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Silverton and Overtoun Community Council

SILVERTON AND OVERTOUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL


Chair: Linda Speir
Vice-chair: Rona Wilkinson
Treasurer: Bill Barlow
Secretary: Rose Harvie

82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G82 2DY
phone/fax: 01389 762816
e-mail: rharvie17@gmail.com

Draft minute of meeting Thursday 10 January 2019
Approved 14 February 2019

 

  1. Sederunt:
    Rona Wilkinson vice-chair
    Rose Harvie, Secretary
    Bill Barlow, Treasurer
    Janet Muir
    Dorothy Drummond
    Wilma Skinner
    WDC Councillors: Brian Walker, Ian McLaren, Karen Conaghan, David
    McBride

    Apologies: Linda Spier, Chair, Andrew Muir, Scott Lafferty

  2. Minutes of December meeting, approved. Proposed by Janet, seconded by
    Wilma

  3. Matters arising from previous minutes.

    Data protection and privacy notice approved. Secretary to ask Suzanne Greer,
    CC liaison officer, to check whether when a CC councillor stands down or is
    removed, that it is acceptable that personal information on the councillor is
    removed.
    Scott had been asked to give feedback on the Place Standard project that he
    had carried out at the December meeting.

  4. Questions for WDC Councillors
    Wilma asked whether West Dunbartonshire is Local Business Improvement
    Development Initiative area. Councillor Conaghan was not sure.
    Janet reported vandalism at the former Garshake nursery which is empty,
    windows and fencing have been damaged. Action: WDC Councillors
    Dorothy asked why an application for large signage boards at the new Lidl had
    been refused. Councillors stated this was a planning decision.
    Janet asked whether the residents of the Willox Park cottages are still getting a
    regular warden service. Councillor McBride will investigate.
    Question to WDC Councillors whether the low density lumen street lights
    could be turned up, as councillors felt the streets were insufficiently lit.
    Councillor Conaghan to investigate.

  5. Correspondence

    E-mail from WDC – budget consultations have been delayed.
    E-mail detailing forthcoming meeting of Community Council Forum in
    Church Street offices on 17th January.
    Rona asked if the Forum meetings could be alternately afternoons and
    evenings, as people who work are unable to attend afternoon meetings.
    E-mail and invitation from Brian McQuillan, WDC, regarding proposed new
    community transport project. Meeting on 22nd January in Vale of Leven
    Academy at 6. Secretary has indicated she will attend if possible.
    E-mail reminder from Suzanne Greer about ‘Making Things Happen’ event in
    the Concorde Centre, Thursday 31 January, 5.15 p.m.
  6. Treasurer’s Report. No change in finances since last report.

  7. Planning Report. Planning application for hydropower scheme on land north
    of Gavinburn Farm. After short discussion agreed not to object

  8. AOCB

    Complaints about the state of the pavement underneath Dumbarton East
    Station. Pigeon dropping, general dirt and neglect, and uneven pavement.
    Councillor Conaghan stated that repairs are due to be carried out in this
    financial year.
    Concern expressed at possible 3-weekly bin collections.
    Dispute about fence between A82 steps and private property (contrary to
    Access Legislation) has been resolved and an opening made in the fence to
    comply with Access requirements.
    Rose gave a short report on Dumbarton Stations Improvement Trust, giving
    notice of a public exhibition and consultation about a forthcoming
    Consultation Management Plan, to be held in Dumbarton Library from 14th to
    26th January. Councillors urged to attend and give their views.

    Date and time of next meeting: Thursday 14th February. There will be a
    speaker, George Murphy, from the Health and Social Care Partnership.

    Please submit your apologies if unable to attend

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council

Draft Minute of Meeting, 14th February 2019. Adopted 14th February 2019 

Chair: Linda Speir

Vice-chair: Rona Wilkinson

Treasurer: Bill Barlow

Acting Secretary: Rose Harvie, 82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G822DY, Phone 01389762816, e-mail: rharvie17@gmail.com.

Sederunt

Linda Speir - Chair, Rona Wilkinson - Vice-Chair, Bill Barlow - Treasurer, Rose Harvie - Secretary, Dorothy Drummond, Wilma Skinner, Scott Lafferty, Police Constable Cairns#, George Murphy - Health and Social Care Partnership.  

Apologies

Janet Muir, Councillors David McBride, Brian Walker.  

Police Report

Constable Cairns gave a short report. Relatively little crime report since last report. 

Questions from CC councillor to police: Wilma – reported being stopped by a ‘white van’, the driver asked her if she wanted to buy a mattress. Police will investigate.

Linda – fly-tipping at top of Garshake Road – this has been reported to WDC.

Speeding motorbike in Bonhill Road at night – this has been reported to police. 

Health and Social Care Partnership Update

George Murphy, from the Health and Social Care Partnership, gave a short talk, including notification of an event planned for 13th March, possibly in Dumbarton. West Dunbartonshire is high on the index for multiple deprivation, with high rates of heart disease, depression, poverty, smoking, poor diet, obesity.

Early intervention to improve health and well-being is important, and the planned event will discuss plans to work with all relevant agencies to try to import the health and well-being of the local population. There is also a Survey Monkey consultation. Mr Murphy was thanked for his presentation, and councillors urged to attend when further details of time and place are available. 

Minutes of last meeting

Approved – proposed by Bill, seconded by Rona. 

Matters arising from previous minutes  

Scott produced the results of the Place Standard Tool exercise that the Community Council had done at the last meeting, and distributed copies of the report.

He made several observations: Silverton and Overtoun is generally a pleasant place to live, but there are areas for improvement – work opportunities and the local economy, parking and traffic, and social contact.

Scott recommended that the CC should consider holding some form of community engagement event to carry out the Place Standard with the wider community, and that the CC should set up a small working group to plan such an event. Suggested that Dumbarton East & Central CC should be invited to participate, but agreed to limit to SOCC area at present. 

Councillor's Update

There were no WDC Councillors present; however, a member of the public raised the question of the removal of a school crossing patrol on the A82 at the bottom of Argyll Avenue.

Following an accident in which a child was injured while being assisted across the road, West Dunbartonshire Council decided that the official crossing should be the traffic lights at the bottom of Garshake Road.

After discussion it was decided that the Secretary would write to the 4 Dumbarton WDC Councillors, and contact WDC when Linda has forwarded the official response to public complaints from WDC Facebook page.  

Correspondence

Maurice Donahue, from the Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, has organised a regular group in Dumbarton Library on Monday mornings from 10 – 12. This is aimed at ‘Tacking dementia, depression and loneliness through the power of sport’. 

Copies of a document about the forthcoming Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act – Getting in on the Act.  The Act will have sections on National Outcomes, Community Planning, Participation Requests, Community Right to Buy, Asset Transfer, football clubs, allotments, Common Good, public participation in Public Decision Making, and other relevant community legislation.

The document offers information on a wide range of proposed legislation under the Act. For further information the relevant website is:

  • www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engagement/communityEmpowermentBillFAQs
  • www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2015/6/contents/enacted (for the full Bill) 

E-mail from Malcolm MacCormick Operations Manager of Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust, requesting to speak to the CC about a project on the health of the River Leven and associated tributaries. Agreed to invite him to next (March) meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Bill stated no change to present bank balance. 

Planning Report

No relevant planning issues or applications. 

A.O.C.B  

Secretary announced several events: 

  • Public consultation for community budgeting- Wednesday 20th Feb, Dumbarton Library, 5 – 7pm
  • WDC budget consultation, Tuesday 26th February, Concorde, 6.30pm
  • Community Transport meeting: Tuesday 26th February, Concorde 6.30pm (Secretary to attend this.) 
  • Saturday 16th February, Community Council training day – CVS Clydebank.
  • Public consultation for Dumbarton Town Centre Conservation Area status, Church Street offices 4 – 8pm.
  • Secretary up-dated councillors about Dumbarton Stations Improvement Trust. A 2-week public consultation had taken place in Dumbarton Library during January, which was well attended, and plans are progressing towards a Conservation Management Plan for the station and its surroundings.

