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Community Council Minutes - March 2015

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

Attending: CCllrs: Sandy Morrison, Kevin Borthwick, Alastair Lavery and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi; 19 members of the public.
Apologies: CCllrs Angus Cheape and Trudy Duffy; Cllr Willie Robertson
Declarations of Interest: None.
Police report: No Officer was present; however a report has been received. There are no reported crimes in our area in the last month. Residents should be aware that bogus callers and workmen continue to operate in the area. Several thefts of power tools and equipment have taken place from vehicles and commercial premises across the Perth and Kinross area. Any information should be reported to the Police on the 101 number. Sergeant Sandra Williams retired on 27th February; the CC wishes her a pleasant retirement and thanks her for her assistance over the years.
Minutes of the previous meeting: Cllr Giacopazzi notes that Cllr Cuthbert is not a member of the MOWG as implied by the minutes, although he plans to attend the next meeting to address relevant points.

Matters arising
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: We have received information about how the Community Benefit Fund is to be set up, its membership and role. More details will be provided and further discussion will take place closer to the time.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reports that the contractor will carry out the move in the spring.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Cllrs Cuthbert and Barnacle had intended to raise a motion to discuss this at a DMC meeting, but instead the Planners will bring a progress report to the March 17th DMC meeting. Cllr Barnacle has contacted SEPA regarding the CAR licence applications for individual systems, and PKC Planning Department are reported to be happy with this changed arrangement, even though it’s contrary to the original planning consent. Cllr Giacopazzi intends to raise the issue of planning enforcement at the MOWG.
Glenquey Quarry: We await a possible appeal against the refusal of the planning application, which must be made before the end of March.
Blairingone Community Workshop: At the request of PKC, the involved landowners have instructed Ballantyne’s to prepare a strategic plan, which is being produced as quickly as possible, with the aim of it being ready for consideration by the Community within the next six months, or hopefully sooner. There was extensive discussion about whether development would safeguard the school, and where it would be economically viable to develop new houses that would be supported by the Community.
Lambhill Chipping plant: John Anderson updated the meeting on progress of the application. The recently published Noise Assessment has been rejected by the Planners. John has been promised by Brian Stanford that a meeting will be held with the planners, local councillors and a representative of the CC, with an MP or MSP present as an impartial observer. Meanwhile John urges all local residents to object to the application.
MoP notes that there continues to be numerous lorry movements every day.
Cllr Cuthbert has been trying to arrange a site visit for a considerable time; however the publication of the Noise Report has made it clear that mitigation measures need to be put in place to reduce the noise – in the meantime, the Case Officer has agreed that the site should be issued with a stop order, which hasn’t happened as of the date of this meeting.
Several MoPs point out that even if a planning application is approved with conditions attached, the people of the village have no confidence that the conditions will be enforced. Cllr Giacopazzi agreed to look into whether the site is currently assessed as an agricultural or industrial site for Council Tax purposes.
As a result of the provision of the Noise Report, the site’s planning application 13/01174/FLL has been reactivated, and letters have been sent to prior objectors notifying them of this. (In fact the initial letter referred to the wrong application reference, and had to be re-issued.) The CC will write to PKC to seek clarification of the whereabouts of the noise mitigation measures, and to confirm that previously submitted objections would still be included.
Landscape areas in Kinross-shire: No policy has yet been published by PKC.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Giacopazzi attended a meeting with PKC where a report of the number of traffic accidents and volumes on the A977 compared to other trunk routes in the area showed that measures on the A977 are not a priority at the moment. Currently there are 4,500 vehicles per day, whereas the capacity of a road of this level is 13 thousand. The proportion of heavy vehicles is 6%. The accident rate has dropped from 13% to 9% since the Clackmannanshire Bridge was opened. The Roads department have agreed to change the style of drainage gullies to a type that make less noise when heavy vehicles cross them; Consideration will be given to installation of signs that actually show vehicle speed; Signage on the far side of the Clackmannanshire Bridge will be adjusted to try and to divert more traffic away from A977 and through Dunfermline.
Several MoPs raised the issue of speeding through the village and asked why it wasn’t possible to install speed cameras, Cllrs explained that cameras are not allowed in the absence of a bad accident record, although this rule is due to change shortly.
Waulkmill Play Area: This is expected to be completed this month.
Overhanging Trees at Moubray Hall: Awaiting weather improvement.
Main Issues Report: Comments need to be provided by the 31st March. During Sandy’s attendance at the LDP2 Pre-MIR drop-in surgery he asked how the Community as a whole could be consulted in the short timescale, with the response that the Community would be consulted once the MIR was produced. That was when major consultation takes place and the community can have input and changes can be made. Local councillors agreed that this was not how they expected the process to work, and that they thought that Community consultation should be taking place now.
Sandy suggests the following items should be included: Landscape areas; Gypsy Traveller’s Policies, including pro-active creation of sites; No retrospective applications should be allowed within the Loch Leven catchment area, with any required remediation measures being carried out before development begins; A wind farm policy needs to be developed; A977 mitigation measures; More detail on planning conditions to remove any ambiguities; Provision of employment development opportunities in areas outside Perth city; No development immediately adjacent to existing village boundaries; More development of brown field sites before green field sites are considered; Social and affordable housing should be built in areas where there is actually a need rather than insisting on them being created in every development; Concentrate new developments in the centre of existing communities rather than allowing ribbon development; Infrastructure needs to be developed in advance to encourage development; Enhance existing waste water processing capabilities to allow developments to take place. It had previously been established that development should take place at Blairingone and Powmill. The development at Powmill should focus on the old Hotel site and the centre of the village rather than ribbon development. At Crook of Devon the field beside the village hall could be looked at for possible development, provided the developer would put in a roundabout at the T-junction next to Fossoway Garage, but ensuring proper access for the garage. In Carnbo provision of public sewage in view of the extensive development which has taken place.
Any further items that the Community feels should be added to the above list are welcome to be submitted as well. MoPs suggest that the Blairingone by-pass should be added to the plan as it’s generally agreed that this would be the appropriate solution to the traffic problem in Blairingone.
Because of the views expressed by PKC officials the CC will submit the above items but any further input from members of the community would be welcome and should be sent to both PKC and the CC prior to the 31st of March.
CC Membership: We would welcome new members.
Community Speedwatch: Cllr Robertson was due to meet with Chief Inspector Mike Whitford to discuss why this is being launched in the Highland Region but not here, however Cllr Robertson was unable to attend this CC meeting so will report next month.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: Cllr Barnacle has requested a site meeting to discuss a more extensive solution to this problem, but hasn’t had a response yet.

