STRATHKINNESS COMMUNITY COUNCIL.
Minutes of Meeting held on Wed. 14th December 2016 at 7.30pm in Church Hall.
Include Me Charity:-
Minutes of the last meeting : Approved by K. Topping and seconded by S. Younger. Subject to replacing the sentence “ He was currently investigating the matter.” with “Housing was currently investigating the matter.” in the paragraph on Sunnyside Ball Games.
Future use of Village Phone Box:-
Village Christmas Tree:-
Sunnyside Ball Games:-
Police Report: The Community Police Officer Catherine Welsh advised Councillors that there had been no reported criminal activity in the community during the past month. Mrs. L. Walker reported that there had been an incident of stone throwing at a car on the High road several weeks ago. The Secretary said that he been made aware of similar incident involving a Stagecoach bus on the same evening and expressed concern that it did not appear to have been reported to the Police by the bus company. There had also been an outbreak of graffiti in Main Street. WPC Welsh would look into those matters. The Police had been very active on the campaign to ensure that cyclists were displaying proper lighting at night and they would be intensifying their activities against drunk drivers leading up to the festive season. They were also urging residents to leave a light on in their property at night to discourage prospective intruders. They also asked computer users to be extra vigilant concerning scam attempts to get bank details either by telephone or computer. The Chairman thanked WPC Welsh for her report.
Planning Applications: An application to erect a two storey rear extension, and a single storey front extension at 26 Church Road had been granted.
Village Infrastructure Update: The Secretary reported that he had had no contact from the Roads Dept. regarding the Sunnyside junction. Fife Councillor Melville would take the matter up with the Roads. Dept. The Chairman expressed his concerns about pedestrian safety on the High Road to St. Andrews. The condition of the road and the verges made travelling on the route hazardous for both pedestrians and motorists. He wondered if a project involving Fife Council, The Army and the landowners might be a way forward to resolve this perennial problem. The Secretary reported that temporary signage displayed at Lower Main Street during the recent road diversion had not yet been rectified. He had reported the matter to the roads Dept. Mr. K. Topping queried the fact that there was now a 50 mph speed limit on the A91 between Guardbridge and St. Andrews and yet the limit remained at 60 mph on the narrow road between Guardbridge and Strathkinness. Fife Councillor D. Morrison explained that the high accident rate on that section of the A91 was the prime reason for reducing the speed limit. Mrs. Irene Walker noted that the speed sign at Upper Main Street required attention.
Long Term Projects:
Traffic and Transportation Issues:-
Correspondence: Mr. Harry Topping, a former Community Councillor and member of the previous Village Association, attended the meeting and reported that he had had correspondence from Mr. David Douglas, a former resident of the village seeking clarification of details surrounding the ownership of the piece of ground known as Wellgreen. The former community bleachfield, situated in front of 34 High Road and originally the property of the feuars of Strathkinness, appears to have subsequently passed into private ownership. Mr. Douglas is seeking clarification on the validity of this transaction. The Secretary confirmed that there was no reference to any sale of the land in Community Council minutes going back to 1977 or in the Village Association minutes relating to the 1960s.
The Secretary reported that a long time village resident, Bill Dunn, formerly of Sunnyside, had died last week. Bill had been a very active participant in village life and had served as a Community Councillor for 18 years from 1989. He would be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Mrs. Irene Walker intimated that the Primary School P7 choir were to perform Carol Singing outside the Tavern at 5.30pm on Sunday.
The Chairman closed the meeting by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and looked forward to seeing them all in the New Year.
Date of Next Meeting: 11th January 2017 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.