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Community Council Minutes - February 2018

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th February 2018, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 8 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllrs Jennifer Donachie and Carol Farquhar.
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Cheape declared an interest in LDP2.
Police report: PC Douglas (Dougie) Stapleton attended the meeting and reminded the meeting that rural thefts continue to be an issue in the wider area, so vigilance is important – any suspicious vehicles should be reported preferably with registration number. PC Stapleton is happy to receive emails offering information, or asking for advice at any time on ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|notelpats.salguod#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|notelpats.salguod.
There were no incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
MoP enquired about whether a sign on the outskirts of Powmill, just past the Milk Bar, which was obstructing the view of oncoming traffic was a Police matter. Cllr Robertson explained that planning permission was needed for any such sign, and no-one present was aware of any such permission being applied for, hence it would be a planning enforcement issue.
MoPs had previously raised concerns about vehicle speeds during Police driver training which takes place on the A977. PC Stapleton explained that if the vehicles were showing their blue flashing lights and using two tone horns, they were legally allowed to exceed the posted speed limit by 20mph. PC Stapleton further confirmed that training courses were only run during day, i.e. from about 10am to 4pm, and only marked Police cars were used.
Cllr Barnacle raised the issue of motor bikes speeding along the B9097, especially after events at Knockhill racetrack. PC Stapleton answered that they were well aware of this problem and posted speed traps on those occasions.
Cllr Robertson asked what was the Police role in fly-tipping – PC Stapleton said that if it was possible to identify the culprits, then they would charge them; however this is often very difficult unless there was a witness to the crime.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
Salt Bins: CCllr Duffy passed on a report from the CC’s Facebook page that the salt bins in Crook of Devon have not been refilled, and the one opposite the Institute (which was destroyed by traffic accidents) has not been replaced. Cllr Barnacle said that a new location was being sought for that bin.
Hydro Scheme: CCllr Duffy stated that the fund was now open for funding applications. In addition to the annual receipt of £5,000, there will be £50,000 left over from the contingency fund. The most popular request for funding from the survey was to reinstate the Rumbling Bridge Gorge footbridge.
The scheme has its own website at www.fossowayfund.org.uk. The website will also include the full results from the survey.
Fund application forms will always be available at CC meetings, and will also be downloadable from the website. Applications need to be from local groups to provide a community benefit, and must include a breakdown of costs and agree to provide an end of grant report.
Cllr Robertson asked if TRACKS could help with the bridge scheme, and undertook to raise it with them.
MoP asked how competing applications would be judged – CCllr Duffy responded that amongst other criteria, the committee would be guided by the popular goals obtained from the survey.
Blairingone Lambhill Site: The application for the distribution centre was discussed at the Development Management Committee on 17th January and turned down almost unanimously. The CC and those present expressed their thanks to all the local Councillors for their efforts in achieving this result, and to John Anderson for engaging local support for the campaign.
LDP2 Draft: Cllr Barnacle has submitted comments on some of the policies in LDP2 and development areas. The next step is for the planners to study all the responses and decide whether to take amendments to the plan for the Council to approve or reject. Alternatively the existing plan could be submitted directly to the reporter. The CC has submitted its opinions on the development of sites that are not currently included in the plan but have been proposed in the past, in case they are proposed again.
MoP asked whether the Councillors were aware of the “Drum Loch”, i.e. the drainage problem at the site opposite the Shell Garage at Crook of Devon – Cllr Barnacle replied that there can be no development of the site until the drainage problem is properly addressed.
MoP asked about the Braehead chalet site in Rumbling Bridge, which is apparently in the process of being extended. Cllr Barnacle explained that some planning documents regarding the site were lost when the site moved from Clackmannanshire to Perth & Kinross, and hence there is a lack of clarity about the approval granted. However, the PKC planners have told Cllr Barnacle that there can only be 15 chalets on the site until there is another planning application.
A977 Mitigation: Lachlan MacLean (PKC Traffic) wants to have a Community Consultation about how the A977 money is to be spent, and asked the CC to help choose the most convenient date. General consensus was to only have the meeting in Powmill, as the approximate centre of the A977’s range. Drop-in sessions on a Saturday morning, and another evening were thought to be best.
Blairingone War Memorial: The War Memorials Trust has contacted the CC about possibly funding the relocation; however CCllr Brown believes that it is unlikely that we will be able to meet their conditions. There is currently no active planning application for the site.
Fossoway Area Public Transport: There is continued concern about the shortage of taxis in the area. The CC will write to Andrew Warrington, copying the local Councillors, about this issue.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: A local architect has created a design for the village green, including the hearse house. Investigations of that building revealed that it contained the original water pump for the village, and it is hoped that this can be made the centrepiece of the village. Discussions are to be held with PKC to determine if the hearse house can be transferred into ownership of the Bloom Group.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Powmill in Bloom, Crook Moss Travellers Site, Ivy Cottage Powmill, DRT and B9097.

