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

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

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

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

New Business: None this month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Trudy Duffy and Carol Farquhar; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves; 12 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllrs Graham Pye, Angus Cheape and Jennifer Donachie; P&K Cllrs Willie Robertson and Richard Watters
Declarations of Interest: There were no declarations of interest.

Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were no incidents to note in our area in the last two months from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. PC Spalding has notified the CC that speed checks have been carried out in the Drum area and several drivers have been ticketed or warned. Sergeant Forrester, the Kinross Community Sergeant, is moving to another area and will shortly be replaced. One MOP reported that a tractor was stolen in the local area over the last month. CCllr Duffy suggested a meeting could be held with the newly appointed Community Sergeant. Cllr Barnacle is concerned with the lack of local police presence and attentiveness in the area. A road survey is currently under way in the area concerning A977 measures.

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

Matters Arising
Fossoway Area Public Transport: Andrew Warrington from Perth and Kinross Council attended the meeting to discuss changes to the No. 624 bus service and the possibility of a new school bus service from Muckhart to Kinross being available to the public during semester time. Mr Warrington reported that six times the amount of people are using the new DRT service compared to the previous bus service. The 624 service which is being withdrawn was a school bus service paid for through school transport allowance and according to the provider only one or two paying passengers used the service each month. The main motivation behind removing the bus service is to keep bus provision aligned with school attendance. Mr Warrington stated that all DRT operators are taking people to and from Kinross at peak periods and there is capacity to take more, contrary to some feeling in the local community that this service is at capacity. Mr Warrington commented that the DRT is costing the council more to run than the previous bus service. Mr Warrington strongly argued that the demand for DRT users needing to attend work, college etc., is being met and that more people using it will safeguard the service. The council have cut local bus services which are not profitable. Mr Warrington was happy to support further publicity to increase use of the DRT which might bring about a better and more widespread service to Fossoway. Mr Warrington suggested that despite the increase of demand from Clackmannanshire residents for a bus to Kinross High School, PKC will not support a bus service from the area if the pupils are attending KHS through a placement request. Mr Warrington suggested that residents make more use of the DRT service so that it is retained, but if this is not meeting people’s needs is more than happy to look at other options, however both a DRT and bus route is not an option. CCllr Duffy felt there were a number of issues with the above comments, although the DRT is a fantastic and well used service, there is a general understanding that the DRT is operating at full capacity and some people are being turned away. It also does not take away from the fact there is no bus to Kinross Park and Ride which links to Perth or Dunfermline for 9am. CCllr Duffy is under the impression that because there is such a diminished bus service and has been for some time now that people have begun to take their own measures for transport – friends, car shares etc., which is why figures quoted are not a true representation of public demand and requirement. Mr Warrington suggested that the DRT service providers have given feedback that they have not had to turn down people looking for places on the service but would welcome feedback from local residents on the service, contact details, names, list etc. Mr Warrington suggested that if there was what he felt was a problem with transport in the area further discussions would have to be held. Cllr Barnacle commented that the DRT is a good service, but does not think it should be ‘instead of’ public routes. The 23 service has been reduced from a bus every two hours to every three hours, which does not credit a service, and suggested that Stagecoach could provide one service before peak times – local residents cannot get into the county town or park and ride for 9am. Mr Warrington suggested Stagecoach would not provide this as it would not be of commercial interest to Stagecoach or PKC. Cllr Barnacle with Cllr Robertson suggested that a circular service supporting the county villages could be funded. Cllr Barnacle suggested the more that the DRT is used the greater cost it will have in the long run. CCllr Duffy felt that in this case the CC and Council have not reached an agreement, and that further publicity for DRT could be made and discussions held. Cllr Purves suggested that taking into account cuts to local services with increased costs for DRT service that in fact this service is costing more money. Cllr Barnacle commented on the lack of synergy between county transport and inter city transport which is surely a key aspect of planning bus services. Mr Warrington suggested that Kinross is still getting a fair share of coaches despite recent changes to the inter city time tables.

A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Barnacle reported that a meeting has been held and the council are in the process of appointing a project officer to deal with a A977 route action plan, assess the route between the Clackmannanshire border and Kinross and plan budget spending, however there has been a delay. An outline business case has been produced. Another meeting will be held at end of September and a consultation held. A series of options are to be presented in relation to funds. Data gathered from the public consultation held by Local Councillors in February is still to be integrated; there are issues with some suggestions being brought into reality due to constraints with policy. Research into different types of pedestrian crossing has been made. Roundabouts do not seem to be a favoured option but there is the possibility one may be provided through planning gain. Cllr Purves commented that repeated mitigation measures might be provided throughout the route, e.g. village gate ways, rumble strips etc., reinforcing transitions into built up areas. Vehicle Activated Speed signs will be funded separately. Particular areas are also being addressed e.g. signage at Rumbling Bridge, decluttering some signs, making signs more specific e.g. for speed limits etc. A MoP asked if these funds are to be spent this year. Cllr Barnacle commented that the funds have been earmarked for this purpose in the 2017/2018 budget. One MoP commented that enforcing speed limits is an ongoing problem, querying if there is any further progress on a Community Speed watch. CCllr Duffy asked if anything would be happening with A91, particularly around Carnbo. Cllr Purves has discussed with Daryl from PKC Roads, it was suggested there is no demand for further speed reduction and no funds available. One MoP commented that a survey was conducted on the A91 around eight years ago at an off peak time of year, some speed limit signs are covered because of tree growth, and there has also been disturbance in the area due to police car training. Cllr Barnacle suggested that there could be a case for VAS signs in Carnbo. Cllr Barnacle also suggested that the Gelvan Moore Road could become a green route. Cllr Purves followed up previous month’s comment on gulley clearing, that clearing is carried out once a year and that the A91 is to be cleared once A977 clearing has been completed.

LDP2: Cllr Barnacle wrote a letter in mid July to Peter Marshall addressing various points prior to publication of LDP2. A forum meeting with community councils was held in mid August. A ward councillors meeting has also been held. A letter was produced detailing the general feeling from these meetings which has been sent to Peter Marshall, head of environment, etc., discussing issues around infrastructure, site zonings and so on. Generally there is a consensus, but in Crook of Devon there is some disagreement, however it has been agreed that the proposed development from the February consultation should not go forward in the state presented and a smaller development of affordable housing with employment opportunities could be discussed – this will go to a special meeting of the council on 22nd of November, further dialogue with planners will be had before this meeting.
CCllr Duffy broadly agrees with Cllr Barnacle’s comments but not particularly with the zoning of Crook of Devon, which the CC commented on as response to the consultation in February.

Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group is growing from strength to strength, a successful event was held at the village green and the group have plans to source grant money to make this area into an official village green. An autumn fair was to have been held in September but has been cancelled, but they will continue in the spring.

Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that she attended the Best Kept Village award in Kinnesswood which was a pleasant gathering and was impressed by the commitment of the residents. CCllr Farquhar reported that the group is doing the best they can with the numbers they have and any new members are more than welcome – coffee and biscuits are always provided!

Hydro Scheme: CCllr Duffy reports that the Community Consultation has received grant funding and that a letter will be sent throughout the local community. An open day will be held on Saturday 28th of October, with shuttle buses etc., more information to come.

Naemoor Bridge: Cllr Barnacle spoke with Derek Davidson at PKC, the coping stone has been retrieved and in early September it will be repaired.

Lambhill Site, Blairingone: CCllr Duffy reported that in spite of the planning permission for the caravan on this site being refused, the applicant has gone ahead and installed it anyway. PKC Enforcement Officers will raise an enforcement order for it to be removed. Cllr Purves and John Anderson delivered a petition to the Scottish Government. There has also been further publicity in The Courier and local news. There is the general feeling that local residents are not impressed with how the council handle applications of this type which have been ongoing for a considerable length of time. Cllr Barnacle raised concern that no conditions have been made on part of this site which was granted permanent planning permission, particularly relating to lorry movement. Cllr Purves commented that conversation with the planning department is ongoing regarding how they can change and that the above mentioned petition could bring about some positive change.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill One MoP mentioned Ivy Cottage has been tidied up, and that if the door could be painted and windows painted on boards it could drastically improve the appearance of the building. Cllr Barnacle mentioned the American based owner has hired an architect, is applying for funding etc. CCllr Farquhar was concerned at the extent of mess still on site which Cllr Barnacle said he would follow up on.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site and Blairingone War Memorial

New Business:
School Estate Transformation: CCllr Duffy reported that this is a programme that looks at schools, their fitness for purpose, condition etc. Blairingone Primary School has been looked at specifically. An informal community drop-in session for Blairingone Primary School will be held on Thursday 21st September 2017 between 3.15pm and 7pm at the school, there will also be an online questionnaire for local people with the options of do nothing (status quo); mothball (close the school but keep the building in an operational condition); change catchment area (Powmill for example becoming part of Blairingone catchment) or closure - if the area is to be developed then closure might not be a good option in the long term.

CCllr Duffy has been in a meeting with Education at PKC, and there is no foregone conclusion, no decisions have been made and all comments are welcome. Cllr Purves wanted to reinforce the fact that no conclusions have yet been made and that community input is crucial. Cllr Barnacle has received correspondence on this from a parent looking for support to back some sort of development in the area, and he feels it would be premature to close the school now. Cllr Purves commented that future development may not necessarily secure the status of the school. Further information regarding the transformation of the school estate can be found at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/19679/Transformation-of-the-School-Estate

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub at which it was revealed that £6000 has been raised as the funding share and they have started a junior 2k run in Kinross every Sunday, for children over four years, a similar 5k run for adults is to be held in the future. A disability run is to be organised on 4th December for disability sports day, and a Women and Girls day on 24th of March. The Sports Hub is a great opportunity to gather the enthusiasm of the community, contact CCllr Farquhar for any further information.
CCllr Duffy attended meetings about LDP2, Fossoway Transport and Blairingone School – all minuted above.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Has forward a letter on renewable and low carbon supplementary guidance; they are still going through guidance from first local plan. Cllr Barnacle raised concerns that Devon Gorge and Cleish Hills have lost their protection, becoming highly viable sites for wind farm development. Kinross-shire is earmarked for having the highest capacity for wind farms. The Ochils have little capacity. According to guidelines, solar farms are also of high capacity. Cllr Barnacle would support further hydro schemes provided the correct environmental measures. On this note one MoP commented that restoring surrounding fields of RBHS is still to take place. It has also been reported there is some Japanese knotwood in the area.

Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that two papers are to be reviewed; pot holes are also to be revisited to improve the likelihood of better repairs first time, 5% of pot holes are being repaired again within a year due to an inadequate repair the first time. A new nightshift for road maintenance is to begin in Kinross shire serving A977 and A91 for gritting etc., from Monday to Saturday, this will be in place between November and March.

Planning Matters
17/01337/FLL Erection of stable buildings (in retrospect.) Dollar Equestrian, Blairingone, Dollar FK14 7ND.
Comments were due by 1/09/17; After email discussion the CC objected on the grounds that the application was unchanged from the previously rejected application which the CC also objected to.
17/01352/IPL Erection of dwellinghouse (in principle) at Hoodshill, Fossoway, Kinross KY13 0PW Comments by: 01/09/17 No CC comment
17/01353/FLL Erection of dwellinghouse and a garage with ancillary accommodation (revised design) at land 40 metres north of dunollie, Fossoway, No CC Comment
17/01438/FLL Renewal of permission 11/00753/FLL (erection of 2 dwellinghouses) at land 50 metres south west of Muirfield Fossoway. No CC Comment
17/01445/FLL Extension of dwellinghouse at The Brae, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, No CC Comment

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing.

AOCB: Kinross now has a heart defibrillator, there are a number of people receiving training in this and it will be able to service the Fossoway area, further details on this will be given in due course. Cllr Barnacle reported that there will also be a defibrillator at Cleish, but is unsure of the status of first responders in the village.
Following today’s discussion CCllr Duffy called for MoPs who had used the DRT service to forward their comments on the service. CCllr Duffy also suggested those who have not used it to give it a try.
One MoP asked how hedges and trees are to be trimmed in public areas. CCllr Duffy responded that this has to be carried out by the owner and if not possible, the council will do so and invoice the owner. The MoP mentioned the area of concern is at the end of the Aldie Road on Council property, there are also overgrown hedges at the other end of the Aldie Road on a piece of land with no particular owner.
There is a further problem on the Gelvin Muir and Cleish Roads, Coldrain road on council property where traffic avoiding a tree has created a ditch and standing water is now on the road.

