SECRETARY'S REPORT TO AGM, 14th October 2008
Highlights of business during 2007 - 2008
- Complaints were received regarding the wind turbine.
- Our new Community Policeman Stephen Currie was welcomed to the meeting.
- Initial plans were formulated for the new piece of Public Art for Midtown.
- A plan was produced for the extension to the Dumyat Centre but was not acceptable to the members.
- The first fundraising event was held for funds for the Village Fete/Gala.
- It was agreed that a Community Council website would be created.
- CC attended the Remembrance Service and laid the wreath at the War Memorial.
- In Menstrie Place the flower bed was turfed and the coping stones reinstated.
- Glynis Gordon from the Community Health Partnership attended the meeting to discuss the proposed closure of the Menstrie Clinic and the possibility of it being relocated elsewhere in the village.
- An additional dog bin was erected in Abercrombie Place.
- Removal of the bus stop at Midtown gardens was opposed.
- A planning application was submitted to the Council for the erection of two flagpoles at Midtown.
- A start-up grant was applied for to the Council for the Fete.
- A consultation exercise took place on the Core Path Plan and Ochils Landscape Partnership.
- The new bus shelter at Midtown gardens was installed.
- Further discussion took place with Sandy Dawson regarding the wind turbine.
- Amended plans were produced for the extension to the Dumyat Centre.
- Postcards were provided by Clacks Council for residents to add their support to the proposal to name the new Kincardine Bridge as the "Clackmannanshire Bridge".
- A Christmas Tree was erected and Carol Singing was held round the tree. This was followed by mulled wine provided by the Parish Church and mince pies by Wendy and Beth. £105 was raised.
- The domain name was secured for the website.
- CC joined a bus tour on behalf of the Community Council to publicise why the new bridge should be called the "Clackmannanshire Bridge".
- A survey of the dog bins in the village was carried out by the dog warden.
- Our proposals for the Glen Improvements were submitted to the OLP and were well received.
- Austin Mitchell demonstrated the website on a laptop before it went live.
- Sketches were produced for the public art by Andy Scott.
- The new crossing at the west end of the village was started.
- A report on Park Road South would be put before the Council.
- Work started on the improvements to the paths in the Community Woodland.
- Representatives from residents of Menstrie Mains housing development gave a presentation on the problems they are encountering with Greenbelt Group Ltd.and the maintenance issues this is causing.
- Testing equipment was set up in one of the houses to monitor the noise from the wind turbine.
- The design for the new public art was agreed.
- The hedge in the east end of the village was cut.
- Sheila Bulloch produced final plans for the Dumyat Centre extension.
- Tracy Duff introduced herself as the new Youth & Community worker for the area.
- The new woodland paths became well used by the community.
- Additional money was secured to extend the path into the woodland and create some boardwalk.
- A village clean up took place.
- The Policy for unadopted roads (Park Road South) was passed by the Council.
- The Community Website went live.
- Production of the new public art work began.
- CC and LS met with Cathy Knox from Environmental Services regarding revamping of Midtown gardens.
- Staff members from the Dumyat Centre Library/CAP Office attended the meeting regarding the extension to the Dumyat Centre.
- Extended parking restrictions outside the school were scheduled.
- Some members of the Community Council visited Andy Scott's studios in Glasgow.