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Light Up Fossoway

We’re inviting all homes and businesses to decorate a street facing window, tree or shrub with a light display during December

WHY?

For Fun! But also:

  • As a sign of hope and joy during the long, dark nights
  • To create a festive atmosphere and show our community strength
  • To encourage a safe family/friends stroll around Christmassy streets with puzzles to solve

HOW?

  • With lots of lights on their own, homemade decorations or a full-on Christmas scene.
  • Be as creative as you like!
  • Let’s make Christmas happen in Fossoway this year!

For further ideas check out windowwanderland.com or Pinterest

Light Up Fossoway by Graham PyeGraham Pye, 09 Nov 2020 18:39

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 6th October.

Contributing: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Willie Robertson.
Apologies: PKC Cllr Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were three incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: on 1st August a driver was stopped in Crook of Devon for travelling at 54mph in the 30mph zone; on 19th August another driver was stopped for travelling at 78mph in the 40mph section of the A977; Vandalism was committed to two HGVs at Bankhead Farm.
Cllr Barnacle noted that the new traffic lights at the Drum crossroads will help manage speeding on the A977 when they’re installed.
Drum Main Street, the loop road, Waulkmill and Church Road will shortly receive 20mph speed limits. Cllr Robertson suggested that we should contact the Police just before the limits are introduced to ask them to enforce them as soon as they are active to reinforce the change to drivers.
CCllr Marchant was contacted by a resident about speeding on Aldie Road, probably by people avoiding the A977 roadworks, although it is not an official diversion. CCllr Bruce-Jones added that a similar thing is happening in Drum, and it might have helped if the closures and recommended diversions were signposted further afield.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting (the last face to face meeting) will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified. The August proceedings erroneously reported CCllr Cheape as not being present.

Matters Arising
Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: CCllr Marchant has received a reply from Liz Smith MSP’s adviser that they have not yet managed to arrange another meeting with the Bank, and that it may be more appropriate to postpone the meeting in light of the Bank’s decision to put the closure on hold for the time being. CCllr Marchant has received more representation from residents, and will press Liz Smith to hold the meeting before it’s too late to make any significant changes. See Cllr Barnacle’s report below.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has 15 people who are prepared to be members of the group, and the CDT will initially meet online.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: The connection of services was planned for 27th August but it didn’t happen as the drainage contractor didn’t have all the right paperwork, the new date is 14th September. The plot nearest the road which is being used as a dumping ground has now possibly been sold. Cllr Barnacle attended a meeting with PKC’s Chief Exec on 1st September to address issues at this site, she will pressure the Planning Department to enforce the conditions and encourage PKC’s Gypsy Liaison Officer to take some action. If the site cannot effectively operate as a Traveller’s Site, then the CEO is in favour of it being used for affordable housing instead, which has been proposed by a neighbouring landowner. CCllr Bruce-Jones reported that Drum residents are not happy that there is no progress on tidying up this site.

Corona Virus – Information and Links: If you require any information about PKC’s support for both businesses and individuals in our community affected by COVID-19 see this link from PKC: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus

Crook of Devon Resilience Group: CCllr Duffy has been informed by Victoria Sutherland, the head of the group, that the group had closed its operations, although it has some outstanding expense claims still to be paid. The CC thanked Victoria and her colleagues for all the hard work they have done. The group asked if they could transfer the unused funds to Broke not Broken, who have taken over the deliveries previously made by the Resilience Group, but unfortunately that is not allowed, and the remaining funds will be returned to the Hydro Fund.

Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH): CCllr Marchant has been in touch with the developers and plans will be made to meet them once lockdown restrictions permit.

Cycle Path from Aldie Road to Drum: Cllr Robertson had previously notified the CC that this path is very overgrown. Cllr Robertson had approached the Community Service department to ask if they can clear the area, however Arek Nowrotek responded that they had a large backlog of work but would add this job to their list.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Stagecoach has made the decision to permanently suspend the No 23 service from Stirling to St Andrews. However First Bus is planning to institute a new X53 service from Stirling to Kinross on the 12th September, Transport Commissioner to approve. Since this is a commercial service there was no opportunity for PKC councillors to give any input to the route or timing of the service, neither can PKC operate a service on a similar route. The Community Transport Group will look into filling in gaps in the service, and the DRT may be focussed on areas not covered by new bus when the bus is running. Cllr Purves has approached Fife Cllrs to see if they can help but they don’t have any budget for this.

Fossoway Gathering: The planned Penney’s Wood Light Walk cannot go ahead under the current restrictions.
Vegetation on Aldie Road: Following a report from CCllr Marchant that the vegetation had been cut back, but the ditches still needed clearing, Cllr Robertson contacted Garry McConnell to ask for this to be added to the programme of work.

School Exclusion Zone: The zone in Crook of Devon has not been implemented, the CC stresses that it wishes to be fully consulted before this proposal is taken any further.

Old Railway Track Path Below Waulkmill Park: Cllr Robertson had raised the issue of horses using this path with PKC’s access officer Dave Stubbs, who agreed to investigate, but there has been no reply as yet. CCllr C Haigh said that there used to be a post narrowing the entry – perhaps this should be reinstated to only allow access to only pedestrians.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy said that the scheme is now at pre-application stage, needing tree and otter surveys to be done. Land owners also need to be contacted and their agreement sought.

A977 Mitigation: CCllr Cheape has received reports that traffic heading east from Crook of Devon after passing the traffic lights is already travelling in excess of the speed limit by the time it reaches the garage.
CCllr Bruce-Jones commended the Councillors for their continued pressure which has resulted in the extensive resurfacing work currently being undertaken.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Hydro Scheme Fund, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension: No information at present.

New Business
Scottish Planning Policy Consultation: The CC has received notification of this consultation. CCllr Marchant has reviewed the paper which modifies the policy on presumption of development following a court ruling. The CC will reply to the consultation broadly agreeing with the changes but emphasising that the policy must effectively cover the varied nature of the PKC area with both towns and extensive rural areas.

Pedestrian Crossing Lights: CCllr Pye asked if the change to the traffic lights in P&K so that the pedestrian phase is always activated was really necessary. Cllr Barnacle has received complaints from Drum residents about this too. CCllr Bruce-Jones observed that precautions against COVID-19 were always worthwhile, although there needed to be more publicity about this sort of change so that the public took advantage of it. Cllr Purves agreed with CCllr Pye, but added that PKC’s Mr McKeown had told him that the sensors are supposed to detect when there are no pedestrians. Cllr Robertson said that lights that don’t seem to be working properly should be reported and their times changed. Cllrs and CCllrs are divided on this issue.

Community Council Business:
The next meeting of the Stronger Communities group is planned for 15th Sept 2020, CCllr Marchant will attend. The group is making Community Action Planning (STAR) training available. In light of the imminent creation of the Community Development Trust, the CC considered it appropriate that we should apply to take part in this training. CCllr Marchant agreed to action this.
CCllr Cheape reported that there were no new applications to the Kinross-shire fund.

If the next meeting of this CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be offering online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in “attending” should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Mike Barnacle: The owner of the Poplars, Drum has been in touch with Cllr Barnacle about the repeated problems with flooding at her property. A site meeting is to be arranged later this month with PKC’s flooding team as the current culverts, ditches etc. are no longer coping with the pressure caused by continued development in Drum, which already has a high water table. Warnings from both Cllr Barnacle and the CC that development in Drum would cause such a problem have not been heeded by the planners.
Cllr Barnacle had a one-to-one meeting with Karen Reid PKC’s CEO at which the following topics were discussed
A Pilot of an Area Committee for Kinross-shire, which was first suggested by Cllrs Barnacle and Purves in June last year, and subsequently supported by this CC. Ms Reid is in favour of it, Cllr Barnacle should prepare a draft proposal to go to full council.
The lack of a PKC policy on maintaining the sustainability of rural communities, Ms Reid agrees – Growbiz may be the vehicle to address this.
Cllr Barnacle doesn’t think that Bank of Scotland will reverse their closure plans, so will PKC allow their facilities to be used for banking meetings? Cllr Barnacle is to put a proposal to support “Community Bankers” to the full Council.
In October 2017 it was agreed at a full Council meeting that the rail link from Kinross to Cowdenbeath, and hence joining the “Fife Circle” should be re-established, but this has not been pursued through the Tayplan Transport Strategy by PKC Officers since then.
In the 2004 Local Plan the Cleish Hills and Devon Gorge were established as Areas of Great Landscape Value. However they were not included in Supplementary Guidance to LDP1 after a consultant’s report. Ms Reid will pursue them being reviewed again.
The large scale housing developments in Kinross and Milnathort is putting increasing pressure on the Loch Leven catchment area, both environmentally and community services. Why isn’t the agreed 10% reduction in housing numbers being respected by planners?
A PKC-wide campaign is needed against fly-tipping.
The Drum area has a high water table and there have been frequent flooding issues to local residents. A flood management plan and ditch management programme is needed for Drum.
No affordable is housing being built, and none is scheduled in planning for the Kinross-shire area.
Although the Kinross-shire area was defined as a sub-area in a PKC branding exercise there is still not enough signage. Could local fund-raising be used to address this in light of PKC’s budgetary constraints?
Planning and Development Committee meetings are excessively long and the standard of the Report of Handling could be improved. Cllr Barnacle will provide more detail.

Callum Purves: The CC has received an invitation to attend a meeting for the Kinross-shire Ward with PKC’s CEO and/or Executive Directors, local Councillors and Community Representatives to discuss Recovery and Renewal post-pandemic, and how PKC’s relationship with Communities could change.

Willie Robertson: The Dunning Glen road is in a very bad state due to log lorry use. Major works are to be done later this year, which will result in the road being closed for some time.

Planning Matters:

New Applications
20/00972/FLL Erection of two dwelling houses and garages at Land 100 metres south west of Easter Muirhead, Blairingone. Object on grounds of previous application’s conditions not completed; traffic; water pressure.

20/01003/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Ferguslea, Church Road, Crook of Devon. No CC comment.

20/01051/FLL Installation of two biomass boilers, two flues and associated works (in retrospect) at Wharlawhill Farm, Carnbo. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications
20/00577/FLL Installation of a ground-mounted solar PV array and associated works at Solsgirth Home Farm, Solsgirth, Dollar. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

20/00885/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at Land 30 metres north west of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. A virtual meeting of the LRB is scheduled for 15th September, but the meeting agenda is not due to be published until five days before the meeting.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision had been made as of 31st August and the agenda for the Virtual Planning Meeting on 23rd September is not yet available.

Correspondence: If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC FB Page.

Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

AOCB: CCllr Marchant asked about the process for flu vaccination this winter – more people will need to be vaccinated and new ideas are needed for how to do it within the current restrictions. Cllr Purves replied that there’s about to be a meeting of the appropriate Committee where this will be discussed.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:

Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, Community Development Trust, Crook Moss Site, Fossoway Area Transport, Waulkmill Path. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting and AGM: Tuesday 6th October 2020
Crook of Devon Village Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence August 2020

Date From Description
04/08/2020 PKC Scottish Government Third Sector organisation survey
05/08/2020 Liz Smith MSP Re: Kinross Bank Closure
06/08/2020 Victoria Sutherland Resilience group
06/08/2020 Muckart CC Stagecoach Service Number 23 Service Withdrawal Consultation
07/08/2020 PKC A977 Roadworks Letter
10/08/2020 Gisele Hall – Mealmakers Community Meal sharing project
13/08/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
14/08/2020 PKC Scottish Water extreme weather update
18/08/2020 PKC Ward 8 Meeting - Kinross-shire
18/08/2020 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Minutes (23.07.20) and Updates
19/08/2020 Police Sotland Commanders Bulletin
20/08/2020 PKC Ward 8 Meeting – Kinross-shire
20/08/2020 Victoria Sutherland Resilience group
20/08/2020 Muckart CC Service X53 Stirling - Kinross starts Saturday 12 September 2020
25/08/2020 Gisele Hall – Mealmakers Leaflet for Meal Makers and Connects shopping service
25/08/2020 Sharon Buchanan Moubray hall bookings
25/08/2020 Colin Roxburgh Rural Perth and Kinross Community Action Plan Programme
26/08/2020 David Siddle pp Liz Smith MSP Re: Kinross Bank Closure
26/08/2020 PKC Funding - Covid-19
26/08/2020 PKC Courses on Community Finance
26/08/2020 SSEN Transmission Implications on Community Network Reliability and Security of Supply
26/08/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
28/08/2020 PKC FW: Community Litter Pickers - seeking hosts
28/08/2020 PKC Planning Aid Scotland Survey
31/08/2020 PKC Fossoway School use by Fossoway Community Council 3rd March 2020
31/08/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
31/08/2020 PKC Community Council AGM and Financial Accounts
01/09/2020 PKC Community Council AGM and Financial Accounts
01/09/2020 PKC Scottish Government Consultation: Proposed Changes to Pre-Application Consultation Requirements in Planning
01/09/2020 PKC B934 Dunning Glen Road - Road and Verge Slip Repairs

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 1st September.

Contributing: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Callum Purves and Willie Robertson.
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; PKC Cllr Mike Barnacle and Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: 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.
The CC is pleased to note that speed checks are continuing in the villages to discourage the few drivers who are taking advantage of the quieter roads to drive recklessly.
CCllr Marchant noted that a number of new 20mph limits have been created in PKC’s region. Cllr Purves replied that none were currently planned for our area, but that Drum residents have asked him and Cllr Barnacle for a 20mph limit on the A977 there.
CCllr Bruce-Jones asked whether it was possible to add countdown signs to the 40mph limit on the A977 as you enter Drum from Kinross to encourage traffic to slow before it actually reaches the 40mph limit and the VAR as traffic approaching the Drum/Muckhart junction is often still travelling very fast. Cllr Robertson suggested that he should ask for a speed monitoring exercise be conducted to find out if there is a serious problem. CCllr Duffy added that the proposed construction of village gateways should also help.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy noted that the hanging baskets and tubs distributed to properties on the Main Street are now in full bloom and look good. The group hopes to extend the scheme next year.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that members of the group have continued working commensurate with social distancing, planting and maintaining existing beds. PKC have a number of litter pickers for loan – but where should they be stored? Volunteers to host these are needed…

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: Cllr Purves had contacted Liz Smith MSP for an update on the actions from the March meeting, she is happy to have another meeting; CCllr Marchant will contact her to request one.
CCllr Marchant had received a note from a resident regarding alternative options to having a branch. These have been raised with local Councillors along with a request for their support in asking Liz Smith to seek a further meeting with the Bank, so that the options can be discussed. CCllr Marchant wondered what date the bank had in mind when they said that they would keep the branch open until the pandemic is over.

Fossoway Tennis Club: The Tennis Club’s application has been submitted, however PKC decided not to allow the CC to submit it on the club’s behalf and hence the full fee would be payable. A number of additional details were also required to complete the application so the club have decided to withdraw the application for the time being.
A member has donated two palm trees to the Tennis Club which are now planted in the verge. The verge has now been adopted by Crook and Drum Growing Together, who are creating a new planting bed around the base of the trees, to avoid a small area of grass which is difficult to cut.
The enhancements to this area have highlighted the poor state of the corner of Church Road and Waulkmill, with a scruffy area behind the kerb, and the large stones where it is not possible to cut the grass tidily. Residents say that heavy vehicles often drive over the kerb at the corner, and it is cracked and sinking. CCllr Marchant added that car parking in the area makes this problem worse.
Amanda James has contacted the CC to ask if it would be possible for this corner to be considered for improvement by PKC, potentially installing a new kerb further back, so the stones can be removed. She believes that PKC do cut the grass there, although the corner apparently belongs to the Tennis Club. Cllr Robertson replied that it would be necessary to install something more solid, e.g. a bollard, to prevent the kerb being damaged, but first let’s see how long the palm trees last…

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has approached possible members of the group, and the CDT will meet face to face once restrictions on larger groups are lifted.

