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Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 2nd Dec 2014 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Cllr Ian Cockburn; Dennis Kearney; no members of public.

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

Apologies: Eliza Leslie Melville, Bob Moir, Jennifer Haslam, Alex Mackenzie.
Declarations of Interest: none.
Dennis Kearney donated a box of biscuits to G&DCC.

The Chairman moved planning items forward on the agenda so that Dennis Kearney could inform the meeting about the application to renew the license for Achnasheen Quarry on Loch Rosque Estate.
The application does not increase the area of the quarry; there is a remaining outcrop of rock within the current boundary which will not be extracted before the current license expires. Renewal of the license is to allow this outcrop of rock to be extracted. SEPA have no objections; issues with HC about access onto road expect to be resolved at a meeting next week; no other objections have been raised. There are no changes planned to the way the quarry operates. It is not in continuous use and uses mobile plant. It currently supplies rock for the new Mossford – Beauly pylon road.

Planning Applications: one application has been determined, Installation of 500kW hydro electric scheme incl erection of powerhouse and intake structures (Allt Coire nan Laogh), Land to west of Achnasheen Quarry – permission granted subject to conditions (which include G&DCC representation that trees should not be felled during nesting season).
One new application, Achnasheen Quarry – Continuation of rock extraction (renewal of planning permission) – members had no comments.

Chairman’s Comments: G&DCC members attended the Remembrance Service at Garve. Friends of Garve War Memorial hosted a very pleasant tea in the hall afterwards which was very well attended. The Chairman was unable to attend the Biosphere meeting, but Cllr Cockburn reported that it was well attended and the Biosphere has had approval to move on to next phase; a Biosphere proposal will be submitted to UNESCO within the next 6 months.
There will be no Church of Scotland service at Kinlochluichart on 14th or 28th Dec.
All G&DCC minutes and agendas are available on our website
www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict  They are also available at
Garve PO, on Garve and Achnasheen Village notice boards, 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.
All G&DCC correspondence should be directed to gdcc@fsmail.net

Approval of the minutes of meeting held 4th Nov 2014: proposed by Jean Hollingdale and seconded by Kenny MacLean.

Matters Arising:
Over 60’s Party – 34 attended. Unfortunately the school children were unable to do carol singing due to a bug going round. Sue Tarr to write a report, covering letter and copy of invoices for LCT. G&DCC to purchase 52 £10 tokens for those unable to attend the party.
Fundraising – discussions in New Year about next year’s Garden Produce Show and other fundraising ideas.
E-On update – there is a new contact, Leanne Taylor. G&DCC to request regular email updates.
Gouges on road, Achanalt – HC have categorized these and will monitor them. Sec to pass on details to the member of public who raised concerns.
Footbridge, Achanalt – Network Rail is investigating the enquiry.
Fly tipping and sunken road at Tarvie – Cllr Cockburn has passed it on.
Level Crossing Barriers, Garve – HC have lodged a complaint with network rail about the power failure causing the barriers to come down.
Strathgarve Potholes – there are some very serious potholes at Strathgarve and G&DCC is concerned about access for elderly residents. Cllr Cockburn to deal with.
HC Budget Consultation – this will report to council members later this month.
Police – Chief Inspector Iain Maclelland is the new North Area Commander and is based in Dingwall.

Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer would like to discuss with members at the next meeting about how fundraising proceeds are allocated.
G&DCC has received a donation towards the Senior Citizens fund of £50.

Total balance b/f 2926.05

Senior Citizens Fund b/f 953.66
Less P.O. – stamps -25.44
Add Grant LCT 1000.00
Add Donation 50.00 1978.22

Bench Fund 50.00
Add transfer – ref Garden Show 50.00 100.00

War Memorial – no change 140.86 140.86

Treasurers Acc b/f 1781.53
Less – Achnasheen Amenities hire -30.00
Less – transfer to Bench Fund – ref Garden Show -50.00 1701.53

Carried Forward £3920.61

Correspondence:
Strathpeffer CC mins; Bob Moir – Update on Garve Level Crossing Blog; Sue Tarr - Changeover Of North Area Commander Of Police – Now Iain MacLelland; Policy – Youth Criminal Justice – Strathclyde University Survey; Policy – Community Councils Web Site; Highland Third Sector – Newsletter; Third Sector – Employability Seminar 5th December 2014;
Lochcarron CC mins; Robbie Bain – Simon Young – Re Achanalt Road Surface; Lucy Robison – Wester Ross Biosphere  News; Policy – NHS Highland – Looking for Recruitment of Lay Members for 2 Board Committees; Policy – Planning Matters Requesting Feedback; Carolyn Wilson – Independent Cllr. Highland Council – Press Release.
By Post - Network Rail.

