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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
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th March 2019, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 12 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: Associate Member Tam Carroll
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

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

Matters Arising
Community Council By-Election: Co-opted member Carol Farquhar has submitted an application to become an elected member of the CC, thus narrowly restoring it to the minimum of four elected members. However, in the absence of any new members joining the CC during the remainder of this year, the current members will be unable to continue with the workload and this CC will therefore cease to exist at the time of the next election on the 7th November this year. In the meantime, the current members will only be able to perform the very minimum amount of the tasks they would otherwise like to.
Anyone wanting to join the CC, please get in touch with the chair, Trudy Duffy on 01577 840669.
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: The consultation report, including the report from Education Scotland, was made available for public review on 22nd February 2019. It can be viewed on PKC’s website at: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/media/43729/Blairingone-Consultation-Report/pdf/Blairingone_Consultation_Report.pdf?m=636864437595870000
The Lifelong Learning Committee will decide whether to implement the closure proposal at the meeting on 27th March 2019. If the decision to close goes ahead, then comments on the process or assumptions made in the report can be made to the Scottish Ministers (via tocs.vog|etatseloohcs#tocs.vog|etatseloohcs) by three weeks after that date, i.e. 17th April 2019. The CC encourages everyone to express their opinions by contacting the Lifelong Learning Committee members. Cllr Barnacle offered to meet local people before the meeting to discuss any issues.
Powmill in Bloom: Bulbs, etc., are being planted. Judging of the Well-kept Village competition will be in September this year; CCllr Farquhar will be attending a meeting about the competition.
Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy told the meeting that 500 snowdrops and some primroses have been planted in the grass triangle in the centre of Drum, and a wooden bench installed there. A spring flower arranging workshop will be held in the hall on 30th March. See the group’s Facebook page for details of all their activities.
Hydro Scheme Fund / Crook of Devon Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that a Site visit is planned to finalise the location for the new bridge. Other monies are available from the fund for small grants.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning of the event on 25th May in Waulkmill Park is going well; see the Gathering’s Facebook page for more details.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Purves reported that there is an ongoing review of PKC’s transport provision across Kinross-shire. Meanwhile a survey is being held to establish requirements. A MoP asked about DRT coverage of Blairingone, Cllr Watters answered that a new company is hoping to join the DRT scheme soon, but needs to finalise some licensing issues which are being progressed by PKC Officers.
Carnbo VAS: Cllr Watters and a PKC technician met on site and discussed the location of the VAS on the west side of village with local residents. The technician explained that it is in the best place. The VAS at the east end of the village is being installed now.
There was substantial opinion at the CC meeting that the 40mph limit on the east side of the village should be extended further out. A MoP from Blairingone expressed the opinion that the VAS hasn’t helped there.
A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle reported that the proposed traffic lights at Blairingone are hoped to be installed by the end of March. These lights will stay on red as vehicles approaches until there are no pedestrians.
Cllr Barnacle added that the Crook of Devon / School Road junction improvements are currently held up due to problems with moving services in the road. There are also different opinions about whether to keep the existing pedestrian lights when the new ones are installed – it is possible that they will be covered temporarily, or perhaps linked with the new lights.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle had a meeting with Barbara Renton, PKC’s Director of Housing and Environment, and suggested that if the appearance of the site was improved it would go a long way to improving the local community’s view of it.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle has spoken to the owner’s solicitor and told him of the Community’s desire to move urgently towards Compulsory Purchase of the site.

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

New Business
Winter Snow Clearance and Gritting: PKC have written to the CC seeking comments on this. Additionally they are seeking new participants for self-help schemes:
• Farmers self-help scheme for assistance with snow clearing operations
• Footway hand gritting self-help scheme
For both of these schemes Perth and Kinross Council will supply and maintain the gritting and snow clearing equipment plus in the case of the footways scheme they will supply the salt as well. Interested parties should contact Andy Brown at ku.vog.ckp|nworbra#ku.vog.ckp|nworbra.
A MoP present noted that the Milk Bar junction was not gritted on the only day of snow this season, causing substantial delays.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Community Investment Fund: CCllr Duffy attended this, at which a total of £50,000 was awarded to nine projects in Kinross-shire.
Kinross-shire Fund: CCllr Cheape attended a meeting of the fund on 4th March at which an award was made to KYTHE. There is more money in the fund still to be distributed.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves did not support the administration’s proposal at the budget meeting because it included proposed Council tax rises of 4% whilst Cllr Purves believes he was elected on a promise of much lower rises. Cllr Purves reported that he seconded Cllr Stewart’s amendment that would have replaced Dundee with Perth as the lead role in the Tay Cities partnership. However the amendment was defeated by the Provost’s casting vote.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle suggested that there is a process problem with the Council’s budget approval meeting – Officers come to the meeting proposing draconian cuts and then the Cllrs immediately reject the majority of them. It would be better to bring proposals for discussion and then a week later vote on them.
Cllr Barnacle found that a couple of issues he raised with LDP2 were not accurately included in the submissions to the reporter, so he has sent further details directly.
Richard Watters: Cllr Watters added that the sort of proposals Cllr Barnacle mentioned make the press causing great distress, but then are not implemented. An example would be the proposal to remove all School Crossing Patrols, which was rejected, but smaller underlying cuts to the service didn’t get reported.
Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson noted that PKC have borrowed £360M for capital investment, which seemed to him to be a bad idea as it will have to be paid back in the future. Cllr Robertson does support the 4% increase in Council Tax because he believes that otherwise many cuts would need to be made.

Planning Matters
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.
No CC comment.

19/00268/FLL Alterations to building at County Fabrics, The Water Mill, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UL.
No CC comment.

Decided applications - None this month.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
There will be a major cycling event on 12th May 2019, and although it’s called the Ochil Hills Sportive, it’s centred on Lochore Meadows Country Park and only a small part of the route, through Dunning Glen and Glen Devon, is close to our area. Details at https:www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/ochil-hills-100-sportive/
PKC have created a revised Scheme of Establishment for CCs which was approved by the Council on 27th February. The Scheme will come into force after the November elections and includes provisions for EU citizens to be members of CCs, and other minor changes.
A PAN for development at the site of the former Solsgirth Colliery has been published. There will be a Community Exhibition at Saline Primary School between 3 and 7pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019 to describe the development of houses, live/work units and business space.
PKC have published reports of progress in updating Flood Management Plans at https:
www.pkc.gov.uk/frmplans

AOCB: In pursuit of the new GDPR scheme, PKC have deemed it necessary to remove planning application comments from the website one year after an application has been approved. Kinross-shire Civic Trust have written to Anne Condliffe objecting to this change on the basis that subsequent applications are often made referring to earlier ones and it is very useful to be able to view previous comments. This CC agreed with this objection and will write to Anne Condliffe supporting the Trust.

A MoP had requested the provision of a dog waste bin at the entrance to Rumbling Bridge Gorge from Naemoor Rd. Cllr Purves agreed to look into this.

The CC was contacted by Morag McKenzie to ask if the Council would strim the verge on the main road whilst other areas in the village are being done. Cllr Barnacle will chase this.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd April 2019 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th February 2019, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye and Associate Member Tam Carroll; 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: None.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at 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 7pm, Thursday 10th January and 10.30am, Sunday 13th January, a quantity of diesel was stolen from a lorry at Blairingone.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the previous meeting were signed off with one amendment: The meeting on Blairingone School Estate was not in January but will be in March

Community Council By-Election: The CC regretfully announced that due to personal pressures, Jennifer Donachie has had to resign from this CC. The CC expressed its sincere thanks to Jennifer for her work, especially with regard to planning and as depute minute secretary.
PKC’s Corporate and Democratic Services Department have notified the CC that as we now only have three elected members it is necessary to hold a by-election to re-establish the remaining members.
In response to an appeal via Facebook, four people have expressed possible interest in joining the CC. However, in the absence of any new members joining the CC, the current members are unable to continue with the workload and this CC’s future is in doubt.
Anyone wanting to join the CC and stand for election, please get in touch with the chair, Trudy Duffy on 01577 840669. Visit the CC’s Facebook page or PKC’s website for the necessary forms: www.pkc.gov.uk/communitycouncilselections

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves informed the meeting that the consultation report, including the report from Education Scotland, will be reviewed at the 27th March meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee to decide if they agree with it. The report will have been available for public review for three weeks beforehand. If the Committee continue to propose closure, then the next step is for the Scottish government to review the proposed closure.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the group are still undecided whether to enter the Well Kept Village competition this year, meanwhile they intend to maintain the displays already in place and add an upcycled trailer in the spring.
Hydro Scheme Fund / Crook of Devon Bridge: A date is being agreed for a site visit to discuss the proposed location of the bridge, as the visit on the previously agreed date was unable to take place.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning for the gathering is going very well. More people have joined the organising committee and the first grant application has been submitted. The event will be on May 25th at Waulkmill Park – stands are still available, anyone interested should contact the committee via moc.liamg|gnirehtagyawossof#moc.liamg|gnirehtagyawossof for more information.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: A proposal to create a scheme covering a much wider area is under discussion, with a number of other CCs involved. Cllr Purves explained that there is a plan from PKC’s transport department to hold a survey to establish what sorts of journeys are needed. The survey will be available online, and paper copies will also be distributed to some areas where there is a resource to do so. A group needs to be formed to create and run a scheme, and although initial funding would need to be grant-based, if the scheme is successful PKC might take it on.
Carnbo VAS: Cllr Watters is looking into some issues with this, and in his absence the item is deferred to next month.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reports that the developer has confirmed that the promised sum of £2k is still available. The next step is for a local mason to inspect the memorial and estimate the cost of the move. Associate Member Carroll knows of a local craftsman and will work with Cllr Barnacle to obtain the estimate and possibly assist with the actual move.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle is due to meet with a PKC Officer to discuss the drainage connection.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle reported that PKC have drawn a blank contacting the owners, and he is now encouraging Compulsory Purchase of the property.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill Play Park, A977 Mitigation and LDP2: No information at present.

New Business
School Crossing Patrols: Cllr Duffy had heard a rumour that they’re to be stopped. Cllr Purves explained that lunchtime cover is being removed due to very little demand, and although there are some changes to cover where vacant posts are not being filled, this only represents a total of eight locations. In addition, there are ongoing reviews of crossing places with consideration given to upgrades to Pelican crossings, etc. Consequently there is no truth in this rumour. MoP asked whether any Council Officer actually inspects the crossing point before making changes.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Kinross-shire Local Action Plan: CCllr Duffy attended this; the next meeting will discuss the Community Investment Fund.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle had received complaints from MoPs about lack of gritting on minor roads and pavements.
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that the LDP2 Reporter had queried the LDP2 change to specify upper limits on number of properties in a proposed new development, asking for evidence that this had happened in the past. Cllr Barnacle and others had proposed an amendment to strengthen the upper limit.
The process to agree next year’s budget is in full swing. There are long term proposals to change the way that local councils get their funding.

Planning Matters

19/00020/FLL Change of use of agricultural land to garden ground and alterations and extensions to dwelling house at Merryhills; Rumbling Bridge Kinross.
No CC comment.

19/00092/FLL Installation of two wind turbines and associated works, land 300 metres Northwest of Dollar Equestrian, Blairingone, FK14 7ND.
CC object on this CC’s normal grounds of there being no overall PKC policy on wind turbines, and hence cumulative effect is not controlled. Additionally, there are ambiguities in this application regarding the ownership of the land and the identity of the applicant, which need to be resolved before detailed comments can be made.

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.
No CC comment.

Decided applications
18/02124/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres Southwest of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge.
Refused on grounds of too large a scale; The CC didn’t comment.

18/02164/FLL Alterations to dwelling house to form two dwelling houses at Cairnfold House, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7ND.
Approved; The CC didn’t comment

Cllr Purves reminded the meeting that PKC have published LDP2 Supplementary Guidance documents covering various topics. They are now open for consultation via http://www.pkc.gov.uk/ldp2guidance until 14th March.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: PKC propose to put double yellow lines at the top 15 metres of Waulkmill Road, where it joins Main Street.

