MINUTES OF MEETING OF KILTARLITY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH 2006 IN KILTARLITY COMMUNITY HALL AT 7.30 PM
Mr H D MacLennan (Chairman), Mr R MacLean (Secretary), Mrs D Ward (Treasurer), Mr N Grant, Mr T Hunt, Mrs E Ramsden. Also attending: PC J Renwick, Mr and Mrs Fraser, Aldercroft House, and a further 6 members of the public.
Cllr J Shiels, Cllr H Carmichael, Mr S Murphy, and Mrs M Hanson.
PC Jim Renwick, Beauly, reported that the Police still intended to have a piece in the press warning young people of the dangers of drinking. The roads situation at the Post Office would be further investigated. There was discussion as to means of providing better facilities for young people and it was agreed that the following should be tried: liaison with young people to try to obtain a clearer view of how they saw the position; contact with another community eg Alness, where a problem had existed and imaginative steps apparently taken to tackle it.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2006, had been circulated to members and were approved on the motion of D Ward, seconded by E Ramsden.
2. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
Wide coverage had been achieved on the lack of water for the affordable houses and a lot of pressure was now being put on Scottish Water.
The Council were prepared to make some further minor improvements and it was likely the School Board would accept that nothing further could now be achieved.
Beaufort Golf Development
A rather poorly attended but otherwise useful meeting had been held with Ms Nicola Drummond, Planning Officer, on 15 March. It was likely that the application would be further delayed and largely resubmitted.
Highland Senior Citizen’s Network forthcoming conference
This would take place on 18 April.
3. TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer reported an overall balance of £4205.11p of which £2,501 was Pylon Pressure funds and £730 Fighting Fund.
(a) Invitation to Conference “Make the Media work for you”: noted.
(b) Age and Experience – Scottish Executive Consultation: the Secretary would arrange for details to be circulated.
(c) Scottish Water – information on improved services and increased charges: noted.
(d) Community Care Forum: noted.
(e) ASCC Consultation: copies of summary distributed.
5. HIGHLAND COUNCIL MINUTES/AGENDAS
6. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
An application for 9 houses at Bruiach Farm was considered. It was agreed to support the steading conversion to 4 houses With regard to the additional 5 houses it was agreed to: note that, in terms of the adopted Local Plan, these houses were outwith any zoned part of the village and not within a hinterland area where limited development might be acceptable; that we did not support multiple house applications in the countryside; that their proximity to the village boundary would in effect mean a further increase in village housing; and that we were opposed to any development that would affect the availability of a water supply for the affordable houses.
Mr and Mrs Fraser of Aldercroft House had asked to attend and explain their case for their recent application on which the Community Council had submitted comments. Mr Fraser made the following points: the development was in a ‘gap site’ and within the 30mph limit and street lighting; they had consulted with Planning to produce a smaller, more traditional house proposal; they could access a private water source and switch to Scottish Water only when a full supply was available; they knew of no problems with sewage arrangements in the area. Mr and Mrs Fraser referred to letters of support which had been sent to Planning, and provided the Secretary with copies of 11 letters.
It was explained that members of the public could participate in discussion only with the agreement of the Chairman and could not take part in a vote. The Chairman, however, allowed some points to be made before asking members of the public, and also Mrs D Ward, who was a formal objector to the proposal, to leave the meeting.
It was then agreed after a brief discussion to write further to Mr D Gray, Planning Officer, to pass on additional points provided by Mr and Mrs Fraser as follows: the modification of the house proposal in consultation with Planning; the water supply; the reported absence of any sewage problems.
7. NEW ROAD NAME
Cllr Shiels had reported that it was being proposed that the new ‘street’ which had been created by the construction of a line of houses opposite the Post Office should be named ‘Jameson Place’, a name which had no apparent local connection. It was agreed that, since the informal but traditional name for this stretch of road was ‘Post Office Brae’, this should be proposed as the official name. The Secretary would pass the decision to Cllr Shiels who would arrange for the Planning Department to note the name.
8. NEW ELECTRICITY POWER LINE
Kiltarlity and Beauly Community Councils and objectors would be represented at the Highland Council Hearing on 12April by Mr Ian Paterson from Stirling, an expert on health aspects, Lesley Fraser, Beauly CC Chairman, Hamish MacLennan and Ron MacLean. Eilean Aigas would present their case separately.
9. BUS SERVICE CONTRACTS
Some further points were made and would be passed to Highland Council (better service to Beauly via Foxhole; all Stagecoach evening buses should come through Kiltarlity on journeys into Inverness; main road Sunday services could be routed through Kiltarlity like the evening service).
10. Renewables Strategy
The Secretary reported that he and Mrs Greenlaw had attended this meeting and gave a brief report. Several key aspects of the Highland Council proposed strategy had been questioned but the PDET Committee would not take a decision on it until 19 April and the full Council until 4 May.
11. NHS NAME CHANGE
It was agreed to suggest that the name should be ‘Highland Health Board’
It was noted that there was to be a Coffee Morning in the Hall on the following Saturday and members were encouraged to attend.
Kiltarlity 2000 had asked if they could be covered by our insurance and it was agreed the Secretary would investigate this and also enquire if the Hall Association could be covered for any part of their activities.
It was noted that native species shrubs had still, as agreed, to be planted around the War Memorial and the Secretary would discuss this with Kiltarlity 2000.
It was agreed to hold the next meeting on Wednesday 26 April at 7.30 pm in the Community Hall.