Sept 2021 Minutes

Fintry Commmunity Council

Approved Minutes of the meeting held on 15th September, 2021 (A virtual meeting held via Teams)

1. Present/apologies for absence

Fintry Community Council Michele Bennett (MB - Acting Chair)

Sue Wallace (SW – Treasurer) Ian Rodger (IR)

Natalie Russell (NR) Hendy Spence (HS)

Stirling Council Councillor Jane Hutchison (JH)

Apologies FCC – Meg Duckworth (Planning/Licensing)

2. Declaration of interest in any items of business None

3. Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting

Some amendments to be made so will be circulated and approved shortly. Member of public brought up a point of order that the June minutes were going to be circulated two weeks after the meeting. Noted and this would be rectified in future.

4. Stirling Councillor’s report (JH)

Confirmed bin changes and the meeting re Brandshogle Bridge. No dates yet on the start of work as it has only just gone out to tender. Council surgeries will start again after 7th October. There is going to be a new economic strategy for Stirling, news on this to follow.

5. Police Report

Forth and Endrick, Fintry Community Council

Community Council :

September 2021 - Compiled by PC Steven Graham

Reporting Period :



Antisocial Behaviour –


2 children were within the multi court area of Fintry PS when another youth attended and would not let them out. The youth thereafter threw water over them. The youth was traced, formal action was carried out by Police and Social work were made aware.

Road Safety


There were no reportable RTCs in the Fintry area since the last meeting.

I have carried out hand held radar within the village and will do so again in the near future.



There have been no thefts in the Fintry area since the last meeting however sheds have been attempted in the Strathblane area recently.

2 frauds have been reported in the Fintry area since the last meeting and others in other villages. Please see the below regarding fraud as unfortunately it is all too common and many are being caught out.

Fuel theft campaign


A recent campaign was initiated by Police Scotland with regards to theft of fuel. Please see below in relation to security. Prevention Products to consider

The Oil Defender by Fuel Alarms Ltd – with SBD Accreditation ( Watchman Alarm | Oil Tank Alarm | Kingspan | Great Britain

Ward Plan Priorities







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 advice:

• 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’ technology.


Text Box: 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, 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

•	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.


Text Box: 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.

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.



6. Treasurer’s Report

Fintry Community Council


Treasurer’s Report 14 September 2021




General Fund Account


The current balance in this account is £4,547.61. We are due to receive £228 from Stirling Council for this year. They have reduced the grant to take into account the underspend from last year when we did not hire the hall.

Foundation Fund


The foundation fund balance to date is £43,342.63 which includes this year’s Kinsgburn payment



Kingsburn Fund Spending Summary



Foundation Scotland Budget





Commissioned Service

Community Transport Scheme




Commisioned Activity

Continued Path Maintance




Commisioned Activity

Maintance of resilience fund assets




Fintry Special Project

Community Garden & Resilience Fund




Fintry Special Project

Menzies Hall Resilience Hub




Fintry Special Project

COVID-19 Hardship and Resilience Fund




Fintry Special Project

Prescription Collection service




Fintry Special Project

Donation to new play equipment




Micro Grants-A

Individual Grants £250-500




Micro Grants-B

Individual Grants £250-500




Main Grants

Constituted Groups £500-2500




Student Study Grant

Student Study Grant




Administration Fee

FCC Admin work





Post code lottery grant














7. Resilience Update Prescription service is ongoing

Some families are isolating with Covid

Furlough finishes 30th September so another hardship letter will be sent out Flood forum meeting – Cancelled due to illness will be rearranged

Resilience workshop Stirling Council / Scottish flood forum – Michele represented Fintry Community Resilience doing a presentation showing other communities how it works Member of the public asked that people should be vetted but it was agreed that this was not necessary for the sort of work the volunteers were doing.

Resilience volunteers now have full council insurance cover for their work.

8. Roads/Paths

Stirling Council Traffic management carried out a speed survey a few weeks ago at top end of Main Street sadly the equipment was vandalised and had to be replaced. The results of this survey have resulted in Stirling Council Stirling Council agreeing to new 20mph signs throughout the village, addional road markings and the installation of speed activation signs for the Main Street and Kippen Road the tender for these works closes on 24th September.