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th June 2017, Powmill Moubray Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllr Callum Purves; Six Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Willie Robertson.
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 this month from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

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

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: CCllrs reported that there is now approved budget for Vehicle Activated Speed (VAS) signs, with initial placements at sites where they had been previously promised. One such site in our area is on the A823 in Rumbling Bridge to the north of the Nursing Home. However input to the CC’s Facebook page has suggested different locations, and suggestions that speed cameras should be placed instead.
CCllr Duffy proposed that we should try and meet with the new Roads Engineer and make sure that we know what he is planning and ensure that this agrees with the community’s views. Cllr Purves reported that the Ward Councillors have also discussed the location of the VAS.
There will be speed checks in Rumbling Bridge, during term-time, to get a more accurate picture of the problem there.
MoP noted that vehicle speeds through Blairingone seem to be increasing and wonders what can be done about this. CCllr Duffy suggested that Cllr Barnacle and Daryl McKeown (PKC) be contacted about it.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group has had a planting day, and started to improve Waulkmill Green. Volunteers are always welcome.
Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that there will be a planting day on Sunday 12th. Members have approached PKC and Scottish Water to get some more areas of grass cut. Volunteers are always welcome for this group too. A local landowner present at the meeting requested that trimmings should not be thrown into his field. CCllr Farquhar undertook to make sure this doesn’t happen again. However this does raise the issues that the Bloom Groups do need places to dispose of waste and obtain water. The group intends to post flyers to advertise the group’s activities.
Best Kept Village: The judging will be held on 20th July. Both the villages above have entered the competition, although in separate categories due to their different sizes.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Brown reported that the planning application for the car park at the church would have reactivated the permission for the memorial, but that application was refused. It’s not clear what will happen as far as the permission now.
LDP Public Consultation: CCllr Duffy informed the meeting that the CC has submitted their recommendations to PKC. Cllr Barnacle intends to meet with PKC planners to discuss our proposal. Cllr Purves notes that there is a meeting between the local councillors and officers on Friday 9th June to discuss the options.
Poo Group: CCllr Duffy informed the meeting that there is an increasing amount of local concern about this problem, however in the absence of any volunteers to implement some address this, then there is nothing much more to be done.
Glen Devon Bridge: This bridge has been substantially vandalised, but can only be repaired in accordance with listed building requirements. CCllr Duffy commented that we were promised that the bridge would be repaired by April but nothing has been done. With the coping stones missing the weather is causing the bridge more structural damage and will perhaps become unstable and cause the road to be closed. MoP reported that the bridge along the Naemoor Road is suffering a similar problem. Cllr Purves undertook to look into this. CCllr Brown suggested that the time has now come to put aside limitations with lime mortar and repair/strengthen the bridge with modern materials.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: CCllr Farquhar reported that the owner, Scott Macmillan, has engaged an architect to redesign the building to make it more rentable and consulted two builders for estimates. The end result would be that the building would be available as affordable housing, although there is currently no timescale.
Station Road Adoption: A MoP reported that the work will commence on 19th June.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site and Hydro Scheme: No Update

New Business
Soul Survivor is due to be held on 5th-9th August – and local residents have received advance notification of the event this year. CCllr Duffy will ensure the organisers know that any large vehicles must approach via Rumbling Bridge and not use the Naemoor Road bridge.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub. There is a plan to setup a Kinross Park Run with funding being sought. Future plans include Women & Girls Festival Week, a multi sports day to advertise various sports, inclusive sport, Lads and Dads events, etc. The group is very enthusiastic with lots of ideas.
CCllr Cheape noted that the Kinross-shire fund had agreed at their 5th June meeting to make two grants, but neither was in our area.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Noted that the council has formed a new administration comprised of Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem members. There is a new combined Environment, Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee of which all four local councillors are members, with Cllrs Barnacle and Purves as vice-convenors. One of the policy initiatives is to overturn the previous administration’s decision to only fix potholes when they are 6mm deep and revert back to 4mm.

Planning Matters
17/00737/FLL Siting of static caravan for use as staff accommodation for a temporary period at Land 10 metres north of Lambhill, Blairingone. Object on grounds that there is no planning application for a house, and we see no need for such extensive accommodation for a security officer.
17/00790/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Craighead Cottage, Drum, KY13 0PP. No CC Comment.
17/00711/FLL Extension to dwelling house at 32 West Crook Way, Crook of Devon, KY13 0PH. No CC Comment.
17/00843/LBC Alterations at Solsgirth Lodge, Solsgirth, Dollar, FK14 7NZ. No CC Comment
17/00894/PN Erection of agricultural building at West Broomhill, Station Road, Crook of Devon, KY13 0PG (near Broomhill Kennels.) No CC Comment
17/00927/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses Land 100metres north-east of South Kilduff Farm, Fossoway.
No CC Comment

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: George Lawrie of TRACKS notified the CC of funding opportunities for core paths and about the “Big Fit Walk” which groups can hold in June. CCllr Duffy again hoped for volunteers to form a path group.
Mark Russell MSP has asked the CC for consultation on a proposal to implement 20mph throughout all built up areas – Although we think this is a good idea, we don’t believe that it would be enforceable, and it would be better to concentrate on enforcing the current limits, together with carefully chosen locations for new 20mph limits.
Bus Route 23 has had its service reduced making it impossible for commuters to use.
Dollar and Muckhart residents can’t get their 30 or 40 children to Kinross High School anymore due to a reduction in bus services, so they are proposing to finance their own service, which could also pass through Crook of Devon and pick up passengers there. The CC strongly supports this initiative, but decries the fact that this needs to be done to make up for the lack of public transport. Cllr Purves noted that community transport has also been discussed at the Action Partnership.

AOCB: Discussion about the lack of broadband speeds in rural areas. Cllr Purves will investigate whether PKC has a policy about this, and what funding is available.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Blairingone War Memorial, LDP Public Consultation, Glen Devon Bridge, Station Road Adoption.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

NOTE: No meeting in July

Next Meeting: Tuesday 1st August 2017 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd May 2017, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllr Willie Robertson; 4 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi.
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 from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.
Chief Inspector Ian Scott has replaced Maggie Pettigrew as Local Area Commander, following her promotion.
MoP observes that blue and white tape left after road accidents is never removed. Fly tipping in the lay-by at end of the Aldie Road has happened again – Cllr Robertson will report this to PKC.

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

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Robertson reported that the new officer in the roads department has started work and is drawing up proposals. Cllr Robertson noted that there is money in place for speed activated cameras and appropriate positioning of these is important.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that there will be a planting day on 20th May. The 22nd April fund raiser, held jointly with Powmill in Bloom Group, generated around £200 and has also raised the profile of the group’s activities with the public.
Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar echoed CCllr Duffy’s comments above. A number of trees are ready to plant when the weather improves.
Best Kept Village: We have received an invitation to enter this competition, however there may not be enough volunteers to organise this – anyone who would like to help please contact the CC.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Brown reported that the planning permission has lapsed, but there is no other progress.
Hydro Scheme Community Group: CCllr Duffy observed that the group is suffering from a shortage of members. As well as the annual contribution from the hydro scheme, it has emerged that the residue of the contingency fund, which will probably be over £10,000, is also going to become available. It is expected that the first tranche of funding will arrive in July or August. An application has been made to Local Energy Scotland to fund a mailshot to consult the community, which would cost around £1000.
LDP Public Consultation: A special meeting of this CC was held on the 18th of April to assist the CC in collecting opinions about development in the three sites Rumbling Bridge, Blairingone and Crook of Devon. The CC met after this meeting and will be sending its recommendations to PKC shortly.
Poo Group: CCllr Brown informed the meeting that the CC have received, via Facebook, several suggestions for bin locations: Fossoway Main Street, past the Scout camp to the bridge, on the other side towards Naemoor Road and along Back Crook and/or in the adjacent field.
There are a number of reports of people using the playing field for exercising their dogs without clearing up after them, additionally dogs without owners have also been seen there. CCllr Duffy will contact PKC’s Dog Warden to make visits at likely times to try and address this. Cllr Robertson suggested that the Dog Warden should be asked to provide stickers for normal rubbish bins stating that they can also be used for dog waste.
Glen Devon Bridge: The bridge is very badly damaged, with a large amount of the stones being knocked into the river. Willie notes that planning permission to repair the bridge is in place, which is needed as the bridge is a listed building, and he has written to PKC to expedite the repairs. CCllr Duffy examined the bridge recently and there is no current evidence of wild camping taking place, although it’s not obvious who else might have damaged the bridge.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: CCllr Farquhar reported that Cllr Barnacle has contacted the owners about the possibility of receiving a grant to bring the building into a state where it could be rented.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site and Station Road Adoption: No Update

New Business
None this month.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Networking Group at LLCC which is attended by representatives of various community groups.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Willie Robertson: Has arranged for the A91 to be litter picked.
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Planning Matters
17/00512/FLL Change of use of existing farm buildings to part commercial equestrian use and part caravan storage use. Barnhill Farm, Powmill. Object on grounds of insufficient information.
17/00606/AML Erection of 3 dwelling houses/garages at land 30 metres north-east of Rantrie Knowe, Drum. No CC comment
17/00660/IPL Erection of dwelling house (in principle.) Land 50 metres south-east of Hoodshill, Fossoway.
If this development is within the LL catchment, then there would be a requirement to include a SUDS scheme, which is not mentioned in the current application. Additionally, there are contradictions between the number of storeys and bedrooms described in the text of the application (1 and 2) and shown on the plans (2 and 3). The CC will discuss this further and decide whether to comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: Aero Space Kinross is holding a 1940s Gala Dinner on 17th June at the Windlestrae Hotel in Kinross.

AOCB: A Waulkmill resident complained to the CC about speeding vehicles.
Cycling Event last year caused some local difficulties and the CC asked the organisers to notify us of future events, but they failed to do so again this year. CCllr Duffy has complained to Kinross Cycling Club.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Blairingone War Memorial, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Poo Group, Glen Devon Bridge, Station Road Adoption.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th June 2017 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway & District Community Council Extraordinary Meeting
18th April 2017, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert; 36 Members of the Public (MoP).
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Angus Cheape declared an interest in the development at Crook of Devon, and withdrew from the Council table.

LDP Public Consultation
Cllrs Barnacle and Cuthbert made it clear that they had no pre-conceived positions on the proposals, but were there to hear the opinions of the Members of Public present.

Blairingone: CCllr Trudy commenced the discussion by stating that the CC believes that the majority of the residents are in favour of the proposed plan. 27 positive and 6 negative comments were received by PKC. Cllr Cuthbert reminded the meeting that the school is due for review so increased housing may help it. Cllr Barnacle expressed the view that there were more people from Blairingone at the earlier review that didn’t make specifically attributable comments. In answer to a question from CCllr Donachie, Cllr Barnacle said that the development would likely be in excess of fifty houses. There were no additional comments from those present.

Rumbling Bridge: 92 comments, of which 60 were from Rumbling Bridge residents, were received by PKC. 26 individual comments objected to the proposal, and 38 supported it, with seven not expressing a clear preference. Additionally there was a petition signed by 44 people from 35 individual addresses objecting to further development. Principal objections received were that development would damage the character of the village, amenity greenspaces and setting of the gorge. Supporters specified improved car parking and other discretionary benefits provided by the developer, and that the development would improve the balance of the village.

MoP explained that they thought that the petition applied to a previous proposal which they would object to, however when the exhibition was visited it became clear that a different, more acceptable scheme was being proposed, and hence they withdrew their objection. Another MoP asked who else had changed their mind. CCllr Duffy expressed her concern that because the petition was circulated before the current proposals were made public it’s possible that people were confused. The organisers of the petition emphasised that they had made it clear which proposal they were objecting to.

MoP noted that there is already a plan in existence that has not yet been fully developed, so why should we now add other areas. The existing car parks are not signposted; if they were then additional areas wouldn’t be needed. MoP stated that there is no public parking for the Gorge at the nursing home. Cllr Barnacle commented that the “Thompson” car park was not finished at the time of the consultation meeting, but a MoP reported that it now is.

The proposed development would destroy the “green field” feel of the village. Cllr Barnacle is of the view that the previous settlement boundary was more appropriate than the currently proposed one. MoP describes Rumbling Bridge as a hamlet rather than a village, with no school, pub, etc., so unlike Blairingone it would not be appropriate to develop it, and challenged the automatic assumption that development of villages is always necessary.

MoP observed that the Thompson development of four houses occupied ground that was previously rough scrubland and the house are attractively designed and have improved the look of the village, can’t we expect that the proposed development would be the same.

MoP suggested that many other developments are ribbon-styled, whereas this one is a sensible one that would improve the heart of the village – this comment received some support. Another MoP replied that there is currently no heart to the village, and this development would not create one.

MoP pointed out that there is already a traffic problem across the bridge, and any development could make this worse. Cllr Barnacle reported that there are already plans to consider calming measures, speed limits and possibly traffic lights at the bridge.

MoP asked whether their comment had been received as they hadn’t received a reply – it was suggested that perhaps only those who applied online received responses. Cllr Cuthbert undertook to collect email addresses of those who had not received replies and would check that their comments had been received.

Cllr Barnacle summarised that the CC needs to decide whether it supports a change to the village envelope or not.

Crook of Devon: 83 comments (11% of the population) were received by PKC – there were 53 objections and 26 supportive comments. The proposal is for a fairly large development of around fifty houses, and some business use. Main objections were that it would be difficult for the village to support such an expansion, the separation between Drum and Crook of Devon would be lost, doubt about the viability of proposed businesses, and the village’s character would be impacted. Supporters suggested that the development was in an appropriate place, affordable housing would be provided, employment would be created and the community benefits were worthwhile.

MoP was concerned that this development would dramatically increase traffic. MoP suggested that the school and other facilities would not be able to support this sort of expansion, and the current school’s location is in an untenable position for pedestrian access from the proposed location, due to the road being too narrow.

MoP asserted that a roundabout provided as part of this development would be unlikely to reduce the speed of vehicles, or dissuade drivers from using the A977, and those leaving the roundabout will increase their speed to compensate for the time lost crossing the roundabout. Further were the traffic measures to be successful, the traffic would likely divert to the A91 which would be worse. Cllr Barnacle replied that unless some physical obstacle is introduced there will never be any way of slowing the traffic down as speed limits are widely ignored. MoP pointed out that there is currently no concrete evidence that the benefits from the development will help the traffic problem.

This development will contribute to Drum and Crook of Devon merging into one, and this level of development is not appropriate. Cllr Barnacle pointed out that PKC already treat Drum and Crook of Devon as one village, which isn’t necessarily correct.

A member of the development team pointed out that the number of houses at fifty is not set in stone. Cllr Duffy noted that all the developments consist of big houses. There is no opportunity for older people and new buyers to find small houses in this area. If these developments were allowed to proceed then perhaps there will be some smaller houses. MoP commented that in the absence of a bus service, affordable housing is useless. Cllr Cuthbert explained that “affordable housing” can mean small houses or “social houses”, the latter being more appropriately placed in bigger conurbations.

MoP asked for timetable of LDP2. Cllr Barnacle thought that the LDP2 document will be produced in the autumn, and then a further six weeks consultation period will follow. Cllr Barnacle emphasised that this is a zoning exercise and not a planning proposal, and hence the CC can respond by saying that an area should be zoned for development, not zoned, or zoned for mixed development with further public consultation required.

CCllr Duffy concluded by thanking Katie Briggs for her work in advertising the consultation meeting and summarising the comments. Thanks were also given to Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert for all their work.

