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Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

12 March 2020

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Boxer,A.Gordon,

    Apologies: R. Duckworth, M.Cox, S Thomson, Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T           Gray

2.  Minutes of Last Meeting.

    Approved by A Pryor, seconded by M Boxer.

3.  Matters Arising.

(3.01) Roads Generally_ The Secretary reported a number of road issues had been recorded with Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) since the last meeting. Concern was expressed as to the manner in which potholes etc. were being processed by the Council, where adjacent potholes had been reported only one was being attended to. A number of members of the Public reported contacting the Council about the same holes and each person in turn had been acknowledged by the Council but in the majority of the cases the work remained outstanding. It was noted that 34 out of the 35 gullies on the A822 between Braco and Greenloaning were blocked or damaged. The flooding and ponding of water was causing road surfaces to break up. The drainage adjacent to the Bridge over the Knaik was blocked and as such in the heavy rain water is flowing across the road and only finding an unblocked gully some 100 yards further down the road. If this water was to freeze it would constitute a serious road hazard for traffic. A stone wall had already been damaged at this corner by a vehicle. At Greenloaning on Millhill Road the speed bumps were causing water to pond as the drainage channels were blocked. Gulleys at the junction of Carseview and A822 were blocked solid.
The Chairman reminded all that any member of the public can report road damage to PKC either by email to clarence@pkc.gov.uk or phone 01738 475000. PKC issue an acknowledgement of reported faults.
(3.02) Carseview Road. No further progress has been made with PKC on achieving repairs to this road. As previously recorded residents believe the maintenance of this road was attended to when the properties were owned by PKC but nothing has been done since a number of the properties were purchased by private owners. The Community Council (CC) were awaiting a report from a recent resident into their understanding of the status of this road.
(3.03) Braco Village Hall. Following the recent exceptional heavy rain resulting in the flooding of the Play Park area, a considerable volume of water had penetrated into the Boiler House. It was found that during the upgrading of the Hall heating system in August/ September 2019 by the Council’s contractors, where old pipe work had been removed this had allowed the water to enter the building. Although the drainage pumps had continued running they were unable to deal with the flow of water. The Council has replaced the Boiler. The holes have been repaired. An inspection of the existing drainage around the Hall has shown the drains are insufficient to deal with the surface water and further inspection of the foul drains connecting the Hall to the mains drainage also required maintenance work. The Council undertook to upgrade the drainage system.

The CC Secretary had noted the drawings for the installation of the new MUGA surface stated ‘connections to existing drainage to be finalised’. He requested the Architect and Contractor were made aware of the recent problem and some action was taken prior to the installation of the new sports area in a couple of months time to resolve drainage matters.

(3.04) Millhill Estate Flooding Following the report last month by local residents the CC had written to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) requesting they investigate and report on the flooding of the ground adjacent to Millhill Crescent and Millhill Road. The CC also wrote to PKC Environmental Service requesting their assistance and response as septic tanks were being flooded by this water. To date no response has been forthcoming from either party. The residents outlined to the meeting a report had been received from Scottish Water giving an analysis of a sample of the flood water. This Test Report however did not identify all chemicals in the sample owing to the limited tolerance of the calibration of the Test equipment..

This water was thought to originate from the proposed development site adjacent to the A9 It was noted a number of the new trees planted in the greenbelt area (now flooded) were dying. It was understood the greenbelt woodland was now the responsibility of GreenBelt Energy and their representative has undertaken to improve the existing drainage furrows in the area to deal with the surplus water. The Meeting believed this would contain the water by ponding which would eventually soak into the ground or evaporate. This did not resolve the excess water now flowing into the woodland. It was understood PKC drainage officers were to investigate and report back. Contact has not been made with Keir & Calder the original owners of the Site and still own the ‘ransom’ strip around the boundary to the woodland.

4. Community Police Report
The Meeting was attended by PC Lee Mclean from Crieff Office. He explained the Community Officer was attending to other duties. The CC welcomed PC Mclean who noted there had been little to no police matters to deal with in this area. Reports of speeding were followed up where possible. Current topics taken from the Commanders Report reminded all dog owners had a responsibility to control dogs during the lambing season. Other recent topics requested the public to be aware of Disability Hate Crimes and requesting householders to make sure they keep their gardens and outbuildings secure.

5. Planning
No major planning applications for this area submitted.

6. Ardoch Development Trust
At a recent Development Trust Meeting two Grants had been processed - one for the School and the second for a community entertainment group to arrange musical evenings in the Village Hall.

7. Strathearn Forum
The next Forum Meeting is still to be arranged. 

8. BGCC Accounts
In the absence of the Treasurer, the Secretary reported the balance of the account stood at £1135.47p. This took into account the current expense of the hire of the hall for March meeting.

9. AOCB

(9.01) Solidarity Projects for Young people. These projects support a group of at least 5 young people (aged 18 - 30) to deliver a project for the benefit of the local community.! Action for Local Youth Voice Empowerment UK (ALYVE UK) and Sailing the Mayflower to Equality and Justice are two such projects for further details of the 2020 programme guide see https://www.eusolidaritycorps.org.uk/media/87/download

(9.02) Local Energy Scotland Projects Over £20million has gone to communities from renewable energy projects. Foundation Scotland offer and support community groups in securing these funds. Currently the ADT receive funds from a renewable energy project.! (9.03) Adult Social Work and Social Care Contributions Policy PKC is currently reviewing this policy and wish to hear the views of local people, groups, charities and organisations so that they may shape the vision for the future. For further information contact the P&K Health & Social Care Partnership at Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street Perth PH1 5GD. 

(9.04) Coronavirus Health Warning Neighbourhood Watch Scotland is encouraging communities to be aware and alert in assisting particularly those who are isolated or vulnerable. Communities are encouraged to form a system whereby those who might be at greater risk because of serious complications can receive support safely and are able to receive essential deliveries. Create a list of local organisations that you or your neighbour can contact in the event one of you may need access to information, healthcare services, support or resources. Practice everyday preventative actions including regular hand washing. It is hoped all members of the Community will keep a watch out for anyone who needs assistance in any way. It is hoped all members of the Community will keep a watch out for anyone who needs assistance in any way. See Braco & Greenloaning facebook page for more detailed information.  www.facebook.com/groups/523003758623076/

(9.05) CIF Grants Each Community Council is being awarded a grant of up to £1000 to be spent on a community project. It is proposed this money is put towards the installation of WiFi service in the Village Hall and an upgrading of the existing Projector services and connections to enable all community organisations benefit from this service.

(9.06) Calor Gas Rural Community Fund Applications are open for a series of grants for projects that will improve local life. Applications are open until 9 April 2020 . For further information see www.communityfund.calor.co.uk
(9.07) Dunblane Patient Participation Group At a Group meeting a report was presented identifying the practice update and useful Dementia information. A Local Directory is available from the Health Centre identifying Activities and contact details for Carers and people with Dementia. It was noted other booklets were available covering the Dunblane Memory Café at the Braeport Community Centre, Dementia and Sensory Challenges and Music for Dementia - Playlist for Life.

(9.08) Greenloaning Bus Stop The bus stop in the lay-by heading out of Greenloaning before the turning to Sheriffmuir Close, A9 north etc. is not lit and does not have a shelter. This is a well used bus stop by children in the morning. The Bus stop around the corner adjacent to the Telephone Box does have a shelter and lighting as does the Bus stop opposite it. A request was to be made to PKC to install at least a shelter and if possible a street light. It was noted the back of the footpath along side the lay-by falls steeply into a drainage area.

(9.09) Moles, Gentlecroft Approach was to be made to PKC Parks Department to clear the moles who were damaging the grass areas in Gentlecoft.
(9.10) Light Distraction, Greenloaning. Complaints had been received from local motorists that an unshielded light on the last house on the left hand side approaching the A822 flyover over the A9 was a potential distraction and safety hazard. CC would investigate.

(9.10) Dog Fouling New posters have been received to encourage dog owners to clear u!p after their dogs. Copies to be displayed on noticeboards.

Date of the Next Meeting: 9 April 2020, 7.30pm in Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

13 February 2020

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Boxer,R.Duckworth,M.Cox.

    Apologies: A. Gordon, S Thomson, Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T Gray

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox, seconded by R Duckworth.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally_ The Secretary reported a number of road issues had been recorded with Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) since the beginning of the year covering various areas in Braco & Greenloaning. Some of the potholes identified were a serious road hazard and one in particular in Feddal Road adjacent to the Bowling Green has a cone placed in the hole to warn car users. This has not been attended to and in fact the original cone has been replaced as the first cone was destroyed by a lorry driving over it. Several car drivers have reported experiencing damage to their vehicles from this hole. To date PKC has acknowledged the reporting of the holes but no action.
The Chairman reminded all that any member of the public can report road damage to PKC either by email to clarence@pkc.gov.uk or phone 01738 475000. PKC issue an acknowledgement of reported faults.
(3.02) Carseview Road. No further progress has been made with PKC on achieving repairs to this road. As previously recorded residents believe the maintenance of this road was attended to when the properties were owned by PKC but nothing has been done since a number of the properties were purchased by private owners.
(3.03) Braco Village Hall. A meeting had been held with the Architect and Contractor to discuss the go ahead with the MUGA (multi use games area) to be constructed in place of the old tennis court behind the Village Hall. It is hoped work will commence at the end of April when ground conditions may be more suitable for excavation work. The Contractor intends to create a secure compound adjacent to the Recycling Bins for storage and Welfare facilities. Whilst this may temporarily take up car parking space, access to the bins must be maintained. The Contractor is to submit his proposals before work proceeds.

(3.04) Community Initiative Funds. The Chairman reported some 11 applications had been received from organisations in Strathallan seeking funds for their projects. It is understood 2 applications had been submitted by local organisations. Further grants of £1000 were to be made to Community Councils to be spent on projects of their choice or supporting other community projects. This money was to be spent by the end of the financial year 2021.

(3.05) Greenloaning Culvert Replacement. The Contractor had to abort the proposed work in December as they were unable to divert the flow of water in the existing burn. Whilst all preparation work had been set up in the old Station House yard this would have to be held in abeyance until such time Network Rail could arrange for a closure of the line from Dunblane to Perth. This could be in the autumn/winter of the year (2020). Currently all work at the compound in Station House is suspended until clarification as to exactly what Network Rail are using this area for.!

4. Community Police Report. 

No attendance by the Police. The Secretary was asked to contact the Community Police Officer to find out their intentions for attending future meetings. The Commanders Report identified a series of telephone scams that are in the public domain. The Police were seeking consultation with the Public to shape the sort of Police service it wanted. The consultation was open until 2 March and submissions will be considered before the Joint Strategy for Policing is finalised before being presented before Parliament. 
See https://consult.scotland.police.uk/consulation/policingforscotland/
Police Scotland are also seeking the recruitment of Special Constables - this is a part time, volunteer body consisting of voluntary officers with identical powers to that of police officers. Interested parties see https://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/special- constables

5. Planning
No major planning applications for this area submitted.

6. Ardoch Development Trust
A Development Trust Meeting had been held in January. No grant applications discussed. MUGA - a meeting with the Contractor had been arranged - see item (3.03) above. Request for noticeboards in Village to advertise local businesses. Community Transport Initiative questionnaire was principally about Bus Route 15 which did not effect this area.! Post Office Van hours are Monday 9am to 11am, Tuesday 9.30am to 10.30am and Thursday 11.30 to 1.30pm. The next Trust Meeting is at the end of February.

7. Strathearn Forum
The next Forum Meeting will now be held in Spring 2020. 

8. BGCC Accounts
The Treasurer reported the account had been topped up by PKC for the new financial year. Payments had been made for the Hall Hire and the balance now stood at £1210.47.


9. AOCB
(9.01) Community Planning Partnership - On Line Budget Consultation. PKC is currently running an on line budget consultation participation can be through https:// www.pkc.gov.uk/budget
(9.02) Garden Waste Permits Garden waste permits are now available from www.pkc.gov.uk/gardenwaste
(9.03) Local Governance Review The Scottish Government continue to promote the process of engagement with communities to encourage local decisions on making peoples lives more positive. Therefore promoting community empowerment, functional empowerment and fiscal empowerment. 
(9.04) National Planning Framework 4 The Scottish Government has published a range of resources to assist communities to engage with the development of National Planning. Details can be found https://wwwtransformingplanning.scot/national-planning- framework 
(9.05) Mental Health First Aid Course This free course has been organised in Perth on 26 and 28 February from 9am to 4.30pm. Attendance at both days is essential. Participants will receive a handbook and certificate. For further information contact JWalsh@pkc.gov.uk
(9.06) Renewal of Community Council Insurance BGCC has submitted the required details to PKC.
 

(9.07) Local Fire and Rescue Plan for Perth and Kinross. The CC has received a comprehensive document from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service setting out their proposed priorities for improving community safety, whilst helping to address inequalities and enhancing the overall wellbeing of the communities of Perth and Kinross. Details can be found on PKC website Local Fire and Rescue Plan.

(9.08) Dunblane Patient Participation Group The next intended meeting of this group is in March.
(9.09) Heart 200 The first of the Steering meetings to discus the various topics raised last year on the introduction of the tourist route around Perthshire is to be held in February. Whilst BGCC understood the concerns of certain areas in the north of Perthshire in connection with volume of traffic on unsuitable roads and various other business topics, it was understood these problems did not arise within our area. Details of the reports from the Steering Group would be monitored.

(9.10) Local Development Plan. It was noted an open meeting was to be held on 17 March at the Concert Hall to outline the plans being adopted in/by PKC. To reserve a place contact DevelopmentPlan@pkc.gov.uk
(9.10) Greenloaning Electricity Supply Information has just been received of road closures in Greenloaning by SSE to upgrade the electricity supply in the area. Whilst this will not effect the electrical supply it is noted access onto the A9 north will be closed from Monday 17 February to Friday 28 February. Diversions will be in place.

(9.11) Millhill Estate Drainage Problems . Two Residents from Greenloaning, Millhill Estate raised the serious problem of flooding to many of the properties in the area. A comprehensive study has been made by them of the drainage problem and reported to PKC. Unfortunately there has been a poor response from the Council and the residents are seeking the support from the Community Council in pursuing some assistance to protect their properties. This matter has increased over a recent period of time and could possibly be linked to the proposed development of the property adjacent to the A9. It was thought that the Developer for this plot was advised to maintain and undertake to provide adequate drainage during the construction period to prevent any disturbance to existing drainage. The property owners in the Millhill Estate believe the disturbance of the existing drainage has increased the flow under the old A9 into the woodland area and the subsequent flooding of their and surrounding properties.

Historically the land developed by Muir Homes was known for the number of fresh water springs in the area, however it was understood provision would be made by the developer to provide adequate drainage to control the water levels. A woodland area was retained within the development and to be managed by Greenbelt Group Ltd. Greenbelt is a UK- wide business providing proven and trusted services for the sustainable, long-term management of open space land on new housing developments. It can now be demonstrated there is not adequate drainage from this woodland area and the subsequent run off is causing serious problems for the residents on the Millhill Estate. Older properties adjacent to the woodland area who have septic tanks and soak away tanks are being flooded out by the excess water. Scottish Water contractors have expressed concern this could lead to tanks over flowing and polluting the area. 

The Community Council have undertaken to contact SEPA and PKC Environment Service to pursue this matter for the Residents.

Date of the Next Meeting: 12 March, 2020, 7.30pm in Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

13 December 2019

Braco Church Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Boxer,R.Duckworth,A.Gordon,M.Cox.

    Apologies: S Thomson, Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T Gray

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox, seconded by A Pryor.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally
It was noted repair work carried out recently to A822 adjacent Sweeney’s Garage had lifted and broken up. Resurfacing to Langside Road had been completed but the drainage works were still under construction, it was hoped to reopen this road next week. A collapsed drain at Greenhaugh Cottage was to be investigated. One other area was raised by several reports of the deterioration of the stone wall alongside the A822 up to the Cemetery. Large stones were becoming dislodged (mortar collapsing) and becoming a hazard to pedestrians and other users of the footpath. Matter to be reported to Landowner.
(3.02) Carseview Road. 
Contact had been made with a resident in Carseview Road as to their understanding of the ownership of the road. The Resident could recall the Council repairing the road at various times when the houses were council property. However this had not been maintained when the houses were sold to private ownership. The Resident was unable to recall what was in the Deeds to the house and it was suggested contact should be made with one or two of the more recent house owners. In opening up this road to the new dwellings in Mid Lane, the Council had added a considerable traffic flow which was leading to the road deterioration.
(3.03) Braco Village Hall
The Secretary confirmed the installation of door closers, hat and coat hooks and mirrors would be undertaken during the School holiday. PKC have not confirmed when the other outstanding work would be completed. Kitchen Hatch cover not done(PKC).
(3.04) Community Initiative Funds
The Chairman confirmed applications for Grants by 15 January 2020. The £1000 Grants to Community Councils (CC) were now required to be supported by paperwork.

(3.05) Dog Watch 
There was no further update on the progress of the ‘boxes’ for the litter bags and appropriate signs. Concern was expressed that the previous improvement to clearing up by dog owners has slipped and the requirement for the posting of Notices might encourage some lapsed dog owners of their responsibilities.

4. Community Police Report
No attendance by the Police. 

Items identified from the Police Commanders Report requested responsible behaviour by persons enjoying Festive Activities. Personal and property security to be maintained over the holiday period.


5. Planning. 

There were no major planning applications in the area. The CC had been contacted by a resident in Kinbuck highlighting the proposed development at Glassingall Estate. This was a major change of use proposed to agricultural land between the A9 and B8033 involving the construction of holiday lodges, cycle tracks, activity centre etc. Two open meetings had been held, one in Dunblane and the other in Kinbuck to allow the public to view the proposals. The Kinbuck resident would keep us informed of future meetings and progress as it may effect traffic flow along the B8033.

6. Ardoch Development Trust
At the meeting of the Trust on Wednesday 27 November, three grant applications had been approved. A proposal to consider a mobile ‘skate park’ had been raised but further investigation work was to be looked at. The next meeting is in January 2020.