AOB: none.
Consultations: members completed the Youth and Criminal Justice Survey.
Dates of meetings for 2015: Kenny MacLean proposed the dates, times and venues as follows and Jean Hollingdale seconded. All in favour.
Tues 6 Jan 2015 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 3 Feb 2015 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 3 Mar 2015 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 7 Apr 2015 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 5 May 2015 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 2 Jun 2015 AGM followed by an ordinary meeting at 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 7 Jul 2015 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 4 Aug 2015 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 1 Sep 2015 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 6 Oct 2015 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 3 Nov 2015 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 1 Dec 2015 7pm Garve Village Hall

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.30pm.


Ross County’s best signing

According to a 2013 survey, if, throughout your working life you have 6 different jobs, 4 career changes, 875 arguments with colleagues and are late 154 times, you’re the typical British worker. Furthermore, the average Brit moves home 8 times. So I’m proud to present the Achnasheen resident and my very good neighbour, who defies these statistics.
In September 2014, game keeper, Ronnie Ross, known to so many of you, celebrated 50 years living and working on the Lochrosque estate and for the same employer, Pat Wilson. When I heard about this, I was keen for Ronnie to share some of his thoughts and memories with AGNV readers. At the end of a very long day working with sheep, Ronnie generously found time to talk to me.

His Achnasheen story started in October 1960 when his parents, Tommy and Sybil and their three sons, Tommy, Ronnie and David, moved from Clunie to the Ledgowan estate. Tommy Senior, originally from Achnagart in Kintail, came to work for Angus Macdonald, the estate owner at that time. Ronnie recalled his father’s first job of rounding up all the estate’s sheep for valuation.

‘From the early days I went everywhere with my father when he was working with sheep’.
Ronnie finished his primary school year in Achnasheen before attending Dingwall Academy until the age of 15. When Perthshire farmer, Pat Wilson, bought the Lochrosque estate in 1960, he increased sheep numbers and sent up cattle from Perth in the summer. This created too much work for Jimmy Gallagher who was employed on the estate at the time, so Pat Wilson asked Tommy Ross if Ronnie would take a full-time job alongside Jimmy.

‘And the rest is history,’ commented Ronnie.

Jimmy didn’t have a driving licence but he had a cart which was pulled by Donald the horse. Jimmy, Donald and the cart managed to do then what a pickup and trailer would do today: putting out bales of hay for the sheep in the snow, the horse pulling the cart through high drifts. The cart was such that Ronnie could push it around himself but thankfully he got a provisional driving licence at the age of 17. ‘When the first Landrover came on the scene, poor old Donald was put out to grass.’

I asked Ronnie how work on the estate in the 1960s differed from today. It was much harder then,
particularly the shearing which was done by hand until the late 1970s. Originally Lochrosque covered 15,000 acres and was running about 1200 lambing sheep. However, 4000 sheep were sheared as those on the Lochcarron, Ledgowan and Strathbran estates were also included. On some days, 10 people were working with hand shears, with 2 people preparing the sheep and sometimes 2 older shearers sitting and clipping away at fleeces. When a shearer finished an animal he called for the marking iron. Each estate had its own paint colour so that the sheep could be identified if different flocks mixed up together on the hill. Nor were there any argocats so the shepherds walked far out and back gathering sheep.

About 20 years ago the estate doubled in size when land was bought from Kinlochewe and Fannich. Despite this, sheep numbers have reduced by about half due to increases in winter feed bills.
I was interested to know the pattern of the year on the estate and Ronnie explained this to me.
In January the sheep start to be fed and hinds continue to be shot until 15th February. From then until the 20th of April, the time is used for feeding, dosing and working the sheep as well as repair and maintenance work on the estate. Prior to lambing, there is a search for foxes to prevent them killing lambs. Years ago, fox dens were discovered surrounded by dead lambs. Nowadays this is less common. Numbers have been controlled and an increase in forestry plantations offers alternative food sources such as mice and voles. After lambing the lambs are marked. Again Ronnie recalled the marking system whereby all the different estate shepherds working as a team started at Glencarron on the first Monday in June, then a few days later moved onto Ledgowan and finished up with Lochrosque. The sequence of shearing was then in reverse, i.e. Lochrosque, Ledgowan and Glencarron. This lasted for almost 30 years until Glencarron sold its sheep and Ledgowan reduced numbers. Tommy Ross Senior and his eldest son, also named Tommy, took over as joint stalkers and shepherds on the Ledgowan estate so that the two neighbouring estates were placed in the
capable hands of the Ross dynasty.

Continuing on through the year, the shearing is finished by the first Thursday in August, coinciding with the Black Isle Show. There used to be grouse shooting on Lochrosque, from the Glorious 12th of August till the end of the month. At the end of August the sheep are gathered in to collect the lambs for the sales. This is followed by deer stalking with stag shooting ceasing on 20th October. October. Two quieter weeks follow for more estate maintenance before the sheep are gathered to
put the rams out to them in November. Culling of hinds continues to the 15th February by which time an entire year has passed.

‘It’s what makes the job interesting, not doing the same thing every day. I like working with the dogs too. I’m chuffed to bits when I see the young dogs change and they’re keen to work with the sheep.’ Ronnie explained that when Lochrosque was a smaller estate they shot about 45 stags annually. Nowadays it’s almost 70 and approximately 200 hinds and calves. Over the years the deer population has remained relatively stable on the estate. This is the result of a well-managed cull which is adjusted annually according to winter mortality rates. I reminded him of the time I watched him fly off in a helicopter to help with a deer count.
‘When they landed they didn’t wait for the rotary blades to stop,’ he said. ‘They just opened the door and beckoned me over. I’d seen a few films so I knew what to do!’

With so much reported about climate change and whether or not there is such a thing, I wondered if
Ronnie had noticed a change in weather conditions over the years. In winter time there was more snow and frost at night with dry, blue-sky days to follow. He remembered playing football on a frozen Lochrosque and at Loch Fannich, they used to walk the sheep across the ice. Then about 10 years ago, the winter snow was replaced with rain and gales. Flood warnings led to him gathering sheep off riverbanks at 2.00am. More recently he’s noticed a bit more snow and drier weather but the predictions for global warming foresee wetter winters, so who knows?
Ronnie recalled a terrible spring a few years ago. It had rained all day and during the night the weather turned really cold. Visibly moved by the memory he said,‘When I got up the next morning the hill was white with dead lambs. But that’s nature and you can’t do anything about it’.

Ronnie set about the task of saving as many animals as possible. ‘As the night came on, I had a shed full of lambs and they were perishing in front of my eyes. I don’t know how many I collected and I didn’t have time to go and get the mothers. I was putting lambs in the pickup with the engine running and the heater on. Others were under a big heating lamp in the shed. Then I was marking their ears in different colours relating to the various places I remember finding them and writing it
all down in a book. When morning came we went to the mothers in these places to try and match the lambs. But there was no shortage of mothers to put the lambs on to. Everywhere, they were standing over their own dead lambs.’

Behind this successful gamekeeper there is, naturally, an extraordinary woman. Ronnie’s wife, Dena, formerly a Maclennan from Luskentyre, Isle of Harris and a fluent Gaelic speaker, came to work in the Station Hotel, Achnahseen, in the early 1960s. According to Ronnie, Dena claims that the first time she saw him was when he walked past the hotel with the horse and cart. ‘So that’s nothing to be proud of,’ he said with a smile. ‘She was working with another girl and they must
have been eyeing up the local talent.’ They were married in 1968 and while the house which they still live in today was being built,they stayed in a caravan which Ronnie towed up from Whitebridge and sited next to Achnasheen Lodge. The first winters in the new house were very cold and Ronnie remembered the early mornings. ‘It was so cold you’d have to use a comb to scrape the
ice of the insides of the windows.’ Their daughter, Christine, was born, soon followed by son, Kenny, who started working alongside Ronnie at the age of 17.

‘At that time, Kenny had no interest in the slightest of working with sheep,’ Ronnie said. ‘I had to pull him by the ear to get him to come over and chase a sheep through a shed.’ All that obviously changed as Kenny has been working with his father for 27 years. Dena was busy as mother and housewife as well as making meals for shepherds and estate workers among many other chores. Later on she had a full time job in Tony Holland’s jewellery shop in the village. Today, she fulfills a vital role in social services escorting young, vulnerable children on family visits throughout the
region, while still supporting Ronnie in his work. AND she bakes some of the most mouth-watering scones I have ever tasted – she makes Superwoman look like an amateur!

