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West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 14th December 2016

Present: Allan Arbuthnott (chair), Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, John Le Marie, Dave Scott, Ronnie Collins,

Apologies: Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, Muriel Colver

1. Introduction

AA indicated that the focus of the meeting would focus on actions required to progress the e book

2. Minutes of November Meeting

Carried forward to January 2017 meeting

3. Finances

JB has sumitted the paperwork for new signatories to the bank but has yet to hear from them

DM indicated that the 2015/16 accounts have been audited and can be passed at the January 2017. Copies to be circulated

4. E book

It was agreed that AA's draft letter to businesses should form the basis for letters to other communities. At present, communities in hand are;

Cairneyhill

Oakley and Comrie

Carnock

Saline and Steelend

Actions re others are:

Kincardine: RC to contact Donald Campbell

Culross: In the unavailability of A MacD, RC to investigate

Low Valleyfield: Sheila Carrabine to be contacted

High Valleyfield: J Le M to contact Cllr Kate Stewart

Torryburn and Newmills: John Duffy to advise

Crombie: Community Council to be contacted

Limekilns and Charlestown: community council to be contacted


5. Future Activities

Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB

None

7. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 12th November 2017 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


West Fife Villages Community Projects Group


Note of Meeting of 12th October 2016

Present: Jim Hensman, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie, Dave Scott, Cllr Bobby Clelland, Ronnie Collins

Apologies: Allan Arbuthnott

1. Introduction

In Allan Arbuthnott's absence, John Le Marie took the chair

2. Minutes of September Meeting
Approved. Proposed by JH, seconded by MC

3. Finances

JB has sumitted the paperwork for new signatories to the bank but has yet to hear from them
£10,000 has been received from the BIG Lottery. This and the contribution from Comrie Restoration Trust has been ring-fenced in the accounts

4. Awards For All
DS submitted proposals as a basis for the e book. It was felt that this is a useful starting point but there was scope to extend it to place greater emphasis on tourism promotion. This will require input from other groups.

5. Web Site
DS indicated that there has been an increase in hits compared with 2015 but more articles are still required

6. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

7. AOCB
None

8. Date of next meeting
Wednesday 9th November 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

Minutes

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 14th September 2016


Present: Allan Arbuthnott, Jim Hensman, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Muriel Colver
Apologies: Dave Scott, Ronnie Collins, John Le Marie, Ann MacDonald

1. Minutes of August Meeting
Approved. Proposed by JH, seconded by JB

2. Finances
Muriel Colver transferred financial paperwork to John Bonnar. DM will copy new bank signatories and JB will take to AA and J Le M for signing
MC confirmed that £60 had been paid for hall hire

3. Awards For All
DM passed the information required to the BIG Lottery and confirmed that £10,000 has been paid into the bank. It will now be necessary to agree the contents of the book

4. Web Site
More articles still required

5. Future Activities
Carried over to next meeting

6. AOCB
Because of the complications with changing the bank account, it was agreed that the group name reverts to Community Planning Group. This will necessitate adoption of a revised constitution

7 Date of next meeting
Wednesday 12th October 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

Minutes

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 13th April 2016

Present: Jim Hensman, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Ronnie Collins, Dave Scott, Ann MacDonald, Alan Arbuthnott, John Duffy

Apologies: John Crane, Muriel Colver, John Le Marie

1. Introductory remarks:
AA welcomed those present

2. Web Site
The financial position has improved in that John Le Marie has secured funding from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative that will enable the web site to continue. Nevertheless, it is essential that new funding is secured

3. Minute of April meeting

Accepted. Proposed by John Bonnar, seconded by Ronnie Collins

4. Finances

In the absence of the treasurer, an up to date position is not available. However, it was confirmed that the books have been audited.

DM indicated that it was essential that the bank account name should match the constitution if funding is to be secured. He will try to contact Muriel Colver to establish the position. He did understand that Muriel wishes to stand down for health reasons and JB agreed to take on the treasurer role. It was also noted that there will be a need to change cheque signatures.

5. Awards For All

DM has amended the application and will resubmit after discussion with Alan Arbuthnott and confirmation of financial position with Muriel Colver

4. Future Activities

It was considered essential that new people are recruited and that there is a meaningful project that meets the group's objectives. One possibility would be to consult on drawing up a Community Action Plan that draws together existing ones, fills in gaps and identifies common issues that could be used to stimulate investment in the area. DM will produce notes on this

5. AOCB

Consultation on the Rural Manifesto was discussed. It was felt that inadequate notice of the meeting had been given. DM and RC had attended and found it interesting

6. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 8th June 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Note of Meeting of 13th April 2016

Present: Jim Hensman, John Le Marie, Donald Murdoch, John Bonnar, Ronnie Collins

Apologies: John Crane

1. Introductory remarks:
In view of the modest attendance and absence of minutes etc from the previous meeting, it was agreed that there should be a general discussion of key issues

2. Web Site
The financial position is a big concern but it was noted that there was a lot of support from groups who used it to demonstrate compliance with funders' requirements for publicity. It was therefore agreed that sources of funding should be sought but, in the meantime, the webmaster be advised to put his work on hold. It was also suggested that community councils be asked to contribute

3. Awards For All

Due to John Crane's poor health it had not been possible to submit the application. DM will take over as contact and discuss submission with Alan Arbuthnott

4. Future Activities

It was considered essential that new people are recruited and that there is a meaningful project that meets the group's objectives. One possibility would be to consult on drawing up a Community Action Plan that draws together existing ones, fills in gaps and identifies common issues that could be used to stimulate investment in the area.

