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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


Monthly meeting, Thursday 9 January 2020

  1. Sederunt and apologies
  2. Crime Report
  3. Minutes of last meeting, 14th November, for proposal and adoption
  4. Matters arising from previous minutes
  5. Questions for WDC Councillors (this item may be taken earlier if more convenient to Councillors)
  6. Correspondence
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. Planning Report
  9. AOCB


Chair: Linda Speir
Vice-chair: Rona Wilkinson
Treasurer: Bill Barlow
Secretary: Rose Harvie, 82 Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, G82 2DY
phone/fax: 01389 762816

Draft Minutes 9 January 2020

Approved 13 February 2020

Linda Speir, chair
Rona Wilkinson, vice-chair
Bill Barlow, Treasurer
Rose Harvie, Secretary
Dorothy Drummond
Wilma Skinner
Kirsten Wiggins
Janet Muir
WDC Councilor Brian Walker
WDC Councillor David McBride
Police Officer

Apologies: Scott Lafferty, Andrew Muir

Minutes of last meeting, 14th November (there was no December meeting)

Draft accepted as correct, adoption proposed by Janet, seconded by Rona

Matters arising from previous minutes.

  • Traffic lights on A82. Can existing flow of traffic lights be changed? Councillor McBride stated that Transerve would not be willing to change the flow. There is no progress on the installation of new traffic lights at the bottom of Argyll Avenue.
  • Non-attendance of a CC councillor for 8 meetings (with belated apologies). Agreed to delay any decision on this until the AGM in May.
  • Fireworks: reported that a motion to control the sale of fireworks had been put to WDC, Councillor McBride will report in due course.
  • Housing development on site of former Garshake offices: concerns raised from some adjacent residents, safety of retaining wall etc.  Secretary has contacted Miller Homes, and a representative will address the CC at the March meeting, as they cannot attend the February meeting as previously arranged. Agreed also that Secretary will advertise this meeting by means of posters in shops.
  • Rose and Linda had met with Gillian McNamara to discuss possible activities/events/facilities in the soon- to- be- restored Glencairn House.
  • Reported that West Dunbartonshire Voluntary Services would not be able to provide secretarial services for the CC, in the event of Rose wishing to be relieved of minute taking etc. Janet Muir stated she knows a possible contact who may be able to provide this
  • Linda and Rose had met Brian McQuillan, WDC Communities Officer, in November to discuss a possible ‘community council awareness’ event. Brian would assist in this. Linda would ask Scott if he is still willing to set up a working group.


Questions for WDC Councillors

  • Kirsten, who lives opposite the path and entrance to the police station, stated that she regularly picks up alcohol bottles on the path. She would like to investigate the legality of putting up anti-littering posters, also posters advertising the help available to alcoholics. Agreed in principle that if permitted, posters should be professionally produced, and paid for by the CC. Councillors McBride will investigate the legal position.
  • Wilma asked about the requirement of private and social housing providers to install charging points for electric cars as a condition of approval for developments. Councillor McBride will investigate this.
  • Wilma asked again about large bags of cement left on the banks of the River Leven, and provided photographs.
  • Rona asked about the forthcoming Dumbarton festival, planned for June this year, and requested that activities associated with the environment should be included.
  • Dorothy asked when the new Lidl supermarket would open; this is planned for late February.
  • Wilma again raised a question about the amount of growing and dead plant material accumulating in the flood relief section of the burn behind St. Patrick’s primary school. Councillor McBride will investigate.

There was no paper correspondence; several e-mails from Brian McQuillan regarding various consultations etc.

Treasurer’s Report

Bank balance £2625

Planning Report

Rose stated that she would be attending a site visit for the proposed vehicle repair yard at the top of Garshake Road; the CC had voted not to object to this development, and Rose had objected as an individual resident.
There were no other planning issues other than the Garshake housing development (see above)

AOCB Agreed that Secretary would contact the police and request a regular e-mail report as sometimes an officer is not available.

Date and time of next meeting:

Thursday 13 February