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Fossoway and District Community Council - 2nd February 2021

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd February 2021

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 2nd March 2021.

Contributing: Community Councillors Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant and Graham Pye; P&K Councillors Callum Purves and Richard Watters.
Apologies: P&K Councillors Michael Barnacle and Willie Robertson.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were no incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch.

Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the March 2020 meeting (the last face to face meeting) will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: CCllr Marchant reported that there is no date currently agreed for the next meeting with the bank, Cllr Purves will progress getting a date for the meeting. There was general agreement that the lack of facilities to withdraw and, for small businesses, deposit cash would be a problem once the branch is closed.
Cllr Marchant has met with Carole Anderson of Age Scotland who has provided much information that will be useful in the next meeting: Age Scotland have received a large volume of calls regarding closure of banks; Some Banks are changing the way that customers can access bank information using phone and are trying to move people to online banking. Age Scotland are also about to launch their over-50s survey seeking views on issues and challenges this group faces, which will provide useful input.

A977 Mitigation: Plans have been presented by PKC for the 20mph zone in Crook of Devon. The CC has to comment by 12th February. The details have been posted on the CC’s Facebook page and have received several positive comments; indeed many suggested that the main street should also be included – previously it was very difficult to get 20mph limits on A-Roads, but Cllr Purves said that there is now a precedent in Kinesswood, so he and his colleagues will propose the Main Street be included.
Cllr Purves reported that he had requested lowering of the speed limit through Carnbo to 30mph but this is still awaiting further traffic monitoring before it might be implemented.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: CCllr M Haigh reminded the meeting that neither Powmill nor Blairingone have any public transport at all. Margaret Roy, from the PKC Public Transport Unit, undertook to explore whether services on perhaps three days a week could be incorporated in the time available between school runs, with the aim of catering for the needs of west Kinross-shire in particular. At the last meeting a member of the group, John Fallon, wondered if the X53 service could be sometimes extended to Halbeath which is a major hub.

Hydro Scheme Fund: CCllr Duffy reported that Energy for All has now paid the annual contribution and the remainder of the bridge fund; she reminded the meeting that the fund is open for grant applications.

Community Development Trust: The first meeting of the Trust will be on 3rd February.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar reported that two of the pitches are very well maintained, although the other end of the site is still a mess, possibly even a health hazard.
The CC wrote to PKC’s CEO last month about lack of action by the Planners. CCllr Duffy described the reply, which came from Jamie Scott, team leader of the Major Applications and Enforcement Department as disappointing. According to PKC the landscaping is as required – this somewhat surprising view is because the permission only mandates landscaping around the developed pitches and not the whole site, as planning was refused for extra pitches. PKC say they are monitoring the site and acknowledge our concerns about waste and unauthorised use. CCllr Marchant wondered how this view was arrived at when we have also been told that site visits are not currently allowed by PKC’s planning department (See later). CCllr Farquhar undertook to act as the liaison with the site if possible.
Cllr Purves told us that a new version of the Planning Enforcement Charter has been issued – The CC should review that and see whether it mandates any actions that are not currently being taken. The CC will write to PKC’s new CEO when they are in place to repeat our concerns.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group have had their first ever Zoom meeting to discuss the spring planting plans. Colour schemes have been decided on. The group will once more plant up 30 (ten more than last year) hanging baskets and tubs to be handed out to residents in visible areas, mainly along the Main Street. There is no cost to the householder involved for this. Other discussions were about planting more bee and hedgehog friendly areas and the possibility of developing a community garden and/or orchard in the village.

Aldie Road Vegetation: CCllr Marchant said that the vegetation has been cut back but only a small section of the ditch has been cleared resulting in water running down the road, which subsequently froze creating a major hazard. There have been some reports of Grit bins missing in other parts of the County too, perhaps the Roads department should ask CCs to list the ones in their area to create a definitive list for future maintenance.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy said that there is a provisional plan for an event on 4th September. It will become clearer over the coming months what shape this event would take.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Powmill in Bloom, Blairingone War Memorial, Crook of Devon Skate Park, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry, Ivy Cottage Powmill and Cemetery Car Park Extension: No information at present.

New Business
Corona Virus – Information and Links:
https://www.auchterarderparentssupportingparents.co.uk/about/about This is a group of parents supporting other parents to help families support their children’s emotional and mental health wellbeing. In spite of the name it covers a much wider area.
https://www.kythe.org.uk/ KYTHE aims to serve young people by helping to meet their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs through innovative and Dynamic Christian Youth Work.

