Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 26th November 2018 at 8.00pm
in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
Present: Pam Lucas (Chairman), David Fraser (Vice Chair), Peter Macdonald, Ken Fraser, Stuart Ross, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), John Duncan, and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillors George Cruickshank and Margaret Davidson, Ann Fraser, Gordon Findlay and Jan Bell, GURCA, Pam Poston, Glenurquhart Care Centre, Alec MacLeod and Martin MacPherson, FCS, and 4 members of the public.
Apologies: Councillor Helen Carmichael.
1. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting on 22nd October 2018 were approved as a correct record (David Fraser / Ken Fraser) with the note that both the Chair and John Duncan left the meeting for discussion of item 13, the chair was then taken by David Fraser.
2. Matters arising from minutes
Item 2 -
3. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that the balance sits at £3604.02 with £7.50 paid in hall rent since the last meeting. £754.02 is available as usable funds, with £1500 in reserve, and £1350 held for Cnocan Burraidh.
4. Policing Update
No officer was present at the meeting, and the following report had been submitted in advance of the meeting:
Road Safety – 3 slight injury road traffic collisions, 1 Call regarding manner of driving of vehicles, 1 Speeding offence, 1 vehicle detected with no insurance, 4 vehicles detected with no MOT, 1 attempt to pervert the course of justice.
Public Protection – 1 incident report of suspicious behaviour, 3 reports of missing persons, traced safe and well, 2 reports of assault, 1 reports of public protection offences.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – 1 report of an older child contacting an ambulance after taking controlled drugs, enquiry’s ongoing. 1 report of controlled drugs being found within licensed premises.
Crimes of Dishonesty – 1 report of theft.
Police provided advice / assistance to members of the public for all other incidents. Drugs presentation planned with local children and ongoing engagement planned in conjunction with other agencies.
5. Forestry Commission Scotland
Alec MacLeod, Operations Manager for Highland, and Martin Macpherson, Harvesting Forester were welcomed to the meeting.
They had received reports from colleagues in the local forest district that concerns had been noted that FCS haven’t engaged with the community regarding works scheduled to take place locally.
The local map highlighting felling works over the next 3 years was presented to the meeting. The scheduled works would involve an estimate extraction of 28,000 tons of timber, equating to 1100 lorries (an average of 3 per day) which would all access the forest on the south side of the Glen through the Balnain forestry entrance. A re-
6. Community Asset Transfers
Gordon Findlay advised that they were continuing to work on asset transfer initiatives in relation to the Tourist Information Centre and had held very productive meetings with Highland Council. Trustees were happy with the business plan, and a formal asset transfer application was being prepared. Thereafter the group would begin to look at possible funding options. It was noted that the Visit Scotland tenancy for the Tourist Information Centre ends on 18th April 2019 and any transfer would be from 19th April. It was also noted that there are other interested parties in this property, aside from the community, and Highland Council will be obliged to accept the best deal they are offered. Thanks were passed to Gordon for all his work and negotiations in this area.
It was noted that the Urquhart Castle Liaison Group were scheduled to meet on 28th November and Peter Macdonald will represent GUCC on this.
Coben – It was agreed that it would be important for GUCC to have a representative on the Coben group, which is a subcommittee of GURCA and has been instrumental in taking forward the use of renewables and their community plan. It was agreed also that details of the constitution and reporting process of the Coben group be passed to GUCC for clarification and to ascertain the role of John Duncan as the GUCC representative on the group. Action – Pam Lucas
Red John Hydro Scheme – Details of this proposed scheme on the south side of Loch Ness had been received, and while it did not fall within the GUCC area, it was likely to be visible from many areas around Loch Ness. David Fraser would be looking into the proposal and would circulate details as appropriate including details relating to changes in the community benefit process for hydro schemes. Action – David Fraser
Farley Estate – Information had been received regarding a possible application for a large industrial windfarm on the Farley estate, Kiltarlity however no details of this had been confirmed.
8. Loch Ness Homes Development
It was noted that the new Scotmid shop was scheduled to open towards the end of January. A liaison meeting with Scotmid had been scheduled and will include discussion of plans for the existing shop. It was confirmed that there should have been a crossing installed across the A82 however this hadn’t been enforced on the developers, and Highland Council Planning Department were currently pursuing this issue with Transport Scotland as a matter of urgency given the imminent opening of the new shop.
9. Springfield Development
Pam Poston was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
11. NHS / Patient Participation Group
David Fraser advised that discussions regarding the relocation of local services was ongoing with a 4 year programme for additional services to GP contracts and new services at surgeries. Pharmotherapy (a pharmacist supporting the GP, from within the Health Centre, to ensure the right balance of medication on an individual basis) was the latest initiative under discussion. Drumnadrochit and Dingwall had trialled the self-
Further Patient Participation Group meetings were scheduled and it was hoped that a newsletter would be circulated before the January meeting.
A831 – David Fraser advised that he had contacted the Highland Council regarding the problems associated with the new slippery surface on Culnakirk and had been assured that the surface is satisfactory. It was agreed that it is important to keep a record of any incidents involving this section of road, arising as a result of the road surface, and to report these to the Roads Department.
A82 – GUCC were pleased to note that the rock armour at the Clansman has now been removed. Repairs around the manhole on Drum bridge had been undertaken and Bear Scotland were looking at removing obsolete signage around village. The damaged parapet on Drum bridge was still awaiting repair. It was noted that there had been confusion between Bear Scotland and Highland Council regarding ownership of the wall along the A82 at Druimlon, it was confirmed that this did indeed belong to Highland Council and David Fraser would contact them again to request repair of the broken section which was unsafe in parts. Action – David Fraser
Village Footpaths – Confirmation had been received from Highland Council that footpaths around the village would be gritted by 5pm each day, and on weekends by 5pm on the Monday.
13. Planning Applications
18/04785/FUL – Installation of dormer window and removal of velux, Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge, East Lewiston – noted
No correspondence other than previously circulated to members.
15. Any Other Business
Water Mains – Ken Fraser advised that Balbeg in particular was experiencing ongoing water problems
caused by numerous bursts in the system due to the old pitch fibre pipe in use. It was agreed that this
be notified to Scottish Water and a response requested. Action – David Fraser
Blairbeg Hall Let – Members were concerned to note that Blairbeg Hall had been let on Armistice Sunday,
and had resulted in the Minister’s road being blocked, and parking issues for church goers. It was hoped
that this had been an oversight on this occasion and those responsible for letting the hall should be
reminded that the use of the hall on a Sunday should be restricted during church times.
16. Details of Next Meetings
Details of 2019 meeting were noted as below, with all meetings commencing at 8.00pm:
Monday 28th January Craigmonie Centre
Monday 25th February Balnain Hall
Monday 25th March Blairbeg Hall
Monday 22nd April Craigmonie Centre
Monday 27th May Balnain Hall
Monday 24th June AGM Blairbeg Hall
July no meeting
Monday 26th August Craigmonie Centre
Monday 23rd September Balnain Hall
Monday 28th October Blairbeg Hall
Monday 25th November Craigmonie Centre
December no meeting
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.00pm.