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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.  

 

 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 13 December 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

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

    Apologies: B. Scott, Cllr M Lyle, Clr T Gray, Cllr C Reid.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by A. Gordon seconded by M Cox.
Correction was noted to the value of the Grant Application from the Gardening Club which should have read approx. £570 not £750.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally - The damaged gully approx. 300yds passed the cemetery entrance going towards Greenloaning reported last month has been repaired. On the A822 the road drainage between Greenhaugh Way and Commanders Grove has not been attended to. The A822 traffic between Braco and Greenloaning has been subject to traffic control whilst new fibre optic cable has been installed.
(3.02) Greenhaugh Roundabout - No further information was available, following a request from members of the Greenhaugh community to see the drawings for the proposed changes to the bell mouth etc. the outlines for the changes were discussed. There appears to have been no consultation with the residents by PKC towards these alterations. Arising from the discussions on traffic management enquiries were made on how to control the speed of traffic entering the village from the north. Whilst it was accepted the road layout at the bridge over the Knaik controlled the speed of the traffic, which was within the 30mph speed signs, it was noted traffic accelerated with the long straight section in front of them once they were clear of the bridge. Request for clarification re Speed Activated signs within the 30mph area. It was noted Auchterarder had enquired about the use of ‘pop up’ policemen.!
(3.03) Resilience Meeting - Further to last month’s report John Handling (PKC) had now handed this work over to Keith Colville(PKC). It was noted no further progress had been made for the supply of emergency power points at Village Halls in areas where provision was to be made for dealing with traffic emergencies on the A9.
(3.04) Community Grants - A second enquiry had been had been received seeking monies for improvements to the boundary walls at the bell mouth entrance to the New Cemetery. Further requests have been made for comparative quotes for this work, there was a degree of urgency as there was no Community Council meeting in January and submissions had to be in before mid February.
(3.05) Dog Fouling - despite new notices having been posted requesting cooperation from dog owners further complaints have been received from members of the public at the continued mess left in many areas of the village. It was suggested comments should go to the various dog handling and training clubs to educate the Owners into clearing dog mess. A request to the Council was to be made for further waste bins to be sited around the Village to encourage the disposal of waste bags in a suitable manner.

4. Community Police Report
The Police were not in attendance. The Secretary reported, using the Police Area Commanders weekly report, noting no crimes had been recorded locally in the month.

The Secretary however reported there had been a break in at Whistlebrae Farm where a quad bike and several chain saws had gone missing. Home Owners/Car Owners were reminded to keep all things secure. The Police reports had requested cooperation from the Public over the Christmas/New Year holiday period in observing the drink driving laws and general behaviour in public places.

Warnings were issued in respect of scams seeking monies for obtaining peoples bank details including a recent scam on refunds on TV licences and Tax refunds. Information could be obtained fro www.actionfraud.police.uk or phoning 03001232040.

5. Planning 
One local planning application had been published for the construction of a wood framed building at Gracelands adjacent to the Therapy Centre on the Langside Road.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 
The meeting of the Trust was held on Wednesday 21 November 2018. Various projects and grants were discussed re: christmas tree lighting, lantern parade, Christmas Film (21/12/18). Tennis Court development specification details awaited. Senior Citizens (SWI) Tea. Next meeting Monday 7 January 2019.

7. Strathearn Forum.
A meeting of the Forum was held on 26 November 2018. It was noted the numbers of CCs attending these meetings had fallen short recently. The major item discussed was the  number of Grants being offered through the Council for local organisations and projects. The information required and follow up details were not fully understood by those wishing
to participate, request for clarification was being sought. A meeting was being arrangedwith 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. Payments for the
hire of the Hall had been made.

9. AOCB
(9.01) PKC Waste Bin and Recycling Christmas/New Year - PKC have published a copy of collection times over the Holiday Period. These will be posted on the CC website and village noticeboards.
(9.02) PKC Constitutional Changes - a proposed draft of changes to Community Council Constitutions has been responded to and various questions raised for further discussion.

(9.03) Disabled Access to the Village Hall - following a report to PKC on various outstanding items relating to the condition of the Village Hall - leaking toilets, gutters, roof , storage etc. including the delays to the construction of the Access door and pathway, the Council have responded giving a start date for the disabled access as the 8 January 2019.

(9.04) Grit Bins - It was hoped the Council would maintain the servicing of grit bins around the Village prior to the winter weather. The matter of down pipes spilling directly onto paved areas with no gully trap to receive the water was again raised (as was last year). The Secretary had spoken to one or two householders and they all stated when PKC had repaved the pavement (Front Street) the drainage outfalls had been removed leaving the water to flow across the pavement. This was unsatisfactory when the water froze. It was also noted at this point some of the road gullies along Front Street were overflowing and required cleaning (especially adjacent to Braco Hotel/Smiddy Brae corner)

(9.05) Holiday Parks - It was brought to the CC attention that a number of Holiday Park (Static Caravans) were now subject to Council Tax. There are no static caravan parks in Braco or Greenloaning.

(9.06) Greenloaning Play Areas - The subject of ball games being played on the Green Space areas around the Mill Hill estate was raised by a Resident. There are areas of land between houses where a high pressure water main is sited. Neighbouring residents to one of these areas have complained the area has been taken over by local youths (and adults) for sporting purposes. The Chairman noted their complaint and referred to a previous problem of ball games and noise adjacent to the Play Park area. The Resident was asked whether they had any details of the ownership of this land (Scottish Water?) and if any conditions had been drawn up by the Developer (Muir Homes) and PKC over the use of this ground. As it was not known who owned this plot of land it was suggested the information could be obtained from the Land Registry and any named companies could be checked with Company House to obtain their address. Unfortunately there were no PKC Councillors at the meeting to assist in resolving this matter.!

The Chairman thanked those who had attended the meeting and wished them a peaceful Christmas and a good New Year, reminding them there was no meeting in January.

