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Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council Meeting held 7th April 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec), Bob Moir;
Kit Bowen and Kevin Crockett (Strathpeffer CC); Hugh Hunter Gordon (Kirknewton Development Trust); Laura Magill (Eneco); 5 members of public.

Apologies: Ruari Matheson, Cllr Cockburn, Peter Ross.

Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s comments: The Chairman attended the Garve Energy meeting. He was unable to attend the Biosphere meeting but understands that the project is progressing. He attended the CADISPA meeting; around 20 people attended. The Church of Scotland service at Kinlochluichart has been cancelled this Sunday (12th April). All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website  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, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to

Approval of minutes of the meeting held 10th March 2015: proposed by Jean Hollingdale and seconded by Jennifer Haslam.

Community Hydro Scheme at Garbat: The Chairman welcomed Hugh Hunter Gordon of Kirknewton Development Trust who outlined the background to the project. Kirknewton is a village west of Edinburgh. The community has grown in the last 20yrs and population is now around 2500. The community received a compensation fund of £300k due to an illegal landfill development in their area and a renewable company was set up as a result (Kirknewton Development Trust) which aims to invest the money to provide a sustainable future. Various renewable ideas turned out not to be suitable. Lottery money funded community consultations. The Forestry Commission Micro Hydro Scheme made available sites within the Highlands but the deadline for responding was very short. Baby Hydro is an organisation which made some basic research work on these available. Kirknewton/ Baby Hydro offered on 28 Forestry sites and were awarded 6 sites. The communities local to these sites were to be the major partner, i.e. Kirknewton Development Trust (KDT) own 49% and local community for each site own 51%. The six sites are Appin, Kilmun, Ft. William, Ft. Augustus and two at Strathpeffer, one of which is partly in G&DCC area (Garbat).
It takes a number of years before micro hydro starts paying back to the community, around 12 to 15 years. The scheme is regarded as a benefit for the grandchildren.

Kit Bowen (Strathpeffer CC) stated that although Garve was not involved at the outset, it was recognised that part of the land was in G&DCC area. Strathpeffer CC took up the opportunity while it was available. There is a lot of technical information and set up to be looked into now and Strathpeffer is now approaching Garve for consultation.

John Bedwell (resident in G&DCC area) has submitted an application to Lochluichart Community Trust (LCT) to conduct a feasibility study for setting up a Community Energy Scheme for the G&DCC area to assess the technical, financial and organisational aspects of establishing such a scheme. He enquired about some aspects of the Strathpeffer / KDT proposal.
Q: Who owns the project? KDT.
Q: What conditions have been placed to offer shares to local communities – is there a requirement that the developer engage with the local community? KDT is bound by 51% local community-49% KDT; this has been accepted by Forestry Commission.
Q: Are there any other entitled investors (e.g. FC)? No.
Q: With six different schemes run as a consolidated scheme, how does engagement with individual CC’s  sit? There is no obligation to have one connected scheme
Q: Will investors spread risks over a number of schemes? Raising funding is still uncertain. Communities could take a community benefit from the scheme without investing money in developing.
Proposed figures for Allt Riabhach/ Allt Bana-mhorair at Garbat are:
Feasibility & Consents Costs £80k; Grid & Build Costs £1120k; Capacity 200kW; Cost/kW £5.6k; Gross Income £119.99k/a; Net Income £92.68k/a; Simple Payback 12.1 years.
KDT 49% share of investment £548.97k
Strathpeffer / Garve combined 51% share of investment £571.38k
Expected to produce 10% payback or £1500 per year

Capital investment options are grants, loans, use of finance house, community shares. There is a lot of exploration still to do on details of funding. Two models for funding arrangements -
Capital with a 15 year period before loan is cleared and community starts receiving income from hydro scheme; or Capital plus small amount of payback to community with a prolonged period (more than 15 years) before loan is cleared.
No communities have committed to the overall funding vision yet; nothing is excluded at this stage. The lifespan of a micro hydro scheme is expected to be 25-40 years

Q: What are the options for G&DCC? Take a smaller return and do nothing, or negotiate our share of the project. Strathpeffer CC does not know what the share should be; suggests that Baby Hydro negotiate this from maps.
Q: What are the timescales in planning? KDT hope to have a consensus by December 2015 on planning permissions etc, although this is quite optimistic. Feed In Tariff reduction means fairly quick action is required.
Q: At what stage would G&DCC area have to make a commitment? This not known yet.
Q: Has there been any consultation with adjoining landowners e.g. about private water supplies? No. It is possible that private water supplies would be affected by this scheme – KDT to discuss with residents who were present at the meeting.
Q: Is the FC selling the land that the hydro schemes would be developed on? No.
Q: Have any environmental impact assessments started? No. If any sensitive issues are found then the scheme will be abandoned.

Next stage: is Garve prepared to be in partnership with Strathpeffer or does it wish to withdraw and enter into negotiation with KDT. Members agreed to give it consideration.
The Chairman thanked KDT and Strathpeffer representatives for coming and they left the meeting.

John Bedwell felt there were a lot of options to consider and we should not rush into making a decision. If the Community Energy Scheme goes ahead then we will have more expertise and advice available to us. If the hydro site is available with a 10% return then it may be something the community should consider. He was happy to volunteer to be the representative for G&DCC going forward. Sue Tarr proposed John Bedwell be representative for G&DCC in regard to KDT; Kenny MacLean seconded; all in favour.