7. Strathearn Forum
The next Forum Meeting will now be held in Spring 2020. 

8. BGCC Accounts
As reported at the AGM, the Treasurer noted accounts for the period ending 31 August 2019 had been approved by PKC. The Balance in the Bank currently stood at £1135.46.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Keep Perth Dry! An invitation had been received for CC to consider “Environmental proposals” on how to maintain sufficient controlled flooding of areas to ensure the river levels in Perth were maintained. It was suggested beavers were more capable of controlling the floods than man made hard engineering projects. Any comments should be expressed to the Government Environmental Minister.
(9.02)BT Phones BT are proposing to remove more phone boxes in Perth and Kinross, not in this area.
(9.03) Waste and Recycling Times over Christmas. The changes to collection dates do not effect our local collections. Recycling Centres will be closed on 25 and 26 December.! (9.04) Transport Scotland Survey. Transport Scotland is conducting an online survey for the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review on all transport modes and are actively seeking input from CCs and local networks. Further information and a link to the survey can be found at www.transport.gov.scot/stpr2
(9.05) Schools Admission Policy.The Lifelong Learning Committee of PKC are proposing to continue to ensure that catchment pupils are awarded places in all schools as a priority ahead of any placing requests.
(9.06) Adoption of Perth & Kinross Local Development Plan. At the end of November PKC adopted the current Local Development Plan replacing the previous 2014 version.

(9.07) Counter Terrorism Training for the Public. Police Scotland are running a course for the public to assist of being aware of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.
(9.08)Mid Lane Parking. Concern was expressed at certain areas of parking which were restricting the movement of pedestrians and prams etc. to move safely along the road. This matter to be examined and reported back.
The Chairman closed the Meeting wishing all in attendance a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


Date of the Next Meeting: 13 February, 2020 7.30pm in Braco Village Hall, 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Minutes of Annual General Meeting 14 November 2019

Braco Village Hall - 8.30pm

1. Attendees: A Pryor,, M Boxer, M Cox, Cllr Lyle, Cllr T Gray,

    Apologies R Duckworth, A Gordon, S Thomson.

2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting.

    Approved by M Cox seconded byA Pryor.

3. Chairman’s Annual Report

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Lyle who briefly explained the change to the establishment of Community Councils with Elections now being held in November.  6 Nominees had been submitted for election and as this was the required number of Councillors required for this area therefore no election was held.

The May AGM minutes had been approved and the matters of the last few months have been summarised in the approved Monthly Minutes.

4. Secretary’s Annual Report.

The outgoing Secretary had nothing further to add.

5. Treasurer’s Annual Report

The Outgoing Treasurer circulated copies of the Accounts for the year ending 31st August 2019 to all present. The Accounts had been examined and approved by Perth & Kinross Council. Outstanding balances will be paid in the New Year.

6. Election of Office Bearers

Chairman :     A Pryor  proposed by M Lyle 

                                  seconded by M Boxer

Secretary:      M Boxer  proposed by M Lyle

                                   seconded by A Pryor

Treasurer :     M Cox     proposed by A Pryor

                                  seconded by M Boxer

7. In accordance with the Constitution the next Annual General Meeting will be held on 12 November 2020 in Braco Village Hall. 


8. Meeting closed at 20.45 with a vote of thanks to the Chair. 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

14 November 2019

Braco Hall - 8.45pm 

 

1. Attendees: A.Pryor, M.Boxer, M.Cox, Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T Gray!

    Apologies: S Thomson R Duckworth, A. Gordon.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

   Approved by M Cox, seconded by A Pryor.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally
A number of previously reported road repairs had now been attended to. Notification had been received a road repairs, resurfacing to the Langside Road from 20 November until the 3 December 2019.
(3.02) Carseview Road. 
The Secretary had contacted the PKC Roads Dept. as to the poor state of Carseview road and the understanding of the responsibilities for maintenance etc. The liabilities if an accident should occur? The Council had replied this road was not adopted or maintained by PKC. The road is considered as a right of way and access into properties will be used by many vehicles. The response was confusing in showing the road as private and the houses as Council responsibility. The reply does not answer the question as to liabilities of users. The Community Council(CC) would attempt to find out from residents as to their understanding of Carseview maintenance.
(3.03) Braco Village Hall
The rehanging of the Millennium Tapestry has at last been completed. Various other snagging requirements had been carried out by the Contractors, however the extraction fans in the loft were still not connected. No response from PKC on supply of hat and coat hooks or mirrors for the cloakrooms. This work will now be undertaken by the Hall Committee. The repairs to the shutter in Kitchen Hatch is still awaited.
(3.04) Community Initiative Funds
There are funds available for grants up to the value of £37,000, close off date for submissions is 15 January 2020. This money is available for projects that deal with community inequality and disadvantaged areas. The CC welcomed any enquiries from community groups as this could help with funding of projects in addition to the Development Trust. Suggestions - Improved notice boards sited in the Village to advertise events etc. and further improvements to the Boundary wall and footpath to the cemetery. 
Further information can be found on PKC web site https://www.pkc.gov.uk/cif other grant information can be found through the Gannochy Trust. The Communities Service Page on the PKC website lists some 36 pages of grants available.

(3.05) Dog Watch 
There was no further update on the progress of the ‘boxes’ for the litter bags and appropriate signs.

4. Community Police Report
No attendance by the Police. Items identified from the Police Commanders Report highlighted property security, vehicle security and Hate Crime. Winter Road Safety details advice for Drivers and Pedestrians on how to prepare for bad weather. The absence of the Community Police Officer was noted and it is believed there has been only one meeting where the police had been represented since the appointment of a Community Officer.

5. Planning. 
There were no major planning applications in the area.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 
The next meeting of the Trust is on Wednesday 27 November, any grant applications are requested to be submitted prior to the date to enable Trust Members examine prior to the meeting.

7. Strathearn Forum
The next Forum Meeting will now be held in Spring 2020. With the election of new Community Councils in Strathearn and Strathallan having taken place this month it was decided this would give them an opportunity to settle in before raising questions for general discussion.

8. BGCC Accounts
As reported at the AGM, the Treasurer noted accounts for the period ending 31 August 2019 had been approved by PKC. The Chairman announced a grant of £1000 was being made available to CCs. One idea put forward was for the installation of WiFi in the Village Hall. To be discussed further.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Dissolution of Parliament!
The Westminster Parliament had now been dissolved and a new Election was to be held on 12 December 2019. Date of next CC meeting to be reconsidered.
(9.02) PKC Transport Grants
The next Transport Forum has been postponed to 16 January 2020. This does not effect any local transport plans.
(9.03) Ardoch War Memorial.
The Gardening Club/Bracp in Bloom have received an award for the upkeep and presentation of the Braco War Memorial.
(9.04) Carers Connect Event. 
A Carers Workshop has been organised at the Dewar Centre, Perth on 29 November dealing with various topics in dealing with care for the elderly.
(9.05) BT Payphone, Greenloaning
We have been advised by PKC they have supported our recommendation that the pay phone in Greenloaning should be maintained.
(9.06) Community Empowerment Act 2015
Details have been updated on a) Local Action Partnerships, b) Participation Budgeting Requests, c) Community Asset Transfers and d) Community Planning.

(9.07) National Community Energy Campaign

Notification has been received of a campaign whereby local energy renewable generators have the right to sell local generated energy to local people at a cost proportionate to the scale of the operation. If this became law any Parish or Town Council wishing to develop their own energy companies would be able to sell locally. It was felt this would not apply here.

(9.08) Bridge Renewal Work, Greenloaning
Residents in Greenloaning adjacent to the Millstone Burn Railway Bridge renewal have received notification from Network Rail of a more detailed plan of works. Work to commence on 18 November through to 3 February 2020

The Meeting closed at 21.35pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 12 December 2019, 7.30pm Venue to be decided because of General Election in Braco Village Hall, 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

10 October 2019

Braco Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Boxer,RDuckworth,A.Gordon,CllrTGray.

    Apologies: M.Cox, S Thomson Cllr M. Lyle.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

    Approved by A. Gordon, seconded by R Duckworth.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally
A number of previously reported road repairs had now been attended to, however other areas have been also identified in the Ardoch Estate together with localised flooding at Blackhill Cottage, adjacent Roman Camp and Gleneagles turnoff. 
(3.02) Braco Village Hall
Despite agreement with the Council of areas still to be completed last month, work still remains outstanding which is effecting Community Groups using the Hall. One of the main problems is the rehanging of the Millennium Tapestry. The Frame etc. is still blocking the Stage area. Areas under the Stage have been sorted allowing some of the items to be stored.
(3.03) Community Council Elections!
Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) have published the results for the nomination of candidates for the November Community Council Election. The six candidates standing are Mike Boxer, Mike Cox, Richard Duckworth, Ann Gordon, Adrian Pryor and Sally Thomson. As sufficient nominations were received no election will be required.
(3.04) Burnfoot East Wind Farm
A Report of the meeting held in Blackford had been received from EDF Renewables outlining the proposed construction period for the three additional turbines, September 2019 to September 2020. There is no requirement for additional connections to the Grid as the existing cable will be used.

(3.05) Dog Watch 
There was an update on the progress of the ‘boxes’ for the litter bags and appropriate signs which were imminent. There are proposals to have a small dog training club covering obedience, agility and promoting responsible ownership. Use will be made of an indoor arena at Orchil Equestrian over the winter months for this activity.

4. Community Police Report
No attendance by the Police. Items identified from the Police Commanders Report highlighted property security, vehicle security and general awareness of bogus phone calls etc. The Police were taking an active interest in the ‘county lines’ movement of drugs around Scotland etc. It was noted a further quad bike had been stolen in the Muthill area. It was understood an arrest had been made relating to the Braco Coffee Shop break in.

5. Planning
Planning permission had been granted for a new property on the Whistlebrae Estate Road. Applications were noted for alterations etc. at Blackhill Cottage and Blueton Farm. Although outwith PKC boundary it was noted a large development was planned at Glassingall Estate.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 
At a recent meeting the Trust had approved Grant Applications from (a) Braco Primary School, (b) The Kids AfterSchool Games Club, (c) School Music Class and (d) Ardoch Drama Workshop for Children. No further reports have been submitted re christmas lighting. The next meeting of the Trust was to be at the end of November.

