Minutes of Meeting, 6th September 2018

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 6th September 2018 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary),  John Graham., Duncan Fraser(Treasurer), Mark Hedderwick(left 8.30pm)

Apologies:  Cllr. Emma Knox, Cllr. Helen Carmichael.

Meeting commenced: 19.40hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 7th June 2018  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by John Stewart, seconded by John Graham – Approved.

Police Scotland:  MG read report of two incidents of salmon poaching at Aigas Dam. Four persons reported to the Courts.

Matters arising:

  • THC Community Council’s Initial Engagement Survey – JG asked for comments. Will resend survey. JG and MG to attend consultation meeting at the Town House prior to the IACCF meeting on next Wednesday.
  • Beauly Parking Review: Comments from the meetings to be conveyed to Beauly CC.
  • Toll By-Pass weeding – Contractor has sprayed and cleared whins. Spray again in Spring. Altyre path – leave next grass cutting until Spring.
  • Beauly-Deanie upgrade – Residents informed of new delays on works. Ask why? Confirm date of next SSE CLG Meeting.
  • ACF update – JG reported on AGM. Fire wood distribution to be discussed at the next Woodfuel meeting. ACF has now a forest tractor, trailer and sawmill and has started worked on a new shed for workshop and machine storage.

Chairman’s Report:

  • Next CLG with SSE 19th MG to confirm with Kelly Scott.

Vice Chairman’s Report:

  • JS reported street light out in WB. Reported in June – awaiting action

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • THC Quality Awards – No nominations.
  • HSCHT 20th Annual Conference – No attendance
  • IACCF – Wed 12th Sept 2018 – JG and MG to attend

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Balance stands at £2156.00 and we have notification that our much reduced grant will be in our bank shortly.

PlanningMatters:

  • JG stated a conflict of interest as ACF had applied for a PNO for new forest buildings. No objections had been registered.

AOCB:

  • The Your Cash Your Choice disbursement is due and we had suggested lifebuoys on the River. However there seemed little support from the Angling Club. No further action. 

Next meeting: Thursday 4th October 2018 – 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)          

Meeting Closed: 21.10hrs                                                                           

Signed:

SB-Small                                                                       

 Steve Byford

Chairman           

Minutes of Meeting, 7th June 2018

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 7th June  2018 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary),  John Graham., Cllr. Emma Knox, Sgt. Julie Connor.

Apologies:  Mark Hedderwick, Duncan Fraser, Cllr. Margaret Davidson.

Meeting commenced: 19.35hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 10th May   2018  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by John Graham, seconded by John Stewart – Approved.

Police Scotland:  Sgt. Julie Connor. No incidents in KCC area and no emerging trends in neighbouring CCs. Police Scotland are advertising for two more officers for the ward area. One has reached interview stage and hopes to be in place by August.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Kilmorack Cemetery – MG and JG met Cllr. Margaret Davidson and Hugh Gardner, Head of Bereavement Management at Kilmorack Cemetery.

(1) Grass path to East extension was discussed and problem of replacing with a proper path came down to compliance with standardised width. Extra paths above the new graves would reduce the available lairs considerably. The opinion was that a narrower path within the curtilage of the graves would be compliant under the standard of reasonable action(EK). Paths up hill could be compliant, albeit with the loss of lairs, and that was considered acceptable with consideration given to possible extension of the graveyard in the future.

(2) Visitors walking over of corner of grave by the water tap can be addressed by the erection of a small wicket fence.

(3)Bins will be emptied more regularly and a three sided wooden fence will be paced around the bins in the cemetery

(4) Sinkage of graves was discussed and we were informed that THC were recruiting two more seasonal staff to address these issues.

(5) The overgrown beech hedge was discussed with the option of pollarding and trimming back. HG will explore the options.

  • Minute of Agreement with THC for grass cutting agreed and signed by Chair.
  • Toll Path – SB and JS are discussing options for a contractor. Altyre cutting planned for w/c 11th
  • Your Cash, Your Choice – Ideas: lifebelts for River Beauly near fishing stands. Ask DF and consult with Beauly Fishing Club.

