Draft Minutes of Garve and District Community Council meeting held 6th Oct 2015 Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Cllr Ian Cockburn; David Lawson (Eneco); Val MacIver (Platform PR) and Andy Russell (EDF); Rory Dutton (DTAS); 3 members of public.

The Chairman welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7pm.
Apologies: Jean Bailey, Bob Moir, Ruari Matheson, Grant Folley, John Bedwell.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s Comments – Sue Tarr and Bob Moir attended the Community Empowerment Roadshow in Dingwall. This is about new legislation that has come in that makes it easier for communities to make changes; it covers a variety of areas. Guidelines on how it will work are still being put together.
Mike Franklin attended the HSCHT Open Day in Inverness. The emphasis was on buying land. There is a Land Fund coming in that helps communities that want to buy land.
Council Cutbacks –there are a lot of cutbacks coming. Jobs may be on the line.
The local population figures have been updated and G&DCC area has increased from 329 to 348.
There will be a Soup & Sandwich lunch at Strathpeffer Church Hall on Sat 10th Oct 12-2pm. Details of Church Services at Kinlochluichart are displayed at the Church and on the Achnasheen noticeboard.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict  They are also available at Garve PO, on Achnasheen Village notice board, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website, direct from the Secretary on gdcc@fsmail.net, Tel 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to gdcc@fsmail.net

Approval of minutes of the meeting held 1st Sept 2015: Proposed by Eliza Leslie Melville; seconded by Jean Hollingdale.
Approval of minutes of the Special Meeting held 21st Sept 2015: Proposed by Jean Hollingdale, seconded by Jennifer Haslam.

Matters Arising:
Garbat Community Hydro Scheme – a site visit took place in Aug during which local residents were able to discuss concerns over water supplies and noise issues with the turbine house. There may be an issue where Vento Ludens (an international company) have previously secured rights on the Garbat burn – John Bedwell is trying to verify whether this is the case.
G&DCC await a further update from Kirknewton Community Development Trust / babyHydro.

Broadband Working Group – the notes from the meeting held on 2nd Sept are appended.
Kenny MacLean has contacted SSE, Fannich Estate and Lochluichart Estate, and Lochluichart Wind Farm and Corriemoillie Wind Farm. Lochluichart Estate is very supportive of the broadband project and happy to help if they can. SSE suggests contacting SSE telecoms. Andrew Biddlecombe is contacting Network Rail.

Community Housing – a piece of land has been donated by Lochluichart Estate. The HC housing waiting lists indicate one/ two bedroom houses are more in demand for Garve and Achnasheen area. The waiting lists are applied to both council and housing association houses. There often is a “hidden” demand where people who are not on the waiting list (e.g. people living perhaps in rented accommodation, caravan, with parents or family, or would like a bigger house but are not able to move up the ladder).

LCT – Peter Gormley has contacted G&DCC with the outcome of the directors’ discussion on a Community Development Organisation. “CES have offered to refocus part of their project brief so that they will provide advice on the organisational requirements needed to establish a community development company, and this was agreed by the LCT Board. This would mean that they would help specify what is needed for a community development company, in terms of organisation structures, legal frameworks, etc and working with members of the community to make it happen.  It was suggested that the community energy organisation would become a subset of this community development company.”

Community Needs Survey – Sue Tarr put a draft invitation to bid, with brief and background information, for comment by community councillors. Some amendments were agreed, with useful contributions from those present. Members agreed that further drafts could be reviewed and agreed by an email consensus; some further consultation with LCT directors is also required.

Rory Dutton (Development Trust Association Scotland) gave an outline of what DTAS does. They are an association of community trusts all over Scotland and have 10 years collective experience which can be drawn on. Resources are available – model memoranda and articles, objects, toolkits to help set up a trust. Usually a community sets up a trust because the community council has identified things that need doing in their area but the CC can’t carry it out whereas a trust can. The process involves community consultation then the agenda is set by the community trust which delivers priorities the best they can. Open membership from within area and boards would be elected from the community. Would be independent of other organisations and non-profit making. Would be able to do larger legacy projects where community benefit is invested in projects that have a lasting impact.
The first step is to know what you want (community survey) then it is easy to set up. It would be easy to change LCT, or to set up a new organisation in parallel.
Communities can generate their own funds from their own turbines, and managed through a trust with an evaluation panel at arms’ length. DTAS is funded by Scottish Government and is backed up by Burness and Paul legal practise.

Members agreed to push on with the community needs survey.

Eneco update: the crane has completed its refurbishment of one unit and left on 23rd Sept. No further work foreseeable. Annual servicing on site was completed at the end of Aug.

EDF update: work has started on site 21st Sept. Imported stone and cabins have gone onto site. The borrow pit site has been reached, drilling has started and a blast is expected next week. Timber removal is ongoing, with chipping and 3 lorries running between the site and Invergordon. All planning conditions have been discharged, and contractors mobilised. RJ MacLeod is main contractor and a cleaner and security man have been hired. There will be a Liaison group meeting on 10th Nov. Police, roads dept, transport Scotland etc all contacted. Work will carry on while weather is good; will close down if the weather gets too bad. Transport of stone from Leiths quarry will finish this week as the borrow pit comes into use.

SSE update: The traffic lights at Killin have been removed and the bellmouth works finished ahead of schedule. Jennifer Haslam raised the No Left Turn sign that has been installed. The original permission for the bellmouth had been changed when Bear took over. Lorries turn at the railway yard or Gorstan Junction. Lorries should not be reversing at the junction. There is an issue that if lorries can’t turn left onto the access road then there is nowhere else suitable for them to turn. Chairman to contact Daryn Lucas.

Gorstan junction white lines – Robbie Bain has replied saying HC do the white lines.
Benches – the community should liaise with HC so placing of benches in the graveyards does not impede grass cutting.
Dead Tree at Achnasheen – the tree will be inspected and action taken if necessary; any replacement of the tree would be left to the community to do.
Grass Verges – HC policy now is cut verges once a year. No sightlines or bellmouths have been cut in our area. A member of the public has raised the issue of verges not being cut, obscuring crash barriers and making the community look unsightly. Cllr Cockburn to follow up.
HC Quality Awards – the G&DCC nomination is in.
Garve Bus Shelter – this has not been repaired following damage 18 months ago. It is on the list.
Produce Show – proceeds come to £220. Thank yous to go to Val MacIver, Don Smith, Glyn Robson and Susan Haslam. Kenny MacLean to write something for AGNV and submit a photo. Thanks to all who contributed to the raffle.
Over 60’s Party – this will be on 29th Oct. Invites are going out. A bottle of whisky has been donated by the “Bodach that used to live by the Lochluichart Railway Station”

Police Report: Operation Route, a road safety initiative is still ongoing in the area and in the month of September has resulted in 8 persons charged with speeding offences, 2 persons charged with driving without an MOT certificate, 1 person charged with failing to wear a seatbelt and one person charged with driving without insurance also having their vehicle seized.  There have been two road traffic collisions on the A835 with two persons being charged with careless driving.  If anyone has anything they would like to discuss or any issues in the area please get in contact with John Beverly PC406 at Dingwall Police Station by phoning 101.
There was another crash at the Gorstan junction yesterday. The car ended up on top of the crash barrier which had only just been repaired from the last crash. Members felt that something more should be done to prevent crashes, possibly rumble strips or a Stop sign. There are also problems with vehicles going the wrong way round the island or straight across it. It is difficult to get HC and Bear to agree. A member of the public suggested going to the press about the lack of interest from the authorities. Sec to contact PC Beverley to ask for police recommendations about the accident rate.
G&DCC received a copy of North Focus, the police newsletter which reports 66% detection rates across all crimes and offences. The profile of crime reporting has changed. Reports of domestic abuse, sexual offending, hate crimes, serious assaults and shoplifting have all increased on last year. Police are assessing how they can tackle this.
A member of the public has reported that motorcycles are now getting stopped regularly at Achanalt.
There has been mention of speeding issues within Garve village.