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th April 2017, Carnbo Village Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Jennifer Donachie, Carol Farquhar and Trudy Duffy (Chair); P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert; Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllrs Angus Cheap, Graham Pye and Graham Kilby; P&K Cllrs Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson;
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 from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

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

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Barnacle reported the final matrix of consultation feedback is being collated and will be issued shortly - the feedback received so far considerable community support for 20mph speed limits through all of the A977 villages consulted. Cllr Cuthbert reported that there was also considerable community support for vehicle-activated signs at village gateways. CCllr Duffy raised the question of what other areas might be appropriate for vehicle-activated signs. Cllr Cuthbert agreed that further discussion between relevant PKC officer and the community would help in ascertaining this and that some of recently secured budget for road improvements could fund such works. If any members of the public know of a Vehicle Activated Sign in need of renewal please get in touch with a Local Councillor or the Community Council.
Crook of Devon and Drum Growing Together and Powmill in Bloom Group: CCllrs Duffy and Farquhar announced that Crook and Drum Growing Together along with Powmill in Bloom Group will be collaborating through a fundraiser held at Kinross Farmers Market on Saturday 22nd of April. It is hoped the fundraiser will help raise the profile of both groups and open the opportunity for further joint projects. One MoP asked if any funds raised by the two bloom groups could go toward improvements in Rumbling Bridge Village; unfortunately this would not be possible as each bloom group is established to serve their respective village with limited numbers of volunteers. CCllr Duffy suggested that should any community within Fossoway wish to establish a Bloom Group there is a considerable number of funding opportunities available such as PKC, the Kinross-shire Fund and hopefully soon funds from the RBCHS. CCllr Duffy and CCllr Farquhar would be happy to provide guidance to anyone looking to form a Bloom Group, the Bloom Groups are greatly encouraged by the improvement to the appearance of the villages and would encourage further volunteers to join as well as collaboration with other groups. CCllr Duffy reported that a planting day is being arranged for a date to be set in May; follow relevant social media groups to look out for a date for what is sure to be a fun day and great family event.
Blairingone War Memorial: CCllr Brown reported that a written method statement would be required from a mason in order to pursue funding for this project and will arrange site visits with further stonemasons requesting this along with quotations. Cllr Cuthbert offered to find some recommended masons through PKC Heritage Trust also. Cllr Barnacle reported that listed building consent for the memorial’s relocation has lapsed however; this can be resurrected as part of a recent planning application on the site with the current owner, Profile Projects, willing to assist in this.
LDP Public Consultation: A special meeting will be held at 7.30pm on the 18th of April at Fossoway Primary School where all proposals put forward for LDP2 will be discussed. CCllr Duffy reported that the CC has not yet received a report of results from the consultation event held earlier this year and as a result could not make comment on the proposals. Cllr Cuthbert confirmed there would be opportunity to review the report before the special meeting, allowing for more informed discussion on the 18th. Cllr Barnacle reported that a summary of the consultation results had been circulated between local representatives indicating a mixture of responses from different villages. Cllr Barnacle raised a serious concern that should no further areas for development be zoned within Fossoway it would leave NO zoned land for future affordable housing stock within the region. Cllr Barnacle reported that a petition formed by residents of Rumbling Bridge demonstrated a majority of the village objecting to further development within the village. One MoP noted that despite some public parking being indicated as part of the Rumbling Bridge proposal there is already parking allocation for walkers at Rumbling Bridge Nursing Home, however no sign has been erected identifying this as it is seldom used. Another MoP raised concerns there would be no benefit to the local community with further development with similar planning conditions relating to past developments yet to be realised or enforced. A further MoP reported that there is a signature from each house in the village contributing to the petition. CCllr Farquhar raised a concern that there is currently no accessible parking at Rumbling Bridge for those with disabilities.
Station Road Adoption – Cllr Barnacle reported that further signatures agreeing to the adoption contract are required and should be finalised this week; following this the road adoption can be confirmed through PKC legal dept. Cllr Barnacle hoped that the contract would be set this month, however this is unlikely due to the aforementioned delays.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Travellers Site, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Hydro Community Benefit:– No Update

New Business
Foul Habits, CCllr Duffy called for local residents’ feedback on dog fouling in the area following a call from a local resident Mrs Palmieri for the CC provide attention on the subject. CCllr Duffy suggested the possibility of forming a group to specifically tackle this problem depending on community interest and volunteers. CCllr Duffy has gathered some creative ideas that may help tackle the situation, such as spray-painting locations of fouling with highly coloured paint, or carefully considered signage on walks suffering from high rates of fouling. Free Poo Bags are available in the Crook of Devon and Powmill shops. If anybody knows of a walk or place that requires a particular Poo Bin or signage they should contact a Community Councillor. One MoP did voice a concern that some paths and pavements suffer more so from horse manure resulting in pedestrians having to deviate from the walkway.
CCllr Nominations CCllr Duffy confirmed that the May meeting will be the Community Council AGM and was sorry to report that CCllr Kilby has tendered his resignation. CCllr Duffy has called for anyone interested in joining the CC to get in touch. Please contact a Community Councillor directly, via the Facebook page or email at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Ivy Cottage - little to no progress with existing owners, a disrepair notice has been served, Katrina Morrison asked for update. Property has been secured and made safe to prevent entry, however a decision needs to be made on how the community might wish to progress this. CCllr Farquhar raised concern that the rear of the building may not be secure. Drum Main Street - Prohibition of entry for commercial vehicles and a 20mph vehicle request has been made and are currently being considered by PKC roads department. The Naemoor road 30mph limit extension has also been requested and will be implemented. Rumbling Bridge - A request for vehicle activated signs and traffic calming has been made which Cllr Barnacle has followed up with PKC, a traffic survey will be conducted on both sides of the bridge and will explore feasibility of VAS or Traffic lights also noting that the recent roads budget can help contribute to the delivery of these projects. Powmill - feasibility of a new recycling point in the village is currently being explored with a possible new location near Powmill Milk Bar being considered.
Dave Cuthbert: Budget - The Independent group tried to work with all parties to contribute to the budget such as 1.6 million for roads budget to improve pavement safety, road safety and signage. This has provided results in Kinross and Milnathort. Funds for Action partnerships have also been provided – participatory budget event to tackle social inequalities – hopefully this can become a community led endeavour in the future targeting local needs instead of a top down approach. Overall this is an improvement on previous years. A hustings event will take place in Portmoak Hall on 11th of April, 7.30pm with all 8 candidates running in ward 8 for the May local elections.
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Planning Matters
17/00239/FLL Extension to dwellinghouse at Drumpark, Drum, KY13 0UN. No CC comment
17/00503/FLL Formation of Vehicular access and installation of bollards at Birchbank, Main Street, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UQ
One MoP raised a concern that the proposed access would be dangerous and that the current moveable bollards are not in use. CCllrs will review their decision.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: tocs.tnemailrap|nospmohT.anroL#tocs.tnemailrap|nospmohT.anroL is the Office Manager for MSPs: Murdo Fraser, Dean Lockhart, Liz Smith & Alexander Stewart.

AOCB: One MoP raised concern if the land adjacent to Craigton Lane was still part of the LDP as an employment site. Cllr Barnacle confirmed this was still the case. One further MoP raised concern that there is a planning condition that the road be improved to a particular standard if development is to happen. Cllr Barnacle and Cllr Cuthbert confirmed that this could not be enforced unless the road is adopted or the land zoned for this use is developed.
Cllr Barnacle reported that local residents have raised concerns of overdevelopment at Newfield Drum, a view supported by several MoP’s not in attendance. Cllr Barnacle suggested that upon reviewing the planning history of this site that this may indeed be the case. There was a general consensus that certain planning decisions made recently have contradicted others causing ongoing confusion for both the community and the CC as to how planning come to a decision of what sites and settings are acceptable for development; there was also the ongoing situation where it was felt that planning conditions were not being enforced.
Braehead condition enforcement, Cllr Barnacle has arranged a meeting with relevant persons to discuss planning conditions which still have not been met within this area.
Cllr Barnacle reported that the opportunity to comment on the Scottish government planning consultation is now over and results will soon be published online.
One Mop raised concerns about the completion of works at RBCHS, particularly at the access point from A97 with signs, sandbags etc still being present, Cllr Duffy will follow this up.
CCllr Brown proposed a ‘Landing Page’ within the www.fossoway.org website or a social media platform bringing together groups, businesses, attractions and enterprises within Fossoway, providing a space for both locals and visitors to find out more about the opportunities available in and around our community. Keep an eye out for future updates on this and get in touch with Fossoway CC if interested in getting involved.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting and AGM

AGM agenda: minutes of 2016 AGM, Chair’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, election of office bearers

Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Extraordinary Meeting LDP Consultation, 18th April, 7.30 pm at Fossoway Primary
Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd May 2017 7:30 pm at Fossoway Primary (AGM)
All Welcome

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

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Willie Robertson; 13 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Graham Kilby and Cllr Joe Giacopazzi.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately, no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were two incidents to note in our area from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between Friday 3rd and Monday 6th February a large blue bucket containing horse feed was stolen from a field off Vicars Bridge Road; The Powmill Milk Bar was broken into during the early hours of Monday 20th February.
Minutes of the previous meeting: Cllr Giacopazzi clarified that the phrase “on top of additional funds raised” should have read “on top of any additional funds which might be raised”. Otherwise the minutes were accepted as a true record and signed off.

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Covered under LDP Consultation item below.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group is preparing for spring planting and planning fund-raising activities. Announcements of planned activities will be posted on the group’s Facebook page.
Powmill Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that a meeting was held with the local Police who have advised that the precautions against theft are as good as can be. Plans to plant 100 trees are afoot. It has been decided to abandon the idea of the Phone Box adoption. The group will have a fund-raising stall at 22nd April Farmer’s Market selling second hand books – all contributions welcome.
Blairingone War Memorial: At the site meeting on 14th February, it was agreed that the memorial could be moved, although probably at a higher cost than has previously been thought. Cllr Barnacle has sent information to a mason in order that an estimate can be prepared. The current owner of the property is willing to contribute £2000 towards the move. The currently proposed new location on the wall of the North extension to the cemetery is not strong enough and would need further reinforcement. CCllr Brown is investigating possible funding opportunities and has had an initial response from the War Memorials Trust, who aren’t able to fund the move unless it can be shown that access to the memorial would be prevented, however they may be able to support the wall strengthening if the memorial was to be moved.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that preparation of a minute of agreement is nearly complete, just needing final details of the contributors, and it can then be signed and the contract will be set.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Community Group: CCllr Duffy reported that the group is working on its terms of reference and will soon conduct a community engagement exercise to establish what sort of projects should be funded. The group is in need of more volunteers.
LDP Public Consultation: There was a meeting at Crook of Devon Village Hall on 18th February which was attended by a large number of people, whose replies are currently being analysed by PKC’s planning department. Dealing with the areas in turn:
The proposal for Blairingone seems to be broadly welcomed by the community;
Rumbling Bridge – Mrs Johnstone described their proposed development of a restricted number of houses mostly relatively small in size. They would also provide some parking places for, and a footpath to, the Gorge. Christina Ritchie then told the meeting about a petition signed by the majority of the residents, opposing any development at all in Rumbling Bridge. Ms Ritchie also pointed out that there are already adequate car parking facilities and footpaths, so the planning gain offered by the proposed development is not needed. Cllr Barnacle noted that the existing paths are not ideally routed, and the car park is not complete. A number of other members of the community present expressed the opinion that the village does need its heart filling in. It was pointed out that an area of the village was nominated as “Village Settlement” in the 2004 plan in order to protect it, however this didn’t prevent the Care Home being approved under appeal;
Crook of Devon: The zoning proposal is to create a maximum of fifty houses on land adjacent to the Village Hall. Local opinions seem to be evenly split on the desirability of this.
For all the areas, it’s important that local residents should submit their own comments directly to PKC to enable them to get a complete picture of their views.
Additionally potential planning gains that may enable improvements to the A977 must be considered separately from considering whether developments are right for each area. This point was made by both Cllrs and others present.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Crook Moss Traveller’s Site, Safer Route to School – Drum, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Crook Hall Bollards: No update.

New Business
Kinross to Crook of Devon Multi-use Track: TRACKS are preparing a funding application to support the next phase of this development. The CC approves of this proposal and will write a letter of support.
School Estate Review: PKC are currently planning “options appraisals” for various schools and Blairingone Primary school is included in the programme. Questions about this can be sent to ku.vog.ckp|secruosersce#ku.vog.ckp|secruosersce.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Willie Robertson: Nothing not already covered above.

Planning Matters
17/00160/FLL Alterations and formation of vehicular access, Blairingone Church, Main Street, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7NY. No CC comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: The bridge over the River Devon on the A91 at Yetts of Muckhart will be closed for two weeks from Monday 20th March.
PKC are seeking comments on gritting and snow clearing – by 21st March to ku.vog.ckp|PMR_CKP#ku.vog.ckp|PMR_CKP.
Decisions for allocation of funds from the Local Action Partnership will be decided by public vote at the Kinross Farmer’s Market on 22nd April.
The Scottish Government are seeking opinions on the future of the Scottish Planning System – the consultation document is at: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/planning-architecture/a-consultation-on-the-future-of-planning/ comments can be made until 4th April.

