Monthly Meeting 17 January 2022
7. 00pm: Online


Welcome

Sederunt /Apologies

Fiona McGeachin.

1. Minutes and Matters Arising
Proposal and Acceptance of Minutes

• Amnesty Skip
• Allotments
• Dalmonach steps

2. Chair and Secretary’s Report

• Review of CC’s Scheme of Establishment.
• Y Sort It and Ladyton Centre
• Bonhill Community Garden

3. Treasurer’s Report

  • Incoming £0
  • Outgoing (WD Leisure) £0
  • Balance £

4. Replacement of Defibrillator at Ladyton plus the provision of another at the Community
Centre.

5. Gardening Competition. We need to start NOW

6. Could we Invite the Councillors to Speak on their Manifesto, pre election??

7. AOB

8. Date of Next Meeting 14 March. Shall we return to “In Person” meetings

Minutes of Monthly Meeting - January 17 2022 7.00pm
Online : Zoom

Sederunt:

Attending: Jack Fordy - Chairperson (JF), Cllr Jim Bollan, Cllr Iain Dickson, Fiona Jenkins (FJ), Nancy Malcolm (NM, Gloria Hendry (GH), Agnes Pollock (AP)

Apologies:

Pauline Larking, Fiona McGeachin

Minutes:

read and approved by: GH and AP.

Matters Arising:

Amnesty Skip - JF contacted John Sartain who advised him to speak to Andy Devine. He replied that this could be arranged but unfortunately not on a weekend. JF then proposed Friday 18th February as a possible date.

Allotments - JF has been unable to contact Iain Bain, despite his best efforts. AP suggested copying Andy Devine into the email.
Dalmonach Steps - There is no further progress with the funding at present.

Chair/Secretary's Report:

Review of Scheme of Establishment - This has now been sent to the council for approval. AP added that following on from last month's question regarding a complaints procedure, there is one in the handbook.

Y-Sort It - JF had a good meeting with Gillian Kirkwood from Y-sort it and expressed approval at the work they have already done at the Centre. It was suggested again that we alternate the location of our monthly meetings between there and the Dalmonach Centre and this was widely agreed. It was also thought that if we use this location for some of our meetings, we might be able to entice some youngsters onto the Community Council, giving it a wider demographic.

Bonhill Community Garden - JF met with Catherine Howard who expressed interest in tonight's meeting. There was a brief discussion about the transformation of the Bonhill Community Garden and this evolved into discussing litter picks and the huge amounts of litter in various areas.
Minute Taking During the course of discussion with Ms Howard she mentioned that she might be able to offer secretarial skills. This led to a general discussion about the always-present problem of providing an accurate record of our meetings and the additional strain this placed on the CC Members. JF thought that it must be possible to obtain the services of a professional Minute Taker. It was agreed that we look into this further This idea is met with approval!

Treasurer's Report:

NM was unable to give a report due to technical difficulties, but she is now operational with online banking.

Defibrillator - JF spoke with Colin Smith - he has offered another defibrillator and it was thought that we use our funds for the other one. There was some discussion around the best location for the defibrillator at Dalmonach, with McLean's shop being one suggestion. There was also discussion around the best location for the defibrillator in Ladyton area, with reluctance at replacing it back at the shops due to the high incidence of vandalism. JF contacted the manager from the Early Learning Centre, but they have gates which are closed so there would be an access issue. Y-Sort It would be willing to have it in their Centre and they plan to be open 'til around 9pm every night, so this option seems appealing. This led to a discussion on the possibility of erecting signs highlighting the importance of the defibrillators which would educate the local youngsters. The life rings at Bonhill Bridge were also discussed, it which had disappeared again at the time of the meeting

Garden Competition - We had a discussion around the need to begin to organize this now, with a view to having posters/leaflets ready for mid-March. FJ will run with this and will have a detailed report prepared for next month's meeting. JF and FJ also plan to meet with Catherine Howard from Bonhill Community Garden for advice.

Local Elections - JF suggested inviting local councillors to come and speak at the monthly meetings with a short "manifesto". It is hoped this will attract more locals to attend the meetings. It was agreed this would be a positive move and JF will further investigate the possibility.

AOB:

None

Date of next meeting:

  • Monday 14 February at Y-Sort It Centre.

 

Minutes of Monthly Meeting – 13 June 2022, 7.00pm
Dalmonach Community Centre


1. Sederunt:

Attending: Jack Fordy - Chairperson (JF), Cllr Iain Dickson, Cllr J. Bollan, Nancy Malcolm (NM), Fiona Jenkins (FJ), Gloria Hendry (GH), Pauline Larking (PL), Helen Leslie (HL), Agnes Pollock (AP), Jim O’Donnell (JO’D).

2. Apologies:

None.

It was noted with sadness that Pat McManus has passed away following recent illness. Further, Fiona McGeachan has resigned from her position on the Committee, as she is moving out of the area.