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar said that a good job has been done and the local children are very pleased with the results.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar reported that there is now only one family remaining on the site. The equipment is available on the site for connection of services, currently planned for 27th August. The plot nearest the road is being used as a dumping ground, which no-one is clearing up. Cllr Barnacle is attending a meeting in September to address this issue.

Corona Virus – Information and Links: Recycling Centres are now fully open, with distancing measures in place.
Useful links for job hunting are at - https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/15218/Skills-and-employment-initiatives
The Job Centre - https://www.gov.uk/find-a-job
PKC’s Welfare Rights Department are very helpful with finding, and helping apply for, benefits for those on low income or who are out of work - www.pkc.gov.uk/welfarerights
GrowBiz has FAQs and links - https://www.growbiz.co.uk/coronavirus-support

Crook of Devon Resilience Group: The Group had obtained additional funding from Fossoway and District Community Council Benefit Fund to continue its operations; however the group has now substantially closed down, although some people continue to receive help with their shopping. CCllr Duffy will ask Victoria Sutherland, the head of the group to check if they’re closed and hence whether we should return the unused money to the Benefit Fund.

Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH): CCllr Marchant has sent a letter to the developers and has opened a line of communication with them. With the support of local residents, the rubbish at the site has been cleared up. Once lockdown restrictions permit, the developers are keen to address a CC meeting to discuss their proposed plans for the site. The site currently has planning permission, obtained by the previous owners, for the construction of four substantial houses and conversion of part of the quarry for leisure use.
CCllr M Haigh observed that the proposals sounded quite reasonable and would be a good use of the site, however they were made some time ago and the economic landscape has changed considerably since then. He further noted that the bus service along the A977 referred to in the Report of Handling for this application has been permanently withdrawn, which may affect the viability of the proposed leisure facilities.
All agreed that it was most important to find out what will happen to the remainder of the site, apart from the house site,

Cycle Path from Aldie Road to Drum: Cllr Robertson had previously notified the CC that this path is very overgrown. Cllr Robertson reported that the problem still existed, and he will approach the Community Service department to ask if they can clear the area.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Stagecoach has made the decision to permanently suspend the No 23 service from Stirling to St Andrews. This leaves Crook of Devon without any public transport. Moreover, the DRT service in this area is non-existent, since Fossoway Taxis have ceased to be a provider and Angela’s Taxis are not operating due to the Covid19 pandemic. Muckhart is in the same position and this CC has been in contact with them. There is a consultation at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east-scotland/service-change-consultation which ends on 7th August. The demise of the No 23 service is not unexpected – it was a bus that didn’t go at times to suit potential travellers, and didn’t connect with other services, so was underused.
Cllr Purves said that the ward councillors had recently had a meeting with Margaret Roy from PKC about this, but were told that not many complaints about the lack of service had been received by PKC. The Councillors proposed the creation of the “Figure of eight” route (including Muckhart) again. Ms Roy suggested that this service might only run a few days per week, but the Councillors pressed for a more extensive service to be trialled at least. We hope that the Community Transport Group may pick this up.
CCllr C Haigh said that the Transport Act requires Bus Companies to provide a service in rural areas in order to retain their licence, however CCllr Duffy replied that the companies use commercial reasons to justify closing a service. CCllr Bruce-Jones added that the lack of this service will particularly hit young people, and will discourage development along the A977. CCllr Marchant emphasised that we should ensure that no planning applications rely on public transport to support them.
Cllr Robertson stated that subsidies are the only way that services to rural areas will exist, and without them there will be increasing isolation. Cllr Robertson has asked Ms Roy for some outline costs to run such a service. CCllr M Haigh pointed out that central government’s goal to move people out of their cars is in complete contrast to what’s happening here. CCllr Duffy encouraged everyone to complete the survey mentioned above, and ask all their neighbours to do the same. Additionally the Green Party are campaigning to save this service, providing an easy way to email the CEO of Stagecoach: https://greens.scot/SaveTheNo23Bus

Fossoway Gathering: There are a few smaller events planned for this year. One is “Meet your Neighbours” - walking routes through ALL our communities, with possibly a live walking event; the other one is “Lights in Penneys Wood” – a lit up trail for children, with crafts, food and drink. There may be another event but we will report on that next months. Dates of all these events are to be confirmed.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Hydro Scheme Fund, A977 Mitigation, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension, Vegetation on Aldie Road: No information at present.

New Business
School Exclusion Zone: The Scottish Government has created a “Spaces for People” fund to support social distancing measures. PKC acted quickly in applying for finance to implement school exclusion zones. These would prohibit cars during times of school drop-off or pick up - the reasoning behind this is the expectation that many parents will be hesitant in allowing their children to use the school bus and instead use their cars. CCllr Duffy reacted promptly to the email from PKC regarding this: the proposal is to completely close the Back Crook Road (apart from residents) during the school drop off and pick up times. CCllr Duffy was unhappy with the proposals firstly because of the lack of consultation (which was later addressed) and with the proposals themselves. If more parents are using their cars where will they park? The Hall car park has limited spaces and cars stopping there to drop off children could cause dangerous situations.
Cllr Purves agreed, that the local councillors had received little notice of this proposal either, but were assured that CCs would be consulted. Cllr Purves went on to explain that during COVID-19 emergency powers, which end on 17th August, PKC officers often needed to move quickly on this sort of activity. Cllr Robertson pointed out that this sort of scheme can work well in certain areas, but it was not well thought out here.

Old Railway Track Path Below Waulkmill Park: CCllr Young was approached by a local resident who confronted two horse riders on the narrow section of the path that diverts round the garden of Devon Valley House, pointing out how dangerous it was for them to ride there as there is little visibility of other users. The riders reacted aggressively and stated that they intended to continue to use the path. The CC agrees with the resident’s concerns and will approach PKC to request imposition of a ban on horse riding along the path. Cllr Robertson will raise this issue with PKC’s access officer Dave Stubbs. CCllr Bruce-Jones was concerned that this path, which is not a public right of way, might be lost to access for everyone, which was only gained after considerable effort.

Community Council Business:
Meetings Attended: CCllrs Duffy and Pye attended a (virtual) meeting on 8th June to discuss proposals to help upgrade the local digital infrastructure: Gigabit Kinross-shire. Cllr Purves and Andrew Mitchell have been working on a project with Perth & Kinross Council and Grow Biz on behalf of Cleish Hills Community Interest Company Every property in Kinross-shire is eligible for a Rural Gigabit voucher of up to £3,500 from the UK Government.

CCllr Marchant attended a (virtual) meeting of the Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities group on Thursday 23rd July and reported that PKC’s Wellbeing Support Team are publishing information on where to get support for individuals who may be anxious about going out post lockdown. PKC have contracted Star Development to deliver training to community groups on developing a five year community action plan, which would be appropriate for potential members of the Community Development Trust. The next meeting of the group is planned for 15th Sept 2020.

If the next meeting of this CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be trialling online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in “attending” should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Callum Purves and Willie Robertson: Nothing not already discussed and mentioned above.

Planning Matters:

New Applications
20/00706/AML Renewal of permission 17/00606/AML (Erection of three dwelling houses and garages) at Land 30 metres north-east of Rantrie Knowe, Drum. The CC objected on grounds of: Contrary to LDP2, potential flooding, sewage capacity and traffic impact.

20/00742/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Gairneyburn Cottage, Church Road, Crook of Devon. No CC comment.

20/00764/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) (S42 application to modify condition 6 (access and road) of permission 19/00631/FLL) at Land 180 metres south-west of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

20/00574/FLL Installation of a ground-mounted solar PV array and associated works at Solsgirth House, Solsgirth, Dollar. No CC comment.

20/00577/FLL Installation of a ground-mounted solar PV array and associated works at Solsgirth Home Farm, Solsgirth, Dollar. No CC comment.

20/00782/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage, and realignment of vehicular access at Land 40 metres north west of Rowanbrae, Powmill. No CC comment.

20/00784/FLL Erection of a dwelling house (revised design) at Land 45 metres east Of Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

20/00885/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at Land 30 metres north west of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications
20/00520/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house (revised design) at Fossoway Schoolhouse, Crook of Devon. The application was refused with delegated powers, the CC had not commented.

19/01673/AML Erection of 10 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure and landscaping (approval of matters specified in conditions of 18/01855/IPL) Land 100 metres north-west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. The application was refused by Committee, the CC had objected.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. A virtual meeting of the LRB is scheduled for 18th August, but the meeting agenda is not due to be published until five days before the meeting.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision had been made as of 4th August and the agenda for the Virtual Planning Meeting on the 25th August is not yet available.

Correspondence: If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC FB Page.
Scottish Hydro is seeking feedback on their scoping document regarding the upgrade of the 275kV power line that passes through our area to 400kV. The CC responded to this request, stressing the significance of the Devon Gorge SSSI, and asking for more detailed study on the effects of the increased EMF from the raised line voltage, both on humans, and the livestock near the line.

Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

AOCB: None this month.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, Community Development Trust, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry. Fossoway Area Transport, Waulkmill Path. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 1st September 2020
Powmill Moubray Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence June/July 2020

Date From Description
3/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
4/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
4/6/20 PKC Kinrosss-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Minutes and Updates
4/6/20 KYTHE KYTHE Spring-Summer 2020 newsletter
5/6/20 PKC RE: Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting:
5/6/20 PKC Updates for Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities
5/6/20 PKC Carers Week Files
6/6/20 Power for people Local Electricity Bill - House of Commons debate
9/6/20 PKC The Gannochy Trust : new COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal Fund for charities
9/6/20 Scott McKechnie Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry
10/6/20 Scottish Government East Coast 400kV Overhead Line Upgrade
10/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
12/6/20 Audit Scotland Audit Scotland annual report 2019/2020
12/6/20 PKC Fly-tipping Fund
15/6/20 Transport Scotland A9 Dualling: Luncarty to Pass of Birnam
6/6/20 Scott McKechnie Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry
17/6/20 Cllr Purves 20 mph Speed Limits
17/06/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
23/6/20 Scott McKechnie Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry
24/6/20 PKC Requesting help raising awareness of the new social distancing requirements at PKC Recycling Centres
26/6/20 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting: 23rd July, 10am
26/6/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
29/6/20 PKC Public Transport Information
1/7/20 PKC School Exclusion Zone at Fossoway Primary School
1/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
2/7/20 PKC BT Payphones
2/7/20 PKC GOGA survey
2/7/20 Cllr Purves School Exclusion Zone at Fossoway Primary School
3/7/20 PKC Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
3/7/20 PKC Launch of REDS initiative
3/7/20 PKC How has the coronavirus pandemic affected you?
3/7/20 PKC Spaces for People Second Bid - School Exclusion Zones
3/7/20 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting
3/7/20 PKC Spaces for People Second Bid - 20mph Speed Limits
6/7/20 David Wyllie Application No 19/00631/Fll
7/7/20 PKC School exclusion zones
8/7/20 Annelie Carmichael Please sign our petition to keep Perthshire's wildflower verges blooming
9/7/20 PKC Letter to Community Councils regarding COVID signs
9/7/20 PKC Resilience Awareness - online session for third sector organisation
9/7/20 SSEN Transmission SSEN Transmission's response to RIIO-T2 draft determinations
10/7/20 PKC A977 Roadworks
10/7/20 Cllr Purves A977 Roadworks
14/7/20 PKC Community Litter Pickers
14/7/20 PKC A977 Powmill and Crook of Devon Carriageway Resurfacing
14/7/20 PKC A977 Roadworks
15/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
15/7/20 Power for people Local Electricity Bill – Reintroduction
16/7/20 PKC school exclusion zones
17/7/20 PKC Spaces for People Second Bid - School Exclusion Zones
20/7/20 PKC July Funding Alert
21/7/20 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Agenda
22/7/20 PKC Lead Scotland Online safety classes
22/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
24/07/20 PKC LAP Funding
29/7/20 Muckhart CC Stagecoach Service Number 23 Service Withdrawal Consultation
30/7/20 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
30/7/20 PKC Culture Perth & Kinross Covid-19 Collecting Project
30/7/20 Cllr Purves Proposed Bank Closure Kinross

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what would have been discussed, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 4th August.

Contributing: Community Cllrs, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves.
Apologies: CCllr Sarah Bruce-Jones; PKC Cllrs Willie Robertson and Richard Watters
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: 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.
The CC is pleased to note that speed checks are continuing in the villages to discourage the few drivers who are taking advantage of the quieter roads to drive recklessly.
There is a renewed problem with cars parking along the road next to Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry. This site is dangerous and should not be entered, but also because the cars are obstructing part of the road making it difficult for other vehicles to pass oncoming traffic. The CC will ask the Police to address this.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Powmill in Bloom: Like all bloom groups the current restrictions have prevented any activities. However CCllr Duffy has been told by PKC’s Community Greenspace team that now two people can meet bloom group activities can resume taking appropriate precautions.

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: Cllr Barnacle has received a letter from Natalie Birch which says that the branch will stay open until the end of the pandemic – we hope this means until the branch is able to be fully open again so that the Bank can honour their promise to speak to all businesses and users who are losing access to the branch. Cllr Purves said he will contact Liz Smith MSP for an update on the actions from the March meeting.

Fossoway Tennis Club: The Tennis Club have passed a cheque to the CC’s treasurer which has been paid in to the CC’s account. CCllr Young has finally been given permission to edit the application and has now changed the ownership of the planning application sponsored by the CC. CCllr Pye can now pay the fee and submit the application.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has approached possible candidates and many have agreed to be part of the Trust. There were some minor problems with people who don’t live in the Fossoway district even though they represent an organisation that is within the area – this will be worked round by making them associate members. Cllr Barnacle is optimistic that the Trust will be able to get off the ground as soon as meeting restrictions are lifted.

Corona Virus – Information and Links:
PKC have announced that Recycling Centres will reopen from 1st June, although initially it will only be possible for householders to deposit bagged waste under limited rules – no other recycling options are currently available.

Crook of Devon Resilience Group:
A total of four expense claims have now been processed, disbursing the majority of the funding. The Group is now seeking additional funding to continue its operations.

Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH):
After concerns were raised by several local residents last month about the amount of rubbish at this site, CCllr Marchant has investigated the history of the site. Planning consent 11/000111/FLL for four executive houses and a leisure facility was given on 5th March 2013 to the then developer Devonshaw Development. The site was then sold to Easy Living Development Ltd in 2015 who completed construction of the access roads, and hence PKC granted consent in perpetuity in 2016. The company are operating from an address in Glenrothes and appear to be financially active.
After some discussion of possible options, CCllr Duffy proposed that the CC sends an open letter to the developers saying that we’re worried about the amount of rubbish and risks of the public accessing what is potentially a dangerous site. Are the owners covered by insurance in the event of a serious accident? CCllr Marchant will draft a letter to the developers addressing those issues and asking what the developers plan to do with the site and when.

Fossoway Gathering: The Gathering Committee has secured a £7700 grant from the Lottery Fund for equipment, mostly marquees. They are hoping to hold some sort of event in September that the whole community can get involved in – suggestions are welcomed.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Hydro Scheme Fund, A977 Mitigation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport/DRT, Crook Moss Travellers Site, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension, Powmill Play Park, Vegetation on Aldie Road: No information at present.

New Business:
None this month.

Community Council Business:
Hall Bookings: A provisional booking has been made for Carnbo Village Hall in case the August meeting can take place. CCllr Duffy has proposed a rota using the three halls at Carnbo, Powmill and Crook of Devon for the remainder of the CC’s year; bookings are in the process of being confirmed.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle is comparing everyone’s availability to choose the best time to hold a meeting of the Community Transport Group when restrictions are lifted.
Seventeen of the eighteen residents have agreed to financially support the Drummond Park road adoption. Cllr Barnacle is investigating ways to meet the shortfall against PKC’s Roads Department’s budget.

