Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council – Approved March 2017 Minutes

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council

MINUTES

Pavilion, Muir of Ord

Thursday 9TH March 2017 @ 7.30pm

Present:          Frances MacGruer (FM); Carol Blanchard (CB); Mike Atkinson (MA) & Wilma Mackenzie (WM)

Others:            Cllr Graham Mackenzie (GM), Irene Macleod (IM), Annie Morrison, Joan Munro, Morag Brown, Willie Bell, Caroline Bell, Deborah Hill-MacKenzie, Kenneth A MacKenzie, Jo Ellen (Minutes)

 

1. Apologies for Absence & Welcome
There were apologies from Stephen Mackenzie (SM); Paul Whitham (PW); Jem Taylor (JT); Cllr Jean Davis (JD); Cllr Angela Maclean (AM)
2. Minutes of Previous meeting (Thursday 9h February 2017)

The minutes were proposed as a true reflection by CB and seconded by FM.

3. Matters Arising from Minutes
  New Christmas Lights
  FM advised that Stuart Bruce at HC has been in touch regarding the faulty Christmas lights in.   She will forward on the identification numbers of the lights in question and he will investigate.
  Access to Old Railway Path (off Hawthorn Drive)
  MA reported no update since the last meeting.  This will be progressed when SM returns from holiday and gets advice on a suitable stock proof gate for the site from a local Fencer.   Once a quote is received for this it will then be put to the Farmer to see if they are happy to proceed.
  Urray Cemetery Update
  See item 10.
  Defibrillators – Possible Locations
  MA advised that the most logical location for a 3rd defibrillator (if forthcoming) will be on the West Road as the one located at the Co-op will cover the centre of the village and the current one situated at the Golf Club serves the south side. If the donation is confirmed the specific location can then be finalised.
  SIMD and crime rates in MOO
  MA will submit an article for the next edition of Muir Matters to provide details of The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) and crime rates in MOO.
  HGV Issues – Contact with Steven Barron
  FM advised that she has drafted a letter to send to Steve Barron, Chief Executive of HC and will circulate this round the CC members for their comments before sending.
  Mackenzie Bequest Update
  Cllr AM had provided an updated stating that the balance of the bequest is currently just over £106,000.  Following discussions with Hugh Gardner,  Amenities Manager, Community Services at HC it is hoped that £5,500 of this can be used for the following at Urray Cemetery:

·         repair the existing main gate to the cemetery

·         install a new vehicular gate between the old and new parts of the cemetery

·         cut back the overgrown vegetation

  Castlehill Carpark Dumping Issue
  There was no update from Cllr AM. Some of the residents from this area were in attendance and questioned why this had been raised as an issue and expressed concern at the recent article in Muir Matters.   They stated that the carpark in question has ample room for residents who need to use it to park their cars and it is not a worry for most who live in Castlehill.   They did express concern at some of the tactics being used by the residents who have complained to HC and asked what they can do about this.  FM stated that the CC cannot help with this and suggested that they report any behaviour deemed to be intimidating to the Police.
  Village Vandalism
  See item 4.
  Fairburn Wind Farm Grants Publicity
  FM confirmed that an article was put in Muir Matters to highlight the new grants available from the Fairburn Wind Farm Panel.
  Contact with Lochluichart Estate
  There was no update from SM on this issue. He will update at the next meeting.

 

  To discuss the Christmas Lights and apply for a Wind Farm grant
  There was no update on this issue.
  Banners
  Joan Munro advised that an article regarding celebration banners (to ask for their prompt removal) will go in the next edition of Muir Matters.

 

4. Police Report
  FM advised that PC MacDonald was unavailable so gave the following report for crimes and offences between 01/02/17 and 01/03/17 which have been detected and non-detected:

·         7 – Road Traffic Offences / Speeding / Mobile Phone Offences

·         1 – Person charged with Possession of Drugs

·         2 – Fixed Penalty’s for Anti-Social Behaviour / Drinking in Public

·         6 – Assistant and Advice Calls

·         Officers dealt with non-criminal complaints also

  FM reported that she had a detailed conversation with PC MacDonald in which she outlined a number of issues of concern in the village. This included several instances of vandalism and the problem of boy racers speeding through the streets on a regular basis, often well into the night.  Discussion followed, with it noted that the culprits are often known or can be easily identified.  FM urged anyone with details of those concerned to report this to the Police.  It was emphasised that the community need to report instances of petty crime, vandalism and other criminal activity as it may be the only way that the Police hear about it and can deal with it.  Cllr GM will have a word with Inspector Ogilvie to ensure he is aware of the problems too.
5. Financial Report
  Accounts
  There was no financial update as SM was not present.
  Microgrant Applications
  FM advised that there were two Microgrant applications to consider, both for £250 for the MOO and District Craft & Flower Show which will take place in August.   This money will cover hall rental, trophy engraving and other associated expenses. There were no objections to these being awarded, subject to confirmation from SM that there is sufficient funds in both the Fairburn and Auchmore Microgrant pots.
6. Update – Community Groups
Hall & Facilities Company
MA did not have an update, but urged those present and anyone else interested to come along to the Hall & Facilities Company AGM on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm in the Hub.  A progress update will be given and the plans going forward,  including the merger of the Community Association into this group, will be outlined and discussed.  New Directors are needed so anyone interested in taking on this role will be welcomed.
Gardening Club
IM gave a brief update.  The planters for the village entrances should arrive this week.   Rod Mackenzie will organise storage for these until they are installed.   Before this can happen SSE need to be asked to put a trace on the electrical cables around the in the area where the planters will go. FM will speak to Trevor MacFadyen to progress this.  George Leslie Ltd will install them when this is done.
Friends of Tarradale Primary
Cllr GM advised that all local schools have been given a share of a Pupil Equality Fund.  This money is to be used by the schools to reduce the poverty related attainment gap between pupils from poorer and more affluent backgrounds.  It is hoped that this fund can help to make a significant difference and was welcomed by those present.
7. Update – Planning Issues: Corry Road, Lochan Corr
  Corry Road
  As stated at the last meeting, Cairn Housing Association are planning to resubmit their plans for 10 houses in April, with access via Corry Road.   There was no further update.
  Lochan Corr
  FM reported that there has been no updated since the developer met Tracy Sinclair, Head Teacher of Tarradale Primary school to discuss access to the development via the school grounds.  The request was rejected.
8. Update – Vulcan Cottage
  FM reported that PC MacDonald is now the Assigned Officer for this property.  If there are any issues of concern she will keep the CC informed of this.
9. Post Office Issues
  There was no update on this.
10. Urray Cemetery
  FM reported that the issues at Urray Cemetery are ongoing.  Andy Summers, Head of Environmental and Amenity Services is continuing to work with the families involved to come to a satisfactory outcome for all.  An update will be given at the next meeting.  The issue of the locked gates will come back to the CC for discussion when the other issues are resolved.
11. Village Square – Going Forward
  MA stated he is keen to promote discussion on ways in which the village square could be developed and improved.  To kick this off he has had an interactive and 3D design drawn up which he will be happy to show anyone interested (previously shown at the CC meeting in December 2016). He emphasised this is not a concrete idea or even a proposal yet, just a starting point to get the village talking.   The square if developed could be a more useable space for village activities and perhaps allow some regular events such as a market to take place.  The costs of any plan would be significant but there are funds available to help with this.  MA emphasised that this plan is to stimulate debate – maybe there is no desire for the square to be redeveloped? The next step will be to consult with the community and MA suggested that during a Gala event may be the best time to maximise numbers.