3. Minutes:

Read and approved by NM and seconded by GH.

4. Matters Arising:

a. Defibrillator: JF has now met with the electrician and is awaiting prices for installation. The work can be carried out at Ladyton shops during the week commencing 25 June. JF proposes temporarily setting up the indoor box at the Chemists if the work is not completed by the electrician on or before
this date.

b. Allotments: JF reported that there is still nothing forthcoming from Greenspace, but is hopeful that the situation can move forward, following his recent chat with Martin Rooney. Councillor Dickson commented that available funds have been lodged with the Development Contribution Fund for a
considerable period of time now. He believes that the delays here may well be down to the funding situation, if the likely costs have exceeded the original estimate and the process by which funds are accessed being by no means straightforward.

c. Gardening Competition: FJ reported that at present it looks like the only entrants to the competition will be local children. Volunteers to assist on the day are still needed. JF is available to assist Catherine on the day of the competition.

d. Waste Recycling: A site visit to Barr Environmental has been requested. JF expects that this will be a long process, given that the company is presently in Administration. Noting that there is a video available online which gives an overview of the recycling processes undertaken.

e. Mitchell Way Development: Councillor Bollan advises that works should start shortly, initially in the main services will be disconnected. Farmfoods is now closed.

f. Chivas Path: JF has spoken further with a WDC planner, Jim McColl, however matters have not ]progressed since.

g. Bramble Bushes: The Committee noted that these have now been dealt with and trimmed back, as advised by JF.

5. Housing Presentation by West Dunbartonshire Council:

- Dawn Connor and Jillian Logan from Housing Development at West Dunbartonshire Council attended the meeting to give a presentation on the 27 new houses to be built. These will comprise a number of family homes and flats, 7 of which will be passive (a first for the Council) and 20 will be designed and built to net zero standard, in an attempt to tackle fuel poverty in housing.

- A passive home will have no radiators nor obvious heat source, as they are designed and built so as to be sufficiently well insulated with very secure glazing.

- A mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system (MVHR) recycles air so as to create heat and energy. There may be some supplemental heating supplied by ground source heat pumps, and some solar panels, however much fine detail still requires to be confirmed.

- The development is for now at the pre-planning stage and community influence is welcomed. Planning matters ought to be progressed towards finalisation in or around August this year. The homes will have a south facing elevation so as to maximise solar energy gathered.

- There then followed a discussion regarding the solar panels and heat pumps proposed at the development, Jillian confirmed that the benefit of any solar panels will be passed back to the tenants and not fed into the Grid.

- The department led by Tim Sharp at Strathclyde University has been engaged to judge air quality. Strict measures are in place to ensure the properties will be well ventilated and the systems well maintained. Windows will still be capable of being opened. A passive house requires no lifestyle change. Monitors will be in place in most rooms in order to conduct post-occupancy research to ensure the strict desired standards are met.

- The development will be a mixture of family housing and one-bedroom flats, together with a couple of ground floor flats which will be fully wheelchair accessible.

- Allocation will be based primarily on need, with other factors being considered, and tenants sourced from the waiting list.

- Councillor Bollan enquired as to levels of rent. Dawn commented that there will be a small premium only chargeable on such a new-build in order to cover the MVHR maintenance, however aside from this, rents will be comparable to current levels.

- Elevation drawings were then circulated among the Committed for examination, and improvements in design were highlighted. In terms of design, mobility and medical issues, demarcation of gardens and parking spaces are being addressed.

- Each new-build house will now have a ground floor bedroom
and bathroom.

- GH enquired as to provision for ensuring the future tidiness and maintenance of the garden ground.

- Dawn commented that gardening support will be made available. Councillor Bollan expressed concern regarding the feasibility of assisting all tenants across the board, due to the volume of numbers involved, and options regarding care of the gardens were discussed.

- JF expressed concern regarding the situation of a housing development on the hill which in effect necessitates residents to own cars, and is thus less environmentally friendly.

- Discussion then took place as to any possible future projects being located more centrally including Bonhill Gap Sites where 32 units of housing are being considered, and where wheelchair accessible housing would be located due to the area’s topography.

- Dawn then outlined a trial buy-back scheme which is underway, whereby repairs to the property in question will be undertaken and specification improved, together with a possible trial of ground source heat pumps and insulation. Half of the cost of any purchase by the Council under this scheme
would be subsidised by the Scottish Government. This is a pilot project with quick results expected.

- Future presentations and attendance at Committee Meetings by Dawn and Jillian was then discussed, and the meeting gave thanks for their attendance at tonight’s meeting and the very useful presentation given.

6. Chair & Secretary’s Report:

a. Fountain Planters: It was noted that no planters have been received as yet, there have been delays in making contact. In the meantime, the flowerbed will be finished off and weeds dealt with. Drainage has been improved, but is by no means perfect as puddles do still gather following rainfall.

b. Tree Planting: The Committee noted that planting by West Dunbartonshire Trust at Dillichip has really taken off. Councillor Dickson believes that the trees appear to have been planted particularly close together, and future thinning measures were then discussed.

c. Committee Participation: It was noted that generating sufficient publicity for meetings, so as to encourage more community participation and attendees at meetings, was still a struggle. Very often, it will depend on the cooperation of an individual shopkeeper and their willingness to display posters provided. Recent local community activities too would have benefited from additional publicity and circulation. Councillors Dickson and Bollan commented that it would be worthwhile running paid adverts on Facebook in order to reach a wider local audience and JF will look into this.

d. Police Report: From the report most recently provided by Constable Wilson it would appear that there has been an increase in the number of crimes listed, particularly assaults and breaches of the peace and suggestion was made that this may be in line with a decrease in the numbers of police allocated locally. The detection rate does seem to be reasonable. Police are still advising that any incidents in the area are to be reported by telephoning 101 and asking for Sergeant Bruce Simpson, which it was agreed is not terribly satisfactory. In general, JF expressed his concern as to the level of policing in the area.

e. Dr Bike: The event held on Saturday 11th June was very successful, despite the poor weather on the day. 16 bikes were worked on and turned around. JF has asked Vale of Leven Trust to provide more information and literature in connection with their Sofa to Bike program, but this is still awaited. Dr Bike would have been an ideal event at which to publicise such a scheme on behalf of the Trust.

f. Litter Pick: No further progress has been made in pushing this event forward. The litter pick event at Strathleven which had been proposed clashed with the hosting of the Dr Bike event. JF will get back in touch in the hope of progressing this in the near future.

g. Speeding & Road Safety / Traffic Calming: A petition has been started by Ian on change.org in order to take action to address traffic calming measures in the Vale. He commented that this does need further tweaking, it is the first petition he has raised in this way. There then followed discussion on how to circulate the petition locally for public awareness. Ian strongly believes traffic calming is
needed in the area. Should there be a universal 20mph speed limit in certain areas?

Councillor Dickson advised that Scottish Government involvement is a requirement in order for a restriction on speed limit in an area to be imposed. Ian believes that all things considered, speed bumps would be the best option.

h. Treasurers Report: NM advises that the Community Council have successfully obtained their yearly grant and the balance presently held in the account is £11,983.89. There are a few costs still pending and not therefore reflected.

i. Flamingoland: The proposed Lomond Banks development was again discussed and following the last meeting JF had submitted a unanimous objection to the development on behalf of the Community Council.

Councillor Bollan believes the second application is worse than the first application which was submitted, as the footprint is smaller than that of the original. The same development is now to
be built on a smaller area of land resulting in what Councillor Bollan believes would be overdevelopment.

JF commented that in his view the plans do not give an accurate appearance of the final developed site. Noting that this is however still at the outline Planning Permission stage and is open to all manner of future tweaks and modifications. JO’D however believes that the local infrastructure will benefit as a result of the development and struggles to object to something which will bring additional employment to the area. The various reasons for objection held by the individual
members of the committee were then discussed, as was access to and maintenance of the path. Loss of access to the site is a real concern, both during and after construction. Councillor Dickson discussed the impact on employment in the hospitality sector. Councillor Bollan recommends that further agreement is sought once a detailed planning application is available for examination. JF acknowledged that there is no unanimous agreement by the Committee on this occasion.

j. Merkins Wind Farm: The Committee noted that an application is in place to erect a trial mast at the site, which will be for testing purposes. JF recommends that the Committee submit their objection to this, believing that in this case there are no real benefits to the community. Preservation of the peat bogs was discussed. Councillor Bollan commented that any planning application will require to address this. It was noted however that this application may not come to anything, and will be dictated by available finance, and the company concerned do appear to be under-funded.

7. A.O.B.:

a. A fire which had been reported was discussed, but no specific details were noted.

b. Licensing Forum: PL enquired as to whether attendance at the Licensing Forum was possible, she understands it is to take place online. Councillor Dickson confirmed the Forum meeting would take place tomorrow.

c. Fly Tipping/Dumping: GH raised that a laundry appliance had been dumped in a public area, and rolled away some days later, and the grass has subsequently been cut in and around its present location. Reporting and removal of the appliance was discussed.

d. Abandoned Vehicles: NM mentioned what would seem to be several abandoned vehicles situated at Northfield Road which are an eyesore. Ownership of the land is unclear, and in this regard the possibility of ownership by the Golf Club was discussed. Councillor Bollan will make appropriate enquiries. The problem of other abandoned vehicles in the local area was then discussed. The
committee agreed that unfortunately, unless there is a clear Environmental Health hazard posed, there is very little that can be done.

e. Garden: Margaret asked for an update as to the position with the garden, JF commented that he expects progress this week.

f. Japanese knotweed: Greenspace have read the report into knotweed, but have yet to reply.

8. Date of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of the Committee will take place on 12 September 2022 at Ladyton Community Centre at 7.00pm.