STRATHKINNESS COMMUNITY COUNCIL.

Minutes of Meeting held on Wed. 10th May 2017 at 7.30pm in Church Hall.

Present: Messrs. R. Baxter [Chair], I. Duncan, S. Younger. Mrs I Walker, L. Walker, A. Annandale, P. Blake-Johnston, B. Lawrie & J. Houston. Fife Councillor B. Thomson.

Apologies: Mr K. Topping, Fife Councillors J-A Liston, D. Nolan & A. Verner.

Minutes of the last meeting : Approved by L. Walker and seconded by A. Annandale.

Matters Arising: The Secretary reported that he had received a letter of thanks from the Village Hall Committee for the Race Night donation from the Community Council. Mrs. Lawrie reported that the event had been very successful and raised over £1200 for hall funds.

The Strathkinness Beaver Scouts had also sent a letter of thanks for the donation from the Community Council. Mrs. Blake-Johnston reported that there were now 11 members in the group with a waiting list of 9. The Chair said it was gratifying to see the group flourishing and wished them well for the future.

Mr. Younger reported that the Community Council is now on Facebook. Ken. Topping had set the programme up and would be monitoring the content over the next few weeks and report to the Council in due course. The Chairman thanked Messrs. Younger and Topping for their work on the project.

Fife Councillor Thomson apologised to the Chairman for not forwarding the new protocol for Community Councils to consider and comment on planning applications and would do so this week.

Mrs. L. Walker referred to proposal to create a footpath between the village and the Magus Muir Woodland. She felt that children crossing the road at the Crossroads would be very hazardous and unrealistic. The Secretary said that Mr. Hughes of Fife Council had also highlighted the difficulty and would consider the matter when they prepared their report on the proposal.

Treasurer’s Report: Mrs. L. Walker reported that the balance of funds currently stood at £716.

Standing Items:

Planning Applications: A Proposal of Application Notice had been received in respect of the New Madras College at Langlands [west of the University Playing Fields]. A public consultation event is to be held at Madras Kilrymonth on 1st June 2017 between 2pm and 8pm. Mrs. Lyn Walker agreed to represent the Community Council at the event. This was proposed by Mrs. I Walker and seconded by I. Duncan.

Planning applications had been permitted for the following:-

Installation of security lighting at Woodland Holidays site, Kincaple’

Alterations to dwelling house at 17 Main Street.

Erection of outbuilding at 22 Bonfield Park.

Erection of storage shed at Edenside Stables, Kincaple.

Village Infrastructure:-  No information had yet been received regarding the future of the BT phone box in Sunnyside.

Traffic and Transportation: The solar speed sign in Main Street has been repaired. The priority give-way sign at the lower end of Main Street has been repaired and the 2 stop signs at the upper Crossroads had been replaced.

It was noted that the closure of the B939, between the Lower Crossroads and Pitscottie, for resurfacing work, had been extended for 2 weeks. It was hoped that the work would be completed by Friday 12th May.

It was noted that the traffic signage had been destroyed on the traffic island on the north side of the Lower Crossroads due to an accident.

Councillor Thomson reported that he had highlighted the issue of HGVs using the High Road with the University and Fife Council. Both parties had agreed to advise their contractors not to use the road.

Police Report: No report this month. The Chairman and the Secretary reported that they had been approached by a resident of Mount Melville Crescent who had complained to the Police about young children playing in the area of the Muddy Ways. It was pointed out that the footpath was a right of way which anyone had access to and it might be unrealistic to ban children from playing in the area.

Village Events: The Community Trust held an Open Day on Sat. 6th May when 10 volunteers, working under the supervision of Woodland Manager Tony Wilson, continued the process of clearing fallen timber. It is planned to hold these events on a regular basis during the summer.

Correspondence:-

A request to participate in a consultation survey had been received from Fife Council Education Services in respect of the proposed relocation of Madras College to the Langlands site. The Community Council unanimously supported the proposal and the Secretary would respond accordingly to the online survey.

A.O.C.B:.

The Secretary reported that the Pennachio brothers Marty and Guillaume, who live in Sunnyside and attend the village school, came first and second in the Under 13 class at Scottish Junior Hill Running Championships held at Falkland last week. The Hedley sisters, Isla and Freya, who also attend the village school, came first and third in the U-13 race for girls. Their older sister Anna, who left the village school last year, won the U-15 girls race in a record time. The Chairman said that it was a remarkable and possibly unique achievement by the youngsters. Mrs. I. Walker proposed that the children should be presented with a gift in recognition of their success. Councillors agreed that the achievement should be recognised in some way and the Chairman said that he would discuss the matter further with the parents of the children to decide on a suitable award.

The Secretary reported that the Village School Headmaster, Stephen Morrison, would be leaving to become Headmaster of St. Columba’s Primary School in Cupar.

Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. This will be the Annual General Meeting.


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