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Community Council Minutes - February 2015

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
3rd February, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: CCllrs: Sandy Morrison, Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape, Alastair Lavery and Graham Pye; Cllrs Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi; 13 members of the public.

Apologies: Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Willie Robertson.

CC Membership: Rod Paterson has unfortunately had to tender his resignation due to relocation of his job. The CC thanks him for all his efforts over the years. Kevin will take over as temporary Treasurer until the AGM.

Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: The Commander’s Bulletin continues to be informative and useful. We have a new Community Sergeant, Geoffrey Goodison and a new Community Co-ordinator, Sergeant Amanda Nicholson.
PC Dougie Stapleton was unable to attend the meeting but sent the following report: Three large storage heaters were stolen from the grounds of a commercial property in Blairingone between 27th and 28th January, enquiries continue. Two males have been arrested in Cumbria for theft of quad bikes and other property, some of which came from this area. Roof lead thefts and break-ins to commercial vehicles have taken place recently; any information should be passed to the Police on non-emergency number 101.
Community consultation 2015-2016 on Multi-Member Ward Policing Plans is currently taking place, with feedback due by 15th February - http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community/tayside/perth-and-kinross/
Cllr Cuthbert reports that w.e.f. from 2nd February the local Police have been restructured, including the new Community Officers mentioned above.
Speed checks will be carried out on A977, especially in Blairingone.
Cllr Robertson will be meeting Chief Inspector Mike Whitford later this month to discuss why Community Speed Watch is happening in Highland region even though we were previously told that Police Scotland wasn’t in favour of these schemes.
MoP reports that dialling 101 from Blairingone routes your call to Stirling who say that they’re not responsible for that location and you need to contact Dundee.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Were signed off without amendments.

Matters arising
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: Hugh reports that the planning application for the amended pipe route has been submitted (see below.) Hugh has prepared a draft proposal about how a Community Benefit scheme might be structured – it would generate at least £5k per annum for at least twenty years, the funds being used to improve the environment in the gorge, but also other local activities. Paul Fair of Energy for All was present and described how the community could be involved in financing the project by joining a local co-operative society that would generate some income for the investors, but would also augment the Community Benefit scheme. There are examples of other schemes on Energy for All’s website which would give an idea of how the co-op would work. In response to question from a MoP Hugh thought that it might be possible for works to begin this autumn, but it’s more likely to be spring 2016.
Blairingone War Memorial: No update.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Sandy has spoken to SEPA, and discovered that they had made a site visit which revealed that in the absence of PortaLoos the occupants were using buckets for black waste which was reportedly being disposed off-site. The application for a CAR licence covering a whole site processing plant has been withdrawn to be replaced by five separate applications for a processing plant per unit leading to soakaways. Cllr Cuthbert reports that there has been no change in the enforcement of the planning
conditions. Cllrs Cuthbert and Barnacle will bring a motion to the next DMC requesting that the planning application for the site be brought back to the DMC for the enforcement issues to be discussed. Cllr Giacopazzi has been pursuing the issue of generator noise and asked if complaints are still being received – Sandy explained that Public Health are responsive to noise complaints making site visits which result in the generators being temporarily moved, but there is no permanent solution.
Glenquey Quarry: We await a possible appeal against the refusal of the planning application.
Blairingone Community Workshop: We’re still waiting for PKC’s strategic plan.
Lambhill Chipping plant: No update – the proposed site meeting has still not taken place. Cllr Cuthbert has escalated this to the Chief Executive but still no response from Nick Brian.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: There was a meeting of all interested parties on the 20th January at which it was agreed that a joint meeting needed to be held to discuss this issue.
Waulkmill Play Area: This is hoped to be open in March, after delays due to poor weather.
Strathearn Forum of CCs: Cllrs Cuthbert and Barnacle will be taking a number of proposals for improving the DMC to the Member Officer Group meeting in March; meanwhile Cllr Robertson has obtained an informal agreement from Nick Brian that objections from CCs would be given more weight than those from individuals.
Overhanging Trees at Moubray Hall: Cllr Cuthbert reports that this problem is being looked into, and will be addressed once the weather improves.

New Business
Main Issues Report: Comments to be supplied by 31st March. We should hold a Community meeting, probably in Crook of Devon, to discuss the local plan and existing policies.
CC Membership: We need new members representing all ages and sectors of the community – volunteers are very welcome. I t was suggested that we try to recruit people during the meeting to discuss the Main Issues Report.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: A MoP reports that another one has been knocked over. Cllr Giacopazzi has raised this with Chic Haggart who has involved the Road Safety Team. Cllr Robertson raised the issue with Garry McConnell and Stuart D’All and the latter replied that the former will look into fixing it shortly. Meanwhile, Cllr Barnacle is organising a site meeting with the Roads department and this CC to assess alternative possibilities for the footpath to the school around this junction.
DTR Scheme: This is the scheme to use local taxis instead of a bus service, which has been very successful, so an application has been made for a Securing the Future award to make sure the scheme continues.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: Sandy, Kevin and Angus attended the Kinross-shire CC meeting.
Kevin attended the Digital Engagement Workshop at Napier University.

Councillors’ Reports
Cllrs Cuthbert and Giacopazzi: Nothing to add to comments already made earlier.

Planning Matters
15/00054/FLL Change of hydro scheme pipe route - Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Rumbling Bridge.
No Community Council comment.
15/00053/FLL Extension to dwelling house - 2 Moubray Lane, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0XH. Extension to front of building.
No Community Council comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: The P&K Heritage Trust are offering grants up to £100 for heritage projects – details available.

AOCB: This CC proposes to buy a laser printer to enable the secretary to reduce the time taken to print materials for meetings, but also to save money by using lower cost consumables and being able to print on both sides of the paper.
Community Office has now closed down and distributed its final assets.
Reporting failed street lights via the PKC website doesn’t seem to be working, and the “Clarence” number goes to the wrong place.
MoP ask about derelict houses in Blairingone, Cllr Giacopazzi will look into it.
Discussion about where the school buses stop in Powmill, since they seem to be choosing dangerous places. Kevin will investigate.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
• Welcome and Apologies
• Declarations of Interest
• Community Policing
• Minutes of last meeting
• Matters arising: Hydro Scheme, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Glenquey Quarry, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, A977 Defects/Mitigation, Waulkmill Play Area, Main Issues Report
• Community Councillors - Meetings Attended
• PKC Councillors’ Reports
• Planning
• Correspondence
• AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - January 2015

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th January, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: CCllrs: Sandy Morrison, Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape and Graham Pye; Cllr Willie Robertson; 8 members of the public.

Apologies: CClrs Alastair Lavery and Rod Paterson; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi.

Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: We are now in receipt of Commander Mike Whitford’s weekly bulletin, which is proving to be useful and informative. No local report was received from the Community Police Officer. We’ve received some details about the Powmill accident with a lorry, which didn’t shed its load even though it tipped over.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Were signed off without amendments.

Matters arising
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The amended pipe route is now agreed, and an updated planning application will be submitted shortly. The meeting with local residents is now provisionally planned for the 21st January.
Blairingone War Memorial: No update.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Sandy reports that there is no progress with the enforcement actions, pending the licence for the waste water disposal which has still not been granted. Complaints continue to be received from neighbours about noise from generators, which are still not enclosed in buildings or acoustic covers as required by planning condition.
Glenquey Quarry: We await a possible appeal against the refusal of the planning application.
Blairingone Community Workshop: We’re still waiting for PKC’s strategic plan.
Lambhill Chipping plant: No update – the proposed site meeting is still not arranged, Cllr Robertson will look into why not.
There was extensive discussion regarding the perceived lack of co-operation and involvement with the public and the CC by the PKC planning department. It was stressed that the CC does not wish to be in a permanent state of dispute with the planning department; it wanted to have a co-operative, respectful relationship. It was accepted that the parties would not always agree on outcomes, but at least the views of the community should be listened to, responded to, and discussed in a mature manner. It is essential that responses to matters raised by individuals and/or the CC are dealt with in the timescales laid down by the council.
Landscape areas in Kinross-shire: Kevin passed on Alastair’s analysis of the consultant’s report: Fossoway has lost none of its designated land in the Ochils area and the proposed area is now more coherent as it extends beyond the Kinross-shire boundary; whilst the old AGLV was a Kinross-shire only designation. The new area includes the sites of both current wind farm proposals. The loss is the Devon Gorge area, which could be argued for inclusion as Clackmannanshire have included a narrow riverside area up to the Kinross boundary. The CC will respond accordingly and notify the local councillors.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Barnacle has arranged a meeting of all interested parties on the 20th January at Loch Leven Community Campus.
Waulkmill Play Area: No update.
Overhanging Trees at Moubray Hall: No update.
A977 Verge Cutting: Kevin notes that the clean-up after this activity is not very thorough, and a large amount of litter has been exposed and not collected. Cllr Robertson will chase progress of the clean-up, and request a litter pick.

New Business
Draft Flood Risk Management Strategy: PKC is to hold a public consultation on this, and has contacted this CC for comment. We need clarification of whether our area is actually included in this strategy.

Community Council Business
No Meetings attended this month.
Fossoway Community Office: This organisation, which has been in operation for over ten years, has sadly now been made redundant by the onset of modern technology. Thanks to the many volunteers who have worked hard to keep it going over the years.

Councillors’ Reports
Cllr Robertson: It’s been agreed that Conservation Officer’s (and other internal consultee’s) reports should be made public on the planning portal and made available to all members of the Development Committee. Cllr Robertson is very hopeful that this will improve the transparency of the planning process.
With planning for the next budget currently underway, Cllr Robertson is hoping to be able to extend the opening hours of the Loch Leven Campus, perhaps reversing the previous closure on Mondays.

Planning Matters
There are no new applications to PKC in our area this month; however there is an application to Clackmannanshire for a 79m wind turbine at Meadowhill (14/00267/FULL) The top part of the turbine’s blades will be visible from Blairingone.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing.

AOCB: MOP complains about the speed of traffic, especially lorries, through Blairingone. This has been raised with PKC and the Police on several occasions in the past with no result. Sadly our initiative to implement Community Speed Watch was closed down by the Police. The meeting on the 20th mentioned above will include this issue. The CC is also investigating the possibility of a community funded speed camera. Cllr Robertson will request the Police to conduct speed checks. Trudy reports that some of the speed sensitive signs are not working, and Cllr Robertson will report these to get them fixed.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
• Welcome and Apologies
• Declarations of Interest
• Community Policing
• Minutes of last meeting
• Matters arising: Hydro Scheme, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Glenquey Quarry, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, A977 Defects/Mitigation, Waulkmill Play Area, A977 Verge Cutting
• Community Councillors - Meetings Attended
• PKC Councillors’ Reports
• Planning
• Correspondence
• AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Environment Challenge Fund

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Does your community have an environmental project or a piece of land to improve, which could make a significant difference to your local environment?

Is your idea widely supported within your community?

Perth & Kinross Council could support you with a grant of between £2,500 and £10,000.

What is the Community Environment Challenge Fund?

The Community Environment Challenge Fund is for environmental projects. The projects are to be led and delivered by community groups and must make a significant difference to the local environment and be widely supported within the community.

What kind of projects will be supported?

Projects which can demonstrate any of the following are a priority for support:
● ‘Spend to save’, eg changing bedding plants to herbaceous plants to save on maintenance and materials.
● Physical environmental improvement projects which reduce waste, reduce carbon, increase reuse and recycling or use environmentally-friendly materials.
● Enhance/contribute to the local economy such as tourism or craft or use of local materials.
● Benefits to the wider community encompassing a range of age groups and abilities.
● Link to other existing or planned regeneration initiatives (eg conservation area appraisals).
● An ability to complete the project within 12 months.
● Demonstrate environmental sustainability, eg carbon reduction.
In addition, there is a requirement for a long-term maintenance commitment for any projects undertaken through the Fund.

What can the grant not be used for?

The fund will not be able to support the following:
● Internal renovations of buildings as the fund is aimed at environmental improvements.
● Asset transfer.
● Staff costs unless it is for implementing the works.
● Un-adopted road repairs or maintenance.
● An increase in infrastructure on sites which do not have a commitment to long term maintenance.
● Completed projects.
● A project which has received funding from the Council in the past three years.

How much would the grant be?

Each community group will only be able to apply for one grant in each financial year.
Grant requests must be at least £2,500 and up to a maximum of £10,000 with 50% match funding. The whole project can be of any size and there is no defined maximum project cost.
Several projects can be teamed up together into one application so as to meet the minimum funding level.
In exceptional circumstances, where projects can demonstrate a wide range of physical environmental benefits within a community, a larger award may be made. The maximum award is up to 50% of the total costs.

Match-Funding

The funding will only be paid to the community group when proof has been supplied that match-funding has been secured. Match-funding can include fundraising activities, cash contributions and in-kind support. The track record of the community group mobilising in-kind support will also be considered as part of the application assessment.

Monitoring the Project

An End of Grant Monitoring Form will be provided to each community group who has received funding so that the positive impacts on the community and the local area can be recorded, shared and celebrated.

Who can apply?

  • The organisation seeking funding must be a constituted group and could act on behalf of other community partners.
  • Projects must be developed by community or voluntary organisations.
  • The definition of a voluntary or community organisation is a body led by volunteers, is non-profit distributing, legally independent of the state, and is dedicated to a public good (CoSLA/SCVO 1998).
  • The project must have the written support of all local Councillors in the Ward where the project is taking place.
  • The project must also have the support of a range of local community groups such as Bloom Groups, Development Trusts, Youth Groups and Community Councils.
  • Before work starts, projects must have the agreement of the landowner and also any statutory consent such as planning permission or building warrants if required.

Application

An electronic application form can be accessed either via www.pkgrantsdirect.com or www.pkc.gov.uk/CECF
Completed applications should be returned to Perth & Kinross Council Grants Direct, 2 High Street, PERTH, PH1 5PH. A paper application can be obtained by contacting Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Greenspace team.

Information and Support

project, assistance with completion of the application form or have any other questions regarding the Community Environment Challenge Fund, please contact Perth & Kinross Council’s Community Greenspace team by telephoning 01738 476476 or emailing ku.vog.ckp|ecapsneergytinummoc#ku.vog.ckp|ecapsneergytinummoc


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