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Community Council Minutes - May 2019

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
7th May 2019, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Richard Watters; Nine Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: P&K Cllr Willie Robertson; CCllr Carol Farquhar.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately PC Dougie Stapleton was unable to attend 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 9am, Sunday 14th April and 9pm on Wednesday 17th April a number of baskets and plants were stolen from outside a property in Main Street, Blairingone.
A MoP described how his CCTV had detected a minor theft from his skip by occupants of a white van, which turned out to be unregistered and uninsured; the details of the vehicle were reported to the Police.

Minutes of the previous meeting: No printed copy of the minutes from the previous meeting was available so they will be signed off next month.

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves reported that the local councillors have written to MSP Richard Lochhead and MSP John Swinney asking for the closure decision to be called in. The CC contacted the same MSPs and also MSP Roseanna Cunningham. No reply has been received as yet. The decision by the Scottish Government should be made by 21st May.
Meanwhile Cllrs McDade and Barnacle’s motion to the full council to change the voting rules so that religious representatives no longer had a vote was passed by 21 to 19. Cllr Barnacle added that he had sent a further note to Richard Lochhead to add weight to his previous message pointing out that this motion had been passed. Cllr Watters explained that the important thing about the motion was not that it was a religious issue, rather a question of accountability of non-elected members.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar passed on the news that the Bloom Group plans a working party on Sunday 12th May.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group was working on planting and other activities with daffodils and soon tulips appearing as a result.

Hydro Scheme Fund / Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that a site visit had taken place on the 4th April where two possible locations had been identified. Plans will be drawn up for both locations and presented to the public once SEPA has agreed them.
Cllr Barnacle explained that the previous location of the bridge might be problematic for funders unless it could be made resistant to any further floods, and it would also be more difficult to make disabled friendly, although the designs are still to be finalised.
Sandy Morrison, from the floor, noted that the £45k figure for installing the bridge reported last month seemed too low, CCllr Pye explained that this was a very rough estimate that only covered the purchase and installation of the bridge and did not include any path works, etc. Full quotations will be sought before the project is given the go ahead.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning is going well, with funds being topped up with proceeds from a quiz in February. There will be a central arena with demonstrations and music, surrounded by stalls from local businesses and community groups. Cllr Barnacle noted that some equipment used in previous Gatherings has already been moved from the Hearse House to other locations, but the remainder will need to be cleared by the time of this event.
Cllr Barnacle also said that he was about to send a letter to Crook of Devon residents on another matter and would include the suggestion that they walk to the Gathering in order to reduce pressure on parking spaces there.
The Gathering will be at Waulkmill on 25th May from 12 noon onwards.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: The survey received over 200 responses and they are currently being analysed prior to the results being presented to local councillors next week.

Carnbo VAS: A MoP reported that the VAS has now been fixed to correctly indicate 40mph as the target speed, but it’s now not working again. Cllr Robertson was reported to be already progressing this, but CCllr Duffy will forward an email received by the CC about this problem to Cllr Robertson.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle is still to arrange a site meeting with Profile Project, the mason and other interested parties. A new planning application to move the memorial needs to be made as the previous one granted in 2012 has now lapsed.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle has been in contact with PKC Engineer Lachlan MacLean who said that the majority of Blairingone work was done except for the signals. Cllr Barnacle will forward the details to the CC. As far as the School Road junction is concerned: Scottish Water’s issues have been resolved, but there are still problems completing BT’s changes. It has been suggested by PKC Engineering that delaying the start of the work so that it can all be done in one visit would make sense, and in fact it might be better to delay it altogether until the school holidays.
A MoP asked about problems with the surface breaking up, Cllr Barnacle replied that he is trying to get the whole area resurfaced.
Brian Glennie, from the floor and previously by email to the CC, noted that the new 40mph limit on the section of the B9097 leading to the A977 is being ignored by some people, the long straight stretch encourages speeding – can the CC get the Police to do some enforcement on that road? Mr Glennie has had a reply from Police Scotland and they have agreed to do speed checks. The CC will also ask Police to do checks, although it was generally agreed that these only have a short-term effect. Mr Glennie and other MoPs asked if PKC could make some changes to the road layout to discourage speeding. CCllr Duffy said that Bloom Groups may in future fund raise to construct village entrances. Cllr Barnacle says that there is an action plan for the B9097 and he will contact the people working on it to try and add something in.
Sandy Morrison said that the problem is that the 40mph sign is in the wrong place and should be further out of the village. Cllr Purves said that they will ask for this to be changed, but the officers would likely give this more weight if there was a budget for it. Cllr Watters wondered if there might be some money left from the A977 budget that could be used for this.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle had previously met with a PKC Officer and suggested that it would help local acceptability of the site if the residents kept it tidier. Since there has been no action in response to this request he will escalate it to the PKC Chief Exec.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
LDP2, Ivy Cottage Powmill and Powmill Play Park: No information at present.