I asked Ronnie what Achnasheen was like when he first arrived. He described the old single track road snaking through the village. Neither Bignold Place nor Arthur’s Terrace and their houses had been built. On the now disused petrol station site there was a garage with a single fuel pump. Sheds and garages in the village also housed vehicles used by the hotel. A bus met the train and went to Aultbea every day and a parcel lorry collected mail from the train which was sorted in Achnasheen and then distributed. Ronnie remembers Donald Hogg coming from Strathbran with a tractor and trailer to shovel coal from the train’s coal wagon to be delivered to the estate houses. 100 Lochrosque cattle also arrived from Perth on a special train for the summer grazing and were returned in September. And before the days of supermarkets delivering to the door, there were other vans doing the rounds: two butchers, a greengrocer, the occasional clothes van and two grocers, Colin Urquhart from Beauly and George Spark from Strathpeffer.

People who generally lack imagination and initiative often ask me what on earth I find to do in and around Achnasheen. I have no trouble replying and Ronnie likewise was and still is very busy in his spare time. ‘Every night there was something to do.’ Monday was the curling club, organized by Graham Millard, then the owner of the Ledgowan Hotel. A group, including Ronnie’s brother, Tommy, would go to Inverness ice rink twice a week. Tuesday was Rifle Club in Kinlochewe, where Ronnie and his other brother, David, were keen attendees. Wednesday was shinty training and on Thursday there was a whist drive at one of the halls in Achnasheen, Kinlochewe, Garve
or Achanalt. These halls also held ceilidhs on Friday nights and then Saturday was playing shinty. This has been a lifelong passion for Ronnie. ‘I hardly missed a game in my life except the occasional one for stalking. Dedication is the name of the game.’

Sunday was a day of rest, the only day he’d be at home in his 20s. And I’m not surprised.With the mention of ceilidhs, I am also reminded that Dena and Ronnie are excellent and enthusiastic dancers. ‘I used to go to the village hall as a young boy and not be shy to dance. Nowadays, they’ll all sit, boys on one side, girls on another. Then the last dance comes along and there’s a panic and they’re diving about looking for a girl to ask for the last dance!’

And Dena, coming from Harris where dancing was popular, knew all the steps and gladly joined in, added Ronnie. However, things were a little different in Dingwall. ‘It’s where you’d find the twist and shout.’

Nowadays, Ronnie may no longer be playing shinty but he’s a keen golfer and a top marksman in the Achnasheen Gun Club. Kenny has followed in his father’s shinty and shooting footsteps and no doubt this leads to some healthy rivalry. Ronnie was 65 in March and has no plans to retire yet. And why should he, when he has such a good working partnership and he loves his job?

Revisiting the 2013 survey, I learned that the things people want from their working lives are a job that offers challenges, personal satisfaction and suits their abilities and the opportunity to pursue an area of personal interest. In the last 50 years, I think Ronnie’s life has ticked all these boxes and more.
‘People ask me, what are you keeping going for, are you not going to retire? But I still enjoy what I do and it’s a way of life. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d still be here after 50 years.’

On behalf of the community, may I offer many, many congratulations to our dear friend and neighbour on such a magnificent achievement. We hope you’ve marked the occasion with a celebration or two.

However, this is no excuse to be turning up late for work!


Moira Harris

GARVE & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS IN 2015


Tuesday 6 January 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 3 March 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall

Tuesday 7 April 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 5 May 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall

Tuesday 2 June 2015, AGM followed by an ordinary meeting, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall

Tuesday 4 August 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall

Tuesday 6 October 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall

Tuesday 1 December 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall



ALL WELCOME



www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict

GARVE & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL AGENDA TUESDAY 2 DECEMBER 2014 7.00PM GARVE VILLAGE HALL


  1. Introductions and Apologies

  1. Declarations of interest

  1. Chairman’s comments

  1. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Correspondences

  1. AOB from CC members

  1. AOB from members of the public

10. Screening reports, scoping reports and consultations
At the time of writing, the CC has not been made aware of any new screening reports or scoping reports but has received one consultation – CYCJ Survey 2014. Deadline for comments is 14 December 2014.
            
