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THE NEXT ORDINARY MEETING OF THE

GARVE & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL WILL

BE HELD ON TUESDAY 3 AUGUST 2021

AT 7.00PM

 

AGENDA

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84250655108?pwd=VkhvYzNuVHA5WnFMUkZnY3h6VWpHQT09

(Please email the Secretary for the password)

Members of the public are very welcome to attend Community Council meetings and take part in the discussions under the guidance of the Chairman

 

  1. Introductions and Apologies

 

  1. Declarations of interest

 

  1. Approval of the draft minutes of the last ordinary meeting held on Tuesday 1 June 2021 and matters arising from the minutes

 

  1. Treasurer’s report

 

  1. AOB from Community Council members

 

  1. AOB from members of the public

 

  1. Screening reports, scoping reports and consultations

            

8.   Building warrants, planning issues and licensing issues

 

9.   Dates of future meetings

(Ordinary meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month unless stated otherwise)

           Tuesday 7 September 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 2 November 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

January 2022 – no meeting

Tuesday 1 February 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 1 March 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 5 April 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 3 May 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 7 June 2022, AGM followed by an ordinary meeting, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

 

Issued at 9.00am on Friday 16 July 2021.

 

 

DRAFT Minutes of the Garve & District Community Council Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 1 June 2021 via Zoom webcam are availalbe in the library section of this website.

 

 

DRAFT Minutes of the Garve & District Community Council ordinary meeting

held on Tuesday 1 June 2021 via Zoom webcam

Community Council members present on webcam: Kenny Maclean (Chairman), Jennifer Haslam (Secretary), Caroline Gamble (Treasurer), Bob Moir, Sadie-Michaela Harris and co-opted member Hamish Leslie Melville. 

Also present on webcam: Cllr Dr Ian Cockburn, Yvonne Boa (Community Engagement and Development Officer, TG&DDC) and one member of the public.

Apologies: Community Council member Joe Stewart and PC Kelly Murray.

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7.15pm following the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting and welcomed everyone and explained that this meeting was being held via webcam due to the current Coronavirus situation.  He reminded members of the public that they were still very welcome to attend Community Council meetings even on webcam and take part in the discussions under his guidance.  Those who can’t attend our meetings can, as always, write to the Secretary with any issues they wish raised.

We received news a few days ago that Keith Frost of Garve had passed away.  Our thoughts go to the family.  The Treasurer informed the meeting that former resident Jimmy Dalgety has also passed away.  Our thoughts to his family.  It was noted that it is one year exactly since we started meeting via webcam.  We send our congratulations to co-opted member Hamish Leslie Melville who has just completed one year’s service on the Community Council.  Our Chairman wished to thank everyone for his nomination in the Garve & District Covid19 Community Support Hero Awards.  It was good to see so many current and former Community Council members on the nomination list.  Helen Grainge, former Chairperson of the Community Council won and received a cake!  He also wished to thank everyone for their good wishes following his 40th birthday yesterday.

Declarations of Interest – Co-opted member Hamish Leslie Melville declared an interest in the Infinergy project.  Community Council member Sadie-Michaela Harris is a Director of the LCT.  Community Council member Bob Moir is a Garve Public Hall Trustee.  The Treasurer is a member of the Garve litter busters’ group.  Community Council members confirmed that they had read all documents due to be discussed tonight before the start of this meeting.

Approval of draft minutes of the last ordinary meeting held on Tuesday 4 May 2021 via webcam were proposed without amendment by Bob Moir and seconded by Caroline Gamble.  Minutes are available at Garve Post Office, Achnasheen Village Noticeboard, on our website or via email.  Minutes were then signed by our Chairman and Secretary. 

Matters arisingInfinergy – Co-opted member Hamish Leslie Melville declared an interest in this project and took no part in the discussions.  www.lxxwindfarm.co.uk/  Nick Sage contacted us on Thursday 20 May 2021 to say the EIA application for Lochluichart Wind Farm Extension II will be submitted in the coming weeks.  We thank Nick for the update.

