Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 29th April 2019 at 8.00pm
in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
1. Present: David Fraser (Chair), Pam Lucas, Ken Fraser, John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillors George Cruickshank and Margaret Davidson, Tim Stott, Highland Council, Liam Matheson and Alex MacLeod, Forestry & Land Scotland, Gordon Findlay, GURCA, Gillian Skinner, Chamber, Fraser Mackenzie, Soirbheas, and 10 members of the public including representatives from Strathglass and Fort Augustus Community Councils.
Apologies: Peter Macdonald, Stuart Ross, Stevie Anderson, Police Scotland and Councillor Helen Carmichael.
Chairing duties are currently being shared between Pam Lucas and David Fraser.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting on 25th March 2019 were approved as a correct record (Fiona Urquhart / Ken Fraser).
3. Matters arising from minutes
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Item 3 – Glen Urquhart signage on the A82 – ongoing
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Item 8 – Street Lighting and Milton Survey – A letter had been drafted and David Fraser would be meeting with Margaret Davidson to finalise the letter, and thereafter it was hoped to issue the survey towards the end of May. Action – David Fraser
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4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald had tendered his apologies for the meeting but had reported that the balance remains at £96.77 usable funds with £1400 in reserve. GUCC also currently hold £19,900 on behalf of the Cnocan Buraidh project in the bank account.
5. Policing Update
Apologies had been received from Stevie Anderson, the new Officer for the area, who had been unable to attend a GUCC meeting as yet due to staff shortages. The following report had been submitted in advance of the meeting:
Road Safety – 1 MOT offence.
Public Protection – 3 Minor acts of vandalism.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – No incidents of note.
Crimes of Dishonesty – No incidents of note.
6. Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
Tim Stott, Highland Council, was welcomed to the meeting, and provided the following update:
David Fraser raised the following points with regards to the GUCC area:
Further discussion included the following points:
Thanks were passed to Tim for his time in attending the meeting and providing this update. Thanks were also passed to those members who had attended from other community councils, who left the meeting following discussion of this agenda item.
7. Forestry Update
Liam Matheson and Alex MacLeod, Forestry and Land Scotland (formerly Forestry Commission Scotland) were welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update on works within the GUCC area:
Thanks were passed to both Alex and Liam for their attendance at the meeting.
8. Community Asset Transfers
Gordon Findlay advised that work was continuing on the community ownership of the Tourist Information building. Highland Council had requested that the proposals be delayed for 6 months until community support can be established. A meeting is scheduled with Highland Council this week in the hope of establishing an interim plan, and a short term lease. Discussions are still taking place with George Simpson and potential funders.
9. Loch Ness Homes Development
David Fraser advised that he has been in communication with Scotmid regarding the re-
10. Springfield Development
Notification had been received from Highland Council Planning Department advising that Springfield Development would be submitting a revised planning application, and as this would be a resubmission, and not a new application, there would be no official requirement for the developer to have a further public consultation. However the Planning Department have recommended that a consultation is held, and GUCC would also contact Springfield supporting this recommendation. If this does not take place GUCC will lead on ensuring as broad a consultation as possible is held.
11. NHS / Patient Participation Group
David Fraser advised that the group had met recently and had discussed a Dementia Friendly Community and equality of access for all, and hoped to arrange a workshop to explore this further. Snagging issues with the Health Centre had also been discussed.
12. Planning Applications
19/01404/FUL – Siting of residential caravan, land to East of Milton Croft, Milton – noted
19/01666/FUL – Extension to Rowans, Balnain – noted
19/01680/FUL – Construction of trail, Land 30m SW of Millness Cottage, Corrimony – noted
19/00946/FUL – Installation of solar panel array, Millness Croft, Glenurquhart – noted
10/01085/FUL – Erection of triple garage with additional store room, Millness Croft, Glenurquhart – noted
Childcare Centre – David Fraser advised that he and Margaret Davidson would be meeting with staff at the Childcare Centre to discuss their premises capacity and 10 year plan.
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Pitkerrald Road – Issues caused by water flowing down the road and over the top of the speed bump had been reported to Highland Council.
A82 – David Fraser advised that Transport Scotland have instructed Bear Scotland to carry out a CCTV survey of the flooding at the Fire Station and Dr Sutherland’s house in an attempt to establish why these areas do not have the capacity that they should. It was recognised that the water runs along the A82 from the old Scotmid area and it was hoped that any work on the Springfield development would include Scottish Water upgrading the drains in this area.
A82 Drum Bridge – footpaths need to be swept to remove grit and debris. Action – David Fraser to report
A833 Culnakirk – It was noted that the potholes on Culnakirk have been filled, however the drains were badly blocked causing water to run down the width of the road leaving debris and gouging out verges.
Kilmore Road Junction with A82 – Donnie Fraser advised that he would cut back vegetation in the field which was restricting the sightlines for accessing the A82 from Kilmore Road.
No correspondence beyond what had been circulated to members.
18. Any Other Business
Cnoc an Eas Anemometer – John Duncan advised that the test period for the anemometer had now expired. It was agreed that David Fraser would contact the Highland Council to request that they contact the developer to arrange its removal. Action – David Fraser
Community Christmas Trees – The local press had included an article in which it had been reported that Highland Council would not be supplying any Christmas trees to local communities this year. It was agreed that direct notification from Highland Council would be helpful. Action – Margaret Davidson
Great Glen Way Cattle – Reports had been received that there were cows on a section of the Great Glen Way, and it was noted that the Access Officer was addressing this issue with the owner.
Public Transport Survey – It was noted that a Public Transport Survey would be undertaken as part of the Local Energy Plan, and that this would be based in the library. Details were yet to be confirmed however anyone with a view on public transport is encouraged to engage with this survey.
19. Details of Next Meetings
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 27th May at 8.00pm in Balnain Hall.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.45pm.