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KILMUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

12th September 2017 held at Younger Hall, Kilmun

7.30PM.

 

PRESENT:

Brian Tester (Convenor), Russell Humphreys (Treasurer) Janet Holm (Secretary), Graham Revill, and Diane Nicholson.

Also Present, PC Donald MacKay, Councillor Y McNeilly, Kari Clouston (Infinergy) and Fiona Milligan (Project Manager Infinergy)

APOLOGIES: Lachlan Macquarie, Kirsty Husband, Councillor G Blair, Councillor A Reid, D Mckenzie (LATNP)

2.         DECLARATION OF INTEREST: None

3.         MINUTES OF LAST MEETING:

Proposed:        Russell Humphreys

Seconded:       Graham Revill             Carried

4.         MATTERS ARISING NOT ON THE AGENDA

None

5.         TREASURER’S REPORT

Carried Forward:                                 £1434.11

Parts for defibrillator                £37.00

Stationary                                £ 17.39

Balance at 11th July 2017 – £1370.69

6.         POLICE REPORT

PC Donald MacKay stated that he is not back on full duty yet. He attended the meeting although he was on his annual leave.

He reported that there had been 22 incidents with 2 crime reports. One for driving with no insurance and the other was an assault resulting in severe injury and arrest.

Speed checks had been set up at Blairmore Pier and Midge Lane.

Donald is working on the development of Rural Watch – links to the new website are to be sent to Clive to add to the KCC website. Clive to update Donald’s details.

GR asked about speeding through Clachaig village and Donald said that speed checks had been tried but because the layout of the road this is difficult to do.

JH asked if police patrol cars carried a defibrillator. Donald replied that they did not at present although they do have access to defibrillator. Donald will be invited to the training session KCC will organise on using a defibrillator.

7        Correspondence

Review of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils-  B Tester replied on behalf of KCC

Cycling Initiative Meeting: Follow Up

Cowal Area Network (CAN) on Wed 13 Sep 2017, 7-9pm, Uig Hall!

Blairmore Hall Trust’s Annual Autumn Fundraising event this year is going to take the Form of an Old Blairmore History Exhibition. It is going to be open to the public on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September from 10.30am – 3.30pm.  Refreshments and home baking are going to be provided and there will be a small entrance fee.

Celebrate and sharing the award at our Blairmore Village Trust community event on Saturday 16th September (11.00am to 4pm) at Blairmore. 

Ardentinny Harvest Fair Sunday 17th September 12 – 4pm Ardentinny Community Trust Glenfinart Walled Garden

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following planning applications have been submitted to LLTNP

2017/0269/DET

Erection of telecoms mast and associated equipment

West Loch Eck Telecoms proposal - Neighbour Notification

2017/0212/DET

Construction of new pipework (associated with new below ground septic tank) including concrete casing on seaward side of sea wall

Land Opposite Dunselma Lodge Shore Road Strone - Approved

2017/0180/HAE

Extension to dwellinghouse

Forestside Kilmun Dunoon  Approved

2017/0279/HAE

Installation of access ramp, conversion of 2no. existing windows on front elevation to form 2no. French doors and erection of decking Flat 2 Craigard Shore Road Application

2017/0194/DET

Erection of telecoms mast and ancillary equipment Scottish Water Compound Loch Eck Strath Eachaig  Approved

2017/0289/HAE

Erection of conservatory

Highfield Shore Road Kilmun  Application

9. Windfarms

Kari Clouston and Fiona Milligan from Infinergy, the company who propose to put in a planning application to develop a windfarm on the Ardtaraig Estate in the ridge above Loch Striven and backing onto the Colglen windfarm gave a detailed description of what their company propose and freely answered all questions from the committee and the floor.

They said that they had consulted widely and had feedback from many organisations towards a full environmental impact report. They had undertaken 2 half years of bird surveys and bird counts. The validity of this data will run out by the end of 2017.

The MOD has been consulted and small infa red light, which can be seen by pilots, will be put on top of the turbines.

