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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 19 th July 2021 ZOOM meeting Present: Bob Watson (BW) Chair, Lindsay Florey (LF) Secretary, John & Nessie Carson (JC & NC), Gerald Draper (GD), Ewan Brolls (EB). Also present: Bill Meadows (BM), John Campbell (JCa) Apologies: Pauline Dear (PD) Treasurer, Craig Meier (CM), Norrie Brydson (NB), Millar and Jean Cameron (M&J Cameron), Ivor Hyslop, Bill Hitchens. 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 EB, seconded NC. Matters Arising: Local glass recycling bins have been turned down. Criteria for installation not met. There has been a suggestion to site a bin in the church car park, Torthorwald. LF to complete CCES enquiry. Empty bottles can be put in general waste or taken to recycling bins at the supermarkets. Newsletter – in progress. Local firm, Solway Offset to be used to print with funding from current account. Notice Board and bench re-sited in Collin – thanks expressed to NB. No feedback from RSSPCA re rooks Alan Kerr continues his excellent work at the traveller site in Collin. Complaints of noise disturbance being investigated. Local landowners not keen for CC bench on the ‘triangle walk’. May put one there themselves at some point. Community Consultations: Leaflet for enclosure in summer newsletter approved. TCC to purchase letter boxes for both halls and leaflets can be returned there. (BW) to source. Community Project: Ann Greybe is leaving the village. As she was the instigator of this item it was agreed to remove it from a standing item. Community Resilience Plan: The Third sector will restart its defibrillator roll out in September. LF to make contact in September. Police Report: attached pdf . Much discussion re need for 20mph speed limit in rural areas. LF to contact Oliver Mundell. Planning: 14.06.2021 Mr & Mrs Stuart Patterson 10 Townhead Park Collin Dumfries DG1 4AZ ERECTION OF EXTENSION TO REAR ELEVATION OF DWELLINGHOUSE 18.06.2021 Grant Unconditionally Mr Alex Halliday Marsdun 29 Greenlea Crescent Collin DG1 4PR ERECTION OF EXTENSION TO REAR OF DWELLINGHOUSE AND FORMATION OF TWO DORMERS TO FRONT ROOFSPACE 02.07.2021 Mr Jack Strawhorn Mundeville Crochmade Road Tinwald Dumfries DG1 1PL ERECTION OF EXTENSION TO SOUTH ELEVATION OF DWELLINGHOUSE 05.07.2021 Grant Unconditionally Mrs Maureen Thompson 4 Greenlea Crescent Collin DG1 4PR ERECTION OF SINGLE STOREY CONSERVATORY EXTENSION Treasurer’s Report: as at last meeting Secretary’s Report: all documents circulated Council annual accounts Information from Jeff leaver after contact by member of the community re responsibility for Collin underpass lighting, green area beside seat at Collin side and lack of safe wheelchair and pram access due to kerb disrepair. Amey and the council in discussions but grass has been attended to. War Memorial project funding competition – TCC members agreed no action necessary. Fireworks consultation CCES report submitted re SUDS drain Highfield Community bulletins regularly received Amey Scottish South West Trunk Roads Unit Quarterly Newsletter. D&G council job opportunities Nithsdale poverty and inequalities grant application James England timber lorries on Linn’s road – BW emailed. Response awaited and part of number plate details available. Spare uniform donations Online engagement events Strategic Commissioning Plan for Health and Social Care Would you like to train to become a Macmillan Gentle Movement instructor in your community? Details available. Complimentary webinar places for community councils - Public service delivery: meeting the challenges ahead – (dates past) email inviting comments on draft version of the Integration Joint Board Participation and Engagement Strategy for 2021-24. Date past Information on What is the Young Person's Guarantee? The opportunity of a job, placement, training or volunteering for every 16-24year old in Scotland - based on your own goals and ambitions. Summer kids club, Gracefield Disability summer activities Launch of 3 rd sector Dumfries website AOCB: JCa explained some of the benefits of application for city status NC advised that the maintenance of the Hemplands footpath had been taken on by the council with agreement by Richard Masters for cutting twice a year. BM indicated that work at Smithy Cottage to maintain the line of site would be carried out on Thursday morning 22 nd July. All help welcomed. JCa commended the siting of the notice board in Collin JCa said Collin hall might need to purchase an omni-directional microphone if the hall was to be included in a zoom meeting. Date of Next Meeting: August 16 th hopefully in Collin Village Hall if covid regulations allow. Torthorwald Community Council AGENDA. Meeting August 16 th 2021 at 7.30pm using ZOOM. 1. Welcome and Apologies. 2. Minutes of the last meeting. 3. Matters Arising: post boxes for village halls. 4. Branetrig Footpath 5. Summer newsletter 6. Community Resilience plan. Planned spending. (standing item) 7. Police Report. 8. Planning. 9. Collin concerns. 10. Treasurer’s report. 11. Secretary’s report. 12. AOCB. SHOULD YOU WISH TO ATTEND THIS MEETING AS A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY PLEASE EMAIL THE SECRETARY. THE EMAIL WILL ONLY BE USED FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. lindsay5445@btinternet.com
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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