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Community Council Minutes - June 2017

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th June 2017, Powmill Moubray Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllr Callum Purves; Six Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle 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 this month 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: CCllrs reported that there is now approved budget for Vehicle Activated Speed (VAS) signs, with initial placements at sites where they had been previously promised. One such site in our area is on the A823 in Rumbling Bridge to the north of the Nursing Home. However input to the CC’s Facebook page has suggested different locations, and suggestions that speed cameras should be placed instead.
CCllr Duffy proposed that we should try and meet with the new Roads Engineer and make sure that we know what he is planning and ensure that this agrees with the community’s views. Cllr Purves reported that the Ward Councillors have also discussed the location of the VAS.
There will be speed checks in Rumbling Bridge, during term-time, to get a more accurate picture of the problem there.
MoP noted that vehicle speeds through Blairingone seem to be increasing and wonders what can be done about this. CCllr Duffy suggested that Cllr Barnacle and Daryl McKeown (PKC) be contacted about it.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group has had a planting day, and started to improve Waulkmill Green. Volunteers are always welcome.
Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that there will be a planting day on Sunday 12th. Members have approached PKC and Scottish Water to get some more areas of grass cut. Volunteers are always welcome for this group too. A local landowner present at the meeting requested that trimmings should not be thrown into his field. CCllr Farquhar undertook to make sure this doesn’t happen again. However this does raise the issues that the Bloom Groups do need places to dispose of waste and obtain water. The group intends to post flyers to advertise the group’s activities.
Best Kept Village: The judging will be held on 20th July. Both the villages above have entered the competition, although in separate categories due to their different sizes.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Brown reported that the planning application for the car park at the church would have reactivated the permission for the memorial, but that application was refused. It’s not clear what will happen as far as the permission now.
LDP Public Consultation: CCllr Duffy informed the meeting that the CC has submitted their recommendations to PKC. Cllr Barnacle intends to meet with PKC planners to discuss our proposal. Cllr Purves notes that there is a meeting between the local councillors and officers on Friday 9th June to discuss the options.
Poo Group: CCllr Duffy informed the meeting that there is an increasing amount of local concern about this problem, however in the absence of any volunteers to implement some address this, then there is nothing much more to be done.
Glen Devon Bridge: This bridge has been substantially vandalised, but can only be repaired in accordance with listed building requirements. CCllr Duffy commented that we were promised that the bridge would be repaired by April but nothing has been done. With the coping stones missing the weather is causing the bridge more structural damage and will perhaps become unstable and cause the road to be closed. MoP reported that the bridge along the Naemoor Road is suffering a similar problem. Cllr Purves undertook to look into this. CCllr Brown suggested that the time has now come to put aside limitations with lime mortar and repair/strengthen the bridge with modern materials.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: CCllr Farquhar reported that the owner, Scott Macmillan, has engaged an architect to redesign the building to make it more rentable and consulted two builders for estimates. The end result would be that the building would be available as affordable housing, although there is currently no timescale.
Station Road Adoption: A MoP reported that the work will commence on 19th June.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site and Hydro Scheme: No Update

New Business
Soul Survivor is due to be held on 5th-9th August – and local residents have received advance notification of the event this year. CCllr Duffy will ensure the organisers know that any large vehicles must approach via Rumbling Bridge and not use the Naemoor Road bridge.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub. There is a plan to setup a Kinross Park Run with funding being sought. Future plans include Women & Girls Festival Week, a multi sports day to advertise various sports, inclusive sport, Lads and Dads events, etc. The group is very enthusiastic with lots of ideas.
CCllr Cheape noted that the Kinross-shire fund had agreed at their 5th June meeting to make two grants, but neither was in our area.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Noted that the council has formed a new administration comprised of Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem members. There is a new combined Environment, Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee of which all four local councillors are members, with Cllrs Barnacle and Purves as vice-convenors. One of the policy initiatives is to overturn the previous administration’s decision to only fix potholes when they are 6mm deep and revert back to 4mm.

Planning Matters
17/00737/FLL Siting of static caravan for use as staff accommodation for a temporary period at Land 10 metres north of Lambhill, Blairingone. Object on grounds that there is no planning application for a house, and we see no need for such extensive accommodation for a security officer.
17/00790/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Craighead Cottage, Drum, KY13 0PP. No CC Comment.
17/00711/FLL Extension to dwelling house at 32 West Crook Way, Crook of Devon, KY13 0PH. No CC Comment.
17/00843/LBC Alterations at Solsgirth Lodge, Solsgirth, Dollar, FK14 7NZ. No CC Comment
17/00894/PN Erection of agricultural building at West Broomhill, Station Road, Crook of Devon, KY13 0PG (near Broomhill Kennels.) No CC Comment
17/00927/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses Land 100metres north-east of South Kilduff Farm, Fossoway.
No CC Comment

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: George Lawrie of TRACKS notified the CC of funding opportunities for core paths and about the “Big Fit Walk” which groups can hold in June. CCllr Duffy again hoped for volunteers to form a path group.
Mark Russell MSP has asked the CC for consultation on a proposal to implement 20mph throughout all built up areas – Although we think this is a good idea, we don’t believe that it would be enforceable, and it would be better to concentrate on enforcing the current limits, together with carefully chosen locations for new 20mph limits.
Bus Route 23 has had its service reduced making it impossible for commuters to use.
Dollar and Muckhart residents can’t get their 30 or 40 children to Kinross High School anymore due to a reduction in bus services, so they are proposing to finance their own service, which could also pass through Crook of Devon and pick up passengers there. The CC strongly supports this initiative, but decries the fact that this needs to be done to make up for the lack of public transport. Cllr Purves noted that community transport has also been discussed at the Action Partnership.

AOCB: Discussion about the lack of broadband speeds in rural areas. Cllr Purves will investigate whether PKC has a policy about this, and what funding is available.

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, LDP Public Consultation, Glen Devon Bridge, Station Road Adoption.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

NOTE: No meeting in July

Next Meeting: Tuesday 1st August 2017 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome


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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
All Welcome


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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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