Pitlochry and Moulin Community Council Minutes (08/03/2021)


Note of virtual meeting held on March 15th 2021 (deferred from 8th)

1. Present: Jim Laurenson (Chairman),Andrew Holmes (Secretary), Isobel Millar (Treasurer), Dave Roy, Susan Campbell, Bruce Patterson. PKC Councillors Xander McDade, John Duff. Ramsay Beattie and Alistair Smith (Heartland Media). 12 members of the public.

Community Council contact pitlochrycommunitycouncil@gmail.com 

2. Apologies: Cllr Mike Williamson

3. Declarations of Interest: None

4. Minutes of meeting of 8th February 2021. Accepted as a correct record.

5. Matters arising. Barriers on Atholl Road. PKC were reducing the extent of these while the vaccination centre was in use at the Leisure Centre. To go back when visitor numbers increased post lockdown.  Visitor Management 2021. The CC was still waiting for the contacts list for reporting issues from “dirty camping” etc. Secretary to pursue.

6. Chairman’s Report: All issues covered by agenda.

7. Secretary`s Report: Atholl Quair was no longer accepting CC minutes. Noted that Heartland published all CC minutes for their area and agreed to submit copies to them. Dam walkway. Following the planning application for a visitor information panel below the Fish Ladder, concerns had been raised that the Dam walkway would not re-open post Covid. SSE had been contacted for clarification but no reply received as yet.

8. Treasurers report: Tartan Account £4194, Treasurers account £1077 including £715 held for the Town Hall group. CC accounts had been submitted to PKC.

9. Environment Report: PKC contacted re missing street name on Bridge Road and various road defects. 

10. Planning Report: No applications of significance since the last meeting.

11. Pitlochry Allotments Proposal: There were now 24 individuals or couples wanting allotments plus interest in a community orchard. This is well above the number required to trigger PKC`s duty to provide allotments and sites have been suggested to PKC but progress within the Council is slow. Councillors` assistance has been sought. The meeting discussed garden sharing as a supplementary measure and this would be promoted through the Climate Cafe group.

12. Town Centre Regeneration: Following the loss of the funding for the proposed town centre enhancement works Councillor Williamson convened a virtual meeting of groups and individuals with an interest in developing new proposals. To access funding this needs to be through a grass-root Community Action Plan (CAP) with assistance from PKC. CC acting as co-ordinator until a group is set up. 

NOTE: An example of a CAP for Fort Augustus can be found on https://www.communitycompany.co.uk/cap/index.php

13. Councillor`s reports: Both Councillors present reported on the Council budget set on 10th March.

Locally relevant items; £250k towards promotion of Perth and Kinross including visitor management support for communities and £240k for a pilot Ranger scheme. Funding for digital learning and to assist post-Covid recovery in education. Increase in Road maintenance budget to highest –ever levels. Additional funding for Bloom Groups, litter pickers etc. Grants of 50% up to max of £50k for conversions of empty commercial properties.

14 AOCB. No items

15. Date of next meeting. April 12th at 19.30, Email CC for Zoom link.

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