Treasurer’s report:
Total balance b/f


Senior Citizens Fund -No Change

Bench Fund - B/fwd No Change

Community Fund - B/fwd


Add - Proceeds Produce Show


Less - Show Expenses - J. Haslam

- 67.62

Less - Garve Hall - Produce Show

- 52.00

Treasurers Account -B/fwd


Less - Garve Public Hall - Special Meeting 24/08/15

- 16.00

Less - Garve Public Hall - Broadband Meeting 02/09/15

- 16.00
Carried Forward

£ 2,744.50

Profit from Produce Show

Figures prepared 20/09/2015

Correspondence:  By Email,
Policy – Community Council Elections; Tracy Shaw – RCOP- Living Streets Workshop December 3rd 2015 Inverness; HC – Alison Macleod – Winter Resilience Community Aid Programme 2015; Scottish Government – Sub Marine Electricity Cables – Notice of Consultation; Robbie Bain – GDCC Mins; Highland Wide Local Development Plan Review Meetings; Community Council Elections – Availability Of Nomination Papers; Scottish Rural Parliament Update; Tracy Shaw – RCOP – LGOWIT- Conference 30th September 2015; Strathpeffer CC Mins; Policy – Community Transport Grants; Highland Third Sector Interface – What’s On Next Week In Highland – 18th September; Lochcarron CC Mins; Policy – Digital Engagement for CC’s Workshops Autumn; Alison Macleod – War Memorial Trusts Workshops; Deborah Peters – Achnasheen Post Office; John Bedwell – Proposed Baby Hydro Scheme; Deborah Peters – Achnasheen Post Office; Policy – Highland Council’s Highpoint Magazine; Robbie Bain – Re Exercise Joint Warrior 15th October 2015 Radar & GPS Jamming E; John Bedwell – Proposed Baby Hydro Scheme; Deborah Peters – Achnasheen Post Office; Policy – Highland Council’s Highpoint Magazine; Robbie Bain – Re Exercise Joint Warrior 15th October 2015 Radar & GPS Jamming; Third Sector Interface – What’s On In Highland This Week; Tracy Shaw – RCOP – Creating A Fairer Scotland – Inverness 7th October 2015; Alex Fincham  - Local Energy Scotland  - CC Funds Received from Eneco; Robbie Bain – CC Elections; Donald Northwood – Email Grass Verge Cutting; A890 Balnacra To Lair Rail Bridge Road Improvements.
By Post,
Highland Council – Planning For Your Future – Dingwall 11th November 2015; Highland Council  - Decriminalised Parking Enforcement; Local Government Boundary Commission For Scotland – Consultation Reminder; Scottish Government Scoping for EDF Wind Farm.
Achnasheen Post Office – a member of the public has contacted G&DCC about the post office service in Achnasheen. There have been concerns going back to March, with the post office computer not working, the broadband not working and the postmaster not being there as he was on sick leave. Post Office Counters have said that if the post office is to be closed then posters should be displayed saying it will be closed. All outstanding IT issues have now been resolved, and things have improved.
Balnacra – Lair Road Bridge Improvements – the preferred route runs N of the railway line. 4 miles of new road will bypass the old road. The scheme will be considered in November and a planning application submitted next year when there will be further opportunity to make comments or objections. Members’ comments were that the Lochcarron road is in very bad condition and any improvements would be welcome.

AOB (Members): Jennifer Haslam raised the issue of bollards being left at the layby west of Corran; these are right on the roadside. Also road signs have been left on the verge to the west where a vehicle went off the edge of the road. The Chairman will investigate.
The Garve sign coming into the village from the east is obscured by bracken.

Scoping Report: The Strathvaich Hydro scheme environmental impact assessment has started.

SSE Consultation: Submarine Cable proposal on protecting submarine cables. Members had no comments.
HC Highland Wide Development Plan, Draft Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance and Local Housing Strategy consultations: members had no comments.

The Chairman informed the meeting of a building warrant for a single storey wind farm control building, Corriemoillie. There have been four planning applications determined:

Continuation of rock extraction at Achnasheen Quarry, permission granted for 5 years.
Display of advertisement for wind farm, land off A835 to west of Aultguish Inn, permission granted.
Undergrounding and repositioning of 33kV overhead line to Staff house, land at Mossford Lochluichart, HC raise no objection.
Forestry related works to form and upgrade a private way, land 130m east of Rosebank Achanalt, HC grant prior approval.

Date of next meeting:
Tues 3rd Nov 2015 in Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm. Tea will be served.

Tues 1st Dec 2015 in Garve Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 5th Jan 2016 in Garve Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 2nd Feb 2016 in Garve Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 1st Mar 2016 in Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 9.25pm.

