Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 27th November 2017 at 8.00pm
in Craigmonie Centre, 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, PC Ryan McGill, Police Scotland, Donnie Fraser with 3 representatives from Springfield Ltd, and 3 members of the public.
Apologies: Stuart Ross, Councillors Margaret Davidson and Helen Carmichael, Gillian Skinner.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd October 2017 were approved as a correct record (Frances Colbron / John Duncan)
3. Matters arising from minutes
Item 13 – Rural Communities Convention – members of GUCC had attended and found the event useful.
Item 13 – Tourist Information Centre – Pam Lucas advised that she and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce had met with Margaret Davidson and Chris Taylor from Visit Scotland to discuss the closure of the Tourist Information Centre. It was agreed that representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and GURCA would be pursuing this and considering alternative uses for the building which it was hoped would retain a tourist information element. The building will continue to run in its present form until October 2018
4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that the balance stands at £2983.73. A payment of £7.50 for hall rent had been made since the last meeting.
5. Policing Update
PC Ryan McGill was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
Road Safety – 4 non injury road traffic collisions, no offences. 11 reports regarding driver behaviour, some drivers traced and given advice. 3 vehicle breakdowns, 3 road traffic hazards. Road traffic offences, 23 x speeding, 2 x no insurance, 2 x no MOT.
Public Protection – 1 report of vandalism, 1 report of an ongoing disturbance – police attended and one person arrested and charged. 1 report regarding a concern for a person, traced safe and well.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – no incidents of note.
Crimes of Dishonesty – 2 reports of theft in the area, enquiries ongoing. 1 report of theft by housebreaking, enquiries ongoing. Police provided advice / assistance to members of the public for all other incidents.
During the period the Road Traffic Department had carried out a number of proactive checks along the A831 and A82, these included winter safety checks, advice to drivers and speed checks.
There have been a number of thefts and dishonesties reported specifically in the Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus areas and member of the public are reminded to ensure their doors and locked and properties are secured.
The vacant position for a Police Constable in Fort Augustus remains unfilled and Police Scotland are looking into alternative ways of covering this shortfall.
6. Springfield Ltd – Presentation on Proposed Residential Development in Drumnadrochit
Stuart Morrison, Kenny Shand and Mark Hamilton from Springfield Ltd were welcomed to the meeting and provided the following information:
GUCC reiterated that this is a very proactive community and they would hope to engage as much as possible with Springfield Ltd, with open dialogue and regular updates. The representatives were thanked for their attendance and presentation of the proposed development.
7. Flood Prevention Project
It was noted that the Highland Council proposal for works to the Balmacaan Road surface flooding issue had been rejected by residents and would not now go ahead. No alternative solutions or funding was available for this area.
A public exhibition had taken place for the main scheme (1 in 200 yr protection scheme for Drumnadrochit Green and 1 in 10 yr protection scheme for Kilmichael area) had taken place. It was anticipated that these schemes would be submitted for planning next year with work proceeding in 2019.
8. Loch Ness Homes
The turf cutting ceremony had taken place and work was progressing on the road / roundabout. Highland Council had noted concern regarding the number of parking spaces associated with the new retail site and may implement a charge per shortfall in spaces to be used to fund car parking, signage and sustainable transport within the village, this was an issue that GUCC would keep a note on.
9. Supported Housing
David Fraser advised that the access road was being constructed alongside the Glenurquhart Centre at present. The car park would be reinstated once this was complete and work would stop until late spring at which point it was hoped all the funding would be in place.
Soirbheas – It was noted that meetings had taken place between Soirbheas, GUCC and Strathglass Community Council. It had been agreed that in the event of communities objecting to planning applications Soirbheas would not proceed beyond agreeing with the developer the statutory minimum amount of community benefit payments in line with Highland Council guidance. Communications would not progress further until Community Councils have indicated support. Further discussion was required by the group to establish what would happen in a situation where one Community Council might be in favour of a development while the other is not.
Following the recent spell of wintery weather concerns were noted at the lack of road and footpath snow clearing and gritting. It was agreed that Pam Lucas would contact Highland Council to request information on the current policy for the area. In addition it was agreed that a request be made to Highland Council for grit piles to be placed in key areas on side roads. Action – Pam Lucas and George Cruickshank
12. Planning Applications
17/04952/FUL – Alterations and extension to dwelling and erection of detached home office Riverview, Lewiston -
17/04341/FUL – Erection of conservatory to front of house Stags Den, Kilmartin – noted
17/04964/FUL – Erect detached garage and outbuilding Lower Balnaban, Drumnadrochit – noted
17/05008/FUL – Erection of house, formation of access, installation of treatment plant and soakaway Taigh Geal, Bunloit – note already sent to Planning Department re loss of existing layby and hinterland.
17/05115/FUL – Erection of extension 132C Balmacaan Road, Drumnadrochit -
14. Any Other Business
14.1 Glen Urquhart Signage – It was noted that David Fraser and Ken Fraser would decide on locations for signs and advise Highland Council. Action – Ken Fraser and David Fraser
14.2 Drumnadrochit Bridge – David Fraser advised that he hoped to be able to provide an update on the Drum Bridge signage at the January GUCC meeting.
14.3 Informal Road Signs – It was noted that informal B&B signs for Highmarch had been placed on the A831 for a number of weeks and it was agreed that clarification be sought from Highland Council with regards to the approval of these. Action – Fiona Urquhart
14.4 Kilmore Road Speed Limit – It was noted that Margaret Davidson was pursuing a request for a reduced speed limit in the Kilmore Road area.
15. Details of Next Meeting
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 22nd January, 8.00pm in the Craigmonie Centre. 2018 meeting dates have been confirmed as below. Pam Lucas thanked members for all their support over the year and wished everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Monday 26th February Balnain Hall
Monday 26th March Blairbeg Hall
Monday 23rd April Craigmonie Centre
Monday 28th May Balnain Hall
Monday 25th June Blairbeg Hall
July no meeting
Monday 27th August Craigmonie Centre
Monday 24th September Balnain Hall
Monday 22nd October Blairbeg Hall
Monday 26th November Craigmonie Centre
December no meeting
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.35pm.