Highland Council updateswww.highland.gov.ukEVC – a meeting at The Highland Council took place in Wednesday 5 May 2021 and agreed that charges will come into force from 1 June 2021 (20p per kWh for standard charge, 30p per kWh for rapid charger, minimum £1 fee).  Any profits would be reinvested in more EVC's to help expand the network further across the Highlands.  Both Cllr Derek Macleod (Gairloch) and Cllr Alex MacInnes (Kishorn) asked about the Achnasheen EVC.  Still no way leaves to connect it to a power supply, discussions with SSE and the landowner are ongoing.  Both Cllr's admitted they are getting a lot of "stick" about the Achnasheen EVC, both from local residents and this Community Council.  There is also still no word if the local electricity network can cope with a unit but that does depend on the type of charger and number of charge points.  Another site in Achnasheen has now been suggested as a possible way forward however, the status of the land/safety of access etc. will all have to be looked at in addition to the available electrical capacity but the EVC team at The Highland Council have confirmed that they will investigate all of this as a priority and keep us in touch.  We thank them for their updates and await news!  This update has been passed onto our local Energy Officer.

Seasonal Access Rangers – in light of “wild camping” concerns, The Highland Council have appointed Seasonal Access Rangers to engage with tourists.  The Rangers will work in small teams of two or three in six areas around the Highlands.  The Rangers will work weekends.  As things stand, the Ranger role will continue until Sunday 31 October 2021.  The Ranger role is being managed by The Highland Council.  People can contact the Ranger team directly but they do ask that people are realistic in their expectations, the team are not an emergency service and are there to educate & engage rather than enforce.  The team can be contacted by email at accessrangers@highland.gov.uk  We have contacted the Rangers directly to establish links.  The Senior Ranger for this area is Tim Francis.  The Secretary has spoken to Tim and will be meeting another of the Rangers later this week to show them our “hotspots” including Grudie, Wades Bridge, Silverbridge, Wyvis Car Park and around the Garve Railway Station.  We will put Norma Ross, chairperson of Contin Community Council in touch with the Rangers following reports of problems at Rogie Falls.  Cllr Dr Ian Cockburn noted that The Highland Council Rangers are working in partnership with other Rangers and meet weekly to compare notes.  Community Council member Bob Moir noted a number of Campervans driving through Garve Village … Sat Nav issues again?

In other Highland Council news, patchwork with hot tar is currently taking place south of Achnasheen on the A890 and grass verge cutting has taken place between Achnasheen and Strathcarron.  The clothes recycling bin in Achnasheen was out of use after someone blocked up the opening into the bin.  The Highland Council were made aware and the matter has now been resolved. 

The Highland Council notes that residents should report issues directly to them by calling The Highland Council’s Call Centre on 01349 886606 or via www.highland.gov.uk/report  In all cases, you will be given a reference number.  The Highland Council also appreciate photos showing the actual problem. 

A835 Trunk Road - The Secretary noted white lining at the checkrail corner on Wednesday 5 May 2021.  Faults on the Trunk Road (A835) should be reported via https://www.bearscot.com/report-a-defect/

Network Rail – work on the railway between Achanalt and Achnasheen will take place nightly from 8.00pm on Sunday 6 June 2021 until 5.00am on Thursday 10 June 2021 (four nights).  In addition to these works, other works on the railway in the Achnasheen area will take place every night from 8.00pm until 7.00am (except Friday nights) from now until Friday 17 September 2021.  More details are available by visiting www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/living-by-the-railway or by calling their helpline on 03457 114 141.  This update has already appeared on our website.

Since our last ordinary meeting, we have received reports that the Achnasheen Post Office Outreach Service, which has been in place since 2012 in Achnasheen Village Hall, may be closing.  We have asked Post Office Limited for clarification on this matter as we have received no formal consultation.  No response has been received however, press reports at the weekend suggest the Postmaster who had provided the service has resigned.  Yesterday, we learnt from Achnasheen Amenities Group who run the Hall that another Postmaster has agreed to take on the Outreach Service and all being well, the service should restart later this month.  Our thanks to the group for their regular updates.

TG&DDC updates - Yvonne Boa (Community Engagement and Development Officer, TG&DDC) updated this meeting that the Development Company are stilling looking into buying land around Garve Hotel.  There are three plots which, they feel, would help meet the community’s wishes.  A Quantity surveyor has been approached.  The old signs at Little Garve will be removed, funding from The Princes Countryside Trust has been awarded to help with Covid19 recovery and summer activities and a recent eBikes event went well.  All hand sanitisers are now in place.  The Treasurer noted a sign on the ground at the playpark.  Yvonne will try and get that put back up.  Yvonne was thanked for attending.

