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Community Council Minutes - April 2016

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th April 2016, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape, Graham Pye and Graham Kilby; Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert; Seven Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: Cllrs Willie Robertson and Joe Giacopazzi; CCllr Richard Nesbitt
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Duffy declared an interest in planning application 16/00538/FLL.
Police report: No report received. The CC was notified that PC Sturgess was unable to attend due to operational pressures. There was a theft of a charity box and cigarettes from Fossoway Stores, Crook of Devon, on 8th March. Around March 13th a bench, which had been located between large planters opposite the Aldie Road junction on the A977, was stolen. Chris Walsh had spent a considerable time restoring the bench. Police Scotland are about to launch Operation Tigerclaw which will increase the number of patrols in rural areas, perform more stop checks in the area and offer safety advice. Much of the above information, along with other useful things can be found by signing up to the Perth and Kinross Community watch to receive email alerts. See the website for joining instructions: https://www.pkcommunitywatch.co.uk/

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

Kinross-shire Civic Trust Best Kept Village Awards: Patrick Milne Home attended the meeting to update us on the 50th year of the Best Kept Village awards. There are four villages in this area: Crook of Devon, Blairingone, Powmill and Carnbo that have all entered at various times in the past, but it would be good if Drum and Rumbling Bridge entered too. Only one person needs to enter. Judging is on general ambience, absence of litter, etc., not architectural value, concentrating on communal areas. Judging takes place on 26th July this year.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: The recent planning application (15/02078/FLL) was rejected under delegated powers. The paper due to be presented at this month’s DMC has not appeared, possibly due to non-completion of Scottish Water’s flow and load analysis. MoP asked whether the travellers would be connected before other sites with existing planning permission. Cllr Cuthbert explained that Scottish Water has a prioritised list, and they should be contacted for information.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: CCllr Borthwick has been in contact with Cllr Giacopazzi reporting that he’s seen temporary repairs being done. Cllr Giacopazzi explained that this is because category one (dangerous) potholes are temporarily repaired within three hours, allowing the normal squad to perform a permanent repair within two to four weeks.
Local members met with Stuart D’All of PKC’s roads department and heard plans for major works in our area of the A977 in the current financial year. The local members also had a meeting with Chick Haggart where it was agreed to prepare an outline business case for A977 improvements. As always, road problems (including potholes) should be reported to CLARENCE (the road report hotline) on 0800 232323.
Emergency Support Centre: CCllr Kilby reports that the Hall Committee has yet to meet to discuss this; it is on the agenda for the meeting in w/c 11th April.
LDP2 MIR Consultation: All submissions have been made and the planners will produce a draft plan in the autumn.
Boundary Commission: Local members have sent a letter to all MSPs, asking for their position on the “Kinross shire Question”. The Commission’s report will be made to Scottish Ministers at the end of May, but the Scottish Government has the final say, so it would be a good question to ask any canvassing MSPs.
Community Council Grant: CCllr Pye reports that the bank has still not been able to retrieve the money, so he has asked PKC to issue our grant again – they are looking into the matter.
Citylink Buses: Both Cllr Robertson and this CC have written to Citylink asking for restoration of the previous services from the Kinross Park and Ride. Cllr Robertson received a response from David Frenz agreeing to reverse the decision to stop the early morning G92 Edinburgh to Dundee stopping at Kinross, so it will now again be possible to board this service at 7:00am and get to Dundee for work. However there has not been a reinstatement of the stop at Kinross of the 5:15pm Citylink Express from Edinburgh.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has written to David Strachan, manager of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust seeking his opinion about the developer’s mason’s report.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: Cllr Barnacle reports that Building Control has raised serious concerns about the safety of the building, and will bill the owner for repairs if not done.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: MoP asked about the establishment of the group to control the distribution of the Community benefit. Although this was previously discussed when the agreements were signed in November 2015, it was thought at that time that there was no urgency to set up the organisation to distribute the funds, as they were not going to start to appear until the scheme was operational. However, it would probably be a good idea to start the proceedings to establish this group, determine its membership and constitution, now that the scheme is proceeding well. The CC will ask Hugh Wallace to attend the next meeting to give a status report, and to allow discussion of establishing the group. The CC clarified its position that it had no preconceived ideas about how the funds should be used, nor did it intend to mandate this. Cllr Barnacle pointed out that the initial contribution from the scheme was covered by the planning application and there were some details as to how it should be used.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Safer Route to School – Drum, Station Road Adoption: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved.
Crook Moss Community Involvement: Ongoing.

