SECRETARY'S ANNUAL REPORT
September 2013 to June 2014
The following highlights some of the business that took place during 2013 - 2014.
This was another busy year for the members with several fundraising events being held in order to provide community events in the village.
- The one-way system around Menstrie Place and Primary School was re-surveyed with a reversed scheme being the preferred option.
- The new viewing platform was installed at the old bridge and trees and shrubs cut to give a better view up Menstrie Glen.
- A wildflower meadow to the rear of the grassed area was started.
- The Council looked at the possibility of a bollard or a "No Through Road" sign to stop cars driving all the way down Park Road South.
- The yellow "No Parking" signs at the entrance to Brook Street were repainted.
- The footpath from the village to Glenochil Nursery was improved.
- Les Sharp made a request to the Council to have the disabled parking space at the Dumyat Centre repainted.
- A meeting took place with a view to recruiting volunteers to erect the polytunnel in the Community Garden.
- Two apples trees were donated to the Community Garden.
- An incident of rubbish tipping was reported to the Council.
- This was the AGM and Stan Paterson was elected Chair with Jim Gardner elected Vice-Chair. Judy Collier was elected Treasurer with Caroline Crawford as Secretary. Linda Matheson was elected as Menstrie Matters.
- A decision was taken to change our banking from the Unity Trust Bank to the Bank of Scotland.
- A new auditor was appointed for next year and it was agreed that our financial year-end would move to the end of July to include transactions for the Fete Week and Gala.
- The footpath between Menstrie and Blairlogie was treated for weeds.
- A new initiative on Clacksweb was introduced called Dog Watch where residents can report incidents of dog fouling.
- OLP created a wildflower meadow on the approach to the viewing platform.
- A woodland clean-up was carried out.
- A further application for funding was submitted to Clacks Council Environmental Fund for funding stage 2 of the project.
- It was agreed there be more colour in the Menstrie Matters for the Christmas Issue.
- Stan Paterson represented the Community Council at the Remembrance Service.
- The uplift of the Christmas Tree was organised.
- It was reported to us that the Police Office is now based entirely in Alloa with the Tullibody Police Office now being the base for the Major Incidents Team.
- Traffic Wardens are no longer provided by the Police but now come under the jurisdiction of the local authority.
- We donated £100 to the Philippines Disaster Fund.
- The polytunnel has now been erected after much hard work by members of the Church and the Community.
- Discussion took place about what improvements we would like to see in the village which included seating in the garden area at Midtown, reconstruction of the Water wheel by the Scout Hall and wildflowers along the length of the woodland adjacent to the A91.
- Bushes and shrubbery were cut back at the crossing at Lipney.
- The Christmas Tree was erected.
- The Christmas Carol Singing was held in the Church Hall when Santa also came to visit the children.
- The Traffic Wardens patrolled outside the Primary School and one person was issued with a ticket for parking on the double yellow lines.
- The future of the Forth Valley Hospital bus was still ongoing as to its future.
- The cover was put on the polytunnel and recycling bins received from the Council for the garden.
- £300 was transferred from our General Account to the Community Woodland account to cover the cost of Public Liability insurance.
- The police recommended anti-vandal paint around the Community Garden as a deterrent.
- Bett Housing withdrew their application for the proposed new housing development.
- Concern was expressed about the increased demands on the numbers at the Primary School.
- Concerns were expressed about whether we can go ahead with a Christmas Tree for next year as it is very hard work, especially transportation and the decoration with the lights. This will be reviewed before next year.
- Linda agreed to make a new selection of carols for next year's Carol Singing.
- Concern was expressed about the removal of some classroom assistants to the detriment of pupils.
- Also Menstrie Primary School have limited reserve place for the coming year.
- Moira Wiseman from the School Council outlined the proposed plans to create a MUGA [Multi Use Games Area - ed.]), running track and seating on the grassed area behind the school. Part of the funding would hopefully come from the Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund and a condition of this would be that it would be available to the School in school hours and the community outwith these times.
- The Community Garden polytunnel was vandalised by youths and the covering damaged. The police have charged five youths with the offence.
- Three open mornings were organised for the Community Garden.
- It was agreed to donate £5,000 from our ring-fenced project fund to the new proposed Community Sports facility.
- Lesley Baillie from Clackmannanshire Council attended the meeting and explained what local Community Plans were and was available to help Community Councils to develop their own Community Plan.
- Our Data Protection subscription was renewed.
- Information boards were erected by the OLP in various locations in the village.
- The proposed Wind Farm at Rodders was passed by the Council.
- Menstrie will now be included in the fund.
- The hospital buses were secured until the end of November to allow further discussions to take place.
- The proposed reduction in Classroom Assistants was pegged by the Council.
- The wildflower seeds were planted between the Woodland and the A91.
- The polytunnel has been patched up and hopefully will survive until next year when we may have to consider fundraising for a new cover.
- Six raised beds have been constructed, one of which is designated for the disabled.
- Our Community Policeman PC Chris Smith was transferred to work with the Community Wardens in Sauchie.
- Parking of cars outside the school remains a problem.
- The Annual Duck Race took place and was very successful.
- The Community Policing Team has been increased to include more officers, five of which are allocated to Menstrie and Tullibody.
- Concern was expressed about the speed of traffic at the junction of Middleton and the Factory entrance and it was suggested that the 30mph limit should be moved further up the Tullibody brae.
- The ingress of mare's tail on the cycleway was again highlighted.
- Vegetables and herbs were planted in the Community Garden for villagers to help themselves and hopefully get involved in growing their own next year.
- There was no meeting of the Community Council in June.
- This was a busy month with the Fete and Gala taking up much of our time. Once again all the events were very successful, in spite of the Music in the Gardens being a wet afternoon. The Gala Day itself was very well attended and no negative feedback was received.
- The Commonwealth Baton Relay procession through Menstrie took place and in spite of it being a wet day several hundred local people turned out to cheer them on. They were rewarded with music and free food in the park to help celebrate the occasion.