Garve and district community council - Income and expenditure account year ended 31st March 2016

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council Ordinary Meeting held 7th June 2016 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jennifer Haslam (Secretary), Eliza Leslie Melville (Treasurer), Bob Moir, Caroline Gamble, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Cllr Ian Cockburn; Grant Folley (EDF); Val MacIver (Platform PR); 3 members of public.
The Chairman opened the meeting at 8pm.
Apologies: PC Craig Rose, Jamie McJimpsey.
Declarations of Interest: none.
The Chairman called for items for Cllr Cockburn to be taken first.
Silver Bridge Toilets: the public toilets were closed suddenly on 25th May indefinitely following a report by Environmental Health. The water quality does not meet drinking water standards. Cllr Cockburn said that the Ward 6 Councillors do not find this acceptable and that the toilets could be opened with notices saying the water is not for drinking. They have also requested all the information on which the report was based. It has also been proposed that Rogie Falls toilets will have to have water brought in by tanker to meet the standards. This also is not acceptable.
Kenny MacLean suggested that the Garve Hall toilets could be opened to the public again. Members agreed that G&DCC object to the closure of Silver Bridge; Rogie should also be kept open. They are both used by local visitors, travellers from the west, tourists, bus tours and ambulances; if they are closed then there is a mess caused by people using local lay-bys for a toilet. It should also be highlighted that although the toilets are closed, the signs have not been covered over and the lights are still on.
Potholes: HC now has a Jetpatcher which will be in our area next month. Areas in need of repair have been identified at Lochluichart, Garve, Little Garve, Gorstan, Corriemoillie and Grudie.
HC Redesign: consultation will be starting soon on a complete review of all aspects of HC, what it does, how it does it, management and departmental structures for next 20 yrs. The redesign should be concluded by the next council election. Communities can feed ideas into the process. Consultation papers will come to G&DCC and then Cllr Cockburn will go through it at a CC meeting, possibly Sept.
AOB for Cllr Cockburn:
Jennifer Haslam raised sight lines at Gorstan Junction – the bushes need clearing to improve visibility.
Bob Moir raised the 20mph signs painted on the road through Garve village have been worn away. There is a problem with boy racers just now. Bushes on the corner opposite the hall need trimmed back.
Sue Tarr said a member of public was concerned about the wooden fence by the football pitch on Matheson Rd. It had been damaged in a storm and needed repair; there was also a problem with balls going across the road on what was a dangerous corner.
A member of public said there were also broken kerb stones at this corner.
Cllr Cockburn left the meeting.
Chairman’s comments: The community was saddened to hear of the death of former resident Tony Holland, and also of the passing of former minister Rev Margaret Liddell.
The Chairman attended the West Development Plan consultation in Lochcarron. There are no localised plans for smaller villages. If the community shows a housing demand for an area then a plan could be drawn up. The land identified at Lochluichart for community housing is on record, and mixed usage such as housing along with small business units is preferred for such developments.
The Chairman also attended the Foundation Scotland workshop in Garve, the Community Needs Survey drop-in in Garve and the Balnacra road improvement consultation.
There is no Church of Scotland service at Kinlochluichart in June; services will be held at 11.30am on 3rd, 17th & 31st July.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website or by contacting the Secretary on or at Broadoaks, Grudie Bridge, By Garve IV23 2QB.
They are also available at Garve PO, on Achnasheen Village notice board, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website and via the G&DCC emailing list.
Approval of minutes of the meeting held 3rd May 2016: Jennifer Haslam requested a change to the minutes.
Sue Tarr stated that the CES energy project had budget allocated towards helping the community set up a development organisation. Jennifer Haslam as chair of LCT said that the budget had been re-allocated.”
This should be changed to “Jennifer Haslam said there was no budget for it”.
Sue Tarr apologised for misleading the meeting over the budget for the development organisation; that had not been her intention and Jennifer Haslam’s information had been more up to date.
Amended minutes proposed by Eliza Leslie Melville; seconded by Kenny MacLean.
Matters Arising:
RVA Community Transport Scheme – RVA hope to come to next meeting. They are happy to talk to local groups about the scheme and can provide publicity materials; also if anyone is interested in being a volunteer driver please get in touch. Sue Tarr said that some local people had expressed interest in using the scheme.
AGNV – the management committee has been unable to attend tonight’s meeting. They are not able to discuss the AGNV at a public meeting for reasons of confidentiality. They have acknowledged that a separate bank account would not be required. There is to be a final issue in July.
G&DCC has consulted with RVA who drew up the AGNV; they confirmed that the remaining assets pass to G&DCC if it exists.
G&DCC members felt that the newsletter should continue to go out to the community. It was originally run by a sub-committee of the CC before it went independent. It could be carried on by the CC as a smaller monthly issue just to local households to distribute minutes and local news and events. G&DCC would need to know more about the costs involved so it could produce a business plan. Kenny MacLean and Bob Moir to meet with AGNV reps to discuss things further.
NC 500 Electric Car Roadshow – There is to be a session at Garve Hall on Mon 13th June to learn more about electric cars and have the chance to test drive one. Garve & District Energy Group has liaised with HIE on this. There may be an opportunity to install local charging points.
Community Needs Survey – the steering group met on 11th May. Fliers have been delivered to households and posters put up. The Garve Drop-in has taken place and Achnasheen is on Thurs. The previous examples of what other communities have done were good. Thanks to all involved.