Matters Arising:
Eneco – Twitter updates on transport movements are not possible. There is nothing significant planned transport wise. One affected turbine is now fully re-commissioned; work on the remaining four will continue as and when weather allows.
E-On – the Corriemoillie Windfarm has been sold to EDF Energy, who aims to attend next month’s CC meeting.
Drainage works – ditching has been done both on A835 Tarvie – Garve and west of Achanalt.
Broadband – there is to be a satellite broadband demo in Achnasheen Village Hall on Thurs 9th April, and a representative will attend next month’s CC meeting.  Bob Moir mentioned a home wifi device that can be bought for about £20 and works off a mobile phone signal. It gives a fast broadband speed for laptops and pc if the mobile signal is good. Vodafone, O2 etc have coverage maps on their websites.
Recycle Points – the paper and can banks at Garve and Achnasheen have now been removed. G&DCC has received a letter from a member of public complaining about the mud and mess. The bottle banks have not yet been moved to avoid this problem. Sec to contact June Ross.
Potholes – The Gorstan road is very bad and getting dangerous. HC are aware and have filled in some potholes at the far end. Kenny MacLean to chase.
Gorstan Junction – the crash barrier has been repaired. Cllr Cockburn is talking to Bear about boundary between HC/ Bear responsibilities. The Boundary does not always coincide with the road markings. It was noted that each time replacement concrete bollards are put in for the crash barrier repairs, the old ones are thrown down the bank. They have been landing in the burn and cause an obstruction when the burn is in spate.
Achnasheen Filling Station – HC have discussed the situation with the owners, who have agreed to take steps to make the structure safe. All the loose hanging sheets have since been removed.
Ledgowan Forest screening request – Scottish Woodlands are happy for members of the public to attend the meeting at Ledgowan Hotel on 17th April but please contact them first.
Achanalt Wooden Bridge - there was an enquiry received about mention of the Wooden Bridge at Achanalt in the minutes, and whether it was on Strathbran Estate. The Chairman confirmed that it was not on Strathbran Estate.

Police Report – none.

Treasurer’s Report:

Total balance b/f 2507.11

Senior Citizen’s Fund – no change 650.72 650.72

Bench Fund – no change 100.00 100.00

War Memorial Fund b/fwd 140.86
Cheque to Friends of Garve War Memorial -140.86 0.00

Community Fund b/fwd 1011.28
Less Garden Produce meeting hire of Garve Hall -8.00 1003.28

Treasurer’s Account b/fwd 604.25
Less meeting 10th March hire of Garve Hall -26.00
Less Secretary’s Fee -250.00
Less Minute Sec’s Fee -250.00
Less Auditor’s Fee -100.00
Carried forward £1732.25

The Treasurer’s account has an end of year deficit of £21.75. The Treasurer proposed that 21.75 be transferred from the Community Fund so that the treasurer’s account starts the new financial year from zero. Eliza Leslie Melville seconded and all agreed.
Produce Show Meeting – 8 people attended. Copies of the new programme are available from the website. The Show will be held on 5th Sept 2015 in Garve Village Hall; it will be open to entries 8.30-10am and open to the public from midday until 2pm when the prize giving will take place. 20p per entry. Jennifer Haslam to organise the cups.

Strathpeffer CC mins; Scottish Woodlands environmental assessment study Ledgowan; Policy -  Benchmarking Framework; West Highlands Development Plan – call for sites and ideas; Caroline Gamble – Garve recycling bins; Contin CC request to attend next G&DCC meeting; Achnasheen Old Filling Station reply from Robbie Bain; Scottish Rural Parliament news letter; Sylvia Campbell – Health kind funding information session; Planning for onshore wind energy in Highland – consultation paper; Hugh Hunter Gordon – Kirknewton/Baby Hydro; Kit Bowen – Kirknewton visit to G&DCC April meeting; Robbie Bain – reminder  Wester Ross Biosphere meeting Ledgowan; RCOP – poster for Senior Safe Highland event April  16th 2015;  Scottish Rural Parliament – rural case studies; Leanne Taylor E-On – sale of Corriemoillie Wind farm to EDF Energy; EDF Energy – sale of Corriemoillie Wind farm; Scottish Rural Parliament – Rural Hour  on line 9pm 7th April; Mr. Seligman – Achanalt Wooden Bridge; Tracy Shaw RCOP -  Greenhouse Community Shop – free access to laptops/internet.
By Post, BT “Adopt a kiosk” – Achnasheen has a red telephone box and there is now an opportunity to adopt it for community use for £1. It was felt that Achnasheen should not lose the public telephone. Kenny MacLean to make further enquiries.

Jennifer Haslam reported that there has been a large trailer minus a wheel in the Grudie layby for a number of days; it appears it has suffered a collapsed wheel bearing. Members thought it would probably be retrieved once replacement parts had been found but it would need to be kept an eye on.
Jean Bailey commented that the recent roadside ditch clearing had thrown up a lot of rubbish and was unsightly. It is disappointing that it is not cleared up as part of the job.
Jean Hollingdale noted that the replacement green wheelie bin for the Gorstan layby has not appeared yet. A new one has appeared at Lochluichart. There have been various incidents to the west where wheelie bins have disappeared.
Sue Tarr enquired about the situation with community benefit negotiations from E-On and the various hydro schemes proposed in the area, and could LCT give an update. It was decided to get updates from LCT and Robbie Bain to clarify who was dealing with what and what the outcomes were.
Bob Moir reported that the bus shelter in Garve has not been repaired yet. Sec to contact Robbie Bain for an update.
The Railway Bridge at Garve Station is getting into a very bad state with rust. Network Rail has scheduled maintenance work for 2018/19 unless it becomes a safety risk. It was scheduled for painting in Oct 2013 but didn’t get done and has continued to deteriorate.
Kenny MacLean mentioned the damaged fence at Loch a’Chuillin layby. Cllr Greene is chasing it up.
There was a collision at the Achanalt Viaduct between a vehicle and a deer recently. HC were contacted to move the dead deer off the road.
A loose kerbstone and a collapsed drain cover at Garve Hall have been reported to HC.
A train has arrived at Garve Station – planters in the shape of a train have been placed on the platform.
Street lighting in Stirling Drive and Matheson Road has been changed over to LED lighting. A member of public had enquired whether G&DCC had been consulted as they had been consulted about the Achnasheen lighting. The Achnasheen lighting had been part of the improvement works a number of years ago which was why G&DCC was consulted. There has been no consultation about the changes in Garve.

Consultations: HC Planning for Onshore Wind Energy – members had no comments.
One application has been determined –
Land at Garve Hill, Garve - Formation of access track in relation to Beauly- Mossford 132kV overhead line – permission granted subject to conditions 1. Works are undertaken in compliance with conditions attached to original planning permission safeguarding local watercourses and other environmental interests; and 2. Pedestrian access along the route must be permitted at all times without obstruction, before, during and after construction of the new track (existing Right of Way HR48)
One new application – Land 200m North of Tigh Fiodha Garve, Erection of house (renewal of planning permission). Members had no comments.

Date of next meeting:
Tues 5th May 2015 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall. EDF, E-ON and Broadband will be on the agenda.

Future meetings:
Tues 2nd June 2015 AGM followed by an ordinary meeting, 7pm in Garve Village Hall
Tues 7th July 2015 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hal
Tues 4th Aug 2015 7pm in Garve Village Hall
Tues 1st Sept 2015 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 9.45pm

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 10th March 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Eliza Leslie Melville, Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Ruari Matheson; Martin Macphee, Laura Magill and Liam Harkin (Eneco); 1 member of public.

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone. The meeting on 3rd March had been postponed until today because of snow.
Apologies: Jean Bailey, Bob Moir, Cllr Cockburn.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s Comments: The Chairman was unable to attend the NHS Mid Ross District Partnership Meeting. Some G&DCC members attended the Biosphere event in Garve Hall. Opinions were mixed; Jennifer Haslam does not see the benefits drawing business into the area, Jean Hollingdale felt it would help put Garve on the map and help promote the local attractions for visitors. G&DCC is invited to the next strategic Biosphere meeting, but no-one able to attend.
The Chairman was unable to attend the Points North Seminar (concerning the north railway lines) but feedback was that the issue of trains being late was due to “capacity on the line”. Jennifer Haslam felt that information about trains running is not always accurate.
Contin CC is up and running again; Torridon & Kinlochewe CC is not and there will be no further interim elections.
There will be a single Church of Scotland service this Sun 15th March in Strathpeffer at 11am.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website  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, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to

Approval of the minutes of the meeting held 3rd Feb 2015: Proposed by Jennifer Haslam, seconded by Jean Hollingdale.

Matters Arising:
Broadband – Achnasheen Exchange in 2010 required to be upgraded to ADSL in order to provide broadband services at an approximate cost of £250k. Since then some Achnasheen residents have been making some enquiries about how to connect to broadband and costs involved. There are some funding options available, including possibly LCT. Discussion about what type of system might work for Achnasheen. Satellite broadband gives a very reliable service but is more expensive. A community system might be an option. Households on the Garve exchange that are some miles away from the exchange might benefit from cabinets being installed once the fibre optic cable roll-out comes to Garve. Jackie West to further investigate options for Achnasheen. Number of households interested in upgrading and their contact details would be needed. Eneco at present are also looking into alternative broadband systems for their office and will share information.

Network Rail – the back-up batteries at Garve Level crossing have been replaced as a precaution. The police need permission from British Transport Police to allow cars to cross the level crossing. There are plans to hand British Transport Police responsibilities in Scotland to Police Scotland.
There has been no response from Network Rail about the wooden footbridge at Achanalt. The Chairman reported that according to the Land Registry Edinburgh, the bridge is on private land. Access to the bridge is prevented by a locked gate at one end.

Lochluichart Windfarm – the cranes are on site and work on the 5 turbines needing repair will start as soon as weather allows. The cranes will remain on site until end of summer and there will be no further serious transportation until the cranes leave. E-On has been consulting with Eneco about access. It is believed that the sale of Corriemoillie Windfarm has been agreed and is being finalised. The Eneco representatives were thanked for coming.

Hydro scheme at Garbat – Strathpeffer CC has suggested that G&DCC has two options, either claim ownership of a share of the development which requires investment; or accept a rental but take no other part in the development. The Strathpeffer CC meeting which G&DCC was to attend to hear from the developers did not happen. Members felt that they wished to wait until after the Community Energy meeting on 18th March to get a better picture of what might happen in our own area. It was also felt that any proposal from Strathpeffer CC should be made as a public presentation at a G&DCC meeting rather than individuals having discussions with developers.

Crash barriers at Grudie – these have been fixed.

HC budget cuts – It appears the HC Community Services Committee have decided against implementing the cuts to evening gritting on roads with traffic of less than 20 vehicles.

Service point review – the consultation has only gone out to CC’s where a local service point has proposed changes, and G&DCC is unaffected.

Recycling Area at Garve – HC has suggested that the recycling banks are re-organised to avoid the muddy area. Members agreed.

Nominations for the vacancy on G&DCC closed on 20th Feb 2015 and two names were received –
Jock Logie, Grudie and Ruari Matheson, Fannich.
Members present cast their votes by secret ballot and the result was 4 votes for Ruari and 1 vote for Jock.
The requirement for a two thirds majority was met and the co-option was accepted and Ruari welcomed onto the CC. Thanks to both for putting their names forward.

Treasurer’s Report: Sue Tarr apologised for not bringing the report to the meeting in the treasurer’s absence. (The figures are included here but please note they were not read out at the meeting).
Total balance b/f   £2,593.11

Senior Citizens Fund  - No Change      650.72 650.72
Bench Fund - B/fwd No Change      100.00         100.00
War Memorial - B/fwd No Change      140.86         140.86
Community Fund  - B/fwd   1,016.28
Less Garve Hall S.Citizens Meeting -         5.00     1,011.28
Treasurers Account - Admin. Costs  B/fwd      685.25
Less Garve Hall Meetings Dec14, Jan15 & Feb15 -       56.00
Less Tesco Printer Ink -       25.00         604.25

Carried Forward £  2,507.11

Members were asked to agree three financial matters.
Eliza Leslie Melville proposed to keep the secretarial fees the same (£250 each for Secretary and Minute Secretary); seconded by Jennifer Haslam and all agreed.
Eliza Leslie Melville proposed that Ann Macrae continue as auditor; seconded by Jennifer Haslam and all agreed.
Eliza Leslie Melville proposed that the money held in the War Memorial Fund be donated to the Friends of Garve War Memorial; seconded by Jennifer Haslam and all agreed.
Fundraising – there is a Produce Show meeting on 23rd March in Garve Hall at 7pm for all interested; to include ideas for this year’s show as well as tips on presentation – open to suggestions. This year’s sponsors are Eneco, GG Mackenzie and Iain Fraser. The sponsorship will cover the cost of cups and hall rent.

Correspondence: By email, Robbie Bain – Mid Ross District Partnership Meeting 6th Feb 2015; Scottish Rural Action – Directors Election and Membership; Policy – Planning:  The People’s Perspective Meeting Glasgow 25th Apr 2015;  Lloyds/TSB Foundation For Scotland – 1 Million Pounds Give Away To Grass Roots Charities; Seminar Hitrans – North Highland Train Lines (Wick/Kyle) Meeting 11.30am To 14.00pm Mon Mar 2nd 2015 At Ross Football Stadium Dingwall; Kit Bowen – Cancellation Of Proposed Meeting With Baby Hydro; Jackie West – Broadband Update Achnasheen; Strathpeffer CC Mins; Lochcarron CC Mins; Scottish Rural Parliament Notice Of AGM; RCOP Poster – Match Day Buddies Pilot; Highland Third Sector Interface – Meeting 2nd Apr 2015 Inverness – Safer Highland; DPEA – Notice Of Planning Appeal – Carn Gorm Wind Farm; Monica Urquhart HC – Land for affordable housing reply suggesting plot for sale in Achnasheen; Local Energy Scotland - register of community benefit; Community Learning Development – Meeting 20th Mar 2015 (no-one able to attend) Inverness/Safer Highland Third Sector Forum – 2nd April Inverness; Jackie West – Community Broadband; Highland Licensing Board Consultation; RCOP – Self Directed Support- Event 27th Apr 2015 Smithton Church Inverness; RCOP – Event 22nd May 2015 – Smithton Church Inverness – Armed Forces Covenant Networking; Wester Ross Biosphere Project -  Strategic Partnership Meeting 30th Mar 2015  1.30 To 4.00pm Ledgowan Lodge Hotel Achnasheen; Mr. Chris Hamilton – Re   BT Broadband For Achnasheen; Kit Bowen Strathpeffer CC – Kirknewton/Baby Hydro.
By post; Network Rail – Acknowledgement of our Letter 6th Feb 2015 re Barriers; Scottish Woodland – Environmental Impact Assessment Ledgowan Estate.

Eliza Leslie Melville - the potholes on the road between Gorstan and Corriemoillie are getting worse. Kenny Maclean to report via HC website.
Sue Tarr and Jean Hollingdale both raised safety at the Gorstan Junction following another vehicle crashing into the barrier. The white lines at the junction are getting faint and the give way sign does not reflect at night so it is not very visible. Other improvements suggested were “SLOW” and an anti slip surface. It was noted that the road leading to the junction is kept well gritted. Kenny MacLean to contact HC.
Jennifer Haslam - some of the burnt trees at Lochluichart are blowing onto the road. Eliza Leslie Melville to speak to estate manager.
Jean Hollingdale – the green wheelie bin at the Gorstan lay-by disappeared and rubbish was accumulating. A new one is on the way. Raw fish had been dumped over the railway fence and was smelling very bad.
Kenny MacLean – the mobile library timetable has changed. It will now visit Achnasheen every third Tues instead of Thurs. More info on the Highlife website
AOB (public) – A member of public was concerned about the dangerous state of the Achnasheen Filling Station canopy and bits have been blowing off in the recent storms. This poses a hazard to traffic and pedestrians. G&DCC to alert their concerns on grounds of Health & Safety to both the owner and Robbie Bain (HC).

Consultations: Members completed the HC questionnaire about extension of licensing hours.

Afforestation Plan at Ledgowan Estate: G&DCC has been consulted as a statutory consultee at the screening stage whether the proposed plan for planting a commercial conifer forest requires an Environmental Impact Assessment. Can reply either by letter and/ or attending a meeting in Ledgowan on 17th April. Members felt that as the information supplied was limited it was difficult to say what the impact on wildlife and landscape would be therefore they felt an EIA should be carried out. Secretary to reply.

