Glenlyon & Loch Tay Community Council
Nurse’s Cottage: Bridge of Balgie: Aberfeldy: PH15 2PP
DRAFT Minutes for Thursday 10th.March 2022 at 7 pm.
Meeting was reminded that it was being recorded for CC purposes only.
Present:S.Dolan-Betney(Chair),S.Dorey(Secretary),J.Riddell(Treasurer), W. Graham, E. Melrose, J. Polakowska, Cllr. J. Duff and 14 members of the public
Apologies: Cllr. Williamson
Minutes of last meeting on 13th January 2022: Proposed – S. Dorey, seconded J. Polakowska, minutes adopted.
Finance: Current bank balance £560.30. Treasurer reported TSB account has been closed. Balance transferred to RBS. RBS does not allow for counter-signing payments – account to be opened in Bank of Scotland plus savings account for amenity & R.C Memorial funds.
Councillor Elections: PKC elections on May 5th. Cllr. Duff intimated that he is standing for re election and informed meeting that Cllr. McDade would not re-stand, Cllr. M. Williamson and S. Murray had been selected as candidates. Until the election it will be ‘business as usual’.
Police Report- Little to report; awaiting reply from PS Longden. Commander’s Bulletin highlights: potential problems with dogs re. lambs – keep dogs on a lead; with increasing rising in fuel prices oil storage tanks should be properly secured.
CC sub-areas – Agreement had been reached whereby the CC reverted to 4 sub areas namely Glen Lyon, Fortingall, Fearnan and the Lochside.
Roads: 1.Closures – list:
|March14th||Wades Bridge Closure||9.00-15.30 Monday Friday||Ends 30th|
|March 21st.||Fearnan C449- Creagach BT Repairs||Total||5 days||A827|
|March 21st.||Weem drainage||Traffic lights||Ends 30th.|
|March 31st||Weem surfacing||9.00-15.30Monday Friday||April 5th|
|April 6th.||Wades Bridge surfacing||9.00-15.30 Monday Friday||April13th.||A827-A9-B8019- B846|
|April 6th.||Pitnacree Bridge||A827 10mph limit||2 weeks|
|April 25th||Bolfracks||A827 9.00-15.30||1 weeks||A827-C449-C448|
|May 2nd.||U161 Lochan-na Lairage A827-C448||Total||4 weeks||A827-C449-C448|
2.Glenlyon: a).Speeding past School – SD. reported Pop-Up Policemen have been provided, awaiting deployment ; poor response regarding signage.
b).VAS –D. McKeown contacted re. options for message on VAS – sent full reply; SD-B proposed to forward whole message to Glen via contact list – agreed.
c). Potholes – M. Bonn had contacted (inc. photos) Cllrs.+ CC re. potholes on C448.
W. Mahoney’s response – pots to be filled when repairs done to U161. SD. reported pots have been filled.
3.Kiltyre Road Conditions Camera: New traffic camera installed on A827 east of Kiltyre enabling road conditions to be checked via Traffic Scotland website and PKC home – Roads, Transport and Parking – Live Road Traffic Cameras
4.Sustrans funds for Green Routes – P. Heyes notified CC that Sustrans had money available for Green Routes and asked for CC to support a PKC application – this was done. Cllr. Duff was asked to follow up.
5.Fearnan – a).Cows on road(C449) – reported by J. Penfold to PKC & CC who informed meeting that Animal Welfare have a new officer who has visited the farm; Police have also visited and Cllr. Duff will follow-up.
b) CC has received a request for a Pop-Up Policeman on A827 – ordered from D. McArthur via Road Safety Group.
6. HAP Road Safety Group – SD-B attended meeting. Group joined by David McArthur Safer Communities Team Facilitator especially for road safety. Lengthy discussion re. future of group. No funding from PKC. Conflict of criteria with PKC officers. Officers still working on accident-based criteria. RSG criteria is ‘Prevention is better than cure’. D. McA. to liaise with officers. EM. reported that Traffic & Network are interested in reports of any accidents, even minor ones. There can be reported on: firstname.lastname@example.org of phone for Customer Services: 01738 475000 to pass information to the Traffic team. Any information regarding damage only collisions should be written and contain photos if possible.
Fortingall: 1.Lights – a). EM summarised the Surveys Report – sent to S. Denyer. His reply is quoted in full below. Report will be posted with minutes.
“Dear Sue, Many thanks for your efforts in pulling this together.
From the survey information there is a clear majority in favour of the
trial lights. There is also a majority in favour of reducing glare,
obtrusive light, light pollution and having control nodes. All of which
are achieved by installing the trial lights. Based upon the results I
now intend to replace the existing white light LED lanterns with the new
trial lights throughout the village. For information there is a
worldwide shortage in LED lantern components at the moment and it may
take 12 to 16 weeks for the new lanterns to arrive.
