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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 November. 2021 Present: Miller Cameron (MCa) Vice Chair, Brian Winter (BW), Lindsay Florey (LF) Secretary, John and Nessie Carson (J & N C) , Euan Brolls (EB), Norman Brydson (NB) Also Present : Bill Meadows (BM), Bill Hitchens (BH), John Campbell (JC), Pauline Dear (PD), Ivor Hyslop, Peter Armstrong. Apologies : Bob Watson (RW), Gerald Draper (GD), Craig Meier (CM), Jonah Thurgood. Minutes of last meeting: Accepted and approved. Matters Arising: A double strip vehicle counter has been installed on Roucan Road hopefully a sign that reduced speed signs might appear in the not too distant future. KTT meeting was held with a good attendance. Decision re the future of Torthorwald church remains uncertain. John Campbell was thanked for his ongoing support of the Community Council. Retiral Gift: It was agreed that an afternoon tea voucher would be offered to the retiring treasurer in thanks for her services. (LF) Branetrigg Footpath: David has Sloan has offered to pay for contractors to cut the footpath. BM reported that this had been carried out and it was a marked improvement. BW and BM with Tom Florey had walked the footpath and agreed that expensive bridges were an i nappropriate expenditure. Simpler bridges might suffice but it is likely that SEPA might be unenthusiastic. It was agreed to write thanking Mr Sloan for his generosity (LF) Community Consultations: Feedback is awaited from the council re possible re-siting for notice boards in Torthorwald. An email was received from Emma Harper MSP and after DW the council it was suggested that TCC consider rook scarers as an initial step. If no benefit it was suggested that a special licence might be able to be obtained. She wishes to be kept informed. BW and LF are to meet in December with Oliver Mundell MSP at the site of the rook problem on Shieldhill Road. Community Resilience Plan: To be circulated and discussed at next meeting. (LF) No further information re defibrillator for Collin at present. Remembrance Day: A very good attendance with laying of 3 wreaths alongside those from the school and the nursery in Collin. Letter to be sent thanking Bob Park for his input with installation of the new plaque and cleaning/painting. (LF). Possible consideration of further poppy installation for future Remembrance Days. (knitted etc). Christmas Events: Manor House Hotel not an option this year. Consider Solway Gate for the future. Cheaper and able to accommodate the number of people that might attend (previously approx.. 60 for both the afternoon and evening events. BW and JCa to meet the manager ton 16.11.21 to discuss options. Agreed better to wait until the Spring in view of pandemic, anxiety and uncertainty pf number who might attend, and short time available for planning. Suggestion of vouchers for senior citizens rejected as all agreed meeting in person was the main benefit. It was agreed to circulate a letter stating TCC’s intention of holding an event in the Spring rather than a specific Christmas event. A possible link with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event was suggested. Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Event: No feedback yet received from school as to whether they are planning event (Information received 16.11.21 – no plans in place) The marquee is still being located (JC) Agreed, as before to have an event on the weekend of the anniversary in the Torthorwald plying field. Green Canopy information to be circulated along with website for Big Jubilee Lunch (LF) https://queensgreencanopy.org Big Jubilee Lunch - https://royalcentral.co.uk/uk/queen/street-parties-and-community-celebrations-to-be-held-in-2022- for-the-queens-platinum-jubilee-161017/QGC Woodland Trust – Free trees for schools and communities - Free Trees for Schools and Communities - Woodland Trust Police Report: - unavailable Planning: 15.10.2021 Mr Peter Armstrong Kintail, Linns Road Torthorwald Dumfries DG1 3PU ERECTION OF DETACHED DOMESTIC GARAGE 19.10.2021 Grant Unconditionally Mrs Denise Forteath 43 Greenlea Crescent Collin DG1 4PR SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION TO REAR OF DWELLINGHOUSE Treasurer’s Report: 3 items of expenditure since last meeting – Solway Printers £31.75, Auditor’s account £31.75, website expenditure to Jackie Paddison £69.50 Secretary’s Report: Communication forwarded to TCC members – council options re gull control, ANCBC member update, Scottish Community Councils Newsletter, Government new Communities mental health & wellbeing fund, National lottery fund working with D&G council poverty & inequalities team, volunteer D&G survey, regular information from the Hub, Letter re concerns at land usage at East Roucan (CCES queery raised), DGLocator for 3 rd sector services now active, D&G road awareness both walking & cycling, anti-bullying/ violence against women/GUY campaign/action against gender a violence information, Scottish Government National Planning Framework 4 Flooding information during recent rain – council commended on information dissemination. Council appeal for warm clothes and details of distribution – posted on notice boards Emma Harper information re action on abandoned & derelict buildings Derek Hextall information re funding for small scale support in key areas - to be recirculated (LF) A.O.C.B. No enthusiasm from local farmers who had been approached for funding for speed warning signs in Collin. Santa event to be held in Greenlea on 12 th December. TCC agreed to buy selection boxes for distribution to children (£30) but encourage the group to apply for ANCBC funding through the TCC in future years. Suggestion made to contact other groups who have previously done similar community events. Date of Next Meeting – 17 th January 2022 in Collin Village Hall.
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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