Last month Cllr Barnacle reported that the developer had created an unplanned footpath by the three new houses at the end of Vicar’s Bridge Road, and raised that issue with PKC’s Andy Brown. Mr Brown wants a site meeting, but that’s not currently possible to arrange due to the lockdown.

Callum Purves: Cllr Purves noted that the Council are trying to resume meetings as much as possible – the full council meeting was achieved in a virtual manner last week, together with some others. Virtual meetings are live streamed so the public can observe – there is a link to the stream on the same page of PKC’s website as the meeting papers. Cllr Purves, and the other local Councillors, are worried that more decisions are being made by officers than is ideal, although the Councillors are doing their best to ensure that there is an adequate overview of all decisions.
PKC’s budget for this financial year could be as much as £25-30M adrift. There have been financial contributions from Westminster for additional Covid-19 related expenditure and the Scottish Government is meeting the full cost of social care, but PKC are looking for further contributions from Holyrood.
Cllr Purves observed that one of the good things to come out of the current crisis is the development of quicker and more efficient ways of doing things, which hopefully will continue to be the case from now on. Additional community involvement in decision making has been under discussion for a long time, but may now be able to be brought to the fore.
Cllr Purves and Andrew Mitchell have been working on a project with Perth & Kinross Council and Grow Biz on behalf of Cleish Hills Community Interest Company to help upgrade the local digital infrastructure: Gigabit Kinross-shire. Every property in Kinross-shire is eligible for a Rural Gigabit voucher of up to £3,500 per premises from the UK Government. There will be a meeting to discuss the proposals on 8th June at 7pm. CCllrs Duffy and Pye will attend.

Planning Matters:

No new or decided applications in our area this month.

Withdrawn Applications
20/00417/IPL Erection of a holiday accommodation unit (in principle) at Land 90 metres south of Craiglaw Poultry Farm Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. The CC objected.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. A virtual meeting of the LRB is scheduled for 23rd June, but the meeting agenda is not due to be published until five days before the meeting.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision had been made as of 2nd June and the application is not included in the agenda for the Virtual Planning Meeting on the 3rd June.

19/01673/AML Erection of 10 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure and landscaping (approval of matters specified in conditions of 18/01855/IPL) Land 100 metres north-west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. This application is being taken to Committee on 3rd June. Although the CC had already objected to this application on 29th October 2019, the CC submitted a further document confirming our objections to the Development Committee Members on 1st June.

Correspondence: The correspondence list is attached at the end of this document. Should anyone wish to see any items other than those described here, please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.
The CC was invited to the Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting, although no-one was able to attend, CCllr Marchant agreed to contact the group in order to represent this CC at future meetings.

AOCB:
CCllr Marchant mentioned the PKC return to school survey; Cllr Purves was asked if the results from this could be published before the CC’s next meeting in August.
As the furlough system winds down we need to become aware about potential redundancies in future and how we might support them.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Tennis Club Application, Community Development Trust, Corona Virus Info, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry. Fossoway Gathering. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

No Meeting in July!
Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th August 2020
Carnbo Village Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual

Correspondence May/June 2020

Date From Description Action Who
6/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
8/05/2020 PKC Covid-19: Staying Safe Leaflet
8/05/2020 Scottish Council for Voluntary Orgs Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin - Wellbeing Fund and Connecting Scotland
13/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
13/05/2020 PKC Update re 2020 Holyrood Garden Party
14/05/2020 PKC Financial support for organisations across PKC area
17/05/2020 Victoria Sutherland Financial support for organisations across PKC area
18/05/2020 Victoria Sutherland Financial support for organisations across PKC area
20/05/2020 PKC Perth and Kinross Disability Sport Funding ideas
20/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
22/05/2020 PKC Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting:
27/05/2020 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin Noted GP
30/05/2020 Cllr Callum Purves Gigabit Kinross-shire: Help us upgrade our digital infrastructure locally Cllr Rept
31/05/2020 PKC - Planning Submission for the Virtual Meeting of the Development Committee
02/06/2020 PKC COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal Fund OPENS TODAY
02/06/2020 PKC URGENT - Temporary Measures for Physical Distancing - Wards 1, 2, 4 - 9

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
5th May 2020

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what would have been discussed, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 2nd June.

Contributing: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Willie Robertson.
Apologies: PKC Cllr Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were two incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between Thursday 26th March and Tuesday 31st March a Takuechi mini digger with breaker and trailer were stolen from a farm at Fossoway and about 11.30 am on Monday 6th April a black BMW was scratched at the Fossoway Garage in Crook of Devon.
CCllr Duffy reported that twice in the past four weeks the milk delivery has been stolen from Fossoway Stores. Apparently other shops in the Kinross-shire area were also targeted.
Chief Inspector Ian Scott will be retiring from his position as Area Commander. From 27th April he will be replaced by Chief Inspector Graham Binnie.
CCllr Marchant has had complaints from MoPs about the increase of fly-tipping in her area. This was supported by other members. Cllr Purves noted that it would probably help if PKC was allowed to re-open rubbish tips, but the Scottish Government currently considers that attending a tip is not an essential journey. However PKC staff will respond promptly to any reports of fly-tipping and clear them if possible. Cllr Robertson has also had many reports, and has written to the Convenor about it. There should be a zero tolerance policy on fly-tipping, but unfortunately it’s not considered a serious crime by the authorities. Cllr Robertson thinks that CCTV cameras should be installed at known tipping hot-spots to catch the offenders.
CCllr Marchant is also concerned about the rubbish at the old Devonshaw Quarry. This is an issue that has been raised before and the problem is that it’s not been possible to identify the owner. CCllr Marchant undertook to try and discover the owner. CCllr Marchant added the Binn Group are still operating and will provide skips to private householders.
CCllr Bruce-Jones commends the Police force for continuing to perform speed checks in the area.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during these virtual meetings will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally ratified.

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: Hugh Wallace has written to the CC with some concerns about the proposed bridge. Mr Wallace suggested that the design of the bridge should be a single span with no supports actually in the river itself, to assure its structural integrity. He is also concerned that the proposed car park in Naemoor Road will increase traffic along what is a narrow road, resulting in a traffic hazard. Finally Mr Wallace wondered if this was actually a sensible use of the Hydro Scheme funds in view of the fact that there are already two bridges across the river, and perhaps there might be better projects to fund, for example re-roofing the Village Hall, a new heating system for the Church and repairs to the old mill lade.
The CC members have discussed Mr Wallace’s concerns by email and responded as follows. Firstly it became clear during the community engagement exercise that replacement of the bridge was top of the respondents’ wish list; secondly, car parking was an issue that would be addressed in the plans; thirdly that the design and foundations of the bridge would be designed and constructed by certified civil engineers and that SEPA was also happy with the plans; and finally that the windfall to the community should be spent in such a way that the whole community benefits.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the group’s efforts planting bulbs last autumn have produced a beautiful display. The CC congratulates the group on their efforts.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group is sourcing baskets and tubs and hopes to be able to carry out the scheme to provide households on the Main Street with one of them once restrictions are lifted. CCllr Duffy reminded the meeting that no bloom group activities should be being carried out at the moment, as insurance cover is currently invalidated. However Cllr Purves has heard that litter picks have been authorised.

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: We are not expecting to hear any news about this issue before July.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Hopefully the local transport group will be able to resume once restrictions on physical meetings have been lifted.
CCllr Farquhar reported that Peter Leach intends to resume the DRT service once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle has made several attempts to contact the drainage contractor, but has had no response; meanwhile no work has been done on site. Cllr Barnacle is still attempting to arrange a meeting with the PKC Chief Executive in order to progress issues with this site.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has been in touch with Tam Carroll; however Mr Carroll has not been in contact with the stone mason for some time, but undertook to try and speak to him.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle emailed Isobel Butt last month to find out whether there has been any progress on issuing the CPO, but has not received any reply.

Fossoway Tennis Club: The planning application sponsored by the CC has been uploaded to the Planning Portal but is not yet submitted, pending resolution of a way to make the payment without physical transfer of cheques. There is also a problem in that the Portal doesn’t provide an obvious way for the CC to submit the application on behalf of the Club.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle suggested that this should include one member from each village, who doesn’t necessarily need to be a member of this CC – he has some people in mind. The CC approved this idea and agreed that Cllr Barnacle could approach his possible candidates so that the Trust could get off the ground as soon as meeting restrictions are lifted.

Corona Virus – Information and Links:
Community Support
Kinross Kindness is a new volunteer group covering Kinross-shire set up to support during Coronavirus Support with shopping, prescription collection etc. For prescriptions, shopping and other support requests call 01577 212036 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm) or see their website www.kinrosskindness.com If you just fancy a blether, call their chat line number 01577 212037.
The Crook of Devon Resilience Group is another new volunteer group covering Powmill, Blairingone and Carnbo; they have leafleted all doors in their area. They offer support with shopping, prescription collection etc. Fossoway Church is linked with the group. See the Group’s Facebook page - Crook of Devon Resilience or the Church website http://www.fossowaychurch.org.uk/

Practical Support
Broke not Broken provides a Foodbank and other support - gro.nekorbtonekorb|nimda#gro.nekorbtonekorb|nimda or 07518 913107.
Scottish Welfare Fund Crisis Grants - At this time, there may be people who have reduced income or no income due to the current crisis. People on low incomes may be able to access a crisis grant to tide them over until their next wage/payment. Applications can be made online at www.pkc.gov.uk/scottishwelfarefund or by phone on 01738 476900.
The Home Energy Scotland Comfort Fund is for vulnerable people who are on low income or who have perhaps experienced a loss of or decrease in their income, due to the current situation, and require some additional help towards their energy bills or heating their property - call 0808 808 2282.
The Energy Saving Trust is providing free heaters to anyone who does not currently have heating in their property Call 0808 808 2282 or see https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/grants-loans

General Advice
The Consumer’s Association (Which?) has a useful compilation of financial and general advice at https://www.which.co.uk/news/coronavirus/

HMRC will open the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme on 13th May, with payments to eligible workers by 25th May, or within six working days of completing an application. CCllr Duffy recommends business owners to view HMRC’s useful videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8EcnheDt1zhTsyhT9ak3xiXnmlvbHJJV

Crook of Devon Resilience Group:
This CC is helping the Group by processing its financial transactions through the CC’s bank account. CCllrs Marchant and Pye prepared an agreement between the Group and this CC, a volunteer agreement form and expense forms for mileage and other purchases. The CC Members have approved these documents by email. The Group’s leaders have signed the agreement, and the grant from PKC was finally transferred into the CC’s bank account on the 28th April and expense claims are now being processed.

There was some discussion about the operation of the various volunteer registration programmes. Cllr Purves explained that had been some issues transferring volunteer names to other groups due to concerns about privacy issues.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Hydro Scheme Fund, A977 Mitigation, Fossoway Gathering, Coulshill Forestry Development, Cemetery Car Park Extension, Powmill Play Park, Vegetation on Aldie Road: No information at present.

New Business:
Winter Service: Stuart D’All has written to the CC asking for any comments from us or the MoP about snow clearing and gritting during the last winter season. The CC members have nothing to report, so we have replied explaining our current position and asked for this request to be repeated later in the year.

The Community Council would like to express thanks to the proprietors and staff of the Powmill and Crook of Devon shops, the Fossoway Garage and the Farm Shop for their continued operation during these difficult times. The CC reminds the public to take care with social distancing precautions when using these services.

Community Council Business:
The CC has no forward bookings for physical meetings. There have been previous suggestions from MoPs that we should hold meetings at a wider range of locations, additionally it appears that there will no longer be a janitor service at Fossoway School so that is unlikely to be usable in future. CCllr Duffy will check forward availability and propose a rota using the three halls at Carnbo, Powmill and Crook of Devon.

CCllr Cheape reported that the Kinross-shire fund has made a grant to the Kinross-shire Partnership to update their website. In the absence of a physical meeting the grant was approved by email.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle has sent reminder letters to the remaining Drummond Park residents about the road adoption – 17 of the 18 residents have replied positively, however one has replied in the negative, which would leave the project £750 short of funds. Since the current price for the work is an estimate rather than an absolute figure, Cllr Barnacle has contacted Andy Brown of PKC’s Roads Department to see if the work can be carried out within the available budget from the 17 residents who have agreed to the scheme.

Perth & Kinross Council is administering the Scottish Government's Coronavirus Business Support Fund locally; since the Fund opened, 2,673 applications have been submitted to the Council's Business Rates team and financial assistance payments totalling £20.05 million have been made to local companies. Grants of £10,000 are available to businesses with a rateable value up to £18,000 and are in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief. Firms can also get this grant if they applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief. Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value between £18,001 and £50,999 can apply for one-off grants of £25,000.
Further information can be found online at https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus/business.

At the request of nearby residents, Cllr Barnacle has visited a development of three houses at the end of Vicar’s Bridge Road. The builders have created a footpath which has had the effect of making the road very narrow. This work has not been requested by the Roads Department, and it’s not clear that it is a Planning Requirement either. Cllr Barnacle has contacted Andy Brown to determine the way forward.

Callum Purves: PKC have used emergency powers from the Government to enable them to make decisions. Planning meetings have been successfully held online, leading the way towards holding other committee and eventually full council meetings in the same manner. Councillors have been busy liaising with and helping various groups. The COVID-19 legislation from the Scottish Government has allowed councils to extend statutory timescales on planning applications - although those present commented that they hoped that this would not allow applications to pass unchallenged by the public.

Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson noted that all the local councillors were still receiving and answering questions from the public, however it’s sometimes harder and slower to get answers as PKC Staff are working from home and some have been redeployed to other activities.
Cllr Robertson reported that George Lawrie is leaving the TRACKS group. The group is trying to find a replacement, but this is obviously difficult at the moment. There was general agreement that Mr Lawrie’s departure would be a significant loss to the group.

Planning Matters:

20/00417/IPL Erection of a holiday accommodation unit (in principle) at Land 90 metres south of Craiglaw Poultry Farm Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. The CC will object on the grounds that there is no sound business case.

20/00520/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house (revised design) at Fossoway Schoolhouse, Crook of Devon. No CC comment.

Decided Applications
20/00166/FLL Erection of a dwelling house, formation of retaining wall with railings, hardstanding, parking area and associated works Land 40 metres south of Craighead Bungalow, Drum. Approved - the CC did not comment.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on 17th March. Although PKC held a virtual meeting of the Planning and Development Management Committee on the 29th April, there is still no news of when the LRB will next meet.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision has been made as of 4th May and the application was not included in the Virtual Planning Meeting on the 29th April.

Correspondence: The correspondence list is attached at the end of this document. Should anyone wish to see any items other than those described here, please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

Stagecoach have replied to the CC’s email explaining that the Number 23 service is currently suspended and will be reinstated when they are advised that it is safe to do so.

AOCB:
In the middle of last year there was concern about the difficulty of horse riders and cyclists passing through the gate on the Aldie Road to Drum path. George Lawrie of the TRACKS group had agreed to install posts with catches so the gate could be held open temporarily. CCllr Young reported last month that this work had still not been done. The CC has contacted Mr Lawrie to ask about the plan for this work – the contractor will carry it out at the same time as other works in this area.

CCllr Duffy complimented PKC on their handling of the Small Business Grant process – a straightforward application process, first class service and very timely response. CCllr Bruce-Jones added that PKC’s COVID-19 webpage page is a model of clarity and contains much helpful information.

CCllr Marchant has had reports from a MoP that a big tree has fallen into the River Devon by the hydro dam.

