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Fossoway and District Community Council - 4th May 2021

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
4th May 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 8th June 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 Michael Barnacle and Callum Purves.
Apologies: P&K Councillors Willie Robertson and Richard Watters.
In Attendance: Paul Cargill (Perthshire Advertiser) and PC Ashley Mitchinson.
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. PC Ashley Mitchinson attended the meeting and gave this update: On the 10th April a person was reported selling TVs out of a van in Alloa, if anyone sees this again, please pass on any more details to the Police. There have also been several reports of bogus tradesmen – be aware! On 21st April sheep escaped onto the road in Glen Devon. On the 3rd May 400 litres of fuel were stolen. There were 15 traffic related incidents in our area, some speeding, etc. and vandalism to a vehicle in Blairingone was reported.

CCllr Duffy asked about the fire at Crook Moss – derelict caravans were set alight causing acrid smoke – were the Police aware? Yes, but PC Mitchinson didn’t know it was at the Travellers’ Site, she will investigate, including contacting the Fire Service, and get back to us. CCllr Bruce-Jones said that several fire engines were called and it took a long time to bring the fire under control, and it was close to the main road. Cllr Barnacle noted that we would like to know if the fire was accidental or deliberate.

Cllr Barnacle added that there is damage to an adjacent fence with rubbish on another landowner’s ground. PC Mitchinson asked if there was anything else to be looked into – Cllr Barnacle replied that there was a meeting earlier in the year at which the Police were present, so information should be available. CCllr Farquhar reported that she is trying to improve relationships with the residents of the site – she has met with two of the residents who were happy to talk to her, and she complimented them on the development of their sites which are very well maintained, unfortunately some of the other areas are not!

Cllr Bruce-Jones noted that because unmarked white vans are being used by courier companies, people think that they might be suspicious, and sometimes they are, but not always! It is good for people to be aware. CClr M Haigh has seen reports that Amazon is asking the drivers to meet unrealistic schedules resulting in them speeding – is this a problem here? PC Mitchinson said it wasn’t as far as she knew.

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.

Return to Physical CC Meetings: There was some discussion about when this might be possible. CCllr Bruce-Jones suggested that August would be the most likely first date and we should initially use Crook of Devon Village Hall as it’s bigger so will make social distancing easier. However it’s important that the Hall Committees are happy with their own risk assessments that will let us attend. Cllr Barnacle suggested that PKC will likely publish guidelines for CCs. CCllr Bruce-Jones will contact the Halls and provisionally book Crook of Devon in August and September and then move to a rotating location between Crook of Devon, Carnbo and Powmill.

Matters Arising
Bank of Scotland Kinross Branch Closure: CCllr Marchant visited the mobile bank this morning and met a number of customers as well as staff members. Customers missed having the convenience of a local Bank and were sometimes frustrated at the length of time they had to wait. Their main banking purpose was paying bills and bank transfers with some withdrawal of cash. Staff members agreed with this and stated that some customers did have online banking but were worried about scams and did not like using it to transfer large amounts of money or pay bills.

CCllr M Haigh asked if the Mobile Bank was secure. There is a professional security person present. CCllr Bruce Jones asked if there was any progress on the Banking Hub idea – It’s still early days for trials but CCllr Marchant and Cllr Purvis are closely watching progress.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Barnacle had written to PKC’s Roads Department reminding them that the budget for the works has been available for a considerable time but not very much has been done yet – he’s also concerned that there is insufficient budget to cover all the proposed schemes.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: Cllr Barnacle hopes that the next meeting will be on 27th May.

Community Development Trust: The next meeting will be on 5th May.

Fossoway and District Community Council Benefit Fund (a.k.a. Hydro Scheme Fund): CCllr Duffy reminded everyone that the fund is open for applications.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: Nick Mainprize, the new TRACKS Project Officer has sent the invoice for the flood survey, which will be paid shortly.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: Discussed under Police report above. Cllr Barnacle stressed that there is a misconception that the residents have received their water and sewage connections without charge, but this is not true, they have in fact contributed to the cost.

Planning Officer Site Visits: Cllr Barnacle is going to write to David Rennie about various enforcement issues and stress that he doesn’t understand why solo site visits are not allowed due to Covid restrictions.