The Meeting closed at 20.40

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

 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 8 November 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

1. Attendees:A.Pryor,M.Cox,M.Boxer,A.Gordon,B.Scott,,CllrTGray.

   Apologies: R.Duckworth, Cllr M Lyle, Cllr Crawford Reid, W.  

   Provan.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by A. Gordon seconded by B Scott.
It was noted the Braco & Greenloaning Life (social media) page reports the Minutes.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally - On the A822 a failure in the road drainage between Greenhaugh Way and Commanders Grove is resulting in large areas of surface water especially adjacent to the Bus Stop. Pedestrians are being soaked by the water. It was noted the outfall which is situated on the Farm land over the wall is blocked. The Public noted traffic did not respect pedestrians waiting at the Bus Stop and a number of vehicles appeared to ignore the variable Speed Traffic sign. An additional Speed Sign has now been installed at Greenloaning. A damaged gully approx. 300yds passed the cemetery entrance going towards Greenloaning was reported and the road department informed. PKC Roads have commenced clearing the footpath to Greenloaning. PKC have repaired the two dislodged kerbs in Feddal Road. Following two early morning accidents on the A822 approx. at Garrick Cottage drivers were reminded to be aware of the winter conditions and icy surfaces. The status of the adoption of Carseview joining Front Street to Mid Lane has yet to be determined, it was noted PKC maintain the street lighting. In a response to a question the Secretary confirmed there are no road signs on the B8033 warning motorists etc. of the junction with Ardoch Way and the road marking at the junction is a dotted white line. 
(3.02) Greenhaugh Roundabout - PKC have issued a drawing of the proposed revised layout for the junction of the A822 and Greenhaugh Way. This showed the removal of the roundabout and a normal bellmouth junction, the new road surface at the junction was to be raised and highlighted to deter traffic from speeding through. No timescale has been indicated for this work but the proposals met with the requests and approval of the community.
(3.03) Rememberance Day Centenary Celebrations. As reported at last month’s meeting a programme of events had been arranged by the British Legion to commemorate the centenary of the Signing of the Armistice (WW1). The proposed bonfire at the conclusion of the Sunday events would not take place.
(3.04) Community Grants - Two enquiries had been received seeking monies for local projects. The Gardening Club in conjunction with the School and PKC have planted a large number of crocus bulbs in Church Road and are seeking a grant of approx. £750. A further application for improvements to the entrance of Braco New Cemetery has yet to be finalised as estimates had not been received.

4. Community Police Report
The Police were not in attendance. The Secretary reported, using the Police Area Commanders weekly report, noting no crimes had been recorded locally in the month.  The Secretary was aware of a report re sheep rustling at Balhaldie but no details were available.!

5. Planning

No local planning applications had been published.

6. Ardoch Development Trust
The next meeting of the Trust was is on Wednesday 21 November 2018. Any Applications for projects would be welcomed.

7. Strathearn Forum.
The next meeting of the Forum is on the 26 November 2018.


8. BGCC Accounts
The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of £1105.00. Payments for the hire of the Hall had been made.

9. AOCB
(9.01) Burnfoot East Wind Farm. A meeting of the Liaison Group is to be held on Tuesday 13 November in Blackford Village Hall at 7pm.
(9.02) PKC Proposed Local Development Plan. The current plan has been submitted to the Scottish Ministers for approval. For further information of the proposed plans these can viewed on the PKC website www.pkc.gov.uk/ldp2examination. There are no specific plans for work in the Braco & Greenloaning area.
(9.03) Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction. The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland. Views are invited, however the Scottish Government does not support this development. No fracking or unconventional activity can take place in Scotland. Responses are invited via consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/ preferred-policy-position-on-uog/

(9.04) PKC Library Consultation. A draft strategy sets out the PKC proposed approach to provide modern, sustainable Library and Information Service for the future. A Library van visits the village on a fortnightly basis and was believed to be a useful information centre. It was understood the School Library service was popular with the younger members.

(9.05) PKC Insurance 2018-2019. The current Insurance Policy for Community Councils has been received from PKC with details of the Cover provided.
(9.06) Resilience Meetings . A reminder that the proposed meetings for Community Winter Emergency Plans are being held in Perth on Saturday 10 and Monday 12 November at the Community Fire Station, Perth.!

(9.07) Dog Fouling. Concern has been expressed once again at the lack of attention by some dog owners to clearing up mess on public paths and areas. It is a reportable offence if Owners are observed to fail to remove waste etc. Owners are requested to carry a disposable bag with them and please deposit in a suitable waste bin.

The Meeting closed at 20.45pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 13 December 2018, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 11 October 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm      

1.  Attendees: A.Pryor, R.Duckworth, M.Boxer, A.Gordon, B.Scott, Cllr M Lyle, Cllr T Gray.

      Apologies:  M.Cox, Cllr Crawford Reid, W. Provan.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by B Scott seconded by A. Gordon.

3. Matters Arising.

(3.01) Roads Generally -  Work had been completed on the repairs to the A822, north of Braco. It was noted the white lining was still to be carried out.   A question arose as to the status of Carseview joining Front Street to Mid Lane.  It is understood this road is not adopted by the Council resulting in the poor surface to road and footpath. Drainage is poor. A question of the liability would arise if someone sustained an injury on this road. Status of road to be determined.

PKC Road Sweeper had been working both in Braco and Greenloaning.  The A9 slip road onto the A822 was still liable to flooding through lack of maintenance to verge sweeping. PKC would only carry out this work when main A9 carriageway work was being undertaken.

(3.02)  Greenhaugh Roundabout - PKC Project Safety Officer has responded stating a lack of resources had prevented this work from being attended to.  Cllr Lyle hoped the work would be undertaken soon.  It was noted a Speed Restriction sign had been reinstated at Greenloaning but the electrics were yet to be completed.   