CCllr Marchant told the meeting that the Powmill Milk Bar is up for sale again, and also noted that the site has had a previous planning consent for retail development.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport, Community Development Trust, Corona Virus Info, CofD Resilience Group. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Will be Virtual unless Government guidelines have changed.

Correspondence April/May 2020

Date From Description Action Who
8/4/20 Stagecoach – East Scotland No 23 Bus service during Corona Virus Crisis C List GP
8/4/20 PKC Public Access and COVID-19
8/4/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin - two items Noted GP
9/4/20 PKC Community Greenspace Access COVID-19 documents
10/4/20 CC Members Voting on CC Assistance to Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agenda GP/NM
13/4/20 Alex Boulter Comment on Planning (19/01881/IPL)
15/4/20 CC Members Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agreement Agenda GP/NM
15/4/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin Noted GP
17/4/20 PKC Funding Opportunities, Directory of Mental Health Support and PKAVS Support
21/4/20 PKC Home Energy Scotland Updates Mins NM
22/4/20 Hugh Wallace Potential New Bridge at the Rumbling Bridge Gorge Agenda TD
22/4/20 Victoria Sutherland (Resilience Group) Re: Agreement with Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agenda GP/NM
23/4/20 Trudy Duffy Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge Agenda TD
24/4/20 PKC Scottish Government Planning - COVID-19 Emergency Measures – Pre application Consultation Guidance
24/4/20 Victoria Sutherland Agreement with Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agenda GP/NM
28/4/20 PKC Scottish Welfare Fund - Crisis Grants Mins NM
28/4/20 PKC RE: FW: Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agenda GP/NM
28/4/20 Cllr Purves Re: Next Virtual Meeting of Fossoway CC 5th May
28/4/20 Victoria Sutherland Re: Agreement with Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agenda GP/NM
29/4/20 PKC Re: FW: Crook of Devon Resilience Group Agenda GP/NM
29/4/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin Noted GP/NM
5/5/20 PKC COVID-19 Staying safe Leaflet

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
7th April 2020

As it is not currently possible to hold physical meetings of the CC it was decided by the CCllrs that we should publish this description of what would have been discussed, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 5th May.

Contributing: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate), Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: 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. The CC has received an email from Inspector Craig Stephen introducing himself as the new Police Inspector for South Perthshire.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March meeting will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during these virtual meetings will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally ratified.

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: The next phase of the project would be an official flood risk assessment, a tree survey and a pre-planning application. Of course all this has come to a stop for now.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the Well Kept Village judging took place on March 16th. There was general praise for the lack of litter. Powmill was given two stars for the most improved village and overall was in second place after Kinnesswood.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the Crook of Devon area was also judged on 16th March – Crook of Devon was given two stars and came third in the contest. The CC would like to congratulate all those involved. As the plug-plants ordered from PKC will not now be delivered, much of the planting plans will have to be rethought – the group will use their own seeds to plant up as much as possible. The scheme to provide hanging baskets or tubs is continuing in the background - baskets are being prepared ready to be delivered.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle reported that due to Government restrictions, all roadworks are currently suspended.

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: This CC continues to oppose the proposed closure of the Bank of Scotland branch in Kinross, proposed to take place this summer.
CCllr Marchant attended a meeting with Liz Smith MSP and her adviser David Siddle, Patrick Leavey and Philip Moran from the Bank, business leaders in Kinross, Cllr Purves and others on 9th March at LLCC. The Bank explained that the closure was driven by the low number of customers visiting the branch. Other options: Service Only Branches, Advisory Branches and Community Branches had been considered but could not be justified. The Bank’s principal alternative is the use of the Post Office with whom they have a commercial arrangement. A mobile bank will visit Kinross weekly for four hours. The Bank agreed to CCllr Marchant’s proposal for a review meeting two months after closure.
Subsequent to the meeting, the CC considered that the in the light of the current Corona Virus crisis an approach should be made to the Bank to delay the closure until the end of the year, since it will be difficult for the Bank to meet its promise of face-to-face meetings with affected local businesses and customers. A letter has been sent to Patrick Leavey at the Bank, with copies to Liz Smith MSP and Local Councillors. Mr. Leavey has responded stating that at this time they were not considering deferring the closure but support of customers during the Covid 19 pandemic was an ever changing situation and he will keep the CC advised of any changes.
Cllr Purves reported that Liz Smith MSP has also written to the Bank requesting a deferral of the closure.
Cllrs Barnacle and Watters have sent a letter to John Nicholson (MP) opposing the branch closure and asking for his support, pointing out that this would be the last brank branch in Kinross-shire whilst there are increases in development and population. They also drew attention to a 2019 report on “Access to Cash in Scotland” which called on banks to preserve a banking facility in every large town.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle has circulated membership and contact details with the aim of holding a meeting of the local transport group once restrictions on physical meetings have been lifted.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reports that sadly the Gathering on the 23rd May has been cancelled. There may be a smaller event in September. Meanwhile, the Whisky tasting night was a success with over £500 raised. Plans have already been made for further fund-raising events in the autumn.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle has been unable to get in touch with the drainage contractor so it’s not clear if this work has been carried out. Cllr Barnacle’s meeting with the PKC CEO to discuss issues at the site has been postponed.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has been unable to speak to Tam Carroll’s stone mason.

Coulshill Forestry Development: CCllr Marchant attended the open day at Muckhart and provided input to the Developers emphasising that new forest trails should be clearly linked to existing paths i.e. from Glendevon to Auchterarder. The development will include planting of native trees as well as commercial trees. As the area is likely to be regularly used by walkers a request for bins to be placed in car park was made. A response has been received thanking the CC for our contributions.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle has emailed Isobel Butt to find out whether there has been any progress on issuing the CPO.

Fossoway Tennis Club: The planning application sponsored by the CC is uploaded to the Planning Portal but is not yet submitted, pending resolution of a way to make the payment without physical transfer of cheques.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has emailed CCllr Duffy with suggestions for how this might be set up when possible.

Cemetery Car Park Extension: Cllr Barnacle suggested that David Chisholm from the Church should lead this activity. The CC has previously taken the position that it would need to be financed and managed through a Community Development Trust.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Hydro Scheme Fund, Powmill Play Park, Vegetation on Aldie Road: No information at present.

New Business:
Corona Virus – Information and Links:
The CC reminds everyone that there are a vast number of inaccurate sources of data on social media and in the news, and it’s also important to remember that some things are different in Scotland from England. There are also a number of scam emails from Amazon, HMRC, etc. circulating – never click on links in such messages, instead go directly to the organisation’s website to check the message is genuine. You will never be asked provide bank details via an email.
Affected businesses should be especially careful to only obtain information on benefits, tax, furloughing, etc. from trustworthy websites, e.g. those ending in .gov.uk.

A message from PKC’s Chief Exec is here: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/21647/A-message-from-PKC-Chief-Executive-Karen-Reid and the impact on PKC’s Services is described here along with other useful links: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus

For volunteering Opportunities – see: https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering
PKC are also asking people to register their volunteering status (i.e. offer, or record current commitments) so they can create an overall list. Go to this link: https://my.pkc.gov.uk/service/Volunteer_during_COVID_19

There are a number of useful links for affected businesses on the Growbiz website: https://www.growbiz.co.uk/coronavirus-support

The Crook of Devon Resilience Group is providing an errand running service for anyone who is in self isolation – they can be contacted via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/232292831156810/ Note: this page is members only. Leaflets have also been distributed to over a thousand houses in the area to be covered with other contact details. Some members of the CC are already successfully using this service, and the CC congratulates the Group on this initiative.

Support and Resource Guide for Scottish Charities Affected by COVID-19 (from a local solicitor)
https://www.jandhmitchell.com/desktop/web/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Updated%20-%20JHMitchellSupport%20for%20charities%20affected%20by%20COVID310320.pdf

Crook of Devon Resilience Group:
Since this group has been set up so quickly, they don’t currently have a bank account and this CC has been asked by PKC to help by processing the group’s financial transactions through the CC’s bank account. The CC members have discussed this proposal by email and voted in favour of agreeing to help.

Community Council Business
None this month.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: The PKC budget was debated during a marathon session on 6th March. Five separate budgets were presented. The Independent group proposed a 2.5% Council Tax increase for 20/21 and 3% for the following two years, that from the Lib Dems 4.83% and 5%, 4.28% and 4% from the SNP and 4% for all three years from the Tories. There was a further budget proposal from Cllrs Purves and Stewart that included efficiency savings that would require no increase in Council Tax at all – in the absence of Cllr Stewart, Cllr Barnacle supported this proposal. In the end an agreement was reached on a budget combining the SNP and Tory proposals that raised Council Tax by 4.28% for the next three years – Cllr Barnacle noted that none of the other proposals included any significant items covering Kinross. Although the original proposal to remove further School Crossing Patrols was not eventually included in the final budget, the previous decision to remove the patrol at Crook of Devon has not been reversed, so Cllr Barnacle has written to Cllr Murray Lyle requesting this be postponed while there is no 20mph limit in place.

Cllr Barnacle has received positive responses from half of the Drummond Park residents about the road adoption, but will need to write to the others again to remind them.

Callum Purves: PKC are currently focussing their Corona Virus efforts on those people who are most at risk. Cllr Purves encourages everyone who can to add their names to the PKC volunteer list (see above) or join a local resilience group.
As described by Cllr Barnacle, the PKC budget has been agreed, and the majority of previously advertised cuts did not go ahead, as a result of increasing Council Tax. The budget proposal from Cllrs Purves and Stewart included extra investment into education, rural economic development and our communities, was not reliant on a Coucil Tax increase and made no impact on reserves.
PKC have currently suspended all of its Committees, including planning, meaning that all applications will take longer to process. Cllrs have sought assurances that no major applications will be determined under delegated powers. The first virtual planning meetings will be held during the week commencing Monday 27th April. There are no details yet of how the public may be involved in these meetings, or whether the LRB will be held in the same manner. Meanwhile representatives from each group on the Council are meeting weekly with the Chief Executive to continue their role as elected members in scrutinising the activities of the Council.
Finally Cllr Purves stressed that the Cllrs will still be available and will assist where possible, and they will point constituents to best sources of further help.

Willie Robertson: No report.

Richard Watters: No report.

Planning Matters

20/00166/FLL Erection of a dwelling house, formation of retaining wall with railings, hardstanding, parking area and associated works at Land 40 metres south of Craighead Bungalow, Drum. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications
19/01826/FLL Demolition of agricultural buildings, erection of a dwelling house and extension to stable Land 20 metres north west of Coachhouse, Crook of Devon. Approved - the CC did not comment.

20/00127/FLL Demolition of bothy and erection of dwelling house and garage, Land 20 metres south west of Craighead Bungalow, Drum. Approved - the CC did not comment.

20/00150/FLL Extension to dwelling house Burnside, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone. Approved - the CC did not comment.

Appeals
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle), land 80 metres north east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill.
The applicant submitted an appeal to the LRB on17th March. Representations can be made until the 14th April; the CC is a little disappointed about the short time available to comment. However meetings of the LRB are currently suspended, so it’s not clear when this appeal will actually be heard.

Local residents are submitting additional comments: Thomson Homes intend to develop their site in 2024/25 and hence it is incorrect of the applicant to assume that their site is needed to meet housing needs in the area. Development of the site will probably increase the already substantial flooding problem due to removal of bushes and trees – this is contrary to LDP Policy 52. Significant alterations to Aldie Road and other tracks will be needed to access the site – LDP Policy 60B requires developments to be accessible to all modes of transport, but there is already a well-known deficiency in Public Transport in this area.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. No decision as yet.

Correspondence – The correspondence list is attached at the end of this document. Should anyone wish to see any items other than those described here, please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

Insurance: PKC have informed us of a decision by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) that waives requirements to update motor or house insurance to reflect changes in behaviour due to the current situation. For example volunteers may use their vehicles to deliver shopping and medicines, transport patients and supplies for the NHS etc. Full details on the ABI website: https://www.abi.org.uk/news/news-articles/motor-and-home-insurance-commitments/

AOCB:
CCllr Duffy reported that there is now a defibrillator in Blairingone, situated at Sheildon House, Vicar's Bridge Road. It was paid for by a grant from the British Heart Foundation and Exxon Mobile Cowdenbeath and was organised by Judie Buchanan Cook.
In the middle of last year there was concern about the difficulty of horse riders and cyclists passing through the gate on the Aldie Road to Drum path. George Lawrie of the TRACKS group had agreed to install posts with catches so the gate could be held open temporarily. CCllr Young reported that this work has still not been done. The CC will write to Mr Lawrie to ask about the plan for this work.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Corona Virus Info, CofD Resilience Group.
PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th May 2020
Will be Virtual unless Government guidelines have changed. 
Correspondence March/April

Date From Description Action Who
05/03 Pamela Rogalski PKC Review of Adult Social Work and Social Care Contributions Policy Noted
05/03 Local Energy Scotland Community benefits toolkit, webinar and more
09/03 PKC Training – Community Action Plan Noted
10/03 Calor Calor's Rural Community Fund is ready to support local projects Noted
11/03 Frank Mills - PKC Village Gateway Signing Noted
11/03 Police Scotland Area Commanders Bulletin Agenda GP
11/03 PKC CC Procedures Noted
12/03 Cllr Barnacle Fossoway School Crossing Patrol
17/03 Eric King Information about Church function during lock down Noted
17/03 PKC Corona Virus Information posters Noted
17/03 PKC CC Meeting Guidance Noted
18/03 Cllr Purves Community Resilience
18/03 Police Scotland Area Commanders Bulletin Agenda GP
19/03 PKC Corona Virus Posters Noted
19/03 NHS Tayside Community Support Noted
20/03 Cllr Purves CC meeting suspension Agenda
24/03 PKC Safeguarding Adults
24/03 Liz Smith MSP Re: Bank closures Agenda
25/03 SCVO Corona Virus Bulletin
25/03 PKC Safeguarding Adults – JPG Versions of posters
25/03 PKC Community Support Page
26/03 Craig Stephen New Police Inspector for South Perthshire. Agenda GP
27/03 PKC SCVO Funding
27/03 PKC Corona Virus Funding
28/03 PKC Responding to COVID-19 pandemic
28/03 Cllr Purves Re: Request for delay to Bank closure in Kinross
30/03 PKC Volunteer Registration
31/03 SSEN £350,000 resilience fund to support community coronavirus response
31/03 Brenda Roddy Crowdfunding Support for Communities
31/03 Cllr Purves Community Council Meetings
31/03 PKC Planning 19/01881/IPL - land 80m NE of Powmill Milk Bar – Appeal lodged Agenda
01/04 Police Scotland Area Commanders Bulletin Agenda GP
01/04 PKC Volunteer registration (2 emails)
01/04 SSEN Adapting to COVID-19
01/04 PKC SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND – CRISIS GRANTS
02/04 Craig Stephen Social Distancing Poster in Polish and Romanian
02/04 RCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin
02/04 PKC Useful Guide - Communities Channel Scotland
02/04 Calor Re: Funding deadline
04/04 East Scotland. Acknowledgement of query re Bus service 23. still awaiting detailed reply
07/04 PKC Handling Finance for Crook of Devon Resilience Group by Fossoway CC
07/04 PKC Scottish Water Newsletter
07/04 PKC Funding from Tesco

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
3rd March 2020, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Graham Pye (chair) and Rob Young; P&K Cllr Mike Barnacle; 9 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape and Trudy Duffy; P&K Cllrs Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: 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. At the request of local residents, the CC had asked Sgt Burns to look into a problem with mud on the road at Easter Muirhead Stables, but there has been no response as yet. A MoP reported that the rolls had been stolen from outside the Crook of Devon shop again.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the previous meeting were signed off with the amendment that there is currently one resident at the Crook Moss Travellers Site rather than none.

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr M Haigh reported that there was a site meeting on the 15th February at the proposed bridge site, attended by George Lawrie, Cllr Barnacle and CCllrs M Haigh and Duffy. The location will be the same as old bridge – which may mean that planning permission is not required, but Mr Lawrie suggested that it would be safer to apply again. The bridge is designed to give one metre clearance above flood level. Landowners are to be consulted. Involvement of the Army reservists is delayed, but would probably halve the cost so worth waiting until they are available. Phase one of construction will be to lay foundations in the river bed, along with removal of branches needed to make room. The plan also includes the construction of a small car park at Rumbling Bridge end of site with picnic tables etc.
There will be disabled access from Naemoor road side, but there are steps on other side, which needs to be addressed if possible. Cllr Barnacle has spoken to PKC’s Community Greenspace Team to see if a ramp could be constructed, but it could be difficult and hence expensive.
Hopefully PKC would be responsible for ongoing maintenance if an up-front payment was made (perhaps 1% of the scheme’s construction cost.)
MoPs asked if the design takes account of the currently very high water levels, and they were assured that recent measurements had been taken and the proposed clearance is more than adequate.

Hydro Scheme Fund: A grant has been made to the Tennis Club. MoP noted that the WRI are looking for funding to provide a defibrillator and wondered if this was something that the fund would cover. There is a meeting of the WRI on 16th March to discuss funding, which CCllr Farquhar will attend. CCllr Pye suggested that SSE also have funds for this type of scheme.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the Crook of Devon area will be judged for the Well Kept Village competition on 16th March. The scheme to provide residents on the A977 with free hanging baskets or tubs is now open. Contact Louise Gardiner on 01577 840638 or ku.oc.liamtoh|xinoef#ku.oc.liamtoh|xinoef before the end of March with your details. There are also details on the CC’s and Facebook page.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that in view of the inclement weather, the group have asked for the Well Kept Village judging to be postponed until the end of the month. A MoP asked why the judging was done in the Winter – it’s to make if fairer for villages who can’t afford large displays of flowers, but rather so that the whole look of the village should be what’s judged.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle reported on the responses from PKC to various issues – Speed limit countdown signs will be installed on the east side of Powmill during the next phase of the A977 mitigation; Resurfacing of the A977 between Fossoway Garage and the pedestrian crossing is scheduled for 2nd June this year, with the School Road Junction traffic signal works being carried out in May; The design of new village nameplates has been circulated for comment and they will be installed, along with countdown markers, in the new financial year; The B9097 junction realignment is more complicated than first thought and is now being redesigned, with the aim of carrying out the works early in the new financial year.

Vegetation on Aldie Road: Cllr Barnacle had previously asked for the ditches to be cleared, PKC have agreed to put this on the cleaning programme for April/May this year.

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: This CC strongly opposes the proposed closure of the Bank of Scotland branch in Kinross, proposed to take place this summer. John Nicolson, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, met with Benedict Brogan from the Bank in February to express his concern. The CC have posted Mr Brogan’s letter in response to the meeting on its Facebook Page.
David Siddle, adviser to Liz Smith MSP, has organised a meeting on 9th March at LLCC with representatives from the Bank, business leaders in Kinross and Local Councillors. This CC will send representatives to the meeting.
Cllrs Barnacle and Watters are preparing a letter to Roseanna Cunningham (MSP) suggesting that there should be at least one branch in every town – this is a government issue; they have also raised the issue with PKC’s Chief Exec. It was agreed by all that the FCA should get involved as banks are letting down local businesses. All those concerned are encouraged to write to their MP and MSP.
A MoP pointed out that there has been no consultation with people in other areas who use the Kinross branch, but don’t live in Kinross – this is not engagement with the community or local businesses! Another MoP added that there has been an increase in robberies as businesses can’t deposit their cash. CCllr Farquhar emphasised that disabled people are especially disadvantaged by the loss of branches. CCllr M Haigh wondered whether the DRT scheme could be extended to take people in the east of the area to Dunfermline in the event of the Kinross branch closing.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle hasn’t yet called a local meeting as he’s waiting for the PKC budget discussions to conclude, with the hope that they will include funding. Most of the CCs now have a nominated representative on the Forum.
CCllr Farquhar commented that the DRT is very good when it works, but as it is currently only operated by one person it can be difficult to make bookings.

Fossoway Gathering: At the last meeting of the Gathering Organisation Committee a constitution was formally accepted and office bearers elected, meaning that the Gathering Committee are now completely separated from this CC.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle said that the drainage connection work is supposed to be done this month; he’ll be contacting the contractor to try and ensure there are no hold ups. There is a new Police Inspector Craig Stevens (sp?) for this area; Cllr Barnacle is trying to contact him about Crook Moss. CCllr Farquhar added that the condition of the paddock area is deteriorating possibly because the McGregors are not living on site.

Blairingone War Memorial: The Listed Building application (19/01944/LBC) has been approved. Cllr Barnacle has spoken to Neil Kinnell of Profile Projects and they’re keen to proceed with moving the Memorial, although they are not clear about who is going to own the project. The CC are not allowed to be responsible for this sort of thing. Cllr Barnacle will speak to the stone mason.

Coulshill Forestry Development: There will be public meetings to present planting proposals on 4th March at the Coronation Hall, Muckhart, and on 5th March at the Kirkstyle Inn, Dunning, both from 2pm to 7pm. The CC had previously published this information on its Facebook page. The CC notes that it is impressed with the developer’s communication.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle will contact PKC to see what’s happening about the Compulsory Purchase Order, which has been agreed as the way forward for this site.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
LDP2, Powmill Play Park, Cemetery Car Park Extension: No information at present.

New Business:
Fossoway Tennis Club: The Club are hoping to place advertising banners around their courts to raise much needed funds. However this would need a planning application which would impact the overall profit from the scheme. The club approached the CC to see if they could make the application instead, which was agreed to go ahead, thereby halving the fee.

Community Council Business
Sports Hub: There has not been a physical meeting this month, but CCllr Farquhar is keeping abreast of proceedings.
Kinross-shire Fund: CCllr Cheape sent a report that one award, to Kinross Agricultural Society, was made at the last meeting of the fund.
In order to help the CC’s performance at the review of the Kinross Branch Bank Closure meeting described above, it was suggested that it would be useful to recruit an Associate member with appropriate public policy and commercial experience. Consequently CCllr Pye proposed that Nicola Marchant be offered the post. This was supported unanimously by the other CC members present.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Drummond Park adoption can proceed as PKC have inspected the gullies and they are clear. PKC’s Andy Brown needs to confirm the final cost of the adoption to Cllr Barnacle who will then write to the residents. A MoP asked if there was a requirement for a turning head at the end of the road before it could be adopted – Cllr Barnacle answered that there is no room next to the two entrances at the end to construct one, but the Engineer has never raised the lack of a turning point, but will check. Currently the bin lorry reverses in.

A MoP asked whether PKC have any plans for supporting rural residents in the event of self-isolation due to Coronavirus.
Cllr Barnacle has discussed Planning issues with the Member Officer working Group, details are in the newsletter.
Later this month, Cllr Barnacle has a meeting with PKC’s Chief Exec – items to be discussed include a Pilot of a Devolved Area Committee for Kinross-shire; the lack of a policy about loss of facilities (including banks) in rural areas; and the omission of Devon Gorge and the Cleish Hill from the Supplementary Guidance on Landscape.
As part of the budget discussions, it’s proposed that the School Crossing Patrol in Crook of Devon would end, however Cllr Barnacle is hoping to reject that budget proposal, but in any case there should be a policy to only remove patrols when a 20mph limit has been imposed in the area first.

Planning Matters
20/00085/FLL Change of use of land to form extension to garden ground, erection of a garage/store including ancillary accommodation, alterations and extension to garage/store including ancillary accommodation, erection of retaining wall, stone wall, fence, formation of a pond, hardstanding and associated works at Craigend House, Powmill, Kinross. Application discussed by email prior to the meeting – No CC Comment.

20/00127/FLL Demolition of bothy and erection of dwelling house and garage at land 20 metres south-west of Craighead Bungalow, Drum. No CC Comment.

20/00150/FLL Extension to dwelling house at Burnside, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone, Dollar. No CC Comment.

20/00192/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at The Lodge, Blairhill, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

Decided Applications
19/01944/LBC Relocation of war memorial and associated works Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone. Approved – the CC supported the application.

19/01141/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house, Fossoway Schoolhouse, Crook of Devon. Approved - the CC did not comment.

19/02066/FLL Erection of a dwelling house (plot 1) Land 30 metres south of Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon. Approved - the CC did not comment.

20/00073/IPL Renewal of permission 17/00029/IPL (Erection of a dwelling house (in principle)) Land 50 metres north of Craighead House, Drum. Approved - the CC did not comment.

20/00074/IPL Renewal of permission 17/00947/IPL (Erection of a dwelling house (in principle)) Land 60 metres north-west of Craighead House, Drum. Approved - the CC did not comment.

Pending Applications
19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. The CC had objected to this application, and the planning department responded to our objection. It appears that the water supply to this development, and nearby properties, is provided by Scottish Water, but via a private pipe which has not been adopted. Although Scottish Water did not comment on this application they did express concern in their response to the original application (08/02561/FUL) that there could be an issue with water pressure that would need to be addressed as part of this development.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: All important stuff covered!

AOCB: None this month.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport, Crook Moss Traveller’s Site, A977 Mitigation, Blairingone War Memorial, Kinross Bank Closure.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th April 2020 at 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

PKC have advised all Community Councils to suspend physical meetings with immediate effect.

Fossoway and District CC are going to try and hold meetings online - we're not sure how well this will work but our plan is to post here, and on our Facebook page, virtual minutes of what would have been said at a meeting. Then we'll invite comments for a period and then publish them along with any responses we can make.

When things return to normal, any decisions we make online will be formally confirmed at a public meeting.

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Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
4th February 2020, Carnbo Village Hall

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

Police report: 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. Two trays of rolls were recently stolen from outside the Crook of Devon shop.
No officer was present, but Trudy will ask them to come in future, since they are holding Surgeries elsewhere.
Cllr Cheape reported that the Police have been carrying out speed checks on the A977 and A91, and has spoken to the Officers involved.

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

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that there will be another site meeting, probably at 10am on the 15th February, to ensure that the new design which increases the clearance above high water level is acceptable. CCllr Bruce-Jones suggested that we ask the local school children to hold a competition to name the bridge. A MoP asked about access for wheelchair users, and although this is intended to be part of the design, as far as possible, there may still be steps on one side – Cllr Barnacle will ask PKC’s Greenspace team if they can help.

Hydro Scheme Fund: There are hardly any applications from this area to both this and several other funds. The Hydro fund have three applications under examination at present, details should be available next month.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that judging for this year’s Well Kept Village competition will be held in March. The group members are meeting to plan their preparations. An application has been made for a grant to fund equipment to be used by the group.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reports that the group is also preparing for the Well Kept Village competition. In the summer they are planning to provide a planted up tub or hanging basket to every house on the main street – hopefully to then be maintained by the householder.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle reported that there was a PKC wide transport forum on 16th January. Cllr Barnacle will set up another local meeting in February; this CC will be represented by CCllrs Farquhar and Michael Haigh.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle, CCllr Farquhar and Mr and Mrs McGregor from the Traveller’s Site, together with representatives from the Police, PKC’s Planning and Community Liaison departments and SEPA attended a meeting on 14th January. The planners have two enforcement issues outstanding, one for drainage connection now proposed to be done by March. Cllr Barnacle is trying to co-ordinate the contractor to improve the chances of successful completion. There doesn’t seem to be much progress on the other enforcement issue. The Police were unable to throw any light on the problem currently in the hands of the CID; meanwhile the site is not currently occupied by any residents.

LDP2: The Supplementary Guidance on Landscape doesn’t include designation of Devon Gorge and the Cleish Hills; Cllr Barnacle has proposed an amendment to include them but this was defeated, however Cllr Barnacle is continuing with his efforts, and has some support from PKC’s CEO.

Blairingone War Memorial: A Listed Building application (19/01944/LBC) has been made and supported by this CC.

Vegetation on Aldie Road: Cllr Barnacle will ask for the ditches to be cleared.

Cemetery Extension: The Church is keen to progress this development, but it is currently held up pending identification of who would lease the land from the Church. Cllr Barnacle plans to drive creation of a Community Trust to resolve this. Other people expressed an interest in being part of the Trust.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
A977 Mitigation, Ivy Cottage Powmill and Powmill Play Park: No information at present.

New Business:
Fossoway Gathering: Will be held on Saturday 23rd May, CCllr Duffy appealed for volunteers to help with preparation and on the day, details on the Gathering’s Facebook page. A fund raising whisky tasting event will take place on the 22nd February in the Crook of Devon Hall.

Dunning Glen Forestry: A large area of land (approximately 1000 hectares/2500 acres), known as Coulshill Shoot, near Auchterarder has been acquired by the pension fund of one of the electricity companies. They intend to create a new woodland on the site, which is to the north-east of the Green Knowes wind farm. The developers expect to publish concept design proposals shortly. The woodland is expected to be mostly coniferous, but include significant open spaces and native broadleaves.

Great British Spring Clean: will be held between 20th March and 13th April, although Scotland has its own campaign in April and May, see https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/local-environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland/spring-clean-2020/ for details.

Community Council Business
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar was unable to attend the last meeting, but has received the minutes.
Treasurer: The annual top-up grant of £351.24 from PKC has been received.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: The Community Investment Fund was approached to finance equipment for Community Speedwatch but this was turned down, so another source of funding is being sought. Fly tipping appears to be increasing, all should keep an eye open and note registration numbers of culprits and pass them to the Police. The Budget process in currently in progress.

Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves: Nothing not already described above.

Richard Watters: The scheme to finance Wi-Fi provision in Village Halls is well under way. A Climate Change Partnership between the Council and Businesses is to be set up – it would be good if CCs were also involved.

Planning Matters
19/02066/FLL Erection of a dwelling house (plot 1) at Land 30 metres south of Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon. This application only arrived on the afternoon of the last meeting so was subsequently discussed by email. The CC did not comment.

20/00073/IPL Renewal of permission 17/00029/IPL (Erection of a dwelling house (in principle)) at Land 50 metres north of Craighead House, Drum. No CC Comment

20/00074/IPL Renewal of permission 17/00947/IPL Erection of a dwelling house (in principle) at Land 60 metres north-west of Craighead House, Drum. No CC Comment

Decided Applications
19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle) Land 80 metres north-east of Powmill Milk Bar, Powmill. The Application was refused – the CC had objected.

19/01651/IPL Renewal of permission 16/01450/IPL (Erection of a dwelling house) (in principle) Land 30 metres north-west of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. Approved – the CC did not comment.

19/01921/FLL Alteration and extension to dwelling house and formation of raised decking area (in part retrospect) 3 Riverside Lodges, Main Street, Crook of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0UQ. Approved – the CC did not comment.

19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy Blairingone. The CC had objected to this application, and the planning department responded to our objection, however not all of their responses are satisfactory: The CC sought clarity on the ownership of the land, however it’s still not clear who the existing conditions will be held against. Clearly Scottish Water must have infrastructure in this area, otherwise there would be no supply, and hence the concerns expressed by neighbours are relevant.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: The CC has been invited to a consultation on Future Policy Development of Sexual Entertainment Venues, as licensing of these venues has been devolved from the Scottish Government to Local Authorities. Comments can be sent to ku.vog.ckp|gnisnecilcivic#ku.vog.ckp|gnisnecilcivic.

The proposed 40mph limits at Crook of Devon and Blairingone described last month are likely to go ahead following support from this CC.