The bill for first instalment of the survey has been received and will be paid when cheques can be signed. There was a query about 16 and 17 year olds being on the electoral roll. To confirm with Amanda Bryan.
EDF update: The community received notice of transport movements on 10th & 11th May and 1st June. There were 3 sets of 2 vehicles delivering parts for turbine bases. One convoy had 27 vehicles behind it. Collets (haulage) to look at stops to let traffic past – this is up to the police. Tarvie Services was used as a stopping place for the previous Windfarm. The next deliveries will be turbine sections and will be larger. The trial run has taken place and the police are happy. Some trees need trimming and BEAR will be contacted about this. There are some street furniture items needing to be temporarily moved at Invergordon. EDF are waiting to hear what time of day the convoys will be allowed. It is most likely to be leaving Invergordon 9.30am and arriving on site 10.30-11am; early morning deliveries are also being looked at. Sunday deliveries will be investigated. There may be variations to site working hours if deliveries are outwith normal hours.
The Community Liaison Group will be notified about transport movement times. A timetable will be published around end of June and a text message service will be available for those who wish to sign up. EDF will endeavour to stick to consistent timings for deliveries.
Work on site is progressing; roads are completed, peat restoration on one side of the roads has been completed; the other side of the roads are waiting for cables to be laid before peat restoration can continue. The turbine bases are all in place and at different stages of construction. Batching plants in full use. Cable ducts to Corriemoillie Substation are laid; cable to be laid later. The Windfarm building is near completion.
The turbine blades and tower sections are waiting at Invergordon. They are General Electric turbines and are made in China and Denmark. EDF is using tower sections from Campbeltown on other sites. HC has raised no objections to the Section 36 planning application and it is now going to Scottish Govt.
EDF will be submitting a planning application for a new telecoms mast on site to provide a microwave broadband link. Previous permission for a 70m mast not now required; new mast will be 13m and in the centre of the site. This mast could be available to the community in the future; it does not have direct line of sight with local communities and would need additional masts to bounce a signal for local broadband. Satellite links for broadband have not been found to be reliable enough for what the Windfarm requires.
Foundation Scotland community workshop – all communities benefitting from the Windfarm were invited and looked at how the fund could be managed and what the best approach would be. FS / EDF found this to be very informative and beneficial. A summary will be produced and sent to the different communities with available options. An overall fund covering all the communities was not wanted. Some communities are more prepared for receiving funds than others. For the Garve & District area, FS/ EDF will meet with LCT and Eneco before a proposal is presented back to the community council, probably early Sept.
Part of the community fund will be ring fenced for education and skills. This could include direct apprenticeships with EDF and their associated contractors. As costs of training are provided by the Scottish Government, the bursary money would be aimed at travel / living costs and similarly with college or university courses. For schools the money could only be used for things that add to the curriculum. Currently in discussions about the best way to set this up. The education fund could be linked to an endowment fund which builds into a future pot, rather than reverting to general fund if not spent. It is intended to hold a review every 3-5 years to look at whether the fund is fulfilling local needs. A query was asked whether the education fund could cover work-related courses? Not for full-time employees as it would be the responsibility of the employer, but potentially for part-time workers. Another comment was that rural skills would benefit this area.
Eneco update: Eneco have launched the Highlands & Mearns Wind Tariff in conjunction with Co-operative Energy. Eneco will be in Garve Village Hall next Tues 14th – Fri 17th June 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm for anyone who wants to find out more.
Garve Bus shelters – discussions ongoing between Eneco and HC.
SSE update – the issues raised about the work on undergrounding cables from Grudie to Achnasheen have been seen to: loose chippings signs are in place, there is a road sweeper hired, some parts of the verge will be reinstated with topsoil and other parts left to regenerate naturally, and only one lay-by will be closed at a time. Contractors will look at the blocked culvert near Achanalt graveyard. There is an increased police presence in the area due to traffic speeding.
The overhead line works in the Kinlochewe area are now complete. In July there will be poling and conductor stringing in the Achnasheen area. Installing cables along the roadside will continue for several weeks.
There has been a lot of water on the road in the Strathbran- Achanalt area and G&DCC request that the run-offs be cleared.
Hazelbrae crash barrier - this is being repaired.
Soil in Gorstan Lay-by – this has been removed.
Bins - it is much tidier around the bin at Gorstan lay-by since it has moved; the concrete bin at Aultguish has been removed.
Broadband - BT are recruiting engineers. Some Achnasheen residents are looking at satellite options.
Over 60’s Party - the invitation list has been checked. A suggestion made at the community needs drop in was for a community party with both young and over 60’s.
G&DCC vacancies – there are two places available for cooption.
Police Report - there are no incidents of note. The Chairman noted press reports of a motorist in the Achanalt area convicted of speeding at 100mph, received a fine of £450 and 9 penalty points. Five motorcycles were apparently speeding at over 100mph on the Lochcarron – Achnasheen road and were stopped by a road block in Achnasheen. Figures show that speeding motorists in the north has risen by 1100 over the last year.

