June 2021 Minutes

CROFTAMIE COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

held on online
Wednesday 9.06.21 at 7.30 pm

 

Attendees: Peter Lloyd (PL), Margaret Firth ( MF), Mary Dickie (MD), Donnie
Watson ( DW), Willie Nisbet ( WN) and 6 residents

 

Apologies - David Armstrong, Henry Braid, Police

 

  1. Previous Minutes approved by DW and seconded by MD

     

  2. Police Report

    June 2021 - Compiled by PC Steven Graham

     

    Antisocial Behaviour

    Report received of persons breaching Covid Guidelines. Police attended and no breach was
    occurring.

    The dispute at Edmond Terrace which the Police have been involved in seems to have been
    resolved for the time being.

    There was a report of a male lying in the Drymen Showfield. Traced by Police and returned
    safe and well to his home address in Croftamie.

     

    Road Safety

    Parking issues again encountered at the Devil’s Pulpit. Police have been in attendance
    stopping people parking and Council Enforcement Officers have issued parking tickets.
    Speed checks have been carried out within the village. This will be continued in the near
    future.

    The British Horse Society ride out appeared to go ahead with no issues.

     

    Theft

    There have been no thefts in Croftamie since the last meeting.

     

    Bogus Workmen

    Bogus traders have recently been reported in the Aberfoyle area so please take heed of the
    following:

     

    Don’t deal with cold callers - find local traders who have been vetted by Trading Standards at
    https://approvedtrader.scot/

     

    Close the door on uninvited callers. Don’t feel obliged to answer the door to a cold caller - it is
    your home and you should not let anyone in unless you feel comfortable

     

    Take time to think before making a decision. Rogue traders may try to pressure you by saying
    that they have special deals which are only available today. Don’t let an uninvited trader start
    work straight away

    If an uninvited trader knocks on your door and tells you that urgent work needs done on your
    house or garden, don’t take their word for it. Always get a second opinion from someone you
    trust and get at least 3 quotes before having any work carried out.

     

    5 signposts to help you

    Close the Door on uninvited callers

    Take Time to think before making a decision
    Research - get at least 3 quotes

    Verify that the caller is genuine

    Report suspicious behaviour to @policescotland & scams to @advicedotscot

     

    Sign up for @nwatchscotland free alerts to receive timely local alerts about community safety
    & crime prevention from Police Scotland and other partners.

     

    https://www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk/sign-up-for-alerts/

     

    Rogue traders go to great lengths to appear legitimate, with genuine-looking websites, leaflets
    and online reviews. But they can’t fake membership in a council run approved trader scheme:
    https://approvedtrader.scot/

     

    Fed up with rogue traders? Watch these top tips on shutting out scammers from @
    policescotland @advicedotscot @socotss @tsscot & @nwatchscotland:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5ivvS8gJ-E

     

    Useful Links

    Find the most up to date advice on doorstep crime from Police Scotland on the website. They
    also have a dedicated page with advice on scams and frauds.

     

    Call 101 to report any suspicious activity

     

    Call 999 and ask for the police if you feel scared or threatened

     

    To report doorstep scams to Trading Standards call Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000
    or visit scamwatch.scot

     

    For free localised alerts from key information providers regarding incidents and crime
    prevention, go to
    www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.co.uk

     

    Get advice on consumer rights from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or by calling the Advice
    Direct Scotland Helpline on 0808 164 6000

     

    Find local traders who have been vetted by Trading Standards at the SCOTSS
    Approved Trader Directory: approvedtrader.scot

     

    Bike theft

    More than 500,000 bikes are stolen in the UK each year because they’re poorly secured or not
    secured at all. More than half of all bikes stolen are taken from the owner’s property. Due to
    the lockdown bikes have become more popular and thus have become more of a target for
    theft. Help protect your bike by following these guidelines:

    What can I do before I set off?

    • Photograph your bike and record all of your bike’s details and distinguishing features and
      keep in a safe place. The serial number can be found on the bottom bracket.

       

    • Register your bicycle securely online at the National Cycle Database, www.bikeregister.com.

      Doing this may help to recover your bike if it goes missing. On registering, you can also
      download a bike logbook where you can record your bike’s details to keep at hand.

       

    • Security mark your bike’s frame with a UV pen or other method - the mark should include
      your home postcode and house number.

    • Insure your bike, either on contents insurance or separately if required.

       

      How can I secure my bike if it’s kept in common close or stairwell?

    • Always keep your bike out of sight as best you can.

       

    • Lock your bike with two locks to a secure banister or ground anchor.

       

      What if I store my bicycle in a garage or a shed?

