Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 28th January 2019 at 8.00pm
in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
Present: David Fraser (Chair), Peter Macdonald, Ken Fraser, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), John Duncan, and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillor George Cruickshank, Garry Smith, Highland Council, Morag Fraser, Caledonian Concepts, Gordon Findlay, GURCA, Pam Poston, Glenurquhart Care Centre, and 5 members of the public.
Apologies: Councillors Margaret Davidson and Helen Carmichael, Pam Lucas, Stuart Ross, Fraser Mackenzie and Gillian Skinner.
David Fraser welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted best wishes to Pam for a good recovery.
1. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting on 26th November 2018 were approved as a correct record (Ken Fraser / Peter Macdonald).
2. Matters arising from minutes
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3. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that the secretary’s honorarium, website renewal and hall rent had been paid since the last meeting. The balance currently sits at £2934.27, comprising £84.27 usable funds, £1350.00 held for Cnocan Buraidh, and £1500.00 in reserve. It was hoped that the remaining usable sum should be sufficient to see GUCC through to the financial year without having to encroach on the reserve funds.
4. Policing Update
No officer was present at the meeting, and the following report had been submitted in advance of the meeting:
Road Safety – 1 call regarding manner of driving of vehicles, 1 road traffic matter – hazard, 2 road traffic offences – speeding, 1 road traffic offence – seatbelt, and 1 road traffic offence – miscellaneous.
Public Protection – 1 report of suspicious persons, 4 disorder offences, 1 concern for person call – traced safe and well, 1 vandalism, and 3 reports of public protection offences.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – 1 person found with drugs to the value of approximately £155,000.
Crimes of Dishonesty – 1 report of vandalism with report sent to the Procurator Fiscals office this was not related to youths.
Police Scotland would like to remind members of the public that they are committed to tackling the supply of controlled drugs in the Highland and Islands and proactively targeting those individuals intent on causing harm to communities. Officers rely on the support of the public to help them take action to disrupt the drug trade, and anyone with concerns or information about drugs should contact Police Scotland at any time on 101 or call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
There had been a request from GUCC to check if there is a correlation between the street lights going off overnight and offences in the Milton area. From checks carried out on the police reporting system these two factors do not appear to be linked.
5. Flood Protection Project, Drumnadrochit
Garry Smith, Principal Engineer, Highland Council was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update on the flood prevention scheme works behind the Post Office, along the riverside behind the houses on Drum Green, and at Kilmichael:
Garry was thanked very much for his attendance at the meeting, and for the update he provided.
6. Etape Loch Ness 2019
Morag Fraser was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update on the 2019 event:
Morag was thanked for her presentation and wished well in the organisation of another successful event.
7. Community Asset Transfer
Gordon Findlay advised that discussions were still taking place in relation to the Tourist Information Centre, and this involved the possibility of purchasing a Great Glen Baggage Handling company, for operation within the facility, alongside local tourist information services. Highland Council had been supportive of the proposals however there was no guarantee that the bid would be successful, and if it were, there would still be a lot of work to be done in securing funding for the facility and the purchase of the company.
9. Loch Ness Homes Development
The new Scotmid shop was now open. David Fraser had been liaising with Transport Scotland, Highland Council and the developer about the installation of a pedestrian crossing. Transport Scotland and Highland Council had agreed to install a puffin crossing at their earliest convenience and recover the costs of this from the developer.
No decision had yet been made regarding the plans for the site of the original Scotmid, however it was still hoped that this area might be re-
10. Springfield Development
No update, however while the development had been rejected, it was still within the period during which an appeal could be lodged.
Pam Poston was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
31st January: Police Scotland
28th February: Age Scotland
28th March: Sight Action
Pam was thanked very much for her attendance and update to the meeting.
12. NHS / Patient Participation Group
David Fraser advised that a Pharmacotherapy service (a pharmacist supporting the GP, from within the Health Centre, to ensure the right balance of medication on an individual basis) was now available at the surgery. It was also noted that patients may be referred by Raigmore to the RNI for blood tests, and in circumstances where this proved particularly problematic for some patients, these tests could be carried out locally within the surgery.
A82 – It was noted that work was currently taking place on the re-
Excess standing water remains an ongoing problem at Dr Sutherland’s house and at the Fire Station.
It was noted that the Wellington Bomber information plaque in the layby on the A82 was worn and illegible. David Fraser advised that he would report this to Highland Council in the first instance. Action – David Fraser
It was established that the damaged wall alongside the A82 in front of Druimlon was the responsibility of Highland Council housing department, and this had now been repaired. It was not however the responsibility of this department to make good the access through the wall to the house nearest the fire station as this was privately owned.
A832 – Some of the off-
14. Planning Applications
18/05473/FUL – Siting of glamping pod for holiday let, Craigwell, 1 West Lewiston, Drumnadrochit – noted
18/05317/FUL – Change of use from house (class 9) to guest house (class 7), Highmarch, Balnain – noted
18/05892/FUL – Proposal to install a 17kw run of river micro hydro system, Forest Cottage, Drumnadrochit – noted
19/00003/PIP – Erection of a single storey annex to Rivermill House to provide 2no extra bed and breakfast, Rivermill House, Milton – submit note of concern that electricity supply to waste water treatment may be affected due to siting proximity to flood plain level Action – Fiona Urquhart
19/00136/FUL – Siting of a catering van (renewal of 17/00003/FUL), Fiddlers Bar, Drumnadrochit -
No correspondence other than previously circulated to members.
16. Any Other Business
16.1 Bogus Traders / Workmen – It was reported that an incident had taken place in Balnain where workmen had visited a vulnerable member of the community and had become aggressive when asked to leave. All such instances should be reported to the Police.
16.2 Milton Street Lighting – A request had been made to reverse the decision to switch off the Milton street lights between midnight and 6am. This request had been discussed with Highland Council, who had advised that they would be prepared to review this, and whatever decision was reached would be final, there would not be a further opportunity to review this again in the future. GUCC proposed therefore to survey the residents of Milton to allow for a vote on this, and it was agreed that the details of this process would be discussed in more detail as an agenda item at the meeting on Monday 25th March in Blairbeg Hall. Action – GUCC Chair
17. Details of Next Meetings
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 25th February at 8.00pm in Balnain Hall.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 10.00pm.