AOCB: A MoP asked about the continuing problem with rubbish at the Devonshaw quarry. Cllr Barnacle has made attempts to contact the owner but with no success, and in the absence of such contact there is little that can be done.
Following the planned closure in the Kinross branch of the TSB in May, closure of the Bank of Scotland branch in Kinross has now also been announced. This will mean that there are no permanent bank branches anywhere in Kinross-shire, with only two ATMs outside premises. The CC will write to our MP asking for action to preserve branches in the area.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport, Crook Moss Traveller’s Site, A977 Mitigation, Blairingone War Memorial, Community Land Trust.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
7th January 2020, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Graham Pye and Rob Young; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves; Seven Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Willie Robertson and Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Young declared an interest in planning application 19/01826.

Police report: 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 12:30pm and 1:10pm, Saturday 7th December, a wallet and fleece were stolen from a Kia Sorento parked in Vicars Bridge Road, Blairingone.

A MoP reported excessive speed of vehicles through Powmill. There was general agreement that installing 100 metre countdown markers leading up to the 30mph limit from the Crook of Devon direction would help. Cllr Barnacle will investigate if this could be done.

Cllr Barnacle has asked Inspector Kat Thompson of Police Scotland for a meeting to discuss local issues.

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

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: George Lawrie and other members of the TRACKS group have conducted a detailed site visit to assess water levels and produced a design that should ensure the bridge is safe from any future flooding. SEPA’s requirement is for there to be least 600mm clearance above their 1 in 200 flood level, and this design comfortably exceeds that. The bridge would have one span of 24 metres and one of 6 to 9 metres. The North landing point of the bridge would be in line with the gate. Copies of the proposed plan were circulated amongst those present.
Representatives of the Army Reserves have visited the site and they have subsequently expressed an interest in being involved in the project, but without committing to a timescale at this stage, although it would probably be a year away. This would approximately halve the construction costs.
SEPA believe that the proximity to the old site would remove the need to submit a planning application, although this is not the view of the TRACKS team. It would also be necessary to do a tree survey upstream of the bridge to check for any potential fallers.
Full costs (if the Army were not involved) would be £75-80k. TRACKS propose to construct a three car parking area which would be used for site office during construction.
The next step is to organise a meeting with the CC and other interested parties to agree the proposed site, followed by release of funds to fund structural engineer’s calculations of foundations, creation of drawings, submission of planning application, etc. Additionally, the landowners need to be consulted and their agreement obtained.
In response to a question, George answered that disabled access would be OK from the North side, and across bridge but it would of necessity be difficult on the Crook of Devon bank as there are steps. Cllr Barnacle suggested that an approach should be made to PKC’s Community Greenspace group to see if they can do something about the steps, hence making the bridge and paths generally accessible.

Powmill in Bloom: In November the group reported that PKC were not cutting the verges in Powmill. Cllr Watters investigated this, but was told that the verges are too narrow to be cut safely. CCllr Farquhar reported that the group has recently planted ten and half thousand bulbs!

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar reported that there is new equipment installed, and the site looks very promising as work continues.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: In November, Amanda James, chair of the group had contacted the CC requesting assistance with progressing planned work at the corner of West Crook Way. Cllr Watters took an action to look into this and as a result PKC’s Greenspace team met the Bloom group on 22nd November and the work has now been done.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle reported that there have been two meetings to discuss this, but both were very poorly attended. There is a PKC wide transport forum on 16th January at LLCC. Cllr Barnacle aims to set up another local meeting in February.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle noted that there’s still over £200k of identified projects to be executed, including B9097 realignment in February, School Road junction in March, and Gateway Features and Drum Signalisation in July. CCllr Duffy asked the Councillors how potholes were supposed to be fixed – Cllr Purves replied that the process is that they should be done properly by cutting out and filling, but urgent ones might be fixed temporarily.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle, CCllr Farquhar and Mr and Mrs McGregor from the Traveller’s Site, had an informal meeting before Xmas – They decided that it would be useful to have an official meeting, which will be held at 10am on 14th January at 2 High Street, Perth, including Cllr Barnacle, CCllr Farquhar and the McGregors along with representatives from the police, PKC’s planning department and SEPA. The intention is to discuss outstanding planning issues and to try to address some aspects of the site’s appearance. It may be possible to explore the potential conversion of the site from a traveller’s site into an affordable housing site.

Blairingone War Memorial: An LBC application (19/01944/LBC) has been made by Profile Projects. See below.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Vegetation on Aldie Road, Cemetery Extension and Ivy Cottage Powmill : No information at present.

New Business:
Bartholomew McLaughlin: The CC was contacted by a member of the Shetland Community Trust, who is researching the history of Bartholomew McLaughlin, also known as Bert McLaughlin, who was the minister of Blairingone Church from 1939 to 1958. The Trust would be interested to hear from anyone who knows anything about Mr McLaughlin. MoPs suggested several locals who might know of him, and they will be contacted.
Proposed 40mph Speed Limits on A977: PKC intend to create two new sections of 40mph limit: (1) East of bend after Blairingone, where 30mph limit ends, to just past Craigend junction. (2) West of Crook of Devon, from end of existing 30mph limit to just past Briglands Farm access. Comments were needed by 6th December, however as the CC was not constituted at that time it was not possible for us to comment. However it was thought very likely that this would meet with general approval, and hence the previous CC members did not think it necessary to ask for an extension to the comment period.

Community Council Business
CCllr Cheape attended a meeting of the Kinross-shire fund on the 2nd December – two grants were made to other areas, but CCllr Cheape pointed out that the fund has a healthy balance available for applications. CCllr Duffy reminded the meeting that other sources of funding are available.
CCllr Farquhar said there was to be a meeting of the Sports Hub on 9th January but she was unable to attend.
CC Political Impartiality: During the run-up to the last General election the CC posted an announcement of a public meeting by one of the candidates on our Facebook page. We were advised by PKC’s Community Planning Policy Team Leader that this could be considered to be an endorsement of that party and it should be removed. On seeking further clarification from PKC it was agreed that events such as hustings open to all parties could be advertised by the CC, and after an election notification of surgeries of sitting Members would also be acceptable.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves noted that annual budget process has started, although the current difficulties with the timing of the Westminster budget may cause some problems.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle has been discussing with other members a proposal to review the budget in two stages, firstly to hear proposals from the Officers, and then a week later vote on them, which would allow time for sensible discussion. He believes that there may be a fairly wide degree of support for this idea.
The Local Councillors wrote to the Scottish Minister about the conduct of the Local Plan review by the Reporter. Unfortunately the response failed to address any of the stated issues.
Cllr Barnacle distributed letters to 100 residents of Blairingone to see if there was any enthusiasm for acquiring the school for the community. Regrettably there were only three replies. Consequently it appears there is no local interest in retaining the building, so PKC can choose to dispose of it.

Planning Matters
19/01760/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at land 50 metres south-west of Mitchell House, Main Street, Crook of Devon. No CC Comment.

19/01826/FLL Demolition of agricultural buildings, erection of a dwelling house and extension to stable at land 20 metres north-west of Coach House, Tullibole Mill Farm, Crook of Devon No CC Comment

19/01881/IPL Residential development (in principle) at Land 80 metres north-east of Powmill Milk Bar. The CC will object on grounds of being outside LDP2, flood risk and road capacity.
Several MoPs present at the meeting had also objected to this proposal. Cllr Barnacle had spoken to the planners and they are intending to refuse the application under their delegated powers, although there is still the possibility of the applicant appealing to the LRB. A MoP asked how they can prevent the applicant continuing to make applications to develop this land. Cllr Barnacle suggested that creating a Community Development Trust would definitively record the views of residents, and possibly enable the land to be acquired for the Community’s benefit.

19/01921/FLL Alteration and extension to dwelling house and formation of raised decking area (in part retrospect) 3 Riverside Lodges, Main Street, Crook of Devon. No CC comment.

19/01944/LBC Relocation of war memorial and associated works at Blairingone Church, Blairingone FK14 7NY. The CC will write in support of this application.

19/02066/FLL Erection of a dwelling house (plot 1) at Land 30 metres south of Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon. This application only arrived on the afternoon of the meeting so will be discussed by email.

Decided Applications
19/01512/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house and erection of replacement garage Smiddy, Main Street, Blairingone. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Appeals
19/00473/IPL / TCP/11/16(615) Residential development (in principle) at land 110 metres south-east of 3 Birkfield Park, Rumbling Bridge. Dismissed at 12th November LRB - The CC had objected to this application.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: The CC received copies of some objections to application19/01881/IPL ; The Gannochy Trust are holding a fund raising roadshow between 9:30 and 11:30 on 16th January at Kinross Parish Church – see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-funding-roadshow-event-5-kinross-tickets-82955978565 to book. There are also other locations.

AOCB: CCllr Duffy has information about creating a Community Development Trust – interested parties should contact her to start the process going. Cllr Barnacle has experience of, and some information, from other trusts.
A MoP suggested that as we no can longer hold meetings at Blairingone School that we are perhaps restricting our locations too much and we should consider holding meetings elsewhere. The CC welcomed proposals from anyone as to how we should best geographically distribute the eleven meetings each year, with the only restriction being that school premises are only available during term times.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Powmill in Bloom, Powmill Play Park, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport, A977 Mitigation, Crook Moss Traveller’s Site, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th November 2019, Powmill Moubray Hall

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

Police report: 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 Sunday 13th and Tuesday 15th October a green Fiat car was scratched in St Serf's Place, Crook of Devon.

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

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that George Lawrie indicated that the Army will probably be involved in the project which will have a significant positive impact on the costs. A costed plan should be available by the end of the year.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that there is a problem with cutting of the road verges in Powmill, PKC claim that it is too dangerous beside the busy road even though they are cut in Crook and Drum. As a result the Bloom Group are doing it themselves. Cllr Watters agreed to look into this. Planting of bulbs continues.

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar reported that substantial ground work is now in progress, although no play equipment has yet been installed.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: Amanda James, chair of the group had contacted the CC requesting assistance with progressing planned work at the corner of West Crook Way. PKC’s Greenspace team, who own the bed behind the grass verge, have agreed to clear the bed and lay a membrane and bark. The Bloom group would then plant up the bed and maintain it in future – funds have already been raised for this purpose. Unfortunately there has been no progress by the Greenspace team, even though it was first requested at the start of 2019 to be done this financial year. Cllr Watters will ask the Greenspace team to move this item up their agenda.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle convened a meeting, which CCllr Farquhar attended, but the turnout was very disappointing. He will try again to see if more people will take part.

Heart 200 Route: The CC had received an email from Robert Cairns of Heart 200 Scot Limited in response to this CC’s concern about lack of local consultation. He would be happy to meet the CC. Mr Cairns explained that Heart 200 is not another NC500 - it is essentially an online travel guide aimed at promoting the heart of Scotland - the circular route is simply a key to accessing this. There will be a Heart 200 Travel Guide in book form, written by Dr Tom Christie the author of the route on the website, coming out next year. Mr Cairns also pointed out that Heart 200 Scot Limited is a private limited company with a sole focus of promoting tourism in the heart of Scotland.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar noted that they have been employing Ian McGregor, one of the travellers, to work in their garden and found them to be honest and hard working. Recently Mr McGregor’s caravan has had all the windows broken and vehicle driven dangerously at his wife. The Police are involved and prosecution is pending. CCllr Farquhar pointed out that this shows that are there are good people at the site too. Mr McGregor will be having a meeting with Cllr Barnacle and CCllr Farquhar to try and address some aspects of the site’s appearance. Cllr Watters asked if he could be at the meeting too.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
A977 Mitigation, Blairingone War Memorial, Vegetation on Aldie Road, Cemetery Extension, Ivy Cottage Powmill: No information at present.

New Business:
Fossoway Gathering: There will be a Whisky Tasting fund raising event in the Hall on 30th November.

Community Council Business
No meetings attended this month.
CCllr Farquhar noted that there will be a meeting of the Sports Hub at the end of November.
CCllr Pye reported that the CC Accounts have been submitted, but won’t be processed until the end of the year as PKC’s Community Council Services department is busy with the General Election.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Richard Watters: The Action Partnership’s second tranche of funding (£50k) has been postponed until mid January – applications for grants should be submitted before then. Each CC can send a representative to discuss the funding decisions. There is also a pot of £30k available for addressing inequalities and the Partnership is looking for representatives to decide how to distribute that. Finally, there is also a fund to put Wi-Fi in community buildings, e.g. halls, etc., which would finance the installation of the equipment and the first two years of running costs.

Planning Matters
19/01507/FLL Change of use, alterations from hotel (class 7) to dwelling house (class 9), installation of a ground source heat pump and associated works at Solsgirth House, Solsgirth, Dollar. No CC Comment.

19/01512/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house and erection of replacement garage at Smiddy, Main Street, Blairingone. No CC Comment.

19/01568/FLL Alterations to garage at Larch House, Carnbo. No CC Comment.

19/01643/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at The Lodge, Blairhill, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment

19/01651/IPL Renewal of permission 16/01450/IPL (Erection of a dwelling house) (in principle) at land 30 metres north-west of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. No CC Comment.

19/01673/AML Erection of 10 dwelling houses with associated infrastructure and landscaping (approval of matters specified in conditions of 18/01855/IPL) at land 100 metres north-west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. Object on grounds of overdevelopment, no affordable housing, and inadequate local roads.

19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone.
Firstly, the application form for this development was only added the day before this CC meeting, so consequently the CC will request an extension of the comment date.
Although this application appears to be only a change of design from the previously approved application, there is no indication that the previous planning conditions (road widening, landscaping) have been implemented and it appears that the ownership of this part of the development has changed. There were views from the MoP present that this application should be stopped altogether, however the CC believes that the most important thing is to ensure that the existing conditions should also be attached to this application and strenuous efforts made by PKC’s enforcement department to ensure they are implemented before this development takes place. The CC will record these views on the planning portal in due course.

Decided Applications
19/01355/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house and installation of a flue at Appin, Rumbling Bridge. Approved – The CC did not comment.

19/00962/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house, 34 West Crook Way, Crook of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0PH. Approved – The CC did not comment.

19/01346/FLL Erection of dwelling house at land 40 metres east of Hen Hurdle, Crook of Devon. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Appeals
19/00473/IPL Residential development (in principle) at land 110 metres south-east of 3 Birkfield Park, Rumbling Bridge. To be considered at 12th November LRB. The CC had objected to this application.

Dollar Equestrian Centre A number of MoPs attended the meeting and raised the issue of the lack of enforcement action against application 17/01337/FLL regarding the removal of the wooden stables from this site. The landowner has exhausted all avenues of appeal against the refusal of this application but has failed to remove them as required. PKC’s enforcement Officers have issued penalty notices but have stopped short of actually removing the stables themselves, believing that PKC would be unlikely to recover the cost of doing so from the landowner. Failure to enforce conditions of this nature establishes a dangerous precedent for other developments. The MoPs appealed to Cllr Watters for assistance, and he agreed to speak to Enforcement Officer Eddie Jordan.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
A notice was received from the Scouts regarding a Firework display and bonfire in Nine Acres on the 8th November.
PKC invite people to complete a survey (which closes on 15th November) about CCTV in Perth: https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/housing-environment/perth-city-public-space-cctv/consultation/
The A9 will be closed overnight (8:30pm to 6am) between Luncarty and A923 Dunkeld junction on 27th, 28th and 29th November to allow the next stage of the widening works to be carried out.

AOCB: None.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Powmill in Bloom, Powmill Play Park, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Fossoway Area Transport, A977 Mitigation, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Fossoway Gathering.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting and EGM: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
1st October 2019, Fossoway Primary School

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

Police report: There were no incidents to report and the Community Officer was unable to be present.

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

Matters Arising
Hydro Scheme / New Bridge (known as Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge)
o Hydro Scheme – CCllr Duffy advised nothing to report.
o Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge – MoP corrected the agenda item by stating this was the correct name.
Background work remained on-going regarding costs, land-ownership etc.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the Well Kept Village competition judged on the 10th September had resulted in three stars for Powmill and two stars for Crook of Devon and thus was well worth the effort put in by all concerned.
MoP referred to the untidy grass verges, a P&K responsibility which had not been well done thus requiring participants to make use of private garden machinery.

