Minutes of Meeting held on Wed. 13th December 2017 at 7.30pm in Church Hall.

Present: Messrs.I Duncan[Chair], S. Younger & K.Topping,  Mrs B. Lawrie, J. Houston, L. Walker. Fife Councillors- B. Thomson, A.Verner .

Apologies: Mr. R. Baxter, Mrs.A. Annandale. P.Blake-Johnston. Fife Councillors JA Liston & D Nolan.

Minutes of previous meeting : Approved by K Topping seconded by B.Lawrie

Matters arising:- Church Rd. parking:-  Councillor Thomson reported that the area in question  is the responsibility of the Fife Council Housing Dept. and they are currently assessing the issue..

Kincaple Traffic issues:- Councillor Verner reported that she had raised the matter with Colin Stirling from the Roads Dept. and that he had some sympathy with the suggestion that the Loan could be made into a no through road but that it would require a turning place. Councillor Verner had also spoken with local resident Mr. Neilson, who had expressed his concern about speeding traffic using the Loan. He had said that he would try to ascertain the feelings of the residents with regard to closing off the road. Councillor Verner would await the outcome of Mr. Neilson’s investigation before pursuing the matter further with the Roads Dept.

Village Christmas Tree:- The Chairman reported that the switching on ceremony had been a very successful and enjoyable event. A large number of residents had been entertained by the local primary school children and the Beaver Scouts. Mrs. Lawrie reported that a wreath making class, led by Elaine Gilbert, and a raffle had raised £400 for the Christmas Tree Fund. The Councillors congratulated the Hall Committee for their efforts in organising an excellent social event for the community.

Dog- fouling:- The Chairman confirmed that the Dog Wardens had been patrolling in the village and at Bishop’s Wood. They had also updated signage throughout the village.

Standing Items:

Treasurers Report:- No change to the Council’s funding.

Police Report:- Community Officers Peddie and Crawford attended the meeting and reported that, during the past month, there had been 14 calls to the Police from the Strathkinness Area. 2 had reported crimes, 7 related to road traffic matters, 4 raised concerns for people, and 1 had been of a miscellaneous nature. There had been no calls for anti-social behaviour. They highlighted the Operation Prospect project aimed at tackling the supply of illicit drugs and substance abuse. Any information that anyone might have on the issue should be passed to the police on 101 / Crimestoppers. Community Officers are looking to roll out the Good Citizen Awards across NE Fife and will be contacting the Primary School in the coming weeks. Constable Crawford had been instrumental in successfully establishing the pilot scheme in Cupar and the Howe of Fife The officers are continuing their speed checks throughout the area. The use of “Pop up Bob” continues and the project is being extended by the introduction of the “Pop up Bairns” to be utilised outside schools. The officers had attended the village school, with the traffic wardens, to monitor road safety issues, particularly parking during peak school times. The problem of cyclists riding without lights has been highlighted again with the Police and the University working rigorously to improve the situation. Constable Crawford closed the report by encouraging residents to keep a light on at night to deter any opportunistic housebreakers and residents should always call the police if they see anything suspicious. The Chairman thanked the officers for their attendance and extensive report.

Planning Applications:-  Applications had been noted for the erection of a dwelling house and access at Kincaple Farm, and alterations at The Granary, Dewars Mill.  No objections were noted. An application for an extension at 47 Sunnyside had been granted. A Proposal of Application Notice had been received in respect of an extension to Craigtoun Meadows Caravan Park. Public consultation events will be announced shortly.

Village Infrastructure:- The speed indicator sign on Main Street was again inoperative. The give way sign at the Claremont Crossroads had collapsed. It was also noted that the street lights in Lower Main Street were switched on all day. Mrs. Walker raised the issue of the poor quality of the pavement from 60 Main Street down to the Kinnessburn Bridge. Councillors Verner and Thomson would take these matters up with the relevant departments. The removal of several grit bins last month has raised concerns. The Chairman said there had been a lack of consultation with Community Councils on the matter and the removal of bins from cul de sacs, which are not on primary gritting routes, had seemed rather arbitrary. Councillors Thomson  and Verner intimated that the issue is currently being reviewed.

Traffic and Transportation: It was noted that the High Road would be closed from 4/12/17 to 22/12/17 and from 8/1/18 to 27/1/18 for extensive drainage work between Netherton Farm Road and the Rummond.

Communications with Village Organisations:- Mr. Bilson , of the Community Trust, had been in touch to say that he was having some difficulty accessing the Community website. Mr. Topping said that he would contact Mr. Bilson to try and resolve the issue.

Correspondence:- Notification of upcoming  and extensive roadworks on the Kincardine Bridge had been received . No dates had been confirmed.

AOCB. – Mr. Topping had been approached by several residents to see if anything could be done with unsightly gardens on the High Road. Councillors advised that as the property was privately owned it was the responsibility of the owner. Mr. Topping also raised the issue of fly tipping in the Muddy Ways. The concrete spillage he reported previously had not been removed and now someone had dumped garden refuse at the location. The boundary fence at the High Road next to the play area was in need of attention.

The Chairman thanked Mrs. Walker for laying the wreath on behalf of the Community Council at the Remembrance Service last month.

Date of Next Meeting: Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall.