Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 27th January 2020 at 8.00pm
in the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit
1. Present: David Fraser (Chair), Pam Lucas, Fiona Urquhart, David Ferguson, Dianne Fraser, Dominic Thierry, Stewart MacLeay, and Val Cooper
Also present: Morag Fraser, Caledonian Concepts, Nicky MacLennan, Soirbheas, and 14 members of the public.
Apologies: Councillors Margaret Davidson, Helen Carmichael and George Cruickshank, Kerri Ramsaidh, Pam Poston and Gillian Skinner.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the Establishment Meeting held on 25th November 2019 were approved as a correct record (Fiona Urquhart / Pam Lucas). The minutes of the Business Meeting held on 25th November 2019 were also approved as a correct record (Fiona Urquhart / Dianne Fraser).
3. Matters arising from minutes
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Item 10 – Culnakirk – The abandoned car and boulders in roadways have now been dealt with by Highland Council.
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4. Treasurer’s Report
David Ferguson reported that the balance at the last meeting stood at £9,518.19, since then £600 has been paid for secretarial work, the current balance is £8,988.19. £7,649.51 is ring fenced for Cnocan Burraidh. The GUCC balance is therefore £1,338.88, this is made up of £598.88 usable funds and £740 held in reserve. An application is being made to the Ward Discretionary Fund for support to cover yearly running costs. An additional £5k has been received for Cnocan Burraidh from Historic Environment Scotland today.
5. Police Report
No officer was present at the meeting however the following report was submitted in advance of the meeting;
Road Safety – A person was charged for driving whilst on his mobile telephone and driving with no insurance. The car was seized from him. A person was charged for failing to report a road traffic collision after a positive enquiry to identify him. A person was given a fixed penalty notice for doing 42mph through Drumnadrochit (30mph section). On the 20th of December 2019 a dedicated traffic marked patrol car was located in Drumnadrochit and the immediate surrounding areas providing advice to drivers and dealing with the above offences which were identified whilst on patrol in the area. If anyone has concerns re speeding in particular areas please contact your local officers so activity can be focussed on the problem areas.
Public Protection – No incidents of note.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse – A man has been charged with possessing cannabis.
Crimes of Dishonesty – On the 14th of January 2020 at Milton, Drumnadrochit it has been reported to police a potential theft of heating oil. The circumstances are being looked into with ongoing enquiries. Police are also making enquiries into a possible vandalism at Loch Ness Lodge Hotel from 17th of January 2020 which is ongoing.
Community Councils are reminded to pass any requests / information to the section email address HighlandsandIslandsBeaulyFortAugustus@scotland.pnn.police.uk As this is monitored by all section staff so any correspondence should not be missed.
6. Etape Loch Ness 2020
Morag Fraser, Caledonian Concepts, was welcomed to the meeting and provided the following update:
7. Roads including new street naming request
Drum bridge junction is badly potholed and uneven, in need of resurfacing and new white lines.
Speed surveys close to Clansman Hotel, one before tourist season and another one during the summer, are scheduled to take place. Depending on these results, and other necessary approvals, consideration will then be given as to whether a speed reduction in that area would be approved. It was noted that there was a new gate and entrance way work done to an existing entrance to the west of the Clansman, and it while it was understood that this work may have been undertake for health and safety purposes for pedestrian access, there are not currently any plans for this area to have vehicular access.
Water is collecting more on some of the newly surfaced areas including flooding at Abriachan corner. David Fraser confirmed that he has asked for a report for the next meeting on drainage and plans for updates.
Ongoing problems with potholes – these should be reported directly to Highland Council via their website https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20005/roads_and_pavements/96/roadside_problems
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Street Naming Request
The area which currently has 3 houses, soon to be 4 houses, in East Lewiston, opposite the Back Packers requires a street name. The developer has suggested “Coiltie Grardens” however this does not comply with Highland Council policy which does not approve stem names. David Fraser advised that he had consulted Duncan Macdonald for his advice and local knowledge, to try and capture some of the traditional or historical nature of the area in the new name. Duncan had suggested Balanstrachan (Gaelic Bail an t-
8. Planning Applications including Fasnakyle Windfarm
Fasnakyle Windfarm – David Fraser advised that the proposed development area straddles both Glen Urquhart and Strathglass Community Council areas. While this application is at the very early stages, requests have been made to Community Councils for input to the scoping study, this has been done, and the Reporter has asked the Developer to take account of everything the Community Councils have asked for in their responses. The Developer will be holding open public drop in sessions, the first being held in Blairbeg Hall from 12pm until 7pm on 7th February. Members of the community are encouraged to attend this session to ensure they are fully informed of the proposed development. Any finance issues should be discussed by the Developer with Soirbheas, in a way that does not impact on whether it is more or less likely to get permission. The local Community Councils deal with planning issues.
19/04651/ADV – Installation of sign in shop window, 2 Victoria Buildings – noted
19/04743/S37 – Erection of 6m span HV OHL and pole mounted transformer, land 35M west of Bridgend House -
19/05165/FUL – Erection of porch extension to house, Drumgar, 109 Balmacaan Road – noted
19/05345/PNO – Formation of private way at land 240m NW of Balnalick Steading, Balnain – withdrawn
19/05626/PNO – Formation of turning point for timber lorries, land 285m SW of Drumclune Farm, Drumnadrochit – no permission was required
19/05517/FUL – Siting of chalet, installation of treatment plant, Craobhach, Drumnadrochit – submit comment re drainage issues.
20/00035/FUL – Erection of house and alterations to existing cottage to form ancillary accommodation, land 30m east of Drumbuie Lodge, Drumnadrochit – noted
19/05210/FUL – Change of use of field to overflow coach park for Urquhart Castle, Land 135m SE of Drumnadrochit Health Centre, Lewiston – 30 space overflow bus parking facility, consent is currently sought for 10 years. This land in the local plan is shown as cherished green space, a space the community has identified as important to remain green. David Fraser advised that he has asked Highland Council if this would set a precedent that this site then becomes a brown field site and has other types of development in future. To date 37 responses have been submitted to Highland Council, 35 being objections, and 2 general comments. An overview of the main points noted includes; non-
Loch Ness 360 – Request received asking local organisations to help with stewarding etc, passed to GURCA.
10. Any Other Business
Men’s Shed – It was noted that a small event was scheduled for Wednesday 29th January at 11.30am in Blairbeg Hall, to mark 4 Glen Urquhart High School pupils participation in the Young Philanthropist Scheme, being awarded £3k which was being presented to the Men’s Shed. Those pupils will now enter the National Awards, and congratulations were noted to those pupils and staff concerned. The Men’s Shed are currently based in the Blairbeg flat but are on the look out for larger premises.
Tourist Information Centre – Gordon Findlay advised that the application to the Scottish Land Fund had been successful and they will provide 95% of the agreed purchase price. The Community Association is now in a position to make an offer to Highland Council. The support from the community in making this happen has been instrumental, and congratulations were passed to all those involved.
Flood Protection Works – Tender documents were currently being prepared while final approvals are awaited from the Scottish Government. It is expected that work will commence later this year. Where possible work will avoid dates where events are taking place on Drum Green, and landowners will be notified once construction dates are confirmed.
Snowman Rally – David Fraser and Peter Macdonald have been liaising with the event organisers who have been finalising their plans and working closely with Forest and Land Scotland. Peter has also been liaising with local community groups regarding fundraising events. It is hoped that representatives will attend the February GUCC meeting.
Old Scotmid Building – Negotiations are still ongoing with Highland Council, David Fraser will ask Margaret Davidson for an update. Action – David Fraser / Margaret Davidson
Children’s Leisure Facility – It was agreed that facilities for local children / youths would be a big asset to the village, and it was agreed that this should be considered when looking at the new Local Plan.
11. Details of Next Meetings
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 24th February in Balnain Hall at 8pm. This meeting will include a thank you to the retiring Community Council members, Peter Macdonald, John Duncan and Ken Fraser.
12. Short Session in Private – Co-
The addition of Stuart Ross as a co-
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9.45pm.