New Business: None this month.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: Auchterarder have a special fund that all developers have to contribute to, which is used for minor infrastructure projects. Could we have one too? The PKC Enterprise Infrastructure committee will be looking at it.
Callum Purves: The Budget will be set on Thursday 15th February; proposals for savings from PKC officers are being considered by Councillors.
Richard Watters: A traffic model covering flow through Kinross and Milnathort based on extensive surveys has been constructed. By factoring in new housing development it is possible to model where problem areas would be, allowing studies of possible solutions.
Mike Barnacle: Nothing not already covered above.

Planning Matters – New Applications:
18/00013/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house Craigton Bungalow, Rumbling Bridge.
No CC comment

18/00044/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Bridgend Cottage, Gairney Burn Lane, Powmill.
No CC comment

18/00097/FLL Erection of ancillary accommodation, The Meadows, Vicars Bridge Road, Blairingone, Dollar.
No CC Comment

Decided Applications:
17/02015/FLL Siting of static caravan for use as staff accommodation for a temporary period (in retrospect) Land 10 metres North of Lambhill, Blairingone.
Refused: CC objected

17/01227/FLL Change of use of agricultural shed and yard to general storage and distribution (class 6) Lambhill, Blairingone.
Refused: CC objected

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: PKC will be introducing a £25 annual charge for collecting garden waste in brown bins from 1st April, however food waste will continue to be collected for free – it’s not clear how this distinction will be made. The scheme will operate by householders purchasing an annual permit which will be attached to their bin. Cllr Barnacle pointed out that the aim is to use some of the revenue from this scheme to extend brown bin collections to areas not currently receiving them.
The deadline for Action Partnerships funding applications has been extended to 12th February.
NHS Tayside have approved the new model for Mental Health and Learning Disability
Services and the Surgical Services Transformation.

AOCB: None this month.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th March 2018 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - January 2018

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
9th January 2018, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Richard Watters; 26 Members of the Public (MoP); PKC Officers Lachlan MacLean, Daryl McKeown & Frank Mills
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Willie Robertson and Callum Purves; CCllr Angus Cheape
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation: £540,000 budget has been obtained by local Councillors. There was a meeting on 8th December where local Councillors were briefed on the costs of their preferred options. PKC has analysed accident statistics, driven the route in various conditions and consulted other parties. Traffic counts were performed at various locations during a week in September 2017. An inventory of street furniture was also undertaken. Mr MacLean described various proposals for improvements. Local Councillors think that the priorities should be as follows:
1. A977/B9097 Realignment.
2. A977/Saline Road in Blairingone Signalisation.
3. A977/School Road in Crook of Devon.
4. Signing and Bollard Strategy for A977.
5. Replacement of Vehicle Activated Signs.
6. Upgrade of Turning Vehicle signs to include turning vehicle monitoring at Rumbling Bridge and both vehicle and pedestrian monitoring at East Balado.
7. Installation of automatic traffic counters at Balado straight and between Powmill and Rumbling Bridge to collect traffic numbers and speed throughout the year, including the class of vehicle.
8. Solar studs at various locations.
9. Gateway features (with potential for In-Bloom Groups to enhance same.)
Local residents will be given opportunities to discuss the proposals in more detail and decide which ones should be implemented. Consultation events will be held in various locations along the A977 at places and times to be agreed – the CC will publish the details as soon as they are known.
The CC thanked the Local Councillors for their tireless efforts to obtain the budget for these measures, and thanked Mr MacLean and his colleagues for the work done in preparing these proposals.
A MoP asked if any speed limits would be reduced as part of this project – if the Drum signalisation takes place then the 30mph limit would be extended to cover that site. In addition PKC is reviewing the application of 20mph village limits throughout the county.