AOCB: CCllr Duffy has successfully applied for “settled status” as an EU citizen, due in no small part to assistance from PKC’s Corporate and Democratic Services department who were able to confirm CCllr Duffy’s long-term service as a member of this CC, and hence her residence in this country.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th March 2019 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

DRAFT MINUTES FOSSOWAY AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
8TH JANUARY 2019
BLAIRINGONE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Attending: Community Cllrs Trudy Duffy (in the Chair), Angus Cheape and Carol Farquhar, P&K Cllrs Richard Watters and 4 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllrs Graham Pye and Jennifer Donachie and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K CClrs Mike Barnacle, Willie Robertson and Callum Purves

Declarations of Interest: None

Community Policing: No officer was able to be present at the meeting. CClr Duffy reported that a caravan had been stolen in Blairingone and this appeared to be the only incident in our area since the previous CC meeting.

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

Matters Arising:

Blairingone School Estate: Clr Watters reported that following the extensive consultation period the proposed closure of Blairingone School would be discussed further at a meeting of the full Council at the end of January. Meantime a report to be considered at this meeting was in preparation and this could either be accepted by the Council, rejected or amended subject to conditions. All points of view and perspectives reflected in the consultation would be covered in the report.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CClr Duffy reported that following an excellent Christmas fundraiser (£250 raised) the prospect for Spring planting was excellent. It was noted that ‘Well Kept’ would be substituted for ‘Best Kept’ in the well-established competition. Blairingone, Crook of Devon, Carnbo, Rumbling Bridge and Powmill were all encouraged to take part.
Hydro Scheme: Nothing to report beyond the call to raise further capital which had been fully subscribed by existing shareholders.
Crook of Devon Bridge: CClr Duffy reported that the site inspection planned for December had been postponed but would be reconvened shortly with progress expected during March.
Fossoway Gathering: CClr Duffy reported that the committee would meet next week to discuss a budget and that a fundraiser would be held in Crook of Devon Hall on 22nd February.
Blairingone War Memorial: Nothing to report.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Clr Watters reported on a recent meeting of the full Council at which the need to recruit additional taxi firms was discussed albeit that nothing was decided. There was potential also for a community bus and arrangements in Auchterarder and Comrie were quoted as examples (buses run by Sweeneys of Muthill). The Kinross Partnership were meeting on Wednesday 9th January to review an action plan.
Clr Watters reported that DRT take-up in P&K Council area during the past 6 months had totalled 2665 for a variety of purposes.
Carnbo VAS: MoP from Carnbo expressed concern at the siting of the VAS (2) in Carnbo. There were no streetlights and at their house (opposite Ochil Cottage) on the north side of the A91 the light from the VAS was intrusive. Further, from a practical viewpoint siting of the VAS at the west side of the village would be better beyond the bridge over the Quiech Burn.
Clr Watters undertook to take up this issue with Lachlan Maclean at the Roads Department. There was a real risk of nuisance arising from the present VAS siting.

Matters with no Update since last Meeting

Crook Moss Travellers Site - Nothing to report.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill – Nothing to report.
Powmill Play Park – CClr Farquhar to follow up on progress.

A977 Mitigation
Traffic Counters, signage and bollards, new VAS signs have been installed;
Upgrade of vehicle turning signs will be upgraded in March 2019;
School road Crook of Devon Junction will be completed in March 2019;
Signalisation Saline Road Blairingone will be completed in February 2019
A977/B9097 re-alignment expected to be completed in June 2019.

MoP took issue with the proposed re-alignment at the junction of the A977 and the B9097. It was noted that there had been a Safety Audit undertaken which had covered sundry issues arising. Clr Watters commented that it would be difficult at this stage to reallocate the funding set aside for this improvement in 2016 (?).

New Business

Cover for Minute Secretary – CClr Duffy reported that Kinross Community Council uses a Minute Secretary at a rate of £35 per meeting. Both CClrs Pye and Donachie produced excellent minutes when able to attend meetings but a stand-in on a paid basis was now regarded as a priority.

CC Business

Meetings Attended: None. CClr Farquhar reported that business connected with the Sports Hub remained on-going.

PKC Business

Clr Watters reported on improved arrangements for disability provision in shops, pubs etc to include ramps, handrails and other facilities. Funding would be made available.

Planning Matters

New
18/02124/FLL: Erection of a dwellinghouse and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres South West Of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge – no comment

Decided
18/02006/FLL: Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse 1 Mossend Green Powmill Dollar FK14 7NJ – approved
18/02015/FLL: Siting of caravan for use as site office/reception/welfare building (in retrospect) Land 10 Metres North Of Lambhill Blairingone - refused
18/01855/IPL: Renewal of permission 15/01110/IPL (residential development (in principle) Land 100 Metres North West Of Schiehallion Crook Of Devon - approved

AOCB

MoP expressed grave concern at the condition of the access to the Dalkeiths and Seamab School. He had at his own expense filled in potholes on the approximately ¼ mile stretch from the public road before Christmas and the weight of traffic had already resulted in significant deterioration. Over Dalkeith (currently on the market) owned the road with others enjoying a Right of Access and it was assumed therefore that maintenance would be on a user basis. Given that wear and tear on the access was increased greatly by Seamab School (70 staff) the merits of involving P&K Council to assume some responsibility for maintenance were discussed at some length. Clr Watters undertook to research the background so far as possible and establish the proportion of pupils using Seamab School resident within P&K.

There being no further competent business the meeting closed at 8.30pm.

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

Next Meeting
Tuesday 5 February, 7.30 pm, Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
4th December 2018, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and P&K Cllrs Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and; 5 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllr Graham Pye and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Richard Watters; Fossoway Parent Council, Christina Smith

Declarations of Interest: CCllr Cheape – LDP2

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at 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: Cairnfold Farm, Blairingone was broken into between 1pm and 10.15pm on Thursday 22nd November. During this time several people are believed to have visited the nearby Dollar Equestrian Centre. Officers are appealing for any witnesses to suspicious vehicles or people in the area.

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

Matters Arising
Secretary, Fossoway & District Community Council - resignation: CCllr Duffy announced with regret that Cameron Brown who was the secretary had resigned due to conflicting commitments with work and other interests. He will be sadly missed however we all wish him well for the future.
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves informed that the report from Education Scotland has been published and that it will be discussed at a forthcoming committee meeting.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that there was not much activity at present. A wreath making workshop was planned for December, which she hoped would be well attended.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that there was not much activity at the moment. She attended a meeting hosted by David Hill, a judge for Best Kept village. The meeting was very informative, covering topics such as participating successfully in competitions, generating local enthusiasm and cooperation between villages. The competition is to be renamed ‘Well Kept Village’ next year. CCllr Farquhar also mentioned groups were working together to find ways of accessing funds for Bloom Group activities.
Hydro Scheme & Crook of Devon Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that the planned walk/inspection of site will take place on Saturday 8th December at 11.30pm. This will establish where the new Crook of Devon Bridge will be situated. Some CC members and local residents will attend. Money from the Hydro Scheme will be made available next year for the Crook of Devon Bridge project.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning for this is going well. There will be a Fund raiser in Crook of Devon village hall sometime in February.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Donachie stated that the Planning Application for a modified vehicle access at Blairingone Church had been approved. It is anticipated that the approval may lead to progress regarding the Blairingone War Memorial.
Carnbo VAS: An online query from a Carnbo resident regarding the installation of the VAS had a response on 21st November, from the Road Safety team. The manufacturer of the solar panels which power the signs in Carnbo has had to order more panels; timescales are not available as yet for delivery but will be communicated when this information exists. Cllr Purves indicated that another VAS will be installed in the village, however no timescale has been given for this as yet.
World War One Centenary: CCllr Cheape reported that there was a good turnout, the celebration went well and there was a lot of interesting material on display. A tree was planted on Waulkmill Green in commemoration. CCllr Cheape thanked those who participated and the public who came along on the day.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: CCllr Duffy reported that at the last meeting it was stated that only one taxi operator was left in this scheme. Cllr Robertson indicated that the four local councillors met with PKC Public Transport Manager, Margaret Roy to discuss this issue. The councillors are optimistic that more taxi companies will come on board. A survey will be carried out regarding a Rural Bus Network to see if there is a demand and once the results of the survey are analysed the initiative will be taken forward.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
No information at present regarding: Crook Moss Travellers Site, A977 Mitigation, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Powmill Play Park and LDP2.

New Business
Roadworks at the School Road, Crook of Devon: CCllr Duffy reported that some residents have queried the length of time the roadworks are taking. Cllr Robertson understood that the works were nearly completed. Cables had been found unexpectedly under the ground which hindered progress. Cllr Robertson will seek clarification regarding the completion date of the roadworks.
A977: Cllr Duffy asked if the Safety Audit on the mitigation measures had been carried out regarding the A977. The Safety Audit was carried out regarding realigning the A977, the preferred option from the A977 consultation. Cllr Robertson confirmed the report had been published, however it was not available for councillors as yet. Cllr Robertson offered to make available a timetable of works to clarify when any action will take place. A MoP queried if the developer for the plans in the field at the institute would make a contribution to the work on the A977. Cllr Robertson stated that PKC were footing the bill, money had been budgeted for the A977 and it was important to carry out this necessary work as soon as possible. A MoP stated that there was an offer from a landowner to gift a piece of land to make the realignment safer as it may be tight for the turning of lorries. Cllr Robertson offered to look into this on receipt of an email from the MoP, detailing their concerns.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended

Kinross-shire Forum: CCllr Duffy attended this meeting which dealt mainly with Transport & Traffic and also the Kinross in Action Partnership.
Kinross Fund Meeting: CCllr Cheape reported that a small grant was awarded to Kinross Parent Council for equipment. Kinross Rotary were also awarded a grant. The fund is available for all local areas, money has not been taken up as expected therefore it was important that local organisations submit bids for worthwhile projects.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that two funds, Micro Enterprise Grant Scheme and Micro Credit loans Scheme were launched. Care in the community is a PKC focus. A cooperative model is being investigated as pilot schemes in other areas have been successful.
Willie Robertson: No new information to report this month.

Planning Matters

New applications
18/02006/FLL Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse, 1 Mossend green, Powmill. No CC Comment.
18/02015/FLL Siting of caravan for use as site office/reception/welfare building (in retrospect) at Land 10 metres north of Lambhill, Blairingone, FK14 7NB. The CC commented.

Decided applications
18/01622/FLL Formation of vehicular access, Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NJ. The CC did not comment.

Local Review Body Decisions
TCP/11/16(550)/1800473/FLL Erection of a wind turbine and associated works on land south east of Warlawhill Farm, Carnbo. The CC Commented. Still under review by the Local Review Body.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
Fly tipping: A local resident has reported by email, the fly tipping of garden waste (leaves, plant materials) dumped in two piles at the entrance gateway to fields off the unclassified road to Barnhill/Pitfar/Craigend which comes from the A977 between Powmill and Blairingone. The resident wishes the incident to be noted as they are concerned that materials such as grass clippings/poisonous plants can cause death in farm animals. An additional concern is there may be an increase in fly tipping due to the council now charging for the uplift of these materials in brown bins. A Customer Service Advisor with PKC responded to the email and has reported the incident to the Community Waste team. Cllr Purves indicated that there has been no significant increase in fly tipping in other areas, this is evidence based and the public appear to be taking garden waste to recycling centres. The uptake for paying for brown bins is 55%. The charge for brown bins will increase from £25 to £30 next year.