AOCB: Dog Waste in Crook of Devon – a MoP has reported this to the CC. CCllr Duffy has replied with suggestions that were found to be found successful in other places.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Blairingone War Memorial, Station Road Adoption, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Community Benefit, LDP Public Consultation.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th April 2017 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome

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

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye (Chair); P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert, Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson; Nine Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllrs Trudy Duffy and Graham Kilby
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 from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch. A MoP raised concern over lack of officer attendance at CC meetings, as there have been a number of rural thefts in recent months. Cllr Cuthbert replied that there is the possible development of Officers rotating between CC meetings in the near future.
Minutes of the previous meeting: Cllr Barnacle pointed out that “Church Committee” should be changed to “Village Hall Committee” in the minute about Station Road Adoption. Otherwise the minutes were accepted as a true record and signed off.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Traveller’s Site: Cllr Barnacle notes that the chalet mentioned last month has now been removed again. Applications can now be made for connections to Drum waste water treatment plant, which brought some public concerns as to how such applications are prioritised and accepted.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: A member of the public has written to this CC asking about creation of safe routes to Fossoway Primary School, and the progress of the planned cycle route from Crook of Devon to Kinross. Cllr Robertson confirmed that the Coldrain to Balado cycle route would be following the dismantled Devon railway, planning is approved and funds secured with works commencing in spring - plans to link from Balado to Kinross will eventually complete the route.
Cllr Cuthbert made the meeting aware that there is a defined travel plan for Crook of Devon Primary School for safer routes to school and suggested that the Community Consultation Event on the 18th would provide an opportunity for members of the public to put forward their priorities and views re A977 mitigation measures.
Powmill Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that the Powmill bloom group will be meeting with the Crook of Devon Bloom group on 8th February. The group have made a move to brand planters, furniture etc., in an attempt to discourage thefts.
Progress on the Phone Box adoption has come to a standstill due to some conflicting views over liability. Cllr Cuthbert suggested the CC could purchase the phone box, which their insurance should cover, whilst the Bloom group could be responsible for its maintenance.
The refurbished Powmill Milk bar will re-open on Friday 10th February.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has arranged a site meeting with Profile Projects, PKC planning representatives, PKC property, a Fossoway CC representative and other interested parties at 10:00am on Tuesday 14th February.
Domestic Waste Exemption Form: Last month a MoP reported that it was very hard to answer the questions on this form, needed for an ordinary householder to take a van or trailer to the dump, if you were retired. The form has now been modified to make this much easier. Cllr Giacopazzi mentioned the form can be filled out on line and is now fairly straightforward, go to http://www.pkc.gov.uk/recyclingpermits for more info.
Speeding Through Villages: No progress at the moment due to lack of staff resources but Cllr Barnacle has made contact with relevant persons at PKC.
Crook Hall Bollards: Longer-term solutions are being looked into, Cllr Barnacle has arranged for the grit bin to be moved.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that this is still awaiting final confirmation of four residents’ contributions – some because properties have changed hands.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Safer Route to School – Drum, Ivy Cottage, Powmill Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together: No update. Hydro Scheme: CCllr Duffy will give an update about this and a possible community event next month. Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy will give an update on this at next month’s CC meeting.

New Business
Old Fossoway Bridge: This bridge over the River Devon on the A91 between Muckhart and Carnbo was struck by a vehicle causing some damage, which CCllr Brown reported to Cllr Robertson, who in turn reported it to Derek Davidson, PKC Engineer. Mr Davidson replied that works to repair the problem are scheduled for March. CCllr Brown brought to the meeting’s attention that the bridge is not currently listed like other 19th century bridges in the area, even though it is a Recorded Historic Monument. PKC have informed us that Historic Environment Scotland will accept listing proposals from interested community members. This CC intends to propose this with CCllr Brown submitting an application. Cllr Giacopazzi asked what would be the benefits of listing a bridge. Cllr Barnacle suggested that if a structure is of considerable age and historic significance then it should merit protection through listing, he also raised the point that a proposed priority system for the bridge was explored in the past to improve safety. Cllr Robertson suggested that the listing of a feature or building can produce a standard by which a building should be repaired, be that to retain its character, appearance or traditional elements of its construction. However, the consensus at the meeting was not to move forward with applying for listed status for Old Fossoway Bridge.
LDP Public Consultation: There will be a meeting at Crook of Devon Village Hall on Saturday 18th February between 11am and 2pm. The meeting is to discuss possible developments in the Crook of Devon, Blairingone and Rumbling Bridge area. Cllr Barnacle called for further public comments on designated developments, as well as A977 improvements. Comments from members of the public can help to inform what is within LDP2, or not, depending on response. The delay in LDP2 has provided an opportunity for more consultation with the public.
One MoP raised concern that the Community Consultation Event fell on a half term date meaning some families will not be able to attend, will there be a secondary date?
CCllr Farquhar, voiced concern that residents of Powmill were excluded from the LDP consultation despite historic proposals for the village which seem to have gone quiet, as well as concerns that new residents or less well informed residents will miss an opportunity to comment or become aware of possible developments within the village. In response, Cllr Barnacle stated that there will be feedback through A977 discussion critical to Powmill and that it would be worthwhile for Powmill residents to attend.
A MoP raised concerns over the extent of development in Fossoway villages when it could be focussed in cities. Cllr Barnacle responded that the majority of development as outlined in TayPlan is in fact concentrated within the tiered centre towns with a lack of allocation or zoning in small rural villages. Cllr Giacopazzi commented that zoning is used to protect greenfield sites etc., from over development. Cllr Barnacle recommends that the event on the 18th will be an ideal opportunity for the community to put forward such concerns and suggestions regarding planning in the area.
Edinburgh Airport – Airspace Change Programme: The airport has now launched the second consultation about proposed changes to flight paths to and from the airport. CCllr Brown has studied the proposals (available at letsgofurther.com) and concluded that the apparently preferred path for Route F, F2a, has the highest CO2 emissions of the six proposed options due to a longer track. Bringing into question how sustainable this option is and how it may affect residents and the environment of Fossoway, as well as Fife and Kinross in general. Otherwise, the changes should have little noticeable impact on this community. Cllr Giacopazzi’s analysis is that the aircraft are at such a height over the area as not to affect the community, however he advised the CC to make a comment re CO2 emissions through the platform provided.
Foul Habits: Blairgowrie & Rattray CC have suggested that supermarkets and other retailers should be encouraged to promote the sale of Dog Poo bags alongside the dog food displays. Free dog poo bags are currently available at library and local shops, 1 pack of 50 per day. They have asked this CC to support this campaign and the general consensus at the meeting seemed to be positive toward the idea. On this topic Cllr Robertson encouraged people not to leave dog waste that is in poo bags on paths trails etc., and to find a bin.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Cheape: The Kinross Fund is currently looking for new funding opportunities.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle has written to Daryl McKeown of PKC re instatement of a 40mph speed limit on the U241 at Drum, and the erection of a No Entry sign in Main Street. Cllr Barnacle brought to attention the Scottish Government Consultation on Planning running until 4th of April, which all councillors will respond to and he suggests any interested members of the public to contribute also. He has raised concern over lack of planning enforcement at a site in Rumbling Bridge.
Dave Cuthbert: Action partnership, looking to hold event at time of farmers market, advertising to come. Budget meeting end of February, PKC may see an increase in funding.
Joe Giacopazzi: Cllr Giacopazzi also brought to attention that there will be an additional sum of £3.2 million in the coming budget, on top of additional funds raised from increasing council rates on higher bands and retention of commercial rate increases.
Willie Robertson: It is currently a good time for litter picking with the vegetation died back, if any members of the public know an area prone to littering such as grass verges etc., they should get in contact with a councillor or PKC.
PKC have revised policy on 20mph limits, if communities are concerned with speeding in villages they can reapply for signage etc. The sooner communities apply the more quickly their issues can be addressed.
Core path maintenance, if anybody feels a path is in need of maintenance they can contact PKC for facilities to put together a volunteer group as well as the relevant resources for enabling such works.

Planning Matters
16/02060/FLL Erection of dwelling house and garage (revised design and layout) at land 20 metres east of 3 Ashfield, Carnbo. Objected on grounds of planning history.
16/02226/LAW Extension to dwelling house (proposed) Balhaldie, Main Street, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UR. No CC comment.
17/00029/IPL Erection of a dwelling house (in principle) land 50 metres north of Craighead House, Drum. No CC comment.
17/00083/FLL Extension to dwelling house at Easter Coldrain Farmhouse, Coldrain, Kinross, KY13 0QW. No CC comment.
17/00128/FLL Formation of Vehicular access at Birchbank, Main Street, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UQ.
No CC Comment at the moment, however the period for comment has been extended by 21 days from the 7th February, due to the adjacent Church not receiving neighbour notification. The CC may comment based on the Church’s concerns about ownership of the land involved.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: tocs.tnemailrap|nospmohT.anroL#tocs.tnemailrap|nospmohT.anroL is the Office Manager for MSPs: Murdo Fraser, Dean Lockhart, Liz Smith & Alexander Stewart.
Kinross Farmer’s Market will be held on the 4th Saturday of each month from April to November between 9am and 1pm. A survey is being held to decide whether to close the High Street during the markets.
The Crook of Devon Railway Path will be reinstated by John Fraser during February.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will be holding their annual Loch Leven Walkathon on Sunday 19th March, all welcome – details at: www.scotlandwalkathon.com

AOCB: TBS
A MoP raised concern over tree felling on the site of former Crook of Devon Manse, has there been a follow up on the tree felling which took place before planning permission was granted? Cllr Cuthbert raised the issue with relevant persons at PKC since December meeting but is still awaiting a response. This brought forward the recurring concern of members of the public and councillors re the enforcement of planning conditions as well as when and when not certain works can take place on a site, or if conditions in an outline application are carried over to a detail application. Cllr Giacopazzi will bring the issue of enforcing conditions such as retaining trees etc., to the upcoming Member Officer Working Group.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Community Sports Hub, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

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

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
10th January 2017, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Cameron Brown, Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Joe Giacopazzi; Five Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Graham Kilby; Cllrs Dave Cuthbert and Willie Robertson (both attending Portmoak CC.)
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note, received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: A large tub containing an evergreen shrub was stolen from Church Road, Crook of Devon between 7th and 15th December. Sergeant Amanda Nicholson is no longer the Community Co-ordinator for Perth and Kinross, and the role will not be filled. Instead, our point of contact is the local Community Sergeant – Sergeant Nichola Forrester for Kinross who can be contacted on: ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|tpcerihs-ssornikedisyat#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|tpcerihs-ssornikedisyat. There is also going to be a new Inspector, replacing Inspector Pettigrew.

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

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Traveller’s Site: New chalet appeared at the site – Cllr Robertson asked PKC’s enforcement officer to investigate, however it turned out that the chalet is intended for one of the approved pitches and is only in its current position temporarily. Cllr Barnacle has received a response from Scottish Water, stating that investigations into extraneous surface water joining the waste have revealed some problems that can be fixed. This means that the Drum processing plant does have a small amount of spare capacity, which will allow the Traveller’s site, and several other sites that had applied earlier, to be connected, although the applicants will still need to fund the connection themselves. Cllr Giacopazzi noted that the Scottish Government are proposing that retrospective applications will in future attract a higher fee.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Cuthbert raised the issue of missing white lines and cats-eyes with Stuart D’All who replied explaining that painting white lines between October and March is generally unsuccessful, however they will try and repaint the longer sections that have been resurfaced. Mr D’All noted that edge lines are no longer being painted as only statutory lines are now painted due to budget restrictions. The cats-eyes will be replaced when the A832/A977 junction is (hopefully) resurfaced later this year.
Local Cllrs met Chic Haggart this week during which it emerged that the officer working on the plan for the A977 measures is no longer employed by PKC, hopefully they will be replaced shortly.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The Community Benefit Group are still finalising their organisation and preparing for the community engagement exercise in the next few months. Cllr Barnacle suggested that it might be possible to combine this exercise with a proposed survey of sports requirements in Fossoway, although this has not yet been agreed with PKC. There is the potential for some of the scheme’s contingency fund to be passed on to the Community Group; however the amount is not yet known.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that one of their tubs had been stolen (see Police report above.)
Powmill Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that another plant tub has been stolen, this time from the display on the bridge, which is very frustrating and demoralising for the group, nevertheless, the group is determined to continue and remain enthisiastic. More funding is being applied for, and 100 saplings have been donated by another charitable group.
The phone box at Gartwhinzean Feus, Powmill is scheduled for removal, but BT has a scheme whereby unused phone boxes can be purchased by the community for £1. The Bloom Group have expressed a desire to adopt this box, however BT will only pass them on to recognised local authorities, so the CC have asked BT if they can purchase it and then pass it on to the Bloom Group. There is a small issue that the CC is not allowed to spend its administration grant on this sort of purchase, so the necessary funds will have to be donated to the CC, which should not be a major problem!
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that the Roads Department and Church Committee are awaiting an updated list of frontagers, as some properties have changed hands. Once this is available, then the letters can be sent out and the contract set.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has now had confirmation that the developers did originally agree to fund the removal to the sum of £2000. The next step is to get a qualified mason to confirm that it is possible to move the monument without damaging it or the building.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: Cllr Barnacle will investigate whether the notice has been served on the owner.
Craigton Lane Adoption: Cllrs Barnacle and Giacopazzi both believe that this is a private matter and the council can’t do anything to make the developer complete the work.
Sports Hub: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the hub on 15th December at which the member clubs reported on analyses of their members’ interests and the strengths and weaknesses of their clubs. Generally there is considerable enthusiasm and amongst other events a Junior Park Run is planned for later this year, and volunteers will be sought to help organise this.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Safer Route to School – Drum, Dunning Glen, Speeding Through Villages: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: We are still awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved, however local Cllrs are pressing them for a prompt response.

New Business
20s Plenty for Us Campaign: The CC has received a suggestion from this campaign that we should start a group in this area. CCllr Duffy has looked into this scheme, and it seems more appropriate for urban areas. Cllr Giacopazzi reports that PKC already has a policy of only implementing 20mph limits in carefully chosen places.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Farquhar attended a meeting of the Sports Hub (see above.)
CCllr Cheape attended a meeting of the Kinross-shire fund in January, but there were no grant applications to consider. The next meeting, in February, will concentrate on fund-raising.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle is attending a meeting to discuss a proposed Biomass plant at Westfield with Fife and PKC councillors – this scheme would use the B9097 as a haul road, which may affect the B9097 action plan.
There is to be a review of UK Parliamentary Constituencies in 2018, and the Boundary Commission has published initial proposals suggesting that Kinross-shire should be combined with Cowdenbeath. Cllr Barnacle has strongly objected to this proposal on the grounds that the two areas are of completely different rural vs urban character. Additionally Cllr Cuthbert has produced detailed population figures for alternative ward groupings suggested by PKC.
There is to be a public consultation about how the Local Development Plan will affect Blairingone, Crook of Devon, Drum and Rumbling Bridge. The event will be on Feb 18th between 11am and 2pm in the Crook of Devon Hall. It’s not clear how this can best be publicised, although the suggestion by PKC that this CC would be able to deliver leaflets to 650 houses is certainly not realistic, however the CC will assist with displaying posters and announcing the event on its Facebook page and website.
Joe Giacopazzi: It’s going to be a tough year for budgeting, with a further grant cut from central government, however there is some good news in that the Council is now going to be allowed to keep all of the Commercial Council Tax income, and to make an increase in Domestic Council Tax rates which improves things somewhat.
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Planning Matters
16/02132/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and 2 no garages at Land 50 metres west of Easter Cockairney Farm, Kinross.
No CC Comment.
16/02209/IPL Erection of a dwelling house (in principle) at Thornybrook, Fossoway, Kinross, KY13 0UP.
No CC Comment.

