MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 7.00pm, Dumyat Centre Community Room
In the chair
Councillor Les Sharp, Clacks Council
Lesley Baillie, CC Liaison Officer
Andrew Hunter, Depute Returning Officer Clacks Council
Annette McEnaney, Clacks Council
PC Ian Moffat
1. Welcome and introductions
Stan Paterson welcomed the representatives from Clacks Council and handed over the Chair to Andrew Hunter, Depute Returning Officer who explained the process for election of a Chairperson at this Inaugural Meeting of Menstrie Community Council.
2. Election of Chairperson
Stan Paterson was nominated as Chairperson by Beth Cook and seconded by Judy
As there were no further nominations Stan duly accepted the Chair.
The Depute Returning Officer then handed over to the new Chair for the remainder of the meeting and thanked the Council representatives for attending.
At this point the three representatives from Clacks Council then left the meeting.
3. Election of office bearers
|Vice Chair: Jim Gardiner||Proposed: Beth Cook||Seconded: Christine Kidston|
|Secretary: Caroline Crawford||Proposed: Stan Paterson||Seconded: Linda Matheson|
|Treasurer: Judy Collier||Proposed: Caroline Crawford||Seconded: Obaid Rehman|
|Office: Media: Linda Matheson||Proposed: Judy Collier||Seconded: Beth Cook|
That concluded the nominations process.
4. Approval of minutes of 11th October 2016
Approved: Linda Matheson
Seconded: Beth Cook
5. Matters arising from minutes
All agenda items.
6. Treasurer's report
The balances were as follows:
Current Account - £12,524.15
Cash in hand - £272.66
7. Community Police report
In the absence on leave of the two Community Police, PC Ian Moffat gave the
There were no crimes recorded for anti-social behaviour but three youth related calls. There were three crimes of vandalism in the area, all concerning vehicles. There were no acquisitive crimes recorded. There was one road traffic offence and one failure to comply with bail conditions. At our request speed camera checks were carried out at Menstrie Brae but no concerns were raised. Continued monitoring will take place. We were made aware of an increase in Voucher Fraud and ATM scams. It was recommended that people check the ATM machines to see if they have been tampered with and always shield their PIN if they suspect anybody acting suspiciously. Enquiries are continuing in connection with the recent house break-ins locally and in other areas.
8. Councillors' reports
Councillor Stalker gave a verbal report and gave apologies for non-attendance at the last meeting.
Since taking over the administration things have been hectic, although interesting. He gave an update of meetings he had attended recently and also said they had a small reception for the Syrian families now living in Clackmannanshire. This took place in the Council Chambers. He said he was still involved with Education and as Depute Leader was the representative on other committees on behalf of the administration. There will now be quarterly reports to the Council re. attainment measurements for education. Next year's budget is the main topic at the moment. There are very little reserves as they were used in the last four budgets. The budget this year will be really tight. It is hoped that there will be no compulsory redundancies as some people have volunteered for voluntary redundancy. However in light of all this we are reasonably confident that we will bring in a balanced budget for next year although we still don't know what the Government grant for Clacks will be. £2M has been allocated to Clackmannanshire for the Longannet Task Force to help with re- employment. As regards the City Deal Scheme, Clackmannanshire is now included with Stirling and there could be a considerable amount of money for improvements in Clacks re. road improvements, transport upgrading, energy projects and advice etc. There has been a £2M overspend in Social Services for this year.
CK asked that the tree by her house be trimmed.
ACTION - Cllr Stalker
9. Menstrie Matters
The next issue is being collated at the moment but there is still space for two pages of information.
This will be the Christmas issue.
10. Lunch Club
The Lunch Club continues to thrive and the trip to the Pantomime in December has
We still have room for more people to attend.
All correspondence was read and actioned as necessary.
12. Community Garden
The garden is now closed for the winter, all the tubs etc. having been planted with spring bulbs. The hanging baskets are about to be removed.
13. Community Woodland
A party of volunteers strimmed the wild flowers and weedkiller has been applied to the surrounding area. The path has had the leaves removed from it by a volunteer. The Japanese knotweed will be treated. The help of volunteers is very much appreciated.
13. Gala & fete week
The first meeting was held last month and the bare bones of the events discussed. There will be a further meeting next week. Any member of the public is welcome to attend.
14. Christmas Carols and Santa Claus
It was agreed that if David isn't available then Bob Cook would again be asked. LM will inform the School of the date and time and she will purchase Santa gifts.
15. EDF Small Grant Scheme
LM requested forms be sent to the Beavers.
16. Any other business
The School has informed us that the Outdoor Classroom should be completed by the end of the year as progress was held up by the planning application.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.20.
Date of next meeting - Tuesday 13th December, 2016