Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

Monthly Meeting 10th February 2020 Ladyton Community Centre 7.00 p.m.


  1. Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors.
  2. Sederunt

Attendance: Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Helen Leslie (HL), Fiona McGeachin (FM) David Lamont (DL) Fiona Jenkins (FJ), Pauline Larking (PL), Cllr. Jim Bollan, Cllr. Caroline McAlister, Cllr. Ian Dixon

Apologies:) Nancy Malcolm (NM), Gloria Hendry,

Also Present: Pat McManus, Jane Harvie

  1. Community Police Report

PC Donoghue and PC Sutherland attended and reported that there had been 18 crime reports between 13/01 and 10/02.

There had been 2 cases of wilful fire-raising in Dilichip Loan, these were not thought to be connected to either one another or to previous incidents.

There was a theft by shoplifting from McLeans in Burn St, this was a fairly blatant and aggressive incident.

There were 3 possession of drugs, 1 Breach of the Peace and 6 cases of vandalism. 2 of Fraud and 2 Other. See Appendix 1 for full report.

FM Asked the officers if they were any nearer to stopping the illegal off-road motorcycles and quads, she had been passed by 3 of them on a walk up in the Pappert Hill Community Woodland area. The officers stated that they were still trying to catch them, but due to their speed and mobility, it was very difficult.

  1. Minutes and Matters Arising

The minutes were read and approved

Prop by NM seconded by DL

Dates for D/Fib and Emergency Life Support Skills Training had now been arranged for Wed 26th Feb at 6.00 pm.

Litter Pick, and Skip provision: see 7, below.

We are pleased to note that litter Bins are now in place on both Dilichip Loan and Dilichip Playing Fields. Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the extra one at the top of Dalmonach Road.

Pedestrian Crossing on A813 is ongoing.

Dalmonach Community Centre -a never-ending story. None of the Councillors present had any information on an opening date.

Centenarian to open Dalmonach Centre -JF noted that no reply was received from the office of Joyce White, so he thought it more appropriate to write to Provost Hendrie, this was agreed, but we would have to wait until the opening date was set.

Planning Application for Dilichip Loan (See Sec Report, below) 2

Licensing Committee JF Said that he had spoken with Nuala Borthwick and Drummond McNair about a new BDCC Delegate, but as PL had indicated that she was able to resume her post he said that was the best option, and looked forward to her continuing.

  1. Chair/Secretary’s Report
  1. a) The Chair thanked everyone for turning out on such an awful night and promised to hasten the evening’s business as much as possible. He also welcomed PL back again after a period of ill-health. She is keen to remain as delegate to the Licensing Advisory Committee, but it was thought that the job of Minute Secretary would be too much for her at present.
  • b) Dilichip Loan Planning Application DC19/169

JF Attended the Planning Meeting on 22nd Jan. speaking for our objection and also for FJ who was unable to speak on behalf of her own objections as a resident. Due to our representations the application was deferred for further investigation around the illegal tipping and burning.

  • c) Infrastructure and Environmental Improvements

JF had a series of meetings with the Environment Trust, looking at ways to secure funding to improve the cycle and footpath provision in the area. Our initial enquiries brought forth from WDC the 50pp "West Dunbartonshire Active Travel Strategy 2016-2020" this document, labelled "Working Draft" actually contains most of the network of routes which we (as users) have identified as the minimum acceptable provision of safe segregated cycle routes.

We discovered that funding was available from one of the cycling bodies to improve infrastructure, and we have applied for this. There was a deadline for the funding application which meant that we did not have time to bring it before the meeting. The amount is not great, but if we get it, it will be used on a project to benefit both pedestrians and cyclists in the Bonhill area. Details are still being worked out.