    • For tips on garage and shed security see here

       

      https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-
      garden-outbuildings/

       

    • Lock your bike with two locks to a ground anchor.

       

      How should I secure my bike and its accessories when out and about?

    • Lock your bike up every time you leave it using secure locks (i.e. D-locks or thick cable locks).

       

    • Ideally, use two different types of lock - a thief will need more tools to steal it.

       

    • Locks are considered more vulnerable when close to the ground, so keep them off the floor.

       

    • Fasten your bike through the frame and wheel to a fixed object.

       

    • Lock your bike in a busy, well-lit place, in view of people or CCTV cameras.

       

    • Lock the bike closely to the object it’s attached to so it is difficult to manoeuvre.

       

    • Lock the wheels and remove small parts / accessories that cannot be readily secured, such as
      lights, pumps, water bottles, saddles etc.

       

    • Vary your routine - lock up your bike in different ways & place.

       

      Pedal and motorbike identification forms

      The downloadable forms at the bottom of this page are a handy guide for you to record
      information about your bike or motorbike. These forms can be used as your own personal
      record about your property for the duration of time you own it. Every bike or motorbike will
      be unique to its owner through the serial/chassis/VIN numbers but these are not the only
      ways to identify your property. Modifications, stickers, repairs, damage also can be used to
      help identify your bike and the more information you record about your property throughout
      its time with you, the greater possible chance we have of reuniting you with your property if

      unfortunately lost or stolen. If you keep these forms up to date and in a place you remember,
      if you ever have to report your bike lost or stolen, you will have the perfect reference tool for
      making your report.

       

      https://www.scotland.police.uk/spa-media/d4jlfj4i/pedal-cycle-identification-form.pdf

       

      We also have bike marking kits so if anyone wishes their bike marked in order to try
      and identify it if it gets stolen then please get in touch.

      Insure your bike, either on contents insurance or separately if required.

       

      How can I secure my bike if it’s kept in common close or stairwell?

    • Always keep your bike out of sight as best you can.

       

    • Lock your bike with two locks to a secure banister or ground anchor.

       

      What if I store my bicycle in a garage or a shed?

    • For tips on garage and shed security see here

       

      https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-
      garden-outbuildings/

       

    • Lock your bike with two locks to a ground anchor.

       

      How should I secure my bike and its accessories when out and about?

    • Lock your bike up every time you leave it using secure locks (i.e. D-locks or thick cable locks).

       

    • Ideally, use two different types of lock - a thief will need more tools to steal it.

       

    • Locks are considered more vulnerable when close to the ground, so keep them off the floor.

       

    • Fasten your bike through the frame and wheel to a fixed object.

       

    • Lock your bike in a busy, well-lit place, in view of people or CCTV cameras.

       

    • Lock the bike closely to the object it’s attached to so it is difficult to manoeuvre.

       

    • Lock the wheels and remove small parts / accessories that cannot be readily secured, such as
      lights, pumps, water bottles, saddles etc.

       

    • Vary your routine - lock up your bike in different ways & place.

     

    Pedal and motorbike identification forms

    The downloadable forms at the bottom of this page are a handy guide for you to record
    information about your bike or motorbike. These forms can be used as your own personal
    record about your property for the duration of time you own it. Every bike or motorbike will
    be unique to its owner through the serial/chassis/VIN numbers but these are not the only
    ways to identify your property. Modifications, stickers, repairs, damage also can be used to
    help identify your bike and the more information you record about your property throughout
    its time with you, the greater possible chance we have of reuniting you with your property if
    unfortunately lost or stolen. If you keep these forms up to date and in a place you remember,

    if you ever have to report your bike lost or stolen, you will have the perfect reference tool for
    making your report.

     

    https://www.scotland.police.uk/spa-media/d4jlfj4i/pedal-cycle-identification-form.pdf

     

    We also have bike marking kits so if anyone wishes their bike marked in order to try
    and identify it if it gets stolen then please get in touch.

     

    Community Engagement and Reassurance

    It is important to you to have community officers who you know, who are accessible and who
    address local problems.

     

    PC Steven Graham is based at Balfron Police Office and can be contacted at the office, on 101,
    or at
    ForthEndrickCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk. It is recommended that this email address is
    used by the local community for email contact.

     

    Please remember that we regularly publish useful information and updates on social media,
    including appeals for information, updates about road closures and crime prevention advice.
    Our Facebook and Twitter pages can be found at

     

    www.facebook.com/forthvalleypolicedivision
    www.facebook.com/policescotland
    www.twitter.com/stirlingpol
    www.twitter.com/policescotland

     

  3. Planning Report – MD

    See Stirling Council - Local Place Plan LDP@stirling.gov.uk

     

    • 21/00366/FUL. 7 May 2021. Ward 2 F& E. 247894 685496. Erection of replacement
      dwelling house at Finnich Malise, High Cottage, Blanefield G63 0HA.

    • 21/00410/LBC. 14 May 2021. Ward 2 F & E. 8 June 2021. 247899 685360. Alterations
      and side extension to existing dwelling house to create additional kitchen and en suites
      with further alterations to reconfigure living spaces at Finnich Malise G63 OHA

    • 21/00381/FUL. 18 May 2021. 248079 685852. Erection of holiday letting
      accommodation at Dalnair Lodge G63 0EZ.

    • Also….21/00382/LBC Erection of holiday letting accommodation attached to listed
      wall at Dalnair Lodge G63 0EZ.

    • Dalnair House. 21/00479/FUL. 3 June2021. Ward 2 Forth and Endrick 248072 685972

    • Amendment to site layout with reconfiguration of road, houses and modified house
      type mix of 6 house development approved under planning permissions
      18/00085/MSC and 18/00090/ MSC at garden south west of Dalnair House,
      Blanefield. Officer

    • Application for houses at the Old Gun site on Stockiemuir Road has been turned down.

       

      Re Dalnair – the builders did not complete obligation of School class and
      footpath from existing plans so how will this new application affect this -
      MF can raise this with Stirling Councillors.

  4. Rural Scotland Housing Association. CB reported there has been an email from
    Kimberley from the Architects and the Design team have been appointed and will
    welcome anyone from the community. Firm to find Manholes on the site have
    been appointed. Bat survey has been completed on the tree in the field. CB has
    raised some issues with the planners. DW asked re the timescales which have
    not been indicated. Design of Foul drainage to be investigated re Septic tanks.

     

  5. Roads Update – DW

    Critical repairs to Bridge B818 Fintry planned for Mar to Sept and a question
    was raised is this 2021 or 2022?

    There have been patches on Stockie at Stockiemuir Lodge but road really
    needs resurfaced.

    DW has reported the tiles on the rumble strip in Croftamie but this has been
    reported twice already and no date given for repair.

    DY raised concerns around the condition of the roads around the Fintry
    Bridge.

    Concerns around the Croftamie bridge again and now you can see the
    movement when you walk on it.

    Pavement opposite the Old Post Office has been reported too.

     

  6. Treasurer Update

    Balance of account is £2230.31.

    Smart meter to be installed on 28 June 21 but concern that Wifi will be
    needed.

    Admin and Minute Taker Grant application has been submitted.

     

  7. Stirling Council Update – Councilor – none available

     

  8. LL&TNP -WN

    • National Park Green Recovery Fund- see appendix.

    • Board meeting to be held on Mon next.

    • Visitors have been manageable so far this summer.

    • Q around info on volumes of visitors through the village. The bridge is the
      responsibility of the Council and not the National Park.

    • DY- can the Board support and comment on the condition of the bridge.

      WN- Transport Scotland have been informed.

    • A811 – has been single lane at the Catter for a significant time. Could we
      perhaps raise the issue with our new Councillor, Jane Hutchison?

    MF had been at a South West Rural Forum meeting and raised these points to
    Jane (17 May). Could an article be submitted to the Observer?

    Several bridges in the area are drastically needed repaired. Could Drymen,
    Croftamie and Killearn community councils lobby together to raise this profile?
    This has been ongoing for too long.

    Question was asked- did the Council provide the funds for a new cycle lane in
    Raploch and if so why was this prioritised.

     

  9. Outstanding points from last meeting

    • Co-opt Community Councillor- MF advised Stirling Council on 11 May that there
      would be a vacancy. It was posted on Facebook and our webpage that there
      were vacancies in the Council and the Trust after our AGM on 12 May and three
      people are interested in joining. Two want to join the Trust. The other person will
      apply to be a Community Councillor and the application will go to Stirling Council
      to confirm eligibility. Hopefully this will be received before our July meeting and
      a vote can be taken to Co Opt this person as Community Councillor. Minimum is
      6 Councillors- this has been challenged in the past due to small village but cant
      be changed.

      • Pavement & road project – PL. Croftamie Speed Reduction and Pedestrian
        Safety Participation Request was sent on around the 4th March and they
        should have responded within 45 days. Now at 90 days but we have only had
        an apology and no progress or response.

      • Village Litter pick – Trust happy to organize another one. Perhaps include a
        publicity drive for Council/Trust. PL to approach the But n Ben for rolls and
        coffee which CCC will pay for.

