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

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

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

Police report: There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. The CC has received an email from Inspector Craig Stephen introducing himself as the new Police Inspector for South Perthshire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Council Business
None this month.

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

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

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

Willie Robertson: No report.

Richard Watters: No report.

Planning Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police report: There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. At the request of local residents, the CC had asked Sgt Burns to look into a problem with mud on the road at Easter Muirhead Stables, but there has been no response as yet. A MoP reported that the rolls had been stolen from outside the Crook of Devon shop again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AOCB: None this month.

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue to email us at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof with any questions or information.

Perth & Kinross Council Revenues, Benefits, Welfare Rights & Welfare Fund Service Delivery

PKC want you to know that you can continue to access their services in ways other than coming in to the office.

The Government is advising that people should be “social distancing” to minimise the risk of contracting Coronavirus. This is important for everyone but especially important for people over the age of 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.

Applications for benefits and grants can be made online or via telephone. These include applications for Community Care, Crisis Grants, Housing Benefit and the Council Tax Reduction Scheme or Single Person Discount. Council Tax payments can also be made online or via telephone. Bill payers can also set up a Direct Debit or report a change of address using these methods.

SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND
(Crisis Grants & Community)
Online: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/scottishwelfarefund
Email: ku.vog.ckp|dnuFerafleW#ku.vog.ckp|dnuFerafleW
Telephone: 01738 476900 (option2)

COUNCIL TAX
Online: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/localtaxes
Email: ku.vog.ckp|sexaTlacoL#ku.vog.ckp|sexaTlacoL
Telephone: 01738 477430

HOUSING BENEFIT
Online: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/hb
Email: ku.vog.ckp|seiriuqnEBH#ku.vog.ckp|seiriuqnEBH
Telephone: 01738 476049

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

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

Police report: There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. Two trays of rolls were recently stolen from outside the Crook of Devon shop.
No officer was present, but Trudy will ask them to come in future, since they are holding Surgeries elsewhere.
Cllr Cheape reported that the Police have been carrying out speed checks on the A977 and A91, and has spoken to the Officers involved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

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

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

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

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

Police report: There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 12:30pm and 1:10pm, Saturday 7th December, a wallet and fleece were stolen from a Kia Sorento parked in Vicars Bridge Road, Blairingone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

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

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

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

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

Police report: There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between Sunday 13th and Tuesday 15th October a green Fiat car was scratched in St Serf's Place, Crook of Devon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AOCB: None.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police report: There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 9am & 7pm towards the end of August a red quad bike was stolen from a farm near Carnbo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Business: None this month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks,

Graham Pye (Vice Chair)

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

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

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

Police report: Our new Community Sergeant Michelle Burns attended the meeting and introduced herself.
There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. Sgt Burns told the meeting that an abandoned caravan had been reported to PKC and will be removed shortly.
Speeding checks have been carried out in the area, in addition to checking for offenders, analysis of 100 vehicles was made to assess the average and maximum speeds at each point. On the 22nd May in the evening on the A977 the average speed was 29mph. On the 30th May in the morning, also on the A977, the average was 28mph with a high of 35mph, warnings were given to offenders. During a check on the B9097 at Crook Moss a driver was stopped doing 70mph.
Sgt Burns stressed that any issues could be reported either through calling 101, or by email to ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssorniKedisyaT#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssorniKedisyaT. Sgt Burns also left a number of leaflets about avoiding scammers, and said that the Police were are available to give talks on this subject to local groups.
CCllr Pye asked if Police Scotland had a process for submitting dash cam footage of potential offences. Sgt Burns said that she wasn’t aware of any system currently, although the Traffic Officers may have one. Meanwhile, reports should be made to 101 in the first instance.
Sgt Burns explained that the Police Community officers have changed their duty rotas so that rather than being on duty throughout the day and night they concentrate on hours that are more likely to be of benefit to the community. A MoP asked what to do if you detect speeding, Sgt Burns said that the most important thing was to take care of yourself and avoid confrontation; however she added that it’s actually very hard to tell when a vehicle is really speeding.
Wheelie bin 30mph speed limit stickers are being deployed in Angus and Sgt Burns will try and get some for our area too.
A MoP asked if the new traffic lights in Blairingone are working correctly, Cllr Barnacle answered that they were still under test and are not yet set to detect pedestrians as designed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Business
None this month.

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

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

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

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

Planning Matters
19/00631/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) at Land 180 metres south-west of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge
This application was only received on the day of the last meeting, the CC later decided not to object.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police report: Unfortunately PC Dougie Stapleton was unable to attend the meeting.
There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 9am, Sunday 14th April and 9pm on Wednesday 17th April a number of baskets and plants were stolen from outside a property in Main Street, Blairingone.
A MoP described how his CCTV had detected a minor theft from his skip by occupants of a white van, which turned out to be unregistered and uninsured; the details of the vehicle were reported to the Police.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Chair’s Report:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18/02250/FLL Change of use from open space to garden ground and erection of a fence (in retrospect) at 1 St Serf's Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0PQ.
Approved

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

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

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

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

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