MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday 11th December 2012 at 7.00pm, Dumyat Centre Community Room
In the chair
Stan Paterson (Chairperson)
Constable Chris Smith, Central Scotland Police
Councillor Les Sharp, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor Jim Stalker, Clackmannanshire Council
Carlyn Fraser, Clackmannshire Council
Lisanne Henderson, Headteacher, Menstrie Primary School
1. Appointments and resignations
2. Approval of minutes of meeting of 13th November 2012
Approved: Linda Matheson
Seconded: Jim Gardiner
3. Matters arising from minutes
Covered by Agenda items
4. Parking problems at Menstrie Primary School
A discussion was held with the Headteacher and representative from Clackmannanshire Council regarding the parking problems outside the school.
Parents are parking on the double yellow lines on the corner. There is also a problem with the school bus getting round the corner at the Castle and there has been an incident recently with the bus and two cars. The Headteacher's main concern is that this could have been a child a not a car. Residents have complained when the bus parks at the Forthvale entrance to the park. A suitable parking place for the bus needs to be found.
Carlyn Fraser suggested that the bus could park at Hazel Avenue and the children walk to it. The general feeling was that it would not be a safe route to have the children walking down the side of the burn even though they would be supervised. Carlyn Fraser suggested that work could be carried out on routes to school and changing parents attitudes to the children walking to school.
The Headteacher and Carlyn Fraser will work together to try and solve the problem. At this point they both left the meeting.
5. Treasurer's report
Expenditure since the last meeting: £2,070.08
Balance on 8th November: £6,275.20
6. Community Police Officers' report
In the absence of both constables a written report from the Community Police was circulated to members.
7. Councillors' reports
Councillor Sharp handed out copies of his report to the members.
Both Councillors expressed the view that they were not impressed with the report they got back from the Council regarding the flooding and Councillor Stalker agreed with Councillor Sharp that some trees need to be removed from the burn.
Councillor Stalker also intimated that his Surgery times were to change to be in Menstrie on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month from 18.00-18.45h. He gave his apologies for the January meeting.
All correspondence was read. CC reported that:
- The locked gate on the cycleway has now been unlocked
- An additional dog bin will be put up on the cycleway
- 'Citizen of the Year' forms were circulated
- A new printer was to be purchased with funding from Clacks Council
9. Community woodland
Les Sharp spoke with Robert Paterson regarding the woodland:
- They will do a walk in the woodland to identify which trees should be taken out.
- Weedkiller will have to be bought for the Japanese Knotweed.
- The woodland is looking reasonably tidy at the moment.
- The Community Payback has partly cleared the ground behind LS' house.
- The Landscape Partnership work through the woodland will commence in the next few months.
- When the trees are removed, the wood would be free to take away in payment for volunteering to help carry out the work.
ACTION - LS
10. Dumyat Centre
In exchange for freeing up more storage space we have requested that the Council allocate us a free lock-up garage to store our equipment for the Gala/Fete and fundraising events.
ACTION - LS
11. Fete and Gala
Beth Cook gave an update from the Gala/Fete Sub-Committee. The next meeting is scheduled for 15th January.
12. Ochils Landscape Partnership
Work will commence soon and will hopefully be completed by the end of March. An oral history group will be set up with 3 or 4 people from the village about their school days in the village and LS will contact Tom Mack and Jock Macmillan.
ACTION - LS
At this point Councillor Stalker and Calum Ford left the meeting.
13. Future Community Events
Christmas Carols - 20th December
Set-up will be at 2.30p.m. and lighting will be provided by a generator.
14. Menstrie Matters
The print costs for the current issue were £780 and after discussion it was unanimously agreed that the cost of advertising would have to be increased to £10, £20, £40 and £80. It was also agreed that we would look for outside funding to help cover the costs involved.
15. Community Garden funding application
We have been awarded £10,000 from Clacks Council towards the creation of a Community Garden in the drying green area behind the Church. We have two quotations for fencing the area to make it secure and we await approval of these from Clacks Council before we can commence the work. CC will do another two small funding applications to cover the cost of other equipment for the garden.
16. Tilhill forestation froposal at Jerah Farm
An open meeting will be held on 18th December in the Dumyat Centre to outline the proposals.
17. Any other business
The Council's draft budget proposals are now on ClacksWeb and can be viewed online for consultation.
The proposals are at the following link: www.clacksweb.org.uk/council/budgetconsultation1314/ - ed.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.15.