Minutes of Meeting 7th April 2016

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 7th April 2016 at the ‘The Kilmorack Hall’ at 8.00pm

Present:   John Stewart (Vice-Chair) Duncan Fraser(Treasurer),  Mary Graham(Secretary), John Graham, Provost Cllr. Helen Carmichael, Cllr. Margaret Davidson, Cllr. Dr. Jean Davis

Guests:

Apologies: Steve Byford, Police Scotland

Meeting commenced:  8.00pm. – John Stewart in the Chair.

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 3rd March 2015 were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by John Graham, seconded by Duncan Fraser – Approved.

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report: MG read the Police Scotland Report

Matters arising:

  1. The Highland Council Annual Grant – Contrary to expectations there will be a small increase
  2. SSE – Noise Monitoring – JS reported that the noise was as bad as ever whilst the SVC was running at 100%. Sgurr had re-instated the monitoring equipment which showed high noise levels.
  3. SSE Western Isles Convertor Station. – modified plans are with THC prior to full planning application.
  4. JS met with Chris O’Donnell of Murphy who offered the Community 5(4) redundant site offices presently at Muir of Ord. Options would be explored.
  5. Parking on lowered pavement was still a problem with one car permanently parked with flat tyres. A solution would be investigated.
  6. Kilmorack Gallery Bus Shelter – JG to discuss with Fettes the appropriate treatment..

Chairman’s Business: None

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • SSE – rationalisation of the overhead lines is progressing with the Nairn line planned for removal starting 8th May and the Shin line shortly thereafter. Affected residents will be notified.
  • JS reported that the next SSE liaison meeting will be on 20th April 2016 at the Lovat Arms..
  • Bus drop off at Kilmorack Hall – JG had identified that the land belongs to the Church of Scotland. DF confirmed it was in fact Glebe land. JG will pursue the possibilities with CofS

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:  

  • Policing questionnaire had been completed and returned.

Finance: As per AGM

Planning Matters:  No applications this month

AOCB:  None.

 Next meeting: Thursday 12th May 2016 at 7.45pm

Meeting Closed: 9.10pm    

 Signed:

                                                               Steve Byford            

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Minutes of Meeting, 3rd March 2016

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at the ‘The Kilmorack Hall’ at 7.45pm

Present:  Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair) Duncan Fraser(Treasurer),  Mary Graham(Secretary), John Graham, Mark Hedderwick, Cllr. Dr. Jean Davis

Guests:

Apologies: Provost Cllr. Helen Carmichael, Cllr. Margaret Davidson

Meeting commenced:  7.52pm.

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 4th February 2015 were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Duncan Fraser, seconded by Steve Byford – Approved.

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report: No report

Matters arising:

  1. Budget Cuts – JG raised the issue of the large cuts to the Ward Discretionary Fund (£760k) and whilst understanding the necessary stringencies at this time. The Council expressed concerns that the funding will be re-instated when finances are less constrained. Cllr. Davies reminded the Council that cuts would be also coming from the Grant. As the Council have no information on that yet they felt they could not address that until they have full details.
  2. Bus Stop – Ongoing. JS to to speak to Lovat Estates at next liaison meeting.
  3. Druim Ba appeal to SG launched.
  4. Cnoc an Eas Windfarm Supplementary documents received. JG reported that although detailed there was limited relevance to Kilmorack beyond what has already been addressed. However we should note that Force 9 have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Soirbheas as to the Community Benefit. JG has written to the Planner pointing out that Kilmorack CC is not party to this agreement despite being listed by THC as a local Community. A further concern was the confidentiality clause within that memorandum.

Chairman’s Business: None

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • JS reported that the SSE liaison meeting had been postponed until the 17th March 2016.
  • The conductors on the redundant line to be removed.
  • Sgurr have re-instated monitoring equipment.

 

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:  

  • SSE update on Loch Buidhe line – Being put on hold until such time as need is shown.
  • River Connections Art Survey – Concern was expressed to the safety of the tilting pier, the cost and visual intrusion to the River Ness. The other suggestions were discussed and met mixed reactions.
  • AGM – 7th April 2016.

Finance:

  • Balance £1651.56

Planning Matters:  No applications this month

 

AOCB:  .

  • It was noted that sight lines around the Braes had been improved.

 Next meeting:   7th April 2016. AGM at 7.45pm and meeting at 8.00pm at the Kilmorack Hall.

 Meeting Closed: 9.15pm    

 Signed:

 John Stewart

pp Steve Byford