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Hunters Quay Community Council
Meeting Thursday, 4th July, 2019.
Present were: F. McInnes, R Zielinski, A Kennedy, J.Gill and T.Law
Present :- Councillor A Reid, Constable D.Mitchell
Declaration of Interest :- None.
Minutes :- Were accepted.
Police report :- Constable Mitchell reported that there had been 18 reported incidents., 10 of which relating to the Holiday village and resulting in a total of 5 crime reports. We were also advised of the current 2 week Drink/Driving campaign which had started on 24thJune.
Councillors Report :- Councillor Reid advised us that date still to be arranged for public meeting re. Holiday Village expansion plans. Weed control, still a problem throughout the area and treatment is ongoing within limited resources available. Repair of accident damaged street lamp opposite the ferry terminal still waiting to be attended to. Jim Crow – No progress and still awaiting stone cleaning
The chair- regarding expansion plans of Hunters Quay Holiday Village raised the question regarding the rapidly deteriorating state of our local services and disrepair of our roads, pavements , grass cutting, weed control etc. what contribution an approval of this application would bring to our local community services. Councillor Reid confirmed that although the Holiday Park is operating 365 days per year, caravan owners do not pay any council tax whatsoever. He added that although they do not pay Council Tax to Argyll & Bute Council they do pay business rates, which, although collected by the Council, actually goes to the Scottish Government.
After the original Draft Minutes were prepared Councillor Reid advised that “that statement” was based on his recollection from several years ago but things now appear to have been altered since then. Following our meeting he has done some research which indicates those residents whose caravan is their main residence have to register and pay council tax otherwise those whose caravan is not their main residence pay only a low business rate.
He advised that he is writing to the Assessor to find out the whole story and will report his findings to us at the next HQCC Meeting.
The Chair replied therefore, any further expansion would only add further demand on our local services which are already reaching breaking point.
Planning :- None.
Marine Parade Rails :- Painting appears to have started and come to a halt.
Treasurers Report :- No current report available at this time . We all wish Jimmy a speedy recovery.
Woodland Walk:-The Community Council has received an enquiry from Argyll & Bute Council’s Early years section (Education). They were looking for a woodland area in Dunoon to use as an outdoor play area. (A number of local authorities are making moves to expand outdoor learning as part of their plans to meet the Scottish government’s commitment to a near-doubling of funded childcare by 2020, providing 1,140 hours a year for all three- and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds).
They looked at one or two sites in Dunoon and their preferred option was to have part of the woodland at Dunclutha Estate. This proved too problematical as A&B Council are in the middle of disposing Dunclutha Estate. The site at Hunter’s Quay woodland ticks most of the boxes in terms of site area and topography and they would like, in the first instance, to discuss the issue with the Community Council.
The Community Council have agreed at this stage to hand over control of the Woodland Walk for the benefit of our young community with a provision that the woodland walk be returned to the Community Council if and when A&B Early Years Section decided to end this agreement.
Early Years intentions are to develop a safe and secure outdoor play area and would involve restoring the walkways , and generally tiding up the woodland to a safe state. Access to the woodland walk would still be made available to the general community for use by all.
AOCB :- The Chair reported with deep regret the resignation of Capt..Jim Wilson , Chairman of H.Q.C.C. over the past 35 years and a dedicated friend of Hunters Quay. Regrettably leaving us along with Jim, another stalwart of Hunters Quay is Archie Kennedy , We all thank you for the committed contribution you have given to H.Q.C.C. and indeed the whole Community of Hunters Quay over the years and wish you both well.
The Scouting Association forceful take over of the “Community Hall” which the “HQ Association” has maintained and preserved for the past 35 years has also brought the end of an era with our local community hall and an established meeting venue of H.Q.C.C. for that time. Various local community groups have also been affected after the Scouting Association made the decision to break in to the hall, change the locks and take over and assert legal sole ownership.
This meeting was held in the Royal Marine Hotel that kindly provided a meeting room for us so to do at very short notice.
Those present approved of this easily accessible to HQ residents location and we even had long term HQ residents attend who did not know there was an HQCC until our web site expert put a notice on local social media of new meeting location which again was near to their HQ property.
Date of the next meeting :- The next meeting will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel at 7.30pm on Thursday 1stAugust, 2019
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