New Business
Carnbo Bus Shelter Path: A MoP described the issue that the path next to the bus shelter where children wait for the school bus to Kinross High School is so overgrown it cannot be used. It has been suggested by PKC that the alternative route would be for the children coming down the unclassified road opposite Garce Cottage to cross the very busy A91, walk up the pavement to the bus stop, then cross back over the A91 to access the bus shelter. This is clearly not acceptable. The problem is determining whether the path belongs to the council or frontagers, and hence who is responsible. Cllr Purves said that the matter is being looked into.

Potential Car Park by Crook of Devon Church: There is a shortage of parking for the Church. In the past there was a proposal to create a new car park on land owned by PKC but reserved for a possible expansion of the cemetery. The CC applied for, and obtained, planning permission but the Church decided against going through with the project, possibly because of concerns that they would only get a ten year lease on the land. Cllr Barnacle has had a meeting with PKC’s Dave Stubbs and established that PKC would only want to keep a small strip of land. Consequently there is a proposal to resubmit the planning application to allow the project to now take place.

Aldie Road to Drum Path Gate: As previously discussed passing through this gate causes problems for cyclists and horse riders. Sandy Morrison reported that posts with catches will be installed by George Lawrie (TRACKS Project Officer) to temporarily hold the gate open.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
CCllr Young attended the Planning User’s Forum on 18th April, where attendees received updates on LDP2 and other issues including planning legislation changes. A report on planning department performance indicators was received, and a presentation about the Tay Cities Deal which suggested that £152M would be allocated to projects in Perth and Kinross over the ten year period of the Deal.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Richard Watters: A new Housing MOG (Member/Officer Group) has been set up and Cllr Watters has challenged the Officers to investigate more use of renewables in housing. For example the previous policy was to encourage the provision of gas supplies to new housing developments, but this now needs to be superseded.

Callum Purves: At a previous meeting concern was raised about the absence of cats-eyes along the A977. Cllr Purves has spoken to the PKC Engineers and ascertained that the Balado House resurfacing scheme will include cats-eyes, and the Engineers will also look at older sections and see if they can be included there too.
Legislation allows for a lower rate of VAT to be applied to tourist expenditure; Cllr Purves explained that only three countries in Europe currently do this and we’d be the first council in Britain. This would hopefully encourage more visitors.
There is a Primary Care Improvement plan which aims to move some services away from GPs to other healthcare professionals. The plan would also increase the focus on prevention rather than treatment. The Scottish Government are providing some funds towards this.

Mike Barnacle: Most of Cllr Barnacle’s recent activities have already been covered above. Cllr Barnacle has had a meeting with PKC Forward Planning which raised some issues that he will be working through the Planning MOG.

Planning Matters
19/00427/FLL Erection of replacement garage at Cocklaw House, Powmill, FK14 7NP.
No CC Comment

19/00473/IPL Residential development (in principle) at Land 110 metres south-east of 3, Birkfield Park, Rumbling Bridge.
The CC objected to this application on the grounds that it was contrary to the local plan, would cause traffic issues, and the site is liable to flood.

19/00631/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres south-west of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge
This application was only received on the day of the meeting, and the CC will discuss it by email before deciding whether to object.

Decided Applications
19/00337/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Morvern Powmill Dollar FK14 7NS.
Approved – The CC did not comment

19/00082/FLL Change of use, alterations and extension to bothy to form a dwelling house and erection of a garage (revised design) at Former Bothy, Briglands, Rumbling Bridge.
Approved – The CC did not comment

19/00268/FLL Alterations to building at County Fabrics, The Water Mill, Crook Of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0UL.
Approved – The CC did not comment

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
In conjunction with the Solheim Cup taking place at Gleneagles in September, there is a fund to help communities celebrate the event. 80% funding is available with grants up to £1250. Details from PKC’s Community Greenspace Team.
The Scottish Government Community Land Team is holding a free event on Community Rights to Buy in Perth on 3rd September.