RSPB had a large input into the report. From this they have scaled back their proposals to eight turbines 135 metres high and changed the proposed location of the turbines. They have used consultants to say what is possible and not possible.

There will be further community open days at Colintraive and Glendaruel in Early November when photographs of before and after the proposed development will be available. A letter drop, posters and adverts in the paper will publish the open days.

They expect the application to go in before the end of 2017. The application will go to A&BC

GH asked about the access roads. They plan to make use of the roads already in place for the Col glen windfarm.

 Lynne O’Keefe asked about the visual impact from the Kyles of Bute and whether they had been consulted. At present Infinergy can’t say how many turbines will be visible from there. There was one response from the Kyles to a newsletter given out there.

Once an application has been submitted then objections can be given.

10.       Community Matters

Liaison/communication with other local organisations / groups

The Shore Collaboration Summit held on the 31st August was very successful and positive. Almost all of the 19 groups were able to attend. It was agreed to:

Set up a communal Google calendar manage the timing of events

Develop and publish a Shore and Glen Directory (name still to be decided) to provide information about all the groups in the area. This is going to be extended out to include the clubs in the area too. It is planned that this would be distributed to every household in the area. Unlike Lochs and Glens, which gets its funds from advertising, the printing of this booklet will come from donations from the organisations within the collaboration group.

Lochs and Glens Newsletter is acknowledged by all as a key factor of communication in the area and Janice has done a great job. All groups pledged to support this in any way we can, in providing copy and also funds if it becomes necessary. It will continue to be produced, but the directory would be a separate publication.

It is hoped to be able to set up way of Skills sharing – A pool of people able to share labour/skills and experience - could be practical, could be help with accessing grants, could be sharing of equipment. Could be as simple as the Christmas lunch, beach cleans, environmental improvement.

Set up a Facebook page

Flower tubs etc. – funding A&BC Funding

Still waiting to find out if we are successful in gaining finding.

Defibrillator from Strone Primary - possible funding from SCEN –first responders

The defibrillator has been moved from outside Strone primary and has been serviced. At present it is a Brian Testers house until it can be set up properly outside the Younger Hall in Kilmun. When it is set it will have a flashing white light. Scottish ambulance service will do a training session when the defibrillator is set up.

JH spoke about the Sandpiper Trust, which is a volunteer organisation, which gives bags to medical volunteers to help give rapid response care in rural areas. There is a doctor in Dunoon who is a volunteer when she is not working. www.sandpipertrust.org

Grass Cutting Graham’s Point

See Councillor Reid’s report

There was some discussion about an inappropriate Facebook comment that has since been removed. KCC confirmed that it did not condone or support the comments, which were made by an individual, and not on behalf of the Community as a whole.

11.       DISCUSSIONS A&BC LOCAL COUNCILLOR AND NATIONAL PARK REPRESENTATIVE

Feedback report from Councillor Reid, who was not present at the meeting, on issues raised at August KCC’s meeting.

Speed Indicator Devices for A880, particularly where 30mph begins in Kilmun

Roads response – “The department used to have these Speed Indicator Devices as detailed below but they ended up needing repairs that made them uneconomic to fix. However replacement electronic signage is currently be considered by the Traffic and Development Manager, which would be more portable as it is affixed to existing street furniture. There is currently a list of locations where such a device has been requested and would be happy to add this locus to them. A copy of your enquiry will be forwarded to the traffic section of Police Scotland for their consideration.”

Graham’s Point

ACHA have informed the Council that they will continue to cut the grass they own at Graham’s Point.

Dissatisfaction with recent surface dressing of A880

I complained to Roads and got the following response.

“The surface dressing on the A880 has been done to a satisfactory standard and has sealed the surface against the ingress of water and provided good surface texture and therefore good skid resistance. A surface dressing does not provide any additional structural strength or shape to the existing surface so any areas where water ponds prior to a surface dressing will still have ponding water afterwards. The limited pre-patching works targeted the worst sections within the sites to strengthen them and to give shape back to the carriageway.

