GLEN URQUHART RURAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SCIO

Who are we?

Founded in 1949, we exist to promote the welfare of the inhabitants of Glen Urquhart, developing and supporting initiatives to enhance their lives.

GURCA SCIO Board of Trustees

As from August 31st 2012, Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association became a SCIO (Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation). This change in its charitable status was to facilitate actions such as the transfer of the Playing Field from the Council back to the Community and to safeguard the Trustees, hitherto the principal Office-Bearers. The Management Committee is now a Board of Trustees who have no financial liability; under our Constitution there can be up to 24 Trustees. Association meetings are still open to all local residents, who are welcome to air their views; the Trustees, however, have voting rights on any issues.

At the recent A.G.M. of the Association, the following, having applied to become Trustees and having signed a simple Code of Conduct, were approved as Trustees:

Office Bearers

President: Mhairi Marshall
Chair: Anne Macdonald
Secretary: Jan Bell
Treasurer: Nicola Vestey

District Representatives:

Bunloit: NicolaVestey
Lewiston: Janet Emery
Blarmor North: Anne Macdonald
Blarmor South: Elizabeth Owen
Kilmore: Angela Montague
Drum/Druimlon: Alan Bell
Milton: Colin Francis
Achmony/Drumbuie: Marjory Tait
Balnain: Christine Hart
Corrimony: Mamie Girvan

Additional Trustees

Helen Maclennan
Fiona Urquhart
Karen Mackenzie
Pat Veitch
Viv Sheriffs
Pam Lucas
Neil MacInnes
David M. Fraser

MINUTES OF E.G.M.

MONDAY 9TH JANUARY 2012 BLAIRBEG HALL 8 PM

Welcome: Ms Macdonald welcomed 17 members. There were 3 apologies (sheet attached)

Minutes: of meeting of November 14th were read and approved, on the proposal of Mrs Marshall, seconded by Mrs Urquhart.

Matters Arising:

Vandalism: In response to our letter, PC Andrew Blakey and designated Community Officer, Garry Ross, attended the meeting and affirmed their commitment to be as approachable as possible. While Constable Ross could not be on hand 24/7, between Beauly and Fort Augustus cover would be provided. Every issue that had been reported had been checked: a few individuals had caused a disproportionate amount of trouble and were known to them. It was, however, important for the public to notify them, even anonymously, by contacting HQ Control Room (Tel: 01463 715555). Posters and the local Website could convey this information to the community. The Officers were thanked for attending and left the meeting. (Action: Ms Macdonald)Playing Field: Ms Macdonald reported that verbal negotiations had taken place, although the Council had not yet produced a detailed plan of the ground to be transferred. The Association had 2 options to establishing its legal status: to form a Company Limited by Guarantee or a SCIO. Senscot Legal had provided advice and a sheet outlining the advantages and disadvantages of each structure and these were discussed (sheet attached).
Greenspace had offered to be an umbrella organisation if we opted for the former, but while acknowledging this gesture, it was felt that the Community Association did better represent the wider community and would be the appropriate organisation to own the field, with a sub-committee of Field users operating the management and maintenance of the facility (currently it cost the Shinty Club about £3000 to maintain plus £330 for the rent of the Pavilion Solum). To help cover the anticipated legal costs, Ms Macdonald had applied to the Ward Discretionary Budget for £750. The meeting was unanimously in favour of accepting ownership of the Field, provided Council conditions were acceptable. Ms Macdonald also proposed that the Association explore the possibility of becoming a SCIO and this was also unanimously accepted. She undertook to go back to the Council and to Senscot Legal for more detailed advice, notably with regard to the Village Green. Meanwhile a Draft Management Committee was formed consisting of 2 representatives from the Shinty Club, 1 from the Highland Games Committee and 2 from the Community Association (Ms Macdonald and Mrs Marshall agreed) and a meeting of this committee to be arranged, probably in February. (Action: Ms Macdonald)

Playpark: Mrs Montague reported that work had slowed down due to the weather, but the workmen were due back. She had submitted a 2nd claim to Leader, including the in-kind contribution of £2791.75. Soirbheas: Ms Macdonald reported that funding was now more or less in place, with a grant of £250000 and a loan of £250000, both subject to due diligence, from the Scottish Investment Fund. It was hoped that the infrastructure would be in place by this time next year. The Group would try to carry out more community engagement.Notice boards: Ms Lucas reported that work was well on with these, with tidying and varnishing to be completed once the weather improved.Bonfire: Following donations of £30 from the Shinty Club and £100 from the Games Committee, the deficit was only £47.Parties: Mrs Montague reported that the 4 parties had catered for 152 children. She expressed thanks to the parent volunteers and donors of juice and biscuits. Mrs Mackenzie presented a breakdown of costs to the Treasurer. It was agreed to donate £25 to the Church of Scotland, and £50 towards the High School Dance and to the Care Centre for Christmas festivities (Action: Mrs Hart)

Treasurer: Mrs Hart gave the following details:

John Cobb Ac: £90.52

CAF Gold Ac: £3879.38

Treasurer’s Ac: Running balance: £7603.88, of which Playpark reserved money is £5844.81, having paid £1000 to Iain Chalmers of Chainsaw Creations. Also reserved was £192.68 from L&G investment for Cobb Memorial maintenance. This left the Association funds in this Account at £1566.39. The Bulletin had so far made a profit of £285.00 and the Fireworks a deficit of £47.78.

Correspondence: none

A.O.C.B.

Bunloit Road: Mrs Vestey mentioned the poor state of the road with potholes and badly eroded verges. The school bus had got stuck, blocking the road. Surprise was expressed that such a big bus was being used. The matter to be raised at the next meeting of the Community Council, as well as the possible rescheduling of the bus timetables.Fund-raising: It was decided to book the Castle for an evening in November. Mrs Bell also suggested an event to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. Ideas were invited to be discussed at the next meeting. (Action: Ms Macdonald to book Castle)Car Park: People were fly tipping around the recycling bins at the Car Park, leaving black bags and household items. The matter to be raised at the Community Council (Action: Community Council)

Date of Next Meeting: Monday March 12th at 8 pm

The meeting closed at 9.10 pm with special thanks to Ms Macdonald.

GLENURQUHART RURAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Monday 12th March at 8 pm in Blairbeg Hall Annexe.

Main item for discussion is the proposed transfer of Blairbeg Playing Field to Community Association, with the implications for the Association's legal status and the lease of the Pavilion to the Shinty Club.

Discussion also about a Fund-raising event for the Association.

All residents of the Glen are welcome to attend, although voting on any resolutions is limited to members of the Management Committee.

MINUTES OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY NOVEBER 14TH 2011 BLAIRBEG HALL 8PM

Welcome: Ms Macdonald welcomed 15 members (attached). There were 3 apologies.

Minutes: of meeting on 12th September were read and approved, on the proposal of Mrs Marshall, seconded by Mr Bell.

Matters Arising:

Playpark: Mrs Montague reported that the Contractors had at last begun work, and, weather permitting, hoped to have the job done in 2 weeks. The Group were still tying up time sheets to get a figure for work in kind. They had received a grant of £500 from Scotmid. As setting up a separate Bank Account was hardly worthwhile at this stage, it was agreed that the Association should continue to hold the group’s funds and sign cheques as required. An official Opening, to be performed by Councillor Davidson, would probably be held in spring. Mrs Montague and Mrs Mackenzie were both commended for their patience and perseverance in seeing the project through.Playing Field: Ms Macdonald had been in contact with the Council Solicitor, Leslie Kirkwood, who now had the Title Deeds and would transfer them to a Solicitor appointed by the Association. Because we were at present an unincorporated Charity, there were two options for a change in our status: to become either a Company Limited by Guarantee or become a SCIO still answerable to OSCR. Both alternatives had advantages and disadvantages, but it was imperative to safeguard the Trustees (currently the President, Secretary and Treasurer). Although the cost of the field itself would be a nominal £1, the legal costs could amount to £1000, £750 of which Ms Macdonald intended to claim from the Ward Discretionary Budget, with the balance possibly from donations from the field users. She would consult further with Ms Kirkwood, and with SenScotLegal who had some expertise in this area. The meeting agreed to appoint Senscot Legal as GRCA solicitors. It was also agreed that our next meeting on January 9th would take the form of an E.G.M. to discuss the structure of the Association. Councillor Davidson undertook to notify the various field users, inviting representatives to that meeting. (Action: Ms Macdonald and Councillor Davidson and Mrs Marshall on publicising the meeting)Soirbheas: Things were progressing, although the application for funding to the Lottery had been unsuccessful.Road Safety: nothing at presentNotice Boards: An estimate had been received from Drum Property Maintenance of £390 to repair and renovate 5 signs in Balnain, Milton and Drumnadrochit. This was accepted, the Association to share the cost with the Community Council.Bonfire Night: Another success thanks to the good weather and hard work by the helpers. Feedback from the public was extremely positive. Letters of thanks had been sent to John Cameron, to Ron Fraser and his team, to Bruce Wynne and to Mark Macfarlane of the local Fire Brigade; another would be sent to Calum Mackintosh who had cleared all the debris after the fire. The collection on the night raised £316; a request had already been submitted to the Shinty Club and a further one would go to the Highland Games Committee. Ms Macdonald appealed for younger helpers to set the fire – it was probably best to approach them personally. (Action: Mrs Bell).Christmas Parties: The dates were as follows: Primary 1-3: Saturday 10th December in Public Hall; Under 3 and age 3-5 on 16th December in Church Hall and primary 4-7 on same day in Public Hall. Slips would be given to the Primary Schools, as well as an announcement on the Website. The Hallowe’en Discos had raised £285 which would pay for the hire of the Public Hall and the parties, along with surplus money from last year. The Association Treasurer would send a donation to the Church of Scotland (Action: Mrs Mackenzie and Mrs Montague and Mrs Hart)Hogmanay: As views on this were mixed, it was decided not to arrange any event this year.

Treasurer’s Report: Mrs Hart reported as follows:

Treasurer’s Ac: £7821.98 which included £6344.81 for Playpark group. There were Hall bills and Fireworks to pay. No further payments from Bulletin sales as yet.

John Cobb: £90.52

CafGoldAc: £3879.38

OSCR had accepted the Statement of Accounts for 2010 -11 and Mr Ernie Smart was willing to continue as Independent Examiner. Mrs Hart thanked Mrs Vestey for her help.

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Harry Potter Studios, a magical journey for the Potterhead that I am

Are you dreaming of the Harry Potter Studios near London ? Mymy has put on her most beautiful Slytherin cape to discover them, and she tells you everything!


Last November, I turned 26.

An age that can be a little freaking, which has the air of "first step on the home stretch" towards, horror !! Thirties ! Because in my head, thirties are ADULTS. And me, clearly NO.

I had to be able to calm my existential anguish.

Well let me tell you that I was lucky.

I was invited, on the SAME DAY of my birthday, to the Harry Potter Studios , with one more night in the nearest (luxurious) hotel.

Did I already tell you that I love my job? As well as my life? Because it is.

So here, months later, now that I can see clearly (the stars in the eyes it blurs the vision), I finally tell you about my visit to the Harry Potter Studios !

What is Harry Potter Studios ?

Harry Potter Studios is not just an ode to the universe created by JK Rowling, it is also and above all a tribute to the hard work of the thousands of people who brought it to life on screen .

The directors of the various films open the visit, which highlights the many little hands who have designed a hat here, a feather here, further a Hogwarts room ...

In huge rooms, the ceiling of which disappears in the dark, you will go from space to space, each time discovering a facet of the Harry Potter films .

Some elements are interactive: ready to brew a potion in Rogue's laboratory or to magically cut carrots in the warm Terrier kitchen?

The Studios are not an amusement park, but the special effects team still thought about the fun aspect. A broom flight, a deep bow from Buck or a ride on the Hogwarts Express is possible!

Many sets are there, in full, as they are in the film. The emotion is at its maximum.

What I preferred was the Forbidden Forest (even if my arachnophobia flashed loudly), Diagon Alley, and track 9¾!

How to go to Harry Potter Studios ?
Harry Potter Studios are located approximately 30 miles from central London.

The good news is that the price of the ticket includes the round trip shuttle, from one of the 4 meeting points located in the London capital .
And to go to London from France, you are spoiled for choice : the Eurostar, fast but expensive; the plane, sometimes inexpensive but which does not drop you off in the city center; the bus or the car, but it's long…

It's up to you to decide which option is best for you!

Harry Potter Studios : practical info
For the actual visit, count a good big half-day, between 3 and 5 hours . It will give you time to enjoy, to watch everything, to touch everything you can touch ...

And above all, sob sobbly as you find yourself propelled into this magical worl

The visit is done on foot, at a leisurely pace which allows you to observe all the little details and secrets of this magical place (it is true to say).

When you arrive at the Studios, remember to collect your Passport! The goal is to stamp it in various places in the park, which will motivate you not to miss anything.

In terms of food, the cafeteria and its pretty bay window overlooking Privet Drive has no crazy taste interest, I'm not going to lie to you. But it is possible to bring your own meal , to eat inside or outside, on picnic tables.

Ah and I prefer to tell you: Butterbeer is not really good, it is an alcohol-free cider with vanilla ice cream and caramel as a "mousse". It's more of an overdose of sugar than a comfort drink.

How much does it cost, Harry Potter Studios ?

From the age of 16, entry costs… a little over a hundred euros . Yeah, it stings.

And you have to book in advance on the official website : it fills up quickly! Which is a good thing, in the end. The entrances are regulated to avoid crowds, which could spoil the visit and spoil fragile decorations.

In addition to the entrance ticket, we will have to think about the shop . No, sorry, to the DIFFERENT shops.

The Studios don't give a damn about the public and the stalls are not a vague heap of flashing Gryffindor keychains.

There is EVERYTHING, everything I tell you, for all the Houses , for Death Eater fans (who are you ?!), for fans who like classy objects and those who like gadgets…

The Honeydukes treats, the lined notebook in the discreet colors of Slytherin, the retro posters touting the Hogwarts Express, the Time Turner jewelry, the embroidered badges, everything is of good quality, everything makes you want.

The prices are not excessive, especially since the objects are far from being fake, but here it is: there are a lot a lot of stuff that makes you salivate, so prepare your Gallions.

And keep an eye out! On track 9¾ and near the Forbidden Forest are two shops offering collections not found in the large main shop.

Okay, well, I'm sorry.

As it was my birthday, the agency that invited me offered me a package with the Sureau wand and a scarf Map of the Marauder and Surprise Dragees and other stuff OLALA BLBLBL J'AI TANT DE CHANCE AI -I BU FELIX FELICIS ?

Harry Potter Studios , is it worth it?
O U I.

I think any Potterhead can imagine the indescribable emotion that swells when one has the impression, if only for a few moments, of entering this magical world.

Walk the cobblestones of Diagon Alley, bow to a hippogriff shouting for realism, cross the Great Hall to the sound of familiar music ...

It may sound absurd, but it really touched me . And I failed to cry at the time of the grand finale, which sends heavy like a last bow.

I'm not the most hardcore of Potterheads , but this trip reminded me of why I love Harry Potter so much . And strengthened my respect for the film crew!

Clearly, we can criticize what we want for the adaptations, the little hands worked tirelessly to respect the universe of the saga, and the Studios allow us to understand how they gave life to the universe of JK Rowling .

Well, now if you only want to take a ticket to London, you can blame me, I totally assume!

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Have you ever been to Harry Potter Studios ? Tell me everything ! What moved you the most? What did you buy in the shops?

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Correspondence: Archie Drennan had written a nice article about his trip to Hausgauen – this had been forwarded to the Bulletin Editor.

A.O.C.B.

An event, “Christmas at the Castle” would be held on 8th December in aid of local First Responders – tickets £8.Medical Practice Group- Meeting about the Surgery to take place on Thursday 28th November in Community Room at High School at 7.30 pm.Community Council meeting on Wednesday 23rd November in Craigmonie Centre to discuss the intended sale by Forestry Commission of Craignay Forest.Councillor Davidson would hold a drop in meeting at Craigmonie Centre on Wednesday 16th between 5 and 7 pm on sale of low cost plots for housing.Vandalism: Mr Bell mentioned the spate of petty vandalism and nuisance in the community, such as repeated smashing of the Shinty pavilion window and scattering of fine dust all over the Public Hall. Mr Watson mentioned damage to the play area at Kilmore. The meeting was concerned at the low level of policing. Councillor Davidson hoped that the new constable would have a higher profile and that he intended to hold clinics. It was important for individuals and organisations to write to the police whenever incidents occurred. In the meantime the Secretary to write a general letter to the Chief Constable with the community’s concerns. (Action: Mrs Bell)

Date of Next Meeting: Monday 9th January 2012 – E.G.M.

The meeting closed at 9 pm.

MINUTES OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2011 BLAIRBEG HALL 8 PM

Welcome: Ms Macdonald welcomed 12 members. There were 6 apologies (list attached)

Minutes: of meeting on 13th June were read and approved, on the proposal of Mrs Urquhart, seconded by Mr Miller.

