Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minute of Meeting held on
Monday 24th October 2016 at 8.00pm
in Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit
1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), David Fraser, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), Stuart Ross, Ken Fraser, John Duncan, and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillor Margaret Davidson, Julie Adams, Soirbheas, Ross Watson, Woodland Trust, Jayson Drummond and Donald Londgen, Green Highland, and 2 members of the public.
Apologies: Peter Macdonald, PC Ryan McGill, and Councillor Helen Carmichael.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 26th September 2016 were adopted as a correct record (Fiona Urquhart / John Duncan)
3. Matters arising from minutes
No items not already covered by the agenda.
4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald had provided information to confirm that the balance remains at £2596.83. There had been no transactions since the last meeting.
5. Policing Update
Members were pleased to note that PC Ryan McGill had joined the Fort Augustus team and would have responsibility for the Drumnadrochit area. Members looked forward to meeting him at a future meeting. The following report was noted:
Road Safety – There have been no serious accidents and 2 minor road traffic collisions, and 7 reports of poor driver behaviour. 5 Fixed penalty tickets have been issued.
Public Protection – There have been 2 public protection matters.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – There have been 2 reports of drug misuse.
Crimes of Dishonesty – There have been 2 crimes of dishonesty.
During the period there were 4 incidents of disorder, 2 neighbour disputes and 4 missing persons who were traced safe and well.
6. Shenval Hydro Scheme – update from Green Highland
Jayson Drummond and Donald Londgen were welcomed to the meeting and apologised for the out of hours contracting work which had taken place at Shenval. It was noted that a similar occurrence had taken place the previous weekend on the Coiltie system, the representatives from Green Highland had been unaware of this and again passed on their apologies and advised that they would be speaking to the contractor to reiterate the out of hours agreement. Any further issues experienced at either site should be reported to Green Highland.
7. Woodland Trust – presentation by Ross Watson
Ross Watson, local manager for the Highlands, with responsibility for 3 sites in the GUCC area, was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following information:
Ross was thanked for taking the time to attend the meeting and provide the update on the local area.
Soirbheas – Julie Adams advised that a number of new and ongoing activities (eg Tattie Project, Health Walks, Care Advisory Support Group) were detailed in the latest edition of the Soirbheas newsletter which was currently being circulated. She also advised that they were continuing to negotiate investing in the Shenval hydro system and would also be looking in to the Coiltie system.
Cnoc an Eas – It was noted that a reporter, separate from the Druim Ba development, had been appointed. Concerns had been noted by STAG that the reporter was reluctant to undertake accompanied site visits or receive oral evidence, however it was also noted that a pre-
9. Loch Ness Homes
No update available.
10. Supported Housing
Planning has been submitted.
11. Planning Applications
16/04227/PIP – Proposed new house including upgrading of access and formation of service layby, Land 65m NE of Kerrowdown Cottage, Drumnadrochit – noted
16/04318/MSC – Erection of 1.5 storey house, detailed site layout, landscaping, external appearance, access and parking, water supply and drainage, Land 150m NE of Ceilidh Tail Cottage, Drumbuie, Drumnadrochit -
16/04491/FUL – Erection of disabled access ramp, Lochaber, 102 Balmacaan Road, Drumnadrochit – noted
16/04510/FUL – Conservatory, 1 Kilmartin Square, Glenurquhart, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6TN – noted
11. Any Other Business
Chamber of Commerce AGM -
Flooding Works – David Fraser confirmed that the flood team have completed work at Kilmichael and would be monitoring its effectiveness over time.
Village Drainage – It was noted that Bear Scotland had been undertaking work to unblock drains around the bridge and PO area.
Urquhart Castle – Margaret Davidson advised that meetings had been taking place with Bear Scotland, Transport Scotland, Historic Scotland and Highland Council to discuss what might be done to alleviate traffic problems around the Urquhart Castle area. It was noted that Bear Scotland would also be looking at parking issues around the Clansman.
Broadband – Fiona Urquhart advised that she had been receiving a lot of comments regarding BT Openreach and the ineffective Broadband locally. Margaret Davidson requested that Fiona Urquhart collate the comments and pass them on to her. Action – Fiona Urquhart
12. Details of Next Meeting
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 28th November at 8.00pm in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.20pm.