March 2021 Minutes

Drymen Community Council


Minutes Of The Ordinary Meeting
Held On Tuesday 02nd March 2021
Via Skype Online

Virtual Meeting Platform


At 7.35 pm, Fraser Robb opened the meeting and welcomed the Community
Councillors and Councillor Davis, and thanked them all for participating.




Fraser Robb (FR), Marie Elder (ME), Andrew Richardson (AR), Jemma Allan (JA),
Walter Hemfrey (WH), Carol Hemfrey (CH), Jakki Sendall (JS) and Carole Kerr


Also Present


Councillor Rob Davis (CRD) representing Stirling Council.




David Burgoyne, Maja McTavish.


Declarations Of Interest In Any Agenda Item




Approval Of The Minutes Of The Last Meeting


The minutes of the previous meeting were proposed by ME, and seconded by AR.


Matters Arising From The Previous Minutes




Police Report


AR read out the police report, which is attached at Annexe A.



  1. Correspondence


    AR informed the meeting of the following correspondence:

    • 01st March 2021 – Email received from Alistair MacPherson of the East Loch
      Lomond Visitor Management Group, asking stakeholders when they are
      available for a group meeting.

    • 26th February 2021 – Email received from Stuart Mearns, Director of Rural
      Development and Planning with LLTNPA, informing us that the Community
      Partnership will cease at the end of March, being replaced by the Loch
      Lomond And The Trossachs Countryside Trust.

    • 25th February 2021 – Email received from Mark Henderson of Stirling
      Council, informing residents that from 19 April, garden waste will only be
      collected from brown bins with a valid permit on display. The annual permit
      will cost £35 (£1.45 per collection) and is required to be purchased to
      subscribe to the service. If households don’t want to have this service, food
      waste will still be collected in the brown bin.

    • 23rd February 2021 – Email received from Pam Campbell of Stirling Council,
      informing us that the Rural South West Area Forum will meet on Monday 15th
      March at 7.00 pm via Microsoft teams.

    • 19th February 2021 – Email received from Stirling Council Libraries, informing
      us that there is a new app enabling library members to borrow ebooks.

    • 17th February 2021 – Email received from Gavin MacLellan who is the Chair
      of Kilmaronock CC, containing the survey intended to gain the community’s
      opinion of the LLTNPA. I have posted a link to the survey on Facebook.

    • 12th February 2021 – Email received from a resident in Conic Way,
      complaining about planning permission being granted to the Hanover Homes
      development. She objects on the grounds that the residents of the planned
      houses will be able to look into her garden. I replied to her, suggesting that
      privacy within one’s garden would not be accepted as grounds for complaint
      by the planning authority.

    • 05th February 2021 – Email received from Jean Cowie of Stirling Council,
      asking for a list of the community assets which we would like insured. On the
      28th February, I submitted our list to Jean.


      Chairman’s Report


      FR informed the meeting of the following:

    • He has studied his CCTV footage, and saw a dog which had attacked sheep
      within a nearby field, coming from the West Highland Way.

    • He pays tribute to Chriedh McTavish, father of Lisa and Maja, who passed
      away recently, and offers his condolences to Maja, Lisa and the family.

    • He pays tribute to Councillor Graham Lambie, who passed away recently, and
      offers his condolences to Councillor Lambie’s family.

    • He has spoken to PC Graham about the apparently abandoned Volvo car
      within Drymen car park. PC Graham will notify Stirling Council, who will put a
      seven day notice on the car, and then remove it if it is not claimed.

    • He would like to thank everyone who is working as part of, or on behalf of the
      local Covid support group.



  2. Treasurer’s Report


    JA informed the meeting of the following:

    • The community council is still receiving a lot of money for the Covid support
      group via Go Fund Me. There is an admin issue with the Covid group’s bank
      account which will be addressed.

    • The community council’s bank account has £6295.70, of which £919.77
      belongs to the Covid support group’s Go Fund Me account. That leaves a
      total of £5375.93 in the community council’s bank account.

    • In relation to the grants for the Covid group:

      • £800 was given to Covid group by the community council. This has still to
        be deducted from a grant.

      • The SSE grant still has £733.80 left.

      • The Stirling Council grant still has £445.70 left.


        FR informed the meeting that he had received a cash donation of £200 for the Covid
        group, which has now been deposited into their bank account.