Treasurer’s report –
Senior Citizen’s fund no change 696.77
Bench fund no change 200.00

Treasurer’s fund b/f 1550.70
Add EDF donation 300.00 1850.70

Admin fund b/f 231.08
Less Achnasheen Hall -30.00
Less A. Macrae -100.00 101.08

LCT Grant (Aigas Survey) 5855.00

Balance Forward £8703.55

Correspondence: By Email, Foundation Scotland – poster for consultation event 18th May; SSE – Grudie to Kinlochewe cabling works update; Foundation Scotland – briefing note; Eneco – Garve bus shelters; Highland Third Sector – Children & Families network meeting dates; Scottish Govt – Pentland Firth plan; RVA – Future of the AGNV; Network Rail – mess in Garve station yard; Planning applications received 6th May 2016; Scottish Govt – Scottish marine survey webcast 19th May; LEADER – Highland LEADER fund launch; Highland Council Access Officer – Core Paths consultation; RVA – extending community car scheme area; Planning applications received 13th May 2016; two emails from Moira Harris - Future of the AGNV; Ken Bowlt, Wester Ross Deer Management Group - Deer management plan; HC Policy – Alcohol licensing guidance; Eneco – New local energy tariff; Planning applications received 20th May 2016; HC Policy – Police Scotland Questionnaire update; HC Policy – Dementia awareness week 30th May to 5th June; Robbie Bain – Silverbridge toilets; Cllr Richard Greene – Silverbridge toilets; Cllr Richard Greene – update on A832 Grudie to Kinlochewe cable works; HC Policy – North coast 500 electric car tour (visiting Garve on 13th June); planning applications received 27th May 2016; Grant Folley, EDF – receipt of cheque; Grant Folley, EDF – Section 36 update; Soil Association – consultation on forest stewardship scheme; Highland Third Sector Interface – adult health forum 8th June 2016; Highland Third Sector Interface – upcoming community justice events; SSE – further update on the cable works between Grudie and Kinlochewe; Planning applications received 3rd June 2016; Aigas Associates – first invoice for the community needs survey; PC Craig Rose – Police note; Jamie McJimpsey, RVA– unable to attend CC meeting; Eneco – Co-operative event in Garve Hall;
By Post, Grant Folley - £300 cheque; HC – A890 consultation poster; HAGS – Playpark equipment; Festive lights company – brochure; Local Government Boundary Review – update.
Caroline Gamble – the drove road at Little Garve is very overgrown.
Jennifer Haslam has received a donation of a bottle of whisky to the Produce Show.
There have been recent incidents where cyclists have been injured at Garve Level crossing and emergency services called out. Cyclists are injured because they don’t dismount when crossing and get thrown off their bikes. Queried whether the warning signs could be improved. The Chairman noted the concerns.
Kenny MacLean attended a Kyle Line Adopters get together and has passed on concerns about the state of the Garve Station footbridge. New rubber treads have been applied.
Lochcarron CC thought it would be a good idea to have a Ward 6 joint CC meeting possibly in Kinlochewe or Lochcarron. Robbie Bain has agreed to cover the costs. Kenny MacLean to liaise with Helen Murchison.

West Highland and Islands Development plan; members had no comments.
Core Paths within West Plan area: There are some core path proposals, rights of way and railway crossings under consultation. It was agreed that G&DCC write in support of keeping the railway crossing at Luib, right of way on Old Ledgowan Bridge, and two railway crossings in the Garve area all open.
Proposals for core paths include Grudie-Fannich-Fain; Blackbridge-Deanich Lodge; Inchbae-Strathrannach-Strathvaich and Little Garve- Aultguish.
G&DCC to invite Access Officer to come with maps to talk about these.

Soil Association Forest Stewardship Consultation assessing forest management of sites in the UK Forest Certification scheme. Forests in this area are Lochluichart Estate and Strathconon Estate. Members had no comments.
Planning: three applications have been determined,
Installation of 33kV overhead line at Lochrosque, HC raises no objection.
Erection of poles on 33kV overhead line east of Brooklea, HC raise no objection.
Amended pipeline route on 500kW hydro electric scheme Abhainn Srath Chrombaill, permitted.
Section 36 Corriemoillie Windfarm, further information from SEPA.
One new planning application,
Changes to formation of private way, land at Silverbridge – members had no comments.

Dates of future meetings:
Tues 5th July 2016 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 2nd Aug 2016 7pm in Garve Village Hall
Tues 6th Sept 2016 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall

Val MacIver proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman and committee.
Meeting closed 10.30pm

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council Annual General Meeting held 7th June 2016 in Garve Village Hal

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jennifer Haslam (Secretary), Eliza Leslie Melville (Treasurer), Bob Moir, Caroline Gamble, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Cllr Ian Cockburn; Grant Folley (EDF); Val MacIver (Platform PR); 3 members of public.