 

12. Moo Food
  SM read out an update from Emma Whitham:

Thank you to the Community Council for awarding a grant of £250 to Tarradale Primary School garden project.  On Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March Tesco Community volunteers along with Emma cleared up the school garden, which included general site clearance, weeding, preparation of beds and growing areas and they also brightened up the garden by painting the hut, raised beds and timber frames with vibrant primary colours.  The garden is now in a state suitable for the children to work in and learn.  Emma plans to continue to work closely with school in developing their garden.

 

Emma has approached the Hall and Facilities Company with a proposal to house a community fridge in the Muir Hub for retail businesses, restaurants and individuals to share perfectly good food that is edible but would otherwise go to waste.  For example, someone is going on holiday and they have milk, bread, fruit etc. leftover, so rather than bin it all they would put it in the community fridge for someone else to use.  Or another example, someone has a glut of fruit or veg that they have grown and don’t want it to be wasted, so this gives them an opportunity to share. MOO Food will secure funding (funding in principle has already been identified) to purchase and maintain the fridge and will commit to cleaning it once a week.  We would also arrange and pay for necessary insurances and take responsibility for obtaining all relevant certifications in terms of food health and safety.  This facility will be available for the whole community of Muir of Ord, anyone can give and equally any one can take.  Although this initiative will help address food waste, it will also provide social benefits; another reason to go to the Hub and meet people and it recognises the increased use of foodbanks.   The idea came from an initiative started by Jamie Oliver in the south east of England, which has proven to be hugely popular and successful with all participating communities.   This will item will be discussed at the next Hall and Facilities Company meeting. 

 

Emma has contacted the Highland Council to seek permission to plant fruit trees (including apple, pear, plum and cherry) at School Loch park.  This site is owned by the Highland Council Community Services department and initial enquiries have been made to seek an agreement.  Emma has engaged Ward Manager Di Agnew in this request.  Funding in principle has been identified to purchase and maintain trees.  The idea behind this proposal is that the trees planted would be a community wide asset/resource and everyone in the village would be encouraged to enjoy.

 

Emma is due to present at the Hall and Facilities AGM next week (16th March).  The main purpose of this presentation will be to formally seek community approval to sub lease a 3 acre site at Carnaclasair Recreational Ground from the Community Association to create a community food garden. 

Later Update:  I have an update to info I sent yesterday. The Hall and Facilities Company have advised the Muir Hub cannot house community fridge as there is no space. I will have to think of plan B now.

13. Dog Fouling – Lily Loch Area
  MA advised that there has been some dismay highlighted recently about the amount of rubbish and especially dog fouling in the recreational area near Lily Loch.   This has been discussed at length by some individuals on Facebook and solutions need to be found.   MA advised that a group called the MOO Environmental Group was set up some years ago and used to organise village tidy ups which were quite effective.  This group no longer exists but there is approximately £1000 and some equipment  remaining (litter pickers, etc) which could be used if willing volunteers could be found.   MA is aware of three people in the village who may be interested in organising this and he will facilitate a meeting between them. FM also advised that it may be possible to get assistance with a clear up from the SSE Community Heart Scheme.  Her husband will investigate this and she will report back.
14. AOB
  Defibrillator Training
  FM advised that the defibrillator will be installed at the Co-op in MOO shortly.  Lucky2BHere are keen to train 12 – 15 people to use it.  After a brief discussion, it was agreed that FM should approach local businesses (located close to the Co-op) to see if they would like to have any of their staff trained.
  Local Fire Plan for Highland
  FM advised that The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently reviewing the Local Fire Plan for Highland.  This review will consider the priorities and objectives set within the existing plan and how well the service has performed against them.  The review will also seek to understand areas for improvement and opportunities to change to meet the needs of communities. Feedback from this review will help to inform the new Local Fire Plan for 2017-2020.   A survey relating to this has been circulated round CC members for them to complete and submit.
  Survey of community councillors’ information literacy
  FM briefly mentioned this survey which is aiming to understand whether and how information literacy contributes to community councillors’ work.  If anyone else would like to see this FM will forward it on to them.
  Proposed Mobile Phone Mast
  FM advised that following the CC objecting to the proposed location of a Mobile Phone Mast, Galliford Try have been in touch looking to meet a representative of the CC on site.   JT has been dealing with this but FM did not have an update to report.
  Square to Square Cycle Path
  WM queried what the situation is with the small section of Square to Square cycle path (yet to be completed) after the news that Simpsons have put the development site at the Cairns up for sale.   Part of the planning conditions of this development was that the cycle path would be completed by them.  MA advised that if anyone else buys this land installing the path will still be a planning condition.   If this option is not possible however other ways of completing the project can be looked into including using the verge to create the path.  He was still positive that this section will be completed in due course.
  Local Government Elections
  Cllr GM advised that due to the election taking place on Thursday 4th May the four current local Cllrs (and whoever is subsequently elected) will not be in attendance at CC meetings until after this date.  The current Cllrs have now had their last HC meeting. He thanked the CC on behalf of the other three for all the hard work that has been done and all that has been achieved.  In return FM thanked all the Cllrs for their support and dedication during their last term of office.
  Golf Club Bushes
  CB raised the issue of the bushes that line the road on the edge of the golf course on Great North Road.   These are messy and do not give an attractive entrance to the village.  It was agreed that FM will write to the Golf Club to congratulate them being voted Scottish Golf Club of the Year and politely ask them to tidy up this area.
  Tarradale Primary Eco Friendly Garden
  WM advised that Tarradale Primary Nursery have got through to the final of the Eco Friendly Garden competition.  FM will pass on the CC’s congratulations to them.
14. Date of Next Meeting
  Thursday 13th April 2017 @ 7.30 pm at the Pavilion, Muir of Ord
   

