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TORTHORWALD COMMUNITY COUNCIL (TCC) (TCC area: Collin, Dargavel, Douievale, Elizafield, Greenlea, Isle of Man, Racks, Roucan & Torthorwald). Minutes of Meeting: Monday 18 th July 2022 in Torthorwald Village Hall Present: Bob Watson (RW) Chair, Miller Cameron (MCa) Vice Chair, Brian Winter (BW), Jean Cameron (JCa), Ewan Brolls (EB) Lindsay Florey (LF) Secretary, John & Nessie Carson (JC &NC), Norman Brydson (NB), Tom and Ann Riddet (TR & AR) Also Present: Bill Meadows (BM), Simon Hunter (SH), Cath Williams, Jacqueline Handley, James Carruthers, Paul Spracklen. Apologies: Bill Hitchens, Peter Armstrong, Cllr. Linda Dorwood. Minutes of last meeting: The previous minutes were accepted & approved. Proposed Ewan Brolls. Seconded Tom Riddet. Matters Arising: Collin defibrillator not yet active. Meeting this week to progress installation. Collin/Greenlea underpass lights now fully active. Donation of £194 from plant stall at Jubilee party made to toilet twinning.org and certificates received to display in both village halls. Torthorwald Church Gates Thanks expressed to Cllr. Linda Dorwood in her absence for her speedy action. Meeting to be held Wednesday 20 th July to progress the issue. Gates currently being sand blasted. Land opposite Collin School Cllr. Linda Dorwood pursing the issues. Not able to attend meeting so will address at next TCC meeting on August 18 th . No school sign for Collin (CCES LF) Much discussion re local children attending/not attending Collin primary school. How much is non-attendance due to the derelict ground outside? Marquee One of the main centre poles of the Collin Gala Marquee snapped during erection for the Queen’s platinum Jubilee party. After discussion the consensus was to purchase a new marquee which would require less man-power to erect, be sufficiently robust to be used behind the Torthorwald hall or in the playing field. 3x10 metres. PVC. The option to loan it to neighbouring community councils was discussed. Application for an ANCBC grant to be pursued – likely cost £1300 (LF & BW) Possible sale of the Collin Gala Marquee was mentioned information to be passed on to members of the Collin Gala Committee. Senior Citizens’ Christmas meal. Agreed first Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening in December if possible. If not the second week of December. Hopefully at the Solway Gate as the management was very keen on the idea last year. Eligibility – if either partner in the household over 60 years of age Letter of invitation with return slip and menu choices to go out in Autumn Newsletter JCa and RW to liaise with Solway Gate Community Newsletter Reports from organisations to be submitted to TCC secretary by 31 st August for forwarding to Pauline Rinaldi. Child’s page from Alison Brolls Possible Ukraine page as big Ukrainian link in the village. Know your community members – article re Alasdair Cook who was secretary for the TCC for many years. Police Report – none available Planning Full planning permission - Mrs Mary Coates 8 Townhead Park Collin Dumfries DG1 4AZ ERECTION OF EXTENSION TO SIDE AND REAR ELEVATIONS OF DWELLINGHOUSE AND CONVERSION OF DETACHED GARAGE TO FORM DOMESTIC ANNEXE Application - Mr & Mrs Thomas Crombie Ashtree House, Roucan Road Collin Dumfries DG1 4JF ERECTION OF DETACHED DOMESTIC DOUBLE GARAGE Treasurer’s Report Income – none Expenditure - The Hub, D&G £885 defibrillator & cabinet. ANCBC grants £500 to Collin village hall, Torthorwald village hall, Collin WI, Cruck cottage. Border Signs & graphics £151.20 for noticeboard repair. Balance on 18.7.22 - £46,566.83 Secretary’s Report Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. Seeking the support of community councillors to develop an alcohol licensing toolkit for community members, views about engaging with the local licensing system. Information from the hub The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) are asking for ‘help shape their future funding in Scotland’. Community engagement questionnaire D&G Health and Social Care Partnership would like to include Community Councils in their forthcoming ‘ Time to Talk’ conversation on community health and social care. An online discussion has been arranged for community council members at 2pm on Tuesday 30 th August - please email dg.engagement@nhs.scot to register. Materials in relation to Time to Talk available. Jackie Paddison – thoughts re website – wait and see, probably planned national site no better than our current one. Jackie herself would not be enthusiastic to manage a site that has a blog D&G council annual accounts Scottish Community Councils July newsletter Network strategy team map showing extent of 20mph limit Collin Dumfries and Galloway Council has been consulting with the public to help develop a Vacant and Derelict Land and Property Strategy. Seeking views to help shape its content and find out how these abandoned sites impact on day to day life. Want to hear from more people about how the Council should work with property owners, local people, and organisations, to find long term solutions to these problem sites. The questionnaire is available until the 22 nd July 2022. Senior licensing officer – changes to licensing at Shell garage. Concerns expressed re selling alcohol at a difficult road junction. LF to send comment Facilities Services are seeking to employ a team of Building Facilities Assistants who are flexible and willing to be part of a small team to cover essential cleaning and janitorial tasks within various schools across allocated areas. No driving licence required. These posts are fixed term contracts, ending in March 2023. Survey of community council enquiry service (annual). LF returned - expressing less satisfaction than previously due to slow response and reply not returning to the CCES submitter. Scottish water – top up tap – Queensberry square. Reduce unnecessary water use, respect reservoirs. Letter of thanks form Collin Rural president jean Wilson for ANCBC funds. AOCB Concern expressed at speed and quantity of traffic through Torthorwald which now has quite a sizeable child population. 20mph speed limit to be requested (CCES LF) Pothole at junction Linns Road and A709 very dangerous as traffic needing to use wrong side of road. CCES report –LF East Roucan site concerns – further council investigation ongoing Torthorwald team ensuring Rigg road to Branetrigg footpath clear so more people are using it. CCES request for signage to be replaced as signs are unreadable. Date of Next meeting 7.30pm August 15 th Collin Village Hall .