Police report - ACHNASHEEN: - Road Traffic Matter – 1, Minor RTC - Deer Struck – 2, Cars racing / Speeding – 1, Abandoned / Suspicious vehicles – 1, Covid Breach Calls (including vehicles in area with foreign number plates) – 2, Public Nuisance – 2, Assist Member of Public – 1, False call / good intent (drugs related) – 1, Concern for person – 1, Communications Offence – 3.

GARVE: - Road Traffic Matter – 2, Road Traffic Offences – Dangerous Parking – 2, Road Traffic Collision / Deer – 3, Public Nuisance – 1.

Of note there were increased calls reporting road traffic collisions involving deer and also a number of calls advising of dead Deer on road and near misses.  Our thanks to PC Kelly Murray for her report.  Police reports are also available in the library section of our website.  Everyone was reminded that incidents should be reported directly to the Police on 101.  Video evidence would be welcome.  Social Media is not the way to report incidents to the Police.

Garve & District Community Council currently has a vacancy on the Community Council.  The Community Council members consider it to be very important to have as broad a representation of our community as possible, as we cover a wide variety of community issues and to do this well, we need members from all corners of our large area.  We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month.  If you are aged 16 or over, live in the Community Council area and are on the electoral roll and would like to be considered for co-option onto the Community Council, please email garveanddistrictcc@yahoo.com with your name and contact details.  Your nomination will be considered by Community Council members at their next ordinary meeting.  This update has already appeared on our website.

Treasurer’s report – The Treasurer reported no overall change since last month.  The bank balance was £2,363.78.  Treasurer’s fund is £117.58, Newsletter fund is £744.50 and Reserve is £1,501.70.  The Auditor has requested her payment of £60.00 is paid by bank transfer rather than cheque.  All agreed to this request.

AOB from Community Council members – The Secretary noted a dead Deer at Strathbran and “P” signs missing in that area.  The sign poles rusted and fell down.  They were reported some time ago but both issues with be raised with The Highland Council again.

Community Council Member Bob Moir and the Treasurer both noted Potholes in the Garve and Strathgarve areas but it was acknowledged these have been reported already along with white line issues.  The Treasurer also noted the fence between the railway and road east of Garve was loose in places.  We will report this to Network Rail.

Our Chairman noted that the Midge Bite Café in Achnasheen is now part of a scheme to help reduce food waste.  An app that lets you rescue unsold food from local shops and restaurants at a discounted price so it doesn't go to waste is now available.  More details at https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb  Perhaps other outlets in this area could also sign up to this scheme?  Perhaps we could be the first community to have zero food waste?  Yvonne Boa (Community Engagement and Development Officer, TG&DDC) noted the suggestion and informed this meeting that a similar scheme works in Ullapool.

AOB from members of the public – no issues raised by those present.

Screening reports, scoping reports and consultations – none.  All Highland Council consultations are available at http://consult.highland.gov.uk/portal  All Scottish Government consultations are available at https://consult.gov.scot/consultation_finder 

Building warrants, planning issues and licensing issues – Concerns have been raised by Garve residents regarding recent works on the Garve village flood protection embankment.  These concerns have been passed onto the Planning Department and SEPA to investigate and take appropriate action if necessary.  This update has already appeared on our website.

There is one new building warrant currently being shown on The Highland Council website for our area.  21/00961/DOM4 is for drainage for a holiday cabin on land 100metres west of The Studio in Achnasheen.

One previous planning application has been determined by The Highland Council since our last ordinary meeting.  21/01649/FUL was the proposed erection of house with Air Source Heat Pump and shared access on land 45metres south east of Hillcrest in Gorstan.  The Planning Officer has granted planning permission for this house with seven conditions.  More details are available on the planning section of The Highland Council website.

There were no new planning applications or licensing issues to consider this evening.

All planning applications can be viewed at www.highland.gov.uk/info/180/planning_-_applications_warrants_and_certificates/143/planning_permission/4 

Dates of future meetings

(Ordinary meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month unless stated otherwise)

July 2021 – no meeting

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 7 September 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 2 November 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 7 December 2021, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

January 2022 – no meeting

Tuesday 1 February 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 1 March 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 5 April 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 3 May 2022, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Tuesday 7 June 2022, AGM followed by an ordinary meeting, 7.00pm, venue/webcam tbc

Members of the public are very welcome to attend Community Council meetings and take part in the discussions under the guidance of the Chairman.  A copy of the Constitution that every Community Council in the Highlands has to work to is available on The Highland Council website - www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/21179/scheme_of_establishment_final_sept_2019 

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending.  He also thanked Community Council member Sadie-Michaela Harris for hosting the Zoom webcam session and to the Secretary for travelling up to Achnasheen to view this webcam meeting.  The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.10pm.