7. Strathearn Forum
The next Forum Meeting was to be held on 20/11/2019.

8. BGCC Accounts
A report received from the Treasurer confirmed a Statement of Accounts for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 August 2019 had been signed off and submitted to PKC.. This was in accordance with the requirements of the forth coming elections for Community Councillors in November. The Balance in the Bank including the Special Funds stood at £1141.28.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Braco Primary School Inspection
HM Inspectors from Education Scotland are to inspect Braco School week commencing 28 October. The Community as stakeholders/partners in the School are asked to complete a Survey of their experience /views of the School.
(9.02) Strathearn and Strathallan Partnership.
The value of Grants available in the current session are valued at £37,000 with a closing date 6 December 2019. An additional grant of £1000 is available through Community Councils. To find out more on available grants go to www.pkc.gov.uk/cif
(9.03) Ardoch in Bloom Awards.
The results of this years competition was a Silver Gilt Award - the Judges commended the improvements which were being made around the Community by the Ardoch in Bloom Committee. The work to the restoration of the entrance to the New Cemetery was a great success. The CC congratulated the Ardoch in Bloom Committee for their endeavours.

(9.04) Food Growing Stratergy.
The aim of the Food Growing Strategy is to ensure that those who wish to grow their own food have the opportunity to do so. The question of suitable land for allotments has already been discussed in this community and no suitable land areas have been either identified or made available. This is possibly a further area the Ardoch in Bloom/ Gardening Club could look at again. The Wall Garden on the Ardoch Estate (Blackford Farms) would make an ideal allotment - it was noted this was a successful project at the walled garden in the Gargunnock House estate. 
(9.05) Local Improvement Plans
PKC wished to develop a clearer and shared understanding of poverty and equality issues.! What Works Scotland aimed to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform. Set up in June 2014, it explored how public services could work towards the recommendations of the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services (2011) and the Scottish Government’s priorities for reform.
An online learning resource is available for more details www.pkc.gov.uk/article/18463/ Action-Partnerships

(9.06) Fuel Poverty Awareness

Braco and Greenloaning has only one source of fuel - electricity. There is no mains gas for residents to compare prices etc. Discussions had taken place in the past to set up a communal oil buying policy with a supplier to achieve more favourable prices. This had not been progressed.

(9.07) Tayside NHS Orthopaedic Services

Tayside NHS are trying to improve their services to be more local instead of Patients having to travel many miles for consultation or having to wait a long time for appointments.! This consultation period lasts until the end of October. More information is available on www.transformingtayside.scot.nhs.uk 

(9.08) Heart 200 Update.

A report had been received from North Perthshire area who were concerned about the effects of the Heart 200 on the countryside. In order to make a detailed report on any effects caused by this route it would be necessary for the various areas who were concerned to make detailed reports to PKC on Road related issues; Driving Issues should be reported to the Police; Antisocial behaviour reported to PKC’s Safer Communities Team and any issues on Forestry Commission Land to their Complaints Department.

(9.09) Carseview Road.

This road appears to be an unadopted road which has become a hazard to vehicular traffic and pedestrians. Large potholes and poor drainage. Concern was expressed as to why this road was not maintained by the Council as it formed a through route for people/cars on the Mid Lane estate and a pedestrian access route from the Greenhaugh Estate. It is used by BT to work on the telephone exchange, Royal Mail (Post) and PKC vehicles use it to access the waste bins. The road is lit. The 4 properties were originally council houses, of which 3 are now privately owned. Why was the road not made up when the houses were built in the late1940’s?. The CC would seek an explanation from the Council and talk to the residents. 

(9.10) Window Wanderland

This was a form of mid winter community arts Festival inviting communities to join in with displays in their windows. Christmas lights/decorations in the windows?!
For further information see website www.window wonderland.com!

The Meeting closed at 21.05pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 14 November 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

12 September 2019

Braco Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Cox,M.Boxer,RDuckworth,A.Gordon.

Apologies: S Thomson Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T Gray.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by A Pryor.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally
The Secretary had contacted the Council re outstanding road repairs previously reported. Gullies and footpath surfacing on A822 to Greenloaning, gully at junction of B8033 and A822. Road subsidence in Greenhaugh Way adjacent to manhole cover. A collapsed gully in Allandale Crescent has been repaired.!
It was noted repairs had been made to the A9 carriageway northbound at Greenloaning adjacent to the slip road onto the A822. The Community Council (CC) has requested on a number of occasions repairs are required to this Slip road and the response has always been the work would be carried out in conjunction with any carriageway repairs. The blocked drains and silt on the slip road causes flooding across the road and could be the cause of an accident in icy conditions. It was reported there has been a recent accident on this road, details of which are unknown. 
(3.02) Braco Village Hall
The refurbishment work is still incomplete, the toilets are now 3 weeks late, the installation of the new boiler etc will not be complete for another 10 days. Work in the Loft storage space is not finished, the Hall flooring is unfinished. A number of Community Groups are unable to use the Hall. Whilst accepting the finished article will be a great benefit to the Community the delays are frustrating.
(3.03) Community Council Elections
A reminder that all candidates wishing to submit their election nomination papers had to be submitted by 26 September 2019. Only those persons whose names appear on the Electoral Register on 1 August 2019 will be eligible to stand.
(3.04) Tennis Court Area Redevelopment.
We have been informed there is still some confusion over the ownership of this land. Attempts are being made to contact any ex-members of the Curling Club to see who holds any of the paperwork. 
(3.04) Braco School Playgound Area.
Following reports of vandalism to the ‘Ark’ building and broken glass and rubbish in the playground the Police have agreed to keep a watch on the area.
(3.05) Dog Watch 
There was no further information on the new signs and litter boxes.

 

4. Community Police Report. 
No attendance by the Police. Items identified from the Police Commanders Report highlighted property security, vehicle security and general awareness of bogus phone calls etc. The report of damage to a car in Greenloaning was not identified. The Police had arrested a person in Braco for the handling of cannabis, the case was to be heard next month.

5. Planning. 
No local applications this month.

6. Ardoch Development Trust
Next meeting of the Trust is on Wednesday 25 September. Any applications for Grants will be welcomed.

7. Strathearn Forum

A meeting of the Forum was held on Wednesday 21 August in Auchterarder where a report back on the meeting with PKC at which Route 200 was discussed together with state of roads, Partnership Funding, traffic restrictions for locals re:Solheim Cup. Other matters discussed at the Forum meeting by those CCs attending covered PKC Administrative Grant, Community Council Elections, Local Development Plan.

The next meeting will be held in November, however some concern was expressed at the small number of Strathearn and Strathallan CCs attending the meetings.

8. BGCC Accounts

The Treasurer presented an Statement of Accounts for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 August 2019. This was in accordance with the requirements of the forth coming elections for Community Councillors in November. The Balance in the Bank including the Special Funds stood at £1141.28.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Culvert under Railway, Greenloaning.
A report was given by Stuart Mackay (Contractor with BAM/Nuttall) on a forthcoming civil engineering contract for the replacement of an existing culvert under the railway adjacent to Greenloaning Railway Bridge. Work had already been undertaken - site investigation survey and a design statement prepared. The contract work would require work at night for the safety of the railway and the contractors personnel. The outline programme was as follows (1) Preparation and Site Clearance - 23 November. (2) Utility movement (11kva cable) to be moved temporarily - 23/11 to 14/12. (3) Railway work 14/15 Dec. (4) Completion 16 to 20 Dec. (5) Services replaced. The householders or Residents Association could contact Network Rail or Contractor if further information required. All householders would receive a letter of Notification and details of any variations to the programme. There could possibly be a road lane restriction during part of the work. Station House access would be used by contractor to access the site. Possible vehicle movements in Allandale Crescent. The existing levels of the culvert would not be changed. The 11kva cable was the domestic supply to the area, this would not be cut during the works. Any exceptional weather would be monitored to make sure the flow through the culvert was maintained to prevent localised flooding. Sepa would be monitoring effects on burn etc. 
(9.02) BT Payphone, Greenloaning
BT were conducting a survey as to whether this phone kiosk should be removed. The CC had previously requested the kiosk be retained as it was the only public phone accessible on the A9 between Dunblane and Auchterarder. It was noted some 41 calls had been made from this Box. The general view was we should respond to BT requesting the Box be retained.

(9.03) Stone of Destiny Perth.

Perth & Kinross Council and its delivery partner Culture Perth & Kinross have submitted to the Commissioners a proposal that the Stone of Destiny should form the centre piece of the new Perth City Hall Museum. CCs are invited to give their consideration to the proposal. After a brief discussion the view was if the Museum project goes forward the Stone would form a centre piece.

(9.04) PKC Accounts Audit Report.

A report has been received from the Accounts Commission, Scotland commenting on PKC Accounts briefly stating PKC continues to improve many services. The Council must demonstrate it has plans in place to tackle under performing areas. Most council services have steadily improved. The Council is excellent at managing its money, has clear aims and is well led. Local people are more satisfied with council services than the Scottish average. The council regularly monitors performance and services, but should use this insight and knowledge better to set out and drive forward improvements. The council could do more to involve communities earlier in strategic planning discussions and demonstrate the outcome of engagement. Further information on council services can be found online via MyPKC, its customer services platform.