AOCB: At the last meeting a litter pick request for the A977 between Crook of Devon and Gartwhinzean Loan was made, but this appears not to have happened, even though Cllr Robertson asked for it to be done. The CC will ask Cllr Robertson to look into this.
Cllr Barnacle has contacted Bruce Reekie to point out that that litter is not being cleared from the roadside. Perhaps it’s time for a “no litter” campaign?

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Hydro Scheme Fund, Fossoway Gathering, Fossoway Area Transport, Carnbo VAS, Blairingone War Memorial, A977 Mitigation, Crook of Devon Church Car Park.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th June 2019 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

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Community Council AGM - 7 May 2019

Fossoway and District Community Council
Minutes of AGM
7th May 2019 7.30pm
To be approved.

1. Attending: Community Cllrs: Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Richard Watters; Nine Members of the Public.
Apologies: P&K Cllr Willie Robertson; CCllr Carol Farquhar.

2. Minutes: Minutes of the 2018 AGM meeting were read, approved, and signed off.

3. Chair’s Report:

The elected members of the Community Council are as follows:
• Angus Cheape
• Graham Pye
• Trudy Duffy
• Carol Farquhar
• Sarah Bruce Jones
• Robert Young

During this year the following CC members have retired or resigned:
• Jennifer Donachie
• Cameron Brown

Tam O’Carroll has been an associate member for the last six months covering the period of consultation around the closure of Blairingone School, but has now left the CC.

I would like to thank all for their support.
Earlier this year we had to scramble for CC members, as the number of elected CC members fell under the legal threshold. I would like to remind the community that we are now involved in a number of community initiatives and without the support of the community – which can include doing a stint on the CC – we cannot carry out these initiatives. This November we will have formal CC elections and I urge you to come forward to stand. There is an urgent requirement for more Community Councillors, especially from Rumbling Bridge and from Carnbo, which have currently no representation in the CC. Our work relies on members of the community who have their ears to the ground.
The Community Council has had another very busy year with eleven scheduled meetings, additional meetings and a large volume of correspondence.

Police Service: Last meeting we had a visit from a local police officer. This was after a considerable time without seeing an officer. We hope to get an officer present for more meetings. We get most of the relevant information from the Commander’s Bulletin and from Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

Blairingone War Memorial: I can only repeat what I said in the last AGM: it is now one of the longest running items on our agenda, although there has been some small movement this year in that there has been an opinion from a mason that the monument can be moved, and also the landowner has received planning permission for an additional entrance from the road which has released the funds to pay for the move.

A977 Mitigation Measures: After a community consultation process, PKC has drawn up plans for hard measures (such as road re-alignment) in Blairingone and Crook of Devon. These roadworks are currently underway but are delayed. Time and again this CC is alerted to dangerous practices on the A977 (and the A91), mostly related to the speed with which motorists drive through our villages. However, I must mention that I found that on the two public consultation days about mitigation measures on the A977, which were well advertised, the public turnout was disappointing.

Blairingone School: Perth and Kinross Council have made the decision to close Blairingone Primary School, taking effect this summer holiday. Our elected members have campaigned to keep the school open but to no avail. What was particularly appalling was that the casting vote was made by two unelected church representatives. The CC petitioned the members of the Life Long Learning committee the week before the vote. If it had been up to the elected committee members, the school would have stayed open. There were no contact details for the religious representatives and there was no means of contacting them. I personally find that appalling; the CC has now written to Richard Lochhead asking him to call in the decision. Meanwhile, an elected member has taken a motion to the Council proposing a change to the voting rights of unelected members of the LLLC. He was seconded by one of our local elected members. The Council has now decided to ban the religious representatives from voting on the LLLC.

Networking: The CC have been involved in several other organisations. Angus Cheape sits on the Kinross-shire Fund Committee; Trudy attends the Kinross-shire Forum, which has been looking into transport issues in the county. We hope to report on a recent survey done in one of the next meetings. Trudy is also on the Kinross-shire Local Action Plan, which has recently disbursed £50,000 to local initiatives to combat inequalities. Graham attends meetings of TRACKS and Carol attends the Kinross-shire Sports Hub. Members of the CC have also been involved in the local Bloom groups.

Fossoway Community Council Benefit Fund: This fund has been established through the Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme. It was a legal requirement that the community should be given a windfall linked to the annual output of the scheme. This means that there is the sum of £5,000 available every year to be given out in small grants to community organisations in the CC’s area. A small committee consisting of John Wheatley and Jim Duffy, sometimes assisted by Sandy Morrison make the decisions. Trudy is the link to the CC and does the administration for this fund. So far the benefit fund has granted two applications: one to Penneys Wood for interpretation boards and benches, and one to the Fossoway Gathering to help resurrect this annual day. One application has been rejected.