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.
Amanda Bryan and Jo Ellen were thanked for the Community Needs Consultation in Garve Hall; they will also be in Achnasheen Hall on Thurs afternoon.

Apologies: PC Craig Rose, Jamie McJimpsey.
Declarations of Interest: none.
Approval of minutes of AGM held 2nd June 2015: Proposed by Eliza Leslie Melville, seconded by Jennifer Haslam.

Matters Arising: none.

Chairman’s Report: This is my eighth Chairman’s report for the G&DCC and as ever, there has been plenty going on over the last twelve months. Our second Garden Produce Show was held in Sept 2015 with a fair turnout on the day despite the rain. The day raised £220. This year’s show will be held on Saturday 10 Sept 2016 – all welcome!
Last year’s over 60’s dinner was held in late Oct 2015, to avoid clashing with the CC elections and was attended by 36 out of a possible 90 people at the Aultguish Inn. The various donations from individuals, local businesses and local groups were very much appreciated.
CC elections, run as ever by the HC, are held every four years and in Nov 2015 we saw both Jean Bailey and Jean Hollingdale retire from the Community Council. We thank them for their help and support over the years and we welcomed Caroline Gamble to our group.
EDF energy has, since purchasing the Corriemoillie windfarm from E-on, been regular attendees of the CC meetings. We have very much appreciated the construction updates and hearing about their community benefit plans. The community liaison group, a condition of planning consent, has complimented the CC meetings very nicely.
Improving Broadband has been a running theme throughout the years and the community broadband survey conducted in June 2015 really helped to show what level of service each area within the community was actually getting. The CC has welcomed the work that has been done on the Garve exchange and we hope the improved service can benefit more households soon.
The winter months were dominated by the work on the community needs survey. Following presentations by different groups, Aigas Associates were selected by the CC members as the winning bidder.
Our website - continues to be well used since it was first launched in Mar 2013, receiving around 150 visitors per month. The CC website was refreshed in early 2016 and minutes from the last three years are now available to view or download.
The CC has considered seven scoping reports, thirteen consultation documents, four building warrant and twenty-three planning applications since the last AGM.
Another topic that is a regular one not just over the last twelve months but over many years has been the road network. The various road issues have included speeding, roadside fences, fly tipping, traffic lights, landslides, damaged crash barriers, white lines, the Gorstan junction, abandoned road cones, bridge inspections, flooding, blocked culverts, potholes, grit bins, the Garve level crossing, ragwort and grass verge cutting and of course gritting. With having a trunk road as well as HC roads in our area, we have a lot of liaising to do with different people and organizations. I’m sure roads will continue to be a regular topic of our discussions.
We have also addressed a number of other issues since our last AGM including the Garve bus shelters, affordable homes, the ending of the LEO scheme, proposed hydro schemes in the Garbat and Strathvaich areas, sewage, the proposed Carn Gorm windfarm, police patrols, wheelie bins, overgrown bushes and trees, the new SSE Beauly-Mossford power line costing £53M and the new power line from Grudie-Kinlochewe, the Garve recycle bins and fence, Benches, the “leaning tower of Garve”, Data protection laws, community empowerment act, community population growth from 329 – 348, the crane and ongoing works at the Lochluichart windfarm, Post Office services and Postboxes, saving the number 61 bus service, bank accounts and their signatories, Highland wide local development plan and more recently the proposed west plan, core paths, A890 improvements and the ongoing problems with the Stromeferry bypass, the future of the Achnasheen & Garve News and Views, HC quality awards, a loose Raccoon, HC budget cuts to services and to the CC itself, CC training courses, train passenger growth within the CC area, arc lighting, Wester Ross biosphere project, bin lorries and social media opportunities for CCs.
All the issues have been discussed at twelve ordinary meetings and three special meetings held since the last AGM plus a Broadband working group meeting, a steering group meeting for the Community needs survey and a meeting with Lochluichart Community Trust representatives. These meetings, which have lasted nearly forty hours, have been well attended by the members of the CC, representatives from different companies, agencies, organizations and the public.
Our posters and flyers have been another way along with the minutes in the AGNV that help to keep everyone in the CC area up to date with the CC’s discussions, decisions and our fundraising events. My thanks to the various outlets in the CC area. Their assistance really helps us to get the information out into the community.
I have attended various meetings in the last twelve months and I have kept in touch with the School and Church. All this has been reported back to CC members in Chairman’s Comments.
I would like to thank all the CC members for the continuing support they give me and may I thank them on behalf of the Community for all the hard work they do as CC members.
We must thank Jennifer Haslam, who oversees any catering requirements the CC may have as well as the Secretarial duties. We must also thank Eliza Leslie Melville who, as Madam Treasurer oversees our accounts. We must also thank Sue Tarr for the work she does for us by producing posters, flyers and of course as our Minute Secretary.
A thank you must go to our Ward Councillors and to Robbie Bain, Ward Manager for their input and advice. We must also thank the Garve and Achnasheen Village Hall committees for being so helpful to the CC throughout the year.
Finally, but by no means least, a thank you must go to the people of this community for their continued support of their CC.

