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Community Council Minutes - February 2019

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th February 2019, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye and Associate Member Tam Carroll; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves; Seven Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Willie Robertson and Richard Watters
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 7pm, Thursday 10th January and 10.30am, Sunday 13th January, a quantity of diesel was stolen from a lorry at Blairingone.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the previous meeting were signed off with one amendment: The meeting on Blairingone School Estate was not in January but will be in March

Community Council By-Election: The CC regretfully announced that due to personal pressures, Jennifer Donachie has had to resign from this CC. The CC expressed its sincere thanks to Jennifer for her work, especially with regard to planning and as depute minute secretary.
PKC’s Corporate and Democratic Services Department have notified the CC that as we now only have three elected members it is necessary to hold a by-election to re-establish the remaining members.
In response to an appeal via Facebook, four people have expressed possible interest in joining the CC. However, in the absence of any new members joining the CC, the current members are unable to continue with the workload and this CC’s future is in doubt.
Anyone wanting to join the CC and stand for election, please get in touch with the chair, Trudy Duffy on 01577 840669. Visit the CC’s Facebook page or PKC’s website for the necessary forms: www.pkc.gov.uk/communitycouncilselections

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves informed the meeting that the consultation report, including the report from Education Scotland, will be reviewed at the 27th March meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee to decide if they agree with it. The report will have been available for public review for three weeks beforehand. If the Committee continue to propose closure, then the next step is for the Scottish government to review the proposed closure.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the group are still undecided whether to enter the Well Kept Village competition this year, meanwhile they intend to maintain the displays already in place and add an upcycled trailer in the spring.
Hydro Scheme Fund / Crook of Devon Bridge: A date is being agreed for a site visit to discuss the proposed location of the bridge, as the visit on the previously agreed date was unable to take place.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning for the gathering is going very well. More people have joined the organising committee and the first grant application has been submitted. The event will be on May 25th at Waulkmill Park – stands are still available, anyone interested should contact the committee via moc.liamg|gnirehtagyawossof#moc.liamg|gnirehtagyawossof for more information.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: A proposal to create a scheme covering a much wider area is under discussion, with a number of other CCs involved. Cllr Purves explained that there is a plan from PKC’s transport department to hold a survey to establish what sorts of journeys are needed. The survey will be available online, and paper copies will also be distributed to some areas where there is a resource to do so. A group needs to be formed to create and run a scheme, and although initial funding would need to be grant-based, if the scheme is successful PKC might take it on.
Carnbo VAS: Cllr Watters is looking into some issues with this, and in his absence the item is deferred to next month.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reports that the developer has confirmed that the promised sum of £2k is still available. The next step is for a local mason to inspect the memorial and estimate the cost of the move. Associate Member Carroll knows of a local craftsman and will work with Cllr Barnacle to obtain the estimate and possibly assist with the actual move.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle is due to meet with a PKC Officer to discuss the drainage connection.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle reported that PKC have drawn a blank contacting the owners, and he is now encouraging Compulsory Purchase of the property.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill Play Park, A977 Mitigation and LDP2: No information at present.

New Business
School Crossing Patrols: Cllr Duffy had heard a rumour that they’re to be stopped. Cllr Purves explained that lunchtime cover is being removed due to very little demand, and although there are some changes to cover where vacant posts are not being filled, this only represents a total of eight locations. In addition, there are ongoing reviews of crossing places with consideration given to upgrades to Pelican crossings, etc. Consequently there is no truth in this rumour. MoP asked whether any Council Officer actually inspects the crossing point before making changes.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Kinross-shire Local Action Plan: CCllr Duffy attended this; the next meeting will discuss the Community Investment Fund.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle had received complaints from MoPs about lack of gritting on minor roads and pavements.
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that the LDP2 Reporter had queried the LDP2 change to specify upper limits on number of properties in a proposed new development, asking for evidence that this had happened in the past. Cllr Barnacle and others had proposed an amendment to strengthen the upper limit.
The process to agree next year’s budget is in full swing. There are long term proposals to change the way that local councils get their funding.

Planning Matters

19/00020/FLL Change of use of agricultural land to garden ground and alterations and extensions to dwelling house at Merryhills; Rumbling Bridge Kinross.
No CC comment.

