MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday 11th March 2014, Dumyat Centre Community Room
In the chair
Councillor Les Sharp, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor Jim Stalker, Clackmannanshire Council
Constable Chris Smith, Central Scotland Police
Moira Wiseman, Menstrie School Forum
Lesley Baillie, Clackmannanshire Council
1. Appointments and resignations
2. Approval of minutes of meeting of 11th February 2014
With the amendment from "Anderson to "Wiseman":
Approved: Linda Matheson
Seconded: Stan Paterson
3. Matters arising from minutes
None not on the agenda.
4. Community Plan - Lesley Baillie, Clacks Council
The Chair welcomed Lesley to the meeting. Lesley explained what local Community Plans were, and was available to help Community Councils to develop their own Community Plans. They should contain a local statement of need and priorities. Information should be gathered from residents in the area about what they see the need is now and in the future and interpreted to indicate what action needs to be taken in Menstrie for a good quality of life and be a tool for the Council to assess what they would need to do to fulfil the aspirations of the Community.
The current year's funding finishes at the end of March and it has not yet been confirmed whether this funding will be available in the next financial year.
The Chair thanked Lesley for coming along and at this point she left the meeting.
5. Treasurer's report
The current balance stands at £13,131.11 plus cash in hand of £4.37.
Data Protection subscription is to be paid of £35 for the coming year.
Since the decision taken at the last meeting, £5,000 was transferred to the School/Community Project Fund.
5. Community Police report
There were three reported crimes since the last meeting report, two of which remain undetected.
Following the damage done to the Community Garden polytunnel, five youths, all under the age of 16, have been charged with the offence. Four of these youths were local and the police reported that the parents of the youths were very supportive.
The Community Council would like to see the youths carrying out some work in the Community Garden as some recompense for the damage they caused but this is not something that the Police or Court can impose.
6. Councillors' reports
Both Councillors submitted written reports. Amongst the items highlighted were:
- The one-way system in Menstrie Place will take place during April.
- The information boards should be erected within the next month by the Landscape Partnership and these will be erected at the Nova Scotia Gardens, Brook Street at the entrance to the green parkland and on the new viewing platform.
- The proposed wind farm at the Rodders has been passed by the Reporter but it is not clear if he outlined the Community benefit.
- The hospital buses have been secured for a further period to November to allow discussions to take place in an attempt to find a solution for the future.
- Following the finalisation of the Budget it was disappointing to see a decision taken to withdraw funding from several Clackmannanshire Community Groups from September.
- The proposed reduction in Classroom Assistants has been pegged to 8 and music tuition fees are being increased by 2.5% instead of the proposed 100%.
At this point Councillor Stalker left the meeting.
8. Menstrie Matters
The demand for advertising continues to rise. The next issue due out in May will be 20 pages with 3 full colour pages at a cost of £591. It was agreed to go ahead based on this costing.
The correspondence was read and actioned as necessary.
10. Community Woodland
Wild flower seeds have been secured from On The Verge and local volunteers will rake over the soil to allow the seed planting along the area where the drainage works have taken place. Volunteers will be required to plant the seed which should result in the entrance to the village being greatly enhanced by the creation of a wildflower meadow.
11. Community Garden
The Community Garden volunteers met on Saturday mornings at the garden but it was disappointing that there were very few local volunteers came along to offer to lend a hand.
The polytunnel has been patched up and hopefully will survive the following year but next year we will probably have to replace the covering at a cost to the Community Council which is not budgeted for.
Six raised beds have now been constructed, one of which will be designated for disabled and one for the local Primary School. A path will have to be constructed for access by the disabled and paths will be created around the perimeter of each raised bed. The remainder of the area will be set out in gravel.
We really need to have more support from the community as there are a lot of manual jobs still to be done and too much for the small band of volunteers to do themselves on top of all the sterling work they have done up until now.
It was agreed that contact would be made with Andy Kane to see if he will come along and give us some advice.
ACTION - CC
12. School Community Sports Project
Moira Wiseman brought the members up to date on progress so far with the fundraising for this project. The outcome of an application to Stirling and Clacks Environmental Trust is awaited. This is a very ambitious, but exciting project, which will not only benefit the children in the school but the local community as well. Anybody who would like to offer help in any way should contact Moira via the School Forum.
13. Gala and Fete Update
An update was given. The willing band of volunteers meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the Dumyat Centre at 7.00p.m. Anybody who would like to volunteer some of their time for the Gala, however small, should come along on the night.
14. Any other business
Following Lesley Baillie's talk a discussion took place about our producing our own Community Plan and it was decided that with everything else we are involved in at the moment we don't have the time to devote to this at the moment. We will revisit it in the next financial year.
Both Councillors gave their apologies for the April meeting.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.28.