Cllr Barnacle notes that conditions imposed by an outline application seem to disappear when a full application is granted. Local Councillors intend to discuss this anomaly at the next Member Officer Working Group.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: PKC will no longer be issuing Bin Collection Calendars; instead you have to print your own from: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/bindates
From 9th January, a yearly permit will be required to take a van, whether liveried or not, or a trailer longer than six feet to PKC’s rubbish dumps. Private individuals can apply for a (free) Domestic Exemption Permit. A MoP pointed out that meeting the criteria to actually obtain a permit for a private individual seems to be very difficult. Cllr Barnacle will look into this.
The 40mph speed limit in Carnbo is being extended from the A91 into the U221.

AOCB: John Anderson asked the local councillors to look into the lack of enforcement of planning conditions. Cllr Giacopazzi said that this would be a good topic for discussion at the next MOWG.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th February 2017 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th December 2016, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Angus Cheape, Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Kilby and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert; 14 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: Cllrs Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson.
Co-option of New CC Member: The CC welcomes Cameron Brown as a new co-opted member – Proposed: CCllr Duffy; Seconded: CCllr Kilby.
Declarations of Interest: CCllrs Duffy and Donachie declared an interest in planning application 16/01313/FLL.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were three incidents to note, received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch and directly from PC Douglas Stapleton: Wooden slats were removed from a bench in Powmill on 9th November; There was a theft of a tractor from outside a farm near to Powmill; There was a theft of a quad bike from outside a farm on the B9097 close to Findatie – two males have been charged for this offence. Cllr Cuthbert reports that there is to be a new Community Police Sergeant in Kinross – hopefully that will mean more police attendance at these meetings in future.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off with an amendment to minute the issue with the adoption of Craigton Lane (see new business below.)
Tullibole Castle’s Halloween Walk: Roderick Moncrieff described how this year 400 people walked through the woods on the weekend before Halloween. Roderick proposes to run a fund-raising event similar to the Enchanted Forest for the week leading up to Halloween next year, with the potential for a large number of vehicles and visitors during the week. The Rotary Club will provide the principal stewards and take a corresponding percentage of the proceeds. There is an opportunity for other local groups or individual volunteers to help with the stewarding - approximately twelve stewards would be needed each evening.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Traveller’s Site: Cllr Barnacle is still awaiting a response from Scottish Water.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Giacopazzi arranged for drains to be cleared on the A977 to the south of Gairney Burn Lane. CCllr Duffy has received numerous complaints from MoP about the lack of white lines in the sections of the A977 that have been resurfaced. Cllr Barnacle will continue to chase this, especially the replacement of the cats-eyes; Cllr Cuthbert has been told that winter gritting would damage new lines, which is why they have not been replaced as yet. Ian Kipling, a new member of PKC’s highways department, is looking into the speed activated signs and the bollards opposite Crook Village Hall. Cllrs Cuthbert and Barnacle are seeking a meeting with Mr Kipling to discuss the A977 Mitigation Measures before proposals are published, and the CC will hopefully join this meeting. MoP reported that the grass verge is being dug up along the A977 between Crook of Devon and Powmill – Cllrs will investigate.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The Community Benefit Group are still finalising their organisation and preparing for the public consultation next year. A MoP reports that there is rubbish left over from the construction – CCllr Duffy will mail Hugh Wallace to ask for this to be addressed.
Speeding Through Villages: CCllr Duffy has been assured that we can apply for surveys of vehicle speeds through the villages. Cllr Cuthbert has been pursuing the deployment of “pop-up policemen”, however the lack of any documented proof that they actually work is holding this up.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that they are still waiting to receive their grant.
Powmill Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that, as reported in the police report above, wooden slats have been removed from a bench they have placed opposite Aldie Road. Additionally, the bench opposite the Milk Bar has also been attacked by vandals. The group is proposing to adopt the red telephone box in Powmill, however Cllr Cuthbert suggested that it would be better if the CC acquired it, however we have concerns about whether the CC would then be liable for any accidents, and it’s also not clear whether we are allowed to fund this sort of project from our administration allowance, both initially and ongoing.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that letters containing the new contribution amount have been sent out, and already two people have agreed to it. He is hopeful that the scheme will soon go ahead.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has not yet received a written reply from Profile Projects, confirming their financial contribution, although this has been verbally promised. Once this has been received, the next step is to contact a local mason to confirm the proposal of using high pressure water jets to detach the memorial without causing any damage.
B9097 Route Action Plan: Portmoak CC had proposed that the section of the B9097 to the east of the M90 should receive a 50mph speed limit; Cllr Barnacle supported this, and proposed that the limit should be imposed on the entire length of the road, however PKC’s Road Safety Officer has rejected this on the grounds that this was not raised as a road safety issue by Police Scotland. The community present noted that the current speed of vehicles is already often in excess of the National limit, but the limit seems to be rarely, if ever, enforced.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: PKC have issued a repair notice to the owner, who lives in America.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Sports Hub, Safer Route to School – Drum, Dunning Glen: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: We are still awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved, however local Cllrs are pressing them for a prompt response.

New Business
Craigton Lane Adoption: Cllr Barnacle is trying to get Eddie Jordan, PKC’s Enforcement Officer, to clarify the position about the preparation for adoption of this road, which was started on earlier in the year but no work has been done since June.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Duffy attended the Living Streets Workshop on 15th November where the “walkability of a community” was discussed. The tool enables identification of areas that could be improved to make them better for pedestrians. CCllr Duffy hopes to adapt this tool so it can also be applied to rural environments.
CCllr Brown attended the Planning User’s Forum on 9th November – PKC will publish a Whitepaper in December containing guidance for CCs on input to planning decisions. The Place Standard tool may be useful to identify local issues.
CCllr Cheape was due to attend a meeting of the Kinross-shire fund, but this has been postponed until the New Year.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle reminds us that the delay to the Main Issues report allows the possibility of further consultation in some areas.
Dave Cuthbert: Cllr Cuthbert notes that the budget setting period is approaching, and uncertainty about future finances are resulting in further cuts being proposed, with some areas already at critical staffing levels. The Action Partnerships seem to have stalled at the earliest stage of identifying issues, without any significant progress in actually addressing the issues already identified. Perhaps these groups would work better if done at a more local level, where the issues are already well known.
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Planning Matters
16/01747/FLL Erection of 3 no dwelling houses at Crook of Devon House (former manse), Main Street, Crook of Devon. Object on grounds of over-development (discussed by email prior to this meeting, following a lack of quorum at an earlier meeting.) Several MoPs noted that the applicant has felled a large number of large trees on the site and also cleared other vegetation. Cllr Cuthbert will report this to the enforcement officer.

16/01879/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and shed, Cairnfold Farm, Blairingone. No CC Comment.

16/01922/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house and installation of flue at Craighead Cottage, Drum, Kinross, KY13 0PP. No CC Comment.

16/01874/FLM Deletion of condition 6 (occupation) of permission 08/01561/FLM (Formation of Equestrian Centre, Utility Shed, Indoor riding school, stables, four chalets/cottages, and seven dwelling houses with associated car parking at Land 100 metres west of Easter Muirhead Cottage, Blairingone. Object on grounds of increased traffic on unsuitable road.

16/01743/FLL Erection of stable buildings (in retrospect) at Dollar Equestrian Centre, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7ND Object on grounds of increased traffic on unsuitable road.

16/01962/FLL Extensions to dwelling house and formation of decking at 1 Windy Ridge, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7PB. No CC Comment.

16/01313/FLL Erection of a dwelling house, Land 40 metres west of Devonlade, Main Street, Crook of Devon
Object on the grounds that the outline consent specified only a single storey house and now two storeys is proposed; Land raising is proposed on a functional flood plain contrary to the development plan.

16/02014/FLL Alterations/extensions to dwelling house use at 8, Mossend Green, Powmill. Dollar, FK14 7NJ. No CC Comment.

16/01900/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at land 400 metres north east of Leepark, Coldrain. No CC Comment.

16/01901/FLL Erection of two holiday accommodation units at land 250 metres north east of Leepark, Coldrain. No CC Comment.

16/02007/FLL Erection of a replacement garage at Garden Cottage, Solsgirth, Dollar, FK14 7NB. No CC Comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: It is proposed to extend the 40mph speed limit in Carnbo onto Gelvan Moor Road.
Xmas/New Year waste collections: Sunday 25th December -> 24th; Monday 26th December -> 24th; Sunday 1st January -> 31st December; Monday 2nd January -> 31st December. No garden or food waste collections from 23rd December to 6th January.

AOCB: The Rumbling Bridge Car Park has changed owners; Cllr Barnacle is seeking written confirmation of the enforcement position.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Speeding Through Villages, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial, Craigton Lane Adoption.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 10th January 2017 7:30 pm
NOTE: Date Change from 3rd!
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
1st November 2016, Powmill Moubray Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs: Jennifer Donachie, Trudy Duffy, Graham Kilby and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert, Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson; 8 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape;
Co-option of New CC Member: The CC welcomes Carol Farquhar as a new member – Proposed: CCllr Pye; Seconded: CCllr Donachie.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note, received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 10am and 11am on 21st October a sneak in theft occurred at a property at Rumbling Bridge.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Traveller’s Site: Cllr Barnacle has written to SEPA asking whether private drainage arrangements may be possible in the continued absence of capacity at the Drum WWTP, also when might the WWTP be expanded and who is on the current waiting list. Cllr Barnacle has also arranged for a waste collection to be instigated at the site.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Giacopazzi has been pursuing the problem with the dip in the road by Devonshaw Cottage, Powmill, but there is no budget to address the problem this financial year, fortunately the problem is not getting worse. The speed activated sign will be refurbished according to one department, although there is also some doubt about who is responsible for the signs with another department saying there is no budget to fix them.
A MoP reported to CCllr Farquhar that there is potential for flooding on the A977 at Powmill due to blocked drains – the problem area is to the south of Gairney Burn Lane. Cllr Giacopazzi agreed to get this looked at.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The official opening was on Friday 28th October, was very well attended and went well, the scheme is generating power and so the first funds will be available to the Community Group in a year’s time; unfortunately the open afternoon on the 29th had to be postponed until the Spring for operational reasons.
The Community Benefit Group held a meeting on Friday 7th October where the terms of reference are being worked on. There is a plan to hold a Community Consultation exercise to collect ideas for how the funds should be used.
Speeding Through Villages: This has been discussed in the Action Partnership.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that tub planting has been done, however more volunteers are always welcome to assist with bulb planting – dates will be published on Facebook.
Powmill Bloom Group: CCllr Farquhar reported that a “Gateway to the Village” has been created opposite the Aldie Road, and lots of bulbs have been planted along with other clearing and tidying up. More information at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/400183333513381/
Dunning Glen: Cllr Robertson has inspected the bridge and although it does seem to be slowly deteriorating, PKC doesn’t think it needs fixing any sooner than already planned.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that the two objections to the Notice to Adopt have now been withdrawn. Cllr Barnacle will write to all residents again with the new contribution figure (which is reduced now it will be without VAT) and hopefully the work will be able to proceed soon.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has contacted Profile Projects once more, and they have now said that they would only contribute £2000, rather than the full cost as they originally agreed in September 2011. Cllr Barnacle will seek confirmation of this offer in writing. There are various heritage funds that may help us fund the rest of the work, which will be investigated.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Sports Hub, Ivy Cottage Powmill and Safer Route to School – Drum: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: We are still awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved, however local Cllrs are pressing them for a prompt response.

New Business
B9097 Route Action Plan: This plan proposes: To impose a 40mph speed limit for the first 800m of the road from Drum; Institute a prohibition of entry on the U241 to discourage commercial traffic passing from the A977 to the B9097 via the U241 at Drum; Various other improvements to signage and carriageway surfacing.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: None this month.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle notes that delay in publishing LDP2 until next summer allows more work to be done on proposals for parking and development.
Dave Cuthbert: Cllr Cuthbert notes that the Action Partnerships each have £20k to spend by next April, which may prove challenging in that time since they need to use the new Participatory Budgeting system.
Joe Giacopazzi: Nothing not already reported above.
Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson reports that TRACKS are about to start work on the next section of the multi-purpose path extending to Balado Station. All finance is in place and contracts are being let, with the section due to be finished early next year.
Police Scotland are intending to trial Community Speedwatch again in the New Year, although it’s not yet known who’s to be involved. Cllr Robertson will try and get this area included based on our previous experience.
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Planning Matters
16/01612/FLL Erection of 2 no dwelling houses at Land 100 Metres North East of South Kilduff Farm, Fossoway. Comments were due by 25/10/16. No CC Comment.
16/01801/IPL Erection of a dwelling house (in principle) at land 30 metres West of Drumgarland, Crook of Devon. Comment that we are concerned about the uncertainty of connection to Drum WWTP.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: The B9097 will be closed during weekdays (8am to 4pm) from 14th November to allow drainage works between Mawmill Poultry Farm and Mawmill Farm (for around four weeks) and to the west side of Aldie junction (for about one week) to allow patching works.
The Scottish Government are holding a Governance Review of early years and schools education. See www.gov.scot/educationgovernancereview for details.
PKC will shortly be replacing green bins with smaller ones (240 litres -> 140 litres) to encourage more recycling.
The Kinross Winter Festival is now on, see brochure at issuu.com/kinrosswinterfestival/docs/kinross-shire_s_winter_festival_201_2d713de0b261ec The Street Festival is from 4-7pm Saturday 26th November.

