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Draft Minutes of the Meeting held by Teams on Sept 1st 2021

Present: Mr K Mackenzie, Mr A Mackay, Mr A Brown, Mr A Cameron, Mrs A. Mackay, Mr S Hudson.

Apologies: Cllrs: Maclean Mackenzie, Adam.

Correspondence. Email from D. Agnew explaining the position of Killearnan CC following the division  of the Dingwall, Seaforth & Black Isle Area Committee into Black Isle Area Committee and Dingwall & Seaforth Committee.


Minutes of the last meeting adopted. Proposed: A Brown. Seconded: A Mackay

1          Joint Meeting of the Black Isle Community Councils

A virtual meeting took place on Aug 24. Minutes pending

There was general concern among the CCs about their relationship with Highland Council, especially regarding representation at area committees and communication. It was felt that unelected bodies could not be given precedence over the statutory rights of elected Community Councillors with regard to the representation of their residents’  views and concerns.

CC representatives were asked whether they had received the annual grant.


2          Division  of the Dingwall, Seaforth & Black Isle Area Committee into Black Isle Area Committee and Dingwall & Seaforth Committee.       

Members remain confused about the exact constitutional position of this CC with regard to representation on the 2 separate committees.

The non-availability of any councillor to represent either committee at the present meeting reinforces our concern as does the lack of response from the newly appointed Community Support Co-ordinator.

3          Licence matters

The CC has been contacted by a member of the public informing that an objection had been made to an application for a licence to hold a public event at Linniewood cottage. The Licensing team in emails in response to the CCs objection had stated that there had been no objection. Members were also informed that a complaint  had been made about a breach of privacy by the Licensing team.

Residents are making complaints about a recent public event held at “Wild Woodz” where music playing after 11.00 pm was heard over a wide area, possibly in breach of the terms of their licence.

 4         The Rev. Cord has contacted the CC to suggest that the centenary of the adoption of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance should be commemorated in some way. The Secretary contacted Tore Primary School to ask whether they would like to be involved as they had been for the centenary of the end of WW1.


a)  Members unanimously confirmed that non-attendance at the CCs meetings held over the last year, including the AGM,  automatically meant that membership of the CC has been forfeited

b)  An email regarding a pre-planning application from Springfield Inc. contained a map showing the outline of a ‘Bogroy’ development area which included land not in the ownership of the applicant.  An email had been sent in reply requiring clarification. The CC has informed WSP and Transport Scotland.

c) Mr Mackenzie has repaired and painted the CC notice-board beside Tore Hall.

d) Users of Tore Hall, who can no-longer meet at the venue, have been enquiring about the situation following the resignation of the previous committee. Members understand that the Hall is Community property.

e) Mrs Mackay was unable to join Cllr. Adam’s Tuesday Zoom meeting. P7 at North Kessock Primary School had been asked to self-isolate and be tested on account of Covid 19. She had to take care of her granddaughter. There is general concern about the outbreaks of the viral disease among school pupils.

Meeting ended at 8.00pm




 Notice of Meeting


The Community Council will meet by Teams on September 1st at 7.00pm

Any resident wishing to join the meeting, please contact the Secretary on email:killearnanccouncil2@gmail.com.

Latest from Highland Council Resilience Group

Community Resilience Group Weekly Briefing - 31

20 August 2021

Covid Update

Over the last 7 days there have been 412 new positive cases in Highland (to 19 August), an increase from last week when 360 were reported.  This means the latest 7-day rate per 100,000 has increased from 152.9 per 100,000 last week to 175 per 100,000 as of 19 August.  It remains important to be careful and stick to the Scottish Government guidelines.


In terms of neighbourhood data, the map below and accompanying table, highlights the positive cases per 100,000 in communities across the Highland area. The test positivity rate on was 6.5% on 17 August, up from 5.8% on 10 August.


Scotland has Moved Beyond Level Zero 

From 9 August 2021 the whole of Scotland moved to beyond Level 0.  You can find Scottish Government guidance for everyone on how to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 here.


People at highest risk (those formerly classed as ‘shielding) from Covid are advised to follow the same advice as the rest of the population. You can find advice for people at highest risk here https://www.mygov.scot/covid-highest-risk



Asymptomatic Testing

It continues to be important that people test themselves even if they don’t have symptoms. Taking a rapid LFD test twice a week can help stop new variants earlier, limiting the spread of the virus.


Test kits are available at pharmacies, or to order online from www.nhsinform.scot/testing, or by calling 119. 


Test kits are also available at Community testing sites.  The details for where these are next week is outlined below.


Symptomatic Testing

If you do believe you have symptoms, please self-isolate and book a PCR test.


Postal PCR kits are available through NHS Inform either online here or by calling 0800 028 2816.


In addition to the local support that is available, people can get support to self isolate by calling the Council’s helpline number: 0300 303 1362.  This can include access to food and supplies to self isolate and individuals may be entitled to a £500 self isolation support grant. 


Community Testing 23 – 27 August for those without symptoms

The community testing programme offers rapid COVID-19 tests for people without symptoms.  

Next week a mobile testing unit will be in Golspie


The mobile testing unit “Testalot” will be in the main car park at Fountain Road, Golspie, KW10 6TH:

Wednesday 25 August, 11am – 4pm

Thursday 26 August, 9am – 4pm

Friday 27 August, 9am – 3pm

Just to emphasise that there is no specific outbreak in this community, this is to support normalising testing across the area.  