Hydro Scheme: CCllr Duffy told the meeting that the data from the Community Survey has been analysed and there are several clear messages. In the next few months the first grants will be made.
There will be an open meeting in Crook of Devon Village Hall at 2pm on 20th January to launch the scheme and discuss the results of the survey, in order to decide how the money should be used – everyone is welcome to attend.

Blairingone Lambhill Site: The application will be discussed at the Development Management Committee on 17th January. There were numerous comments from the residents present about the vagueness of the current application which is for storage and distribution with no details about what material is due to be handled there. Blairingone residents will choose someone to speak at the meeting, and a number of them plan to attend. The CC will ask Cllr Purves, who is a local Councillor, but not on the DMC, to speak on behalf of the residents, and the CC also plan to speak at the meeting.

LDP2 Draft: The document is now out for consultation and there are various drop-in sessions between now and the 1st February to view the documents and discuss the proposals. Comments can still be made.

Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves was unable to attend the meeting, but sent the following information: The current scoping exercise will not involve Cleish as it does not directly border the Blairingone catchment area and it will therefore be dealt with in the second phase of the review.
Email was used as the primary method of contact for parents and carers to issue the survey but ECS said that any parent who did not have an e-mail address would be contacted by other means. The contact details were primarily obtained from the schools.
In addition, given the scoping exercise and to allow extra time for the consideration of submissions to the consultation, the Blairingone options appraisal is likely to come before the Lifelong Learning Committee in March rather than January as previously indicated. The decision has also been taken to dedicate a committee meeting to a few schools at a time rather than take them all in one go, which will allow for greater scrutiny of the proposals.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Crook Moss Travellers Site, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Blairingone War Memorial, Fossoway Area Public Transport, DRT and B9097.

New Business
Naemoor Road Roadworks: Cllr Barnacle explained the proposal to move the weight restriction signs further north, clearing vegetation to improve their visibility and adding white lines just before the bridge to show that southbound traffic should give way to oncoming traffic.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Richard Watters: Budget discussions are in full swing at the moment, there is a survey on the website (http://www.pkc.gov.uk/budget) to allow people to say what things they think are important – Cllr Watters stressed how useful this sort of information is; the survey is open until 4th February.
The Action Partnership still has about £16.5k to distribute, and are seeking three further members to join the committee to help decide how to allocate the funds. The Better Place to Live Fair on 3rd March will allow communities to present suggestions for grant allocation which will be voted on by attendees.
Mike Barnacle: The council has decided to conduct a review of local decision making. Cllr Barnacle would like to see devolved committees for areas like Planning, and will be suggesting this is included in the discussion.
Cllr Barnacle recommended that a Paths Group could be setup in this area, which would then have access to funds for local projects.
Cllr Barnacle has arranged for an area of ground to be fenced to act as a car park in Waulkmill.
A MoP asked about the state of the A91 in Carnbo, which has acquired a number of large potholes during the recent weather, even though the major work done last year was supposed to have made the surface more robust. The problem appears to be that the surface water is still not being properly cleared. Cllr Barnacle undertook to investigate this.

Planning Matters – New Applications
17/02107/FLL Alterations and installation of a flue, Fir Cottage, Drum.
No CC comment.

17/02050/FLL Erection of replacement garage with ancillary accommodation, Thimblewell Cottage, Powmill.
No CC comment.

17/02189/FLL Erection of a dwelling house, Land 50 metres north of Mellock House, Fossoway.
No CC Comment.

17/02068/FLL Erection of an equestrian store at land south-east of An Darach, Fossoway.
No CC comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: Perth and Kinross Planning Investigation Group (PIGS…) sent a copy of their press release which has been posted on the CC’s Facebook page.

