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MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday 8th April 2014, Dumyat Centre Community Room

Present:

In the chair

Stan Paterson

Vice chair

Jim Gardiner

Secretary

Caroline Crawford

Members present

Beth Cook
Christine Kidston
Linda Matheson
Callum Ford

Apologies:

Judy Collier
Councillor Les Sharp, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor Jim Stalker, Clackmannanshire Council

In attendance:

Constable Roy Mitchell, Central Scotland Police
Moira Wiseman, Menstrie School Forum

1. Appointments and resignations

None

2. Approval of minutes of meeting of 11th March 2014

Approved: Jim Gardiner
Seconded: Linda Matheson

3. Matters arising from minutes

None not on the agenda.

4. Treasurer's report

In the absence of the Treasurer a written update was provided.
The current balance stands at £13,488.03

5. Community Police report

A report was presented which was prepared by P.C. Smith. Since the last meeting 4 crimes were detected with 2 undetected incidences. A total of 6 crimes and 1 road traffic offence. There was no issue with the Gala application licence for the procession. P.C. Chris Smith is now going to be working with the Community Wardens in Sauchie. Parking of cars outside the school was also discussed.

6. Councillors' reports

In the absence of both Councillors on holiday there were no reports.

7. Menstrie Matters

The next issue, due out in May, will be approx. 24 pages with the deadline for copy being the 15th May.

8. Correspondence

The correspondence was read and actioned as necessary.

9. Community Woodland

Wild flower seeds have been secured from On The Verge and local volunteers will spread the seed on Saturday 12th April. The three OLP information boards have now been erected in the village.

10. Community Garden

On the three Saturday open mornings one volunteer came along and offered help. It is hoped that more volunteers will offer their help as the garden progresses.

We now have a supply of refuse bins from the Council and we will hopefully have soil soon to part fill the beds which will then be topped up with compost. New brackets are being made for the troughs for the bridge over the Devon and it is hoped that these will be put in place soon. In the next few weeks gravel will be ordered to cover the area of the garden as well as a slabbed area suitable for the disabled, which will also surround the disabled bed for easy access. The beds have still to be painted, the walls painted, plants planted, the shed erected and the staging altered to fit into the polytunnel. Up until now there has been a loyal and enthusiastic band of volunteers who have undertaken the majority of the work but we now need more volunteers to come forward to continue their efforts, in particular to take on the watering of the pots, hanging baskets and polytunnel. It is hoped to grow tomatoes, cucumbers etc. in the polytunnel over the summer months.

12. School Community Sports Project

Moira Wiseman brought the members up to date on progress so far with the fundraising for this project. A generous donation of £500 was received from local firm Kerry which will be able to be used as a Sports Match grant. A lot of effort is going on by a small band of people to securing the funding needed to see this project come to reality.

13. Gala, Fete and Duck Race Update

Arrangements are in hand for the Duck Race and it is hoped that the weather will be kind to us and there will be sufficient water in the burn.

Planning continues for the Fete and Gala and they meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the Dumyat Centre at 7.00p.m. when anybody interested in lending a hand would be made very welcome.

13. Any other business

There being no further business the meeting closed at 20.10.
Date and time of next meeting: Tuesday 13th May at 7.00p.m.

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