Minutes of the Meeting of 7th February 2013

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 7th February 2013 at the ‘The Beauly Gallery’ at 7.30pm

Present:  Steve Byford (Chairman), John Stewart, Mary Graham(Secretary), John Graham,   Clare Caldwell, Alisdair Stewart, Mark Hedderwick, Cllr Helen Carmichael

Guests: Sgt Gregor Hay, PC Karen Mackenzie

Apologies: Cllr. Margaret Davidson, Cllr. Hamish Wood, Duncan Fraser

Community Members:

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 6th December 2012 were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record. Proposed by Steve Byford and seconded Alistair Stewart – Approved.

Matters arising:.

  • ·        Snow and Ice Clearance – John Graham reported a meeting had taken place with Portal Rover 4×4 at Muir of Ord when the use of a specialised snow plough was discussed. This was based on a Unimog vehicle and was fitted with salting equipment. The vehicle was there for us to see. The cost discussed was around £85 per hour. It was suggested that not unreasonable for a specialist vehicle, fuel and labour and more cost effective than tying up capital and maintenance cost on our own plant. The Committee asked that this be suggested to TEC services.

Police Matters:

  • ·        Sgt Hay introduced PC Karen Mackenzie from Cannich. He then reported two break-ins in the Strathglass area and asked that residents be vigilant and report anything they felt untoward.
  • ·        The new Police contact number 101 for non emergencies is now active and to ask for a Beauly Officer.
  • ·        Sgt Hay promised to provide a short piece for the Newsletter.

Sgt Hay and PC Mackenzie left at 20.05hrs.

  • ·        Beauly & District Care Project: Cllr Helen Carmichael gave a resume of how far the project had progressed and asked for feedback of how the hopes of the project could be attained.
  • ·        Altyre Road Concerns have been raised about the deteriorating condition of culverts, ditches and road surface. We are advised that the project team for the mitigation work has this under consideration. Cllr. Carmichael to speak to TEC services.

Chairman’s Business:

  • ·        The bus shelter was being used and appreciated

Planning Matters:

  • ·        8 Torgormack – Residents have serious concerns over drainage and flooding in the area. Letter of objection to be sent.
  • ·        Kilmorack House – Concerns were raised over access on a very dangerous corner of the A831 especially if used as a holiday let. It was considered preferable if access could be through the existing Kilmorack House tracks. Letter of objection to be sent.

Cllr. Helen Carmichael left 21.00hrs.

Secretary’s Business:

  • ·        Inverness Community Councils Forum – Apologies sent
  • ·        Inverness City Forum – No one was available but the issues were City biased.

Finance:  No Report


  • ·        Piping Survey – This to be forwarded to Donald Shaw
  • ·        ARCH – Archeology for Communities in the Highlands. The letter had been circulated.


  • ·        A memorial bench for Teannassie School had been sourced. Funding was being arranged.
  • ·        A Newsletter would be produced shortly.

Next meeting 7th March 2013 at the Kilmorack Hall – 7.30pm

Meeting Closed: 21.45hrs



Steve Byford,