Glen Urquhart Community Council
Glen Urquhart Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on
Monday 27th April 2020 at 8.00pm
via conference call
Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-
1. Present: David Fraser (Chair), Pam Lucas, Fiona Urquhart, David Ferguson, Dianne Fraser, Dominic Thierry, Stewart Ross, Stewart MacLeay, and Val Cooper
Also present: Councillor Margaret Davidson, Nicky Maclennan, Soirbheas, Gordon Findlay, GURCA and Gordon Watson.
Apologies: Councillor Helen Carmichael, Susan Clark
The GUCC note with sadness the sudden death of Councillor George Cruikshank on 5th April. George ran the West End Garage in Milton for many years before becoming a Highland Councillor in May 2017. He was elected to serve Aird and Loch Ness, alongside councillors Helen Carmichael (Inverness Provost), Margaret Davidson (Council Leader) and Emma Knox. He served on the Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee, Highland Licensing Board and Highland Licensing Committee; Pensions Board, and South Planning Applications Committee. Our condolences are passed to his family. Margaret Davidson added that she too was most saddened to lose George who had been a good companion and a good colleague.
Thanks were passed to Dianne for setting up the meeting as a video conference call. Thanks were also passed to Dan Luscombe for the significant amount of work he was doing in keeping the GUCC website updated http://www.glenurquhartcommunitycouncil.org.uk/
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the meeting held via email in March 2020 were approved as a correct record. (Pam Lucas / Fiona Urquhart)
3. Matters arising from minutes
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4. Treasurer’s Report
David Ferguson provided the following report:
At our last meeting in March, the balance was £19,147.19. Our bank account holds funds for, Community Council & Cnoc an Burraidh burial chamber restoration works. Community Council funds total £2,497.68 and Cnoc an Burraidh funds total £16,649.51. In the last month, we have had some bills to pay & have had some money coming in, our account details are as follows;
Paid Highland Council £101. For Planning Application fee (reduced amount) for Glen Urquhart sign
Received donation of £215. From Balnain Primary School & Glen Urquhart Care Centre, as part of the total raised at the Snowman Rally.
Received £7,500 from Highland Regional Council Ward Fund, for Loch Ness Tourism Strategy / Glen Urquhart Place Planning, this has been “ring fenced” & Margaret Davidson will advise how and when to spend.
So new balance for Community Council = £2,497.68 -
Pay for materials to paint handrails ( paint, thinners, brushes ) £114.89
Pay for work done on Play ……………………………………………………. £285.
Pay for Cope (wall) materials…………………………………………..…….£3,933.60
Received from Highland Council ……………………………..…………….£3,600.
So new balance for Cnocan Burraidh
= £16,649.51 – (£114.89 + £285. + £3,933.60 ) + £3,600. = £15,916.02
So new total balance is as follows; £10,111.68 + £15,916.02 = £26,027.70
Latest Bank statement issued 14th April 2020, the balance is £30,246.30
Reason for the difference is that it does not include, work done on the play £285. or cope materials £3,933.60 = £4,218.60
5. Police Report
The following monthly report was submitted in advance of the meeting:
Road Safety – There have been no incidents of note.
Public Protection – There have been 11 reports of persons not adhering to the government guidelines in relation to the Coronavirus. Each of these incidents were minor in nature and were resolved without any issues. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their assistance and understanding during this very difficult time for us all and would ask that you please continue to adhere to the very important guidelines set out by the Scottish Government.
Drugs / Alcohol Misuse -
Crimes of Dishonesty – There was one incident of an online fraud within the area since the last meeting. The scam is believed to have generated from India and was simple in nature. Due to information provided by the victim online the fraudster was able to remove a large quantity of money from the victim’s bank account. Please bear this incident in mind and be aware of fraudulent activity online. Don’t provide any personal details over the phone or online. If you are unsure of what to do or how to spot a fraudulent scam, please look on the Police Scotland website which has lots of information and advice on the subject.
Please can we remind all Community Councils to pass any requests/information to the section email address HighlandsandIslandsBeaulyFortAugustus@scotland.pnn.police.uk This is monitored by all section staff so any correspondence should not be missed. If the public have any issues which we can assist with then please inform the Community Council who will pass them on to us.
GUCC were concerned to note the recent online fraud and it was agreed that guidance be added to the GUCC website, and to the community helpline volunteers and newsletter. Action – David Fraser
6. Glen Urquhart Helpline
The helpline has been very well supported by the community in terms of volunteers with much of the work being co-
7. Roads / Drainage
A comprehensive list of drainage issues has been prepared and Councillor Davidson will take these forward when restrictions are lifted. This list includes Drumnadrochit and the wider Glen Urquhart area.
Potholes continue to be an issue and the Council are attending to serious holes only at this stage. Any dangerous potholes should be reported via the website but details should also be passed to David Fraser and Margaret Davidson so these can be followed up.
When the emergency is over GUCC will engage with Highland Council on how the backlog of issues will be addressed.
A82 Repairs – the work towards Temple Pier had to be stopped during the lockdown, and no date for restarting has been agreed. Other work such as drainage near Abriachan Nursery will follow in due course.
Pedestrian Crossing Shop / Health Centre – Work should be ready to commence when restrictions are lifted.
8. Planning Applications including pre-
Springfield Development – GUCC have submitted a response on the planning appeal, Springfield have until 4th May to respond to the Reporter.
Creation of Woodland located at Culnakirk, north of Drumnadrochit.
“The current proposals will see a mix of native and commercial woodland planting. Native woodland will encompass the majority of the site providing conservation benefits to the area as well as safeguarding the adjacent designated sites (SSSI and SPA). To the south of the site commercial species will be established to provide a longer term timber resource. The combination of the two planting types seeks to achieve a well-
“Bird and mammal surveys have been conducted both of which complement these objectives. Similarly an archaeological assessment has been undertaken and although numerous features are present they can all be accommodated, and safeguarded, within the scheme proposals. These surveys complement wider site assessment underpinning the potential for woodland development”.
GUCC discussed the proposal, and were in agreement that a response be sent to the developer advising that they are supportive of the creation of new woodland, and in keeping with the wider development strategy for the area, would request the inclusion of amenity paths through the woodland, so that areas of heritage and local interest can be visited. It was also agreed that the addition of a small car park would be welcomed. It was agreed that David Fraser would write a response to the developer noting the comments agreed at the meeting. Action – David Fraser
Members discussed the proposed plans which had been submitted by Highland Housing Alliance for development of the old Scotmid site. This is a pre-
During the current crisis, where Highland Council resources are stretched, GUCC discussed the possibility of taking over temporary responsibility for grass cutting public areas within the GUCC area. Various options were discussed, and it was agreed that where possible, the proposals should be kept simple and local. In order to progress discussions it was agreed that David Fraser would contact Highland Council to request a note of all the areas currently maintained by Highland Council, including area and frequency of cutting. Once this information has been received we will be in a better position to seek local companies who may be able to take this work on, and how this might be funded. It was agreed that time was of the essence given the growth season is upon us. It was agreed that a working group comprising Gordon Watson, Gordon Findlay and Pam Lucas be set up to take this forward. In the meantime, David Fraser would contact Highland Council to request the details required from them. Action – David Fraser / Gordon Findlay / Gordon Watson / Pam Lucas
No additional correspondence.
10.1 Soirbheas Funding – Nicky Maclennan advised that Soirbheas have an emergency community fund which local organisations can apply to for support. The normal grant application process is also continuing to run as normal.
13. Details of Next Meetings
The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 25th May.
Action List – April 2020