Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of General Meeting held on
Monday 24th June 2019 at 8.00pm
in Blairbeg Hall, Drumnadrochit
1. Present: David Fraser (Chair), Peter Macdonald, Stuart Ross, Pam Lucas, Ken Fraser, John Duncan, Fiona Urquhart (Planning Secretary), and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Councillor Margaret Davidson, Pam Poston, Glen Urquhart Care Centre, Gordon Findlay, GURCA, PC Steven Anderson, Police Scotland, and 12 members of the public.
Apologies: Councillors George Cruickshank and 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 27th May 2019 were approved as a correct record (Peter Macdonald / Stuart Ross).
3. Matters arising from minutes.
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Item 13 – A833 Large Stones at the Top of Culnakirk – these have now been removed.
Item 13 – Kilmore Road Brickwork – has been reported but not yet repaired.
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4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that there has been no change since the previous meeting; the balance remains at £19,981.52, comprising £1,400 in reserve for the Community Council and £18,496 in reserve for Cnocan Burraidh.
5. Policing Update
PC Steven Anderson was welcomed to the meeting and apologised for not having attended a GUCC meeting sooner, however as he was currently the only officer based at Fort Augustus his shift patterns and work schedule did not always make attendance possible. PC Anderson advised that he was happy for any members of the community council to contact him by email, through 101 or through the Fort Augustus office number, however this is not manned and calls will not always be answered. PC Anderson provided the following report:
49 Instances had been reported since the last meeting. This increase is expected during the summer period which results in an increased number of instances, over half of which are related to minor road incidents.
Road Safety – 4 fixed penalties issued for speeding offences and 1 fixed penalty for careless driving offence.
Public Protection – 2 missing persons, returned safe and well and 3 Fixed penalty tickets issued for anti-
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – No incidents of note.
Crimes of Dishonesty – Fraud re ticket scam, enquiries are ongoing and members of the public are encouraged to be vigilant when making purchases online, ensuring that money is not exchanged until the goods are received.
6. Loch Ness Homes
David Fraser confirmed that he had met with James MacQueen of Skye Builder, to discuss the future extension of New Kilmore cemetery into the large green area of the Loch Ness Homes development adjacent to the existing cemetery. Mr MacQueen had confirmed that he will consult with Highland Council regarding future expansion.
7. Springfield Development
The Springfield Developer had held a community open session on 6th June however the revised planning application has not yet been submitted. David Fraser advised that there is likely to be two applications; one for the housing section, and a separate application for the commercial development. Access to the site will no longer be off Kilmore Road but via a new junction from off the end of Druimlon. It is probable that the planning application will be submitted over the summer period and GUCC do not meet in July. It is important that members of the community submit any comments they may have to Highland Council. GUCC will continue to share information over the summer, and will be available to any members of the public should they wish to discuss the application. GUCC have also advised Highland Council that a full response will be submitted after the summer once they have had the opportunity to meet with members of the public.
8. Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
David Fraser confirmed that Highland Council has publicised their call for sites for the new Development Plan, which includes housing developments comprising 10 houses or more, and any other developments on an area of ground greater than half a hectare. Under this call for sites any developer or member of the community can submit information.
9. Milton Lights – Residents Survey
David Fraser confirmed that the resident survey was carried out, with the questionnaire being delivered to 51 households. 37 responses were returned (72%) with the result being 24 vs 13 in favour of the lights remaining off between midnight and 6am. Thanks were passed to all those involved in the administering of the survey.
It was noted that the Lewiston bus stop sign has been re-
Margaret Davidson and David Fraser had met with David Devine, manager for Transport Scotland, and the following items were discussed:
Margaret Davidson advised that she intends to write to Transport Scotland requesting the installation of a low level cycle route between Drumnadrochit and Dochgarroch, and the creation of two more north side pull ins, one between Alltsigh and Achnahannet, and one between Temple Pier and the Clansman. Action – Margaret Davidson
Weeds on the roundabout between the canal and Glenurquhart Road in Inverness is restricting visibility. It was agreed that this would be reported to Highland Council. Action – Margaret Davidson
A831 – Verges needing cut, especially at road junctions where visibility is restricted. It was agreed that this would be reported to Highland Council. Action – Margaret Davidson
12. Planning Applications
19/01990/FUL – Proposed accommodation pod for personal use, Criancraig, Bearnock, Glen Urquhart – noted.