AOCB: None this month.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Hydro Scheme, Blairingone Lambhill Site, LDP2 Draft, Fossoway Area Transport, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th February 2018 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - December 2017

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th December 2017, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 13 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: None.
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Cheape declared an interest in the LDP2 discussion.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 7.15 pm and 10.25 pm on Thursday 9th November 2017, an Ifor Williams GX84 ramp trailer was stolen from outside a property on the A823 in the area of Blairhill, Rumbling Bridge.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
Blairingone School: Cllr Purves had emailed Cllr Caroline Shiers, the Convenor of PKC’s Lifelong Learning Committee, raising concerns about the process not being done in a “joined up way”. Cllr Shiers assured Cllr Purves that further consultation can still take place. CCllr Duffy had previously emailed Michelle Ridgway of PKC expressing the concerns raised during the last CC meeting about the information provided during the consultation exercise and asked for the consultation to be repeated before the comments were published. Carol Taylor, PKC Service Manager, replied that the analysis of the comments were nearly ready and would be published as planned, which the CC received on 29th November. The results were strongly in favour of Option 4, extend the catchment area. Consequently PKC are sending surveys to parents of potential pupils both locally and in a widened catchment to see what their opinions would be, and although this is not a statutory requirement, the results of that survey will be used as part of the decision making process. Cllr Barnacle added that he suggested at the consultation exercise that the catchment review should be further widened to include Cleish. Cllr Purves agreed that all options should be considered. MoP was concerned that the survey of potential pupils is going to be only online and wonders how the list of parents might be reliably determined in order to be properly representative – Cllr Purves undertook to look into that.

Blairingone Lambhill Site: The applicant’s agent has submitted a new traffic report which was not thought to be very accurate by local residents, and it has elicited a number of objections from them. Cllr Purves has arranged for a motion (S5M-09224 – https://tinyurl.com/y7gbsgaf) to be raised in the Scottish Parliament to address the long running problems experienced by Blairingone residents. Local Councillors and a member of PKC’s planning team recently made a visit to the site, and noted that no vehicle movements took place during their visit, but they were not allowed permission to enter the “Cow Barn”. Cllr Robertson reported that the top area is clearly being used for industrial purposes, and is definitely not an agricultural site. John Anderson emphasised that it’s very important for local residents to continue to enter objections.

LDP2 Draft: The draft plan was published on 1st December, and comments may be made until 2nd February 2018. Cllr Barnacle has published some details from the plan in the Kinross Newsletter, and mentioned his concerns about policies on Gypsy Travellers and Zoning. Local Councillors included amendments to add the field beside the Village Hall in Crook of Devon as a mixed use site and the site next to the care home in Rumbling Bridge as principally open space. There is no change to the settlement boundary in Powmill, but there are proposals to investigate possible options for LDP3.
Cllr Barnacle intends to distribute an open letter on the addition of the Crook of Devon site, and emphasised that the review meeting at LLCC on 10th January will be important to attend. Cllr Barnacle also stressed that there is still time for everyone to comment on included items and add anything thought to be missed.
Cllr Robertson noted that the plan does not allow for any more development in Balado until a sewage connection is available.
Comments on the plan can be made by post, email to ku.vog.ckp|noitatlusnoCPDL#ku.vog.ckp|noitatlusnoCPDL, but Cllr Watters strongly recommended use of the new “Interactive Story Map” tool to navigate LDP2, which can be accessed via http://www.pkc.gov.uk/ProposedLDP2. Cllr Purves noted that the Tay Plan specifies that the majority of development should to be in bigger settlements, and hence why we have smaller proposals locally. The minimum and maximum number of houses for each site are now included in plan rather than density as before, which should be much clearer.
CCllr Duffy attended an LDP2 consultation meeting at LLCC on 28th November and asked what guarantees the public had that the details of the plan would be followed – the planner said that small housing would be enforced in our area.
A MoP complained that the local Councillors have included the Crook of Devon development even though it didn’t seem to have the support of the local residents. Cllr Barnacle replied that there were 60 people at the last CC meeting where this was discussed, and he had sent out 350 letters. In response 13 supportive comments were received with eight respondents against. He also noted that all four local councillors supported the amendment. Cllr Robertson said that sometimes decisions have to be made for the benefit of the wider community, especially those who would like to move to the area if only there were suitable houses, and reminds us that people can still comment on LDP2.

