a majority of the village objecting to further development within the village. One MoP noted that despite some public parking being indicated as part of the Rumbling Bridge proposal there is already parking allocation for walkers at Rumbling Bridge Nursing Home, however no sign has been erected identifying this as it is seldom used. Another MoP raised concerns there would be no benefit to the local community with further development with similar planning conditions relating to past developments yet to be realised or enforced. A further MoP reported that there is a signature from each house in the village contributing to the petition. CCllr Farquhar raised a concern that there is currently no accessible parking at Rumbling Bridge for those with disabilities.
Station Road Adoption – Cllr Barnacle reported that further signatures agreeing to the adoption contract are required and should be finalised this week; following this the road adoption can be confirmed through PKC legal dept. Cllr Barnacle hoped that the contract would be set this month, however this is unlikely due to the aforementioned delays.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Hydro Community Benefit:– No Update

New Business
Foul Habits, CCllr Duffy called for local residents’ feedback on dog fouling in the area following a call from a local resident Mrs Palmieri for the CC provide attention on the subject. CCllr Duffy suggested the possibility of forming a group to specifically tackle this problem depending on community interest and volunteers. CCllr Duffy has gathered some creative ideas that may help tackle the situation, such as spray-painting locations of fouling with highly coloured paint, or carefully considered signage on walks suffering from high rates of fouling. Free Poo Bags are available in the Crook of Devon and Powmill shops. If anybody knows of a walk or place that requires a particular Poo Bin or signage they should contact a Community Councillor. One MoP did voice a concern that some paths and pavements suffer more so from horse manure resulting in pedestrians having to deviate from the walkway.
CCllr Nominations CCllr Duffy confirmed that the May meeting will be the Community Council AGM and was sorry to report that CCllr Kilby has tendered his resignation. CCllr Duffy has called for anyone interested in joining the CC to get in touch. Please contact a Community Councillor directly, via the Facebook page or email at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Ivy Cottage - little to no progress with existing owners, a disrepair notice has been served, Katrina Morrison asked for update. Property has been secured and made safe to prevent entry, however a decision needs to be made on how the community might wish to progress this. CCllr Farquhar raised concern that the rear of the building may not be secure. Drum Main Street - Prohibition of entry for commercial vehicles and a 20mph vehicle request has been made and are currently being considered by PKC roads department. The Naemoor road 30mph limit extension has also been requested and will be implemented. Rumbling Bridge - A request for vehicle activated signs and traffic calming has been made which Cllr Barnacle has followed up with PKC, a traffic survey will be conducted on both sides of the bridge and will explore feasibility of VAS or Traffic lights also noting that the recent roads budget can help contribute to the delivery of these projects. Powmill - feasibility of a new recycling point in the village is currently being explored with a possible new location near Powmill Milk Bar being considered.
Dave Cuthbert: Budget - The Independent group tried to work with all parties to contribute to the budget such as 1.6 million for roads budget to improve pavement safety, road safety and signage. This has provided results in Kinross and Milnathort. Funds for Action partnerships have also been provided – participatory budget event to tackle social inequalities – hopefully this can become a community led endeavour in the future targeting local needs instead of a top down approach. Overall this is an improvement on previous years. A hustings event will take place in Portmoak Hall on 11th of April, 7.30pm with all 8 candidates running in ward 8 for the May local elections.
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Planning Matters
17/00239/FLL Extension to dwellinghouse at Drumpark, Drum, KY13 0UN. No CC comment
17/00503/FLL Formation of Vehicular access and installation of bollards at Birchbank, Main Street, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UQ
One MoP raised a concern that the proposed access would be dangerous and that the current moveable bollards are not in use. CCllrs will review their decision.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: tocs.tnemailrap|nospmohT.anroL#tocs.tnemailrap|nospmohT.anroL is the Office Manager for MSPs: Murdo Fraser, Dean Lockhart, Liz Smith & Alexander Stewart.

AOCB: One MoP raised concern if the land adjacent to Craigton Lane was still part of the LDP as an employment site. Cllr Barnacle confirmed this was still the case. One further MoP raised concern that there is a planning condition that the road be improved to a particular standard if development is to happen. Cllr Barnacle and Cllr Cuthbert confirmed that this could not be enforced unless the road is adopted or the land zoned for this use is developed.
Cllr Barnacle reported that local residents have raised concerns of overdevelopment at Newfield Drum, a view supported by several MoP’s not in attendance. Cllr Barnacle suggested that upon reviewing the planning history of this site that this may indeed be the case. There was a general consensus that certain planning decisions made recently have contradicted others causing ongoing confusion for both the community and the CC as to how planning come to a decision of what sites and settings are acceptable for development; there was also the ongoing situation where it was felt that planning conditions were not being enforced.
Braehead condition enforcement, Cllr Barnacle has arranged a meeting with relevant persons to discuss planning conditions which still have not been met within this area.
Cllr Barnacle reported that the opportunity to comment on the Scottish government planning consultation is now over and results will soon be published online.
One Mop raised concerns about the completion of works at RBCHS, particularly at the access point from A97 with signs, sandbags etc still being present, Cllr Duffy will follow this up.
CCllr Brown proposed a ‘Landing Page’ within the www.fossoway.org website or a social media platform bringing together groups, businesses, attractions and enterprises within Fossoway, providing a space for both locals and visitors to find out more about the opportunities available in and around our community. Keep an eye out for future updates on this and get in touch with Fossoway CC if interested in getting involved.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting and AGM

AGM agenda: minutes of 2016 AGM, Chair’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, election of office bearers

Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Extraordinary Meeting LDP Consultation, 18th April, 7.30 pm at Fossoway Primary
Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd May 2017 7:30 pm at Fossoway Primary (AGM)
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