Chairman’s Report:

  • No date offered for SSE CLG re noise issues. Email to Kelly Scott. Awaiting reply.

Vice Chairman’s Report:

  • Breedon not yet replied re Toll Junction repairs. John Taylor (THC) chasing. MG reminded the meeting that damaged road surface would pose a hazard for cyclists during the Highland Cross. JS and Cllr. Emma Knox to follow up.

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • Order for Poppy Wreath – approved

Treasurer’s Report: Late apology

PlanningMatters:

  • 18/02375/FUL – Yellowbrook Cottage, Farley, Beauly –ag buiding (no objections)

 AOCB:

Next meeting: Thursday 6th September 2018 – 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)           

Meeting Closed: 21.05hrs                                                                           

Signed:

 SB-Small                                                                     

 Steve Byford

Chairman           

Minutes of Meeting, 10th May 2018

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 10th May  2018 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary), Duncan Fraser(Treasurer), John Graham., Cllr. Margaret Davidson.

Apologies:  Mark Hedderwick, Cllr. Emma Knox.

Meeting commenced: 19.36hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 5th April   2018  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Steve Byford, seconded by Duncan Fraser – Approved.

Police Scotland:  No officer available.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Road Repairs – Most pot holes have now been filled. DF remarked that there are a couple on the top road which remain to be done.
  • Funding for Altyre Path Maintenance – JG reported invoice for funding had been sent to THC. We are still awaiting the final contract. Ditch has to be cleared on Altyre path (THC) and an area still needs to be raised. THC has agreed supplementary funding as part of our contract. JS to speak to contractor.
  • Toll Bypass/Altyre weed clearance – Query an application of roundup twice a year. JG to purchase some and JG and DF to arrange application. Grass cutting – contact Kevin Robertson re their quote.
  • Litter Pick – Aigas Field Centre to clear from CC boundary to Aigas Dam. We need to arrange the rest of the road.
  • Kilmorack Cemetery update – JG to meet with Cllr. Margaret Davidson and Hugh Gardner (Head of Bereavement Services – THC) on 18th May at 10.00am at Kilmorack Cemetery.

Chairman’s Report:

  • SB reported that the remaining sand/stone from the SSE house to be sold.
  • Substation Noise still heard in Wester Balblair. Email Kelly Scott re next Community Liaison Meeting.

 Vice Chairman’s Report:

  • Commemorative Plaque for Toll Path seat has arrived and general opinion chose the dark wood as backing. DF and JS to arrange installation.

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Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • Police Scotland want info leaflet about Bogus Callers disseminated. SB to print and arrange delivery.
  • Draft Wayfinding Strategy Inverness – Details online.

 Treasurer’s Report:

  • No transactions.£36.54 for seat plaque Balance stands at £1928.11.

PlanningMatters:

  • 18/01771/FUL – Teanassie Lodge. Revised plans. No objections
  • 18/0718/PNO – Teanroit PNO – No objections

 AOCB:

  • Caravan by Dunmore (abandoned/vandalised) JG to speak to John Taylor (Community Services-Roads) for advice.
  • Access into Altyre House – Road drain has collapsed. SB has contacted Kelly Scott(SSEN). Arranging for repair.
  • Toll Junction repair – Email Breedon cc MD to have repair done before the Highland Cross.

 

Next meeting: Thursday 7th June 2018 – 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)

           

Meeting Closed: 21.11hrs                                                                           

Signed:

  SB-Small                                                                    

 Steve Byford

Chairman           

Minutes of Meeting 5th April 2018

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 5th April  2018 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.45pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary), Duncan Fraser(Treasurer), John Graham, Cllr. Emma Knox

Apologies: Cllr. Margaret Davidson, Cllr. Helen Carmichael, Mark Hedderwick

Meeting commenced: 19.40hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 1st March 2018  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Duncan Fraser, seconded by John Stewart – Approved.