“As for the drainage and other ironwork, this is masked prior to the application of the surface dressing and would have been removed immediately after the treatment was applied, before the binder had broke (set). The gully pots will gather some of the excess chip due to the action of the traffic but this is normal as the pot acts as a sump to collect debris etc. from the carriageway. When the gully-emptying vehicle is back in the area they will be emptied first and all other roadside drainage within the surface dressing sites will also be checked. The final sweep of the sites normally take place 2 to 3 weeks after the application of the dressing and a final site inspection and measure normally follows this which will highlight any issues, if any, which normally need to be resolved before payment is released to the contractor which is dealt with centrally at our head office in Lochgilphead.”

 

Councillor Reid also complained to Councillor Roddy McCuish, chair of the Council’s Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee, and got the following reply from the Head of Roads.

“Cllr McCuish has forwarded to me your enquiry regarding recent surfacing works in the Cowal area. Our technical team have confirmed that the surfacing work on the A880 has been completed to a satisfactory standard and that drainage gullies will be cleared of any stone chips during the overall surfacing and maintenance programme.  I can provide further comment and detail as follows:

Background Information

The work carried out in Cowal recently is surface dressing rather than resurfacing.  Surface dressing has been chosen to maximise the surface area that we are able to treat, to seal the road’s surface to stop water penetration and the deterioration this causes to a road and to improve surface texture/skid resistance.  For the last few years we have delivered a programme of surface dressing which along with some resurfacing has enabled the council to see an improvement in road condition.  Without surface dressing and with the budgets available it is fair to say that we would have experienced a significant deterioration to our roads. 

The graph below is an extract from the member induction training I delivered in May this year.  This provides an illustration of the area that can be covered by surface dressing ‘v’ resurfacing/overlays.  

Work carried out independently from the council confirms that our backlog maintenance value (the figure required to bring the road network up to an A1 condition) is approximately £190M and that we would now need to invest approximately £11m per year to see any further improvement to the condition in the road infrastructure.  We currently have £3.6M to invest in capital maintenance this financial year.  

Surface dressing is simply the application of bitumen onto which stone ‘chips’ are added.  The bitumen does two jobs, firstly sealing the roads surface as mentioned earlier and also providing the ‘glue’ to stick the chips to the original road surface.  The chips are rolled into the original road surface by pneumatic wheeled rollers and are further embedded by traffic over a number of months following application.  Depending on the traffic volume and condition of the existing road there are a number of types of dressing available ranging from single dressing, double dressing (two layers) and racked in where 2 sizes of chip are used.  This together with a range of bitumen types provides a dressing suitable to most situations.  The actual dressing type is determined by a nationally recognised technical design guide.  Surface dressing is successfully used on all classes and speeds of roads.

Surface dressing provides excellent value for money.  However, surface dressing is not comparable to resurfacing in terms of the ability to regulate uneven surfaces as the treatment will follow and replicate the existing profile.  Also, immediately following application, there are loose chips, which require a number of sweeps to remove the loose and traffic to help bed in the chips.  Immediately following application surface dressing can look ‘untidy’.  This usually quickly improves.   

Occasionally surface dressing can go wrong for a number of reasons but typically any failure is due to one or a number of the points below:

•             temperature related issues

•             heavy rain during or soon after the application

•             heavy turning traffic soon after application

•             traffic not adhering to the 20 mph temporary speed limits

•             contaminated materials

•             too much or too little bitumen being applied

•             workmanship 

As stated above, from the feedback I have received from our technical team the Cowal work has been satisfactory with no failure.

We currently deliver our surface dressing via a contractor.  As part of the contract the contractor takes the risk for any issues (including claims for bitumen spots on cars) and provides a 2 year guarantee.  During the guarantee period we will monitor all works across Argyll and Bute and if necessary arrange for the contractor to carry out remedial works.

 

 Jim Smith”

 

Bend opposite the ‘Tea Cady’ Houses overgrown

Roads response – “Area has been inspected, scrub has been cut back to behind the vehicle safety fence. Sightlines are adequate for a 30mph speed limit.”