(3.03)  Rememberance Day Centenary Celebrations.  The CC had been informed a meeting was to be held on the 24 October in the Village Hall to confirm the proposals for the Remembrance Weekend.  The Three Day event would commence on the 9 November with a presentation by the Drama Society in the evening in the Village Hall, Saturday evening would be music and dance in the Hall (7.30pm).  Sunday would be the Remembrance Day Service in the Church at 11am followed by the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.  This would be followed by childrens sports, an exhibition by various community organisations in the Hall and the judging of a baking competition.  A bonfire is to be lit in the evening followed by a procession of lanterns down to the War Memorial.

(3.04)  Community Participation Awards - Grants of up to £2500 are available from the Community Council, applications should be submitted to the Community Council.  Grants are  available up to  March 2019.  All the projects funded must respond to local priorities or inequalities.  Award funding must be spent within 12 months, the Strathearn and Strathallan Action Partnership will ask for a final report.

4. Community Police Report.   

The Police were  not in attendance.  The Secretary reported using the Police Area Commanders weekly report noting no crimes had been recorded locally in the month.   The usual warning was given regarding scams where money/vouchers were being obtained from vulnerable people for a variety of reasons.  Suspicious gatherings of people in the countryside had been noted where illegal hare coursing events had been taking place.

5. Planning 

There were no major planning applications locally however it was reported a major development was being planned adjacent to the Balhaldie Filling station on the A9 northbound carriageway  outwith the PKC boundary.  This Application was for the development of a service station plus hotel, a restaurant and truck stop  on land at Firs of Kinbuck, A9, 500m south-west of Balhaldie Farm, Dunblane.  For more information see Planning & Regulation Planning Sevices Stirling Council Viewforth Stirling FK8 2ET.  It is understood a public exhibition was held on Tuesday 2 October in the Victoria Hall, Dunblane and a further public exhibition at Kinbuck Village Hall on the 10 October.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 

At a Trust Meeting held this month grant awards were made to the Ardoch Strings violin classes, the Braco Show for the drainage work to Lodge Park, Braco School Out of School Games Club and to the British Legion for repairs etc. to the Village War Memorial.  One other topic which had been discussed at length was an investigation into improving the Christmas Lighting in Braco and Greenloaning.  This could not be done this year as agreement would have to be reached with PKC for power supplies and also an agreement would have to be reached as to where the lights were to be sited.  It was noted several members of those present at the CC meeting thought it was an idea to be explored.

7. Strathearn Forum.

The next meeting of the Forum is on the 26 November 2018.

8. BGCC Accounts

In the absence of the Treasurer the Secretary reported the CC Bank Statement of £1165.00 had not changed.

9. AOCB

(9.01)  Repairs to Pack Horse Bridge Fencing - It was recorded that Mr Vaughan Hammond had repaired the broken wooden barriers adjacent to the Bridge whilst carrying out general maintenance to the bridge and adjoining abutments.  His work to maintain this monument was appreciated. 

(9.02)  Winter Resilience Meetings - a meeting was to be held in Cambuslang  at the end of October sponsored  by the Scottish Government to update Councils and interested parties on how to deal with winter weather.

(9.03) Establishment of Community Councils - PKC had agreed at their Council Meeting held on 3 October 2018 to a public consultation exercise on the proposed amendments to the Scheme of Establishment of Community Councils in P & K over an 8 week period until 3 December 2018.

Further information and details can be seen on the Council’s website at www.pkc.gov.uk/communitycouncilsconsultation.

(9.04) Electrification of Railway Line - the line between Dunblane and Larbert will be closed week commencing 15/10/2018.  A bus service will be in operation.    

(9.05)  Tree Trimming - a request was made for Scottish Water to trim a number of their trees that overhang the footpaths adjacent to the New Cemetery.  It was also noted the hedges planted by PKC around the car park in the cemetery were in a sorry state.

(9.06)  First Responders - In answer to a question from the public on the availability of First Responders to a call out in the village it was noted there is no direct Response Unit in the village.  Defibrillators are accessible in both Communities and response would be from NHS services in Dunblane or the Fire Service.

(9.07)  Kerbs at junction of Mid Lane and Church Street with Kinbuck Road - a reminder was to be sent to PKC on the danger of loose kerbs at these junctions..

The Meeting closed at 20.40pm 

Date of the Next Meeting:  8 November 2018, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 


Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 13 September 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm      

 

1.  Attendees: A.Pryor, R.Duckworth, M.Boxer, M.Cox, A.Gordon, B.Scott, Cllr M Lyle.

      Apologies: Cllr Tom Gray, Cllr Crawford Reid, W. Provan.

 

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M Cox seconded by A. Gordon.

 

3. Matters Arising.

(3.01) Roads Generally -  Work had commenced on the repairs to the A822, north of Braco. It was requested the white lining contract was put in place soon after the completion of the road repairs, this was not done after the last road repairs had been carried out.  The Community Council requested white lines be reinstated on the B8033 after the recent spray and chip repairs. Councillor Lyle commented the PKC policy on B roads white lines were not necessary.  An examination of the B8033 on the Stirling side of the boundary does have white lines through Kinbuck.

(3.02)  Greenhaugh Roundabout - PKC Project Safety Officer had been contacted to find out more details of the proposals and emphasise the concern of the residents and users of Greenhaugh Way. No reply had been received.  A member of the public also reported a lack of response to their similar enquiry.  It is understood whilst certain projects had been included in the Council’s budget for the year a lack of staff due to cuts etc. has meant a backlog in progress.

(3.03)  Rememberance Day Centenary Celebrations.  The CC had been informed a meeting was to be held on the 27 September in the Village Hall to discuss and outline the proposals for the Remembrance Weekend.  The meeting has been organised by the British Legion representatives.

