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Community Council Minutes - January 2017

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


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Community Council Minutes - December 2016

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


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Community Council Minutes - November 2016

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


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