CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

HELD IN CARRBRIDGE VILLAGE HALL ON

Thursday 29th MARCH 2018 at 7.30p.m.

Present: Andrew Kirk (Chairman), Alice Buttress, Robert McInnes, Charles Miller, George Dyer, David Ritchie, Kate Adamson, Bill Lobban (Councillor).

In attendance: Denise Stott, Jacqueline Rice, Douglas Stewart, Martin O’Reilly, Michelle Green, Lorraine Anderson, Mary Grant and Heather Davidson (Minutes).

Apologies: Alan Rankin

MINUTES: Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 25th January 2018 were approved by Robert McInnes and seconded by Alice Buttress.

“NB: An omission occurred on the February 2018 minutes regarding the NMU. Charles Miller raised the point that a self formed group did not follow due process and should have been notified at council meeting before proceeding”.

MATTERS ARISING: Tenders for the play park have been sent out and three of the six have been returned. John McLean is taking forward the progression of the drainage holes.

SPEEDING: Bill Lobban explained that before the end of the session an approach to the Scottish Government will be made to install 20mph speed limits throughout villages. This will be at no cost to HC if the Communities agree with the proposal. A general discussion round the room ensued and it was decided that a public meeting would be held to see if the local community would be in favour of this.

WEB DOMAIN NAME: Alan Rankin who was unavailable to report on this but George Dyer stated there had been a slight delay but the report would be ready next week.

A9 DUALLING AND CYCLE ROUTE: Andrew Kirk attended an informal group meeting regarding the Kinveachy route and the connections to Aviemore and Boat of Garten. There were 234 responses which were greatly in favour of the NMU and its connectivity. A meeting will be held with Sustrans and the results will be announced soon.

TREE FELLING: The Forestry Commission has stated that the tree felling may or may not be illegal. It is not known who owns the land. Douglas Stewart remarked that this land was not on the plan for development. Charles Miller added that it is alternative building land.

WORLD PORRIDGE MAKING COMPETITION: Michelle Green gave a full report on the progress of the event. On the Friday night there will be a demonstration of porridge making during the meet and greet, this event is being sponsored by Landmark. The judges and the MC are appointed, the plan is to have a marquee to house Inverness Producers to have their stalls and produce for sale. An overflow marquee will be erected with a TV, speakers and a bar. Audio Visual of Inverness will take care of all the audio needs. Ebhal Band will be playing in the evening in the Cairn Hotel. HC have donated to the event and Hamlyn’s are sponsoring the event as usual.

STRUAN HOUSE HOTEL: Robert McInnes reported that due a report from a resident that the rendering was falling off Highland Council’s John Docherty went to inspect the building. He decided that the owners be contacted, he even thought about putting up fences, but this was done before and they kept falling down, narrowly missing a passing car. He will keep his eye on this. Denise Stott asked about compulsory purchase, Andrew Kirk explained that this was not an option. Bill Lobban stated this was an expensive site; Andrew Kirk stated that HC would do the maintenance and charge the owners for it. Denise Stott then went on to ask if it could be sold to the community, but Bill Lobban added that you cannot force the owners to sell. Denise Stott then asked about insurance, Bill Lobban added that he thought this was highly unlikely. Kate Adamson stated that this has been going on for years and we are no further forward.

TREASURERS REPORT: Alan Rankin, Treasurer, was stuck on an island and his report will be inserted at a later date.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Plans that have been lodged were Balnastrad, Slochd Viaduct Repair (Railway). The Reporter visited a site regarding a construction without planning permission which has had to stop.

NEW ITEMS: Kate Adamson reported that she attended a meeting last Wednesday at the Association of Cairngorm Communities. Some of the points discussed were the achievement over the past 5 years, the new forest strategy re deer management, Nature Finance and Business, Project Heritage Destination. There is an Junior Europark Conference in September discussing relevance of young people in National Parks. It is useful for accommodation providers to know that there will be a large number of visitors around at that time - more information can be found on the CNPA web-site. She went on to ask if someone else would like to attend.

HC gave Community Council £500.00 and Andrew Kirk informed the meeting that the picnic bench which has been discussed in the past has now been ordered. It comes flat packed and will have to be made up; it is made of recycled plastic so no maintenance required.

MATTERS ARISING:

1. Charles Miller would like an update on the Carrbridge Bursary; George Dyer replied that there is another application due.

2. George Dyer reported that there is a requirement by HC to split Carrbridge Ahead and the Community Council. Charles Miller will be the new Treasurer for the Community Council and George Dyer for Carrbridge Ahead.

3. Robert McInnes reported that the War Memorial has been tidied up and the graveyard also. He went on to say that the pot holes on the road to the graveyard need filling in; Bill Lobban will take this matter forward.

4. The picnic bench in the Car Park needs attention and Andrew Kirk is looking for an enthusiast to paint it.

5. Bill Lobban on the subject of recycling bins has asked for 2 bins, (to be added to the bins at the car park) but expects 1, ½ recycle and ½ ordinary waste.

6. The Primary School is planning a cascade of poppies and would like the Community Council to support them.

7. Martin O’Reilly mentioned the pine martins, Andrew Kirk suggested that he join the National Park Community Group, this is the best place to discuss such matters.

8. Andrew Kirk asked for any suggestions for a Book/Keeper/Treasurer for Carrbridge Ahead.

The meeting closed at 8.17p.m. Next Meeting Thursday 26th April 2018

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

Thursday 26th April 2018 at 7.30p.m. at Carrbridge Village Hall

House Keeping: Fire Exits etc

Introduction of Community Councillors to Visitors

People present and apologies received Kate Adamson

Minutes of Meeting 29th March 2018 – agreement and signing

Matters Arising

  • Playing Fields Playpark Upgrade and Drainage problem
  • Speeding
  • Website and Domain name
  • A9 Dualling and Cycle Route to Kinveachy
  • Porridge Report from Mich Green- if required
  • Struan House Hotel
  • Bursary
  • Track up to Graveyard - ?repair of potholes
  • Car Park – picnic bench
  • Primary School cascade of poppies

Matters Outstanding (no discussion needed unless new information)

  • Old Bridge 
  • Redesign of Health Services B & S 
  • War Memorial 
  • Tom na Clach 
  • Carrbridge Bursary 
  • Village Hall 
  • Development Plan – Main Issues Report
  • Capercaillie
  • Ellan Bridge - 2 yearly inspections
  • Paths Ellan Wood
  • Pay phone - future
  • Tree felling by Inverness Road
  • Carrbridge Toilets ??consultation

Written Financial report from the Treasurer AR

Current Account totals

Planning Applications received by email

 

New Items - some received by Chairman & Secretary and already circulated by email

 

Questions or contributions from the public present

Date of next meeting: Thursday 31st May 2018 at 7.30 in Village Hall

Time of closure of meeting 

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

HELD IN CARRBRIDGE VILLAGE HALL ON

Thursday 22ND FEBRUARY 2018 at 7.30p.m.

Present: Andrew Kirk (Chairman), Alice Buttress, Robert McInnes, Charles Miller, George Dyer, David Ritchie, Kate Adamson, Bill Lobban (Councillor).

In attendance: Iain Campbell, Denise Stott, Douglas Stewart, Martin O’Reilly, Karen Derek (VABS), Heather Davidson (Minutes).

Apologies: Alan Rankin.

MINUTES: Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 25th January 2018 were approved by Alice Buttress and seconded by George Dyer.

It was pointed out that the date was wrong on the minutes for January 2018 and should have read 25th January 2018.

MATTERS ARISING: Andrew Kirk introduced Karen Derek (VABS) to discuss procedures between Carrbridge Ahead (CBA) and the Community Council, the issues being: Minutes and Monies, Office Bearers, Cross-over points. She suggests that there should be separate meetings and more protection regarding activities held in the village. George Dyer stated that the Carrbridge Ahead meetings were open to the public, Kate Adamson informed the meeting that this is not necessarily so, the Board can invite the public to a meeting and felt that the constitution should be checked. Bill Lobban pointed out that Office Bearers are held liable and there is no protection for the Community Council. Martin O’Reilly asked where the accounts for Carrbridge Ahead are held and who the current Office Bearers are. Kate Adamson informed him that Companies House will give all information. Andrew Kirk informed the meeting that Peter Monroe is the CBA accountant. Martin O’Reilly said he couldn’t find on Companies House but Kate Adamson said it was there –she had seen it.. Charles Miller stated that all information regarding finances is in the AGM accounts.