(3.04)  Community Participation Awards - Whilst no submissions had been made from Braco & Greenloaning, the opportunity was there for the Village Organisations to attend the voting day on 29 September in the Ayton Hall where the various projects that had been submitted from Strathallan communities could be viewed.  It was understood whilst grants were available from the Ardoch Development Trust this was the route being used by B & G organisations seeking funding.  Comment was passed on a requirement to simplify the wording of the Participation application document to make it more accessible to all.  See under Strathearn Forum Report(No.7) for more details.

Further grants up to £2500 are available from the Community Council applying to PKC Action Partnership.  Application Forms and further information and support is available by contacting the Community Planning Policy Team .  Grants are  available up to  March 2019. Interested parties should contact the Community Council.

 

4. Community Police Report.   

The Police were in attendance and reported no crimes had been recorded locally in the month.   The usual warning was given regarding scams where money/vouchers were being obtained from vulnerable people for a variety of reasons.  It was also noted scams were now being used to remove pets etc. from homes which could then be sold on.  The Police also commented on this was a time of the year when sheep thefts were also being reported. The Police reminded road users with the onset of autumn to make sure their cars were in proper running order.  Also that cyclists should ensure they were visible to other traffic.   It was noted the Traffic Police had been monitoring traffic speeds in the Greenloaning area after a request from a member of the public.  Speeding traffic was an issue that was discussed again with concern that no Traffic Speed Indicator was sited at the north end of the village for traffic going south.  Whilst the natural bends in the road over the Knaik Bridge did slow the traffic initially, vehicles did accelerate down the main road. This was a common fault at the south end of the Village where traffic having slowed for the mini roundabout tended to accelerate northwards.  The suggestion was made that PKC could install a traffic counter strip across the road which could also record the number of vehicles and their speed up or down the road. This would give an indication of the rate of traffic flow.   A member of the public had reported their concern about traffic speeding to and from the village on the B8033, especially in the Keir Bridge area.  Whilst this bend is masked by a high hedge preventing the sighting of cars approaching the bridge it was responsibility of drivers to proceed at a safe speed when approaching the area keeping to to the right side of the road.  The question of white lines was again raised to indicate to drivers to be on the correct side of the road.

 

 

5. Planning 

It was noted two planning applications for projects locally had been recorded.  The wireless mast at the BT substation in Mid Lane had now been erected and was not as visible as feared.

 

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 

There has been no Trust Meeting held in the month.

 

7. Strathearn Forum.

A meeting of the Forum was held at the Crieff Campus where the Participatory Budget Grants were discussed.  A number had been received from both the Strathearn and Strathallan areas of Perth & Kinross.  It was interesting to note the variety of submissions which appeared to meet the requirement of addressing “Inequality”.  Voting for the various submissions could be done on line, votes are accepted from age 8 and over. Voting is held on 29 September from 10.30 to 12noon in the Ayton Hall.  Voters have the opportunity to vote for 5 projects.

 

8. BGCC Accounts

The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of £1165.00. 

 

9. AOCB

(9.01)   PKC Primary School Plans : 

PKC Education Services LifeLong Learning Committee held a meeting in the Village Hall where in accordance with the requirements of the statutory consultation the following proposals were approved: Provision of a school at Greenloanng Primary School be permanently discontinued with effect from 28 June 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter:

That the pupils of Greenloaning Primary School catchment area permanently receive their education at Braco Primary School from 1 July 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter; and

That the delineated catchment area of Braco Primary School be permanently extended to subsume the whole delineated catchment area of Greenloaning Primary School from 1 July 2019.  It was stated by the PKC Officials present in answer to a question that Bus transport would be available for all Greenloaning pupils, present and future, in perpetuity. The road from Greenloaning to Braco was not safe for pupils to walk.

The full details of the proposal have been published in a Statutory Proposal Paper.  This Proposal Paper can be accessed on the Council’s website from Monday 27 August 2018.  

The consultation period will run from Monday 27 August 2018 until Friday 5 October 2018. 

(9.02)   Village Hall improvements:

A meeting was held with PKC Property and Education Property to examine proposed storage facilities for the Hall together with the improvements to the Toilets.  It was agreed the conversion of the Ladies Toilet into a storage area and changing the Gents Toilet into a unisex toilet was not a solution.  An appraisal of the extension on the Tennis court side of the Hall appeared to meet all the requirements.  This could also include improvements to the Kitchen area.  It was hoped further discussions would be forthcoming with the Council.

(9.03)   Braco New Cemetery entrance -

The newly planted shrubs at the improved bell mouth entrance to the cemetery  had been stolen. Unfortunately this had not been witnessed.   

(9.04)   Braco Hall H&S Inspection

During the summer holidays PKC Inspectors had viewed the Hall and noted the condition of the building and the required paperwork for health and safety.  One area which had been previously reported by the Hall Committee was the condition of the fire exit doors and the lack of disabled access ramps.  PKC were going to investigate.

(9.05)   Gardening Club

The Community Council congratulated the Gardening Club (Ardoch in Bloom) for their Silver Gilt award in this year’s Perthshire in Bloom competition.  The improvements to various areas in the Village was thanks to the hard work put in by the volunteers.  Congratulations were passed to Keith Lawrence for the design work and presentation of the projects, his work being recognised with a Special Award.

(9.06) Braco Coffee Shop - Residents were concerned at the cars parking at the weekends were overflowing onto the grass verges in Gentlecroft.   Signs were to be put in place requesting car drivers not to park on the grass.

(9.07) Tree Stump in Gentlecroft.  It was hoped the tree stump in Gentlecroft would be removed and replaced with a new tree in the near future.

 

The Meeting closed at 20.55pm 

Date of the Next Meeting:  11 October 2018, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council
Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 9 August 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

 

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

Apologies: R.Duckworth, Cllr M.Lyle, Cllr Crawford Reid, W. Provan.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

 Approved by B Scott seconded by A. Gordon.

3. Matters Arising.
(3.01) Roads Generally - Work had been completed to the Langside Road improving the road surface. PKC had attended to various drainage items reported to the Roads Dept., it was noted the outfall to drainage in Gentlecroft (South end) appeared blocked and did not allow water to disperse. Community Council (CC) to raise matter with Road Engineers. A member of the public had reported an accident on the B8033 to the south of the Keir Bridge at the narrow section of the road. Wing mirrors were damaged, this was attributed to drivers travelling too fast. PKC propose to alter the warning signs approaching this area from the Village to advise drivers of the narrow bridge and the unsuitability of the B8033 for large commercial vehicles. This is in response to problems that have arisen with the large volume of traffic using this road following traffic accidents on the A9. PKC will be liaising with Stirling Council to ensure these warning signs are at both ends of the Kinbuck Road.
(3.02) Greenhaugh Roundabout - PKC Project Officer has notified the CC that the alterations to the Greenhaugh Way junction is included in this year’s budget, however the exact timetable is unknown. Members of the public expressed their concern at the lack of information as to the extent of the alterations proposed and the continuing dangers of a road traffic accident. Whilst some of the shrubbery etc. had been cut back to improve visibility this did not give satisfactory vision for drivers exiting Greenhaugh Way. The activated Speed Sign at the approach on the A822 had helped to slow traffic but the sight line was very limited. The CC were requested to contact PKC to find out more details of the proposals and emphasise the concern of the residents and users of Greenhaugh Way.
(3.03) Rememberance Day Centenary Celebrations. The CC had been represented at a meeting held by the organisers (British Legion) to hear the outline plans proposed for the weekend. The Drama Group had been requested to provide the Friday night’s entertainment. The Drama Group had a meeting organised for the middle of August to discuss their autumn/winter programme and this matter would be discussed at that meeting. Saturday evening was being set out as a musical evening with tribute bands, those attending would be invited to bring their own drink etc., a raffle was proposed to help fund the costs etc. Tickets to be organised. Sunday would be observed with the Rememberance Day service in the Church and service at the War Memorial. Teas, coffee etc. would be served in the Hall afterwards. The afternoon entertainment would be games etc. for the children followed by the possibility of a bonfire in the evening. It was decided a firework display was not viable due to the costs. A Coffee morning was being held by the Legion in the Ayton Hall in Auchterarder on the 18 August to help raise funds for the various events.
(3.04) Community Participation Awards - This matter had been publicised on various Village Noticeboards but no information had been received as to whether any submissions had been made. It was explained the Scottish Government policy was to encourage communities to get involved in applying for monies to be spent on local projects - these must conform with the following requirements ‘ non profit organisations or social enterprise projects that will contribute towards the Partnership’s objective of tackling inequalities. Projects should address local priorities such as providing activities for young people, employment and training, community transport, access to local services and activities, or reducing the inequalities associated with health and social care, social isolation, poverty, age or disabilities. These grants were being distributed through Perth & Kinross Council.

4. Community Police Report. 
The Police had sent their apologies at being unable to attend the meeting. Information received in the Commanders Report stated there were no crimes identified in the immediate area and this month’s report attention was drawn to keeping the public informed on matters of Financial Safety, Phone Scams and Adults at Risk. In all reports the emphasis was listen to your instincts, stay in control, and don’t assume email requests, uninvited callers are genuine and disclosing of security details should not be revealed over the phone or in emails etc.

5. Planning 
It was noted a planning application had been submitted for the development of the plot of land to the north of Birch Lodge in Mid Lane.

6. Ardoch Development Trust. 
The AGM of the Development Trust had been held in June. There were no changes to the Committee or Officers of the Trust. The Trust welcomes applications for grants towards local projects. The improvements to the drainage in Lodge Park had been supported by the Trust.

7. Strathearn Forum.
There were no Forum meetings in the month.

8. BGCC Accounts
The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of £1171.41. 

9. AOCB
(9.01) Dunblane Surgery Patients Report - No Spring Newsletter was published due to refurbishment works. Signage and Automatic opening doors still to be completed. Practice has won a Dementia Friendly Award. Dr Fraser Wright is to retire next March. Two members of Staff would shortly be on maternity leave. Practice was awaiting funding confirmation for training reception staff in the new Care Navigation System. There will be an Autumn newsletter which will confirm staff issues, flu clinics and the like.
(9.02) Braco Beer Festival - The date of the next Beer Festival was 1 September 2018. For further details see public noticeboards.
(9.03) Greenloaning Play Area. A letter had been received from a resident in Greenloaning concerned about the development of a football area in a green space on the estate. They were concerned about the disturbance and noise. They had reported it to Muir Homes and the company responsible for the maintenance of the areas without success. The Community Council hoped a discussion between the Residents and the families who were involved could reach an amicable decision.
(9.04) Braco Hall Defibirillator - This machine was removed from its housing in July. Following enquiries it was returned but the pads had been vandalised. Replacement pads have been fitted and the machine is now back in working order. This Defibrillator is a potential ‘life saving’ piece of equipment and should only be used for the proper circumstances. 
(9.05) Braco Show - a successful show was held at the end of July and despite the rain all planned events took place. The drainage recorded in Item 6 worked.
(9.06) Village Hall - As was noted by those attending this meeting the Hall has been repainted and the flooring sanded and sealed. Whilst those present commented on the great improvement, disappointment was expressed at the lack of attention to the Toilet areas which are in need of serious upgrading. The lack of storage meant the Hall was not used to its full potential. It was also recorded the Emergency Exit and Disabled Access work was still outstanding.
(9.07) Braco Coffee Shop - Residents were concerned at the cars parked at the junction into Gentlecroft obstructing the view for vehicles turning in and out. Request for Coffee Shop to ask patrons not to park in the entrance bellmouth. 

The Meeting closed at 20.45pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 13 September 2018, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 13 June 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm      

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

                        B.Scott, Cllr M.Lyle, Cllr T.Gray.