Matters Arising:

Playpark: Mrs Mackenzie reported that the plans had now been submitted to the Council for approval. Because of recent changes to the regulations, the Keep Fit area was no longer possible, and it was hoped that Leader would still approve the funding and permit additional equipment instead. Providing they had the go-ahead, it should take about 2 months to have the improvements in place, after 2 years. The form to set up the Bank Account had been completed, but should have a specific Project name, the account to be administered by Mrs Mackenzie and Mrs Montague, but included in the Association Treasurer’s Annual Statement. Mrs Joan Nelson to be thanked for the donation from the Milton Playpark Account. The group was very grateful for Jamie Macpherson’s help. Ms Macdonald and Mrs Montague to discuss administrative details. (Action: Mrs Bell, Ms Macdonald, Mrs Montague)

Playing Field: There had been a good turnout of field users and interested parties at the meeting in June when Douglas Wilby from the Council had outlined the options in the light of the changing organisation of Leisure within the Council. The preferred option was for the Playing Field to revert to Community ownership, probably under the Community Association, but managed by a Committee of users. This had implications for the legal status of the Association, in that we were an unincorporated Charity. From studying relevant documents, Ms Macdonald suggested that we explore the possibility of becoming a SCIO, an incorporated Charity, still under the Charity regulator. This might necessitate a change in our title. In any case, she felt that we should have legal advice – Councillor Davidson had offered to fund legal costs from the Ward Discretionary Budget. Some local solicitors were mentioned, and Ms Macdonald undertook to contact them. She felt there was no great urgency, as the matter of the missing Title Deeds was still being explored by the Shinty Club. Mrs Bell to contact David Johnstone about the document in his possession. The meeting agreed in principle to the change, with a meeting of users to be called in November. Ms Macdonald to send a holding e-mail to Douglas Wilby, informing him of this. Mrs Bell to submit a short statement to the local Website outlining the main points. (Action : Ms Macdonald/ Mrs Bell)

Website: The Association now had a working link at www.Drumnadrochit.info

Soirbheas: Ms Macdonald reported that the Co-op Bank would lend 80-90% and applications had been submitted for Grants to cover the shortfall. The Membership drive had been successful, with the target of 200 exceeded, ie 10% of the electorate. Although no longer Chair of the Company, she remained a Director.

Road Safety: A number of issues had been raised at the June meeting arranged by Councillor Davidson, such as introduction of 20 flashing mph limit at times for schoolchildren and the hazardous situation at the Bridge. Ms Lucas stated that Bob Mitchell from the Council had walked around and promised to devise the best solution for the Bridge and deliver costings, hopefully by November. Surface water on the A 82 and junctions were also being looked at. Foliage at the War Memorial corner was mentioned as obscuring the view for motorists turning up the Glen road.

Notice Boards: Ms Lucas said the response had been disappointing, but she undertook to obtain a quotation from one individual (Action: Ms Lucas)

Other Business:

Bonfire: This was arranged for Saturday 5th November, the fire to be lit at 6.30pm and fireworks set off at 7 pm. Mrs Marshall to provide posters and the event to be advertised on the Website. Mrs Bell to ask John Cameron’s permission for the use of the field and to ask Mr Wynne to set off the fireworks. It was agreed to spend £500 on fireworks – Ms Macdonald to order and collect them from HIS. Mrs Bell, and Mr Francis volunteered to collect money from the public on the night. Last year’s team were willing to build the fire, but the public should contact Ms Macdonald if they had any contributions – pallets preferred. To prevent any unauthorised dumping of material, Mr Bell to ask Mr and Mrs Boag to keep a look out. Mrs Urquhart to ask local Fire Brigade to attend on the night. Mrs Mackenzie to ask GOSC to provide a guy again. Local groups such as the Nursery and Toddlers group were welcome to run stalls, but should liaise to avoid duplication. (Action: Ms Mcdonald/ Mrs Marshall/ Mrs Bell/ Mr Bell/ Mrs Urquhart/ Mrs Mackenzie)

Christmas Parties: The two halls had been booked and Mrs Montague and Mrs Mackenzie now in overall charge. Mrs Marshall had arranged fund-raising discos for Friday 28th October. Further discussion at next meeting.

Hogmanay: Parents to be sounded out informally if they would support a Family Event. To be discussed at next meeting.

Bulletin: Mr Fraser Mackenzie and Mrs Una Urquhart to be thanked for another interesting publication, including an anonymous donation via Mrs Urquhart of £150. Mr Mackenzie submitted money collected so far and this should easily cover the printers’ bill of £630. (Action: Mrs Bell)

Treasurer’ Statement

· Mrs Hart first gave the monthly figures: Treasurer’s AC: £7719.98, including £6344.81 of Playpark money; with the payment to Speedprint for the Bulletins, this meant we had £745.17. Project Ac: £90.50. CAF Gold Ac : £3877.43

· Mrs Hart then presented the Annual Statement of Accounts (attached) which had been examined and verified by Mr Ernie Smart. The meeting unanimously approved the Statement which could now be submitted to OSCR . Mrs Hart to ask Mr Smart if he was willing to continue as Examiner. If not, she would undertake to find a replacement. Mr Smart to be thanked for his services. (Action: Mrs Hart/ Mrs Bell)

Correspondence :

Gazebo: Mr Bell had asked for and been granted the use of the gazebo for the Hall Stall on Games Day. The Hall had raised nearly £1000 and he thanked the Association.

Acknowledgements: Mrs Emery thanked the Association for the donation of £250 towards the heating improvements in the Hall. Archie Drennan thanked the Association for donating £60 towards his trip to Hausgauen.

AO.C.B.; none

Date of Next Meeting: Monday14th November at 8 pm.

The meeting closed at 9.25 pm with thanks to Ms Macdonald who had come straight from a train to chair a complex meeting.
Monday 14th November - Blairbeg Hall 8pm
GLEN URQUHART RURAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETING

Community Association Meeting

Agenda items include Report on Bonfire Night and Christmas Party Plans.

There are also two major items which have been under discussion for some time:

Playpark Improvements: Plans have been submitted to Highland Council for approval. Due to recent changes in regulations, the Keep Fit area is no longer possible, but the organising group are hopeful that there will be action at last.

Playing Field: Because of changes to the way Leisure and Recreation Services are to be delivered by Council, negotiations are ongoing as to the possible return of the Playing Field to community ownership. This could be under the Community Association with the management run by a committee of Field users. Various legal issues have to be resolved, but the public will be kept informed and consulted on any changes.

All welcome

MINUTES OF MANAGEMNET COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY JUNE 13 2011 BLAIRBEG HALL 8PM

Welcome: Ms Macdonald, in the Chair, welcomed 12 members. There were 5 apologies.

Minutes: of meeting on 9th May were read and approved, on the proposal of Mr Bell, seconded by Mrs Marshall.

Matters Arising:

Playpark: Ms Macdonald reported that Jamie Macpherson had prepared a plan and had spoken to Highland Council, although communication overall had been poor. The Group now had the names of the officially approved contractors. Mrs Joan Nelson was also contacting the mothers who had been involved with the Milton Playpark to arrange for transfer of £637.16 from their account.

Councillor Davidson intimated a meeting on Wednesday 22nd June at 8 pm at the High School to discuss the Playpark and the wider issues of the Car Park at Scotmid and the ownership and maintenance of the Playing Field, in the light of the proposed changes in Council organisation of Leisure Activities. A good representation from interested bodies was necessary at this stage – whole community consultation would follow. On the subject of extending the car park at the shop, Mr Bell reminded the Association that a previous request from the shop owner had been refused.

Website: Mr Harmsworth had offered a free link page on Drumnadrochit.info similar to that of the Community Council. This could display a list of Office-bearers and elected members, as well as a copy of approved Minutes and any forthcoming events. (Action: Mrs Bell to arrange with Mr Harmsworth)

Soirbheas: Ms Macdonald intimated the AGM of the Group to be held on Thursday 23rd June in Balnain Hall at 8 pm. This would be preceded at 7pm by a Drop-in session. To attract grant funding, it was important to show Community interest in the form of membership and ideas which demonstrated the real need for funding.

The Green: the seat repair squad had been thanked by letter. Ms Veitch had been informed of the Association’s donation and a cheque for £100 to be sent to her. She was grateful for the official acknowledgemnt of Desmond Macmillan’s efforts. (Action: Treasurer)

Community Council Matters: Councillor Davidson reported that she had arranged a Drop-in Session for Tuesday 21st June between 5 and 7 pm to give the public the opportunity to air concerns on Road Safety in Drumnadrochit and Lewiston– flyers were being distributed to households. It was hoped to have a policeman in attendance and also a representative from Tec Services. There were concerns about late night driving and crossing the road at the junction of the A82 and the Glen road. A number of dead deer were also lying at the roadside – this was the responsibility of the Council. On the subject of the A82 Ms Lucas intimated that Bob Mitchell, Route Manager for Transport Scotland would attend the Community Council meeting on 25th July.

Other Business

Rural Ward forum: Ms Macdonald had attended the recent meeting which outlined the forthcoming integration of NHS and Social Work for Community Care services. All adult social care would be delivered by NHS which should make for an improved service. Children’s services would be a Council responsibility.

Urquhart Castle Liaison Group: Ms Macdonald had also attended this meeting and met the new catering Suppliers who were continuing to use Cobbs’ cakes and were keen to support the local community. Visitor numbers at the Castle were up. Mrs Bell reported that a Fund Raising event in aid of the local First Responders is to be held at the Castle in early December.

Treasurer’s Report: Mrs Hart reported the following figures:

Caf Gold AC: £3875.48; Project AC: £90.50; Treasurer’s Ac: £7432.66 (also includes £5655.66 for the Playpark Group) leaving a working balance of £1777.00.

She had received acknowledgements from the G/U Centre and the High School for the Christmas donations and had also paid Ms Veitch £150 for the maintenance of the Cobb Memorial.

Following her meetings with Mrs Vestey and Mr Smart, the Independent Examiner, she hoped to present the Annual Statement of Accounts for approval at the September meeting. Ms Macdonald thanked Mrs Hart for her hard wotk.

Correspondence:

Archie’s Hausgauen trip. An e-mail from Mrs Drennan requested financial assistance with travel /clothing expenses for her son’s trip to Hausgauen as representative piper from Glenurquhart. Mr Bell proposed that the Association match the Community Council’s award of £60, stipulating it was for travel expenses. The meeting agreed. (Action: Letter from Secretary and payment from Treasurer)

Hall Heating: Mr Bell, Chairman of the Public Hall Committee, wrote requesting a contribution towards the overhaul of the Hall Heating system. The Hall Committee had received an initial estimate of £2500 for the work and would be running a stall at the Highland Games. Councillor Davidson advised applying to the Ward Discretionary Budget for assistance. Mrs Hart proposed the Association donate £250 and this was agreed. (Action: Treasurer)

A.O.C.B.

Noticeboards: Ms Lucas drew attention to work required on the various Community Noticeboards, the one at Balnain being rickety and those at Shenval and Corrimony particularly shabby. It was agreed that the Community Council should investigate further and report back. Mrs Hart mentioned that notices should be removed after any events. (Action: Community Council)

Bulletin: The Editor, Mr Fraser Mackenzie, reported he was struggling to get enough articles this year. It was suggested he make an appeal via the Website. Mrs Hart suggested the winning essay for the Association Prize at the High School and also an article on his trip to China by Grant Stone. Mrs Davidson volunteered an article on Community Ownership. The deadline is 2nd week of July. (Action: Mrs Hart to ask at High School for essay)

Hogmanay: Ms Macdonald was keen that some event be organised, possibly a family Ceilidh in the early evening with games and refreshments. Before the next meeting she would meet with Mrs Marshall and Mrs Tait to discuss ideas. Meantime Mrs Marshall was running a Fancy Dress disco on Friday 28th October in aid of the Christmas Parties. In response to Mr MacInnes, the Association would run some fund-raising event next year. (Action: Ms Macdonald and Hogmanay Group)

The meeting closed at 9.10 pm with thanks to Ms Macdonald.

MINUTES OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

MONDAY MAY 9TH 2011 BLAIRBEG HALL 7.30 PM

Welcome: Ms Macdonald, in the Chair, welcomed 16 members. There were 5 apologies.

Minutes: of meeting on March 14th were read and approved, on the proposal of Mrs Emery, seconded by Mrs Marshall.

Matters Arising:

Playpark: Mrs Montague reported on the continuing delay in progress – it seemed harder to spend the money than to raise it! It was important to avoid the park being a building site, especially on Games Day. It would help if the Group could access the 3 Contractors named under the Council Contract Framework. There had also been a verbal statement that they would avoid having to pay VAT. Councillor Davidson to apply pressure on Council officials – she was thanked for the payment of £5000 through the Ward Discretionary Budget; applications for additional funding were being made by the Group to Scotmid and Tesco. Ms Macdonald to contact Mrs Joan Nelson over the £600 left in the Milton Playpark Account. (Action: Councillor Davidson, Ms Macdonald/ Playpark Group).

Website: Check with Tony Harmsworth if there was a link page for the Association on Drumnadrochit.info site. (Action: Mrs Bell).

Soirbheas: Ms Macdonald reported that dates were to be arranged for meetings with Community Group representatives for Balnain and Drumnadrochit, possibly 26th May – Grant awards were dependent on evidence of community engagement. The A.G.M. was scheduled for the end of June, and there was a need for more members. (Action: Soirbheas)

Manholes: Community Council to be contacted on the poor state of the manholes and sunken drains on the A82, both on the bridge and the pavement. The absence of the bollards at the chicane at Druimlon was also a major hazard. (Action: Mrs Bell to contact Ms Pam Lucas).

Chamber of Commerce: It was up to the Chamber to arrange a meeting with local groups – a list of these in the Welcome Pack. Discussion of possible Hogmanay celebration could be encouraged. (Action: Chamber of Commerce).

Clock at Victoria Building: A letter of thanks had been sent to Mr Skinner. Mrs Bell to approach staff at the Centre again on the winding of the clock (Action : Mrs Bell)

Other Business:

Seats on Green: Ms Veitch had informed the Association of the good work done by a local team of employees from Scottish Hydro in painting the picnic tables and repairing the original seats on the Green – this to be acknowledged by letter. She would also require fundraising to cover the cost of £730 for the Christmas lamppost decorations which she had arranged. Mr Bell proposed that the Association award £100 to the Flower Forum, stipulating, however, that it be ring fenced for floral displays, and this was agreed. It was also agreed to minute our gratitude for the service of the late Desmond Macmillan towards the appearance of the village. (Action: Mrs Hart/Mrs Bell)

Treasurer’s Report: Mrs Hart submitted the following figures:

CAF Gold AC: £3875.48; Project AC: £90.50

Treasurer’s Ac: £7746.96, (£5655.66 is Playpark Group money) Insurance Premium of £113.22 has also been paid.

Correspondence:

  1. Amnesty International: Mrs Jackie Knight requested permission to use the Green for an awareness/fundraising event to be arranged during the summer. This was agreed, but Mrs Knight to check on Insurance cover and get back to us (Action: Mrs Bell/Mrs Knight)

  1. “Trustees’ Toolkit” Seminar: Ms Macdonald drew attention to this free event to be held at the Thistle Hotel on 26th May at 7.30 p.m.

A.O.C.B.

  1. Library: Dr Bardwell had e-mailed concern that in the light of financial cutbacks, we should use or lose this facility. Councillor Davidson was confident that it would be protected being part of the High School, although opening hours might be reduced.

  1. 20 mph Zone during School time: Mrs Montague wondered if this could be applied on the A 82 – she had concerns about excessive speeds and vehicles which ignored the pedestrian crossing. Members had doubts if this could be imposed on a trunk road, but Mrs Bell to check with the Community Council. (Action: Mrs Bell)

  1. Bridge at the Cover: Councillor Davidson reported that the option of a rope bridge across the River Coiltie was being explored. This was fairly cheap, compared with a high level walkway, which was also being discussed.

  1. Hogmanay Event: Ms Macdonald asked that this item be included on the agenda for the September meeting.

The meeting closed at 8.15 p.m. and was followed by the A.G.M

Meeting held on

Monday 14th May 2012 at 8.00pm

in Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), Sandra Bardwell, Peter Macdonald (Treasurer), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman), John Duncan, Dick Beach, David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Dominic Thierry and Val Cooper (Secretary)

Also present: Gillian Skinner, Councillors Margaret Davidson, Drew Hendry and Hamish Wood, and three members of the public.

Apologies: no apologies received.

Congratulations were passed to all the Councillors having successfully stood for re-election at the recent local council elections.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 2nd April were adopted as a correct record (Sandra Bardwell / John Duncan).

  1. Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan

David Fraser led discussion on the initial consultation phase of the local plan. Responses would require to be submitted by the end of June, a Community Council response would be drafted by David Fraser, with input from Pam Lucas, and circulated to members for their comments. Individual responses could also be submitted if necessary. David Fraser and Ken Fraser declared an interest in the Pitkerrald Rd housing sites and absented themselves from discussion of that section of the Local Plan.

