Strachur Community Council
INTERIM REPORT 30.10.20 - 9.4.21
1. Matters arising from previous Interim Report (29.10.20).
a. Remembrance Sunday.
A short modified service was conducted by Douglas McHugh with no congregation apart from the wreath-layers. Willie Montgomery recorded a video of the service, which was uploaded onto the Strachur & District Community website.
b. Creag Dhubh Wind Farm.
Following a request from Argyll & Bute Council and NatureScot for supplementary information on the visual effects of the proposed wind farm on viewpoints near Inveraray and Furnace, a report was produced by Creag Dhubh Renewables LLP in December 2020. Letters inviting comments on the report were distributed to Cairndow, Furnace, Inveraray and Loch Goil Community Councils (but not to Strachur CC) on 10th February with a closing date of 3rd March. Iain discovered this on 5th April and requested an extension of the deadline for comments. A letter giving a deadline of 28th April was received on 7th April.
c. Housing development in front of Post Office.
Residents raised concerns about the possibility that new street lighting in the development would adversely affect the 'dark sky' nature of the Bay area of Strachur. Iain forwarded these concerns to the architects ('Detail', Glasgow) and was informed that it was their intention "not to have any street lighting within our development".
A "non-material amendment" to the planning permission was accepted by Argyll & Bute Council: all areas of white render external wall finish will be replaced with natural larch cladding.
d. Payphones at Strachur and Strathlachlan.
Both payphones will be retained for the time being. We were informed on 30.1.21 that BT would repaint the Strathlachlan kiosk and repair its payphone.
2. Secretary’s Report.
Since October 2020 14 articles have been submitted to the Newsletter. These were on: Remembrance Sunday (report); EU Settlement Scheme; Consultation on Free Bus Travel for Under-19s; Consultation on Electoral Arrangements; Reprieve for Public Payphones; COVID-19 Survey; Supporting Communities Fund; Public Engagement Climate Change; Gaelic Research Survey; Update on Argyll Rally 2021; Strategic Transport Projects Review 2; Argyll Rally 2021 Marshals; Friends Against Scams; Further Consultation on Access to Argyll & Bute.
In addition to any mentioned elsewhere, there has been correspondence with:
a. Argyll & Bute Council regarding:
i/ non-functioning of Variable Message Sign at A815/A886 junction;
ii/ pot-holes in A886; .
iii/ vegetation encroaching on the A815 pavement between the A886 junction and 'The Creggans'.
b. Residents regarding:
i/ COVID-19 issues pertaining to care workers;
ii/ timber lorries on the A886;
iii/ Castle Lachlan Woodland Creation;
iv/ archaeological surveys in the context of the A886 housing development;
v/ affordable housing in the Strachur area;
vi/ cemetery consultation;
vii/ Community Council 'Zoom' meetings.
c. Walking Theatre Company regarding a 'Zoom' festive show.
Surveys and consultations.
Responses were submitted to the following surveys and consultations:
Argyll & Bute Bus Services.
Argyll & Bute Council Procurement Strategy 2021/22.
Argyll & Bute Cemeteries.
Coire Aodainn Forestry Grant Scheme.
a. Venues were booked for CC meetings in session 2021-22.
b. On 18th January and 22nd February Iain attended 'Zoom' meetings on Argyll Rally 2021.
3. Other business.
a. Speed limit on A815 and A886.
After receiving eight e-mails from residents complaining about the speed of traffic on the A815 and A886 and on the inconvenience and dangers to pedestrians using the pavements, Iain sent a letter on 18.12.20 to Pippa Milne, Chief Executive Argyll & Bute Council, which included these e-mails and previous correspondence and which again requested the Council to consider reducing the speed limit to 30 mph. The opportunity was also taken to repeat the request for 'Doctors Surgery' signs to be installed on the A815 near the Medical Practice. A reply was received from Kirsty Flanagan, Executive Director, Argyll & Bute Council on 22.1.21 which concluded that "the data doesn't support a change in speed limit". A further response from Ms Flanagan on 5.3.21 expressed the view that "the doctor's signs would likely not be effective" and "would not be a necessity".
With regard to pedestrians being sprayed by passing traffic during wet conditions, Iain had also suggested that Argyll & Bute Council might consider a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the illegality of driving "without reasonable consideration for other persons". Ms Flanagan informed us that, as this refers to a driving offence, it would be a matter for Police Scotland. Archie will follow this up at the next meeting of the Cowal Transport Forum.
b. Argyll Rally 2021 update.
Although at the 'Zoom' meeting on 22nd February it was agreed there should be another meeting on 22nd March, this was not convened and no further information has been sent to CC representatives. According to an article in the 'Dunoon Observer' of 19th March, plans were progressing well and the organisers were confident the event would go ahead as planned. Registration for marshals and volunteers has been open since February and the website reports that there has been a good response.
Secretary, Strachur Community Council