Bridge over the Devon: Apart from the annual sum of £5,000, the Rumbling Bridge Hydro has also promised to donate the remainder of the contingency budget to the benefit fund. We have conducted a Community Engagement exercise to find out how this money could be spent and it was clear that replacing the bridge over the River Devon was supported by many from the community. We are working with TRACKS and they are working on plans for two locations, which we hope to present to the community shortly.

Fossoway Gathering: Another point that came up in the community engagement exercise was the resurrection of the Fossoway Gathering. Many mentioned it as a good day to get the community together. Therefore we have decided to resurrect the Gathering and we are happy to announce that the event will take place on Saturday 25th May (from noon until 5). There is a very good and active group of volunteers working on this including some who had worked to organise the previous gatherings. We hope that the day will be successful and that this may become a bi-annual or even an annual event. Volunteers are very welcome but please do come to support us on the day.

• An important part of the job of the CC is to review planning applications. There have been less of those in the last year. The CC’s role in this is to scrutinise the Local Development Plan and to determine whether a planning application is permitted or contrary to the Development Plan. We also take into account local knowledge, for instance of flooding, access and the removal of trees. We generally do not get involved in planning disputes between neighbours but we review objections made on the application.

• We continue to be involved in the Local Development Plan number 2, which is making its slow way through all the appropriate bodies.

Most of our correspondence is now by email. All the CC members have access to the email system and the Google documents. This works well for us. We have a Facebook page which is a valuable source for accessing information by people in our villages.

Thank you to my fellow Community Councillors for their support and for the very significant efforts they have made in dealing with their portfolios and attending external meetings. Many thanks also to our local Councillors Barnacle, Purves, Robertson and Watters for their significant support and assistance to the CC on numerous matters. Thanks also to our loyal MOPs - Members of the Public, who support us with their presence, their information and their questions..

4. Treasurer’s Report:
This year started well, receiving the Administrative Grant from PKC without any problems, topping the CC’s funds back up to the maximum £700.00 allowed. Online access to the CC’s bank account has continued to make paying the CC’s bills much easier.

A major item of CC expenditure is for rentals of Fossoway and Blairingone primary schools, Carnbo Village Hall and Moubray Hall in Powmill to hold our monthly meetings. A total of £179 was spent on hall rentals.

All Community Councillors are allowed to claim for any expenses they incur over the year for traveling to meetings, other than normal CC meetings, and any other incidentals – postage, stationery, etc. This year £179.68 has been claimed in expenses, a slight improvement over last year’s total of just under £160. CC members attend a lot of meetings over the year, and should claim for all expenses incurred – I encourage them to do so.

The CC banks with the TSB, and I was delighted to finally receive a reply in January to the complaint I entered last July, although they haven’t as yet addressed any of the issues I raised…

After all the transactions over the year have been tallied the CC has a closing balance at year end of £341.33 and I will be applying for this year’s grant once this meeting has approved the accounts.

5. Confirmation of Office Bearers:
The Office Bearers all resigned from their current posts, and new post holders are as follows:

Trudy Duffy, Chairperson – Proposed: Graham Pye, Seconded: Angus Cheape
Sarah Bruce-Jones, Secretary – Proposed: Trudy Duffy, Seconded: Graham Pye
Graham Pye, Treasurer – Proposed: Trudy Duffy, Seconded: Rob Young
Trudy Duffy, Data Controller – Proposed: Graham Pye, Seconded: Sarah Bruce-Jones
Graham Pye, Vice Chair – Proposed: Trudy Duffy, Seconded: Angus Cheape

The following posts are not formal offices, so were not covered at the AGM:
Rob Young: Planning Secretary
Graham Pye: Minutes Secretary
Angus Cheape: Deputy Minutes Secretary

With no other business, the date of the next AGM was set for 5th May 2020 and the meeting ended at 7:46 pm.