Date and time of next meeting

Thursday 14th March, 7 p.m. Please submit apologies if unable to attend.   

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council

Minutes of Meeting, Thursday 14th March 2019. Approved 11th April 2019 

Chair: Linda Speir

Vice-chair: Rona Wilkinson

Treasurer: Bill Barlow

Secretary: Rose Harvie, 82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G82 2DY, phone/fax: 01389 762816, e-mail: rharvie17@gmail.com. 

Sederunt

Linda Speir - Chair, Rona Wilkinson - Vice-Chair, Rose Harvie - Secretary, Scott Lafferty, Dorothy Drummond, Wilma Skinner, Janet Muir, Karen Prior - West Dunbartonshire Council community liaison, Councillor David McBride, Police Constable Gordon Hanley, Malcolm McCormack - Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust.  

Apologies

Councillors Brian Walker, Karen Conaghan, Iain McLaren. 

Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust Presentation

Malcolm McCormack gave a short presentation about the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust. His talk included various aspects of the work of the Trust, including: The health of the River Leven and its tributaries. Possible help from WDC to enable fish to continue to access the local burns. Involving schools and community groups in litter clearance from the river and burns. Particular concerns about fly tipping, plastic waste pollution, and reports of Japanese knotweed. Malcolm urged members of the Community Council to report any concerns, and to support the work of the Trust. Linda, as CC Chair, thanked Malcolm for his talk. 

Police Report

Constable Hanley gave a short report.  No serious offences noted. Questions asked about speeding motorists, parking on pavements and double yellow lines. 

Minutes of last meeting

Accepted as correct. Adoption proposed by Scott, seconded by Rona.

Matters arising from previous minutes

Rona, Rose, Scott and Linda attended a training day on Roles, and Responsibilities of Community Council officers, on 16th February. While all thought the training was worthwhile it was agreed that the content of the course was not as anticipated i.e. did not include what the specific roles of offices bearers are.  Rona will give a fuller report on the training day at April’s meeting. 

Willox Park former care home: reported that the home had been sold, would be demolished, and two 2-storey blocks of flats for ‘vulnerable adults’ would be built. 

Crossing at the bottom of Argyll Avenue. This was again discussed. Councillor McBride reported that following discussions with Transerve, WDC Roads, Department, and Transport Scotland, it is very unlikely that a formal pedestrian crossing would be installed, and that the advice is that school children and other pedestrians should walk on the pavement adjacent to the A82 to the traffic lights at the bottom of Garshake Road. Hopefully, actions such as monitoring and enforcement of speed limit by speed cameras, and possible structural improvements to the pavements, would improve the situation. Councillor McBride is continuing to monitor the situation.  

Rose reported on attending a Community Transport Steering Group meeting with Brian McQuillan; there is an intention to set up a community transport project in West Dunbartonshire – perhaps a social enterprise. Further meetings are planned, Rose will be contacted via e-mail.  

Questions for WDC Councillors

Questions about low density street lights. Councillor Conaghan not present to answer.  Dorothy Drummond: reported that a shower fitted in the home of a neighbour/friend is still leaking. Janet asked about a section of Miller Street where snow had not been cleared, and wondered if the street has been adopted, or is still adopted Wilma asked if there were any recorded ‘rough sleepers’ in Dumbarton – Councillor McBride reported there were none. Wilma asked about paid leave of absence for victims of domestic abuse.  Wilma requested a replacement litter bin at the bottom of the burn near the Castle. Wilma asked about enforcing the ‘no parking outside schools’ rules. 

Councillor McBride undertook to investigate all these queries before the next meeting. 

Correspondence

Covered by various agenda items, Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust, Community Transport, and reported e-mails from Councillors. 

Treasurer's Report

There was no Treasurer’s Report. 

Planning Report 

The application for the small hydro scheme from Loch Humphrey was due to be decided the following day. The CC had not objected, and the Secretary will attend the Planning Committee and report the decision. 