AOCB
Flooding on the road at Drum: A MoP stated the road in Drum has been resurfaced however there is still flooding. PKC tried to fix this, a blockage was cleared but not on the road drain. This issue still has not been addressed by PKC. Cllr Robertson will take this up.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th January 2018 at 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

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

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Richard Watters; Seven Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; P&K Cllr Willie Robertson
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at 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 midnight on Wednesday 1st October and 6:30pm on Wednesday 3rd October entry was gained to a vacant hotel premises in Blairingone. Additionally there was a break-in at Easter Muirhead stables at the end of October – no further details at the moment.
The CC has been contacted by the Police to announce that the Speedwatch programme may be resurrected, we have responded positively but there are no details as yet.
A MoP asked whether sheep worrying had been mentioned in the Report, another MoP added that he was aware of two recent incidents both of which have been reported to the Police.
Blairingone pavement parking – Cllr Watters spoke to Police and they checked but didn’t find any reportable incidents.

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

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Watters reports that the responses are being collated; the Lifelong Learning Committee must then review the proposal before it is sent to the Scottish Government. Cllr Barnacle has been told that the Scottish Government’s executive agency Education Scotland has visited the school, and will also produce a report to be submitted to PKC.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the unpaid work team have been planting daffodil bulbs. There will be a wreath making workshop on 9th December as a fund raiser. The Group is not planning to enter many competitions next year.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that it’s a quiet time; upcycling of a trailer and crates into planters is in progress ready for next year. Members of the Bloom Groups are to attend a meeting with the organisers of the Best Kept Village competition on the 21st November.
Hydro Scheme: The Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Society is selling more shares in order to acquire more capital. Local residents are encouraged to apply: https://rumblingbridgehydro.coop/ The Society is looking to purchase a small area of land which is currently rented to reduce ongoing costs.
A MoP noted that there is still some tidying up after the construction work to be done. CCllr Duffy will pass this on to Hugh Wallace.
Cllr Barnacle was recently in discussion with residents of The Old Station about a possible adoption; however they’re concerned about a serious drop from an embankment adjacent to the pipeline route. Cllr Barnacle has asked Hugh Wallace to consider installing some sort of safety barrier.
Crook of Devon Bridge: George Lawrie from TRACKS updated the meeting on the progress towards the replacement bridge. Reusing the previous location would require construction in the river bed which is now deprecated by SEPA, and in any case the new bridge needs to be 600mm above the 200 year flood level which would be difficult to achieve there. So other sites were examined during a site visit and a position about 75m west looks promising (by small gate from Naemoor Road) which would require an 18m span that can be readily achieved. Other locations would probably result in stairs or long ramps since the bridge would have to be high up and would need extra paths to be created. In answer to a question, George Lawrie explained that the previous site was not impossible, but would be much more expensive. Initial estimates from the same company used for the Millennium Bridge are approximately £13k for an 18m bridge kit 1.5m wide, including 1.4m high parapets as there is quite a big drop to the river. About twice as much again would be needed for assembling and installing the kit.
The proposed bridge would not be up to PKC’s engineering standards so it’s unlikely that they would take on the maintenance in the future, so finance for that would need to be ensured. George Lawrie thinks it might be possible to get some initial funding from the Forestry Commission. PKC have recently done some work on the existing bridge, and the may contribute some money to help with paths on north side which need improvement.
Cllr Barnacle has spoken to the relevant landowner and obtained permission for access across their land for construction vehicles. A MoP asked about another part-built bridge – George Lawrie replied that its position was such that connecting accessible paths to it would be very difficult. The new bridge would also need planning permission from PKC and a CARS licence from SEPA. Cllr Barnacle reminded the meeting that this bridge would restore the Millennium Path, which is part of the Core Path Network.
Fossoway Gathering: Cllr Barnacle has spoken to some of the neighbours around the proposed site to gather any concerns. A MoP asked if there is still an opportunity for other organisations to take part in the Gathering; CCllr Duffy replied that all are welcome. Cllr Barnacle reminded CCllr Duffy that an application to PKC for use of the field needs to be submitted by the CC as lead organisation.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle hopes that the Planning Application for a modified vehicle access will be recommended for approval this week, although the applicant has not so far submitted a corresponding listed building application.
Carnbo VAS: Cllr Robertson has progressed the implementation of the VAS in Carnbo, with the post being erected on the 23rd October. Cllr Purves has also been closely following this but doesn’t think that the sign will be added until early next year. Hopefully next year’s budget will allow an additional sign to be added at the other end of the village.
World War One Centenary: Cllr Barnacle has ensured that no works will be taking place on the A977 during the weekend. Various activities have been organised with local schools, reading of names, and an exhibition of memorabilia. Jean Scott Moncrieff’s great-grandfather was killed at Gallipoli in 1915, and she will be planting a Beech tree on Crook of Devon Green to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Watters reports that the service has provided 800 journeys this year, but now that one of the taxi companies has left the scheme its viability has been put at risk. The DRT scheme costs about half the amount that running a bus service like the 201 route would cost. Cllr Watters has also asked PKC Officers to investigate measures to promote new taxi companies. Cllr Barnacle has been looking into provision of a Community Transport Group that would have charitable status and cover Fossoway and Milnathort.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook Moss Travellers Site, Lambhill, A977 Mitigation, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Powmill Play Park and LDP2:
No information at present.

New Business None this month.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar reported that activities promoted by the Hub are proving popular. CPR Training has been organised recently and was very well attended. Although there are now defibrillators at Carnbo and Crook of Devon, they need to be installed in the other villages too. CCllr Farquhar will progress this goal – First Responders and SSE were suggested by those present as possible sources of funds.
Roads & Bridges Show: CCllr Pye attended this event where there were presentations about Integrated Traffic Systems – In the long term it’s intended that there will be systems that combine different transport systems, train, bus, car-sharing, etc., using social media to enable users to assemble journeys. The Scottish Government is preparing legislation to allow Councils to create Low Emission Zones.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: PKC has agreed to assist residents of Crook Moss with power and drainage connections, so Cllr Barnacle has asked if the six houses in Drum not currently on mains drainage could be helped too. The two caravans in the paddock are still there, Cllr Barnacle is expecting a planning application to extend the site to be submitted soon.
The work at the School Road junction on the A977 is in progress. Although there have been some local objections to the work, Cllr Barnacle supports the proposed changes based on wider consultation. The new traffic lights will be permanently red unless there are no pedestrians present, which should improve safety. The current traffic lights will be temporarily covered once the new ones are in place to see if both are needed, and they will be removed if not. BT cabling moves required to perform the works are proving more complicated than expected so they are currently holding up work on the new path. A MoP asked about pedestrian safety on the new path, will there be barriers? Cllr Barnacle replied that as it’s not on a bend, unlike the existing path, it should be safer; in addition the new traffic lights will prevent vehicles passing pedestrians at speed.
The footpath from Claysyke Steading to the primary school track has needed clearing for a long time, and enforcement action is now taking place.
Callum Purves: PKC’s 20mph policy is being implemented, but rather more slowly than our local Councillors would like. There is currently proposed to be a trial in four areas, but none of them are to be in in our area in the short term.
The Digital Learning Strategy recently approved by the Lifetime Learning Committee includes improvements that particularly affect rural schools, for example improved broadband, training, etc. There is also a plan to deliver high school subjects that are not available locally by remote access.
Richard Watters: A Drum resident who cuts a lot of the local grass currently has to pay for two brown bins to dispose of the cuttings, which may mean he stops doing it. Perhaps the Bloom Group could take over ownership of one of them so he doesn’t have to pay. CCllr Duffy agreed to arrange for that to be done.

Planning Matters

18/01783/FLL Change of use from agricultural land to garden ground at Jansfield. No CC comment.
18/01855/IPL Renewal of permission 15/01110/IPL (residential development in principle) at Land 100 metres North West of Schiehallion. No CC comment.
18/01925/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at 1 Mossend Green, Powmill FK14 7NJ. No CC comment.

Decided applications
18/00/FLL Extension to dwellinghouse, 7 Moubray, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UU. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01420/FLL Siting of a static caravan, Easter Muirhead, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7ND. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01389/FLL Erection of Dwelling house, Land 100 metres South East of Briglands Lodge, Rumbling Bridge. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01493/FLL Change of use from dwellinghouse (class 9) to residential care home (class 8) Soroba House, Main Street, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7NU. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01537/FLL Renewal of permission 14/01179/FLL (Change of use and alterations to former steading to form a dwelling house) Former Steading, Solsgirth. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: Gelvan Muir Road in Carnbo was due to be closed from 1st to 4th November – this was posted on the CC’s Facebook page when received.
Culture Perth and Kinross are seeking input on the future of the library service over the next five years – comments can be made at: http://www.culturepk.org.uk/about-cpk/librariesconsultation/

AOCB: Braehead works are being done at last, but part of this work has resulted in the Bus Stop being moved. It seems that local residents were not consulted about this. Cllrs Barnacle and Purves will look into this.
There will be an Open Forum on 21st November at 6pm, where the definition of a new tourist route called Heart 200 will be proposed.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th December 2018 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd October 2018, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye (chair) and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K Cllrs, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 10 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllr Trudy Duffy and CCllr Cameron Brown; P&K Cllr Mike Barnacle
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. 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 Wednesday 5th September and Saturday 8th September, a wire fence around a field containing horses was damaged near to Whistlemount, Powmill. As a result of the damage a number of horses escaped from the field. Between 8am, Monday 17th September and 8am the following morning, a chain and padlock which were securing a field gate at Blairingone were cut off and removed.
Chief Superintendent Paul Anderson has moved from the Division to a new post. From Monday 3rd September, Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd has taken on the role of Divisional Commander for Tayside Division.

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

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Statutory consultation meetings were held on Thursday 6th September at Fossoway Primary School and Tuesday 18th September at Blairingone Primary School. Tam Carroll, associate member of this CC and CCllr Farquhar attended the Blairingone meeting. Associate member Carroll stated that in his view the meeting was fruitless and PKC representatives were not interested in local opinion. CCllr Farquhar reported that the purpose of the meeting was to set out the procedures for closure of the school and accordingly, to move pupils to Fossoway Primary School. Also, the purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for interested parties to make their views known and these views would be accounted for. CCllr Farquhar stressed that the meeting was about closing the school and that PKC representatives were not there to respond to arguments about retaining the school. Cllr Watters emphasised that the recommendation from PKC is to close the school. The statutory consultation period is to enable comments to be registered, noted and taken forward. Cllr Watters stated that comments could be made via the PKC website and the closing day for the consultation is Friday 5th October. The next step in the process would be Education Scotland looking at the proposals, alongside the outcome of the Statutory Consultation and recommendations would be made to PKC. Ultimately PKC will have the final say regarding the closure of Blairingone school.
Lambhill: Planning application 17/02015/FLL to place a static caravan on the site was refused on 11th January. The applicant appealed to the LRB who upheld the decision, and this was made public on the 12th September.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the group had not met since the last CC meeting, however a get together to tidy up is planned for Sunday 7th October. A meeting is also planned for November to decide how the Bloom Groups can support one another regarding the Best Kept Village Competition.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Farquhar reported that Amanda James, from Crook and Drum Growing Together, had informed her that the group were pleased to receive a bronze award on their first entry in the Beautiful Scotland Competition and a silver award for the Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross Competition. The group are concerned about an area of shrubs near West Crook Way and will consult with PKC to see how this area can be tidied up and maintained.
Hydro Scheme Fund: The CC has been notified that the Hydro Scheme’s AGM will be on the 27th October; there will also be a tour of the site, probably starting at 2pm from the Village Hall. More information will be forthcoming.
Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar reported that there has been no movement on this item.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy passed on the information that this CC will be the lead organisation for the Gathering.
Blairingone War Memorial: A new planning application for the realignment of the vehicular access at Blairingone church has been submitted and if successful may assist in moving this forward.
Ivy Cottage - A MoP asked if a freedom of information request could be made to PKC to find out if council tax is paid on this property. Discussion ensued however there is no clear-cut way of dealing with the cottage as the owners live outwith the UK.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook Moss Travellers Site, A977 Mitigation, and LDP2: - No information at present.

