Minutes of Meeting November 16th 2009
FINZEAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL
MINUTES OFTHE 55th ORDINARY MEETING HELD IN FINZEAN HALL ON 16 NOVEMBER 2009 .
Present: A Barron; W Christie; C Insch (in chair); B Pattinson; and Councillor J Webster
APOLOGIES J Forster; J Mcleod; K Moir; K Bradburn; Cllr K Clark ; Cllr L Clark; and Inspector A Todd.
In attendance.J Holt
504Minutes of the meeting of 21 September 2009 were approved
505Matters arising from the minutes of 21September 2009
505.1Visit by the Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council. The successful visit of the Chief Executive, when a presentation was made of the achievements of the community was given ,was reported
505.2CI reported that the reason the Post Office service hadbeen unavailable on a number of occasions was the malfunction of the portable IT equipment. It was agreed that this was a ridiculous situation and that representations should be made for the provision of back-up equipment
505.3Finzean Bus Shelter. CI had been advised that the bus shelter had been replaced after complaints about disrepair by a resident. Replacement had been less expensive than the repair of an obsolete design. Assurance of consultation in future had been given. Discussion revealed that there was still a use by schoolchildren for a shelter in that position, particularly in winter when walking the length of the street could be hazardous.
505.4Flooding on the Cairn O’Mounth Road.BP specified the area which flooded. Recently a number of cars had been stranded in the water. It was agreed that at the least depth marker posts were required to allow drivers to judge the extent of hazard, and that FCC should communicate their views to Feughdee West CC.
506.1APP/2009/3045 Birse Burial Ground Extension. CI advised that FCC had submitted a message of support, but since then the application had been withdrawn for administrative reasons, with a view to resubmission when details of layout etc had been clarified.
506.2APP/2009/3048. Extension to Pinewood, Finzean. No objections were raised.
506.3Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland. Receipt of an invitation to join was noted. The Association provides advice on planning matters, with a membership fee believed to be £20 for a small group. It was agreed to consider again when a more members were present.
506.4Planning Act BriefingCI reported on a briefing given on the consequences of the new Planning Act. Concern was expressed at the new responsibility for Neighbour Notification placed on the Shire Council, and the changes to appeal procedure noted. Members agreed that there was need for training provision, a subject which had been raised in a questionnaire of Community Councillor’s needs in previous years.
506.5Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan,Receipt of the approved plan was noted.
506.6Building Warrant Application 2009/4359 amending 2009/3923 adjacent to Blackhole Finzean was noted
507.1Shaping Aberdeenshire.Meeting in Aboyne Community Centre, 30 Nov at 6.45pm Members were urged to attend the meeting at which discussion of the best ways of trimming expenditure were to be considered. Suggestions from residents would be welcome. Measures to curtail absenteeism were suggested as a means of reducing staff costs.
507.2Ward Forum Tues 17 Nov, Church Hall, Kincardine O’Neil 6.45pm: noted
507.3Briefing on Planning Act 2006see 506.4 above
507.4Aberdeenshire Design Awards 2010:Nominations by February 2010. The Graveyard was suggested for nomination. Further suggestions at the next meeting.
507.5Aberdeenshire Walking and Cycling Action Plan – see www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/walkingandcycling. Noted
507.6Community Council Constitution: CI explained some of the modifications required following the Scottish Government issue of a Model Constitution . It was intended to produce a draft for consideration at a future meeting , for eventual approval at the AGM.
507.7Land of the Standing Stones – St Andrew’s Day Celebration .An offer had been received for involvement of local groups in the finale of the “Year of the Homecoming” with a free CD or score for a piece written by Paul Anderson to mark the event. It was suggested this might be of interest for the Millennium Stone event proposed . To be raised at the BPLG meeting.
507.8Switchcare Help Scheme – Helping people to switch to digital TV: A set of advisory Documents had been received. It was agreed to pass these for abstraction for a an article in the “Rabbit”
507.9BT –“ Adopt a Red Telephone Kiosk”Not applicable to Finzean but BT offer Red Kiosks to communities as landmarks.
507.10Aberdeenshire Sports Council Newsletter. Receipt noted
507.11Aberdeen City and Shire Winter Festival Guide. Receipt noted
507.12“The Community Councillor” – Spring 2009 and Autumn 2009 Receipt noted.
508.1 Birse Parish Liaison Group MeetingTuesday 17 November in the Old School, Finzean.
508.2Speed signs in Finzean Street.The question of speed checks which FCC had been told would take place was raised. No information from the roads dept was available . It was agreed that this would be a good time to ask for an illuminated sign . CI to contact Roads Manager/
509Dates of meetings in 2010 Jan 18; Mar 15;May18 ; Jul19; Sep20 and Nov 15.
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