SECRETARY'S ANNUAL REPORT
September 2014 to June 2015
The following highlights some of the business that took place during 2014 - 2015.
This was another busy year for the members with several fundraising events being held in order to provide community events in the village.
- The vegetation on the path between the hump backed bridge and Diageo was cut back by Community Payback.
- Process was started to change our banking provider from the Unity Trust to Bank of Scotland.
- There were only four reported crimes to the Police since the last meeting.
- A salt bin was requested at Elmbank leading into Broompark West.
- A very successful Open Day was held at the Community Garden and some new volunteers were recruited. Two visitors from Tullibody Community Garden visited the garden and were very impressed with the layout. It was agreed that the garden would be open during daylight hours and SP agreed to open and lock up.
- The regular meetings re the Gala commenced and the fundraising Bingo Teas were started but unfortunately not in the usual room but in the Main Hall which is not as suitable. We have applied for a let for the Community Room as from next year.
- 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 editor.
- 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.
- There were four reported crimes in the last month.
- Councillor Stalker reported that the Council was concentrating on setting its budget but there was an overspend this year of £1.8M mainly due to Social Services provision.
- A new local printer was sourced for the production of the Menstrie Matters.
- Stan Paterson represented the Community Council at the Remembrance Service.
- The uplift of the Christmas Tree was organised.
- The Police reported that their priorities for Menstrie were anti-social behaviour, vandalism and speed and road traffic offences.
- A request was made by the CC for the speed limit between the back road to Alva from Menstrie to be reduced to 20mph following a recent accident by a bicycle having knocked down a child.
- Quotes were received for the installation of the CCTV cameras at the Community Garden and two mains powered security lights were also added to the quotation. The cost of installation was £633.
- Planning for the Gala continued.
- SP and GK will make arrangement to pick up the Christmas Tree from Blairdrummond at a cost of £120.
- LM produced new Carol Sheets for the Christmas event in the church.
- The Christmas Tree was erected.
- The Christmas Carol Singing was held in the Church Hall when Santa also came to visit the children.
- LM is reviewing the printing alternatives for Menstrie Matters.
- Arrangements for the Fete Week and Gala are well in hand.
- The transfer of our banking from the Unity Trust Bank to the Bank of Scotland was completed.
- This was the third month in a row when there were no incidences of vandalism in the village. Vandalism is not recorded as a crime unless there is monetary loss.
- Road traffic incidents continue to be monitored. A request was made to Clacks Council that the speed limit sign at the bottom of Tullibody Brae be looked at as it was not working.
- A salt bin was also requested again for Forthvale.
- The collection from the Carol Singing was donated to the GATE project in Alloa.
- The security lights and CCTV cameras have now been installed.
- Grant applied for from the Council and Kerry for the Gala.
- No incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported in the last month. One incident of vandalism and one of theft were recorded.
- All members were reminded about the new lower limit for alcohol while driving and the consequences the following morning.
- The OLP will be undertaking the unfinished work on the path through the woodland. Work was carried out on crown topping some trees to open up the view to Menstrie Glen.
- The construction of the running track behind the school has commenced.
- A grant of £150 was received from Kerry for the gala and this was acknowledged.
- There were six crimes reported since last month. Three of these were for vandalism and they were undetected.
- The CC again requested that the speed limit sign at the bottom of Tullibody Brae be repaired. Fly tipping was also reported to Clacks Council and asked to be removed.
- The Church of the Latter Day Saints in Alloa have asked to be involved in a Community Project in Menstrie and it was suggested that a litter-pick on the cycleway between Menstrie and Cambus would be appropriate, probably in late May.
- Arrangements are well in hand for the Duck Race at Easter.
- PC MacKenzie introduced himself to the members as being one of the Community Policemen for the Menstrie and Tullibody area. Community Wards have now been set up by the Police and dedicated officers have been appointed for each area.
- Four crimes were reported since the last meeting. Two crimes of theft were undetected and two traffic offences were detected.
- The Community Constables are now working with the Menstrie and Alva schools. The level of crime in the Menstrie area is relatively low and Menstrie remains a safe place to live.
- The one way system around the Castle area is now in operation and seems to be working well.
- Tree work was carried out by the OLP to the south of the A91 bridge to allow more open vision down the burn.
- The manual road sweeper was replaced by a mechanical sweeper and this was thought to be a backward step.
- Enquiries are ongoing as to the ownership of the War Memorial so that we might apply for funding to have it cleaned.
- New hanging baskets were purchased for the basket trees, as well as brackets for inside the Community Garden.
- The members agreed to the CC undertaking the administration of a small grants scheme on behalf of the Windfarm.
- The one way system around the Castle area is to be for a trial period of one year.
- In response to residents comments some small works have been carried out around Menstrie Place.
- Fly tipping has been cleared by the Council.
- Speed sign at the bottom of the Tullibody Brae has been repaired.
- An electric car charging point has been installed in one of the bays in the Dumyat Centre car park but it was disappointing that neither we nor our local Councillor were consulted before this took place.
- Clacks Council are to do a costing for taking away the island in the car park to create increased parking facilities.
- The Community Garden is looking good, thanks to a few willing helpers, and we will enter it into the Council's Garden competition.
Meetings attended by Secretary 2014/15
|September 2014||Meeting with Mike Nicol at Community Garden|
|Open Day at Community Garden|
|October 2014||CC & BC - EDF Panel Meeting|
|Meeting re change of Bank|
|November 2014||JCCF meeting|
|December 2014||Carol Singing|
|January 2015||Meeting at Dumyat Centre with Leisure Services|
|February 2015||Alva Academy - JCCF|
|CC & BC Community Conference Alloa|
|March 2015||CC & BC Risk Management Training Kilncraigs|
|Fracking Meeting at Ineos, Grangemouth|
|April 2015||CC & BC Police & Fire Alva Academy|
|May 2015||BC School Forum|
|CC & BC JCCF|
|June 2015||Meeting at Viewforth, Stirling|
|Strengthening Local Democracy, Alva|