(9.05) Patient Participation Group, Dunblane.

A September newsletter has been published and can be read online www.dunblanemedicalpractice.co.uk There is now a Pharmacy team working in the Practice. Flu Clinics will be held at the Victoria Hall in October. Primary Care Services in Scotland are changing with General Practices hosting wider multi disciplinary teams employed by Health Boards. Interesting statistics in the month of August - there were over 4000 face to face consultations just under 1000 telephone consultations. Over 5000 prescriptions totalling over 12000 medication items.

(9.06) Heart 200 Update.

A circular has been received indicating a number of communities in North Perthshire are unhappy with the Heart 200 and its associated environmental impact. No such complaints have been made to this section of the Route. The CC will monitor any further communications.

(9.07) VE Day 75

CCs throughout Scotland are being invited to take the lead in the organisation of local celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on the 8th - 10th May 2020. Friday 8th May will be a Bank Holiday. The celebrations for the centenary of the end of the 1st World War were organised by the local branch of the British Legion with a number of community organisation also participating. To date no communication has been received from the Legion.

(9.08) Crown Estate, Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland have issued a consultation document explaining the new legislation on how its assets are to be managed. The approach is help attract offshore wind investment, supporting new ways of growing food and closer work with communities. Scottish Ministers are also seeking views on the draft Strategic Management Plan on how Scottish Crown Estate Land and property will be managed. Draft 2020/2023 Corporate Plan can be viewed - user_uploads/ces-draft-corp-plan-300819-final.pdf or c!onsult.gov.scot/crown-estate-strategy-unit/2020-23-corporate-plan.

The Meeting closed at 20.15pm 
Date of the Next Meeting: 10 October 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall, 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 8 August 2019

Braco Church Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Cox,M.Boxer,SThomson.

Apologies: R Duckworth, A. Gordon, Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T Gray.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox seconded by A Pryor.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally

A number of road repairs remain outstanding, including the white lining to the A822. The Secretary to send a reminder to PKC.
(3.02) Braco Village Hall
The Secretary reported work commenced on the refurbishment to the Village Hall ahead of programme however the Council took the decision to renew the boiler and heating system throughout the Hall. This work was originally programmed for next year. This would possibly delay the completion date, 21 August by a couple of weeks. This delay would require the Hall being partly available to the School at the beginning of Term. The Hall Committee had advised the Development Trust (Beer Festival) that this years event should be postponed. It was understood the beer was yet to be ordered. The delay would have an effect on a number of bookings, the work to the Hall was a requirement for Health and Safety purposes. The Council is hoping to progress the construction of the new storage area in the autumn which would enable the Hall floor to be clear of tables, chairs, etc.

(3.03) Tennis Court Area Redevelopment.
An agreement has been reached with the Land Owner to allow this work to proceed. A new start date is to be confirmed with the Architect and Contractor. It was hoped this would be during the autumn however final surfacing may be delayed as it was dependent on temperature (ie. frost etc.).
(3.04) Community Investment Fund (CIF) - 
Applications for grants are now available for community projects which improve equality and quality of life in Ardoch area. Application Forms can be downloaded from PKC CIF Application Guidance website. www.pkc.gov.uk/cif The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 21 August. For further details contact communityplanningpartnership@pkc.gov.uk Other Funds are available through the Tesco Grant see http://bit.ly/centenarygrantscot Also funds are available through SURF, Scotland’s Regeneration Forum. See PKC Community Planning Partnership web site for further details.
(3.05) Dog Watch 
Progress has been made by the Dog Watch Team in designing suitable notices and boxes to be sited around the Community to remind dog owners of their responsibilities. The Committee have been active in reminding dog owners to clear up after their dogs. The Waste bin at the picnic site, Keir Bridge, has now been emptied.

4. Community Police Report. 
The Community Policeman, Steven Mitchell, was on leave so the Police Commanders Report was used which identifies issues currently being dealt with by the Police. Farm security was top of the Agenda with the theft of a quad bike from Beannie Farm a recent example. 
A recent report has been received by the CC on the problems being created around the primary School playground and ‘Ark’ shelter. Youths had been seen smoking and drinking leaving litter and glass. The mobile toilet installed at the Hall for the use by the contractor had also been vandalised. These matters will be conveyed to the Community Policeman.
5. Planning. 
Only one local application was recorded - Greenloaning Farm was seeking retrospective planning permission for the erection of the high boarded fence around their property.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 

A meeting of the Trust was held the previous night when three new Trustees were welcomed on to the Committee. The position of the new Company Secretary was confirmed and all matters relating to agreements etc. with the Charities Commission and Company House put in order. Next meeting of the ADT is on 25 September 2019. Grant applications would be welcomed.

7. Strathearn Forum

A meeting of the Forum has been arranged for Wednesday 21 August in Auchterarder.

8. BGCC Accounts

The Treasurer noted PKC had topped up the CC account which now stood at £1216.41. The Treasurer reminded all that the new timetable for Community Council Accounts to coincide with the new elections etc. required him to have accounts drawn up and audited by the end of September. All outstanding invoices and expenses should be submitted prior to the September meeting.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Community Council Elections

Following the revision by the Council to the Community Council Scheme of Establishment a timetable has been issued by PKC detailing the dates by which Elections for the Community Council are to be held. This required all candidates to submit their election nomination papers by 26 September 2019. Only those persons whose names appear on the Electoral Register on 1 August 2019 will be eligible to stand. See Braco Community Council web site for further details.
(9.02) Braco School Playground Area.
See item 4 of the Minutes, Police Report for details of complaint.
(9.03) Solheim Cup

A detailed traffic report has been issued by PKC regarding road closures, traffic movement during the Competition being played at Gleneagles. These restrictions will be enforced from the 1 September to 30 September 2019.
(9.04) Perth and Kinross Proposed Local Development Plan
The Reporters have completed their examination of the above and have published a copy of the examination report online
www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk/CaseDetails.aspx?id=119920 !
it is understood there are no variations for the LDP relating to Braco & Greenloaning.

(9.05) Land Reform

The Scottish Government is required by the Land Reform (Scotland)Act 2016 to publish a statement on land rights and responsibilities and review every five years. This includes the Scottish Land Fund where the Community purchase of land is supported. This also includes Asset Transfers whereby under Part 5 of the Community Empowerment(Scotland) Act it introduced a right for community bodies to make requests to local authorities re ownership, lease or other rights as they wish.

(9.06) MP’s Surgeries

Luke Graham MP will be holding local surgeries on Friday 16 August in Muthill Village Hall (9.30am). Also Saturday 17 August in Blackford Village Hall (11.45) or Braco Church Hall(15.30) contact can be made on 01259 764407 or 01764 680384, or www.lukegraham.org.uk

(9.07) Burnfoot Wind Farm
EEF Renewables have reported that the construction of 3 turbines will commence on Monday 2 September. Community Liaison Meetings (7pm) will be held in Blackford at dates to be decided for updates on the project.
(9.08) Data Protection
The Secretary has received advice and guidance about compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation )GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018(DPA by PKC Information Compliance Team.
(9.09) Health & Social Care
PKC Health and Social Care Partnership is currently renewing their Strategic Plan, they wish to find out about the health and social care in the Community. Their ambition is to work with communities to support healthy and independent lives so if you have any ideas how the money could be better spent to help communities live healthily contact https:// consult.pkc.gov.uk/housing-environment/health-and-social-care-in-perth-and-kinross/

(9.10) Christmas Lights
Research is being carried out through the ADT into the installation of any form of Christmas Lighting in Braco & Greenloaning. A report would be made on receipt of the proposed ideas.

The Meeting closed at 20.45pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 12 September 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall,

 

 


Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 13 June 2019

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees: A.Pryor,, M.Cox, A. Gordon, M.Boxer, Cllr M. Lyle, Cllr T Gray.

Apologies: R Duckworth, S Thomson,.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox seconded by A Gordon.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Community Council Membership.
Notification had been received from PKC that the proposed new member of the Community Council (CC) Sally Thomson has been accepted. The Chairman welcomed Sally to the CC in her absence and looked forward to her support on community matters.

(3.02) Roads Generally
No new potholes had been reported, PKC had recorded the previous potholes and a number still remained outstanding, especially the gullies.
(3.03) Braco Village Hall
The Secretary reported PKC have announced the refurbishment of the toilets would commence on the 15 July and was programmed to be completed in 5 weeks. PKC were progressing with the drawings for the proposed storage area on the tennis court side of the Hall, however part of the construction area fell outwith the footprint of the Hall and permission was being sought to build on this area. The Secretary reported contact had been made with the Solicitors for the Muir Family to determine the Rights to build the Hall extension and also the redevelopment (MUGA) of the Tennis Court (formerly the Curling Pond) project. To date there has been no answer from the Solicitors to enable the projects to progress. The Curling Club had relinquished an interest in the old curling pond when it was converted into the tennis court (thought to be more than 20 years ago). The Development Trust was seeking to confirm the area of the Swing Park and adjacent park land had been gifted to the Community by the Muir Family in the 1930’s for community use. 
(3.04) Community Investment Fund (CIF) - Applications for grants are now available for community projects which improve equality and quality of life in Ardoch area. Application Forms can be downloaded from PKC CIF Application Guidance website. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 21 August. For further details contact communityplanningpartnership@pkc.gov.uk
(3.05) Heart of Scotland Driving Route
This route, which has been developed by businesses in Highland Perthshire, is hoped to be officially unveiled on 1 July 2019 and is designed to encourage more tourists along its route. Whilst there has been some criticism from a limited number who are afraid many of the roads will be overwhelmed by the tourist traffic, as has been seen on the Route 500 ,the majority of responses have welcomed the opportunity of bringing more visitors to Perthshire. 
(3.06) Dog Watch. 
Unfortunately with the absence a report from the Dog Watch Group no discussion took place on the progress in installing boxes for “poo” bags and suitable signs reminding dog owners of their responsibilities.