Powmill Play Park: Cllr Barnacle had received an email from Brian Cassidy at P&K confirming that contracts had been signed and work should start by mid-October. Brian Cassidy had undertaken to provide a layout plan.

A977 Mitigation: CCllr Duffy expressed concern at inaction from P&K. Cllr Barnacle had written to Frank Mills at the Roads Department who had referred in correspondence to a dispute with BT regarding underground cabling. Tayside Contracts were committed to recommencing operations by mid-January with a full road re-surface from the Inn to the Village Hall. Discussions on the budget were scheduled for February and it was hoped that the school crossing would be improved and re-instated. MoP expressed concern at the effect on emergency services of traffic control generally although this was not regarded as a major concern.

Vegetation on Aldie Road: Nothing had been done and MoP referred to the uncut hedges in Powmill on the south edge of the A977. Cllr Barnacle would report to the Roads Engineer.

Fly-tipping on A91: CCllr Cheape explained that there was now a locked gate on the field access by the Devon Bridge previously a prime fly-tipping site. MoP referred to continuous fly-tipping at Briglands and Aldie Road. Cllr Barnacle undertook to add this to his letter addressed to Nigel Taylor, the Roads Engineer.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle referred to the disappointing attendance at a recent meeting with Rural Outreach arranged by Kinross and Glenfarg CCs. Meantime he awaited notes from Margaret Roy and there was a need for a greater commitment from the public if the Fossoway Area Transport Scheme was to flourish – another meeting was now urgently required.

LDP2: Cllr Barnacle had put out a press comment and he further advised that along with Cllrs Robertson and Purves he had spoken at the meeting of the full Council on Wednesday 25th September in protest at being unable by law to challenge the Reporter both on designations and capacity limits. Referring to what he believed was a flawed decision on the Crook of Devon site Cllr Barnacle stated that there was now no provision in LDP2 for affordable housing in the rural villages in Kinross-shire until 2025.
There was now a move towards the creation of a Fossoway Community Development Trust (for consideration by the new Community Council convening in December) on a model successfully established in Comrie and Stanley.

Cemetry Extension: CCllr Young reported that a verbal estimate had been sought from David Johnman to clear the site and lay hardcore in the region of £17,000 + VAT. Ground would be made available on a 40 year lease from P&K to FCC and discussion developed on public liability and the extent to which some of the necessary works might be undertaken by local farmers with suitable machinery – this could lead to difficulty with the use of red diesel. Cllr Barnacle intended speaking to Dave Stubbs who might have useful ideas on funding. CCllr Cheape had expressed a willingness to provide space on land at Harelaw for spreading material subject to approval from SEPA.

Blairingone War Memorial: Background activity remained on-going and an estimate from a stonemason should be available before the next meeting.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting: Ivy Cottage Powmill

New Business:
Heart 200 Route: MoP expressed concern at the increase in litter evident in particular in Carnbo. Further a general view was expressed that the Heart 200 initiative was unlikely to offer practical local benefit.

Road Signing: MoP expressed concern at inadequate provision – CCllr Duffy would take this up with the Roads Department. MoP drew attention to the 20mph limit with flashing lights at Blairingone despite the recent closure of the Primary School.

Community Council Business:
Meetings Attended: CCllr Cheape noted that Kinross Fund business had been carried forward to the next meeting in December – no current applications.

CC Process: Accounts to 31st August 2019 were circulated, approved and signed by CCllr Duffy who further advised that there was now no need for an AGM.

CC Elections: There had been eight nominations and thus no requirement for an election and the new CC would convene at the December Meeting.

P&KC Business:
Councillors’ Reports:
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle referred to the difficulty of holding meetings in Blairingone following the closure of the Primary School. With this in mind a letter drop had been arranged proposing a meeting in Powmill Moubray Hall to discuss how best to resolve the situation.
Seamab extension/rebuild: Cllr Barnacle had written to Tamsin Ferrier regarding the state of the access road and requesting that this should be taken into account at the planning stage. MoP referred to the intended expansion of Seamab to take children up to the age of 18 and how this might affect security.

Planning Matters
New Application:
19/01355/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house and installation of a flue at Appin Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

Decided Application:
19/01073/FLL Formation of 5 touring caravan pitches and associate works Land 50 Metres East of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. Approved – No CC comment made.

Correspondence Received – CCllr Bruce-Jones drew attention to a letter from PKC/SSAFA dated 10th September referring to VE Day 75th Anniversary events scheduled for 8th-11th May 2020 and a letter dated 27th September from Christine Grant at PKC in connection with the nominations tally for the Community Council Election (referred to above).

AOCB: CCllr Cheape through the Chair noted the recent death of Sir Robert Stewart – formerly Lord Lieutenant of Kinross-shire, County Councillor for Kinross and latterly (in the 1980s and early 1990s) a member of this Community Council. Sir Robert had also been the founder of the Best Kept Village Competition and in very many ways had played a large part in community affairs over a period of 70 years.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
3rd September 2019, Fossoway Primary School

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

Police report: 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 & 7pm towards the end of August a red quad bike was stolen from a farm near Carnbo.

A local resident reported to the CC that highland cows belonging to a tenant farmer near Easter Muirhead are constantly escaping onto the road and causing a traffic hazard. The problem was reported to Sgt Michelle Burns, who passed it on to the local officer Dougie Stapleton.

Fly-tipping on the A91 reported to CCllr Cheape has been passed on to the Police.

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

Matters Arising
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that Jim Duffy had contacted Andy Middlemass about possible Army involvement in the bridge construction, but there had been no response yet.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the Well Kept Village competition will be judged on the 10th September and the members have done a lot of work to improve the area.

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar reported that the work has not yet started, although there is now a notice describing the work proposed, she will contact PKC to see what’s happening.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that judging of their village for the above competition will take place on 11th September; local residents are encouraged to tidy up the area.

A977 Mitigation: CCllr Duffy is disappointed that roadworks at the School Road junction are still not completed, a view shared by Cllr Barnacle who wondered why the location of the BT cables which appear to be holding up the work was not determined earlier. Frank Mills, who has replaced Lachlan MacLean as the A977 Project Officer, had advised the CC that there was to be a meeting with the utility companies during the week of 12th August.
CCllr Duffy had previously written to Daryl McKeown to complain about the problem with noise caused by vehicles passing over a badly repaired section in Crook of Devon. Cllr Barnacle met an officer from PKC’s Highways department on site who agreed that the defect was causing the noise. Cllr Barnacle has also complained to Stuart D’All and Frank Mills but has not received an answer yet. Cllr Purves will follow this up too.

Overhanging Branches on Aldie Road: CCllr Duffy wrote to Garry McConnell about this issue, which was reported to the last CC meeting. Mr McConnell replied that if the branches belonged to frontagers, it would be their responsibility, but if they were on the verge he would contact the relevant PKC department. No-one present at the meeting knew whether any work had yet been done.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle is trying to get each CC in the area to nominate a rep on this committee. CCllrs Farquhar and Duffy will attend on behalf of this CC if possible.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle is still waiting for the stonemason’s estimate.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle had spoken to Isobel Butt about this issue, who reported that David Littlejohn has agreed to move forward with a CPO, but they have to give the owner one last chance to sell, and have written to him. There has been no reply as yet.

LDP2: Cllr Barnacle has an issue that the reporter didn’t include any Landscape Guidance in LDP2. Meanwhile PKC have prepared a Supplementary Guidance document which is out for review, although it doesn’t propose including any new areas.

Cllr Barnacle finds the reporter’s decision to reject the development in the Crook of Devon Village Hall area, while approving the Blairingone development rather illogical since the latter has no services available, while the former does, and would also include a significant proportion of affordable housing.

LDP2 will be reviewed at the full council meeting on 25th September.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook Moss Travellers Site: No information at present.

New Business:
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy chaired an inaugural meeting of the Fossoway Gathering Committee on 28th August to kick off the planning of next year’s event, which will be held on Saturday 23rd May 2020. Anyone who would like to help with the organisation is welcome to contact the Committee.

Heart 200 Route: This CC has been asked by Mark Ruskell MSP if there should be a public meeting about the impact of this route. CCllr Duffy noted that we are disappointed that the community was not consulted about this before it was launched. Cllr Purves explained that the route had been organised by an external company who were given the funds to develop it by PKC, but without any direction about community consultation. CCllr Duffy has responded to Mr Ruskell expressing our interest in a meeting, and will also write to the organising company expressing our concerns about impact on the Community and lack of consultation.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
CCllr Young attended a meeting about extending the Crook of Devon Church Car Park, attended by Cllr Barnacle, Liam Hynd and another officer from PKC Bereavement Services, David Chisholm and Alan Harper from the Church. The plan is to use some waste land at the edge of the cemetery to create a new car park. It was suggested that the car park should be developed as a community asset rather than just for the Church. The land is owned by PKC but they would be prepared to lease it to the Community initially for 40 years, although this period could probably be extended. PKC will cover the cost of creating a fence to mark the new extent of the graveyard. A new planning application would be required as the one granted in October 2012 has now expired; if the CC was to make the application the fee would be less. Grants would need to be found to widen the entrance and improve the surface, although a properly tarmacked surface is not necessary. When this scheme was suggested before a number of local farmers offered to help with the work, although nowadays there would probably be issues with farm vehicles using red diesel for other than agricultural purposes.

Travel Expenses: Historically CC members have not been allowed to claim for travel to the monthly CC meetings, however in view of the rural nature of this CC’s area, and to encourage people to join the CC, this custom will be rescinded starting from this Financial Year.

CC Process: There will be an AGM at the start of the October meeting to hear reports from the chair and treasurer and to approve the accounts for the end of the new financial year.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: It’s estimated that it will cost £1200 to fund the equipment for the Community Speedwatch programme, and it’s intended that it should be up and running by next year.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle held a road adoption meeting at Drummond Park, Crook on the 27th August, with a very positive response from the residents.
There was a disappointing answer from PKC about measures to dissuade speeding on the B9097. Cllr Purves suggested that perhaps installing a VAS would be the way forward – he will add the site into the list.

Callum Purves: The Bridge of Earn GP surgery has closed which will put pressure on other areas. Due to the recent suspension of the Integration Joint Board there has not been any movement on a replacement for the surgery, but it’s possible there could be an interim solution of an NHS run service.
In June 2018, Cllr Purves brought a Community Council boundary change proposal from Cleish & Blairadam CC to the attention of this CC. Although the proposal was discussed by email amongst the CCllrs at the time, the matter was never brought to a meeting to be formally approved, probably due to it having been overlooked by the time of the August meeting, there being no meeting in July. At today’s meeting Cllr Purves reminded the CC of the proposal, which was to move the Northern boundary of Cleish CC, approximately between Threapmuir and Ard Gairney, further north, thus including a stretch of the B9097 and the catchment of the Cleish Primary School. This CC voted unanimously to agree to this proposal.

Planning Matters
19/01279/FLL Erection of a garage and store at land 30 metres North West of The Meadows, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone. No CC Comment

19/01346/FLL Erection of dwelling house at land 40 metres East of Hen Hurdle, Crook of Devon. No CC Comment

Decided Applications
19/00826/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at land 30 metres South East of Croit Oran, Carnbo. Refused – The CC did not comment.

19/01001/FLL Extensions to dwelling house at New House, Powmill, Kinross, K14 7NS. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: BT is planning to remove some phone boxes in PKC’s area, although there are none in our immediate area.

Audit Scotland has published a “Best Value Assurance Report” on Perth and Kinross Council. It can be found at: https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/best-value-assurance-report-perth-and-kinross-council

The Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia are seeking views on whether the Stone of Scone should be relocated to Perth City Hall, see https://bit.ly/2Z4wAr6

The M90 at Bridge of Earn will have a contraflow from 29th September to 11th October.

AOCB: CC nominations are open until the 22nd September – anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

On the 26th October a Scary Scarecrow competition will be held in the Crook of Devon churchyard, refreshments will be available.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill Play Park, A977 Mitigation, Fossoway Area Transport, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, LDP2, Fossoway Gathering, Heart 200 Route.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting and AGM: Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th August 2019, Carnbo Village Hall

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

Police report: 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: Overnight on Friday 7th June, an attempt was made to gain entry to a domestic heating oil tank in Carnbo.
Updates received by email from Sergeant Burns who was unable to attend this meeting: Police Scotland does not have the facility for the public to upload dash cam footage directly – instead a call should be made to 101 (or 999) in the first instance; A977 speed signs do not gather data which could be shared with the Police, however the results of other surveys carried out by PKC could be used to identify relevant times and places for speed checks to be carried out.
CCllr Cheape noted that Fly Tipping is becoming a problem on the A91 between the Devon Bridge and Carnbo – this information will be passed on to Sgt Burns.

Community Speedwatch: Cllr Robertson attended a meeting with Inspector Kevin Chase, Cllr Barnacle and Cllr Purves. Inspector Chase said that Police Scotland are very supportive of Speedwatch schemes and are keen to establish one in Kinross-shire. Setup costs would be in the region of £1000, and the Police would train the volunteers. The Police would also agree areas to be studied and ensure that a safe location was used. All vehicles exceeding a defined margin above the limit would be written to by the Police and repeat offenders visited by the Police if possible. Cllr Duffy encouraged members of the public to join this scheme and stressed how effective it had been when piloted in the past. Cllr Purves suggested that initially one set of equipment should be obtained for Kinross-shire.

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

Matters Arising
Hydro Scheme Fund / Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: Alastair Smith and Fred Whalley from TRACKS presented the proposed location and design of the new bridge. The bridge would be located at the site of the old bridge but with a slightly different landing on the west bank. It would be constructed from two lattice masts which are manufactured in short sections to be assembled on site. The beams would then be surfaced with wooden planks 1.2m wide covered in non-slip material. It’s unlikely that a large crane would be able to access the site, but the lattice masts chosen are light enough to be installed without. The landing at the west end would be formed by burying a concrete pipe in the ground and filling it with concrete. There are no detailed costings at present but it is estimated that the scheme would cost approximately £100k in total – based on pro rating the price of £14k obtained for the previously proposed bridge to 24m plus install.
There was some discussion about whether the Army could help with, or perform, the installation as they have been involved in this sort of project before – Jim Duffy agreed to contact Andy Middlemass who knows how to get in touch with the Army.
Alastair Smith suggested that it would be a good idea to get a tree surgeon to look at the area upstream and possibly remove any trees or branches that could harm the bridge in future. Alastair also stated that SEPA were happy with the proposed location, as it would be high enough above water level to be safe. The proposed landings would be level with the paths so there will be good access for disabled.
A MoP asked about land ownership in the region of the bridge landings, and in the area required by the contractors – George Lawrie would know. A MoP asked if PKC would adopt the bridge. George Lawrie is going to discuss this with PKC shortly, and could also discuss the potential planning application that will be required. TRACKS will prepare some more detailed costings.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that they will enter the “Well Kept Village” competition this year.

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar reported that it is due for significant development later this month – a refurbished, level, football area will be created and new play equipment installed.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: Some tidying and decoration has been done by Powmill Bloom members. Cllr Barnacle had forwarded a letter from David Littlejohn stating that PKC were about to contact the owner and ask if they would sell the property at market value. MoP asked if that would be a compulsory purchase, Cllrs answered that would only happen if the owner wouldn’t sell it voluntarily.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Purves is planning to set up a group consisting of the local Councillors, plus representatives from each CC, if interested, to implement a solution based on the survey results. Three bus routes is the likely potential solution. The Rural Outreach volunteer drivers will also be involved.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has asked Tam Carroll’s stone mason to provide an estimate.

