Crook of Devon
News at a Glance
Attending: Sandy Morrison, Kevin Borthwick, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy-Wigman, elected members Mike barnacle, Joe Giacopazzi, Willie Robertson and Dave Cuthbert, and nine members of the public.
Apologies: Alastair Lavery, Graham Pye and Rod Patterson
Declarations of interest: None
Community Policing: Euan Mitchell attending; a report had been sent in advance but there were no particular issues in our area. In the wider area there were reports of bogus workman, scam letters asking for money to release a prize, bogus charity collectors and thefts of heating oil. The public was reminded that an oil tank needed to be secured (padlock or within a fence) in order to be insured.
Euan reminded the public that the counter service at Kinross Police station has now finished. Anyone needing to speak to the police (in a non-emergency) can use the phone outside the station. Officers can come to people’s home or alternatively make an appointment to meet at the police station. There was a question about Community Speed Watch but the situation regarding continuation is still unclear.
Proposed transport plans for the Ryder Cup: 23 – 28 September 2014
Euan is the community liaison officer for the Ryder Cup arrangements. The plans have been drawn up and the public is now being consulted. Feedback will be welcomed. In our area, Balado (T-in-the-Park site) is the largest of the Park and Ride sites for the Ryder Cup. The purpose is to keep the traffic flowing smoothly during the peak hours (5am till 9.30am) and also to keep the A91 as free as possible for the buses going to Auchterarder. Buses will only travel one way: from Balado, through the Glen, then back over the A9 to Broxden and down the M90 to Kinross again. Roughly 6 buses per 5 minutes are expected to leave at peak times. From Glasgow traffic will follow A977 till Tillyochie to the Charlie gate; from Edinburgh via the Cleish Road over the Coldrain road and from the north via Milnathort. Smaller roads could be made one-way for the duration. Consultation with residents will be held; and restrictions will be handled sensibly.
Minutes: There were no amendments so the minutes were signed off.
Unpaid Work Team: FDCC was asked to suggest projects for the unpaid work team: clearing offlets on the road A977 joining with A91; Aldie Road; Drum village; B9097; work on the footpath from Drum to Fossoway Primary. There was a report of damage to the little bridge on Gelvan Road.
Hydro Scheme: £10,000 developer’s contribution is supposed to be used for footpaths in the Fossoway Area. This is NOT the possible annual community gain, which will come directly to the community.
War memorial: When the wall has been rebuilt, the monument will be put in place.
Crook of Devon Car Park: No news
Crook Moss Travellers Site: There was a list available with the conditions and possible enforcement actions. PKC is to meet with the travellers next week and will draw up timetable for the conditions to be met; mainly regarding waste-water treatment and noise pollution. A short general discussion on enforcement of planning conditions within PKC followed. Planning enforcement FAQs are now put on the PKC website.
Glenquey Quarry: Is not coming up in the April meeting.
Glen Devon Pollution Incident: MB received reply to his concern that in the future with incidents like these an early multi-agency meeting will be called. He will follow this up as we are still concerned about an early warning system.
Workshop Blairingone: Turn-out was disappointing; and although the activities and exercises were interesting, there was a general feeling that the wheel was being reinvented; much of this was done during the strategy meetings in preparation for the current local plan. All agreed that Blairingone needs more and affordable housing to get a critical mass.
Bus investment fund: PKC is now working on legislation to put everything in place.
Waulkmill Play Park: A survey has been held and there seems to be some progress. Eventually a meeting will be called to discuss the options.
Outh Muir Wind Farm: This application has been rejected on three points, one of was the interference with radar systems at Edinburgh Airport. This may have an impact on the Blairadam application.
Lambhill Chipping Plant: No news
Crook Moss Community Acquisition: This group has had a meeting. A valuation has now been received and discussions with the owner will now take place. Initial research on sources of funding has been carried out, and some funding may be available, up to 95% of the acquisition price.
Community Council Business:
Winter maintenance: Rod will deal with the winter road maintenance feedback.
Community Council funding: MB to follow this up- many CCs are dissatisfied. In the mean time it is wise to make sure that there is not much left in the account at the year end.
Community Challenge Fund: This fund can provide matched funding up to £10,000. There will have to be a community contribution, but this contribution can be in kind (work carried out etc.)
JG: High hedges Act came into place today
MB: is writing an article for Rural Scotland about the loss of the Area Of Great Landscape Value designation. There will be a replacement, but there is considerable delay in putting another designation in place.