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Community Council Minutes - April 2019

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd April 2019, Powmill Moubray Hall

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

Police report: PC Dougie Stapleton attended the meeting. A new Community Model has been implemented which aims to increase community engagement; PC Stapleton now has a full time partner so he hopes that one of them will be able to attend this meeting more often. If anyone has any community policing concerns they should email PC Stapleton directly (ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|notelpats.salguod#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|notelpats.salguod), without waiting for a future meeting.
PC Stapleton informed us that the only incident he was aware of in the last month was a speeding offence on Main Street, Crook of Devon where a driver was reported for travelling at 50mph in a 30mph zone. There has been a recent spate of daytime break-ins in Kinross, so the Police advice would be to report any suspicious persons or vehicles at once via 999.
There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
A MoP asked if the Community Speed Watch program was still going to happen. CCllr Duffy replied that the CC had asked to be included in the programme, but had received no reply as yet. PC Stapleton added that communities would need to fund the purchase of their own equipment. Cllr Barnacle suggested that the subject could be brought up at the Kinross-shire Forum with the idea that equipment could be purchased jointly by all the local CCs
Cllr Robertson asked about the role of the Police in fly-tipping incidents. PC Stapleton said that it can be reported via the non-urgent number 101 and although they would obviously like to catch people, it would normally require some evidence in the rubbish that’s left.

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

Matters Arising
Community Council By-Election: CCllr Duffy welcomed newly elected members Sarah Bruce-Jones who has agreed to be secretary and Rob Young who has agreed to look at planning.

Blairingone School Estate Transformation: The Lifelong Learning Committee approved the closure proposal at the meeting on 27th March 2019. Hence the school will close from 28th June 2019 and pupils will transfer to Fossoway Primary School. The decision has been passed to the Scottish Ministers, with their considerations being received by 21st May 2019. Cllr Barnacle and another Councillor and a parent addressed the meeting; Cllr Barnacle stressed that proposed housing developments in the area had not been properly considered.
Cllr Purves had resigned his position as vice-convenor of the Committee in order to bring a motion to not accept the closure. The motion was only defeated by one vote, and if the vote had only included elected Councillors it would have been passed. However the votes against the motion, and hence for closure, by two members nominated by their religious bodies with no vote from the public, resulted in the motion being defeated.
The Community Council shares the view of Local Councillors and Members of the Public present that it seems highly unreasonable that non-elected members should have a vote on a non-denominational matter like this. Additionally, unlike the elected members of the Committee, there was no way to contact these members beforehand to express the CC’s point of view, whereas all the elected members were contacted. Consequently the CC and Cllr Barnacle will write to John Swinney asking him to call in the decision.
Cllr Barnacle reported that the local developers had a pre-application discussion with PKC planners in September 2018 but it was the 22nd March before the planners responded saying a master plan for Blairingone should be prepared, however this was too late to be taken into account.
A MoP asked what will happen to the building if the decision to close goes ahead. The local Cllrs answered that the legislation allows the Community to take it over if they want to, but they would need to get a body organised to raise the funds and run it.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the group on 1st April; they have applied to the Kinross Newsletter Fund for funds to complete the upgrade of a trailer into a planter to be displayed appropriately. Arrangements are being made for summer watering. The group has received £300 from PKC for bulbs, seeds, etc. They will take part in the Well Kept Village competition, judging will be in September. Villages are allowed to nominate two areas that can be discounted from the judging, which are likely to be the old Hotel and Ivy Cottage.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group are busy planting things which they already have finance for. They will probably take part in the Well Kept Village competition.

Hydro Scheme Fund / Crook of Devon Bridge: CCllr Pye reported that the previously planned site visit had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. At the TRACKS Committee Meeting on 27th March, the Project Officer provided the cost for an 18m bridge to the required standard as £13k. In addition, ground works, assembly and installation of the bridge would bring the total cost to approximately £45k. Provision for ongoing maintenance of the bridge will need to be made, although this is not expected to be very onerous.
The site visit has been rescheduled to 4th April to finalise the location of the new bridge.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that the organising committee now has £4k in the bank from two sources, enabling arrangements to be finalised. There are still opportunities for organisations and individuals to have stalls, and to place adverts in the programme. The Gathering will be on 25th May from 11:30 onwards.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: In order to assess the requirements for a service a survey is being conducted, for which the end date has been extended to the 15th April. Some copies are being distributed on paper, or it can be completed online at: https://kwiksurveys.com/s/0pw6ISbo . The eventual aim is to found a Community Group to organise the service.