19/00092/FLL Installation of two wind turbines and associated works, land 300 metres Northwest of Dollar Equestrian, Blairingone, FK14 7ND.
CC object on this CC’s normal grounds of there being no overall PKC policy on wind turbines, and hence cumulative effect is not controlled. Additionally, there are ambiguities in this application regarding the ownership of the land and the identity of the applicant, which need to be resolved before detailed comments can be made.

18/02250/FLL Change of use from open space to garden ground and erection of a fence (in retrospect) at 1 St Serf's Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0PQ.
No CC comment.

Decided applications
18/02124/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres Southwest of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge.
Refused on grounds of too large a scale; The CC didn’t comment.

18/02164/FLL Alterations to dwelling house to form two dwelling houses at Cairnfold House, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7ND.
Approved; The CC didn’t comment

Cllr Purves reminded the meeting that PKC have published LDP2 Supplementary Guidance documents covering various topics. They are now open for consultation via http://www.pkc.gov.uk/ldp2guidance until 14th March.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: PKC propose to put double yellow lines at the top 15 metres of Waulkmill Road, where it joins Main Street.

AOCB: CCllr Duffy has successfully applied for “settled status” as an EU citizen, due in no small part to assistance from PKC’s Corporate and Democratic Services department who were able to confirm CCllr Duffy’s long-term service as a member of this CC, and hence her residence in this country.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: CC Election, Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Hydro Scheme Fund, Fossoway Gathering, Fossoway Area Transport, Carnbo VAS, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th March 2019 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - January 2019

DRAFT MINUTES FOSSOWAY AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
8TH JANUARY 2019
BLAIRINGONE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Attending: Community Cllrs Trudy Duffy (in the Chair), Angus Cheape and Carol Farquhar, P&K Cllrs Richard Watters and 4 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllrs Graham Pye and Jennifer Donachie and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K CClrs Mike Barnacle, Willie Robertson and Callum Purves

Declarations of Interest: None

Community Policing: No officer was able to be present at the meeting. CClr Duffy reported that a caravan had been stolen in Blairingone and this appeared to be the only incident in our area since the previous CC meeting.

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

Matters Arising:

Blairingone School Estate: Clr Watters reported that following the extensive consultation period the proposed closure of Blairingone School would be discussed further at a meeting of the full Council at the end of January. Meantime a report to be considered at this meeting was in preparation and this could either be accepted by the Council, rejected or amended subject to conditions. All points of view and perspectives reflected in the consultation would be covered in the report.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CClr Duffy reported that following an excellent Christmas fundraiser (£250 raised) the prospect for Spring planting was excellent. It was noted that ‘Well Kept’ would be substituted for ‘Best Kept’ in the well-established competition. Blairingone, Crook of Devon, Carnbo, Rumbling Bridge and Powmill were all encouraged to take part.
Hydro Scheme: Nothing to report beyond the call to raise further capital which had been fully subscribed by existing shareholders.
Crook of Devon Bridge: CClr Duffy reported that the site inspection planned for December had been postponed but would be reconvened shortly with progress expected during March.
Fossoway Gathering: CClr Duffy reported that the committee would meet next week to discuss a budget and that a fundraiser would be held in Crook of Devon Hall on 22nd February.
Blairingone War Memorial: Nothing to report.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Clr Watters reported on a recent meeting of the full Council at which the need to recruit additional taxi firms was discussed albeit that nothing was decided. There was potential also for a community bus and arrangements in Auchterarder and Comrie were quoted as examples (buses run by Sweeneys of Muthill). The Kinross Partnership were meeting on Wednesday 9th January to review an action plan.
Clr Watters reported that DRT take-up in P&K Council area during the past 6 months had totalled 2665 for a variety of purposes.
Carnbo VAS: MoP from Carnbo expressed concern at the siting of the VAS (2) in Carnbo. There were no streetlights and at their house (opposite Ochil Cottage) on the north side of the A91 the light from the VAS was intrusive. Further, from a practical viewpoint siting of the VAS at the west side of the village would be better beyond the bridge over the Quiech Burn.
Clr Watters undertook to take up this issue with Lachlan Maclean at the Roads Department. There was a real risk of nuisance arising from the present VAS siting.

Matters with no Update since last Meeting

Crook Moss Travellers Site - Nothing to report.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill – Nothing to report.
Powmill Play Park – CClr Farquhar to follow up on progress.