Treasurer’s Report:
The annual accounts were presented. Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Sue Tarr and seconded by Kenny MacLean. The HC annual grant will be released to G&DCC on submission of the accounts.

Election of Office Bearers: nominations for office bearers were,
Secretary – Jennifer Haslam
Minute Secretary – Sue Tarr
Treasurer – Eliza Leslie Melville
Chairman – Kenny MacLean
All nominations were proposed by Bob Moir and seconded by Caroline Gamble and accepted.
It was also agreed that Kenny MacLean deal with press enquiries and the website; Sue Tarr continue as EDF liaison group representative; Jennifer Haslam deal with catering.

Dates of meetings for coming year: Kenny Maclean proposed that meetings be held on the first Tues of each month, alternating between Garve Village Hall and Achnasheen Village Hall; with the exception of Jan 2017 which should be moved to 10th Jan. Hall bookings to be confirmed. Seconded by Jennifer Haslam; all agreed.

AOB: none.

Date of next meeting: 6th June 2017 7pm in Garve Village Hall.

Meeting closed 7.30pm

Draft Minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 5th April 2016 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jennifer Haslam (Secretary), Eliza Leslie Melville (Treasurer), Sue Tarr (Minute Sec), Caroline Gamble (part of meeting); Guy Madgwick and Zoisa Walton (Eneco); Fiona Milligan (Infinergy); Andy Russell (EDF); Val MacIver (Platform PR); 3 members of public.

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.
Apologies: Bob Moir, Caroline Gamble, Cllr Cockburn.
Declarations of Interest: none.
Chairman’s comments: Condolences to the family of Sandy Jack, who passed away recently. Also best wishes to Pete Hollingdale following his operation.
Eliza Leslie Melville attended the Scottish Woodlands meeting at Ledgowan on behalf of G&DCC. She showed a map and outlined the changes to the forest plan. The previous plan was to plant 80% conifers/ 20% broadleaves; this has been changed to 20% conifers and 80% broadleaves. A deer fence will enclose the planting area and 100 hinds are to be killed. The tree planting should disguise the hill track. Issues were raised about stags on the road. Stag warning signs are to be placed on the road.
Kenny MacLean attended Lochcarron CC to talk about community benefit.
There is to be a change to services at Kinlochluichart Church of Scotland; from 1st May there will be one service every other Sunday at the earlier time of 11.30am (8th and 22nd May).
The Community Hall at the Church is nearly completed. It has been used for a couple of events already and there will be an official opening soon.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website or by contacting the Secretary on or at Broadoaks, Grudie Bridge, By Garve IV23 2QB.
They are also available at Garve PO, on Achnasheen Village notice board, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website.
Approval of the minutes of the meeting held 1st March 2016: proposed by Eliza Leslie Melville and seconded by Jennifer Haslam.
Matters Arising:
EDF update – one convoy of three lorries arrived at the site yesterday. It was police escorted from Dumfries and arrived a bit earlier than estimated. Construction is progressing with concrete now being produced on site. 8 bases have been excavated and 5 have passed the test to allow construction. There was a Liaison Group meeting on 29th March which was well attended. Construction, transport and community benefit was discussed. Foundation Scotland will have a workshop for the community to attend, a date in May to be confirmed. This will consider the pros and cons of different administration arrangements with a view to the Corriemoillie Fund achieving the best impact. Minutes of the Liaison Group will be available to the public.
EDF are now building 17 turbines instead of 19. Two of the turbines with lower production will not be built, allowing neighbouring turbines to produce more electricity.
G&DCC has received notice of the Section 36 Application and copies have been available to view in Garve Village Hall.
There will be another convoy of three lorries arriving next month and another one the following month for which EDF will circulate times and will try to get more accurate times.
RJ MacLeod has completed another accident free period on the site so £300 plus £300 matched by EDF is available for a local good cause.

Eneco update – Guy Madgwick outlined that due to changes in UK Govt policy, Eneco is not willing to continue developing the UK portfolio. Zoisa Walton is taking over as director of UK operations which will continue but with a change to offering consumer services. Michelle Giblin will be the day to day contact and Martin Macphee is operations manager for Lochluichart Windfarm. There is no update yet about an Eneco electricity tariff.

Community Hydro Schemes – the development company Vento Ludens has secured rights for developing hydro power on certain burns in our area. It is carrying out feasibility work and if it is viable may consider a joint development with the community. John Bedwell is liaising and Community Energy Scotland is doing research as part of the Garve & District Energy project.

