Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Meeting held on
Monday 25th April 2016 at 8.00pm
Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
1. Present: Pam Lucas, John Duncan, Ken Fraser, David Fraser, Peter MacDonald and Fiona Urquhart.
Also present were Cllr Margaret Davidson, Val Cooper (Minute Secretary) and 2 members of the public.
Apologies: Stuart Ross, Cllr Helen Carmichael and Gillian Skinner.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 28th March 2016 were adopted as a correct record (Ken Fraser / Fiona Urquhart)
3. Matters arising from minutes
Item 11 – Facebook Page -
Item 11 – Sunday Events – suggestion that showing of material with a potentially offensive content should be avoided on a Sunday has been passed to the Craigmonie Centre.
4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter MacDonald reported that the balance remains at £1567.80. A £10 payment for Glen Urquhart Public Hall rent was due.
5. Policing Update
No officers were present at the meeting but the following report had been provided via email:
Road Safety – As part of operation ROUTE, 2 fixed penalty tickets were issued for speed related offences. There was one fatal road traffic collision and 10 other non injury or minor injury road traffic collisions. As the tourist season picks up there has been an increase in driving issues relating to bad driving as can be expected.
Public Protection – Where possible there have been routine patrols around the village in order to prevent any public order issues. There has been one report of bogus workmen in the Abriachan area. Police continue to caution householders not to take on doorstep salesmen. The high profile missing person enquiry is currently ongoing. Police are grateful for the assistance the public has given and continue to request any information that would assist them. A number of reports concerning suspicious persons have arisen, this could be as a result of public awareness due to the missing person. There have been further issues of livestock worrying by dogs. Police are to source posters to put up in the area increasing dog owners responsibilities.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – No incidents of note.
Crimes of Dishonesty – None noted.
It had been expected that a representative of Highland Council Flooding Team would give an update. In their absence David Fraser to request an update on proposed works at Kilmichael from Garry Smith, Highland Council. Any update received will be included in the minute. Action – David Fraser
Cnoc an Eas – No update, it was expected that the planning application would be considered at a meeting of the planning committe in May or June.
Soirbheas – Pam Lucas advised that a closed meeting with Soirbheas, Strathglass Community Council and GUCC has been scheduled for Monday 16th May to review procedures and agree any updates required in the administering of community renewable projects on behalf of the two communities.
A831 – It was noted that Highland Council had surveyed some sections of the road and some areas had been marked for re-
The fence at the roadside opposite the Lodge has been repaired. Drains around the Kilmichael area have been full and in need of clearing since the latest flooding event.
A82 – Crash barrier at Temple Pier requires repair. Ongoing issues with potholes and poor drainage. Members were reminded that the Highland Council website has a section for the reporting of road issues eg flooding and potholes.
9. Loch Ness Homes
10. Planning Applications
16/01374/FUL – Erection of garage block with workshop, shower and storage area Marchwood, Balnain, IV63 6TJ – noted
16/01453/PNO – Prior notification for farm-
16/01468/FUL – Renewal of permission of 15/01618/FUL – siting of catering van Restaurant, Fiddlers Bar, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6TX – noted
16/01438/PNO – Erection of agricultural building Drumclune Farm, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6XS – noted
16/01777/FUL – Replace existing dwelling with new dwelling Hillside, 4 Strone, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6XL -
Items of correspondence already circulated to members by email.
12. Any Other Business
Etape – Gillian Skinner had asked, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, for it to be noted that this event had not resulted in any increase in business in Drumnadrochit. It was also noted that some guests had been confused by differing messages on road closures on public media. Participants in the event had praised the organisation and efforts of stewards and marshals. The event organisers would be invited to a future meeting of GUCC for a de-
Culnakirk Brae – It was noted that pot-
Craigmonie Woodland – It was noted that the Graigmonie Woodland group had now been running for 20 years, providing an excellent service in tree planting, path clearing and providing logs for local pensioners at Christmas time. The group were currently fundraising for their annual insurance payment and it was agreed to provide £50 from GUCC. Margaret Davidson advised that the group may also wish to pursue public liability insurance through the Highland Council contact with Zurich which may provide a cheaper option.
Glen Urquhart Shinty Club – Ken Fraser passed on thanks on behalf of Glen Urquhart Shinty Club for the Ward Discretionary fund contribution to the recent trip to New York which had been very successful.
13. Details of Next Meeting
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 23rd May in Balnain Hall.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.30pm.