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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

 

Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

10 January 2019

7.00pm – 9.00pm

 

Attendees: Jack Fordy: Brian Hadfield: Susan Campbell: Janice Ross: Nancy Malcolm: Pauline Larking: Gillian Munro

Please Read: Minutes of the Previous Meeting

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Community Police Report
  3. Secretary’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Matters Arising
  6. A.O.B.
  7. Date of Next Meeting

Meeting of 10th January 2019 Bonhill Parish Church

Attendance

Jack Fordy (JF), Pauline Larkin (PL), Janice Ross (JR), Susan Campbell (SC), Nancy Malcolm (NM),

Present

Cllr Jim Bollan, Cllr Ian Dickson, Suzanne Greer, Helen Leslie.

1: Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted.

Apologies

Brian Hatfield (BH), Gillian Munro (GM).

2: Minutes of meeting 13th December

Minutes were read and it was noted that last month’s had not been adopted.

JR proposed PL seconded.

3: Community Police Report

From 11/11 to 10/01/2018

The Community Police Officers were unable to attend and the Monthly Report had not arrived so we moved to the next item. (The report is still pending but will be attached as Appendix 1)

4: Secretary’s Report

JF has put posters re tonight’s meeting in 5 shops within our boundaries, the shop owners were happy to display them, but as we could see, they had not produced any increase in members of the public attending.

Sustrans: JF reported that he now had a response. Sustrans provided funding to WDC last year for a route option appraisal. They have been encouraging WDC to submit another application to progress this project but unfortunately this has not happened yet.

As they provided funding last year, they are keen to see this project being developed and delivered. JB mentioned that plans existed for landscaping and chicanes to help control the traffic outside St Mary’s School. He also said that JF said this area needed urgent attention, as it was truly awful to make the journey from Bonhill to Alexandria Station on foot or by bike. Cllr. Bollan is looking at the feasibility to remove cobble stones on Bridge Street in front of Alexandria Hall.

JF recorded the following incoming mail, which might be of interest:

Dumbarton Central Station Restoration Group. They are showcasing their project at Dumbarton Library from 27th Jan–1st Feb —Contact Rose Harvie on rharvie17@gmail.com Clydebelt looking for volunteers for their environmental survey group.15 Jan at Duntocher Trinity Church.

5: Treasurer’s Report

£3309.39 bank balance. JR asked if have we claimed CC fund for current year JF yes have spoken with Pauline @WDC just awaiting outcome.

6: Matters Arising

November’s minutes were not adopted in Dec, NM proposed and PL seconded these.

Karen Prior says leaflet drop was a historic issue and nothing is now in place. JR again suggested Post Office JF too slow and no real interest from PO regarding this. NM enquired if can we pay someone? But JR this would raise employment issues. Community Payback weather problems and monitoring problems. It was thought it would be worthwhile to investigate School/Nurseries to give to parents School bag drops.

Cllr. Dickson has met the new head of Community Policing for the area, (a Sgt Cheesman); her kids attend Bonhill Primary and she has already taken builders at Bonhill School Flats to task re parking so she is sympathetic to this.

Flamingo Land Development. JF reported that he had tried to recruit Nick Kempe of Parkswatch, but found that he already was heavily involved with the save Loch Lomond Group. JF suggested that we seemed to be trying to start a parallel campaign, but rather than re-inventing the wheel, we should align ourselves with Save Loch Lomond, and the individual members could add more to the whole campaign by that method. Cllr Bollan asked have we put in objections CC yes. JR sees no problem aligning with other groups against this development.

Bonhill Police Box JR asked if the CC were supporting VOL Trust Bike Hub project, as it is unclear in minutes. Cllr. Dickson mentioned that there was another application for this building. JR is aware of it Cllr. Dickson just giving fair warning. JR asked if CC could state their support? JF said that of course, he would note and change before the minutes were archived.

7: Constitution and Standing Orders; Suzanne Greer

Constitution and copies for CC members were given out. Training is being organised for CCs by CBS - will get back to us. WDC also looking into information packs. Community budgeting CC has put in application 23/2 Clydebank Town Hall voting booth. Applicants can have a display at this. Cut off date next Friday (18th January) 66 projects have applied so lots of choices to vote on the day.

8: Community Councils Insurance

JF aid that he had clarified the Insurance issue Suzanne Greer had supplied a copy of the judgement handed down by Lord Woolman which clarified the issue about the action against Connel Community Council. The judgement actually gave us greater rather than less protection as it allowed Community Council to be seed as an entity, rather than an action being raised against individual members. We do have correct insurance, arranged through the Community Councils’ Forum. This policy is due for renewal soon and we will make sure that this is sufficiently robust to protect us as individuals.

9: Main Street Development

JF had passed copies of the Plans to JR. JR is concerned re location of main road access. Plus there is not enough dedicated parking in plan which could lead to parking on Main Street. Could CC raise an objection? JF stated that he really could not see anything to object to in this small development. We presume houses will be for let. JF did not think it will make a difference and OK with development. Cllr. Bollan explained there is a formula that Government dictates re parking so all plans need to meet these. JR said that she had lodged her views with WDC re parking in general. JF thought that less parking spaces would discourage car ownership, but poor public transport in this area does not help with this. JR thought we should still comment/show responsibility. JF thought a vote would settle the matter. So the Vote on JR objection: opposed = 1, for = 4. The proposal was therefore carried.

JR agreed to do the objection letter.

10: Health Meeting

George Murphy had written to ask if he could consult with BDCC about the local Strategy Plan for the future of Healthcare in the local area? After discussion we sent an Invitation for our Feb 14th meeting.

11: Any Other Business

While delivering the posters, JF noticed massive clearance of shrubbery at Dillichip Loan, with shrubbery cleared and trees felled. He had not seen any planning applications for this site and was curious about what was going on? Cllr. Bollan asked if we know who owns land? No planning applications have been made for this area at WDC.

Dog Crèche at Strathleven Estate. JF asked if this was not a waste of a potentially productive unit. Cllr. Dickson said that he gave this project his support. The unit had not been used since the 1970s. JF said that he had no real objection, but thought it a sad sign of the times that people wanted a dog but were unable to commit to ownership.

However, if a business can be created and sustained then we wished the company the best.

