31-08-13 East Kintyre Community Council
Minutes of the last meeting July 2013.
There is no meeting in September.
Minutes of Meeting of East Kintyre Community Council
On Thursday 4th July 2013, Carradale Village Hall @ 7.00pm.
1. Present: JS Irvine (Convenor), T Adams, R Brownie, S Cameron, C Forbes, E McMillan (Treasurer), D Ryan, JR Strang.
2. In attendance: R Currie A&B Council, 12 members of the public,2 police officers, 1 reporter from The Courier, representatives from SSE.
3. Apologies: E Sloan, A Horn
4. Minutes of last meeting: As the Minutes had been circulated to the Councillors shortly after the last meeting, and reports had appeared in the Antler and Carradale Goat, the Minutes were taken as read. Proposed by R Brownie and Seconded by JR Strang.
5. Matters arising:
i) The Convenor wished to correct the minute in regard to the EKCC Annual Accounts. The previous minute stated that the Accounts had been qualified by the auditor. This was not the case and the Minutes had been sent to Kilmory with no additional comment.
ii) Shelagh raised a question on the wording of item 7 in the last minutes in regard to the wording “The majority of the Councillors agreed to this move.” The Convenor pointed out that it was accurate since he had not voted, 2 Councillors were absent and 6 voted in favour. It was therefore not unanimous as it was 6 out of 9.
iii) Shelagh also mentioned that the Convenor had written to Charles Reppke (A&B Council governance) suggesting a meeting between Charles, Shelagh, Alan Milstead (Chairman-Carradale Harbour Group) and Stuart. While Alan welcomed the opportunity Shelagh thought the meeting was inappropriate. It was then agreed that Charles will attend the September meeting to clarify a number of issues in regard to EKCC and EKWFT.
6. Emergency Plan: SSE made a presentation in regard to the proposed Emergency Plan and was helpful in a number of areas. The main point emerging was in relation to need for better communication. They also stressed the need for protecting vulnerable people especially in a loss of electricity. R Brownie raised a point in regard to the compensation which some residents had received. It appears that the amount should be greater than what was voluntarily paid out. SSE undertook to remedy this from their records.
It was reconfirmed that Shelagh Cameron was the EKCC co-ordinator for the village plan. A “refuge” site is yet to be agreed but thoughts were running over Village Hall of Carradale School... Alan Walker asked for Shelagh to attend a meeting of the village hall committee to start the process which will lead to a public meeting. Marcus Adams, in questioning why we were not going straight to a public meeting, offered the Carradale Hotel as an option.
7. Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that the current balance in the Account was £4119.12. Two expense items had occurred, namely, £100 to E Sloan as Minute Secretary being £25 per meeting and to JS Irvine in regard to the purchase of a Quaich and Notelets for Geoff and Mary Page respectively for services rendered in the past.
8. Consultation on Establishment for Community Councils: The Convenor pointed out that the A&B meeting to discuss the changes had been reported as 27 June but was corrected to 27 July. Robin Currie was asked if he knew when the voting might take place for a new group of Councillors. All he could add was “sometime in the autumn”. It was therefore agreed that there will be no EKCC meeting in August but that the present group would continue in September and for as long as it needs until the new Council I formed.
9. Scrub Cutting: On an enquiry from JR Strang to Robin Currie, it was learned that the whole operation was out to tender. The Convenor will write to Jim Smith, Roads Dept. stating the urgency of getting the single track road between Carradale and Cloanaig cleared.
10. Carradale Bay Bridge: Tom Adams reported that he had spoken to Andy Holtby of the Kintyre Way. There is a metal bridge available which could replace the present wooden one which has become dangerous.
11. Network Report: While there was no further update to make, everyone was reminded of the Harbour Day which has been arranged for Saturday, 6 July.
i) Cathy Forbes raised the matter of the inter-relationship between EKCC and EKWFT. She requested a copy of the document regarding EKWFT and the Convenor agreed to supply this. Cathy had written to Charles Reppke and had circulated his reply to all EKCC Councillors. The Convenor will write to Cathy, copy to all concerned, with his understanding of the position. Cathy raised the issue of money being transferred from EKWFT to EKCC. Up until recently the only income of the EKCC was the grant from Kilmory totaling £400 which was meant to cover administration costs. The use of EKCC to handle other monies only occurred in 2012/3 in regard to Port Righ Steps, C3 and the intended interim funding from A&B re the Slip project.
ii) Robert Strang raised an issue regarding an older, very disabled resident in regard to a ramp for her house. At present it is difficult to get a wheel chair in and out. Rob Currie agreed to investigate this matter with ACHA.
iii) Neil Anderson of SSE has offered to visit Carradale to update on the proposed transmission of power from Crossaig to Hunterston. It has also been suggested that a joint meeting with Tarbert CC take place. A date will be set. It was agreed that failing that Neil will be invited to attend the September meeting.
iv) Broadband/Mobile Phone coverage- a paper has been agreed that efforts are now going to be made to improve the Broadband and mobile signals in this area. Further information can be got from Robert Strang.
v) Scottish Land Fund-It was confirmed that funding would be made available in regard to the purchase of land. The aim is to increase sustainable, economic, social and environmental development.
vi) Wheel Chair for Village Hall: An enquiry for an electric wheel chair has been received and more information on cost, etc has been invited, Possible funding from EKWFT may be available.
vii) Village Hall roof repairs: It was pointed out that some major repairs to the Hall roof are needed and funding for this will have to be explored.
viii) Information from ALIENERGY was read out in regard to Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS) 2013/4 programme. This programme is the successor to the Scottish Government’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme For further information about HEEPS:ABS in Argyll contact Dr Mandie Currie, Manager, ALIenergy on 01631 565183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ix) The Tangy iii wind farm proposal can be viewed at www.sse.com/tangyiii. Hopefully, when completed, it may generate more money for EKWFT.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.50pm
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