Glen Urquhart Community Council
1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), David Fraser, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), Peter Macdonald, Ken Fraser, John Duncan, and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillor Margaret Davidson, PC Ryan McGill, Police Scotland, and 3 members of the public.
Apologies: Stuart Ross, Councillors Helen Carmichael, Hamish Wood and Jean Davis, and Gillian Skinner.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 24th October 2016 were adopted as a correct record (Ken Fraser / John Duncan)
3. Matters arising from minutes
No items not already covered by the agenda.
4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald advised that the balance currently stands at £2501.84, since the last meeting payments had been made for room rental, website renewal and Chair’s computer supplies.
5. Policing Update
Members were pleased to welcome PC Ryan McGill, the new officer appointed to the Fort Augustus office and with responsibility for the Drumnadrochit area. The following report was noted:
Road Safety – There have been no serious accidents and 2 minor road traffic collisions, and 9 reports of poor driver behaviour. 7 Fixed penalty tickets have been issued.
Public Protection – There have been 5 public protection matters.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – There has been 1 report of drug misuse.
Crimes of Dishonesty – There have been no crimes of dishonesty.
During the period there were 4 incidents of disorder, 1 neighbour dispute and 2 non reportable fires with once incident of fire raising.
PC McGill advised that he had undertaken a number of visits to the local schools and to licensed premises and local businesses, he would continue to visit local organisations and was happy to provide information sessions to any groups who might wish further information and liaison. It was also noted that the issue of noise and littering around the village had been raised at a recent GUHS assembly, and regular patrols had been made of the shinty pavilion. GUCC thanked PC McGill for his visit and looked forward to seeing him at future meetings.
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Hydro Schemes – There had been very little activity at the Shenval site over the past 2-
7. Loch Ness Homes
It was noted that the site for the new Pharmacy had been agreed and this would include construction of a roundabout on the A82, this development has an anticipated completion date of January 2019.
8. Supported Housing
It was noted that the planning application was currently being progressed, completion of the development was expected by Spring 2018. Some informal applications and notes of interest had already been received but the process for allocation of houses was yet to be agreed. It was noted that the Building Warrant application could be submitted through GUCC in due course.
9. Planning Applications
16/04767/FUL – Erection of 12no amenity dwellings with associated parking, landscaping, services and formation of access, Land SW of Glenurquhart Centre, 31 Coiltie Crescent, Drumnadrochit – noted.
16/04576/PIP – Erection of dwelling Land East of Sonas, Balnain, Glenurquhart – letter sent to planning department regarding need for upgrade of upper section of Torcroft road.
16//04725/PNO – Prior notification for Farm-
16/05168/PNO – General agricultural shed. Storage and housing livestock. Drumclune Farm, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6XS – noted.
11. Any Other Business
Chamber of Commerce – It was noted that Frances Colburn had been appointed as the new Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, and GUCC looked forward to working with her in the future.
Woodland Trust Meeting – Margaret Davidson advised that she would be meeting with the Woodland Trust next week to discuss progress for the works to the breach in the bund at Kilmore and repairs to the footpath in the cover. It was noted that flooding issues at Balmacaan should also be discussed.
Historic Environment Scotland – Margaret Davidson advised that she would be meeting with HES to discuss the traffic / parking issues at Urquhart Castle and the Clansman Hotel.
SEPA – Ken Fraser advised that SEPA were currently making changes to the regulations regarding river bank repairs and rock armour support.
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12. Details of Next Meeting
The next meetings for GUCC were scheduled as follows, all at 8.00pm:
Monday 23rd January Craigmonie Centre
Monday 27th February Balnain Hall
Monday 27th March Blairbeg Hall
Monday 24th April Craigmonie Centre
Monday 22nd May Balnain Hall
Monday 26th June Blairbeg Hall
July no meeting
Monday 28th August Craigmonie Centre
Monday 25th September Balnain Hall
Monday 23rd October Blairbeg Hall
Monday 27th November Craigmonie Centre
December no meeting
There was no further business and Pam Lucas wished members all the very best for Christmas and the New Year. The meeting closed at 9.15pm.
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minute of Meeting held on
Monday 28th November 2016 at 8.00pm
in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit