Oct 2022 Minutes

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Fintry Community Council Minutes

October 2022


Menzies Hall

· Present/apologies for absence:




Fintry Community Council Reps

Michele Bennett (MB - Chair Sue Wallace

Ian Rodgers (IR)

Stirling Council

Not present

Members of Public (MoP)



PC Steven Graham


Moira Mackay Natalie Russell Terry Baitrum




  • Declaration of interest in any items of business


· Approval of Minutes of last meeting:


· Stirlineg Councillor’s Report

No Councillor present

  • Police Report - report submitted


Forth and Endrick, Fintry Community Council

Community Council :

Oct 2022 - Compiled by PC Steven Graham

Reporting Period :

Antisocial Behaviour –


A female was causing a disturbance and assaulted another person within Campsie Glen Caravan Park, Fintry. She was arrested and later charged with Sec 38 Criminal Justice and Licencing (Scotland) Act 2010 and assault.

Road Safety

Ward Plan Priorities


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



There have been no thefts in the Fintry area since the last meeting however an attempted housebreaking occurred in Drymen

What basic steps can I take to protect my home?


The evenings are getting darker earlier and it is a time where traditionally housebreakings can occur. Having your home broken into is not common. There are however many ways that you can help secure your home. They don’t all cost money – some are common sense and good housekeeping

First, think about basic good housekeeping routines that aren’t expensive:

• Keep your home locked at all times

• Many thieves do not need to break in at all because a door or window has been left open or unlocked

• Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or anywhere else they can be easily found

• If you have a ‘thumb turn’ lock on the inside of a door, ensure that it cannot be accessed from outside

• Don’t keep house keys and car keys on the same key ring

• Don't keep a lot of cash in the house

• Mark your property with a UV marker pen or Security DNA marking Kit - these can be bought online or in some stores

• Look for the Secured By Design accreditation on the product and register - you can place an invisible imprint of your postcode and house number on your possessions

• You can record and register details of your valuables, serial numbers and features or marks, on devices on the national mobile property register on the immobilise website - this includes mobile phones, cameras, laptops and tablets

• Don’t leave valuables where they can be see through a window - for example, around the tree at Christmas time

• If you have a wall calendar, avoid having it shown near a window from where appointments can be seen

- people may see when there will be no one in.


Use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look as if your home is occupied.

• Ensure all doors and windows are secure when you leave and when you go to bed.

• If possible use secure lighting at the front and back of your property.

• Make sure all garden tools and ladders are locked away when not being used. Don’t give the thieves the tools to break into your house

• Use a good quality lock on any garden sheds and outhouses.

• Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of expensive items in your home.

If your house is fitted with an alarm then please use it. This is a good deterrent should thieves manage to force entry to your house.

• If you note anything suspicious in your neighbourhood report it on 101.

Identity theft



Identity theft is when criminals get access to someone's personal information. They then use it to steal their identity. They could then pretend to open bank accounts, get credit cards, loans and mortgages or to claim benefits. They could even take over someone's accounts and change the address. They can steal someone's name and reputation. Then can use this to make money.

Here are a few ways which these criminals work:

They search through rubbish to find bills or bank statements They target flats where shared mail boxes make theft easier

They bribe or rob postal workers or purchase the information from other criminals They search through unattended bags.

Warning signs



There are a number of warning signs to look out for:


Text Box: If you think you might be a victim of identity theft, don’t delay:

Contact your bank or building society Keep a record of all communication Report the matter to the police
Request a copy of your credit report (such as Equifax or Experian) - you can ask for incorrect information to be removed.

Amazon Scams
The Amazon Scam is a common form of attempted fraud. There are two frequently reported messages: Your subscription is due for renewal and an automatic payment will be deducted from your bank account
A button has been clicked on your account and a payment is due as a result, but the caller can help you secure a

In both cases, the caller, asks consumers to visit a website and download either software or an app in order to check their account. Downloading this software will grant the scammer access to your computer, where they could potentially access your bank account details.

Another cold call was recently reported, claiming to be from Amazon’s fraud department and saying that your account has been hacked. The caller says that an iPhone had been ordered and asked for your mobile account details in order to secure a refund.

