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Community Council Minutes - March 2019

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th March 2019, Blairingone Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; 12 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: Associate Member Tam Carroll
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 since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

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

Matters Arising
Community Council By-Election: Co-opted member Carol Farquhar has submitted an application to become an elected member of the CC, thus narrowly restoring it to the minimum of four elected members. However, in the absence of any new members joining the CC during the remainder of this year, the current members will be unable to continue with the workload and this CC will therefore cease to exist at the time of the next election on the 7th November this year. In the meantime, the current members will only be able to perform the very minimum amount of the tasks they would otherwise like to.
Anyone wanting to join the CC, please get in touch with the chair, Trudy Duffy on 01577 840669.
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: The consultation report, including the report from Education Scotland, was made available for public review on 22nd February 2019. It can be viewed on PKC’s website at: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/media/43729/Blairingone-Consultation-Report/pdf/Blairingone_Consultation_Report.pdf?m=636864437595870000
The Lifelong Learning Committee will decide whether to implement the closure proposal at the meeting on 27th March 2019. If the decision to close goes ahead, then comments on the process or assumptions made in the report can be made to the Scottish Ministers (via tocs.vog|etatseloohcs#tocs.vog|etatseloohcs) by three weeks after that date, i.e. 17th April 2019. The CC encourages everyone to express their opinions by contacting the Lifelong Learning Committee members. Cllr Barnacle offered to meet local people before the meeting to discuss any issues.
Powmill in Bloom: Bulbs, etc., are being planted. Judging of the Well-kept Village competition will be in September this year; CCllr Farquhar will be attending a meeting about the competition.
Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy told the meeting that 500 snowdrops and some primroses have been planted in the grass triangle in the centre of Drum, and a wooden bench installed there. A spring flower arranging workshop will be held in the hall on 30th March. See the group’s Facebook page for details of all their activities.
Hydro Scheme Fund / Crook of Devon Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that a Site visit is planned to finalise the location for the new bridge. Other monies are available from the fund for small grants.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning of the event on 25th May in Waulkmill Park is going well; see the Gathering’s Facebook page for more details.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Purves reported that there is an ongoing review of PKC’s transport provision across Kinross-shire. Meanwhile a survey is being held to establish requirements. A MoP asked about DRT coverage of Blairingone, Cllr Watters answered that a new company is hoping to join the DRT scheme soon, but needs to finalise some licensing issues which are being progressed by PKC Officers.
Carnbo VAS: Cllr Watters and a PKC technician met on site and discussed the location of the VAS on the west side of village with local residents. The technician explained that it is in the best place. The VAS at the east end of the village is being installed now.
There was substantial opinion at the CC meeting that the 40mph limit on the east side of the village should be extended further out. A MoP from Blairingone expressed the opinion that the VAS hasn’t helped there.
A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle reported that the proposed traffic lights at Blairingone are hoped to be installed by the end of March. These lights will stay on red as vehicles approaches until there are no pedestrians.
Cllr Barnacle added that the Crook of Devon / School Road junction improvements are currently held up due to problems with moving services in the road. There are also different opinions about whether to keep the existing pedestrian lights when the new ones are installed – it is possible that they will be covered temporarily, or perhaps linked with the new lights.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle had a meeting with Barbara Renton, PKC’s Director of Housing and Environment, and suggested that if the appearance of the site was improved it would go a long way to improving the local community’s view of it.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle has spoken to the owner’s solicitor and told him of the Community’s desire to move urgently towards Compulsory Purchase of the site.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Blairingone War Memorial, Powmill Play Park and LDP2: No information at present.

New Business
Winter Snow Clearance and Gritting: PKC have written to the CC seeking comments on this. Additionally they are seeking new participants for self-help schemes:
• Farmers self-help scheme for assistance with snow clearing operations
• Footway hand gritting self-help scheme
For both of these schemes Perth and Kinross Council will supply and maintain the gritting and snow clearing equipment plus in the case of the footways scheme they will supply the salt as well. Interested parties should contact Andy Brown at ku.vog.ckp|nworbra#ku.vog.ckp|nworbra.
A MoP present noted that the Milk Bar junction was not gritted on the only day of snow this season, causing substantial delays.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Community Investment Fund: CCllr Duffy attended this, at which a total of £50,000 was awarded to nine projects in Kinross-shire.
Kinross-shire Fund: CCllr Cheape attended a meeting of the fund on 4th March at which an award was made to KYTHE. There is more money in the fund still to be distributed.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves did not support the administration’s proposal at the budget meeting because it included proposed Council tax rises of 4% whilst Cllr Purves believes he was elected on a promise of much lower rises. Cllr Purves reported that he seconded Cllr Stewart’s amendment that would have replaced Dundee with Perth as the lead role in the Tay Cities partnership. However the amendment was defeated by the Provost’s casting vote.
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle suggested that there is a process problem with the Council’s budget approval meeting – Officers come to the meeting proposing draconian cuts and then the Cllrs immediately reject the majority of them. It would be better to bring proposals for discussion and then a week later vote on them.
Cllr Barnacle found that a couple of issues he raised with LDP2 were not accurately included in the submissions to the reporter, so he has sent further details directly.
Richard Watters: Cllr Watters added that the sort of proposals Cllr Barnacle mentioned make the press causing great distress, but then are not implemented. An example would be the proposal to remove all School Crossing Patrols, which was rejected, but smaller underlying cuts to the service didn’t get reported.
Willie Robertson: Cllr Robertson noted that PKC have borrowed £360M for capital investment, which seemed to him to be a bad idea as it will have to be paid back in the future. Cllr Robertson does support the 4% increase in Council Tax because he believes that otherwise many cuts would need to be made.

Planning Matters
19/00082/FLL Change of use, alterations and extension to bothy to form a dwelling house, and erection of a garage (revised design) at Former Bothy, Briglands, Rumbling Bridge.
No CC comment.

19/00268/FLL Alterations to building at County Fabrics, The Water Mill, Crook of Devon, KY13 0UL.
No CC comment.

Decided applications - None this month.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing:
There will be a major cycling event on 12th May 2019, and although it’s called the Ochil Hills Sportive, it’s centred on Lochore Meadows Country Park and only a small part of the route, through Dunning Glen and Glen Devon, is close to our area. Details at https:www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/ochil-hills-100-sportive/
PKC have created a revised Scheme of Establishment for CCs which was approved by the Council on 27th February. The Scheme will come into force after the November elections and includes provisions for EU citizens to be members of CCs, and other minor changes.
A PAN for development at the site of the former Solsgirth Colliery has been published. There will be a Community Exhibition at Saline Primary School between 3 and 7pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019 to describe the development of houses, live/work units and business space.
PKC have published reports of progress in updating Flood Management Plans at https:
www.pkc.gov.uk/frmplans

AOCB: In pursuit of the new GDPR scheme, PKC have deemed it necessary to remove planning application comments from the website one year after an application has been approved. Kinross-shire Civic Trust have written to Anne Condliffe objecting to this change on the basis that subsequent applications are often made referring to earlier ones and it is very useful to be able to view previous comments. This CC agreed with this objection and will write to Anne Condliffe supporting the Trust.

A MoP had requested the provision of a dog waste bin at the entrance to Rumbling Bridge Gorge from Naemoor Rd. Cllr Purves agreed to look into this.

The CC was contacted by Morag McKenzie to ask if the Council would strim the verge on the main road whilst other areas in the village are being done. Cllr Barnacle will chase this.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: CC By-Election, Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Hydro Scheme Fund, Fossoway Gathering, Fossoway Area Transport, Carnbo VAS, A977 Mitigation, , Ivy Cottage Powmill, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd April 2019 7:30 pm
Powmill Moubray Hall
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - February 2019

Draft Minutes Fossoway and District Community Council
5th February 2019, Fossoway Primary School

