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Electoral registration system is changing this autumn

Over the autumn, all Perth & Kinross Council residents will receive a letter through the post telling them about a change to the electoral registration system.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER), which came into effect on 19 September, replaces the household registration system that has existed for almost a century with a requirement to register individually.

The Electoral Registration Officer for Perth & Kinross Council will write to all electors across the council area to inform them of the change to the registration system.

Many electors will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now be able to do online for the first time.

Alastair Kirkwood, Electoral Registration Officer for Perth & Kinross Council, said:

“All electors will receive a letter at the end of October 2014 that will explain the change to the electoral registration system. Look out for the letter as it will tell you if you have been automatically transferred to the new register or not. If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”

Legislation providing for the introduction of IER was first introduced by the last UK Government and was followed up by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 that was introduced by the current UK Government. This legislation ensured that the move to IER in Scotland would not begin until after the referendum, although it began in England and Wales on 10 June.

Andy O’Neill, Head of Scotland Office at the Electoral Commission, said:

“This autumn the Electoral Commission will launch an advertising campaign that will raise awareness of the change to Individual Electoral Registration. No one will come off the current electoral register because of this change until after next year’s UK Parliamentary General Election at the earliest. We will run further campaigns next year to help inform people across Scotland of the change to the registration system.”

For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.
If you do not receive a letter contact The Electoral Registration Officer for Perth & Kinross Council on 01738 630303 or ku.vog.bjv-edisyat|htrep#ku.vog.bjv-edisyat|htrep


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Community Council Minutes - October 2014

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
7th October 2014, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: CCllrs: Sandy Morrison, Trudy Duffy, Kevin Borthwick, Alastair Lavery, Angus Cheape and Graham Pye; Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Dave Cuthbert and Willie Robertson; and eight members of the public.

Apologies: CClr Rod Paterson and Cllr Joe Giacopazzi

Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: No Community Police officer was present, and no Police report was received. Note that future attendance will depend on shift patterns and incidents.
Sergeant Williams notified us that the email address to be used to contact our local community officer is: ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssornikedisyaT#ku.ecilop.nnp.dnaltocs|TPCerihs-ssornikedisyaT this mailbox is also monitored by Sgt Williams ensuring any messages sent to it will be actioned. Cllr Barnacle has spoken to Inspector Sangster about the reduced attendance at CC meetings, and was told that the above mailbox should be used to raise issues.
MoP observes that speeding through Blairingone is a continuing problem that seems not to be being addressed by the Police. The CC will take this up with the Police.
Ryder Cup Traffic Plan: General view was that it worked very well for attendees, although it was considered that the road closures and changes seemed a little excessive. Communication to residents could have been more extensive. An Auchterarder resident contacted the CC complaining about the money spent on the road and rail improvement totalling £7M.

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

Matters arising
Criminal Justice Unpaid Work Team: No response as yet from Carnbo and Crook of Devon Village Halls to request for work proposals. See also Dunning Glen item below.
Rumbling Bridge Hydro Scheme: Awaiting update
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reports that the new wall is complete, and a new location has been proposed. Concern about nearby trees damaging the wall has been addressed. However in view of the closeness of the First World War remembrance events it has been agreed that the move of the memorial will now be postponed until next spring.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: The deadline to comply with the conditions imposed by PKC is the end of October. Cllr Robertson has received a revised set of conditions dated 3rd September, some of the conditions, including water supply, have now been pushed out to January next year. Some vehicles were seen in the paddock area, but have now been removed again.
Glenquey Quarry: The application is not on the October agenda.
Blairingone Community Workshop: Kevin reported on the results of a meeting between the consultants of the landowners (Mr Stewart and Mr Manclark) together with representatives of PKC’s planning department: A strategic plan will be developed and brought to the residents for discussion.
Lambhill Chipping plant: It’s reported that Malcolm and Callum Snowie are happy to meet members of the community at any time to explain what’s going on, how they are operating within their consent, etc. Cllr Barnacle will pass this on to Nick Brian tomorrow with the hope that the long-proposed site meeting with the planners, Councillors and Community Councillors can finally be arranged.
Crook Moss Community Acquisition: No further action until the position about future developments in this area are clarified with the landowner.
Dunning Glen: Thanks to Sergeant Williams of Police Scotland who organised a clean-up using the Unpaid Work Team, and they are prepared to do it again. However this is only a short-term solution…
Fossoway Primary School: The community is extremely pleased with the improvement in all aspects of the education experience; however they wish to be assured that PKC will actively monitor the school, providing any necessary assistance to maintain and develop this welcome improvement.
Landscape areas in Kinross-shire: This CC is in support of this report based on Cllr Barnacle’s review. Cllr Barnacle notes that the full report will be available to this CC later this month, and once it has been reviewed the CC will add its own comments.

New Business
A977 Defects: There have been several letters from local residents complaining about the surfacing of the road through Crook of Devon. Our councillors have also followed this up. A response has been received from Stuart D’All agreeing to carry out some repairs immediately and to schedule repositioning of road gullies next year – the latter should help to reduce noise from large vehicles.
MoPs raised several issues about the quality of resurfacing work and repairs, several of which are already breaking up – Are the contractors carrying out this work being adequately supervised?
In spite of numerous attempts by our Councillors to raise this issue, there is no sign of any long term plan being created to address the A977.
Waulkmill Play Area: Is currently under refurbishment.
Community Empowerment Bill: The CC has responded to this proposal, and generally welcomes the tone and thrust of the proposal. Community Planning only mentions representatives from public service providers not the community. How is the community going to be involved? Community Organisations, the principle of involvement is welcomed, but there has to be a means by which the service provider is judged on their involvement. The CC is in agreement regarding the taking over of public building.