 

Kilmun cemetery grass

Awaiting response from Amenity Services

 

Proposed New Toilet at Kilmun cemetery

Amenity Services response – “I have to advise that Amenity Services will be reviewing public convenience provision and the installation of a new chemical unit at Kilmun will not be taken forward at this time.”

There was also discussion with Councillor Y McNeilly about roads and the 3 week bin collection, She has asked KCC to email her to highlight our concerns about the sightlines on the A880 across from at tea caddy houses and the toilet at Kilmun Church. J Holm

D McKenzie (National Park) 

National Park

Not present at meeting but apologies sent, and following report:

       NP Partnership Plan – the steering committee met recently and the input from KCC and Ardentinny were welcomed. A significant number of comments were received to the draft plan, with a very high number of organisation indicating that they will work with the NP on implementation of the final plan. A revised Partnership Plan will be available for review at the September Board meeting.

       Displacement – the NP would welcome specific input from police or residents on evidence of displaced camping from other areas of the NP. Please pass to me in the first instance.    

Benmore & Kilmun Community Development Trust

BKCDT took part in the Shore Collaboration Summit. They are holding their AGM on Monday 18th September at Kilmun Hall where there will be a presentation about the development of a Historic Trail. A&BC are also doing a Heritage audit

Blairmore Village Trust

KCC congratulated BVT on their success at the beautiful Scotland Awards ceremony in Dunfermline on the 7th September in achieving a 'Silver Gilt' medal for their entry, which was assessed against the national criteria. They received the prestigious 'Keep Scotland Beautiful Award’, which is presented 'to the entrant that demonstrates consistency, significant progress from the previous year, and particular commitment to the Beautiful Scotland campaign themes'. This particular award is the only one that is exclusively decided by the 'Keep Scotland Beautiful Charity' and BVT feel particularly honoured to have received it. 

Agnes Harvey said that 146 volunteers helped giving over 2000 volunteer hours and that they were only 18 points away from achieving a gold reward. They were given a 4 page glowing report which will go onto KCC’s website when an electronic copy is available.

11.       Matters arising out of Community Action Plan

NTR

12.       CURRENT ISSUES

Argyll Community Planning Group (ACPG)

Bute and Cowal Community Planning Group scheduled for Tuesday 3rd October at 10am in the Moat Community Education Centre, Rothesay.

Caucus of Community Councils

NTR

A880 Walkway & Safety Barrier, Pavement Invereck to Cot House

NTR

Cemetery Toilets

See Councillor Reid’s report.

Struan Lodge

NTR - Archive

Highgate Hall

NTR

BT Broadband

No report back from Fraser re broadband provision in Clachaig.

13.       Archived issues

None to address.

14.       Any other competent business

Cowal Cycling initiative – JH briefed on latest information.

Brunch at Younger Hall – Sue Minns reported back on suggestions for holding a regular Brunch at Kilmun Hall to raise funds for Kilmun CC. Suggestion is to be shared with the committee of the Younger Hall. Feedback to Janet holm

Posting minutes in the post office/ doctors surgery/Blairmore hall/ Younger Hall. J Holm to look at placing a paper copy of the minutes in these places for people to read/refer to.

 

 

 

NEXT MEETING

Place: Blairmore Hall, Blairmore

Date: Tuesday October 10th at 7.30pm.

Meetings held Second Tuesday each month alternating between Younger & Blairmore Halls.


Kilmun CC minutes

KILMUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

8th August 2017 held at Blairmore Hall, Blairmore 7.30PM.

