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West Fife Villages Community Projects Group
Minutes of the meeting held March at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre

Present: John Crane, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, John Duffy, David Scott, John Bonnar, David Lord, Allan Arbuthnott, Cllr B Clelland

1.  Apologies: Donald Murdoch, Ann Macdonald, John Le Marie.

2.  Minute of previous meeting: Proposed: JC: Seconded: JB and approved.

3. Booklet

It was agreed that:

  • the booklet would be A5 in size and comprise of 36 pages

  • Limekilns and Charlestown would be included

  • Each village profile would be updated

  • Events – such as the West Fife Art Exhibition would be included

The following were suggested as features:

  • 12 places to visit

  • Old Church Yards - it was agreed that this would be of interest to people in terms of genealogy. DL agreed to do some research in in relation to the topic.

  • Mining heritage

  • Golf Courses


Cllr BC advised that if the Group planned to submit a funding application to the Locality Budget it would need to clearly demonstrate how the Group would monitor and record the benefits of the guide and its impact on tourism.


Cllr BC suggested that the Group should contact a group in Rosyth who currently provided local tours for tourists from the cruise ships.

4. Updates / Matters arising:

Wind Farms –JC reported on the following proposed wind farm developments: Colthill, Knockhill & Powmill.

JD advised that he had invited Fife Council to attend the next Community Forum meeting to give a presentation on the proposed siting of wind turbines on land owned by Fife Council within West Fife.

Cllr BC reported that following a presentation at the area committee meeting, Councillors had asked that additional consultation drop in events were held in relation to the proposals. It would take 8 -10 years before the initial investment would be recouped by Fife Council. Any application would go through the planning process and would be rigorously scrutinised.

Blair House Open Cast– Cllr BC informed that the stalemate between the Council and the liquidator was ongoing but was being monitored.

Disabled access in the Co-op in Oakley – A discussion ensued in relation to the matter. DL agreed to identify the appropriate disability rights group in Fife who could provide support and advice on the matter.

5. Website & Calendar: DS reported that the figures for the month were up. JC informed that he had received an additional £104 from the sale of the calendars.

6. Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the bank balance currently stood at £4,083.31.

7. Correspondence: None

8. AOCB: Access within West Fife – DL asked if the Projects Group or the Forum were best place to take forward a project to improve and link up the path network in West Fife. It was agreed that this already being progressed by DM.

9. Date of Next Meeting: 9th April 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre

 



West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Present: John Crane, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, John Duffy, David Scott, John Bonnar.

1.  Apologies: Cllr Kate Stewart, Donald Murdoch, Ann Macdonald, Allan Arbuthnott, John Le Marie, David Lord.

2.  Minute of previous meeting: Proposed: MC: Seconded: JB and approved.

3. Updates / Matters arising: Development Plan Consultation – JD reported that he had submitted comments on the plan on behalf of the group.

Wind Farms – JD advised that he had spoken to JC and would submit an objection on behalf of the group now that Saline and Steelend had submitted theirs. ACTION: JD

JC reported on the following proposed wind farm developments: Outh Muir, Blairadam, Muirside, Blairhall, Loch Shaw Moss were at various stages in terms of the planning process. It was agreed that the group would monitor these and submit comments or objections.

JC and JB suggested that the proposed allocation of £6k per year to the Community Forum from the development of turbines at Bogside should instead be divided on a percentage basis between the communities which would be affected by the development.

Community Council Forum – it was agreed that the format of meeting for the Forum meetings needed to be refreshed.

Blairhouse Trust – It was noted that the stalemate between the Council and the liquidator was ongoing.

Disabled access in the Co-op in Oakley – JD informed that Cllr BC had asked if any complaints had already been registered with the Co-op. JB reported that he had spoken to both the manager and area manager, MC advised that she had lodge 3 complaints ACTION: JD to pass the information on to CllrBC

4. Calendar: JC informed that around 104 calendars were left and that £1,487 had been recouped through sales. It was agreed that the group would need to think carefully if it wanted to produce a calendar in the future.

5. Website & Booklet: DS reported that the number of visitors to the site had picked up. JD advised that he had emailed all of the local Community Councils and had invited them to post minutes, event, newsletters etc on the site. It was agreed that the next meeting would look solely at the layout and the content of the booklet.

6. Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the bank balance currently stood at £3,645.31, £2k of which was ring fenced for the production of the booklet.

7. Correspondence: None

8. AOCB: JC advised that he had received a letter from Lomond Homes liquidator advising of their intention to renew the planning application at Solsgirth in Clackmannanshire.

9. Date of Next Meeting: 12th March 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre

Agenda –Meeting 12th March 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre

1.  Welcome

2.  Apologies

3. Approval of minutes of the previous meeting 

4. Booklet

5. Date of the next meeting.

 


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minutes of the Meeting held on 11th December, 2013, at Blairhall New Community Centre

Present: John Crane, Donald Murdoch, Ann Macdonald, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, John Duffy, Allan Arbuthnott, John Le Marie, David Scott, John Bonnar, David Lord.

1.  Apologies: Cllr Kate Stewart.

2.  Minute of Previous: Proposed: JH: Seconded: JLM and approved.

3. Access Project: It was agreed that this was a great project. DM advised that Saline Development Trust would take forward the route between Saline and Oakley.

4. Calendar: JC reported that the calendar sales were picking up. However, it was noted that there was a lot of competition from other calendars such as the Dunfermline Press.

5. Website & Booklet: It was noted that there had been a drop in the number of visitors. DS advised that he needed more stories and articles to keep the website fresh. It was greed that the group had to do more to promote the website. Amacd advised that she included a hyper link to the site in the footer on her emails.

ACTION: JD to email all of the local Community Councils to promote the site and to invite them to post minutes, event, newsletters etc on the site.

DS advised that he had taken photos of Limekilns and Charlestown for inclusion in the booklet.

6. Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the bank balance currently stood at £1,196.31.

7. Correspondence: Fife Councils Big Challenge – It was noted that a meeting to discuss the Council Budget was to take place on the 12th December in High Valleyfield Community Centre at 6.30pm.

Development Plan Consultation – It was noted that the 8 ½ week consultation on the plan had begun and that an open meeting was to be held in the City Chambers in Dunfermline on 14th January. It was agreed that the Group would hold a meeting on 15th January to solely discuss the Plan and collate comments.

8. AOCB: Wind Farms - JC advised that an application had been submitted for a large 180 turbine at Muirside Farm next to Kinneddar Park. It was noted that Saline Community Council had decided to object to the application and it was agreed that the Group would submit an objection. ACTION: JD

Community Council Forum – A discussion was held in relation to the operations and future of the Forum. DL agreed to contact the members by the 6th January.

Blairhouse Trust – It was noted that the Council and the Trust were having communication problems with the Royal Sun Alliance in relation to the future of the site, the restoration of which was scheduled to begin in March 2014.

Disabled access in the Co-op in Oakley – MC advised that access to the Post Office and the counters in the store was very restricted because of displays within the shop. It was agreed that the Group would write to Cllr Cleland in relation to the matter. ACTION: JD

Roads - It was agreed that Carnock and Gowkhall CC could include the support of the Community Project group in a letter of complaint to Fife Council in relation to the condition of the minor roads linking to Carnock and Gowkhall.

9. Date of Next Meeting: 12th February at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre.


Agenda –Meeting 12th February 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre

1.  Welcome

2.  Apologies

3. Approval of minute 

4. Matters arising 

5. Updates

6. Website 

7.  Treasurer’s Report

8.  Correspondence

9.  AOCB

10.  Date of Next Meeting 



West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th November, 2013, at Blairhall New Community Centre

Present: John Crane, Donald Murdoch, Ann McDonald, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, John Duffy, Allan Arbuthnott, John Le Marie.


1. Apologies: David Scott, Yvette Lovelock, Cllr Kate Stewart, John Bonnar.


2. Minute of Previous: Proposed: JC Seconded: AMcD and approved.


3. Access Project: DM introduced Allan Prentice and Kenny Grieve who were both interested in being involved in the

“String of Pearls” access project. DM advised that the Valleyfield Heritage group had agreed to submit an AFA application for the project and that a steering group would be established to implement it.


AP informed that he was currently involved in organising charity cycle rides and that he was interested in the potential of twining West Fife villages with Peronne in France and was looking at organising a commemorative trip to the Somme.


KG gave examples of other groups which had secured substantial funds to implement strategic access projects.

DM advised that Fife Council had agreed to install a link path between Blairhall and the National Cycle Route.


4. Calendar: JC reported that the calendar sales were slow but that around £600 had been banked to date. It was agreed that the Group needed to do more to promote the calendars.

5. Website & Booklet: Carried forward.


6. Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the bank balance currently stood at £1,196.31 and asked those attending to complete forms for the bank in order to change the Group’s name on the existing account.


7. Correspondence: None


8. AOCB: Wind Farms - JC advised that if the Wind Farm at Outh Muir was approved it would generate around £60k in terms of a community fund. The portion of this money allocated for Saline would go to the Development Trust.


It was noted that the Forestry Commission would only talk to the community about the turbines in Blairadam Forest if the proposal was approved.


9. Date of Next Meeting: 11TH December at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre.



West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minutes of the Meeting held on 25th September 2013, at Blairhall New Community Centre


Present: John Crane, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, John Duffy, John Bonnar.


1. Apologies: Allan Arbuthnott, John Le Marie


2. Minute of Previous: Proposed: JH Seconded: AMacD and approved


3. Matters arising: DM informed that the Group would be unable to submit an AFA application for the Heritage Trail project given it was about to submit an application to the fund for the booklet. However, it was agreed that the Group would submit a letter of support to the Heritage Trail project.


4. Calendar: JC reported that the calendar launch had gone well and that to date the Group had received around £600 from the sale of calendars. JC encouraged the group to think of ways to get the calendar sold.

5. Website: DS advised that the website had received 1033 hits in the previous month, the article on the calendar launch receiving the most hits. It was noted that not all the local Community Councils were posting the minutes of their meetings on the website.


6. Booklet: DS advised that he had taken some photographs of the villages for use in the booklet. It was agreed that the format of the booklet would be A4 rather than A5 and that each of the villages would be able to provide new stories and update the information about their area.


7. Treasurer’s Report: Carried forward.


8. Correspondence JD informed that David Lord had forwarded on an email about the Fife Cultural Strategy Review which he felt the Group rather than the Community Forum would be best suited to respond to. Action: JD to disseminate.


9. AOCB:


  • Wind Farms: It was noted that Fife Council were looking at erecting turbines on a number sites which it owned including a site in Blairhall. A discussion ensued in relation to pros and cons of setting up Community Trusts as well as other potential options for disseminating monies to communities affected by wind farms and other developments.


10. Date of Next Meeting: 9th October at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre.



Agenda –Meeting 9th October at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre


1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Approval of minute

4. Matters arising

5. Updates

6. Website

7. Treasurer’s Report

8. Correspondence

9. AOCB

10. Date of Next Meeting


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minutes of Meeting held on 14th August, 2013 at Blairhall New Community Centre


1. Present

John Crane, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, John Le Marie


2. Apologies

John Duffy, Allan Arbuthnott


3. Minute of Previous

Deferred to August meeting


4. Matters Arising

To be covered at next meeting

.

5. Secretary’s Report

Deferred to September meeting


6. Web Site

More content is required. It was agreed that people should be asked to add the web address to their e mails


7. Booklet

It was felt that applications should be submitted for funding. JC and DM will report back


8. 2014 Calendar

It was agreed that this is the best yet. Unfortunately, Provost Leishman cannot now preside and Ann MacDonald agreed to speak to Lorna Reid of Visit Scotland. JC will provide info for her. The launch will be in the Carnegie Library on 6th September 11.30-12,

Invites will be sent to the winners plus WFV Community Councils’ Forum, councillors, Blair House Trust, Lynn Hoey, Joan Milne, Thomas Docherty MP, Willie Rennie MSP, Bill Walker MSP and Allan Kenney

John Duffy will organize a buffet

JC needs help with sales

9. Correspondence

None


10..Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £4725.91 but £3858 is due for publication of the calendar



11. AOCB

  • J Le M advised of West Fife Woodlands’ bid for funding for an orchard and it was agreed that a letter of support be provided

  • DM advised of a meeting between various communities to discuss the possibility of a heritage trail to link all the communities to Kelty and then through Fife. An application for funding of a feasibility study is being prepared and it was agreed that, if necessary, the CPG would submit this on behalf of all of the West Fife Villages


10. Date of Next Meeting

25th September at 7pm in Blairhall Community Centre

 


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minutes of Meeting held on 8th May 2013 at Blairhall New Community Centre


1.0 Present: John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Duffy, Jim Hensman, John Bonnar.


2. 0 Apologies: John Le Marie, Alan Arbuthnott, David Scott, Ann Macdonald, Donald Murdoch, Cllr Kate Stewart


3.0 Approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting: Proposed by JB, seconded by JC and approved.


4.0 Updates:


Oakley and Comrie Community Action Plan: JB advised that the launch of the Community Action Plan had gone well and that funding had been distributed to a number of groups to enable the plan to be implemented. However, this had been problematic as a number of local groups did not have their own constitution but came under the constitution of the Community Centre.


New Projects: JC suggested that the group needed to generate some new projects. JD suggested making an application to Awards For All to employ a sessional worker to develop the groups capacity and to coordinate the development of projects. It was agreed that JD should draft an outline project proposal.


Blairhall Lunch Club - MC reported that the Lunch Club was going from strength to strength.


Comrie Trust: JC advised that the grant giving Trust was due to be up and running within the next few months.

Saline and Steelend Community Bulletin: JC distributed copies of the bulletin.


5.0 Website, booklet & calendar: JC reported that 12 photographs had been chosen from the 50 entries that had been submitted to the Calendar Competition. However, there had been no photographs of the some villages and it was suggested that DS could pull together some photos of the missing villages.


It was agreed that the Group should sell the calendars at the lowest possible price and aim to simply recoup enough money to cover the printing cost. Envelopes would be supplied with the calendars. The calendars would be produced by the end summer and launched early autumn in time for Christmas. It was agreed that JC would book the meeting room at in the Library in Dunfermline for the launch and JD would source the catering.


JC suggested that the Group needed to develop a good marketing strategy in order to ensure that all of the calendars sold and booklets got disseminated. A discussion ensued in relation to the possible ways to market the calendar and booklets. JC agreed to contact DS to see if he could produce some marketing posters.


6.0 Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the balance stood at £5949.91.


7.0 Correspondence: None


8.0 AOCB: None


9.0 Date of Next Meeting: 19th June at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


  • Dates of future meetings:, 14th August, 11th September, 9th October, 13th November.



 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minutes of Meeting held on 17th April 2013 at Blairhall New Community Centre


1.0 Present John Crane, Muriel Colver, Cllr Kate Stewart, John Duffy, Jim Hensman, Alan Arbuthnott, David Scott, Ann Macdonald, Donald Murdoch, David Lord.


2. 0 Apologies: Violet Wyse, Andy Young, John Le Marie.


3.0 Approval of the Minutes of Meeting of the previous - Proposed by AMacd, seconded by JH and approved.


4. 0 Updates:


Access – AA confirmed that the funding application could be submitted to FET for 90% of the cost of improving Core Path 688. Cllr KS congratulated DM for successfully securing £90k for a program of path works.


Blairhall Lunch Club - MC advised that the Lunch Club was operating well.


5.0 Community Development:


JB disseminated copies of the Community Action Plan and advised £30K had been divided amongst two local

groups to carry the work forward.


Amacd asked if a list of useful contacts for carers and the elderly could be placed on the website and made available within the villages. JH highlighted the merits of the Message in the Bottle project and suggested that the group could revisit the promotion of it. DL advised that Leslie Community Council had produced an Emergency Plan which was due to be discussed at the next meeting of Carnock and Gowkahll Community Council. It was suggested that the development of an Emergency Plan was something that the Community Forum could potentially take forward.


6.0 Website, booklet & calendar: DS reported that there had been a slight dip in the numbers of people using the website and outlined the options available for the production of an e-book. It was agreed that:


  • DS would start taking photographs for the booklet during the summer and that some photographs could be secured from members of the public.


  • That the group needed to secure £9120 of external funding to produce the booklet


JC suggested that the Group should apply to both the Comrie and Blairhall Trust for a percentage of the funding.


7.0 Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the balance stood at £5949.91. ACTION: MC to contact the bank to inform them of the groups change of name. It was noted that other bodies would also need to be formally notified.


It was agreed that the group need to find funds to cover its annual running costs of venue hire and the maintenance of the webiste. Cllr KS suggested submitting an application to the Locality Budget.


8.0 Correspondence: None


9.0 AOCB:

JC reported that the West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art, Photography & Craft was scheduled to take place at the weekend. It was noted that there had been 20 entries in the photographic competition.


AMacd and AA highlighted the financial problems faced by Cairneyhill Community Council resulting from the hire of the school for meetings.


Cllr KS advised that as a result of the proposed closure of Crombie Primary School children would be relocated to Cairneyhill PS.


It was noted that Saline had set up a Development Trust, the pros and cons of operating Development Trusts was discussed.


The group passed on their best wishes to John Le Marie.


10.0 Date of Next Meeting: 8th May 2013 at 7pm followed by an ordinary meeting in Blairhall New Community Centre.

 


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minutes of Meeting held on 9th January 2013 at Blairhall New Community Centre


1.0 Present John Crane, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, Cllr Kate Stewart, John Duffy, Jim Hensman, Alan Arbuthnott.


2. 0 Apologies: David Scott, Violet Wyse, Andy Young, Ann MacDonald, John Le Marie.


3.0 Approval of the Minutes of Meeting of the previous - Proposed by DM, seconded by AA and approved.


4. 0 Updates:


Access – AA clarified that Alison Irvine was contacting landowners in relation to the old road at Gilanderson Toll.


Climate Challenge Fund - JD advised that he had re-circulated an invitation to complete the survey online.


Wind Turbines JC & DC provided an overview of the current applications affecting West Fife.


  • Wind turbines Cleish Hills, Outh, Knockhill - It was noted that representatives from the West Fife Villages had attended an amicable meeting on 4th December with the developer to discuss the potential of setting up a community liaison group.


  • Blairadam JC advised that the Partnerships for Renewables and Forestry Commission Scotland had been invited to give a presentation to Saline Community Council on 15th January on their proposal for turbines in Blairadam Forest.


DC suggested that there were benefits in engaging with wind farm developers, identifying suitable sites and having large wind farms rather than small turbines in terms of their carbon footprint, visual impact and the financial benefits for communities.


It was agreed that it would be good to see Wind Farm Community Trust targeting their funding and investing in projects that would have a lasting legacy rather that frittering funds away on small low impact projects and initiatives.


JC confirmed that a map showing all of the proposed and approved applications was available on Fife Council’s website, as well as other sources.


JD informed that:

  • Fife Council had launched a consultation on their Onshore Wind Farm Policy.

  • An application for a Scoping Study for turbines in Devilla Forrest had been submitted to Fife Council.


Blairhall Lunch Club MC advised that the Lunch Club was due to start on the Monday and that people with dementia who came along would be accompanied by a carer.


Cllr KS advised that the Lunch Club in Culross, Valleyfield and Torryburn were in jeopardy of closing and that she had been questioning Fife Council’s Day Care Services about what services they were delivering locally and their budget spend within the West Fife villages. It was felt that the Community Forum should also ask Day Care Services for some clarification on these points.


It was agreed that having a dedicated community transport vehicle would be a benefit to all of the local lunch clubs, as well as other groups and projects.


Proposed Alterations to the Constitution – JC advised that he had passed on some proposed amendments to JLM.


5.0 Community Development: AA advised that Cairneyhill Community Council were due to met with the STAR to discuss the commissioning of a consultation and the development a Community Action Plan.


DM / JC and JH advised that a separate group rather that the Community Council have co-ordinated the production Saline Action Plan and that this approach have been very successful. The Plan was due to be reviewed to ensure that it was being implemented.


It was noted that Oakley Centre Management Committee were holding an EGM due to lack of committee members.


6.0 Website, booklet & calendar: In DS absence it was agreed that any decisions on this item should be carried forward.


JC confirmed that an application had been submitted to the Blairhouse Trust Fund and the Locality Budget to cover the costs of the production of the calendar. The Calendar would be officially launched in June.


Cllr KS disseminated a copy of a photographic calendar that had been produced by pupils from Saline Primary school. It was suggested that a West Fife Calendar of children’s photos could be produced or could be incorporated into the West Fife Arts and Crafts exhibition.


7.0 Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the balance stood at £4,342.91.


8.0 Correspondence: None


10.0 AOCB:


Council Budget Consultation Event – It was noted that only 15 people had attended the meeting in Oakley.


Steelend Community Centre: JC suggested that the group should look at finding a potential use for the Centre which was now derelict. A discussion ensued in relation to potential uses for the building and the provision and uses of local community facilities.


11.0 Date of Next Meeting: 13th February 2013 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.

 


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 12.12.12, Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Crane (chair), Donald Murdoch, David Scott, John Le Marie, Cllr Kate Stewart, Alan Arbuthnott


2. Apologies

John Duffy, Jim Hensman, Ann McDonald, Muriel Colver, Violet Dunsmore


3. Minute of Previous Meeting

Proposed by John Le Marie, seconded by Alan Arbuthnott


4. Action Points and Unresolved Issues

  • Climate Challenge Fund: John Duffy has circulated an e mail regarding the questionnaire. This will be discussed in more detail when John is available

  • Wind Turbines in Cleish Hills: John Crane described REG’s proposals for a community fund for the proposed development. A steering group of community representatives has had an initial meeting

  • Access: Alan Arbuthnott has contacted owners of land required for preferred path route between Cairneyhill and Torryburn

  • Climate Challenge Fund: Awaiting information from John Duffy. Item continued to next meeting

  • Blairhall Lunch Club:

  • Website, Booklet and Calendar: The current number of hits is 1079 and is holding up with a fair number from well outside Fife. David Scott submitted a quote to produce the 2013 booklet and e book. It was agreed that this should be progressed but that funds need to be raised. It was also agreed that distribution of the booklet needs to be improved. John Crane indicated that he had submitted bids for calendar publication

  • Alterations to the Constitution: John Le Marie will circulate the original version with a view to discussing updates


5. Community Development.

Alan Arbuthnott indicated that Cairneyhill Community Council were looking to progress a Community Action Plan. Donald Murdoch indicated that previous Coalfields Regeneration Trust grants had now been incorporated into a new fund that Cairneyhill should be eligible for. He will pass details to Alan

It was noted that community councils will be holding a meeting with Fife Council regarding proposed changes to committee structures

Members were reminded of the consultations on the Fife Council budget and were encouraged to participate


6. Treasurer’s Report

Carried forward to next meeting in treasurer’s absence


7. Correspondence

None


8. AOCB

  • Carnock School Parking: Donald Murdoch outlined the problem and a possible solution. In the event that Cllr Stewart cannot find an group registered with Entrust to apply for Fife Environment Trust funding, it was agreed that the group would do this. A contribution towards match funding requirements would also be considered

  • Riding For Disabled Association: John Le Marie identified a need for the association to raise funds for maintenance equipment and it was agreed that a contribution of £150 be made


9. Date of Next Meeting

9th January 2013 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.

 


 

Minutes

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting held on 14th November 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre


1.0 Present: Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, Ann MacDonald, Andy Young, John Duffy, Jim Hensman, John Le Marie, Alan Arbuthnott.


2. 0 Apologies: Cllr Bobby Clelland, Bill Walker MSP, David Scott, Yvette Lovelock, John Crane. In John Crane’s absence Allan Arbuthnott agreed to chair the meeting.


3.0 Approval of the Minutes of Meeting of the previous meeting - Proposed by JLM , seconded by AMcD and approved, subject to the following amendments:


    • 4.0 Access: DM clarified that £1k had been allocated for design schemes in general and had not been solely ring fenced for Gilanderson Toll.


    • 6.0 Website, booklet & calendar: JLM advised that MC had given JC a copy of the constitution at the meeting held on the 10th October.

4. 0 Progress:


Access – AA advised that a meeting had been held with the Council Access Officer. It had been agreed that the access to the Old Road at Gilanderson Toll should be improved and that the route should be designated as a core plan when the Core Path Plan was next reviewed. DM suggested that some additional work was needed to delineate the route where it crossed the A985.


Climate Challenge Fund - ACTION: JD to re-circulate and extend invitation to complete the survey online.


Wind turbines -


  • Bogside Farm, West Of Blairhall – It was noted that the application had been approved.


  • Cleish Hills, Outh, Knockhill - It was noted that the developer is keen to set up a community liaison group to discuss community benefits and had contacted a number of Community Councils to invite them to a meeting on Tuesday 4th December. JH advised the REG had given a presentation to the Community Council Forum and were happy to speak to other CC’s in relation to the proposed development.

Blairhall Lunch Club - MC reported that they had been awarded £5k from the locality budget for the Lunch Club which was enough to cover its cost for one year. An open day was planned for 1st December. An agreement had also been reached with FEF to ensure that people with Alzheimers who came along to the lunch Club would be accompanied by a carer.


5.0 Community Development: DM advised that the Oakley Community Futures Group were looking for projects which they could implement before the end of the financial year.


AA and AMCD reported that Cairneyhill Community Council are keen to develop a Community Action Plan similar to the plan that had been developed by Saline CC.

6.0 Website, booklet & calendar: It was agreed that the item should be carried forward to the next meeting. ACTION: JD to re-circulate the options and cost from DS.


7.0 Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the balance stood at £4377.91.


  1. Correspondence:

  • BRAG- Business Bites by Motivate to Innovate.- It was noted that BRAG were offering free social enterprise training courses on November 19th 21st & 23rd – Culross Town Hall (10am)

and March 11th 13th & 15th – Saline (afternoon session) ACTION JD to circulate.


  • Inner Forth Landscape Partnership – It was noted that a Community Event was being held in High Valleyfield Community Centre on Thursday 22nd November 2 – 4pm. It was agreed that it would be good to clarify the projects boundary.


9.0 AOCB:


Culross Post Office and Shop – JLM informed that the Post Office and Shop had now closed.


Constitution – DM asked that an item on proposed alteration to the Group’s constitution was placed on the agenda for the next meeting.


Appointment of Vice Chair – It was proposed that AA should be co -opted as Vice Chair, Proposed: DM Seconded: JLM


10.0 Date of Next Meeting: 12th December 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


AGENDA – 12th December, 2012


  1. Welcome.


  1. Apologies.


  1. Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting.


4. Action Points and unresolved issues:

  • Access

  • Climate Challenge Fund

  • Wind turbines at Cleish Hills, Outh, Knockhill

  • Blairhall Lunch Club

  • Website, booklet & calendar

  • Alterations to the constitution


5. Community Development Updates.


  1. Treasurer’s Report.


  1. Correspondence.


  1. AOCB

  • Carnock School Parking

  • Donation Request from RDA


9. Date of Next Meeting.


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting held on 10th October 2012 at Blairhall New Community Centre


1.0 Present John Crane, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, Violet Wyse, Ann MacDonald, Cllr Kate Stewart, Andy Young, John Duffy, Jim Hensman, John Le Marie.


2. 0 Apologies: Cllr Bobby Clelland, Bill Walker MSP, Alan Arbuthnott, David Scott.


3.0 Approval of the Minute of Meeting of the previous - Proposed by Ann MacDonald, seconded by John Le Marie and approved.


4. 0 Progress:


Access - DM advised that he had allocated £1K within a larger application for a larger access project to draw up a design scheme to improve access at Gilanderson Toll and that he hoped to organize a site visit.


Climate Challenge Fund - ACTION: JD to re-circulate and extend invitation to complete the survey online.


Wind Turbines JC & DC provided an overview of the current applications affecting West Fife.


    • EIA scoping opinion for the erection of 8 wind turbines Cleish Hills, Outh, Knockhill - It was noted that a presentation had been given at Saline by Arcus Renewable Energy Consulting Ltd on the proposed development. However, it was felt that the application would be rejected as it did not comply with several landscape and nature protection policies.


    • Bogside Farm West Of Blairhall – It was noted that Saline Community Council had submitted an objection to the erection of a single wind turbine measuring 125m.


The Community Council were particularly concerned that the developer had held only one public exhibition/ presentation in Blairhall about the proposal. However the turbine would be visible and closer to a number of the surrounding villages.


A meeting has been arranged with Councillors to discuss the applications.


ACTION JD to forward a copy of the report on Bogside Farm, which is due to be considered by South West Area Committee to JC


Community Charges: MC advised that she was to meet with Fife Elderly Forum to discuss the Lunch Club. It was noted that the service was very stretched and that they were trying to recruit volunteers to subsidise it. It was noted that MC had submitted an application to the area budget for the Lunch Club.


KS reported that she was due to meet with the Head of Old People Services to ascertain how funding for services such as the Elderly Forum was allocated.


DM and AY informed that they attended a presentation at Ochilview Offices in Alloa on behalf of the group and had received a donation of £410 which had been raised by the staff at Ochilview. DM had written to them to thank them for their generous donation.



5.0 Community Development: It was noted that Oakley Community Council had been awarded a grant from the Coalfield Trusts Community Futures Programme and were carrying out a survey on people’s views and aspirations for the village.


6.0 Website, booklet & calendar: DM circulated costings for the production of a revised booklet and ebook. A discussion ensued on the advantages and disadvantages of the options available.


It was agreed that JC would submit applications to the Blairhouse Trust Fund and the locality budget to cover the costs of the production of the calendar.


ACTION JLM to email a signed copy of the groups constitution to JC


It was agreed that the group needed more time to consider the production of the booklet and calendar and the matter should be put on the agenda for the next meeting.


7.0 Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the balance stood at £ 3,991.38


8.0 Correspondence: None


10.0 AOCB: JLM voiced his concerns about the closure of the Post Office and Shop in Culross.


11.0 Date of Next Meeting: 14th November 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.



Agenda


14th November 2012


1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Approval of minute

4. Matters arising

5. Progress

  • Access

  • Climate Challenge Fund

  • Wind turbines

  • Community Charges

6. Community Development

7. Website

8 Treasurer’s Report

9. Correspondence

10. AOCB

11. Date of Next Meeting



 

 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 12.09.12

Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Crane (chair), Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, David Scott, John Le Marie, Violet Wyse, Doreen Smith, Ann MacDonald, Cllr Kate Stewart, Andy Young, Phil Clarke (Transportation)

2. Apologies

Cllr Bobby Clelland, Bill Walker MSP, Alan Arbuthnott, John Duffy, Jim Hensman

3. Minute of Meeting of 08.08.12

Proposed by John Le Marie, seconded by Muriel Colver

4. Progress

  • Climate Challenge Fund: John Duffy has circulated an e mail regarding the questionnaire. This will be discussed in more detail when John is available

  • Wind Turbines: The proposal to erect 8 turbines at Outh Muir was noted. The site adjoins another where a wind farm is proposed on Forestry Commission land. The proposals should not impact on the amenity of local communities although there is a vociferous anti wind group nearby. However, the proposals do not seem to comply with several Fife Council policies on landscape and nature protection

  • Section 75 Agreements: Nothing to report

  • Access: Phil Clarke spoke about several access proposals/pressure although these are more relevant to adjoining areas. Cairneyhill representatives suggested a need to improve links between Cairneyhill and Torryburn. They felt that the route in the Core Path Plan was unsuitable. Cllr Stewart queried whether Torryburn Community Council had been consulted and will be raising the matter at the next community council.

  • Community Charges: Cllr Stewart queried why this had been taken off the agenda and was advised that there was nothing to report. She advised that there had been no budgetary reductions and that the decision to not take West Fife residents to the proposed new facility in Lochgelly was not finance driven. There was concern that inadequate provision is being made for elderly people in this area and that too much pressure would be put on volunteers. It was agreed that this matter should also be discussed with the Community Councils Forum


5. Community Development.

John Le Marie reported that there was little further news on the Inner Forth Forum. It is anticipated that the study will take 2 years and several groups are aware of opportunities to suggest appropriate projects.


6. Web Site

David Scott advised that there was a slight drop in hits. He still needs more articles

He agreed to circulate costs for producing a revised booklet and e book

7. Treasurer’s Report

The books have been passed to the auditor and the current balance is £3991.38

8 Correspondence

None

9. Arrangements for AGM

It was agreed that this should be held at the next meeting and David Scott will advertise this on the web site. John Crane asked Cllr Stewart to chair the election of office bearers.

10.AOCB

  • MC advised that the open day in Blairhall New Community Centre had been successful and that another would be held in December

  • DM advised that Ochilview Housing Association wished to present the group with a donation and had asked for two members to attend a handover on 14th September. It was agreed that Andy Young and Donald Murdoch would attend

12. Date of Next Meeting

10th October 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre. This will also be the AGM



West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 08.08.12, Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Allan Arbuthnott, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, David Scott, John Le Marie, John Crane


2. Apologies

David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Bill Walker MSP, Ann MacDonald, Cllr Kate Stewart


3. Minute of Meeting of 13.06.12

Proposed by John Le Marie, seconded by Jim Hensman


4. Progress

  • Climate Challenge Fund: The key factor is a need to establish our carbon footprint. JD outlined a possible methodology using questionnaires to 10 households in each community. It was agreed that this was the best way forward and JD will obtain more details on costs. He will also raise the matter at the Community Councils Forum

  • Social Charges: Muriel Colver gave an update on the lunch clubs. A woman from the Fife Elderly Forum had been helpful but the proposed move to Lochgelly has been dropped. As a result there will be no lunch clubs in West Fife unless wholly run and funded by volunteers

  • Wind Turbines: The submission of an application for a turbine north of Blairhall was noted and there was concern in Saline about the lack of consultation. More applications are in the pipeline and it was felt that the whole picture should be examined. There was concern at the Scottish Government’s response to Fife Council and it was agreed that Cllr Rowley be asked to a meeting to discuss a joint approach between Fife Council and communities. It is considered essential that the views of all in the community are established to ensure proper consideration of all applications. NOTE: Since the meeting, a company has announced an intention to submit an application for 6-8 turbines north of Knockhill. This will be discussed at the September meeting

  • Section 75 Agreements: Nothing to report

  • Access: JD has invited Phil Clarke to the next meeting. In the meantime, a special meeting will be held in Blairhall on 22nd August to discuss priorities


5. Community Development.

JC reported on the Inner Forth Forum meeting. Funds have been secured for improvements round the estuary and it was felt that efforts should be made to identify projects in this area

DM reported on the “Connect Four” event. Changes to Volunteering Fife activities with a greater presence in West Fife were welcomed. It was noted that other communities throughout Fife share concerns about “Fife Direct” and the difficulties in communicating with council officials.


6. Web Site

David Scott advised that there was a slight drop in hits in June with recovery in July. He still needs more articles

The possibility of a new booklet was discussed and it was felt that the best option was a reduced print run and e book. DS has submitted a quote and it was agreed that this should be circulated. In the meantime, thought needs to be given to raising the necessary funds


7. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £4176.38.


8 Correspondence

DM advised of a seminar to discuss the 2013/14 BIG Lottery “Community Spaces” scheme


9. AOCB

  • It was agreed that the laptop should be donated to any group needing it

  • MC advised of an open day in Blairhall New Community Centre on 27th August. It was agreed that £200 be contributed towards costs

  • JC advised on the acquisition of a Barrowman Plough. This is an important part of West Fife Villages heritage. John has managed to secure the plough for free but needs to pay for haulage from Wales. It was proposed that £150 be awarded subject to no opposition from absent members. DM will circulate details

  • It was agreed that the AGM will be held in October



12. Date of Next Meeting

12th September 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 13.06.12 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Allan Arbuthnott, Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, Andy Young, David Scott, Ann MacDonald, John Le Marie, John Crane

2. Apologies

David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Bill Walker MSP

3. Minute of Meeting of 11.04.12

Proposed by Jim Hensman, seconded by Andy Young

4. Progress

  • Climate Challenge Fund: to be the main agenda item at the August meeting

  • Social Charges: Muriel Colver gave an update on the lunch clubs. A woman from the Fife Elderly Forum had been helpful but the proposed move to Lochgelly has been dropped. As a result there will be no lunch clubs in West Fife unless wholly run and funded by volunteers

  • Wind Turbines: It was noted that a number of applications are now anticipated and there is concern that these will be determined on an ad hoc basis. It was also felt that it was essential that that all aspects, both for and against, should be properly examined to ensure that community interests were safeguarded. It was noted that Cllr Alex Rowley has written to the Scottish Government to seek a moratorium on turbine decisions and this was supported. It was agreed that JD will invite Cllr Rowley to a meeting to establish how the West Fife Villages can help towards an acceptable solution

  • Section 75 Agreements: Nothing to report

  • Scottish Power Police Vehicle: It was noted that the official stance is that the Police have adequate vehicle cover

  • Access: Concern was raised about confusion over the core path between Cairneyhill and Torryburn. There was suspicion within the community that this had been routed with a view to protecting the proposed travellers’ site. It was also felt that Cairneyhill should be better connected to the coastal and inland cycle paths, and that there was a need for better links from Comrie, Oaley/Comrie and Blairhall. These need not be expensive and it was agreed that JD would contact Phil Clarke and invite him to a meeting


5. Community Development.

JC reported on the Participatory Budgetting exercise


6. Web Site

David Scott advised that there were 9414 hits in May with 1061 being unique to our site. Minutes are particularly popular. Overall, numbers continue to hold up


7. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £4340.38.

8 Correspondence

None


9. AOCB

  • It was noted that there was a need to remind Gala committees of the opportunities to promote their events via the web site

  • The next booklet needs to be considered, particularly how it can be funded

  • It was agreed that a calendar for 2014 be considered. JC will prepare some notes on lessons from 2011 and how the system can be improved


12. Date of Next Meeting

8th August 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 11.04.12 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present

Donald Murdoch, Allan Arbuthnott (chair), Muriel Colver, Jim Hensman, Andy Young, David Scott


2. Apologies

David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, John Crane, John Duffy, Kate Stewart, John Le Marie, Cllr Bill Walker MSP, Ann MacDonald


3. Minute of Meeting of 21.03.12

Proposed by Allan Arbuthnott, seconded by Muriel Colver


4. Progress

  • Climate Challenge Fund: Awaiting information from John Duffy

  • Social Charges: Muriel Colver gave an update on the lunch clubs. A meeting was held with the Fife Elderly Forum and it was established that Fife Council will eventually be transferring all lunch clubs to Lochgelly. This continues to give concern

  • Wind Turbines: Feedback from Community Councils Forum is awaited

  • Section 75 Agreements: Muriel Colver gave an update on the amendments to the Section 75 agreement for Blairhall. This appears to be not too bad

  • Scottish Power Police Vehicle: Cairneyhill Community Council has established that this vehicle is being returned to Scottish Power to save what appears to be very modest costs. This is leaving local Police with restricted vehicle cover, which is causing concern. Other community councils appear to be unaware of this. In the meantime, Cllr Willie Ferguson will be asked for an update


5. Community Development.

Awaiting information on John Duffy’s discussions with Lynn Hoey


6. Web Site

David Scott advised that there were 3089 hits in March and 3800 in February. Numbers continue to hold up


7. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £5321.85. David Scott has now been paid for web management. The books have now been audited



8 Correspondence

E mail from John Crane requesting a grant of £150 towards the West Fife Villages Exhibition of Art and Photography in line with previous years. Proposed by Muriel Colver and seconded by Allan Arbuthnott, this was accepted


9. AOCB

  • It was noted that West Fife Enterprise has now appointed a Business Development Officer

  • It was noted that, following recommendations from the Reporter, Fife Council had amended the Core Path Plan by removing several paths.


12. Date of Next Meeting

9th May 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 21.03.12, Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, John Le Marie, John Crane, Allan Arbuthnott, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver

2. Apologies

David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, David Scott, Jim Hensman

3. Minute of Meeting of 08.02.12

Proposed by John Duffy, seconded by John Le Marie

4. Progress

  • Climate Challenge Fund: It was agreed that the April meeting should focus on the proposed Climate Challenge bid. It was noted that the Saline and Steelend Community Futures Group is looking to visiting Fintry and will advise of any site visits

  • Social Charges: It was noted that one of the Blairhall lunch clubs was being closed. This is causing concern as it was felt that this is a loss to vulnerable people. Longer term, there may be potential for community-led initiatives but, in the meantime, more investigations/solutions are required

  • Wind Turbines: Even more proposals seem in the pipeline. John Duffy has raised the matter with the West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum who are contacting Fife Council

  • Section 75 Agreements: David Lord, chair of the Community Councils Forum, has confirmed that this will be discussed. John Duffy agreed to contact Development services to establish the position with all such agreements. John Crane advised on the situation at the Blair House Opencast Coal site and the concerns being expressed by nearby residents


5. Community Development.

It was noted that several communities are trying to progress consultations but have been restricted by funding and lack of resources. John Duffy agreed to discuss the situation with Lynn Hoey


6. Web Site and Calendar

John Crane gave an update on calendar sales. While there has been a small loss, all felt that the exercise had successfully raised awareness of the area and that lessons have been learned. John agreed to prepare a short paper identifying what needs to be done to make any future initiative more successful

7. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £5321.88 less secretarial expenses. The books have now been passed to the auditor for checking

8 Correspondence

Donald Murdoch advised of the need to complete Entrust returns

9. AOCB

  • Ann MacDonald raised the possibility of using the Larbert Hospital as an alternative to Victoria. At present, only patients in Kincardine are referred to Larbert by GPs. It was felt that the possibility of giving this option to all communities should be investigated

12. Date of Next Meeting

11th April 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 08.02.12, Blairhall New Community


1. Present : John Duffy, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, Jim Hensman, Andy Young, David Chisholm, David Scott.