One application has been determined, Installation of 33kV overhead line Achnasheen- Kinlochewe. HC raise no objection. Now goes to Scottish Government.
One new application, Land at Garve Hill by Garve – Formation of access track in relation to Beauly- Mossford 132 kV overhead line. G&DCC to comment that visual impact be kept to a minimum.

Carn Gorm Windfarm – a public inquiry will be held to consider the visual effect on the landscape of the Ben Wyvis area. G&DCC has declined to make a representation but will be informed of the date, time and venue. Members of the public can attend but not take part.

Date of next meeting:
Tues 7th Apr 2015 Garve Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 5th May 2015 Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 2nd June 2015 AGM followed by ordinary meeting Garve Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 7th July 2015 Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 9.15pm.

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 3rd Feb 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Cllr Ian Cockburn.
The Chairman welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7pm.
Apologies: Eliza Leslie Melville, Bob Moir.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s Comments: The Chairman was unable to attend Ward Forums in the previous month. Cllr Cockburn summarized that the policing priorities would stay the same, similarly fire service; recruitment for fire-fighters an ongoing problem. Consultation has started for the West Highland and Islands Development Plan. The area covers west of the Gorstan junction so affects part of the G&DCC area. Larger villages i.e. Ullapool, Gairloch have areas zoned for expansion; smaller villages can develop their own plans and remaining areas come under the countryside plan. There is to be a Biosphere event in Garve Village Hall on Tues 10th Feb at 1pm. There will be a joint service on Easter Sunday in Contin Church.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are all available on the website  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, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to
Approval of minutes of the meeting held 6th Jan 2015: proposed by Jennifer Haslam and seconded by Jean Bailey.
Approval of minutes of Fundraising Sub Committee meeting held 18th Jan 2015: proposed by Kenny MacLean and seconded by Jean Bailey.

Matters Arising:
Dingwall Court closed last week.
E-On Liaison Group – following discussion about turbine transport issues at the previous meeting, Sue Tarr suggested that PC Beverly be invited to the liaison group meeting. All agreed; also consider inviting a representative from Contin and other communities affected by the transport and BEAR.
Community Hydro Scheme at Garbat – no response from Strathpeffer CC.
SSE Traffic Lights east of Garve – no response.
Flooding at Garve Hall – the gully sucker has been and cleared the drain.
Grudie crash barrier – another car has crashed on that corner on 20th Jan. HC have ref no for the job.
Potholes – following the cold weather potholes are developing quickly throughout the area. Anyone who sees a pothole please report it online via HC website to get it repaired quickly.
Resurfacing – BEAR is resurfacing the stretch of road along Loch Garve side this month. A convoy system will be in operation.
Garve Level Crossing – on 9th Jan there were more problems at Garve when the power went off. Garve does have back up batteries but it appears these still had problems. Lochcarron CC had correspondence from Network Rail concerning Strathcarron level crossing where barriers remain in the raised position in a power cut. The national protocol is that emergency services should not cross the level crossing unless permission is received from Network Rail. Sec to write to Network Rail to ask for details about how Garve level crossing operates in the event of a power cut.
Recycling bins at Garve – HC is aware of the puddle problem. HC policy now is to remove paper and can banks as people are using their blue wheelie bins instead.
Over 60’s Dinner – G&DCC are currently reviewing the over 60’s dinner invite list.  If you turn 60 this year and would like to be included, or you would like your name removed from the list, please contact the Secretary on on 01997 414201.  The Community Council would also appreciate any feedback or suggestions you have on this yearly event.
Police Report: 7 persons have been charged with speeding offences and one for driving without an MOT.
Co-option – the vacancy for a community councillor has been advertised on the G&DCC website. Members agreed to set a deadline of 20th Feb for names to be submitted. The vote by secret ballot will take place at the next meeting (3rd March in Achnasheen).
Two names have come forward: Jock Logie, Grudie and Ruari Matheson, Fannich.

Treasurer’s Report:
Balance brought forward 2593.11

Senior Citizens Fund – No change 650.72 650.72

Bench Fund – No change 100.00 100.00

War Memorial – No change 140.86 140.86

Community Fund –transferred from Treasurers account (Fundraising) 1016.28 1016.28

Treasurers Account b/fwd –Admin costs of CC 1701.53
Transfer to Community Fund -1016.28 685.25

Carried forward £2593.11

The treasurer has set up a new heading in the funds, and transferred money from the Treasurer’s account to that. This money has been raised by the community council and will be separate from HC Grant income.
Friends of Garve War Memorial is still going through the process of setting up a bank account; once it is finalised G&DCC can transfer the War Memorial money over.