AOCB 

  • Secretary reported that WDC is in the process of adopting a Dumbarton Town Centre Conservation Area. The status of this can attract funding for conservation projects.
  • A public consultation will be held to consider the state of Dumbarton High Street on Tuesday 26th March, from 5p.m. – 7.30 in St. Augustine’s church  hall.
  • Rose reported on steady progress on the Dumbarton Stations Improvement Trust: a Conservation Management Plan is in its final production stages.
  • Scott will continue to work on the Place Standard  Tool. As agreed at the meeting in March, Community Councillors would like to organise a community event, with the object of identifying key areas for improvement in our area. Scott was asked by Linda to circulate an e-mail to our Community Councillors asking who would like to be part of a small working group to look at facilitating such an event. Scott will e-mail CC councillors before April’s meeting. 

Date and time of next meeting

Thursday 11th April. 7 p.m.  Please submit apologies if unable to attend. Please contact Secretary or Chair if you are unable to attend but wish to put anything on the Agenda.

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council 

Meeting, Thursday 11th April 2019 - Agenda 

Chair: Linda Speir 

Vice-chair: Rona Wilkinson

Treasurer: Bill Barlow

Secretary: Rose Harvie, 82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G82 2DY, phone/fax: 01389 762816, e-mail: rharvie17@gmail.com.   


1. Sederunt 
2. Apologies 
3. Crime Report 
4. Minutes of last meeting 
5. Matters arising from previous minutes 
6. Questions for WDC Councillors 
7. Correspondence 
8. Treasurer’s Report 
9. Planning Report - Retrospective application for Garshake Road  
10. AOCB 
11. Date and time of next meeting 

Please submit apologies if unable to attend  

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council

Draft Minute of Meeting, Thursday 11th April 2019. Approved 13th June 2019 

Chair: Linda Speir

Vice-chair: Rona Wilkinson

Treasurer: Bill Barlow

Secretary: Rose Harvie, 82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G82 2DY, phone/fax: 01389 762816, e-mail: rharvie17@gmail.com. 

Sederunt

Linda Spier - Chair, Rona Wilkinson - Vice-Chair, Bill Barlow - Treasurer, Rose Harvie - Secretary, Janet Muir, Wilma Skinner, Dorothy Drummond, Police Constable Glen Robertson, WDC Councillor David McBride, Brian Walker, Iain McLaren

Apologies

WDC Councillor Karen Conaghan. 

Minutes of last meeting 

Adoption proposed by Janet, seconded by Dorothy. 

Crime/Police Report

Constable Robertson gave a short report; relatively little crime in past month. Question asked about Cold Calling:  Constable Robertson stated that it is not an offence merely to knock at a door or ring a bell in a No Cold Calling area, but it is an offence to offer to sell goods or services.  

Matters arising from previous minutes  

  • Replies to various queries had been received from Councillor McBride. Street lights are LED and cannot be set to higher illumination strength. 
  • Miller Street adoption: situation remains unclear. 
  • Litter bin at foreshore will be replaced. 
  • Leaking shower has been attended to.
  • Special leave for victims of abuse confirmed.
  • Pedestrian crossing on A82 at bottom of Argyll Avenue: this situation has not been satisfactorily resolved for residents; Jackie Baillie to meet local residents.  

Rona gave a short report on the Planning Aid Scotland training day. There had been interesting discussions, but it had not focused, as had been anticipated, on the roles and responsibilities of CC councillors; more about liaising with local authority Councillors. 

Questions for WDC Councillors  

With reference to the problems of the A82, there were complaints about the strong back-draught from speeding lorries, and a blocked drain outside the police station.

Wilma stated that a gate at the bottom of the flood prevention site did not shut properly.

Complaints about the large amount of tidal debris and litter at Gruggies Burn near the shore at the bottom of Castle Road. Councillor McLaren stated that action by the tenants of the small industrial estate was being instigated.

Questions were asked about the enforcement of paving restrictions outside schools. All these will be investigated by WDC Councillors and reported in due course. 

Correspondence

Linda had received a neighbour notification letter from the demolition contractor in charge of the demolition of the former Garshake Council buildings. Work has commenced and is due to take approximately 36 weeks. Information or complaints should be addressed to the Contractor.