New Business
Lambhill Forestry Project: Kevin passed on notice from the Forestry Commission that the footpath across the first field will be closed during project works; however access can still be made by going round the edge of the field, although MoP report that this is currently difficult due to the ground conditions. There is some concern from MoP about the nature of the work in process and continued access to the FC land without needing to cross ground belonging to other landowners. The FC would also welcome school visits, etc.
BT Adopt a Kiosk Scheme: BT are offering the opportunity to purchase unused phone boxes.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: Sandy attended the LDP2 Pre-MIR drop-in surgery. Details in MIR report above.

Councillors’ Reports
Cllr Barnacle: PKC has a Budget available of 40% towards the adoption of the road at the Village Hall, Crook of Devon, which will be actively pursued.
Cllr Cuthbert: Nothing else to report other than already described above.
Cllr Giacopazzi: Ivy Cottage can’t be boarded up without the permission of the owners.

Planning Matters
15/00262/FLL. Modification of planning permission 14/00689/FLL (erection of a dwelling house) - change of house type at plot 2, Land 40 Metres South West of Muirfield, Fossoway. No CC comment.
15/00225/FLL. Erection of a cattle shed. Rivendell, Blairingone, Dollar FK14 7ND. Note that the location of this development, although originally specified as Rivendell has now been changed to Lambhill. No CC comment.
15/00196/FLL. Change of use of coach house to mixed (sui generis) entertainment use, formation of decking, removal of stone wall and erection of temporary marquee and toilets (in retrospect). Tullibole Castle, Fossoway, Kinross KY13 0QN. No CC comment.
15/00167/FLL. Erection of boundary wall and fence. The Paddock, Station Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0PG. No CC comment.
Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: Perth Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research will take place on 20th June – Teams welcome.