4. Community Police Report
The Secretary noted the Community Policeman was on leave so the Police Commanders Report was used which identifies issues currently being dealt with by the Police. The principle warning was being aware of criminals and organised crime groups launching wide spread ‘Phishing’ attacks targeting personal/business accounts either by email, social media or text. Police advised all to be aware of suspicions contacts and not to reveal any personal or banking details or sensitive information to anyone. The Secretary reported the Defibrillator had been interfered with on Tuesday (11th), no damage had been done. The Hall had been entered, the school also reported broken glass had been left in the Playground the same evening.

5. Planning. 
An application has been submitted for the construction of a Phone Mast, approx 20m high, north of the two existing wind turbines and adjacent to Glenlichorn Farm. It was noted the Gleneagles Development at Easterton Farm was approved. Previous comments on this application had requested there should be improvements to the back road from Braco to Auchterarder to deal with the increased traffic this road would have to carry if the project went ahead. This was noted by the two PKC Councillors present.

6. Ardoch Development Trust.

The AGM for the Trust is to be held on Thursday 20 June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All households in the area should have received a copy of the current leaflet publicising the workings of the Trust and encouraging the local community to support the Trust and attend the meeting. 

7. Strathearn Forum

A meeting with the PKC Officers had been held on the 5 June when a number of topics common to all Community Councils in the Strathearn/Strathallan area were openly discussed. Comments discussed were the Road repairs, Grant Funding initiatives, Heart of Scotland 200 Route and the revised Establishment of Community Councils.

8. BGCC Accounts

The Treasurer reported the funds still stood as shown at the year end accounts published last month. PKC Officers had been heavily involved in the European Election Poll and the top up monies for this years grant had still to be sent out.
 

9. AOCB

(9.01) Tennis Court Area Development - see Item 3.03

(9.02) Ardoch Estate footpath. A response had been received from the Factor of Blackford Estates clarifying the position re the locked access gates beside the Roman Camp and the necessity to reroute the access to the Core Footpath through the Roman Camp. They accepted this was not convenient for wheel chairs etc. but the behaviour of some members of the public and dog owners had forced them to take the action. A full copy of the letter can be seen on the Braco Community Council web site.

(9.03) Community Services Funding Chart This detailed report published by PKC identifies the many sources of Grants available to community organisations. These Grants cover many more areas of Funding as against the grants available from the Ardoch Development Trust. There are approx. 37 pages of details that can be found on PKC web site following links to Community Funding Alert, May 2019.

(9.04) Community Council Flow Chart. Following the reorganising of the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils, PKC have published a revised flow chart to incorporate the new timetable for Community Council elections in November 2019. This will require the preparation of audited accounts for the period up to the end August 2019. The timetable requires a period for nominations for Community Council Elections from 15 August to the 22 September 2019.

(9.05) MP’s Surgeries. The nearest Surgery to raise matters with the local MP is on Saturday 15 June at 10am in Muthill.

(9.06) Car Park at Bowling Club. Further to last month’s discussions on the private vehicles and trade vehicles obstructing the parking area for the members of the Bowling Club and their visitors, two representatives from the Bowling Club confirmed this area was the property of the Bowling Club. The Bowling Club had removed their temporary barriers, which sadly had been damaged and were now advising local residents when the car park was required for visiting players etc. It was hoped there would be co-operation from those who parked in this area.

The Meeting closed at 20.45pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 08 August 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall, there is no Meeting in July.  

 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 8 May 2019

Braco Village Hall - 7.45pm 

1. Attendees:
 A.Pryor, R Duckworth, M.Cox, A. Gordon, M.Boxer, Cllr T Gray.

Apologies: Cllr M. Lyle and Cllr C Reid.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox seconded by A Gordon.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally
The Secretary was able to record attention had been given by PKC to a number of potholes etc. recently reported. Concern was expressed by a number of those present at the number of gulley covers that became displaced resulting in potholes. 
(3.02) Dog Responsibilities. 
A report was received from Braco & Greenloaning Dog Community Partnership reporting notices had now been printed to remind dog owners of their responsibilities and new boxes made for accessing waste bags. A Facebook page had been established to help improve communication. A reminder was put forward identifying there were a large number of lambs running around in fields where dogs are being walked, it was the responsibility of the dog owners to keep control of their dogs all the time.

(3.03)Community Council Membership.
The Chairman was pleased to announce Sally Thomson, had been asked to join the Community Council to bring the membership numbers up to date. Subject to Perth & Kinross approving her nomination Sally was invited to take a seat on the Council. 

4. Community Police Report. 
The Secretary recorded apologies from the Police but reported using the Police Commanders Report which identified issues currently being dealt with by the Police, with Mental Health awareness and Youth anti social behaviour being the current topics. The latter had been noted locally with youths setting up camp in the woods at Grinnan Hill. After a warning from a member of the Public they dispersed, only to return. A visit from the Police resulted in the youths clearing their tents, bonfire and litter before dispersing.

5. Planning. 
No items to report this month.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 

A grant has been awarded to Braco School to assist with the payment of fees for those children who attend the RDA riding lessons in Crieff. A Grant had also been made to the Church towards the cost of repairing areas affected by dry rot.
The Chairman noted the Trust were seeking to appoint new Trustees to assist with the management of the Funds. A new company secretary would need to be appointed at ! !the AGM on the 20 June 2019.

7. Strathearn Forum

A meeting with the PKC CEO had been arranged for the 5 June to replace the cancelled March meeting. Details and Agenda were to be fixed at a meeting organised for 15 May at East Strathearn CC.

8. BGCC Accounts

The Treasurer confirmed the accounts for the end of the financial year 2018/2019 had been audited and submitted to PKC. !

9. AOCB

(9.01) Heart of Scotland Tourist Route Recent publicity has identified a route around

Perthshire to show off the scenic countryside. Following some adverse publicity of the Route 500 around the North of Scotland, because of the increase in traffic on unsuitable(single carriageway) roads, the opinion of those present at the meeting was the Perthshire roads would cope with the traffic and certainly many of the local businesses would welcome extra trade.

(9.02) Braco Village Hall A meeting had been held with PKC Property(Schools) to discuss the proposed changes to the Toilets. The proposals put forward were welcomed by the Hall Committee and a start date for the beginning of July was agreed. The proposals to construct a storage area on the North side of the Hall was also agreed, although no start date was put forward. There was concern that those items currently stored in the Toilet area (tables, gym mats etc.) would block the Hall if the storage area was not started soon.! (9.03) Community Investment Fund Round 2 of the CIF will be open to community-led projects from 13 May. Projects welcome.

(9.04) Supplementary Guidance Consultation PKC is preparing a new and updated Supplementary Guidance to support the Perth and Kinross Proposed Local Development Plan which is scheduled for adoption later this year. Comments are sought on the proposals and can be viewed online at www.pkc.gov.uk/ldp2guidance

(9.05) Safety in PlayPark A report has been received from the School on the condition of the goal posts situated in the Play Park. An inspection had not identified any damage and if the school wished to use them it was up to the staff to supervise children using the goals.! (9.06) Car Park at Bowling Club Questions were raised as to the ownership of the Car Park at the Bowling Club. The parking of two large caravans on the pathway adjacent to the Church boundary wall restricted the use of this area together with a number of commercial vehicles also parked on this strip of land. It was hoped some amicable solution could be reached. The Bowling Club had removed their temporary boundary fence alongside the road which did enable prams, walkers etc. to proceed safely from the Ardoch Estate into the village.

(9.07) European Elections. The Secretary reminded all the Village Hall will be required as a Polling Station for the European Elections on Thursday 23 May 2019.
(9.08) Abe Barron The family of the late Abe Barron have arranged a commemoration service in Braco Village Hall on Tuesday 21 May at 7pm to which all friends are invited.

The Meeting closed at 20.45pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 13 June 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 11 April 2019

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees: A.Pryor, M.Cox, A. Gordon, M.Boxer.