Correspondence: June Ross – Re Fly tipped rubbish at Achnasheen; E-On Leanne Taylor – Thanks; BEAR – Road resurfacing west of Tarvie – 9th February to 20th February – 10mph convoy traffic – 7am to 7pm.  Outside working hours the traffic management will be removed and a speed limit of 30mph; Highland Third Sector – Event Update; HC – Allan Hogg – Re Repair Of Grudie Crash Barrier; Scottish Rural Parliament – News Letter; Scottish Rural Action – Membership Form; Robbie Bain – BEAR  Resurfacing Tarvie West; Lucy Robison – Biosphere Meeting Garve Village Hall Tuesday 10th February 2015; RCOP – Football Buddying Pilot; Scottish Rural Action – Directors Nomination Reminder; Police Report; Strathpeffer CC– Mins; West Highland And Islands Development Plan; Robbie Bain - Mid Ross District Partnership meeting on  Friday 6th Feb in Dingwall.
AOB: Jennifer Haslam informed the meeting that ASAP Energy is holding a meeting in Garve Hall in March for the general public to gather views on community energy schemes as part of a project applying to LCT for funding.
Jean Hollingdale reported concerns from members of the community about HC’s proposal to cut back on pre-gritting next winter. If the number of cars per hour travelling after 6pm drops below 20 then HC want to stop the evening pre-gritting. Members felt this was a very important issue that would cause a lot of concern in the community if it goes ahead.
Two parents have also contacted G&DCC about the dangerous road conditions in the morning affecting the Academy school bus recently. The gritter timetable is to have treated the Achnasheen road by 8.30am; the school bus picks up pupils at 8am. The driver has instructions that if the road conditions are dangerous he should wait for the gritter to go ahead, and phone the school informing them the bus would be late. It was noted that in such conditions the gritter is usually a lot later than 8.30. Sec to contact the parents advising they raise the issue with the education dept.
Kenny MacLean reported damage to Achnasheen Village Hall roof caused by the storm, and a loose part of the roof fell off. HC came out to fix it on Mon morning. Cllr Cockburn confirmed there is an emergency contact number available on the website.
Robbie Bain, Ward Manager, now has a twitter account and you can keep up to date with weather related and other local issues by following by visiting (you don’t need to register with Twitter to view).
Consultations: BEAR is starting resurfacing work along Loch Garve 9th-20th Feb, during which time a convoy system will operate.
HC Consultation on customer service points – G&DCC has not received a consultation. Cllr Cockburn to check if we are on the list or not.
SSE have lodged a screening request to re-align the proposed access track in relation to the new Beauly-Mossford 132kv overhead line on the section between Lochview and Scatwell. The gradients need to be reduced for their machinery. HC requested a new planning application be submitted and Forestry Commission requested the track be retained as a permanent feature.
There is one new planning application, part of which is in our area – Installation of 33kv overhead line Achnasheen – Kinlochewe. Members had no comments.
Date of next meeting:
Tues 3rd March Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 7th April Garve Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 5th May Achnasheen Village Hall at 7pm
Tues 2nd June Garve Village Hall 7pm AGM followed by ordinary meeting.
Produce Show meeting 23rd March at 7pm in Garve Village Hall

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 9pm.

Minutes of Subcommittee Meeting held 18th January 2015
Present:  Kenny MacLean, Jennifer Haslam, Jean Bailey, Jean Hollingdale.
Apologies:  Eliza Leslie Melville, Bob Moir, Sue Tarr.
Started: 12.45pm Garve Village Hall
Discussion on Over 60’s Dinner.  Only one guest asked why there was no raffle.  Members had decided that we would not have a raffle this time.
Entertainment was only for one hour which we suggest was not long enough.  In future it should be booked for 2 hours after the meal.  To be printed on the invitation the Name of the Entertainment for 2 hours.
We then discussed Vouchers/Gift for those not attending the dinner. We agreed that a Voucher should not be the norm, and that it should be changed each year i.e. box of biscuits or chocolates.  It was agreed that partners that are not over 60yrs would not receive a Voucher /Gift in the future.  Also late cancellations of those that have agreed to attend would not receive a Voucher/Gift as the meal has been paid for.
It is time to review the Over 60’s list.  Kenny to contact News and Views to ask members of the community if they “Would like their names to be included in the list, or removed from the list. Any feedback would be welcome with suggestions” please contact Secretary 01997 414201 or any member of G&DCC.
It was also suggested that venues should be asked to provide seating at long tables not 4’s as this makes for a more sociable evening.
Personal visits to Ledgowan and Aultguish to discuss availability.  With a limited capacity at each of these venues it would be necessary to take the replies to the invitations on a First Come First Served basis.
The end of October is a possibility for the dinner.
Kenny mentioned a Summer Fair.  Members felt that the Produce Show should be the priority for this year.
Produce Show:
It was suggested that a Sale of Produce table would be a good idea.  All agreed.  Also that the Whisky Game be available.
All in aid of Community Council Funds.
Meeting closed 1.45pm

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 6th Jan 2015 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jean Bailey (Treasurer), Jean Hollingdale (Secretary), Jennifer Haslam, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec), Bob Moir; Cllr Ian Cockburn; Val MacIver (Platform PR), Simon Lejeune and Leanne Taylor (E-On); Laura MacGill (Eneco); 1 member of public.
The Chairman welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7pm.
Apologies: Eliza Leslie Melville, Martin Macphee.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s Comments: Condolences to former Chair Helen Grainge whose husband Harry passed away.
The Chairman noted that HC have announced budget savings to be implemented over the next three years.
There will be no Church of Scotland service at Kinlochluichart on 25th Jan; there is a Soup Lunch in Strathpeffer Church Hall on Sat 10th Jan.
Approval of the minutes of meeting held 2nd Dec 2014: Proposed, Jean Bailey; seconded, Jean Hollingdale.
Jennifer Haslam wished to clarify the minutes from the previous meeting (4th Nov 2014) should have stated that Jennifer Haslam was requested by G&DCC to find out about entertainment for the Over-60’s Party.
Eneco Update – Guy Madgwick has supplied information about the energy discount scheme – 11 customers have signed up and these have now received their £250 rebate, in total £2750. The remainder of £46750 will be paid into LCT. Eneco are investigating a choice of tariffs and suppliers.
Laura MacGill reported that the Windfarm was working well. The access road required snow clearance on several days in Dec. This is done by a local contractor. 5 turbines are still requiring warranty repairs by Siemens, this is progressing as weather allows. All other turbines are generating.
E-On Update – The chairman welcomed E-On representatives as it had been some time since G&DCC had been updated on the Corriemoillie Windfarm. Simon Lejeune has taken over Matilda Urie’s role and is based in Newcastle and will attend G&DCC meetings.
Work progress at Corriemoillie – All the trees on the site have been felled and stacked within 500m of the existing access road. These are being chipped and chips taken off site to a local biomass site; this will continue for several months.
E-On are currently implementing planning conditions to be submitted to consultees (SNH, SEPA etc). Peat work survey has been delayed slightly due to the weather. When these are approved civil works estimated to start end of Aug 2015 – firstly expose the 5 borrow pits, then construct internal roads and carry out off-site road modifications; followed by turbine base construction and cable work. Turbines arrive June 2016. Commissioning scheduled for Oct 2016 and finalised by 2017.
Q: about the access roads; the windfarm construction will use Eneco’s access road from Glascarnoch with a small spur into Corriemoillie Windfarm. The access currently used for tree clearing from the Corriemoillie side is purely for timber access. It will not be removed when timber work is finished as it is a shared access.
Q: about the sale of Corriemoillie Windfarm; Negotiations are progressing. It will be a financially sound, reputable Windfarm company but details are confidential at this stage. Divestment should happen before construction starts but if not, E-On will continue with construction.
Q: about Community Benefit; E-On have a commitment to community benefit but there is not an agreement in place yet. There are slightly different planning conditions attached to Corriemoillie than Lochluichart.
E-On propose to set up a Construction Community Liaison Group (which is appended in full at the end of the minutes) which would be made up of community council members plus any members of the public who are interested, to a maximum of 15 members. All agreed this was a good idea.
E-On wish to try and avoid any traffic snags during transport of turbines; it should be possible to benefit from Eneco’s experience. Members highlighted problems at Garve level crossing, Gorstan junction, and ferry traffic times; and that radio traffic updates would have been helpful.
The Chairman thanked both Windfarm parties for attending.
Bob Moir joined the meeting having been delayed in travel.

Matters Arising:
Strathpeffer Community Council proposal – SCC has contacted G&DCC regarding a community micro hydro scheme at Garbat, on Forestry Commission ground. SCC is keen go ahead with building a community hydro scheme here but only the headwaters of the 2 burns are within their boundary. The turbine would be within G&DCC area. Investment of around £500,000 is required to go ahead with such a scheme. Members agreed that they would attend a SCC meeting to hear representatives from the two development companies involved (BabyHydro and Kirknewton Development Trust). It was noted that the site is close to some houses in the G&DCC area and it is not known what the residents’ opinions are; also that G&DCC does not have the money required. To proceed, a new group would have to be set up as G&DCC could not be directly involved with a development.

Achnasheen lights – the new light fittings have been installed. These are LEDs and direct the light downwards.
Broadband – G&DCC received emails from a member of public about recent problems with the broadband in Achnasheen. Engineers appear to have improved things. Lots of activity at the Garve Exchange too; it was general opinion that broadband service had been quite erratic in the area recently.
Traffic lights east of Garve – G&DCC were notified that these would be taken down for the Christmas and New Year period; they will remain in place now until 27th Feb. Jennifer Haslam raised the issue of the warning signs falling on to the road at weekends when the lights were taken away. Bob Moir queried why the traffic lights were necessary. They are causing some annoyance to motorists as they take so long to change. Some drivers are just jumping the red light because it takes so long to change. Sec to raise issues with SSE.
Rubbish in Gorstan layby – HC was out clearing litter the week after Christmas; G&DCC very impressed. Also the offlet at Torriegorrie has been cleared.
Strathgarve potholes – these were filled in within a week of Cllr Cockburn reporting them.
Garve Level Crossing Barriers – PC Beverly has confirmed that the police are not able to direct traffic across the railway line in the event of the barriers being stuck; however if they are notified of a problem they might be able to help get things resolved more quickly. Lochcarron CC are also taking up the issue of barriers coming down in the event of a power failure as they have two crossings in their area.
Network Rail will be carrying out work between Fodderty and Strathcarron 17-30th Jan renewing rails at various locations 11pm-8am every night.
Police Report (November) – speed checks are being carried out in the area with 4 persons warned and 2 persons charged with speeding offences; 1 for failing to wear a seatbelt and 1 for using a mobile phone whilst driving. There has been a theft of two boat oars from croft land next to Grudie River. There have been reports of persons using unregistered motorcycles within the village; if anyone has any information on these incidents or anything they wish to discuss please contact PC Beverly at Dingwall Police Station on 101.
The chairman also noted from the Lochcarron CC minutes that there was a road traffic collision at Ledgowan involving a deer; no-one was injured.
Resignation – G&DCC has received a letter of resignation from longstanding member Alex Mackenzie. His input to the community council was very much appreciated and members will miss him. It was agreed to send him a letter of thanks for his many years of service.
Unfortunately this means there is now a vacancy on the community council. G&DCC are looking to co-opt a member to serve until the election in Oct/Nov of this year. If you are a resident in the area and willing to become a member, please come along to the next CC meeting and let the Chairman know.

