MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday 8th October 2013 at 7.00pm, Dumyat Centre Community Room
In the chair
Constable Chris Smith, Central Scotland Police
Constable David Armitage, Central Scotland Police
Councillor Les Sharp, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor Jim Stalker, Clackmannanshire Council
Constable Louise Harding, Central Scotland Police
1. Appointments and resignations
2. Approval of minutes of meeting of 10th September 2013
Approved: Stan Paterson
Seconded: Jim Gardiner
3. Matters arising from minutes
None. All Agenda items.
4. Treasurer's report
The balance stands at £12,465.14.
The decision was unanimously taken to change our banking facility from the Unity Trust Bank to the Bank of Scotland. It was also agreed at the AGM that there would be a change of Auditor for next year's accounts and the accounting year would end on 31st July so that transactions for the Fete/Gala could be included.
5. Community Police report
PC Louise Harding introduced herself to the members and made an oral report.
Over the last month there have been 5 crimes reported, three of which have been detected; and two, still undetected, which were thefts from motor vehicles. There have been road traffic offences between Menstrie and Alva but they were minor.
There have been plain clothes foot patrols in the community at the weekends. There have also been patrols in the area with regard to dog fouling and litter.
PC Harding emphasised the importance of reporting any incidents or concerns to the police so that they can investigate.
6. Councillors' reports
Councillors Sharp and Stalker circulated written reports to the members present, containing the following points.
- The renewed consultation re the traffic in Menstrie Place is almost complete and the documentation is on Clacksweb Citizens Space and is open to all to read. The work will hopefully commence in the near future to solve this long standing problem.
- The footpath/cycleway between Menstrie and Blairlogie has now been treated with weed killer and contact will be made with On the Verge to see if there is availability of wildflower seeds.
- There is a new initiative called Dog Watch where residents can report dog fouling and allow the wardens to take action. Details of the campaign are on Clacksweb.
- OLP have created a wildflower meadow to the rear of the new viewing platform.
- The seats on the cycleway will be installed shortly, as well as the rumble strips.
- Polling Places: A consultation on Polling Places is available on Clacksweb. While not directly affecting Menstrie there are some issues in Tullibody with change of venue.
- Menstrie Primary is one of six schools which will be affected by a reduction in teacher numbers and Menstrie is top of the priority list is these changes.
- Betts Housing Proposal: It is hoped that the Council will come to a decision before the end of this year but they are currently still discussing with the developer regarding access road issues.
The problem of not being able to co-opt additional full members of the Community Council was discussed and LS agreed to speak to Lesley Baillie regarding this matter. LS also will forward details of the website which contains relevant information.
ACTION - LS
The correspondence was read and actioned as necessary.
8. Community Woodland
It is hoped to have a woodland clean-up day on the 27th October and volunteers are required from the local community. This will be weather dependent. LS intimated that there was an opportunity of funding up to £1,500 from Paths for All for equipment.
9. Community Garden
After discussion it was agreed that CC would submit an application to the Council Environmental Fund for funding for Stage 2 of the project. This would be for gravel, slabs and additional compost and sleepers.
ACTION - CC
10. Fete and Gala
Members of the Gala Sub-Committee continue to meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the Dumyat Centre and arrangements are well in hand. New members are welcome to come along.
11. Menstrie Matters
Linda made a proposal that the Christmas Issue of Menstrie Matters have four pages of colour in it. This was agreed as a one-off to see what the feedback was from members of the community. More input is needed from local people for inclusion in the Newsletter.
12. Remembrance Sunday
SP will represent the Community Council on Remembrance Sunday and a wreath has already been purchased.
13. Any other business
SP will organise the purchase and uplift of the Christmas Tree.
ACTION - SP
After the success of having the Carol Singing in the Church Hall it was agreed that we would liaise with the Church to repeat the same format this year.
ACTION - JG
The glass cabinet for the Gala Trophies is now in the Dumyat Centre and needs to be made upand put in place.
Funding for the cleaning of the War Memorial will be sought.
14. Date and time of next meeting
This will take place at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 12th November 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.20.