Attending: Community Cllrs Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Graham Pye and Associate Member Tam Carroll; P&K Cllrs Mike Barnacle and Callum Purves; Seven Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: P&K Cllrs Willie Robertson and Richard Watters
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: Unfortunately, no officer was able to be present at the meeting. There was one incident to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Between 7pm, Thursday 10th January and 10.30am, Sunday 13th January, a quantity of diesel was stolen from a lorry at Blairingone.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the previous meeting were signed off with one amendment: The meeting on Blairingone School Estate was not in January but will be in March

Community Council By-Election: The CC regretfully announced that due to personal pressures, Jennifer Donachie has had to resign from this CC. The CC expressed its sincere thanks to Jennifer for her work, especially with regard to planning and as depute minute secretary.
PKC’s Corporate and Democratic Services Department have notified the CC that as we now only have three elected members it is necessary to hold a by-election to re-establish the remaining members.
In response to an appeal via Facebook, four people have expressed possible interest in joining the CC. However, in the absence of any new members joining the CC, the current members are unable to continue with the workload and this CC’s future is in doubt.
Anyone wanting to join the CC and stand for election, please get in touch with the chair, Trudy Duffy on 01577 840669. Visit the CC’s Facebook page or PKC’s website for the necessary forms: www.pkc.gov.uk/communitycouncilselections

Matters Arising
Blairingone School Estate Transformation: Cllr Purves informed the meeting that the consultation report, including the report from Education Scotland, will be reviewed at the 27th March meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee to decide if they agree with it. The report will have been available for public review for three weeks beforehand. If the Committee continue to propose closure, then the next step is for the Scottish government to review the proposed closure.
Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that the group are still undecided whether to enter the Well Kept Village competition this year, meanwhile they intend to maintain the displays already in place and add an upcycled trailer in the spring.
Hydro Scheme Fund / Crook of Devon Bridge: A date is being agreed for a site visit to discuss the proposed location of the bridge, as the visit on the previously agreed date was unable to take place.
Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy reported that planning for the gathering is going very well. More people have joined the organising committee and the first grant application has been submitted. The event will be on May 25th at Waulkmill Park – stands are still available, anyone interested should contact the committee via moc.liamg|gnirehtagyawossof#moc.liamg|gnirehtagyawossof for more information.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: A proposal to create a scheme covering a much wider area is under discussion, with a number of other CCs involved. Cllr Purves explained that there is a plan from PKC’s transport department to hold a survey to establish what sorts of journeys are needed. The survey will be available online, and paper copies will also be distributed to some areas where there is a resource to do so. A group needs to be formed to create and run a scheme, and although initial funding would need to be grant-based, if the scheme is successful PKC might take it on.
Carnbo VAS: Cllr Watters is looking into some issues with this, and in his absence the item is deferred to next month.
Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle reports that the developer has confirmed that the promised sum of £2k is still available. The next step is for a local mason to inspect the memorial and estimate the cost of the move. Associate Member Carroll knows of a local craftsman and will work with Cllr Barnacle to obtain the estimate and possibly assist with the actual move.
Crook Moss Travellers Site: Cllr Barnacle is due to meet with a PKC Officer to discuss the drainage connection.
Ivy Cottage Powmill: Cllr Barnacle reported that PKC have drawn a blank contacting the owners, and he is now encouraging Compulsory Purchase of the property.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Crook and Drum Growing Together, Powmill Play Park, A977 Mitigation and LDP2: No information at present.

New Business
School Crossing Patrols: Cllr Duffy had heard a rumour that they’re to be stopped. Cllr Purves explained that lunchtime cover is being removed due to very little demand, and although there are some changes to cover where vacant posts are not being filled, this only represents a total of eight locations. In addition, there are ongoing reviews of crossing places with consideration given to upgrades to Pelican crossings, etc. Consequently there is no truth in this rumour. MoP asked whether any Council Officer actually inspects the crossing point before making changes.

Community Council Business - Meetings Attended
Kinross-shire Local Action Plan: CCllr Duffy attended this; the next meeting will discuss the Community Investment Fund.

