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Community Council Minutes - October 2017

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
3rd October 2017, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye (Chair); P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 7 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllrs Angus Cheape and Trudy Duffy; P&K Cllr Callum Purves
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Pye declared an interest in Planning Applications 17/01547/FLL, 17/01548/FLL, 17/01550/FLL and 17/01551/FLL.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were three incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 8pm on Wednesday 13th and 8am on Thursday 14th September an
Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from Easter Muirhead Farm, Blairingone; Between 8pm and 9pm Monday 18th September, a blue Stephill generator with a road tow was stolen from the rear garden of the premises occupied by The Mart Inn, Main Street, Blairingone; About 10pm on Saturday 16th September a garage door was damaged at a property in Main Street, Crook of Devon.
Minutes of the previous meeting: CCllr Farquhar noted that the Disability Sports Day will be held on the 3rd of December and not the 4th.

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Barnacle reported that a meeting was held with project officer Daryl McKeown, it was felt the proposals were generally favourable. Discussions were held relating to junction with the B-road at Crook of Devon, traffic in Blairingone, new types of traffic lights, road alterations and roundabouts. Cllr Robertson added that slowing of traffic, deterring of lorries and improving quality of life for those living next to the road were the overarching outcomes. Vehicle Actuated ‘SLOW’ signs will be replaced with signs notifying the speed of the passing vehicle, these signs will in future be maintained. Cllr Barnacle reported thatfurther resurfacing is to take place. One MoP asked what measure will deter lorries from using the A977. Cllr Robertson answered that the only way to deter lorries is by making the travel times longer. One MoP raised concerns regarding the speed of traffic on the A977 when crossing from the Millenium walk to Harelaw Road and suggested that the speed limit could be extended towards Briglands, Cllr Barnacle responded that this has been noted in the past and would be a good idea.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy passed on the information that Crook of Devon have won a Silver in the “Take a Pride in Perthshire” Awards, as well as a First in the new entries category. The CC would like to record its thanks to Amanda James for her efforts in Crook and Drum Growing Together.
Powmill in Bloom: Cllr Farquhar reported that members have been strimming and grass cutting. Two thousand bulbs have been collected from Puller House and a lawn mower donated by Ramsay Cooper.
Hydro Scheme: Hugh Wallace of Glendevon Energy has requested the Community Fund’s bank details in order to transfer this year’s £5k contribution. MoP asked when the community engagement exercise will be taking place.
Naemoor Bridge: Cllr Barnacle reported that the missing coping stones were due to be replaced by now but there is still no sign of any change.
Lambhill Site, Blairingone: Cllr Purves and John Anderson had previously delivered a petition to the Scottish Government; however the petition was rejected as it was not of national interest. The Clerk dealing with the petition forwarded further information regarding alternative means of taking action. Mr Anderson raised the concern that past commitments on the issue have been ignored and is looking for further means of raising the plight of the village to the Scottish Government. Councillors suggested that the lack of community benefit from the neighbouring overcast mine might raise the option of a special landscape designation making it of national significance.
School Estate Transformation: An informal community drop-in session for Blairingone Primary School was held on Thursday 21st September. The online questionnaire (http://pkc.school-estate-feedback-blairingone.sgizmo.com/s3/) can be completed until 6th October. Cllr Farquhar attended the meeting and reported that the session was informative and was surprised that the decision to retain the school would not be made solely on the basis of economics and that the rationale behind is based on the local community. The building is in good order and can accommodate approx. 25 pupils at present. There was a feeling from those present that the community would be affected should the school close and that losing the school might be a big factor in a further loss of the community feeling in Blairingone.
One MoP mentioned that in the past the option of changing catchment area was not well received. Cllr Watters reported that four Blairingone children attend Fossoway School, and that there were some projections of pupil numbers declining and then again increasing in the future. Cllr Barnacle suggested changing the catchment area and an integrated approach to working between schools could make the school more viable.
Cllr Robertson made the point that should the school close that some form of community facility should remain. Cllr Watters suggested that should the school close there is the possibility for an asset transfer to the local community by using the Community Empowerment act, if a sufficient business case could be put forward for the school as a community asset. Cllr Barnacle commented that the closing of a school takes a substantial amount of time, and further opportunities for consultation will take place.
Fossoway Area Public Transport: There has been correspondence from members of the public to Andrew Warrington regarding the DRT service. Cllr Robertson reported that there is a shortage of taxi services in the Kinross area, many of which have contracts with the education services.
LDP2: Cllr Barnacle and Cllr Waters attended a meeting with planners, following work done in Kinross-shire relating to forum meetings etc., it had been decided to set up a short life members working group, which is currently meeting weekly.
Cllr Barnacle summarised possible outcomes relating to LDP2 - Blairingone: the sites to the north and south will be zoned as phased development; Rumbling Bridge: the village envelope will not be altered at present; Crook of Devon: the site is not likely to be included within the settlement boundary, an alternative option of a mixed use site could be discussed provided an amendment is moved, not having this option could mean no affordable housing will be zoned in Crook of Devon until 2028.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reported that a recent planning application for additional access to the old Church was rejected, and was also refused by the Local Review Body due to technical requirements regarding vehicle manoeuvring.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site and Ivy Cottage Powmill.

