SECRETARY'S ANNUAL REPORT
September 2011 to June 2012
Highlights of the year as reported to Menstrie Community Council - AGM on 9th October 2012
- Judy Collier was co-opted onto the Council and became our new Treasurer.
- Foliage was cut back from the 30mph sign on the Tullibody Road.
- Councillor Paterson reported that the Council had agreed to provide more salt bins in areas where it is thought appropriate.
- SP reported a potential safety hazard with the rails on the bridge across the burn which were leaning dangerously.
- A case of a person putting white lines on the road outside their house was reported and it was ascertained that it is not legal for an occupier to do this.
- Improvement work continued in the Dumyat Centre.
- It was agreed that advertising costs for Menstrie Matters would have a small increase as it was four years since the last increase.
- The School Fundraising Committee attended our meeting to ask if we would be willing to make a donation to the School towards a whiteboard for Primary 2/3. As a result of this we wrote to the Director of Education intimating that this was a Local Authority responsibility.
- We wrote to the Council asking for a zoned dog area in the Public Park.
- A presentation was given by Dennis Toon and Sheena Stone from the Ochils Landscape Partnership. The Hillfoots Way will be one of the first projects and the Menstrie project will be in Year 2.
- Les Sharp met with Mac West and discussed the outstanding lighting and road issues in the village.
- Problems were encountered with parking outside the Primary School.
- A woodland clean-up was carried out.
- LS met with Mac West from the Council regarding the responsibility for the woodland road and it was agreed that the tarmacing of the road was unlikely to have caused any damage to the stability of an adjoining wall. The path will become part of the Hillfoots Way in the Ochils Landscape Partnership.
- A presentation was given by Emer Kennedy, Adult Day Services, regarding the Garden Project run by Adult Day Services at Glenochil Nursery with the object of getting the community involved. They agreed that plants could be grown by them for the tubs in the village.
- The lack of lighting at the back of the Dumyat Centre was reported.
- The bollards outside the pavement outside the Dumyat Centre are due to be replaced with a barrier.
- Crime figures were down on the month of November. Speeding throughout the village was monitored by the police.
- The Community Payback carried out some excellent work in the woodland.
- The refurbishment of the Dumyat Centre Library was completed. The Council agreed that a Coffee Machine would be installed in the near future.
- The December issue of Menstrie Matters was distributed to every house.
- An on-line diary was created on our website.
- The Christmas Tree was erected in Midtown Gardens and a successful Carol Service, in conjunction with Menstrie Parish Church, was held. Thanks to the ladies in the Church for the refreshments following the Carol Singing.
- The surplus selection boxes were donated to a local charity to be distributed to needy children.
- Councillor Carrick reported that there had been a change of administration in the Council and he is no longer a member of the Labour Group.
- The Council agreed to the upgrade of Park Road South.
- Some trees were brought down in the wood as a result of recent storms.
- Money was transferred from the General Account to the Wood Account so that more transparent accounting can be created.
- The new footpath/cycleway on the old railway line was being well used by local people. The Community Council requested that dog bins be installed on the path.
- It was reported to the Council that the streets are not being kept clear of litter etc., and there seemed to be an absence of street sweeping. It was also reported that Broompark East is not being treated sufficiently when it is icy.
- Lesley Baillie gave an overview of the Settlement Review and Eileen Turnbull went on to talk about how the Council could improve relationships between the Council and Community Councils.
- Lyn Mack, Deputy Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire spoke about the planned celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June. Responsibility for local events has been handed down to Community Councils. After discussion it was agreed that CC and LS would look into the possibility of funding to have a Diamond Jubilee Garden Party in Midtown Gardens on the 3rd June.
- We renewed our Data Protection Insurance.
- The re-launch of the Dumyat Centre was deferred until June.
- Some youth problems have been occurring in the village and it was agreed that the Community Wardens would do some patrols.
- A large hole at the top of Forthvale was reported to the Council.
- Standing water adjacent to the new footpath was reported to the Council.
- Community Payback workforce did more work in the woodland.
- Car parking at the Dumyat Centre remained a problem.
- CC applied for funding from Awards for All for the Jubilee Garden Party and we should know by the end of April if we are successful.
- It was agreed that the Community Council would fund mugs for all local children up to Primary 7 age at a cost of £783.
- Concern was again expressed about parking at the School and LS spoke to the Council about this and the possibility of walking buses.
- A fundraising Race Night was held for Gala funds.
- Following our complaint about street cleaning SP walked the village with David Reid.Dog fouling was highlighted and the problem of broken glass.
- Since the meeting an improvement was noticed in the cleanliness of the streets.
- The coffee machine has now been installed in the Dumyat Centre.
- A very successful Duck Race was held and attendee numbers were up on last year.
- Resignations were received from Les Sharp and Louise Craven.
- Les was congratulated on his successful election to Clackmannanshire Council to represent Menstrie and Tullibody.
- Janis Paterson was thanked for her contribution to the Community Council over the past years.
- Our other new Councillor Jim Stalker was also welcomed to the meeting.
- Quotations will be sought for the area beside the woodland path for development into a work area and wildlife garden. Ownership of the ground will also be sought.
- The Fete/Gala edition of Menstrie Matters was circulated.
- The Adult Day Services at Glenochil Nursery have brought on our plants and did some planting up in the village. Unfortunately some of the tubs were vandalised shortly after planting them up.
- CC and MMcK agreed to plant up the tubs outside the Dumyat Centre.
- The Fete Week kicked off with a Ceilidh followed the next day by the Jubilee Garden Party.
- There was no meeting of the Community Council this month as time this month was taken up mainly with the Fete Week and the Gala. Another very successful week of events was held with numbers attending increased from last year. Apart from one shower of rain we were very fortunate in a summer of wet weather to have had mainly dry conditions for the Gala.
- This again was very successful and thanks must go to the small band of volunteers who spent many hours in the planning of these events with a special thanks to Andrew Noon for the Gala itself.
- However, it was agreed by the Community Council that if we don't manage to get more volunteers for next year then it will not be possible to hold all of these events so we are hopeful that younger, more able, people will volunteer their help at all, if not some of the events.
- What takes place in Menstrie is envied by other communities in Clackmannanshire so it would be a shame, because of the lack of community involvement to volunteer, not to carry on our traditions.
- LS, CC and SP attended several meetings with representatives from Clackmannanshire Council over the year.