2. Apologies: Cllr Bobby Clelland, Cllr Bill Walker MSP, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver, Yvette Lovelock, John Crane, Allan Arbuthnott, John Bonnar, John Le Marie, Donald Murdoch.


3. Minute of Meeting of 14.12.11 Accepted. Proposed by Jim Hensman, seconded by Andy Young.


4. Progress


Climate Challenge Fund: JD advised that as part of the application the group needed to evidence the need for the project to record who had been involved in its development and that he would raise the application at the next Community Council Forum Meeting.


  • Social Charges: nothing to report.


  • Wind Turbines: It was agreed that local communities in West Fife need to find ways and mechanisms to benefit from wind farm/ turbine developments.


  • Section 75 Agreements: JD advised that DM had written to the West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum and the matter was due to be discussed at the meeting which was scheduled to take place on 23rd February.


5. Community Development: Nothing to report.


6. Website and Calendar: DS advised that there has been a slight drop in the number of people visiting the site during the previous month.


7. Treasurer’s Report: Carried forward to next meeting.


8. Correspondence: Letter of support to Till Kroeber - it was agreed that the reference to Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation should be amended to reflect the spread of datazones within the villages.


9. AOCB : Display Boards : KS advised that she was planning an exhibition in Valleyfield Community Centre and needed some display boards. JH offered the use of the boards used for the West Fife Art Exhibition.


AY reported that he would no longer be using Valleyfield Community Centre for his boxing club.


10. Date of Next Meeting: 21st March 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 11.01.12, Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, John Le Marie, Jim Hensman, John Crane, Allan Arbuthnott, John Bonnar, Andy Young


2. Apologies

David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Cllr Bill Walker MSP, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver, David Scott, Yvette Lovelock


3. Minute of Meeting of 14.12.11

Accepted. Proposed by John Le Marie, seconded by Jim Hensman


4. Progress

  • Climate Challenge Fund: John Duffy described the possibility of applying for CCF funding to examine ways of improving accessibility to public transport. It was agreed that he should submit an Expression of Interest”

  • Social Charges: nothing to report. Kate Stewart queried why this matter was included on the agenda. It was explained that this was a long-standing issue of interest to members. It was stressed that the group’s stance was non political and that there was no connection with campaigners against Fife Council’s policies. Kate Stewart moved that this item be deleted and, following a vote, it was agreed that the item should remain

  • Wind Turbines: More proposals seem in the pipeline and concern was expressed that these were being considered in an ad hoc manner.

  • Section 75 Agreements: It was noted that Lomond Homes was asking Fife Council to release them from the Section 75 agreement for Blairhall. This gave rise to concerns about other agreements that had not yet been fulfilled but it was felt that this was a matter for the West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum and it was agreed that Hazel Jow be contacted with a view to this being discussed at a future Forum meeting


5. Community Development.

  • John Bonnar advised that Fife Council had been discussing the future of the Astroturf area with the Oakley Centre Management Committee and had suggested that a trust could be established. This group felt that it was important that the Management Committee was in full possession of all financial implications before a decision is made


6. Web Site and Calendar

John Crane indicated that he was disappointed with sales but praised organisations that had helped with a special mention for Dunfermline Carnegie Library. He was particularly disappointed with the response from Visit Scotland. Nevertheless, lessons have been learned and he will prepare a paper for discussion at a future meeting


7. Treasurer’s Report

Carried forward to next meeting in view of treasurer’s absence


8 Correspondence

Donald Murdoch advised of invitations to attend study visits and agreed to circulate more information on this


9. AOCB

  • Ann MacDonald had expressed concerns for vulnerable people during recent power cuts. It was agreed that this was worth further discussion

  • Kate Stewart queried Blairhall representation at the Community Councils Forum and suggested that a representative from the residents association for the Lomond Homes development be nominated. It was pointed out that participation in the Forum was for community councils and that any nomination was a matter for Blairhall Community Council


12. Date of Next Meeting

8th February 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.

 


 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 14.12.11, Blairhall New Community

1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, John Le Marie, Jim Hensman

2. Apologies
David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Cllr Bill Walker MSP, Ann MacDonald, Alan Arbuthnott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, David Scott, Yvette Lovelock

3. Minute of Meeting of 09.11.11
Accepted. Proposed by Jim Hensman, seconded by John Le Marie

4. Progress
Social Charges: nothing to report
Travellers’ Site: It was noted that Fife Council still has to find a site in this area
Wind Turbines: More proposals seem in the pipeline

5. Community Development.
Kate Stewart advised of progress with the multi cultural group’s fused glass project. Posters have been circulated and it is intended that a demonstration will take place at the Art and Photography Exhibition
John Duffy advised of opportunities for Climate Challenge funds and suggested that an expression of interest in a study to address public transport issues could be submitted. This was agreed

6. Web Site and Calendar
Reports deferred until January 2012

7. Treasurer’s Report
Funds currently stand at £4379.28

8 Correspondence
Donald Murdoch referred to Fife Council’s invitation to a development plan seminar that had been circulated previously by e mail

9. AOCB
It was agreed that the group’s laptop be loaned to West Fife Woodlands
It was agreed that John Le Marie should purchase a remote control for the power point laptop
Kate Stewart advised that she was organizing an exhibition of Jim Douglas’s work in High Valleyfield Community Centre

12. Date of Next Meeting
11th January 2012 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.


Minute of Meeting of 12.10.11

Blairhall New Community


1. Present

Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, David Scott, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, John Le Marie, John Crane, Marie Crane, Kay Jackson, Jim Hensman

In John Duffy’s absence, John Crane took the chair

2. Apologies

John Duffy David Chisholm, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Cllr Bill Walker MSP, Ann MacDonald, Ann Robinson, Yvette Lovelock, Alan Arbuthnott

3. Minute of Meeting of 12.10.11

Accepted. Proposed by Muriel Colver, seconded by Kate Stewart

4. Progress

  • Travellers’ Stopover Site: This is no longer happening as Fife Council has been unable to secure the landowner’s agreement. Fife Council’s handling of consultation was questions but it is understood that Cllr Goodall was satisfied

  • Social Charges: nothing to report

  • Wind Turbines: Jim Hensman advised of the latest proposals for 105m high turbines

5. Community Development

Saline and Steelend is now moving towards forming a development trust or community company and is raising funds to take this forward and to visit other communities. Kay Jackson is co-ordinating this and will invite to any visits. It was noted that other communities are also looking at similar plans.

Kate Stewart advised of possible visits to glass projects similar to the one being progressed in this area

6. Web Site and Calendar

Numbers are holding up with 6182 hits compared with 5643 last year. Several new contributions have been received but more are required

300 calendars have been sold with 150 out for sale at present. Sales in Dunfermline Library have been good and John will be attending the farmers’ markets

7. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £4263.28p with some money to be paid in

8 Correspondence

Jim Hensman submitted a letter from Hilary Warnock from Saline First Responders. This group is now established and will be able to assist at medical emergencies in the Saline/Carnock/Oakley/Blairhall area. The group is currently raising funds to purchase a second defibrillator. Violet Dunsmore, seconded by Jim Hensman, proposed a donation of £100 and this was accepted.

Donald Murdoch advised that the Scottish Ambulance Service was keen to establish a similar group to cover the coastal villages

9. AOCB

None

10. Date of Next Meeting

14th December 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.




 

West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Annual General Meeting on 13.10.10 at Blairhall New Community

Present - John Duffy, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Andy Young, Jim Hensman, Jo Ross (Fife Council)

1.0 Apologies - Cllr Bobby Clelland, Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald, David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch, Yvette Lovelock, Derek Burns

2. 0 Approval of the Minutes of previous AGM – The minutes of the previous AGM were approved. Proposed by JH Seconded by MC

3.0 Chairpersons Report - JD thanked everyone who had helped and supported the Group’s work over the previous year and reported on the Group’s activities in relation to:

  • The production of the new West Fife Brochure;

  • Monitoring and commenting on planning applications and other local issues;

  • The continuing growth and development of the Group’s website;

  • Joint working with the Community Councils Forum and other local groups.

4.0 Treasurer’s Report MC disseminated a summary of Account which was approved and showed an end of year balance of £9815.64.

5.0 Election of Office Bearers - Jo Ross took the chair for this item and presided over the election of the following Officer Bearers:


  • Chair: John Duffy; proposed by, John Le Marie, seconded by John Crane

  • Vice Chair: John Crane; proposed by John Le Marie , seconded by Jim Hensman

  • Treasurer: Muriel Colver; proposed by Donald Murdoch, seconded by Jim Hensman

  • Secretary: Donald Murdoch; proposed by John Duffy, seconded by Muriel Colver


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 12.10.11 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, David Scott, John Crane, Arbuthnott, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, John Le Marie

2. Apologies

Lyn Hoey, Yvette Lovelock, Jim Hensman, David Chisholm, Bobby Clelland, Bill Walker

3. Minute of Meeting of 07.09.11

Accepted. Proposed by Muriel Colver, seconded by John Le Marie

4. Progress

  • Planning Issues: An increase in applications for wind turbines was noted

  • Social Charges: Fife Council is still charging £11 per hour

5. Community Development

The Saline and Steelend action Plan has now been launched and will now be taken forward by sub groups. It is anticipated that there will be consideration of a development trust and visits to some are being organised

6. Web Site and Calendar

Numbers are holding up with 5304 hits compared with 5333 last year. Several new contributions have been received

244 have been sold, most at £5 and £1200 has been paid to the treasurer. John Duffy agreed to write to the community councils forum to encourage members to promote the calendar. He will also add something to “Facebook”

7. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £3522.73. £550 has now been paid in less the cost of the buffet at the calendar launch

8 Correspondence

None

  • Invite to Planning Aid seminar: noted

  • Request from Radio West Fife: noted. Article added to web site

9. Constitution

It was noted that the constitution permits the group to do a lot of things

10. AGM

It was agreed that the AGM will be held on Wednesday 9th November 2011 and should be advertised on the web site

11. AOCB

  • Donald Murdoch advised of the Saline Environmental Group’s speaker at its AGM who would be giving a talk on energy. All are invited

  • Kate Stewart advised of the establishment of a multi-cultural group and grants received for a fused glass project

  • The status of the former credit union was queried

12. Date of Next Meeting

9th November 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community. This will also be the AGM



West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 07.09.11, Blairhall New Community

1. Present

Muriel Colver, Andy Young, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, Alan Arbuthnott, Ann MacDonald, David Chisholm, John Le Marie, Jim Hensman, John Crane

2. Apologies

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Dave Scott.