The Plans covers a wide area from Nigg and Alness to Fort Augustus, Inverness and Nairn. The Community Council was required to discuss the Glen Urquhart area.

It was noted that Glen Urquhart and its hinterland was defined by boundaries which run down the centre of the Culnakirk and which cut across Bunloit. It was apparent from developments in both of these areas that differing planning rules were in place and it was agreed that the response should include the request to move the Culnakirk boundary either to run 2km beyond the road, or in line with the Polmaily burn, and for the Bunloit boundary to be moved to include the whole of that area.

Members considered the criteria for areas outwith the hinterland, these being:

- whether the development is located within active travel range of at least one community/commercial facility

and is likely to help sustain that facility;

- whether the proposal is similar in terms of its design, spacing, scale and density to development within that

existing settlement;

- whether the number and capacity of permissions granted within that settlement over the five year period

prior to the proposal being determined suggests that further development may harm the character and

social balance of that community;

- whether spare, existing infrastructure network (education, roads, other transport, water, sewerage etc.)

capacity exists or could be provided in a cost efficient manner;

- whether the proposal would result in a net loss of locally important greenspace, and;

- whether the proposal would result in an adverse impact on any other locally important heritage feature (for

example the setting of a war memorial or burial ground, or important public viewpoint/vista);

- whether any developer funded mitigation of impact is offered.

It was noted that these applied to the Balnain area but not necessarily to areas outwith that. It was agreed that some of the criteria should be applied to all new developments outwith the hinterland, with each application being considered on its merits, and where necessary involve community input / consultation into decision making. It was agreed that these comments would be reflected in the GUCC response.

Special Landscape Areas applied to the area surrounding Loch Ness, however clarification of the exact boundaries was required, in particular, to ensure that the whole of the Meall Fuar-mhonaidh hill was included within this.

Drumnadrochit

Key Development Issues

- Many potential development sites are areas of locally important farm / croft land

- Adequate primary and secondary school capacity

- Adequate water and sewerage capacity

- A82 trunk road provides commercial visibility but inhibits village movements and restricts

opportunities for new or intensified accesses

- Dispersed and largely linear settlement pattern interspersed with areas of often wooded

greenspace – no clear village centre

- Side roads narrow with some substandard junctions to A82 which restricts additional capacity

- Significant fluvial flood risk physical constraint curtails potential in many parts of settlement

- Growth could support retention and expansion of local facilities

Housing development (H1) areas were noted and discussed as follows:

H1 – Land beside West End Garage

H2 – Pitkerrald / Alanmore development for affordable housing including flats.

H3 & H4 – Development at Pitkerrald Road, 2 small plots, to ensure minimum felling of trees, and re-planting where possible

H5 – John Cameron’s field and area surrounding pond, Pitkerrald Road, suitable for further development and high quality private housing.

H6 & H7 – removed from list

H8 - Area of green space between top of Balmacaan Road and Lewiston, proposed for 2 or 3 houses and to be pursued by landowner with planners prior to submission of response to local plan.

Business development (B1) sites were noted as follows:

B1 – area beside Church of Scotland, removed from list

B2 – area beside Lewiston Garage, removed from list

Multi Use (MU) retail / business / community sites were discussed as follows:

MU1 – Field behind post office – not a preferred site due to flood risk

MU2 – Field between Fire Station and Kilmore Road – suitable area for much needed council house development at lower point of area below the old school development.

MU3 – Field between Church of Scotland and Lewiston – suitable for mixed use development (draft proposal circulated), to include care housing, private housing, shops.

MU4 – removed from list

MU5 – removed from list

MU6 – Scotmid shop site – relocation of the shop to a more suitable site was felt to be a favourable proposal.

MU7 – existing surgery site (see further discussion re Health Centre Project below)

Community Sites (C1)

C1 – Area between Pitkerrald Road and Shinty field

C2 – Skateboard park

Health Centre Project

It was noted that the NHS have allocated £1.5m for development of a health centre to include NHS facilities, social work and local services. The community had received an extremely generous offer of land (field between Lewiston Garage and existing Surgery) from a local family. Development on such a site would allow for a one storey stand-alone building to incorporate all the facilities required, with room for future expansion, and with adequate parking. This proposal had been presented to the Planning Officers who had indicated that access off the A82 for this purpose would be considered, either as a T junction or as a roundabout in conjunction with possible developments at site MU3. Members were particularly grateful for this offer and felt it was a very positive proposal, meeting all the requirements of the proposed development. If successful, this development would reduce the need for upgrading the current building, and the expense of temporarily re-housing those facilities, and would, hopefully enable the profit element from the old site to maximise the new development.

David advised that he was happy to receive any further comments from members, he would then prepare a draft response and circulate it to the committee. Pam Lucas thanked David for all this work in this area.

  1. Arrangements for next meeting

The next meeting and AGM was scheduled for Monday 25th June at 8.00pm in Balnain Hall.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.30pm.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Annual General Meeting

to be held

8.00pm, Monday, June 25th 2012

Balnain Hall, Balnain

  1. Present & apologies

  1. Minutes of the last AGM

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Election of officers for the forthcoming year

(a) Chairman

(b) Vice Chairmen

(c) Treasurer

(d) Planning Secretary

  1. Chairman’s report

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Any other business

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting to be held

immediately following the Annual General Meeting

Monday, June 25th 2012

Balnain Hall, Balnain

AGENDA

  1. Present & apologies

  1. Minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Local Plan

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland (a) Creag Nay community purchase

(b) Glen Affric car parking charges

(c) Forest Management Strategy

(d) Deer Management

  1. Wind Farms (a) Soirbheas

(b) SSE Levishe

(c) Druim Ba

  1. SSE Beauly to Denny Line

  1. Hausgauun Partnership

  1. Drumnadrochit Health Centre

  1. Supported Housing, Drumnadrochit

  1. Blairbeg Sports Field

  1. Olympic Torch/Jubilee Celebrations

  1. Roads (a) A82

(b) A831

  1. Planning Applications

  1. Correspondence

  1. Any other business

  1. Arrangements for next meeting – 30 July, Blairbeg Hall

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MINUTES FOR 5TH MARCH 2012
Glen Urquhart Community Council

meeting to be held

8.00pm, Monday, April 2nd 2012

Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit

AGENDA

1. Present & apologies

Minutes of the last meeting

Matters arising from the minutes

Treasurer’s report

Wind Farms (a) Druim Ba

(b) Soirbheas

6. Scottish & Southern Energy (a) Beauly to Denny Line

(b) Levishe Wind Farm

(c) Balmacaan Hydro Electric Pumped Storage

Scheme

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland (a) Glen Affric car parking charges

(b) Glen Urquhart deer cull

  1. Roads (a) A82

(b) A831

  1. Local Plan

10. Drumnadrochit Medical Centre

11. Supported housing

12. Creag Nay Woodland

13. Planning applications

14. Blairbeg Sports Field

15. Olympic torch

16. Snowman Rally

17. Correspondence

18. Any other business

19. Arrangements for next meeting

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held on

Monday 16th January 2012 at 8.00pm

in the Craigmonie Centre

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Sandra Bardwell, Peter Macdonald (Treasurer), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman), John Duncan, Val Cooper (Secretary).

Also present: Councillors Margaret Davidson and Helen Carmichael, Gillian Skinner and five members of the public.

Apologies: Dominic Thierry, Councillors Hamish Wood and Drew Hendry.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2011 were adopted as a correct record (Ken Fraser / Sandra Bardwell).

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

3)3)3)a) Visit Scotland: Margaret Davidson to discuss progress at the next Chamber of Commerce meeting.

3)6) Community Noticeboards: Improvements had been delayed by inclement weather, however further refurbishments would be taking place

  1. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that the bank balance currently stands at £1,783.12 with the deduction of a secretarial fee being the only payment since the previous meeting.

  1. Wind Farms

a) Druim Ba

It is anticipated that notification of the Public Inquiry will be received around late February / early March.

b) Soirbheas

It was noted that this development was being very professionally managed and progressing quickly. Some road works would be commencing in February for concrete bases to be prepared in the autumn, and would result in increased traffic around this time. Developers were keen to involve local schools in the project, and would be advertising for a co-ordinator.

  1. Scottish & Southern Energy

It was expected that SSE staff would be attending the next scheduled Community Council meeting.

a) Beauly to Denny Line

Nothing to report.

b) Balmacaan Wind Farm

Nothing to report.

c) Balmacaan Hydro Electric Pumped Storage Scheme

A public exhibition is scheduled for Thursday 2 February from 1pm to 7pm in Blairbeg Hall. It was noted that the exit tunnel for the scheme had been confirmed for Primrose Bay and Margaret Davidson had met with local residents in this regard.

  1. Roads

a) A82

No response had been received from Bob Mitchell with regards to the costings for work at Drumnadrochit Bridge. Pam Lucas to progress.

b) A831

The following issues were noted, and Margaret Davidson advised that she would raise these with the Technical Services Department:

- Abandoned freezer dumped in the forestry entrance before Corrimony.

- No grit bin provided at Bearnock.

- Upperton road to receive ditch work in April.

- Poor condition of Bunloit road.

- Divach road falling away in places.

- Sizeable potholes in West Lewiston.

- Corner of road at top end of Lewiston (at Turnbull’s cottages) requires maintenance / repair.

- Drains at Balmacaan Farm getting progressively worse.

- Lock block on Kilmore Road requiring repair.

- Continued problem with flooding on A82 at Dr Sutherland’s house.

  1. Local Plan

This would be presented to the planning meeting on Wednesday, and thereafter followed by a series of public meetings to discuss further.

  1. Drumnadrochit NHS Surgery

Following discussion at the CC meeting in November, a letter had been sent to Gill McVicar. An acknowledgement to this has now been received and a workshop date has been arranged for 2 February. It was agreed that prior to 2 February, a meeting would be required to discuss the format and agenda for the workshop, which should include details of the capital plan and how it is envisaged that this would be delivered, also scoping of what a medical centre in Drumnadrochit should contain in order to deliver efficiencies in all areas of community health care. Margaret Davidson to circulate a draft paper to Pam Lucas, David Fraser, Duncan Thom and Elaine Fraser for discussion in the first instance.

  1. Drumnadrochit Post Officer / Mail Service

It was noted that Royal Mail would be making changes to their system for rural post offices and the CC may be asked to lend support to the Drumnadrochit PO in this regard at some stage in the future.

  1. Supported Housing

Nothing to report.

  1. Creag Nay Woodland

The CC noted the developments made by the Steering Group and approved the proposed community survey. Peter Macdonald and John Duncan to continue to progress this issue.

  1. Planning Applications

a) 11/04111/FUL – Extension to house at Airchartden, Braefield - noted

b) 11/04367/FUL – Extension to house at Birchbrae, Balnain – noted

c) 11/04357/FUL – Erect model of Loch Ness Monster at Visitor Centre Loch Ness Lodge Hotel – noted

  1. Blairbeg Sports Field

Ann Fraser advised that the Sports Field would be transferred back into community ownership. A sub-group comprising members of the Community Association, Shinty Club and Games Committee had been set up. The CC welcomed this news and congratulations were passed to Ann Fraser for the significant amount of work she had undertaken in this area.

  1. Public Transport

Problems relating to the unreliable service and timetable cuts to the Cannich to Inverness bus service were discussed as well as the use of a double decker bus for school pupils. Problems had also arisen with the Grotaig school bus. A larger bus is now being used which has problems negotiating the bends on the hill, especially when the road is icy. Margaret Davidson advised that she would address these issues with Stagecoach.

  1. Correspondence

- Letter from Lewiston resident requesting installation of dog waste bin – Margaret Davidson advised that she would follow up this issue.

- Need for banking up soil in some graves in the new part of the New Kilmore Graveyard – Margaret Davidson advised that she would follow up this issue.

- Letter from member of the community regarding state of repair of a residential property. It was noted that the CC has no remit in issues relating to private properties, however Helen Carmichael advised that she would explore this issue further.

- Letter from Highland Council congratulating the CC on their elections and offering training for Community Council members.

- Connecting Carers Highland Community Care Forum letter

  1. Any Other Business

a) Networking Event – Gillian Skinner, on behalf of Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce, advised that an event would be held on the 3rd or 4th Saturday in March.

Members look forward to participating in this event.

b) Recycling Bins – The bins in the Tourist Information car park required cleaning / screening. There had also been fly tipping of black bin bags. Margaret Davidson advised that she would progress this issue.

c) Dick Beech – Dick was invited to rejoin the CC as a co-opted member (Pam Lucas / Fiona Urquhart).

d) Hausgaun Transnational Meeting – a funding application requires to be submitted as soon as possible, funding sources were being looked into, and the CC would be kept up to date with developments.

e) Floodsax – To be returned to the High School for storage. Margaret Davidson to progress with Sam MacNaughton.

f) Major Event Refuge – Margaret Davidson to discuss possibility of using the Craigmonie Centre as a refuge point in the event of any major local emergencies.

g) River Enrick Restrictions – Timber obstructions in the river under Shewglie Bridge, upstream of Shenval Bridge, and upstream of Drumnadrochit Bridge require to be cleared. Margaret Davidson to report.

h) Greenspace Minute – CC welcomed receiving the minutes and the groups’ input and requested that work on any footpaths should ensure that they are suitable for all types of users.

i) Loch Ness Developments – It was noted that a path on the south side of Loch Ness was being extended and would form part of a Loch Ness 360 route. Maintenance work was being planned for the Foyers Pier. Granite signage proposed for the villages on Loch Ness side was not now being progressed.

j) Visitor Centre – It was noted that the public toilets had been closed since Christmas with a notice that they would be reopened on 3 January, however, they still appear to be closed. Margaret Davidson advised that she would investigate the reasons for this.

  1. Dates of Meetings for 2012

Community Council meetings for 2012 were agreed as follows:

27 February

2 April

14 May

25 June

30 July

3 September

15 October

26 November

14 January 2013

All meetings will be held at 8.00pm and venues rotated between Blairbeg Hall, the Craigmonie Centre and Balnain Hall.

There then followed a brief private discussion.

The meeting closed at 9.45pm and the Chairman thanked those present for having

attended. The next meeting will be 8.00pm, Monday, 27 February 2012 at Balnain Hall.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting to be held

8.00pm, Monday, March 5th 2012

Balnain Hall, Balnain

AGENDA

  1. Present & apologies

  1. Minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from minutes

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Wind Farms (a) Druim Ba

(b) Soirbheas

  1. Scottish & Southern Energy (a) Beauly to Denny Line (b) Balmacaan Wind Farm (c) Balmacaan Hydro Electric

  1. Roads (a) A82 (b) A831

  1. Local Plan

  1. Drumnadrochit NHS Surgery

  1. Supported Housing

  1. Creag Nay Woodland

  1. Planning Applications

  1. Blairbeg Sports Field

  1. Public Transport

  1. Correspondence

  1. Any other business

  1. Arrangements for next meeting

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held on

Monday 21st November 2011 at 8.00pm

in Blairbeg Hall

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Sandra Bardwell, Peter Macdonald (Treasurer), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman), John Duncan, Dominic Thierry, Val Cooper (Secretary).

Also present: Councillors Margaret Davidson, Ruth Liddicoat, Andy Sloan and Lisa Kelly of Scottish & Southern Electricity and two members of the public.

Apologies: Gillian Skinner, Councillor Hamish Wood, Councillor Drew Hendry, Councillor Helen Carmichael.

Stewart Pow, Returning Officer was present for the start of the meeting to oversee the appointment of members.

The following people were appointed:

Pam Lucas, Chair (nominated by Dominic Thierry and Sandra Bardwell)

Peter Macdonald, Treasurer

Ken Fraser and David Fraser, Vice Chairs

Val Cooper, Secretary

The Chairman thanked members for the role and responsibilities they had taken on over the past year. Glen Urquhart Community Council was fortunate to have active members with a wide range of expertise and abilities, which provided more ownership and involvement and strengthened the performance of the community council.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 October 2011 were adopted as a correct record (Sandra Bardwell/John Duncan).

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

3)3)a) Visit Scotland: the meeting to be attended by Councillor Davidson has yet to be arranged.

6) Community Noticeboards: It had been confirmed that the costs for renovation of the community noticeboards would be shared with the Community Association, and work on this has already commenced.

13) Ward Energy Advice Road Show: No members had been available to attend the event as the time (2pm to 6pm) was difficult for many people.

13) Butterfly Conservation Scotland: the Chairman confirmed that a letter of support had been sent and acknowledged.

14)b) Blairbeg Playing Field: It was confirmed that the Community Association were currently considering which constitution model would be the most appropriate. It was anticipated that this may cost in the region of £1k and it was likely that the Community Council will be asked for a contribution to this.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that there had been no change in the bank balance which currently stands at £2,283.12.