Contd over

Appendix: Broadband Working Group meeting held 2nd Sept 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean, Sue Tarr, Jackie West, Bob Moir, Mike Franklin, Andrew Biddlecombe, Laura MacWhinney and Sarah Jones from CBS.
Apologies: Jean Hollingdale, Jean Bailey, Ruari Matheson, Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Andrew Allan, Calvin Tan.
Kenny MacLean (G&DCC Chairman) welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7pm.
Summary of the position to date – a broadband questionnaire funded by CBS was circulated to every household in the community council area, with a good response. The survey has shown that there is a demand for improved service and has provided information about download and upload speeds throughout the area, and how much people are prepared to pay.
The fibre rollout is coming to both Garve and Kinlochewe in the next 16 months. The fibre capability will first enable the exchange, and then feed a nearby green street cabinet. As the quality and speed of connection are then dependent on cabling route distance, it is expected that houses within approximately 2km of the cabinet in cable route length will experience the benefits available from fibre speeds, with some performance benefits still being achieved for those who are further away.
Map: Sarah Jones brought maps of the area and houses which responded to the questionnaire were marked to show where clusters are located and the distances involved.
 Some ideas about the different ways of bringing improved broadband to houses further away from the expected coverage area were discussed. There are a variety of ways that could be investigated for example, “pinging” a microwave or radio signal using line-of-sight repeaters. The further away from the green cabinet this goes, the more the signal degrades and there can be interference from rain, pinging across water surfaces and other irregular features.
It may be possible to have a rental agreement with the mobile phone mast providers to use their towers but this is expensive and geography dependent. Network Rail, SSE and Lochluichart Windfarm may have possibilities for the project; agreed it is worth contacting them at this stage to make enquiries.
There are other ways of boosting exchanges which use legacy ground based circuits but these may not be effective given the distances to Aultguish and Achnasheen exchanges and are dependent on existing infrastructure and capacity being available. Telecoms companies can offer feasibility/planning tools that assess different technology solutions for different areas. It may be that a mix of technologies will be needed to reach all parts of the area.
Next Stage:  Need to wait for info coming from BT about the next phase of their fibre rollout. This info is expected by the end of the year. Then CBS can commission a feasibility study. This would include design of a network, estimated cost to build, cost to run and input required from volunteers, estimated number of subscribers.
Preparation of a business plan and see if it looks viable.
If the project is viable it then moves on to the procurement process. It has to be notified to see if any other party has plans, then it can go to tender. There are different procurement paths depending on how big the capital costs are.
Cost of telephone / broadband packages would be tailored to what residents could afford.
G&DCC is starting community consultation with a view to setting up a Development Company; agreed CBS should be consulted when doing this.

CBS Broadband Summary
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) http://www.digitalscotland.org/whereandwhen fibre programme is bringing improved broadband connectivity to thousands of premises across the Highlands and Islands including areas in Ross-shire. By the end of 2016, 84% of premises in the Highlands and Islands will have access to the fibre infrastructure through the DSSB programme. For those that are not likely to benefit from DSSB, the Scottish Government has set up and funded Community Broadband Scotland (http://www.hie.co.uk/community-support/community-broadband-scotland/ ) to support communities to develop and install sustainable community broadband solutions.
Community Broadband Scotland is currently working with the Garve and District Community Council (GDCC) to investigate the possibility of developing a community broadband solution for the areas not due to see fibre coverage from the DSSB fibre roll out. GDCC have already carried out a comprehensive community scoping exercise whereby surveys were distributed to the GDCC area to assess what appetite there is for a community broadband project. The survey received a very positive response rate and demonstrated a strong appetite for improved broadband services as well as indicating how much residents would be willing to pay for a broadband service.
The most recent information from the DSSB team indicates that Kinlochewe and Garve should be well served by fibre roll out which is due to go live in the second half of 2016. There is also additional funding coming to the DSSB programme which means that there is the possibility that the fibre roll out will reach further than this. GDCC are waiting for more clarity on this potential additional roll out before commissioning a feasibility study to assess what form a community broadband project may look like. Given the terrain of the GDCC area it is likely that a wireless solution will provide the best option for improving digital connectivity.
GDCC are keen to open dialogue with key local stakeholders to explore the potential for collaborating on the development of this exciting concept.
Sarah Jones, CBS.

Draft Minutes of Garve and District Community Council meeting held 1st Sept 2015 in Achnasheen Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec), Bob Moir; Val MacIver (Platform PR) and Don Smith (EDF); Daryn Lucas (SSE); Morven Taylor (HSCHT); 3 members of public.

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.

Apologies: Ruari Matheson, Cllr Cockburn.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s Comments: Congratulations to Sandy Jack on his 100th birthday. Jean Bailey presented him with a gift on behalf of G&DCC.
The Chairman was unable to attend the Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross District Partnership meeting or the Mid Ross District Partnership meeting. Blue wheelie bins can now accept more items for recycling.
There will be no service in Kinlochluichart Church on 13th Sept.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict  They are also available at Garve PO, on Achnasheen Village notice board, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website, direct from the Secretary on gdcc@fsmail.net, Tel 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to gdcc@fsmail.net
There have been nearly 1100 hits on G&DCC website in the last 12 months.

Approval of the minutes of the ordinary meeting held 4th Aug 2015: Bob Moir had one amendment, in relation to the Strathvaich Hydro Scheme – jetties would be used during construction, but removed after work was completed.
Sarah Jones (CBS) has supplied more detailed notes about broadband: these will be appended at the end of these minutes.
Minutes with amendments proposed by Jean Hollingdale and seconded by Jean Bailey.

Approval of the minutes of the special meeting held 24th Aug 2015: proposed by Eliza Leslie Melville and seconded by Jennifer Haslam.

Matters Arising:
SSE Traffic Lights – the traffic lights at Killin were to be in place until the end of Feb and it is now Sept. Daryn Lucas explained the three-way system in place at the bell mouth was to control traffic going past the workforce. Transport Scotland had given approval for the design of bell mouth and then withdrew it; it had to be redesigned to accommodate forestry vehicles that would use the access after the pylon work was finished. Forestry low-loaders would need a 6m turning radius so more of the hill-side had to be removed. The drainage also needed agreement with Network Rail. While doing the pylon work, one of the existing lines is dead to take the old pylons down and put up new ones. This is done within outage windows which meant that work on the bell mouth was suspended while work was carried out on the pylons. The bell mouth should be completed by the end of Sept, with tarring, white lines and signage. SSE apologises for all the delays. This work was done to accommodate increased turning circle; the hill is not collapsing.
The traffic lights come down at the weekends when no work is taking place on the hill; taking the lights down every day would cause more delays. The lights will be away by the end of Sept.
The new pylon line will be in place and energised by the end of Oct. The red and white catch netting is to protect the workforce and will come down when pylon work is finished and an earth bund seeded with grass and heather installed along steep sides.  The old line will be taken away and the track tidied up and re-instatement completed between Christmas and Feb 2016.
Comments included that at the weekend the folded up signs had sometimes fallen onto the road and caused a danger to traffic; and was it possible to switch the traffic lights to two way at nights? Daryn agreed to look into these issues.
Next year, there will be an upgrade of the section from Mossford to Corriemoillie (this is a separate project).
The hydro loch at Glascarnoch is very low just now – is there a particular reason for this? The hydro lochs are drained to the lowest point every few years for servicing and maintenance.
Daryn Lucas offered G&DCC a site visit when the work was complete; members agreed this would be interesting. The Chairman thanked him for attending.
Garbat Hydro scheme – no update.
Community Broadband – the first Broadband Working group meeting will take place tomorrow (2nd Sept) in Garve Village Hall with Sarah Jones from CBS.
Benches – Robbie Bain has said it would be alright to put benches in the graveyards. It was agreed to defer until the spring.
Community Needs Survey – Discussion on taking forward a community needs survey following G&DCC Special Meeting on 24th Aug. A community survey will assist in the setting up of a development company that is best suited to the community’s requirements; it will enable LCT, the new Dev Co and other funders or groups to prepare business plans; and it will inform LCT and others of community opinion when appraising projects.
G&DCC, LCT, the new Dev Co and other community organisations would have access to the survey results and each household would receive a summarised copy.
The approach to a survey was discussed. All agreed it needed to involve the community and so needs to be well promoted beforehand – a notice could be placed in the AGNV. A workshop style/ drop-in event could be held in both Achnasheen and Garve. Ideas generated from these could then be put together to form a questionnaire circulated to the community to gather feedback on ideas. There are a number of ways of doing this e.g. postal, online, by phone, one to one interviews with each household – agreed that Sue Tarr approach organisations to ask how each one would go about the survey, and how the survey would be collated and presented. Sue has three contacts so far, CADISPA, Ross-shire Voluntary Action, Donald MacLeod and some more to follow up.
There are a number of community projects already at different stages and these also need to feed in to the survey process (Community Energy, Community Broadband, Community Housing, Bursary/ education fund, and other smaller projects; the village halls have an important role too). LCT has carried out some consultation on project ideas and this will also feed in.
A paid development officer is something that has been suggested, need to find out if the community supports that idea and how it would be financed. Employing people means adhering to certain regulations. The Scottish Land Fund can part fund a development officer.
It was agreed that an application to LCT for funding a survey before 30th Sept would be unrealistic.

Community Housing – Jean Bailey, Eliza Leslie Melville, Sue Tarr and Mike Franklin attended a meeting with Ronnie MacRae and Morven Taylor of Highland Small Communities Housing Trust. The notes from the meeting have been appended to these minutes. With G&DCC support, feasibility work could start before a Development Company is set up. A Rural Housing Initiative to support rural housing means funding should be available in April 2016 – keep this in mind as a possibility as it may be taken up quickly. There is often a “hidden housing” demand in local areas where people are not on the council housing list but would be interested in affordable housing. With this in mind the community housing project could either do its own survey or feed into a community needs survey.

LEO Scheme – G&DCC received a letter from Guy Madgwick (Eneco) about the ending of the LEO scheme. Eneco is sorry to disappoint residents. Eneco should be able to start selling electricity direct to customers next year and is working to find a low-cost solution that could benefit all members of the community.
EDF – Work on the Corriemoillie Wind farm has not started yet. Two planning conditions are still to be signed off, one environmental and the decommissioning bond, this should take place this week. It will then take a few days to get contractors and machinery on site.
The Invergordon biomass plant is up and running again and brush removal off site will take place as soon as possible. The main contractor is R.J.MacLeod. Posts of gatekeeper and cleaner have been filled. The electrical contractor may be SSE – they have the local expertise.
Potholes – Potholes at the Old Manse road and Lochluichart Station are on the list. The top half of the Gorstan road has been repaired and white lines done but there are still potholes down the bottom end.
White lines at the main Gorstan Junction – these haven’t been done although other white lining in the area has been carried out. The give way sign and the dotted lines painted on the road have been worn away. Suggest that Robbie Bain liaise with SSE who will be doing white lines at the Killin access soon.
Garve Recycle Bins – these have now been relocated and a new replacement bin with keys has arrived at the Gorstan layby. Many thanks to June Ross for all her help.
Planning website – maintenance has taken place and should be more stable now.
Garve Bus shelter – on to-do list.
Fencing at Chuillin – on to-do list.
Fence at Matheson Rd Football pitch – has been reported.
Overhanging branches at Station Rd – no news.
Leaning Tower of Garve – BT has inspected and will repair the leaning pole.
Garve Hall traffic noise – the chairman of the Hall Committee has suggested that G&DCC could purchase a PA system and store it in the hall.
Garden Produce Show – to be held this Sat 5th Sept in Garve Hall. Open to the public from 12-2pm; there will be teas, raffle and the whisky game. Sec to send letters of thanks to the sponsors, Eneco, GG Mackenzie and Iain Fraser Plumber. Cups and prizes have been bought.
Over 60’s Party – this will be held on Thurs 29th Oct at Aultguish Inn, 6 for 6.30pm. Arrangements were discussed regarding entertainment etc.
G&DCC Senior Citizens’ fund stands at £650. Jean Bailey to prepare application to LCT for £1200 to pay for the party plus a present for those not able to attend.

Police Report: In the month of August 2 persons have been charged with dangerous driving, 12 persons charged with speeding offences, 3 persons charged with driving without an MOT certificate and 1 person charged with failing to wear a seatbelt in the area. There have been two road traffic collisions on the A835 with one person being charged with careless driving and the other being non reportable.   If anyone has anything they would like to discuss or any issues in the area please get in contact with John Beverly PC406 at Dingwall Police Station by phoning 101.
Police are keen to speak to the owner of an unused tent found at Little Garve to confirm their well-being. (Note Police have now confirmed that the owner has been traced and that all is in order. The public are thanked for their assistance in this matter.)

Treasurer’s Report:

Total balance b/f 2633.58

Senior Citizens Fund – no change 650.72 650.72

Bench Fund – no change 100.00 100.00

Community Fund – b/f 1239.53
add donations Produce Show 120.00 1359.53

Treasurers Account b/f 643.33
less Birthday card -4.25
less Garve Hall mtg Aug plus Europasat demo -44.00 595.08

Carried Forward £2705.33

Outgoings this month were a card for Sandy Jack on the occasion of his 100th birthday; G&DCC has received a bill for the hall for the Europasat demonstration. Agreed to send Europasat the bill; Broadband survey expenses: Kenny MacLean spent 10hrs at £10 per hour collating the broadband survey results plus £12 for ink. These expenses are claimed from CBS. Kenny MacLean to donate £100 to the bench fund. The hire of the hall for tomorrow’s broadband working group meeting will be claimed under CBS expenses.

Correspondence: Policy – Highland Third Sector Interface – Community Empowerment Act Roadshow. Bob Moir and Sue Tarr hope to go to the Dingwall one on 22nd Sept 5.30-8.30pm.
Kit Bowen – Baby Hydro Scheme; John Bedwell – Baby Hydro Scheme; Policy – CC Elections-Community Newsletter Publicity; SPS – Benches – Brochure and Price List; Bob Moir – CC Meeting
Scottish Rural Parliament – Update Broadband and Land Reform; Murdo Mackenzie – Reply To Bob Moir Email; Policy – CC’s And Data Protection Act; Policy – Fairer Scotland Community Council Event 16th Sept 2015 ; Jean Bailey – Payment For Expenses To GDCC; Sylvia Campbell – HTSI Events Programme Aug – Dec 2015; Eneco Reply- LEO Scheme; Lochcarron CC Mins; Mid Ross District Partnership Event – 28th Aug 2015 – Dingwall Academy – 10am to 12 Noon; Highland Council Quality Awards; Strathpeffer CC Mins; Tracy Shaw – RCOP – Walking Football; HSCHT – Community Housing Project – Summary of meeting With HSCHT 17th Aug 2015; Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan Consultation; Robbie Bain – Scottish Government Town Centre Capital Fund; Police Report; Tracy Shaw – RCOP Conclusion of Work Plan Project to close; Resurfacing of Strathpeffer Road – from Level Crossing to Dingwall Business Park - 21st Sept 2015 for one week expect delays; Policy – Fairer Scotland Community Council Event -16th Sept 2015 Glasgow.
HC Quality Awards - Members agreed to nominate June Ross; she has helped on many issues this year.
Data Protection Act – it costs £35 per year to register. Agreed that G&DCC should comply as it has the Over 60’s Invitation list and the Broadband Survey results. Revisit in Dec.
The slip road in Contin is closed until 5pm next Mon 7th Sept.