  • d) Community Planning Conference

JF said that he had been on the committee for this group but resigned as there appeared to be a lack of enthusiasm for the project by the WDC senior executives, who he expected to support it. The workload around the meeting was growing and he felt that he simply no longer had the capacity to give to the project. It was due to go ahead on the 22 February in Clydebank Town Hall 9.30am until 3.00pm.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer sent her apologies as she was unable to attend, but she asked us to note that

last month’s figures were

Income CC Grant £2743

Payments WDC Leisure £60.00

Cash in Bank £5113 3

7.Dates for Litter Pick

‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ Spoke with Andy Devine and he is keen to assist. It appeared that we have a chance to do something positive DL said that this sort of project attracted enthusiastic support from the local schools. After some discussion, the meeting thought that we await better weather and we prepare for our first events in April and May (In retrospect a good decision!)

Skip Provision

JF had spoken with an officer from Cleansing and it would only require a telephone call to get the skip placed and it was decided provisionally to book it for the 14th Feb. HL said that there was a site at the bottom of Cables Drive, where some lock-ups had been demolished, she thought it would be suitable to place a Skip there. JF said he would look into it.

  1. AOB
  • FM asked again about an adjacent house, No 274. The house is still empty and was having a lot of structural work done and workers entering in Contamination Suits. Cllr Bollan said he would look into it.
  • She also said that the communal car park continued to deteriorate.
  • A local resident asked if the underpass at O’Hare could be cleaned up and the lighting fixed. The chair asked if this underpass was much used, it did not seem to lead anywhere and the whole area seemed to be neglected. There was a 5 a side football park that appeared to be little used.
  • DL said that the park was used regularly for Football Skills training by a local youth group.
  • DL said that BDCC did not seem to be involved with the Alexandria Regeneration group. The chair said that on the contrary, he had attended almost every meeting of the Forum and had attempted to direct the attention of the Forum to the areas adjacent to and most accessed from Bonhill. In the discussion that followed, it became apparent that DL was referring to the ANA Group which was a consortium of CATRA, Leamy and other organisations, it was agreed that the chair should speak with the convener of the group and see how we could co-operate.
  • An item about Community Transport was held over until the next meeting

11: Date and Venue of Next Meeting

  • The next meeting will be held on Monday 9th March 2020 in the Ladyton Community Centre. Meeting starts at 7.00 PM

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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

9th March 2020

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Ladyton Community Centre

Monthly Meeting


1. Sederunt

2. Apologies

3. Community Police Report

4. Minutes and Matters Arising

5. Chair/Secretary’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report.

Apologies from the Treasurer as she cannot attend, however, payments this month were:

Income Expenditure

Community Funding £5000.00 WDC Leisure Hall Rental £120.00

Church Hall Rental(P/Group) £116.00

Cash in Bank £10053.63

7. Bonhill Community Centre Update Cllr Dickson will give us the latest proposals from WDC

8. Dilichip Loan Planning Application DC19/169

9. Dates for Skip and Litter Pick

10. AOB

11. Date of Next Meeting

The natural progression of the 2nd Monday is interrupted by the Easter Weekend.

To be discussed April 2020


Monthly Meeting 9th March 2020 Ladyton Community Centre 7.00 p.m.

Welcome to all CC Members and Visitors.


Attendance: Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Nancy Malcolm (NM) Treas., Helen Leslie (HL), Fiona McGeachin (FM) Fiona Jenkins (FJ), Pauline Larking (PL), Cllr. Jim Bollan, Cllr. Ian Dixon


Gloria Hendry, (GH), David Lamont (DL)

Community Police Report

The Community Officers were unable to attend due to other commitments.

Minutes and Matters Arising

The minutes of the 10th Feb were read and approved.

Prop by FJ seconded by HL

D/Fib Training Wed 26thFeb at 6.00 pm. This event was poorly attended with only 6 attendees .However those who attended found the course both interesting and useful. Awful weather may have been a factor. It was agreed that we should offer a donation to Heartstart. After discussion it was agreed that we either offer £150 or the cost of replacement D/Fib Batteries.

Litter Pick see below.

Litter Bins Bin at the top of Dalmonach Road has still not been placed

Pedestrian Crossing on A813 is ongoing, but it appears that a new set of pedestrian lights had been provided at the new roundabout giving access to the Mill Field Barrat site. This is very annoying as there is a much greater need for such a system at the Burn Street / A813 junction.