Crook of Devon Village Hall: CCllr Duffy reported that the hall has suffered a major water leak in the roof which has been temporarily patched, but substantial fund raising will be required in order to fix it properly.

Community Council Business:
Kinross and Glenfarg Stronger Communities: CCllr Marchant attended the meeting on 26th January – see Bank Closure item above for one useful outcome. The Kinross Kindness group noted during the meeting that they have a reduced number of volunteers during this lockdown, whilst receiving more requests for prescription collection.

Minutes Secretary: CCllr Pye has been undertaking this role since April 2011 and feels it is time for someone else to takeover. None of the current CC members are able to take it on, so initially we will try and find a volunteer, who doesn’t need to be a CC member, although we would probably make them an Associate. The post will be advertised in the CC’s FB page, and all suggestions for possible candidates are welcome.

If the next meeting of this CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be offering online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in “attending” should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Richard Watters: The scheme for financing Wi-Fi connections for Village Halls has been approved to include Crook of Devon Village Hall.

Callum Purves: Cllr Purves has asked for Aldie Road speed limit to be lowered from40mph to 30mph; however the Roads department have refused as they want to preserve the distinction between urban and rural roads. They did offer to add more 40mph repeater signs. Several members pointed out that this is a narrow road with (small) passing places and many pedestrians and hence is very dangerous. CCllr Bruce Jones pointed out that this road is part of the National Cycle Network so surely it should justify a lower limit? Cllr Purves will go back to the Roads Department with our concerns and ask them to reconsider.
The Gigabit Kinross-shire project to upgrade internet speeds in smaller towns and larger villages is now underway. See the website at https://kinross-shire.org/ to register an interest in taking part.

Planning:
New Applications:
20/01915/FLL Erection of a garage at Whitewisp, Main Street, Blairingone, FK14 7NU. No CC Comment.

20/01907/FLL Alterations to garage to form extension to ancillary accommodation at 1 Braehead, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0PX. No CC Comment.

20/01860/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at Land 50 metres south west of Greenparks, Church Road, Crook of Devon. CC Objection: Access track must be improved, No SUDS plan (previously conditioned), flood risk.
We objected in 2006 on flooding and road use, but passed saying no SUDS plan, same in 2012 application.

20/01954/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Earnieside Cottage, Dunning Glen, Dollar, FK14 7LB. No CC Comment.

21/00001/FLL S42 application to delete condition 6 (access upgrade) of permission 20/01319/FLL at Land 180 metres south west of Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge. CC Objection: Previous conditions to upgrade track should be continued; Deletion of Condition 6 is contrary to PKC Policy 15 as it would affect public access.

Decided Applications:
20/00972/FLL Erection of 2 dwelling houses and garages at Land 100 metres south west of Easter Muirhead, Blairingone. The application was approved, the CC had objected on road safety grounds and that previous conditions had not been met.

20/01425/FLL Extension to dwelling house at Duanbrig, Naemoor Road, Crook of Devon, Kinross KY13 0UH. The application was refused, the CC had not commented.

20/00976/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at Land 90 metres south east of Maiden Wells House, Rumbling Bridge. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

Site Visits:
The CC notes that recent planning decision reports state “No site visit due to Covid-19 restrictions; site has been previously visited by officer/enforcement team and Google Street View used.” This also seems to be the case even if there have been no previous visits. The CC finds this policy unacceptable and feels that it is placing an unreasonable emphasis on the CC to provide impartial comments on the conditions at sites.

Scottish Government Consultation on Fourth National Planning Framework:
The CC will respond to this consultation - comments are due by 19th February.
https://consult.gov.scot/planning-architecture/national-planning-framework-position-statement

Correspondence:
The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Conference will be held at the beginning of February, Ivy Cottage, Powmill is an example of such a property in our area.
Forestry and Land Scotland is conducting a ten year plan review of Glen Devon and glen Sherup Forests.
Registration for the next Scottish Rural Parliament is open. CCllr Duffy will attend.

If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC’s FB Page.
Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

AOCB: None this month.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, A977 Mitigation, Fossoway Area Transport, Community Development Trust, Crook Moss Site, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Powmill Moubray Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence January 2021

Date From Subject
05/01/21 Martin Grant Thanks relating to grit Bins
05/01/21 PC Ashley Mitchinson Fly Tipping Arndean Police response
06/01/21 Gillian Mundie A977 Speed issues, Drum and C of D
06/01/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
06/01/21 Leon Wren Response to discussion relating to Planning 20/01642/FLL
07/01/21 PKC Development Management Acknowledgement Comments to Planning 20/01660/FLL
07/01/21 Nick Gough, Forestry & Land Glen Devon and Glen Sherup LMP Scoping
11/01/21 Fiona Angus Kinross-shire & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Agenda
13/01/21 PKC Community Team Treasurer issue Admin Grant shortfall
13/01/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
13/01/21 PKC Community Team Scottish Transport Conference 14/01/21
13/01/21 PKC Community Team COSS introduction to community asset Transfer webinars
13/01/21 Matt Wester LGBT+ Community Hub Space Perth Study
15/01/21 PKC Community Team Community Food Growing Workshops 15 & 18 February
15/01/21 PKC Community Team NHS get Nourished Advice Line
15/01/21 PKC Community Team Scottish water Annual consultative meeting
15/01/21 PKC Community Team Nicola Marchant Co-option approval
18/01/21 Peter Marshall PKC TES Climate Change Engagement
19/01/21 Jamie Scott TES PKC Crook Moss Site – response to Cllr Duffy letter
19/01/21 PKC Community Team Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Conference 1 – 3 Feb
20/01/21 PKC Community Team Money Concerns Leaflets from PKC
20/01/21 Police Scotland Commanders bulletin
25/01/21 Catherine Francis Kinross-shire Community Fund opening announcement & link
25/01/21 PKC Community Team National Planning Framework 4 info Consultation Hub
25/01/21 PKC Community Team Scottish Rural Parliament – Registration open Manifesto for Rural Scotland
27/01/21 Fiona Angus Kinross-shire & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Minutes
27/01/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
27/01/21 Meal Makers Information on Meal Makers Meal Sharing
28/01/21 Fiona Angus Kinross-shire & Glenfarg Stronger Communities meeting
28/01/21 PKC Community Team Service User Public Partner re-election & Reference Group
28/01/21 PKC Community Team Free Online Safety classes
28/01/21 PKC Community Team January Funding Alert
29/01/21 Conor Clark PKC Road Safety Crook of Devon 20mph Proposals for consultation
01/02/21 Fiona Angus Community engagement opportunities
01/02/21 Carole Anderson Age Scotland community Development Response re: Bank Closing
02/02/21 Carole Anderson Age Scotland – Bank Briefing Papers

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Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of Fossoway and District Community Council 5 January 2021

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
5 January 2021

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Contributing: Community Councillors Sarah Bruce-Jones, Angus Cheape, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Co-opted) and Graham Pye; P&K Councillors Michael Barnacle, Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters; also three members of the public.
Apologies: None

Declarations of Interest: CCllrs Duffy, Cheape, Farquhar and Pye declared an interest in the first planning item discussed.

Membership: CCllr Rob Young had stepped down with immediate effect due to personal reasons. We thank him for his contribution over the past years and wish him all the best in the coming time.
The Council agreed to change the status of CCllr Marchant from Associate to Co-opted in light of the resignation of CCllr Young.

Planning: CCllr Duffy welcomed the three members of the public who were attending because of their direct interest in the first two planning matters being prioritised for consideration, which were ultimately for the District Council to determine. She then invited CCllr Marchant to outline the issues at stake, but undertook that those who had declared an interest in the first proposal (including herself) would take no part in the subsequent discussion.
New Applications:
20/01642/FLL CCllr Marchant advised that the proposal for this development at Easter Yetts hinged on whether or not it complied with Policy 19 of Housing in the Countryside and/or would result in the formation of a ribbon development of more than five properties. The objector attending then detailed his views as to why the proposed development did contravene the policy, after which the applicant similarly rehearsed his contention that the proposal was in accord with the policy. Cllr Barnacle then indicated that he had previously conversed with both the applicant and the objector, and that a PKC official would make a site visit before the Planning & Development Committee of the Council made a decision. In light of the foregoing and the acknowledgment that the policy was capable of different interpretation the Community Council resolved to submit to PKC a neutral comment.
20/01660/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at Land East of Lynwood, Main Street, Crook of Devon. An objector whose property neighboured the proposed development then voiced her objection, chiefly on the grounds that, if constructed, the new house would be only a little over one metre away from her gable end wall, which would inhibit possible future maintenance work in that area. After discussion the Council decided on a neutral comment on the basis that, whilst it welcomed the prospect of new affordable housing, it was concerned that the proposed building could impact adversely on access to the neighbour’s property.
20/01425/FLL: Extension to dwelling house at Duanbrig, Naemoor Road, Crook of Devon KY13 0UH. No comment.
20/01804/FLL: Erection of a dwelling house on land 30m east of Vine House. No comment.

Appeals:
19/01673/AML Land 100 metres north west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. CCllr Marchant had written to Mr S. Shand suggesting either a Zoom meeting or a physical meeting (when feasible) between him and representatives of the CC, so that possibilities could be discussed. As yet she had received no response.

Police Report: A single-axle Hobby Caravan was stolen from Hallhill Farm overnight on 2 December.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: The minutes of the March 2020 meeting (the last face-to-face meeting) will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: It was expected that a further meeting of the group would be held on 21 or 28 January.
Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy had accepted a quotation in the sum of £5460 (including VAT but excluding costs) from Millard for flood risk assessment.
Crook Moss Travellers’ Site: Responses were awaited to letters sent to the new head of the Planning Department and the CEO.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: It was reported that at the meeting held on 7 December the wreath-making fundraiser was a success, with about 20 wreaths sold.

Blairingone War Memorial: The arrangements envisaged had proved not to be feasible and therefore an alternative solution would need to be sought, possibly via the Community Development Trust.

Fossoway Gathering Committee: It was reported that at the AGM normal meeting held on 2 December the group would investigate whether an event in September might be possible.

Crook of Devon Skate Park: Cllr Barnacle had written to Andy Clegg asking for a site meeting to identify a location in Crook of Devon.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH), Ivy Cottage Powmill , Cemetery Car Park Extension, Powmill in Bloom, Crook of Devon Skate Park, Fly Tipping, Flooding in Back Crook

Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: Cllr Watters said he understood that the March closure of the Kinross branch was now definitive. The CC expressed dismay at this prospect, which CCllr Marchant said she would explore in general terms and perhaps consult Liz Smith MP.

A977 Mitigation: Discussions about the introduction of 20 mph speed limits at places both on and off the main road were ongoing.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle said he hoped the 15 people who formed the Trust could meet virtually in the first week in February. He had suggested issues which might be discussed, including the adoption of Drummond Park in Crook of Devon.

New Business

Gritting of Roads: There was concern about inadequate gritting of roads and pavements in the current icy conditions. It was believed, however, that PKC was aware of the threats to public safety and was doing its best to address the situation in difficult circumstances. The CC had been in touch with PKC about St. Serf’s Road after a complaint by a resident: this road and the pavements had now been gritted.

Kinross Forum: CCllr Bruce-Jones reported on the meeting on 2 December which she and CCllr Cheape had attended on behalf of the CC. Matters discussed included contacts with PKC senior officers, especially in the context of the Travellers’ Site in Crook of Devon, the needs for affordable housing, community transport and speedwatch. Quarterly meetings of the Forum were intended.

Community Council Business

CCllr Pye reported that this year’s grant had been received from PKC, although the amount was 8p short for some reason, probably an administrative error.

If the next meeting of the CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be offering online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in ‘attending’ should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details.

Insurance: CCllr Bruce-Jones advised that the CC’s insurance policy was due for renewal. She undertook to deal with the matter in conjunction with CCllrs Pye and Duffy.

Data Control: CCllr Pye said that changed circumstances required the password for the Fossoway email account to be changed and said he would do this immediately.

P&K Councillors’ Reports:

Callum Purves: )
Willie Robertson: )
Richard Watters: ) Nothing not touched upon elsewhere in these minutes.
Mike Barnacle: )

Correspondence: If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC’s FB Page.
Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.

AOCB:

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, A977 Mitigation, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry, Ivy Cottage Powmill, Cemetery Car Park Extension, Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge, Blairingone War Memorial, Fossoway Gathering Committee, Powmill in Bloom, Fossoway Area Transport, Community Development Trust, Crook Moss Site, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together. Crook of Devon Skate Park, Fly Tipping, Flooding in Back Crook, PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 2 February 2021
Carnbo Village Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence December 2020

Date From Subject
04/11/20 PKC Community Team Scotland Loves Local Fund
04/11/20 PKC Community Team Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards Open
04/11/20 Stewart McGregor, PKC Powmill Pavement Works
06/11/20 Shona Fowler, PKC Alzheimer Scotland Newsletter
09/11/20 Jenny Pendreigh, PAS Planning System Training
11/11/20 Peter Marshall, PKC Climate Change Engagement
11/11/20 Caroline Mackie, PKC Ward 8 Meeting Review
11/11/20 Alice Yeung, PKC Climate Change Poster
11/11/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
16/11/20 Tippermuir Books Book by Kinross author: Irene McFarlane
16/11/20 Heather Shields, PKC Reference Group for Health and Social Care Meeting
16/11/20 Perth Theatre Gig on a Truck
16/11/20 Cllr Purves Agenda for Kinross-shire Forum 2nd Decemeber
16/11/20 Brian Cargill, PKC Traffic A977 Mitigation Measures
16/11/20 Blair Watt, PKC Traffic Project A977 Mitigation Measures
17/11/20 Rona Neilson, SDS Thermofisher Perth Job Opportunities
18/11/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
24/11/20 Marlena Nowaczyk, PKAVS Carers Connect 2020
25/11/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
25/11/20 Caroline Pleass Amdean Road Fly Tipping
25/11/20 Claire Taylor, Social Security Social Security Scotland Information from Kinross-shire & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting
26/11/20 Ian & Mary Carruthers Fossoway Taxis
26/11/20 Rob McDonald, SSEN Transmission News
27/11/20 David Siddle pp Liz Smith MSP BoS Kinross Branch Closure Update
01/12/20 Shona Fowler, PKC K&G Stronger Communities Draft Minutes
01/12/20 Joan Palmer, BBC Seeking “Resilience” Video Clips for Countryfile Xmas Special
01/12/20 J. Yvonne Bell, PKC Waste Festive Waste & Recycling Information

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Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of Fossoway and District Community Council 1st December

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
1st December 2020

As it is still not possible to hold physical meetings of the CC we are continuing to publish this description of what was discussed in our Virtual meeting, including any updates that we are aware of. Members of the Public are encouraged to comment on and question the items below, by email to moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof or via the CC’s Facebook page, which we will answer in our next meeting, be it virtual or physical, on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Contributing: Community Councillors Sarah Bruce-Jones, Trudy Duffy, Carol Farquhar, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant (Associate) and Graham Pye; P&K Councillor Michael Barnacle
Apologies: CCllrs Angus Cheape and Rob Young; P&K Councillors Callum Purves, Willie Robertson and Richard Watters.
CCllr Young will be taking a sabbatical from CC duties for personal reasons.
Declarations of Interest: None.

Police report: There were three incidents to note in our area since the last CC Meeting from the Commander’s Reports received via Perth and Kinross Community Watch: Overnight on Sunday 1st November, a white Giant road bike and power tools were stolen from a shed in Main Street, Crook of Devon – this was noted in last month’s minutes. Between 4pm on the 8th of November and 7:30 the following morning a red Case Farmall 115C tractor and a green Yamaha 450 Quad Bike were stolen from a secure outbuilding at a farm in the Blairingone area. About 12:50pm on Monday 16th November, a red Suzuki 400 Motorcycle was stolen from Gelvan Farm, Fossoway.

Minutes of the previous meeting: In the November minutes we noted that Peter Leach had resumed his taxi service. We did not make it clear that this was explicitly referring to his participation in the DRT service. We would like to emphasise that the CC did not intend to, and would never knowingly, promote one business over any other.
The minutes of the March meeting (the last face to face meeting) will be signed off once normal meetings resume. Any significant decisions made during the virtual meetings held since then will be brought to the next physical meeting to be formally recorded and ratified.

Matters Arising
Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: CCllr Marchant reported that the Bank has now postponed the closure of the branch until 22nd March 2021. The bank is also considering holding digital skills workshops. Residents have complained to the CC that the RBS mobile bank service in Kinross has been suspended whilst P&K is in COVID Tier 3, making it even more important that the BoS closure is deferred. It’s likely that the next meeting with the BoS will be January rather than December. The Post Office regional team don’t foresee any capacity issues once the bank branch has closed, but they and the Co-Op will continue to monitor the situation.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Robertson had asked the Highways Department when the resurfacing work outside the Powmill shop would be completed, and was told that it was scheduled for the 11th November – the work has now been successfully concluded.
CCllr Duffy had contacted Brian Cargill, PKC’s Traffic and Network Service Manager to get an update on the A977 Mitigation works. Cllr Barnacle noted that he had also written to Brian Cargill requesting updates.
Blair Watt, PKC’s Project Officer replied to the CC by email, explaining that development of a School Exclusion Zone at Crook of Devon has been suspended until the pedestrian crossing lights near the Village Hall have been installed, when traffic movements will be monitored to assess the requirement for an Exclusion Zone. Design work for the traffic lights is being done by an outside consultancy due to staff redeployment for COVID 19 work. The installation of the lights is likely to be during a school holiday, but there is no accurate timescale for this at the moment. Design of the A977/B9097 junction realignment is still to be finalised. Mr Watt also described proposals for temporary 20mph speed limits in Drum Village and Waulkmill in Crook of Devon. Details are due to be circulated to Local Councillors and the CC for comment, but had not been received at the time of the meeting.
All agreed that resurfacing in Powmill and Crook of Devon was done very well.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle reported that the first (virtual) meeting of the Community Transport Group took place on 19th November. Margaret Roy from PKC attended as did CCllr M. Haigh. There was general discussion about how the bus service could be improved. John Fallon said in the meeting that he was trying to get public transport access to the P&R at Halbeath.
Cllr Barnacle has a contact who will help to establish charitable status for Group. There is a proposal to prepare a business plan to get a budget allocation from PKC to purchase an electric minibus. It was agreed that although the new bus service was welcome, it doesn’t connect very well with ongoing services to Perth, etc.
The next meeting is planned to be held in two months.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: CCllr Duffy reported that the Hydro Fund Committee have compared the quotes for the Flood Risk Assessment and chosen Millard to do the survey. The Committee have requested funds to be released to finance this.

Hydro Scheme Fund: A grant of £300 has been given to help fund the defibrillator which is now placed on the side of the village shop in Powmill. CCllr Farquhar explained that the AED itself was donated by Kinross First Responders, sourced from the Forth Road Bridge. Local resident Isla Kerr raised funds to purchase the heated enclosure. Local Nurse Nicky Cledland initially funded the installation, but was repaid by the fund and there was sufficient to also enable purchase of a reserve battery and pads. Nicky, is happy to provide training in use of the device, for no charge other than a small fee of £5 to cover disposables and PPE. She can be contacted through her website https://reactfastfirstaid.co.uk/ or via the CC. CCllr Farquhar added that the residents of Powmill expressed their gratitude for the grant from the fund.

Powmill in Bloom: CCllr Farquhar reported that members have identified an area opposite the Milk Bar that will be developed.

Community Development Trust: Cllr Barnacle has almost completed the collection of contact information in order to send out invitations and background information for the first meeting of the Trust, hopefully early in the New Year.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar said that there are two new developments at the site that have been done well, but unfortunately there are other areas that still need substantial work to bring them up to a presentable condition. Cllr Barnacle still has concerns about the lack of landscaping on the north¬ east side of the site; the presence of a permanent building in the cordoned off area that doesn’t have planning permission; and that numerous residents are complaining about the appearance of the scrap yard. CCllr Bruce-Jones reported that the local residents don’t object to the travellers in principle, but think that PKC is not taking the issues at the site seriously. Cllr Barnacle will write to the new head of the Planning Department listing the issues. The CC will write to PKC’s CEO about lack of action by the Planners.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy said that there will be a fund raiser on Monday 7th - The group are making Christmas Wreaths to order.
CCllr Duffy is investigating the possibility of getting power sockets installed on village lamp posts, which would be used for Xmas decorations next year.

Aldie Road Vegetation: CCllr Marchant informed the meeting that the culverts have been dredged, which should hopefully resolve concerns regarding potential flooding of the road.

Blairingone War Memorial: The search for a stone mason continues.

Fossoway Gathering: The Gathering Committee’s AGM will be on 2nd December.

Crook of Devon Skate Park: Cllr Barnacle had written to Andy Clegg asking for a site meeting to identify a location in Crook of Devon.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry (FK14 7NH), Ivy Cottage Powmill and Cemetery Car Park Extension: No information at present.

New Business
Fly Tipping: A MoP had reported an incident of fly-tipping of building waste on the Arndean Road, and provided a photo of a label that may help to identify the culprit. Cllr Robertson had offered to pass the information to the Police.

Community Council Business:
If the next meeting of this CC is virtual, as currently expected, we will be offering online attendance by members of the public. Anyone interested in “attending” should email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof for details

P&K Councillors’ Reports:
Michael Barnacle: The Kinross Forum meeting is on 2nd December – Cllr Barnacle intends to discuss the issues he raised with the CEO. Forum meetings are planned to be held every two months. CCllrs Bruce-Jones and Cheape will attend from this CC.
There has been flooding in Back Crook near Schiehallion – Cllr Barnacle is going to contact the officer who is dealing with the Poplars flooding issue to see if this incident can be addressed at the same time.
In light of the rejection after appeal of the land north-west of Schiehallion (see below) Cllr Barnacle has written to Stuart Shand, the developer of the site (see below) proposing a dialogue before any further applications, but has not received a response as yet. The CC will write to Mr Shand on the same lines.

Planning:
New Applications:
20/00976/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at land 90 metres south east of Maiden Wells House, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications:
20/01268/FLL Extension to dwelling house Machrie Cottage, Carnbo, Kinross. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.
20/01051/FLL Installation of 2 biomass boilers, 2 flues and associated works (in retrospect) Wharlawhill Farm, Carnbo. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

Appeals:
19/01673/AML Land 100 metres north west of Schiehallion, Crook of Devon. The appeal was rejected by the reporter, the CC had objected.

Correspondence: If the correspondence list is not attached to this document, it can be found on the CC’s FB Page.
Should anyone wish to see any items please contact the CC by email and a copy can be provided.
Xmas Waste/Recycling Collections: There will be no collections on 25th and 26th December or 1st and 2nd January and recycling centres will also be closed on those dates. Collections due on 25th or 26th will be made on 27th, collections due on 1st or 2nd will be made on 3rd. No garden or food waste collections after 20th December, resuming on 4th January.

AOCB: None this month.

Draft Agenda for Next CC Meeting:
Declarations of Interest, Community Policing, Minutes of last meeting. Matters arising: Bank of Scotland Branch Closure, A977 Mitigation, Fossoway Area Transport, Community Development Trust, Crook Moss Site, Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Crook of Devon Village Hall - if Government guidelines allow, otherwise virtual.
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence November 2020

Date From Subject
04/11/20 PKC Community Team Scotland Loves Local Fund
04/11/20 PKC Community Team Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards Open
04/11/20 Stewart McGregor, PKC Powmill Pavement Works
06/11/20 Shona Fowler, PKC Alzheimer Scotland Newsletter
09/11/20 Jenny Pendreigh, PAS Planning System Training
11/11/20 Peter Marshall, PKC Climate Change Engagement
11/11/20 Caroline Mackie, PKC Ward 8 Meeting Review
11/11/20 Alice Yeung, PKC Climate Change Poster
11/11/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
16/11/20 Tippermuir Books Book by Kinross author: Irene McFarlane
16/11/20 Heather Shields, PKC Reference Group for Health and Social Care Meeting
16/11/20 Perth Theatre Gig on a Truck
16/11/20 Cllr Purves Agenda for Kinross-shire Forum 2nd Decemeber
16/11/20 Brian Cargill, PKC Traffic A977 Mitigation Measures
16/11/20 Blair Watt, PKC Traffic Project A977 Mitigation Measures
17/11/20 Rona Neilson, SDS Thermofisher Perth Job Opportunities
18/11/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
24/11/20 Marlena Nowaczyk, PKAVS Carers Connect 2020
25/11/20 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
25/11/20 Caroline Pleass Amdean Road Fly Tipping
25/11/20 Claire Taylor, Social Security Social Security Scotland Information from Kinross-shire & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting
26/11/20 Ian & Mary Carruthers Fossoway Taxis
26/11/20 Rob McDonald, SSEN Transmission News
27/11/20 David Siddle pp Liz Smith MSP BoS Kinross Branch Closure Update
01/12/20 Shona Fowler, PKC K&G Stronger Communities Draft Minutes
01/12/20 Joan Palmer, BBC Seeking “Resilience” Video Clips for Countryfile Xmas Special
01/12/20 J. Yvonne Bell, PKC Waste Festive Waste & Recycling Information

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