Wester Ross Biosphere – this has been approved by UNESCO. Garve is the gateway to the Biosphere. There is a meeting in Poolewe on 20th April.
Broadband – £42 million has been allocated for further broadband investment; communities will have to wait until later in the year to hear how they will benefit from this. Scottish Govt and HIE are assessing how best to deliver broadband improvements.
Garve Bus Shelter – Bob Moir has been pricing Perspex (£280 - £300) – will continue to look for cheaper options. Zoisa Walton indicated that Eneco may adopt the bus shelter on behalf of the community and will get in touch with Robbie Bain.
Community Needs Survey – an application for funding has been submitted to LCT and has been received.
Landslip flooding – Transport Scotland has replied. Following the landslip on 30th Dec 2015 on Network rail land, BEAR cleared 50 tonnes of soil from the road, and opened up the wall on the other side of the road to allow water to flow away. Network Rail will be responsible for repairing the wall. The site has been added to a list of sites that need inspection. BEAR has asked Network Rail to alleviate the water running across the road. G&DCC agreed to ask them to keep investigating as there is a flow of water across the road. Sec to contact Transport Scotland.
Network Rail fence along Loch Garve – the fence has been repaired.
Co-option – there are two vacancies on G&DCC. Names for co-option to the CC would be welcome.

Police Report: not available.
The Chairman mentioned a press report concerning a driver who was fined £2500 and received 9 penalty points for careless driving at a speed of 102mph.
Chief Superintendent Julian Innes is retiring. G&DCC received a copy of North Focus issue 3. Following enforcement work over the past year across North Highland, Police Scotland have achieved the following results; 1633 persons charged with speeding (up 30%), 140 persons charged with drink driving (up 27%), 192 persons dealt with for driving carelessly (up 61%).

Caroline Gamble joined the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:
Admin Fund - £455.08 less Data Protection, Hall Hire & Secretary Fees
Community Fund – no change
Bench Fund – no change
Senior Citizens’ Fund – no change

Balance forward

There are more forms to fill out for Bank of Scotland before the change in signatories can be authorised. The Treasurer got banker’s drafts to pay the outstanding bills for hire of Garve and Achnasheen Halls (£106), Data Protection subscription (£35), and Secretary Fees (£83).
The Community Council grant has been cut by 10%. G&DCC to receive £879.74 less the cost of insurance.
Produce Show – This will be in Garve Village Hall on Sat 10th Sept. Schedules are available from the Secretary.
The Chairman is submitting an expenses claim for paper and ink.

Correspondence: By Email, Transport Scotland – A835 trunk road flooding; HC – planning applications week ending 4 March 2016; Scottish Woodlands– Proposed new woodlands on the Ledgowan Estate; HC policy – Police Scotland Community Council questionnaire; Highland Third Sector Interface – Transport events; HC – planning applications week ending 11 March 2016; Scottish Woodlands – Ledgowan Estate EIA screening meeting 15 March 2016; Richard Eaton – Inchbae Lodge lunch club; Robbie Bain – Community Council grants for 2016/2017; Lochcarron Community Council minutes; HC – planning applications week ending 18 March 2016; Highland Council Policy – dog fouling fines; Robbie Bain – Wester Ross Biosphere update; Scottish Govt – Marine Recreation and Tourism study documents; HC – planning applications week ending 24 March 2016; John Bedwell – update on proposed micro hydro projects; Eneco – Guy & Zoisa attending April Community Council meeting; HC – West Highland & Islands Local Development Plan consultation; Robbie Bain – Armed Forces Covenant Fund; HC – consultation on section 36 planning application for Corriemoillie Windfarm; Grant Folley – slides from EDF Liaison Group meeting held 29 March 2016; HC Policy – North Focus issue 3; HC– planning applications week ending 1 April 2016; Robbie Bain – MOD exercise 11-22 April 2016; Robbie Bain – Wester Ross Biosphere Project; Garve & District Energy Group - update (now available on the Community Council website).
By post, EDF – section 36 planning application for Corriemoillie Windfarm; Bowlts – invite to the Wester Ross Deer Management Group AGM on 19 May; Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust newsletter.

AOB: Sue Tarr gave an update on the sighting of a raccoon in the Garve area. There have also been sightings in Alladale and possibly Rosemarkie. SNH will attempt to capture the raccoon alive and if anyone has a sighting please get in touch either with SNH or Sue who can pass it on.
Jennifer Haslam - SSE is currently laying underground cables alongside the road between Grudie and Achnasheen to lay new power cables. Residents are concerned this will affect their access. The cables are transporting electricity from the new hydro schemes to Grudie Sub Station. A member of the public commented that she had not received the letter of apology promised by SSE. This was in relation to SSE marking out their driveway without any prior warning. Val MacIver to follow up with SSE.
Eliza Leslie Melville brought up the lorries turning in the lay-by at Lochluichart. It has been agreed that reinstatement work be carried out once work at the new substation at Grudie is completed.
Caroline Gamble brought up the untidy state of the Station Yard at Garve, with rubbish and litter very visible. Kenny MacLean to contact Network Rail.
Kenny MacLean – calendars for blue and green bins are now available on the HC website; dog fouling fines have gone up from £40 to £80 and all dogs must now be micro-chipped.
Consultations: the Police Scotland survey has been extended to the end of April. Members agreed the following response, that the top three policing priorities in our area are speeding, litter/ fly tipping and anti social behaviour. The regular police report is welcome, although it is not received as often as it used to be.
HC West Highlands and Islands Development Plan, which will be known as the “West Plan” – this covers the area west of Garve. It is available on the HC website and there will be public exhibitions. The consultation period is 10 wks and members of the public can make comments. G&DCC agreed to defer their response until the June meeting.
Planning: Two applications have been determined –
Erection of 1.8m high boundary fence land north of Briony, Inchbae - permitted with conditions.
Erection of replacement mast to support 3 antenna, 3 remote radio units, 2 dish antenna and 2 relocated antenna – permitted.
Three new applications have been received -
Installation of 33kV overhead line at Lochrosque – an EIA is not required to reposition the route further down the hill. Members had no comments.
Installation of 500kW hydro electric scheme at Loch Rosque Forest– partially amended pipeline route. Members had no comments.
Erection of poles on 33kV overhead electricity line east of Brooklea, Inchbae. Members had no comments.
Scottish Government section 36 application, Corriemoillie Windfarm to alter turbine capacity. Members had no comments.
Date of Next Meeting:
Tues 3rd May 2016 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 7th June 2016 AGM followed by Ordinary Meeting 7pm in Garve Village Hall
Tues 5th July 2016 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall

The Chairman thanked all for attending and closed the meeting at 8.45pm.

Draft minutes of Garve & District Community Council meeting held 2nd Feb 2016 in Garve Village Hall

Present: Kenny MacLean (Chairman), Jennifer Haslam (Secretary), Caroline Gamble, Sue Tarr (Minute Sec); Andy Russell (EDF); Val Cameron and Jamie McJimpsey (RVA); Mary MacDonald and George Carson (CAB); 2 members of public.

The Chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.
Apologies: Eliza Leslie Melville, Bob Moir, Val MacIver, Cllr Cockburn.
Declarations of Interest: none.

Chairman’s Comments: Condolences are extended to the Plowman family on the tragic death of Angus. Former resident of Achnasheen, Margaret Holland has passed away. Best wishes to Helen Grainge on her recovery. The Chairman was unable to attend the Community Energy Group drop in. About 20 home visits are underway, and another letter will be circulated to see if any more households would like to sign up.
There will be no Church of Scotland service on Easter Sunday (27th Mar). G&DCC now has an events page on the website where local events can be posted.
All G&DCC agendas, minutes and dates of future meetings are available on the website 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 or Broadoaks, Grudie Bridge, By Garve IV23 2QB and at every G&DCC meeting.

Approval of the minutes of the meeting held 5th Jan 2016: Proposed by Kenny MacLean and seconded by Jennifer Haslam.

Citizens Advice Bureau: Mary MacDonald and George Carson gave an introduction to the work of CAB. There are offices in Dingwall, Alness and Tain as well as outreach services. They would like to improve the services to the West and would be interested to know what the community thinks would be the best way. Issues dealt with for people include debt, benefits advice, NHS issues, mental health, midwifery, housing issues and other problems. For the ward overall, CAB has helped people claim £45k in financial benefits. George Carson is the Volunteer Coordinator and would like to expand the service in our area as well as recruit volunteers. There are groups of people who find it difficult to get the time to travel to Dingwall, e.g. elderly people, people with no transport or those with young children. CAB could look at having an advisor in the hall on a certain day of the month or week. Advisors are trained on general areas and can call on specialist advisors when required, including legal advice. Volunteers would be welcome.
Members thought it was a good idea and suggested a trial of once a month alternating between Garve and Achnasheen, possibly when the Post Office was open. G&DCC could help with posters advertising the sessions.

Community Needs Survey: Jamie McJimpsey and Val Cameron from Ross-shire Voluntary Action presented apologies for pulling out of the previous presentation at the last minute. They then ran through the RVA bid for the survey. In relation to specific questions from G&DCC, Jamie confirmed that there would be a postcode mail drop helped by local knowledge so that every house was guaranteed to receive a questionnaire. Community mapping would be a part of the questionnaire so there would be a picture of who had responded and where the gaps were. The survey would be well publicised and RVA is confident this method will work. In the event of lack of responses to the survey, there would be follow up with CC volunteer help. A big part of the publicity would be to do effective marketing to generate enthusiasm before the survey starts. To target the youths and young adults, RVA has good links with Dingwall Academy and could form a focus group to train up peer group to become involved in the survey. Social media could be used.
RVA would rely on CC volunteers to provide local knowledge. A good response rate for the survey would be regarded as 55-60%

The Chairman thanked Jamie and Val for attending and they left the meeting.

Members discussed which bid they preferred. Overall it was very close between RVA and Aigas Associates and it was a difficult decision as both would do a good job. Kenny MacLean proposed Aigas Associates; Jennifer Haslam seconded and all agreed.
Members discussed the funding application to LCT. It was generally agreed that G&DCC may have to allow for some extra hours from that quoted to do follow up interviews if the response rate was low, at a rate of 8 interviews per day. This would need to be taken into consideration when making an application. It was suggested that any remainder of money not spent on the survey could be forwarded on to the next stage of the Development Company.
Sue Tarr to find out more details about payment to Aigas before the next meeting, when further application details can be decided.