11. Building warrants, planning issues and licensing issues
At the time of writing, the CC has not been made aware of any new building warrants or licensing issues for this area but has received notice of one Planning Application - 14/03799/FUL (Achnasheen Quarry).  Deadline for comments is 5 December 2014.

12. Dates of future meetings
Tuesday 6 January 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall
Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall
Tuesday 3 March 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall
Tuesday 7 April 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall


ALL WELCOME

Issued at 7.00pm on Thursday 20 November 2014.

Draft minutes of Garve & District Community Council Meeting held 4th Nov 2014 in Achnasheen Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec), Bob Moir; Lucy Robison and Tom Forrest (Biosphere Project); Martin Macphee and Laura Magill (Eneco); Cllr Ian Cockburn; 1 member of public.
The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.
Apologies: Alex Mackenzie, Jean Bailey.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Glen Hydro was to be attending the meeting but is not due to planning deadline having passed.  Jennifer Haslam thought the deadline should have been extended so that residents in Achnasheen had the opportunity to know more about the application. The Chairman will make sure that an extension is requested in good time in future.

Biosphere Project:  Tom Forrest gave an outline of the history of the Biosphere project, which has led to Lucy Robison being appointed as Project Officer.
Lucy gave an introduction to what the Biosphere meant for the local area. UNESCO Biospheres were created in the 60’s/70’s as conservation areas and Beinn Eighe was made a biosphere for its conservation value in 1976; biospheres are now no longer based just on conservation value but the wider area is encouraged to focus on sustainable communities. The Scottish Government is also encouraging rural communities to move towards more community control. Biosphere designation does not impose restrictions on planning or lifestyles; it can attract funding and benefits from networking with similar areas worldwide – there are 600 biospheres globally.
There are three remits for biosphere status – sustainable economic development, education and biodiversity conservation. Local people make the decisions. The project currently needs to decide exactly where Wester Ross is to define the biosphere zones. The Core Zone is Beinn Eighe with possibly Torridon where conservation is the focus; the Buffer Zone is a protective area around the core zone that allows activity such as education, training, tourism and recreation. The Transition Zone is the area where the people of Wester Ross live and work, and depends on whether local communities wish to opt in.
Q: Is the Transition Zone defined by a circle or can it be a “squiggly line”? It can be a squiggly line; the transition zone doesn’t have to join up. Some coastal villages are keen to include 3 miles of coastal water with their transition zone. The boundaries can be easily changed; communities can opt in, or out again as they wish. The transition zone would not affect day to day life, but it would offer businesses and enterprises “brand” marketing opportunities. Schools and universities would have access to UNESCO resources.
The next stage is to produce a draft development plan early next year and to consult with communities on structure, names etc.
Q: Coming from a crofting background, how do crofters take it? The Crofting Federation has been very helpful and generally in favour although crofters are wary of new designations.
Q: How do Community Trusts fit in? The Biosphere is not going to take over Community Trusts; it can be used as an extra accolade.
Members agreed they saw potential in Garve and surrounding area being included and would like to be kept informed of developments.
For more information please contact Lucy Robison, Project Development Officer,
email: lucy@social-capital.net Tel: 0774 3300383 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Wester-Ross-Biosphere-Project/299489090220843
There is an Information Sharing Meeting on Tues 2nd Dec 12-3pm in Kinlochewe Village Hall and representatives from Garve area would be very welcome. The Chairman thanked Lucy and Tom for attending.
Approval of the minutes of meeting held 7th Oct 2014: proposed by Jennifer Haslam and seconded by Jean Hollingdale.
Matters arising:
Eneco update – with winter coming on, there is a warning about “ice throw” from turbine blades. It is not yet known whether Lochluichart Windfarm will be prone to ice conditions as it can vary depending on the site; ice can form on the blades and be thrown off at high speed. Walkers should be aware that standing underneath turbines in these conditions could be dangerous. There will be warning notices at the gate.
Upcoming work on the Windfarm – two cranes will be coming onto site as four turbines require warranty repairs. The rest of the turbines will continue to operate and the Windfarm is performing well generally. Siemens has been on site most days and service of turbines is complete. The whole windfarm is going into the grid and fills the spare capacity on the old pylon line depending on how much the hydro turbines are generating; by Sept next year the windfarm will be on full power when the new pylon line comes into operation. The turbines switch off automatically and are continually monitored by computer link in Germany, Holland, Newcastle and Inverness.
Corriemoillie Windfarm – there has been no news.
Garve Bus Shelter – Robbie Bain is following up.
Community Services reshuffle – (formerly TECS) Ian Hay is retiring and Bryan Stout moving to new development works.
Broadband – Jennifer Haslam got some information from a BT engineer; broadband optic fibre to be installed in this area by next April. There is a website which shows which areas are progressing. The Achnasheen exchange is to be boosted from Kinlochewe rather than be upgraded.
Offlets at Corriemoillie – these have been cleared.
Remembrance Sunday – Friends of Garve War Memorial have invited CC members to the service and soup & sandwiches. This was much appreciated.
Railway matters – Garve Station footbridge, red light at Garve level crossing and a footbridge at Achanalt have all been reported and waiting for response.
Garve Water Supply – Joanna Peebles confirmed that the legal minimum for supply was 1 bar. Kenny MacLean requested more information on why the water pressure had dropped and how long it would be for; awaiting a reply.
Achanalt road surface – photos of damage to the road surface have been forwarded to the roads dept.
Speeding at Achanalt – police have responded.
Tarvie road – no action yet.
Rubbish – this is an ongoing problem with fly tipping of garden rubbish being dumped in a layby at Tarvie recently. Cllr Cockburn to follow up. Lots of rubbish is continually thrown onto verges; also left in the picnic site at Grudie. Local residents collect bags full of rubbish.
Over 60’s Dinner – to be held on 1st Dec. Replies to invitations are coming in. Sue Tarr was thanked for filling in the LCT application form; the application was successful. LCT requires a report on the success of the party afterwards. A suggestion had been received about entertainment for the party. Members agreed to research cost and availability; may not be able to organise it for this year due to short notice.
Police Report: A road safety initiative is being held across the division and local speed checks being carried out within village; licensed premises checks being carried out; road patrols of village to target antisocial behaviour. Twelve persons have been charged with speeding offences.
Treasurer’s Report:
Total balance b/f  3,003.02