A977 Mitigation
Traffic Counters, signage and bollards, new VAS signs have been installed;
Upgrade of vehicle turning signs will be upgraded in March 2019;
School road Crook of Devon Junction will be completed in March 2019;
Signalisation Saline Road Blairingone will be completed in February 2019
A977/B9097 re-alignment expected to be completed in June 2019.

MoP took issue with the proposed re-alignment at the junction of the A977 and the B9097. It was noted that there had been a Safety Audit undertaken which had covered sundry issues arising. Clr Watters commented that it would be difficult at this stage to reallocate the funding set aside for this improvement in 2016 (?).

New Business

Cover for Minute Secretary – CClr Duffy reported that Kinross Community Council uses a Minute Secretary at a rate of £35 per meeting. Both CClrs Pye and Donachie produced excellent minutes when able to attend meetings but a stand-in on a paid basis was now regarded as a priority.

CC Business

Meetings Attended: None. CClr Farquhar reported that business connected with the Sports Hub remained on-going.

PKC Business

Clr Watters reported on improved arrangements for disability provision in shops, pubs etc to include ramps, handrails and other facilities. Funding would be made available.

Planning Matters

New
18/02124/FLL: Erection of a dwellinghouse and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres South West Of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge – no comment

Decided
18/02006/FLL: Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse 1 Mossend Green Powmill Dollar FK14 7NJ – approved
18/02015/FLL: Siting of caravan for use as site office/reception/welfare building (in retrospect) Land 10 Metres North Of Lambhill Blairingone - refused
18/01855/IPL: Renewal of permission 15/01110/IPL (residential development (in principle) Land 100 Metres North West Of Schiehallion Crook Of Devon - approved

AOCB

MoP expressed grave concern at the condition of the access to the Dalkeiths and Seamab School. He had at his own expense filled in potholes on the approximately ¼ mile stretch from the public road before Christmas and the weight of traffic had already resulted in significant deterioration. Over Dalkeith (currently on the market) owned the road with others enjoying a Right of Access and it was assumed therefore that maintenance would be on a user basis. Given that wear and tear on the access was increased greatly by Seamab School (70 staff) the merits of involving P&K Council to assume some responsibility for maintenance were discussed at some length. Clr Watters undertook to research the background so far as possible and establish the proportion of pupils using Seamab School resident within P&K.

There being no further competent business the meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Bridge over the Devon, Fossoway Gathering, Carnbo VAS, Community transport, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting
Tuesday 5 February, 7.30 pm, Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - December 2018

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
4th December 2018, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and P&K Cllrs Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and; 5 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllr Graham Pye and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Richard Watters; Fossoway Parent Council, Christina Smith

Declarations of Interest: CCllr Cheape – LDP2

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Cairnfold Farm, Blairingone was broken into between 1pm and 10.15pm on Thursday 22nd November. During this time several people are believed to have visited the nearby Dollar Equestrian Centre. Officers are appealing for any witnesses to suspicious vehicles or people in the area.

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

Matters Arising
Secretary, Fossoway & District Community Council - resignation: CCllr Duffy announced with regret that Cameron Brown who was the secretary had resigned due to conflicting commitments with work and other interests. He will be sadly missed however we all wish him well for the future.
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves informed that the report from Education Scotland has been published and that it will be discussed at a forthcoming committee meeting.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that there was not much activity at present. A wreath making workshop was planned for December, which she hoped would be well attended.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that there was not much activity at the moment. She attended a meeting hosted by David Hill, a judge for Best Kept village. The meeting was very informative, covering topics such as participating successfully in competitions, generating local enthusiasm and cooperation between villages. The competition is to be renamed ‘Well Kept Village’ next year. CCllr Farquhar also mentioned groups were working together to find ways of accessing funds for Bloom Group activities.
Hydro Scheme & Crook of Devon Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that the planned walk/inspection of site will take place on Saturday 8th December at 11.30pm. This will establish where the new Crook of Devon Bridge will be situated. Some CC members and local residents will attend. Money from the Hydro Scheme will be made available next year for the Crook of Devon Bridge project.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning for this is going well. There will be a Fund raiser in Crook of Devon village hall sometime in February.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Donachie stated that the Planning Application for a modified vehicle access at Blairingone Church had been approved. It is anticipated that the approval may lead to progress regarding the Blairingone War Memorial.
Carnbo VAS: An online query from a Carnbo resident regarding the installation of the VAS had a response on 21st November, from the Road Safety team. The manufacturer of the solar panels which power the signs in Carnbo has had to order more panels; timescales are not available as yet for delivery but will be communicated when this information exists. Cllr Purves indicated that another VAS will be installed in the village, however no timescale has been given for this as yet.
World War One Centenary: CCllr Cheape reported that there was a good turnout, the celebration went well and there was a lot of interesting material on display. A tree was planted on Waulkmill Green in commemoration. CCllr Cheape thanked those who participated and the public who came along on the day.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: CCllr Duffy reported that at the last meeting it was stated that only one taxi operator was left in this scheme. Cllr Robertson indicated that the four local councillors met with PKC Public Transport Manager, Margaret Roy to discuss this issue. The councillors are optimistic that more taxi companies will come on board. A survey will be carried out regarding a Rural Bus Network to see if there is a demand and once the results of the survey are analysed the initiative will be taken forward.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
No information at present regarding: Crook Moss Travellers Site, A977 Mitigation, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Powmill Play Park and LDP2.