B9097 Update: The CC have received a copy of a letter from Chic Haggart, PKC Traffic & Network Manager, to be sent to local residents, proposing to introduce a 40mph speed limit on the B9097 at Drum from the A977 to the junction with the U241. CCllr Duffy asked the Community present for their opinions. There was support, but concern whether it would be enforced? Cllr Robertson said that Community Police are doing speed checks and will carry out checks on request. MoP asked if they could do checks on the A977, especially by Blairingone School (during opening hours) and in the vicinity of the Powmill Milk Bar – Cllr Robertson agreed to request these.

Fossoway Pre-School: Have premises beside Moubray Hall, they are experiencing some financial difficulties, and are seeking grants or other ways to support the running costs of this valuable resource for the community. Cllr Robertson suggested that the Kinross Newsletter fund might be able to help.

A977 Mitigation: There will be a meeting on 8th December where local Councillors will be briefed on the costs of their preferred options, and a consultation document will then be issued.

Fossoway Area Public Transport: There needs to be a robust way of recording the availability and any non availability of the DRT service. In the interim, any problems should be reported to the local Councillors. Cllr Robertson reported that PKC are preparing a consultation on DRT which should have the effect of creating a logging system.

Hydro Scheme: The public consultation is now closed, with about 25% replies received, and they are now being analysed. Hugh Wallace said that he is hopeful that £50-60K of extra money will shortly be provided to the scheme from unused contingency funds.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting:
Crook Moss Travellers Site, Powmill in Bloom, Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Blairingone War Memorial.

New Business: Cllr Robertson reminded the meeting that the Local Action Partnerships have quite a lot of money to spend, and the bidding process for the next round of funding is just about to start. The Kinross Newsletter has details of how to get involved.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Duffy attended an LDP2 Consultation event as described above.
CCllr Farquhar was to have attended a meeting of the Disability and Additional Sports Need Workshop of the Sports Hub which unfortunately was postponed. The Sports Hub members expressed disappointment about lack of young people joining sports clubs. The 2km run is very successful, but they are still looking for a venue for the 5km run.
CCllr Cheape attended a meeting of the Kinross-shire fund, and grants were made to organisations outside Fossoway – however he noted that they have quite a lot of money to be distributed.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle and Cllr McDade (Independent) are proposing a motion to PKC about the RBS bank branch closures.
Willie Robertson: PKC’s annual budget process just being started. There is currently a £3m shortage even with savings already made, so it’s going to be a difficult process, with unwelcome cuts likely to be proposed.
Callum Purves: Is a Budget Review Group member, and noted that because some statutory services, e.g. schools, can’t be reduced, the impact on other areas of the budget will be worse.
Richard Watters: Nothing not already covered.

Planning Matters
17/01818/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at land 50 metres north of Mellock House, Fossoway
CC object on grounds of excessive size of proposed house.

17/02015/FLL Siting of static caravan for use as staff accommodation for a temporary period (in retrospect) at land 10 metres north of Lambhill, Blairingone
CC object on grounds that there is no evidence to support the need for a resident worker.

17/02037/IPL Erection of a dwelling house (in principle) at Land 400 metres north-west of Rivendell, Blairingone
No CC comment.

17/01902/FLL Erection of 2no. wind turbines and associated works at land south-east of Wharlawhill Farm, Carnbo, Kinross, KY13 0NZ.
Application received last month, and although the CC did not formally object, at Cllr Barnacle’s suggestion, the CC will confirm their normal policy to the officer responsible for this case, i.e. objecting to all wind turbine applications until there is a coherent plan from PKC.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: Luke Graham MP for Ochil and South Perthshire is conducting a survey into the impact of migrant workers on businesses in this area following Brexit. If you would like to take part in this survey, please contact ku.tnemailrap|nostrebor.divad#ku.tnemailrap|nostrebor.divad to get a copy.

AOCB: CCllr Duffy passed on a report that 60,000 people in Scotland will have Xmas on their own – so if you have such a neighbour, please drop in on them.
MoP asks what happens when bins are not collected due to bad weather, can you then leave extra next time? Cllr Purves asked MoPs to tell them when bins are not collected and what happens as a result.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Blairingone School, Lambhill Site, LDP2 Draft, Zoning, A977 Mitigation, Fossoway Area Transport, Hydro Scheme, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 9th January 2018 7:30 pm
NOT 2nd January!!
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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