Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 27th May 2019 at 8.00pm
in Balnain Hall, Glen Urquhart
1. Present: David Fraser (Chair), Peter Macdonald, Stuart Ross, Pam Lucas, Ken Fraser, John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillor Margaret Davidson, Pam Poston, Glen Urquhart Care Centre, Gordon Findlay, GURCA, Fraser Mackenzie, Soirbheas, Morag Fraser, Caledonian Concepts, and 3 members of the public.
Apologies: Councillors George Cruickshank and Helen Carmichael, Steven Anderson, Police Scotland, and Gillian Skinner.
Chairing duties are currently being shared between Pam Lucas and David Fraser.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting on 29th April 2019 were approved as a correct record (Ken Fraser / Fiona Urquhart).
3. Matters arising from minutes
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Item 3 – Drumnadrochit Flood Protection Scheme – A note of GUCC support for the scheme has been passed to Highland Council. SEPA have since raised questions in relation to the scheme which has caused a delay, and the proposals will now go to Highland Council committee in August instead of May. It is hoped that the issues raised are not substantial and will not result in any further delays.
Item 7 – Forestry Update – It was noted that Forestry and Land Scotland contractors are now back working in Craigmonie Woodland.
Item 9 – Old Scotmid Site – David Fraser advised that he was continuing to pursue arrangements for the re-
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Item 13 – A82 Drum Bridge – The grit and debris on the pavements has been reported and it was anticipated that street sweeping would take place when the sweeper has finished working in another location.
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4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that the balance currently sits at £19,981.52, comprising £1,400 in reserve for the Community Council and £18,496 in reserve for Cnocan Burraidh. £1,500 has been received from Chris Grant as part of the Cnocan Burraidh commitment. £11.25 has been paid in hall rent and £2,904 for preliminary works at Cnocan Burraidh.
5. Policing Update
No officer was present at the meeting, and the following report had been submitted in advance of the meeting:
Road Safety – 3 fixed penalties issued for minor traffic offences. 1 Drink driving offence.
Public Protection – 2 missing persons, returned safe and well.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – No incidents of note.
Crimes of Dishonesty – No incidents of note.
6. Etape Loch Ness 2019
Morag Fraser was welcomed to the meeting, she thanked GUCC for their support in the lead up to the 2019 event, and provided the following update:
Thanks were passed to Morag for attending and providing follow-
7. Cnocan Buraidh – Update
David Fraser advised that work had started with the removal of the old walls, and the majority of the iron railings had been successfully extracted and retained from the old coping stones. Some stones will need replacing and Historic Scotland were advising of a source for these. It was hoped that the tender document for wall repairs would be going out within the next couple of weeks.
8. Community Assets Transfer
Gordon Findlay advised that an extension to the asset transfer of the Tourist Information building had been agreed with Highland Council and the proposal will go to their November committee for consideration. In the meantime community use had been agreed for over the summer, this would comprise tourist information, display areas, and selling of local crafts. Painting of the building is scheduled to take place in the coming week and an open evening is planned for those interested in doing craft pop-
9. Loch Ness Homes Development
Margaret Davidson confirmed that Transport Scotland have approved the installation of a new pedestrian crossing, and confirmation details were awaited from Bear Scotland. Funding is in place for this. It was agreed that the crossing should be installed before the end of June, otherwise it would be delayed until after the end of September to avoid the peak summer traffic period. It would also make sense to have the crossing in place before the Pharmacy opens in July. Margaret Davidson confirmed that she would continue to pursue this. Action – Margaret Davidson. The pathway from the supported housing to the shop was also still awaited, and David advised that he would continue to pursue this. Action – David Fraser
10. Springfield Development
It was noted that a formal planning application had still not been submitted, but that a public meeting was scheduled for 6th June. GUCC will submit a formal response to the application when it is available, and would encourage members of the community to also do so. It was agreed that GUCC should request that they are made a statutory consultee for this application to ensure that they do not miss out on the opportunity to submit comments if the application is submitted during July when the GUCC do not meet. Action – Fiona Urquhart
Pam Poston was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
12. Planning Applications
19/01690/MSC – Erection of house, land 110m south of 2 Balnalurigin, Balnain – Response to be sent noting concerns regarding surface water and access track conditions. Action – Fiona Urquhart
18/00395/FUL – It was noted that this application had been refused because the information required to assess and determine the application, particularly in relation to the assessment of flood risk, surface water drainage and waste management, had not been submitted in accordance with the request under Regulation 24 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2013. Application 19/00303/FUL also refused.