P&K Councillors’ Reports
Mike Barnacle: Cllr Barnacle had received complaints from MoPs about lack of gritting on minor roads and pavements.
Callum Purves: Cllr Purves reported that the LDP2 Reporter had queried the LDP2 change to specify upper limits on number of properties in a proposed new development, asking for evidence that this had happened in the past. Cllr Barnacle and others had proposed an amendment to strengthen the upper limit.
The process to agree next year’s budget is in full swing. There are long term proposals to change the way that local councils get their funding.

Planning Matters

19/00020/FLL Change of use of agricultural land to garden ground and alterations and extensions to dwelling house at Merryhills; Rumbling Bridge Kinross.
No CC comment.

19/00092/FLL Installation of two wind turbines and associated works, land 300 metres Northwest of Dollar Equestrian, Blairingone, FK14 7ND.
CC object on this CC’s normal grounds of there being no overall PKC policy on wind turbines, and hence cumulative effect is not controlled. Additionally, there are ambiguities in this application regarding the ownership of the land and the identity of the applicant, which need to be resolved before detailed comments can be made.

18/02250/FLL Change of use from open space to garden ground and erection of a fence (in retrospect) at 1 St Serf's Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross, KY13 0PQ.
No CC comment.

Decided applications
18/02124/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres Southwest of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge.
Refused on grounds of too large a scale; The CC didn’t comment.

18/02164/FLL Alterations to dwelling house to form two dwelling houses at Cairnfold House, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7ND.
Approved; The CC didn’t comment

Cllr Purves reminded the meeting that PKC have published LDP2 Supplementary Guidance documents covering various topics. They are now open for consultation via http://www.pkc.gov.uk/ldp2guidance until 14th March.

Correspondence - All correspondence was available for viewing: PKC propose to put double yellow lines at the top 15 metres of Waulkmill Road, where it joins Main Street.

AOCB: CCllr Duffy has successfully applied for “settled status” as an EU citizen, due in no small part to assistance from PKC’s Corporate and Democratic Services department who were able to confirm CCllr Duffy’s long-term service as a member of this CC, and hence her residence in this country.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: CC Election, Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Hydro Scheme Fund, Fossoway Gathering, Fossoway Area Transport, Carnbo VAS, Blairingone War Memorial, Ivy Cottage Powmill.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th March 2019 7:30 pm
Blairingone Primary School
All Welcome


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Community Council Minutes - January 2019

DRAFT MINUTES FOSSOWAY AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
8TH JANUARY 2019
BLAIRINGONE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Attending: Community Cllrs Trudy Duffy (in the Chair), Angus Cheape and Carol Farquhar, P&K Cllrs Richard Watters and 4 Members of the Public (MoP)
Apologies: CCllrs Graham Pye and Jennifer Donachie and associate member Tam Carroll; P&K CClrs Mike Barnacle, Willie Robertson and Callum Purves

Declarations of Interest: None

Community Policing: No officer was able to be present at the meeting. CClr Duffy reported that a caravan had been stolen in Blairingone and this appeared to be the only incident in our area since the previous CC meeting.

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

Matters Arising:

Blairingone School Estate: Clr Watters reported that following the extensive consultation period the proposed closure of Blairingone School would be discussed further at a meeting of the full Council at the end of January. Meantime a report to be considered at this meeting was in preparation and this could either be accepted by the Council, rejected or amended subject to conditions. All points of view and perspectives reflected in the consultation would be covered in the report.
Crook and Drum Growing Together: CClr Duffy reported that following an excellent Christmas fundraiser (£250 raised) the prospect for Spring planting was excellent. It was noted that ‘Well Kept’ would be substituted for ‘Best Kept’ in the well-established competition. Blairingone, Crook of Devon, Carnbo, Rumbling Bridge and Powmill were all encouraged to take part.
Hydro Scheme: Nothing to report beyond the call to raise further capital which had been fully subscribed by existing shareholders.
Crook of Devon Bridge: CClr Duffy reported that the site inspection planned for December had been postponed but would be reconvened shortly with progress expected during March.
Fossoway Gathering: CClr Duffy reported that the committee would meet next week to discuss a budget and that a fundraiser would be held in Crook of Devon Hall on 22nd February.
Blairingone War Memorial: Nothing to report.
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Clr Watters reported on a recent meeting of the full Council at which the need to recruit additional taxi firms was discussed albeit that nothing was decided. There was potential also for a community bus and arrangements in Auchterarder and Comrie were quoted as examples (buses run by Sweeneys of Muthill). The Kinross Partnership were meeting on Wednesday 9th January to review an action plan.
Clr Watters reported that DRT take-up in P&K Council area during the past 6 months had totalled 2665 for a variety of purposes.
Carnbo VAS: MoP from Carnbo expressed concern at the siting of the VAS (2) in Carnbo. There were no streetlights and at their house (opposite Ochil Cottage) on the north side of the A91 the light from the VAS was intrusive. Further, from a practical viewpoint siting of the VAS at the west side of the village would be better beyond the bridge over the Quiech Burn.
Clr Watters undertook to take up this issue with Lachlan Maclean at the Roads Department. There was a real risk of nuisance arising from the present VAS siting.