Police Scotland:  PC Scott Maclean attended – No incidents in KCC area. A reminder to communicate clear addresses and relevant details if calling new call centre.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Road repairs – Road repairs have started and community councillors commended THC on work to date. Outstanding potholes: KCC to contact THC with details and locations.
  • SSE Towers – new lower towers under construction. Will be completed when power outage granted.
  • Altyre Path flooding: THC to rod the drain. JC to chase re maintenance grant.
  • Toll Kerbing – The agreed kerbing is complete but the re-surfacing of the junction is on hold due to weather conditions.

Chairman’s Report: No Report

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • Munro memorial plaque ordered.
  • Maintenance of zig-zag planting (Toll Bypass Path): Ask for volunteers and arrange date.

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • SFRS Consultation – Email link

Treasurer’s Report:

  • No transactions. Balance stands at £1964.65

PlanningMatters: None

AOCB:

  • Grass cutting is now to be done in house by THC but, despite requests, we have yet to ascertain which areas (WB) will be done and on what frequency.
  • Litter – Arrange a litter pick for the Cannich Road.
  • Comments on new bus stop by Kiltarlity turn
  • ACF – JG gave an update on currant activity
  • WB Notice Board – Repairs – JG to contact Russell Ross. DF to speak to men’s shed.
  • Winter Resilience- SSE new grants available. JG suggested we look at last year’s awards and see if anything of relevance is flagged up.

Next meeting: Thursday 3rd May 2018 – 7.30pm at Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)        

Meeting Closed: 21.10hrs                                                                           

Signed:

   SB-Small                                                                   

 Steve Byford

Chairman           

 

Minutes of Meeting, 1st March 2018

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 1st March  2018 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary), Duncan Fraser(Treasurer), John Graham.

Apologies: Cllr. Emma Knox, Mark Hedderwick

Meeting commenced: 19.34hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 1st February  2018  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Steve Byford, seconded by Duncan Fraser – Approved.

Police Scotland:  No officer available. MG read area report.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Budget cuts to CCs Discussed. Letter to be sent to THC to point out disappointed and the view that the wrong message given that CCs are not valued and ultimately leads to a lack of Community Empowerment.
  • Footpaths Update – John Taylor of Community Services(Roads) phoned SB re road repairs and funding available. Alan Hogg drove around the Braes with SB to identify problem areas. Repairs for Croyard Junction to be carried out this month plus potholes. Wester Balblair – drain culvert blocked causing backlog at bottom of Altyre Path. JG to contact THC with photos from JS.

Chairman’s Report:

  • New tower beside the Kirk seems to have the new base not in the original position as per plan. Email Kelly Scott(SSE) for clarification.
  • New members should be sought for the Community Council.

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • JS and DF had a liaison meeting with Breedons with Chris Bremner and John Mackenzie. Work has commenced on the Toll Road kerbing upgrade. JS to email Breedons for reason for gap. Cc’s to John Taylor (THC). Breedon to introduce a watering system to damp down dust to be activated on dry days.

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • IACCF Meeting 6th JG/MG to attend.
  • AGM notification posted on Notice Boards and Web Site MG received confirmation that all officers will be prepared to continue.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • No transactions. Balance stands at £1964.65.

PlanningMatters:

  • 18/00506/FUL – New House below Dunsmore. Concern expressed on pressure on services. Make comments to Planning Officer re pressure on road/bridge for construction traffic and concerns on over development in the hinterland as per Local Rural Plan.

 AOCB:

  • Seat Plaque – JS to order.
  • Winter Resilience – Letter to SSE to establish how well Communities coped in recent weather.

Next meeting: Thursday 5th April 2018 – AGM 7.30pm and meeting at 7.45pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)           

Meeting Closed: 21.30hrs                                                                           

Signed:

   SB-Small                                                                   

 Steve Byford

Chairman           

Minutes of Meeting, 1st February 2018

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 1st February 2018 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary), Duncan Fraser(Treasurer)[08.10pm], John Graham, Mark Hedderwick[07.42pm], Cllr. Emma Knox.

Community Members :  Kevin Mackay, Graham Mackay, Eddie Stefaniak and Bryan MacLelland

Apologies: Cllr. Helen Carmichael

Meeting commenced: 19.35hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 7th December  2017  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by John Graham, seconded by John Stewart – Approved.