Old Job Centre on Bank Street - application for Day Centre for Learning Disabled. JB mentioned there is supposed to be one in the Factory Outlets. Cllr. Dickson thought not.

JR said yes, but they didn’t take it. This could refer to two separate organisations.

SC enquired about renewal of Rough Casting — are there grants for home owners? Cllr. Bollan said no but private home owners with properties adjoining council properties can pay for it by instalments.

12: Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 14th February 2019 at Bonhill Church

Remember Our Number for Text and Phone is 07396316500

Email is bonhill-dalmonachcc@outlook.com

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Meeting of 14th February 2019 Bonhill Parish Church. 7.00 p.m.

Attendance

Jack Fordy (JF), Pauline Larkin (PL).

Present

Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted.

Apologies

Brian Hatfield (BH), Gillian Munro (GM). Janice Ross (JR), Susan Campbell (SC), Nancy Malcolm (NM), Cllr. Ian Dickson, Cllr Jim Bollan, Cllr Caroline McAllister

Matters Arising

As we did not have a quorum, after a brief examination of the Bank Statement and the letter from Andy Miller, of Flamingo Land, it was decided to postpone business until the April meeting.

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019 at Bonhill Church.

Remember Our Number for Text and Phone is 07396316500

Email is bonhill-dalmonachcc@outlook.com

We are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/bonhilldalmonachcc

Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

14th March 2019, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Monthly Meeting

Attendees

Jack Fordy: Brian Hadfield: Susan Campbell: Janice Ross: Nancy Malcolm: Pauline Larking: Gillian Munro

Please Read: As we were not quorate on the 14th Feb, there are no minutes to read, instead there is the Health and Social Care Draft Proposals, attached with this agenda.

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Sederunt
  3. Community Police Report
  4. Secretary’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Matters Arising
  7. Planning and Land Register
  8. Health and Social Care Draft Proposals
  9. Flamingo Land Letter
  10. AOB
  11. Date of Next Meeting

Meeting of 14th March 2019

Bonhill Parish Church. 7.00 p.m.

Attendance

Jack Fordy (JF), Pauline Larkin (PL) Janice Ross (JR), Nancy Malcolm (NM), Cllr. Ian Dickson, Cllr. Caroline McAllister,

Present

PC Lucy McNulty, Stewart Thomson (Communities Team), Helen Leslie.

1: Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted.

Apologies

Susan Campbell (SC), Brian Hatfield (BH), Gillian Munro (GM), Cllr Jim Bollan.

Matters Arising

Previous minutes (Jan 2019) proposed and seconded.

Police Report

There were 136 phone calls, 32 crimes reported, 3 common assaults, 1 child protection report, 3 drug possessions, 1 drug supply, 1 theft (on-going), 4 thefts - small items, 3 breach of peace, 1 youth & 1 female reported re domestic, vehicle damage, mostly youth disorder, 1 serious assault, 3 fire raising - been dealt with, Police looking into fire prevention awareness, youth throughout West Dunbartonshire causing general issues.

Police now aware of some issues around Dalmonach park (residents had been reporting these to council) – now being dealt with by police and Communities team looking at further possible improvements. Police and Social Work looking to build a case re 1 youth.

Secretary’s Report

Blitz memorial invitation, Community Alliance - Tuesday 30 April - 1 CC member volunteered to attend, Licensing Board looking for people - 1 CC member volunteered.

Flamingo Land e-mail - a response from a CC member, CC to invite Flamingo Land rep to a future meeting (to be advertised when it happens). We need to prepare for next stage in this, it was also noted that the land has not actually been sold.

Treasurer’s Report

£6,240.72 in bank. This includes the latest annual grant.

WDC Community Funding grant for £5,000 awarded to CC to run a Cycling Awareness Project.

Matters Arising

  • A CC member spoke to Y-Sort-It youth group at Ladyton CE Centre - their Clydebank club is run through sponsorship from local businesses - this could be something we could look into regarding hall-hiring costs over winter.
  • Dillichip Play Park - diggers are now on site.
  • Brush clearances and burning in Dilichip Loan area are in relation to a single dwelling application.
  • The Dog Crèche - Waggytails, just had their grand opening.
  • Works at Bonhill bridge due to be completed very soon and it was noted that a green verge was being included. Cllr Dickson was asked if he could request that WDC Roads add and Advanced Stop Line, there was space and it would involve only some extra paint.
  • Planning and Land Register. A CC member went to the Planning Meeting representing CC opposition to this development. Not very impressed by the disinterest of the Councillors. Cllr Dickson said this was not correct; he had made a point of speaking with the CC member after the meeting. For the first time the CC used the Land Register, one member got info via the email service –very fast and easy, whilst the Chair went to the Registry office and got the land details of Bonhill Quarry personally. Both methods worked well, although collecting in person was possibly quicker, both Community Councillors have to get expenses from this.

Community Funding

£5,000 awarded for Cycling project, mainly for 3 Dr Bike surgeries and a cycling awareness campaign (even though our area has NO cycle paths – this could be seen as a good starting point). A CC is attending meetings re this. The voting event for this grant (held in Clydebank Town Hall) was more than WDC had expected - 500 voting forms printed for the day and a further 400 roughly printed on the day showing that this event had generated a lot of public interest and support.

Health and Social Care Draft Proposals

A CC member will be going to Clydebank event regarding this. Initial readings of paperwork are very vague and lots of it saying nothing concrete/tangible. A healthy level of discussion was had regarding this and what should be included.

Flamingo Land Letter

An emailed letter was received from Andy Miller referring to the BDCC opposition to the above development. (Attached).

It was decided to thank Andy for his interest, but defer any further comment until the situation with the Flamingo Land application was clearer.

Any other Business

  • Dalmonach Park: Mr Thompson from the Communities Team handed out and info sheet detailing work at the above, both planned and already carried out. It appears that the group of residents who had earlier made approaches to both Cllr Dickson and this CC (we offered both support and funding, neither of which was accepted or acknowledged), had gone to the Communities Team who had provided alternative support which was more to their liking.
  • Vale of Leven Trust has information gathering events coming up and a poster had been circulated.
  • Defibrillators – BHF money is mostly spent. Does our area have any? Where are they? Are they 24hr accessible? We now have sufficient funding to install one of our own at a suitable location, possibly in the Nobleston Leisure Centre.
  • Dalmonach CE Centre - work is now under way. There was a drainage issue on Second Avenue, which has now been fixed.
  • A religious community (Watchtower Society) has purchased a long lease and will be building a place of worship at the old health centre area in Alexandria. One CC member thought that more could have been charged for this but the councillors present said this was not the case.
  • Leven Fisheries Trust has asked to come and speak with us re their proposals and about organising a litter pick event. This was agreed.

