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8th December 2009 at 7.00pm, Dumyat Centre Library


In the chair

Les Sharp


Caroline Crawford


Louise Craven


Stan Paterson


Alison Muirhead
Jim Gardiner
Linda Matheson
Beth Cook
Alison Stupart
Barry Hill
Jim Kerr
Sarah-Louise Philip
Monika Mackenzie


Austin Mitchell
Councillor Janice Paterson, Clackmannanshire Council

In Attendance:

Councillor Eddie Carrick, Clackmannanshire Council
Mr Mitchell

1. Appointments and Resignations


2. Approval of Minutes of 17th November 2009

Approved: Linda Matheson
Seconded: Louise Craven

3. Matters Arising from Minutes

Reflective strips are required on the new fencing on Tullibody Road.


Park Road South has become very dangerous. EC will check this out Mac West and try and get the hole filled in.


Two cars sitting on Park Road South have no tax discs. EC informed the Police but the matter will have to be passed to the DVLA. DVLA have now said that since it is a private road they can take no action. EC will now deal with the matter.


The Christmas Tree has now been erected and thanks must go to the people who came along to help.

4. Treasurer's Report

Total funds (including Gala and IT ring-fenced money): £7,701.59

5. Community Policeman's Report

In the absence of P.C. Currie there was no report.

6. Councillors' Reports

Councillor Carrick

The Dumyat Centre extension goes out to tender this month with the tenders due back in January.

In spite of the Council's budget deficit there will be no front line service cuts.

There appears to be a sign beside the houses at Midtown which says "No parking - Residents only". The residents are quite happy for people to park there.

70 people turned up last week and planted 1,100 trees in Alva.

EC then left the meeting.

7. Correspondence

All correspondence was read and the following points were noted:


8. Dumyat Centre Extension

The project is still on target and hopefully work will start around February.

9. Menstrie Matters

Delivery of the Newsletter should be done by the end of this week.

10. Community Woodland

Storm damage

A large 150-year-old oak tree fell onto the woodland path and had to be removed by professionals at a cost of £400. Thanks must go to everybody who turned up on site to remove the sawn up fallen timber. Mr. Mitchell is going to carve one of the pieces into a dragon's head. Another resident is going to dry two more pieces for carving in the future. Pieces will also be used to put along the length of the path to protect the new drainage channel that is to be installed by BTCV .

Ivy agony

The ivy clinging to some of the trees is proving to be a problem and should be removed as it is weakening them. A working party will take action in the Spring to cut the ivy.

Maintenance and planting

Mr. Mitchell has some saplings which could be planted in the woodland but before that it is hoped to get a working party (hopefully families) into the woodland on one Sunday in the month to carry out maintenance work. This will be advertised in the local paper and need not be restricted to Menstrie residents: All volunteers would be welcome.

11. Fete and Gala

Confirmation that the Army Cadets will attend the Gala to help out.
A Gala meeting has been organised for next week. SP will book the Library.


12. Any Other Business

Carols round the Christmas Tree

CC will produce a song sheet.
The gazebo will be erected in the Gardens for Santa Claus.


The Carols will start at 7.00pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Church Hall, courtesy of the Church.

Children's Charter for the School - Our rights in the Class

BC has been co-opted onto the school committee "Rights and Respect in School" which will involve the "Children's Charter for the School - Our rights in the Class".
Members of the Community Council were asked to provide suggestions for the next meeting.


13. Date and Time of Next Meeting

Tuesday 12th January 2010 at 7.00pm.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.35pm.

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