New Business
Crook in Bloom:
This group will have its first meeting this week, with several interested participants. The Powmill in Bloom group are busy in their village, but they are concerned about the continued lack of repair to the Powmill bridge. Cllr Cuthbert explained that the works were suspended during the Forth Road Bridge diversion, and are scheduled to be done very shortly.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended:
CCllr Kilby attended a meeting of the Sports Hub on 8th March where terms of reference were agreed. Clubs need to register with the hub by April 11th. Sports Scotland will in future make grants to clubs via Sports Hubs. The next meeting is 20th April where mission statements will be agreed. A substantial number of clubs are involved in the hub. Official launch date of the hub will be mid-June.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle is campaigning to get the Ochils Hills declared a Regional Park and other groups have supported this idea.
MoP asks who maintains the Rumbling Bridge gorge – PKC does. MoP notes that the old Fish farm in Rumbling Bridge Gorge needs sorting out.
The passing place at Aldie Road bridge is being used for parking by users of the new multi-purpose path, and unlike the others in the road is not marked as a passing place, further it is in a very poor condition. Cllr Barnacle has already asked for the passing place to be properly surfaced.
Dave Cuthbert: Nothing not already covered.

Planning Matters
16/00274/AML Erection of a dwelling house (matters specified by conditions - 12/01566/IPL) at Burnside, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone, Dollar FK14 7LR. At the last meeting we decided to await any local comments for two weeks, and as there were none, the CC did not comment.
16/00538/FLL Erection of a garage, Aitken Cottage, Main Street, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0UR. No Community Council comment.
16/00483/FLL Erection of a marquee for use as function venue, Function Hall, Solsgirth House, Solsgirth. The CC members will discuss this further before deciding whether to comment.
16/00439/FLL (was 15/00450/FLL) Erection of a dwelling house and garage, Land 30 Metres North of Valerie, Fossoway. No Community Council comment.

Correspondence:
All the correspondence was available for viewing. PKC have asked for the whereabouts of any publically accessible defibrillators – CCllr Kilby notes that there is one at LLCC. CCllr Duffy reports that there was a plan to provide one following the tragic death of Mr Mason, but it never happened. No-one present was aware of any others in the area.

AOCB:
PKC Roads Department Winter Service: The CC has received a request for any feedback about the provision of gritting and snow clearance this winter.
Planning Enforcement: PKC is conducting a survey about the performance of this department.
DRT Scheme: The Area covered has increased and there are now more operators in the scheme.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising:** Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, A977 Mitigation, Emergency Support Centre, CC Grant, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook in Bloom
Community Councillors:** Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting and AGM:
Tuesday 3rd May 2016 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - March 2016

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
1st March 2016, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Graham Pye, Richard Nesbitt and Graham Kilby; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert, Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson.; Four Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: No report received. PC Stapleton was due to attend. The PK Community Watch system reported that there was a break-in at a property between Crook of Devon and Cardenden (probably actually Carden) on 24th February.

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

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: The DMC will receive an updated report next month. Scottish Water are currently conducting a flow and load survey to assess the capacity of the Drum processing plant.
Lambhill Chipping plant: The hearing agreed at the 8th December meeting of the LRB, was held today (1st March.) John Anderson reported that the hearing took four hours and after extensive discussion the LRB decided unanimously to uphold the original decision, i.e. to turn down the application.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: With the re-opening of the FRB, the HGV traffic on the A977 has now reduced. Local Councillors have held a meeting with PKC Roads department, and a business case will be prepared to implement mitigation measures in a phased way. Example measures in the first phase would include 40mph speed limits, speed indicating signs, more obvious road furniture to indicate village entries and side mounted drains. The CC has received an email from Jim Pritchard of the Fossoway School Parent Council asking whether mitigation measures could be implemented on the A977 in order to improve the safety of children going to and from the school. The CC will write to the Chief Executive to seek a review of the Safer Routes to School programme. Cllr Giacopazzi has had a meeting with the MD of Tayside Contracts (road contractors) who has assured him that potholes are being repaired properly, although there were widely held opinions by those present that this is commonly not the case. Currently there are 6014 potholes being repaired and efforts are being made to catch up on the backlog. Road problems (including potholes) should be reported to CLARENCE (the road report hotline) on 0800 232323.
Emergency Support Centre: CCllr Kilby reports that the Hall Committee has this on the agenda for their next meeting.
LDP2 MIR Consultation: The Main Issues Report (MIR) has recently been published. This document contains proposed variations to the Local Development Plan (LDP) which defines where, and how, development can take place in Perth and Kinross-shire for the next ten years. There was good attendance at the drop-in sessions. Comments on the MIR must be made before the 16th March, preferably on the form obtainable at www.pkc.gov.uk/mainissuesldp2.
Boundary Commission: Awaiting their decision after our comments. The decision will be announced at the end of May, i.e. after the Scottish election, so it is important to ascertain the position of all candidates on this issue as the Scottish Government has the final decision.
Community Council Grant: Cllr Pye reports that the bank has not yet been able to retrieve the money, but have sent a reminder to the incorrect recipient. Next step is to ask PKC to resolve.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: Owner has been identified, and they are due to propose a plan this month. The property is in imminent danger of collapse.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Blairingone War Memorial, Safer Route to School – Drum, Station Road Adoption: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved.
Crook Moss Community Involvement: Ongoing.