  1. Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE)

Lisa Kelly, Andy Sloan and Ruth Liddicoat were welcomed to the meeting. They provided the following updates:

a) Beauly to Denny Line Work on the access tracks had been taking place for the past couple of months. Soil investigations were due to start and the foundation would depend upon the findings. The Mellness site was currently awaiting the way leave for the power to go in. There were two caravans in situ and a possibility that there would be a further 4. Squads of workers would come and go from the site, there would not be the large camps that had previously been indicated. The Finnellin site was currently where the majority of the work was taking place, the first tower would be constructed imminently and was scheduled for completion around 10 December. Any members wishing to visit the site should first report to the site office.

It was noted that there had been a significant increase in the volume of traffic going up and down the A831, in addition, there had also been a marked increase in roadside litter, particularly around Kilmartin Hall. It was also confirmed that consent had been given for Sunday working however this would all be low impact.

b) Balmacaan Wind Farm It was confirmed that peat probing and ecology studies had taken place, these would be finalised prior to report writing. It was anticipated that the results would be available for the next meeting. Ornithology data had been recorded for the previous two and a half years and it was intended to continue with this over the coming winter. More information on the Fasnakyle / Fort Augustus area would be available at the next meeting. Transport routes, including bridge loading were currently being looked into, at present the A82 from Corpach was the favoured route. Meetings had taken place with Scottish Natural Heritage, and an ongoing issue is the potential visual impact from Loch Ness and the A82. Options such as adjusting the location or reducing the height of the turbines would be looked at in order to address this. At present it was estimated that there would be around 40 turbines, these would all be situated on the landowners ground. It was confirmed that more detailed information on this project would be available in the new year, and that a special meeting could be held if need be.

It was noted that tracks were in place to access the Glendoe site. There had been a significant amount of bird activity in one area, as well as a protected montane habitat at the top of the hill, and this had resulted in the site being compacted. The turbines which would be visible from the A82 had also been removed.

c) Hydro Scheme It was reported that the Balmacaan site was still in the very early stages, and it was hoped to hold a public meeting on this towards the end of January. Outfall locations were still being looked into and work was taking place with the residents of Primrose Bay in relation to this. Environmental surveys were also taking place, and it was anticipated that a submission might be made in the spring of 2012. The impact on destruction of fish stocks by hydro schemes was discussed and it was agreed that this would form part of the environmental surveys, with further information being provided at the next meeting.

It was confirmed that SSE would be very willing to engage with local schools who contacted them with a view to creating collaborative arrangements with SSE education staff.

SSE was currently undertaking a UK Wide Community Benefit Review and it was hoped that the results of this might be available at the next meeting.

Two new SSE Liaison Officers were due to be appointed by SSE, they would be based in Inverness. Also, a SSE newsletter was being developed and a first draft would be available in the new year. It was also noted that the SSE website required updating.

The Chairman thanked members of SSE very much for their input to the meeting.

  1. Windfarms

a) Druim Ba A date for the Public Local Enquiry meeting was awaited.

b) Soirbheas It was noted that the lottery funding application has been withdrawn and they are currently seeking alternative sources. This was because lottery administrators had not dealt with exactly this model of project before and had advised they would be unable to meet the required timescale. The contract for the roads had been awarded and the towers were scheduled to be on site in October 2012.

  1. A82 and A831

a) A82 It was noted that Bob Mitchell had been asked to provide the costings by the end of January, in addition, it was agreed that he should also be asked to provide estimated costs for installation of temporary traffic lights. It was agreed to continue to pursue this issue, and David Fraser agreed to draft a letter to Mr Mitchell in this regard.

b) A831 Members discussed the potential dangers caused by ice in the layby at the Bearnock Country Centre. This layby was used by the school bus and the mobile library. Cllr Davidson advised that she would pursue this issue with a view to clearing and gritting by the snowplough, and provision of a grit bin.

It was noted that work had taken place at the Torcroft road end. Cllr Davidson also advised that she had submitted a request for the vegetation to be cut back along the roadside.

  1. Local Plan

Members discussed possible areas for supported housing and a medical centre and noted that public meetings relating to this would be held around January / February.

  1. NHS

It was reported that consultation had taken place with the NHS with regards to the provision of a new surgery building and associated integrated services. David Fraser advised that he would circulate a draft letter to the NHS listing the issues to be followed up. It had been agreed that possible green field sites should be identified, and these would form part of the local plan debate so the pros and cons of each can be discussed. Pam Lucas would contact Tim Stott to clarify locations.

  1. Supported Housing

Cllr Davidson advised that she had circulated a letter to establish interest in low cost housing, the response to this had been positive and the process would now move on to the next stage.

  1. Craig Nay Woodland

A public meeting to identify local interest in the project was scheduled for 23 November. It was agreed that a number of options were available with regards to the wood, and these would each be considered objectively. It was hoped that the meeting on 23 November would establish a Steering Group to look at the pros and cons of each option.

  1. Planning Applications

a) 11/03745/FUL – Erection of extension at Beech View, 132A Balmacaan Road – noted

b) 11/03688/FUL – Alterations and extensions to 28 Culanlon Kilmore – noted

c) 11/03900/PIP – Erection of 1.5 storey dwelling, land east of Brianbank EastLewiston – clarification of access requested. Fiona Urquhart to contact the planning officer.

d) 11/03980/FUL – Erect house plot 1 north of Ancarraig Holiday Cottage Park – noted

e) 11/03885/FUL – General purpose agricultural building, Dark Deer Croft Millness - noted

f) 11/03894/FUL – Proposed conservatory 8 Enrick Crescent – noted

g) 11/03991/FUL – Erection of new house to replace holiday chalets 3 & 4 Achmony – clarification of surface water drains requested. Fiona Urquhart to contact the

planning officer.

h) 11/04028/FUL – Private dwelling with detached garage and studio south east of Kilmore Farm House – scale incompatible with existing dwellings. Fiona Urquhart

to contact planning officer.

i) The site meeting, with the Reporter, scheduled to discuss the application to overturn

the condition to include a footpath at the Jacobite Development, Loch Ness had been

cancelled and the Reporter planned to make a visit unaccompanied. Subsequently

the CC was informed that the application to appeal had been withdrawn.

  1. Correspondence

a) Energy Advice Roadshow notification. Noted.

b) Highland NHS Board Chair & Member appointments. Applications invited, but no CC members wished to be nominated.

c) Highland Small Communities Trust Newsletter. Noted.

d) Highland Council – Managing Flood Risk in the Highlands. Leaflets circulated.

e) Beinneun Windfarm (Arcus Energy Consulting Group) – Information documents received. The Chairman had responded with several queries, although given the location, it is unlikely that GUCC will wish to comment.

  1. Any Other Business

The chairman noted the plethora of projects and consultations currently in progress. The volume of activity placed pressure on members, and, whilst recognizing the difficulties in scheduling, the chairman particularly requested that any related events or meetings should be held at a time and location when Community Councillors can attend so as to make the consultations as meaningful as possible for all parties concerned.

  1. Date of next meeting: The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 16 January 2012, at 8.00pm in the Craigmonie Centre. The meeting closed at 9.50pm and the Chairman thanked those present for having attended.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting to be held

8.00pm, Monday, November 21st 2011

Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit

AGENDA

This being the first meeting of the new Community Council, following elections, the meeting will be opened by the Returning Officer who will preside until officers have been selected. Normal business will follow on immediately.

1. Present & apologies

  1. Minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Scottish & Southern Electricity – (a) Balmacaan Wind Farm

(b) Beauly to Denny line

(c) Hydro scheme

  1. Wind farms – (a) Druim Ba

  1. A82 & A831

  1. Local Plan

  1. NHS

  1. Supported housing

  1. Craig Nay Woodland

  1. Planning Applications

  1. Correspondence

  1. Any other business

  1. Date & time of next meeting

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

Monday 24 October 2011 at 8.00pm

Balnain Hall

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Sandra Bardwell, Dick Beach, Peter Macdonald (Treasurer), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman), John Duncan, Paula Cooper (Secretary).

Also present: Councillors Margaret Davidson, Drew Hendry and Helen Carmichael, and two members of the public.

Apologies: Bill Gillespie, Councillor Hamish Wood.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 2011 were adopted as a correct record (David Fraser/Peter MacDonald).

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

4)3)a) Visit Scotland: the meeting to be attended by Councillor Davidson has yet to be arranged.

4)11)e) Kirking of Highland Council: Ken Fraser attended and reported that there had been a good turn out a very good service.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer advised that the bank balance stands at £2,283.12. £350 has been set aside for the Hausgauen project.

  1. Community Council Elections: The Chairman advised that Glen Urquhart Community Council will not be having an election. Under the new system, the Community Council can have 9 members. Glen Urquhart CC previously had 10 members which would have required an election for the new Community Council, however, the number of nominations did not exceed the number of vacancies so no election will be required. After many years’ input Bill Gillespie decided not to stand again and members wished to record their appreciation of his input. Dick Beach was not eligible for nomination on this occasion but plans to retain links with the CC especially in connection with the Hausgaun project. Paula Cooper was standing down as minutes secretary due to work commitments. The Chairman thanked her for her efficiency and help over the last couple of years. It would be very difficult for the CC to function without secretarial support and members were pleased to hear that Val Cooper has agreed to step into the gap.

  1. Community Notice Boards: The Community Council has received a quote from a local contractor to renovate the community notice boards. It was hoped that the costs might be shared with the Community Association. It was agreed by the Community Council that the Chairman would contact the contractor and request that work on the boards go ahead.

  1. Wind farms

a) Druim Ba: The Chairman advised that the planning decision has been appealed. The Community Council will respond to this as and when required.

b) Balmacaan: SSE representatives will come to Community Council meeting in November to give an update on this project. It was agreed that SSE should be asked to clarify at the next meeting as to whether there is one or two wind farms in the area. (The Chairman will speak to Ann Watt of the Parent Council regarding the possible involvement of school children.)

c) Soirbheas: There is a meeting on Thursday, 27 October when they will be discussing the Co-op Bank application for funding for turbines and their Big Lottery application. The drive for new members has been successful.

  1. A82: Drumnadrochit Bridge – When Bob Mitchell attended a previous Community Council meeting he was advised that although the Community Council were aware that we would not be able at this time to have an “ideal” resolution of the issue, the Community Council wanted a guide as to the costs of such a resolution. Mr Mitchell undertook to carry out this work and give a basic drawing and some costs. Mr Mitchell now says that it would be a great deal of work and he cannot undertake to carry this out at the present time, although the other information asked for at that meeting will be provided. After discussion it was agreed that it was important to have an outline sketch and rough costings and as Mr Mitchell undertook to provide this information, he should be requested to provide it. It need not entail a great deal of work to provide this basic information. The Chairman agreed to write to Mr Mitchell requesting a line drawing and budget price.

Drainage - Councillor Davidson advised that she has had a response from Transerve regarding drainage opposite the Fire Station. The owner of the field is to try to do some work in the field and Transerve are bidding to get extra money to put drains in.

A831 – It was noted that trees are overhanging the road and water is still lying on the road at Torcroft. All the problems which occurred last winter are still there and there is concern about the potential for accidents.

  1. Local Plan: David Fraser confirmed that the local plan will come out for public consultation in the New Year. An outline of the plan goes to Planning in November. It was noted that it will be important to monitor the plan closely as the process proceeds.

  1. NHS: The need for a replacement medical centre in Drumnadrochit has been ongoing for at least 10 years. The community were initially involved through the Glenurquhart Care Project (GCP) in looking at an innovative funding solution, however this fell through circa 2005. In more recent times the Patient Participation Group and Community Council have been pushing NHS Highland to commit to the provision of a new Medical Centre. The matter has now come to a head with the NHS Mid Highland Estate review which noted at their June 2011 meeting that, “There remain challenges in some of our other premises, notably Gairloch and Drumnadrochit. Options are being explored for those areas. It is recommended that risk assessments are carried out on all premises to assist with prioritisation of maintenance works”. This report comes on top of the financial statements in February 2011 that NHS Highland had been under-spending their Capital Budget and had now lost nearly £30 million from the Capital Budget.

In 2001/2002, it had been understood by the Practice that new buildings would be provided in exchange for the GPs becoming salaried members and giving greater services. In 2007 it was noted that the GPs had continued to make efficiency savings of approx £100,000. In February 2008, NHS made a commitment to fund and build a new surgery on the existing site and had hoped to submit a planning application in the early summer of that year. By May 2008, the GPs were saying that they desperately required new premises. In September 2009 progress on the building appeared to have stalled. At a finance meeting, members were talking about money being tight and commitments were being re-assessed. In 2010/11 the Capital Programme budget was £30 million but for 2011/12 the budget is only £14 million. £24 million of banked resources together with an expectation of a further £4 million deferred from 2010/11, ie NHS has £28 million of banked funds but this is no longer available except by special allocation. There is no mention of Drumnadrochit in the Capital Budget Plan for 2011/12. It appears that in the last 3-4 years things have gone backwards very quickly on what was a clear commitment for a new surgery.

After much discussion it was agreed that clarification was required on whether there is a commitment to a full Medical Practice in Drumnadrochit and how NHS are going to achieve this. Councillor Davidson agreed to convene a meeting with Jill MacVicar and Alison Phimister from NHS together with Councillors, Community Council members and GPs to discuss these important issues.

  1. Craig Ney: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, 26 October at 7.00 pm in the Care Centre with HIE Land Unit and Community Woodland Assoc to have a look at what is being offered and whether if this project is to be taken further will it require to have a public meeting.

  1. Planning applications

Councillors took no part in the discussions.

a) 11/03486/FUL – amendment design at Upper Lenny – Noted.

b) 11/03490/FUL – Stables and outdoor school at Lochletter House, change of use from private to commercial – Noted.

  1. Correspondence: - Notification of Ward Energy Advice Road Show. The event will be held in Drumnadrochit (Blairbeg Hall) on Thursday, 3 November, from 2.00 pm until 6.00 pm.

SNH – Nature of Scotland brochure.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland – the Chairman agreed to write in support of funding for project.

  1. Any other business:

a) Harbour development, Jacobite: It was noted that an appeal has been made against the rejection of the application to remove the condition to have a footpath. Councillor Davidson advised that it had originally been thought that the path would be on the upper side of the road but as the path could not go on to private land this option was not possible. The path would require to be constructed on the loch side of the road and Councillor Davidson met with the Access Officer to ascertain the feasibility of this option. There is the old road which is flat all the way along. Very few trees would need to be removed and it was felt that the costs of the path should be less than £20,000. The Chairman will write to Planning giving the reasons for the Community Council supporting a footpath.

With regard to the Liaison Group for the Harbour developments, both parties have said that not much is happening and therefore there is no need for a meeting at present. The Community Council felt that there was a need for liaison and Councillor Davidson agreed to ask Charles Stevens, Area Manager, to convene a meeting.

b) Blairbeg Playing Field: The Community Association is currently changing its constitution and then the field will be passed to the community.

c) Timber Transport Forum: Councillor Davidson advised that it is hoped that a forum can be organised in November to discuss the issues regarding timber transportation.

  1. Date of next meeting: The next meeting will be held at 8.00pm, on Monday, 21 November 2011 at Blairbeg Hall. The meeting closed at 9.20pm and the Chairman thanked those present for having attended.

Wednesday 23rd November - Craigmonie Centre 7.30pm
GLENURQUHART COMMUNITY COUNCIL
IMPORTANT MEETING REGARDING CRAIG NAY WOODLAND

Public meeting to discuss an opportunity to take Craig Nay woodland into community ownership.
Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

Monday 26 September 2011 at 8.00pm

Craigmonie Centre

1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart, David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Dominic Thierry, Sandra Bardwell (Acting Secretary), Dick Beach, Peter Macdonald (Treasurer).

Also present: Councillor Margaret Davidson, Gillian Skinner (Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce), PC 880 Gary Ross, Andy Sloan, John Soal, Ruth Liddicoat and Lisa Kelly (Scottish & Southern Energy) and John Fraser.

Apologies: Bill Gillespie, John Duncan, Paula Cooper (Secretary); Councillor Hamish Wood, Councillor Helen Carmichael, Councillor Drew Hendry

2. Minutes of the last Meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on 29 August 2011 were adopted as a correct record (Peter Macdonald/Dominic Thierry).

  1. Presentation by Scottish and Southern Energy representatives

The Chairman welcomed representatives of SSE and the following is a summary of the main points of their presentations.

Andy Sloan, Project Manager, Balmacaan Wind Farm project:

.The Environmental Scoping Report for the western side of the site has been completed, copies of which were circulated. Intensive study of the area, especially with ornithologists has followed. Several agencies have been involved.

.The original number of turbines has been halved, to 60-70.

.Different models will be run, especially re landscape impact of the turbines.

.Detailed studies of tracks and the placement of turbines is underway.

.The final design is likely to be for the south-western corner of the area.

.An exhibition will be held within six months from October, before the planning application is submitted.

.The Community Council will be kept up to date.

John Soal, Project Manager, Stronelarig project:

.The proposal was for 143 turbines.

. The eastern cluster of turbines has proved sensitive for birds, so will be deleted.

.The project will be focussed on the western two-thirds of the site with 88 turbines more spaced out within the block.

.An excellent access road, from Glendoe, exists.

.Time scales tie in with the Balmacaan project.

.Landscape visual work is underway; no turbines will be placed on ridge lines.

Councillor Davidson pointed out that no turbines are currently visible from the A82 between Inverness and Fort Augustus.

David Fraser: Balmacaan is of closest interest to us but we will take an interest in this project.

Pam Lucas asked about the logistics of the two projects. Andy Sloan replied that as far as possible they will be closely coordinated. Access for Balmacaan still has to be investigated.

Ruth Liddicoat, re Balmacaan hydro project:

.The outfall location is still being investigated, from an engineering point of view, and will be advised as soon as possible; the scheme generally continues to be developed. Another update should be available in November. A public exhibition will be held next spring.

David Fraser: the amount of work going on in the Glen (Balmacaan wind farm and hydro projects, and the Beauly-Denny line) is very unusual. We are looking for early engagement with schools and to get people involved in environmental, engineering and planning issues. Potentially, the work could have a big impact on tourism in Drumnadrochit for many years, so there is the chance to engage with local businesses via the Chamber of Commerce early on. A great deal of money will be spent during construction, providing opportunities for apprenticeships, the location of camps and so on.

Ruth Liddicoat replied that it’s refreshing to hear a positive approach. SSE is looking at community benefit UK-wide and is now only weeks away from defining new policies. She asked whether an A4 size Newsletter every two months would be useful in providing a general update; contact numbers for each project would be included. In addition, what else could SSE do towards community engagement, which leads to better project? A previous attempt to engage with schools elsewhere was criticised by parents as a ploy to brainwash students. She would like community support before such an approach.

David Fraser suggested a meeting with the Parent Councils to see if they would support engagement with students.

Ruth Liddicoat: SSE would be happy to meet Parent Councils if the Community Council could secure their support for a meeting. SSE has held local business days elsewhere to try to improve their understanding of what is available locally (eg contractors) and these were well received. Some communities have pointed out how accommodation providers would appreciate winter work, but not an influx of workers during the summer.

Councillor Davidson: we need to know how the projects will impact on the local community.

For SSE the difficulty is in getting feedback from the community. How can they encourage people to attend events? Exhibitions are a valuable source of information and provide the opportunity for local people to meet the staff.

David Fraser: perhaps you could link with other events, such as the presentation of the Local Plan and/or the Chamber of Commerce’s planned Community Day.

Councillor Davidson described how the Glendoe hydro project affected Fort Augustus, especially the work camps.

Andy Sloan: this will be covered in the socio-economic part of the report.

Pam Lucas noted that there is some cynicism, given that most local businesses are small, that large companies will be awarded the contracts.

SSE: any large contractors will be subcontracting work and their contracts could contain the requirement to give preference to local businesses.

David Fraser: we are trying to facilitate good communication, without prejudice. Your best chance of understanding the community is to keep in touch and to keep us informed.

Lisa Kelly, Community Liaison Manager Beauly to Denny line: SSE is already employing local people – three individuals and one contractor were mentioned. However, SSE isn’t based here yet. She asked for details of local accommodation providers who would like to be involved. SSE also want staff to use local shops. Six or seven caravans at Millness, plus local accommodation will be used for the Beauly-Denny project. She plans to visit Balnain Primary School, at the right time, to ask them to design a health and safety poster.

The construction of a work camp (now called a site compound) won’t have much impact until after Christmas. Meantime, access tracks are being built. She will have an office at Millness where everyone will be welcome; reports of anything going wrong will be appreciated; Balfour Beatty vehicles are continuously monitored for inappropriate practices.

Ruth Liddicoat: they will return for the Community Council meeting on 21 November.

The Chairman thanked them for their input and they then left the meeting.

4. Matters arising from the minutes

3a) Visit Scotland: the meeting to be attended by Councillor Davidson has yet to be arranged.

3b) Policing: Pam Lucas welcomed PC Gary Ross and expressed the CC’s appreciation of his presence.

PC Ross explained that he works mostly from the Muir of Ord office, which however is not staffed, so it is best to call the Inverness office who will know when he is on duty. His response to emails is not likely to be prompt.

He has been in post for only two months, and although he has other responsibilities, he comes to the village as much as possible but not as often as he would like. His intention is to be as accessible as possible. He has not had any real contact with people yet; he is currently on later shifts but once on day shifts, he hopes to visit the schools. In response to a question from David Fraser about the possibility of conducting a drop-in session, for example at the school where people could meet him, he agreed that it would be a good idea. It would be necessary to decide how best to communicate with the local community – the local website would be a good start. Dominic Thierry recalled that when the Area Inspector attended a Community Council meeting recently, community contact was given as a definite commitment. PC Ross responded that he would seek the Community Council’s advice about the best location and timing. David Fraser: the private room in the Visitor Information Centre would be the most central venue. Pam Lucas suggested mid-late morning, especially during winter. Gillian Skinner offered space on the Chamber of Commerce notice board to advertise drop-in sessions. PC Ross undertook to send Pam Lucas a list of dates. In response to Dick Beach’s comment about the greater presence of police vehicles in the village, PC Ross said that it was all part of getting to know the village.

3d) Notice boards: Sandra Bardwell advised that Ian Putnam is preparing a quote for repairs to the community notice boards and members welcomed this information.

3e) Housing: David Fraser and Pam Lucas will attend a meeting of the sub-group with Susan Torrance. Councillor Davidson will invite someone from the Care Centre to attend.

3f) Jacobite Harbour: Councillor Davidson advised that a Liaison Group meeting will probably take place in mid-October.

11a) Community Council elections: Pam Lucas urged council members to download the nomination form circulated and to ensure that the correct procedure is followed.

11e) Kirking of Highland Council: Ken Fraser had hoped to attend.

12a) Hausgauen: Dick Beach advised that a bid for LEADER funding is being prepared, under 7-8 headings and that he will have more substantial information for the next meeting.

12d) Secretary: The Chairman advised that a probable replacement for Paula Cooper has emerged but that the appointment has not yet been finalised.

5. Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer advised that the bank balance stands at £2333.12, after the Hall let and Accountant’s fees have been paid. £400 has been set aside for the Hausgauen project; meantime a bouquet of flowers for a cost of £50 has been provided at Dick Beach’s initiative, to support the alliance.

6. Wind farms

a) Druim Ba: Pam Lucas attended the Highland Council Planning Committee meeting at which the application was turned down; all four of our local Councillors spoke and voted against it. She stressed the importance of individual written objections to such applications. Highland Council counts letters from households whereas the Scottish Government counts the number of people signing each letter. She also noted that the Local Plan is already influencing decision making and is being referred to in discussions as the “emerging plan”; Highland Council has defined areas where it recommends that no wind farms be built, one being a box west of Beauly.

Councillor Davidson advised in response to a question from Fiona Urquhart that the Reporter at the upcoming Public Local Inquiry will be completely neutral, irrespective of the Scottish Government’s support for wind farms.

b) Soirbheas: Peter MacDonald advised that they are trying to increase membership to meet potential grant providers’ requirements.

7. Local Plan: David Fraser noted that he is to meet representatives of Glen Urquhart Green Space Community Company, and the Chamber of Commerce to bring them up to date. The planner is putting the draft Plan together and after going to the Council’s Planning Committee, the draft Plan will go out for consultation. We have seen the sites he has put forward for development. David is dealing with the voluminous correspondence he has received from the Reporter and Highland Council about the Structure Plan.

Councillor Davidson expects that the planning officer will be out this way early next year.

John Fraser stated that he would welcome input from the Community Council about community use of any of his sites

Councillor Davidson reported that the funding for a new medical centre has been lost – NHS (which works very slowly) had put the necessary funds with the Scottish Government, which later diverted it to other uses. About £1 million would be needed for a new centre; NHS now owns the site.

8. A82 Trunk Road: Councillor Davidson reported that she has not yet seen Bob Mitchell. Emails indicate that there is no enthusiasm in Transport Scotland for revised speed limits through Drumnadrochit. The Chairman will remind Bob Mitchell that his response is awaited.

9. Planning applications

Councillor Davidson took no part in the discussions.

a) 11/03250/FUL – application for extension to form ensuites and sunroom, Achmony, Drumnadrochit. Noted.

b) 11/03323/FUL – renewal of outline consent 08/00220/OUTIN for two house sites, Achtermarack Farm, Drumnadrochit. Noted

10. Correspondence: - Nothing significant had been received.

11. Any other business:

a) Harbour development, Brackla: There had been a possibility that a representative of the developer might attend, however, no-one was present.

b) Flooding: Dick Beach sought reassurance that everything possible is being done to minimise flooding in Drumnadrochit.

Councillor Davidson suggested that before winter the River Enrick needs to be checked for fallen trees (which Highland Council would remove); also make sure your Floodsax are kept handy. Flood defences at Drumnadrochit are in Highland Council’s Capital Works programme but work is unlikely before 2012-2013. Sam MacNaughton (Highland Council Roads & Transport) still thinks raising the road level at Kilmichael is a good idea but realises that he would have to convince local residents. She suggests that he be invited back when the funds become available.

David Fraser noted that the breaching of the wall beside Old Kilmore burial ground for a gate to provide disabled access to The Cover could cause flooding if the River Coiltie was to break its banks. He suggested that a custom made metal sheet could be kept adjacent to the gateway for use if and when required.

c) Bikes on Kilmore land: The Chairman had received a complaint that the gate onto the Kilmore land from East Lewiston had been broken down and that youngsters were riding their bikes there. PC Gary Ross will investigate.

d) Craig Ney: The Chairman advised that she had received formal notification from the Forestry Commission that they intend to sell their Craig Ney estate; she has lodged an indication of interest in the sale on behalf of GUCC.

Councillor Davidson added the Council now has three months to say whether or not it wishes to buy the land and why; it will be expensive and it is now difficult to raise the probable amount required. She has arranged with Alex Macleod, FC’s Steep Ground Harvesting Officer to visit south Loch Ness to gain an impression of difficulties likely to be encountered in extracting timber on Craig Ney. Peter Macdonald will join them.

  1. Date of next meeting: The next meeting will be held at 8.00pm, on Monday 24 October 2011 at Balnain Hall.

The meeting closed at 9.45pm.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting to be held

8.00pm, Monday, October 24th 2011

Balnain Hall

AGENDA

  1. Present & apologies

  1. Minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from minutes

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Community council elections

  1. Community notice boards

  1. Wind farms (a) Druim Ba

(b) Balmacaan

(c) Soirbheas

  1. A82

  1. Local Plan

  1. NHS

  1. Creag Ney

  1. Planning applications

  1. Correspondence

  1. Any other business

  1. Date & time of next meeting

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Approved Minutes of Meeting held

8.00pm, Monday, 29 August 2011

Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Ken Fraser (Vice Chair), David Fraser (Vice Chair), Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), Dominic Thierry, John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, Dick Beach, Sandra Bardwell, Paula Cooper (Secretary)

Also present were Councillor Margaret Davidson, Anne Fraser (Soirbheas), Simon Armor (Scottish Woodlands) and one member of the public.

Apologies: Bill Gillespie, Gillian Skinner, Councillors Drew Hendry, Hamish Wood and Helen Carmichael.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The Minutes of the last meeting, held on 25 July 2011, were approved by Dominic Thierry and seconded by Sandra Bardwell.

  1. Matters arising from the Minutes:-

3)a) VisitScotland – Councillor Davidson advised that she would be attending a meeting in September and will feed back thereafter.

3)b) Policing update – Councillor Davidson will obtain contact details for the new Police Officer in order that the Community Council can make contact with him.

3)c) Community Benefit – the Community Council has spoken to Charles Stephen. Senior members of Highland Council are in consultation with SSE regarding the amount of benefit SSE will be expected to provide. No other update at this moment. It was noted that the area to be developed is considerably reduced with 40-50 fewer turbines that originally thought.

3)d) Notice Boards – no interest has been expressed. Sandra Bardwell to follow this up

3)e) Housing – Susan Torrance has completed the report on how low cost plots and housing might be achieved. A sub-group is to be formed by members of the Community Council, Glenurquhart Care Project, Housing Alliance and Councillors to look at the report, work through the details and to report back with a clear idea of what is possible. David Fraser and Pam Lucas agreed to represent the Community Council of the sub-group.

3)f) Jacobite Harbour – Councillor Davidson advised that the Ward Manager will call meetings, produce Agenda and Minutes and will Chair the meetings.

3)g) Wellington Layby – Concern arose over whether the part of the layby which will not be repaired will affect the main road. Councillor Davidson will speak to Transport Scotland about this matter.

6)b) Correspondence - Sandra Bardwell advised that the response to the consultation on Highland’s statutorily protected species has been sent.

10) AOB – Enrick Crescent – Councillor Davidson advised that the garden waste has still not been removed and she will follow this up.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer advised that Highland Council have given the Community Council a grant of £1,009.89. The current balance is £2,364.72.

  1. Kilmartin Forest: Simon Armor from Scottish Woodlands attended the meeting to give details of the long term forest plan for Kilmartin Estate. He is currently involved in meetings with various parties regarding woodland issues on the Estate. Mr Armor advised that it was the owner’s intention to have native woodland, including Caledonian pine, although there is a low level of pine on the site. To the north of the Estate there is sitka spruce and lodge pole pine. There will be some felling of trees, with a small area to be clear-felled in order to mix up the ages of the trees on site. To the south of the estate there are areas of softwood trees so some selective felling will take place and this area will be left for natural regeneration if possible, and if not the area will be planted with native woodland species. Public access was discussed as this had been stopped in the past due to locked gates. Mr Armor advised that public access would not be stopped but that there was a difficulty with parking. Public access is an issue which can be reviewed and Mr Armor advised that it would be expected that the Scottish Code of Access would be adhered to. Mr Armor confirmed that there would be deer control/shooting on the Estate. The question of flooding was raised and Mr Armor believed that there should be no impact on the surrounding area. He confirmed that timber extraction would possibly commence next summer and therefore timber lorries would be on the road at that time. A request was made by the Community Council that the timber lorries avoid travelling on the road at times when children are likely to be travelling to and from school. Mr Armor agreed to keep the Community Council informed of what is happening on the Estate.

  1. Local Plan: The local plan is still being compiled by the Planners, with any identified sites being added to what was in the last plan. This draft will be approved by the Council to come out for consultation. There will be an open meeting which will be organised by the Planners and the Community Council will consult and form a view on the local plan thereafter. A draft letter to the Planners detailing the Community Council’s views had been circulated to the Community Council members prior to the meeting and was discussed. Some issues included: a) not assuming that everything in previous local plan would be included in the new plan; b) perhaps scope for smaller scale housing for local builders; c) important local features, eg Kilmore Woods, beech woods, area around memorial, community facilities, shinty field to be extended; d) look at smaller housing developments and where they should be placed; e) sites for developing retail opportunities; f) housing for elderly in vicinity of day care centre; g) hinterland boundaries should not go up the middle of a road; h) flooding issues including flood defences.

  1. A82: The issues previously raised and discussed are still ongoing. It was noted that the footpath from the Drumnadrochit Hotel to Temple Pier is overgrown in areas by brambles, etc and people are walking very close to the edge of the pavement which is causing concern. Councillor Davidson agreed to follow this up. It was also noted that the scrub at the Kilmore junction is causing difficulty and requires to be cut.

  1. Wind Farms: Druim ba – the Council response is expected on 20 September.

Balmacaan – SSE will attend the next Community Council meeting to give an update on what is happening.

Soirbheas – a grid connection date of December 2012 has been given.

  1. Planning:

Councillor Davidson took no part in the discussions.

a) It was noted that the proposed new house at the junction of the A82/Kilmore Road has been granted.

b) 11/01699/FUL – Section 42 application for removal of Condition 1 of Planning Permission restricting use of 3 cottages to short term holiday letting – Milness Croft, Glenurquhart – noted.

c) 11/02994/FUL – Section 42 application – amend Condition 2 of Planning Permission to allow use of both cottages to be permanent residential – Cnoc Brae, Culnakirk – noted.

  1. Correspondence: included:-

a) Timetable for Community Council elections.

b) Request from student at St Andrews – what influence the EIA has in planning systems for onshore wind (Dominic Thierry).

c) Stagecoach – offers to join scheme whereby staff will inform Community Council of changes (Chairman).

d) Draft Highland Council – supplementary guidance on multi occupancy housing.

e) Invitation – Kirking of the Council.

f) First Monster Team Challenge.

g) Charles Stephen, Ward Manager – Ward Forum on 22 September – theme will be Timber Extraction and Transport.

