Minutes of Ardchattan Commmunity Council meeting 4th March 2013 at 7.30pm


Minutes of meeting held in Victory Hall 4th March 2013 at 7.30pm

Present: Margaret Adams (Chair), Geoffrey Miller (Vice-chair), Tim McIntyre (Secretary), Lachie Strathern (CC); Councillors Duncan MacIntyre and Elaine Robertson; Chief Inspector Brian Auld (Strathclyde Police); and 2 members of the public

1. Apologies: Anne Hilditch (Treasurer), Robin Dodman (CC), Ronnie Campbell (CC), Jill Bowis (CC), Councillors Iain MacDonald and Louise Glen-Lee and PC Johnston.
2. Declarations of Interest: None.
3. Minutes of Previous Meeting: held on 14th January were approved, subject to replacement of ‘when’ with ‘if’ in the paragraph under item 10 relating to the possibility of a new hospital in Fort William.
4. Matters Arising (non-agenda items):
In relation to minute item 10, some discussion ensued about the likelihood of a new hospital being built in FW and the possible knock-on effect on Oban, with Cllr Robertson expressing the view that this was highly unlikely in the short term due to capital funding constraints, and that in any case, as a ‘rural general hospital’, any downgrade of LIDGH would require a status change by government. Cllr MacIntyre took a differing view, pointing out that infrastructure was being put in place at Blar Mhor which could service a new hospital building, and that
Highland Councillors had told him that in their view the existing Belford hospital had a remaining lifespan of 4-5 years only.
5. Police Report: Ch. Insp. Auld thanked the CC for the invitation, and presented a brief report on reported crimes and road traffic accidents, and an outline of an upcoming campaign entitled ‘operation Myriad’ which would target crimes outwith the normal range of activities. He also informed the meeting of the change from 1st April to the new Scotland-wide single police force entitled Police Scotland. Finally the police would be planning ahead for a major pilgrimage expected for
the 750th anniversary of Iona Cathedral on 19th May.

Geoff mentioned an issue with dogs being not kept properly under control in some parts of North Connel; Ch. Insp Auld advised that unless harm or damage was being caused to people or livestock, this was a matter for the Council’s Dog Warden.
6. Safe Route to School, South Shian Road
Graeme Bruce had been in touch with Margaret to say that the Parent Council were still actively concerned about this, and would be meeting to discuss it tonight (4th March). Cllr MacIntyre had written to Malcolm MacFadyen who had confirmed that all outstanding tests, including visibility, had been carried out. Elaine suggested an approach to the Council’s Safe Route to School officer. Lachie suggested that re-instatement of the school bus on the route concerned would be the simplest solution, but Cllr MacIntyre pointed out that this would create a precedent since the distance to the school was less than the maximum prescribed for school transport.

It was decided to await the conclusion of the PC’s meeting, and communicate this to Duncan, who would then request a further survey be carried out, with parent representatives in attendance. Brian Auld also offered to have a Police Traffic Manager attend, and said there may be a possibility of the use of traffic speed/volume measuring equipment.

Elaine Robertson would ask Julie Young about the longer term possiblities for funding and extension to the Tralee road footpath to the Shenavallie road end.
7. Emergency Planning
It was decided to request a meeting with Terry Hegarty, Argyll Voluntary Action, who had offered to help the CC set up a suitable emergency plan. Duncan & Elaine kindly provided, respectively, a draft of a plan produced by another nearby CC and a set of templates for places of refuge in each of the four main centres of population within Ardchattan.
8. Review of Scheme of Community Councils
In advance of the Community Council elections later in the year, the Council would be carrying out a review of the Scheme, and would be holding a meeting in Corran Halls on 14th March at 7pm. A copy of the review proposals had been circulated to all CCs.
9. Treasurer’s Report:
The Treasurer had provided her apologies for the meeting and advised that there was no change in the CC’s accounts since the meeting on 14th January – i.e. the closing balance of £2,447.97 would be carried forward to the next meeting.
10. Secretary’s Report: Correspondence received: notification of Governance Training; Consultations on: Review of Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils (A & B Council); the Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill (Scottish Government); the new Local Plan (Argyll & Bute Council – closing date 29th April).
11. Health Matters: In Robin’s absence, there was no update, but Elaine would forward the minutes of the latest PPF meeting to the CC.
12. Planning – It was decided to make no representations concerning the proposed developments at Tigh na Sith and Blarcreen. A public hearing into the proposed flats at Ossians would be held on 25th March in North Connel Hall. Locan Plan Officer Adrian Jackson-Stark had offered to meet with CC members to discuss the new Local Plan – it was agreed to request a meeting with him, bearing in mind the closing date for comments of 29th April.
13. Updates
• Tourist Map – it was suggested that we approach Lewis Morrison who had previously suggested a possible way forward to get the map re-designed & updated.
• Bus Survey – ACC had been invited to an informal meeting with CC members from Luing & Lismore to discuss ideas for developing transport options for remote/island communities.
Ronnie would not be able to attend, but it was suggested that one of the volunteers from Bonawe who had run their transport survey might be able to come along – Margaret to ask Ronnie for a contact.
• Sustrans – meeting with CCs due to take place on 11th March 6.15pm in Victory Hall
• Canoe Path – nothing could be done until the current bridge works contract was completed.

Margaret would look into developing a Facebook page for the Community Council

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:30pm
AGM and next meeting of Ardchattan Community Council:- Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm North Connel Hall

If you would like to contact the Community Council, please write, email or telephone:-
Secretary: Tim McIntyre, Birch Cottage, Barcaldine, OBAN, Argyll PA37 1SG
Tel: 01631 720498; Email: t_mcintyre@btconnect.com


April 15, 2013   Posted in: Community

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