Aldie Road Vegetation: Cllr Barnacle reported that the ditch clearance will be redone properly.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy said that there is still a provisional plan for an event on 4th September – There is now a JustGiving page for donations at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fossowaygathering. Cllr Barnacle asked if there was a Covid mitigation plan? CCllr Duffy replied that one was in preparation by a recently retired expert.

Drummond Park Fire Hydrant: CCllr C Haigh had been unable to contact the Fire Service as yet.

Blairingone War Memorial: Cllr Barnacle has forwarded the list of masons provided by Cllr Robertson to Profile Projects. Meanwhile Cllr Barnacle has recently discovered that Planning are now objecting to the movement – he is investigating.

Ivy Cottage Powmill: There is to be an online meeting on the 5th May with the American owners – hopefully this will move things forward.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
Powmill in Bloom, Crook & Drum Growing Together, Crook of Devon Skate Park, Devonshaw Whinstone Quarry, and Cemetery Car Park Extension: No information at present.

New Business: None this month.

Community Council Business:
Minutes Secretary: Another request for a volunteer has been posted on FB, but no response as yet. CCllr Duffy asked Cllrs Purves and Barnacle if there is any additional budget available to pay a secretary – Cllr Purves says not. CCllr Bruce-Jones asked if the increased role of CCs in the Kinross Forum would mean that there would be budget for this sort of thing. Cllr Purves said that it depends on how the forum develops. CCllr Marchant asked if the Forum’s Clerk could have secretarial support for CCs in their job description. Cllr Barnacle said that he thinks that there should generally be more money in the Council’s budget for CCs. Cllrs Duffy and Pye will write to PKC asking for their suggestions on obtaining secretarial support. Cllr Purves noted that one of the problems is that the Council doesn’t appreciate the value of CCs as the bedrock of local representation.

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: Has been advised that a minimum of 20 members are needed for the Development Trust. There appear to be some concerns about the Kinross Forum being developed too quickly.

Callum Purves: Supports Cllr Barnacle’s view about the Forum and added that it’s important for it to be more than a talking shop and have some proper power to decide about things.

Planning:
New Applications:
21/00290/FLL Change of use of open space to form extension to garden ground at Land 20 metres north of
Drumgarland, Crook of Devon. No CC Comment.

21/00428/FLL Erection of dwelling house at Land 40 metres south of Craighead Bungalow, Drum. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications:
21/00176/FLL Part change of use and alterations to stables to form events venue and installation of air source heat pump at Fossoway Stables, Fossoway, Kinross KY13 0UP. The application was refused as contrary to the Development Plan, the CC had not commented.

21/00211/FLL Change of use of stable building to form a cattery at Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross KY13 0QG. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

19/01539/FLL Erection of four dwelling houses at Land 30 metres south of Easter Muirhead Bothy, Blairingone. The application was approved, the CC had objected.

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. The application was refused, the CC had objected.

21/00189/FLL Siting of four caravans for holiday accommodation use, formation of parking area, landscaping and associated works at Land 70 metres south east of Coup Steps, Powmill. The application was refused as it was outside the settlement boundary, does not diversify an existing business, has no business plan and other reasons; The CC had made a neutral comment.

Enforcement Issues:
20/00809/FLL Craigton Farm Lane There is a static caravan on this site. Although it is permissible to site a caravan for use during building works, there does not appear to be any current activity. PKC have opened Enforcement Case 21/00074/UNAUSE to investigate. PKC later replied that a Building Warrant has recently been applied for, so work may be about to commence. The CC will continue to monitor the site.

Correspondence: Dave Stubbs, PKC Greenspace, had emailed the CC about the Blairingone play area to explain that as it is on private land it can’t be updated by PKC other than to make it safe. Mr Stubbs asked for local knowledge of possible alternative locations. Cllr Barnacle said that as there is no plan for development in Blairingone this isn’t going to be replaced. Blairingone School has not yet been marketed – PKC would give the CDT priority to lease or purchase – might that be a solution?

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: CCllr Bruce Jones’s company will donate a bench to the Trail, but they would not be allowed to install it as it’s on public ground.