The meeting finished at 8.30pm

 

Actions:

Ref Who Action When
1 Cllr AM To give Stuart Bruce details of the Christmas Lights that are not working ASAP
2 MA To provide an update on the Old Railway Path issue ASAP
3 MA To provide information for a Muir Matters article on SIMD and crime rates in MOO ASAP
4 FM To circulate a letter to  Steve Barron at HC about the HGV problem in MOO to CC members for comment ASAP
5 SM To contact Lochluichart Estate regarding the placement of a planter at the Conon Bridge entrance to the village ASAP
6 Joan Munro To put an article in the next Muir Matters about celebration banners ASAP
7 Cllr GM To speak to Inspector Dave Ogilvie about the current issues of concern in the village ASAP
8 Cllr AMK To provide an update on the controversial grave stone at the Urray Cemetery ASAP
9 FM To speak to SSE to get them to trace the electricity cables close to where the new planters will be located ASAP
10 MA / FM MA to try to facilitate a meeting between three individuals who may be interested in organising a village tidy-up at the Lily Loch area. FM to see if SSE can help ASAP
11 FM To ask businesses close to the Co-op if they would like to get staff trained on the new defibrillator ASAP
12 JT To advise of his discussions with Galliford Try regarding the proposed mobile phone mast Next Meeting
13 FM To write a letter to the Golf Club and ask them to tidy the bushes along Great North Road ASAP
14 FM To write to Tarradale Primary School to congratulate them on making the finals of the Eco Friendly Garden competition ASAP

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council – April Agenda

 

MUIR OF ORD (TARRADALE) COMMUNITY COUNCIL

 

THURSDAY 13th APRIL 2017

 

7.30 PM

 

PAVILION, MUIR OF ORD 

 

AGENDA

 

1.     Apologies for Absence

 

2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting:        9th March 2017

 

3.     Matters Arising from Minutes

 

4.     Police Report

 

5.     Financial Report

 

6.     Update – Community Groups

 

7.     Update – Planning Issues

 

8.     Post Office Issues

 

9.     Urray Cemetery

 

10.            Village Square – Going Forward

 

11.            Moo Food Update

 

12.            Dog Fouling – Lily Loch area

 

13.            AOB

 

14.            Date of Next Meeting –  Thursday 11th May 2017

 

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council – Approved February 2017 minutes

 

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council

 

MINUTES

 

   Pavilion, Muir of Ord

Thursday 9TH February 2017 @ 7.30pm

Present:          Frances MacGruer (FM); Stephen Mackenzie (SM); Carol Blanchard (CB)

 

Others:            Cllr Angela Maclean (AM), Cllr Graham Mackenzie (GM) Cllr Margaret Paterson (MP), Irene Macleod (IM), Moira Chalmers, Annie Morrison, Joan Munro, Dave Allison,

 

Jo Ellen (Minutes)

 

 

1.

Apologies for Absence & Welcome

 

There were apologies from Paul Whitham (PW); Jem Taylor (JT); Mike Atkinson (MA) & Cllr Alister MacKinnon (AMK)

 

2.

Minutes of Previous meeting (Thursday 8h December 2016)

The minutes were proposed as a true reflection by SM and seconded by FM.

 

3.

Matters Arising from Minutes

 

New Christmas Lights

 

FM advised that she did report to Stuart Bruce at HC that some of the Christmas lights were not working, but it appeared that they were not fixed.  FM requested that the lights are tested soon so it can be established if any new ones are required.   It would also be helpful while doing this, to work out the best way to get power to the new planter near the Golf Club when this is installed.  Cllr AM will chase this up with Stuart Bruce.

 

 

Access to Old Railway Path (off Hawthorn Drive)

 

FM read out an update from MA.  He met the landowners, the Mackays about installing a gate on path. They are keen and will pay for a gate,  if the CC pay for its installation.  MA has asked SM to find a Fencer to look at the area and suggest an appropriate stock proof gate. At the exit from this field walkers are also climbing over the fence into Burton Estate land. The Mackays will contact them and ask about the potential for a further gate being installed, to allow exit from the field without damaging the fence (this is now not stock proof due walkers getting their dogs through). MA will provide an update at the next meeting.

 

 

Urray Cemetery Update

 

Gllr GM advised that following discussion with HC it has been agreed that they will be flexible about whether the large gates at Urray Cemetery can be left open or locked at certain times.  A discussion took place on ways that the gate could be open, but access to vehicles prevented.   FM advised that another meeting with Hugh Gardner (HC Amenities Manager) and Andy Summers (Head of Environmental and Amenity Services) will be taking place on site and the options for what is best can be discussed then. An update will be given at the next meeting.

 

MOO to Conon Bridge cycle path feasibility report

 

FM confirmed that the CC is now in possession of the report. Cllr AM advised that HC are working on this project and are seeking information on the landowners along the route.   SM offered to help with this if required.