New Business
None.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended:
None this month.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: PKC Roads are investigating whether the Naemoor road bridge could get signs indicating that traffic from one direction has priority.
Dave Cuthbert: Is attending a Property sub-committee meeting discussing the disposal of an old school building in Scone, which appears to be being handled in a different way from the old Kinross High school site.
Could Crook of Devon football pitches be developed? Local teams are developing pitches in Milnathort instead.
Powmill in Bloom are doing a great job, are there similar groups for Crook of Devon or Blairingone, if not, why not? Could someone be found to lead them?
Joe Giacopazzi: Has asked Darryl McEwan to look at signposting the bends by Hillside farm on A91 where there have been several accidents.
DMC allowed the development of the bungalow in Vicars Bridge Road in Blairingone as there were no planning grounds for rejection, however there continues to be local difficulties on this site.
Willie Robertson: Citylink Buses are about to publish their summer timetable. Cllr Robertson has written to Citylink asking them to reverse the changes made to their timetable which reduced the number of stops at Kinross P&R.
PKC’s Education budget for the next year includes reduction in “back room staff”, which will probably mean that teachers have less time to actually teach.

Planning Matters
15/02183/FLL: Alterations to fence to increase height, Mossgrove, Drum, Kinross KY13 0PR. No Community Council comment.
16/00281/LAW Erection of dwelling house (existing) Am Botham, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0UL. No Community Council comment.
16/00274/AML Erection of a dwelling house (matters specified by conditions - 12/01566/IPL) at Burnside, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone, Dollar FK14 7LR. Application very recently posted so the CC will await any local comments for two weeks and then decide whether to comment.
15/02078/FLL Change of use from paddock to form 3no gypsy/traveller pitches and erection of a fence (in retrospect), Crook Moss, Fossoway. Application documents have been updated. The CC has already objected.

Correspondence:
All the correspondence was available for viewing.
Scottish Natural Heritage are holding a meet the Chairman and Senior staff meeting on 9th March at the Green Hotel in Kinross from 7 to 9pm.

AOCB:
After the closure of Cllr Robertson’s shop, he had some peat left over. Cllr Duffy has put him I touch with the Powmill in Bloom group so they can receive it.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, A977 Mitigation, Emergency Support Centre, LDP2 MIR Consultation, Boundary Commission, CC Grant, Ivy Cottage Powmill.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting:
Tuesday 5th April 2016 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - February 2016