New Business: None this month

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub at which raising the profile of the group was discussed. Some publicity on the sports hub has been put together. It is felt there may be too strong a focus on Kinross within this group and less so for communities on the fringes such as Fossoway. A local group had been discussed previously but has not been followed up. Cllr Robertson reported that there are several local groups but due to a lack of facilities most have to travel to Kinross, e.g. football team, curling club, etc. Cllr Barnacle felt that a short working group to assess sport facilities and the needs of local sports clubs in the area could be of benefit.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Purves had notified the CC by email prior to this meeting that Perth & Kinross Council will be holding a meeting of the full council in the Assembly Hall at Loch Leven Community Campus on Wednesday, 4th October at 2p.m. Cllr Barnacle noted that this meeting is a good step forward to possibly devolved powers to local communities. Motions such as deposit return systems will be discussed to improve recycling etc. Health care services, Perth to Edinburgh rail link and junction 7 on the M9 are also being discussed. Cllr Robertson added that the meeting on the 4th will be the first time the council has met outwith Perth since the Council building in Kinross closed and there are plans for similar meetings in other areas of Perth and Kinross such as Crieff.
Cllr Barnacle had heard concerns regarding the A91 closure. There was a demand for 20mph limits following the A977 consultation, this is not necessarily possible due to policy constraints, Cllr Barnacle and Cllr Purves are looking to address this.
Willie Robertson: The Action Partnership for Almond and Earn have approximately £50k budget. Cllr Robertson proposed Kinross could have a devolved budget which would be allocated using an area committee for Kinross-shire made up with members of local groups. Cllr Watters noted that the Action Partnerships will also receive two further tranches of £15k.
Richard Watters: Cllr Watters brought up the subject of the review of NHS process for surgical services at PRI and Dundee. MoPs present were unaware that this review was taking place, CCllr Pye observed that he was only aware of it as a result of communications sent to the CC. Until very recently there were no local meetings to discuss this review, however there will now be a public drop at 5pm on Monday 11th LLCC.

Planning Matters
17/01547/FLL Change of use, alterations and extension to outbuildings to form two dwelling houses at Outbuildings, West of Briglands House, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.
17/01548/FLL Erection of dwelling house and garage at land 90 metres north-west of Briglands House, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.
17/01550/FLL Erection of garage/workshop and formation of hardstanding at Briglands House, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.
17/01551/FLL Change of use, alterations and extension to bothy to form dwelling house and erection of
garage at Former Bothy, Briglands, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment.

One MoP raised concerns about additional traffic because of the above developments at Briglands, both during building work and following completion – this has not been mentioned in any of the applications. There is also the potential issue of bin lorry, etc., access.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: The CAA have temporarily halted Edinburgh Airport’s airspace change review – but still plan to complete changes by Spring 2019 after further review. The Scottish Health Council have set up an online survey to assess the communication about NHS Tayside’s proposed changes to Surgical services described in Cllr Watters report above: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NHSTaysideSurgical comments can be made until 17th October.

AOCB: One MOP commented that there is a shortage of bins for dog fouling; the Back Crook is one area in particular where two requests have previously been made for a poo bin.
John Anderson suggested that the local members could ask for a representative from the planning department to attend a CC meeting to discuss the Lambhill application and hear the Community’s views on the matter.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th November 2017 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
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