Bob Moir – there are traffic lights on the trunk road going west by the hotel. It seems to be road surface work.
Eliza Leslie Melville – the verges on the A832 have not been cut, and there is a lot of ragwort going to seed. Spread of ragwort is a real problem. It is also a safety issue for vehicles coming out of entrances and visibility is reduced. Sec to contact the Chairman of Roads, Allan Henderson, and William Gilfillan and Robbie Bain.
Kenny MacLean – A large tree outside the Achnasheen village hall looks dead. Contact Robbie Bain. Maybe look at planting a tree to replace it.
Remembrance Sunday is 8th Nov. G&DCC to purchase a wreath. Sec to contact Uisdean Menzies.

Screening Report: Strathvaich Hydro schemes – HC has determined that an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required.
Scottish Government Consultation – Pentland Firth & Orkney Spatial Plan – members had no comments.

Planning: Three applications have been determined.
Fannich Hydro Scheme – permission granted with 12 conditions and has to start within 3 years.
Retention of section of track, land to south of Old Free Church Manse Gorstan - permission granted on condition HC is notified when it passes from SSE to FC.
Undergrounding of 33kV overhead line, land at Grudie – HC raise no objection.
Three new planning applications –
Erection of 1.8m high boundary fence, land north of Briony Inchbae – members had no comments.
Forestry related works to form and upgrade a private way, land 130m east of Rosebank Achanalt – members had no comments.
Erection of house and double garage, land 40m NW of Glentawik Little Garve – members had no comments.

Date of next meeting: Tues 6th Oct 2015 7pm in Garve Village hall
Tues 3rd Nov 2015 7pm in Achnasheen Village hall
Tues 1st Dec 2015 7pm in Garve Village hall
Tues 5th Jan 7pm in Garve Village Hall

Broadband Working Group Wed 2nd Sept 7pm in Garve Village Hall.

The Chairman wished all entrants in the Produce Show good luck and closed the meeting at 10pm.

Appendix 1 - Broadband

Sarah Jones from Community Broadband Scotland gave an update on the local BT rollout. Garve exchange is scheduled for improvement July 2016 – Dec 2016. Engineers will come and do a survey about 6 months before that work. Normally, a fibre cabinet will be connected to a green telecoms cabinet. The fibre signal then travels through the fibre cabinet, through the green telecoms cabinet and along copper wires to people’s homes to give improved broadband speeds. Houses which are within 1km copper line length of the fibre enabled cabinet will have access to superfast broadband of up to 24mbps. Between 1-2km from the fibre enabled cabinet will have good speeds. After 2km from the cabinet, the speed that users can expect drops right off. Where a green telecoms cabinet does not exist (because phone lines are linked directly to the Exchange – known as Exchange Only lines), copper phone lines are re-routed through a green telecoms cabinet before being connected to a fibre cabinet.
There is an extension programme following on from 2017. BT has to make available information on which areas will be included in this and which areas won’t be, this information is expected between autumn and the end of this year. This makes planning for communities easier. Achnasheen as a cluster of premises (30-50) could receive a fibre enabled cabinet in the extension programme. The areas between Achnasheen and Garve, and Aultguish and Inchbae are unlikely to receive fibre coverage from the main fibre roll out and so may need help through a community broadband solution. Options might be to “ping” a fibre signal wirelessly from a fibre enabled area to areas without fibre coverage.

Appendix 2 – Community Social, Economic & Housing Project
Summary of meeting with HSCHT 17th Aug Inverness.
Eliza Leslie Melville, Jean Bailey, Sue Tarr and Mike Franklin (from G&DCC area) met with Ronnie MacRae and Morven Taylor of HSCHT.
Lochluichart Estate has earmarked a piece of land approx 8ha, situated between Lochluichart Station and Kinlochluichart Church which may be used for a community development. The Estate has no pre-conceived ideas but the aim would be to encourage young families to live and work in the area which in turn would help Strathgarve Primary School and benefit the community in other ways too.
Ronnie MacRae has approached HIE for opinions on suitability. HIE is interested in exploring ideas and may possibly be able to fund feasibility work if it is a community led project which meets wider community objectives.
A site visit with a local contractor has not identified any major problems with the site, although further investigations are required.
At present Scottish Govt are encouraging community housing developments. A new fund is awaiting full approval and it is hoped that it will be coming on stream in April 2016 and more information on this should be known around Oct of this year.
Ronnie and Morven gave some ideas of what sort of development could work. There are many options and it would be advisable to look at combining housing options along with business and social facilities. Having a good strategy and business plan is very important.
It is an exciting opportunity for the community.
Next steps:
1. Need a Development Group which can take the project forward. Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) can give guidance on setting up a Trust.
2. Need to demonstrate community support for the project. The Community Council has supported the idea so far and is in the process of engaging with the community and relevant groups and Windfarm operators with the aim of setting up a Development Trust which can handle other projects such as Community Broadband, Community Energy and a Bursary/ Education fund. It would be important to have HSCHT input to make sure the new Development Trust would be capable of taking forward a housing project with community support. Morven Taylor agreed she would be willing to attend meetings.

Leading on to HIE potentially funding a Feasibility Study on behalf of the community.

Draft minutes of Garve & District Community Council Special Meeting held 24th Aug 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Ruari Matheson, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Peter Gormley, Chris Hamilton & John Bedwell (LCT); Robbie Bain (HC Ward Manager); Val MacIver (Platform PR) and Grant Folley (EDF); Cllr Ian Cockburn arrived later; 5 members of public.

The Chairman welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7pm.
Unfortunately a notice advertising the Special Meeting was not up in Garve until Saturday. The Chairman thanked Chris and Ann MacRae for displaying the agendas at short notice. Arrangements re notices in Garve have been made for the future.
Apologies: Bob Moir, Cllr Biz Campbell, Cllr Richard Greene.
Declarations of Interest: none.

The special meeting was called following discussion at G&DCC meeting on 4th Aug 2015, to further discuss:
1) A Community Needs Survey and
2) Setting up a Development Group for G&DCC area.

Introduction -from the draft minutes of the meeting on 4th Aug; “Peter Gormley, LCT secretary, contacted G&DCC requesting G&DCC apply for a “Community Needs Survey” from CADISPA. The survey would cost £30-40k. CADISPA has indicated they could apply direct to LCT but would prefer to work through the community. Generated a lot of discussion. There is a lot of support for a community survey although not necessarily CADISPA. There is no information on the CADISPA survey or what its outcomes are. It was also recognised that the G&DCC area needs a development group; G&DCC and LCT are limited in what they can do to develop projects but can help to facilitate projects.”

