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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 www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict  They are also available at Garve PO, on Garve and Achnasheen Village notice boards, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website, direct from the Secretary on gdcc@fsmail.net, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to gdcc@fsmail.net

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


  1. Introductions and Apologies

  1. Declarations of interest

  1. Chairman’s Comments

  1. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting held 7 April 2015

  1. Presentation by Community Broadband Scotland

  1. E-on/edf Corriemoillie Windfarm

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Police Report

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1.  Correspondences

  1.  AOB from CC members

  1.  AOB from members of the public

13. Screening reports, scoping reports and consultations
At the time of writing, the CC has not received notice of any screening reports, scoping reports or consultations affecting our area.

14. Building warrants, planning issues and licensing issues
At the time of writing, the CC has not received notice of any building warrants, planning issues or licensing issues affecting our area.

15. Dates of future meetings
Tuesday 2 June 2015, AGM followed by an ordinary meeting, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall
Tuesday 4 August 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall
Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall


Issued at 12.00pm on Sunday 26 April 2015.

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 www.community-council.org.uk/garveanddistrict  They are also available at Garve PO, on Garve and Achnasheen Village notice boards, in the AGNV and on the AGNV website, direct from the Secretary on gdcc@fsmail.net, tel/fax 01997 414201 and at every G&DCC meeting. Correspondence should be directed to gdcc@fsmail.net

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 www.highlifehighland.com
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.

Community Energy for Garve & District - Meeting 18th March

Across the country, local communities are getting together to set up their own renewable energy schemes.
·      Can we set up a scheme to help install renewable energy in all properties in Garve & District?
·      Do you want renewable energy on your property?
·      Do you want to get involved?
Come and talk about this idea!
APSE Energy will be holding a meeting in Garve Village Hall on Wednesday 18th March 7-9pm to find out your views. 
Please come along - the more feedback we get the better the project could be.
If you are unable to make it, you can get in touch with the organisers - gill.fenna@quantumst.co.uk 
Or fill in their online survey - www.surveymonkey.com/s/garveenergy

Gill Fenna
APSE Energy Associate
Direct 01524 542857
Mobile 07870 193053


  1. Introductions and Apologies

  1. Declarations of interest

  1. Chairman’s comments

  1. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Co-option
As agreed at the last CC meeting, the deadline for nominations closed on the 20 February 2015.

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Correspondences

  1. AOB from CC members

  1. AOB from members of the public

11. Screening reports, scoping reports and consultations
At the time of writing, the CC has not been made aware of any new screening reports, scoping reports or consultations.
12. Building warrants, planning issues and licensing issues
At the time of writing, the CC has not been made aware of any new building warrants or licensing issues but has received notice of one new planning application for this area (15/00321/FUL Garve).

13. Dates of future meetings
Tuesday 7 April 2015, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall
Tuesday 5 May 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall
Tuesday 2 June 2015, AGM followed by an ordinary meeting, 7.00pm, Garve Village Hall
Tuesday 7 July 2015, 7.00pm, Achnasheen Village Hall