New Business
Blairingone Parking: A MoP reported to this CC that vehicles are frequently parked on the pavement in the village, both obscuring the view of other drivers of pedestrians on the crossing and requiring pedestrians to walk in the road instead of using the pavement. The problem is worst early in the morning (before 7am) and in the evening (after 5pm.) Cllr Watters has contacted the police about speeding cars in the village and they are committed to make Blairingone a priority. Cllr Watters will also contact the police regarding the issue of vehicles parked on the pavement. Cllr Robertson mentioned that a way of dealing with this would be for the CC to write back to the MoP, who should then take photos of the cars, email the photos to Cllr Robertson, who would then contact the police.
Carnbo Speeding: A MoP has contacted this CC to report on the increase in number of speeding vehicles passing through the village. Although it is proposed to install Vehicle Actuated Speed signs in Carnbo, they are not scheduled until next year. CCllr Pye asked if there was any way this could be brought forward. Cllr Robertson stated that there is a budget for this, however the money has been used up for this year. Cllr Robertson agreed to look into this.
Crook of Devon Village Hall: CCllr Donachie noted that the bottle banks in the recycling area in the hall car park are surrounded by broken glass, extending to parts of the car park itself. Cllr Robertson undertook to look into this.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar reported that all the activities previously reported were moving forward successfully and that she was encouraged by what is happening in the Kinross-shire area.
Community Investment Fund: A meeting of the Community Investment Fund will be held in January 2019 and CCllr Cheape will represent the CC at this.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson reported that at a recent TRACKS meeting the costing of the new bridge over the River Devon was discussed and this was not as expensive as was first anticipated. The bridge will need to be higher than the previous bridge to avoid flood damage. A meeting is to be organised to decide on the definitive location of the bridge at which CCllr Duffy and CCllr Pye will attend.
Richard Watters: Cllr Watters reported that there will be a full council meeting on 3rd October and a motion was to be considered regarding EU nationals and nominations to enable them to sit on Community Councils. This will mean changing the current rules. Mechanisms will also need to be put into place to allow EU nationals to be able to vote in elections.

Planning Matters

New applications
18/01469/FLL Extension to dwellinghouse at 7 Moubray, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UU. No CC Comment.
18/01420/FLL Siting of static caravan at Easter Muirhead, Blairingone, FK14 7ND. No CC Comment. 18/01622/FLL Formation of vehicular access at Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NY.
No CC Comment.
18/01537/FLL Renewal of Permission 14/01179/FLL (Change of use) and alterations to former steading, to form a dwellinghouse at, Former Steading, Solsgirth. No CC Comment.
18/01493/FLL Change of use from dwellinghouse (class 9) to residential care home (class 8) at Soroba House, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NU. No CC Comment.
There was some discussion regarding application 18/01493/FLL as a MoP requested information about the intended use. CCllr Donachie reported that the application stated the care home is currently being prepared for use as a residential provision for 4 children. There is no indication as to the age of the children or if it is linked to another residential care home in the area.

Decided applications
18/01355/FLL Erection of a dwellinghouse, Land 20 metres East of Craigielin, Gartwhinzean Loan, Powmill.
Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01237/FLL Erection of stables (in retrospect) Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone, FK14 7ND
Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/00702/FLL Erection of 2 dwellinghouses, Land 40 metres North of Ochil Cottage, Carnbo.
Approved – The CC did not comment.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
Dave Stubbs (PKC’s Greenspace Coordinator) informed the CC that he has arranged for path repairs/improvements along the railway path from Peat Gate to Church Road, Crook of Devon. These works are to restore the railway path originally built by the Countryside Trust 8-9 years ago and to tie in the path on PKC’s land to the path built by others at the Station Road end.
Kinross-shire Winter Festival takes place during November, see www.kleo.org.uk for details.

AOCB:
Defibrillator - There is now a defibrillator at the Crook of Devon Village Hall. Training courses are due to be arranged shortly. There is also one in Carnbo Village Hall.
B9097 & U241 - A MoP asked why the speed restriction on the B9097 has not yet been changed to 40mph. The MoP also enquired as to why the U241 has not had the speed restriction changed to 20mph. The MoP has corresponded with PKC regarding this, but nothing has been done. Cllr Robertson will act on this.
Community Transport initiative – A MoP stated that two local taxis organisations have now withdrawn from this scheme. Cllr Robertson said that rural transport has issues, but this was a definite concern. Cllr Watters will look into this.
A977 – A MoP asked about looking into the signage on the A977. Signs directed traffic along this route and yet the plan by PKC was to make the A977 a less desirable route to travel on. No action was agreed for this.
VAS – A MoP stated that the vehicle activated signs were not slowing the traffic down on some occasions. Cllr Robertson advised the MoP to take a photo of the car, with the VAS speed limit sign in clear view and email this to him. Cllr Robertson said he will alert the police to this.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

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

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

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
4th September 2018, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy and Carol Farquhar; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Richard Watters; Eight Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllrs Graham Pye and Jennifer Donachie; P&K Cllr Willie Robertson.
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Angus Cheape declared an interest in ???????????

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. 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.

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

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: A statutory consultation meeting will be held on Thursday 6th September at Fossoway Primary School. A further meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th September at Blairingone Primary School. The basis of this consultation is formed around the earlier paper presented to committee allowing parents and members of the public to make comment – this will inform the final paper presented to committee. Cllr Barnacle was assured that parents in Blairingone have been informed of the dates of the meetings, he has taken measures to ensure due procedure has been followed. Cllr Barnacle suggested the option of a shared headship between schools allowing the building to be kept open has not been fully explored. CCllr Duffy called for a parent from Blairingone School to join the Community Council as an associate member. Tam Carroll of Barnhill Farm volunteered to become an associate member and informed the meeting that local parents have been active in going to the press and Scottish Government on this issue.
Roadworks: The closure of Rumbling Bridge for resurfacing was completed three days early, allowing the 23 bus service to resume its normal route. Cllr Barnacle discussed this matter with the public transport unit requesting reasons as to why the alternative 23 route provided did not offer a service equal to that which had been disrupted. CCllr Duffy received numerous comments from local parents that there was not enough notice that this bus service was to be disrupted and it is felt a community transport initiative is now desperately needed.
Lambhill: The Reporter’s decision on the appeal against the refusal of application 17/01227/FLL Change of use of agricultural shed to general storage and distribution has been received. Although the Reporter upheld the appeal she imposed conditions on operating hours, dust and noise control.
Hydro Scheme Fund: George Lawrie will attend the November meeting of this CC to update us with the plans for the new bridge.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the village came second place in the Kinross shire Civic Trust Best Kept Village competition and that it was felt the village is looking much better. Bulb planting will be starting soon, keep an eye on local notice boards and the Community Council’s Facebook page for updates.
Powmill in Bloom: CClr Farquhar attended the Presentation Evening for the Best Kept Village Competition hosted by the organisers. It was a lively and informative evening where all the villages and hamlets were encouraged to continue their efforts and take part in future competitions.
Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar reported that the play park is due to be refurbished in the next financial year. At the previous CC meeting there was local interest in a cricket pitch at Powmill Play Park, the Sports Hub have offered to help apply for a grant that will hopefully provide this.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that the gathering will go ahead on Saturday 25th May 2019. The group are currently looking at finalising a location for the event.
LDP2: The final version of the plan was approved by the full council on 29th August without the inclusion of any additional sites. Two amendments were added by our local members. The first sought to strengthen the policy on the number of properties in a development area. The second amendment asks the reporter to ensure that any developments should consider impact on the roads through our villages, and make appropriate mitigation, including developments outside our county. The next stage will be the appointment of a reporter to decide on the proposed plan, which will then take a further six to eight months to form a final decision.
Ivy Cottage: Cllr Barnacle reported that it has been suggested that the CC and Bloom Group write to PKC raising concern that little has been done to improve this property to a habitable standard.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reported that a meeting has been held between Profile Projects and PKC Roads Department. It is hoped this will result in the project to relocate the memorial moving forward once existing planning issues are resolved.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook Moss Travellers Site and A977 Mitigation - No information at present.

New Business
40 MPH Speed Limit, Drum: A member of the public corresponded with the CC regarding the 40mph speed limit at Drum and whether it was going ahead. Local councillors confirmed it will be going ahead.
Kinross-shire Forum: Cllr Purves attended the meeting where a traffic model for Kinross and Milnathort was presented; this looked at traffic flow, junctions within the towns and connections to surrounding areas. Cllr Watters found the ability to identify pinch points, such as outside schools, particularly Kinross primary, could be useful in testing amendments which could then be put in place to improve the flow of traffic. It was felt the model was a good tool for forward planning. Cllr Duffy reported that there was a lack of information presented relating to public transport with the focus being primarily on cars. Cllr Purves reported that there was considerable discussion on local democracy bringing decisions to a more local level, Cllr Purves will be circulating further information in the future and mentioned the possibility of an area committee being established. It is hoped these meetings will take place quarterly. One MoP raised concerns about community transport, CCllr Duffy felt that this forum could be a good platform to spend some time on the issue of community transport. Cllr Waters mentioned that this was discussed at an earlier Action Partnership meeting and this could be part of this group’s remit. This could take the form of a community bus, examples of which are already in place in Auchterarder.
Post Brexit: The Scottish Government is preparing a new Electoral Franchise Bill that will preserve the rights of EU citizens resident in Scotland to vote in local elections. This means that such residents are able to stand as Community Councillors.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Kinross Fund: Cllr Cheape reported that there has been an application for mobility scooters at RSPB Vane Farm which was granted.
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar reported that the Sports Hub meeting has been postponed until later this month. The possibility of a sub-group for Fossoway is being explored. A questionnaire about possible improvements at the Kinross Skate Park has been uploaded to the Fossoway CC Facebook page.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: The owners of Devonshaw Quarry have been established, and a letter has been sent regarding the existing state of the site. The planning bill is at Stage 2 for which Cllr Barnacle has suggested amendments relating to prioritising development on brownfield sites, equal right for third party appeals on major applications, and maintaining the 20m rule for neighbourhood notifications. There is a road closure on the B9097 from east Coldrain Junction from 11th of September. Two roads in Fossoway are being explored for adoption, Station Road Rumbling Bridge and Drummond Park. Two members of the public commented on the condition of the road to Seamab School and the Riding School and the possibility for this road to be improved or adopted. The Back Crook at Drum is due to be resurfaced from Monday 3rd for two weeks. The World War One Commemoration Committee has a meeting one week on Wednesday in the Village Inn, if anyone has any interest or information they are welcome to attend. Any farmers looking to apply for the farmer’s scheme for winter maintenance should start now. There is a conference on the Ochil Hills on the 10th November at Stirling University.
Callum Purves: The Community Investment Fund will be open for applications on Friday, 14th September until Friday, 18th October. It is a £1.2 million fund for the next two years, which means that there will be £50,000 available for Kinross-shire both this year and next year. The concept of the fund is to allow community groups and local organizations to apply for funding for projects that will benefit the local community. The decisions about funding for Kinross-shire will be made by a panel of Kinross-shire representatives, which will include ward councillors, a representative from each community council, and community members from the local action partnership.
Richard Watters: Action Partnerships – There is currently one application in for a representative on the partnership but there is still a place for more members, preferably from more rural parts of Kinross-shire to provide a more balanced group to help tackle rural issues and inequalities. The Life Long Learning Committee has a position for more members from other faiths and religions.

Planning Matters

New applications
18/01355/FLL Erection of a dwelling house, land 20 metres east of Craigielin, Gartwhinzean Loan, Powmill, FK14 7LQ. No CC comment.
18/01389/FLL Erection of dwelling house at land 100 metres south-east of Briglands Lodge, Rumbling Bridge. No CC comment.