WR: Litter picking on A91 has taken place. Green Routes are proving to be successful and are being rolled out in other areas. There was a question about fly tipping on the A91- is difficult to do anything against. If there is fly tipping on farmers’ lands, it is the farmer’s problem.
DC: Is hoping Director of Environmental Services will learn from the Crook Moss situation; PKC needs to learn from the experience and perhaps put their foot down in similar situations. There is a general feeling that Travellers are treated differently from the public when dealing with planning applications, but this was refuted by PKC. MB adds that PKC is trying to set up a dialogue between Travellers and communities.
Planning: In the absence of Alastair, Kevin dealt with the planning
14/00412/FLL. Installation of swing. Conference Centre Lendrick Muir Rumbling Bridge Kinross KY13 0QA. Comments by 5 April 2014.
Erection of a 15m tall giant swing near existing high ropes course.
Recommendation. No Community Council Comment.
14/00418/IPL. Erection of a dwellinghouse (in principle). Land 40 Metres South East Of Fossoway Schoolhouse Crook Of Devon. Comments by 19 April 2014
Application in principle for a house on the site between the Old School House and Fossoway Primary School carpark. The plot is small and this may restrict the size of the house, not defined at this stage, to allow for proportionate garden and access. The site is within the settlement boundary and not zoned as greenspace in the Local Development Plan.
Recommendation. Further investigation required.
14/00278/FLL. Erection of stable building (temporary for two years) (in retrospect). Dollar Equestrian Blairingone Dollar FK14 7ND.
Kevin went through the correspondence which was all available for reading.
Craigton Wood: The sign and the style have been removed.
PKC spam: All email correspondence that comes to the CC via the PKC address has unnecessary graphics and text attached to it. This has to be manually removed prior to printing to save paper. Also the CC receives a lot of Spam email via this address. Dealing with these emails is very time consuming. The CC has emailed PKC to see if anything can be done. Currently we are still waiting on a reply.
In reply to a question from the public the elected members explained that they cannot vote on an issue if they have expressed an opinion prior to a meeting where the vote will be held. This is part of the Code of Conduct of Councillors. JG has published a longer explanation in the April Newsletter.
Next meeting & AGM Tuesday 6th May 2014, 7.30pm
Fossoway Primary School
SCARF CHALLENGE FOR CHAS
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. CHAS offers care in two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. The hospices support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services. CHAS also provides a home care service, called CHAS at Home, staffed from both hospices and with dedicated teams in the North of Scotland. The service offers care to families in their own homes when they need it most. CHAS supports over 250 families, as well as a significant number of families who receive bereavement support. The services are funded mainly through the generosity of the many supporters who help raise over £7 million needed each year to provide these vital hospice services.
Can you knit or crochet? Do your friends sew? We need YOU!
To raise money and awareness for CHAS, we want to make a scarf that stretches from Gateside, Fife to Rachel House in Kinross. We need lots and lots of donations of scarves, which can be crocheted, sewn or knitted and can be in any width, so long as they are a minimum of 1.5 metres in length. We will collect scarves from now until the end of September. They can be handed in to:
Central Library, Dundee
Tesco, Edinburgh or Crieff Road, and Morrisons, Perth
Library, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
Rascal’s Nursery, Kelty
Tikasam handmade cards & crafts, Burntisland
or any CHAS shop or office throughout Scotland.
Once collected, some of the scarves will be sewn together over 24 hours in a
“stitchathon”, before being sold individually to raise money for CHAS.
A few “special” scarves which will be auctioned at a charity dinner in Kinross.
More details and updates can be found on the CHAS website at www.chas.org.uk and on the Gateside Facebook Page, at www.facebook.com/GatesideFife or contact Sandra on 07523 550014.
Fossoway & District Community Council Public Meeting
To discuss the potential community acquisition of Crook Moss
Fossoway Primary School Wednesday 19th March 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Agenda Part 1
1. Introduction. CC
2. Valuation – Exact area involved.
3. Legal framework for acquisition and ongoing management.
4. Sources of funds.
a. Community contribution
b. Fund raising events
c. Grant availability
5. Possible charitable status.
Other community organisations which have charitable status and could
possibly be involved
6. Designation of the Moss. E.g. SSSI?
7. Flora and Fauna, wildlife habitat, etc.
8. Other organisations which may have an interest. SNH, Forestry Commission
9. S.E.P.A involvement?
10. Position of PKC and Local Councillors.
12. Does the Community wish to proceed?
Agenda Part 2
1. Formation of the committee.
2. CC membership
3. Community membership – volunteers.