Glen Urquhart Community Council

Glen Urquhart Community Council

Minutes of Meeting held on

Monday 23rd October 2017 at 8.00pm

in Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit

1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), Peter MacDonald (Treasurer), David Fraser (Vice Chairman), Ken Fraser, Frances Colbron, John Duncan, and Val Cooper (Secretary)

Also present: Councillor George Cruickshank, Ann Fraser, GURCA, and 5 members of the public.  

Apologies: Stuart Ross and Councillors Margaret Davidson and Helen Carmichael.

2. Minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 25th September 2017 were approved as a correct record (Ken Fraser / Frances Colbron)

3. Matters arising from minutes

Item 3 – Glen Urquhart Signage – Ken Fraser to liaise with Highland Council to arrange erection of signs.  Action – Ken Fraser

Item 12 – COBEN Energy Plan Pilot Steering Group – John Duncan and Frances Colbron representing GUCC on the Steering Group and to attend first meeting.  Action – John Duncan & Frances Colbron

4. Treasurer’s Report

Peter Macdonald reported that the balance remains at £2991.23, with no transactions since the previous meeting.

5. Policing Update

No officers were present at the meeting, however the Community Engagement Form submitted provided the following details:

Road Safety – 3 non injury road traffic collisions, no offences.  One slight injury road traffic collision, no offences.  One report regarding a person driving whilst over the prescribed limit, driver arrested for drink driving.  5 reports regarding driver behaviour, some drivers traced and given advice.  One report regarding abandoned vehicle, owner contacted and vehicle removed.  

Public Protection – 2 reports regarding noise complaints, no noise on police arrival.  One report regarding children camping, police attended contacted parents and returned home.  One report regarding an aggressive dog, enquiry carried out but dog and owner not traced.  One report of an ongoing disturbance, police attended and one person arrested charged and held in custody for court.  One report regarding a concern for a person, traced safe and well.

Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – no incidents of note.

Crimes of Dishonesty – no incidents of note.

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 on Flood Prevention Project

Village Scheme – A drop in session was scheduled by Highland Council for 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm in the Craigmonie Centre on 8th November.  Representatives from Highland Council would be available at the sessions to discuss issues and proposals.  Members of the community are encouraged to attend this event to familiarise themselves with the proposals and raise any questions they may have.

Balmacaan Scheme – David Fraser advised that he and Margaret Davidson had met with residents within the vicinity of the Black Pond to discuss flooding issues at the top of Balmacaan Road.  The residents would be meeting together to consider further the options presented to them and would feedback to David and Margaret.  

7. Supported Housing

David Fraser advised that some ground clearance work had begun alongside the Glenurquhart Centre in preparation for sewerage works and possible clearance of the house sites.  Work will then stop until late Spring / Summer at which point the outcome of grant applications will be known and the funding situation will be clearer.  Tenders for construction of the houses have been received with contractors being asked to hold their prices until construction begins.  

8. Loch Ness Homes

Preliminary works have begun alongside the A82 in advance of the roundabout construction.  It was noted that the temporary footpath may require additional lighting and the contractor had been asked to address this and winter maintenance.

9. Renewables

Druim Bha – it was thought that an outcome of the inquiry would be available in December.

10. Roads

David Fraser provided the following update:

A82 Clansman Area – it was hoped that large rocks at the side of the road would be removed and replaced with bollards.

Signs for Glen Urquhart (on the A82) an application had been made to Bear Scotland, and a response was awaited.

Drum Bridge – pointing on the bridge parapet has yet to be repaired, this has been reported to Bear Scotland.  Fallen signage has been reinstated.  A response was awaited regarding signage for oncoming traffic in the middle of the road.

Drum Village – Sunken gullies have been marked for repair.  White lining in the village will be re-done when the roundabout has been completed and requires white lining.  Some obsolete signage has been removed.

Cobbs Memorial – Survey report awaited from Transport Scotland.

Traffic Management at Abriachan – Notice received from the Woodland Trust of tree work to take place on 30th and 31st October, traffic management will be in place on the A82 during this time.

11. Planning Applications

17/04411/FUL – Erection of extension, demolish existing extension.  Raasay, 6 West Lewiston, Drumnadrochit – noted.

17/04612/FUL and 17/04613/LBC – Repair and restoration of wall, Temple House West, Drumnadrochit – noted.

17/04639/FUL – Erection of 4 Semi-detached houses, Drumnadrochit Medical Centre, Balmacaan Road, Drumnadrochit – noted.

Orbis Parcs Ltd development at Polmaily – Confirmation had been received from Highland Council that all planning restrictions applied to the original application would still be applicable to the current development, even if a change in ownership has taken place.  

12. Correspondence

None received.

13. Any Other Business

Rural Communities Convention - Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit, Wednesday 1st November 2017 5pm – 8pm, details to be circulated to GUCC members.

Tourist Information Centre – Members were disappointed to note the planned closure of the Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre.  It was understood that Margaret Davidson was currently pursuing different options for the building, and it was hoped that these would include provision of some information to tourists by the new occupiers, plus continuation of the public toilets with facilities for the emptying of chemical toilets being added.

WiFi – It was noted that the Chamber of Commerce had received information from Highland Council regarding the installation of free hotspot WiFi in the village over the next few weeks.

14. Details of Next Meeting

The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 27th November, 8.00pm in the Craigmonie Centre.

There was no further business and the meeting closed at 8.35pm.