Contd over/
Treasurer’s Report:
Total balance b/f 3920.61

Senior Citizens Fund b/f 1978.22
Less Garve Hotel 41 x dinners -696.50
Less Garve Hotel entertainment & gratuity -110.00
Less Tesco 52 x vouchers -520.00
Less Tesco envelopes -1.00 650.72

Bench Fund – no change 100.00 100.00

War Memorial Fund – no change 140.86 140.86

Treasurer’s Acc b/f – no change 1701.53 1701.53

Carried forward £2593.11

Jean Bailey discussed the allocation of G&DCC funds. The proceeds from the Flower Show have been divided between the Bench Fund and the Treasurer’s Account. The Treasurer’s Account should be reserved for HC grant money and be spent on CC administration. It would be a good idea to have a separate fund for money raised from the public. This does not need to be a separate account. The treasurer proposed that a new heading of Community Fund be introduced for proceeds from fundraising which have been unallocated and that the Treasurer’s Account be solely for the HC grant. All agreed. Members requested the Treasurer calculate the non-grant money currently in the Treasurer’s Account and transfer that sum to the new heading of Community Fund.

Fundraising: 2015 Produce Show – it was agreed to hold a meeting to invite people along to discuss this year’s produce show and to look at the syllabus and provide some guidance on presentation techniques etc.
The meeting will be held in Garve Village Hall on Mon 23rd March at 7pm – all interested parties welcome. Watch out for the posters/ flyers.
The Chairman called a sub-committee meeting to discuss the Over-60’s Party on Sun 18th Jan at 1pm in Garve Village Hall.
 By E-mail, Leanne Taylor E-On – Contact reply; RCOP – Isolation at Christmas flier; Police Report for November 2014; Robbie Bain – Severe weather warning; Jackie West – Broadband outages Achnasheen; SSE Lisa Marchi – Removal of traffic lights east of Killin over holiday period; RCOP – Invitation for carers to join mailing list; SSEPD – Awareness Campaign – What to do when power outage occurs due to severe weather; Lochcarron CC mins; Strathpeffer CC Kit Bowen re Baby Hydro scheme; RCOP – Boccia events registration. By post, Notice of appeal to Scottish Ministers re Carn Gorm Wind Farm; Highland Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference Annual Report 2013; various Thank you notes (and verbal) from Over 60’s for tokens.

Bob Moir raised the issue of flooding on the road beside Garve Hall. This has already been reported. Also there is no progress with improving access to the recycling bins at Garve which are difficult to reach because of a very large muddy puddle. Cllr Cockburn to chase up.
Sue Tarr suggested G&DCC approach SSE about the possibility of distributing some firewood to pensioners in Garve from birch trees which have been felled above the village for the pylon work. Chairman to contact SSE.
Jean Hollingdale raised the issue of potholes on the old road leading up from the Gorstan layby. Sec to phone them in (01349 886606) and get a ref no. then if no action by following meeting Cllr Cockburn can chase up.
Jennifer Haslam raised three items - a donation of a bottle of whisky has been received with thanks from “an old bodach who lived down by Lochluichart station”.
Friends of Garve War Memorial are holding a raffle to raise money for doing up the path to the War Memorial. One of the prizes is a London Poppy. They now have a bank account so G&DCC to see if the money held in the War Memorial Fund can be handed over to Friends of Garve War Memorial.
Crash barriers – the crash barrier at Gorstan junction was damaged recently also the damaged crash barrier at Grudie has yet to be repaired 15 months later. The Gorstan barrier will be repaired by Bear – they do regular checks every week. The Chairman to follow up the Grudie barrier.
Kenny Maclean raised 2 items - Ward Forums discussing Police and Fire Policy also the West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan will be held Plockton Village Hall, 3pm Thurs 22nd Jan; Poolewe Village Hall, 2pm Fri 23rd Jan; Ullapool Village Hall, 3pm Tue 27th Jan.
Some items have been left at the recycle bins in Achnasheen. Chairman to contact June Ross.

Scottish Government Land Reform – no comments.
HC review of website – G&DCC answered questions on ease of use etc of HC website.
Planning: No new planning applications.
One application has been determined, Achnasheen Post Office - Change of use from post office to holiday letting unit. Permission granted for 3 years.
Carn Gorm Windfarm – P.I. Renewables have appealed to the Scottish Government regarding HC decision to refuse planning permission for the Windfarm on the basis of visual impact. The document is available on the HC website.
Date of next meeting:
Tues 3rd Feb 2015, 7pm in Garve Village Hall.
Tues 3rd Mar 2015, 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 7th Apr 2015, 7pm in Garve Village Hall

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 9.55pm.

Appendix – Proposed E-On Construction Community Liaison Group

i. Membership: The CCLG will be formed of Members of the Community Council and any members of the public who would like to volunteer for the group. The developer will advertise the opportunity for the CCLG via a newspaper advert placed in a local paper. The Group will not exceed 15 members so that productive discussions can be held, and the developer will be responsible for signing off the membership list in conjunction with the Community Council, and establishing a procedure for alternative members in light of apologies.
ii. Meeting Frequency: The CCLG will be invited to regular meetings (at least quarterly) and at least 1 month prior to the commencement of the construction, and will be issued with full contact details should they wish to request a meeting outside of the agreed times (i.e. if an issue should arise).
iii. Meeting Content: The CCLG meetings will consist of project updates so we can explain the current build programme, including hours of operation, vehicle movements, peak traffic volumes, etc. This will give Members the opportunity to raise any issues that they have with the construction programme and its impacts. An action list from the meeting shall be taken away by the developer to address any concerns raised, as far as it is practicable to do so, and an update on how each matter has or has not been addressed will be given at the next quarterly meeting.
iv. Responsibility: The arranging and organising of the quarterly meetings will lie with the developer. The developer will agree suitable dates and times, and arrange the venue, in consultation with the Members of the CCLG.