Decided applications
18/00873/FLL Alterations to dwellinghouse, Hillsview, Powmill. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01296/IPL Renewal of permission (15/01053/IPL) residential development in principle) Land 30 metres north west of Sunnyside, Drum. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/01018/FLL Alterations to dwellinghouse and erection of a fence, Vernon Mount, 2 Mill Gardens, Powmill. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:

AOCB: One MOP raised concerns over public transport in the area and that transport links here need a major overhaul e.g. schoolchildren not being able to get a school bus from Rumbling Bridge to Fossoway School and having to walk along the main road. Cllr Barnacle felt there is definitely a need for a community transport solution to these problems.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd October 2018 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
7th August 2018, Carnbo Village Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllr Mike Barnacle; 12 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; Cllrs Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.
CCllr Duffy’s Situation Post Brexit: As previously noted, CCllr Duffy, being a citizen of the EU, will currently lose the right to vote in local council elections, and hence the right to be a Community Councillor, after Britain leaves the EU. Cllr Watters with the support of Cllr Barnacle raised a motion with PKC to address this issue, and the motion was unanimously passed. Both CCllr Duffy and this CC are grateful for this action.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at 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: A patio table went missing from a garden on Station Road, Crook of Devon between Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th June, however according to a MoP present at this meeting it was later discovered that the wind had blown it away.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes from the May meeting, not available at the last meeting were signed off; the minutes from the June meeting were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
A977 Mitigation: Lachlan MacLean, PKC’s Project Officer sent an update. The signalisation of the School Road junction in Crook of Devon is provisionally scheduled for 15th October. The work at the Saline Road, Blairingone junction will follow, probably around November. The A977/B9097 junction realignment has attracted some concerns from MoPs, and hence a safety audit of the proposed works will take place first. Finally, the work at the Drum crossroads should take place early next year. Meanwhile, works to upgrade the directional signage along the A977 are taking place now. The CC had previously requested a VAS on the A91 as well, but there is no information about this at the moment.

Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Barnacle informed the meeting that the next step after the decision to close the school is to hold a statutory consultation. Cllr Barnacle is also concerned that the decision should not be finalised until after the Reporter has approved LDP2.

Lambhill: Application 17/01227/FLL Change of use of agricultural shed to general storage and distribution, was refused and the applicant has made an appeal against this decision. The reporter carried out a site inspection on 11th June. Subsequently the reporter has requested further information from the applicant, and it is expected that a decision will be made shortly.
Application 17/00737/FLL, Siting of static caravan for use as staff accommodation, was refused on 14th June 2017, however PKC have decided not to enforce the breach of this rejected application until the application described above has completed its passage through the appeal process.

Hydro Scheme Fund: TRACKS have investigated the resurrection of the Devon footbridge. CCllr Pye attended the TRACKS Committee meeting on 20th June to hear about the progress. The previous location of the bridge could not be re-used for various reasons: Concern that funders would think it unsafe; need to obtain CARS licence to permit works in the river bed; closeness to 200 year flood level. Consequently a new location has been selected for further design.
The TRACKS committee members pointed out that it was important to establish who would be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the bridge, and it may be necessary for the Hydro Scheme fund to commit to this expense if no other body can be found to maintain it.
CCllr Pye reminded the TRACKS committee that the CC felt that it was important to allow as easy an access as possible to the new bridge, and hence creation of access paths needed to be included in the design and pricing. This was agreed.
The CC hopes that George Lawrie will be able to attend the next meeting of this CC to update us with the plans for the new bridge.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that a mower has been purchased and is being used to mow verges. A disused trailer has been acquired and will be refurbished as a large planter. A solution needs to be developed to ease the problem of watering plants remote from any houses. The village hope to enter the Best Kept Village competition next year.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that Crook and Drum Growing Together have entered three competitions this year. Update on results will follow.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that at the meeting on 14th June it was decided to hold the gathering on 25th May 2019 as the previously considered date of 22nd June would clash with the Royal Highland Show. The proposed location is Waulkmill Park, but this is not yet confirmed. PKC have agreed that the site could be used, although a formal application to them will need to be made. Consideration of parking, etc., also needs to be resolved. There are a number of enthusiastic people involved, but more are always welcome, and it’s important that all areas of Fossoway are represented.
LDP2: Cllr Barnacle wants Landscape Designations of Rumbling Bridge Gorge and Devon Gorge to be reintroduced, but thought that will probably not happen. The Reporter’s final decision is expected by the end of year.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle wanted a review of PKC’s Gypsy Travellers’ policy, but this doesn’t seem to be likely. Cllr Barnacle has reported the presence of two caravans in the paddock area at Crook Moss to the planners. The Crook Moss residents previously obtained financial assistance from a PKC fund to make their connections to mains services – Some settled residents have recently asked Cllr Barnacle if they can get similar assistance to replace their septic tanks with a mains drainage connection.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reported that the owner’s recent planning application (18/00704/FLL) to realign the vehicle entrance was rejected because it didn’t also include Listed Building Consent. Approval of this application is necessary to unlock the developer’s contribution to moving the memorial. There will be a meeting on 9th August between the applicant, highway department, planners and Cllr Barnacle to try and find a compromise planning application that could be approved.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Ivy Cottage Powmill - No information at present.

New Business:
Roadworks: The planned two week closure of Rumbling Bridge from 20th August for resurfacing work will cause difficulties for local farmers at this time of year – MoP asked if there was any sort of compensation scheme. Cllr Barnacle will investigate.
Powmill Play Park: CCllr Farquhar notes that the park is to be refurbished during the next Financial Year, is there anything else that could be done at the same time? All suggestions are welcomed. CCllr Duffy suggested that the Hydro Scheme Fund might be able to help.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Crook of Devon Commemoration Committee: CCllr Cheape attended a meeting of this committee on 13th June at which it was decided to hold the main anniversary event on the 10th November with the usual Remembrance Day service on the following day. The anniversary event will include an exhibition in the Crook of Devon Village Hall. There was a further meeting on 18th July, details to follow. Cllr Barnacle attended a meeting of Cleish CC and their village will take part in the Commemoration event too. Anybody who has information about anyone included on any of the memorials should let the committee know so it can be included in the exhibition.
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar reported that there has been no face-to-face meeting in the last two months; however email communication included news that the 5k run is up and running, and that there are plans to upgrade the existing Skate Park in Kinross along with raising its profile in the community.


P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: The new 40mph speed limit on the B9097, eastwards from its junction with the A977, which was recommended by the Action Plan, came into force on the 4th August.

Planning Matters

New applications
18/00956/LAW Certificate of Lawfulness (change of use agricultural land to garden ground) (existing) at Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge, KY13 0PX. No CC comment
18/00966/IPL Erection of dwelling house (in principle) at Land 30 metres North of St Thomas Cottage, Crook of Devon. The CC discussed this application by email and agreed not to comment. By the time of this meeting it had been approved.
18/00873/FLL Alterations to dwelling house at Hillsview, Powmill, FK14 7NP. No CC comment
18/01018/FLL Alterations to dwelling house and erection of a fence at Vernon Mount, 2 Mill Gardens, Powmill, Dollar, FK14 7LQ. No CC Comment
18/01237/FLL Erection of stables (in retrospect) at Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone, FK14 7ND. No CC comment
18/01296/IPL Renewal of permission 15/01053/IPL (residential development in principle), land 30 metres North West of Sunnyside, Drum. No CC comment

Decided applications
18/00228/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses at Land 30 metres South of Crook of Devon House, Main Street, Crook of Devon. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/00765/MPO Modification of Planning Obligation associated with permissions 09/01228/IPL and 09/01229/IPL (Erection of dwelling houses) Honeysuckle Cottage, Carnbo, KY13 0NX. Refused – The CC did not comment.
18/00649/FLL Erection of Biomass Boiler and a fuel store and installation of flue at Balhousie, Rumbling Bridge Care Home, Rumbling Bridge, KY13 0PX. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/00704/FLL Realignment of vehicular access, Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NY. Refused on traffic grounds – The CC did not comment.
18/00878/FLL Erection of an Agricultural Building, Devonshaw, Powmill, FK14 7NH. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/00891/FLL Alterations & extension to dwelling house, Craigton Bungalow, Rumbling Bridge, KY13 0QF. Approved – The CC did not comment.
18/00925/FLL Application under Section 42 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 to develop land without complying with Condition 3 (office/workshop ownership) of planning permission 15/01258/FLL (Erection of dwelling house, workshop and office (Class 4)) at land 180 metres South West of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. Approved – The CC did not comment.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
The B9097 from the A977 to East Coldrain will be closed for five weeks from 11th September. A consultation on imposing waiting restrictions at Waulkmill in Crook of Devon is taking place. The U241 from the A977 to the B9097 will be closed for five days from 7th September.

AOCB: MoP reported that the quarry at Powmill is full of litter, remnants of fires, etc. It was suggested that this might be as a result of new restrictions displacing visitors from Loch Lomond. Cllr Barnacle said that is an Environmental Health issue, and he’ll get PKC’s department to investigate. There was some doubt amongst those present about who owns the land, does it need to be fenced? Another MoP noted that visitor’s cars parked nearby are also causing problems.
CCllr Duffy asked Cllr Barnacle about the bump in the road outside the pub in Crook of Devon. Cllr Barnacle replied that it was left over from BT work, but it is now too late to get their contractor to return and fix it. Consequently it will now need to be fixed by PKC’s Highway Department, but unfortunately not until the budget is available in the next Financial Year.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th September 2018 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

A977 Mitigation
DadnDadn 27 Aug 2018 11:23
in discussion Fossoway Forum / News » A977 Mitigation

Here are the results of the Public Consultation about the work to be done to the A977 in our area to try and make it a bit safer.

A977_Community_Information.pdf
A977 Mitigation by DadnDadn, 27 Aug 2018 11:23

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th June 2018, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Angus Cheape; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; four Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllrs Cameron Brown and Graham Pye.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. Operation Monardo was launched in May which targets bogus callers/rogue traders on the doorstep. An incident on 28th May saw an increased police presence in the Fossoway area that evening.
Cllr Robertson reported that the mess left by the Road Traffic Accident in Blairingone last month has been cleared up by PKC.
Minutes of the previous meeting: A copy of the minutes was not available therefore the minutes will be signed off at the next meeting in August.

Matters Arising
A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle reported that a few members of the public had contacted him because they were opposed to the reorientation of the junction adjacent to Fossoway Petrol Station, where the B9097 meets the A977. Cllr Barnacle was interested to know the community councillors’ opinion regarding this. CCllr Duffy pointed out that the extensive consultation had been clear about what the community wanted, a plan had been formulated and that the plan should be adhered to. Cllr Robertson stated that there was never going to be a scheme to suit everyone and reiterated that we should go with the original plan. It was agreed to stay with the status quo. It was also reported that an Independent Safety Audit would be carried out on the A977.
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: A decision was taken at the meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee to approve the recommendation made within the options appraisal for Blairingone Primary School to undertake a statutory consultation on a proposal to close the school. It is proposed pupils would be transferred to Fossoway Primary School. The catchment area of Fossoway Primary School would be extended to include the whole catchment area of Blairingone Primary School. Cllr Barnacle recently met with this committee to try to have the decision overturned however this was not successful. Cllr Purves stated that there was a process that would have to be adhered to regarding closing the school and a statutory consultation would be required to take place. January is possibly the earliest date that meetings and consultation could take place.
Lambhill: Application 17/01227/FLL Change of use of agricultural shed to general storage and distribution was refused and the applicant has made an appeal against this decision. As a result, a reporter has been appointed to consider the case and will carry out a site inspection on Monday 11th June at 12.30pm. The purpose of the visit is to allow the reporter to become familiar with all the physical features of the site and surrounding area, then make a decision based on the information.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: At a recent Council Committee meeting Cllr Barnacle mooted that there be a site visit as the site needs to be tidied up. Scottish Water confirmed Drum & Crook Treatment Works have a limited capacity and applications to join are considered on a case by case basis.
Hydro Scheme Fund: TRACKS are looking into the resurrection of the Devon footbridge and CCllr Pye will be the representative of the Community Council, temporarily joining the TRACKS committee for the duration of the project. CCllr Pye will also take over as Treasurer for the Hydro Scheme Fund.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group had entered into three competitions, more information to follow. The giant, three-tier planters gifted from Edinburgh are due to be put in place this weekend. Other news is that a few tubs will be planted with herbs and the public invited to pick and use what they want from the tubs.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported an enthusiastic meeting of the Powmill in Bloom Group. Watering plants is a problem as it is time consuming and labour intensive using wheel barrows and watering cans; a more efficient solution would be welcome. A new mower has been purchased and Powmill has been given a good tidy up. The group members attended the ‘Take a Pride in Perthshire Garden Party’ at Scone Racecourse which was very enjoyable and good to network with other Bloom Groups in Perth and Kinross. The Notice Board in Powmill is in need of refurbishment and plans are afoot to fix this.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy announced that the meeting on 10th May was successful and a good turnout of people attended to support The Gathering. The next meeting is Thursday 14th June 7.30pm in The Stables. Cllr Barnacle will find out if Waulkmill can be used as the venue for the event.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting
LDP2: No information at present.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: No information at present.
Blairingone War Memorial: No information at present
Fossoway Area Transport: No information at present