Police speed checks have been carried out in the last few weeks nobody has been charged the traffic police have agreed to come at different times in the near future. Brandshogle Bridge – Tenders will be in this week and approved the following week. TCV have finished the Lade path and would be happy to do another project within the community.


Cicely’s way extension – We are awaiting drawings from Paths for All to proceed for funding applications. We will be asking for volunteers to assist with the rebuilding of the drystone dyke early next year.

9. Planning

Designated parking facility within the woodland to provide visitors a safe parking option and involving a road upgrade including passing places, a new link path from car park to existing road network, and the restriction of the current Bellmouth parking area land East and south of Gartcarron filters cottage.

Erection of 2no.dwellinghouses and formation of new access Former sawmill at Branshogle

Extension to rear of dwelling house 12 Menzies drive Fintry

Erection of dwelling house and garage land adjacent to north east of 10B main street Licensing – Approval of trading licence for Fintry Inn

(There was a question-and-answer session by Andy Gallacher from Forestry and Land Scotland in regard to new car parking Facility for the residents of Gartcarron)

10. Playpark Update

FCC has received confirmation that we have now got full funding for the replacement climbing frame due to delivery timescale this will be installed early next year. Funding from Kingsburn, Western Recreation fund and Stirling Council.

Phase Two – Plans have been drawn up for the additional playpark equipment we have a meeting arranged with Stirling Council early October we hope to have these plans out for comment to parents etc as soon as possible after this meeting

11. Fintry Tourism and Community Development/ Community Action Plan

Fintry Tourism & Community Development- FFC are going to be working with the Tourism and Marketing Team from Stirling Council to promote Fintry, create a website, with the help of the public, Community groups and local businesses.

Community Action Plan - Will replace the 5-year plan and a survey will be sent out to villagers in due course which will include questions e.g. What are our likes dislikes of our village, Improvements, Priorities and Facilities etc?

FCC to have further discussions on the wording of the survey.

12. Litter Pick

Took place in August, thanks to Ian Rodger and all who took part. Lynda Hood suggested it should perhaps take place at a weekend so more people could take part.


13. Shelloch Wind Farm

There was a meeting held by Force 9 last week in the Menzies Hall, planning has been delayed because of the data hack of SEPA. Force 9 happy to arrange an additional online meeting if any villagers would prefer that.

14. Correspondence

There was an enquiry re the recent traffic survey on main street FCC have requested a copy of the report and will forward a copy on once received from Stirling Council.

Member of the public has raised concerns about the increased traffic and heavy lorries using the Gonachan Bridge. It was agreed at the Brandshogle bridge meeting that the bridge engineers would check all bridges in the area on a regular basis during the road closure and report back.

FDT Have requested to add questions in the Community Action Survey FCC sees no problem with this request.

Letter from the Bowling thanking FCC for their grant.

Letter re the bench removed from the Cross – The FFC has the bench which has been renovated it and it will be reinstated. (A member of the public pointed out that this particular bench was originally donated by a lady in memory of her daughter. Another MOP pointed out that there had been a bench in this position for over Seventy years (Bench Sue Wallace Treasurer – Abstained from Voting.)

Letter received from Governance informing us that Stirling Council have now investigated the June complaints and no further action will be taken.

15. A.O.B

FCC has asked Stirling Council for a meeting regarding issues with their DRT booking system

Stirling Council are planning a wild flower section from the sewage works to the Fintry Bridge.

Stirling Council waste services meeting FCC objected to the new bin service. Bins will change to be collected on a Friday Instead of Sunday.

FCC raised the issue of that in 2022 glass uplifts will be discontinued and what did Stirling Council have in place to assist the elderly who at the moment get a direct uplift of there Bins from there front door we were advised that the Council would not be involved in

. the new Scottish Government glass deposit Scheme but they would make inquires on our behalf.

Hopefully our next meeting will be held in the village hall a member of the public raised the fact could the Community Council do Hybrid meetings it was agreed by Council members that this could be option but they would have to speak to the Hall Committee to find out what IT services it has in place.

16. Date of next meeting 13th October, 2021