 

 

 

Defibrillators – Possible Locations

 

MA gave an update by email.  He has looked at the residential populations and attempted to model the locations where most properties are as close as possible to either the Golf Club or one of 2 other defibrillators.  From the analysis, it appears that a location along the West Road, possibly the Church/ Church Hall would be most suitable for one.   MA will bring more information to the next meeting so this can be discussed further.

 

FM reported that the Co-op are happy to have the other Defibrillator (donated by a member of the public) located at their shop in MOO.  She is now liaising with Lucky2BHere who are supplying the equipment and will conduct the necessary training to get this installed.

 

 

SIMD and crime rates in MOO

 

MA will contact Muir Matters directly so an article can be placed about the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

 

 

Vulcan Cottage

 

FM has spoken with the Cleaner of Vulcan Cottage who confirmed that she only cleans the public areas of the property and is not involved in any other tasks.   PC MacDonald has also advised that there is CCTV in the property and this is used by the owners to ensure that any bad behaviour can be captured. They apparently operate a strict policy of evicting any individuals who have broken  the rules.

 

 

HGV Issues – Contact with Steven Barron

 

FM will progress this before the next meeting.

 

 

Vision for MOO Square

 

MA was unable to attend the Hub opening in January and outline his vision of the square.  The way forward can be discussed at the next meeting.

 

 

Mackenzie Bequest Update

 

FM advised that she is still waiting for an update from Di Agnew about the Mackenzie Bequest.  Cllr AM also reported that she is having difficulty getting any information about this.  FM assured those present that the CC will get to the bottom of this.

 

 

Cleaning of Village Entry Stone & Square Clock

 

SM advised that the power washing of the large stone at the Golf Club entrance to the village will be done when the worst of the winter is over.    The clock in the square has been cleaned.

 

 

Pavement on Great North Road

 

Cllr AM & Cllr GM advised that they raised the poor state of the pavement with HC.  Both acknowledged that this will not be given top priority at present as there are more pressing road issues for HC to deal with.   However Cllr AM has spoken to the developer of the Old Urray House site and it may be possible for them to assist with pavement repairs near the end of their project.   

 

 

Castlehill Carpark Dumping Issue

 

Cllr AM reported this problem to HC after the last CC meeting, but on checking today found that the dumped waste is still in the carpark. She will chase this again.   FM suggested that an article be submitted to Muir Matters to highlight this issue as it is causing considerable stress to local residents. Joan Munro agreed this would be possible and will help with this.

 

4.

Police Report

 

FM advised that PC MacDonald was unavailable so gave the following report for crimes and offences between 01/12/16 and 01/02/17 which have been detected and non-detected:

 

·         14 – Road Traffic Offences

·         2 – Persons charged with Possession of Drugs

·         1 – Fixed Penalty for Anti-Social Behaviour

·         7 – Assistant and Advice Calls

·         Officers dealt with non-criminal complaints also

 

 

FM advised that she has spoken to PC MacDonald regarding a number of issues affecting the village including several instances of vandalism and damage to the Skate Park.  Those present expressed dismay at the treatment of the latter, which is a great facility for the young people of the area.  A wider discussion took place about this issue with those present relaying a number of stories of vandalism, egg throwing and general bad behaviour. PC MacDonald advised that the problem is particularly bad on Friday nights and the local Youth Clubs have been asked to try to keep the youngsters inside during these sessions.  It was acknowledged however that the problem is not just down to locals.   FM assured those present that the CC will continue to liaise  with the Police who are carrying out extra patrols in the area as a result of the problems discussed.

 

FM also raised with PC MacDonald about speeding on Balvaird Road. Speed checks will now be carried out in the area.

 

5.

Financial Report

 

Accounts

 

SM gave details of the account as of 31/01/17.  The account balance at present is £30,555.64.

 

 

Fairburn Wind Farm Fund

 

SM also gave an update on the change to the distribution of the Fairburn Wind Farm Fund.  It was confirmed that grants between £250 – £1000 will be available to MOO groups and clubs and the application form should go live next week.  Decisions on these applications will be made by the Fairburn Community Fund Panel and the next meeting is on Monday 24th April (the application deadline for this round is 27th February).  These grants will be open to constituted bodies and they will be able to apply once a year to the Fund if they wish.  The Panel meet 3 times a year.   FM and SM will work together to provide an article for the next Muir Matters edition.

 

 

Microgrant Applications

 

FM advised that there were two Microgrant applications to consider:

·         Tarradale Primary School – Have requested £250 to buy seeds, plants and flowers for the garden.

·         Inverness & District Model Railway Club – Have requested £250 to repair and paint the outside walls of the Drill Hall on Seaforth Road which they have recently taken over.

 

Both applications were agreed in full.

 

6.

Update – Community Groups

 

Hall & Facilities Company

 

FM was happy to report that the Hub is now open and is a fantastic asset for the community.

 

Cllr GM was pleased to advise that an application for £50,000 to the HC Discretionary Fund (to upgrade the kitchen facilities in the Village Hall) has been successful.  FM confirmed that the improvement work on the Hall should be starting shortly and will improve the facilities greatly.

 

 

Gardening Club

 

IM gave an update on how the group plan to spend the Tesco Bags of Help grant that was successfully awarded at the end of 2016.   The 4 large planters for the village entrances have now been ordered and will arrive in 4-6 weeks.  George Leslie Ltd have kindly agreed to prepare the ground for the planters so minimal work and expense is required on this.  All present were very grateful to George Leslie Ltd for this (and for the many other unpublicised jobs they have done). Two signs for the Village Hall have been designed and will be paid for with the grant.  In addition Nina Graham is currently getting quotes for fencing at the Hall.   Finally IM advised that a steel bench will be bought and located on a strip of grass on Great North Road, near Golf Terrace.   The Cllrs present suggested IM  notify HC of this as a courtesy (as they are the landowner) but did not feel that planning permission would be necessary. Other items that were listed on the grant application will be prioritised depending on how much money remains when the larger items are purchased.

 

 

SM advised that the planter on Great North Road (coming from the Conon Bridge direction) is not on HC land, as previously understood. SM will contact the landowner, Lochluichart Estate to seek permission, so this can hopefully be located as planned.

 

7.

Update – Planning Issues: Corry Road, Lochan Corr

 

Corry Road

 

Cllr AM has spoken to Cairn Housing Association and they are planning to resubmit their plans for 10 houses in April, but with a crucial change – access will be via Corry Road.  All present agreed this is a positive outcome for the residents of Corrie Gardens and Corrie Terrace.

 

 

Lochan Corr

 

FM reported that a meeting took place between Tracy Sinclair, Head Teacher of Tarradale Primary school and the developer to discuss access to the Lochan Corr development via an area of the school grounds.  This request was rejected and there has been no update since.

 

8.

Update – Vulcan Cottage

 

See Matters Arising.

 

9.

Post Office Issues

 

FM advised that she has received two letters from the Post Office to notify of the closure of the MOO facility and apologise for this.  They are now looking to restore the service in the village and are exploring options for this.  For any solution found a six week consultation period will take place before a final decision can be made and the Post Office reopened.

 

10.

Urray Cemetery

 

FM advised that Cllr AMK has been working hard with the HC Director of Community Services, William Gilfillan and the families involved to ensure all grave stones and tributes in the cemetery adhere to HC regulations.   A further update will be given at the next meeting.

 

11.

Village Square – Going Forward

 

This item was not discussed as MA was not present.

 

12.

Moo Food

 

SM read out an update from Emma Whitham: 

 

Work is progressing behind the scenes with business planning, site design and funding applications – albeit slowly.   MOO Food has presented the MOO Community Association with a proposal (by email) to rent 3 acres of land at the Carnaclasair Recreational Ground for a minimum of 10 years at a rent of £1 per year.   It is very likely there will be a public meeting soon regarding this proposal to give the community an opportunity to comment/object.

 

CB gave SM her business card to give to Emma so she can make contact about publicity for this project.

 

13.

AOB

 

Your Community Your Cash

 

FM highlighted that the CC were not informed of the funding which has come from the Ward Discretionary Fund and the Scottish Government which is to be given out to groups in the Dingwall and Seaforth Council Ward, which includes MOO.  Cllr GM advised that any group (even non-constituted and CC’s) can apply to the fund (to a maximum of £2,000) via an on-line application available from the HC website.  The closing date is 24th February 2017.  There will then be an event at Ben Wyvis Primary on Saturday 11th March where all the applicants will be asked to give a short presentation on their project.  Following this all those present will be given the opportunity to vote on who they think should get the money.   

 

 

Christmas Lights

 

FM advised that she has been in touch with Blanchere Illuminations about new Christmas lights and they have been very helpful.  They had a ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ offer on in January which they will extend if an order is placed soon.  A discussion took place on what is needed with the feeling that purchasing 3 or 4 good lights for the square would be best.  The lights which have been previously located there could be moved elsewhere in the village.   IM suggested that projector style lights would also be nice in the square.   SM and FM will discuss this further and an application will go to the Fairburn Fund to cover the costs.

 

 

Consultations

 

FM advised that the CC have received two consultation documents recently.  Both have been circulated round CC members who have been encouraged to respond with their thoughts:

·         A consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System

·         Budget Consultation (budget 2017 to 2018)

 

 

Banners

 

FM expressed dismay at the number of banners put up for birthdays and other celebrations in the village which are not removed promptly after the date/event.   Following a request from FM,  Joan Munro agreed to include an article on this in the next edition of Muir Matters.

 

 

Accident Black Spot

 

FM reported that following two car accidents outside Chapelton Farm during the Christmas period the Farmer, Jock Johanssen has contacted HC to seek improvements to the section of road in question.  He has also requested CC support with this which FM is happy to provide.

 

 

Tesco Bags of Help Update

 

IM advised that Tesco have changed their grant scheme since the Gardening Club’s successful grant application last year.  Now each month, three projects in each Tesco area will receive funding for local projects ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.  Smaller sums can also be applied for and CC’s can make an application.    SM will speak to Nina Graham to see if there is anything this CC can apply for.

 

 

Comments from Dave Allison

 

A number of issues were raised by Dave Allison:

·         Stickers on lampposts – A number of SNP/Green Party stickers have been left on local lampposts.  Despite writing to MSP’s and MP’s from both parties,  they have not been removed.

·         Muddy Path – He has spoken to Tracy Sinclair from Tarradale Primary about the state of the path in the park between Balvaird Road, the Doctors Surgery and the School.   Mud is being taken in on shoes to both the School and Surgery.

·         The Pavement on Black Isle Road – This is very narrow in places and dangerous for pedestrians, including children walking to school.   FM advised that this issue is being addressed with HC.

·         Bridge Project – The width of the new bridge and number of local workers was queried. 

 

FM stopped Dave Allison at this point as his tone and line of questioning was felt to be inappropriate.

 

14.

Date of Next Meeting

 

Thursday 9th March 2017 @ 7.30 pm at the Pavilion, Muir of Ord

 

 

The meeting finished at 8.40pm

 

 

Actions:

 

Ref

Who

Action

When

1

Cllr AM

To chase Stuart Bruce about the Christmas Lights that are not working

ASAP

2

MA

To provide an update on the Old Railway Path issue

ASAP

3

Cllr AMK

To provide an update on the locking of the gates at the Urray Cemetery

ASAP

4

MA

To provide more information of where the 3rd defibrillator should be located.