Planning Presentation: 17/05659/FUL | Erection of house & detached garage | Croft Land 1 Broallan Kilmorack Beauly IV4 7AH.

Kevin Mackay presented his plans for a family home on a 7 acre plot of croftland and addressed concerns that were raised by neighbours.

  1. Pressure on services
  2. Loss of crofting land
  • Drainage of land liable to water logging
  1. Proximity to Birchwood
  2. Any intention of further development

Kevin Mackay and other interested community members then left.

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report:  No attendance. Report now covers several CCs. Police Scotland have promoted a warning of on-line scams which we have circulated using social media and our web site.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Noise at Teanassie – Noise complaints have been received about dogs barking late at night and also out of hours noise from the contractors yard. Dog issue, on recommendation, was referred to EHO by the complainant and action has been taken. Out of hours operation was likewise recommended for the residents to contact THC.
  • Footpaths Update – Funding for maintenance discussion ongoing with the CC agreeing that index linked ongoing annual grant was the best option.
  • Ditches and Drains – Pot holes – send photos and GPS location to Community Services(Roads) at THC

(Cllr. Emma Knox left at 8.20pm)

Chairman’s Report:

  • SSEN CLG – New liaison officer Kelly Scott.
  • Increase in noise on occasions possibly due to transformer next to SVC. Accoustic jacket planned.
  • Dounreay line to be restrung. Work on reduced height towers behind Wester Balblair has begun.

Vice Chairman’s Report:  No Report

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • Date for First aid training postponed due to bad weather and flu outbreak.
  • IACCF Meeting- Bank Closure was discussed.
  • Fire Scotland – Community Asset register.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Balance stands at £1964.65 after Secretary’s honorarium paid.

PlanningMatters:

  • 17/05934/FUL| Change of use of land for siting of accommodation unit, erection of forestry shed/stable, installation of infiltration bed, upgrade of access track | Land 435M SW Of Aigas Power Station Beauly – No objections.
  • 17/05659/FUL | Erection of house & detached garage | Croft Land 1 Broallan Kilmorack Beauly IV4 7AH. – SB declared a conflict of interest being an adjoining property. There were a number of concerns about drainage and further development. Comment to planner to limit development on the whole site to the one dwelling.

AOCB:

  • Altyre – Any complaints to SSEBuilding works,
  • Placque for seats at Toll Bypass – Wording given by Mrs. Munro’s daughters and agreed. 

Next meeting: Thursday 1st March 2018 at 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)           

Meeting Closed: 20.50hrs                                                                           

Signed:

   SB-Small                                                                   

 Steve Byford            

Minutes of Meeting, 7th December 2017

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 7th December 2017 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

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

Apologies: Cllr. Margaret Davidson

Meeting commenced: 19.32hrs

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report:

  • PC Jones – No incidents in KCC area but asked residents to prepare their vehicles for winter.

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 2nd November  2017  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Duncan Fraser, seconded by John Stewart – Approved.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Path Maintenance –Altyre and Toll Bypass – A meeting with Cllr. Margaret Davidosn and John Taylor(Community Services-roads) at The Council Offices was attended by Stev byford, John Stewart and John Graham. Proposal that KCC were paid, either a yearly or lump sum payment to manage the SSE constructed area. Cllr. MD to refer to Finance Director to develop a plan.
  • Bank Closure at RBS Beauly. Universal concern was expressed at the damage to the community following the recent closure of Bank of Scotland. Explore alternatives and contact other local Community Councils. Letter to the CEO of RBS expressing our concerns. Cllr. MD is pursuing this on a national level.
  • SSEN – New liaison person, Kelly Scott, had been appointed and JG had been in contact with her regarding the next CLG meeting. She said that they were awaiting evaluation pf noise monitoring.

Chairman’s Report: No Report

Vice Chairman’s Report:  No Report

 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Balance stands at £2394.64. Secretaries Honorarium of £400 to be paid.

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • First aid training – dates and venue to be confirmed but were awaiting booking form from Kilmorack Hall.
  • Next years meeting dates and venue were presented and agreed.

PlanningMatters: No applications

AOCB:

  • Building works, Altyre Steading – Still no warning road signs of men working.