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Torthorwald Community Council AGENDA. Meeting 7.30pm Monday AUGUST 15th 2022 Collin Village Hall. 1. Welcome and Apologies. 2. Minutes of the last meeting. 3. Matters Arising: 4. Land opposite Collin school 5. Marquee. 6. Senior Citizens meal. 7. Community newsletter. 8. Police Report. 9. Planning. 10. Treasurer’s report. 11. Secretary’s report. 12. AOCB.

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Torthorwald Community


(TCC area: Collin, Dargavel, Douievale, Elizafield, Greenlea, Isle of Man, Racks, Roucan & Torthorwald). Minutes of Meeting: Monday 19 th October 2020 ZOOM meeting Present: Bob Watson (BW) Chair, Pauline Dear (PD) Treasurer, Ewan Brolls (EB), Lindsay Florey (LF) Secretary, John and Nessie Carson (JC & NC). Also present: Bill Meadows (BM), Bill Hitchens (BH), Norrie Brydson (NB). Apologies: Miller and Jean Cameron (M&JCa), Michael Currie (MC), Craig Meier (CM). Welcome and Apologies: Bob welcomed everyone to the meeting which was held as a zoom meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Minutes of the last meeting: These were approved. Matters Arising: No further issues with Collin notice board. Taking it down temporarily would require drilling out the rivets. Discussion re the Branetrigg path link to Shieldhill Rd, Torthorwald is ongoing. B M to meet with SEPA. Richard Armstrong from ‘Paths for All’ has been in contact. Council permission to cut down foliage restricting road visibility at Smithy Cottage has been granted and the work has already been completed. Response from Joseph Seed, Corsock and KPD community council, thanking us for our input and stating Scottish Forestry have agreed improved public consultation in the future. Farm vehicle traffic speed felt to be reduced but ongoing concerns re traffic speed generally in Collin. NB discussed signage indicating ‘20’s Plenty’. Costs to be sought (NB) and CCES to be contacted suggesting these signs might be helpful. (LF) Discussion about possible funding from CC but council response awaited in first instance. Christmas Events: No senior citizens’ meal will be possible. Discussion took place of possible hampers, calendars, tea towel for all residents in the TCC area. Previous cost of meals £2,000 plus. Agreed PD to investigate possibility of a CC tea towel. Remembrance day: Minister, CC chairman, bugler and wreath layer only at the ceremony. 3pm Sunday 8 th November at the war memorial, Collin. Suggestion from Council of community displaying poppy poster in their windows – template and link to be put on website and displayed in notice boards. General Public suggestion that members of the public could show their support by standing on their doorstep for 2 minutes’ silence at 11am. Website: Discussion of Remembrance day led to discussion of improving our TCC website BW to draft an advertisement for help from a member of our community. Possible funding might be available if necessary using ANCBC covid grant. Community Support during Pandemic: Masks still being distributed. LF to write to Jean Wilson thanking her for her £100 donation to CC from her mask-making expenses. Community Assets team will support halls with plans to reopen. Details to be circulated (LF) Police Report: Report sent to BW. Statistics for the whole region. Anti-crime patrols in place Intelligence sought re drink and drug driving and cannabis growing. Planning: Unconditional planning permission granted for erection of extension to rear view elevation of dwelling house, 12 Townhead Park, Collin. Treasurers’ Report: Current statement - £44,447.27 Outgoing - £10,188 for notice boards, £55 for 200 club collectors’ gifts, £200 Mr Willie Clowe, £359.48 for hand sanitisers and gel, £215 newsletter printing, £63.95 website and domain registration, £21.99 auditors’ gifts. £48 payment for Torthorwald hall rental in progress. Incoming - £100 donation Jean Wilson. Secretary’s Report: Emails re the following circulated to all CC members Review of Road Service Questionnaire, Virtual child payment roadshows, Keeping Kids Safe, Challenge Poverty details, Managing Money Workshops, Free Training events with 3 rd sector, Job Opportunities, Robertson Trust & Tesco Community Grants, Amended Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils. Email from Scottish Forestry re Loch Moss Plans. Agreed to say we were content with this (LF). Email re any roads issues foreseen with Pylon line Glenlee to Tongland. Contact re derelict privately owned land opposite Collin School. Being used as unofficial dumping ground. Derek Hextall has already been involved and further contact to be made with him and via CCES. (LF) A.O.C.B. Noise complaints from Travellers’ Site - excellent speedy response from Alan Kerr, Gypsy traveller liaison officer. Residents in Collin are within their rights to contact the police. NB suggested we might use Microsoft teams to allow council members and police to join CC meetings. Contact to be made with Derek Hextall. (LF) Torthorwald Village is planning a Living Advent Calendar in December. Meeting closed 20.45 Next Meeting November 16 th 2020