(I would be grateful if you can share my response with all of those who
participated in the survey. )
Should anyone have any further queries on the above please ask them to
contact me directly.-e.mail – SDenyer@pkc.gov.uk
b)Walk – Concerns about pedestrian safety raised in the Postal Survey responses prompted a walk through Fortingall by JP & SD-B with the Chair of the Molteno Hall Committee and her husband. JP reported that although illumination from the trial lights was less it was sufficient to see by. It was noted that some of the existing lights were off-set on both sides of the road.Whether there was any benefit from this was raised with S. Denyer in the e.mail accompanying the report
2. Lights for Back Lane: Problem with lack of light adjacent to phone box since hotel closed. CC have contacted PKC re. installation of light but may not be required if hotel reopens. 3.Phone Box: Made various attempts to contact BT eventually succeeded via Cllr.Williamson to P. Wishart MP. BT have now agreed to send engineer.
Other telephones in area need checked. SD reported Bridge of Balgie box is working. JR reported Invervar box not working – CC to report to BT.
4. Notice Board: Following an enquiry by J. Rees regarding the use of the notice board.The Bus Shelter board is primarily for CC use and is inadequate for public notices. SD-B asked if the Friends of Fortingall could organise a new board for the village. JR thought not but M. Buchanan suggested that the Breadalbane Development Trust might be able to provide funds for a larger notice board – he agreed to ask.
Highland Action Partnership: The last meeting of the Partnership was on 17th January when the meeting was joined by two people from the Communities Department of PKC to discuss inequality
issues across Perth and Kinross following the impact of Covid 19. In view of their comments, the representatives on the HAP were invited to suggest updates to the previous Action Plan and present them at the next meeting on 15th March. EM report P. Ely (Chair) has drawn up a list of priorities and asked for individual CCs to draw up lists for their area. CC has supplied EM with list for next meeting. We were reminded that, with the local council election in May, priorities may change if there are significant changes in power at PKC. HAP was also awaiting the outcome of the PKC funding allocation to see what monies would be available to them to implement any projects from the Action Plan.
Planning: 1. SD reported current list of application.
2.T.Young (Garth) disquieted over the approval of application 20/01433/FLL- Dwelling House, Garth has been engaged in a lengthy discussion with PKC now with the Ombudsman.CC were asked for support and a comment was sent to J. Swinney MSP.
Tourism: 1.Cllr.Williamson met Minister Ivan McKee Minister for Business, Tourism, Trade & Enterprise to discuss visitor problems in Highland Perthshire. SD-B listed main issues summarised as Destination Management not Destination Promotion. Minute of meeting sent to CC: The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impacts on local communities and businesses as a result of tourism, particularly increasing prevalence of campervans in the Perth and Kinross area. Response: Action – Cll.MW to follow up on specifics out lined; Jonathan Ferrier Scot Gov Tourism & Hospitality Division to share with Visitor Management Strategy;
Minister to visit Highland Perthshire to see for himself – March 18th.Queens View Ranger service value recognised but NO Funding for this year!
Comment from Cllr. Duff – PKC will provide funding for this year and are increasing ranger numbers.
2.On-Line Tourism meeting – toilets for Kenmore; clearways to be retained Bus Shelter (Fearnan): Cllr. Duff to liaise with P Menzies.
Correspondence: SD reported:
Distance Aware scheme – badges from Library – circulated
Duneaves bridge footpath – CC was contacted re. safety of path. Ranger Jeannie Grant consulted – no reply. JP reported fence beside path, although not pristine, appears safe and is much less dangerous than The Birks and other paths in the area which are completely unfenced. Pitlochry toilets – A contactless card reader access scheme is being trialled. PKC Upskilling Training Programme for Volunteers – circulated.
Aberfeldy Sports Club – letter of support for funding
Invitation for expressions of Interest – /active travel plans: Wendy Graham was asked to appraise the scheme and concluded that the area does not lend itself to walking and cycling as primary ways of travel. The reality is that in a rural area motorised travel is essential. Scottish Census – circulated-March 20th.
Etape: will take place on Sunday 15th May. The event will return to its original roue. Timings of roads affected are expected shortly.
AOCB: 1.CC had been approached to ask residents if they were interested in helping pick up litter. This was a particular problem in Glen Lyon and a local resident has volunteered as coordinator.
2. P. Menzies broke the news to the meeting that Taymouth Castle and Kenmore Hotel have been bought by an American company and expressed concern that this would have serious impact on the whole area. Cllr. Duff explained that he has already had contact and visited the castle.
Next meeting 12th May 2022 at 7pm