The Chairman invited comments:

Peter Gormley (LCT Secretary) – LCT has received requests for certain projects. These are somewhat random in coming forward; it would be useful to have a business plan and the proposal for a Community Needs survey would enable LCT to have a template for future projects. The solicitor’s advice is that LCT is not able to set up a Development group under present Articles. LCT decided to approach G&DCC to get the survey underway. It would be a resource available to help people to put projects forward and would be helpful to speed up the pace of projects going forward. LCT Articles could be changed but this would take time.

Robbie Bain (HC Ward Manager) – agrees a Community Needs assessment is required. Would think that a good survey could be done for less than £30/40k. There is a range of organisations distributing community benefits with different formats and structures. A Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status would be a good format. In a small area such as G&DCC it is potentially difficult to have several organisations, so if possible widen the scope of LCT so it can develop projects. G&DCC could commission a survey; would need to work closely with LCT on how survey results would go forward.

John Bedwell – (Energy group, LCT) The Community Needs survey and a Development company go hand in hand. A community consultation, so that a plan can be drawn up means the community can access money from LCT, EDF and other funds.
Could LCT be changed? Eneco is not the only organisation with funds. A Development group needs more freedom to deal with growing funds and it needs knowledge on borrowing, lending and other processes which we don’t have at present.

Chris Hamilton (LCT) - don’t need another organisation. LCT and G&DCC are enough. G&DCC should be the Development Company and appoint a paid officer.

Robbie Bain- CC would be a separate legal entity to Development Company (parallel company)

Jennifer Haslam (G&DCC, LCT) – it would be the same people involved on a new Development company – instead G&DCC should pursue projects; LCT Articles could not be changed to meet requirements.

Robbie Bain – there would be more problems involved in getting G&DCC to be a Development group than changing LCT Articles.

Further comments:

Neither LCT nor G&DCC at present can take in funding from outside sources – need a different body that can do this.

LCT is set up to deal with Eneco funds – is it appropriate to make changes to the articles; it will also depend on EDF requirements.

There is an example of a community (Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston) which has two windfarms, one hydro scheme and other grants. It handles these through a series of restricted funds with different rules governing them. One structure could act with different sets of rules within it according to the funding source.

LCT rules could be amended.

There is a need for the ability to give help to people who want to set up projects which is missing from LCT.

LCT did try to help people, but people were not organising themselves. That is happening more now with people setting up groups with constitutions.

LCT Articles limit the ability to deal with the scale of opportunities available. Help is available from LCT, but for big projects we need a Development organisation.

Grant Folley (EDF) – there are two kinds of organisation - a “distributor” which is what we have already in LCT; and a “doer” which gets projects going.
EDF could in principle pay into LCT for distribution if that is what the community wants. EDF would not be directly involved with a Development company. EDF are currently looking at LCT Articles and query one or two of the restrictions controlling how money is spent. Would probably propose changes to LCT if EDF was to pay into LCT.

Cllr Cockburn – the community has a lot of money available to it and advises “think big”. It is an opportunity to invest in the community for the future. E.g. a hydro scheme which brings in community’s own money in the future. May well have to bring in professionals. If the Articles need changing, make sure it suits the community.

How would professional advice be procured – what procedures would be followed.

It would be better to employ a Community Development Officer either by G&DCC or LCT than spending £40k on a survey.

Need to draw in members of the community.

John Bedwell - Community Energy Scotland are about to implement 3 streams of work in Garve and District area – one being to develop with the community a Community Energy Organisation, which requires all of the powers and appropriate structures that a Development company would need. CES is aware of agenda items for tonight and recognises there is no need to duplicate organisations and have offered to shift their focus on this workstream to working with the community on the establishment of a wider development company, within which the ‘Energy project’ could become one of a number of ‘interest group’ activities. They can provide professional advice on articles, powers, legal structures.

Jean Bailey – need to decide whether we set up a Development organisation or stick with LCT. Dev organisation needs people to take an interest and do the work. The survey should ask what do people want to spend all the money on.

Sue Tarr – we already have some large projects that have community support and are in the early stages; all need a Development group to make progress – Community Energy group, Community Housing, Community Broadband, Bursary fund.
Don’t think that G&DCC should try to be a development group; the workload would not be fair on members.

John Bedwell – it is relatively straightforward to set up a development group. CES has 20 years experience in helping communities set up such organisations. Other organisations such as CES, CBS, and HSCHT which are assisting these community projects can be involved in setting up a development group. They have a neutral input. There are many local development groups working all over the country now. Need to look at those, see which represent best practice and use those attributes.

Jennifer Haslam – LCT directors will need to discuss the change in use of money allocated to CES. They would need to re-submit the application forms to LCT. The directors next meet on 10th Sept.

Val MacIver– there are two important things required - transparency and governance. Would need two or three prices for community needs survey for same brief. A Development company is needed for large sums of money; it will give powers to get match funding and enable long term investment.

Kenny MacLean proposed G&DCC look into a Community Needs survey while CES discusses things with LCT.

John Bedwell clarified that the CES offer is not in relation to a community consultation exercise.

Further comments:

A public meeting should be held so that members of public can come and hear about different development groups.

Community survey could be done from £4000 - £40,000. Need to determine exactly what the survey involves.

What is wrong with LCT applications? There have been some projects eg bursaries which have not been able to make progress because of limitations with LCT and G&DCC.

Development Company could receive requests from community about projects.

Robbie Bain – if you do the survey first, and if for example it identified the community would like to run a community shop, this would enable the Development group to include the legal structure required to run a shop.
Development Trust Association Scotland is an organisation that can assist communities set up Development groups.

Development Company needs to be explained to the community as many people will not know what it is.

Surveys – Sue to make enquiries about organisations that can carry out community surveys. G&DCC can work towards putting in an application to LCT. Hold a public meeting/ workshop before the survey takes place.
G&DCC need to wait for outcome of LCT directors’ meeting regarding CES offer before making a decision on progressing with Development Company.

AOB – Ruari Matheson – the Killin traffic lights are causing general annoyance; have to wait too long at lights; some people jump lights as a result; can’t see the need for them being there.– G&DCC will seek SSE update for next Tues meeting.

Date of next meeting:
G&DCC ordinary meeting Tues 1st Sept 2015 Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm

Community Broadband Working Group meeting Wed 2nd Sept Garve Village hall at 7pm.

Chairman thanked all for coming and closed the meeting at 8.20pm.