AOCB: Vicar’s bridge core Path to Dollarbeg has had signs warning people that no unauthorised vehicles are allowed. As notified last month, the CC has now purchased a laser printer to enable paperwork to be produced double sided and at less cost in consumables. The CC’s Facebook page now has 70 likes.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting
Matters arising: Hydro Scheme, Blairingone War Memorial, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Glenquey Quarry, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, A977 Mitigation, Waulkmill Play Area, Main Issues Report, Bollards opposite Crook Village Hall
Community Councillors - Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 7th April 2015 7:30 pm
Carnbo Village Hall
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - February 2015

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

Attending: CCllrs: Sandy Morrison, Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape, Alastair Lavery and Graham Pye; Cllrs Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi; 13 members of the public.

Apologies: Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Willie Robertson.

CC Membership: Rod Paterson has unfortunately had to tender his resignation due to relocation of his job. The CC thanks him for all his efforts over the years. Kevin will take over as temporary Treasurer until the AGM.

Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: The Commander’s Bulletin continues to be informative and useful. We have a new Community Sergeant, Geoffrey Goodison and a new Community Co-ordinator, Sergeant Amanda Nicholson.
PC Dougie Stapleton was unable to attend the meeting but sent the following report: Three large storage heaters were stolen from the grounds of a commercial property in Blairingone between 27th and 28th January, enquiries continue. Two males have been arrested in Cumbria for theft of quad bikes and other property, some of which came from this area. Roof lead thefts and break-ins to commercial vehicles have taken place recently; any information should be passed to the Police on non-emergency number 101.
Community consultation 2015-2016 on Multi-Member Ward Policing Plans is currently taking place, with feedback due by 15th February - http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community/tayside/perth-and-kinross/
Cllr Cuthbert reports that w.e.f. from 2nd February the local Police have been restructured, including the new Community Officers mentioned above.
Speed checks will be carried out on A977, especially in Blairingone.
Cllr Robertson will be meeting Chief Inspector Mike Whitford later this month to discuss why Community Speed Watch is happening in Highland region even though we were previously told that Police Scotland wasn’t in favour of these schemes.
MoP reports that dialling 101 from Blairingone routes your call to Stirling who say that they’re not responsible for that location and you need to contact Dundee.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Were signed off without amendments.

Matters arising
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: Hugh reports that the planning application for the amended pipe route has been submitted (see below.) Hugh has prepared a draft proposal about how a Community Benefit scheme might be structured – it would generate at least £5k per annum for at least twenty years, the funds being used to improve the environment in the gorge, but also other local activities. Paul Fair of Energy for All was present and described how the community could be involved in financing the project by joining a local co-operative society that would generate some income for the investors, but would also augment the Community Benefit scheme. There are examples of other schemes on Energy for All’s website which would give an idea of how the co-op would work. In response to question from a MoP Hugh thought that it might be possible for works to begin this autumn, but it’s more likely to be spring 2016.
Blairingone War Memorial: No update.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Sandy has spoken to SEPA, and discovered that they had made a site visit which revealed that in the absence of PortaLoos the occupants were using buckets for black waste which was reportedly being disposed off-site. The application for a CAR licence covering a whole site processing plant has been withdrawn to be replaced by five separate applications for a processing plant per unit leading to soakaways. Cllr Cuthbert reports that there has been no change in the enforcement of the planning
conditions. Cllrs Cuthbert and Barnacle will bring a motion to the next DMC requesting that the planning application for the site be brought back to the DMC for the enforcement issues to be discussed. Cllr Giacopazzi has been pursuing the issue of generator noise and asked if complaints are still being received – Sandy explained that Public Health are responsive to noise complaints making site visits which result in the generators being temporarily moved, but there is no permanent solution.
Glenquey Quarry: We await a possible appeal against the refusal of the planning application.
Blairingone Community Workshop: We’re still waiting for PKC’s strategic plan.
Lambhill Chipping plant: No update – the proposed site meeting has still not taken place. Cllr Cuthbert has escalated this to the Chief Executive but still no response from Nick Brian.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: There was a meeting of all interested parties on the 20th January at which it was agreed that a joint meeting needed to be held to discuss this issue.
Waulkmill Play Area: This is hoped to be open in March, after delays due to poor weather.
Strathearn Forum of CCs: Cllrs Cuthbert and Barnacle will be taking a number of proposals for improving the DMC to the Member Officer Group meeting in March; meanwhile Cllr Robertson has obtained an informal agreement from Nick Brian that objections from CCs would be given more weight than those from individuals.
Overhanging Trees at Moubray Hall: Cllr Cuthbert reports that this problem is being looked into, and will be addressed once the weather improves.