PRESENT:

Brian Tester (Convenor), Russell Humphreys (Treasurer) Graham Revill, Lachlan Macquarie, Diane Nicholson. Andy Mullen, Fraser Smith and Kirsty Husband,

Also Present. Agnes Harvey (Blairmore Village Trust), Councillor A Reid, David McKenzie (Loch Lomond National Park), PC Andy Beaty

APOLOGIES: Janet Holm (Secretary), Councillor Y McNeilly, Councillor G Blair, and PC Donald MacKay

2.         DECLARATION OF INTEREST: None

3.         MINUTES OF LAST MEETING:

Proposed:        Lachlan Macquarie

Seconded:       Russell Humphreys                 Carried

4.         MATTERS ARISING NOT ON THE AGENDA

David McKenzie had offered apologies at the last meeting and this was noted.

5.         TREASURER’S REPORT

Carried Forward:  £951.21

Balance at 8th August 2017 – £1434.11

The annual grant of £ 482.90 had been received from Argyll and Bute Council.

6.         POLICE REPORT

PC Andy Beaty reported:

There have been 18 incidents, of a mixed nature. Half being traffic offences. There has been a press release regarding vandalism. One such incident in the area involved damage to the engine of a sailing vessel in Strone. PC Beatty also said that there were extra patrols being carried out in the area, as there had also been incidents in the Ardentinny area. He confirmed that Operation Ironworks was still in operation. There has also been a press release announcing a Mental Health campaign.

The question regarding speeding in the Rashfield area was brought up by George McEwan, who has over 200 signatures on a petition asking for further speed limits on that stretch. GM will meet PC Beatty at Dunoon Police Station to further this. The Police are conducting more speeding and drinking while driving checks throughout the County at this time.

Argyll has two portable speed devices, which indicate to the motorist that they are speeding. Councillor Reid is going to enquire as to their whereabouts.

The issue of parking in Kilmun was raised, as there are several bends on which cars are parked, thus obscuring the line of sight.

7.   COMMUNITY MATTERS

Liaison/communication with other local organisations / groups

Feedback has been received from all groups – a very positive response.

Ardentinny and Kilmun Community Council are planning a collaborative shore meeting on the 31st August for 2 representatives of the 18 groups in our local area.

Flower tubs etc. – funding A&BC Funding

Copy of KCC’s application to A&BC Sustainable Community Initiatives fund in collaboration with the Shore Sweepers was forwarded to all local councillors. Receipt of applications has been acknowledged. Will hear in September if application is successful.

Defibrillator from Strone Primary - possible funding from SCEN –first responders

The Younger Hall has agreed to the re-siting of a defibrillator.

The application for a new defibrillator has been submitted.

BT said that he has had problems making further contact with the Scottish Ambulance service re first responders, and a survey of need has to be carried out. He has also had problems with the authorities dealing with replacement parts for the old defibrillator, sited at Strone School.

Grass Cutting Graham’s Point

The situation remains the same, with ACHA still cutting the grass at Grahams Point.

 8       Correspondence

  • Cowal Cycling Initiative - To discuss the possibility of a Cycling Initiative, a meeting room has been arranged at The Wooden Pier in Dunoon, on the 21st August, between 10 am and 12 pm. Mind map included.
  1. The possibility of mapping what is currently in place in Cowal e.g. Recreation Routes, The National Cycle Route, Safer Routes, and Mountain Bike Routes etc.
  2. The feasibility of creating a legal vehicle of implementation, through the community e.g. Community Trust.
  3. The feasibility of implementing a plan, and have plans placed within the Local Area Plan as a cycling initiative, that can be split between the local community and statutory bodies.
  • Email passed on from Ardentinny Community Council - The Cruach Mhor wind farm has been published on the Scottish Government Register of Community Benefits from Renewables. “We understand your community is a recipient of community benefit funds from this development and you are therefore encouraged to visit the Register“ KCC area does not receive funding from this windfarm
  • National Park Grant Scheme - now open - Submit your Expression of Interest - By Friday 8th September 2017

9. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The following planning applications have been submitted to LLTNP