Apologies: R.Duckworth, Cllr T. Gray ,Cllr M. Lyle and Cllr C Reid.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox seconded by A Pryor.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally including Greenhaugh Roundabout. -
damage at the top of Smiddy Brae still required repairs. Other potholes were identified on the A822 adjacent to the Braco Kitchen Design Shop; junction of Mid Lane with the Kinbuck Road adjacent to the gully cover. This last hole is deep and potentially dangerous for a child. Gullies along the A822 north of Garrick Corner in need of resetting.
The new speed bump at Greenhaugh junction(A822) conforms with statutory traffic signs/ warnings etc. Drivers need too slow down!!
(3.02) Village Tour Leaflets - New leaflets have been printed and will be placed in the containers outside the Village Hall and at the Notice Boards adjacent to the entrance to Lodge Park.
(3.03) Ardoch Estate Walk Access - This entrance has been closed off following complaints of Dog Owners allowing their dogs to run out of control in areas where there are livestock (including game birds) feeding. Entrance to the Ardoch Walk core path can still be accessed through the Roman Fort. The Community Council (CC) will check the position of access to designated Core Footpaths.
(3.04) Dog Responsibilities - Following a series of complaints at dog fouling in various areas of Braco, it was noted some residents had formed a community safety and environment committee to try and ensure all dog owners have a responsibility to see that their dogs are kept under control at all times. Allowing your dog to mess areas is a reportable offence which could lead to a fine. The Committee propose to install a few boxes around the Village to dispense dog fouling bags. These are no longer available from PKC. These bags can then be deposited in any waste bin. (Not lost in bushes, trees etc.).  It is hoped to produce some discreet signs to prompt Owners awareness and also remind Owners/Dog Walkers that access through farm land also requires dogs to be kept under control especially when farm animals or areas that had been seeded were open to the public. The Outdoor Access Code should be observed at all times which includes removal of dog waste from fields where livestock can contract diseases from dog poo. 
Core Paths are paths to provide reasonable access to walk in the countryside and should not be abused. The Committee is looking for the support from all members of the Community to engage in promoting a cleaner and safer village.

4. Community Police Report. The Community Council welcomed the new Community Policeman, Stephen Mitchell to the meeting. Stephen gave a brief resume of his background in community policing, he hoped to be able to attend CC meetings on a regular basis but obviously there were times when CC meetings around Strathearn and Strathallan coincided. He understood there were fortunately few occasions when police were required in Braco/Greenloaning, however he did take note of the problems of speeding traffic through the Village and Greenloaning. The Police had spoken with It was noted the road speeding(racing) motorists the previous weekend following complaints. It was proposed, if possible, the Police would attend one of the Youth Group meetings to help foster good relations between the Police and the local Youth. The awareness of the usual scams were noted, an additional heading this month was ’Romance Fraud’, as in all cases the disclosure of personal information should be avoided. See Police websites for details.

5. Planning. Approval had been given for the construction of one new property in Braco, otherwise there were no new applications. 

6. Ardoch Development Trust. The Trust had recently discussed proposals for christmas lighting in the area. Feasibility and costs were to be examined. A review of the Health & Safety of the children at the Lantern Parade. Grants had been made to a) The formation of a Dog Watch committee, see Minute 3.04, and b) the Parish Church for repairs to areas of dry rot etc. Asset Transfer was discussed in connection with the closure of Greenloaning School, unless there was a positive interest from the whole community this item would be curtailed. Work has been carried out to update the Trust web/IT site. Work done by the Trust in supporting the Ardoch Fiddlers was admired by the PKC Music Department following the participation of the junior fiddlers in the Music Festival where they won their particular class.

7. Strathearn Forum.
It was proposed to hold a meeting with the PKC CEO at the beginning of June to replace the cancelled March meeting. Details and Agenda were to be fixed at a later date.

8. BGCC Accounts!
The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of approx. £800.00. The Treasurer reported monies had been received from PKC towards the Community Grant of £520 for the Ardoch in Bloom application which had been passed on. A draft end of year statement had been prepared and would be audited prior to being passed to PKC.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Burnfoot Wind Farm. It was noted planning approval for the 125m turbines which had been discussed in October 2017 had only just been approved. No explanation from the Council was given.
(9.02) Community Council Membership. There are two vacancies in the membership of the Community Council. Steps are being taken to invite interested parties on their willingness to stand for Office. The CC holds 10 meetings per annum and forms a link between the communities of Braco & Greenloaning and PKC. The local elected PKC councillors attend the monthly meetings as do the Police to enable discussions take place.! (9.03) Resilience Insurance. Notification has been received confirming the position of Local Community Councils that in dealing with any community emergency response they are covered by 3rd Party liability insurance.
(9.04) Solheim Grant. Details have been received from PKC Community Greenspace Team for grants of up to £1250 towards community projects that enhance local communities at the time of the Solheim Cup (13 - 15 September). Details of the grant and application forms can be found on www.perthcity.co.uk/solheim-cup-2019
(9.05) European Elections. In view of the delays to the Brexit negotiations the Village Hall will be required as a Polling Station for the European Elections on Thursday 23 May 2019.


The Meeting closed at 20.50pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 08 May 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 14 March 2019

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm

1.Attendees:A.Pryor,R.Duckworth,M.Cox,M.Boxer,CllrT.Grayand

   CllrM.Lyle.

Apologies: A. Gordon, Cllr C Reid.

1a. Barbara Scott It was with sadness the Chairman announced the recent death of Barbara. Barbara had been an active member of the Community Council up to a couple of months ago and taken a keen interest in the various activities in the Community. Barbara had been a resident in the Village for a considerable number of years and her participation will be sadly missed. Her funeral service would be held on Tuesday, 19 March in the Ardoch Parish Church at 10.30am followed by her burial in the New Cemetery.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox seconded by R Duckworth.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally including Greenhaugh Roundabout. -
to damaged road gullies on the A822 had collapsed again, the large pothole adjacent to Drumsheugal in Smiddy Brae had been reported to the Council. It was noted there are several large potholes on the A822 north of Braco. The Public are reminded they can contact PKC through clarence@pkc.gov.uk to report road damage.
Work had been completed on programme for the replacement of Greenhaugh Roundabout. The disruption to traffic was minor during the road closure only a few motorists seemed to have ignored the diversion signs. The reports received by the Community Council (CC) were in approval of the increased visibility and therefore safety of residents cars emerging from Greenhaugh Way. It was reported a few motorists had complained about the lack of signage and height of the ramps. Some Drivers were slow to reduce speed resulting in an initial shock of hitting the ‘bumps’. The general opinion from the members of the public at the meeting approved of the measures taken but believed some improved signage could be introduced. The original signs warning of changed layout at the junction were those introduced several years ago when the roundabout was first introduced. PKC did agree that certain signs/poles were to be replaced. The comments of the meeting would be conveyed to PKC Roads for further deliberation. Previous comments about the possibility of introducing other speed restriction bumps along Front Street, Braco, starting at the north end remained on the table. 
(3.02) Grant Applications - The Secretary reported that PKC had held a meeting in connection with the award of grants from the Community Initiative Fund. The redevelopment of the Tennis Court area had submitted for a grant from this fund. A question had been raised at that meeting the timescale for those successful in obtaining grants to spend the money was short and a suggestion was made that if the successful bidders could demonstrate the progress of their projects there could be an extension of the timescale.

(3.03) Braco New Cemetery - Several complaints had been received as to the condition of the Cemetery arising out of the damage by moles. An email had been received from PKC that this would be attended to. The Secretary reported work had been carried out. It was recorded the repairs

 

(3.04). Greenscares Wind Farm - Further to the discussion held at the February CC meeting it was confirmed that no further action would be taken by PKC to request a ‘judicial review’ on the Reporters decision. The CC had written supporting PKC Planning if they wished to pursue a review but on advice from the Council lawyers and other learned persons, also Gleneagles Hotel, it was decided to accept the decision. Whether the project was still financial viable following the withdrawal of subsidies was still on the table. The current local MP had requested information on the decisions taken as there was a Parliamentary Committee looking into decisions being overturned by Reporters. The two PKC Councillors present did comment that there were further discussions ongoing where Planning Decisions etc. were not being enforced or flouted by Developers etc..

4. Community Police Report. 
The Secretary reported the new Community Police Officer, Steve Mitchell, was hoping to attend the Meeting but was attending the Comrie CC meeting prior to the Braco Meeting. Unfortunately the Officer did not make the Braco meeting. The Secretary reported, using the Police Area Commanders weekly report, no crimes had been reported locally. Once again the major topic in the Police Report was warning local people to be aware of various scams being used to obtain bank and other personal details covering a wide range of subjects. A recent fraud reoccurring related to mobile phone SIM fraud, where following loss of service the owner of the phone discovers from their supplier a new number and Sim has been issued. Also High Pressure Sales Calls where cold calling pressurises the resident into purchasing goods. Where possible when fraudulent enquiries were being made it was recommended those targeted made their neighbours and other members of the public aware of the schemes. The final comment from the Police Report was pertinent following the replacement of Greenhaugh Roundabout, this was a road safety campaign statement from the Scottish Government: “In Town Slow Down”. 

5. Planning 
General Planning - 2 local applications had been published recently. One for the erection of 2 houses which would replace an agricultural barn on the Kierallan estate. had not received permission to proceed. The second application was for the erection of two dwelling houses at land south of Blueton Farm, Greenloaning.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 

The next meeting of the Trust is on 27 March 2019. 

7. Strathearn Forum.
The next meeting of the Forum was to be 18 March however a number of CCs were unable to make this date , a new date was being organised prior to a meeting with PKC CEO for the 27 March to discuss an agreed agenda of local topics as held in previous years.

8. BGCC Accounts
The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of approx. £1090.00. The Treasurer reminded all that information for the end of year accounts was now due.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Tennis Court Development - a meeting had been held with the Architect and Contractor to progress the construction of a multi sports area. Various Grant Monies had been secured but an agreement with the Land Owner had to be signed off. Hopeful start date by end of May 2019.

(9.02) MP’s Surgery Dates - a notice had been posted listing the venue and date of future surgeries in April. No surgeries in Braco in April. 

Contact: luke.graham.mp@parliament.uk

(9.03) Resilient Communities Fund. Details had been received from SSEN Resilient Communities Fund for £140,000 grants available for local communities to enhance community facilities, services and communication. Possible source for obtaining funds for a wifi hub connection for the Village and Church Halls in Braco.

(9.04) Community Planning Partnership. An improved Communications Plan was being developed by the PKC Partnership Board to support greater awareness and understanding of Local Action Partnerships. Further information to be released.
(9.05) Scheme of Establishment of Community Councils. The Scheme has been approved by PKC on 27 February 2019. This document sets out the Constitution, Community Council members Code of Conduct etc. Major changes relate to the end of year for financial accounts and AGM to be held in October prior to elections in November.

(9.06) Statutory Consultation Report - Greenloaning School. This notification forms part of the official procedure to publish a report 3 weeks before the Council takes a final decision on the future of Greenloaning Primary School at Lifelong Learning Committee on 27 March 2019. See PKC webpage for information www.pkc.gov.uk/article/20519/ Proposals-and-Consultation-for-Education-Provision-at-Greenloaning-Primary-School.! (9.07) Access to Financial Services in Scotland. The Scottish Affairs Committee is looking for written submissions on how the closing of ATMs and Banks has impacted on rural communities.!

(9.08) History Leaflets, Lodge Park. New leaflets to be obtained for the Spring season.

(9.09) River Allan Flood Plain. Concern was expressed that a planning development in Bridge of Allan had suggested areas of farming land from Blackford to Kinbuck could form a flood plain to allow the current land in B-O-Allan be suitable for development. This was unacceptable to residents in Greenloaning and others who may be in low lying areas.

(9.10) Braco to Greenloaning Cycle Path - this venture has not progressed however the footpath from Braco to Greenloaning has been widened and improved since this matter was first raised.


(9.11) Helen Graham. The Secretary reported of the death of Helen Graham who had been the Head Teacher for many years at Braco Primary School. Her funeral sevice would be at Perth Crematorium on 22 March 2019 at 10.30am.


The Meeting closed at 20.25pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 11 April 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall.

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 14 February 2019

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

1.Attendees:A.Pryor,R.Duckworth,M.Cox,M.Boxer,A.Gordon,

  Cllr T.Gray and Cllr M. Lyle.

  Apologies: B. Scott, Cllr C Reid.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

  Approved by R Duckworth seconded by M Cox.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally including Greenhaugh Roundabout.
work to remove the roundabout was to take place at the end of February. It was understood PKC was to inform all residents in Braco & Greenloaning of the road closures during the construction period. Proposed road closures of the A822 from Commanders Grove to Gentlecroft would be in place during the day whilst the new raised platform was constructed together with the realignment of the existing bell mouth kerbing. Traffic diversions would be signposted to reroute traffic from the A9 heading for Crieff etc. to proceed to the Auchterarder turn off and Crieff traffic heading southwards would also be diverted. In order to deter large vehicles from using the B8033 a weight limit sign was requested to be sited to advise artics etc. of the restrictions at Kinbuck Bridge. If this speed bump was a success it was suggested further raised areas along Front Street, Braco would act as a deterrent for speeding traffic especially those coming from the Crieff direction. It was recorded the repairs to damaged road gullies on the A822 had collapsed again and further road damage was reported on the A822 in Greenloaning, also large pothole adjacent to Drumsheugal in Smiddy Brae. On the B8033 a hole in the verge due to a culvert collapse adjacent to Gallowston Wood had also been reported to PKC. 
(3.02) Grant Applications - No further applications had been received from community organisations for the various grants on offer from PKC. PKC had requested account details from the Community Council(CC) in respect of the application previously submitted.

(3.03) PKC Constitutional Changes - no further information had been received in connection with comments submitted in December with regard to proposed changes to the Community Council Constitution.
(3.04) Disabled Acces to the Village Hall - The Secretary was able to report the new access path had been constructed successfully and improved lighting installed. The new emergency exit door in the Hall was still to be completed.

4. Community Police Report. 
The Police were not in attendance. The Secretary reported, using the Police Area Commanders weekly report, one crime had been recorded locally in the month which was a fire in Braco School outdoor ‘Ark’ classroom. Once again the major topic in the Police Report was warning local people to be aware of various scams being used to obtain bank and other personal details covering a wide range of subjects. Where possible when fraudulent enquiries were being made it was recommended those targeted made their neighbours and other members of the public aware of the schemes.

5. Planning 
5.01 General Planning - 2 local applications had been published recently. One for a house opposite Allanview Cottage on the B8033, and one for the erection of 2 houses which would replace an agricultural barn on the Kierallan estate. Comment was passed on the current access to this estate off the A822 being restricted.

5.02 Greenscares Wind Farm - The overturning of the original Planning Decision had provoked considerable criticism from various parties in the community and a number of discussions took place amongst those attending the meeting. The PKC Councillors present reminded the meeting the only opportunity to proceed with overturning the result was through a ‘judicial revue’. This therefore required a point of Law to be established to pursue the case - an extremely expensive process. The general comment from all present was the revised decision had been made on a ’personal’ point of view and ignored the original objections raised by 5 community councils and some 400 objectors as well as PKC. Democracy seemed to have been ignored once again, some 18,000 objectors had originally spoken against the 400kv pylon line and this had been ignored. The PKC Councillors did request the CC write a letter to the Council to record their dissatisfaction at the overturning of the original Planning Decision and this would be used in their decision as to how to respond to the Reporter’s decision.

This letter required to be submitted as soon as possible as there was a time restriction on further discussions.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 

A meeting of the Trust was held on Monday 11 February 2019. Various projects were discussed and a grant application from Ardoch in Bloom (Gardening Club) was held in abeyance until their finalisation with PKC of Grants being obtained towards the same project. A meeting was to be arranged with the Architect to progress the redevelopment of the Tennis Court area, a letter from Mr N Muir was required to clarify the permission for the use of the land. It was noted the re siting of the Tennis Court left suitable room for the proposed extension to the Hall to create storage facilities. This was an ongoing discussion with PKC which also required to be covered in Mr Muir’s letter. Proposals to instal WiFi connections to the Hall were under discussion.

7. Strathearn Forum.
A date for a meeting of the Forum was to be arranged. A meeting had been arranged with PKC CEO for the end of March to discuss an agreed agenda of local topics as held in previous years.

8. BGCC Accounts
The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of approx. £1090.00.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Feddal Forest - notification had been received from Tillhill Forestry that movement of timber from Feddal Forest would commence towards the end of February using the Whistlebrae Farm Road. Agreements had been reached in connection with movement of timber lorries that passed the Primary School in the morning, lunch time and afternoon school closing. PKC were aware of the traffic flow on the B8033 and the condition of the road was agreed at the commencement of the work. It was noted that Grants were obtainable from the Scottish Government for repairing roads damaged by timber haulage.! (9.02) MP’s Surgery Dates - a notice had been posted listing the venue and date of future surgeries. Surgery in Braco in the Church Hall from 11am to Noon on Wednesday 20 February. Luke Graham MP noted that the “Cold weather payments” to those eligible in FK15 would automatically receive payment.

(9.03) Braco Coffee Shop Licence Application - it was noted the Coffee Shop was applying for a full alcohol licence.

(9.04) Asset Management - The Secretary had attended a meeting organised by PKC and Dev. Trust Scotland on the procedures for pursuing asset transfers of Council buildings to community ownership. Interest had been expressed in the currently mothballed Greenloaning School which may not be available for a couple of years at present but it should not prevent the interested parties doing the groundwork to fully understand the feasibility study required to achieve a transfer.

(9.05) PKC Garden Waste Disposal Bins - notification had gone to Householders in connection with this years charges for uplifting the green bins. Anyone having a Domestic Vehicle Licence for disposal of rubbish at the Council Tips was automatically renewed.! (9.06) Ardoch Roman Camp Access Gate - It has been reported the access gate to the walk around Ardoch Pond has been locked. A note was to be sent to the Factor requesting an explanation for the closure.

(9.07) Scottish Water,Trees - whilst Scottish Water had trimmed the overhanging branches from the pathway adjacent to the Treatment Works further branches were identified overhanging the Cemetery Car Park. A further request for trimming was to be made.

(9.08) Bench Replacement - an enquiry had been made in connection with the removal of the old (rotten) bench seat on Grinnan Hill and a new seat to be placed in the approach to the New Cemetery. The old bench had a plaque on it remembering Mr. I MacIver, approaches were to be made to the family in connection with the new bench.

(9.09) Scottish Governments Community and Renewable Energy Scheme - this fund offers a range of financial support to local energy projects. For further information see website for localenergyscotland.
(9.10) Community engagement in town planning - The Planning(Scotland) Bill 2018 has introduced Local Place Plans as part of the Scottish Governments aim to empower communities. BGCC has responded to the survey being carried out.

(9.11) Community Transport Forum - PKC has agreed to continue the partnership between communities, elected members and public services. Community representatives would be invited to a meeting at the North Inch Campus at 18.30 0n 28 February 2019. 


(9.12) Proposed Local Development Plan 2 Consultation - It is understood there are no revised plans for this area.

(9.13) Fireworks in Scotland - the Minister for Community Safety announced a public consultation was to be held on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. Details of events can be found on website consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/!
Local Consultation events will be held in Stirling on 28 February at The Attic, Tolbooth, Stirling or 19 March at Perth Leisure Pool, Perth. Further information can be obtained from Eilidh.Smith4@gov.scot 

(9.14) Planning Enforcement Charter - the revised document is available for viewing on website www.pkc.gov.uk/article/15035/Planning-enforcement!

The Meeting closed at 20.55pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 14 March 2019, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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