Letter from Wise About Energy Project, offering various free advice and information about grants, improvements, energy deals, etc. etc. and requesting to meet the CC. After discussion it was agreed that the information in the letter was adequate, and that the CC did not consider a formal meeting was necessary. (All this information is available from john_Higham@thewisegroup.co.uk) 

Treasurer’s Report

No change to bank account balance since last report. Treasurer requested to organise auditing of annual accounts for the AGM in May. 

Planning Report

Secretary reported further on the retrospective planning application for a vehicle repair yard/premises, and paint-balling project at the top of Garshake Road. Chair and Secretary had both visited the site, and viewed video and
Facebook evidence of the paint-balling project.

Secretary had consulted the various WDC Local and Proposed Local Development Plans. The area is within West Dunbartonshire Green Belt, and there are various advisory restrictions on developments on Greenbelt. After discussion, it was agreed to submit an objection by the CC (a draft objection having been previously circulated to all CC councillors by the Secretary/Planning Officer. 

AOCB Annual General Meeting

This will take place on Thursday 9th May, 7 p.m. Rose announced her decision to resign as Secretary.    

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council 
Notice of Annual General Meeting 
13th June 2019 - 7pm
Crosslet Centre, Crosslet Road, Dumbarton   
Agenda 


1. Sederunt and apologies 
2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting 
3. Matters arising from minutes of last AGM  
4. Chairman’s Report 
5. Secretary’s Report 
6. Treasurer’s Report and presentation of audited accounts 
7. Appointment of auditor 
8. Election of community councillors co-opted since last AGM, and election of councillors to fill casual vacancies 
9. Election of office bearers   
10. A.O.C.B.

SILVERTON AND OVERTOUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL 
MEETING THURSDAY 13th JUNE 2019 
AGENDA 

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Crime Report
  4. Minutes of last meeting
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Questions for WDC Councillors
  7. Correspondence
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. Planning Report
  10. A.O.C.B.
  11. Date and time of next meeting     

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council  
Meeting Thursday 12th September 2019 
Agenda 


1. Sederunt 
2. Apologies 
3. Crime Report 
4. Minutes of last meeting 
5. Matters Arising  
6. Questions for WDC Councillors 
7. Correspondence 
8. Treasurer’s Report 
9. Community Engagement Events 
10. Planning Report 
11. AOCB 
12. Date and time of next meeting    

SILVERTON AND OVERTOUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL  
DRAFT MINUTES MEETING THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2019    


1. Sederunt: Rona Wilkinson, Vice-chair Scott Lafferty, Secretary  Rose Harvie, Planning Officer  Dorothy Drummond Wilma Skinner  Kirsten Wiggins  Police Constable Martin Cairn  WDC Councillor’s: Karen Conaghan and Brian Walker  
Apologies: Linda Speir; Janet Muir; Bill Barlow; WDC Councillor David McBride; and WDC Councillor Iain McLaren. 

   
2. Crime/Police Report:  a. Constable Martin Cairn gave a short report regarding the most recent local crime statistics covering 1st June 2019 to 1st September 2019.  Informed Community Council that community policing is back from 1st September 2019.   b. Ongoing enquiries taking place with a recent murder case.  c. Rose Harvie raised issues regarding littering and consumption of alcohol at the Common while the football games are taking place on a Saturday.  Rose stated that this has been brought to the attention of West Dunbartonshire Council.  PC Cairn stated that police attention would be given to this concern.   d. Wilma raised concerns about ongoing speeding taking place on A82 around Argyll Avenue.  Proposed introduction of speed bumps and other traffic control measures.  PC Harvie stated he would report these concerns regarding road safety.   e. Concerns about cold callers is a current issue in the local area.   

