Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday October 28th 2019 at 8.00pm
in Balnain Hall, Glen Urquhart
1. Present: Pam Lucas (Chair), David Fraser, Peter Macdonald, John Duncan, Ken Fraser, and Val Cooper (Secretary)
Also present: Graeme Ambrose, Loch Ness 360 Challenge, Sandra Reid and Paul Hibberd, Forest & Land Scotland, Andrew Slight and Roy Haston, Scotmid, and 7 members of the public.
Apologies: Councillors Margaret Davidson, George Cruickshank and Helen Carmichael and Fiona Urquhart.
Pam advised that this would be her last meeting as Chair, and thanked David and Val for covering the position during her absence.
Members noted with great sadness the recent tragedy on the A82 and a card from GUCC had been sent to the Morrison family.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting on 23rd September 2019 were approved as a correct record (Peter Macdonald / David Fraser).
3. Matters arising from minutes
Item 3 – Erection of signs for Glen Urquhart – David Fraser and Russell Fraser have met to agree locations for signage and this is progressing.
Item 3 – Old Kilmore Car Park – David Fraser will again contact Highland Council to establish if they will be taking ownership of the car park. Action – David Fraser
Item 3 – Paths – The creation of safe pathways through the beechwood is still being pursued. Action – David Fraser / Margaret Davidson
Item 12 – Funeral Delays – Ken Fraser had spoken with local undertakers who had confirmed that the delays between deaths and funerals was often as a result of the Highland Council restrictions of accepting funerals only between 10.30am and 1.30pm, and given that many families prefer a later start time to allow for travel etc, this leaves very restricted availability. It was agreed that this issue should be raise with Highland Council. Action – David Fraser
Item 12 -
4. Treasurer’s Report
Peter Macdonald reported that the balance stands at £9,710.78, comprising £19.27 in available funds for the Council, £1,340 in reserve for the Council and £8,351.51 held for Cnocan Burraidh. £15 has been paid in hall rent and £4,926 towards the cost of new railings for the Cnocan Burraidh project. No Highland Council grant has been received. Action -
5. Policing Update
No officer was present at the meeting however the following report was submitted shortly in advance of the meeting, and is therefore included in the minute, but was not discussed at the meeting.
It was noted that there was an ongoing police appeal for information in relation to the accident on the A82 on Friday and anyone with information is encouraged to make contact with the police.
Road Safety -
Public Protection -
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – No incidents of note.
Crimes of Dishonesty -
6. The Loch Ness 360 Challenge – Graham Ambrose
Graeme Ambrose, Visit Inverness Loch Ness was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update on the 2020 Loch Ness 360 Challenge:
Graeme was thanked for the information provided, wished well in his continued planning, and would be welcome to attend future GUCC meetings with updates
7. Forestry & Land Scotland (FLS) – Paul Hibberd & Sandra Reid
Paul Hibberd and Sandra Reid were welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update on works within the area:
Snowman Rally – The date has now been agreed as 7th March 2020, this hopefully avoids the potential for inclement weather at the usual time of mid-
Affric Kintail Way – Progress is being made, with funding being secured and planning issues being addressed. If parts of the Snowman Rally run along the Affric Kintail Way then repairs in those area would be prioritised. It was suggested that signage be erected on the route to advise users when works are taking place in the area, this is currently not the case for all parts of the route. It was confirmed that the footpath which had been installed behind the Shenval bus shelter and was washed away overnight, had been a temporary track, and the permanent Affric Kintail Way track would be of a much higher spec build.
Craigmonie Woodland – It was confirmed that all the felling has been completed, however all the timber was not yet out, and approximately 100 tonnes remains in situ. Extraction had been halted due to pollution concerns, with run off into the river. It is hoped to get teams in to start repairing the area within the next month or so, although this is weather dependant. This site has been problematic and has taken longer than anticipated for which FLS are apologetic to the community, and it is hoped that the work will be completed by Spring 2020. It was requested that if this work looks to be taking longer than the anticipated completion of Spring 2020, that FLS should look at ways of mitigating that and resource and prioritise the area when the weather permits.
Additional Agenda Item -
Andrew Sleight, Press and Social Media Manager and Roy Haston, Regional Business Manager, Scotmid were both welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update on the Drumnadrochit store:
Andrew and Roy were thanked very much for their attendance, for providing an update on how well the company is operating within the community, and would be welcome to attend future meetings with any further updates.
The condition report for Drum Bridge and Borlum Bridge had been received and would be kept on file. A meeting is scheduled to take place next week to survey and look at the feasibility of improvements in the Clansman Hotel area.
9. Planning Applications
19/04117/S42 – Section 42 application for non-
It was also noted that the Springfield application has not yet been to the Highland Council Planning Committee, however the response from the Development Officer suggests that he was content with 93 houses rather than 55, with a build rate of more than 10 per year. This is not compliant with the Local Plan. GUCC have written to the Highland Council Head of Planning to ask why this differs from the small development of 4 houses which had been proposed for Balmacaan Road and had been refused as it did not comply with the Local Plan. GUCC have asked for consistency and compliance, and need to understand why there would be a variation in decisions made. A response is awaited.
Ross Watson, Woodland Trust – Notification that rhododendron control would be starting imminently, for approximately one week, and volunteers to assist would be most welcome
11. Any Other Business
It was noted that some members of the Community Council would be standing down having admirably served the community in this role for a long number of years, and for which the community is most grateful.
12. Details of Next Meetings
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 25th November, Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit. Meeting dates for 2020 are noted below.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.40pm.
Meeting dates for 2020
all meetings commence at 8.00pm
Monday 27th January Craigmonie Centre
Monday 24th February Balnain Hall
Monday 23rd March Blairbeg Hall
Monday 27th April Craigmonie Centre
Monday 25th May Balnain Hall
Monday 22nd June AGM Blairbeg Hall
July no meeting
Monday 24th August Craigmonie Centre
Monday 28th September Balnain Hall
Monday 26th October Blairbeg Hall
Monday 23rd November Craigmonie Centre
December no meeting