Next meeting: Thursday 1st February 2018 at 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)           

Meeting Closed: 20.52hrs                                                                           

Signed:

      SB-Small                                                                

 Steve Byford            

Minutes of Meeting, 2nd November 2017

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

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

Apologies: Cllr. Emma Knox

Meeting commenced: 19.32hrs

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 6th October  2017  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Steve Byford, seconded by Mark Hedderwick – Approved.

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report:

  • PC Jones (Fort Augustus) gave new full area report. No incidents reported in Kilmorack. JG reported an incidence of poaching at Main of Aigas. Explore use of camera traps.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Weed Suppression – New Altyre path – JG received quote from Robertson’s at £400 plus vat for each cut with tractor mounted flail mower and strimmer. Agreed to accept and proceed asap. SB suggested volunteers clear Toll Path area now. JG had contacted Community Services(Roads) and funding was still not forthcoming. KCC to look at alternatives. i.e. being given funding by THC to employ contractor.
  • Benches on new paths:- 2nd seat to be finished shortly weather permitting.
  • Old Cemetery Notice Board: Ward Discretionary Fund grant had been received. New Board had been made and installed. Wester Balblair board also in need of some refurbishment.
  • Toll Memorial: Contact British Legion to query leaf clearance for the 11th. MH to action.

Chairman’s Report:

  • Email to Cllr.Margaret Davidson re progress of meeting with EHO (substation noise).

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • Noise at substation still audible. Email to NA(SSEN) re progress.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Balance stands at £2394.64. WDF grant of £588 received. Paid Out Notice Board £588

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • To attend Inverness Rural Communities Convention – Tourism and Broadband.

PlanningMatters:

  • 17/04998/FUL – No comment
  • 17/04935/FUL – No comment.

AOCB:

  • Building works, Altyre Steading – No warning road signs and heavy vehicles blocking lay-bys. Lovat have been notified.
  • Hard standing by Old Cemetery/bus shelter in need of regrading. Ask if this could be included in works for Kilmorack Bus Stop

Next meeting: Thursday 7th December 2017 at 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)           

Meeting Closed: 21.26hrs                                                                           

Signed:

  SB-Small                                                                    

 Steve Byford            

Minutes of Meeting, 7th September 2017

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 7th  September 2017 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

Present:   Steve Byford (Chair), John Stewart (Vice-Chair), Mary Graham(Secretary), John Graham, Duncan Fraser(Treasurer).

Apologies: Cllr. Bill Fraser

Meeting commenced:  7.41pm

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 1st  June  2017  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Duncan Fraser, seconded by John Stewart – Approved.

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report:

  • MG gave details of new area officers. JG mentioned complaint by local resident of ‘boy racers’ intermittent visits to area. Police have been advised.

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Litter Signs – Now installed. Two at Picnic Area, one above Aigas Dam and one at the path in Wester Balblair. JG to arrange signs for dog fouling.
  • Picnic area car park. JG reported grass had been topped by David Bloor(Peter Masheter) and JG had topped a second time. Area around Picnic tables had been regularly strimmed to keep tidy.
  • Bus stop by Kilmorack Hall. JS to meet with Breedons(Chris Bremner) re supply of materials and advice. JS also reported on Breedon CLG meeting with updates on quarry expansion and proposed mitigation of dust problems at the access point and the cement batching plant.
  • Toll Road and Altyre – Update – Awaiting THC action as there is an issue with retention of budget for maintenance of infrastructure limiting grass maintenance. Ongoing but alternative options to be explored by SB and JS.
  • British Legion Poppy Wreath received and donation paid and receipted.
  • Wood fuel for elderly in KCC area. DF and JS are to list potential recipients.
  • Trees for Life – Beavers. ScotGov had a view to remove a beaver family from the Strathglass area. Trees for Life had requested KCC’s opinion. Varied opinions but consensus was that impact on fishing and farming must be considered and it was felt that the upper regions of the area would be more appropriate for beavers where any impact would be minimal. It was felt that Trees for Life should be discussing this with fishing and farming interests first.

Chairman’s Report:

  • CLG – Local residents are still reporting hearing increased noise. Cause failure to recalibrate SVC after outage. Action: more frequent checks and re-calibration. Still no confirmation which transformer is responsible.
  • Beauly and Dounreay line. Some pylons will be replaced with smaller ones in 2018.
  • Access Road at sub-station: new contractors starting replanting in November.
  • New security fencing to be erected. Possibly green.

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • Memorial seats – All prepared. Waiting for a few dry days to install.

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • Red Cross offering free first aid/safety training for over 65s. MG to enquire if weekends are available.
  • Kirking of the Council – MG and JG attended.

Finance:

  • British Legion ‘donation’ paid and The Highland Council Grant received.
  • Balance is £2394.04

Planning Matters:

  • No current applications.

AOCB:

  • Participatory Budgeting. THC have requested representatives from Community Councils, schools and charities to form a steering committee to facilitate the participatory budget event in March 2018. Whilst KCC considered it important for strong CC representation it was felt this best arranged by the Council as few of us have the time or facilities to manage this.

Next meeting: Thursday 5th October 2017 at 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)  

Meeting Closed: 9.56pm                                                                            

Signed:

SB-Small

 Steve Byford            

Minutes of Meeting 1st June 2017

Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 1st June 2017 at the ‘The Kirk, Wester Balblair’ at 7.30pm

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

Apologies: Cllr. Margaret Davidson, Cllr. Helen Carmichael

Meeting commenced:  7.35pm

Minutes of the previous meeting Thurs 4th May  2017  were taken as read and accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed by Steve Byford, seconded by Duncan Fraser – Approved.

Police Scotland, Beauly Area Report: No report

Matters arising:                                                                             

  • Litter Signs – JG presented sign suggestion from ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ JG to contact KSB to personalise the signs and then get some made up at an estimate of £10 each. Fly-tipping – see how the litter signs work.
  • Picnic area car park. JG to see about the availability of a flail mower to flatten the mole hills.
  • Ditch Repairs – THC have inspected the problem after a complaint from a resident and hope to resolve it.
  • Bus stop by Kilmorack Hall. We are still trying to address the kerbing issue. JS to email Breedon and MH to explore availability of a digger to grade the area.
  • Toll Road and Altyre – This is on the Council to-do list but THC are waiting for the maintenance payment from SSE. Will update us on the program as soon as funding in place.

Chairman’s Report:

  • CLG – Control changes may have worked. SSE to put acoustic jacket on Toshiba SVC taking it down by 10db. Cllrs are requested to report any noise to SSE. Monitors next to SVC and to be sited at the Kirk.
  • Visibility of substation – new access still to be landscaped. Awaiting stone waller who will build bank back up. Replanting has missed this season.
  • HVDC – WSP want help identifying viewpoints
  • Dounreay line upgrade in the next few days. Restringing 28th June to 11th Concern as to the Tower reduction schedule.
  • Deanie Line upgrade – Concern was expressed that SSE was aware of School Bus Times to obviate any conflict. Schedule for repaint mid June with upgrade June-July. These times seem somewhat fluid at the moment.

Vice Chairman’s Report:  

  • Memorial seats – Red Mahogany ordered for early June. Will be prepared and fitted asap.
  • New seat installed at a trial location at the Quarry Walk and a photo was available. Many thanks to Duncan Fraser.

Secretary’s Business and Correspondence:

  • Fire Service Questionnaire. Discussed and noted that local knowledge crucial. MG/JG to complete and forward.
  • HSCHT – Membership Renewal. MH to be our representative.

Finance:

  • Only payment this month was DD for Information Commissioner. Balance is £1748.75

Planning Matters:

  • There were no objections to the proposals.

AOCB:

  • MH commented on concerns of Police Activity in the Kilmorack, Teanassie, Breakachy area with one youth found injured at the Gallery. With no police attendance it was deferred for now but enquiries would be made.

Next meeting: Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7.30pm At Ffordes Photographic(the Kirk)          

Meeting Closed: 9.25pm                                                                            

Signed:

  SB-Small                                                                    

 Steve Byford