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, Gorge Bridge, Crook & Drum Growing Together. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 1st June 2021 (Carnbo Village Hall or Virtual)
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof
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Correspondence April 2021**
Date From Subject
06/04/21 Brian Rapley, We are Hour Glass Community Hub information (Formerly Elder Abuse Scotland)
08/04/21 Cllr Barnacle A977 Mitigation Measures & Unadopted Roads Correspondence
08/04/21 Stuart D’All PKC Response to Cllr Barnacle
08/04/21 Cllr Barnacle Planning enforcement Issues
08/04/21 Nick Mainprize TRACKS Hydraulic Modelling
09/04/21 Nick Mainprize TRACKS Correction to address Hydraulic Modelling
09/04/21 Sam OConnor SSEN Resilient Communities Fund 2021 Applications open
09/04/21 Cllr Purves Minutes Kinross Forum
12/04/21 Fiona Angus Kinross & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting date 20 April
14/04/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
19/04/21 Fiona Angus Kinross & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting date 20 April
21/04/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
22/04/21 Fiona Angus Kinross & Glenfarg Stronger Communities Meeting Minutes
23/04/21 Fiona Roebuck Coulshill Woodland Creation Proposal
26/04/21 Fiona Roebuck Coulshill Woodland Creation Proposal contact information
26/04/21 Foundation Scotland April Newsletter
28/04/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
28/04/21 John Williamson PKC Response to Cllr Marchant Correspondence relating to Static Caravan Craigton Farm Lane
29/04/21 Calor Calor Rural Communities Fund
29/04/21 Dave Stubbs PKC Greenspace Blairingone Playground – unsafe looking for local knowledge
30/04/21 Alice Yeing TES Invitation to comment on consultation on planning guidance on ancillary & annex accommodation
02/05/21 PC Ashley Mitchison Advising that they will be attending CC meeting
03/05/21 John Williamson Further correspondence with Cllr Marchant in relation to planning 21/00074/UNAUSE
03/05/21 Paul Cargill Perthshire advertiser - request to attend
04/05/21 Foundation Scotland Newsletter

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Fossoway and District Community Council - 6th April 2021

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
6th April 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 4th May 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 Michael Barnacle, Callum Purves and Willie Robertson.
Apologies: P&K Councillor Richard Watters.
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. PC Ashley Mitchinson attended the meeting and gave this update: during the last month, there were no reported crimes in our area, however there were several road traffic incidents; Wild Campers in Dunning Glen were moved on; an abandoned car has been removed.
Cllr Robertson thanked the officers for joining us, and asked about the Police involvement in fly-tipping? PC Mitchinson answered that it was difficult to detect culprits, and hard for Police to get adequate evidence to bring a prosecution. They would report rubbish on public land to PKC for removal, but anything on private land is the responsibility of the landowner. PKC have their own investigation teams, who will also investigate deposits on private land – Cllr Robertson thought that the latter was not the case and pointed out that it can cost landowners a lot of money to dispose of rubbish if any of it is dangerous. PC Mitchinson advised that if anyone sees tipping taking place they should call 999, otherwise report it via the “Dumb Dumpers” website: https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/DumbDumpers
Cllr Barnacle asked whether parking on pavement/kerbs is illegal. PC Mitchinson thinks there is new legislation about parking on kerbs but will send details. And can the Police recommend the creation of waiting restrictions if they see a problem? No it’s PKC’s Roads Department’s responsibility to decide.
CCllr Bruce-Jones said that the CC has received an email from the Devon Angling Association who has cleaned up litter in Dunning Glen again. PC Mitchinson said that it is in their area and that if anyone sees campers they should phone the Police and they will go and make sure the Campers are behaving correctly.
CCllr Marchant asked about Devonshaw Quarry where there’s been litter in the past. Do the Police patrol rural areas like that? PC Mitchinson said that they try to get around the area, although it’s a very big area to cover with limited resources. They use the alert system to notify local issues they discover – users can set radius of interest. The Police welcome suggested additions to their Patrol Matrix.
CCllr Bruce-Jones asked which number should be used to call the Police. If it’s a life threatening event or considered to be an emergency then call 999, otherwise 101. Note that there can be a delay before 101 is answered so other members of the public have found that using the online contact form works very well and doesn’t require waiting for a response: https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/contact/

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 says she has not been able to visit the mobile bank yet, but that Patrick Leavey has invited up to two CC Members to visit when it next comes to Kinross on 20th April.

A977 Mitigation: Cllr Purves had received a reply from Daryl McKeown, PKC Traffic Department: “Lower speed limits were introduced as part of the Spaces for People project at two sets of locations - main urban centres with a concentration of pedestrian activity and rural villages without footways where pedestrians have to share the road with vehicular traffic. Lower limits in villages which already have footways are a general road safety matter and in the case of the villages along the A977, this would be part of the ongoing A977 Route Action Plan.”
Cllr Purves suggested that we need to do some more detailed local consultation to add weight to our arguments.
Cllr Barnacle reported that the work on the School Road junction has been suspended as the Engineer is not allowed to travel for non-essential work. The CC strongly disagreed with this interpretation! Also that the temporary 20mph limits around Drum are due to be installed by end of April along with village name signs.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: CCllr M Haigh attended Cllr Barnacle’s Kinross-shire Community Transport Group meeting on 1st April at which concern was expressed about low usage of the X53, especially after Dollar. Cllr Barnacle noted that the pandemic is distorting the use of public transport at the moment. Margaret Roy (PKC) will liaise with adjacent counties about transport provision. There has been no success in adding anyone to DRT roster, which is the only transport option for Blairingone and Powmill.
The Kinross Move Greener Organisation (KMGO) has been created - Cllr Purves is planning to get a representative from the KMGO onto the Community Transport Group.

Community Development Trust: CCllr Duffy reported that work is going on by groups of members to establish the formal structure of the Trust. Cllr Barnacle has approached the Kinross-shire fund to see if it could be the source of some initial funding. CCllr Cheape thought that it was certainly worth applying.

Fossoway and District Community Council Benefit Fund (a.k.a. Hydro Scheme Fund): CCllr Duffy reminded all that the fund is still open for applications.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: The £55k lump sum is in the bank account. It’s now emerged that the fee for the flood survey was supposed to have been in paid in advance, hence why nothing has happened for some time.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar has been in touch with Ian MacGregor who informed her that sewage and water are connected and should all be signed off in May, and the site is a bit tidier. She proposes to try and form a relationship with the people on site. Cllr Barnacle says there are two partly dismantled caravans at the “scrap yard” and no landscaping on the north east side.
CCllr Bruce-Jones has had complaints from Drum residents about noxious black smoke coming from waste being burnt on the site. CCllr Duffy suggested CCllr Bruce-Jones should ask PKC’s enquiry number about the regulations.

Planning Officer Site Visits: Cllr Barnacle is going to write to David Rennie about various enforcement issues and stress that he doesn’t understand why solo site visits are not allowed due to Covid restrictions. Cllr Robertson added that Cllrs not being allowed to make visit sites before planning is also unacceptable.

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that a bench has been installed.

Aldie Road Vegetation: CCllr Marchant said that there have been more complaints, but nothing has changed. Local residents are worried about the old chicken farm buildings which are falling down. Cllr Robertson said if anyone was concerned about materials in their construction they should contact Environmental Health.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy said that there is a provisional plan for an event on 4th September.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
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
Drummond Park Fire Hydrant: CCllr C Haigh said that a lot of people didn’t know there was a hydrant there at all. A recent fire showed that access for Fire Engines could be impeded by parked cars. CCllr C Haigh will contact the Fire Service and ask them for their views - is the hydrant visible enough, what area does it serve.

Community Council Business:
CCllr Duffy attended the Scottish Rural Parliament on 8th March which provided much useful information.

Minutes Secretary: A volunteer had kindly answered the advert on FB and offered to take on this role.

CCllrs Bruce Jones and Cheape attended a meeting of the Kinross-shire Forum on 24th March: The main issue that was discussed was the Kinross shire Local Committee which has been accepted by P&KC Legal and Governance for consideration as a pilot scheme for local governance in the PKC area. The CC agreed to support the draft terms of Administration. Cllr Robertson says that time is of the essence in order to get it into the budget, for which £40k has been allocated. Cllt Purves added that the draft has been in existence for 18 months. Planning and Licensing would not be devolved at the moment. Budget for devolved activities would come from existing budgets for those activities. CCllr M Haigh asked about lines of communication and duplication of efforts – Cllt Purves replied that the six CCs in Kinross-shire would have non-voting reps on the Committee; some duplication may inevitably happen but not thought to be a big issue. Cllr Robertson said that one of the aims is to enhance the roles of CCllrs.

CCllr Marchant attended a meeting of Kinross-shire and Glenfarg Stronger Communities on 10th March: Carole Anderson (Age Scotland) reported that the Age Scotland Policy team will shortly be meeting with the FCA in Scotland regarding the loss of Banks especially in Kinross-shire.
Whilst libraries are still closed there are e-books and e-newspapers are available via the website https://www.culturepk.org.uk/libraries/e-library/e-news/

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: Nothing not already covered above.

Callum Purves: The budget includes an extra £4M for road maintenance creating the biggest road budget ever.

Willie Robertson: Had obtained £160k to improve the Kinross Heritage Trail – there will be a meeting on the 9th to discuss how it could be done.
Cllr Robertson has been asked if seats could be provided along the Aldie Road to Drum multi-use track, there would be finance from the Kinross shire Fund. Cllr Bruce-Jones said her company might be able to provide help.
Cllr Robertson noted that Perth Heritage Trust has a list of stone masons who might move the War memorial.

Planning:
New Applications:
21/00211/FLL Change of use of stable building to form a cattery at Powmill Cottage, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0QG. No CC Comment.

21/00189/FLL Siting of four caravans for holiday accommodation use, formation of parking area, landscaping and associated works at land 70 metres south east of Coup Steps, Powmill. Neutral, but make comments about Bus stop and assure SEPA is OK with waste and SUDS, note that more than four pods could create road problem.

21/00243/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage at land 10 metres north of Lambhill, Blairingone. The CC will object – no business case, contrary to Policy 19.

21/00400/FLL Erection of a dwelling house and garage (Plot 2) (revised design) at land 70 metres south east of Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment.

Decided Applications:
20/01804/FLL Erection of a dwelling house at Land 30 metres east of Vine House Solsgirth. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

21/00122/FLL Erection of two dwelling houses and garages with ancillary accommodation at land 70m south east of Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

21/00125/FLL Erection of workshop/garage at Craigend House, Powmill, Kinross, FK14 7NS. The application was rejected because it was an inappropriate siting, the CC had not commented.

Withdrawn Applications:
20/01660/FLL Erection of a dwelling house land east of Lynwood, Main Street, Crook of Devon. The CC had made a neutral comment.

Correspondence: The annual request from PKC for comments on the Winter Service – a reply will be assembled between us. Cllr Barnacle was particularly worried about the lack of footpath clearance.

The Improvement Service and Open University are offering free training opportunities for Community Councillors.

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: CCllr M Haigh asked about the development north ¬west of Schiehallion. Cllr Barnacle replied that enforcement action is in process and the state of the site may enable other action to be taken.

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, Gorge Bridge, Crook & Drum Growing Together. PKC Councillors’ Reports, Planning, Correspondence, AOCB

Next Meeting: Tuesday 4th May 2021 (Virtual)
Members of public wishing to join please email the CC at moc.liamg|cc.yawossof#moc.liamg|cc.yawossof

Correspondence March 2021
Date From Subject
02/03/21 Cllr Willie Robertson Information on reporting Council Issues direct www.my.pkc.gov.uk
03/03/21 Gillian Mudie Drum resident Feedback and questions in relation to A977 speeds
03/03/21 Fiona Angus Confirmation of Stronger Communities meeting Glenfarg & Kinross shire
03/03/21 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
03/03/21 Cllr Purves Kinross-shire forum meeting rescheduled date
03/03/21 David Noble Lord lieutenants Office Request for contact
03/03/21 Colin Dawes Report of potholes Aldie Road and flooding
04/03/21 Scottish Govt. Acknowledgement of response
07/03/21 Sgt Mark Craig, Community Police Introduction as Community Sgt at Kinross
08/03/21 PI Craig Stephen Community Police Contact and meeting attendance
08/03/21 Moray Fraser P&KC Community Transport Forum Meeting 18th March
08/03/21 Fiona Angus Stronger Communities meeting Glenfarg & Kinross-shire 10th March
08/03/21 P&KC Planning notifications
08/03/21 Kenny Macaulay Dunning Glen
09/03/21 PC Ashley Mitchinson Will attend meeting
10/03/21 Calor Gas Calor Rural Fund
10/03/21 Police Scotland Commanders Bulletin
11/03/21 P&KC team Free training courses for community councillors via OU
13/03/21 P&KC team Reminiscence project for Care Homes – press release
07/03/21, 07/03/21, 14/03/21 Di Dawes, Peter Ilieve, Cllr Purves Correspondence relating to Broadband connection at Aldie, Openreach, Gigabit Kinross
07/03/21, 15/03/21 Carole Anderson, Age Scotland Bank of Scotland Closure and post Office SLA
15/03/21 Fiona Angus Stronger Communities meeting Glenfarg & Kinross-shire Minutes
17/03/21 P&KC Community Councillor Training for Planning
17/03/21 P&KC Minorities Communities Hub Survey
22/03/21 P&KC Planning notification of Decision
24/03/21 Cllr Purves Kinross-shire Forum Previous minutes & Agenda
24/03/21 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
25/03/21 P&KC Provision of Winter services 2020/21
31/03/21 Calor Gas Calor Community Fund
31/03/21 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin

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Fossoway and District Community Council - 2nd March 2021

Proceedings of the Virtual Meeting of
Fossoway and District Community Council
2nd March 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 6th April 2021.

Contributing: Community Councillors Sarah Bruce-Jones, Trudy Duffy, Carole Haigh, Michael Haigh, Nicola Marchant and Graham Pye; P&K Councillor Willie Robertson.
Apologies: CCllrs Angus Cheape and Carol Farquhar; P&K Councillors Michael Barnacle, Callum Purves and Richard Watters.
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. The CC will write to the Police requesting more frequent attendance at our meetings in future.

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, Cllr Purves and David Siddle (Liz Smith MSP’s assistant) met with Patrick Leavey from the Bank on 11th February. The Bank will definitely close on 22nd March 2021. The mobile branch will start visiting Kinross on Tuesday 9th March at the Green Hotel car park. It will be there fortnightly (every other Tuesday) after that. Initially, it will be open from 10:00 until 13:00 hrs. It will then be open 10:00 to 12:00, closed for 45 mins at lunchtime, then open 12:45 until 15:00 hrs.

A special phone number has been put in place for customers over the age of 70 years and those that are vulnerable to provide them extra reassurance and support when they use telephone banking. The bank is in the process of calling all of these customers to provide any additional support or training. CCllrs Duffy and M Haigh are concerned that vulnerable customers might think that the calls are scammers. CCllr Marchant replied that the Bank’s response was that the website lists the special number, but it was generally agreed that it was quite likely that those customers wouldn’t be online.

Mr Leavey confirmed that the Bank has a contract with the Post Office for customers to deposit and withdraw cash, although Cllr Purves has been contacted by some members of the community who had not been able to do this. SMEs that have a Business Account can arrange, at a cost, to deposit or withdraw cash outside of PO hours.

Mr Leavey promised to provide flyers regarding the closure and alternative service at the Post Office which will be displayed on noticeboards. Currently the Bank does not have a community banker service but they are part of the National Community Access to Cash Pilot. Cllr Purves has contacted the Cambuslang pilot, but they would prefer to run with the scheme for a while before we meet with them. If the pilots are successful we should encourage Banks to offer this service in Kinross.

A977 Mitigation: There has been discussion on the CC’s FB page about the proposed 20mph limits in Crook of Devon, with opinions on both sides about including the main A977 in the scheme. CCllr Duffy stressed that there will be full consultation before the changes. CCllr Bruce Jones added that it’s important that people who are commenting on Social Media need to understand that they must answer the official consultation process if they want their concerns to be heard.

Fossoway Area Transport/DRT: The next Community Transport Forum Meeting is Thursday 18th March via Zoom. Cllr Barnacle’s Kinross-shire Community Transport Group will be meeting on 1st April - CCllr M Haigh will attend.

Community Development Trust: CCllr Duffy reported that the first meeting of the Trust was on 3rd February – twelve people from all over Fossoway attended this meeting. Topics discussed were the legal status of the Trust, the scope of the Trust, initial funding and engagement with the community. The Trust should move to a membership organisation and membership should be open to all members of the community. The Board will then be elected by the members – the current members are a steering group to get the Trust established.

Engaging with the community will not be an easy task, so having a “winning project” to set it in motion would be most helpful. The Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge could be such a project – The CC Members present agreed to this.

Fossoway and District Community Council Benefit Fund (a.k.a. Hydro Scheme Fund): CCllr Duffy reported that Elspeth King (Board member of the Rumbling Bridge Hydro Co-op) wants to set up a funding scheme that covers Muckhart, and asked CCllr Duffy how the Fossoway Fund operates. Subsequently Ms King approached the Fund with a proposal that rather than set up a new fund it should extend the coverage of the current fund to include Muckhart. CCllr Pye asked how the funds would be handled – would they be ring-fenced per community. CCllr Duffy replied that the details weren’t yet known. CCllr Bruce Jones commented that in her opinion MoPs believe that the fund should be principally for the benefit of Crook of Devon as that was the area most impacted by the Hydro Scheme works. Since Muckhart is in Clacks and not PKC and the two councils have quite different models for public spending this might lead to problems with prioritising funding between the two areas. CCllr Marchant added that as Fossoway District is in the process of establishing a Community Development Trust (CDT) and wants to encourage our Community to engage with it she felt that it would be confusing to set up a joint fund with Muckhart at the same time. Conversely it may be more beneficial to link the Fossoway Fund to the newly formed CDT. CCllr Duffy suggested that it might be better to keep the CDT and Fossoway Fund at “arm’s length”.

Rumbling Bridge Gorge Bridge: Cllr Robertson said that TRACKS were waiting for the CC to give the go-ahead for the surveys, whilst the CC thought this had already been done! CCllr Duffy will notify TRACKS formally, copying Cllr Robertson as chair of TRACKS.

Crook Moss Travellers Site: CCllr Farquhar reported that apparently there is an unauthorised septic tank on the site. Cllr Barnacle has been informed.

Planning Officer Site Visits: The CC continues to be concerned that these are not happening at the moment due to PKC’s interpretation of the COVID-19 restrictions. The issue was reported in the press. A MoP who attended the meeting had her planning application turned down – in her view this was because without a site visit the officers were unable to appreciate the constraints affecting the design as a member of her household is disabled. Cllr Robertson described a similar situation near Kelty where it was proving very difficult to get a planning officer on site. None of us can understand why such visits are not considered to be acceptable under the current rules allowing normal business to continue if it’s not possible to perform it at home. Cllr Robertson suggested the CC should write to the Acting CEO Barbara Denton to say that we think PKC are not carrying out their statutory duty. CCllr Marchant said that if the “due process” says a site visit should be made, then a decision should be deferred without one. Cllr Robertson explained that the Scottish Government is encouraging Councils to decide applications timeously – which surely means that the visits are essential and hence should be allowed!

Crook & Drum Growing Together: CCllr Duffy reported that the group have made plans for the Spring.

Aldie Road Vegetation: CCllr Marchant said that there was no change, although some of the local famers have cleared sections of the ditches themselves. However a new problem is that potholes are appearing. Cllr Robertson said that the easiest way to report any problem to the council is via https://my.pkc.gov.uk/. A registration process enables tracking of your reports, but reports can also be submitted without an account.

Fossoway Gathering: CCllr Duffy said that there is a provisional plan for an event on 4th September.

Matters Arising with no update since last meeting:
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
Royal Mail Deliveries: A MoP had raised concerns about lack of Royal Mail deliveries during bad weather, but this seems to be resolved now.

Community Council Business:
CCllr Duffy will attend a meeting of the Scottish Rural Parliament on 8th March.

Minutes Secretary: A volunteer has kindly answered the advert on FB and offered to take on this role; they will be invited to the next meeting.

CCllr M Haigh attended a training talk from Kinross First Responders about operation of the Powmill defibrillator.

PKC have notified us that any website remotely connected with receiving public money must conform to Accessibility Regulations and be usable by all abilities. The Fossoway.org Website has some information about this CC, but is not owned by this CC, and does not currently fully comply. CCllr Duffy will speak to Jim Pritchard, who operates the site, and look into whether this can be addressed.

The next meeting of the Kinross-shire Forum was to have been Wednesday 3rd March at 7pm via Zoom, but has now been postponed to 24th March. Information had been sent to CCllrs Bruce Jones and Cheape rather than to the CC’s email account. CCllr Bruce Jones will ask the Forum to send the info to the CC’s account in future.

The next Meeting of P&K Stronger Communities is 10th March, CCllr Marchant will attend.