3. Minute of Meeting of 10.08.11

Accepted. Proposed by Muriel Colver, seconded by John Le Marie

4. Matters Arising

Nothing

5. Progress

Scrambling: There was nothing to report on this matter and it was agreed that it should

be deleted from the agenda.

Planning Issues: The LRD housing developments proposed for Saline was discussed and

Dave Chisholm outlined the Kingdom Housing initiative.

Social Charges: Nothing to report.

6. Travelers Stop-Over Site.

Alan Arbuthnott and Kate Stewart gave information on the Fife Council housing and communities committee meeting concerning the travellers stop-over site between Cairneyhill and Torryburn. Alan said that John Mills had highlighted John Duffys letter on the lack of consultation. An 8 to 5 vote to send the matter to the planning stage was passed and the suggestion for a site visit was turned down.

7. Community Development

Visit to Renton. KS and DC provided some details of the visit to Renton.

7. Web Site and Booklet

As Dave Scott was not in attendance, there was nothing to report.

8. Calendar:

JC gave details of the planned launch of the calendar on 30th Sept.and confirmed that the

event would take place in Dunfermline Library. Sales of the calendar were reasonable and

£400 had been passed to the Treasurer. JC added that Bill Walker had invited him to attend

the next Farmers Market..

9. Treasurers Report.

The Treasurer stated that the current bank balance was £3,647.73p :

10. Correspondence

In As Donald Murdoch was not in attendance, there was nothing to report.

11. AOCB

It was agreed that the AGM would feature as an item on the next agenda.

12. Date of Next Meeting

12th October 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 10.08.11, Blairhall New Community

1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, David Scott, , Jim Hensman, John Crane, Alan Arbuthnott, Ann MacDonald, David Chisholm

2. Apologies

Lyn Hoey, John Le Marie

3. Minute of Meeting of 13.07.11

Accepted. Proposed by Jim Hensman, seconded by John Crane

4. Matters Arising

  • Donald Murdoch confirmed that a letter re care homes has been sent to Cllr Brett

  • David Chisholm has been booked to the Development Trust Association conference

  • John Duffy will write to the Community Councils Forum re Wind matters

5. Progress

  • Scrambling: Nothing to report. David Chisholm indicated that one of his neighbours haformed a small circuit and will speak to him about its

  • Planning Issues: John :Le Marie has invited the Forestry Commission officer responsible for renewables to West Fife woodland’s next meeting. All are invited

  • Social Charges: Nothing to report

  • Calendar: The tourist office is out as a venue for the launch and John Crane has booked the Carnegie Library. It was agreed that a buffet and wine should be provided. Ann MacDonald will contact Alistair Bruce to launch the event

6. Community Development

David Chisholm reported on his and Donald murdoch’s visit to Renton. The development trust is doing things that are relevant to West Fife and Saline Environmental Group is organising a separate visit. Members of this group will be offered an opportunity to participate

7. Web Site and Booklet

Numbers are holding up with 3982 hits compared with 3248 last year. Contributions are also coming in

8. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £7515.73.

9. Correspondence

None

  • It was agreed that David Chisholm be the group’s delegate

10. AOCB

  • Donald Murdoch advised of a new grant for clean ups

  • David Chisholm advised of East Wemyss success in the Village SOS, which had been discussed by the group last year

  • Ann MacDonald and Alan Arbuthnott reported on Fife council’s investigations of a travellers’ stop-over site between Cairneyhill and Torryburn. There is strong opposition from Cairneyhill and Torryburn and the owner seems unwilling to lease to the Council. There are particular concerns about road safety. There is concern about the lack of proper consultation by the council. It was agreed that the situation should be monitored

11 Date of Next Meeting

7th September 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.



West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 13.07.11, Blairhall New Community

1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, David Scott, John Le Marie, Jim Hensman, Ann Robinson, John Crane

2. Apologies

David Chisholm, Lyn Hoey

3. Minute of Meeting of 08.06.11

Accepted. Proposed by John Le Marie, seconded by Jim Hensman

4. Matters Arising

Donald Murdoch circulated a draft letter to Cllr Brett re care homes. This was accepted

5. Progress

  • Scrambling: Nothing to report

  • Planning Issues: DM advised of the situation regarding small scale wind developments at Steelend and the presentation by the company promoting such developments. It was agreed that the group should maintain a watching brief and that john Duffy should write to the Community Councils Forum

  • Social Charges: It was noted that comments on the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership must be submitted by 9th September 2011

  • Calendar: JC advised on changes to the calendar and his proposals for its launch.

6. Community Development

Donald Murdoch advised of his and David Chisholm’s visit to Mybus in Methil. Both were impressed with the good work being carried out

John Duffy advised of a visit to Renton being organized by Stirling Council and opportunities for members to participate. Anyone interested should contact John.

7. Web Site and Booklet

There has been a good flow of articles and hits are up by around 1,000 compared with 2010

8. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £7515.73.

9. Correspondence

  • E mail from Lynn Hoey advising of a conference by the Development trust association. It was agreed that David Chisholm be the group’s delegate

10. AOCB

  • Donald Murdoch advised of his and Jim Hensman’s attendance at the recent BIG Lottery seminar in Kirkcaldy. Most of our communities are eligible for the latest fund but this finishes at the end of this year.

  • John Duffy will write to the Community Councils Forum about the future of Ward 16 at Queen Margaret Hospital

11. Date of Next Meeting

10th August 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.



West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 08.06.11, Blairhall New Community

1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, Andy Young, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, Alan Arbuthnott, Ann MacDonald, David Chisholm, Mary Parry, David Scott, Lynn Hoey, John Le Marie, Jim Hensman

2. Apologies

John Crane

3. Mary Parry (Mybus)

Mary described the work of Mybus, a social enterprise based in Methil. She described the various factors involved in running a community transport enterprise. It was agreed that a visit should be held on 21st June 2011

4. Minute of Meeting of 11.05.11

Accepted. Proposed by Muriel Colver, seconded by John Duffy

5. Matters Arising

Nothing

5. Progress

  • Scrambling: Cllr Bobby Clelland is trying to set up a club and has been in touch with John Duffy. It was noted that the Police have been active in Valleyfield Wood and Shore Road, Torryburn

  • Planning Issues: JD advised that he wrote to councilors about wind turbines. It was agreed that a watching brief be maintained

  • Social Charges: Concern was expressed about the current problems in the private care system. While it was accepted that Fife Council will not change its decision, it was agreed that assurances should be sought about staff and impact on the local economy

  • Calendar: JC advised that a bar code had been added to make the calendar more attractive to shopkeepers. He will be discussing a possible launch in the Dunfermline Tourist Office

6. Community Development

  • Meeting with Community Councils Forum: JD will write up the options for action. Concern was expressed at the lack of representation from High Valleyfield

  • Saline and Steelend Event: JH reported on the event that had proved popular with the community. The Action Plan is now being refined

7. Web Site and Booklet

Hits are leveling out and averaging 4500-4800 each month. “What’s on” is increasingly popular

8. Treasurer’s Report

The current balance is £8015.79.

9. Correspondence

None

10. AOCB

  • DM updated on discussions with Fife Council and representatives from Carnock, Oakley/Comrie and Blairhall about better access to the West Fife Cycleway. It was agreed that £500 be contributed towards the cost of working up proposals

  • KS asked that Cllr Walker be added to the circulation list

  • A MacD advised of concerns of children’s safety in Cairneyhill following Fife Council’s decision to replace the school crossing patrol with the primary school janitor.

11. Date of Next Meeting

13th July 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.



West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 11.05.11 at Blairhall New Community

1. Present

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, Muriel Colver, Ann Robinson, Yvette Lovelock, Andy Young, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore, John Crane

2. Apologies

Lynn Hoey, John Le Marie, Jim Hensman, David Chisholm, David Scott

3. Minute of Meeting of 09.03.11

Accepted. Proposed by Ann Robinson, seconded by Andy Young

4. Minutes of Meeting of 13.04.11

Accepted. Proposed by Ann Robinson, seconded by Muriel Colver

5. Matters Arising

Nothing

5. Progress

  • Scrambling: Nothing to report

  • Planning Issues: JD advised that we have missed the boat on Fife Council’s consultation on wind power. He will write to councilors prior to Fife council’s discussion of revised policies at the June committee

  • Social Charges: Nothing to report

  • Calendar Competition: JC reported that 50 entries had been from which a final 13 had been selected. It was agreed that the winning photo and payment should receive £25 with the remainder receiving £10 each. It was noted that the winning photographer had returned his prize


6. Community Development

JD has arranged a meeting with the West Fife Villages Community Councils Forum on Thursday 19th May at 7pm in Blairhall New Community. The Saline/Steelend open day will be held on 29th May in Saline Community Centre between 11am and 3pm

7. Web Site and Booklet

Nothing to report

8. Treasurer’s Report
The current balance is £8590.39p. Web site management fees have been paid to Links Media along with £500 to Culross Abbey Church. Expenses are due regarding the calendar and it was agreed that a donation of £150 be made towards the West Fife Villages exhibition of Art and Photography

9. Correspondence

None

10. AOCB

  • AR advised of concerns in Crombie about the use of pesticides close to people’s homes

  • DM advised of a bid by Fife Council to improve access from Saline/Steelend, Oakley/Comrie and Blairhall. A copy will be obtained from Transportation and circulated to members


11. Date of Next Meeting
8th June 2011 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community.




West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 13.04.11 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Ann Robinson, Ann MacDonald, Alan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Kate Stewart, Violet Dunsmore