If you receive a suspicious call, email or text claiming to be from Amazon which asks for personal information, a payment, or offers a refund you don’t expect, you should not give out any personal information.


Fuel theft advice



There has been a rise in domestic and commercial fuel tanks. It’s important to put measures in place to protect your fuel tank and make it extremely difficult for thieves to target your fuel.

Please find below some tips to avoid becoming a victim of such a crime:

Locate your tank in a safe location remembering that many thieves use Google Maps to find satellite images of fuel tanks.

Consider locating your tank behind a garage or shed and away from roads. Positioning it close to your business or home will ensure it’s in clear view.

Locate inside a security gate or cage with a good quality, robust fence or cage to make life difficult for thieves.

Install an alarm Consider fitting alarms to external gates surrounding your fuel tank or to the inside of a shed or outbuilding that is housing the tank.

Fit a fuel theft lock, thieves often come armed with tools so it’s worth investing in quality locks, locking fuel caps and anti-siphoning deterrents to slow down the criminals and reduce the likelihood of success. Locks with a CEN or BSEN 12320 Grade 6 classification indicate maximum security (Grade 1 is the least secure)

Install outdoor security lighting positioning your tank in the bright light is an effective solution worth considering. With the majority of thieves striking at night, installing automatic security lighting will help stop criminals from targeting your fuel tank.

Install CCTV cameras on your premises to dissuade anyone from targeting your tank as well as catch a thief in the act, providing the police with the evidence required to bring those to justice who choose to ignore the deterrent.

Put up signage to highlight the security measures you’ve installed can help deter those up to no good.


Treasurer’s Report September 2022


Treasurer’s Report October 2022



1. General Fund Account

The current balance is £4,977.

2. Foundation Fund


The current balance is £35,798.

The current budget and spend to date is shown below.

Foundation Scotland Budget





Commissioned Service

Community Transport Scheme




Commisioned Activity

Continued Path Maintance




Commisioned Activity

Maintance of resilience fund assets




Commisioned Activity

Flood Prevention Project




Fintry Special Project

Community Garden & Resilience Fund




Fintry Special Project

Menzies Hall Resilience Hub




Fintry Special Project

Hardship and Resilience Fund




Fintry Special Project

Prescription Collection service




Micro Grants-A

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









It was voted on and agreed that £600 would be made available for the replacement of the damaged Christmas lights

Resilience Update




· Prescription service is ongoing

· Applications ongoing for resilience funding


· Japanese Knotweed and giant hogweed have been treated in village would just like to say a huge thank to Malcolm and his team.

The Community Council has been offered more trees for planting through the village these will be available February/March 2023.

· The Menzies Hall Generator funding needed for the electrical works £4,000 (see finance)

· Strathard Community Trust have been in contact with a view to Fintry Resilience helping them to develop a resilience plan. MB will arrange a meeting



No new planning applications this month

Ogilvie Development – The planning application with Stirling Council is still live and ongoing

C.C advise the community to comment.

Playpark Update


The two new Springers for toddlers that Community Council purchased have been installed Phase two –

The equipment for phase two has gone out to 3 different companies for costings the path works will be getting done by Stirling Council own contractors Disabled access will be from the core path on castle drive.

Roads / Paths


Branshogle Bridge-

Stirling council has advised the Community Council its is now looking like the end of November for completion

Additional 20MPh signs have been ordered for the village and line has been issued by Stirling Council

B822 Kippen Road –

The road will close for two weeks in November/ December 2022 for resurfacing works at the Firs and the Caravan Park.

Cicely’s Way –

Matt Hall has cut back the hedge on Cicely’s Way, Jock Morrison will cut the road side. Malcolm will weed kill path in the next couple of weeks.




Email received from Community development re the leadership programme 2023

Email received from FALCK Renewables to invite us to their Sustainable Communities forum in fort august



The Community Council Has been asked to look into speaking to the council with regard to the installation of a bus shelter at the end of Menzies Ave.

The Sports Club asked the Community Council to look into the green box as the bottom of Culcreuch Ave its doors have been left opened the electrics and pipes are exposed to the elements concerned who owns it we’ve asked BT to come out they’ve come back to say it’s not there’s so now Scottish water to come out to look (job 1980235)

Christmas Lights. See finance

Date of next meeting


  • 9th November 2022