        Planning Correspondent’s Report


        WH informed the meeting of the following:

    • The Hanover Housing development has been approved.

    • The extension to Drymen Primary School has been approved.

    • No update from MacTaggart and Mickel.


      FR highlighted ongoing public concerns about road safety, with the access route to
      the primary school extension.


      Roads Correspondent’s Report


      There were no new updates on the local roads network.


      FR commented on the number of potholes appearing on local roads.


      Publicity Report


      JS informed the meeting of the following:

    • An article about the community council will be in the Drymen Reporter next

    • £237 from the community council bank account has been used to purchase
      packets of seeds. One packet of seeds will be included within each addition of
      the Drymen Reporter, which amounts to roughly 560 packets of seeds.

    • Relevant posts are still being posted on the Facebook page.

    • Carol and Walter have been very helpful with the Drymen Reporter article.


      FR informed the meeting that the Drymen Community Development Trust are trying
      to raise funds to repair the car parking spaces at The Square, next to the butchers.



  3. The cost of resurfacing the road around The Square has been estimated as £50k-



    Councillor’s Report


    Councillor Davis (CRD) informed the meeting of the following:

    • He pays tribute to Councillor Graham Lambie, who passed away recently, and
      offers his condolences to Councillor Lambie’s family.

    • The expansion of Drymen Primary School has been delayed, primarily
      because of the delay to the MacTaggart and Mickel development, and due to
      the falling numbers of primary school children. The delay will be for a couple
      of years.

    • Following the passing of Councillor Lambie, there will be a by-election for a
      councillor on May 6th.

    • There was a Stirling Council meeting last week, during which it was agreed to
      reduce the number of council meetings.

    • He will chase-up a new bin for FR, whose bin was not replaced during the
      recent issue of new bins.

    • The land-owner at Dumgoyne is having issues with parking and sheep-
      worrying. Edenmill is also having issues with car parking. 20 of the 22 Stirling
      Councillors live in Stirling and not in rural areas. He will continue to remind
      Stirling Council of the issues faced by the rural communities.

    • The transfer of Croftamie Nursery to Drymen Primary School has been
      delayed by a year.


      ME raised the issue of the lack of maintenance within Drymen grave yard, compared
      to grave yards within surrounding areas. CRD will report the issue to Stirling Council.


      FR asked CRD to enquire about the Section 75 money, which was to be paid by the
      Dalnair development.


      Loch Lomond And The Trossachs National Park Authority Update


      There was no update from the National Park Authority.


      Covid-19 Support


      JS informed the meeting of the following:

    • AR is currently submitting an application for another grant (Enabling
      Communities and Neighbourhoods Grant).

    • The community council has raised approximately £4000 in grant money for
      the Covid group. This has been spent on IT, a community publication and
      food for the foodbank.




  4. Gala Day Update


    The 2021 Drymen Gala Day has been cancelled.


    Any Other Competent Business


    JS said that the community trust were doing a litter pick on the last Saturday in
    March, and asked FR if he could again supply the litter pickers. FR replied that he
    would, as well as supplying the bag rings. FR said that he would also dispose of the
    resulting bags of litter.


    AR asked the community council for feedback on the Health and Social Care
    Partnership survey, for submission to Stirling Council.


    Date Of Next Meeting


    7.30 pm on the 06th April 2021. However, this will be confirmed nearer the time.


    FR then thanked Carole Kerr for taking the minutes of the meetings.


    At 8.20pm FR thanked everyone for participating in the meeting, and then closed the




  5. Annexe

    Police Report



    Forth and Endrick, Drymen Community Council



    March 2021 Prepared by PC Steven Graham


    Ward Plan


    Antisocial Behaviour


    There was another report of sheep worrying in the field on the A811 across from Fraser
    Robb’s. It is thought the owner of the dog is a walker using the path to the rear of the field.
    Previously signs re sheep worrying have been put either side of the path. Extra attention will
    be given.


    There has been a complaint re a vehicle parked in the car park within the village which
    appears abandoned. I am making enquiries in order to try and trace the owner of the vehicle.


    Road Safety


    A serious RTC occurred on the A811 road towards Gartocharn. Road was closed for a
    number of hours.


    Please keep your vehicle well maintained before you take to the road.