New Business
Roadworks at the School Road, Crook of Devon: CCllr Duffy reported that some residents have queried the length of time the roadworks are taking. Cllr Robertson understood that the works were nearly completed. Cables had been found unexpectedly under the ground which hindered progress. Cllr Robertson will seek clarification regarding the completion date of the roadworks.
A977: Cllr Duffy asked if the Safety Audit on the mitigation measures had been carried out regarding the A977. The Safety Audit was carried out regarding realigning the A977, the preferred option from the A977 consultation. Cllr Robertson confirmed the report had been published, however it was not available for councillors as yet. Cllr Robertson offered to make available a timetable of works to clarify when any action will take place. A MoP queried if the developer for the plans in the field at the institute would make a contribution to the work on the A977. Cllr Robertson stated that PKC were footing the bill, money had been budgeted for the A977 and it was important to carry out this necessary work as soon as possible. A MoP stated that there was an offer from a landowner to gift a piece of land to make the realignment safer as it may be tight for the turning of lorries. Cllr Robertson offered to look into this on receipt of an email from the MoP, detailing their concerns.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended

Kinross-shire Forum: CCllr Duffy attended this meeting which dealt mainly with Transport & Traffic and also the Kinross in Action Partnership.
Kinross Fund Meeting: CCllr Cheape reported that a small grant was awarded to Kinross Parent Council for equipment. Kinross Rotary were also awarded a grant. The fund is available for all local areas, money has not been taken up as expected therefore it was important that local organisations submit bids for worthwhile projects.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that two funds, Micro Enterprise Grant Scheme and Micro Credit loans Scheme were launched. Care in the community is a PKC focus. A cooperative model is being investigated as pilot schemes in other areas have been successful.
Willie Robertson: No new information to report this month.

Planning Matters

New applications
18/02006/FLL Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse, 1 Mossend green, Powmill. No CC Comment.
18/02015/FLL Siting of caravan for use as site office/reception/welfare building (in retrospect) at Land 10 metres north of Lambhill, Blairingone, FK14 7NB. The CC commented.

Decided applications
18/01622/FLL Formation of vehicular access, Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NJ. The CC did not comment.

Local Review Body Decisions
TCP/11/16(550)/1800473/FLL Erection of a wind turbine and associated works on land south east of Warlawhill Farm, Carnbo. The CC Commented. Still under review by the Local Review Body.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
Fly tipping: A local resident has reported by email, the fly tipping of garden waste (leaves, plant materials) dumped in two piles at the entrance gateway to fields off the unclassified road to Barnhill/Pitfar/Craigend which comes from the A977 between Powmill and Blairingone. The resident wishes the incident to be noted as they are concerned that materials such as grass clippings/poisonous plants can cause death in farm animals. An additional concern is there may be an increase in fly tipping due to the council now charging for the uplift of these materials in brown bins. A Customer Service Advisor with PKC responded to the email and has reported the incident to the Community Waste team. Cllr Purves indicated that there has been no significant increase in fly tipping in other areas, this is evidence based and the public appear to be taking garden waste to recycling centres. The uptake for paying for brown bins is 55%. The charge for brown bins will increase from £25 to £30 next year.

AOCB
Flooding on the road at Drum: A MoP stated the road in Drum has been resurfaced however there is still flooding. PKC tried to fix this, a blockage was cleared but not on the road drain. This issue still has not been addressed by PKC. Cllr Robertson will take this up.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Hydro Scheme Fund, Fossoway Gathering, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th January 2018 at 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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