New Business:
Kinross-shire Forum: Cllr Purves reported that at a recent, ward councillors meeting it was agreed to re-establish the Kinross-shire Forum to allow for discussion among ward councillors and community councillors on issues that affect the whole of Kinross-shire. A meeting has been arranged at Loch Leven Community Campus on Monday 13th August, with invitations for up to two representatives from each community council to attend. These meetings would be held on a quarterly basis.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended:
Kinross-shire Fund: CCllr Cheape reported that grants had been issued to First Responders and the Sports Hub. Despite the fact that the main funding (T-in-the-Park) has fallen away there is still a substantial amount of money for small grants. There has not been an application from Fossoway for some time.
Fossoway Community Benefit Fund: CCllr Cheape reported that the first application has been granted. A grant was given to ‘Penney’s Wood’ to improve infrastructure and seating. The Community Benefit Fund receives an annual sum of money from the Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme. Community groups within the Fossoway and District Community Council area are able to apply for small grants.
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub and reported that ‘Cycling without Age’, and the ‘Park Run’ are both doing well. The 2K junior run is very popular and plans are progressing well for the 5K. The next meeting of the Sports Hub will be on 23rd August. CCllr Farquhar also reported that the ‘Better Place to Live Fair’ is to be held on Saturday 9th June at Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross from 10-2pm.
CCllr Farquhar reported that Powmill Play area needs maintenance so will contact Perth and Kinross Council regarding this.
CCllr Duffy mentioned investigations had begun regarding the possibility of obtaining a defibrillator for Crook of Devon Village Hall.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: No new information to report this month.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle reported that verge cutting was required as soon as possible. A committee has been formed to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. The committee members are looking for material to exhibit in the village hall. The main focus will be the names on the war memorial, their families and what these people did in the war. Kinross museum will be putting together an exhibition too.
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that there has been an inspection regarding Health for Children and Child Protection and Perth and Kinross Council came out top in Scotland. Also, Vehicle Activated Signs at Balado, Rumbling Bridge and Carnbo will be updated. A Community Investment Fund for £50,000 has been allocated for Kinross-shire.
Richard Watters: Perth and Kinross Council set out to review The Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils earlier this year. Cllr Watters reinforced that feedback is important as this consultation aims to include as many points of view as possible.

Planning Matters
New applications
18/00702/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses at land 40 metres North East of Ochil Cottage, Carnbo.
No CC Comment.

18/00704/FLL Realignment of vehicular access at Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NY. No CC Comment
18/00696/FLL Erection of an agricultural building at Devonshaw, Powmill, FK14 7NH
No CC Comment (see below under decided applications)
18/00878/FLL Erection of an agricultural building at Devonshaw, Powmill, FK14 7NH
No CC Comment.
Decided applications
18/00696/FLL Erection of an agricultural building, Devonshaw, Powmill, FK14 7NH
Withdrawn:CC did not comment
18/00568/FLL Erection of dwellinghouse and a garage with ancillary accommodation (revised design) at Land 40 metres North West of Dunollie, Fossoway.
Approved: CC did not comment
18/00556/PNA Erection of an agricultural storage building, Craigton Bungalow, Rumblingbridge, KY13 0QF
Approved: CC did not comment
18/00478/FLL Change of use, alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse to form 4 holiday accommodation units, Gardeners Cottage, Fossoway, KY13 0PD
Withdrawn: CC did not comment

Correspondence:
All correspondence was available for viewing.

AOCB: Fossoway and District Community Council will not meet on 26th June 2018 as stated on the June meeting agenda. The next meeting will be on 7th August 2018 at Carnbo Village Hall.
CCllr Duffy stated that the Schedule of meetings for the next year is now available. CCllr Duffy also remarked that Dunning Bridge looked quite impressive now that restoration work has been completed.

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

NO MEETING IN JULY

Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th August 2018 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
8th May 2018, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Willie Robertson; 10 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; P&K Cllrs Callum Purves and Richard Watters (Cllrs Purves and Watters were attending another CC)
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
There was a recent RTA in Blairingone - a car travelling at speed hit a parked car and demolished bollards, narrowly avoiding crashing into a house. The owner of the house informed the meeting that the driver claimed that his brakes had failed while he was travelling at 60mph in a 30mph area. When later contacted, the local Police officer was unaware of the incident, possibly because it was reported to an officer in a different area. Cllr Robertson took an action to contact PKC to get the scene of the accident tidied up.

Cllr Barnacle observed that he has had previous experience where there was a problem with contacting the local officer by the normal channels, and he will follow this up.

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

Matters Arising
A977 Mitigation: Lachlan MacLean from PKC presented the results of the Community Consultation. Overall, there was strong support for junction improvements, so the plan is to initially carry out the following works:
• A977 / School Road in Crook of Devon – Signalisation
• A977 / B9097 by Shell Garage – Realignment
• A977 / Saline Road in Blairingone – Signalisation
If there are sufficient funds available, then signalisation of the A977 / Drum Crossroads will also be done.

Some Vehicle Activated Speed signs (VAS) have already been upgraded to show current speed; Vehicle Activated Junction Warning Signs will be upgraded this financial year at Balado and Rumbling Bridge. In response to a question from CCllr Donachie, Mr MacLean confirmed that the signs will all include a three year maintenance contract with the supplier.

There were also a number of comments from the floor requesting further VAS, for example on the Kinross side of Blairingone, so this will be investigated.
Existing road signs will be upgraded with ones having better reflectivity.

If funds permit, village entrance/exit gateway features will be constructed, with the co-operation of the local bloom groups.
It is planned that school visits will be arranged to the works in progress, with the intention that this will be informative for both the children and the engineers!
Unfortunately there will be some temporary delays while the work is done, but this will be kept to a minimum.

A MoP asked if “solar studs” (flashing solar cell powered lighting devices used instead of cats-eyes) are planned to be installed – Mr MacLean answered that they may be used at major junctions if funds allow. John Anderson pointed out the contradiction between these measures to dissuade HGVs from using the A977, whilst PKC’s planners are simultaneously allowing a large number of additional HGVs to service the Lambhill site. Cllr Robertson answered that the roads are all theoretically not at capacity, since that would mean a continuous stream of traffic twenty four hours a day, but that doesn’t mean that it’s acceptable for HGVs to rumble through villages.
Conversely another MoP noted that everything that we consume is moved by HGVs and we shouldn’t be conducting a campaign against them. Cllr Barnacle replied that although it’s true that the A977 is an essential route for some journeys, other vehicles could be using the motorways instead.

A MoP asked if the A977 could be returned to trunk road status, but the Scottish Government has continued to refuse this.
Automatic traffic and pedestrian counters have been installed along the route, one between Powmill and Rumbling Bridge and the other between B918 and Turfhills, with a further vehicle counter on Balado straight. In response to comments from MoPs about the position of some of the counters, Mr MacLean said that they will be adjusted shortly.

Finally Mr MacLean concluded his presentation by offering to take further comments and questions via email to ku.vog.ckp|naeLcaML#ku.vog.ckp|naeLcaML. The CC thanked Mr MacLean for his efforts in this project.

Blairingone School Estate Transformation: The updated options appraisal will be presented to the Lifelong Learning Committee meeting on 16th May. The appraisal recommends that the school be closed – the current pupil numbers (four) are not sustainable and if the development for Blairingone proposed to be included in LDP2 happened it would still only produce two to three more pupils. Cllr Barnacle challenges this conclusion and intends to make that point to the Convenor of the meeting. Even if the Committee decides on closure there must then be further public consultation over a long period.

Lambhill: Application 17/02015/FLL for the static caravan having been refused by the planners has now been appealed by the applicant and sent to the LRB for review. The CC wrote to the LRB on 25th April confirming our previous objections.

Hydro Scheme Fund: CCllr Duffy notes that the first grant will shortly be made. Cllr Robertson reported that the TRACKS Committee agreed on 28th March that they were prepared to be involved in the replacement of the Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge. Consequently a site visit was held on the 28th April attended by five TRACKS Committee members, a TRACKS Project Officer and TRACKS “bridge expert” Alastair Smith. It was suggested that a similar design to the existing bridge west of the Scout Field would be appropriate, and a site about 75 metres west of the old bridge location was proposed as a possible location, requiring a span of approximately 18 metres. Full details and costings will be produced in time for the next meeting of this CC to review. A representative of the CC will temporarily join the TRACKS committee for the duration of the project to share the decision making. CCllr Brown asked if it would save money to use the base of the old bridge, but Cllr Robertson said that funders will want to be sure that it’s not going to be washed away again from the old location.
MoP added that there are still some outstanding issues from the hydro scheme construction that need to be addressed.

Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy told the meeting that their Spring Fair held on 28th April made £300; The group are also acquiring two very large planters from Edinburgh that were surplus to their requirements.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported on the group’s activities: They anticipate a problem with the large amount of verges to be maintained in their area, so they have decided to buy a mower to do interim cuts themselves between the ones that are done by PKC twice a year.

LDP2: Cllr Barnacle has received a briefing on responses to LDP2; the proposed plans for our villages will go ahead as they are. There will be a full council meeting on 29th August to review whether LDP2 goes to the Reporter as it is or with changes. The plan will likely not be completed until early 2019.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle notes that the latest Enforcement Report will be delivered to the Planning and Development Committee meeting on the 9th May. Cllr Barnacle will be presenting photographs to show what enforcement action is needed. A MoP asked what’s happening about the site’s proposed sewage connection; Cllr Barnacle replied that the residents have applied to Scottish Water, but works must be done at the site before a connection can be made, but the residents can’t afford to pay for them. Cllr Robertson said that PKC’s Housing department has a budget to help with this sort of issue; however Cllr Barnacle remarked that it seems unfair that a private site should be helped with public money.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Ivy Cottage Powmill, Blairingone War Memorial and Fossoway Area Transport.

New Business:
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy announced that there will be a meeting on 10th May to try and get this going for 2019. A lot of people are needed both on the day and to do the planning in advance. The first question to be answered is where to hold the Gathering.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: Local Councillors will be meeting with PKC’s Roads Department on 11th May to look at spending plans for Kinross-shire over the next 12 months and give their input. There appear to be some promising plans for our area. Cllr Barnacle adds that there are 2,000 potholes in Perth and Kinross costing £100 each to fix, and there is a programme in place to fix them using some money from the Scottish Government.
Mike Barnacle: Two more road adoptions are being considered: Drummond Park and The Old Station in Rumbling Bridge.
Cllr Barnacle has always been in favour of devolving power to the community, but he does not believe that Action Partnerships are the way forward.
Three Independent and one Labour Councillor have left the administration, although they have not joined the opposition, as a protest against changes to committees, which they found undemocratic.
November 2018 is (of course) the anniversary of the end of WW1. A local resident has carried out extensive research into the history of some of the names on the Crook of Devon War memorial. There will be a meeting on 9th May to discuss the details of November’s commemoration.

