Drymen Community Council
Minutes Of The Ordinary Meeting
Held On Tuesday 07th December 2021
Within Drymen Village Hall
At 7.30pm Fraser Robb opened the meeting, welcomed all of the attendees and
thanked them all for participating.
Fraser Robb (FR), Andrew Richardson (AR), Adrianna Dent (AD) and Carole Kerr
Councillor Alistair Berrill (CAB) representing Stirling Council, Margaret Steel (MS)
representing Croftamie Community Council, and four members of the community:
Mrs Kate Robb (KR), Mr Robert Edwards (RE), Mr Tom Dent (TD) and Charles from
Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges.
Marie Elder (ME), Jemma Allan (JA), Walter Hemfrey (WH), Carol Hemfrey (CH)
Declarations Of Interest In Any Agenda Item
Approval Of The Minutes Of The Last Meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting were proposed by AR, and seconded by FR.
Matters Arising From The Previous Minutes
AR read out the police report:
No complaints of anti-social behaviour within the Drymen area, since the
There was an RTC on the A811 near to Buchanan Castle. The driver
misjudged the corner and vehicle went down the embankment. No injury
There have been no thefts in the Drymen area since the last meeting.
However, there was a theft of cables in Balmaha and a vehicle was stolen
in Strathblane. There was also lead stolen from church roof in Killearn.
The community is reminded not to give out their bank details nor PIN to
any unsolicited telephone call or emails.
Vote To Elect Ms Dent As Full Community Councillor
Vote proposed by FR and seconded by AR. AD accepted the position as a duly
appointed community councillor with Drymen Community Council.
Update On Catter Burn Bridge – Margaret Steel, Croftamie Community Council
MS updated the meeting on the following:
The closure of the Catter Burn Bridge has increased the traffic burden on the
A81 and the Blane Bridge at Blane Smithy.
Stirling Council have released funds to repair the bridge, and most of the
required surveys have been completed with the exception of the bat survey.
Stirling Council are working with the National Park Authority, and planning
permission maybe required if the design of the bridge is changed from that of
the existing bridge.
No timeframe has been set for the required work.
Local businesses are feeling the effects of the bridge closure, with some local
residents incurring an additional 100 miles each week.
A local engineer is assisting MS with her contact with Stirling Council.
She will provide updates to Drymen Community Council.
FR thanked MS for the update.
RE said that on the traffic commissioner’s website, it states that the repairs to the
bridge will take 127 days. RE asked when those 127 days start. MS replied that she
thought that the repairs would not start until Spring 2022.
Charles said that he was thinking of closing his coffee shop, as custom had fallen
since the bridge closed.
There followed a general discussion about the bridge and whether or not a
temporary bridge could be built over the existing bridge.
FR asked CAB as to what the feedback from Stirling Council was in relation to the
bridge. CAB replied that he had received no feedback.
MS asked Charles if he knew whether or not Stirling Council would offer financial
support to businesses affected by the bridge closure. Charles was unaware of any
potential help from Stirling council.
Charles then said that a Stuart Dick submitted a Freedom Of Information request to
Stirling Council, which suggested that there had been no maintenance reports
completed on the bridge during the past 5 years. MS replied that this was incorrect
and CAB agreed with MS.
MS said that Croftamie had been fighting for 20 years to get pavement upgrades, but
had no success.
AD asked if Stirling Council had appointed a project manager to oversee the repair
work to the bridge. CAB replied that someone would have been appointed, but it was
unlikely that a team of people have been appointed to manage the repairs to the
There followed a general conversation about the local roads network.
AR informed the meeting of the following correspondence:
04th December 2021 – Mike Kane submitted his email of resignation from
Drymen Community Council.
01st December 2021 – Stephen Bly from Stirling Council, sent us the
following email, “The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is
inviting interest from community groups, third sector organisations and public
bodies to express an interest in working with them to consider a potential
appeals process for participation requests, which were introduced as part of
the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, and are a statutory
means of communities requesting to work with public bodies to improve
outcomes or services in their area. To find out more about what the work
involves and express interest in taking part, please visit SCDC’s website. The
deadline to express interest is the 13th December 2021”.
01st December 2021 – Julie McAlpine from Forestry And Land Scotland, sent
us an email inviting us to participate in their draft visitor strategy consultation,
which can be accessed via their website.
09th November 2021 – Glasgow Airport sent us an email inviting us to
participate in their airspace consultation. I participated in their consultation
event which was held on the 25th November 2021. Basically, their thoughts
are as follows: we will continue to have air traffic restricted to lighter aircraft
travelling between the islands and Glasgow, and Perth and Glasgow, because
we are within the National Park boundary. Trans-Atlantic flights will pass over
Killearn and Balfron at high level.
Beginning of November 2021 – AR exchanged emails with Stirling Council to
have domestic refuse which had been fly-tipped within Drymen Car Park,
removed. Stirling Council’s operatives attended at the car park and removed
FR informed the meeting of the following:
The local roads are an increasing problem, with the A811 very busy due to the
The village Christmas tree was put up and carols were sung at The Square.
FR thanked Ewan Duff for donating the Christmas tree, David Mackie for
supplying mulled wine and mince pies, and Bob Edwards (RE) for leading the
JA sent an email with the following update:
There is £3632 in the bank account.
Planning Correspondent’s Report
FR informed the meeting of the following:
There were no major planning issues to be considered.
14 houses have been approved to be built within Croftamie behind the But
The developer who is building the Dalnair development has put one of his
companies into liquidation. The first Section 75 payment of £75k should have
been paid by the developer.
Roads Correspondent’s Report
FR informed the meeting that the community council’s roads correspondent had
resigned from the community council. However, the roads update had already been
covered earlier within the meeting.
AD suggested that photographs of the community councillors could be put onto the
Facebook, to introduce the community councillors to the community. It was agreed
that photographs of the community councillors would be taken at some point in the
CAB updated the meeting on the following:
Stirling Council were running various consultations including, the City Of
His roads update has already been covered earlier within the meeting.
There followed a general discussion about local roads and bridges, and a recent
power cut caused by storm damage to the network.
Charles asked if there would be assistance for him to claim £6000 for 3 days without
power to his business. CAB replied that he was not aware of any assistance being
made available to businesses.
MS asked if emergency plans had been invoked, to claim under liability cover.
RE said that the power company must have disaster recovery plans.
AD said that she thought a news report said that there will be an independent inquiry
into the storm damage to the power network and the resulting power cuts.
Loch Lomond And The Trossachs National Park Authority Update
There was no update from the National Park Authority.
Vote To Begin The Community Council Co-opting Process For Drymen
AR said that since Mike Kane resigned from the community council, new community
councillors were required. He suggested a vote to begin the co-opting process. The
vote proposed by AD and seconded by AR.
Any Other Competent Business
MS said that there will be carol singing at the But and Ben on the 20th December.
FR thanked CK for recording the minutes.
RE offered a vote of thanks to the chairman.
Date Of Next Meeting
7.30 pm on Tuesday 01st February 2022, within Drymen Village Hall.