AOCB: Is Rumbling Bridge Gorge Car Park now open for business? It seems to have been created, but possibly final surfacing not yet done – there are no signs.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Speeding Through Villages, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Dunning Glen, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th December 2016 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

DOMESTIC WASTE / RECYCLING COLLECTIONS

There will be no domestic or commercial collections on 25th and 26th DECEMBER 2016 or 1st and 2nd JANUARY 2017

Unless householders or commercial customers are notified directly by letter the following will apply:

  • Collections due on Sunday 25th DECEMBER will take place on Saturday 24th DECEMBER
  • Collections due on Monday 26th DECEMBER will take place on Saturday 24th DECEMBER
  • Collections due on Sunday 1st JANUARY will take place on Saturday 31st DECEMBER
  • Collections due on Monday 2nd JANUARY will take place on Saturday 31st DECEMBER

There are no scheduled garden and food waste collections from 23rd DECEMBER to 6th JANUARY.

Collection dates will return to normal from 7th JANUARY.

RECYCLING CENTRES

All Recycling Centres will be CLOSED on 25th and 26th DECEMBER 2016 and 1st and 2nd JANUARY 2017. Opening hours otherwise remain the same over the festive period.

SPECIAL UPLIFTS

The last special uplift collection will be 22nd DECEMBER 2016.

The road works on the B9097 between the A977 at Crook of Devon to Mawmill Farm to allow various works to take place, will now continue until 24th December. This means that the road will continue to be partially closed during the working day.

B9097 Road Works Extended by Graham PyeGraham Pye, 08 Dec 2016 10:27

The open day celebrating the official opening of the Rumbling Bridge Hydro scheme, which was scheduled for Saturday 29th October, has had to be cancelled for operational reasons.

It's hoped to re-schedule the event in the New Year.

See the scheme's website for more information.

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2nd Fife Scout Group are again holding a fireworks evening this year at their scout campsite at Crook of Devon on Friday 4th November 2016 from 7 to 9pm.

Fireworks will be from 7.30 to 8.00pm followed by a campfire. Food and refreshments will be on sale between 7.30 and 9 pm.

The evening is informal and no charges will be made, but donations are welcome.

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
4th October 2016, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Trudy Duffy, Graham Kilby and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi; 10 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Angus Cheape; Cllr Willie Robertson.
Co-option of New CC Member: The CC welcomes Jennifer Donachie as a new member – Proposed: CCllr Duffy; Seconded: CCllr Pye.
CC Roles: Now that we have one new member of the CC it is possible, and necessary to avoid some duplication of roles, to identify the responsibilities of each of the current CC members:
Trudy Duffy: Chair and Data Controller;
Graham Pye: Treasurer, Vice-chair and Minutes Secretary
Jennifer Donachie: Secretary and Planning – Proposed: CCllr Duffy; Seconded: CCllr Pye.
Graham Kilby: Facebook and Community Liaison/Initiatives
Angus Cheape: Kinross-shire Fund
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There were two incidents to note, received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: during the weekend of Friday 9th September, a quantity of red diesel was stolen from a tractor which was parked within the car park belonging to Powmill Milk bar; Sometime between 2pm and 6.30pm Thursday 22nd September, approximately 300kg of wheat was stolen from Arndean Farm, Blairhill, Rumbling Bridge.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were amended to correct the planning reference number for the application at land west of Devonlade, which should have been 16/01313/FLL rather than 16/01352/FLL. This was also corrected in the Declarations of Interest.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Traveller’s Site: Cllr Barnacle received an email from one of the residents asking for a meeting, which was held at the Village Hall, Cllr Cuthbert also attended. The site occupants stated their desire to integrate with the community and raised some concerns about rubbish disposal and water and power connections, which Cllrs agreed to help them with.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllrs had a meeting with the Roads department – currently the department is trying to recruit an engineer to do the planning for the possible mitigation measures. Cllr Duffy notes that the 40mph speed limit signs between Balado and the M90 have now been erected. Cllr Giacopazzi has been pursuing the problem with the dip in the road by Devonshaw Cottage, Powmill, but this is not yet fixed, and neither are the speed activated signs – it appears that there is some confusion as to whether these types of signs are the responsibility of the highways department or the street lighting department.
Speeding Through Villages: Speeding traffic is an ongoing problem throughout the area and efforts from this CC and our local councillors do not appear to have achieved any significant results. Perhaps the time has come to create a Community Partnership with the Police and PKC to try and address this issue. Cllr Cuthbert suggests that we try out “Police Cut-outs” at the entrance to villages where speed monitoring is already planned to take place and see if they have any effect. It’s also possible that the new head of Police Scotland may look favourably on Community Speed Watch schemes, and Cllrs will be pressing for this.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The scheme is now operating and generating power, with last minute adjustments being made to optimise output. The official opening is due to be on Friday 28th October at 3pm. On Saturday 29th October there will be an open afternoon from 1pm until 4pm centred on the Crook of Devon Village Hall. Mini-Buses will be available to take people from the Hall to locations in Rumbling Bridge to see the scheme. Walking routes to the major site locations will also be signposted.
The Community Benefit Group is due to hold its next meeting on Friday 7th October. A community engagement exercise will be taking place to determine what sort of grant applications will be received.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that a planting day will be held on the morning of 15th October, any helpers welcome.
Powmill in Bloom: A recent work party has done some planting and new planters have been created. The next planned activity is to improve the road verge outside the Milk Bar.
Dunning Glen: Cllr Cuthbert has spoken to Sgt. Amanda Nicholson – the Police have been collecting car numbers at the site.
Sports Hub: The hub was officially launched on 17th September at Kinross Community Campus. Consultation has been held to assess local requirements, and this will be reviewed at the next meeting on the 27th October.
A meeting of various local sports and community groups within Fossoway was held on 21st September, to set up a sub group to the larger Sports Hub and to look how the sports field in Crook of Devon can be best used. There was a good level of interest from the existing clubs in the area. Cllr Barnacle adds that Sadie Watson of the Parent’s Council has suggested a survey in Fossoway to assess demand for sports in this area.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle reports that PKC have issued a notice of intention to adopt the road on 10th August. Two objections have been received. PKC can in fact proceed with the adoption in spite of objections, however this does not change the finance position, and as the objectors are unlikely to be willing to pay their share, the contribution from the other frontagers may have to increase, but VAT will not be payable.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has received opinions that it would be possible to move the memorial without damage, although it would require a skilled mason to do it. If finance is the issue, then perhaps some funds might be available to help. Cllr Barnacle will contact Profile Projects once more.
Safer Route to School – Drum: A report on addressing the traffic problems with the B9097 will shortly be issued, that might help with this problem.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved.

New Business
None this month.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Kilby attended a meeting of the Sports Hub (see above); CCllr Duffy attended a meeting to determine CC representation on Community Action Partnerships. Cllr Cuthbert explained that the aim of the partnerships is to address inequalities in the area. First meeting is 6th October. Inequalities covers a wide range of topics, including bus services, ambulance attendance times, speeding traffic, etc. Issues collected will be fed into the plans for NHS, PKC, Police, etc., across the area.
CC Bank Account: As previously explained the CC needs to open a new bank account in order to obtain online access. The account will continue to be with the TSB and the signatories will be CCllr Graham Pye and CCllr Trudy Duffy. All other attributes of the account will remain the same.

Councillors’ Reports
Dave Cuthbert: Cllr Cuthbert points out that tomorrow’s full council meeting will be discussing the financial plan which is likely to contain very bad news.
Joe Giacopazzi: Nothing not already reported above.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle notes that progress on the new Local plan has been delayed, due to the late arrival of the Tay Plan, until later next year. This allows more time to organise a coherent local response to the plan.

Planning Matters
16/01119/FLL Extension to dwelling house and alterations to garage to form ancillary accommodation at The Farmhouse, Easter Muirhead Farm, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7ND. No CC Comment
16/01450/IPL Erection of a dwelling house (in principle) at Land 30 metres northwest of Firs of Viewfield, Drum. No CC Comment
16/01473/FLL Renewal of permission 13/01816/FLL (change of house type) at Land 30 metres northwest of The Meadows, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone. No CC Comment
16/01476/FLL Renewal of permission 13/01818/FLL (change of house type) at Site 70 metres northwest of The Meadows, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone. No CC Comment
16/01477/FLL Renewal of permission 13/01817/FLL (change of house type) at Site 70 metres northwest of The Meadows, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone. No CC Comment
16/01544/IPL Residential development (in principle) at Land 50 metres north of Mellock House, Fossoway. Discussed by email before the meeting and agreed to no CC Comment
16/01551/FLL Erection of two dwelling houses at land 50 metres east of Naemoor Gardens, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment
16/01534/FLL Erection of a dwelling house (revised design). Land to the rear of Vicar's Bridge Road Blairingone. No CC Comment
16/01588/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and shed. Land 20 Metres south east of Burnside, Vicar's Bridge Road, Blairingone. No CC Comment

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: The A977 will be closed at Blairingone from 17th October for two weeks to allow resurfacing works to be carried out.
At the request of CCllr Duffy, PKC’s Charles Haggart will conduct a traffic speed survey in Carnbo.

AOCB:
John Anderson asked local councillors if they had any news about the Lamb Hill application, and were they aware of the level of public feeling about this. Cllrs confirmed that they were well aware of this.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Speeding Through Villages, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Dunning Glen, Sports Hub, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 1st November 2016 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
6th September 2016, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy and Graham Kilby; Cllrs Dave Cuthbert, Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson; 10 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Graham Pye; Cllr Mike Barnacle.
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Duffy declared an interest in planning application 16/01352/FLL. CCllr Cheape declared an interest in planning application 16/01373/PN.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note, received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch, which was the theft of a number of copper reels from Bankhead Farm, Fossoway between 23rd August and 26th August.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Work has been done to repair the road between Crook of Devon and Balado. Ongoing is the work between Rumbling Bridge and Crook of Devon, an earlier repair there left the road with patches that were too high. This now has to be scraped off and redone. Cllr Cuthbert reports that mitigation measures continue to be worked on, which will include gateway features for all the villages, and that there is money in the budget for this to go ahead.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The Community Benefit Group have had initial meetings and sent the following resolution to the Community Council:
A community group shall be established for the purpose of disbursing any income received from the Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme and any other income received from similar sources for the communities covered by Fossoway and District Community Council.

The community group shall be a subsidiary group of the Community Council appointed by Fossoway and District Community Council. The group shall remain in existence indefinitely or for the period determined by the Community Council.

The initial membership of the sub-group shall comprise of:
Independent Chairperson: John Wheatley
Community Councillor: to be nominated by the Community Council
Members: number to be determined by the Community Council

The members of the sub-group, with the exception of the Chairperson and the Community Councillor, will all stand down after six months or whenever the Community Council finds this appropriate. A review of the membership shall then take place to ensure diversity and representation from all parts of the community. Existing members will be eligible for re-appointment.

The initial group will be responsible for carrying out the community engagement exercise and for preparing the draft terms of reference, operating procedures etc., for approval by the Community Council.
The resolution was unanimously approved by the CCllrs present. The currently assembled group will initially concentrate on creating policies and procedures for the group to follow, and then it may be appropriate to repopulate the group with members who are representative of the wider community.
Approval for connection to the grid is expected by 9th September and there are plans for an opening event around 28th/29th October. Cllr Cuthbert advised that that an agreement with a different local group should be made, so in the case of this CC folding, Hydro funds would be transferred to the local group and not to PKC.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group had been successful with their application for a grant to the Kinross-Shire fund, and an award of £600 has been approved. This will go towards autumn and spring planting. Cllr Cuthbert suggested using a turf cutter when planting bulbs on the green space in the middle of Crook of Devon. Representative of Powmill in Bloom informed the meeting that Powmill had achieved 4th place in the best kept village hamlet and has requested criteria with the aim to improve next year. It was also noted that the Powmill in Bloom group had lost a bench, four various containers, a wheelbarrow, and a bicycle. Despite the disappointment of these items being taken, they are determined to carry on and looking to recruit new members.
Dunning Glen: CCllr Duffy had contacted Cllr Robertson with her concerns regarding the bridge at Dunning Glen, as there appeared to be further damage to the wall of the northern part of the bridge, and more parapet stones missing. Cllr Robertson has reported this to both the Police and PKC. PKC advised the use of motion sensor cameras but highlighted that these maybe stolen. The bridge structure is safe and work will be carried out to repair the bridge in due course. This cannot go ahead until late spring as due to it being a historic building only lime mortar can be used and this will not set in colder temperatures.
Sports Hub: There was a meeting of the Hub on August 11th, where the launch event was discussed and finalised. The hub will be officially launched on 17th September at Kinross Community Campus. CCllr Kilby reminded the meeting that there was a consultation survey in progress and this could be completed on line. (http://pkc.KCSH.sgizmo.com/s3/) Fossoway CC has links to this on their Facebook page and there are also paper copies if required. Cllr Barnacle has also requested a meeting for various local sports and community groups within Fossoway, with the view of setting up a sub group to the larger Sports Hub and to look how the sports field in Crook of Devon can be best used. This is to take place on 21st September at Crook of Devon Village Hall.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Safer Route to School – Drum; Ivy Cottage, Powmill; Station Road Adoption; Travellers Site: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved. Cllr Giacopazzi will attempt to get a report for the next meeting.
Blairingone War Memorial: Awaiting report from Cllr Barnacle regarding second opinion.

New Business
Soul Survivor: This event was recently held at Lendrick Muir and although some neighbours were notified, the music from the event was heard over a wide area. CCllr Duffy asked if an entertainment licence would be required for such an event. Cllr Cuthbert advised that for the reported size of the event a licence would be required; however Lendrick Muir may have this in place to cover any events held there.
Naemoor Road-Path to School: A MoP reported (via Facebook) that this path had become seriously overgrown. CCllr Kilby passed this on to local members, and Cllr Cuthbert raised the issue with PKC. It has been reported that this has been dealt with.
Dog Waste: MoP had contacted CCllr Duffy highlighting issues with dog waste not be cleared away by some dog owners. This was confirmed at the meeting by other MoPs who were dismayed that some would bag the dog waste then leave it hanging on trees and fences. It was suggested to form a ‘poop patrol’ however due to lack of members on the CC CCllr Duffy felt this would not be achievable at this time. A reminder to be responsible will be added to the CC Facebook page.
DRT: CCllr Duffy provided updated DRT booklets as there have been recent changes to bus timetables and the area covered by DRT has increased slightly. It was noted that service 23 is now running three hourly having previously been two hourly.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Kilby attended the Sports Hub (see above) on August 11th; CCllr Duffy attended the Hydro Scheme Meeting (See above.); CCllr Cheape attended the Kinross-Shire fund meeting where awards for Crook and Drum Growing together, and Fossoway Pre-School Group were agreed.

