INVERESK COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Minutes of Meeting held on Monday 8th October, 2001 at the Retreat, Tarfside
Stracathro - Mr H. Campbell Adamson,
Mr R. Cooke,
Edzell - Mrs E. Hickson, Mr A. de Costa,
Mr F. Skene,
Glenesk - Mr G. Lowden, Mrs M.
McIntosh, Mrs N. Bertram,
Menmuir - Mr C. Williamson, Mr M. Johnston
Lethnot - Mr I. Morrison
Brechin Landward - Mr P. Yates,
In attendance - Mr D. Murray, Mr I.
Cowie (EVIS), Cllr. R. Myles, Inspector P. Scobbie, Mr C. Hutchison and Ms
J. Hill (Brechin Advertiser), Mr C. Hardy (Courier) and 3 members of the
Apologies - Mr J. Adamson, Dr B. Fernandez,
Mr C. Simpson, Cllr. R. Leslie-Melville, Mr C. Gow
1. Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising
Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting was proposed by Mr M. Johnston
and seconded by Mr I. Morrison This was approved as such. Action
2. Treasurer’s Report
Mr Simpson is on holiday and, in his absence, the Secretary reported the
bank balance on 30th September 2001 stood at £59.50.
The ‘books’ are presently in the hands of the Auditor and Mr Simpson expects
to present the annual accounts at the next meeting.
3. Police Matters
Vandalism - has not been a problem recently, but Inspector Scobbie stressed
the need to continue to report anything and to report it immediately rather
than, for example, a day or so later.
Some discussion on the previously minuted concern about the system in place
for contacting the police when there is no one at the Brechin station. The
Chief Constable is reviewing the present system to see if there is a better
4. Roads Matters
Dunlappie Bridge - work was due to start on Monday 08.10.01 with the setting
up of the site compound. The work is scheduled for completion, subject to
weather conditions, in the first week of December 2001.
Mr Ronnie McNeil is acting Director of roads for the time being. Not sure
if a new Director will be appointed as the Council are reviewing the post
of 'Director' throughout the various Council functions.
5. Stracathro Hospital
Further vandalism has occurred at the Mansion House - damage to the bell.
The Community Council is grateful to the Brechiner for highlighting their
concerns about the apparent lack of any action by Tayside University Hospitals
Trust to resolve this issue. It was agreed that the Mansion House should be
put on the market as soon as possible.
Some discussion on what is happening at the hospital and agreed that we
would keep a watching brief.
6. Planning Matters
Edzell - Mr D. Murray
reported that Mrs V. Haggert had already approached the developer of the new
housing scheme at Lethnot Road about contributing towards improving / extending
the play facilities the Muir.
This was also discussed with the Planning Officer who suggested we do nothing
more than 'register an interest' by noting that, as the site gets further
developed, some contribution, by the developer, to the local facilities might
be beneficial. Mr Murray has this in hand.
Glen Esk - Discussed
the extension plans for St Drostan's Lodge, which the Community Council welcomed.
Some concern at the lack of car parking - only sufficient for 3 cars, which
was felt to be inadequate. Also wished to ensure that the discharge licence
was modified to handle the extra rooms there would now be. Mr Murray to pass
on these concerns to the Planning department.
Mr D. Murray
7. Correspondence Received
a. Angus Council 2001 Minutes – Volume
38 dated 13 September
b. Introductory letter from the Institute
of Contemporary Scotland and an invitation to participate in the Assembly
of Angus when it meets on Saturday 17th November in the Old Church, Montrose.
c. Angus Association of Voluntary Organisations
– reminder that the AAVO membership fees are now due.
d. Angus Association of Voluntary Organisations
‘Autumn 2001’ newsletter.
e. Notification of the date for the
next Brechin Area Forum - Wednesday 7th November at 7.00pm in the Brechin
Discussion on whether these Area Forums were achieving anything. Agreed
that the Secretary would write to the Council's Chief Executive to query
the need for continuing with the Area Forums.
f. Notification from the North of Scotland
Water Authority that their accounts for the financial year ending 31st March
2001 have just been published.
g. ‘Best Value Service Review – Roads
Maintenance’ Questionnaire from Angus Council Roads department. For completion
h. Sepa View 9 (Autumn 2001)
8. From the Regions
- It's felt that Edzell is not as tidy / clean as it
used to be when there was a 'Road Officer' employed, it's believed, by the
Roads Dept who was responsible for keeping the gutters etc clean and free
of litter, leaves etc.
However, despite this Edzell has recently been announced as a winner of
one of the categories in the 'Cleanest Community in Scotland' award scheme.
The Community Council acknowledged the work done by EVIS and other groups,
as well as those living in Edzell, in winning this award.
- The lay-by on the east side of the road at the Brechin end of Edzell woods
regularly has lorries parked up there. Details to be passed to Cllr. R. Myles
who will see what he can do to resolve the problem.
Glenesk - Glenesk Roadman - Mr Cooke
reported that things were moving on this, even though there was no Council
representative at a recent meeting he had attended. The Council is committed
to the appointment of a roadman and he hopes things will move a bit more quickly
- Some considerable discussion then took place on the situation of Mr George
Black who has received notification from the Council to upgrade the toilet
facilities in his rented holiday cottage. If he does not do this, he will
have to stop using the property.
It was acknowledged that the Council
had had no choice but to take this course of action after a neighbour of Mr
Black had brought the situation to their notice.
However, it was agreed that the legislation that necessitated this sort
of action must be flawed and that the Community Council was deeply concerned
about the situation facing Mr Black. The Chairman was asked to write to the
chief executive of the Council to pass on those concerns.
9. Any Other Business
- Cllr. R. Myles updated the meeting on progress at the Edzell skip site
and reported that there will be a 'Drop In' Centre for the youth of Edzell
built at the site. A sub-committee of the EVIS will manage this. Mr D. Murray
is to write to the Scottish Executive to request funds towards the running
costs of the skip site.
- The volunteers who built the BMX track at Edzell Muir are to be commended
for their work.
- Some discussion over the proposed boundary of the Cairngorms National
Park and whether it would be of benefit or not. It was generally felt
that the suggested boundary would be rather divisive and tended to split
parts of the community within the Inveresk Community Council area. Mr R.
Cooke and the Chairman will pass on those views to the appropriate authorities.
- Cllr. R. Myles reported on the Countryside Initiative, which has the aim
of improving the links between farmers, local business and educationalists.
He requested feedback from the Community Council on this initiative. Agreed
this would be an Agenda item for the next meeting.
- Mr A de Costa reported on a Community Newsletter he had seen on a trip.
He wondered whether such a thing might be possible within the Inveresk Community
Council area. Will discuss at the next meeting.
Mr D. Murray
12. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday 12th November 2001 at the Menmuir
Inveresk Community Council
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