2. Apologies
Lynn Hoey, John Crane, Yvette Lovelock

3. Minute of Meeting of 09.03.11

Not available. To be discussed at next meeting

4. Matters Arising
To be covered at next meeting
.
5. Progress
Scrambling: No progress. It was noted that this was becoming a problem again
Planning Issues: DM reported on more pressure wind turbines. These are becoming larger and more industrial in scale. It was agreed that a letter should be prepared for submission to Fife Council
Social Charges: Concern was expressed about Fife Council’s decision on care homes. In particular, savings should not be made at the expense of local staff and a letter should be prepared for submission to Fife Council’s chief executive
Bus Services: The meeting with Cllr tony Martin and Stagecoach went well and improved timetables are now in place. However, it was felt that there was scope fore local delivery of services. Kate Stewart advised of an initiative in Methil and it was agreed that this should be looked at
Snowdrop Festival: John Le Marie that bad weather had impacted on numbers but 22 schools had participated with 800 children attending. John is giving up his co-coordinating role and a new co-coordinator for West Fife is required

6. Community Development
John Duffy has raised this at the Community Councils Forum and a meeting is to be organized. John will discuss this with David Richards

7. Web Site and Booklet
Hits continue to hold up with 4580 in March 2011 compared to 2826 last year. Minutes are the most viewed articles. New articles have been posted but more are required. Groups should be contacted to advise of potential to promote activities on “What’s On”

8. Treasurer’s Report
The current balance is £9640.39.

9. Correspondence
E mail from John Crane reminding of the group’s agreement to award a prize for the best photos in the calendar competition. It was agreed that Muriel Colver would liaise with John on this

10. AOCB
John Le Marie advised of a request from Culross Abbey Church for a contribution towards work to convert buildings to a visitor centre. This was considered appropriate as the wider area would be promoted. DM will circulate a letter from the church and, subject to no objections, Muriel Colver will issue a cheque for £500
Muriel Colver advised on an open day to be held in Blairhall New Community on 11th June
Jim Hensman reminded of the West Fife Exhibition of Art and Photography being held on 30th April and 1st May
Problems associated with Fife council’s identification of a stop-over site for travelling people were discussed. There are particular concerns about road safety

11. Date of Next Meeting
11th May 2011 in Blairhall New Community.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group
Minute of Meeting held on 09.02.11 in Blairhall New Community Centre

1.0 Present : John Duffy, John Crane, Jim Hensman, Yvette Lovelock, Andy Young, Ann Robinson, Kate Stewart, John Le Marie, Violet Dunsmore.

2.0 Apologies : Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, Muriel Colver.

3.0 Minutes of the previous meeting Accepted. Proposed by YL, Seconded by AR.

4.0 Matters Arising: JD reported that he had drafted a letter for Andy Young in relation to the use of the Valleyfield Community Centre for boxing training.

5.0 Progress

Scrambling: JD advised that Bob Reid was progressing the establishment of a club in Clackmannanshire, It was agreed that the Group should support this initiative and ask the local Councilors to add their support to it.

Planning Issues: Proliferation of small scale wind turbines proposals - carried forwarded.

It was noted that LRDs application for the extraction of coal/ shale and the remediation of Comrie Colliery had been approved by the South West Area Committee. This included the establishment of a Community Liaison Committee.

Social Charges: Nothing to report.

Bus Services: Matter carried forward subject to the outcome of the public meeting to be held in Saline with Cllr Tony Martin scheduled for 22nd February.


Snowdrop Festival: JLM advised that preparations were going to plan and that Fife Council was scheduled to carry out work in the woods prior to the end of the current financial year.


6.0 Community Development: It was agreed JD to write to David Richards to arrange a meeting with representatives of the Forum to discuss the potential of working with local Community Councils to roll out a programme of village consultations throughout West Fife.


7.0 Web Site and Booklet: Three enquires had been received in relation to the booklet - One from a resident in Crossford suggesting that Crossford should be included in the booklet. It was agreed that the group should check the Council boundaries at it was felt that Crossford formed part of the Dunfermline ward.


Two enquires asking why Limekilns and Charlestown had not been included in the Booklet – it was agreed that group would write to the Community Council and the member of the public explaining that the WFVCP groups constitution currently only covers developing projects for the benefit of only the16 villages/ communities in West Fife. However the group would consider amending its constitution at the next AGM too include Limekilns and Charlestown if there was a commitment from these communities to have a representative on the group.


JC advised that an article about the competition for scenes for the calendar was now up on the website.

8.0 Treasurer’s Report – Matter carried forward

9.0 Correspondence: JD opened correspondence received that evening from the Fife Heritage Community Orchestra – It was agreed to consider these proposals at the group’s next meeting.

10.0 AOCB - None

11.0 Date of Next Meeting: 9th March 2011, in Blairhall New Community Centre.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group
Minute of Meeting of 09.01.11 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Yvette Lovelock, Andy Young, Ann Robinson,

2. Apologies
Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald, David Chisholm

3. Minute of Meeting of 10.11.10
Accepted. Proposed by john Le Marie, seconded by John Crane

4. Matters Arising
None

5. Progress
Scrambling: JD has spoken to Bob Reid who is looking to establish a club in Alloa. He is seeking funding for a development officer. It was felt that this would be the best approach for this group and we will continue to monitor
Planning Issues: DM reported on pressure on land around Knockhill for small scale wind turbines. While the current proposals are acceptable, there is concern about a proliferation of these generally. It was noted that Fife Council is consulting on revised policies and John Duffy will write to councillors
It was noted that the Blair house Opencast trust has been established. Yvette is chair and Marie Crane is treasurer. It was noted that it will be some time before the trust calls for applications
Social Charges: Nothing to report but it was noted that Fife Council has been consulting on the provision of care homes for elderly people.
Bus Services: The meeting with Cllr tony Martin was cancelled due to the bad weather and has now been scheduled for 22nd February. The possibility of grant assistance for community transport from the Climate Challenge Fund and Green Travel was discussed
Snowdrop Festival: John Le Marie confirmed that the event will start on 5th February. Events and guides have been organized but he is concerned about the conditions in the car park and paths

6. Community Development
JD has raised this at the Community Councils Forum. It was felt that an individual meeting with the forum would be the best way forward

7. Web Site and Booklet
Hits continue to increase with 4700 in December compared to 2500 last year.
The booklet has been distributed but there was concern that SNP stickers had been attached to some in Kincardine
David Scott reminded of the need for new articles
David Scott advised on costs for the calendars proposed by John Crane. It was agreed that this be progressed and it was agreed that a prize should be awarded to the best painting


8. Treasurer’s Report
The current balance is £9780.64. Catering and the donation to Culross Abbey re the booklet launch are not included

9. Correspondence
• Letter from Blairhall New Community asking for a representative to be nominated. A volunteer is sought

10. AOCB
Donald Murdoch advised on discussions with Peter Wilson regarding links with the Dunfermline and West Fife Tourism Authority. Donald and Muriel will be attending presentations on the association and marketing of the extended coastal path. The association has a new web site and will take articles from this area and has been asked to liaise with David Scott. Rev Jayne Scott has agreed to act as a link for the West Fife Villages. It was agreed that Peter Wilson be contacted about David Chisholm also joining the LTA team
Andy Young indicated that his boxing club has been moved to another part of Valleyfield Community Centre. This is inconvenient for the club and decisions had been taken by Fife Council without consulting the club. John Duffy agreed to help Andy prepare a letter to local councilors
John Crane agreed to take the minutes of the next two meetings

11. Date of Next Meeting
9th February 2011 in Blairhall New Community.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of Meeting of 10.11.10 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Yvette Lovelock, Andy Young, Jim Hensman, Ann Robinson, Frances Mackie

2. Apologies
Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald

3. Minute of Meeting of 13.10.10

Minutes accepted. Proposed by Jim Hensman, seconded by John Crane

4. Guest: Frances Mackie
Frances represents the Fife Families Support Group whose remit is to help families caring for people with mental health problems. There is an identified need for action in the West fife Villages and FFS is keen to make people aware of what is on offer. Following considerable discussion and support for the project, it was agreed that information could be posted on the web site and that individual group members would circulate leaflets etc round community centres, surgeries etc
.
5. Progress
Scrambling: JD is waiting for word back from Bob Reid
Planning Issues: AR reported on public meetings re the proposed container facility at Rosyth Dockyard and the concerns of local people. Levels of heavy traffic are a particular concern
Social Charges: Nothing to report but there are concerns about Fife Council’s service. JC referred to a 92 years old man in Saline who has been badly affected.
Bus Services: The possibility of community transport was raised and it was agreed that a search of the Internet be carried out. JH advised that Cllr Tony Martin was being invited to Saline CC
Opencasts: It was noted that Yvette Lovelock and Marie Crane were the community representatives on the trust for the Blair House site. There appears some confusion of the trust’s area of operations and remit. YL confirmed that exact details of the these had not yet been received.

6. Community Development
JD has found it difficult to raise at the Community Councils’ Forum due to the amount of routine business to be covered. He will continue to try to raise this issue

7. Web site and Booklet
Hits continue to increase with 5841 in October. The booklet is going well and copies will be fed into the TIC/Library system


8. Treasurer’s Report
The current balance is £9815.64.
It was agreed that a donation of £150 be sent to Culross Abbey to cover costs associated with the booklet launch

9. Correspondence
None

10. AOCB
John Crane suggested that the possibility of a calendar for 2011 be investigated and it was agreed that david Scott should advise on costs
It was noted that a group is trying to set up a drumming group for young people and it was agreed that this could be publicised through the web site and via members’ participation in other group

11. Date of Next Meeting
8th December 2010 in Blairhall New Community.


Minute of Meeting of 10.11.10 at Blairhall New Community


1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Yvette Lovelock, Andy Young, Jim Hensman, Ann Robinson, Frances Mackie

2. Apologies
Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald

3. Minute of Meeting of 13.10.10
Minutes accepted. Proposed by Jim Hensman, seconded by John Crane

4. Guest: Frances Mackie
Frances represents the Fife Families Support Group whose remit is to help families caring for people with mental health problems. There is an identified need for action in the West fife Villages and FFS is keen to make people aware of what is on offer. Following considerable discussion and support for the project, it was agreed that information could be posted on the web site and that individual group members would circulate leaflets etc round community centres, surgeries etc
.
5. Progress
Scrambling: JD is waiting for word back from Bob Reid
Planning Issues: AR reported on public meetings re the proposed container facility at Rosyth Dockyard and the concerns of local people. Levels of heavy traffic are a particular concern
Social Charges: Nothing to report but there are concerns about Fife Council’s service. JC referred to a 92 years old man in Saline who has been badly affected.
Bus Services: The possibility of community transport was raised and it was agreed that a search of the Internet be carried out. JH advised that Cllr Tony Martin was being invited to Saline CC
Opencasts: It was noted that Yvette Lovelock and Marie Crane were the community representatives on the trust for the Blair House site. There appears some confusion of the trust’s area of operations and remit. YL confirmed that exact details of the these had not yet been received.

