SECRETARY'S ANNUAL REPORT
September 2009 - June 2010
- The Section 75 money from Gladedale Ltd is now secure.
- A new direct bus service to Alloa will commence on 29th March with stops at the train station and Tesco.
- Mac West agreed to re-visit the problems at Park Road South and do some temporary repairs.
- Disabled bays at the Church and the Dumyat Centre were installed as well as a new sign for Menstrie House.
- There was a disappointing turnout in response to an appeal for local residents to come along a join a working party for the woodland.
- A Writers' Group was established in the village.
- Wendy Holt resigned from the Community Council.
- Crime in the village remained low.
- Council agreed to resurface the School playground.
- Ninian Sommerville was appointed as Project Manager on behalf of the Council for the Dumyat Centre extension.
- The current state of the bus shelters was reported.
- First Gala Meeting commenced.
- A new fence was erected on Tullibody Road.
- Request made to the Council for reflector strips on the new fence.
- The Dumyat Centre extension will start in January with a completion date of May 2010.
- BTCV agreed to do further work on the culvert on the Woodland road to alleviate flooding problems.
- Caroline and Austin attended the Community Woodland Conference held in Drumnadrochit.
- Austin agreed to pursue the matter of charity status for the woodland.
- Christmas Tree was erected in the gardens and Tom Mack assisted with the collection of it.
- A very successful Carol Singing was held around the tree with the children having a visit from Santa together with a gift. This was followed by mulled wine and mince pies courtesy of the Church.
- A fundraising Bingo Tea was held for the Gala funds.
- Reflective strips on the new fencing on Tullibody Road are now in place.
- CC and LS met with Mr. Manzie from Clacks Council regarding flooding on the A91 and the Council requested our permission to deepen the culverts to alleviate the flooding. No timescale was given for the work to be carried out.
- Menstrie continued to have the lowest crime figures in Clackmannanshire.
- The field adjacent to the Primary School is now in the ownership of the Council and a link will be created between the School and new housing development.
- The matter of the deterioration in the street sweeping was tabled and this was due to the increased manpower required for gritting the streets over the cold spell of weather. Council agreed to do a survey of the streets and pavements following the damage caused by the frost.
- Tenders went out for the Dumyat Centre extension.
- CC attended a Seminar in Callander hosted by LEADER.
- CC also attended the Ochils Landscape Partnership Advisory Board meeting which will hopefully lead to improvements to Menstrie Glen.
- Tender has been accepted for the Dumyat Centre Extension and the work will be carried out by Marshall Construction. The car park would be unavailable while work is in progress.
- The standard of road sweeping was again reported to the Council.
- CC attended both the Steering Group Meeting and the Advisory Group Meeting of the OLP. We are not happy with the way the Partnership has evolved and feel that not enough consultation has been had with the local communities. We have taken the proposed Mill Wheel Project out of the OLP and will pursue this solely through the Community Council.
- Resignations were received from Sarah-Louise and Barry Hill.
- Park Road South has had some improvements done to it to alleviate the flooding and potholes.
- The street sweeping has improved.
- Information was received that let charges for the Dumyat Centre were to be increased by 7%, the first increase for four years.
- Agreed with Land Services that the Community Council would water the hanging baskets and tubs as because of Council budget cutbacks they were unable to do it which would result in no flower displays.
- CC and LS attended the OLP Steering Group meeting.
- The new direct bus service to Alloa commenced.
- A problem with an overhanging tree in Castle Road was reported to the Council who will investigate the complaint.
- The drainage work in the Woodland has been carried out by BTCV in accordance with Clacks Council Flood Prevention guidelines. We were however, informed that the Council themselves will be making improvements to this ditch and manholes put in place.
- The tree in Castle Road was deemed safe by the Council but will probably need attention at some time in the future.
- Work is on schedule with the Dumyat Centre extension.
- A request was made to the Council for information regarding the charges for the new Community space and Library.
- A request was also made to the Council regarding storage space for the Community Council and whether the cupboard could be tidied up prior to the building work being completed.
- A meeting was held with interested parties regarding the re-opening of the Tennis Club at the Kerry factory site. We have offered the Menstrie Matters as a means of communication for the group that has been formed.
- A very successful Duck Race was held in aid of Gala funds, however more volunteers are needed if this is to continue next year.
- Improvements in the road sweeping were noted.
- Concern was expressed yet again regarding the damage being done by the crows in the trees at Windsor Street.
- The Dumyat Centre was closed for one week for building work.
- Election forms for Community Councillors were submitted to the Council.
- Work was completed on the Dumyat Centre but we have encountered problems with some of the personnel who are not working as a team.
- A lot of interest has been shown regarding a Tennis Club and the Tennis Club members will continue with their efforts to find a suitable local site.
- The Gala and Fete Week went very well and all comments were positive, with no real negative feedback.
- LS decided that he would not Chair the Gala/Fete next year but would be happy to act as a consultant for information. A public meeting will be arranged for August/September when all groups etc. will be invited to come along as well as any local residents.
- We enquired whether it would be possible to get a lock-up garage in the village to store Community Council equipment but were told by the Council that this would not be possible. We will pursue this matter when the session resumes in September.