Carnbo VAS: Cllr Robertson said that the VAS is not set correctly when approaching from the East, and he has contacted PKC to get it looked at.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reported that the mason contacted by Associate Member Carroll has looked at the memorial and thinks it can be moved. Cllr Barnacle will check that the PKC planners are still happy with the proposed new location and then will arrange a site meeting with Profile Project, the mason and other interested parties.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Duffy observed that nothing seems to be happening at the moment. Cllr Barnacle replied that the work is still due to take place, it’s just a bit delayed. Cllr Duffy is worried that the traffic counter box in the pathway on the long straight stretch between Powmill and Rumbling Bridge could be hazardous to walkers and cyclists - could it be moved or made more visible? A MoP wondered if its position is because it also counts people/cycles. Cllr Watters will bring it up with Highways Department.
LDP2: Cllr Barnacle noted that it will be June or July before PKC receive the Reporter’s response, so LDP2 would not be likely to go before the full Council until after the Summer Recess.

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

New Business
CCllr Farquhar reported that the Powmill notice board is in need of urgent maintenance. Cllr Pye agreed to investigate.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
TRACKS Committee: CCllr Pye attended this – see Hydro Scheme/Bridge Item above.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson said that there is a problem with a gate on the Aldie Road to Drum path, which is difficult to keep open while passing through it on horseback or cycle, and has caused at least two accidents. It would be better if it could be removed completely, or failing that perhaps a post could be erected next to it to allow it to be temporarily fixed open. The TRACKS Project Officer is going to contact the landowner to discuss the options.
Cllr Robertson has discovered that there are over 500 items on the waiting list for Road Safety improvements. The local Cllrs are having a meeting on 3rd April to see where local issues are on the list and possibly influence priorities.
It would be a good idea if any necessary litter picks were done now before new plant growth takes place.
The Aldie Road to Drum Path has become very popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders which is very encouraging; however there is an increasing problem with horse droppings on the path. Although this is not such an immediate health problem as dog waste, it is unpleasant for other users of the path, and if left, causes damage to the path surface. Cllr Robertson and this CC appeal to horse riders to clear up after their mounts.
Callum Purves: Cllrs Purves and Barnacle have been contacted about parking problems outside the Church at Crook of Devon, potentially causing obstructions to emergency vehicles. They are looking into possible solutions.
Cllr Purves has received a reply from Anne Condliffe about retention of Planning Information – see Correspondence section below. Cllr Purves believes that planning information should be a matter of public record for ever.
Richard Watters: Cllr Watters had visited the SEAMAB School to investigate the issue with getting their access road surfaced. In the absence of agreement of all the frontagers, this has not yet been fixed.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle asked the CC whether the idea of creating an overflow car park south of the cemetery had been raised in the past. CCllr Duffy replied that she thought it was previously looked into by the CC but was never finalised, Sandy Morrison might know more.

Planning Matters
19/00026/FLL Change of use of equestrian land to form outdoor children’s nursery, siting of a yurt and associated works at land 70 metres North of An Darach, Fossoway.
No CC Comment

19/00337/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Morvern, Powmill, Dollar, FK14 7NS.
No CC comment.

19/00445/FLL Erection of two dwelling houses (change of house type - plot 2) at Land 30 metres South of Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon
No CC Comment.

Decided Applications
19/00020/FLL Change of use of agricultural land to garden ground and alterations and extensions to dwelling house at Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0PX.

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.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
Last month this CC joined the objectors to removal of planning information from the website. Anne Condliffe replied to Cllr Purves on 7th March describing a change such that the information will now be kept for four years rather than one. However, Kinross-shire Civic Trust is not happy with the response and has asked for details of the exact clauses of the GDPR that are being invoked to justify the removal at all.

AOCB: A MoP observed that there are no cats-eyes on the A977 between Kinross and Drum. Cllr Robertson said that it’s no longer common practice to install these. Cllr Purves said that local Cllrs will ask the Highways Department if they think they would be appropriate there.
A MoP asked why there were no signs on the A977 telling you that you’re entering villages. CCllr Duffy replied that this may change when the Bloom groups create features at entrance to villages. The MoP added that the road signs on the A977 aren’t cleaned often enough. The Cllrs agreed to ask about this.
Another MoP requested that the A977 between Crook of Devon and Gartwhinzean Loan be litter picked, so Cllr Robertson agreed to arrange that.
Cllr Barnacle is still trying to find the owner of the disused quarry along the A977 and has written letters to possible companies.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Hydro Scheme Fund, Fossoway Gathering, Fossoway Area Transport, Carnbo VAS, Blairingone War Memorial, A977 Mitigation.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting and AGM: Tuesday 7th May 2019 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

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