Councillors’ Reports
Dave Cuthbert: Nothing not already reported above.
Joe Giacopazzi: Cllr Giacopazzi confirmed that he was making enquiries into the dip in the road by Devonshaw Cottage, Powmill, which is resulting in HGVs being taken towards the cottage, and why the vehicle activated sign in the same location is still not working.
Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson informed the meeting about the Community Planning Action Partnership for the Almond and Earn ward. This will involve the Police, Fire service, health, PKC and Community Councils. Cllr Cuthbert has arranged a meeting on the 27th September for all the Kinross-Shire Community Councils to address inequality and local issues such as rural transport.

Planning Matters
CCllr Duffy sought to clarify the position of the CC regarding which planning applications the CC would comment on due to the current shortage of CC members, and the role of the CC in regards to planning. For example if it’s an extension to an existing property then the CC will not be seeking to make any comments. However if the application is for major, larger, contentious applications, or where conditions are set and have not been met, the CC may wish to comment if appropriate. Applications will be considered on merits.

16/01352/FLL Erection of a dwelling house, land 40 Metres West of Devonlade, Main Street, Crook of Devon.
Comment date has passed. The CC was not able to comment on this application because of the absence of a quorum. Nine objections.
16/01129/FLL Alterations and extensions to dwelling house at 8 Mossend Green, Powmill, Dollar, FK14 7NJ. No CC Comment
16/01373/PN Erection of an agricultural building | Land 200 Metres South West Of Broomhill Peat Gate Crook of Devon. Agricultural shed on the site of a contentious planning application for a house. Already approved by PKC. No CC Comment
16/01369/FLL Erection of a fence at 2 Briglands Stables, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0PS. No CC Comment
16/01439/PN Formation and alteration of a forestry track ,Land 200 Metres South West Of Barnhill Farm Powmill. No CC Comment
16/01401/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house , Lynnwood Main Street Crook Of Devon Kinross.
No CC Comment
16/01460/FLL Alterations to dwelling house , Ardallie House Main Street Crook Of Devon Kinross KY13 0UR
No CC Comment
16/01352/FLL Change of use of agricultural shed and yard to general storage and distribution (class 6) .Lambhill Blairingone. Comment date 16 September. Highly contentious planning history. An earlier application to change use was refused, a decision upheld by the local review body. Object on grounds of PM1 and EP8.
16/00620/FLL Erection of 4 dwelling houses and garages . Land 70 Metres South East of Merryhills Rumbling Bridge (approved). No CC Comment

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: We’ve received a list of funding opportunities which has been posted on Facebook.

AOCB:
Carnbo Speeding: A MoP highlighted their concerns regarding speeding vehicles travelling through Carnbo with pets are being killed. A speed survey was carried out around 10 years ago where the average speed was found to be 52 mph, she feels this has now increased. Speed signs are obscured from overgrown hedges and hedges beyond the village towards Clackmannanshire are in need of cutting back to provide adequate vision when exiting side roads and drive ways. It was also suggested that Carnbo should have a village gateway as well as the villages along the A977. Cllr Robertson acknowledged more enforcement is required and has recently written to the new Chief Constable asking him to consider the re-introduction of the Community Speed Watch Scheme. Cllrs and the CC are to write to PKC to request the monitoring of speeds through Carnbo takes place.
Electricity: CCllr provided information regarding who to contact when there are power cuts. There is one central number 105 that can be dialled and your call will be directed to the relevant supplier.
Safety Barriers: MoP asked why the safety barriers were still in place opposite the village hall where a car had previously hit the wall some weeks ago. The wall has now been repaired but the barriers remain and are causing a visual obstruction when exiting Station Road. Cllr Robertson will chase this up.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Dunning Glen, Sports Hub.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th October 2016 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd August 2016, Carnbo Village Hall

Attending: Community Cllrs: Angus Cheape, Graham Kilby and Graham Pye (acting chair); Cllrs Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson; 9 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Trudy Duffy; Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Dave Cuthbert.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: Unfortunately no Officer was able to be present at the meeting. Last year Police Scotland received 80,000 items of lost property – if you lose something you can submit an enquiry online at http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/report-lost-property. Additionally any item with a serial number can be registered at https://www.immobilise.com improving the chance of it being returned to its owner. Robberies of a quad bike at Easter Muirhead farm, Blairingone, and a charity box and tips jar from the Powmill Milk Bar occurred in early July.
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes were signed off without amendment.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Cllr Barnacle has written to PKC, SEPA and SNH seeking to obtain clarification about the protection of the Loch Leven catchment. SEPA had previously written to him confirming that the Crook Moss site is receiving mains water from a local farm, and is using PortaLoos for disposal of black and grey water.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: CCllr Duffy wrote to Jim Valentine about the condition of roads in this area and her email was passed on to Willie Young and thence to Stuart D’All, who replied as follows: The overrun of the gully replacement in Crook of Devon was due to the wrong gullies being provided; 1500 sq. m. of patching will be done on the B9097; three resurfacing projects on the A977 and one on the A823 (totalling £400k) will be done in August; further installation of gullies and French drains will be made along the B9097 to reduce the standing water; subsidence west of Powmill on the A977 will be investigated.
Cllr Robertson reports that there is now money in this financial year’s budget for work on the A977 including speed activated signs. It appears that there may be an improvement in the budget position for the A977.
Emergency Support Centre: CCllr Kilby reports that the Hall committee has agreed that the hall can be used for the centre. Another volunteer is needed to be an emergency contact.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The pipeline has now crossed the road, without any serious impact on traffic along the road.
The Community Benefit Group has been established: CCllr Duffy has sent the following report - A group of seven volunteers interested in the management of the community benefit from the Hydro scheme has met twice. For a small fund like this the most workable scenario would be for the fund to be managed by a group appointed by the CC. A similar structure is used in Aberfeldy and, provided the money for the fund is held in a different bank account, there would not be any difficulty with Perth and Kinross Council. In order to set the parameters of this fund, a limited community engagement exercise will be undertaken, in which the young people in Fossoway (via the school) will also take part. There will be more news about this at the September meeting.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: This group has had its first planting day. About 12 volunteers potted up the tubs throughout Drum and Crook of Devon, and volunteers are maintaining the tubs, watering and weeding when necessary. An application has been written for a small grant from the Kinross-shire fund for the autumn and spring 2017 planting. A fundraiser will follow the September planting. Volunteers are very welcome - for planting, plotting and helping with the fundraising.
Dunning Glen: Cllr Robertson reports that he has tried various things to address the problems of litter and vandalism. He asked PKC to block the laybys, but this was refused on the grounds that vehicles will be parked on verges, or in dangerous places, instead. Cllr Robertson then suggested that double yellow lines be placed along the road, however this was deemed to be not enforceable. More reports of litter and mess have been received. Since the land is private, litter can’t be picked up by PKC as legally it belongs to the land owner. Perhaps the landowner should be asked if he would gift the land around the bridge to the community which would allow some sort of management plan to be put in place. No news about when bridge is to be repaired as PKC need the agreement of Historic Scotland before any work can be done.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Robertson thinks that the Council intend to go ahead, although in the absence of Cllr Barnacle we don’t definitely know this.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has written to Profile Projects suggesting a second opinion about their report advising against moving the memorial.
Dog Waste in Drum: Cllr Robertson had requested a dog waste bin – we think it’s now been installed.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: A MoP reports that the windows have now been boarded up; it’s not clear whether this indicates any intention by the owner to do any further work.
Sports Hub: Will be launched on 17th September, the front cover of Kinross News will be dedicated to the Hub, using the design from the competition winner - a P6 pupil from Fossoway Primary School. The next meeting of the Hub will be on August 11th, where there will be an analysis of the member clubs and establishment of public consultation to set the Hub’s initial goals.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Safer Route to School – Drum, Boundary Commission: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved.
Crook Moss Community Involvement: Ongoing.

New Business
Edinburgh Airport Flight Path Changes: Several local residents have received information that the Airport is proposing to change approach and departure flight paths. Details can be found on the airport’s web site at http://www.letsgofurther.com/ from which it appears that this area may be affected by the new paths, although this is not entirely clear. Comments can be made via the above link until 12th September. Cllr Giacopazzi expressed the opinion that the planes will be sufficiently high at the point they cross our area that the changed flight paths will not cause any issues.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllrs Pye and Kilby attended the CC Planning Workshop on 22nd June, where amongst other useful discussion the planning officers suggested that CCs should only comment on applications that affect a significant section of their community.
CCllr Duffy attended the opening of the Drum to Aldie Road core path on 9th July. This path was made possible by the local landowners, notably Roderick Moncrieff and Heather Turnbull, and helped by our local elected members Willie Robertson and Mike Barnacle. The path delivered by Tracks, the Scottish Government, SNH, PKC and Sustrans. Special thanks to the indefatigable George Lawrie, who obtained funding for all this, and already has funding in place for the next stretch, to Balado!
Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle is now a member of the P&K Outdoor Access Forum.
Joe Giacopazzi: Nothing not already reported above.
Willie Robertson: Cllrs Giacopazzi and Robertson attended a meeting of Cleish CC who are worried about the speed of traffic on the B9097, some at over 100mph, and they have been complaining to the Police with little effect. Cllr Robertson will write to Police, as will this CC. Cllr Robertson has heard that the new Chief Constable is in favour of community involvement, so he will write to the Chief Constable to raise the issue of a Community Speed Watch again. A MoP mentions that the 40mph speed limit through Carnbo is rarely observed, not helped by the signs being obscured by overhanging vegetation. This CC will write to Darren McKeown of PKC asking for speed activated signs to be installed in Carnbo.

Planning Matters
Note: Due to the current shortage of CC members, we are no longer able to review any planning applications other than those which are likely to have a wide impact on the community, and so they will not be commented on unless those present at a meeting make a strong case to do so.
16/01003/FLL Extension to dwelling house and erection of ancillary accommodation at 1 Birkfield Park, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0QR. Application subsequently approved.
16/01017/FLL Erection of a garage at Aitken Cottage, Main Street, Crook Of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0UR. Application subsequently approved.
16/01058/FLL Removal of condition 3 (occupation/ownership) of permission 15/01349/FLL erection of a dwelling house and associated office studio at Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0QG.
No Community Council comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: PKC have published details of new flood risk management plans for the Tay area, see: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/frmplans or hard copies at LLCC.
We’ve received a list of funding opportunities which has been posted on Facebook.

AOCB: CCllr Duffy has discovered, in response to a query from a MoP, that boxes have been installed on the Aldie Road to monitor cyclists, horses and walkers on this “green” road.
A recent event resulted in a large number of cyclists using the Aldie Road. Kinross Cycling Club was not responsible but they have undertaken to notify us of their future events so we can publish them. A MoP present suggested that the event was held by Fife Kingdom Cycle Group, but this has not been confirmed – it would be helpful if organising groups gave us notice of such events.
The reduction of verge cutting on the A977 to once per year is creating an ideal feeding ground for pigeons, who are eating the seeds from the long grass. The pigeons are then getting hit by vehicles, as are the predators who are later feeding on the pigeon carcasses. Cllr Giacopazzi explained that he managed to get the second annual cut reinstated last year, but it was removed again this year to save costs. Cllr Giacopazzi will try to get it restored again this year. Additionally, the uncut grass prevents pedestrians walking on the verge, meaning they have to risk walking in the road instead.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, A977 Mitigation, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook and Drum Growing Together, Dunning Glen, Station Road Adoption, Blairingone War Memorial, Sports Hub.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 6th September 2016 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome

Fossoway and District Community Council
Minutes of AGM
3rd May 2016 7.30pm
To be approved.

1. Attending: CCllrs: Trudy Duffy (Chair), Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape, Richard Nesbitt, Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert, Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson; 14 Members of the Public.
Apologies: CCllr Graham Kilby

2. Minutes: Minutes of the 2015 AGM meeting were read, approved, and signed off.

3. Chair’s Report:

The elected members of the Community Council are as follows:-
• Kevin Borthwick
• Angus Cheape
• Trudy Duffy-Wigman
• Graham Kilby
• Graham Pye
• Richard Nesbitt

Sandy Morrison and Alastair Lavery have now retired. Again I wish to express our sincere thanks for their sterling service on the Community Council. Two of our members, Graham Kilby and Richard Nesbitt are new to the Community Council and they have had to hit the ground running.

The Community Council has had another very busy year with eleven scheduled meetings, additional meetings and a large volume of correspondence.

The main issues during the year have been:

• Travellers’ Site at Crook Moss: The majority of the planning conditions have not been met despite frequent representations to the Planning authority by the Community Council, members of the community and all the local councillors. The priority issues for the Community are noise and foul drainage. Some of the residents on site are trying to improve the situation. A second application for three additional pitches has been rejected by Perth and Kinross Council.

• Police Service: Unfortunately we are seeing a police officer attending the meeting less often. A monthly bulletin specific to the area is not produced anymore; we get most of the relevant information from the Commander’s bulletin and from Perth and Kinross Community Watch. We have the impression that rural crime in our area is slightly up.

• Lambhill Site: This application has been refused by the Local Review Body.

• Main Issues Report: We have consulted on the LDP2 MIR.

• City Link Time Table: We are shocked by the lack of co-operation to make sure Kinross is served by adequate public transport. Many of the regular bus services have been withdrawn, making it almost impossible to commute by bus.

• Blairingone War Memorial: Is now one of the longest running items on our agenda. It is unlikely that there will be a quick solution to this.

• Devon Hydro Scheme: The building of the Hydro Scheme is progressing well. We are now at the stage that we are setting up an organisation to distribute the monies generated – the developer’s contribution and the community benefit.