    Take special care that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades are in
    good condition. In addition, washer bottles need to contain an additive to stop the water from


    Tyres should also be checked weekly to ensure they are legal and at the correct pressure
    (consult your vehicle handbook). The minimum legal tread depth for cars is 1.6mm across the
    centre 3/4 of the breadth of the tread around the entire circumference. They should also be
    checked for bulges, cuts or tears which weaken the tyre. Failure to maintain your tyres could
    lead to a maximum of £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points per tyre.




    There have been no thefts in the Drymen area since the last meeting however there was
    another Theft by Housebreaking at a commercial premises in Killearn, this time it was
    Oakwood Garden Centre. Enqs are still continuing however anyone with any information then
    please contact Police.


    We always advise never leave bags or any valuables lying on the seats of your parked and
    unattended vehicles. It is so very quick and easy for thieves to smash a car window, reach in
    and take any valuables in an instant. If a thief observes a bag in a car, they may think the bag
    contains something valuable and will smash your window to get in, even if it contains
    absolutely nothing of value! Please take any bag and or valuables with you but if this is not
    possible, place the items in your boot or out of sight, but preferably, take all valuables with you.





    Fraud -


    There was a report of attempted fraud in Balfron regarding Bitcoin investment.


    Fraudsters can make contact with you by phone. The caller might pretend to be from your
    bank and ask for personal information such as bank details or they might be someone offering
    you a deal or a prize. Other calls have been made by persons purporting to be from HMRC
    stating that there was a warrant out for the receiver of the call and was asked to contact the
    number that was given. This is clearly a false call so please heed the below advise:


    • Consider making your phone number ex-directory.


    • Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you
      are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to.


    • Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone.


    • NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If
      the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information.


    • Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable.


    • Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you.

    • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


    • Contact local trading standards – they may be able to use approved ‘call blocking’


    Covid 19 fraud


    Criminals are using the Coronavirus as a cover story to trick you into parting with your money
    or information. Always take a moment to Stop, Challenge and Protect before making any


    It’s important not to let the criminals rush or panic you into making a decision that you later
    come to regret and remain vigilant and guard against criminals using the publicity around
    Coronavirus as a chance to target you with fraudulent emails, phone calls, texts messages or
    social media posts.


    With fake news articles on the internet and in the press promoting remedies, cures and false
    advice around coronavirus, it’s also important to only share articles from trustworthy sources.
    If you are in any doubt, then visit or for updates and


    Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend
    hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.
    Stop and think: it could protect you and your money.





    If you receive an email, text or WhatsApp message purporting to be from the
    government, HMRC, the World Health Organisation (WHO) or a coronavirus-related
    charity, then take a moment to think before you part with your money or information.


    Never click on links or download attachments as criminals may infect your devices
    with malware or ask you to enter your personal or financial information into fake
    websites. In some cases this can lead to your identity being stolen.




    This time of year presents the problem of sheep worrying. It is an offence to allow a
    dog to worry sheep. “Worrying” includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some
    circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering
    their sheep. It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if
    you can usually trust it to come to call. If you live in or near a farming area, you must
    make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way
    onto land containing sheep.


    If a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty
    of an offence. The Act considers sheep worrying to include attacking sheep, chasing
    them in a way that may cause injury suffering, abortion or loss of produce or being at
    large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which
    there are sheep.


    The Scottish Outdoor Access Code


    The Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) offers guidance for people enjoying the
    countryside with their dogs and says: “In exercising access rights, you must keep
    your dog(s) under proper control. You must also ensure that your dog does not
    worry livestock.”


    The Scottish Outdoor Access Code says ‘proper control’ means different things in
    different situations, but when around sheep you should:-


    • Not take your dog into a field where there are lambs. Go into a neighbouring field or
      onto adjacent land. In open country, keep your dog on a short lead (2 metres or
      shorter) when there are lambs around and keep away from them.


    • Keep your dog on a short lead or under close control if you need to go into a field
      where there are sheep. The SOAC defines ‘under close control’ as close at heel and
      responsive to your commands. Stay distant from the sheep.


    • Keep your dog under close control in more open country where there are sheep
      and stay away from them.


    • The SOAC reminds dog owners that in some cases a farmer has the right to shoot
      a dog that is attacking their livestock.


    • If you are handling a group of dogs, make sure that they do not cause alarm to



  8. Community engagement document