3. Minutes of last meeting (April 2019): a. Proposed by Wilma and; b. Seconded by Kirsten 

  
4. Matters arising from previous minutes: a. Wilma raised outstanding issue about travelling community in terms of site location.  Discussion took place about viable sites, both public and private, that could be suitable for the travelling community to use. Enquiries and feasibility of this was ongoing process by West Dunbartonshire Council.   b. Wilma clarified that the proposal suggested at the last Community Council meeting was for the phased lights at Round Riding Road to be changed from temporary to permanent.  Given the location of the traffic lights it was advised that this proposed change would need to be raised with Transerv rather than West Dunbartonshire Council.   c. Wilma proposed that some flowers could be planted on the green space at the front of Dumbarton Cemetery to enhance the appearance of the cemetery entrance.  

  
5. Questions for WDC Councillors: a. Concerns raised about the establishment of a caravan park site which was identified on an app.  Discussion took place about the right to roam and limited action West Dunbartonshire Council could take within this context.   b. Traffic signs dirty and require cleaning in particular signage at the Dumbuck junction and further along on the A82.  Overgrown foliage on the A82 is also making road signs difficult to view.  c. Wilma raised concerns regarding the negative impact and poisonous properties of Ragwort and therefore West Dunbartonshire Council should be tackling this.  Councillor Conaghan agreed to take this enquiry further and explore this in more detail.  d. Long discussion took place regarding the potential housing development near and around Crosslet House and Stirling Road.  Indicative capacity on LDP2 states six units but plans by Turnburry Homes in principle application indicates 40 units.  Concerns were therefore raised about the contrary nature of this.  Local residents in attendance at the community council meeting raised concerns about road and footpath access.  They also expressed concerns regarding road capacity and the narrow nature of local roads which could put resident safety at risk as roads are too narrow on Sutherland Drive.  Actions agreed were as follows: i) Councillor Walker and Councillor Conaghan agreed to ask a Planning Officer to attend a community council meeting to explore these concerns further with the community council and local residents and; ii) Rose Harvie agreed to support local residents in constructing a planning objection to the proposed application in principle.  

         
6. Correspondence: a. Scott informed community councillors of: i) local engagement network; ii) Golden Jubilee consultation on new services and theatres being devised; iii) details on big climate conversation taking place and; iv) local consultation on housing revenue account.

    
7. Treasurer’s Report:  a. Annual invoice for room rental has been obtained and paid for a sum of £365.  Approximately £3,000 in community council account. 

  
8. Planning Report: a. Key planning issue was discussed under questions to councillors regarding potential housing development near and around Crosslet House. 

 
9. Community Engagement Event: a. Discussed reconvening planning to deliver a community event around the Community Place framework.   i. Agreed that event should take place on Thursday 14th November with the community council meeting take place after this (a shorter meeting).  This event could take place from 7.15pm to 8.30pm.  ii. Agreed that advert should be devised and placed in the Community Advertiser, Lennox Herald and Dumbarton Reporter.   iii. Community Council leaflets should be distributed through the next Community Advertiser. iv. Scott would create a facilitator script for each of the discussions with a world café approach used for the community engagement event.  Three or four facilitators would be required to help the running of the event.   v. Would invite Dylan Murdoch MSYP to attend the event too.   

 
10. AOCB: a. Discussed having a Facebook Page for the community council.  Mixed opinion about the merits of this.  b. Discussed the possibility of reducing the gap between community council meetings due to the summer recess as the gap between the June and September meeting was 13 weeks.

     
11. Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 10th October, 7pm at Crosslet Centre.  

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council   
Meeting Thursday 10th October 2019 
Agenda 


1. Sederunt 
2. Apologies 
3. Crime Report 
4. Minutes of last meeting 
5. Matters Arising  
6. Questions for WDC Councillors 
7. Correspondence 
8. Treasurer’s Report 
9. Community Engagement Event – 14th November 2019 
10. Planning Report 
11. AOCB 
12. Date and time of next meeting – Thursday 14th November 2019    

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council   
Meeting Thursday 14th November 2019 
AGENDA 


1. Sederunt 
2. Apologies 
3. Crime Report 
4. Minutes of last meeting 
5. Matters Arising  
6. Questions for WDC Councillors 
7. Correspondence 
8. Treasurer’s Report 
9. Planning Report 
10. AOCB 
11. Date and time of next meeting – Thursday 9th January 2020      

Silverton and Overtoun Community Council 

Minutes of Meeting 9th November 2019. Approved 9th January, Adoption proposed by Janet Muir, Seconded by Rona Wilkinson.  