Planning Matters – New Applications:
18/00524/FLL Erection of ancillary accommodation at The Meadows, Vicars Bridge Road, Blairingone.
Comments were due by 26th April – The CC did not comment.

18/00473/FLL Erection of a wind turbine and associated works at land south east of Wharlawhill Farm, Carnbo.
Comments were due by 27th April - the CC Objected on the grounds of visual impact. The application was refused by the planners on the 4th May.

18/00568/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage with ancillary accommodation (revised design) at land 40 metres north west of Dunollie, Fossoway.
No CC Comment.

18/00478/FLL Change of use, alterations and extensions to dwelling house to form four holiday accommodation units. Gardeners Cottage and Outbuildings at Fossoway Estate.
No CC Comment.

18/00649/FLL Erection of a biomass boiler and fuel store and installation of a flue at Balhousie, Rumbling Bridge Care Home, Rumbling Bridge, KY13 0PX.
No CC Comment.

18/00702/FLL Erection of 2no. dwelling houses at land 40 metres north east of Ochil Cottage, Carnbo.
Comments by 25th May – will be discussed by email after meeting.

18/00704/FLL Realignment of vehicular access at Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7NY.
Comments by 25th May – will be discussed by email after meeting.

Decided Applications:
18/00364/FLL Erection of a dwellinghouse at land 50 metres north of Mellock House, Fossoway.
Approved – CC did not comment.

18/00343/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and alterations to existing dwelling house to form a workshop/store and ancillary accommodation unit. Craigton Bungalow, Rumbling Bridge.
Refused – CC did not comment.

18/00589/PNA Erection of an agricultural building on land 400 metres north of Rivendell, Blairingone.
Withdrawn.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: PKC have asked for comments on the performance of Winter Services (gritting and snow clearance.) MoPs observed that Arndean Road (and other minor roads) were not cleared until after the latest snowfall had melted. Cllrs Robertson and Barnacle encouraged local farmers to apply for the Farmer’s Assistance Scheme whereby PKC supplies snow ploughs to be used with their own vehicles to clear their own roads and specified public roads. Stuart D’All would be the contact point. Cllr Barnacle noted that there was a lack of clearing and gritting on village footpaths, but Cllr Robertson said that routes to school should be cleared.

AOCB: Muckhart CC have kindly passed on the information that Scottish Water were planning works on A823 that would have resulted in the road being closed for a week. However this work has now been postponed pending consultation with local residents to reduce the impact of the closure. CCllr Duffy has contacted Gavin Steel of Scottish Water to be added to the information list.
SEPA have opened a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas for flooding. Comments are welcome until 31st July, via the website: https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/pvas2018/
A MoP asked for the road between Crook of Devon and Powmill to be litter picked. Cllr Robertson undertook to arrange this. Another MoP noted that litter caught on fences does not seem to be included when other litter is cleared.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th June 2018 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
3rd April 2018, Powmill Moubray Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 5 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: Cllr Mike Barnacle.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: On Friday 16th March 2018 into Saturday at Tullibole Mill Farm, Drum an Ifor
Williams white box trailer was stolen.
Minutes of the previous meeting: As a paper copy of the February minutes was not available at the March meeting they were instead signed off at this meeting. There were no amendments to the March meeting minutes so they were also signed off.

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: The decision to close the school has currently been deferred until the next Lifelong Learning Committee meeting in eight weeks’ time. Cllr Barnacle is known to be keen to resolve the issue of whether development proposed to be included in LDP2 will take place in Blairingone, which might justify keeping the school open.
Lambhill: Local residents have noticed that large numbers of HGVs are waiting outside the site in the mornings, suggesting that the site is still operational, contrary to planning.
Dollar Equestrian Centre: At the LRB meeting held earlier today, the planners’ decision to refuse the application to retain the wooden stables (17/01337/FLL) was upheld.
A977 Mitigation: Community Consultations about how the A977 money is to be spent were held on 10th and 13th March – the meetings were not as well attended as hoped considering the longstanding interest in this subject. Final proposals will be presented by PKC at the next CC meeting based on feedback received so far, and this will be the last opportunity to comment on the proposals. Cllr Robertson pointed out that this is the only road in P&K receiving this level of attention and it’s important to ensure that we get the maximum benefit from this one off opportunity.
Hydro Scheme Fund: CCllr Duffy reported that the first application for funds has been received and is being considered by the Hydro Committee. Between £50k and £55k should become available from the remainder of the contingency fund in stages over the year. The public consultation showed that restoring the bridge over the gorge would be a very popular project, but as it is too big a project for the Hydro Committee to run on its own, CCllr Duffy suggested approaching TRACKS to see if they can help. The meeting approved of this suggestion, and CCllr Duffy agreed to make contact.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: A fund raising event in conjunction with the school will be held on 28th April. Both this group and the Powmill in Bloom group are currently waiting for the weather to improve.
Fossoway Area Transport: Contrary to an impression that may have been given in last month’s Kinross newsletter, this CC is not critical of the current DRT service, and especially not its operators, however we are critical of the lack of public transport in this area.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
LDP2, Crook Moss Travellers Site, Ivy Cottage Powmill and Blairingone War Memorial.

New Business:
40 mph Limit Drum (B9097): Cllr Duffy has examined the proposed plans and they seem to be appropriate. Cllr Robertson noted that the proposal was approved at the Environment and Infrastructure Committee on 21st March.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar was unable to attend the Sports Hub meeting in March as it was cancelled due to the bad weather.
CCllr Pye attended a Stakeholder Engagement Workshop with SSE in February at which SSE detailed their business plan targets and their achievements.
SSE also described the Priority Service Register – a list of customers who need extra help during power cuts, either because of age (>60), having young (<5) children, disabilities or medical reasons, and non English speakers. Scotland has 113,000 households (13%) on the register. High priority members of the register may be helped to move to another location or provided with emergency power. CCllr Farquhar informed the meeting that she had found the Priority Service very good during her husband’s earlier illness. Potential applicants to this register should first check that SSE is the actual provider of their supply, known as the Network Operator, as opposed to who they pay for it, called the Supplier, at: https://www.ssepd.co.uk/WhoIsMyNetworkOperator and then contact SSE’s Careline on 0800 622 838.
SSE has a Resilient Communities fund which makes grants to help communities be more resilient, e.g. Defibrillators, emergency generators and lighting, etc. Awards range from £200 to £20,000 totalling £505k last year. Applications are open now at: https://www.ssepd.co.uk/RCF/Scotland/
Finally SSE explained some of their ideas towards addressing the change in electricity generation and usage in the future as more solar panels, wind farms, hydro schemes and electric vehicles come into use.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: The Health and Social Care board exists to help integrate the NHS and Council services, however their decisions appear to be somewhat limited by the Council’s prior policies, which seems to make the board rather toothless, however it fulfils an important role in co-ordinating the two Services.
Willie Robertson: Now that roadside hedges have been trimmed, it’s possible to do litter picking. Cllr Robertson has requested that the A91 be litter picked, especially the east end. The Vehicle Activated Speed signs seem to be working. Blairingone school is likely to be closed, and hence will lose its only community facility and Cllr Robertson is very concerned about that, and asked the CC to write to the Education department and stress the importance of the school as a location for Community activities. CCllr Duffy agreed to do that.
Richard Watters: The Action Partnership has met, and two new members have been appointed, although there is still one vacancy, preferably to be filled by someone outside Kinross – anyone interested should contact Cllr Watters for more information.
Cllr Watters has been working with Visit Scotland and Historic Scotland Kinross-shire to take full advantage of the tourism opportunities presented by the film Mary Queen of Scots due to be released in September.

Planning Matters – New Applications:
18/00343/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and alterations to existing dwelling house to form a workshop/store and ancillary accommodation unit. Craigton Bungalow, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross KY13 0QF.
No CC comment.

18/00364/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at land 50 metres North of Mellock House, Fossoway.
No CC comment.

18/00410/PNA Erection of an agricultural building, Rivendell, Blairingone
No comments can be made to PNAs.

Decided Applications:
18/00058/FLL Change of use of children’s nursery to dwellinghouse, Glenbank Cottage, Powmill.
Approved – the CC did not comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: On 10th March a coach got stuck in the entrance to the Scout Camp, apparently the driver was folling his GPS on a short cut to Dollar, and had nothing to do with the Camp or its users on that day.

AOCB: Cllr Robertson reminded the meeting that Kinross-shire is a fair trade area, and PKC is a fair-trade county, he has window stickers to advertise this fact.
MoP reports that the Fossoway.org website has some problems, including a broken link to the School Council – Although the CC doesn’t own it, it has edit access to the pages covering the CC. CCllr Pye undertook to look into the problems.

MoP reported that there is a pile of material in the Moubray Hall car park, perhaps left by Council staff working on the car park surface, which is impeding access to some of the spaces. Cllr Robertson will contact someone in PKC to get it removed

MoP notes that the Blairingone forest area is being actively developed by Forestry Commission, especially paths and tracks which are now much improved giving potential for good walks.

CCllr Duffy met with members of Crook of Devon Village Hall Committee, and it was agreed that they don’t work as well together as they should. There is a proposal to try and resurrect the Fossoway Gathering in June 2019. CCllr Duffy will be meeting with the Committee tomorrow to initially discuss it, and anyone interested should contact the CC. PKC has a fund for rural events, which may be a source of money for this event.

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

AGM and Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th May 2018 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

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

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, and Carol Farquhar; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Richard Watters; 5 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: Cllr Willie Robertson; CCllrs Jennifer Donachie and Graham Pye.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
Minutes of the previous meeting: A paper copy of the minutes was not available so they will be signed off at the next meeting. There were no amendments.

Matters Arising
Weather: CCllr Cheape thanked local farmers for keeping roads open. One MoP queried the protocol regarding bin pickup during such periods of bad weather; CCllr Duffy confirmed that the bin schedule when missed should continue on as normal afterwards and overflow dealt with in black bin bags. One MoP asked for an update on volunteer pavement clearers, Cllr Barnacle explained there was a problem with equipment. CCllr Duffy reminded the meeting that PKC offer the opportunity to give feedback on winter road and pavement maintenance in April.
Budget: Cllr Barnacle commented that the environment budget is intended to be protected from financial cuts; extra money should be available for paths, adopted roads and community green space. He also felt that the change in the budget process from four to two choices, the administrations and the opposition, led to greater clarity. He considered that a week’s recess would be preferable between the draft budget and the final decision being made. Cllr Watters was disappointed with the £0.5 million cut to English and Maths teaching as well as cuts to breakfast clubs which service underprivileged children, which was in contrast to extra money being put aside for incentives like shop front improvements, airing an inequality in society where cuts are being made. Cllr Purves stated that teaching cuts will be made in regard to teacher contact times but class sizes will remain the same; breakfast clubs were loss making and may be replaced by volunteer led incentives; a large incentive was a focus on rural communities i.e. Moving funding away from more urban areas to rural economic areas; a local investment fund is being put in place to empower communities. One MoP voiced concern that were any cuts to education at all.
A977 Mitigation: Lachlan MacLean (PKC Traffic) has arranged Community Consultations about how the A977 money is to be spent on Saturday 10th March from 10am to 12noon and on Tuesday 13th March from 3:15pm to 6:45pm – both meetings to be held in Moubray Hall, Powmill. As a recurring agenda item this is a great opportunity to comment on how funds will be spent. Cllr Barnacle informed the group that the total available fund was £794,000, of which £540,000 is left; some further improvements could come from development as part of LDP2. There has been positive feedback from the community regarding the VAS put in place recently. However, one MoP felt that some areas, particularly Powmill, have not seen a particular improvement from VAS. Another MoP had experienced an improvement with the VAS and is looking forward to seeing them introduced in Rumbling Bridge in the near future.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the bloom group will not be taking part in the Best Kept Village Award this summer and will instead consolidate on work done to date. The bloom group have arranged to meet with Best Kept Village judges to discuss where best to focus their energy on improving the village.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy informed the group that a spring fair is to be held this year as well as other events collaborating with community groups such as Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Hearse House has been presented as a possible opportunity for the Bloom Group; currently it is looking to be a significant undertaking due to the condition of the building. Cllr Barnacle commented that other parties may have interest in the building and may make improvements to it after which the Bloom Group could have some use of the building.
LDP2: Cllr Barnacle said he had contacted Peter Marshall on this topic and can confirm that Cllrs will be briefed in April.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle confirmed that the site still does not have a connection to mains drainage.
War Memorials: Cllr Barnacle informed the meeting that a further planning application for Blairingone Church may be made which will hopefully include the relocation of the memorial. On the topic of memorials, Cllr Barnacle has had feedback from community members and the Church that the existing setting of the memorial is not wholly appropriate at present due to close volumes of traffic and that a new site for Crook of Devon memorial may be desirable. It was mentioned at the meeting that the village green could be an appropriate site. Community engagement will be essential before any decisions are made.
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Will be discussed at the April meeting.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Fossoway Area Public Transport, Hydro Scheme and B9097.

