Carrbridge & Vicinity Community Council

Minutes of Meeting

Held in Village Hall on

Thursday 31st August at 7.30pm

 

PRESENT: A Kirk (Chair), K Adamson (Secy), A Buttress, D Ritchie, A Rankin (Treas), R McInnes,           B Lobban (THC), G Dyer (Minutes).

APOLOGIES: C Miller

IN ATTENDANCE: I Campbell, M Brown, J Weston, S Clinton, K Clinton, B Kuwall, U Leitch, A Baird, J Fraser, A Ralston, J Rice, D Stewart, D Ralston, T Stott, D Stott, D McInnes, L Bishop, B McElligott, J Porteous, L Anderson, D Williams, R Graham, J Carlyle, M Thomson-Slaven

MINUTES OF 29th JUNE: Approved GD/RMcI

MATTERS ARISING: A Kirk read out a report (copy on file) on parking & traffic flow through village, the Old Bridge area and environs and drainage problems in playing field.  He stated that a meeting had been held between Community Councillors, Bill Lobban and officers of THC.  The Roads Operations Manager (Richard Porteous) and the Parking Enforcement Officer (Craig Irvine) listened to our concerns and observations.  They advised that yellow lines were the only enforceable solution and although they would take on board our comments, they would decide what actions would be taken.  Subsequently they advised that before winter, yellow lines would be painted along the west side of Main Street from the Village Hall to the foot of Station Road, then up to West End Cottage and from Molecatcher’s Cottage down to the bridge and along to the garage.  On the east side they would start at access lane beside Spar and extend to the 20mph School sign – they had wanted to go all the way to the car park, but are holding back on that for the time being.  At the village car park they would extend from the bus stop to the fire station, with a specific bus stop being designated.  There would be a marked parking area outside the Kitchen, including a motorcycle bay and there would be  appropriate markings at entrances.   Debbie Sutton, Amenities Manager South, confirmed that they intended cutting down some vegetation around the Old Bridge area and that THC appreciated local voluntary efforts keeping the grass tidy.  They did not intend to block off access to the river near the Coronation chair.   As regards drainage problems at the Playing Field, it was acknowledged that the ground belonged to THC, but they had no problem with Carrbridge CC employing local contractors to clear vegetation, as long as work carried out in consultation with Auchterblair Farm. 

CARRBRIDGE PLAYPARK: M Brown gave update on progress, advising that £24k had been raised, with a new target of £40k. There were some concerns about timescales and equipment choices and B Lobban undertook to arrange meetings between THC officials and organisers to alleviate concerns about time restrictions imposed on funding grants.  Concerns remain over drainage issues.

SPEEDING IN VILLAGE: A Kirk reported on numerous Emails received from residents about speeding on Grantown and Inverness Roads into and out of the village.  D Stott and J Rice voiced the concerns of many, pointing out that, in addition to excessive speed,  there were no crossing point indicators, the road contours and lines of sight caused problems, there was much less police activity than before and the speed indicator is in wrong position.  Suggestions included rumble strips (although concens about noise) and a 40mph zone starting out past Lochanhully with a count down to 30mph.  B Lobban agreed to contact the Roads Engineer to arrange a visit and meeting to discuss options. 

A Kirk confirmed that the CC would keep on top of this matter.  

VILLAGE HALL:  I Campbell reported that the Village Hall extension was on budget and scheduled internal work would be completed by 23rd September.  The external stonework was due to be started by end of October.  The Buy a Brick total currently stood at £3,000.

WEBSITE:  A Rankin reported that after reassessment the conclusion was to have 3 independent, but linked sites for Carve Carrbridge, World Porridge Championship and Carrbridge.com.  The architecture of each site had been defined and tenders invited to meet our requirements. A Rankin is minded to recommend we pay for someone to oversee sites, but with specific access by others to each site.  A Rankin currently has control of the website, having received the codes from R Brown.

ELLAN BRIDGE: J Walker has completed annual inspection and noted several minor works required, which R McInnes has duly completed – thanks to Robert.

WAR MEMORIAL: The War Memorial Trust has completed the cleaning, but railings still need painting.  R McInnes to investigate possibility of access by disabled persons.

DUCK RACE 2017: G Dyer reported on a very successful race at second attempt, with almost £1k being raised.  Thanks to all volunteers who helped on day.

WOOD SCULPTURE: A Kirk thanked Alice & Jeff Buttress for their work and M Thomson-Slaven for her determination and organisation of the unveiling.  Maria then thanked Alice & Jeff for their efforts, inspiration and skills, a view which was shared by all present.

CARRBRIDGE BURSARY: The first award of £600 has been allocated, with a PR event planned in a  few weeks time.  Details of the Bursary are on Carrbridge.com.

CARVE CARRBRIDGE 2017:  G Dyer reported ther field was set up and everyone was geared up for a big day on Saturday.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  Current Balance £14,580, with £5k allocated to Playpark, leaving available funds of £9,580.   £20k has been transferred to Village Hall for extension.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS: None received in last month.

NEW ITEMS:  Tom na Clach Windfarm – K Adamson & R McInnes to attend meeting on 7th September.  Notify any concerns to them.   Bumps on Dava Road causing concerns.                                     New Hospital Design Display – event in Aviemore 5th September.                                                            Data Protection Registration – Secretary to renew.                                                                                      THC Quality Awards – Advise CC of any staff worthy of award.                    

AOCB:   Concerns about state of footpath and lack of fencing beside railway line and the overgrown nature of the footpath to south of village.  A Rankin & R McInnes to investigate and arrange cutting back.                                                                                                                                                                          

A Buttress reported slippery parts of gravel path in cemetery – B Lobban to investigate. 

There is an steep unprotected section of banking to the west of the road north out of the village – B Lobban will report this also.                                                                                                         

J Porteous queried why no further consultation with residents in respect of parking etc.  A Kirk pointed out that people’s views had been expressed and noted and THC officials made it clear that the body with which they had discussions was the Community Council, whose views they would listen to, but the final decision would be made by the Road Engineers.                                    

Discussion on number of campervans using car park for overnight stay and lack of bins for resulting rubbish.                                                                                                                                                                   Agreed that Coronation Bench needs renovation.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING:  Thursday 28th September at 7.30pm, following AGM of Carrbridge Ahead at 7pm.

The meeting closed at 8.50pm. 

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

Thursday 28th September 2017 at 7.30p.m. Carrbridge Hotel

House Keeping: Fire Exits etc

Introduction of Community Councillors to Visitors

People present and apologies received    Kate-apologies

Minutes of Meeting 31st August  2017 – agreement and signing

Matters Arising           Lower Station Road Parking 

Area around Old Bridge             

Playing Fields Playpark Upgrade and Drainage problem

Speeding

Village Hall renovation

Website and Domain name

War Memorial access for All Abilities

Bursary 2nd award

Carve Carrbridge

Tom na Clach visit by RMcI and KA       

Railway line Footpath and Fence                                                                                                

Matters Outstanding  (no discussion needed unless new information)        

Old Bridge                                                    Capercaillie

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

War Memorial upgrading  RMcI                             Paths Ellan Wood

Struan                                                                       Pay phone - future

Tom na Clach                                                            Christmas Party

Updating of Action Plan - Cycle route to Kinveachy                          

Carrbridge Bursary -progress                           A9 Dualling

Village Hall funding and Buy a Brick or Slate Project                         

Written Financial report from the Treasurer AR

Current Account totals

Planning Applications received by email   Mrs L Ross  Ela Mar  Station Road

                       

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

                                                                             

Questions or contributions from the public present

Date of next meeting:  Thursday October 28th 2017 at 7.30 in Village Hall

(The AGM of CarrBridge Ahead should be held at 7pm before the Meeting,  provided the Accounts are ready)

Time of closure of meeting               

CARRBRIDGE & VICINITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF MEETING

HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON

Thursday 29th June, 2017 at 7.30p.m.

 

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

In attendance:  Iain Campbell, Jan Carlyle, Bobbie McGelligott, Janet Porteous, Mairi Brown, Jacqueline Rice, Jimmy Fraser, James and Maria Thompson-Slaven, and Heather Davidson (Minutes).

Apologies:  Nil.

MINUTES: 

Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 25th May, 2017 were approved by Kate Adamson and seconded by Alice Buttress.

The amended time of the closure of this meeting should have read 8.30p.m.

MATTERS ARISING:

 PARKING IN GENERAL IN THE VILLAGE:  There was a general discussion round the room regarding double yellow lines and white lines, but it was pointed out that too many lines will affect the commercial establishments in the village.   It was finally decided that a meeting with all interested parties, Highland Council included to once and for all come to a decision regarding this matter including the trimming of trees and shrubs at the Bridge end of Station Road.

VILLAGE HALL:  Iain Campbell, Chairman of the Village Hall was happy to announce that the builders will be on site on 30th June 2017 to start the building of the kitchen extension and asked the Community Council to release the funds promised of £20,000, Alan Rankin will transfer these funds.   Iain Campbell also asked if it was possible to borrow money from the Community Council, should there be a short fall in the final costs, this was agreed in principal.