      • Possible further projects ie the pavements clearing- but how would this
        impact on the Participation request? A local student is interested in helping
        for his Duke Of Edinburgh award.

      • Update from Rural South West Area Forum 17.5.21 MF- new Councillor Jane
        Hutchison was there. Discussed Emergency plans within different community
        councils- note Croftamie do not have one. Opportunity to speak to the new
        Councillor and MF gave an excellent report on what Croftamie are doing. The
        Nursery closing and impact, and the bridge, the road falling into the Endrick,
        Covid support and how we support each other. Speeding through the Village,
        Success of But n Ben. Pam Campbell has left and there is a Community
        Engagement team instead.

      • Issues with pavement & bridge lodged again, case reference number is:
        101000664595 Stirling Council. info@stirling.gov.uk

         

  10. Correspondence Received

    • News from the National Park, update with handy contacts for various
      issues , poor parking, litter issues and lack of toilet facilities etc. circulated
      to Community Councilors- see appendix

      -

    • Notification of Disable parking removal from 9/11 Mill Quadrant due to 2
      residents moving.

     

  11. Any Other Business

Next meeting in July ( which will be Peter’s last) and no meeting in August.

 

Flyer to be placed at But n Ben requesting new members for Community
Council and Community Trust. ( MF)

 

Confirmation of next Meeting – Wed 14th July commencing at 7.30 pm
online

National Park Appendix:

National Park Green Recovery Fund: I’m really pleased to tell you that the £250,000
Green Recovery Fund has just been launched to help local communities, land
managers, businesses and other partners to recover from the pandemic in a
sustainable way.

 

 

The deadline for applications is 9th July 2021.

 

I ( Fiona Jackson) am here to offer advice and support to community-led groups, so please
do give me a call or email me, if you’d like to discuss your project ideas or clarify any
queries (my contact info. is below). We are very keen for as many community-led groups
to apply!

 

News From the National Park - May 2021

 

We hope this email finds you safe and well.

Although the weather may have been dreich, May has been a busy month across the
National Park as lockdown restrictions have continued to relax.

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend and as we look to enter our peak summer
months, we wanted to provide you with an update on some of our activities to help
manage visitor pressures, as well as more information on projects and opportunities
of note for communities and stakeholders in the National Park.

 

Our upcoming Board meeting

The next meeting of the National Park Authority Board will be held on Monday 14th. Due to the current restrictions this will be held as a virtual meeting and will be
webcast for public viewing. Please look out for papers for the meeting and details of
how to view the webcast, which will be published on
our website in the coming

 

 

weeks. The meeting will cover a number of key items including updates on

our Annual Operational Plan, Future Nature strategy, and our Core Paths Plan.

 

Managing visitors as lockdown eases

With travel restrictions easing further and most visitor facilities now open the National
Park has seen an increase in visitors as expected.

 

Despite the poor weather for May, National Park campsites and permit areas have
been close to fully booked every weekend and car parks in popular places continue
to fill up at weekends.

 

For this Bank Holiday Weekend our campsites and permit areas are full and we are
communicating this message to help prevent people from coming camping at the last
minute without a booking.

 

Partnership working

We continue to work closely with our partners on the National Park Safe Recovery
Action Group (made up of the National Park Authority, Police Scotland, Forestry and
Land Scotland, Transport Scotland and the four local authorities within the National
Park area) with increased resources from all partners on the ground.

There have been joint patrols between our Ranger Service and Police Scotland as
well as with Fire and Rescue Scotland. Further joint patrols with the fire service will
take place this weekend with a particular focus on water safety. Local authority
parking enforcement continues at key visitor hotspots such as Luss, Arrochar, Ben
A’an and East Loch Lomond.

With the increased number of seasonal rangers recruited this year we have also been
able to add targeted patrols to cover key hotspot areas such as the Trossachs,
Cowal, East and West Loch Lomond.

 

Car parks

Despite the poor May weather car parks continue to be very busy particularly at
popular hills.
Car park status updates are being provided on Saturdays and Sundays

 

 

to encourage people to check in advance and inform them where car parks are full.
The list of car parks included in the updates has been expanded in recent weeks to
include updates on more areas including the new Luss South Car Park.

 

Our partners at Forestry and Land Scotland are currently expanding parking provision
near Rowardennan to reduce irresponsible parking on the roadside. This will be
known as the Ben Lomond overflow car park and should be open for the main visitor
season.

 

Litter

A coordinated push on litter during April saw staff from the National Park Authority,
local authorities and communities get a head start on the issue ahead of the busiest
visitor months. This resulted in more than 1,200 bags of litter being collected over the
course of the month.