New Business:
Verge Cleaning - Aldie to Powmill: Cllr Robertson has been in correspondence with PKC on this matter.
Crook of Devon School Road: Cllr Barnacle is looking for a waste bin to be located on the road and commented that in general potholing was bad on the road, perhaps in relation to recent construction works. One MoP commented that some basic patching had taken place.
Play Area Improvement Survey – Powmill: There is a survey being held by Perth and Kinross council regarding play area improvements in the Ward. Powmill has been selected as an area for improvement in particular – make your views heard by completing the survey available at this link http://www.pkc.gov.uk/playareaimprovements

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub on 7th March; the 2k run is going very well. The re-scheduled Better Place to Live Fair is to be held on Saturday 10th March at Loch Leven Campus, between 10 am and 12.30. The Sports Hub members are supporting the Cycling Without Age Project and encourage everyone to use their vote for this. PEPAS( Physical Activity and Sports In Schools) is a new initiative targeting the increase of participation of sports in schools and to encourage club membership. Sports Hub members are willing to work with schools , where possible, to help ensure that every child has the best possible opportunities in PE and Sports.
CCllr Pye attended a community consultation with SSE which will be reported on next month.
CCllr Cheape attended the Kinross Fund meeting at which there have been no applications from Fossoway area in the past year. He would like to remind people that applications are actively encouraged and welcomed for community initiatives and groups.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: No comments other than covered under the budget item above.
Richard Watters: The Better Place to Live meeting will be held on Saturday 12th March at LLCC, it is a significant event in letting the community decide where certain funds can go and would encourage anyone interested to attend.
Mike Barnacle: Last December PKC reviewed the local decision making process with the idea of devolving more to grass roots. Cllr Barnacle is looking for a more fundamental change in local decision making in the form of Ward Committees including CCs, Community Groups, and other sectors, something that other councils have done. A meeting has been scheduled to discuss parking issues within Crook of Devon.

Planning Matters – New Applications:
18/00097/18 Erection of ancillary accommodation at The Meadows, Vicar’s Bridge, Blairingone.
Application was withdrawn

18/00058/FLL Change of use of children’s nursery (class 10) to dwelling house (class 9) at Glenbank Cottage.
No CC comment.

18/00228/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses at land 30 metres south of Crook of Devon House, Crook of Devon.
No CC comment.

18/00300/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at land 30 metres west of Drumgarland, Crook of Devon
No CC comment.

Decided Applications:
18/00013/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house Craigton Bungalow, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0QF.
Application was withdrawn

17/02068/FLL Erection of Equestrian Store land 70 metres south-east of An Darach, Fossoway.
Decision: Approved

17/02189/FLL Erection of a dwelling house land 50 metres north of Mellock House, Fossoway.
Decision: Approved

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing:

AOCB: Cllr Farquhar commented that the DRT have played an active role recently with the bad weather, gathering messages, prescriptions and providing general transport around the local community and to those in need – in general a very valuable asset to the community.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd April 2018 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

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

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

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

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

New Business: None this month.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AOCB: None this month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

AOCB: None this month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
7th November 2017, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves and Willie Robertson; 35 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; P&K Cllr Richard Watters.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area in the last month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
Blairingone Lambhill Site: A new traffic report has been produced showing a 1.7% increase of traffic as a result of the site’s activity, however if the number of HGVs is compared separately from the rest of the traffic, then there would be a 13% increase. Cllr Purves noted that there will be a site visit next week, to assess the current situation and enforcement issues. A MoP reminded the meeting that the Community don’t want this development in any form. Another MoP observed that the HGV traffic to and from the site must by definition pass through the other villages in our area, so it will not just affect Blairingone.
Blairingone School: PKC are reviewing the future of the school, an informal community drop-in session was held on 21st September, at which attendees were told that it costs £250k per year to run the school. Cllr Purves confirmed that this was the cost shown at the meeting. A Blairingone resident, representing the Blairingone School Community told the meeting that PKC’s ECS team have now changed the cost estimate to £107k per year. Other questions raised by the community of ECS have not been answered, with some of them being passed to the FOI team.
Although any changes will not happen for some time, the decision about which option to pursue (close, keep open, extend catchment, etc.) will be decided within the next three months, and the community were told that their views expressed at the drop-in session were the most important factor in making a decision. A MoP pointed out that community members present at the drop-in session will have made up their minds based on the incorrect figure and aren’t likely to change them now.
Cllr Robertson explained that the number of pupils is the most significant factor affecting a decision, so measures to increase that, e.g. widening the catchment area will be of most help. The overall problem seems to be because Blairingone is a diminishing community. Cllr Barnacle said that perhaps we need to go back to the beginning of the process and hold another drop-in session now that we have that correct figures. Cllr Purves will contact the Convenor of the Life Long Learning Committee to see if that could happen. CCllr Duffy said that there should be a community consultation to address all issues affecting Blairingone, and will contact PKC about this.
Hydro Scheme: CCllr Duffy described the community consultation questionnaire which has been posted to all households in the area; she encouraged people to submit their responses, which can also be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q2DSYQD especially if there are more household members who wish to respond. Answers should be submitted by 24th November.
Crook of Devon LDP2 Rezoning Proposal: CCllr Duffy introduced this item by reminding those present that the development of the site east of the Crook of Devon Village Hall was presented for comment at a meeting on 18th February this year. Subsequently 60% of the community was against the inclusion of the site in LDP2, and after extensive discussion the CC reached a consensus decision that they were also against it. Amongst the CC’s concerns was the lack of affordable and/or small houses in the area. Cllr Barnacle has circulated a letter asking the community to look at this application again, as the developer has provided a significantly modified proposal. CCllr Duffy made it clear that the CC will not change its position unless it is certain that the Community support it.
Cllr Barnacle then described the changes to the developer’s proposal to reduce the number of house by 50% and for 50% of those houses to be “affordable”. Additionally, there will be market research into the need for an employment site and farm shop viability. Contributions will be made to A977 mitigation measures, along with improvements to footpaths and safe routes to school.
Cllr Barnacle explained that LDP2 will be discussed at a full meeting of the council on 22nd November which is the reason for the urgency to discuss this new proposal, which has only very recently been made available by the developer. Local councillors need to decide whether the community wishes them to move an amendment to the LDP2 debate to include the zoning of this site for development.
There have been changes to the LDP process such that sites now have minimum and maximum numbers of properties specified in the plan. There will still be a further six week period to comment on LDP2, either for or against the inclusion of any site. Cllr Barnacle stressed that if this development is not included in LDP2, it leaves the way open for an appeal by the developer which if successful would mean that the community would lose control of the type and size of development.
CCllr Duffy then turned the meeting over to the community members present for questions and comments:
Q: How many houses? A: 30.
Q: What’s affordable housing? A: Smaller (i.e. two bedroom) and/or cheaper houses. There was substantial uncertainty amongst those present about the exact meaning of “affordable housing”.
Q: What percentage will be affordable? A: Policy is 25%, but the developer proposes 50%.
Q: Could LDP2 include specific requirements as to number of properties and percentage which are affordable which would continue to apply to any future developer of the site. A: Yes.
Q: What impact will development have on existing flood issue? A: Cllr Barnacle agrees that Drum has a high water table, but this problem should be addressed by a more wide-ranging review of the state of watercourses in the area.
MoP pointed out that 48hours is too short a time to properly consult on this new proposal. This view was widely supported.
Q: Could the proposed farm shop upset the balance of retail availability in this area? A: As explained in Cllr Barnacle’s letter market research would be done.
Q: What is an employment area? A: It would provide small offices, workshops, etc., which idea hasn’t really taken off elsewhere, but zoning the site in this way would allow research to be done about the desire for such facilities.
MoP noted that the school, although not at risk like Blairingone, has poor road access, etc., for an increased population. Cllr Barnacle pointed out that the proposal includes A977 mitigation, and there are already plans to improve the school junction, which will be released next year.
Cllr Robertson suggested that the community also has the option of zoning the site as an opportunity site which would allow the possibility of looking at something in the near future. The implications of this option were not clearly understood by those present.
MoP noted that Crook of Devon is a nice place to live and he was able to move here 35 years ago as a result of another development like this – shouldn’t we allow another 30 or so people that chance?

CCllr Duffy summarised the discussion by saying that those present think that the consultation period is too short. At the moment, the consensus of those present is unclear, although zoning seems to be mostly unpopular, leaving the options of either zoning it as an Opportunity site or not zoning it at all.
CCllr Duffy closed the debate by urging the community to contact Cllr Barnacle and give him your views.
Fossoway Area Public Transport: DRT is still not able to meet the demands of many people, although one MoP finds that DRT works very well for them. A view was expressed that some destinations may be unpopular with the taxi firms. Cllr Purves said that we need data about what requests are not being met, so please report any occasions where the service cannot meet your needs to the local Cllrs and the CC. Cllr Robertson pointed out that there is a shortage of taxis throughout Kinross-shire.
Powmill in Bloom: Cllr Farquhar reported that bulbs have been planted.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: The group have used the unpaid work team to plant bulbs.
A977 Mitigation: Local Cllrs have been presented with options, which they have commented on, and budgetary proposals are now being prepared, following which a community consultation will take place.
Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting:
Crook Moss Travellers Site, Blairingone War Memorial, Naemoor Bridge and Ivy Cottage Powmill.

New Business: None this month

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar was to have attended a meeting of the Disability and ASN Workshop of the Sports Hub on 9th November; unfortunately the meeting had to be postponed due to some cancellations, CCllr Farquhar hopes to attend the rearranged meeting. CCllr Pye attended Road Expo Scotland and met with suppliers of Vehicle Actuated Speed signs. One supplier suggested that it might be possible to get sponsorship for signs from local businesses that use the road.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle reiterated his earlier request for the community to let him know what they think about Crook of Devon proposal.
Willie Robertson: A paper is being put forward tomorrow to implement the charge of £25 for brown bins - Cllr Purves pointed out that this change was agreed by the previous administration. Cllr Barnacle added that this charge will support extension of the brown bin scheme to areas that don’t currently get them.
Callum Purves: The 20mph zone rules for urban roads are currently too rigid and more flexible ones are being developed.

Planning Matters
17/01762/FLL Extension to dwelling house, Broomhill House, Peat Gate Crook of Devon, KY13 0PG.
No CC comment
17/01813/IPL Erection of dwelling house and garages (in principle) Land 50 metres east of Leariggs, Crook of Devon.
No CC comment
17/01895/FLL Formation of access ramp, 13, St Serfs Road, Crook of Devon.
No CC Comment.
17/01902/FLL Erection of 2no. wind turbines and associated works at Land south-east of Wharlawhill Farm, Carnbo, Kinross, KY13 0NZ.
This application arrived too late to be considered so the CC will discuss after the meeting.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing.

AOCB: None.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th December 2017 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

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