 

 

Since our last meeting ...

One previous planning application has been determined by The Highland Council since our last ordinary meeting.  21/01163/FUL was the proposed siting of a holiday letting unit with associated shed structures on land 20metres south west of Ghillies Rest (Old Post Office) in Achnasheen.  Planning permission has been granted by the Case Officer with four conditions.  More details are available on The Highland Council’s planning website.

A few days after our last ordinary meeting, the Secretary met up with one of the Seasonal Access Rangers to show them first hand our “hotspots”.  He was already aware of several of the locations and will keep an eye on things.  Our thanks to the Secretary for her help in this matter and to the Garve Litter Busters Group who keep in touch with us and have been out and about across the area doing their bit!  Fly tipping incidents should be reported on https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1054/rubbish_and_recycling/89/litter_and_fly-tipping

Achnasheen Post Office Outreach Service is open every Tuesday from 2.30pm until 4.30pm in Achnasheen Village Hall.  Garve Post Office is open every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm until 5.30pm.

Achnasheen EVC – the latest update from The Highland Council is that they did look at the old School site in Achnasheen as a possible location, unfortunately the access to the school (and a few other factors) has ruled that option out.  Garve EVC – they haven’t been able to proceed with Garve as land ownership records have not been traced through the various legal avenues they have tried in regard to ownership of the car park outside the Public Hall.  They are now in the process of preparing a briefing note for senior managers to lay out clearly the history of the job at the two locations and the options they’ve exhausted.  Our thanks to all involved. 

Proposed Battery Storage facility - this proposed project would connect into the existing Grudie Bridge electricity substation.  The project could store up to 49.9 megawatts output comprising fenced compound of battery containers, power converters, transformers, security cameras, access track, drainage pond and be surrounded by landscaping and new planting of native trees.  The developer will set up a website with information about the project at https://meetings.ili-energy.com/lochluichart-energy-storage-project/  This is just a consultation and engagement process at this stage and a Planning Application would not be submitted before October 2021 at the earliest.  Events are proposed to present the project, engage with the community, answer questions and seek feedback.  In normal times this would have been held in a local venue.  Given the Covid situation, this is proposed as an online interactive event to be held on Tuesday 27 July 2021 3pm - 5pm and Tuesday 10 August 2021 6.00pm – 8.00pm at https://meetings.ili-energy.com/lochluichart-energy-storage-project/

Traffic Survey - the requested traffic survey’s for Lochluichart and Achnasheen, which this Community Council requested over a year ago, are still awaiting to be completed by The Highland Council’s technical team.  As there are only two members of The Highland Council’s staff that can do the surveys, they are currently overwhelmed with work so it is not possible to say when this work will be done however, we are on the list.  Legally, road speed restrictions can not be altered until a survey has been completed first.  In other news, a suggestion has been received as to how “Smiley Signs” could be purchased and installed in the community.  We have passed the suggestion onto the appropriate group to consider as Community Councils are not advised to own assets.  Potholes should be reported directly to The Highland Council/BEAR.  As reported at previous Community Council meetings, we have done this for Little Garve but main roads will always get priority and the road teams can’t be everywhere. 

Two new planning applications have been received by The Highland Council since our last ordinary meeting.  21/02985/FUL is in regard to the already consented Lochluichart Wind Farm Extension II.  This application is a slight redesign - erection and operation of a windfarm for a period of 40 years, comprising of 5 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height 149.9m, access tracks, borrow pits, substation, control building and ancillary infrastructure on land 1.9km south west of Aultguish Inn.  Community Council members were informed by email and raised no objections. 

21/03360/FUL is the proposed erection of a house and workshop on land 75metres south west of Strathmore House.  Community Council members were informed by email and raised no objections.

Garve & District Community Council currently has a vacancy on the Community Council.  The Community Council members consider it to be very important to have as broad a representation of our community as possible, as we cover a wide variety of community issues and to do this well, we need members from all corners of our large area.  We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month.  If you are aged 16 or over, live in the Community Council area and are on the electoral roll and would like to be considered for co-option onto the Community Council, please email garveanddistrictcc@yahoo.com with your name and contact details.  Your nomination will be considered by Community Council members at their next ordinary meeting.

 

 

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