No appointment is necessary, and it will be open both for asymptomatic testing and to collect LFD test kits.


Please note that these drop-in sessions for community testing are only for people without symptoms.  Anyone that becomes unwell should isolate immediately and seek a PCR test. PCR tests can be booked through NHS Inform online or by calling 0800 028 2816.  


I would appreciate it if you could encourage people across your networks to attend.


Vaccination Update

The latest update from NHS on the vaccine can be accessed at the following link: www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine.


Vaccination of 16-18 year olds
From 7 August, 16-18 year olds are now eligible for vaccination and will be directed to the drop in clinics - see NHS Highland website for details https://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/COVID19/Pages/Vaccination.aspx.


Universal Credit: Claimants being informed of the end of the uplift
The UK Government introduced a £20 a week increase in Universal Credit payments in April 2020, to support struggling households through the coronavirus pandemic. The measure was intended to last for 12 months, due to end on March 31, 2021 but were extended for six months to the end of September. 

Communications with claimants have been undertaken over the Summer to make it clear that the uplift will no longer be included in their standard allowance after the end of September, however we understand that claimants are now being notified via their online accounts of the date of the last payment of their universal credit 'uplift'.

The entry in the claimant's online journal will trigger an alert via email or text, depending on their preferred method of communication. DWP are not writing letters to claimants.

The notification then invites the claimant to 'get help with managing your money' via the DWP's Help with debt and managing money resource.


Post Office card account (POca) service is coming to an end
The Post Office card account (POca) has been a mechanism for DWP to pay state pensions and benefits to people, but its contract with the Post Office ends in November 2021. Customers who receive their benefits and/or pensions into a POca are encouraged to take action as the end of the POca contract approaches.

Customers can phone the DWP Customer Service centre on 0800 085 7133 (8.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday) to provide new account details for their benefit or State Pension payments.

All POca customers who are unable to provide a bank, building society or credit union account will be moved to the DWP voucher-based scheme called the Payment Exception service which provides access to payments via the PayPoint network. Payment Exception service payments can also be accessed via the Post Office network from the end of August 2021.

Customers will start to be moved to the Payment Exception service from the end of August 2021 if they haven’t yet contacted DWP with new account details.


Consultation on a national health and social care service

A national consultation was launched on 17 August setting out the Scottish Government’s proposals on the way social care is delivered in Scotland.

Social care includes support for people with physical disability, learning disabilities or mental health conditions, older people and those with dementia, people with or recovering from alcohol or drug addictions, those who are, have been or are at risk of being homeless, and children and families who may need additional support, or where children are unable to live with their own families. 

This consultation seeks views on creating a comprehensive community health and social care service that supports people of all ages.

Views are sought from as many people as possible – including people who access care and support, carers, members of the workforce and those who may access care and support in the future - which includes everyone. 

A series of online engagement events are being held in August, September and October 

Find details below for online events and registration and a link to the consultation at https://consult.gov.scot/health-and-social-care/a-national-care-service-for-scotland/


Help inform the future of the NHS Highland website

NHS Highland are seeking views from people to help understand what they need online in order to help scope, design and deliver an effective future NHS Highland website.

To help us to ensure that the brief for the website redesign reflects the needs of its users, an Edinburgh based design research consultancy, Graft, would like to engage with current and potential users to understand what a new NHS Highland website should consider. The engagement can take different forms:

You can complete a short online survey:  

We can facilitate an online focus group 

If you are interested in taking part, please contact: melody@graft.global or iain@graft.global


Food Support for Groups

We know that a number of you continue to provide support to the most vulnerable in your communities and that most of you already have well defined routes for accessing food to provide this support or are supporting individuals to access their shopping or community fridges/food tables.


If you are struggling to access food to continue support to vulnerable people locally, please do contact us through the policy mailbox and we can look at ways that we can support your group going forward.


Contact: policy6@highland.gov.uk


Helpful Links

Welfare Support Team - www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/102970/benefit_advice 


Self Isolation Support Grant - www.highland.gov.uk/info/20016/coronavirus/940/self-isolation_support_grant 


Energy Advice



AbiltyNet - IT advice or support AbilityNet 

Helpline 0800 048 7642.    


Covid Resilience Grant Support - www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1422811/supporting_community_resilience/category/155/grants_for_community_groups 


HTSI Community Group Helpline

Telephone Number 01349 808022





Mr K Mackenzie (Chair)
Mr A.P. Mackay (Treasurer)
Mrs A.C.Mackay (Secretary)
Mr A. Cameron
Mr A Brown

Mr S. Hudson

In these trouble times, Killearnan more than ever needs the support of its Community Council.  Any new volunteers out there?


Dear Stakeholder,


A9 North Kessock to Tore – Public Consultation closing - 27 August 2021


The Public Consultation for the A9 North Kessock to Tore Study will close on 27 August 2021 at 23:59.


We have had a great response so far but we still want to hear as many views as possible. We are therefore asking for a final time, if you would like to share the consultation link within your own network then it may be useful to do so now, with a reminder that we are into the final ten days for people to make their views heard.


The consultation can be accessed at this link:



An alternative format of the consultation can be obtained by calling 0141 418 7309 or emailing: A9-North-Kessock-to-Tore-Study@wsp.com.


Kind regards,   Michelle Van der Stighelen












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