New Business
Main Issues Report: Comments to be supplied by 31st March. We should hold a Community meeting, probably in Crook of Devon, to discuss the local plan and existing policies.
CC Membership: We need new members representing all ages and sectors of the community – volunteers are very welcome. I t was suggested that we try to recruit people during the meeting to discuss the Main Issues Report.
Bollards Opposite Crook Village Hall: A MoP reports that another one has been knocked over. Cllr Giacopazzi has raised this with Chic Haggart who has involved the Road Safety Team. Cllr Robertson raised the issue with Garry McConnell and Stuart D’All and the latter replied that the former will look into fixing it shortly. Meanwhile, Cllr Barnacle is organising a site meeting with the Roads department and this CC to assess alternative possibilities for the footpath to the school around this junction.
DTR Scheme: This is the scheme to use local taxis instead of a bus service, which has been very successful, so an application has been made for a Securing the Future award to make sure the scheme continues.

Community Council Business
Meetings Attended: Sandy, Kevin and Angus attended the Kinross-shire CC meeting.
Kevin attended the Digital Engagement Workshop at Napier University.

Councillors’ Reports
Cllrs Cuthbert and Giacopazzi: Nothing to add to comments already made earlier.

Planning Matters
15/00054/FLL Change of hydro scheme pipe route - Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme, Rumbling Bridge.
No Community Council comment.
15/00053/FLL Extension to dwelling house - 2 Moubray Lane, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0XH. Extension to front of building.
No Community Council comment.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing: The P&K Heritage Trust are offering grants up to £100 for heritage projects – details available.

AOCB: This CC proposes to buy a laser printer to enable the secretary to reduce the time taken to print materials for meetings, but also to save money by using lower cost consumables and being able to print on both sides of the paper.
Community Office has now closed down and distributed its final assets.
Reporting failed street lights via the PKC website doesn’t seem to be working, and the “Clarence” number goes to the wrong place.
MoP ask about derelict houses in Blairingone, Cllr Giacopazzi will look into it.
Discussion about where the school buses stop in Powmill, since they seem to be choosing dangerous places. Kevin will investigate.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
• Welcome and Apologies
• Declarations of Interest
• Community Policing
• Minutes of last meeting
• Matters arising: Hydro Scheme, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Glenquey Quarry, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, A977 Defects/Mitigation, Waulkmill Play Area, Main Issues Report
• Community Councillors - Meetings Attended
• PKC Councillors’ Reports
• Planning
• Correspondence
• AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - January 2015

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

Attending: CCllrs: Sandy Morrison, Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape and Graham Pye; Cllr Willie Robertson; 8 members of the public.

Apologies: CClrs Alastair Lavery and Rod Paterson; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Joe Giacopazzi.

Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: We are now in receipt of Commander Mike Whitford’s weekly bulletin, which is proving to be useful and informative. No local report was received from the Community Police Officer. We’ve received some details about the Powmill accident with a lorry, which didn’t shed its load even though it tipped over.

Minutes of the previous meeting: Were signed off without amendments.