A977 Mitigation: As described in the last meeting, Crook of Devon resident Sarah Campbell submitted a complaint together with a petition about the condition of the A977 to PKC. The response from Lachlan MacLean was rather disappointing - the request to address the dip in the road in Crook of Devon, left after utility works, was met with the answer that there is a future resurfacing scheme for this section of road but there is no date for it to be implemented at the moment. Cllr Purves suggested it might be possible to reorder priorities so this could be done sooner. CCllr Duffy will write to Daryl McKeown to try and get this addressed.
The speed sensing traffic lights in Blairingone are now fully operational. There have been some suggestions from the public that the speed threshold is set too low which then causes noise as vehicles accelerate again, however the aim of the system was to reduce the speed of vehicles through the village, which was what local residents asked for.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook & Drum Growing Together and Crook Moss Travellers Site: No information at present.

New Business: None this month.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
CCllrs Bruce-Jones and Cheape attended the Kinross Forum on 24th June at which the following items were discussed: The proposed Community Transport group described above; Cllr Purves is trying to get draft schemes of administration agreed by PKC’s legal and finance departments; Cllr Robertson agreed to organise a meeting with the Police to discuss Community Speedwatch as described above; A presentation was given about Community Fibre projects – a grant of £1500 per household is available to get fibre network connectivity if less than 30Mbit/s is currently available. Although this would not be enough on an individual basis, it could be if a number of residents in an area all applied. Cllr Purves encouraged qualified residents to contact him if they are interested in applying for this scheme so that big enough groups can be assembled; Cllr Barnacle is hoping to establish a local litter collection campaign.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Richard Watters: Cllr Watters is keen to arrange a Community Asset Transfer meeting to assess whether there is enough interest from the community to take over the school building. However the meeting can’t be held at the school as it’s now closed! So Cllr Watters will try and to arrange the meeting somewhere else towards the end of September. There is funding available and a team from PKC available to help.
The Action Partnership would give £1200 to each village hall to provide Wi-Fi – the sum would cover making the connection and funding it for two years, letters are being circulated, it’s possible that two halls could be connected via the local school’s network.
The Men’s Shed in Kinross is struggling to purchase their building via Community Asset Transfer, since there is a loophole that the building is currently owned by an educational establishment and hence is not included in the scheme. Cllr Watters asked the CC to write to Margaret Cook, principal of the College to support the bid from the Men’s Shed.

Callum Purves: A MoP asked about the Carnbo bus shelter problem with the verge being impassable – Cllr Purves will chase. LDP2 has been returned by the reporter: Cllr Purves’ amendment for developers to take account of the route action plans for the A977 and B9097 was accepted; The Member Officer Working Group had included an amendment to LDP2 which would require developers to include a range of house numbers along with any development. Not only did the reporter reject this proposal but watered down the requirement on developers to only specify an indicative number of houses;

Mike Barnacle: Although Cllr Barnacle was unable to attend the meeting due to a conflicting appointment, he sent updates as follows: There will be a meeting at Fossoway Church Cemetery regarding the proposed church car park on 27th August – Cllr Barnacle asked if a member of the CC could attend, if possible bringing a copy of the planning application previously made by the CC; On the 29th August there will be a meeting at Fossoway Church regarding possible adoption of Drummond Park.

CC Election Process: PKC have changed the CC’s financial year to finish at the end of August. Consequently CC members will need to submit expenses for the period April to August and a set of accounts will be prepared and audited. There will then be an AGM at the start of the CC’s October meeting to hear reports from the chair and treasurer and to approve the accounts.
In addition, all the CC members become liable for re-election, with nominations opening on 15th August and closing on the 22nd September. Should an election be required, this will be held on the 7th November. CCllr Duffy requested that anyone interested in becoming a member of the CC should submit their nominations along with the existing members, who it is hoped will all stand. Finally, there will be an EGM at the start of the CC’s December meeting to form the new CC.

Planning Matters
19/01001/FLL Extensions to dwelling house at New House, Powmill, FK14 7NS. No CC Comment

19/00962/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at 34 West Crook Way, Crook of Devon, KY13 0PH. No CC Comment

19/01073/FLL Formation of five pitches and associated works at land 50 metres east of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment

19/01141/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Fossoway Schoolhouse, Crook of Devon. No CC Comment

Decided Applications
19/00473/IPL Residential development (in principle) Land 110 metres south-east of 3 Birkfield Park, Rumbling Bridge. Application refused – The CC objected.

19/00622/FLL Erection of a shed Fairview, Drum, Kinross KY13 0UN. Approved – The CC did not comment.

19/00710/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage Land 50 metres south-east of 4 Pitcairnie Lane, Carnbo. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: To mark their 100th year, Tesco have launched Bags of Help Centenary Grants - applications for grants of £25,000 from not for profit organisations for a broad range of projects that will provide community benefit are invited.
The B918 at Balado will be closed for five days from 9th September for resurfacing.

AOCB: A MoP reported that the Aldie road has branches overhanging road which are dangerous to cycles if they meet an oncoming car. The CC will write to Garry McConnell to ask for this to be addressed.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

It's the end of the four year (henceforth three year) period of office for Community Council Members, and although it's hoped that most, if not all, of the existing members will continue in their posts, we're always looking for new members to join us to share out the workload of reviewing documents and attending meetings to represent the Community.

Nominations for the Community Council opened on the 15th August, and remain open until the 22nd September. In the unlikely, but happy, event of there being more than eight nominations, there will be an election on the 7th November, otherwise the new Community Councillors will take up their posts at an EGM held at the beginning of the normal monthly meeting on the 3rd December.

If you think that you might be interested in joining us, please email moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof with contact information and one of us will explain what's involved.

Nomination forms are available from the PKC website (search for Community Council)

Thanks,

Graham Pye (Vice Chair)

Community Council Election by Graham PyeGraham Pye, 19 Aug 2019 16:38

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
4th June 2019, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Sarah Bruce-Jones, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, 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 Angus Cheape.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Our new Community Sergeant Michelle Burns attended the meeting and introduced herself.
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. Sgt Burns told the meeting that an abandoned caravan had been reported to PKC and will be removed shortly.
Speeding checks have been carried out in the area, in addition to checking for offenders, analysis of 100 vehicles was made to assess the average and maximum speeds at each point. On the 22nd May in the evening on the A977 the average speed was 29mph. On the 30th May in the morning, also on the A977, the average was 28mph with a high of 35mph, warnings were given to offenders. During a check on the B9097 at Crook Moss a driver was stopped doing 70mph.
Sgt Burns stressed that any issues could be reported either through calling 101, or by email to ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssorniKedisyaT#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssorniKedisyaT. Sgt Burns also left a number of leaflets about avoiding scammers, and said that the Police were are available to give talks on this subject to local groups.
CCllr Pye asked if Police Scotland had a process for submitting dash cam footage of potential offences. Sgt Burns said that she wasn’t aware of any system currently, although the Traffic Officers may have one. Meanwhile, reports should be made to 101 in the first instance.
Sgt Burns explained that the Police Community officers have changed their duty rotas so that rather than being on duty throughout the day and night they concentrate on hours that are more likely to be of benefit to the community. A MoP asked what to do if you detect speeding, Sgt Burns said that the most important thing was to take care of yourself and avoid confrontation; however she added that it’s actually very hard to tell when a vehicle is really speeding.
Wheelie bin 30mph speed limit stickers are being deployed in Angus and Sgt Burns will try and get some for our area too.
A MoP asked if the new traffic lights in Blairingone are working correctly, Cllr Barnacle answered that they were still under test and are not yet set to detect pedestrians as designed.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the April meeting were signed off without amendment; the minutes from the May meeting were updated to include a correction to Cllr Purves’ report about VAT.

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: The CC was advised on the 21st May that the Scottish Government had granted consent to the closure of the school. Consequently this, sadly, was probably the last CC Meeting in this building.
Cllr Watters has contacted the relevant PKC department to establish the process for a possible Community Asset Transfer to purchase the building. Officers from the department would come to this CC, or a meeting of any local committee established to take it over, to explain the process. If a transfer were to go ahead, then the building would be valued, and then its value to the community would be subtracted to arrive at a final price. Cllr Watters went on to describe some of the funds available to help with purchase.
A MoP asked what would happen to the School building if it was not transferred to the community. Cllr Purves said that eventually the building would be sold, although based on what has happened in other areas, this might not happen for some time.
Cllr Barnacle said that he was really upset about the process by which the school was closed, both the way the vote was taken, and the late planning department decision to ask for a master plan from the developers, which included playing fields, having previously told the education department that there was no demand for housing in the area.
CCllr Duffy wondered what would happen to all the school’s equipment. Cllr Purves said that some of it will go to other schools and then the residue might be available to community groups.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that there was a good turnout for the working group at the weekend, and the refurbished trailer has been put in place, and is ready to be planted.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that there will be a planting day on 15th June. All help is welcome.

Hydro Scheme Fund / Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy said that plans for the two possible locations are being drawn up. Both the Community at large, and now also SEPA, have expressed a preference to reuse the old location.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy noted that the event was quite successful, and financial reports will be presented to the CC when all monies have been finalised. CCllr Duffy hopes that the event can be repeated, although more helpers on the day of the event and immediately before and after were needed.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: The Community survey has been analysed and a report published. Cllr Purves stressed that activity is focussed on travelling from the rural areas into the towns, and that was reflected in the responses. Two meetings have been held between local councillors and the Public Transport Unit, and it appears that providing three routes would address the majority of needs.
A group needs to be set up to organise the service, which could either be run by volunteers purchasing a vehicle and operating it, or the three routes could be put out to tender to local bus companies, concentrating on out of school hours to get a better price. If grant funding could be obtained for the first couple of years then demand for the service could be confirmed and council funding might be obtained going forward.
A MoP asked if adults were allowed on current school bus services, Cllrs answered that only if it was a regular service scheduled to suit school hours, dedicated school services were for children only.
Other options, e.g. car sharing are also being considered by PKC. Cllr Watters added that the Action Partnership will be active in promoting any new service.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has spoken to Neil Kinnell of Profile Projects who has confirmed his commitment to the project. Cllr Barnacle is scheduling a meeting with interested parties. Profile Projects are planning to relocate their office to the old church building.

A977 Mitigation: Local resident Sara Campbell has collected a petition from residents in the Crook of Devon area of the A977. The residents are requesting that a 20mph speed limit be enforced through the village to ameliorate the problems caused by speeding goods vehicles. A trench in the road dug by Open Reach has dropped and causes noise and vibrations to buildings as HGVs cross it. Open Reach have been contacted but say that as it’s over two years since the work was done, fixing the road is no longer their responsibility. The petitioners have also asked for the road drains to be replaced with the type set into the pavement edge so they don’t cause noise as vehicles pass over them, and the road needs to be properly resurfaced rather than patched.
Ms Campbell has spoken to an audiologist who informed her that if traffic noise exceeded 80dB then PKC would have a duty of care to residents and so would need to address the problem.
Cllr Barnacle has contacted the Roads Department about repairing work done by utilities, and although the department is aware of the problem, the work hasn’t been done yet. It was noted that some drains were changed to the side mounted style in the past.
Cllrs explained that the overall mitigation measures for the A977 are designed to dissuade HGVs from coming through the villages at all, although there was general agreement from the floor that this was never going to be completely successful.
Cllr Watters pointed out that this year’s road budget was already agreed and doesn’t include enough to resurface the whole road, so the various contractors should be pressured to fix their defective repairs. Next year’s budget could include enough to surface the road properly. Cllr Purves wondered if priorities could be changed so planned top dressing in other areas could be replaced by more work in the village.
The CC will write to Stuart D’All supporting the petition.
Cllr Barnacle wrote to the roads department about the B9097 issues raised at a previous meeting of this CC. Unfortunately he received a disappointing response: the Police should be asked to enforce speed limits, and it would not be appropriate to extend the 40mph limit further out from the A977 as the road is in a rural area.
MoP Pete Trace had written to Cllr Barnacle pointing out the potential for road accidents on the A977 to A91 Loop Road – this road is substantially single track and the section between Newbigging and Claysyke has very poor visibility – this would be helped by the addition of slow signs, etc. Additionally the passing places are very potholed and rutted. Cllr Barnacle noted that the road is going to be top-dressed this year, and it would be useful for Mr Trace’s email to be forwarded to Stuart D’All so he is aware of the requirement to improve the passing places whilst the top-dressing is being done.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle has spoken to PKC’s Empty Properties team. They have not received any response from contacting the US owner, although he is paying Council Tax, so they wanted to Compulsorily Purchase the building. Head of Planning David Littlejohn is against this idea. The CC will write to him to press the case for a CPO.

Carnbo Bus Shelter Path: Cllr Robertson has asked PKC to fix the overgrown verge, but has received no answer yet. Meanwhile, Cllr Purves has contacted Margaret Roy of PKC’s Transport Unit, who is arranging for the school bus to stop in a safer place as a temporary measure.

Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar has contacted PKC to check progress against their previous promise that it would be upgraded by summer; it’s now planned to be done by the autumn.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Carnbo VAS, LDP2 and Crook Moss Travellers Site: No information at present.

New Business
None this month.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
CCllr Duffy attended a meeting of the Kinross Partnership where the latest tranche of investment funding for combating inequalities was discussed. There have been no applications for funding from this CC’s area.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Richard Watters: The Kinross and District Men’s Shed are trying to put together a bid to acquire the Swansacre Perth UHI Learning Centre as a community asset, both for their own activities and for other groups seeking suitable venues.

Callum Purves: The next meeting of the Kinross-shire Forum will be on the 24th June; agenda items include the transport survey results and a potential community speed watch.

Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle wants to promote a litter campaign in the area; There are now three parties involved in land ownership discussion around car parking near the Church, meanwhile the Church is now in favour of a new car park on land to the south of the cemetery.
At a recent meeting of Rural Scotland, Cllr Barnacle discovered that the Ochil Hills is a campaign target to become a Regional Park.

Planning Matters
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 last meeting, the CC later decided not to object.

19/00622/FLL Erection of a shed at Fairview, Drum, Kinross, KY13 0UN. No CC Comment

19/00700/AML Erection of 10 dwelling houses, associated infrastructure and landscaping (approval of matters specified in conditions of 18/01855/IPL) at Land 100 Metres north-west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. CC Object: No flood study; inappropriate type of housing proposed.

19/00710/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at land 50 metres south-east of 4 Pitcairnie Lane, Carnbo. No CC Comment.

19/00826/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at Land 40 metres south-east of Croit Oran,
Carnbo. No CC Comment

Decided Applications
19/00026/FLL Change of use of equestrian land to form outdoor children’s nursery, siting of a yurt and associated works on land 70 metres north of An Darach, Fossoway.
Approved – The CC did not comment

19/00427/FLL Erection of replacement garage Cocklaw House, Powmill, Dollar, FK14 7NP.
Approved – The CC did not comment

19/00445/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses (change of house type - plot 2) Land 30 metres south of Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon.
Approved – The CC did not comment

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: In response to a request from a MoP to this CC, Cllr Purves had asked for dog poo bins to be installed in the Naemoor Road area. The request has been rejected on the grounds that there are already enough bins at the entrances to the Gorge walk.

AOCB:
School Lets Process: CCllr Pye noted that the process for booking school rooms is being changed to an online system which is obviously desirable. However it is currently intended that the CC will no longer be invoiced and make payment by BACS transfer, rather a cheque will need to be submitted as, like most organisations, the CC does not have a credit or debit card. The online system requires a registration process that appears to be aimed at individuals rather than organisations.

Powmill Notice Board: CCllr Pye had assessed what was required to repair this board and received approval from the CC to spend £30 to £40 on improving it.

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

No Meeting in July!
Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th August 2019 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome

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

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.

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.
Approved

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.
Approved

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
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