Strachur District Community Council
Minutes of General Meeting
Held 19:30 on Wednesday 17th August 2016, Strathlachlan Community Centre
Members present: Archie Reid (Convener), John Fleming, Isabel McGladdery, Kirstie Reid, Iain Wilkie, Les Earle (Secretary)
Also in attendance: Cllr Alex McNaughton and no members of the public.
1. Convener’s opening remarks: Archie opened the meeting with a general welcome.
2. Apologies and declarations of interest: None though after the meeting word was received from PC McGunnigal expressing his apologies, exigencies of service had prevented his attendance.
3. Minutes: Minutes for the meeting held on 8th June 2016 were agreed as accurate.
4. Matters arising:
a. Cllr McNaughton continues to be in contact with Stuart Watson (A+B, the person now said to have responsibility for this area of activity) and Lyndis Davidson re the promised traffic assessment in Strachur. Similarly the long promised traffic advisory board at the Bay is still “on the agenda”.
b. Regarding the cemetery Cllr McNaughton reported that work by officers continues – see Appendix 1.
c. No money had been allocated for the repair to the church wall, Strachur but Cllr McNaughton would continue to raise the issue with officers.
d. The lack of pavement in the Bay area (PO side of the road). Cllr McNaughton said that there was nothing to report at present (and that no money had been allocated to this project) but he would continue to monitor the situation.
e. There was some uncertainty as to whether the A+B officer responsible for liaising on “faster” broadband had been identified – Cllr McNaughton would check his records and pass on the name.
f. Lephinmore West Forest Plan: Les sent the letter of objection circulated at the last meeting and forwarded it to A+B Roads – the latter seemed unconcerned at the prospect of log lorries on the B8000 and continued to negotiate on the basis of permissible numbers rather than alternative (off-road) routes.
b. Boundary Commission Report: Les sent a letter of thanks to the Commission for having listened in part to our objections and wrote to the Minister to ask for the status quo to be maintained given the absence of a suitable alternative. Unknown to the CC was the fact that a deadline for representation had been imposed and some comments had been ruled out of time – not ours. A decision by the Minister (Joe Fitzpatrick, MSP) was expected late September, October.
c. Les took over Iain MacGregor’s correspondence with BT Openreach on progress to improve cabling along the B8000 and had yet to receive a reply, clearly something still to be learnt from the master.
5. Police Report: There was no Police report.
6. Health Report: Heather Grier had provided a comprehensive report by email, see appendix 2. Concern was voiced at the meeting as to the dire state of NHS funding that seemed to be evidenced by a range of cuts that might eventually undermine the role and purpose of the Hospital at Dunoon.
7. Secretary’s Report: Les had nothing to add to that mentioned elsewhere on the agenda.
8. Treasurer’s report: The balance before outstanding items was £2,413 and after, £2,327.
9. Transport update:
a. Archie would raise at the next meeting of the Forum the question of the long promised traffic advisory board at the Bay.
b. Also to be raised was the question of traffic management at Dunoon Pier bus stand. Taxis and cars had taken to wait for ferry-passengers at the stand (particularly at 17:50) blocking the buses and causing disruption to passengers. Tempers had frayed when buses, unable to pick up passengers at their allotted slot, boxed in the inter-loping cars and taxis.
10. Strachur By-election: Annually the CC is given the option of holding a by-election to fill any vacancies, Strachur has three out of ten at present. Les advertised the vacancies in the Newsletter and on facebook but, so far, had no takers. It was decided to inform A+B that we would wish to participate in the process in the hope that some candidates could be encouraged to come forward.
11. Any Other Business:
a. Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust had been in touch to enquire if we had any objection to our comments made in the consultation of November 2015 to January 2016 being made public. No objection was voiced.
12. Date of next meeting: 19:30, Wednesday 19th October 2016 at the Strachur Memorial Hall.
Les Earle, Secretary, Strachur District Community Council
Progress on the Strachur Cemetery, A+B officer “work in hand” as reported to Cllr McNaughton:
- Make contact with Session clerk at Church to discuss moving roadway to out to fence, thus allowing an additional line of lairs to be used at edge of old burial ground adjacent to the sheds/garages, if plans show the site has not had burials in before that are not marked with headstones, this should provide 15 new lairs.
- Model access road to existing burial site to allow of use of ground currently sterilized by layout. This will provide woodland style burial lairs
- Check with planning officer to ensure all and Argyll and Bute Council own has consent for use as burial ground.
- Landscape planting will create a natural division between the two sites. Works would be developed on ground currently in Argyll and Bute Council ownership reducing the need for protracted negotiation with others and retain traditional site as well.
- I plan to visit the site to check my draft measurement for all this and draw up plans to inform further discussion,
I trust this assists and I have noted to keep you informed as I progress.
Health Report, Heather Grier, Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016.