      Apologies: Cllr Crawford Reid.

 

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by M. Cox seconded by A. Gordon.

 

3. Matters Arising.

(3.01) Roads Generally - The B8033 has now been tarred and chipped giving a more even running surface. Slight concern over the drainage at the verges which were not sorted prior to the resurfacing. The Secretary encouraged members of the public to continue reporting road faults directly to the Council on the road fault line. (Clarence @ pkc.gov.uk), current area of flooding at junction of Feddal Road and the A822, blocked drain.  Following last month’s comment at the lack of progress on the Greenhaugh Mini Roundabout the Secretary had requested an update from  PKC Road Safety Officer.  A further road accident on the A9 had seen unsuitable traffic on the B8033 which caused a delay especially for children leaving afternoon school. A report was to be sent to the PKC Road Safety Officer again about the signage on this road. See further comments in the Police Report (Item 4)

(3.02)  Mini Recycling Points. - New mini recycling bins have been installed in Greenloaning. The original location at the entrance to Millhill Drive at the turning off the A822 was unsuitable for various reasons and after consultation between the Residents and PKC the bins have now been re-sited away from houses etc. on the  School road (C?) connecting to the A9.

4. Community Police Report

The Police were in attendance at the meeting. Information from the Commanders Weekly Report noted items of petty crime in neighbouring areas drawing attention to all Landowners and Car Owners to maintain security on their properties.

All Gunholders were reminded a 2 week period of Amnesty will come into force on Monday 18 June for anyone who has an unlicensed weapon. Guns should be taken to Perth or Falkirk Police Stations. The Community noted Officers were controlling the traffic using Feddal Road following the recent accident on the A9. Diversions were put in place from Broxden diverting heavy vehicles etc.  Unfortunately a few unsuitable vehicles had caused a blockage before the Police were able to take control.  See Road Report in Item 3 above. A general question was asked seeking advice on the legality of mobile phones connecting to personal CCTV cameras on private properties.  A question of privacy from neighbours etc. who may be in range of the camera. The Police accepted cameras on business premises covered a wider area however householders should ensure their cameras concentrated on a more restricted area.

5. Planning 

The Planning application has been approved for the Signal Mast for Smart Meter signals to be erected adjacent to the Telephone Exchange in Mid Lane. Approximately 10 Objections were raised by local residents whose vision would be affected. The Councillors questioned the number of objections as this would have resulted in the Application going to a Committee stage.  This figure was to be checked.  There were no other Planning matters.

6. Ardoch Development Trust

The next meeting of the Development Trust is the AGM to be held in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

7. Strathearn Forum.

There were no Forum meetings in the month.

8. BGCC Accounts

The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of £1216.28.  The increase in the total reflected the topping up of the Grant by PKC.  Invoices had been submitted by the Hall Committee for the hire of the Hall for meetings of the CC over the last few months.

9. AOCB

(9.01)  Scottish Water Shaping the Future - the consultation period by Scottish Water is half way through with a considerable number of responses from the public received with regard to increasing the reliability, resilience and sustainability of the water services.  For further information customers are invited to visit www.yourwater.scot to take part in the survey.

(9.02)   SEPA Flood Risks - An open consultation is being held on potentially vulnerable areas to flood risk, the Allanwater catchment area has a history of flooding.  An online survey consultation  sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/pvas2018/  is open for consultation until the 31/07/2018.

(9.03)  Scottish Vacant & Derelict Land Survey - this is being carried out by PKC Planning & Development on behalf of the Scottish Government requesting local communities to report on areas for inclusion on Local Development Plans. It is understood there are no such areas in the Braco & Greenloaning area.

(9.04)   Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 - PKC Licensing Board is required under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to prepare and publish a Licensing Policy Statement.  PKC Licensing Board is currently undertaking a review in order to prepare and publish its fourth Policy Statement.  This would last until November 2023.  The Daft Policy Statement covers a wide range of issues such as hours etc.  To view documents see www.pkc.gov.uk  under heading”More Services” click on “Licences and Permits”. Next “Alcohol Licenses”  enabling you to review the Licensing Board Policy Statement 2018.

(9.05)  Review of the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils  - The current scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils was adopted in 2011 and several issues have arisen requiring these documents to be updated.  A meeting was held at the Strathearn Campus between PKC Democratic Services and representatives of various Community Councils to discuss the review proposed by Democratic Services.  Various topics were outlined covering - size and language, Election (AGM dates), Co-Options, Complaints, Code of Conduct and Finance.

(9.06) Community Decision making Policy Review -  This is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector  to join in a conversation  about community decision making to help make public services more locally focused.  Community Empowerment decisions require local individuals to be more aware of the legal requirements in many of the decisions to be made, concern was expressed the individuals elected to CCs are volunteers. They may not have the time or resources to become 100% involved.

(9.07)   Transport Management Plan, Solheim Cup - A open meeting is to be held in the Hall of Auchterarder Church on 18 June from 11.30 to 8.30pm to explain the draft travel plans for the competition in 2019 at Gleneagles.

(9.09) British Legion Centenary Memorial Plans, November 2018 - It is now understood the centenary celebrations may be spread over the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend.  Discussions will be held with the Hall Committee to sort out the availability of the Hall.

(9.10) Participatory Budgettng - Information was still awaited from the Council as to the exact detail of monies and conditions applicable to these grants to community projects. Details are awaited from the Community Planning Partnership Committee.

(9.11) Rubbish Dumping - Thanks were expressed to Cllr Gray for assisting in organising the Council to remove rubbish dumped at the entrance to the New Cemetery.

 

The Meeting closed at 20.30pm 

 

Please Note : Date of the Next Meeting: 09 August 2018, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 10 May 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.45pm

1. Attendees: A.Pryor,MBoxer,MCox,AGordon,BScott,CllrMLyle,CllrTGray.

  Apologies: R Duckworth.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting.

