March 2023 Minutes

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Bannockburn Community Council

Minute of Meeting
02 March 2023
Bannockburn Community Centre

Present: T Cattigan, A Marshall I Dawson, D McPhail and L Jordan

Apologies: J Reid, W McEwan, B Miller, L Masterson, J Leary and J Blair

Attendance: Councillor MacPherson

Press: None

Residents: None

1. Declarations of Interest- None

2. Adoption of previous meeting(s) minutes- Minutes proposed by I Dawson and seconded by T Cattigan

3. Matters Arising
a. Cathie the CEO at NHS Stirling office has noted that she is keen to attend the April meeting. She has confirmed she has met with the practice and they remain keen to have a community drop in session. The practice is also keen to support a visit involving BCC and another Community Council member to the practice and she will pick this up with the CC at the next meeting.
b. Update on co-option has been sent to all members. All CC members including co-op to apply for memberships. Forms for application to be provided with applications closing on the 14th Apri.
c. Lamp posts on Newlands Roads. SC officer didn’t say it required foot paths to have lamp posts. Officer did say lights were already available for access to Craigford Drive. Lamp posts were asked or to light down to additional houses in Newlands Road. SC have an authority to provide safe access down this adopted road to homes in Newlands roads, as such the lamp posts should be going in.
d. Dangerous fascia at Quakerfield shops that was first reported over a year in February 2022. EM informed BCC that it was in hand in January 2023. We still haven’t received a response from SC. To date, a maintenance officer has visited along with a joiner supervisor. Another maintenance officer visited in January 2023. BCC are awaiting an update from SC HRA.
e. After 7 months of dealing with ccenquiries, the tow truck planter has still not been installed. SC officer apologies for the delay due to lack of resource.
f. There steps at Ladywell Park coming of main road at the Telford Bridge are dangerous. BCC have asked for an H&S check.
g. BCC have met with an officer regarding the points at the 6 lamp posts. The locations have been confirmed and the material has been ordered.
h. BCC asked if the lamp post at Telford bridge monument could have a light to show the new monument. SC said no as this could affect traffic. The only way to do this is a spot light on the ground lighting up the monument.
i. The Bannockburn sign has been removed as the poles holding this are unsafe. The new welcome to Bannockburn sign at Telford Bridge will be used to replace the damage sign as SC have no funds to replace the poles. This is ongoing.

4. Reports- External
a. Police Scotland:
i. From the 1st February and 1st March there were 5 detected cases and 4 undetected cases.
ii. Over the time period concerned, there were 118 calls made to Police, the majority of which were in relation to assisting members of public, concern for persons, violent offending and road traffic matters.
b. Elected Member:
i. Councillor MacPherson confirmed the 7% increase in council tax was approved. The coalition also voted to remove special uplifts for pensioners and increase MECS charges by nearly 20%.
ii. Councillor MacPherson confirmed the schools were off two days this week due to teacher strikes. Councillor MacPherson is hearing very little or no support from parent/carers as they feel teachers are well enough paid, have been offered a fair settlement and kids have missed enough school time due to covid.
iii. Councillor MacPherson is working with SC officers to try and support elderly tenants whose lives have been ruined by anti-social behaviour by such inappropriate allocation of council houses.
iv. Councillor MacPherson confirmed Carol Beattie is to remain as Chief Executive of Stirling Council.
v. Bannockburn House Trust will receive a £300,000 grant for improved transport infrastructure to Bannockburn House with a carbon offset project. However the funding for the CEO and other roles were not renewed.
c. Community Development Officer:
i. Libraries currently have two new services – tablet lending and SAD lamps that we are keen to promote to the wider community.
ii. There is an upcoming closure of the footpath along the Bannockburn heritage trail. This is to allow for the safe removal of diseased ash trees that requires a temporary path closure. The path will be closed on March 7th -8th & March 13th -14th between 08:00 hrs - 17:00 hrs.
iii. The Community Ownership Fund launched an updated prospectus on 27 May 2022. The third bidding window of Round 2 opened on 15 February 2023 and will close on 14 April 2023 at 11:59am.
iv. There is an opportunity for anyone in the Bannockburn/Hillpark community to come together on a Friday from 10.30 to 1.30pm at the Hillpark Community centre to enjoy a tea/coffee and chat as well as some activities like domino’s, Jigsaws or crafts etc. The Friday session will finish on 24th March 2023.

5. Reports- Internal
a. Secretary: Copy of all updates received was forwarded and discussed with CC members (as above in matters arising).
b. Treasurer: The secretary sent her apologies. It was confirmed beforehand payment has been made to SC to wire lamp posts for Christmas lights.
c. Planning: No update.
d. Bannockburn House: No update.

6. Community Council Business
a. None

7. AOB
a. BCC chair Alan Marshall is retiring after many years and moving to Glasgow. Lesley is also resigning from BCC at the end of this BCC term. Lesley in her time has managed the minutes and has produced all the paperwork for our meetings which has been a great help. Both Alan and Lesley will be missed and BCC thanks them for their help to BCC over the years and wish them all the best.
b. The CC asked for 20 mph speed restrictions from the garage coming into Bannockburn to past the primary school to assist the ‘lolly pop lady/gent’/SC said at the time this cannot be implemented as it is from the A9. SC have however put the restriction through Plean from the A9, this was a trial period for 12-18 months and the decision has now been made to keep this in place. Stirling Council have in this budget decided to remove lolly pop Ladies/Gents that assist school children. This being the case, can Stirling Council now put speed restrictions on A9 at Bannockburn's three schools, to help with safety of children, even for a trail period. SC to provide a response. A member of BCC confirmed there is a crossing at the school but traffic definitely speed in this area.

8. Residents Forum
a. None

9. Date, time and venue of next meeting
a. Thursday 6 April 2023.