  1. Any Other Business:

a) Hausgauen – Fiona Urquhart and Dick Beach agreed to have a meeting with original group involved to see if they can facilitate further contacts.

b) Blairbeg pitch – the group involved are organising legal issues and will then take the matter forward.

c) Scottish Woodlands – Melness Forest, long term forest plan – a map and outline of summary arrangements for scoping – Peter MacDonald agreed to look at this.

d) It was advised that due to work commitments the Secretary would be stepping down at the elections in November.

e) Councillor Davidson advised that the Forestry Commission may be selling Craignay next year. There is no money available at the current time for communities to buy land.

  1. Date of next meeting: The next meeting will be held on 26 September 2011 at the Craigmonie Centre.

The meeting closed at 10.00 pm.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

Monday 25 July 2011 at 8.00pm

Balnain Public Hall

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Dominic Thierry, Sandra Bardwell, Dick Beach, Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), Bill Gillespie, Paula Cooper (Secretary).

Also present were Councillor Margaret Davidson, Bob Mitchell, A82 Manager, Tim Stott, Principal Planning Officer, Highland Council, Ruth Liddicoat and Andy Sloan, SSE, and two members of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Drew Hendry, Councillor Hamish Wood and Councillor Helen Carmichael.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2011 were adopted as a correct record (Dominic Thierry/Fiona Urquhart) and were duly signed.

  1. Matters arising from the Minutes:

a) 3)3)6) Visit Scotland – Councillor Davidson is awaiting the statistics.

b) 5) Policing Update – The new police officer is now in post.

c) 6)d) Community Benefit – John Duncan has contacted Invermoriston and Fort Augustus Community Councils and they are happy to work with Glen Urquhart Community Council in negotiating community benefit with SSE.

d) Notice Boards – No progress as yet.

e) 10) Housing – The proposals have not yet been put together.

f) 7) Jacobite Harbour development – Jacobite Cruises has now re-drafted the liaison group constitution. The Ward Manager will take responsibility for calling meetings and taking the minutes. With regard to the footpath, discussions are in progress between the developer and Highland Council. Meantime GUCC has lodged its objection to the application to remove the condition relating to the footpath.

g) 8) Wellington Lay by – More work is being carried out to return the lay by to a fully useable condition.

  1. Planning:

a) 11/02156/FUL – Rowans, Bunloit - alterations and extension to dwelling – noted.

b) 11/02211/FUL – Jacobite Cruises - remove condition 48 (construction of a footpath) of planning permission – objection lodged.

c) 11/02239/FUL – Dunromin, West Lewiston – erection of house – noted.

d) 11/02302/FUL – Ardachy/ Upper Lennie - ground floor extension – noted.

e) 11/02336/FUL – Achlain Estates, Glen Urquhart - erect1 meteorological mast – noted.

f) 11/02337/FUL – Ardochy Estate, Glen Urquhart - erect 1 meteorological mast – noted.

g) 11/02341/FUL – junction of A82 and Kilmore Road- new house – letter already sent to planners raising several points related to road safety and compatibility with the existing houses.

h) 11/02482/FUL – Stoneyfield, Balnain - new house – noted.

i) 11/02489/FUL – Land north of Silvan and Pine Lodge, Lower Gartally, - erect house – noted.

j) 11/02498/FUL – Shenval, Glen Urquhart - replacement prefabricated deer larder – noted.

k) 11/02495/FUL – Land to north of Glaichoille, Glen Urquhart - erect house and garage – noted.

l) 11/02633/FUL – 50 Balmacaan Road - erect house – noted.

m) Licence amendment: Loch Ness Inn – noted.

Councillor Davidson took no part in these discussions.

  1. Correspondence: Items included

a) Thank you card from Archie Drennan.

b) Highland Council – consultation on draft Highland’s statutorily protected species supplementary guidance. Sandra Bardwell is drafting a response.

c) SSE - letter from Lisa Kelly regarding blasting procedures at Millness. The purpose of this letter had been to warn residents likely to be inconvenienced about the start of these activities. Unfortunately the circulation was very hit and miss with relevant households being left off the list.

d) Trees for Life – they are offering an illustrated talk on practical work in the woodlands and conservation work on community owned projects. This seems to be something which would be useful possibly in the autumn.

  1. A82:

Bob Mitchell, A82 route manager, met with Councillor Davidson and some members of the Community Council during the day of July 25th to look at areas of concern and to hear the views of the community in response to the information previously put out in July last year about the junction at Drumnadrochit bridge. Subjects discussed included:-

a) Drumnadrochit Bridge - There was a lot of discussion on the issues at this bridge which is a listed Telford bridge. {No trace of this on Historic Scotland Register – should we ask for it to be listed / Bob to clarify comment?} Doing anything structural will require permission from Historic Scotland. Bob Mitchell said that his initial thoughts were to raise the kerbs, but this may result in the parapet having to be raised too, so he will find out whether the kerbs can be raised slightly without affecting the parapet. He advised that there are difficulties with the standards now required in any work carried out as doing anything can result in possible additional works. He felt that higher kerbing on one side only would then allow a wider vehicle to mount the pavement on the other side if no pedestrians were there in order to allow safer access across the bridge. The question of a cantilevered structure out of the bridge is very complicated and would require intrusive survey procedures to be carried out. A separate footbridge would need to be above the arch height of the bridge and would have to land on ground at both sides of the bridge, both of which are in private ownership and this land would require to be purchased which would make this option costly and lengthy. Bob Mitchell indicated that this solution is extremely unlikely to happen. He advised that a study carried out a while ago showed that the routes across the bridge are complex which makes any provision for a crossing very difficult. Zebra crossings are no longer available as a result of the Disability Discrimination Act so a light-controlled crossing would be required. Bob Mitchell advised that traffic lights causing the bridge to become single lane would require a stop line at the post office, approximately 5 metres on the A831 and near the War Memorial on the A82. This would be on a 120 second cycle. It would be expected at busy times of the year that the traffic queue would be as far as the car park entrance and back past the Loch Ness Exhibition and Hotel for parts of the day at certain times of the year. The environmental impact on the village would be detrimental with noise and fumes generated when vehicles stop and start. Bob Mitchell explained that Spean Bridge had had a similar temporary lights situation in place but the local community there decided after a time that this was not what they wanted. He also advised that Transport Scotland does not like to introduce single-way traffic on the roads network unless it is absolutely essential. The Community Council view was that a long term view was required and that the community would be keen to identify the “perfect solution” as well as short term solutions. Bob Mitchell agreed to look at raising the kerbs and painting lines on the footpath to keep people away from the edge as a temporary measure and whether a structure can be put out on the bridge and preliminary costs for a separate footbridge. He agreed to send the relevant to the Community Council by December 2011.

In response to questions from the community council he also confirmed that Drumnadrochit Bridge is in the top three most dangerous bridges on the A82, that the cost of traffic lights would be over £100k and that the traffic light solution would be unlikely to be supported by Transport Scotland once an environmental impact was carried out.

b) Pull in area at Post Office – it was agreed that this should be left as it is.

c) Speed throughout Drumnadrochit and Lewiston - Bob Mitchell agreed to check out why there are some 20mph signs at some locations and when Drumnadrochit is on the programme for 30mph repeater signs within the village. He advised that a review of speed limits is currently underway.

d) Signage at Lewiston/A82 junction. Bob Mitchell said that the large sign at the junction is a problem along with the fence posts. He will find out if advance warning signs can make the junction better. It had not been expected that the backpackers sign would be on the same post as the junction warning sign and he will look at relocating the hotel sign and make the warning sign more prominent.

e) Flooding and drainage issues - Details of the flooding outside the Fire Station have been passed to Transport Scotland and Bob Mitchell is awaiting feedback. Some flooding in the area may be caused by run-off from hills and steps can be taken, if necessary, to get landowners to try to do something about this. With regard to general flooding, Bob Mitchell agreed to check whether gulley emptying work is finished in the village. The contract is that this should be carried out once per year or “as required” and he will look into this.

g) Pedestrian refuge to north side of the school – Bob Mitchell advised that he would like to have a look at any conditions that may be in force on that corner. Visibility is not great due to scrub growth and he will look to have an agreement in place that this is kept to a better standard.

  1. Local Plan:

Tim Stott, Principal Planning Officer, advised that the Council’s main document for deciding planning applications will be the new local plan. He explained that at the moment the process is just beginning and anything shown on the plan is very much at the draft stage only. People will be invited to debate the site options included and Councillors will have the opportunity to put points forward. The plan will be submitted to the planning committee in the Autumn 2011 and then the public consultation will commence in December 2011. After this process, all comments taken will go back to the planning committee. Tim Stott stressed the importance of people taking the opportunity to say what they did and did not like and the reasons why; what planning gain may be wanted; think about what criteria applications will be judged against; hinterland boundaries; comments on any sites that should be safeguarded and why; any better sites within local area and the criteria for small housing settlements. He also stated that it was unlikely that Balnain would have a detailed plan, and development would be subject to the general planning procedures for housing in the countryside. The Chairman agreed to draft comments for circulation.

  1. SSE – Proposed Wind Farm at Balmacaan:

Ruth Liddicoat introduced herself explaining that she is the liaison manager and her role included keeping the community up-to-date and responding to any concerns raised. She then introduced Andy Sloan who is the project manager. Surveys are currently being carried out and SSE will then refine the site further once all results are known. They are looking at approximately 80 turbines on the site. They expect to have a more detailed meeting in 2 or 3 months time. They will be happy to have their consultants present to speak about their findings and to arrange any site visits to other wind farms. With regard to community gain, SSE will not engage in discussions of community benefit at this stage despite concern from Community Councils regarding this. There are a lot of changes taking place in terms of different developers’ approaches to community benefit. The Scottish Government has undertaken a consultation process and Highland Council has a policy. SSE has tried various models in the past and is reviewing its own policy but has not yet arrived at a definite conclusion. The chairman advised that the Community Council would like a meeting regarding community benefit prior to submission of the planning application. SSE were advised that the Community Council expected them to continue to liaise with the community and to let us know when things were happening/moving on, etc which they agreed to do. SSE also agreed to provided coordinated information regarding the windfarms (both within the Glen Urquhart Area and those visible from Glen Urquhart; the proposed hydro storage schemes and work on the beauly – Denny pylons.

  1. Any Other Business:

Enrick Crescent – it was noted that people have been dumping garden waste into the woods and now waste from garden renovations is also being dumped. Councillor Davidson agreed to look into this, possibly with involvement from the local police officer.

  1. Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday, 29th August 2011 at Blairbeg Hall.

The meeting closed at 10.30pm and the chairman thanked those who had attended.
Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

8.00pm, Monday, 27 June 2011

Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Ken Fraser (Vice Chair), David Fraser (Vice Chair), Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), Dominic Thierry, John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, Dick Beach, Paula Cooper (Secretary)

Also present were Councillors Margaret Davidson and Drew Hendry, Gillian Skinner, Ann Fraser, Tony Harmsworth and one member of the public.

Apologies: Bill Gillespie, Dick Beach, Sandra Bardwell, Councillors Hamish Wood and Helen Carmichael.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The Minutes of the last meeting, held on 16th May 2011, were approved and signed – proposed by David Fraser and seconded by Dominic Thierry.

  1. Matters arising from the Minutes:-

3)3)6) VisitScotland – Councillor Davidson and Tony Harmsworth attended a meeting at Urquhart Castle re VIC. Councillor Davidson advised that a substantive meeting would be arranged (by autumn at the latest) regarding the future of the VIC and how we can support it to become more financially viable. It was agreed that it would be useful to have statistics regarding the VIC and Councillor Davidson agreed to look into this.

5) Policing update – The new police officer for the area starts in the first week of July. He will make contact with Councillor Davidson who will introduce him to businesses, etc in the village.

6)a) Corrimony Wind Farm – Peter MacDonald and John Duncan attended the drop-in meeting on 23 June regarding the proposals for community benefit. Once all the information from the meetings is available this will be published. Some of the options established include care of the elderly and fuel poverty. Councillor Davidson advised that she hopes to organise a “road show” regarding fuel poverty and renewables as there are grants available and they do change. She is keen that this information reaches as many people as possible. She is currently putting ideas together and will let the Community Council know when this is organised.

6)b) Druim Ba – The Chairman has looked at the comments from SEPA but this has not changed the Community Council response.

6)c) Balmacaan – SSE are due to attend the next Community Council meeting and give a short presentation on the status of their planning application. The Chairman will ask for an update on the pump storage scheme.

6)d) Community Benefit – John Duncan has spoken to the Ward Manager about initiating negotiations with SSE and has now sent a formal letter requesting this. One issue raised is whether this area acts independently or whether we join forces with Invermoriston and Fort Augustus. John Duncan will speak to representatives from Invermoriston and Fort Augustus in order to take things forward. Councillor Davidson advised that Highland Council are about to advertise a post for someone to assist with the negotiations.

8) Community notice boards – Tenders for the work have been sent out and the Community Association will look at the quotes when these are received.

10) Housing for the elderly – Councillor Davidson is meeting with the Housing Alliance tomorrow for an update. With regard to the Local Plan it is important to be prepared. The Chairman and David Fraser will meet Tim Stott to discuss some issues prior to the next Community Council meeting. It was advised that all sites from the last plan will go into the new plan unless there is good reason why not and it will be essential to know planners’ views on this. Some points to be aware of are hinterland boundaries and small settlement policies.

13)c) Road, etc - The Chairman will ask Bob Mitchell to meet with some community council members and walk around the village to look at problem area especially Drumnadrochit Bridge. The Chairman will ascertain when he will be able to meet.

13)d) 20mp sign Balnain – The Chairman has spoken to Highland Council regarding this issue.

  1. Ward Forum: The last Rural Forum was held in the Craigmonie Centre and focused on proposed changes in the delivery of medical and social work services. The presentations were extremely interesting and appear to offer opportunities for moving forward possibly using organisations like the Care Centre which have in depth local knowledge and expertise.

  1. Blairbeg Playing Field: The Community Association and the Shinty Club will take the lead in negotiations to return this land to community ownership. The Community Council will be kept up-to-date and will support this project.

  1. Planning:

Councillors took no part in the discussions.

(a) 11/02211/FUL – removal of condition 48 (construction of a footpath) of planning permission (10/01962/FUL) – this was discussed at length, see item 7 below.

(b) 11/01802/MSC – erect house land to south west of Rychraggan Farm. Noted.

(c) 11/01670/PIP – erection of retirement house land 125m north west of Silvan Lower Gartally. Noted.

(d) 11/02154/FUL – alterations and extension, 2 Balnalurigin. Members were aware that neighbours had some concerns. They had been asked to copy the CC in to any representations to Highland Council and these copies would be awaited before any decision was made as to whether to comment or not.

(e) 11/01925/FUL – erection of log cabin Silvan Lower Gartally. Noted.

(f) 11/01944/FUL – new dwelling amended design (07/00729/REMIN) Braefield. Noted.

(g) 11/02239/FUL – house Dunromin West Lewiston. Noted.

(h) 11/02302/FUL – ground floor extension to existing house to form new lounge Ardachy, Upper Lennie. Noted.

(i) 11/02156/FUL – alterations and extension to dwelling Rowans, Bunloit. Noted.

  1. Jacobite: Colin MacKenzie (G H Johnston Building Consultants) and Rod Michie (Director, Jacobite) joined the meeting at this point to formally commence the process of liaison with the community in accordance with the terms of the planning permission. Members of the full liaison group will include representatives of the Community Council, Chamber of Commerce, Brackla Harbour, local Councillors and Jacobite Cruises. It was suggested that liaison group meetings are held quarterly throughout the construction period of 17/18 months. The project is not expected to commence until late autumn. After discussion it was felt that the two harbour developments needed to engage with the same liaison group rather than have separate meetings for both developments and that an elected member should chair the liaison group meetings. Jacobite agreed with this. Jacobite will circulate agendas at least 7 days in advance of meetings and notices will be put on community notice boards and the local website.

The Community Council confirmed that it was unhappy with Jacobite’s application for removal of the condition for a footpath between the two harbours. Jacobite explained that there were difficulties concerning land in the ownership of other parties and that this should not determine how their development progresses. Jacobite has had discussions with Transport Scotland who have indicated that they will not support a footpath on the north side or at the same level. The costs of taking a footpath above the flood risk zone are very significant. Jacobite stated that they wholly understood the concerns of public safety on the trunk road and has provided a right hand turn lane at substantial cost which demonstrates the company’s wish to work with local people. After discussion, it was agreed that Jacobite would check with the planners what specification of footpath would be acceptable and if a basic footpath is sufficient then Jacobite will consider this. It was agreed that local Councillors would liaise with Jacobite and planners and the support of the members of the liaison group committee could also be helpful. Meantime GUCC will object to the planning application to remove the condition that the footpath be constructed.

The Chairman thanked Jacobite Cruises for attending and looked forward to participating in the liaison group. Mr. MacKenzie and Mr. Michie then left.

  1. Any Other Business: Councillor Hendry advised that the works at the Wellington lay by have now been completed and he is awaiting a response as to when the lay by can be opened. Councillor Davidson has spoken to Bob Mitchell about organising a tidy up of the litter and weeds at the layby.

  1. Date of next meeting: The next meeting will be held on 25th July at Balnain Hall.

The meeting closed at 9.50 pm and the chairman thanked everyone for attending and for their participation in the business in hand.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

Monday 16 May 2011 at 8.00pm

Blairbeg Public Hall

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman),

John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Dominic Thierry, Sandra Bardwell, Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), Dick Beach and

Bill Gillespie

Also present were Councillors Margaret Davidson and Hamish Wood, Area Commander Graeme Murdoch (for item 5 below only) and one member of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Drew Hendry, Councillor Helen Carmichael

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The minutes of the meeting, held on Monday, 4 April 2011, were unanimously agreed as a correct record.

Councillor Hendry had sent comments prior to the meeting. These were noted and it was agreed to attach them to the Minutes.

3 Matters arising from the minutes:

3)9c) Post box at Drumnadrochit: The Chairman spoke to Robin Cockburn who advised that he is not routinely allowed to empty the box. If this is required then someone is sent out from Inverness. It is only in exceptional circumstances that he can empty the post box. However, Mr Cockburn agreed to monitor the situation.

3)6) VisitScotland – VIC Drumnadrochit: Councillor Davidson is to attend a meeting with Tony Harmsworth at Urquhart Castle about promoting the village and business and will raise the issues around the VIC then.

3)8b) The response submitted to Highland Council re their supplementary guidance on Trees, Woodlands and Development has been acknowledged.

3)9a) The response to the Scottish government’s consultation document on the Fire & Rescue Service has been submitted and acknowledged The Chairman thanked Sandra Bardwell for her work on this issue. Sandra advised that she had spoken to Mark MacFarlane, Fire Chief, who stated that he is keen to be more involved in the local community and is looking at ways of doing this. It appears that many people are not aware of services that the Fire Service can offer, for example free smoke alarms.

8) Jacobite and Brackla: The Chairman and Dick Beach had attended a meeting which they had understood to be a Liaison Group meeting. However, Councillor Davidson confirmed that this had not been a Liaison Group meeting and that when these are arranged in the future, both Jacobite and Brackla will be included.

4.Treasurer’s Report: the bank balance is currently £1,559.72 with £500 of that ring-fenced for Hausgauen. The Chairman reported that she had received a letter from Mrs Drennan advising that her son, Archie, has been invited to play the bagpipes at the Tattoo in Hausgauen. Mrs Drennan was requesting financial assistance towards the visit. The Chamber, the Community Association and Games Committee have also been approached. The Community Council agreed to sponsor a Glen Urquhart piper to attend the Tattoo at Hausgauen and a contribution of £60 was agreed.

  1. Policing Update:

Area Commander Graeme Murdoch attended the meeting to give an update on Policing in the area. Mr. Murdoch acknowledged that the local community do not have a beat officer and have been without one for the best part of 2 years due to illness of the previous officer. The cuts and closures of stations across the Northern Constabulary Force’s area due to public spending cuts has now been widely reported and this will be reflected across Scotland, England and Wales over the next few years. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that the Northern Constabulary had prided itself on having officers in communities and it is with regret that the Chief Constable has had to go ahead with the closure of some stations. The question of whether stations remained open or keep up the number of offers out on the beat had to be answered. The option of keeping officers out on the beat was the favoured option. Within the Inverness Area Command, several stations have been closed, including Drumnadrochit and Beauly. The Police are holding Police surgeries one afternoon per week in Beauly. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that the Glen Urquhart area had been covered by officers from Beauly and Fort Augustus for the last 2 years but an officer has now been appointed to cover our area. However, the officer will not be based in Drumnadrochit and although he will be working from the Muir of Ord station, he will primarily have responsibility for the Drumnadrochit area and the community should see a greatly increased presence. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that the new officer for the area is PC Gary Ross who is extremely enthusiastic and keen to commence working in the area around the third week of June. PC Ross should be able to attend some of the Community Council meetings. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that contact could be made with PC Ross by telephone via Inverness, e-mail – although it was acknowledged that not everyone has access to e-mail. It was agreed that it would take time and effort to forge links with the community and that the easier it was for people to make contact with the officer, the better the benefit to the community. Any considerations for improving contact would be considered, including – for example - surgeries at Craigmonie Centre, forging links with school pupils, Police sign in the village with contact details, all showing that the Police have an interest in the area. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that a variety of contact methods would be considered and tried and monitored to see what works best.

The Chairman thanked Graeme Murdoch for attending the meeting and extended an invitation to PC Ross for the next Community Council meeting.

  1. Windfarms:

a)Corrimony: There will be a drop-in meeting organised for 23 June to examine the needs of the area. John Duncan and Peter MacDonald agreed to look into community benefit discussions and consultations.

b) Druim Ba: Notice of the planning application has been in the newspapers. SEPA have lodged papers. The Chairman agreed to look at this.

c) Balmacaan: SSE have reported back on their exhibitions and consultations, stating that everyone is broadly in favour of the windfarm. However, on balance, the Community Council felt that this was not necessarily the impression given at meetings. The current liaison contact person is due to go on maternity leave at the end of June, but we have been promised that the details of the replacement person will be sent as soon as possible.

d) Community Benefit: There was some discussion on community benefit and the various rates per megawatt being proposed which varied from £2,500 to £5,000 with percentages of surplus being paid to local community, larger community and Highland Council. Councillor Davidson, who is a member of the Community Benefit Working Group, advised that a key issue is to appoint a negotiator for communities to use. Councillor Davidson confirmed that the money payable to Highland Council under the community benefit payments would be used for communities, not the Highland Council, for example on renewable energy, land acquisition, etc. The Council is trying to get a better deal for communities and is trying to lay ground rules now prior to any future developments.

  1. Hausgauen:

The visit arranged on 9-10 April was a great success and future events will follow.

  1. Notice Boards:

It was noted that many of the notice boards throughout the Glen require renovation, the costs of which could perhaps be shared with the Community Association. The Chairman will get quotes for the work and open discussions with GURCA as to funding.

  1. Area Forums:

The Community Council has been sent notification of the Rural Ward Forum which takes place on 7 June in the Craigmonie Centre on Community Safety Planning for Integration of Care, Health and Education. Councillor Wood had previously attended one of the area forums and felt that it was a worthwhile meeting.

  1. Housing:

Councillor Davidson, David Fraser and the Chairman had met with Susan Torrance of the Highland Housing Association. Following this meeting a letter has been sent to Stuart Black, Head of Planning requesting that the Community Council be involved and consulted regarding land to be set aside for housing designated for the elderly in the vicinity of the Care Centre. There is also the possibility of low cost, serviced plots for local people, maybe in the Pitkerrald area. If this goes ahead, Councillor Davidson will write to every household in the area advising them of this. It was agreed that housing should be targeted more at the community’s needs, for example, younger people, elderly people, rather than a large, single development. As the local plan approaches, Councillor Davidson will request the assistance of the Community Council.

  1. Planning:

a) 11/00994/FUL – demolish existing house and outbuildings and erect replacement house – Craignay.

b) 11/01089/FUL – erect deer larder and implement shed – Corrish, Balnain.

c) 11/01234/PIP – erection of dwelling land north of Torcroft Lodge. A neighbour had raised issues relating to this application. After discussion it was decided that whilst the CC did not wish to comment on the actual application, the planning officer would be asked to ensure adequate surface water drainage.

d) 11/01365/MSC – renovate and convert steading – Drumbuie Farm Steading.

e) 11/01523/FUL – alter and extend existing house – 17 Culanlon.

f) 11/01384/FUL – erection of 1.5 storey house (amendment of 10/01591) land 75m south east of Quiraing, Milton.

g) 11/01q206/FUL – extention of 05/00313/OUTIN site north west of Pine Tops, Balnain.

  1. Correspondence:

Items included:

a) Letter from Highlands Small Communities Trust dated 13.5.11 regarding Housing and People – the future of rural communities conference at Aviemore on 9/10 June.

b) E-mail from Lisa Kelly, SSE regarding blasting – access to Milness borrow pit – letter to be sent to properties closest to site in coming weeks.

c) Nature of Scotland magazine.

d) Letter from Frostfree dated 5.5.11 regarding presentation of Community Renewables.

e) SEPA – Floodline

- Community Councils in Highlands – guidelines.

  1. AOB:

a) It was noted that contractors had been working in Kilmore Cemetery on a Sunday. Councillor Davidson advised that permission had been given to work on Sunday in order to catch up with work outstanding but this permission had not included the Cemetery. David Fraser agreed to respond to this.

b) The Chairman has been invited as representative of the Community Council to attend Community Association meetings.

c) The Chairman has invited the route manager for A82 to attend next meeting. Issues to be addressed include flooding opposite fire station; gulleys; accident blac spot in the area of Borlum Farm.

d) It was noted that the “20” mph road signs in Balnain did not have the speed limit on the reverse of the sign posts as they did at other schools. There was, therefore, no indication of the speed limit being applied to the rest of the road. It was agreed that Highland Council be asked about this.

14: Date and time of next meeting:

Monday 27th June, 8pm, Craigmonie Centre – AGM.

The meeting closed at 10.15 pm

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

Monday 16 May 2011 at 8.00pm

Blairbeg Public Hall

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman),

John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Dominic Thierry, Sandra Bardwell, Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), Dick Beach and

Bill Gillespie

Also present were Councillors Margaret Davidson and Hamish Wood, Area Commander Graeme Murdoch (for item 5 below only) and one member of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Drew Hendry, Councillor Helen Carmichael

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The minutes of the meeting, held on Monday, 4 April 2011, were unanimously agreed as a correct record.

Councillor Hendry had sent comments prior to the meeting. These were noted and it was agreed to attach them to the Minutes.

3 Matters arising from the minutes:

3)9c) Post box at Drumnadrochit: The Chairman spoke to Robin Cockburn who advised that he is not routinely allowed to empty the box. If this is required then someone is sent out from Inverness. It is only in exceptional circumstances that he can empty the post box. However, Mr Cockburn agreed to monitor the situation.

3)6) VisitScotland – VIC Drumnadrochit: Councillor Davidson is to attend a meeting with Tony Harmsworth at Urquhart Castle about promoting the village and business and will raise the issues around the VIC then.

3)8b) The response submitted to Highland Council re their supplementary guidance on Trees, Woodlands and Development has been acknowledged.

3)9a) The response to the Scottish government’s consultation document on the Fire & Rescue Service has been submitted and acknowledged The Chairman thanked Sandra Bardwell for her work on this issue. Sandra advised that she had spoken to Mark MacFarlane, Fire Chief, who stated that he is keen to be more involved in the local community and is looking at ways of doing this. It appears that many people are not aware of services that the Fire Service can offer, for example free smoke alarms.

8) Jacobite and Brackla: The Chairman and Dick Beach had attended a meeting which they had understood to be a Liaison Group meeting. However, Councillor Davidson confirmed that this had not been a Liaison Group meeting and that when these are arranged in the future, both Jacobite and Brackla will be included.

4.Treasurer’s Report: the bank balance is currently £1,559.72 with £500 of that ring-fenced for Hausgauen. The Chairman reported that she had received a letter from Mrs Drennan advising that her son, Archie, has been invited to play the bagpipes at the Tattoo in Hausgauen. Mrs Drennan was requesting financial assistance towards the visit. The Chamber, the Community Association and Games Committee have also been approached. The Community Council agreed to sponsor a Glen Urquhart piper to attend the Tattoo at Hausgauen and a contribution of £60 was agreed.

  1. Policing Update:

Area Commander Graeme Murdoch attended the meeting to give an update on Policing in the area. Mr. Murdoch acknowledged that the local community do not have a beat officer and have been without one for the best part of 2 years due to illness of the previous officer. The cuts and closures of stations across the Northern Constabulary Force’s area due to public spending cuts has now been widely reported and this will be reflected across Scotland, England and Wales over the next few years. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that the Northern Constabulary had prided itself on having officers in communities and it is with regret that the Chief Constable has had to go ahead with the closure of some stations. The question of whether stations remained open or keep up the number of offers out on the beat had to be answered. The option of keeping officers out on the beat was the favoured option. Within the Inverness Area Command, several stations have been closed, including Drumnadrochit and Beauly. The Police are holding Police surgeries one afternoon per week in Beauly. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that the Glen Urquhart area had been covered by officers from Beauly and Fort Augustus for the last 2 years but an officer has now been appointed to cover our area. However, the officer will not be based in Drumnadrochit and although he will be working from the Muir of Ord station, he will primarily have responsibility for the Drumnadrochit area and the community should see a greatly increased presence. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that the new officer for the area is PC Gary Ross who is extremely enthusiastic and keen to commence working in the area around the third week of June. PC Ross should be able to attend some of the Community Council meetings. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that contact could be made with PC Ross by telephone via Inverness, e-mail – although it was acknowledged that not everyone has access to e-mail. It was agreed that it would take time and effort to forge links with the community and that the easier it was for people to make contact with the officer, the better the benefit to the community. Any considerations for improving contact would be considered, including – for example - surgeries at Craigmonie Centre, forging links with school pupils, Police sign in the village with contact details, all showing that the Police have an interest in the area. Mr. Murdoch confirmed that a variety of contact methods would be considered and tried and monitored to see what works best.

The Chairman thanked Graeme Murdoch for attending the meeting and extended an invitation to PC Ross for the next Community Council meeting.

  1. Windfarms:

a)Corrimony: There will be a drop-in meeting organised for 23 June to examine the needs of the area. John Duncan and Peter MacDonald agreed to look into community benefit discussions and consultations.

b) Druim Ba: Notice of the planning application has been in the newspapers. SEPA have lodged papers. The Chairman agreed to look at this.

c) Balmacaan: SSE have reported back on their exhibitions and consultations, stating that everyone is broadly in favour of the windfarm. However, on balance, the Community Council felt that this was not necessarily the impression given at meetings. The current liaison contact person is due to go on maternity leave at the end of June, but we have been promised that the details of the replacement person will be sent as soon as possible.

d) Community Benefit: There was some discussion on community benefit and the various rates per megawatt being proposed which varied from £2,500 to £5,000 with percentages of surplus being paid to local community, larger community and Highland Council. Councillor Davidson, who is a member of the Community Benefit Working Group, advised that a key issue is to appoint a negotiator for communities to use. Councillor Davidson confirmed that the money payable to Highland Council under the community benefit payments would be used for communities, not the Highland Council, for example on renewable energy, land acquisition, etc. The Council is trying to get a better deal for communities and is trying to lay ground rules now prior to any future developments.

  1. Hausgauen:

The visit arranged on 9-10 April was a great success and future events will follow.

  1. Notice Boards:

It was noted that many of the notice boards throughout the Glen require renovation, the costs of which could perhaps be shared with the Community Association. The Chairman will get quotes for the work and open discussions with GURCA as to funding.

  1. Area Forums:

The Community Council has been sent notification of the Rural Ward Forum which takes place on 7 June in the Craigmonie Centre on Community Safety Planning for Integration of Care, Health and Education. Councillor Wood had previously attended one of the area forums and felt that it was a worthwhile meeting.

  1. Housing:

Councillor Davidson, David Fraser and the Chairman had met with Susan Torrance of the Highland Housing Association. Following this meeting a letter has been sent to Stuart Black, Head of Planning requesting that the Community Council be involved and consulted regarding land to be set aside for housing designated for the elderly in the vicinity of the Care Centre. There is also the possibility of low cost, serviced plots for local people, maybe in the Pitkerrald area. If this goes ahead, Councillor Davidson will write to every household in the area advising them of this. It was agreed that housing should be targeted more at the community’s needs, for example, younger people, elderly people, rather than a large, single development. As the local plan approaches, Councillor Davidson will request the assistance of the Community Council.

  1. Planning:

a) 11/00994/FUL – demolish existing house and outbuildings and erect replacement house – Craignay.

b) 11/01089/FUL – erect deer larder and implement shed – Corrish, Balnain.

c) 11/01234/PIP – erection of dwelling land north of Torcroft Lodge. A neighbour had raised issues relating to this application. After discussion it was decided that whilst the CC did not wish to comment on the actual application, the planning officer would be asked to ensure adequate surface water drainage.

d) 11/01365/MSC – renovate and convert steading – Drumbuie Farm Steading.

e) 11/01523/FUL – alter and extend existing house – 17 Culanlon.

f) 11/01384/FUL – erection of 1.5 storey house (amendment of 10/01591) land 75m south east of Quiraing, Milton.

g) 11/01q206/FUL – extention of 05/00313/OUTIN site north west of Pine Tops, Balnain.

  1. Correspondence:

Items included:

a) Letter from Highlands Small Communities Trust dated 13.5.11 regarding Housing and People – the future of rural communities conference at Aviemore on 9/10 June.

b) E-mail from Lisa Kelly, SSE regarding blasting – access to Milness borrow pit – letter to be sent to properties closest to site in coming weeks.

c) Nature of Scotland magazine.

d) Letter from Frostfree dated 5.5.11 regarding presentation of Community Renewables.

e) SEPA – Floodline

- Community Councils in Highlands – guidelines.