Chair: Linda Speir

Vice-chair : Rona Wilkinson

Treasurer: Bill Barlow

Secretary: Rose Harvie, 82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G822DY, Phone 01389762816, e-mailrharvie17@gmail.com.  

Sederunt

Linda Spier - Chair, Rona Wilkinson - Vice-chair, Rose Harvie - Planning Officer, Janet Muir, Dorothy Drummond, Wilma Skinner, Kirsten Wiggins, Police Officer McNulty, WDC Councillors David McBride and Iain McLaren. 

Apologies

Scott Lafferty, Bill Barlow, WDC Councillors Brian Walker and Karen Conaghan.

Crime Report

Constable McNulty had sent a report by e-mail, and answered questions. The matter of possible immigrants in the area being used for illegal activities was raised and discussed. 

Minutes of last meeting

Accepted as correct, adoption proposed by Dorothy, seconded by Wilma. 

Matters arising from previous minutes  

  • Grassy area at bottom of cemetery: reported that CC funds may not be used to improve the area, but individual CC councillors would be welcome to plant bulbs, seed etc. and maintain the area.
  • No progress on new traffic lights/signage on A82.
  • Overgrown hedge on pavement adjacent to Overwood Drive, and hedge at Baxter View. Councillor McClaren had acted on this report, and he and Councillor McBride were thanked.
  • Litter bin at Crosslet Road post office. According to WDC Councillors there has always been only one bin. There was the possibility of another one if residents could provide evidence of need.
  • Matter of non-attendance by CC councillor for 7 meetings without apology (against CC Constitution). Chair will raise this with WDC and the councillor to clarify the position. 

Questions for WDC Councillors

Dorothy raised the matter of the public sale of fireworks, and emphasised the distress caused to pets. There is a small local action group formed to  address this, and Sainsbury’s supermarket no longer sell fireworks.

Wilma queried the dumping of bags of cement on the banks of the River Leven adjacent to the new riverside walkway. Agreed to contact Michael McGuinness, WDC officer in charge.

Wilma queried possible fly-tipping at the bottom of Castlegreen Street.

Also a ‘road closed’ sign at the top of Buchanan street. Councillor McBride will investigate. 

Correspondence

Rose reported on various e-mails passed from WDC to Scott Lafferty and forwarded by Rose to other councillors. Letter from WDC regarding annual grant, see next item. 

Treasurer’s Report

In Bill’s absence there was not treasurer’s report. Bank balance £2625.48. Agreed no grant required. Secretary to send copy of annual accounts and recent bank statement as required. 

Planning Report

Rose reported that an application for a vehicle repair yard at the top of Garshake Road had been refused. The CC had agreed not to object; Rose had submitted an individual objection and advised 2 local residents on how to object.

Rose reported that WDC had agreed in principle to sell the remainder of Crosslet Estate for private housing. The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 suggests an ‘indicative capacity’ for the site of 6 house. The potential buyer suggests 40 houses. Several local residents have attended CC meetings, opposed in principle to this development. In due course the CC will decide whether to object. 

Sandpoint. Rose had attended a PAN (Pre-application Notice) public exhibition; this suggests that the owner will apply to build 109 houses on the site, which is on the side of the River Leven on a former boatyard. The CC will decide in due course whether to object.

Duntiglennan Fields, Faifley. This site is on Greenbelt, and permission has already been refused several years ago. There is substantial opposition from local residents to a new application. Although this is not within SOCC boundary, Rose had attended a public meeting, and advised residents that forming a CC might be useful. 

AOCB

Possible ‘community event’, suggested by Scott Lafferty. No decisions have been taken.   The CC has 2 boxes of new CC leaflets. To be discussed further in due course. Scott Lafferty has resigned as Secretary; Rose will act as interim Secretary, and Linda will inform WDC of this change. 

Date and time of next meeting

Thursday 9th January 2020