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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 15 th February 2021 ZOOM meeting Present: Bob Watson (BW) Chair, Ewan Brolls (EB), Lindsay Florey (LF) Secretary, Craig Meier (CM), Norrie Brydson (NB) Gerald Draper (GD), John and Nessie Carson (JC & NC) Also present: Bob Park, Bill Meadows (BM), Bill Hitchens (BH) Ivor Hyslop (IH) Apologies: Gerald Draper (GD) Pauline Dear(PD) Treasurer, Miller and Jean Cameron (M&J Cameron). 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. Proposed NC, seconded EB Matters Arising: Website – there is ongoing praise of the website. Jackie Paddison wants no remuneration for all her work Some corrections have been made at the suggestion of John Campbell. There continues to be some difficulty with access to the site from a mobile ‘phone. BM has made some suggestions on the Torthorwald village hall Facebook page for managing this. Collin War Memorial: Mr Bob Park attended the meeting with an offer of improving the memorial plaque on the wall behind the war memorial. This remembers John Laurie who enlisted with the Royal Artillery and was subsequently sent to Ireland where he was shot on the 8th February 1971. He died of his injuries on the 15th February 1971 (exactly 50 years before the CC meeting today). The plan is to have a stone plaque inscribed by a stone mason. Size is likely to be slightly bigger than the current memorial. Mr Park will find details. IH suggested the CC ensure no prior approval is required. LF to use CCES enquiry. In particular the Royal British Legion should be kept informed. Community Resilience Plan: Suggestions for spending resilience money from the council were – shovels, bin for sand bags, sand bags. BW suggested money might be used for a defibrillator at Collin hall. Suggestion very well received and costing to be sought. If purchased it could be used as an opportunity to upskill members of the community. LF to check with Derek Hextall whether we have received the latest COVID-related grant. CCES enquiry to see if a further grit bin could be placed on Highfield View in Torthorwald. Police Report – none Planning – no new applications Finance Report - unavailable due to sickness Secretary’s Report: information received & circulated Circular Economy & the planning system – zero waste – free events for CCs CCES responses to flooding in Linns Rd and Highfield Drive – work required in the region to be prioritised Flooding Roucan Rd – Ivor Hyslop has this matter in hand Consultation & engagement online training events the importance of effective & meaningful Community Engagement and consultation Council has adopted a Community Events & Wellbeing Action Plan communities encouraged to plan community events after the summer. Hub weekly bulletins Information re SPEN environment impact assessment of proposed Glenlee to Tongland pylons Resilience Team bulletins National Planning & community workshop details Enquiries re applications for ANCBC funding from CC Data from speed signs accessed by Derek Hextall and to be circulated freely within the community if requested Information re walks in and around CC area – thanks to BM. Great addition to the web site Scottish empty homes partnership conference details A.O.C.B. NB wished to thank Alan Kerr, gypsy traveller liaison officer for his ongoing very professional work. There has been work done at the side of the A709 towards the junction of Roucan Road. The council are aware and any planning issues are in hand. The draft budget has been put before the council and decisions awaited. Meeting closed at 20.25 Date of next meeting – March 15 th by zoom
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(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