The Chairman welcomed everyone and opened the meeting at 7pm.
Apologies: Bob Moir, Cllr Ian Cockburn, Fiona Milligan, Martin Macphee, Sarah Bedwell, Karen Grant.
Declarations of Interest: None.
Chairman’s Comments: The Chairman was unable to attend Torridon & Kinlochewe CC and Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon CC; he was unable to attend the NHS Wester Ross Public Partnership Forum in Ullapool.
He congratulated the WRI on their success at the Handicraft Show on coming 3rd overall and Cathy Allan on winning the Best in Show with her painting of birds’ eggs. The Parent Council have two events coming up, Temple Spa Evening on 21st May and Clairvoyant Night on 14th June in Garve Hall. Strathgarve Primary School recently received a positive report with the pupils taking part in a wide range of activities.
There will be no service at Kinlochluichart Church on 11th May or 15th & 22nd June.
All G&DCC minutes and agendas are available on our website
www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict as well as at Garve P.O., at Garve and Achnasheen Village notice boards, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website, direct from the Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting.
Approval of minutes of the meeting held 1st April 2014: Proposed by Jennifer Haslam and seconded by Jean Hollingdale.
Community Event for Older People – Tracey Shaw commented that the Gairloch Information day had been very successful. G&DCC would like to try something similar. Our area may have different issues to Gairloch. Tracey to come up with a list of suggestions of services/ groups of interest. Soup and sandwiches would be provided, and we would ask people to bring some home baking with them. We would like to encourage all the community to come. G&DCC to deliver a flyer to every house. Provisionally aim for a date in June.
Community Benefit for Hydro Scheme at Allt Gharagain, Achnasheen – Robbie Bain has been negotiating Community Benefit on behalf of G&DCC. Green Highland Renewables are offering £5000 per MW plus RPI for the life of the scheme which is 35 years. The scheme is just under 1 MW. G&DCC is in favour in principle of this money going to LCT for distribution. Any representation from the public on this subject should be made by the next CC meeting. G&DCC would then approach LCT to take this forward.
Eneco update – The Lochluichart Windfarm is opening next week (14th May) and all community councillors have been invited. The damaged turbine has been repaired.
E-On update – no news.
SSE Corriemoillie Sub Station – community councillors are being shown round the new sub station on Fri 9th May.
Deer fence at Grudie – ongoing.
“P” sign at Blackwater – not fixed yet, it is turned the wrong way and is confusing for tourists.
Offlets – a complaint has been received about offlets at Corriemoillie which have not been cleared and cause flooding on the road.
Potholes – there are potholes at Matheson Rd and Strathgarve which need attention. The big puddle at the recycling bins has not been dealt with. There is a hole in the road at Little Garve where the culvert has collapsed beneath. In the absence of Cllr Cockburn, the Secretary to contact Robbie Bain with a list of all these items.
Railway Fence at Killin – this has been mended by Network Rail.
Garve Level Crossing – work has started preparing to install automatic barriers. This includes establishing a site compound, site office and storage area at the station yard. There are modifications required to the track. Work to be completed in June.
Concerns have been raised by residents about the speed of traffic approaching the level crossing and that the 40mph speed limit is not adequate.
Crash barrier at Grudie – this is on the list of jobs waiting to be done.
Police report – none available. The Chairman noted there had been a minor road traffic accident at Ledgowan and that several speeders had been caught at Achanalt.
The books are with the auditor and there has been no change since the last meeting. Senior Citizen’s Fund, £871.37; Bench Fund, 50.00; War Memorial, 140.86; Treasurer’s Account, 868.85; Total, £1931.08.
The next item was the Chairman’s travel allowance; he declared an interest and left the meeting, with Jean Bailey chairing this item.
The advice from Robbie Bain was that not many community councils provide a travel allowance as it can be very expensive. The 45p/ mile rate is the upper limit; we could set a lower rate. A solution would be for Kenny to provide a petrol receipt twice a year, on an occasion when he attends a meeting on behalf of the CC.
Jean Bailey proposed that G&DCC accept a petrol receipt when the Chairman attends a meeting, not more than twice a year. All in favour.
The Chairman returned and was informed of the decision.
Garve Flower Show – Jennifer Haslam visited Strathgarve Primary with pots, compost and sunflower seeds to help them get started.
Correspondence: By email, Scottish Government streamline planning assessments – stakeholder survey; Review of Polling Districts and Places; Highland Third Sector Interface – MSP meeting dates; Eneco – invite; Strathpeffer CC minutes; Lochcarron CC minutes; Robbie Bain – Hydro scheme community benefit; E-On reply; Scottish Rural Parliament update and newsletter. By post, Mr Macphail re offlets.
AOB: Sue Tarr brought up the community minibus idea which various members of the community are looking into. It would be very helpful to have representatives from each group to steer this idea forward. Sue Tarr, Alex Mackenzie and Eliza Leslie Melville offered their help.
Kenny MacLean noted that the NHS 24 hr phone number has changed to 111. This is to access non emergency out of hours health care advice 24 hrs a day and will be free of charge. The previous number was very expensive if you were calling from a mobile.
Dennis Kearney, who is now safety advisor for Achnasheen Quarry has invited the community councillors to visit the quarry on 25th May. The current operating license is due to expire soon and the quarry will be applying for a further five years.
Consultations: Polling Station Review Stage 2 – Garve and Achnasheen to carry on as before.
Planning: The Chairman noted a building warrant for Tigh na Strutha, Lochluichart.
Two planning applications have been determined,
Upgrading of access including junction improvements and erection of replacement bridge at Achanalt – permission granted.
Formation of access track at Corriemoillie Quarry – permission granted.
There are no new planning applications.
Dates of future meetings:
Tues 3rd Jun 2014 7pm Garve Village Hall AGM followed by ordinary meeting. Tea and biscuits.
Tues 1st July 2014 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 5th Aug 2014 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 2nd Sept 2014 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.30pm.