Approved by B Scott seconded by A Pryor.

3. Matters Arising.

(3.01) Roads Generally - Confirmation was received from PKC Roads on repairs to various potholes reported during the month. The Secretary encouraged members of the public to continue reporting road faults directly to the Council on the road fault line. (Clarence @ pkc.gov.uk) Concern was expressed by the Public at the lack of progress on the Greenhaugh Mini Roundabout. Despite the installation of Speed Activated cameras traffic was ignoring the junction and endangering cars etc. trying to turn onto the main road. A reminder was to be sent to the Council Safety Engineers to try and establish a timetable for the proposed alterations. The trees/shrubs on the Greenloaning side of the turning were a definite hazard to the visibility of approaching traffic. An approach had been made to the Householder to assist by clearing some branches etc. without success. It was noted the wall (Blackford Farms) opposite the Greenhaugh turning had lost a number of coping stones, it was reported these stones had been pushed off over into the field and an approach to the ADT/Gardening Club was to be made to see if these could be restored.

(3.02) Road Diversions. Several emails have passed between the Community Council (CC), Perth & Kinross Council, Police Scotland and Braco Primary School on how to resolve the problem of articulated lorries, coaches, buses and heavy commercial traffic diverting from hold ups on the A9 onto the B8033. The Police had written to PKC supporting the proposal by the CC that better traffic signage needed to be erected both at Braco and Kinbuck. The width of the road needed to be emphasised. A suggestion that width restricting bollards should be erected at the approach to the bridges to deter the larger vehicles using the road. 

(3.03) Braco Primary School/Village Hall - A meeting had been held by PKC Education & Property and the Parent Council where the proposals for modernising the Primary School were discussed. This confirmed Greenloaning School would be used during the building period to accommodate pupils - Greenloaning would be closed after this temporary use. It was understood improvements were to be made to the Hall at the same time, discussions would be held with the interested parties (Hall Committee) with regard as to the proposed future developments of the Hall. The Chairman reminded those present the Development Trust had registered an ‘interest’ in Greenloaning Primary School to ensure information was made available from the Council before the disposing of this building. 

(3.04) Core Footpaths. A number of complaints had been received by the CC that the footpath at the entrance adjacent to the Roman Fort had been blocked, the gate padlocked. Following an email enquiry from the CC the gate was reopened allowing access. A further email from Blackford Farms raised serious complaints regarding litter, plastic, cans and needles littering the path and the area being abused. Regular users of the path did not recognise these complaints and an inspection walk was carried out to identify the areas. No trace of rubbish or items noted by Blackford Farm were found.  The current lock/bolt on the entrance gate is difficult to use and it was noted several large trees wind damaged during the winter did form a hazard across the footpath. Maintenance of the footpaths was the responsibility of the Land owner. It is understood Blackford Farms have closed footpaths in other adjacent communities using the same excuses. Again rubbish was not found.

(3.05) Dog Control Signs - The Secretary has still to collect these signs from Stirling.

4. Community Police Report. 
No Police were in attendance at the meeting. Information from the Commanders Weekly Report noted items of petty crime in neighbouring areas drawing attention to all Landowners , Householders to be vigilant in securing their property and possessions. 

5. Planning 
A Planning application has been submitted for the Signal Mast for Smart Meter signals to be erected adjacent to the Telephone Exchange in Mid Lane. Objections have been raised by local residents whose vision would be affected. Suggestions that a satellite dish would not be so conspicuous. Response/objections to the Application must be lodged with the PKC Planning Office by 22 May 2018.


6. Ardoch Development Trust. 
The next meeting of the Development Trust is on Tuesday 15 May in Braco School.

7. Strathearn Forum.
A meeting of the Forum was held on Thursday 19 April in Muthill. Questions were to be raised with PKC on the clarification of details for the Participatory Budget grants being offered at present. The Forum also requested more details on how CCs were to respond to the GDPR legislation which comes into effect on the 25th May.

8. BGCC Accounts
The Treasurer reported the CC Bank Statement of £896.09. The Treasurer has drawn up an Income and Expenditure Statement for the year ending 31 March 2018. The closing balance showed a total of £379.81 in the General Fund and £516.28 in the Special Purpose Fund. This Statement will be submitted to PKC to substantiate the application for the annual top up grant received from PKC for administration expenses incurred by the Community Council.

9. AOCB

(9.01) PKC Participation Request - The Community Council and the Hall Committee are now registered with the Council to be involved in discussions about any changes that the Council may take or propose to the Village Hall. 

(9.02) Scottish Government Survey of Community Councils. A survey is being carried out with CCs to explore what a difference they make to the areas they represent. Responses are to be made by 30 May 2018. CC to view the Questionnaire and respond. 

(9.03) PKC Funding Alert - The Festival 2018 Our Place Fund is open to all community groups who want to create artistic and cultural events. Applications to www.pkc.gov.uk/ Glasgow2018

(9.04)Calor Gas Community Fund - Further funds are available for community projects for further details contact www.calor.co.uk/community fund

(9.05) Scottish Flood Forum Event - a presentation is to be made at Perth Community Fire Station on Saturday 2 June from 11am to 2pm on ‘lessons to be learned from engaging responsible authorities.’ Also discussion on SEPA National Flood Risk Management Consultation.

(9.06) Mini Recycling Points. - New mini recycling bins are to be installed in Greenloaning. The location is at the entrance to Millhill Drive at the turning off the A822. No consultation has been held with the residents as to the suitability of this site.

(9.07) Community Empowerment Development - Community Councils were established in 2011, PKC recognising the development of the community empowerment policy is to hold a series of meetings with representatives of CCs to clarify areas of concern with the adopted documentation and seek views on the way forward for any boundary anomalies.

(9.08) School Speed Warning Signs - Concern was raised with regard to the speed of traffic using the Feddal Road. Existing 20mph signs are activated at certain times of the day to alert the traffic. However the school children cross the road at various times during the day to access the Village Hall when the Warning Signs are not switched on. It is understood these signs are controlled from Perth.

