Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 28th August 2017 at 8.00pm
in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Frances Colbron, John Duncan, and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillors Margaret Davidson and George Cruickshank, Constable Willie Jones, Police Scotland, Susan Clark, Nicola Vestey and Jan Bell, GURCA, Fraser Campbell and Willie Cameron, Cobbs, Gillian Skinner, and 5 members of the public.
Apologies: Ken Fraser, Stuart Ross, and Councillors Helen Carmichael and Emma Knox.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the AGM held on 26th June were approved as a correct record (Frances Colbron / Peter Macdonald), and the minutes of the routine meeting held on 26th June 2017 were also adopted as a correct record (Fiona Urquhart / David Fraser)
3. Matters arising from minutes
No matters arising not already covered in the Agenda.
4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that the balance stands at £1765.86. Hall rent had been paid since the previous meeting.
5. Policing Update
PC Willie Jones from the Fort Augustus station was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
Road Safety – 2 x conditional offer issued to driver for speeding offence; 28 x non injury road traffic collisions – no offences; 1 x injury road traffic collision; 17 reports regarding driver behaviour – some drivers traced and spoken to – no offences; 7 x reports of vehicle breakdowns; 1 x incident of no insurance
Public Protection – 8 x public protection incidents; 9 x incidents linked to youths, not all are crimes and most are anti-
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – 1 report of persons drunk on A82 in Drumnadrochit – 1 persons traced and charged
Crimes of Dishonesty – 1 x incident within the period, enquiries ongoing.
Between 26/062017 and 28/08/17 there have been 11 incidents logged on assistance / advice, 5 of false call good intent and 2 incidents of disorder.
Since the last meeting there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists in the area which is reflected in the number of road traffic incidents.
There is an ongoing problem with the behaviour of youths in Drumnadrochit. Extra patrols are being carried out in the area to engage with the youths.
GUCC had been copied in to correspondence from Fort Augustus Community Council regarding the reduced police presence in Fort Augustus, and while GUCC could relate to this issue, the community were grateful for the extra patrols provided in Drumnadrochit in an attempt to address the youth behaviour issues in the village. It was also noted that the Fort Augustus station would be increasing from 2 to 3 officers within the next 6 weeks.
There had recently been an issue with wild campers causing disruption at the cover. The police had been involved but because the land owner had not complained there was very little the police could do in such a situation.
Some members of the community in the Old Kilmore area were interested in finding out more about Neighbourhood Watch signage / schemes, PC Jones was not aware of the process for this and would find out if this was something Police Scotland would deal with.
There were no further Police matters and PC Jones was thanked for attending the meeting.
6. Update from Cobbs on business development in our area
Fraser Campbell and Willie Cameron were welcomed to the meeting and provided an overview and background to the Cobbs business. Cobbs is currently one of the largest employers in the area and have recently purchased both the Clansman Hotel and the Lodge alongside. Road safety within the area of the Clansman has been an ongoing concern and in this regard Cobbs are now in the process of preparing plans for a new parking area, with capacity for 65-
7. Update on changes to the structure of GURCA
Susan Clark was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
8. Flood Prevention Project
Balmacaan Scheme – David Fraser advised that work had not yet started and that he and Margaret Davidson were yet to find a date to meeting with local residents.
Drumnadrochit Village scheme – It was noted that the engineers would be invited to attend the September meeting of GUCC to provide an update on the works. Action – David Fraser / Pam Lucas
9. Supported Housing
Susan Clark advised that she was currently focusing on the infrastructure which was tied in with the Loch Ness Homes development. This involved installation of the sewage system, which would not start until work on the main roundabout starts, 2 weeks notice would be given prior to commencement of work. Susan was also pursuing possible funding from the Rural Housing Fund and Scottish Government. It was anticipated that a further source may be available later in the year and in this regard construction would not commence until all the funding was confirmed and in place (Spring 2018). Tenders for the house construction were also currently being received.