Local Plan, call for sites – David Fraser advised that the community needs to consider identifying new sites for development, particularly in relation to the need for new premises due to increasing numbers at the Childcare Centre. It was also noted that John Cameron was agreeable to the sale of the field at the Druimlon end of the shinty field and this could be flagged for community use. Any comments on additional areas to feed in to this process would be welcome.
A82 – It was noted that issues previously reported have not been resolved and it was hoped to have a meeting with Transport Scotland in early June to progress these issues. David Fraser confirmed that he would also continue to pursue outstanding issues with Highland Council eg flooding issues on Pitkerrald Road. Action – David Fraser
It was noted there continued to be traffic problems with the roundabout at the surgery. No further work was planned on the roundabout and GUCC would continue to monitor the situation.
A831 – Potholes at Drum Bridge junction and at Achmony road end have been reported and it was agreed that David Fraser should email Highland Council Roads Dept directly cc Margaret Davidson. Action – David Fraser
A833 – It was noted that large stones placed at an entranceway at the top of Culnakirk were very close to the road causing a potential hazard, this should be reported through the Highland Council website. Action – David Fraser
Kilmore Road – It was noted that the brickwork on the road was coming loose again and required reporting / repair. Action – Margaret Davidson
No correspondence other than previously circulated to GUCC members.
15. Any Other Business
Bridge at Cover – The installation of a bridge at the cover was a long running issue and has been looked at in detail with the local walking group and through discussions with Borlum, and this is not something that would be happening. At times when the river is low it is easy to cross on gravel banks, and on other occasions fallen trees often provide a natural crossing point.
Milton Lights Survey – David Fraser confirmed that letters have been delivered to 51 households and the number of responses already returned confirms that there will have been a representative number of households participated in the voting.
Shenval Bus Shelter – GUCC were supportive of the request to provide some funding to contribute to repair / replacement of the Shenval bus shelter. It was also noted that an application should be made to the Ward Budget and Soirbheas.
Postal Service Issues – It was noted that some residents who have inaccessible driveways were experiencing problems with the delivery / collection of their mail, which sometimes also includes prescription medication. It was confirmed that these issues be discussed with Robert Cockburn as the Local Postmaster, and thereafter with the Royal Mail Service directly.
Path through cemetery for access to Blairbeg Hall – Some residents in the new supported housing had requested access through the cemetery to Blairbeg hall as the existing path along the roads is too long, and the pathway through the woods is uneven. It was agreed that access through the cemetery would not be appropriate, and that the woods landowner is conscious that the planning application by Loch Ness Homes shows paths leading into the wood, and a tarred path has been installed to the boundary, but this represents a potential liability issue for the landowner. Upgrading the path alongside the cemetery would be the preferred option but this requires discussion with Loch Ness Homes and the landowner of the woods to ensure the right solution is found.
Stone Wall at Free Church – It was noted that stones are coming loose from the wall opposite the church, and this was potentially dangerous given the proximity to the main road and the drop to housing on the opposite side. It was agreed that this be reported to Highland Council for repair. Action – David Fraser
16. Details of Next Meetings
The AGM was scheduled for Monday 24th June at 8pm in Blairbeg Hall, this would be followed by the routine meeting immediately afterwards.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.10pm.