Minutes for Bonhill & Dalmonach Community Council meeting
12th April 2021
Online - Zoom
- Welcome to all Community Council members and visitors.
- Community Police Report: We no longer have the Community Police therefore will only have representation attending if we have requested. The Police did provide us with crime reports for the last couple of months and these were briefly discussed.
- Apologies: Cllr Bollan
- Attendance: Jack Fordy (JF) Chair, Fiona McGeachin (FM), Nancy Malcolm (NM), Agnes Pollock from the Communities Team (AP), Cllr Ian Dickson, Pat McManus (PM), Gloria Hendry (GH), Pauline Larking(PL), Fiona Jenkins (FJ)
- Minutes and Matters Arising:
- Dalmonach Steps Project - JF had a meeting with Derek Barr. During this meeting it was asked if the roads dept would have any objections to the Dalmonach Steps with regards to Option 6. This was answered that they would have no objection and also hinted at the possibility of some extra funding. The final drafts had been sent out with several options. Option 6 appears to be the most viable and we are awaiting details of funding.
- A813 - During the aforementioned meeting, Derek also confirmed that the A813 is in urgent need of upgrading but the proposal is for some time in the future as previously discussed.
- Alexandria Town Forum - JF has been trying to ‘hijack’ this forum and improve communication links. The cobbles at “The Laughing Fox” are finally being addressed. JF also looked at Bank Street with a view to pedestrianising the street to avoid the ‘bottleneck’ problem. There are several proposals with the objective being making the town a greener and more pleasant place to be. Traffic calming, making the fountain area more of a plaza, allowing people to circulate more freely. Issues with this would be the buses going through the town. A trial version of this is going to be rolled out.
- Dalmonach Community Centre - The handover has been completed and the nursery children will be moving in imminently. NM enquired about the extra traffic around the centre, saying the car park was full and the police had actually been out to deal with it. Cllr Dickson suggested there is an area of grass which could have a road built through it to be used a drop-off point - this will be suggested at a later date.
- Litter-picks - Andy Devine had provided the CC with a variety of litter picking materials. JF and Cllr Dickson had discussed setting up a joint litter pick with Beechwood Tenants & Residents group. JF was going to ask for an extra bin at the top of the Dalmonach Steps. A litter pick was organised amongst CC members for Saturday 17th April.
- Allotments - JF had begun to fill in an “expression of interest” form but was initially informed that there needs to be 20 members for this. This is to be discussed further. The decision needed to be made as to whether we want land ownership or a long term lease. It was decided a long term lease would be preferable. Cllr Dickson advised on this. AP advised that before we take on a lease, get Greenspace to do a soil survey first. JF suggested we create a sub-committee for this project and this was agreed. A sub-committee was organised - JF, GH, FJ, Cllr Dickson.
- Treasurer’s Report:
Balance in bank - £11027.15
Outgoings - £0
Incoming - £750 (in April) from “Paths for All”
- A.O.B - Community Empowerment Act - West Dunbartonshire Council are trying to improve participation in the communities in various groups, including the Community Councils. Part of that means they are looking again at our “Scheme of Establishment” which is the document that sets out our areas of responsibility and authority and needs reviewed every so often. JF attended a briefing meeting about this. At this they discussed the areas of Community Councils which threw up a few issues, such as our Community Council being underrepresented by residents in New Bonhill and it would perhaps make more sense to have two separate Community Councils. FM suggested that there is a lack of community feeling in New Bonhill and this could be caused by the lack of use of the Community centre, which is because it is too expensive since it changed hands. AP suggested that using Zoom for the meetings might attract more people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend meetings, due to childcare etc.
- Alexandria Town Centre Markets - This is a proposal by the Vale of Leven Trust who are trying to raise footfall in the area. JF wondered if this would take away from the existing shops but overall thought it was a good idea. He asked all other members and it was broadly thought to be a positive action.
- Anti-social behaviour - possible reasons for the rise in local anti-social behaviour was discussed, with the subject of too many off-licences coming up. Cllr Dickson explained how the licencing works and it transpires that there is an over-provision policy so we will slowly see a reduction of corner shops being licenced. AP suggested contacting Gillian at “Y-sort it” to see if there are any events or activities planned for the area. JF will follow this up via email.
- Date of Next Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 10th May at 7pm. This will be held via Zoom.