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 4th Aug 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec), Bob Moir; Cllr Biz Campbell; Grant Folley (EDF) & Val MacIver (Platform PR); Richard Johnson (MNV Consulting); Sarah Jones (Community Broadband Scotland); 9 members of public.
The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.
Apologies: Eliza Leslie Melville, Ruari Matheson, Cllr Cockburn, Angus Harley, Tom Wheeler.
Declarations of Interest: none.
Chairman’s Comments: Best wishes to residents of the area who are not well. Congratulations to the local SWI ladies on their success at the Bulb and Baking Show. Sarah Bedwell, chair of the Parent Council apologises for not being able to attend G&DCC meetings but thanks us for the support. Congratulations to Helen Murchison of Lochcarron CC who has received the British Empire Medal. The Chairman attended the inaugural meeting of Wyvis Natural Playpark group which has 9 members and would like to build a safe playpark area locally. G&DCC members attended the EDF Liaison Group meeting. There will be no Church of Scotland service at Kinlochluichart Church on 16th or 30th Aug.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict  They are also available at Garve PO, on Achnasheen Village notice board, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website, direct from the Secretary on gdcc@fsmail.net, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to gdcc@fsmail.net
Approval of the minutes of meeting held 7th July 2015: proposed by Jennifer Haslam; seconded by Jean Hollingdale.
Strathvaich Estate Hydro Schemes: Richard Johnson (MNV Consulting) gave an outline of the proposed schemes with photos and maps. Strathvaich is a wilderness area and the estate owner is very protective of this and requires that the hydro scheme areas have to be fully restored after the work is done. A small hydro scheme was applied for one year ago and approved; amendments have been applied for. This first scheme has given a feel for progressing on to some bigger schemes. The location of three new schemes is on the west side of Loch Vaich, adjacent to the first scheme. All are SSSI areas and within the Beinn Dearg Special Area of Conservation. The area is used for recreation, mostly hillwalkers and cyclists. To protect the wilderness landscape it is proposed to limit the visual impact as far as possible. Each scheme has a concrete intake structure, a buried pipeline and a turbine house. The intakes will be sited as far as possible in gully areas to reduce visibility. The turbine houses will be half buried, disguised with stone facing and heather or grass roofs, and may use trees to hide them.
Environmental considerations are mainly regarding peat depth and protecting the vegetation. SNH, SEPA and HC have concerns about disturbance; blanket bog must be avoided. Ecologists have done vegetation surveys and identified areas of blanket bog. All trees are avoided as well as ant hills and other special wildlife. A site compound during construction will be located by the estate buildings. Building of access roads will be avoided and use of a tracked vehicle will avoid the need for new roads. Concrete, metalwork etc will be flown in and dropped on site. No access roads will be left and for future maintenance access will be on foot. The area is not pristine due to the large scale Hydro scheme in the valley; construction of the pipelines will be intrusive until it recovers but the contractors are skilled in restoration. During construction silt traps are used to protect watercourses. The turbines will be of the order of 500kW. Access to 2 of the turbine houses will be by barge across the loch and 1 turbine house can be accessed by an existing track.
Construction on the first approved scheme will start soon; for schemes 2,3,&4 environmental work is ongoing and a planning application will go in early 2016 with construction expected to start next year.
Q: Will you have borrow pits? No. All concrete will be brought in, but stone from the local area will be used for facing walls.
Q: What power lines will be required? There is an existing grid line to Loch Vaich Dam. Power from the turbine houses will connect to this by underground cable, partly under the loch. Expected to produce 2000 MWhr/year.
Q: Maintenance – this will be done by a local contractor and or the estate.
Q: Are there any precedents over schemes being granted in a wilderness area? There is variability in different parts of the country, but there have been successful schemes in wilderness areas.
Q: Will you build jetties on the loch to access the turbine houses? Would like to, but SNH do not want them to be permanent.
Comments included that it was impressive that the scheme would be done with minimum damage and no scars to the landscape.
The Chairman thanked Richard Johnson for the presentation.

Community Broadband Survey: 66 responses from a possible 177 households; 52 are on landlines, 7 use satellites, 3 use mobile signal and 4 have no internet connection.
60 were interested in accessing faster broadband. Landline download speeds varied throughout the area from 0.37mbps up to 7.10mbps. Satellite download speeds were between 20.0mbps and 22.0mbps. In general households want a faster more reliable service and would be willing to pay a subscription. The report can be viewed on the G&DCC website.
Sarah Jones from Community Broadband Scotland gave an update on the local BT rollout. Garve exchange is scheduled for improvement July 2016 – Dec 2016. Engineers will come and do a survey about 6 months before that work Fibre will connect a “node” to a green cabinet. The copper wires that connect houses will be routed to the green cabinet. Houses within 1km of the cabinet will have access to superfast broadband of up to 24mbps. Between 1-2km from the cabinet will have good speeds. After 2km from the cabinet, the speed drops right off.
There is an extension programme following on from 2017. BT has to make available information on which areas will be included in this and which areas won’t be, this information is expected between autumn and the end of this year. This makes planning for communities easier. Achnasheen as a cluster of premises (30-50) could justify placing of a cabinet in the extension programme. The areas between Achnasheen and Garve, and Aultguish and Inchbae are likely to need help. Options might be to “ping” radio signals along a line from the cabinet. It would be worth investigating whether Network Rail has an existing fibre cable. Kinlochewe exchange is included in the rollout next year. Other options are used in other countries, eg use of power lines to carry signal or to piggy back lines; fibre direct to premises (Expensive). Pinging works well in Norway. Several areas locally have community schemes. It would be possible to visit other schemes.
Next Steps for Community Broadband: Wait for Phase 2 info on BT plans (within the next 3 or 4 months) but in the meantime progress with more detailed scoping work for our area. G&DCC to invite members of the public to form a group to work with Sarah Jones and report back to G&DCC. There is no time limit on Community Broadband projects and they are well funded. The Treasurer to sort out expenses and complete forms for 1st Phase of work completed (household survey).
Satellite Broadband demo – Europasat held a demonstration in Garve Hall earlier today (4th Aug). 20-25 people attended. Various subscription options are available.