Community Council Business
Sandy attended the Scottish Rural Parliament inaugural regional event, which follows a model of similar bodies in Europe. The general consensus at the meeting was that if the new body did not have elected representatives and decision making powers it would just become another talking shop.

Councillors’ reports
Cllr Robertson: There’s a problem that Reports of Handling are not including the Conservation Officer’s Report, or any of its contents, which Cllr Robertson raised at the discussion of the recent Kinross High School Site application. In order to address this issue, Cllr Robertson has tabled a motion in the relevant committee to prevent this happening in future.
There are still £1.6M arrears from the historical Community Charge, and the increased number of people now on the Electoral Roll might have allowed some of this to be recouped; however there is now proposed legislation from the Scottish Government to no longer pursue these historic debts.
Cllr Barnacle: There are a whole set of problems are present in the Planning Process (as this CC knows only too well) and Cllr Barnacle is raising this through the Member Officer Working Group.
Cllr Cuthbert: Had written a report of problems with the Kinross High School Site Report of Handling which was circulated to all members before the meeting. Cllr Cuthbert is proposing to hold a monthly meeting between the senior planners and our local members where outstanding issues can be raised and progressed.

Planning Matters
There are no new applications for this area this month; there is one application outstanding from October:
14/01486/FLL Erection of dwelling house (in principle) at land 300 metres North-East of former Craigend Farm, Powmill. The CC will contact PKC as application information is incomplete.
The CC was contacted by PNE Wind, the developers of the proposed North Hill Wind Farm, and although they were invited to attend this meeting have not yet replied. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government have issued a Scoping Opinion Request for this development, which this CC will respond to.
Kinross-shire Civic Trust has raised two formal complaints against PKC regarding handling of the Kinross High School site application.
The appeal against the decision to turn down the Outh Muir Wind Farm has been dismissed.

Correspondence: All the correspondence was available for viewing:
Kinross-shire Winter Festival (November/December) including Eddi Reader (22nd November), Iain hunter (15th November), Kinross-shire’s Got Talent competition (14th November) Choirs Together (16th November) Handel’s Messiah in a day (23rd November) One Night on Broadway (20th November) and many more. See the website and Facebook page for more details http://www.kinrossmusicfestival.co.uk/

AOCB: None.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
• Welcome and Apologies
• Declarations of Interest
• Community Policing
• Minutes of last meeting
• Matters arising: Unpaid Work Team, Hydro Scheme, Blairingone War Memorial, Crook Moss Travellers’ Site, Glenquey Quarry, Blairingone Community Workshop, Lambhill Chipping Plant, Landscape Areas in Kinross-shire, A977 Defects
• Community Councillors - Meetings Attended
• PKC Councillors’ Reports
• Planning
• Correspondence
• AOCB
Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th November 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome


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The 2014 Ryder Cup Transport Arrangements

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The 2014 Ryder Cup is coming to Perth and Kinross from 23-28 September. This is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world and it is an exciting time for the Perth and Kinross area.

Many spectators will be travelling to the event by Park and Ride. There are 3 Park + Ride sites - Balado, Kinross (7,500 cars), Castleview, Stirling (3,500 cars) and McDiarmid Park, Perth (1,500 cars).

To minimise disruption in your area and to ensure that business continues as usual, a structured transport, safety and security plan has been formulated by the Event Organisers in conjunction with Police Scotland, The Gleneagles Hotel, Perth & Kinross Council and other local authorities.

Temporary Road Closures
For event security and safety, temporary road closures will be in place from Monday 22 September until Sunday 28 September in the following locations:
• The A823 will remain open for local access to businesses and residences, however it will be closed to through traffic between
A91 at Yetts O’Muckhart and A9.
• B918 will be closed between A91 and Burnbrae.
• Mawhill Road will be closed from A91 to B918.

Temporary One-Way Traffic
To minimise congestion on the roads, temporary one-way routes will be in place from Monday 22 September until Sunday 28 September. These one-way routes will generally be north and eastbound from midnight to 2.30 pm, and then west and southbound from 2.30 pm to midnight (see map).

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Click on the map to enlarge!

The following roads are affected:
• B918 Tillyochie Road.
• C494 Coldrain Road.
• U231 between A977 and B918.

Temporary Speed Limits
To manage the flow of traffic, temporary speed limits will be in place from Monday 22 September until Sunday 28 September on the following roads:
• 40mph from M90 to Carnbo, A91.
• 40mph from M90 to Tillyochie, A977.

Prevention of Fly Parking
To prevent Ryder Cup spectators parking in the local area, and then walking onto the site, Ryder Cup Europe operates a strict policy of not allowing spectators to walk onto the Park + Ride site. Spectators must arrive by taxi, bus, or by car.

To ensure no fly parking in your area, and that there is a smooth flow of traffic, temporary no waiting restrictions will be introduced in the areas marked in pink on the above plan.

Permit Zone
Special vehicle passes will be printed by Ryder Cup Europe and issued by the Police Scotland community engagement officer to all residents living within the designated road closure or restricted access routes to allow 24 hour access to their homes and frontages.

More Information
Please contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre:
Tel 01738 475000
Email ku.vog.ckp|seiriuqne#ku.vog.ckp|seiriuqne
Further information about these arrangements is available at:
www.pkc.gov.uk/rydercup
You can also contact Perth & Kinross Council on a dedicated phone line that will be operational during Ryder Cup week from 7.00 am - 9.00 pm. The number is 01738 475599.


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