  • 2017/0122/DET - Variation of the lower section of pipe route and outfall associated with a run of river hydro scheme (retrospective) (reference: 2015/0366/DET) Land At Drynain Burn Ardentinny Dunoon Application
  • 2017/0145/DET- Sub-division of existing curtilage and erection of detached house and detached garage (renewal of 2014/0057/DET) -North-West Of Mossgiel Shore Road Blairmore Application (previously reported)
  • 2017/0196/NOT -Formation of ATV track- Land West Of Garrachra Glen Massan Dunoon Application
  • 2017/0133/DET - Erection of replacement dwelling house Rashfield Bungalow Rashfield Dunoon - Approved

10.       DISCUSSIONS A&BC LOCAL COUNCILLOR AND NATIONAL PARK REPRESENTATIVE

Councillor A Reid reported back on matters raised at the last meeting:

Proposed Speed Restriction, Sandhaven to Cot House.

“The proposal for extending the Sandbank 40mph speed restriction all the way out to the Cothouse 40mph speed restriction has already been out to Consultations 1 & 2. Two responses were received; support from Argyll and Bute Council’s Public Transport Officer and Police Scotland. Given the comments made by Police Scotland a speed/volume survey will be required for their consideration which may/may not enable them to support the proposal.

“Once a speed/volume survey has been carried out meeting will be held with Police Scotland to discuss the results.

“Argyll and Bute Council Councillors recently approved Development and Infrastructure Services’ “Road Speed Limit Policy Framework “ which provides guidance for selection, prioritisation and approval of speed limits. These are the criteria employed when reviewing such proposals.”

A815 opposite the Wee Butcher’s.

“This may have also had Japanese knotweed within it so it would not have been touched. We will arrange for this section to be re-inspected before Friday 28th July. Should no Japanese knotweed be found then we will cut it back as per the rest of the roadside verge during the pre-Cowal games cut on the A815.”

A815 at Puck’s Glen.

“We carried out a scrub cutting exercise during April between the Pucks Glen car park and opposite Rashfield farm along the East verge of the A815 and the scrub was cut back to the rear of the roadside ditch. The Forestry commission also cleared the scrub from the bellmouth to the car park entrance during March. This reinstated the sightlines, however I will arrange for the location to be inspected and will have the sightlines reassessed.”

A880

“There are no plans for a bituminous surface to the section of footway between Kilmun court and the surgery this year as no budget has been identified for this but should efficiencies be made elsewhere within the capital footway reconstruction budget then we may revisit this situation.

“As for the carriageway of the A880, this is due to be surface dressed with a double surface dressing and we now have a start date of 25th July, weather dependant, for this works. The road markings will also be reinstated as part of these works and this will happen once the final sweep has been carried out to remove the last of the loose chips. This includes a rumble strip to delineate carriageway and walking strip between Kilmun Arboretum and Craigend Cottage.”

Pavement on the A815 between Invereck and Cot House

“There are no plans to resurface this section of footway as there is no budget available in 2017-18. However if there is further capital footway reconstruction funding for 2018-19 then this scheme will be put forward for consideration as I estimate that it would take approximately £65k to £70k to reconstruct as most of the kerb line would need to be re-laid as well.

“We will continue to monitor the footway in its current condition and will attend to any future safety defects.”

Collegiate building at Kilmun Church

“In order for Amenity service to address you enquiry we require site location of the area mentioned within your enquiry. Are you able to supply this if not can we arrange to meet on site to establish location.”

I asked Amenity Services if they could get in touch with Brian over this.

Chemical toilet at Kilmun Church

Awaiting response. No news as yet.

The meeting put the following points to Councillor Reid to take up.

  1. There is general dissatisfaction at the state of the A880, after the recent roadworks. The surface is very uneven, with some areas not covered at all by chippings. There are pools of water all along the surface after rain, and this would be dangerous in winter after a frost.
  2. The drains are filled with chippings and need to be cleaned.
  3. The bend opposite the ‘Tea Cady’ Houses is overgrown, and has not been cut back by the council. It is yet another hazard on the road.
  4. The cemetery grass needs to be cut especially the area around the Elizabeth Blackwell grave.