Approval of minutes of Special Meeting held 19th Jan 2016: proposed by Kenny MacLean and seconded by Jennifer Haslam.

Matters Arising:
EDF update – the weather has been changeable with some snow though not long lasting. 80-85% of the roads have been done and the foundations for the substation are nearly finished. Batching plant parts will be arriving in the coming weeks ready for foundation works starting in April.
The outcome of the application to Section 36 will be determined this month and G&DCC will be notified.
RJ MacLeod has a “no-accident” fund on site which is matched by EDF and would like to encourage local charities to apply. Strathpeffer Primary has received £600.
Public Entertainment License Consultation – the proposed changes have been approved; events such as fireworks displays and raves need a license, which lasts 2-3 years.
Ross & Cromarty Area Committee meets tomorrow.
Garbat Hydro Scheme – changes in Government policy mean that other methods of funding the scheme are being looked at. Crowd funding may mean that the Garve interest is diluted. John Bedwell to keep G&DCC informed.
Broadband – BT has upgraded Garve exchange which should provide a more reliable connection. People have noticed some improvements. The fibre optic rollout has not yet reached Garve but is estimated to reach here July-Dec 2016. BT are assessing options for improving the service for Aultguish and Achnasheen; no real news yet.
SSE – concerns about the access road at Killin have been passed on.
Bus Shelter in Garve – no news.
Gorstan Junction – update from Richard Greene – Transport Scotland, BEAR and HC representatives are looking at all aspects of the junction.
Co-option and Over 60’s Party – there is a notice on the website and in the AGNV requesting ideas for the party and advertising vacancies on G&DCC. Kenny MacLean will fill in the LCT feedback form.
Post Box at Lochluichart – the request to move it has been passed to Royal Mail.
Railway Fence at Loch Garve – there is now a reference no. for this job.
Potholes and drainage problems at Gorstan and Lochluichart Station – HC is aware and will deal with according to priority. Some work has been done on the Gorstan road.
Flooding – there is flooding on the road at Strathbran, with traffic lights in place. There was very bad flooding on the Garve – Tarvie road today.
CC Training Course – Kenny and Sue are able to go on the 22nd Feb in Dingwall.
Police Report: none available.
Press Reports – two speeding drivers at Achanalt have been convicted; one received penalty points and a fine for driving at 109mph and the other received a fine, banned for a year and ordered to re-sit their driving test for driving at 120mph.
Telephone scam – alert over “spoofing” calls where marketing calls are made using a local number.

Treasurer’s Report: (no changes)
Over 60’s party fund £696.77
Bench fund £200.00
Community fund £1,550.70
CC Admin £455.08
Total £2,902.55

The change of signatories is not yet complete.
Fundraising ideas – it was agreed to hold the Produce Show again this year. Jennifer Haslam proposed that an application be made to the RJ Fund for money to cover the cost of cups etc required for the show. Kenny Maclean to apply for £200 to cover these costs.
Other fundraising ideas are welcome.
Correspondence: By Email; Claire Blackwell – Invite to CPP Focus group; George Carson – Ross & Cromarty CAB; Adeline Allan – planning applications received by HC for week ending 7th Jan 2016; Samantha Smith – HTSI 2016 Conference; Claire Blackwell – two upcoming HTSI events; Adeline Allan – planning applications received by HC for week ending 15th Jan 2016; Kristy Wright – PFOW marine plan update; HC – HWLDP consultation deadline reminder (29th Jan 2016); Steve Jones – documents on CC website; Network Rail – Service request notification; Sylvia McMurdo – planning applications received by HC for week ending 22nd Jan 2016; Claire Blackwell – HTSI 2016 Conference update; HC policy – CC training sessions; Sarah Jones – Garve Exchange; Adeline Allan – planning applications received by HC for week ending 29th Jan 2016; Carol Smith – LCT feedback form. By Post – David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland – Scotland Bill briefing note.

AOB: Sue Tarr raised the issue of water running across the road where the last landslip occurred on the railway bank just west of Garve Hotel. Kenny MacLean to contact Bear to ask what the drainage situation is there. There is also a problem with water running over the road at the “check rail” corner at Blackwater.
Kenny MacLean - copies of the mobile library timetable are available.
Winter maintenance - gritting is done according to priority of roads.
Passenger usage for the four local stations of Garve, Lochluichart, Achanalt and Achnasheen has seen 43% increases in the last 7 years. The railway will be closed all day on Sun 28th Feb for engineering works.
Credit to HC and Bear for dealing with all the flooding on the roads over the last few days.

Date of next meeting: Tues 1st Mar 2016 7pm in Achnasheen Village Hall

Future meetings:
Tues 5th April 2016 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 3rd May 2016 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall
Tues 7th June 2016 7pm Garve Village Hall
Tues 5th July 2016 7pm Achnasheen Village Hall

The Chairman thanked everyone for attending, and to the dishwashers, and closed the meeting at 10.45pm.