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MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday 8th September 2015, Dumyat Centre Community Room

Present:

In the chair

Stan Paterson

Teasurer

Judy Collier

Secretary

Caroline Crawford

Members present

Christine Kidston
Jim Gardiner
Callum Ford

Apologies:

Beth Cook
Linda Matheson

In attendance:

Councillor Les Sharp, Clackmannanshire Council
Moira Wiseman
Irene McNea
Constable Andy McGurk, Central Scotland Police

1. Appointments and resignations

None

2. Approval of minutes of meeting of 9th June 2015

Approved: Christine Kidston
Seconded: Judy Collier

3. Matters arising from minutes

All were agenda items.

4. Treasurer's report

5. Community Police report

PC McGurk introduced himself to the members.

Since the last meeting there have been 9 recorded crimes: 4 undetected and 5 detected.

Amongst the undetected crimes were the theft of bicycle; a case of racial abuse and assault; and a case of vandalism.

Of the detected crimes there was an incident originating in Tullibody and ending up in Menstrie. Charges have been made in relation to this crime.

Local adults and young persons have been riding motorbikes irresponsibly. The police require more information about these bikes; colour, size, where they are stored etc. This is an ongoing issue and requires the community to assist the police by phoning in with information as to identity of the riders.

There has been a new deployment made within the Police whereby there will be 2 Community Officers for each area: 1 for day shift and 1 for night shift. The Community Wardens will also be available.

If anybody requires to make contact with the police please contact either of the Community Policing Sergeants: Graeme Cadden & Catherine Sharkey or by email at:
catherine.sharkey@scotland.pnn.police.uk
graham.cadden@scotland.pnn.police.uk
or by telephoning 101 and asking for the Community Policing Sergeant.

P.C. McGurk then left the meeting.

6. Councillors' reports

Councillor Sharp gave an update since the last meeting.

There has been some fly tipping along the woodland path.

Menstrie Primary School was awarded a Gold Flag Award from Sports Scotland regarding their sports activities. Menstrie was the only Primary School in Clacks to received this award and a presentation is to be held at the School in combination with the opening of the running track. The schoolchildren are going to be running for Rio, where they will clock up almost 6,000 miles on the track, being the distance between Menstrie and Rio. All the children, including the Nursery, will participate and will do 5 minutes each day and record it. It was suggested that the Community Council might provide the School with an additional flagpole on which to fly the flag. This will be discussed at the next meeting in October.

Information was given regarding the re-settlement of some Syrian refugees in Clackmannanshire and a meeting of Clacks Council will be held to discuss this matter as to how many refugees they can take and how they can support them.

Two residents came along to discuss the letters they had received from Paragon Housing who have taken over the housing previously belonging to Scottish Special Housing, i.e. East Mains and Broompark East and West. Residents are now being asked to pay a maintenance fee for grass cutting etc, which previously had been done by the Council on behalf of Scottish Special Housing. The Council are currently looking into the legalities of this and whether there is a current contract to continue with maintenance.

7. Menstrie Matters

In the absence of the Editor there was no update.

8. Correspondence

The correspondence was read and actioned as necessary.

9. Community Woodland

This was discussed and it was agreed that it would be good for the village for us to undertake the process of a Community Plan. CC will try and take this forward.

ACTION - CC

10. Community Garden

We were not successful in the Council's Community Garden competition but we are still pleased with how the garden looks. We can only improve on this and try and encourage more volunteers and the school to participate. It was agreed that Stan would arrange to take the baskets down. The bulbs which were lifted will require to be planted and consideration given to purchasing some new bulbs.

11. Fete Week and Gala

The Fete and the Gala was commented on by villagers as the "best yet". How can we improve on this? We need to have more younger volunteers to come forward to offer to help run the events and come up with new ideas.

12. Menstrie Primary School Sports Project

Callum gave an update on the project so far. Unfortunately the funding for the MUGA [Multi Use Games Area - ed.]) has not been successful but the running track has now been completed in time for the new school year and all the children, including the nursery, will be using it. There is still a sum of money in the pot to take the project forward when hopefully there will be more success.

13. Any other business

It was agreed that the Community Christmas Carols in the Church Hall would be held on Thursday 17th December. The Christmas Tree will be purchased and erected on the 5th December when volunteers will be needed for installation.

It was also agreed that we should move the AGM and Meeting to Tuesday 20th October as the original date falls during the School holiday week and we would not be quorate as some members would not be able to be present. We will ask Linda if she could put a notice to this effect into the local paper and do some posters locally as well. CC will inform the Council. Judy will change the booking.

ACTION - CC, JC, LM

There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.15.
Date and time of next meeting: 7.00 pm on Tuesday 20th October 2015.
This will be the AGM followed by the Ordinary Meeting.

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