6. Community Development
JD has found it difficult to raise at the Community Councils’ Forum due to the amount of routine business to be covered. He will continue to try to raise this issue

7. Web site and Booklet
Hits continue to increase with 5841 in October. The booklet is going well and copies will be fed into the TIC/Library system


8. Treasurer’s Report
The current balance is £9815.64.
It was agreed that a donation of £150 be sent to Culross Abbey to cover costs associated with the booklet launch

9. Correspondence
• None

10. AOCB
• John Crane suggested that the possibility of a calendar for 2011 be investigated and it was agreed that David Scott should advise on costs
• It was noted that a group is trying to set up a drumming group for young people and it was agreed that this could be publicised through the web site and via members’ participation in other group

11. Date of Next Meeting
8th December 2010 in Blairhall New Community.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group

Minute of meeting held on 13.10.10 in Blairhall New Community Centre

Present - John Duffy, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Andy Young, Jim Hensman, Jo Ross

1. Apologies - Cllr Bobby Clelland, Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald, David Chisholm, Donald Murdoch, Yvette Lovelock, Derek Burns

2. Approval of the Minutes of previous meeting
– Approved - Proposed by JH Seconded by MC

3. Progress
Scrambling: JLM advised that there had been a slight increase in activity in Valleyfield woods, the issue had remained as one of the three priorities for the Police to take action locally. ACTION:JD to contact Bob Reid / SACU to ascertain what was happening nationally.

Planning Issues: JC advised that a Trust and Community Liaison group had been set up to administer the funding generated from the Scottish Coal opencast site. The criteria for the fund was relatively loose but he hoped that the communities affected the most by the opencast would benefit the most from the fund.

Social Charges: Nothing to report but it was likely that further changes could be in the pipeline as a result of the overall budget cuts within the Council.

Bus Services: The cut of buses services to Saline was now in the hands of Councillors. It was agreed that the Group should keep a watching brief on the matter and look more thoroughly at community transport issues and options within the West Fife villages.

4. Community Development - JD advised he had been unable to attend the previous Forum meeting but would endeavor to attend the next meeting to ask the Forum for their support in taking David’s original proposal for workshops in each village forward.

5. Website - The number of hits on the website continue to increase.

6. Booklet Launch - It was agreed that the booklet would be formally launched on 21st October in Culross Abbey at 2pm by Jim Douglas. Invites to be emailed out and DS to produce and disseminate a press release. It was noted that the Group would have to give a donation for the use of the Abbey. JC advised that the display in the library had been well received.

7. Treasurer’s Report -MC advised that the current balance stood at £9815.64.

8. AOCB

Theatre Workshop Scotland Jo Ross advised that the Group were currently looking for people in West Fife to be involved in all aspects of the production of a film about mining communities in Fife. Two public meetings were planned.

South West Fife Local & Community Services - It was noted that Services had been restructured.

Valleyfield Woods - JLM reported that that the Wood Management Plan for Valleyfield Woods had been reviewed and the percentage of trees which were to be felled had been reduced. Works were due to start late March 2011.

9. Date of Next Meeting -10th November 2010 in Blairhall New Community Centre at 7pm.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group
M
inute of Meeting of 08.9.10 at Blairhall Community Centre


1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, David Chisholm, Yvette Lovelock, Andy Young, Jim Hensman

2. Apologies
Cllr Bobby Clelland, Lynn Hoey, Ann MacDonald

3. Minute of Meeting of 11.0.10
Minutes accepted. Proposed by Muriel Colver, seconded by John Crane

4. Progress
Scrambling:
nothing to report.
Planning Issues: It was noted that planning permission had been granted for new housing at the Oakley white Gates junction. This might be an opportunity to secure much needed junction improvement
Social Charges: Nothing to report.
Bus Services: A large petition from Saline and Steelend residents had been handed to Tony Martin, Fife Council. A demonstration outside New City House had been successful with front page coverage in the Dunfermline Press. Feedback was awaited but, given the Stagecoach representative’s attitude on the day, changes are not anticipated. However, Cllrs Clelland and Walker are committed to looking at Fife Council’s current subsidies.

5. Community Development
JD has found it difficult to raise at the Community Councils’ Forum due to the amount of routine business to be covered. He will continue to try to raise this issue

6. Web site and Booklet
Hits continue to increase.
Ann MacDonald has not been able to feed back on a date suitable for Dougie Vipond due to serious illness. JD will try to contact Lord Charles Bruce as a substitute

7. Fife Council Policy and Organisational Development Monitor
DM circulated a draft response to Sharon Douglas, which was accepted. It is anticipated that Sharon will feed back her recommendations and these will be discussed when available

8. Treasurer’s Report
MC advised that the books have been audited and that the current balance is £9864.64

9. Correspondence
E mail from Lynn Hoey advising of a possible supply of free trees from the Woodland
Trust for community groups

10. AOCB
John Crane advised that he had found an on line printer for raffle tickets offering a good service
John Le Marie advised that the possibility of extending the West Fife Snowdrop Festival to Craigflower and Blair Castle was being investigated and that he was looking to establish the owners

11. Date of Next Meeting
13th October 2010 in Blairhall New Community. This will also be the AGM



West Fife Villages Community Planning Group
M
inute of Meeting of 11.8.10 at Blairhall Community Centre

1. Present
John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, David Scott, John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, John Bonnar, David Chisholm

2. Apologies
Jim Hensman, Yvette Lovelock, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Lynn Hoey

3. Minute of Meeting of 09.05.10
Minutes accepted. Proposed by Muriel Colver, seconded by John Crane

4. Minute of Meeting of 14.07.10
Minutes accepted. Proposed by John Le Marie, seconded by Muriel Colver

5. Progress
Scrambling: nothing to report. JD will speak to Bob Reid about future action
Planning Issues: It was noted that LRD have applied to opencast at Comrie Colliery. It was agreed to support the proposal subject to conditions. Fife Council should be advised that the group favours more development post restoration and considers that there should be a single trust fund for this and the Blair House site. Dm will draft a letter for discussion
Social Charges: Nothing to report.

6. Community Development
It was noted that David Chisholm’s involvement will be restricted by his work with architecture and Design Scotland and agreed that the matter be raised with the Community Councils Forum. The recent meeting with Sharon Douglas (Fife Council) highlighted a need to address issues that will be affected by cutbacks. It was noted that BRAG may be able to help on consultations and that their manager should be contacted

7. Web site and Booklet
Hits have now increased to nearly 5,000 compared with 2503 last year. Minutes are particularly popular.
The booklets have now been printed and will be distributed following the launch. Ann MacDonald has confirmed that Dougie Vipond will do the launch but has to confirm a suitable date. It was agreed that the launch be in Culross Town House and that a price for catering be obtained.


8. Fife Council Policy and Organisational Development Monitor

John Duffy, Donald Murdoch, John Crane and John Le Marie met with Sharon Douglas who was carrying out a monitor of the group’s operations and expenditure. It was clear that there was a difference of opinion on the extent of Fife Council’s contribution and what these were for. However, the key factor is the future representation on the group and a need to encourage more participation. Donald Murdoch will prepare a response and Sharon will advise of her recommendations

9. Correspondence
E mail from Lynn Hoey advising of Ray Wood’s retiral presentation

10. AOCB
John Crane advised that he had contacted Scottish Natural History with a view to Saline Glen being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
John Le Marie advised on Valleyfield Wood liaison problems and of the community’s concern over the extent of felling operations proposed by Fife Council
John Le Marie advised of several areas of woodland being sold, apparently by the Coal Authority. He was particularly concerned about the sale of Comrie Dean and asked that the group consider acquisition

11. Date of Next Meeting
8th September 2010 in Blairhall New Community.


West Fife Villages Community Planning Group
M
inute of Meeting of 14.7.10 at Blairhall Community Centre

Present: Ann McDonald, John Crane, Jim Hensman, John LeMarie, Muriel Clover, John Duffy.

Apologies: Donald Murdoch, Dave Scott, Yvette Lovelock

1.0 Complaint from Councillor Walker - JD confirmed that he forwarded a response to Councillor Walker who had acknowledged it.

2.0 Scrambling - nothing to report.

3.0 Planning Issues - It was noted that Scottish Coal were now looking to sell the site at North Farm and as a result of this there had been no further progress in setting up a Trust.

LRD Ltd had applied for planning permission for the Comrie Colliery site for the removal of coal and shale and the reclamation of the site. It was agreed that the group should look at the application and consider supporting it.

4.0 Social Charges - Nothing to report. However, people receiving services were to be reviewed.

5.0 Community Development – It was agreed that JD would contact David Chisholm to discuss his original proposal .

6.0 Treasurers report – MC reported that the balance stood at £19573.64.

7.0 Booklet – The booklet was due to be ready early August. JC have arranged to have them stored at Saline Church Hall. It was agreed that the group needed to identify key / central location and outlets which would disseminate the brochures.

8.0 Website – DS had agreed to AMcD request to post a calendar of events on the website to help people to plan and schedule events and reduce the potential of events clashing. Crombie Community Council had added their minutes to the site.

9.0 AOB
Saline Stone Men – JC advised that the sculptures were due to go up for public auction at Bonhams on 16th August. JC reported that he had written to a number of bodies alerting them to the auction and highlighting the importance of the sculptures as a local heritage feature.

Sale of Land – JLM reported that Scottish Coal was selling off 4 parcels of land in West Fife.

Andy Easton – It was noted that Andy Easton and DM were offering a consultancy/ project development and management service to community groups. JD to pass the information onto AMcD.

High Valleyfield Centenary Celebration - JD advised that Andy Young had asked that a representative of the group laid a wreath at the opening ceremony.

Tourism.net. fife.com - JC advised that he had came a cross a reference to the group/ website in a newspaper article and suggested that it would be worth while finding out who they where and what they did.

10.0 Date of the next meeting: 11th August


 

 

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