10. Loch Ness Homes
David Fraser informed that the Community Liaison Group had recently met to discuss progress, which was dependant on when permission to start construction of the roundabout is received from Transport Scotland. Two weeks notice would be given to the community in advance of work starting, no timetable had been received but it was likely that work on the roundabout would continue well into 2018. A temporary footpath would be built to keep pedestrians away from the construction area, and it was proposed that signage be added to Balmacaan, Lewiston and Kilmore to encourage a 20mph speed limit, anticipating that traffic would increase in these areas during the roundabout construction period.
Druim Bha – no decision available as yet.
Soirbheas – Pam Lucas, Fiona Urquhart and David Fraser had met with members of Strathglass Community Council and Soirbheas in August and constructive progress had been made. A further meeting was scheduled to take place in October.
Hydro Schemes – it was noted that the Shenval hydro scheme had been commissioned and the Coiltie scheme was due for commission at the end of September.
David Fraser, George Cruickshank and Margaret Davidson had recently met with Transport Scotland Manager David Devine, and the following decisions had been reached:
Thanks were passed to David Fraser for all his work, with the increased 30mph speed limit being a significant achievement.
13. Planning Applications
17/02930/FUL – Relocation of a 100m section of path, 1.5m wide along the River Enrick, land 640m NE of Ceol Na H-
17/03545/PIP – Erection of dwelling house and garage (renewal of application 14/02467/PIP) Land 120m NE of Forestry Cottage, Drumnadrochit – noted
17/03594/PNO – Erection of agricultural building, land 120m SW of Upper Drumbuie, Drumnadrochit – noted
17/00356/PIP – Erect house and garage Land 80m SE of Holly Cottage, Balnain – members referred to this application to which an objection had been sent to Highland Council on the grounds that the development would be into the green area beyond the village and does not comply with the Local Plan, also that there is not adequate road provision to the site despite requirements on previous approved planning applications associated with this site. It was understood that the application had been approved as it was deemed to be part of the existing village. On looking at the Highland Council website, in an effort to understand why this application had been approved, it was noted that neither the GUCC letter of objection nor the report on the planning application were available to view. It was agreed to write to the Planning Department requesting a copy of the report and advising of the concerns of the community council who would seek an explanation of the decision made in order to better understand how they should respond to such applications in future. Action – David Fraser / Fiona Urquhart
17/02824/MSC – Improvement of access, formation of new car and coach parking, shoreside jetties and small craft berthing. Construction of buildings to provide retail, café/restaurant, cruise boat facilities and viewpoint; new WWTP – Brackla Harbour, Land 200m north east of Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, Inverness – GUCC had also objected to this application and had not yet received any acknowledgement of this, it was agreed that this should be re-
FCS Felling Licence – notification of felling and removal of timber from Divach and down Balmacaan Road. John Duncan had responded advising that transportation times should coincide with the timings already agreed for construction in that area.
Campervan Effluent – Pam Lucas advised that she had written to Highland Council requesting some provision be made in Drumnadrochit for the disposal of effluent from campers. A response had been received advising that Highland Council would be looking for a solution to this, not only within Drumnadrochit, but within many areas in the Highlands.
First Responders – A note of thanks had been received from Drumnadrochit First Responders for GUCC support in the decision that First Responders would no longer be tasked to calls involving anyone under the age of 16. GUCC were very pleased to note that this decision had been withdrawn and the Drum team would be tasked with attending paediatric incidents. The Drum team had also been asked to be the rural trial team in Scotland for advanced first responder training, which, if successful would lead to attendance at a wider range of incidents and provide more specialised support. GUCC reiterated their support for the first responder team and the invaluable service they provide to the community.
Kirking of the Council – Invitation to attend event on 10th September to be passed to Ken Fraser.
15. Any Other Business
Local Cemeteries – Subsidance had been noted in some areas, also increased weeds. These issues had been reported to Highland Council.
Youth Provision – There was a short discussion on the need for a youth club / building within the village. It was agreed that while GUCC was supportive of any initiatives proposed it was not within their remit to lead on this issue. Discussion of these issues could co-
16. Details of Next Meeting
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 25th September, 8.00pm in Balnain Hall.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.50pm.