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 11th April 2019 at Bonhill Church.

Remember Our Number for Text and Phone is 07396316500

Email is bonhill-dalmonachcc@outlook.com

We are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/bonhilldalmonachcc

Meeting of 11th April 2019

Bonhill Parish Church. 7.00p.m

Attendance

Jack Fordy (JF), Pauline Larkin (PL) Nancy Malcolm (NM), Cllr. John Miller, Cllr Jim Bollan.

Present

PC Geoff McKillop, PC Tina Sutherland, Helen Leslie.

1: Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted.

Apologies

Susan Campbell (SC), Brian Hatfield (BH), Janice Ross (JR), Gillian Munro (GM), Cllr Ian Dickson, Cllr Caroline McAllister.

Minutes

Previous minutes (Mar 2019) proposed and seconded. By PL and NM.

Police Report

There were 39 crimes reported, with 13 detected. (Excl fixed penalty notices) 4 common assaults, 5 drug possessions, 1 drug supply, 5 theft (unclassified), 3 breach of peace, 13 Vandalism mostly youth disorder, 1 fire raising, disruptive youth behaviour throughout West Dunbartonshire causing many issues.

Cllr Miller Pointed out that the costs of hiring Leisure Centre made it impossible for youth groups such as Y-Sort-It to run sessions to keep youngsters off the streets and away from mischief.

The chair welcomed the new Community Officers and asked for our thanks to be conveyed to their predecessors.

The officers were then asked that in view of the planned Cycle Focus events, could the Police Scotland Traffic Dept. bring their “Close Pass” initiative to the Vale of Leven area.

Previous officers had noted that there was a particular problem on the A 811, 813 and 814.

It was suggested we contact Insp. Gillian Gardner of the Traffic Section for this area.

Secretary’s Report

Details were given of the development taking place in Dillichip Loan. A substantial plot of land had been sold for the very low sum of £25,000 to a developer who on past evidence cared little for the environment and indulged in fly tipping in the area.

One of our members attended a meeting in Clydebank on 26/3 to learn about the practicalities and problems around running a Community Transport. Several other CC’s were also represented. This was an interesting concept and may well have applications in our area, but it would be difficult to organise without wholehearted community involvement.

Cllr Bollan said that it would be difficult and costly for CC’s and volunteers to acquire the sort of professional expertise required.

Sec. had contacted various cycling bodies about organising Cycle Focus events.

Following recommendations, ‘Bike for Good’, a fairly large and well-established charity and social enterprise offered us 3 off Dr Bike sessions for £1395.04 including VAT.

We were still looking for the best sites for Defibrillators in the Ladyton Nobleston area. It appears that a couple of potential locations had declined the chance to install them. It was suggested that we contact Michelle Lynn of Strategic Development about possible alternative sites.

Placemaking Group organised by the VOLT. Afternoon meeting in Bonhill Church was attended by CC member and several other members of the public. A good discussion was held using the placemaking tool.

Treasurer’s Report

£6,240. in the bank. There was no expenditure during this month.

As the Treasurer was absent the Sec was asked to speak with her about the preparation of the Accounts for Audit in time for the AGM next month.

Matters Arising

  • Dillichip Play Park – although drainage works were going on, there was no sign of any start on the Play Park Project beginning.
  • Works at Bonhill bridge works had now been completed, but sadly, no advanced stop line for cyclists had been provided. On examination of the site, some topsoil had been distributed but it was not clear if or when Greenspace were going to carry out further works in the area.
  • A CC member attended the Clydebank meeting about the Health and Social Care Draft Proposals. The executive were there to explain the outline proposals, which really mean that there will be an ever-increasing reliance on community care, and in promoting personal responsibility for basic health and social care. Hospitals will become increasingly specialised and it was acknowledged that Ambulance and various forms of Patient Transport. It was also debated about how these proposals affected the Welfare Rights of individuals.

Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust

Malcolm McCormack attended and gave an interesting and informative presentation about the work of the Trust who provides scientific analysis of issues affecting fisheries throughout the area.

Malcolm explained about the problems being caused by excessive littering and by runoff from farming activities.

He is organising a series of litter picks and were particularly hopeful of organising a clean up around the Red Burn on the 6th June.

He noted that the problem of litter was becoming so severe that the National Park Authority had appointed a litter specialist; she was to give a presentation at he Friends of Loch Lomond meeting on the 15th May.

The Chair requested that he keep us informed of their future activities and ideas to improve the area.

Littering, Fly Tipping and Skip Provision

A CC member had noted a large (22 meter cubed) skip placed at the lower end of Cordale Estate for the use of residents to get rid of any large items. After discussion it was thought that this would be worth investigation for the Bonhill area as a possible antidote to Fly Tipping. Cllr Bollan said he would ask the correct person in WDC to contact us to arrange something.

Papperthill Community Woodland Windfarm

The CC had been in contact with Craig Jardine, Corporate Asset Manager at WDC.

Craig wrote: “We are currently looking at 2 options, 1 within the 2 km buffer zone although this is a recommended distance not a legal minimum as quoted. This option would be funded by WDC directly with no development partner involvement except where any possible access arrangements could be shared if both schemes were to progress. This would be located at the far end of Pappert Community Woodland.

The other option is to partner with a developer. I don’t have a proposal yet as they are currently working on a new scheme to test its viability. I would be happy to discuss this with you directly but at this point I don’t have any drawings to share.

I would hope to have an update report for IRED Committee in August although this is dependent on others providing information.

Lomond Energy no longer have an agreement will the landowner and seem to have dropped their interest. A new possible developer is now in discussion with us and landowners”.

We followed up the exchange of emails by telephone, but as concrete proposals were not available, and we were unsure as to the exact location, we decided to await further news.

Flamingo Land Letter

The Sec had replied in formal and general terms thanking Mr Miller for his letter.

Any other Business

  • Dalmonach CE Centre – A CC member complained that the size of the building greatly exceeded expectations and the building was now dominating their skyline obliterating what had previously been a view of the hills.
  • She also reported complaints from other residents in the Dalmonach area about the insulation work being carried out just now. It was said that gardens had been damaged and plants destroyed during the works. Careless and very untidy workmen were leaving large amounts of litter, and there were complaints from 47 Elmbank Drive and 2 Northfield Road of scaffolding being left up for 6 weeks with no work carried out.

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 9th May 2019 at Bonhill Church

Date and Venue of AGM

The AGM will be held on the same date just prior to the Business meeting. (NB This was postponed until 13th June in order to expedite the Annual Audit).

Remember Our Number for Text and Phone is 07396316500

Email is bonhill-dalmonachcc@outlook.com

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Meeting of 13th June 2019

Bonhill Parish Church. 7.00 p.m.

Sederunt

Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Pauline Larkin (PL), Nancy Malcolm (NM), Janice Ross (JR), Susan Campbell (SC), Cllr. Ian Dickson, Cllr Jim Bollan.

Apologies

Cllr Caroline McAllister, Brian Hatfield (BH), Gillian Munro (GM).

Present

PC Tina Sutherland, Helen Leslie. John Polding, Jim O’Donnell.

  1. Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted.
  2. Minutes from the AGM Minutes from the last AGM were approved, proposed by JR and seconded by SC.

There were no matters arising from the previous AGM.

Chairpersons Report

Jack reported that he had found his first year as chair difficult. There was no handover structure in place and the series of resignations from the CC at the end of the session caused WDC to call an election.

This unfamiliar process caused stress and a long delay before we could even begin to function effectively. During this period, morale in the CC suffered, However members rallied round and Pauline and Gillian signed up as new Community Councillors, and particularly Pauline who agreed to act as Minute Secretary. Unfortunately during this period, Brian had suffered from a change in work patterns and had to stand down as Vice Chair.

Nevertheless, despite family illness and other problems everyone was able to continue their support to the end of the session, and Jack expressed his thanks to all for carrying on.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer apologised and stated that due to family circumstances, she had not been able to fully discharge her duties during the session, and would regretfully have to stand down. The end of year balance stands at a healthy total of £6178.32. (See attached balance sheet for details).

Adoption of Accounts

Proposed by JF and Seconded by NM

Election of New Community Councillors

Election of Office Bearers

Chair: Jack Fordy agreed to continue as Chair.

Vice Chair: As there were no volunteers and no nominations, the post was left open.

Secretary: As there were no nominations and no volunteers, Jack agreed to continue as acting secretary, if Pauline would continue as minute secretary. This was agreed.

Treasurer: Jack asked Nancy if she would be able to resume the treasurer’s duties, and she agreed to this. The meeting unanimously approved.

Change of Day of Meeting

Suggestions were change the day of the meeting to the 2nd Monday or Tuesday of the month, and/or reduce the frequency of the meetings to 7 or 8 per annum instead of 12 2.

After debate, we reached the conclusion that we remain at 10 meetings per annum, but to try another night, with the 2nd Monday being preferred, but we would have to be governed by hall availability.

Change of Venue

As the Bonhill Community Centre would be ready soon (if only! Chair), we should really base ourselves there, however JR made the excellent suggestion that we use the Ladyton Leisure Centre, which, although it was not open every evening, would help to retain it as a community facility.

It was agreed that the Chair look into this and book as appropriate.

Date of the 2020 AGM

This was set as 8th June 2020, although it was noted that this could be changed at 3 weeks’ notice.

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Monthly Meeting of 13th June 2019

Bonhill Parish Church. 7.00p.m

Attendance

Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Pauline Larkin (PL) Nancy Malcolm (NM), Janice Ross (JR), Susan Campbell (SC), Cllr. Ian Dickson, Cllr Jim Bollan.

Apologies

Cllr Caroline McAllister, Brian Hatfield (BH), Gillian Munro (GM

Present

PC Tina Sutherland, Helen Leslie. John Polding, Jim O’Donnell.

1: Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted. The chair said that it would be necessary to keep the business meeting brief so that we could have the AGM immediately afterwards.

Minutes Previous minutes (April 2019)

Proposed and seconded. By NM and PL.

Police Report

There were 17 crimes reported, with 4 detected. (Excl. fixed penalty notices) 2 Common Assaults, 2 Drug Possessions, 1 Theft/Attempted Housebreaking, 2 Theft (unclassified), 3 Theft of Pedal Cycles, 2 Breach of Peace/Disorder, 3 Vandalism, 2 Vehicle/Traffic Crime.

Community Policing highlighted the unusual number of cycle thefts, but a reduction in drug possession

The chair said that as part of their Cycling Valley Initiative, Police Scotland Traffic Dept conducted a "Close Pass" operation in the Alexandria. As this was essentially a trial operation, it was conducted around the "Magic Roundabout" at the Station. Several drivers were cautioned about their road positioning and about the necessity of leaving more room for cyclists. This CC still think that the A813 is the route most likely to suffer risky overtaking and hope that the operation could be carried out there in the future.

Chair/Secretary’s Report

Apologies were made for the cancellation of the last meeting and the postponement of the AGM, this was due to a lost set of minutes and also to the fact that the Accounts for the session 2018/19 had not been completed and audited.

The Chair attended a meeting on the 15th May hosted by the Friends of Loch Lomond and Trossachs featuring a Litter Specialist appointed by the National Park Authority. The presentation proved very interesting, although it was clear that the Litter Officer had no real panacea solution to the problem, but she found that organisational difficulties across 3 regulating bodies were hindering the sorting of recycled material, emptying bins and collecting litter, some improvements could be quickly made.

Treasurer’s Report

£6,178. in the bank.

The treasurer apologised and stated that due to family circumstances, she had not been able to fully discharge her duties, but the audited accounts were now ready and were included with the Agenda. One amendment was necessary, change ‘Bank of Scotland’ to ‘Church of Scotland’. The chair thanked her for her efforts and acknowledged that the Treasurer’s post would be filled during the AGM.

Matters Arising

  • The Chair noted that he had still not heard from the Cleansing Dept. about the provision of local skips.
  • Flamingo Land see item 9.
  • There is to be a public meeting at the White Church as before on the 24th June and that all are invited.

Dr Bike

The Chair said that the first Dr Bike session which took place beside the old Police Box at Bonhill Bridge on 18th May had been a great success, and we were visited by many members of the public and serviced and repaired 24 bikes. The second session was scheduled for Sat 15th in the same place. One councillor and one Community Councillor attended. The Chair was asked why the event had not taken place in Ladyton? He replied that he’d taken advice from the ‘Bike For Good’ team who had carried out many of these sessions. They thought that for the initial sessions, the Bridge site offered the best visibility, but that we had the option to move for later events.

Defibrillator at Ladyton

Agreement had been reached with the owner of the Shop and the Occupier of the Pharmacy to allow us to place an I-Pad SP1 type Defibrillator in that location. The Defibrillator had been ordered from Sheenagh Nelson of the Helensburgh & Local District CPR/Defibrillator Association. As advised by Ms Nelson, it is to be installed by Firebox Electrical who have expertise in tha area.

Flamingo Land

Our representative on the Save Loch Lomond campaign noted that their was a growing mood of opposition within WDC and that the Roads Dept. had reported that the traffic plans for site traffic to be diverted via the A813 were not sustainable. There was to be a Public meeting at the White Church on the 24th June and all were invited.

Dilichip and other Developments

Br Burleigh had withdrawn his application for outline planning permission for 1 house (actually to be 13!) on Dilichip Loan. The chair had noted with disappointment, that the piece of land, belonging to WDC had now been sold to Mr Burleigh for what had seemed like the trifling amount of £25,000. Cllr Dickson said that the land had indeed been sold, but there were still ownership issues due to one of the flats in a long-demolished property still being the property of a third party.

Any other Business

A complaint was made by one of the Community Councillors about apparent anomalies in the School Catchment Area where she lived in Napierston Road, but Cllr Bollan said that this had always been the case and children from the N end of Dalmonach Scheme attended Jamestown School (now Haldane).

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

This would be subject to the discussion tabled on the AGM Agenda, but would be around the 2nd week of September.

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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

16th September 2019, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, Ladyton Community Centre

Monthly Meeting

Attendees

Jack Fordy: Brian Hadfield: Susan Campbell: Janice Ross: Nancy Malcolm: Pauline Larking: Gillian Munro

Please Read: Minutes of the 13th June Meeting

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Sederunt
  3. Community Police Report
  4. Minutes and Matters Arising
  5. Chair/Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Defibrillator at Ladyton
  8. Dr Bike and Cycling Valley project.
  9. Flamingo Land
  10. AOB
  11. Date of Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting of 16th September 2019

Ladyton Community Centre. 7.00p.m

Attendance

Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Nancy Malcolm (NM), Brian Hatfield (BH)–arrived at 19.40, Cllr. Ian Dickson, Cllr Jim Bollan.

Apologies

Cllr Caroline McAllister, Gillian Munro (GM), Susan Campbell (SC),

Present

Helen Leslie, Pat McManus

Welcome

The Chair welcomed all CC Members and Visitors. Apologies were noted. The chair said that although we did not have a quorum to begin with, Brian Hatfield had indicated that he would join us after he had finished work.

Minutes

Previous minutes (June 2019) were read out and will be approved later.

Police Report

The police were unable to attend on this occasion, and no police report was received.

Chair/Secretary’s Report

This was our first meeting at this venue. The hall appeared to be more than adequate although it was much more expensive. The change of the meeting night to a Monday had been discussed at the AGM.

Janice Ross, one of the original founders of the BDCC has resigned to concentrate on her involvement in her Vale of Leven Trust. We have to record our thanks to Janice, as without her hard work and persuasion, the Community Council would not have been formed. We wish her well in her venture and it will be difficult to get a replacement with her level of commitment. We have had a few expressions of interest in becoming Community Councillors for the Bonhill area and we hope to hear more from these individuals.

Your chair attended several Alexandria Regeneration Forum meetings. Chaired by Cllr. Dickson, these meetings were attended by Jackie Bailie MSP and all of our Ward Councillors as well as senior members of West Dunbartonshire Council. Topics discussed mainly concerned Alexandria Town Centre and some of the proposed developments, however he hoped to be able to influence developments directly affecting Bonhill residents.

Treasurer’s Report

Both in incoming and outgoing Treasurers had suffered bereavement, and our sympathies are with the individuals concerned. Unfortunately this had delayed the changeover, plus, the Bank of Scotland system for changing the mandate is both clumsy and inefficient, but it is hoped that all arrangements will be in place by the next meeting.

Cheques paid out were:

£20 for the preparation of the accounts

£1600 for the defibrillator

£930 to Bike for Good (This will be repaid by Community Finance from our grant of £5000)

£3628.30 in the Bank

Matters Arising

  • The Chair noted that he had still heard nothing from the Cleansing Dept. about the provision of local skips. Cllr Bollan suggested we contact Roddy McKenzie to forward the matter.
  • Cllr Bollan stated that he had discussed the catchment matter with the Education Dept. and they had promised to remedy any historic anomalies. The councillor who had raised the matter was not present, so it was allowed to lie.
  • Flamingo Land see item 9

Dr Bike /Cycling Valley

The Chair reported that the series 3 of Dr Bike sessions had now been completed. After a second session at the Bonhill Bridge site, we held the final one at Dilichip Playing Fields. This move combined with very good weather was very successful in attracting younger people, plus we extended the session by an hour allowing all the outstanding work to be completed. Over the three sessions we serviced 105 bikes, and pedalled our way through 6.5kg of assorted fruit on the smoothie bike.

The next part of the plan involves getting people out and using their bikes, the Chair has been in contact with a company who have offered off-road skills training for mountain bike riders. These would be aimed at young adults and would offer led rides on trails around the area. The chair and another two local residents had completed the British Cycling Ride Leader Course and a series of led rides will be offered around the local area.

Defibrillator at Ladyton

After delays caused by the suspected presence of Asbestos, the cabinet is now in place. Once the Defibrillator has been commissioned and instructions given, the machine will be operational.

Flamingo Land

In June your chair had attended the Save Loch Lomond Meeting (Less emotional and much better run than the last one we attended). He also related his involvement in the “Storming of the Council Chambers” incident. It was acknowledged by the Councillors present that after viewing the video evidence, the report by the chair and posted on the BDCC Facebook page reflected the facts accurately.

The LLTNP Planning Committee will give a decision on the project in a meeting witch is to be held in the White Church on the 24th September, preceded a site visit on the 23rd. The chair said that he would attend, and asked for other volunteers to come along too.

Any other Business

One of our Community Councillors is involved with Dalmonach Centre Community Group and each year they organise a Children’s Christmas Party, which will be held on Sunday 1st December. Last year BDCC had donated a Christmas Hamper for their raffle. We were asked if we could do that again and this was unanimously agreed. The Chair would action this.

As part of their fund-raising efforts, the group also run an evening of Comedy Entertainment in the Masonic Hall in Gilmour St. on Saturday 9th November at 7.00pm. Tickets are only £5.00 each. Please book through Brian Hatfield.

It was also suggested that we look again at the possibility of providing some sort of Festive Lighting in the Bonhill Bridge area. This was discussed and it was agreed that we look into it for the next meeting.

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday 14 October 2019 In the Ladyton Community Centre.

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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

14th October 2019, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, Ladyton Community Centre

Monthly Meeting

Attendees

Jack Fordy: Brian Hadfield: Susan Campbell: Nancy Malcolm: Pauline Larking: Gillian Munro

Please Read: Minutes of the 16th September Meeting

  1. Sederunt
  2. Welcome and Apologies
  3. Community Police Report
  4. Minutes and Matters Arising
    • Defibrillator at Ladyton
    • Skip Hire
    • Dr Bike and Cycling Valley project.
    • Flamingo Land
    • Festive lights
    • See Item 9
  5. Chair/Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
    • Paid out (Bike for Good) £620.02
    • Cash in Bank £3008.28
    • Outstanding Payments
    • Fusebox Payment (Defibrillator Installation) £234.00
    • Invoice for Hall £60.00
  7. Alexandria Regeneration Group
    • See report attached
  8. Planning Application for Dilichip Loan DC19/169
  9. Festive Lights
  10. AOB
  11. Date of Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting of 14th October 2019

Ladyton Community Centre. 7.00 p.m.

Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors. There were no apologies.

Sederunt

Attendance: Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Nancy Malcolm (NM), Brian Hatfield (BH), Cllr Jim Bollan.

Apologies

No apologies were received

Also Present: Helen Leslie, Pat McManus, Fiona McGeachin, Helen McGunnigle, Margaret Smith, David Lamont, Jane Harvie, PC Sutherland, PC Donoghue

Police Report

Due to the lengthy period since the last report, there were quite a large number of Crime Reports. In the period 14/06/19 and 14/10/19 there had been 113 Crime Reports, however 71 of these had been detected. It was gratifying to hear that an epidemic of 6 Housebreaking's was ended by the arrest of the perpetrators. The trial Summer Task force had increased the number of officers on the ground from 7 -8 to as many as 12. This had led to an increase in prosecutions for Drug Offences and for Breach of the Peace. The Division felt that this was successful and would be repeated. (See Appendix 1 for full details).

Mr Lamont asked if the Police could assist in the matter of children playing football in the car park area at Pappert. There was no intent, but nevertheless damage was being caused to cars by constant ball strikes.

It was suggested we write to Dunbritton Housing about this. The Police would also look into it. It was noted that no signs prohibiting football were in place.

Minutes and Matters Arising

The September minutes were approved Proposed BH and Seconded By NM.

The October Minutes were read and approved. Proposed NM Seconded JF

Matters arising were:

  • Defibrillator at Ladyton - The Cabinet is in place beside the cash machine, but for some inexplicable reason the defibrillator has not been installed when I last looked.
  • Skip Hire - The Chair had called the Cleansing Dept. and managed to get some info. The normal size of container that is used for clear-outs are 40 cu/yd., these cost £301.61 inclusive of VAT. Tonnage for mixed general waste is £131.04p per Tonne. The lead in time is roughly 2 to 3 weeks.  Find a location and inform them beforehand so they are able to check the suitability for vehicle turning/ access. The Chair would continue to progress this, following up and check with the nearby residents if they have any objection to a skip being placed adjacent to their properties.
  • Dr Bike and Cycling Valley project - Booked 4 sessions Mountain Bike skills training, this would cost IRO £900. Each session would involve 8-9 people, dates not set yet. JF to progress this.
  • Flamingo Land - Paused rather than halted. Cllr Bollan said that there was another Public Meeting on the 22nd October in the White Church. This would be to discuss alternative future uses of the site.
  • Festive lights - See Item 9

Chair/Secretary’s Report

The Chair commented that he was gratified to see such a good turn out on a rather cold evening. On the membership issue, the chair said that following the resignation of Ms Ross, We enquired if Ms Munro (who had some trouble attending on Thursday evenings) would find it easier to attend our meetings now on Mondays.

She replied (by email) that due to work and family commitments she would not be able to participate further and was resigning with apologies to all. We also have to report that sadly, Pauline Larking has become ill and may not be able to assist us for a while, we all wish her a speedy recovery.

Our position on membership is once again critical, due to the size of our catchment area (given as 9000 residents) our Scheme of Establishment states that we should have 15 members, with a minimum of 7. We managed to achieve 7 members last session, which allowed us to meet with a quorum of 3 Councillors. This has proved to be barely enough to function, let alone be effective as Community Council.

In light of these comments, we approached several individuals who have shown an interest in becoming Community Councillors and some of them are here tonight. Some application packs had been prepared and would be available at the end of the meeting.

The Chair had also attended the Budgeting Event and a comprehensive training session on the use of the Place Standard tool. This system would be in use in the future and it has proved an excellent way of determining

Treasurer’s Report

After a long delay Bank of Scotland now admit to having lost our Variation of Mandate Form. This has happened at least twice on previous occasions and is such a regular occurrence that a Bank employee advised that we take the documents in to our local branch for scanning into their system.

Once again we have to spend ages resigning and resubmitting their forms. In frustration, the chair asked if we could use the Credit Union? Cllr Bollan said that would not be possible, due to the nature of their accounts. Two alternatives were suggested, One the Post Office Current Account and another was the use of the Nationwide B/S. The Chair promised to look into this.

Paid out (Bike for Good) £620.02

Outstanding Payments

Fusebox Payment (Defibrillator Installation) £234.00

Invoice for Hall £60.00

Cash in Bank £3008.28

Alexandria Regeneration Group

We attended several meetings of this group chaired by Cllr. Dickson. We commented on their plans as follows.

Thanks for sending out your plans for Alexandria Regeneration, We realise that access to funding means that you are short of time, and We acknowledge that the funding you can access is suitable for the fairly narrow remit around Alexandria Town CENTRE. However from the point of view of Bonhill residents the plans don’t offer much benefit to anyone wishing to access Alexandria Town Centre and Railway Station on foot, by cycle or mobility vehicle.

At the last meeting we raised the matter of the area to the east of the Railway towards Bonhill Bridge and it was explained clearly that the constraints on your funding meant that the areas on your plan would have priority.

However, we think that the lower Bank Street and Bridge Street areas (indicated this on our amended plan) are also in need of URGENT attention. Some of the problems with this area were highlighted in the Clydesider "Vale in Focus" report. We are anxious that once the improvements to Alexandria Town Centre are underway, then the area we have marked might be forgotten. This area would have much to gain from some low-cost intervention. Could our comments below form a basis for a programme of works to add to the already planned parts one and two?

Our suggestions would be.

  1. The misguided 1980’s “Magic Roundabout” traffic system is a piece of poor road and path planning. It has pedestrians negotiating 3 lanes of sometimes fast-moving traffic while trying to get to and from Alexandria Railway Station. There is not even a zebra crossing there. As evidence of the problem, could I suggest a site visit around 5.50 in the evening to coincide with the arrival of a train from Glasgow? It would be easy to simply close Bank Street to through Traffic and make the road west of the railway 2 way. Network Rail did this during recent bridge works and we were able to pass through without significant traffic problems.
  2. Bank Street Railway Bridge, the situation is almost as bad, although there are Pedestrian Controlled lights, the road here is very narrow, forcing pedestrians, often with prams and children into close proximity with traffic. The footpath toward St Mary’s is curiously constrained but a weird slope made of slabs, and could easily be made much wider. Once again a site visit here around 3.30 will show the nature of the problems.
  3. Nearer to the Bonhill Bridge itself, there are the 'ankle breaker’ cobblestones at the Alexandria Hall (formerly Vale Bingo). Actually kerb-stones laid on their side, this feature was designed to deter pedestrians, but as it sits squarely across the shortest and most direct route from Bonhill to the Station, you regularly see pedestrians walking across it. This whole area needs to be remodelled with much wider pavements giving priority to pedestrians rather than cars.
  4. There is absolutely no Cycling Infrastructure in this area, in view of increasing cycle use and traffic congestion. This is a matter of urgency.

These comments might seem a bit “Bonhill-Centric” but its worth pointing out that the population of our Bonhill CC Ward is given as 9000+ – more than double that of the Alexandria area. No one here would argue that the proposed Alexandria improvements would bring benefits. But the improvements do need a wider focus and while the Centre improvements proceed, the rest of the area is deserving of urgent attention too.

Planning Application for Dilichip Loan

Mr Burleigh has resubmitted his Planning Application “in Principle”. His last application for 1 dwelling thinly disguised an actual application for 14 Houses on the site. He was also found fly-tipping and burning trees cleared from the site. (Docs to view). I suggest we comment, pending clarification of his proposals for the rest of the site.

Festive Lights

£108 + VAT for a 7.5 meter Flashing Braid from Blachere. Blue White or Warm White only, Plus installation of at least. £300/ Lamp Standard. The price was coming down, but Cllr Bollan said that we really needed to decide what we wanted, but basically we were too late to install a lighting system for this year. Chair said that he thought the best solution until we could attract funding would be a simple banner, could be attached to the barrier at Bonhill Bridge. He’s progress this if Brian would research possible provision of battery lights.

AOB

  • One of our visitors suggested that we take another look at improving the street lighting, esp around the Pappert area. Cllr Bollan said that he had asked the Roads and Lighting Dept to install lighting on the stair and footpath leading down towards the A813, and would renew his request to them.
  • It was also suggested that there was an urgent need for proper pedestrian crossing facilities on the A813. The road was getting busier all the time and the sight-lines at Burn Street were not good if vehicles were moving quickly. Cllr Bollan said that in view of the cost (some £15k for the installation) we would have to make a very good case in justification. He would make enquiries.
  • Another of our visitors stated that the Flats at 159 O’Hare were in urgent need of improvement, this was shown up by the recent repainting of the fences, but the common doors and the passageways were in need of renovation.
  • At the new Bonhill/Dalmonach Community Centre, bins were being left lying about by the contractors.
  • It was suggested that we try to tap any revenue sources to organise tree and bulb planting. The Chair said that he had been sent some options recently and would report back, but we still have funds available for this.
  • Can we organise heating for the hall next time

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday 11th November 2019 In the Ladyton Community Centre.

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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

11th November 2019, 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Ladyton Community Centre

Monthly Meeting

Please Read: Minutes of the 14th October Meeting

  1. Welcome
  2. Sederunt
  3. Community Police Report
  4. Minutes and Matters Arising
    • Defibrillator at Ladyton
    • Skip Hire
    • Flamingo Land
    • Festive lights - See Item 9
  5. Chair/Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
    • Fusebox Payment (Defibrillator Installation) £234.00
    • Invoice for Hall £60.00
    • Cash in Bank £2714.28
    • Outstanding Payments
  7. Planning Application for Dilichip Loan DC19/169
  8. Festive Lights
  9. Scotrail

10. AOB

11. Date of Next Meeting

Monthly Meeting 11th November 2019

Ladyton Community Centre 7.00 p.m.

Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors.

Sederunt

Attendance: Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Nancy Malcolm (NM), Cllr Jim Bollan. Cllr. Ian Dixon, Cllr John Miller (arr 20.7).

Apologies: no apologies were received

Also Present: Helen Leslie, Pat McManus, Fiona McGeachin, Stephen Jenkins, Fiona Jenkins, David Lamont, PC Cairns.

Police Report

(See Appendix 1 for full details).

PC Cairns form Dumbarton attended and went through the crime stats from 15th Oct until 10th November. There were 20 Crime reports of which 8 were detected. 2 Assaults (indoor); 3 Theft; 3 Breach of the Peace; 3 Vandalism PC Cairns reported an unusual surge in number plate thefts, used for refuelling and driving away.

Our visitors from old Bonhill reported a sudden increase in Graffiti and fire raising along the path between Bonhill Bridge and Dilichip Loan.

The chair said that on Remembrance Sunday there was a small group of youths trying to get passers by to go to the shop and buy drink for them, they were still there a couple of hours later.

Minutes and Matters Arising

  1. Defibrillator at Ladyton - Defibrillator is now installed and working. Training had been arranged, but Mrs. Nelson was involved in a car crash and could not make our original dates.
  2. Skip Hire - Dates and I need to go and ask residents if OK.
  3. Flamingo Land - Missed the date, but the chair had looked at it on F/B sadly there was a poorer attendance, but still a strong desire to use for local based sme’s.
  4. Pedestrian Crossing for the A813 - Neither we, nor Cllr. Bollan had heard anything further on this proposal. Cllr Bollan would check with Roads and Lighting.
  5. Extra Lighting on the footpath at Ladyton approaching the A813 - As above, we have heard nothing further on this proposal. Cllr Bollan would check again.
  6. Bonhill/Dalmonach Community Centre - No news of a completion date. Observers noted a very lethargic work rate, few staff on site with lots of waste and errors, DL reported that when he was there he had to report a mound of earth which had piled up so high at was in danger of collapse into the playground and a wall, just completed, was immediately knocked down again. The whole project seemed to be dragging on interminably. Cllr Bollan said that WDC would be very unlikely to use this contractor again, although of the delay was due to alterations needed to accommodate the 60 extra nursery places. There is clearly a need to keep tighter control over the completion of such capital projects, although we were told that it would be impractical to incorporate a contractual financial penalty.
  7. Festive lights – see item #8 below.
  8. The lady who enquired about improving the Flats at 159 O’Hare was not present, so we don’t know if anything was done.

Chair/Secretary’s Report

  • Membership. After a good meeting last month, we are hoping to convert interest into actual membership. I spoke with Susan, she has been having a very difficult time lately, and we hope she’ll be able to rejoin us soon.
  • It seemed to be a very busy month without anything too concrete to show. I attended the Community Councils’ Forum AGM and still not managed to get rid of my job as secretary of that Organisation. Networking is actually a very necessary part of the CC activity, and as the Forum still provides Insurance Cover for our activities, we are looking carefully at our cover to make sure that it's up to date for current and future activities.
  • I attended a meeting in Glasgow co-hosted by Cycling Scotland and PAS. I went into some detail about our potential route through the industrial estate and the difficulties over the question of ownership of the land. Chivas have stated that the retention of the existing path (which is ideal in most ways) would compromise their plans for the site, although we have no idea what they are.  However, further along there are good opportunities to put in more cycling infrastructure, but we just cannot see any signs of WDC spending the extra monies which were supposedly released to promote sustainable transport.

Treasurer’s Report

The mandate variation for the Bank of Scotland is now being processed. It appears that the Banks don’t want to handle the small Treasurer’s Accounts, but we have no option but to use them.

Cash in Bank £2714.28

Outstanding Payments

Donation Basket for Children’s Party £37.24

Christmas Banners (Lomond Branding) £80.00

Planning Application for Dilichip Loan DC 19/169

Local residents came along and had asked if they could speak about the proposed development at Dilichip Loan. They had serious concerns about the application, which showed only one house, when it was the stated intention of the Developer, to build 16. The developer also proposed as part of the application to change the layout of the road junction, widening it by removing the pavement and raising the road level.

The residents pointed out that if this was done, then they would not be able to get their car out of the garage or open their garden gate. They related several strange incidents with the developer, which caused concern.

This Community Council had noted instances of illegal burning and dumping which were admitted by the developer, and while we would not normally object to a single dwelling application, in this case, due to the nature of the road modifications proposed we would oppose.

Festive Decorations

Banner is underway will be delivered and erected by the end of November.

Old Kilpatrick found a local contractor who decorated a tree and 4 lamp posts outside their hall, this installation cost just over £3000, The local Contractor is called LL&D Lighting, I’ll get in touch for next year.

I think the big lighting companies we contacted were not giving good value. BH was not present, so we are unsure if he had secured battery-powered lights. The Chair said that he was awaiting the artwork for the banners, but Lomond Branding had promised to turn them round in a couple of days.

The lady who enquired about improving the Flats at 159 O’Hare was not present, so we don’t know if anything was done.

Scotrail

I’ve written to Scotrail to protest about the lamentable service offered by the “Scotrail Alliance”, after a period of improvement, the service reliability had deteriorated again, with cancellations and run-through, culminating in the actual withdrawal of two services to Balloch in the morning.

Cllr Dickson commented that as well as the least reliable services, we also had the oldest rolling stock on the network, but many of the failures were infrastructure problems, caused by years of neglect, and when Network Rail made improvements, they raised the charges to the operator.

Cllr Bollan said that it was obvious that these essential transport services should be owned and by the Government, not private investors.

AOB

  1. Cllr Miller reported that Grass cutting throughout the Ladyton Scheme was poor. Some areas had been left rough which should be cut, and vice versa. We would look into this once the grass-cutting season resumed.
  2. Cllr Dickson spoke of his frustration trying to have some new zero emission housing built on the site of the now-demolished flats at O’Hare. This was an area of appalling dereliction and he had two developers who were interested.
  3. One of our new members said that he had been looking at the well-appointed football fields at the Vale of Leven Academy and he genuinely wished that we could have the same available locally.
  4. It was also reported that No 247 Pappert had not been re-allocated after a very long period of lying empty. Cllr Bollan had contacted housing to report this.
  5. Also the car park adjacent to No 247 had deteriorated very badly and is full of potholes, Cllr Miller will report this and come back with actions.

Date and Venue of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday 9th December 2019 In the Ladyton Community Centre. At 7.00PM.

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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

9th December 2019, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Ladyton Community Centre

Monthly Meeting

Please Read: Minutes of the 11th November Meeting

1. Welcome

2. Sederunt

3. Community Police Report

4. Minutes and Matters Arising

5. Chair/Secretary’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report.

7. Festive Decorations.

8. AOB

9. Date of Next Meeting