There was a particular focus on the A82, where staff from the National Park Authority
and Argyll & Bute Council cleared the 15 mile stretch of the road from Duck Bay to
Tarbet, deep cleaning laybys and verges and pulling litter from the undergrowth along
the route. A total of 416 bags were lifted from this section alone. West
Dunbartonshire Council also organised an A82 clean up from Barloan Toll
roundabout in Dumbarton to Stoneymollan roundabout above Balloch. You can read
more about this on the news section of our website.

 

Several communities, businesses and individuals have also been carrying out their
own great initiatives to tackle litter across the National Park.

 

In addition to the new Environment Officers recruited this year to address litter and
waste, we now also have our Volunteer Rangers out doing fortnightly ‘deep cleans’ in
targeted areas around the National Park. For example, this week they tackled litter in
the Cowal and West Loch Lomond areas. These will continue on a rolling programme
throughout the season.

 

If you would like to request a specific area is added into this programme or want to
share what your community or business has been doing please feel free to email
Feedback@lochlomond-trossachs.org

 

 

 

 

Toilets

To supplement the existing toilets provision, additional temporary toilets are also in
place at several key visitor destinations. 24 hour toilet facilities are also now available
at Firkin Point, Luss, Rowardennan, Milarrochy Bay and Balmaha.

 

The National Park Authority and Argyll and Bute Council have also supported the
Friends of Loch Lomond in getting temporary toilets installed at Duck Bay.

 

To tackle the issue of human waste in camping areas we have also introduced trowel
loan boxes and poo bins to support people to toilet responsibly in remote areas. This
is being supported with our ‘What to do when you need to poo’ communications
campaign.

 

Visitor Communications

In line with restrictions easing and the increase in visitors, our communications to
support and encourage responsible visiting has also stepped up.

 

Our priority messages have been around:

 

 

Look out on our website and social media channels for more information and how to
apply when applications open next week.

 

Updated Code of Conduct for Loch Earn

A Loch Earn Visitor Management Group formed of community council, landowner and
business representatives, as well as the National Park Authority, Perth & Kinross
Council and Police Scotland have been working in partnership since January with the
aim of improving the experience of those living, visiting and working in the Loch Earn
area.

 

One of the tasks identified by the group was an updated Code of Conduct for loch
users in a bid to tackle some of the irresponsible behaviour seen around the loch and
remind loch users of their responsibilities when visiting.

 

Working in collaboration to update a previous iteration of the Code, the group worked
on appropriate messaging and an updated map to help visitors get the most of out of

 

 

their visit to the area. The code of conduct lays out guidance for those wishing to use
personal watercraft like jetskis as well as those boating and kayaking/canoeing,
fishing or swimming in the loch.

 

The leaflet has been distributed locally and is available at businesses around the loch
while National Park Rangers will also be handing out copies to visitors.

 

Share your views on the draft Strathard Framework

A public consultation on the draft Strathard Framework is now open for comments.

 

Developed in partnership with the Strathard Community over the last two years, the
draft Strathard Framework sets out a vision for a healthier, more climate resilient
Strathard. It covers a wide range of issues, from better broadband to planting more
trees, and sets out the longer term objective of making Strathard a carbon conscious
and climate resilient place in the next 20 years. It also aims to support investment
and regeneration in Strathard, including attracting new businesses and supporting the
relocation of existing businesses.

 

Once finalised, the Framework will become formal planning guidance supporting the
National Park Local Development Plan and will be used to determine

planning applications and influence land use choices and conservation projects.

 

A six-week consultation asking for feedback on the draft plan opened earlier this
month and we are encouraging anyone who lives, works or enjoys visits in the
Strathard area to read the
draft Framework and let us know their views on the
priorities and plans identified within it.

 

Join the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Countryside Trust

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Countryside Trust are looking to add up to four
members to their Board. They are interested in speaking with candidates who
represent the communities within the National Park and candidates that represent
visitors who want to make a difference and are passionate about the area and the
Trust's objectives.

 

Set up in April 2012, the Countryside Trust aims to conserve and improve the
landscape and ecology of the National Park and to enhance the visitor experience of

 

 

its countryside, supporting the work of public, private, voluntary and community
organisations within the Park.

 

In April 2021 the remit of the Trust expanded to take on an increased role that
includes engaging and supporting National Park communities in achieving positive
actions on key issues including to address the climate and biodiversity crises. The
National Park Authority Communities team will also continue to offer various kinds of
support to enable community capacity building and project support, including
community place plans

 

More information on the role of a Trustee and how to apply are available on the
Countryside Trust's website.