Senior Citizens Fund  - No Change    953.66      953.66
Bench Fund - No Change      50.00        50.00
War Memorial No Change    140.86      140.86

Treasurers Acc. b/fwd  1,858.50
Less - Garve Hall Garden Show -     48.00
Less - Exps Garden Show - School -       8.97
Less - Garve Hall CC Meetings Aug. & Oct 2014 -     20.00   1,781.53
Profit from Garden Show £221.90

Carried Forward £ 2,926.05

The Flower Show generated some income. Jennifer Haslam proposed that £50 be put into the bench fund and Bob Moir proposed that the remainder go into the CC own funds as the grant income has been cut.

Correspondence: By Email, Network Rail Ref. No. 141008-000188 Garve Station Footbridge; Network Rail Ref. No. 141008-000275 Red Light on track Garve; Mr. D. Northwood, photographs of pot holes Achanalt; Policy – Planning Matters For CC’s Newsletter; Policy -  Highland Communities Panel – An Invitation To Join; Scottish Ambulance Service – Public Access Defibrillator Application; RCOP – We’re Here Too Event 6th November 2014 10 to 3, Smithton Church, Murray Road, Inverness; Policy – Highland Council Budget Consultation 2014 Phase 2 – PDF; HC Quality Awards – Results; Lochcarron CC Mins; Strathpeffer CC Mins; PC Beverly - Police Report.
By Post, Friends of Garve War Memorial Invitation; Highlands Small Community Housing Trust- Application for Membership.
AOB:
Eliza Leslie Melville felt GDCC should write a letter of thanks to Network Rail and Bear for the quick repair of the landslip at Garve last week. All agreed. The failure of the level crossing barriers earlier today (4th Nov) was also discussed. Apparently in the event of a power cut the barriers come down automatically as a safety feature but traffic was held up as a result.

Highland Council Budget Consultation: members discussed responses to 35 questions about future service cuts; these will be submitted on behalf of GDCC.

Planning:
One new application has been submitted, Change of use from post office to holiday letting unit (renewal) Achnasheen Post Office. Members had no comments.

Date of next meeting:
Tues 2nd Dec 2014 at 7pm in Garve Village Hall
Tues 6th Jan 2015 at 7pm in Garve Village Hall
Tues 3rd Feb 2015 at 7pm in Garve Village Hall

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 9.50pm.