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd February 2016, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Trudy Duffy (TD), Kevin Borthwick (KB), Graham Pye (GP) Angus Cheape (AC), Richard Nesbitt (RN) and Graham Kilby (GK); Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi; Six Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: Cllr Willie Robertson.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: No report received – we have received an email from Police, to say that the previous author of monthly reports is no longer with the force, but the officers will still try and attend where possible. No officers were present at this meeting.
KB has reviewed the Commander’s Reports and P&K Community Watch alerts and there are still a number of offences being committed in this area, however there has been an arrest of three people. Cllr Barnacle points out that not all crimes that we know about are included in the Commander’s Reports.
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Minutes of the previous meeting:
Minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Cllr Cuthbert reports that the review of the conformance to the previous planning conditions was discussed at the DMC – a further report will be brought back in three months after Scottish Water have studied whether the Drum processing plant has capacity to connect this site. Cllr Barnacle added that he has recorded his objection to the soundness of the current policy on Gypsy/Traveller sites.
Lambhill Chipping plant: There is as yet, no date for the proposed hearing agreed at the 8th December meeting of the LRB, although the three councillors to sit at the hearing have been chosen.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: TD notes that the number of potholes on the road is increasing rapidly. Cllr Barnacle has suggested to PKC that they should approach Scottish Government to fund work required as a result of the FRB diversion. Cllr Cuthbert notes that the Scottish Government are paying for additional winter treatment during the diversion. Cllr Giacopazzi reminds us all that road problems (including potholes) can be reported to CLARENCE (the road report hotline) on 0800 232323 between 8am and 6pm.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that this is currently held up pending a surface water investigation.
Emergency Support Centre: GK who is now on the Village Hall Committee reported that the Committee wanted further information about the requirements for this scheme. KB requested this information from PKC and has forwarded it to GK for the Committee to study. Even though the FRB diversion is now almost over, it’s still worthwhile putting the basic arrangements for such a scheme in place.
Setting up of Paths Group: Call for interested parties to help set-up such a group – money and training is available.
LDP2 MIR Consultation: The Main Issues Report (MIR) has recently been published. This document contains proposed variations to the Local Development Plan (LDP) which defines where, and how, development can take place in Perth and Kinross-shire for the next ten years. Comments on the MIR must be made before the 16th March, preferably on the form obtainable at www.pkc.gov.uk/mainissuesldp2. There will be a consultation event at LLC on Tuesday 23rd February from 3pm to 8pm.
Cut in Inter-City Services: Cllr Barnacle has escalated this issue.
Boundary Commission: Awaiting decision after our comments, although the fact that no hearing has yet been scheduled is not encouraging.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Blairingone War Memorial, Safer Route to School – Drum, Ivy Cottage Powmill: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved.
Crook Moss Community Involvement: Ongoing.

New Business
Community Council Grant:
GP reports that due to an administrative error by PKC, our annual grant was paid into the wrong bank account. The bank has been asked to retrieve the money and return it to us; this is in progress but has not yet been completed.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended:** GK attended a meeting of the Community Sport Hub on 14th January – A disappointingly small number of organisations attended. The catchment area of the hub was agreed to be the same as that for the High School. Terms of reference were also agreed. It was noted that the Management Group should ideally be made up of people actively involved in sports.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Some budget has been made available by the Scottish Government to address damage due to flooding, especially for farmers rebuilding flood barriers. Cllr Barnacle received a reply from Open Reach explaining why roads are dug up without warning – this is because it’s not possible to predict whether underground ducts are blocked until attempts are actually made to pass new fibre optics cables through them. Cllr Barnacle’s attempts to re-add the AGLVs which were not included in the new landscape designation have failed. A further opportunity will be available in September when the LDP comes up for further comment.
Dave Cuthbert: PKC Budget discussions are in full swing. There is a great amount of confusion about the size and distribution of funding.
Joe Giacopazzi: Attended the Scottish Government’s Planning Conference. There was general agreement amongst attendees that the current rules on neighbour notification need to be widened, and that the charges for planning applications need to be substantially raised to come closer to covering their cost.

Planning Matters
16/00034/IPL Renewal of permission (13/00071/IPL) Residential development (in principle), Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon. No Community Council comment.
15/02187/FLL Erection of replacement dwelling house, Thimblewell Cottage, Powmill. No Community Council comment.
16/00074/FLL Renewal of permission (12/00025/FLL) erection of a dwelling house, Land to the rear of Vicar’s Bridge Road, Blairingone. No Community Council comment.
16/00050/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house, Craighead Cottage, Drum. No Community Council comment.

Correspondence:
All the correspondence was available for viewing: MoP reported a problem with the sluice gates at Nine Acres Scout Camp, which could cause flooding around the school. KB contacted the Scouts who have addressed the problem. The CC has received a briefing note from David Blundell about the Scotland Bill.

AOCB:
MoP commented that a litter bin has been placed by the westbound bus stop in Powmill, it would be more sensible for it to be by the eastbound stop which is much more extensively used. Cllr Cuthbert will look into this.
The CC’s secretary, Kevin Borthwick, needs to reduce his involvement for the next few months due to family commitments. Consequently his secretarial duties will be shared amongst the other CCllrs. This CC can still be contacted via the email address moc.liamg|CC.yawossoF#moc.liamg|CC.yawossoF which is being monitored by other members.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Lambhill Chipping Plant, A977 Mitigation, Emergency Support Centre, Paths Group, LDP2 MIR Consultation, Boundary Commission.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting:
Tuesday 1st March 2016 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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