(9.09) British Legion Centenary Memorial Plans, November 2018 - The Chairman of the Braco Branch of the British Legion gave a brief resumé of plans to hold a ‘special events day’ on the 11 November 2018 to commemorated the ending of the First World War. The events under discussion, included a Church Service, Laying of the Wreath at the War Memorial, events in the afternoon for all ages in the Village Hall and concluding with a Firework Display. Further details to be published later.

(9.10) Strathallan Community Rail Partnership - This organisation has been investigating how to make rail travel more attractive and accessible to the community. The refurbishment of Gleneagles Station for the Ryder Cup formed an opportunity of linking improved rail connections for the area of Strathallan and Strathearn to use the rail network either to travel north to Dundee, Aberdeen or Inverness or to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Further information can be obtained from strathallancrp@outlook.com!

The Meeting closed at 21.05pm 

Date of the Next Meeting: 14 June 2018, 7.30pm Braco Village Hall. 

 

 

Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Minutes of Annual General Meeting 10 May 2018

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm

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

    Apologies: R Duckworth.

2.  Minutes of last Annual General Meeting.

    Approved by M Cox seconded by B Scott.

3. Chairman’s Annual Report

The Chairman briefly summarised the past year’s activities of the Council and its dealings with Perth & Kinross Council. The usual problem with roads - surfacing, lighting, speeding and congestion. The harshness of the winter had not helped with the maintenance of the roads. Following 3 accidents in as many months on the A9 the volume of traffic using the B8033 (Braco to Kinbuck Road) increased dramatically causing log jams and damage to the verges and drainage. Discussions were held with Stirling Council, Police Scotland, Bear Contracts and PKC on the installation of improved road signage making the larger commercial vehicles aware of the narrow bridges at Braco and Kinbuck. It was accepted drivers of cars etc., would always be looking for alternative routes to avoid hold ups, could not be banned from using this road as a diversion. This matter was now in the hands of the respective local authorities.

Street lighting at Greenloaning had been modernised and had been completed in various stages.  PKC accepted LED lights could be adjusted to improve the lighting in various areas. 
The installation of the Speed Monitoring camera at Commanders Grove had certainly slowed vehicles approaching the mini roundabout at Greenhaugh Way but drivers still drove through the roundabout. The revisions to the Greenhaugh junction had been discussed at length with PKC Safety engineers and alterations were still to be carried out. An open meeting had been held in the Hall to discuss the future of the Village Shop following notice of its closure. The meeting was positive in seeking ways of reopening etc. with a Working Party established. However the good news was the Shop has reopened under new management and the community is encouraged to support the venture. During the year the Police presence at meetings had been infrequent however a recent spate of local problems had seen their attendance be more regular. A local affray resulting in 2 arrests with a victim suffering knife wounds, a robbery at the Shop and incidents of dogs worrying sheep had been attended to, as had reports on vandalism to community buildings. The Weekly Commanders Report listed various other areas where the public were reminded to be on watch against hoax phone calls, petty break ins and lax security of property and possessions. 

Submissions for grants awarded under the Participatory Budgeting Scheme had not released any monies to B & G. PKC had reviewed the proposed Disabled Access to the Hall and it is understood this is to be included in this years expenditure.
The enquiry into the future of the Primary Schools (PKC School Estates Review) has resulted in the decision to close Greenloaning School, which is currently mothballed, and Braco Primary will be upgraded to meet all Health & Safety standards. Some additional expenditure will be made to upgrade parts of the Village Hall.

The Village has welcomed the opening of the Braco Café and it is being well supported to date. The Chairman thanked the local farmers who assisted with snow clearance in many areas during the winter and concluded by thanking all the members of the Community Council for their help and s!upport over the past 12 months.

4. Secretary’s Annual Report.

The Secretary concurred with the Chairman’s Report and thanked the PKC Councillors for their support and assistance in resolving matters raised by the Public. Whilst appreciating the restrictions imposed by Council Budgets concern was expressed at the standard of road repairs and the Secretary thanked members of the community who had reported potholes etc. to PKC. The CC was still receiving many emails encouraging councillors to attend briefings on planning and other matters in connection with the Community Empowerment Policy, Environmental controls etc. all of which involved workshops held in various areas of Scotland.

Traffic management on the B8033 had taken up a lot of time in the last 4 months and thanked the Police for their support in identifying ways the matter could be resolved. The Secretary had attended the Strathearn Forum meetings during the year and represented the Forum at their annual meeting with the senior officers from PKC. The Secretary thanked his fellow councillors for their support during the year.

 

5. Treasurer’s Annual Report

The Treasurer circulated copies of the Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2018 to all present. As was explained last year the Accounts have been prepared in a way to identify funds held outside the Administration Fund. The Administration General Fund reflects the monies held and received from Perth and Kinross Council Grants for the running of the Community Council. Grant received this year was £369.21 bringing the total to £700.00. Expenditure for the year as detailed £320.90 leaving a balance of £379.81. No Monies were spent from the Special Purposes Fund. The balance of money in the Special Purpose Fund stands at £516.28. The closing balance of money held in the CC account stands at £896.09. 

The Chairman noted these accounts had been audited at the end of the Financial Year and submitted to Perth and Kinross Council. The adoption of the Accounts were proposed by M Boxer and seconded by A Gordon. The Chairman thanked the Treasurer for the work done by him during the past year on the Accounts.

 

6. Election of Office Bearers

The election of Office Bearers. 

Chairman A Pryor proposed by Cllr M Lyle  seconded by B Scott  

Secretary M Boxer  proposed by A Pryor seconded by A Gordon

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 - Thursday 9 May 2019 in Braco Village Hall.


8. Meeting closed at 19.45 with a vote of thanks to the Chair. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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