MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
12th January 2010 at 7.00pm, Dumyat Centre Library
In the chair
Councillor Eddie Carrick, Clackmannanshire Council
Constable Stephen Currie, Central Scotland Police
Councillor Janice Paterson, Clackmannanshire Council
1. Appointments and Resignations
2. Approval of Minutes of 8th December 2009
Approved: Linda Matheson
Seconded: Jim Gardiner
3. Matters Arising from Minutes
Reflective strips on new fencing on Tullibody Road are now in place.
CC and LS met with Mr. Manzie from Clacks Council as the Council were concerned about the recent flooding on the A91. The Council wanted permission to deepen the culverts to alleviate the flooding. To undertake this work it may be necessary to remove the front line of trees etc. adjacent to the A91 to allow machinery in to do the work. They will also renew the wooden bridge. We have requested that any wood that is felled remains in the woodland. At the moment there is no timescale of when the work will be carried out.
4. Treasurer's Report
In the absence of the Treasurer there was no report.
5. Community Policeman's Report
In the absence of P.C. Currie a written report was read out.
Menstrie still has the lowest crime figure in Clackmannanshire, with most crimes being motoring-related.
6. Councillors' Reports (Councillor Paterson)
Field by primary school
The community field adjacent to the Primary School is now in the ownership of the Council.
This will link the school with the new housing development.
The question was asked why this area was completely fenced off.
Councillor Paterson agreed to investigate this on our behalf.
ACTION - JP
The play area has been inspected and there was no evidence of dog fouling.
There are no plans to fence off this area.
Park Road South
- Pickup truck on Park Road South: On inspection there was no evidence of it.
- Regarding tax discs, Council cannot take any action. This would have to be dealt with by the DVLA.
Road beside Loaningbank
Contractors will have to reinstate this pavement to the agreed width. Failing this the Council will reinstate it. It was made 1.1 metres wide and should have been 0.8 metres.
The matter of the footpath over the burn was brought up by SP.
Rubbish is being dumped into the burn at the bridge.
There has been little evidence of the road sweeper recently.
JP replied that most of these workers were redirected onto gritting the streets over the cold period.
It was noted that the road sweeping in Menstrie used to be first class but since September it has deteriorated.
There are no dropped pavements in Burnside Road.
ACTION - JP
It was noted that many of the roads and pavements are now in a poor state as a result of the frost.
The Council will carry out a survey once everything has thawed and will then prioritise repair work.
All correspondence was read and actioned.
8. Dumyat Centre Extension
We await information from the Council, together with the updated plans. No further communication has been had with us since our October meeting. We understand that the work has gone out to tender.
9. Menstrie Matters
- The next edition is due to go out at the end of March.
- Payment is due to be paid to the Scouts for the copying.
ACTION - LC
10. Community Woodland
- AM is working on the process of setting up the Woodland as a charity.
It is hoped we will have enough volunteers to set up a monthly working party in the wood.
The Community Woodland Association, in conjunction with the Community Council, propose holding a one day seminar in the Dumyat Centre with the main subject being volunteering.
11. Fete and Gala
- The next Gala meeting will take place on 19th January in the Library.
- A fundraising bingo tea will be held on 10th February.
- £52.27 was raised at the Christmas Carol singing.
- It was agreed that we would have a sale outside the Church on 22nd May.
12. Any Other Business
- The annual village Spring clean will take place on Sunday 25th April.
- we will be looking for volunteers to clean up the street signs in their own street.
- It was suggested that the Criminal Justice Authority may be able to provide labour.
- Tracy Duff is investigating the possibility of renovating the Tennis Courts in conjunction with Kerry Bioscience.
CC will attend a seminar in Callander being held by LEADER. It is hoped that this may be a source of match funding for the Water Wheel project.
[LEADER is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas. - ed.]
Ochils Landscape Partnership
CC will also be attending the Ochils Landscape Partnership Advisory Board meeting.
This, hopefully, will lead to improvements to Menstrie Glen provided they secure the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
13. Date and Time of Next Meeting
Tuesday 9th February 2010 at 7.00pm.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.45pm.