Matters arising
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: The amended pipe route is now agreed, and an updated planning application will be submitted shortly. The meeting with local residents is now provisionally planned for the 21st January.
Blairingone War Memorial: No update.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Sandy reports that there is no progress with the enforcement actions, pending the licence for the waste water disposal which has still not been granted. Complaints continue to be received from neighbours about noise from generators, which are still not enclosed in buildings or acoustic covers as required by planning condition.
Glenquey Quarry: We await a possible appeal against the refusal of the planning application.
Blairingone Community Workshop: We’re still waiting for PKC’s strategic plan.
Lambhill Chipping plant: No update – the proposed site meeting is still not arranged, Cllr Robertson will look into why not.
There was extensive discussion regarding the perceived lack of co-operation and involvement with the public and the CC by the PKC planning department. It was stressed that the CC does not wish to be in a permanent state of dispute with the planning department; it wanted to have a co-operative, respectful relationship. It was accepted that the parties would not always agree on outcomes, but at least the views of the community should be listened to, responded to, and discussed in a mature manner. It is essential that responses to matters raised by individuals and/or the CC are dealt with in the timescales laid down by the council.
Landscape areas in Kinross-shire: Kevin passed on Alastair’s analysis of the consultant’s report: Fossoway has lost none of its designated land in the Ochils area and the proposed area is now more coherent as it extends beyond the Kinross-shire boundary; whilst the old AGLV was a Kinross-shire only designation. The new area includes the sites of both current wind farm proposals. The loss is the Devon Gorge area, which could be argued for inclusion as Clackmannanshire have included a narrow riverside area up to the Kinross boundary. The CC will respond accordingly and notify the local councillors.
A977 Defects and Mitigation Measures: Cllr Barnacle has arranged a meeting of all interested parties on the 20th January at Loch Leven Community Campus.
Waulkmill Play Area: No update.
Overhanging Trees at Moubray Hall: No update.
A977 Verge Cutting: Kevin notes that the clean-up after this activity is not very thorough, and a large amount of litter has been exposed and not collected. Cllr Robertson will chase progress of the clean-up, and request a litter pick.

New Business
Draft Flood Risk Management Strategy: PKC is to hold a public consultation on this, and has contacted this CC for comment. We need clarification of whether our area is actually included in this strategy.

Community Council Business
No Meetings attended this month.
Fossoway Community Office: This organisation, which has been in operation for over ten years, has sadly now been made redundant by the onset of modern technology. Thanks to the many volunteers who have worked hard to keep it going over the years.

Councillors’ Reports
Cllr Robertson: It’s been agreed that Conservation Officer’s (and other internal consultee’s) reports should be made public on the planning portal and made available to all members of the Development Committee. Cllr Robertson is very hopeful that this will improve the transparency of the planning process.
With planning for the next budget currently underway, Cllr Robertson is hoping to be able to extend the opening hours of the Loch Leven Campus, perhaps reversing the previous closure on Mondays.

Planning Matters
There are no new applications to PKC in our area this month; however there is an application to Clackmannanshire for a 79m wind turbine at Meadowhill (14/00267/FULL) The top part of the turbine’s blades will be visible from Blairingone.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing.

AOCB: MOP complains about the speed of traffic, especially lorries, through Blairingone. This has been raised with PKC and the Police on several occasions in the past with no result. Sadly our initiative to implement Community Speed Watch was closed down by the Police. The meeting on the 20th mentioned above will include this issue. The CC is also investigating the possibility of a community funded speed camera. Cllr Robertson will request the Police to conduct speed checks. Trudy reports that some of the speed sensitive signs are not working, and Cllr Robertson will report these to get them fixed.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
• Welcome and Apologies
• Declarations of Interest
• Community Policing
• Minutes of last meeting
• Matters arising: Hydro Scheme, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Glenquey Quarry, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, A977 Defects/Mitigation, Waulkmill Play Area, A977 Verge Cutting
• Community Councillors - Meetings Attended
• PKC Councillors’ Reports
• Planning
• Correspondence
• AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 7:30 pm
Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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