ASAP

5

MA

To provide information for a Muir Matters article on SIMD and crime rates in MOO

ASAP

6

FM

To contact Steve Barron at HC about the HGV problem in MOO

ASAP

7

FM

To provide an update on the Mackenzie Bequest

ASAP

8

Cllr AM

To chase HC regarding the situation at Castlehill Carpark

ASAP

9

FM

To liaise with the Police over the recent spate of vandalism incidents

ASAP

10

FM & SM

To ensure the new Fairburn Wind Farm Grants are publicised in Muir Matters

By 10/02/17

11

SM

To contact Lochluichart Estate regarding the placement of a planter at the Conon Bridge entrance to the village

ASAP

12

Cllr AMK

To provide an update on the controversial grave stone at the Urray Cemetery

ASAP

13

SM

To pass on CB’s business card to Emma Whitham at MOO Food

ASAP

14

SM & FM

To discuss the Christmas Lights and apply for a Wind Farm grant

ASAP

15

Joan Munro

To put an article in Muir Matters about banners not being taken down

ASAP

16

SM

To speak to Nina Graham about the Tesco Bags of Help grants

ASAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council – Agenda

MUIR OF ORD (TARRADALE) COMMUNITY COUNCIL

THURSDAY 9TH MARCH 2017

7.30 PM

PAVILION, MUIR OF ORD

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting: 9th February 2017
  3. Matters Arising from Minutes
  4. Police Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Update – Community Groups
  7. Update – Planning Issues: Corrie Road, Lochan Corr
  8. Update – Vulcan Cottage
  9. Post Office Issues
  10. Urray Cemetery
  11. Village Square – Going Forward
  12. Moo Food Update
  13. Dog Fouling – Lily Loch area
  14. AOB
  15. Date of Next Meeting – Thursday 13th April 2017

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council – Approved December Minutes

 

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council

 

                                                              MINUTES                                                           

 

  Pavilion, Muir of Ord

 

Thursday 8TH December 2016 @ 7.30pm

 

 

Present:          Frances MacGruer (FM); Stephen Mackenzie (SM); Mike Atkinson (MA);  Wilma Mackenzie (WM);  Carol Blanchard (CB)

 

Others:            Cllr Angela Maclean (AM), Cllr Graham Mackenzie (GM) & Irene Macleod (IM), Moira Chalmers, Anne Marsen,  Jo Ellen (Minutes)

 

 

 

1.

Apologies for Absence & Welcome

 

There were apologies from Paul Whitham (PW); Jem Taylor (JT); Cllr Jean Davis (JD), Cllr Margaret Paterson (MP), Cllr Alister MacKinnon (AMK)

 

2.

Minutes of Previous meeting (Thursday 10th November 2016)

The minutes were proposed as a true reflection by WM and seconded by MA with the following amendment:

Notes from meeting on 8th October 2016:  Add that CB was present.

 

3.

Matters Arising from Minutes

 

New Christmas Lights

 

SM advised that the lights stored at the Filling Station have not been used this year as there were no brackets for them.   The other Christmas decorations have been put up, but FM is aware that some of the lights are not working. This has been reported to Stuart Bruce at HC.  She will chase him tomorrow.

 

 

Access to Old Railway Path (off Hawthorn Drive)

 

MA will provide an update at the next meeting.

 

 

Urray Cemetery Update

 

Cllr GM gave an update from Cllr AMK advising that padlocks are to be fitted to the large gates at Urray Cemetery to prevent access by vehicles.  In addition the family of the grave with the trestle and other adornments have been asked to remove them.  Those present were not aware that there had been an issue with cars (or any other vehicle) accessing the cemetery.  Cllr GM will check the situation and report back.

 

 

MOO to Conon Bridge cycle path feasibility report

 

Cllr AM advised that Ian MacGilivray at HC has a copy of the feasibility report.   She will get a copy and forward it on tomorrow.

 

 

Vulcan Cottage

 

See Item 8.

 

 

Speeding

 

FM advised that she contacted PC MacDonald about speeding on Balvaird Road but as yet has had no response.    WM reported that Police had been out with a speed gun on Ord Road earlier today.

 

 

Beauly Firth Loop Update

 

MA gave an update on the Beauly Firth Loop, outlining how the £25,000 from the Carbon CLEVER fund will be spent.   So far a cartographer has been employed to produce a leaflet, including a map for the route and 5000 of these have now been printed and are available at various places in the area. It is planned to reprint the same number again in due course.  Eighty road signs will also be bought and put up on the route, which will cost about £16,500.  It is hoped HC will put them up in February 2017 but this will depend on weather, etc.   In addition two large interpretive panels (including a map, places of interest and things to do) are also included in the budget, but are yet to be designed.   Further publicity will take place when the signs are up,  in the press and on radio. SM suggested contacting the Radio Scotland programme ‘Out of Doors’ who may be happy to do a feature on this.

 

 

Fairburn Fund Advertising

 

SM advised that information on the newly agreed changes to the way the  Fairburn Wind Farm Fund will distribute grants (of up to £1000) to the MOO area went into the last edition of Muir Matters.

 

 

Alternative Locations for Post Office

 

SM reported that RBS have advised that they plan to put the old bank building to an auction in spring 2017.   The CC will be advised prior to this happening.  A brief discussion took place on the possibility of the community buying this building.  SM and PW will discuss this further outside the meeting.

 

 

War Memorial Lighting

 

Cllr GM advised the Pointing work on the memorial will be redone at no additional expense.  The lighting of the memorial will be discussed at a later date by HC.

 

 

Defibrillator – Possible Locations

 

FM advised that she has written to the Co-op to ask if one of the donated Defibrillators can be located there.  As yet there has been no response.   MA will investigate where the other one can go for the next CC meeting.

 

 

MOO Public Toilets

 

There was no update on this issue.

 

 

Fireworks at Bowl

 

FM advised that she contacted PC MacDonald about this issue but has had no response as yet.   

 

 

Road Issues

 

Cllr GM advised that Scottish Water will replace the damaged manhole cover on West Road.  In addition further work on potholes will be done in the coming days by HC.  It was reported that some of the smaller potholes have been filled in, but others remain.  It is anticipated that the large one on Highfield Circle and two at the entrance to Corrie Terrace will be fixed in the next two weeks.  Residents of MOO were urged to report any other potholes urgently while the workmen and equipment are in the area.

 

 

Vision for MOO Square

 

See item 11.

 

 

Information Display at Railway Station

 

There was no update on this.

 

4.

Police Report

 

FM advised that PC MacDonald was unavailable so gave the following report for crimes and offences between 01/11/16 and 01/12/16 which have been detected and non-detected:

 

·         1 person charged road traffic offences

·         2 persons charged with possession of drugs

·         3 Fixed penalty’s for anti-social behaviour

 

 

It was also stated that there has been an issue at the Hall with kids throwing stones at the buildings while classes are taking place. Mobile patrols have been carried out in the area at times specified when it is happening, but there has been no trace of the youths.

 

 

MA gave an outline of The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). This ranks small areas (called data zones) from most deprived (ranked 1) to least deprived (ranked 6,976).  He has investigated where MOO falls within this and reported that for crime, and other indicators (such as income, health & housing) the village sits near the middle.    It also fairs well compared to some other Highland areas.

 

It was suggested that it would be good to put an article in Muir Matters about this and MA will work on this.

 

5.

Financial Report

 

Accounts

 

SM advised that there were no changes to report as the latest bank statement has not been received.

   

6.

Update – Community Groups

 

Hall & Facilities Company

 

FM advised that the Hub should be handed over to the Hall & Facilities Company during the second week of January with the official opening planned for the third weekend.

 

7.

Update – Planning Issues: Corrie Road, Lochan Corr

 

Corrie Road

 

FM advised that following a significant number of objections, the planning application to build 10 flats at the site of the old schoolhouse has been withdrawn by the developer to allow them to review the access options before they resubmit.  All present welcomed this decision by the developer.  FM emphasised that this reconsideration of the plans was brought about by the number of objections, particularly by the residents of Corrie Road. This should be highlighted as an example of the how the community can come together, with CC support and apply pressure to prevent unpopular developments.

 

 

Lochan Corr

 

FM advised that there is a meeting planned for Monday 12/12/16 with the school and the developer, Savills to discuss safe access to the square via the school from the Lochan Corr proposed development.

 

8.

Update – Vulcan Cottage

 

Cllr GM advised that Inspector David Ogilvie was unable to confirm if there is a Warden at Vulcan Cottage.   The Inspector had pointed out that some incidents in the village have been attributed previously to residents of Vulcan Cottage, but this was not always this case.   He confirmed however that the Police do regularly patrol the area near this property.  FM has established that there is a lady from Beauly who works there as a cleaner. She will try to make contact with her to gain more details.

 

9.

Post Office Issues

 

Cllr GM advised that there have been no developments with the situation at the Post Office as yet.

 

10.

HC CC Aspiration Meeting

 

MA gave an update on the Cross Services meeting which took place on Wednesday 07/12/16 with HC representatives from various departments including Education and Roads.    Three local Councillors, three members of the CC were there along with representatives from the Community Association and the School.  Both Community Developments Officers were also in attendance.   MA advised that the aim of the meeting was to share information and try to establish what each area is working on to encourage co-operation and joined up solutions to various village issues including:

·         School Drop Off congestion

·         Potential of redeveloping the Square

·         The problematic junction of Black Isle Road & Great North Road

A brief discussion took place on the last point with possible solutions for the issue of HGVs causing dangerous situations being discussed.    One option could be to impose a 7.5 ton restriction on the Black Isle Road, which has previously been discussed.   FM will contact Steve Barron, Chief Executive of HC to raise this.  Another option could be to make this road one way, although this could cause problems for some local residents, particularly around the Lily Loch area.  

FM and MA stated that this meeting had been a very positive and worthwhile exercise for both the HC representatives and the locals presents.

 

11.

Village Square – Going Forward

 

MA used an overhead projector to illustrate a possible option for improving the village square.  He emphasised that this is not a concrete idea or even a proposal yet, just a starting point to get the village talking.   Currently there are 18 car parking spaces outside the library and OTS building, with a narrow strip next to the bus stop, that is used for various activities.  The pedestrian crossing is further down Great North Road, near the current Post Office.    MA outlined his idea, with a larger square outside the buildings and parking for 18 cars nearer to the road.  In this proposal the bus stop would be removed and the pedestrian crossing moved up to the new parking area, as currently many people choose to cross there anyway. With this plan the disabled parking and access to the house behind the library would remain the same. It is hoped that this option would allow the main school entrance to be reopened as this would be safe to do so, unlike the current arrangement.    The square would then hopefully become a more useable space for the likes of a market and other village activities.  The cost of this plan would be approximately £500,000 – £1 million.  MA emphasised that this plan is to stimulate debate – maybe there is no desire for the square to be redeveloped? The next step will be do put out a questionnaire to the community to gauge this and other suggestions.  He will also be at the Hub opening with this plan to share with those interested, in addition to putting an article in Muir Matters.

 

All those present were very complimentary about the presentation and the idea contained. FM thanked MA for his hard work on this.

 

12.

Moo Food

 

Emma Whitham gave an update on Moo Food which is a new social enterprise company being set up in the village.   She advised that the idea is to set up a community food garden, with growing spaces to rent and a production area to supply local businesses and community market in the village.    A community meeting took place 24/11/16 to discuss the plans and 26 people stated that they would be willing to help get it off the ground.  A good spread of ages were present at this from teenagers to senior members of the community.  As part of the consultation process,  a questionnaire was also distributed round the village and 100 responses were received.  From this 15 people said they would like to rent a growing space, 45 were keen to learn about how to grow food and everyone was keen to buy the produce grown. Consultation has also taken place with the local schools, Tarradale and Mulbuie, plus Urray House and all are very keen to get involved.

 

The location identified for the garden is on a 3 ½ hectare site of recreational land near the Bowl and the Skate Park, which is owned by HC and leased to the Community Association.   This is ideal as it is close to Urray House and the parking is good.    The land however was previously used as a dump in the 1970’s and a Contaminated Land Survey (phase 1) has been done to assess any risks present.  As anticipated, this has recommended that a Phase 2 survey is now undertaken, to establish in more detail the extent of the contamination.   Emma emphasised that having this done will benefit the whole community as the area may then be able to be used for other purposes, as well as the garden.   It was stated that to ensure the garden is suitable for all abilities and ages, raised beds will be used in some sections.  This will also mean that the project can start before the Phase 2 survey is completed if necessary as the growing material will be off the ground.

 

LEADER funding has been applied to for the project and it is hoped that this will be successful to get the project off the ground. Other sources of match funding are also being sought to help with the set up costs, including fencing, erecting polly tunnels and buying gardening equipment.

 

Anyone interested can like the MOO Food page on Facebook or follow @MOOFood on Twitter.

 

All those present were very impressed by the work done by Emma and the other volunteers on this project so far and wished them every success for the future.   The CC will help wherever possible to support this venture.   FM asked that if possible Emma provide an update on the project (to be read out at CC meetings) over the next few months.  CB offered support with promoting the project in the local press if required.

 

13.

AOB

 

Pensioners Christmas Party

 

Moira Chalmers was happy to report that 90 people attended this event.   All of those received a raffle prize, with a small number getting two!  She thanked FM and other helpers including Nina Graham and Hannah McSween for their assistance on the day.

 

 

Mackenzie Bequest

 

FM advised that she has asked Di Agnew to investigate the situation with this bequest to ensure that the conditions of it are being met.  She will hopefully have an update for the next meeting.

 

 

Planning Gain Fund & Sports Centre Fund

 

FM has also asked Di Agnew for an update on the Planning Gain Fund, which was a fund of £79,000 for the provision of active recreational/sport facilities (some of which was spent at the Corrie Gardens playpark).    WM also raised the issue of the £90,000 that was raised many years ago for a new sports centre.  FM advised that £20,000 of this was put to the OTS project, but the rest remains.  A discussion followed on this with FM emphasising that there is a need for someone to move the idea of a new sports centre forward.   All those on the CC are currently at full capacity so cannot take this project on.  This may be something that the Community Development Manager can help with if the position is continued after March.

 

 

Tesco Bags of Help Update

 

IM was delighted to advised that the Tesco Bags of Help vote had resulted in the MOO application being awarded £10,000 (effectively 2nd prize).   She outlined what the original £8,000 on the application had been allocated for including 4 large planters at the entrances to the village, with branding, compost, plants,  signage and fencing at the village hall, plus a bench on Great North Road. A small portion of the money could also be used for a celebratory event and this will hopefully take place in the spring.   The additional £2,000 will be used for 2 additional planters, possibly from WoodBlocX or Fettes (to be situated at the Hall), LED lighting for the Beauly side road planter, a bin outside the Hall and other small items.

 

 

IM advised that once the money from Tesco is received she will order the planters.  SM advised that he can help with the storage of them until they are installed.   It was suggested that George Leslie Ltd may be able to assist with some of the work relating to this and IM will approach them to ask.  Another option for help could come from the SSE Volunteering Programme.

 

 

A discussion took place on who will maintain the planters and IM reiterated that she will need more volunteers from the community to help with this.    In addition funds will need to be found to buy more plants and compost in future years.   FM suggested that local businesses may be able to help with this.

 

 

Finally IM asked for assistance power washing the large stone at the Golf Club entrance to the village.  SM will assist IM with this.

 

 

Dirty Clock in the Square

 

WM reported that the clock in the square is very dirty.  SM will arrange for this to be cleaned.

 

 

Funding Streams

 

MA queried what the LEADER funding can be used for and if it would be applicable for the square project.    Emma Whitham advised that it is designed to support rural businesses to create jobs and support the rural economy, so it would most likely not be an eligible project.   She will send MA more details of this grant scheme.

 

 

Pavement on Great North Road

 

Moira advised that the pavement from Urray House to the Square is currently in very poor condition. This means that it will be very difficult for the Urray House residents to visit the new Hub when it opens.  Cllr AM and Cllr GM will take this further.

 

 

Castlehill Carpark

 

IM advised that there is currently an issue with the dumping of various large items including two boats and a washing machine at the Castlehill carpark.  This carpark is only for use by residents and visitors and the extra items are causing unnecessary congestion.  Cllr AM will report this to HC.

 

14.

Date of Next Meeting

 

Thursday 9th February 2017 @ 7.30 pm at the Pavilion, Muir of Ord

 

 

The meeting finished at 9.20pm

 

 

Actions:

 

Ref

Who

Action

When

1

FM

To chase Stuart Bruce about the Christmas Lights that are not working

ASAP

2

MA

To meet Kate Mackay regarding the installation of two new gates to allow access to the Old Railway Path

ASAP

3

Cllr GM

To provide an update on the locking of the gates at the Urray Cemetery

ASAP

4

Cllr AM

To provide a copy of the MOO to Conon Bridge cycle path feasibility report to the CC

ASAP

5

MA

To investigate where in the village the 3rd Defibrillator can be situated

ASAP

6

MA

To provide information for a Muir Matters article on SIMD and crime rates in MOO

ASAP

7

FM

To make contact with the Vulcan Cottage cleaner

ASAP

8

FM

To contact Steve Barron at HC about the HGV problem in MOO

ASAP

9

MA

To attend the Hub opening to share the early plans for the square and arrange for an article to go in Muir Matters

ASAP

10

FM

To provide an update on the Mackenzie Bequest

ASAP

11

SM

To assist with the power washing on the large stone at the Golf Club and also the clock in the square

ASAP

12

Cllr AM & Cllr GM

To report the poor state of the pavement from Urray House to the Square on Great North Road

ASAP

13

Cllr AM

To report the dumping of large items at Castlehill Carpark

ASAP

 

Muir of Ord (Tarradale) Community Council – February Agenda

MUIR OF ORD (TARRADALE) COMMUNITY COUNCIL

THURSDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2017

7.30 PM

PAVILION, MUIR OF ORD

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting: 8th December 2016
  3. Matters Arising from Minutes
  4. Police Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Update – Community Groups
  7. Update – Planning Issues: Corrie Road, Lochan Corr
  8. Update – Vulcan Cottage
  9. Post Office Issues
  10. Urray Cemetery
  11. Village Square – Going Forward
  12. Moo Food Update
  13. AOB
  14. Date of Next Meeting – Thursday 9th March 2017