  1. AOB:

a) It was noted that contractors had been working in Kilmore Cemetery on a Sunday. Councillor Davidson advised that permission had been given to work on Sunday in order to catch up with work outstanding but this permission had not included the Cemetery. David Fraser agreed to respond to this.

b) The Chairman has been invited as representative of the Community Council to attend Community Association meetings.

c) The Chairman has invited the route manager for A82 to attend next meeting. Issues to be addressed include flooding opposite fire station; gulleys; accident blac spot in the area of Borlum Farm.

d) It was noted that the “20” mph road signs in Balnain did not have the speed limit on the reverse of the sign posts as they did at other schools. There was, therefore, no indication of the speed limit being applied to the rest of the road. It was agreed that Highland Council be asked about this.

14: Date and time of next meeting:

Monday 27th June, 8pm, Craigmonie Centre – AGM.

The meeting closed at 10.15 pm

Additional Notes

4 April 2011

The following notes were received from Councillor Drew Hendry with regard to Item 8) Planning:-

Councillor Hendry advised that when talking about the “wrong decision for the right reasons” he was referring to the views of those members of the Community Council who felt that his decision was “wrong” but had raised concerns that the reason may be political. Councillor Hendry pointed out that members of all political groups had voted both for and against and therefore there were no political or wrong reasons for any vote. Councillor Hendry noted that he stands by what he thought was the right decision for the right reasons but wanted to demonstrate that he understood the feelings of those who disagreed.

Councillor Hendry advised that he had not known in advance of Councillor Davidson’s proposed amendment regarding a turning lane but wished it noted that he had asked about the turning lane at the site visit along with aspects of the visibility splays. Councillor Hendry was advised by officials that these would be unlikely to be enforceable by condition.

Councillor Hendry advised that he was very supportive of the role of Community Councils both in principle and in practice and had never said otherwise. Community Council submissions are a very important part of decision making but he felt that all applications must be judged on their merits and that may mean, in certain circumstances, that another decision may be taken.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting to be held

8.00pm, Monday, May 16th 2011

Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit

AGENDA

1. Present & Apologies

  1. Minutes of the last meeting

  1. Matters arising from the minutes

  1. Treasurer’s report

  1. Policing update

  1. Wind Farms

7. Hausgaun visit

8. Notice boards

  1. Area Forums

  1. Housing

  1. Planning

  1. Correspondence

  1. Any other business

  1. Date & time of next meeting

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

8.00pm, Monday, 28 February 2011

Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman), Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, Dominic Thierry, Sandra Bardwell, Dick Beach and Paula Cooper (Secretary)

Also present were Councillor Margaret Davidson, Robbie Bremner and 3 members of the public.

Apologies: Bill Gillespie, David Fraser, Councillor Hamish Wood.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The Minutes of the last meeting, held on 24 January 2011 were duly approved and signed.

  1. Matters arising from Minutes:

3)a) Road Maintenance/Gritting: it was noted that some work has been carried out on the Buntait road, eg digging of ditches. Some further flooding has occurred although it was agreed that this was caused by erosion through heavy rain and not by the Forestry activities. Councillor Davidson advised that she would expect to know by the end of the week whether or not the Forestry Commission would be asked to reinstate the road.

b) Sunday buses – Councillor Davidson will follow this up.

4) GULUP – an open meeting was held and the issue of raising the road at Kilmichael may be less satisfactory than previously thought. The use of bunds and sacrificing a field continues to be discussed and the issue of clearing the river will be taken up with SEPA.

9)c) Post box at Drumnadrochit – a response was received from Royal Mail advising that deliveries across the country in the run up to Christmas 2010 were severely disrupted due to adverse weather conditions and they will be reviewing the provision of collections to the area for Christmas 2011. They advised that the post box is sufficient for the amount of mail posted and it is likely that the post box has been jammed by the posting of larger items. They advised that for these types of items the recommendation is that they are handed into the Post Office.

9)f) Highland Concil – Community Council review – John Duncan confirmed that he had responded as agreed – Option 1 with a quorum of 4.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: The bank balance is currently £1,559.49 with recent expenditure being for broadband expenses (£500 of the balance is ring fenced for Hausgauen).

  1. Planning: It should be noted that Councillor Davidson took no part in these discussions.

(a) 10/1356/PIP – Brackla Harbour – Several members of the Community Council recently attended the open day and found some of the revised proposals to be positive. Following discussion a letter was sent to the Planning Department listing positive comments but restating concerns about stationary traffic queuing to turn right off the A82 and hopes for a footpath linking the Jacobite and Brackla harbours. This application will come before the Planning Committee on 1 March. Robbie Bremner attended the meeting to answer any questions arising as a result of the open meeting. Concern was raised about people walking on the road to the other harbour if both applications approved. Mr Bremner confirmed that people can only cross the road using the underpass. He has had five meeting with Transport Scotland and they are happy with the advance signage and splay lines. Generally, access should be safer as it is on the shore side or the road and it may be possible that the public bus service will not stop on the road as it does at the moment. He advised that he does not want to affect business in Drumnadrochit and is hoping that the Harbour will actually drive more business into the village. The operation of the café will go out to local businesses and will complement what is already there and gives visitors a wider choice. If the application is granted, another open meeting will be held. The Chairman thanked Mr Bremner for attending and answering questions and concerns.

(b) 10/01962/FUL – Jacobite Harbour – A letter has been sent to the Planning Committee requesting that a lane is provided for stationary traffic turning right. This application will come before the Planning Committee on 1 March.

(c) Urquhart Castle – a letter was sent as agreed and notification has now been received that the application has been granted.

(d) 11/00584 – application for detached 1.5 storey house, Plot 2 – land to rear of 21-30 Druimloan – plans requested.

(e) 1100585 – application for detached 1.5 storey house, Plot 1 – land to rear of 21-30 Druimloan – plans requested.

(f) 11/00373/FUL – Shewglie House – construct 2 garden pavilions and green house and raise height of garden wall. It was agreed Pam Lucas will write to the planners requesting that the existing access tracks through to the FCS land will be retained when the new driveway is constructed. It was also noted that due to its traditional construction, the existing stone wall is likely to need to be taken down and rebuilt rather than just raised in height.

(g) 11/00374/LBC – Shewglie House – as above. Noted.

(h) 10/04794/FUL – Old Schoolhouse, Bunloit – 3 wind turbines. Members had felt that the application did not make clear that 3 masts were proposed and requested that the application be re-advertised. The planning officer concerned has moved on, but the replacement officer has replied to the effect that there will not be a re-application. Noted.

  1. Visit Scotland – TIC Drumnadrochit: A further meeting was held on 4 February at Blairbeg Hall which was attended by several Community Council members, Councillor Davidson, Jamie Conner and Charles Stephen, the new Ward Manager. There is a commitment to keep the TIC open all year with reduced hours in the winter, possibly Thursday/Friday/Saturday or Friday/ Saturday/Sunday. In the past the management fee has balanced out the rent, so options for income continue to be examined.

  1. Wind Farms: Druim Ba – A series of exhibitions had been organised and the Chairman attended the public exhibition in Beauly. A large number of people opposing the wind farm were also present. The Chairman raised the issue of locked gates and fences being erected on site and the fact that people have had difficulty in communicating with the organisers regarding this issue. This issue was rejected by organisers and an undertaking was made to contact the Chairman by telephone with details of who to contact – nothing further has been heard to date. The Community Council will make their position clear once the planning application has been lodged.

Balmacaan – the Community Council will wait until application lodged for Druim Ba and then take note of what public view is.

A letter has been received from Highland Council informing of a seminar on community benefit on Saturday, 12 March in the Town House from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. Peter MacDonald and John Duncan agreed to attend.

  1. Correspondence:

a) Notice that the next Forum is on Monday, 4 April, 7.00 pm in the Town House, Inverness. The Agenda includes play parks, Community Council review, update on next Community Council election date, role of Community Councils in relation to village halls and community centres. Peter MacDonald agreed to attend.

b) Letter from Highland Council regarding supplementary guidance – sustainable design guide – trees, woodlands and development. Sandra Bardwell agreed to draft response.

c)Highland Small Communities Housing Trust – joint event regarding tenant participation to be held on 31 March in Aviemore.

d) Letter from Alzheimer Scotland regarding improving support for carers of people with dementia.

e) City Forum – meeting on 8 March, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm in Town House.

f) Community Councillor – magazine.

  1. Any Other Business:

a) Association of Scottish Community Councils Bulletin – consultation on the reform of Fire and Rescue in Scotland. Sandra Bardwell had circulated a summary. The Scottish Government wish to have a single service – there are currently 8 Fire Boards. There is a need to respond to protect the interests of our own Fire Service. It was agreed to pass consultation document to the local fire fighters in order that they can give feedback on the current problems and out they foresee this proposal working. One comment is that the proposal appears to be pitched at urban communities.

b) Building a Hydro Nation – The Community Council has been invited by Transport Scotland via British Waterways Scotland to respond to this consultation document. Our attention has been drawn in particular to Section 5: potential opportunities for creating additional public benefit from Scotland’s canals and the role that Scottish Water would play in this. Sandra Bardwell agreed to draft response along the lines that British Waterways Scotland currently does an excellent job and should be enabled to continue to do so. There was discussion around the fact that Glen Urquhart does benefit from canal traffic, including cruisers using Temple Pier marina and possibly also from the Great Glen Canoe Trail when complete. There would be direct benefit if and when commercial use of the canal increases, notably for the transport of logs as timber lorries are cause for considerable concern on the narrow A82 and especially on the River Enrick bridge in Drumnadrochit.

c) The Glen Urquhart community website is no longer functioning. Pam Lucas agreed to make contact with the Drumnadrochit website to see if this can be used for Community Council details.

d) Discussion took place regarding the possibility of TEC Services applying a fine of £60 for putting rubbish into the wrong recycling bins. Pam Lucas agreed to write to John Laing, Chairman of TEC Services regarding this issue.

  1. Date & time of next Meeting: 8.00pm, Monday, 4 April at Balnain Hall.

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Meeting held

8.00pm, Monday, 24 January 2011

Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit

  1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Ken Fraser (Vice Chairman), Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), David Fraser (Vice Chairman), John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart, Bill Gillespie, Dominic Thierry, Sandra Bardwell, Dick Beach and Paula Cooper (Secretary)

Also present were Councillor Margaret Davidson, Mhairi Gordon, of Glen Urquhart Land Use Partnership (GULUP), and 3 members of the public.

Apologies: Councillor Hamish Wood.

  1. Minutes of the last Meeting: The Minutes of the Election Meeting, AGM and Ordinary meetings held on 13 December 2010 were duly approved and signed. The chairman thanked the secretary for having managed to create a coherent record of what is always a somewhat complicated meeting.

  1. Matters arising from Minutes:

(a) 5) Road Maintenance/Gritting: Pam Lucas had contacted Alan Johnstone’s manager thanking him for the good service received over the winter period. He was pleased that the Community Council had taken the time to contact him with good feedback.

Milton – it was felt that there has been a lack of gritting on the pavements and that there are a number of potholes. However, on the whole everyone seems fairly happy with the service provided during the last cold weather period. Pam Lucas is to send a message to Alan Johnstone saying that the Community Council has been pleased with the service in January but would appreciate it if more gritting could be done in the Milton area.

(b) 9c) Buses – It was reported that the 5.00 pm bus on a Sunday does not always show up. Councillor Davidson agreed to follow this up.

  1. GULUP Update: Mhairi Gordon advised that a large proportion of money spent to date has been on the consultation process. Local contractors have carried out some stonework, work has been carried out near the Veitchs’ property at Kilmichael and they are waiting for the ground to soften in order that willow slips can be planted. The funds require to be spent by the middle of February. Work is proposed for both sides of the Drumnadrochit bridge to improve bunding and to the banks at Strathnacro. There is to be a meeting with Sam McNaughton and Colin Howell on 10th February, (7.30 pm in Balnain Hall,) regarding the road at Kilmichael to which members of the public are invited. It is important to ensure that local people have their concerns adequately addressed.

A new specialist product called Floodsax is now on the market. These are very effective when building a wall or to tuck behind a door to prevent flooding and a shared pallet load has been purchased in partnership with Highland Council. Floodsax have been distributed to those most at risk of flooding. Thanks were expressed to the janitors at the High School for storing the items. It was noted that there are some people who have not been given any and Councillor Davidson agreed to check to see if any are still available for local use.

The chairman thanked Mhairi Gordon for attending and updating members who looked forward to hearing details of the proposals for Kilmichael in due course.

  1. Planning: It should be noted that Councillor Davidson took no part in these discussions.

(a) 10/01962/FUL – Jacobite Harbour – This application came before a planning committee in January. A decision was deferred to allow time for a site visit. The CC has received a letter from the applicant drawing attention to amendments to the plans to provide a lane for traffic turning right off the A82. Given this change, the applicant is asking the CC to consider withdrawing its objection to the application. Following discussion it was agreed that the objection would be withdrawn providing the planners enforce the inclusion of the right hand turning lane. Members also requested that the planners and the applicant consider restricting the evening trading hours of the restaurant, look at innovative ways of compensating for the large number of felled trees and reconsider options to provide a footpath between the Jacobite harbour and the Clansman Hotel. Pam Lucas is to write to the planners.

(b) 10/1356-PIP – Brackla Harbour – Members have been invited to an open afternoon to look at revised plans for this proposed development. This will take place on February 11th, 1.00pm to 6.00pm at the Clansman Hotel. Several members said that they hoped to be able to attend.

  1. Treasurer’s Report: The bank balance is currently £1,651.96 with £500 of that being ring fenced.

  1. Visit Scotland – TIC Drumnadrochit: Several members of the Community Council attended a meeting with Jamie Conner, Visitor Services Manager, VisitScotland on 5 January 2011. The meeting was convened following the news that Highland Council is to withdraw its Service Point in Drumnadrochit and members were concerned that the future of the TIC might be in jeopardy. At the meeting, Jamie Conner explained that VisitScotland rents the building from Highland Council with whom there is a service level agreement which still has one year left to run. The Council management fee for the provision of the Service Point is in the region of £10,000 per annum and alternative sources are being sought to replace this sum. None of the TICs break even financially, however they are regarded as being important to their surrounding areas. Various options are being actively sought to develop retail and/or partnership functions. Some suggestions include revisiting its use as an internet café, becoming a centre for guided walks at various levels, encouraging input from Highland Council, Forestry Commission and Great Glen Way Rangers an the Canoe trail. It was felt that closer working with the Drumnadrochit Chamber of Commerce is essential and Fiona Urquhart had previously agreed to contact Tony Harmsworth to arrange for Jamie Conner to attend a meeting of the Chamber. It was agreed at the meeting that the Community Council would keep in contact with Jamie Conner and the Chamber of Commerce to ensure that it supports efforts to maintain the TIC and develop retail and partnership options. Councillor Davidson advised that a further meeting is to be held with Jamie Conner, at Blairbeg Hall on Friday, 4 February at 9.30am to discuss options. CC members are invited to be present.

  1. Correspondence:

Consultation document on renewal of contracts for buses. Sandra Bardwell undertook to draft a response.

SNH magazine – Nature of Scotland.

ASCC – letter requesting nominations of area representative. There were no nominees.

Highland Small Communities Housing Trust – community newsletter.

Highland Council - Letter acknowledging our representation to Highland wide local development plan. David Fraser agreed to lead the drafting of our response to the final draft of the local development plan in due course.

SEPA View – Winter 2010

Transport Scotland – letter dated 16 December – additional public benefit from Scottish canals.

  1. Any Other Business:

a) There is a change of meeting date from 9 May to 16 May – still at Blairbeg Hall.

b) The telephone box at Milton has been reprieved. No further action is required.

c) It was noted that the post box outside Drumnadrochit Post Office is frequently becoming so full that people can pull letters out of the box. Paula Cooper to write to owners requesting that the box be emptied more frequently.

d) Buntait Road – It was noted that the Buntait road is severely cracked and crumbling. Councillor Davidson will confirm when the Forestry Commission have finished work in that area and what improvements will be undertaken.

e) There was some discussion about the impact that economic activity on the other side of the loch could have on this Community Council area. It was agreed that this was something which the local Chamber of Commerce might require to look into but it was also a reminder that this is something which should be taken into consideration in the local plan consultation.

f) Highland Council – Community Council Consultation – as part of the current consultation process on the composition and running of community councils, Highland Council are proposing that there is a maximum permitted membership of 13 although there is a formula for working out how many members per Community Council. According to that formula, Glen Urquhart Community Council could have 10 elected members but could also co-opt members up to a maximum of 13. Co-opted members would not be able to vote. Other Community Councils have expressed a desire to have more members. Highland Council has proposed 3 other options which could be used. Our preferred option would be to have a smaller number of people who are all actively contributing. With regard to a quorum, Highland Council is suggesting 3 options which include a third of the membership or 3 members. We would prefer 4 people. Responses are required by the end of this week. John Duncan to respond.

  1. Date & time of next Meeting: 8.00pm, Monday, 28 February at the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit.