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Braco and Greenloaning Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting 

12 March 2020

Braco Village Hall - 7.30pm 

 

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

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

2.  Minutes of Last Meeting.

    Approved by A Pryor, seconded by M Boxer.!

3.  Matters Arising.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. AOCB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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