The Kinross-shire fund has not formally met, however CCllr Cheape has discussed the applications with the other members and grants have been made to Friends of Wallace Park, Kinross First Responders and Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation.

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:
Willie Robertson: The roads department has lost six weeks of work due to weather, and are trying to catch up on pot holes. The roadside litter problem has got worse as the litter picking teams are being redeployed to COVID-19 activities. Perhaps some local schemes could be set up? PKC’s Budget will be discussed next week, and is likely to require some tough decisions as money is tight.

Callum Purves: Although Cllr Purves could not attend the meeting, he reported by email that the road safety requests discussed last month, including the 20mph limits along the A977 have been entered into the system.

Planning:
New Applications:

21/00122/FLL Erection of two dwelling houses and garages with ancillary accommodation (Plots 3 and 4) at land 70m south east of Merryhills, Rumbling Bridge. No CC Comment.

21/00124/FLL Change of use of garden ground and garage to form office (Class 2) and associated parking area at Honeysuckle Cottage, Carnbo, Kinross, KY13 0NX. No CC comment

21/00125/FLL Erection of workshop/garage at Craigend House, Powmill, Kinross, FK14 7NS. No CC Comment

21/00176/FLL Part change of use and alterations to stables to form events venue and installation of air source heat pump at Fossoway Stables, Fossoway, Kinross, KY13 0UP. No CC Comment

Decided Applications:
20/01907/FLL Alterations to garage to form extension to ancillary accommodation 1 Braehead, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross, KY13 0PX. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

20/01915/FLL Erection of a garage Whitewisp, Main Street, Blairingone, Dollar, FK14 7NU. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

20/01954/FLL Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Earnieside Cottage, Dunning Glen, Dollar, FK14 7LB. The application was approved, the CC had not commented.

Reponse to request for Consultation:
Draft Mediation Guidance: CCllr Marchant prepared a response to this document, which was approved by the CC – We are concerned that a guidance document may become a process and hence needs to be open-ended, allowing mediation to be used at all stages if appropriate. Otherwise the CC generally agrees to the proposals.

Planning (Scotland) Act – Pre-application Consultation:
The new regulations are due to come into effect on 1st October 2021 – The CC commented that these consultations should be more inclusive and ensure that any pre-application meetings are accessible to the community – a view also expressed by other responders, but this has only been added as guidance not law.

Correspondence:
Elina Eronen, a final year student at the University of Edinburgh, has asked for input to a survey about Loch Leven Management Plans for her dissertation – https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dissertation-survey-10.

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: CCllr Marchant noted that the Gigabit programme is gaining interest. CCllr Bruce Jones agreed, however there is no-one driving the scheme in her area.

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 6th April 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 February 2021

Date From Subject
03/02/21 PC Ashley Mitchinson Police Scotland Consultation Survey
04/02/21 PKC Team Community Council websites
08/02/21 PKC Community Team Stronger Communities HSCP Newsletter
08/02/21 Kinross Partnership Invitation to be included in future invitations to events & networking
09/02/21, 10/02/21, 12/02/21 PKC Dev Management Clarification relating to non-consultation on Modifications to Planning Obligations
11/02/21 Elina Eronen University Research Dissertation Survey
12/02/21 Foundation Scotland Changes to and new website
15/02/21 Peter Trace Relating to 20mph Consultation CoD and dangerous driving on A977
15/02/21 Peter Trace Concerns relating to non-delivery of Mail and Royal Mail problems
16/02/21 PKC Team Zero waste Scotland & Planning Aid Scotland Circular Economy Events
16/02/21 PKC Team PKAVS Communities Campaign for minority Community GP registration
16/02/21 PKC Team - Planning Publication of new Planning Enforcement Charter
16/02/21 PKC Team - Transport Strategic Transport Projects Review
18/02/21 Calor Gas Opening of Calor Rural community Fund Opens 10/03/21 registration
19/02/21 SSE Networks Update on RIIO-T2 Busines Plan
22/02/21 Stuart Dean Friends of the Ochils Newsletter
22/02/21 P&K HSCP Fiona Angus Notice of Stronger Communities Meeting 10/03/21
24/02/21 Police Scotland Commander’s Bulletin
25/02/21 Moray Fraser PKCTF Community Transport Forum Meeting Thurs 18/03/21 Zoom

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