Matters Arising:
Resurfacing work at Gorstan and Strathgarve has been done but some areas of potholes remain. No potholes fixed at the Old Manse road yet.
Benches – a metal bench costs £528, VAT may be extra and does not include installation. Cllr Campbell suggested Porterfield make benches for around £150.
Members agreed to look at 2 benches for the new Cemetery in Garve and 1 to be placed in the village as well as a picnic table at Achnasheen. Sec to contact Porterfield for prices.
Affordable Housing – Jean Bailey, Eliza Leslie Melville, Sue Tarr and Mike Franklin are meeting with HSCHT in Inverness on 17th Aug.
LEO Scheme – No reply from Eneco. Angus Harley who communicated the removal of the rebate scheme is leaving the company this week. It is believed that Eneco is hoping to offer its own tariff later this year. G&DCC should press for something that benefits every household.
EDF – The Liaison group has been set up and had its first meeting. This will update the community on the Windfarm site and what sort of activity to expect. Work is expected to start on 17th Aug on access road and ground works. No turbines or big kit going in yet. Some stone will be imported for first stretch until the borrow pit is reached. EDF will be using General Electric turbines which will be very similar in appearance to the Siemens ones at Lochluichart. A decision on upgrading the capacity of the turbines will be known by the end of the year. The bases do not need changing depending on which turbine capacity is used. The next Liaison group meeting will be in Oct, when EDF will have ready a Transport Strategy. There will be a construction newsletter later this year. School visits etc can be arranged. G&DCC appreciated the Liaison group meeting.
PI Renewables – no update. Planning inquiry resumes 31st Aug.
Garbat Hydro scheme – Kirknewton Community Development Trust has secured CARES funding and added to it for a feasibility study; babyHydro has been commissioned to carry this forward and will be carrying out site visits this month including visiting Garbat residents to talk about their water supply. John Bedwell hopes to attend a site visit. The feasibility study should be completed in about 3 month’s time. If the project is viable then a capital investment is required – Strathpeffer/ Garve have a 51% stake in the scheme and it is suggested they apply for a 50% CARES loan with 5% capital contribution up front. Estimated scheme costs are £100k, Strathpeffer/ Garve applies for £50k loan but puts up £5000 up front. Grid connection is separate.
This raises some questions, i.e. the G&DCC share of the scheme needs to be decided, and can G&DCC enter into holding assets? Does a Development Trust need setting up? Need to remember we don’t yet know if it is a viable scheme (awaiting outcome of feasibility study) but should not waive our right as yet.
John Bedwell has drafted a letter to Kit Bowen with following points: it needs to be decided how the Strathpeffer / Garve share is split; G&DCC may look at other funding sources for their share to reduce the need for taking out a loan; needs confirmation of project viability and costs; awaiting input from the Garve Energy Scheme as it gets up and running in next few months; and to confirm in what capacity Kit Bowen is acting. Members agreed.

SSE – representatives have visited Killin farm to look at drainage issues. They have informed Network Rail of branches in railway ditches.
Garve Recycling Point – a new fence has been installed. The bottle banks haven’t been moved but a bigger one has been placed. The mud problems continue. Sec to contact June Ross to help locate the bins.
Broken fence at Loch a’Chuillin – Cllr Campbell to follow up.
Bus shelter in Garve – not fixed yet.
HC Planning Website – still temperamental.
Garve Produce Show – sponsorship money has come in.
Over 60’s Dinner – Bob Moir proposed that the dinner be held at Aultguish Inn at the end of Oct; Jean Hollingdale seconded. G&DCC should apply for part funding from LCT.
Police report: None available.

Treasurer’s report:
Total balance b/f 2644.59

Senior Citizens Fund – no change 650.72 650.72
Bench Fund – no change 100.00 100.00
Community Fund – no change 1239.53 1239.53

Treasurers Account b/f 654.34
Less J Bailey printer ink (Tesco) -11.00
Less Highland Council payment error -0.01 643.33

Carried forward £2633.58

Correspondence: By email, New Materials in Highland Blue Bins; Highland Council Budget – Third Sector Proposal Consultation; Highpoints – Highland Council new online magazine; Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme; June Ross – Recycle Area Garve fence; Lochcarron CC Mins; Highland Third Sector Awards – Nomination Paper; Mid Ross District Partnership – 28th August Celebrations Invitation; District Partnership Summer Workshops and Volunteer Awards 1st and 2nd August 2015 ; Highland Third Sector Interface Newsletter; Scottish Resilient Communities Conference Flier – 23rd September Edinburgh; Digital Engagement for Community Councils Fliers – 30th October Elgin; Peter Gormley – LCT; HTSI Interface Census final call; Kit Bowen – Progress Report on Kirknewton babyHydro.
By post, Local Government Boundary Commission – Scotland – Fifth Review of Local Government Electoral Arrangements- Public Consultation on Proposals for Ward Boundaries.
Members discussed emails from Peter Gormley, LCT secretary, requesting G&DCC to apply for a “Community Needs Survey” from CADISPA. The survey would cost £30-40k. CADISPA has indicated they could apply direct to LCT but would prefer to work through the community. Generated a lot of discussion. There is a lot of support for a community survey although not necessarily CADISPA. There is no information on the CADISPA survey or what its outcomes are. It was also recognised that the G&DCC area needs a development group; G&DCC and LCT are limited in what they can do to develop projects but can help to facilitate projects. Kenny MacLean proposed that G&DCC call a special meeting with representatives from LCT, EDF, Eneco, community groups and others, and seek advice on setting up a community development group; also research different organisations that can do a survey. All agreed.
Jean Hollingdale – the new wheelie bin at the Gorstan layby has gone. Sec to contact June Ross.
The fence at the football pitch in Matheson Rd has fallen over and is not safe. Sec to contact Robbie Bain.
Jean Bailey would like to set up a gardening club and hopes to collect interested names at the Garden Produce Show.
Jennifer Haslam reported that the beech trees along Station Rd need cutting back; also signs are being obscured around the village and at Garve entrance. Sec to contact Robbie Bain.
LCT is seeking permission from HC to put up a noticeboard in Garve.
Kenny Maclean had reported some rubbish being left at the Achnasheen Recycling Point. It was decided signs were not necessary.
AOB (Public): A suggestion came forward that the hall would benefit from triple glazing windows as the traffic noise makes it difficult to hear what was being said at meetings. Bob Moir to pass on to the Hall Trustees.
A member of public was interested to read of the motorbikes’ method of sending riders ahead to check the road for speedtraps, and had observed motorbikes doing this at Achnasheen and Achanalt.
A member of public enquired about opening times of Achnasheen PO as it had been closed when they went. The opening hours should be Tues 2-4pm. Problems have been noticed at Strathpeffer PO when customers have been told to come back in an hour. Problems should be alerted using the PO Customer Service line.
Screening Request for Environmental Impact Assessment: Land North West of Strathvaich Lodge, Installation of three run-of-river schemes on the Allt Glas Toll Mor, Allt Beithe and Allt Glas Toll Beag, including intakes, penstocks and power houses. Noted.
HC Consultation on Ward Boundary Changes: Ward 6 is not subject to change in number of councillors or boundaries.
Police Counter Review: Members present completed the survey.
One application has been withdrawn, Change of use to site mobile home with decking and installation of septic tank & soakaway at land 25m north of 1 Inchbae Lodge Guesthouse.
One application has been determined, Prior Notification of Agricultural Building at Lochluichart Estate – permission granted.
There are four new applications –
Land at Grudie Bridge Power Station, erection of 132kV sub-station and associated infrastructure, realignment of access track and landscaping.
Land to south of Old Free Church Manse, Gorstan, Retention of section of track
Land between Grudie & Lochluichart, Undergrounding of 33kV overhead line.
Land at Mossford, Undergrounding and repositioning of 33kV overhead line to Staff Houses
Members had no comments on these applications.

Date of next ordinary meeting:
1st Sept 2015 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall.
Special meeting to be confirmed.
The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 10.20pm.


1.  Introductions and Apologies

2.  Declarations of interest

3.  Community Development Company

4.  Community Needs Survey

5.  AOB from CC members

6.  AOB from members of the public

7.  Date of next ordinary meeting
Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall.

The First CC Broadband working group meeting will take place on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 7.00pm in Garve Village Hall.