Dalmonach Community Centre

Cllr Dickson will speak on this topic (below).

Planning Application for Dilichip Loan (See Below)

Chair/Secretary’s Report

a) The Chair thanked everyone for coming along, especially as concern about the possible spread of the Coronavirus. It seemed to have become widespread in Scotland and already people are worried.

b) D/Fib and Emergency Life Support Skills Training was not as well attended as we hoped No one from the Beechwood Residents Assoc. attended, nor did any of the Ladyton Stores staff. One member of the Pharmacy staff and 3 community Councillors attended. Plus 2 Ladies from a Renton Group. Cllr Dickson called in Briefly, but had another appointment.

c) The Chair attended the Community Alliance Conference in Clydebank in his capacity of Secretary to the Community Councils’ Forum. The Rev Ian Miller gave an excellent introductory speech and the remainder of the meeting had a good deal of interesting content but, sadly most of the other presentations were rendered inaudible due to poor P/A.

d) PL also attended on behalf of BDCC, and she confirmed that the whole event was ruined for her by the poor P.A and also by the fact that the Hall was very cold. Unfortunately, we had to leave early due to transport disruption.

e) Infrastructure and environment improvements.

After a couple of site visits we had completed our submission, and were awaiting the return from Holiday if the WDC officer who would confirm our acceptance.

We tried to chase up "West Dunbartonshire Active Travel Strategy 2016-2020". this document, labelled "Working Draft" was produced by SYSTRA an organisation which is owned by SNCF-that is, French Railways.

f) As of this morning, a new litter bin is now in place at the top of Dalmonach Road.

g) Pedestrian Crossing on A813 is ongoing.

h) Dalmonach Community Centre -everyone is horrified by the turn of events, but we look forward to hearing how WDC propose to remedy the situation

Treasurer’s Report

Apologies from the Treasurer as she cannot attend, however, payments this month were:


Community Funding £5000.00


WDC Leisure Hall Rental £120.00

Payment for Church Hall Rental (ref Playgroup) £116.00

Cash in Bank £10053.63

Dalmonach Leisure and Community Centre

NM said that they and everyone in Second Avenue were completely traumatized by the news that the Contractor building the Dalmonach Leisure Centre had gone into liquidation without coming close to completing their contract.

Cllr Dickson explained that due to various delays, he did not have the full proposals from WDC on how this would be tackled overall, but he had been told that they would be able to use their own resources to repair the road within 2 weeks

Dilichip Loan Planning Application DC19/169

FJ Confirmed that after the Council Visit no further activity had taken place on the site.

Dates for Skip and Litter Pick

Andy Devine od WDC is keen to assist with a litter pick, once the lighter nights are with us. He can provide picks and other PPE.

The Chair noted that he’d gone to look at the carpark behind the Ladyton Shops, but it was being resurfaced, this looked like it would take a while. Another potential site in Dalmonach had been identified by HL and the Chair was to ask for a skip to be placed there but possible restrictions in activity due to a sudden spread of the Coronavirus may cause a delay.


a) F McG Noted that the house at 275 Pappert had finally been redone and was now occupied.

b) Allotments in Bonhill, Cllr Dickson said that WDC were going to be consulting and were interested in our comments.

c) Community Transport, Proposals sent out by Brian McQuillan contained a lot of interesting points. Cllr Bollan expressed an interest in following this up.

d) Cllr Bollan also mentioned that the Ladyton Car Park resurfacing is now complete.

Date of Next Meeting

The natural progression of the 2nd Monday is interrupted by the Easter Weekend. After discussion, it was decided to hold the meeting on Monday 20th April 2020

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Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council

12th October 2020, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Online Google Meet

Monthly Meeting

  1. Welcome
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Community Police Report
  5. Minutes and Matters Arising
  6. Chair/Secretary’s Report
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. AGM and Future of Community Council
  9. Bonhill Community Centre Update
  10. Organising a Skip
  11. AOB
    1. Halloween Pumpkins FJ
  12. Date of Next Meeting and Date of AGM