5. AOCB

John Crane's ill health was noted with concern. DM indicated that Saline and Steelend Community Council was organising a presentation to John and Jim Hensman to acknowledge their considerable contribution to their own and the wider area. Group members have been invited to the event.

6. Date of next meeting

Wednesday 11th May 2016 in Blairhall Community Centre at 7pm

 


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minutes of the meeting held on 12th November 2014, Blairhall New Centre at 7pm


Present: J Crane, J Bonnar, J Hensman, D Murdoch, J Duffy, D Lord, J Le Marie


1.0 Apologies: A Arbuthnott, D Scott, A MacDonald, M Colver


2.0 Previous Minutes Proposed JB, seconded DM, and approved.


3.0 Booklet and website: ACTION: JD to re-submit revised application to Awards for All. JC to forward contact details for Comrie Trust.


4.0 Treasurer: Carried forward


  1. Planning :


FifePlan - it was agreed that the Group would submit comments on the following:


    • The lack of meaningful support given to communities during the consultation process;


    • The housing allocation for Saline and the strain that these proposals would place on the road network, existing facilities and services in Oakley;


    • Site Oakley , OAK003


    • Site Carnock, GWH001


Blair House: JC expressed his concerns over the lack of communication and consultation from the new owner MRT in relation to what was to happen with the site.


Dart Energy public enquiry - DL advised that:



  • A decision would be known in the New Year.


6.0 AOCB: None


7.0 AGM: It was agreed that the AGM would be held on 10/12/2014 at 7pm



Agenda


  1. Apologies

  2. Approval of minutes

  3. Booklet & website

  4. Treasurers report

  5. Planning matters

  6. AOB



West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2014, Blairhall New Centre at 7pm


Present: J Crane, M Colver, J Bonnar, A MacDonald, J Hensman, D Murdoch, D Scott


1.0 Apologies: J Duffy, J Le Marie, A Arbuthnott,


2.0 Previous Minutes Proposed JB, seconded DM


3.0 Booklet and web site: JC reminded to send Comrie Trust app forms to JD. Possibility of app to Coalfield Communities Regen Trust. DS advised that web site hits were encouraging with increases over last year. Other community newsletter editors to be encouraged to send PDFs on them to DS.


4.0 Treasurer: Current balance £3022.41 but £2000 ring-fenced for booklet. Books audited


5.0 Turbines: concern over Blairhall CC not being consulted on proposed turbine close to community but in Oakley CC area. View that developers of smaller turbines should pay pro rata into community funds. Some feeling that there should be a single fund for all turbines and targeting of projects


6.0 Blair House: JB reported on meeting with MRT. App for further coal extraction anticipated. Insurers being awkward. Community engagement/participation considered essential.


7.0 AOCB:


  • JC starting chemo and unlikely to be at next meetings.


  • Need to agree date for AGM


8.0 Next meeting: 12/11/2014 at 7pm


Agenda


  1. Apologies

  2. Approval of minutes

  3. Booklet & website

  4. Treasurers report

  5. Planning matters

  6. AOB

  7. Date for the AGM



West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minute of Meeting of 10.09.14, Blairhall New Community

1. Present: Donald Murdoch, John Crane, John Le Marie, John Bonnar, Muriel Colver, Ann Macdonald, Allan Arbuthnott, John Duffy.

2. Apologies: David Scott, Jim Hensman, Cllr Bobby Cleland.

3. Minute of Meeting of Previous Meeting: Proposed: DM Murdoch Seconded: MC and approved.

4. Booklet: JD advised that the application to Awards for All had been unsuccessful as the scheme had been oversubscribed. It was agreed to resubmit the application and to submit an application to the Comrie Trust. ACTION: JD

5. Treasurer’s Report: MC reported that the current balance was £4,158, less website fees. £2,000 was ring fenced for the booklet. MC disseminated forms from the bank which needed to be amended and signed.

6. Wind Turbines It was noted that:

  • Fife Council had submitted a screening option for the erection of 4 turbines on Blairhall Bings

  • REGs appeal against Fife Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for turbines at Ouith Muir had been unsuccessful.

  • The Community Council Forum had agreed in principle to administer the funds from Lockshaw Moss. However, Fife Council’s Legal Services had still to confirm if this was acceptable and what had been agreed with the developer.

7. Blair House Opencast Coal Site: It was noted that MRT had bought the site and planned to remove the coal from it and restore it. A meeting of the liaison committee was scheduled to take place on October 3.

8. AOB: AA & AMacd advised that the proposal for the development of housing north of Main St, Cairneyhill within the Fife Plan had been approved.

9.  Date of Next Meeting: 8 October 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre. 


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minute of Meeting of 13.08.14, Blairhall New Community


1. Present

Donald Murdoch, John Crane (chair), John Le Marie, John Bonnar, Muriel Colver

2. Apologies

John Duffy, David Scott, Jim Hensman

3. Minute of Meeting of Previous Meeting

Proposed by Donald Murdoch, seconded by John Bonnar

4. Booklet

It was agreed that there is a need to investigate alternative. £2000 is held from Comrie Trust. In the meantime, JD is to be asked to establish the possibility of a resubmission of the application to BIG Lottery

5. Treasurer’s Report

Bill for web site now paid. There are problems with bank re cheques signing .£4158 is the current balance, less web site fees

6. Wind Turbines

It is considered that income from community funds would best be administered by this group. A letter should be sent to Fife Council following meeting of Community Councils’ Forum. JC advised the REG had appealed re Outh Muir site

7. Blair House Opencast Coal Site

It was noted that MRT are taking over. There are still concerns over lack of information from Fife Council

8. Date of Next Meeting

10th September 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minute of Meeting of 11.06.14, Blairhall New Community Centre

1. Present: Donald Murdoch, John Crane (chair), John Bonnar, Jim Hensman, Ann MacDonald, John Duffy.


2. Apologies: Cllr Kate Stewart, Alan Arbuthnott, Muriel Colver, David Scott, John Le Marie, David Lord.


3. Minute of Meeting of Previous Meeting: Proposed by JB, seconded by DM.


4. String of Pearls: DM advised that both he and JD had attend a meeting of the Valleyfield Heritage Project group to discuss progressing the project. DM stressed that once the project was completed it would be up to each community to move the individual projects forward. JD informed that he had forwarded a copy of a consultant brief to the group to use.


5 Booklet: JD advised that he had heard nothing from Awards for All to date.


6. Treasurer’s Report: Carried forward.


7. Wind Turbines: it was noted that the application for the erection of a wind turbine at Mains Of Comrie Farmhouse had been withdrawn. However JB advised that he had received a pre-application notification.


JC express his concerns on the proposal that the Community Council Forum would annually receive £6,000 from the the turbine at Lockshaw Moss and questioned if the Forum was the appropriate organization to receive and administer the fund. A discussion ensued in relation to the following:


  • The pros and cons of community trusts

  • Dividing the fund proportionally between the communities affected by the development

  • Investing the fund in a single project


8. Blair House Opencast Coal Site: JC reported that:

  • Saline Community Council had written to the Chief Executive of Fife Council to raise their concerns in relation to health and safety at the site.


  • There was no progress in relation to the bond.


It was suggested that another developer was potentially interested in taking over the site.


9. Date of Next Meeting: 13 August 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre

 


 

West Fife Villages Community Projects Group

Minute of Meeting of 09.04.14, Blairhall New Community

1. Present

Donald Murdoch, John Crane (chair), John Le Marie, David Lord, John Bonnar


2. Apologies

John Duffy, Kate Stewart, Ann MacDonald, Alan Arbuthnott, Muriel Colver, David Scott


3. Minute of Meeting of Previous Meeting

Proposed by John Bonnar, seconded by David Lord


4. String of Pearls

DM advised that Valleyfield Heritage Society had obtained Lottery funding to develop this project. In addition to the works in Valleyfield, the idea is to complete the network between the West Fife Villages and Kelty, and to put local priorities into context. He anticipated that liaison with other communities would be established but final decisions would rest with VHG. JB and DL were keen to promote their own communities’ priorities and DM agreed to advise Cllr Stewart of this (NOTE: DM contacted KS and she will speak to DL and JB)


5 Booklet

There seems to have been no feedback on the Lottery application and JC will speak to JD


6. Treasurer’s Report

With MC’s absence, there was no report but it was acknowledged that there is a need to raise funds if the website is to continue to be maintained


7. Wind Turbines

JC remarked on the various proposals relevant to the area


8. Coal Bed Fracking:

DL reported on presentations by the proponents that had been less than satisfactory. In particular they had been vague on the possible environmental impacts. Concern was expressed that this area will be next in line for developments


9. Blair House Opencast Coal Site

It was noted that a decision in due on the restoration bond


10. Co-op, Oakley

It was noted that there have been complaints about circulation in the shop being difficult for wheelchair users. MC had spoken to the manager but had had no assurances on action


12. Date of Next Meeting

14th May 2014 at 7pm in Blairhall New Community Centre.


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.

 


 

 

 

 

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