To be agreed at the meeting on 3/12/14


Strachur District Community Council

Minutes of General Meeting

Held at 19:30 on Wednesday 22nd October 2014, Strathlachlan Community Hall


Members present: Archie Reid (Convener), John Fleming, (Vice Convener), Isabel McGladdery (Treasurer), Jean Donaldson and Les Earle (Secretary).


Also in attendance: Cllr Alex McNaughton and six members of the public.


1. Convener’s opening remarks: None other than a welcome to the meeting.

2. Apologies and declarations of interest: There were no apologies for absence nor declarations of interest.

3. Minutes: Minutes for the meeting held on 6th August 2014 were adopted as accurate.

4. Matters arising:

a. The wall around the church is in need of repair. It is an A+B responsibility. Some repair work to the gate area has been undertaken but not the wall. Officers reported to Cllr McNaughton that the work had been done, he is to seek clarification as to what was done against what needs doing..

b. The land to the rear of 62 Forest View persistently floods and local residents want to know who owns the land to seek a remedy. (First raised 22/1/14). Cllr McNaughton raised this with the CEO of ACHA. It seems the water collects on a piece of waste ground and crosses ACHA land to the nearest drain 100 yards away. Ownership of the land is being sought and joint responsibility being investigated. A reponse is awaited.

c. Under Health Report at an earlier meeting Iain McGregor suggested that the proposed whistleblowing code of conduct be fully notified to NHS staff. Heather Grier offered to chase-up and report. (First raised 22/1/14). Heather sent in a report outlining that the whistleblowing code was available to all staff on the NHS intranet. That does not actually answer the concern about notification. How about utilising the line of text on payslips and incorporating it as part of the induction course for new employees?

d. Archie had raised with the Post Office Company the question of the temporary status of our PO’s opening hours (MP and MSP had also been engaged). No firm answer had been forthcoming and he will persist in pressuring them for an answer.

e. Iain McGregor raised the following outstanding points:

i.   Roadside ditch on Strathlachlan Hall brae (first raised Jan 2012). Now that the water main is on hold A+B have included this job on their list, Cllr McNaughton to monitor progress.

ii. Strachur head tank Japanese knotweed infestation (first raised at CC10/10/12, but taken up with Scottish Water since at least 2010). Treatment at an appropriate time has now been promised but flowers are still visible.

iii. The need for a new water main, Strathlachlan. A circular argument of inaction has taken a grip. The 4” water main is not deep enough and keeps bursting, the lack of depth makes it unsuitable for driving through a new liner, only trenching and burying is appropriate but this would lead to an unwanted road closure. Some residents were concerned at the thought of road closure Cllr McNaughton stated that no such closure could take place without consultation. Iain now has a letter to say that the main will not be replaced during the current round of capital spending. The next round is 2015 – 2021! Les is also chasing and awaits a response from another source in Scottish Water.

iv. Strathlachlan roadsigns, (first raised at CC meeting on 10/3/10. Cllr McNaughton says that the job had now been allocated but still no date fixed. It was reported that some signs already erected have now disappeared, Cllr McNaughton to investigate.


5. Health report: Heather Grier was not in attendance, there was no report.


6. Police report: PC Eddie McGunnigal was not in attendance, there was no report.


7. Secretary’s report:

a. It is now a year since the frightening speed test results in the area of the school crossing Strachur. A radical list of proposed improvements was submitted to A+B and in January, a series of lesser alterations were offered by the Council with the promise of further tests on their conclusion. The promised improvements have not be completed. It was agreed that Les was to write reiterating the original complaints and pressing for action at the crossing before somebody was seriously injured.

b. As noted above Les had been in contact with the Chairman of Scottish Water. In the light of the disappointing reply received by Iain McGregor and a nonsensical reply to Les further pressure would be applied.


8. Treasurer’s report: The current balance stands at £2117 and no significant expenditure is anticipated.

9. The Emergency Plan: Jean Donaldson has now placed the EP on the website and at the meeting Cllr McNaughton was able to hand over the emergency pack.


10. Community Action Plan: The CAP is now in its final draft and will be launched on the website and that of Community Partnership shortly.


11. Hydro scheme, Coire Ealt: It was agreed that Les would write to the two bodies who have expressed an interest in administering the community benefit (CB) funds [Strachur and District Development Co Ltd and the Strachur Memorial Hall Committee] requesting that they submit a brief report (not more than two sides of A4) outlining what they might need to do to comply with the definition of an “appropriate community organisation” and how they would administer the CB. The suggested date for submitting the report is at the Community Council meeting of 21st January 2015 but a postponement would be acceptable if further technical advice was required. The reports would form part of the minutes of the meeting.


12. Lephinmore East Forest Plan: As part of the consultation process prior to harvesting Les had been sent documentation on the Plan, anyone interested should contact him. The time for comment expires before the next newsletter but a holding reply had been sent to the owners’ agents.


13. Pre-application Consultation, Floating Pier, Ardcastle: The “pre-application” arrived four days before the planning application! Again the deadline of the newsletter was missed and a holding reply sent. The plan is to keep log-lorries off the road by having direct access from the forest to the ships to take the logs away. Les had asked marine ecology experts for their opinion of the scheme and its likely impact.


14. Transport update: The reduction in the Glendaruel service was to be monitored and raised at the next meeting of the Transport Forum. The missing McGills’ timetables were now generally available.


15. Facebook: Les announced that following the example of Sandbank Community Council a Strachur District Community facebook page would be launched sometime in November. In the light of potential problems the page would operate as a separate entity from the Council and be the sole responsibility of Les.


Any other business:

a. Potential Community Councillors are needed, closing date for nominations is 27/10/14 (16:00hrs)

b. This year’s Remembrance Service would commence at 10:45hrs on Sunday, 9th November at the Strachur Memorial Hall. Reverend Dr Robin McKenzie will officiate.

c. Jeff Wilson of the Strachur and District Development Co Ltd informed the meeting that at the next meeting of the DevCo they would be discussing proposals for Heron Park, they fall into three topics:

i. extend and improve the car park while working to keep out commercial vehicles.

ii. continue the development of a nature trail in conjunction with the school’s children.

iii. explore the development potential for a small scale housing development on the site.

Archie thanked Jeff and the DevCo for keeping the Community Council informed of its proposals.

d. Confusion over Strachur being a sub district of Cairndow for postal purposes. Nobody (UK Parliament says it’s devolved, Scottish Parliament says UK responsibility) wants this issue. Cllr McNaughton to enquire who at A+B is dealing with this.


14. Date of next meeting: 3rd December 2014 at the Strachur Memorial Hall.


Les Earle, Secretary, Strachur District Community Council