PLAYPARK:  Mairi Brown stated that other methods of fund raising were in the pipeline and that the children will be consulted as to their preferences for the equipment.   There is still an on-going problem with the drainage; Alan Rankin will contact Will Anderson of Seafield Estate regarding their boundary line.   John McLean of Highland Council will be contacted regarding the installation of the new picnic table.

WEBSITE & DOMAIN:   Alan Rankin reported that after a meeting with all interested parties, i.e. CC, CBTA,Village Hall, Porridge and Carve it was decided that three separate web-sites would be the best way to go.   As Roy Brown is standing down it was agreed that this should be put out to tender for an independent company to manage this, hopefully a draft would be ready by the end of July.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  There is £34,769 in the account as of this day.

PLANNING:  Rosevean House at Dalrachney Beag has withdrawn their application.

NEW ITEMS RECEIVED:

NEW HOUSES:  Andrew Kirk presented mock up boards of the proposed new houses opposite Landmark.   There are to be 12 Council Houses and 13 Low Cost Houses, the vibes for this development were very positive.   Janet Porteous felt that it was a pity that a Housing Association was not on board with this development, or even shared equity.   Bill Lobban pointed out that you cannot tell a developer who to sell his houses to.

BRIDGE 300 – OCTOBER ART EXHIBITION:  Monies are required to put this on, exhibition rails are to remain in the Village Hall, Karen Archer and Rona Kant are organizing this.

VILLAGE HALL AGM:  Alice Buttress and Andrew Kirk attended the meeting and were pleased with the outcome.

A9 DUALLING:  The CC received a letter stating that the CC preference for the  Slochd from Blackmount Junction has been agreed.   Grainish Junction still has to be considered.

HM FIRE SERVICE:  Kate Adamson has been sent a questionnaire which has to be completed by September 2017, all members will be given a copy.

DUCK RACE:  This will be held on 6th August, 2017 at 5.00p.m.

A.0.C.B.

 

COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE:  Charles Miller reported that Donald Powell has a stone and is donating this, Robert McInnes along with Charles Miller will take this matter forward.   Charles Miller also queried what the decision was on the Firework Display, after discussion it was agreed not to proceed with this event.

FOOTBALL FIELD:  Robert McInnes has taken a booking for 26th August, 2017 for a youth football tournament, this will be free of charge as no changing rooms are required.

WAR MEMORIAL:  Robert McInnes was pleased to report that the Stone Mason will be in attendance by the end of September.

CARRBRIDGE BURSARY:  Alan Rankin informed the meeting that the first application has been received.

BRIDGE 300 WHISKY BOTTLES:  Gareth Paschke, The Cairn Hotel, has not received these, as yet.

SPEEDING:  Jacqueline Rice is concerned with speeding vehicles coming into the village from Grantown-on-Spey.   Bill Lobban stated this was a police matter and the Divisional Command are trying to divert A9 Police into villages also using unmarked cars.   There were several suggestions from the floor, but Andrew Kirk pointed out that you only get what the HC Roads Engineer can allow. He will contact the Divisional Police commander to request additional patrols.

HIGH GRASSES ON GRASS VERGE:  Jacqueline Rice raised the point that the grass at the entrance to Dalbeag was very high and made visibility on to the Main Road very difficult.   She was informed that the verges are done in rotation, but Bill Lobban will take this matter up with the HC Department.

RIGHT OF WAY TO RIVER:  Jimmy Fraser feels very strongly about having to clear the path to the river which he has done about eight times and feels this has become a fly-tipping situation which is so wrong .   He was informed that the path would be part of the discussion with THC regarding tree and shrub trimming along with white lines, parking etc.

T/TOWELS AND CARVING TRAIL:  Maria Thompson-Slaven was happy to announce that she has ordered a second batch of the Bridge T/Towels and that 200 have already been sold.   The Carving Trail designed by Jeff Buttress has been a great success and an update is being designed by him.

BRIDGE 300 CARVING:  Maria Thompson-Slaven informed the meeting that the permission for the Carve is now in place and that Jeff and Alice Buttress have started the Carve, using Burr Elm from Culloden.   This is not a bench but an Art Installation.   The Carrbridge Tourist and Business Association have secured all monies required for the installation of the Carve.   She went on to say that the CTBA AGM is in September and she will be resigning her post as Chairwoman after the World Porridge Competition in October.

GOAL POSTS:  Iain Campbell asked if there could be netting on the goal posts at the football players are coming into the Bowling Green to retrieve their footballs and requests that the fence be repaired to keep the rabbits out.   Robert McInnes will try to resolve this point.

Meeting closed at 8.51p.m.                                     Date of next meeting – 27th July 2017

The Community Council meeting scheduled for Thursday 27th July will not now go ahead due to the reduced
number of members available to attend. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 31st August, 2017.

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