PLAYING FIELD: Andrew Kirk stated that three exploratory holes that have been drilled to assess drainage problems. There is also a suggestion to raise the ground. John McLean HC has sent out tenders to suppliers for £44,000 for equipment 25% of the cost came from the Community Company and 75% was raised from the Improvement group . The event held at the Carrbridge Hotel raised another £1,000. Andrew Kirk praised the group for all its fundraising. Bill Lobban added that the Ward Discretion Budget may contribute and it would be a pity to have less equipment due to monies raised being used for drainage.

SPEEDING: Bill Lobban informed the meeting that in Badenoch and Strathspey a 20mph speed limit through all villages is to be decided upon at a meeting on 7th March 2018. Liz Cowie organized a meeting with all communities to discuss the matter, it was suggested to move traffic signs further out. The worst road in Carrbridge for speeding is from Inverness Bill Lobban went on to explain that the traffic had reached back up to 40 45 mph by the time they reached the triangle. Denise Stott reiterated her points made at previous meetings regarding the speeding out towards Duthil. A neighbour of hers was frightened when somebody overtook him whilst turning off. She suggests a flashing sign on exit as a reminder. Bill Lobban explained that if you see someone driving carelessly and dangerously get the registration number and inform the police, but 20mph would be a huge benefit. Andrew Kirk asked when, or if this is passed, will it happen, Bill Lobban replied he did not know but if the Private Members Bill goes through it will happen. Martin O’Reilly made several other suggestions - all have been discussed before.

WEB DOMAIN NAME: Alan Rankin who was leading this matter was unable to attend the meeting due to unfortunate events at home.

A9 DUALLING: The suggested NMU has been deemed useless by many. A Carrbridge public survey is ongoing regarding an off road route towards Aviemore. Charlie Miller raised the point that the creation of the survey did not follow due process and that it should have been ratified at a full council meeting. This was noted

GRIT BINS: Bill Lobban explained that it is unlikely the village will get any more due to many factors.

UNLICENSED TREE FELLING: The Forestry Commission knows who owns the land and are pursuing the owners.

DEVELOPMENT PLAN: Andrew Kirk stated there was to be a meeting in the Village Hall on 2nd March 2018 with CNP, the main issue that worried people was housing in the Boys Brigade field opp Carr Place. In the Dev Plan the area has been reduced to just the field but with the same number of houses -72. The Scot Gov Reporter deemed that 36 houses only should be built on this land, but due to an administrative oversight this decision has been dismissed. A response will be sent to back . George Dyer said that a letter had been sent out to the residents of Carr Road/Place by someone in Carr Road as they felt they were not being listened to. Charlie Miller felt that this is a time sensitive problem and separate responses as well as a response from the Community Council should be implemented. David Ritchie queried if the extra houses were needed to fund a pumping station. Charlie Miller outlined the traffic issues; George Dyer stated that the Scottish Office people had claimed that Carr Road was a perfect example of a rural road. Charlie Miller and George Dyer to collate the response to CNPA.

TREASURERS REPORT: Alan Rankin ,unavoidably absent but gave balance later as £9,796.62 .

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: The entrance and exit at the planned housing development at H2 has been measured by George Dyer and Charles Miller and no concerns . There are concerns about the suds pond and the drainage of water.

ITEMS RECEIVED:

Carrbridge Toilets are to be chargeable; Bill Lobban informed the meeting this will be discussed with further consultation.

The fence round the Railway has been finished and a good job has been made.

Struan House Hotel is causing problems with some local residents who reported to Robert McInnes that the rendering is now falling off in chunks. HC safety officer is to be contacted to investigate. A Housing Association is still interested apparently stated Andrew Kirk.

Bill Lobban explained that during the coming year for a few weeks there will be no trains due to engineering works to increase the double track at Aviemore, buses will be brought into use.

Charles Miller requested £200 to purchase the wood to make the spurtles for the World Porridge Making Competition, this was granted. The spurtles generate quite a bit of income.

Martin O’Reilly is very happy with the road repair carried out by the council at his house but the pavement is still running with water.

He went on to say that when his house was converted from a garage he had sunlight but now no sunlight gets through due to the amount of trees. Electric lines run through the trees and he asks if these could be cut back for sunlight. Bill Lobban stated that it is HC policy not to cut down trees; Martin O’Reilly replied that having a right to light is a legal point. He was advised to contact the appropriate services.

Denise Stott brought up the subject of litter especially on the path to Lochunhully where she found half bottles of Vodka, Coke cans and general litter, she asked if there was an official litter pick, she was informed by Andrew Kirk that this happens in May. Bill Lobban is to take forward a ‘Recycle on the go Bin’ for the carpark.

Martin O’Reilly is concerned about the Caravan Pitches over the river at the Croft and wonders if more are planned in the adjacent croft, Bill Lobban advised getting in contact with the HC Planning Department.

Meeting closed at 8.58p.m. Date of next meeting, Thursday 29th March 2018

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

Thursday 29th March 2018 at 7.30p.m. at Carrbridge Village Hall

House Keeping: Fire Exits etc

Introduction of Community Councillors to Visitors

People present and apologies received

Minutes of Meeting 22nd February 2018 – agreement and signing

Matters Arising

  • Playing Fields Playpark Upgrade and Drainage problem
  • Speeding
  • Website and Domain name
  • A9 Dualling and Cycle Route to Kinveachy
  • Tree felling by Inverness Road
  • Carrbridge Toilets ??consultation
  • Porridge Report from Mich Green
  • Struan House Hotel

Matters Outstanding (no discussion needed unless new information)

  • Old Bridge 
  • Redesign of Health Services B & S 
  • War Memorial 
  • Tom na Clach 
  • Development Plan – Main Issues Report
  • Carrbridge Bursary
  • Village Hall
  • Capercaillie
  • Ellan Bridge - 2 yearly inspections
  • Paths Ellan Wood
  • Pay phone - future 

Written Financial report from the Treasurer AR

Current Account totals

Planning Applications received by email

New Items - some received by Chairman & Secretary and already circulated by email

Questions or contributions from the public present

Date of next meeting: Thursday 29th March 2018 at 7.30 in Village Hall

Time of closure of meeting.

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

HELD IN CARRBRIDGE VILLAGE HALL ON

Thursday 25th January 2018 7.30p.m.

Present: Andrew Kirk (Chairman), Bill Lobban (Councillor), David Ritchie, George Dyer, Kate Adamson (Secretary), Charles Miller and Alice Buttress.

In attendance: Mairi Brown, Liz Bishop, Lorraine Anderson, Rebecca Badger, Jan Carlyle, Carol Walsh and Heather Davidson (Minutes) Ian Howes and Kate Crerar from CNPA.

Apologies: Alan Rankin and Robert McInnes.

MINUTES: Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, 30th November 2017 were approved by George Dyer and seconded by Alice Buttress.

MATTERS ARISING: Playing Field – Mairi Brown and her team have to be commended for

Gathering substantial monies towards the play park with an input from the CC/CBA of 23%. There have been and are continuing to be money raising events, i.e. Bacon Butty morning in the village hall. A Disco at the Carrbridge Hotel and Tesco counters and have managed to raise £43,000. There is still concern regarding drainage and the foundation.

John McLean from HC has been approached but to date no answer on the drainage problem has been given. Bill Lobban went on to say that there is no guarantee that HC will do the work but will set up a plan as to how to do it. HC will do drainage perhaps as Carrbridge owns the playpark. Mairi Brown is concerned that HC are closing playparks, but it was pointed out by Bill Lobban that HC are only closing playparks that are not used. There was a general discussion round the room regarding discretionary funding, budget etc. Bill Lobban concluded that any committee able to raise this amount of money deserves to get assistance.

Development Plan – Ian Howes CNPA gave an explanation regarding the Local Development Plan with a report for the 2020 policy in the park area.

He went on to say that this would be done in stages giving residents time to respond so as to discuss key issues, kites preferred options new and some existing. Lorraine Anderson was interested in Boundary Lines – can they be crossed, Ian Howes responded that plans would be given due consideration. There is to be a meeting in the village hall to let residents drop in and view the plan. It was decided that an evening meet would be better and that a suitable date would be publicised in due course. Several other issues were discussed i.e. Croft Land, Sawmill Site and the development plan going forward.

Speeding – Andrew Kirk asked Bill Lobban for an update on the speeding issues of the village, he replied that the whole of Badenoch and Strathspey are having the same problem and that the Scottish Government is keen to accelerate 20mph signs instead of the present 30mph in all villages. Regarding the problem raised previously, he informed the meeting that there are more speeding vehicles on the Inverness Road than the Duthil to Carrbridge Road. There is a possibility of 20, mph on Station Road, Carr Road and the main pedestrian areas. Several other suggestions were made.

WEB SITE: Alan Rankin leading on this matter, George Dyer reported that three companies are being considered and have yet to be interviewed.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Andrew Kirk was pleased to announce that this was a grand occasion and extended many thanks to Colin Watt and his team at the Carrbridge Hotel. 97 attended the function. The Account has been settled and Steven Blair is kindly removing the Christmas tree from the Triangle.

A9 DUALLING: Andrew Kirk stated that the response to the Blackmount Junction was well received. The suggested NMU cycle route to Aviemore was deemed not acceptable and further discussions will take place.

TREASURER S REPORT: There is £9,895.62 in the Current Account.

PLANNING: There is nothing to report from the weekly e-mails.

ITEMS RECEIVED:

GRIT BINS: Some local residents are requesting extra Grit Bins around the village; this may be possible with the filling of a form. Bill Lobban to pursue.

TREE FELLING: Concern was raised regarding the Tree Felling next to

The Spinney by the Golf Course. The Forestry Commission and others has been informed of this and are following up the matter.

HOUSING MEETING: Andrew Kirk and other members of the CC attended a housing meeting, the CNPA are encouraging communities to purchase land and manage the sites, and this proposition was not met favourably. Charles Miller needed clarification regarding refusal of a Council property, Bill Lobban informed the meeting that you can refuse 3, but there is a National Housing process and although concerns for locals not being successful he stated that the majority of lets are to local people.

He went on to explain that extra points are given for a good reason to be in Carrbridge, i.e. family, work etc.

INSURANCE: Kate Adamson explained that HC no longer did insurance the Insurance but we have to deal directly with Zurich. All members were in agreement.

FUTURE VILLAGE PROJECTS: Charles Miller thinking to the future, when monies received from the Wind farm are available, would like these monies to go towards village projects i.e. owning our own Windmill, installing a Hydro Pump in the river for electricity. Bill Lobban stated that the Gynack Burn at Kingussie has a Hydro Scheme. Charles Miller felt that there is a possibility of free electricity for the village.

Charles Miller suggested an initial mail drop inviting the whole village to voice their requirements. Liz Bishop added that Tomatin, due to Wind farm monies allows all school transport costs to be paid and the pupils travel for free.

A.O.C.B. Kate Adamson informed the meeting that there is a map of the CC area on the HC web site.

Meeting closed at 8.54p.m. Date of next meeting Thursday 22nd February 2018

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 7.30p.m. at Carrbridge Village Hall

House Keeping: Fire Exits etc

Introduction of Community Councillors to Visitors

People present and apologies received

Advice from VABS on Carrbridge Community Council and Carr-Bridge Ahead – Ann Trail and Karen Derrick

Minutes of Meeting 25th January 2018 – agreement and signing

Matters Arising Playing Fields Playpark Upgrade and Drainage problem

Development Plan – Main Issues Report

Speeding

Website and Domain name

A9 Dualling and Cycle Route to Kinveachy

Grit bins

Tree felling by Inverness Road

Matters Outstanding (no discussion needed unless new information)

Old Bridge Capercaillie

Redesign of Health Services B & S Ellan Bridge - 2 yearly inspections

War Memorial Paths Ellan Wood

Struan Pay phone - future

Tom na Clach

Carrbridge Bursary

Village Hall

Written Financial report from the Treasurer AR

Current Account totals

Planning Applications received by email

New Items - some received by Chairman & Secretary and already circulated by email

Questions or contributions from the public present

Date of next meeting: Thursday 29th March 2018 at 7.30 in Village Hall

Time of closure of meeting.

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