• A977 Mitigation Measures: Councillor Barnacle has been continuing with other councillors, the Community Council and members of the public to call for traffic mitigation measures. The situation was exacerbated earlier this year with the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, a few weeks for all traffic but a longer period for heavy lorries. The police have helped out with extra speed checks but the road has suffered and the road surface has deteriorated. We will continue to put pressure on the authorities and work together with the local members to make the A977 safer for the villages straddling it.

• Boundary Commission: Cllr Cuthbert has worked very hard to get members of the community involved in informing the Boundary Commission on their plans to cut chunks off Kinross-shire. We are awaiting their decision.

• Community Council Members: There is an urgent requirement for more Community Councillors, especially from the village of Carnbo, which has currently no representation in the CC. Our work relies on members of the community who have their ears to the ground.

• Community Initiatives: The CC is taking part in a number of community initiatives: the Emergency Support Centre, to be set up in the hall, Kinross Sports Hub, Crook and Drum in Bloom and perhaps the Best Kept Village competition. It is a wonderful way for members of the community to become involved.

There have been slightly less planning applications in the past year.

Thank you to my fellow 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, Cuthbert, Giacopazzi and Robertson for their significant support and assistance to the CC on numerous matters. Thanks also to our loyal Members of the Public, who support us with their presence, their information and their questions.

4. Secretary’s Report:

Once again it has been a very busy year for the Community Council, as we strive to be as actively involved in as many community issues as possible. This year as it was an election year, a couple of the regular members retired for a well-earned rest, and we welcomed two new members onto the council. I would personally like to thank Sandy Morrison, and Alastair Lavery for all the work they did over the years, and also to welcome the new members Graham Kilby, and Richard Nesbitt to the CC.

In my position as secretary, I have to deal with all the day to day correspondence and phone calls that come our way, and have also attend several meetings throughout the year. As I said in previous years, I have to do my best to handle this as it happens and not let it build up. This year however, at the turn of the year, an illness in the family took priority over most other things going on in my life, and the CC duties were beginning to build up and get on top of me. I have to thank Graham and Trudy who took over the majority of my secretarial role to let me concentrate on more important things. Things are looking positive at the moment on the family front, although it is still early days, and hopefully I will be able to get back in the saddle later in the year.

This year the correspondence has increased significantly since last year, partly due to signing up to Perth and Kinross Community Watch. However these figures are only up to the end of January 2016, when the email transferred to Graham and Trudy, so there are three months missing. Over the past year I have dealt with 1312 (1137 last year) incoming emails, and have sent out 443 (551 last year). Again I have to moan about the 154 (133 last year) spam emails we received. All of which come via the PKC email address and not our own one. Graham has been filtering these so we should in theory get less in the future. I also ran off 2651 prints (2049 last year) for the correspondence, minutes, and agendas etc. again a significant rise. This is a reflection of the increase in correspondence.

The Facebook page has been a great success, where we have been able to post information to keep people up to date with details of events, meetings, minutes etc. As well as being a way of getting in touch with the CC about community issues. Currently we have 154 people who receive our posts, which along with the newsletter and the notice boards, we are engaging with as many people as we can. Graham Kilby has taken over the running of the Facebook page, and I’d like to thank him for that.

As you can see there is quite a lot of work running a Community Council, and during this past few months everyone has had to muck in. However it would be a lot easier if we had a full complement of members. There are still two spaces on the CC, and anyone who wishes to help out would be very welcome.

5. Treasurer’s Report:

This year the CC received no income as the Administrative Grant from PKC of £424.31, which would have topped the CC’s funds up to the maximum £700.00 allowed, was unfortunately paid into the wrong bank account by PKC.

The largest item of the 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 £100.60 was spent on hall rentals.

Last year the CC invested in a Laser Printer, now an asset of the CC which will be passed on to whoever is the secretary. The secretary will no longer be charging the CC on a per print basis, other than for paper, and any other consumables required for the printer will be purchased directly by the CC.

All Community Councillors are allowed to claim for any expenses they incur over the year for travelling to meetings other than normal CC meetings, and also any other incidentals – postage, stationery, etc. This year only a little over £50 has been claimed in expenses. CC members attend a lot of meetings over the year, and should claim for them all – I encourage them to do so.

After all the transactions over the year had been tallied the CC had a closing balance at year end of £56.34. Hopefully next year’s grant will arrive soon!

Approval of the accounts was proposed by Trudy Duffy and seconded by Kevin Borthwick.

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

Trudy Duffy, Chairperson – Proposed: Kevin Borthwick, Seconded: Graham Pye
Kevin Borthwick, Secretary – Proposed: Trudy Duffy, Seconded: Graham Pye
Graham Pye, Treasurer – Proposed: Trudy Duffy, Seconded: Kevin Borthwick
Kevin Data Controller – Proposed: Trudy Duffy, Seconded: Richard Nesbitt

The following posts are not formal offices, so were not covered at the AGM:
Richard Nesbitt, Planning
Graham Pye, Minute Secretary
Richard Nesbitt, Vice Chair

With no other business, the date of the next AGM was set for 2nd May 2017 and the meeting ended at 7.55pm.

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
3rd May 2016, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs: Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape, , Richard Nesbitt and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert, Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson; 14 Members of the Public (MoP).
Apologies: CCllr Graham Kilby
Declarations of Interest: CCllr Cheape declared an interest in Planning Application16/00514/FLL.
Police report: No report received. PC Spalding attended. Fossoway Garage drive-offs have been identified, but not yet apprehended. A motorist was apprehended speeding in Crook of Devon.
Nineacres Scout Camp, Crook of Devon: A local resident spotted a shelter that had been built within the grounds of the camp, and three men have been seen in the vicinity. The shelter was not constructed by the Scouts. CCllr Borthwick contacted Sgt. Nicholson who agreed to ask a local officer to make enquiries, but it doesn’t currently seem to be suspicious.
Local Policing Consultation: this year paper questionnaires have been replaced by an online survey, which is open all year - take part at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8LMB9WX
Perth and Kinross agricultural community and local farmers are invited to attend a multi-agency Rural Crime Event which is taking place at the Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth on Wednesday, May 11.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Minutes were signed off with an amendment to correct the location of the meeting to Carnbo Village Hall.

Matters Arising
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Cllr Barnacle reports that Scottish Water confirm the Drum treatment plant is at capacity and a growth project will take between two and two and a half years. The Drum scheme’s output is pumped into the River Devon and not into the Loch Leven catchment. Scottish Water clarified their position about order of connection in that residents who had applied first will be connected first. Cllr Cuthbert noted that the DMC will receive the updated report on the traveller’s site at the meeting next week.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: A MoP reported details of an accident at Crook of Devon through our Facebook page. Several respondents to this item raised the issue of speed cameras – CCllr Duffy has been in touch with the chair of Kingseat CC, who also previously ran a Speedwatch scheme, to be told that previous insurance problems have apparently now been solved by the Police. Cllr Robertson undertook to contact Police Scotland to see if the Community Speedwatch programme could be restarted, having found from Kingseat how they are operating.
Emergency Support Centre: CCllr Kilby attended a Hall Committee meeting in April where it was agreed that the hall could be used as an Emergency Centre. Details of how to obtain keys, etc., are to be worked out.
Community Council Grant: CCllr Pye reports that PKC’s position is that the bank should not have accepted the deposit into the wrong account as the account name did not match. Regardless of this, CCllr Pye reminded PKC that the issue is for PKC to resolve, not us, and that they should discuss it with the bank directly. Meanwhile, the balance of the CC’s account has fallen to £20.34. PKC have subsequently agreed to reissue our grant for this year, and hopefully this will be in our bank account by the end of this week.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle had written to David Strachan, of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust seeking his opinion about the developer’s mason’s report. However it transpired that Andrew Driver, who gave the Trust’s previous opinion on the memorial is no longer with the Trust. It has emerged that the previous estimate was a desktop exercise rather than based on an inspection. It’s important that an alternative estimate be obtained, and the heritage trust has recommended a mason.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill: Cllr Robertson suggested that compulsory purchase might be the way forward.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: Hugh Wallace attended the meeting and reported that the scheme is proceeding on schedule to be completed in the autumn. The first annual payment would be made in September 2017; however the majority of the project’s contingency fund has not yet been used, so it’s looking likely that some of this will be passed to the community later this year. James Buchanan from Local Energy Scotland had sent links to their documents about setting up a Community Benefit Group. CCllr Duffy will approach people with a view to creating a group, the CC will have at least one member.
MoP asked Hugh whether the road over the river would ever be completely closed, and when the works to pass the peipeline under the road are planned for – The works is currently planned for the first half of June, but the road will never be completely closed. Hugh reminded the attendees that if anyone would like a tour of the works they should contact him and it will be arranged.
Crook in Bloom: This group has had its first meeting, and will now be known as “Crook and Drum Growing Together” as Drum residents have joined the group. Bank account is being set-up and grant money will shortly be received, allowing some results to be seen this year.
Dunning Glen: Rubbish being left here has been an ongoing problem for several years, with various attempts made to address it – signs, professional clean-ups, police patrols, etc., have not resulted in a solution. Cllr Barnacle has written to Dave Stubbs to request a solution. Various opinions were expressed as to whether new by-laws, creation of national parks, increased police patrols, etc., might help. Cllr Robertson will write to Police Scotland and ask for their suggestions.
Kinross-shire Civic Trust Best Kept Village Awards: Patrick Milne Home had written to the CC with details of how to apply for entry to the awards, and a set of guidelines for organisers. The CC will forward these to any interested parties.
Station Road Adoption: Cllr Barnacle was contacted by a member of the Hall Committee, which has taken over this project, to say that Mr Fraser (one of the frontagers) has now objected to the adoption because of a belief that surfacing the road will encourage further development, as evidenced by planning application 16/00514/FLL, even though this has now been withdrawn. There was other support for this belief from MoPs present. Cllr Barnacle pointed out that the MIR rules out development in this area until at least 2028, and that not surfacing the road increases the likelihood of vehicle damage or other accident due to the road’s poor state. After expending considerable effort on getting this scheme in place, Cllr Barnacle expressed his extreme disappointment at this set-back.
Safer Route to School – Drum: A MoP asked how to get the speed limit on the B9097 lowered. This has been discussed before in conjunction with other measures to make this road safer, but has not as yet resulted in any results so far. Cllr Cuthbert will publish the local councillors’ list of requested improvements that have not yet been done.

Matters Arising With No Update Since Last Meeting
Boundary Commission: No update.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Awaiting a report from PKC Roads Department on how the safety of this section of road could be improved.
Crook Moss Community Involvement: Ongoing.

New Business
Dog Waste in Drum: CCllr Kilby received (via Facebook) a report from a couple who are doing voluntary litter picking in Drum, that they are finding a large number of dog waste bags in the area. Since there appears not to be a dog waste bin in Drum, Cllr Robertson has asked PKC’s dog wardens to contact the CC to discuss locating a bin there.
Overgrown Path Drum to Crook of Devon: CCllr Nesbitt was contacted by a MoP who was concerned about the state of this path, which runs along the north side of the A977. The path suffers from two issues: There are numerous overhanging branches, one of which has caused an injury to a user, and the grass verges on both sides are so overgrown that the path is almost disappearing. Cllr Robertson reported the problems to Garry McConnell, PKC’s Area Road Supervisor, who has arranged for the path to be scraped and widened, hopefully at the end of May or beginning of June. The overhanging branches are the responsibility of the relevant landowners, who will be contacted.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: CCllr Kilby attended a meeting of the Sports Hub on 20th April, which will be reported on next month.

Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: In answer to comments from MoP about unpleasant material, possibly human waste, being spread on fields, Cllr Barnacle explained that SEPA rather than PKC is now responsible; although MoP points out that the council is still responsible for storage, leading to confusion about who to complain to in the event of any problems. Ragwort is harmful to animals, and hence needs to be reported to Animal Welfare.
Cllr Barnacle had asked for the passing place at the Aldie Road bridge to be properly surfaced, but there is no budget to do this. However, Stuart D’All has agreed that a sign will be erected.
Dave Cuthbert: Farmer’s Market 30th July 9am – 1pm in Kinross High Street. Feel Good Fair at LLCC 14th May. Cllr Cuthbert asked if any training for CCs was being received, but was told that there was none – The money saved on new budget system for CCs was supposed to be used by PKC for training them.
Joe Giacopazzi and Willie Robertson: Nothing not already reported above.

Planning Matters
16/00483/FLL Erection of a marquee for use as function venue, Function Hall, Solsgirth House, Solsgirth. The CC members discussed this further after the last meeting and decided not to comment.
16/00679/FLL Corrie-Tigh, Rumbling Bridge. Alterations to a dwelling house. No Community Council comment.
16/00620/FLL Land 70 Metres south-east of Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge. Erection of four dwelling houses and garages. No Community Council comment.
16/00514/FLL Erection of a replacement dwelling house at Land 200 Metres South West of Broomhill, Peat Gate, Crook of Devon. Comments were due on this application by 2nd May, so the CC discussed it by email and agreed to object on the grounds that the development was within the Loch Leven catchment area and hence appropriate measures were needed for sewage processing, and that this development would be contrary to the Houses in the Countryside Policy.. This application has now been withdrawn.
16/00545/IPL Erection of a dwelling house at land 30 metres east of Vine house, Solsgirth. No Community Council comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: George Lawrie of the TRACKS group has a new email address: moc.liamg|skcart.egroeG#moc.liamg|skcart.egroeG

AOCB: The Public Transport Unit is holding an open day from 9:30 to16:00 on 19th May in the Garden Room at Kinross Day Centre to receive feedback from the public about local transport needs. Anyone who is unable to attend this meeting can give feedback at ku.vog.ckp|tropsnartcilbup#ku.vog.ckp|tropsnartcilbup
The planned car park at Rumbling Bridge is still to be built, although the responsibility has passed to a different developer.

For updates and news in our area, please visit the CC’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fossoway-District-Community-Council/711301235622099

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting

Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, A977 Mitigation, Emergency Support Centre, CC Grant, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Crook in Bloom, Dunning Glen, Station Road Adoption
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th June 2016 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome

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