D McKenzie (National Park) 

National Park

DM congratulated the Convenor on presenting KCCs case to the Park representatives on the 16th August. The main focus was that the Cowal was underrepresented in the Partnership Plan. DM said that the Park traditionally concentrated more on the other areas, as they were the main focus of visitors and tourists.

The new Community Action Plan is coming up and DM encouraged everyone to read it and to submit proposals via the Benmore and Kilmun Development Trust, who are taking the lead in this area.

DM also said that part of his time had been taken up with chairing the Cowal Fixed link committee. He had been meeting with National and European officials and an Economic Impact Study will be undertaken.

The issue of the increase in camping and RVs on Ardentinny beach and at Jubilee Point was raised. DM agreed that this was probably due to a more restrictive policy introduced in the main tourist centres of the park, re wild camping, and the campers were overflowing to the sites on the edge of the Park. DM said that there were regular check-ups on the site, though the number of personnel doing this was restricted.

There had also been an incident of anti-social behaviour in the grounds of the church, which could be linked.

Benmore & Kilmun Community Development Trust

Victor Sandell reporting on behalf of the trust said that there was to be an Enterprise meeting on September 4th. There is also to be as survey on Public Access Areas.

The action plan would be discussed after September 18th.

BKCDT welcomed the placing of ‘Doggie Friendly Station’ at Grahams Point, and that the area had won an award. (It's your neighbourhood Beautiful Scotland' level 4)

Interviews will shortly be held for the following posts:

Development Officer for Historic Kilmun and a Project Worker for the Cowal Shore Trail.

VS also made mention of the Retrofit of Small Scale Hydro Schemes in Argyll and Bute study with particular reference to Loch Eck.

Blairmore Village Trust

Agnes Harvey said that Beautiful Scotland had visited Blairmore on Friday August 4th and the visit had gone very well. The result of the assessment will not be known until early September. 156 people have been involved since March, donating 2714 volunteer hours. AH thanked the National Park for donating tools, volunteer hours and for the introductions that they had made. In particular, four young people from Dunoon Grammar School, working towards John Muir Conservation Awards had joined the group, and would be possibly be speaking at the Scotland Beautiful conference.

An application for a grant to open Hamilton’s Brae later this year has been submitted, and talks are taking place with the National Park, AB&C, regarding upgrading the High Road. This area has been included in the Rural Watch scheme, and new speed limit poster has been put up.

BT congratulated BVT on a recent award, which had been announced in the local paper. (It's your neighbourhood Beautiful Scotland')

11.       Matters arising out of Community Action Plan

None, waiting new plan 2017

12.       CURRENT ISSUES

Argyll Community Planning Group (ACPG)

Nothing to report

Caucus of Community Councils

Nothing further to report

Windfarms

There was a long discussion regarding the windfarm proposed for Ardtaraig Farm. It was hoped that a representative from Infinergy would be at the meeting, but they cancelled for a second time. GR has offered dates for the next three meetings. There has been no planning application as yet. Given the opposition from AB&C, Scottish Heritage and RSPB, the question was raised as to whether they would go ahead with an application. It was said however that given the size of the project, it could allow them to bypass AB&C. BT thanked Clive McClure for his input, based on previous successful experience of opposing a wind farm development. GR said that nothing could happen until an application has been submitted

A880 Walkway, Pavement Invereck to Cot House

Covered in Councillor Reid’s comments.

Cemetery Toilets

Nothing to report

Struan Lodge

Indications are that Struan Lodge is now ‘safe’, given that private homes could not cope with the number of residents that would have to be moved.

Highgate Hall

No further progress to report

BT Broadband

Fraser has been in discussion with Diane re the situation at Clachaig, and they will give a further report at the next meeting.

Possible Brunch at Kilmun Hall

Sue Minns to outline a plan for a brunch to raise funds to be held at Younger Hall.

13.       Archived issues

No discussion

14.       Any other competent business

None. Meeting ended at 9.12 pm.

Place: Younger Hall, Kilmun

Date: Tuesday September 12th at 7.30pm.

Meetings held Second Tuesday each month alternating between Younger & Blairmore Halls.

 

 

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