19/02178/PIP – Erection of house, Land 40m NE of Sealladh Shewglie, Glen Urquhart – noted.
19/02271/FUL – Alteration and extension of public hall including conversion of former cottage, Blairbeg Hall, Blairbeg, Drumnadrochit – noted.
19/02323/LBC – Erect a new conservatory first floor extension, Temple House West self catering, Drumnadrochit – noted.
19/01917/PREMAJ – Proposed to be over 50mw, comprising turbines with a tip height of up to 180m and a rotor diameter of up to 150m, Bhlaraidh Extension, Glenmoriston Estate, north of Levishie, Invermoriston – submit note to Highland Council requesting an assurance that visibility is not affected. Action – Fiona Urquhart
19/01919/FUL – Installation of 20m high lattice tower, antennas, dishes, cabinets, enclosure, installation of 15m access track, Land 23m NE of Tynaherrick, Bunloit, Drumnadrochit – noted.
19/02366/FUL – Conversion and change of use of domestic outbuilding to form short-
19/02368/FUL – Part change of use and conversion of stable block building to form holiday letting unit, The Jennings, Drumnadrochit – already approved.
19/02518/PIP – Erection of house and formation of access, land at Balmacaan Road (plot A), Drumnadrochit – See below
19/02519/PIP – Erection of house and formation of access, land at Balmacaan Road (plot B), Drumnadrochit – See below
19/02520/PIP – Erection of house and formation of access, land at Balmacaan Road (Plot C), Drumnadrochit – See below
19/02521/PIP – Erection of dwelling house and formation of site access, land SE of 119 Balmacaan Road, Drumnadrochit – This area was identified for two houses in the last local plan, with the condition that green space be retained between Balmacaan Road and Lewiston. The applications for these four houses does not meet with the local plan with regard to house number and also fails to create and protect the green border corridor between Balmacaan and Lewiston. It was agreed to write to Highland Council requesting a redesign of the applications. Action – Fiona Urquhart
19/02056/FUL – Erection of house and outbuilding, land 40m east of Meall Gorm, Culnakirk – Construction of first house restricted the use of the layby which provided the opportunity for slow moving vehicles to pull in. GUCC would request that a new layby is installed and a note to this regard should be submitted to Highland Council. Action – Fiona Urquhart
19/02356/FUL – Demolition of existing porch and erect new porch, Bridgend House, Drumnadrochit – noted.
While the GUCC do not meet in July, planning applications will continue to be circulate to members and comments made to Highland Council where necessary. Members of the public are also encouraged to make individual comments on specific applications where they feel appropriate.
Historic Environment Scotland – David Fraser confirmed that communications had been exchanged with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) with regards to their policy for a single caterer for all of their Scottish establishments, which restricts the opportunity for local businesses to tender to supply. HES had responded advising that this was their policy and that it was unlikely to change. Some local businesses are proposing to remain open over the winter and had asked HES if they could provide a 2 for 1 entry to provide an added attraction to visit the area, to be advised that this goes against their ticketing policy, but that they could offer 20% discount (which would actually take their prices back to the same charges as last year given that a 20% increase was applied this year). The Community Liaison Group with HES had discussed these matters and HES have agreed to consider looking into their issues in more detail. In addition, David Fraser has discussed these issues with Kate Forbes MSP and it is proposed to await the HES response before pursuing further at this stage.
14. Any Other Business
Snowman Rally – Peter Macdonald advised that the organisers of the Snowman Rally had requested attending the August 2019 meeting to discuss the February 2020 event.
Occasional Alcohol Licence Cost – The proposed increase by Highland Council in the licence costs was restrictive for local groups seeking licences for one off events. It was agreed that Margaret Davidson will look into this further. Action – Margaret Davidson
Visitors to Urquhart Castle – It was agreed that at times when Urquhart Castle is at capacity, that Historic Environment Scotland be asked to signpost visitors to Drumnadrochit village as an alternative. Action – David Fraser
Glen Urquhart Care Centre – Pam Poston advised that both the Fundraiser and Befrienders Co-
16. Details of Next Meetings
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 26th August at 8pm in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 10pm.