Matters with no Update since last Meeting

Crook Moss Travellers Site - Nothing to report.
Ivy Cottage, Powmill – Nothing to report.
Powmill Play Park – CClr Farquhar to follow up on progress.

A977 Mitigation
Traffic Counters, signage and bollards, new VAS signs have been installed;
Upgrade of vehicle turning signs will be upgraded in March 2019;
School road Crook of Devon Junction will be completed in March 2019;
Signalisation Saline Road Blairingone will be completed in February 2019
A977/B9097 re-alignment expected to be completed in June 2019.

MoP took issue with the proposed re-alignment at the junction of the A977 and the B9097. It was noted that there had been a Safety Audit undertaken which had covered sundry issues arising. Clr Watters commented that it would be difficult at this stage to reallocate the funding set aside for this improvement in 2016 (?).

New Business

Cover for Minute Secretary – CClr Duffy reported that Kinross Community Council uses a Minute Secretary at a rate of £35 per meeting. Both CClrs Pye and Donachie produced excellent minutes when able to attend meetings but a stand-in on a paid basis was now regarded as a priority.

CC Business

Meetings Attended: None. CClr Farquhar reported that business connected with the Sports Hub remained on-going.

PKC Business

Clr Watters reported on improved arrangements for disability provision in shops, pubs etc to include ramps, handrails and other facilities. Funding would be made available.

Planning Matters

New
18/02124/FLL: Erection of a dwellinghouse and office (Class 4) at Land 180 Metres South West Of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge – no comment

Decided
18/02006/FLL: Alterations and extensions to dwellinghouse 1 Mossend Green Powmill Dollar FK14 7NJ – approved
18/02015/FLL: Siting of caravan for use as site office/reception/welfare building (in retrospect) Land 10 Metres North Of Lambhill Blairingone - refused
18/01855/IPL: Renewal of permission 15/01110/IPL (residential development (in principle) Land 100 Metres North West Of Schiehallion Crook Of Devon - approved

AOCB

MoP expressed grave concern at the condition of the access to the Dalkeiths and Seamab School. He had at his own expense filled in potholes on the approximately ¼ mile stretch from the public road before Christmas and the weight of traffic had already resulted in significant deterioration. Over Dalkeith (currently on the market) owned the road with others enjoying a Right of Access and it was assumed therefore that maintenance would be on a user basis. Given that wear and tear on the access was increased greatly by Seamab School (70 staff) the merits of involving P&K Council to assume some responsibility for maintenance were discussed at some length. Clr Watters undertook to research the background so far as possible and establish the proportion of pupils using Seamab School resident within P&K.

There being no further competent business the meeting closed at 8.30pm.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting
Welcome and Apologies, Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting.
Matters arising: Blairingone School Estate Transformation, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Powmill in Bloom, Bridge over the Devon, Fossoway Gathering, Carnbo VAS, Community transport, Blairingone War Memorial.
Community Councillors: Meetings Attended, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting
Tuesday 5 February, 7.30 pm, Fossoway Primary School
All Welcome


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