October 2023 Minutes

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Fintry Community Council
11th October 2023
Menzies Hall


 Present/apologies for absence:

Fintry Community Council

Michele Bennett (MB – Chair)
Ronnie Garvie (RG)
Jacqueline Garvie (JG)
Helena Johnston

Stirling Councillor

4 Members of Public


Sue Wallace
Ian Rodgers
Moira MacKay

 Declaration of interest in any items of business
 Approval of Minutes of last meeting:

Councillor’s Report
No Councillor in attendance apologies sent by Cllr McGarvey

Police Report -
Council: Forth and Endrick, Fintry Community Council

Reporting Period:
September 2023 Compiled by PC Graeme McNulty

Ward Plan Priorities
A digger and trailer were stolen from a site at Crow Road. The property has been recovered and enquiries remain ongoing.
There has been recent reports of thefts of motorcycles and also hen’s from nearby villages. Please remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to Police.

Road Safety
Police assisted a motorist who was locked behind a gate within a forestry track. Please remember many of these tracks are for authorised vehicles only.
Antisocial Behaviour
A number of calls have been received in relation to neighbour disputes. Police continue working with Stirling Council Anti-social behaviour team to try to resolve such matters.
Is your motorcycle a target for thieves?
Motorcycles and scooters are an easy target for thieves but theft
does not have to be inevitable, a few simple steps could reduce
your chances of becoming a victim.
Security tips when out and about
 Ensure your bike is fitted with a combined alarm and immobiliser
 Fit a tracker
 Attach a combination of chain, disc lock and U-lock. Do not rely on one device, the more security placed on your bike, the less attractive it is to a thief. The longer it takes to overcome the security, the more of a deterrent it is
 Try to park under street lights
 When applying your locks, ensure they are secured to a solid anchor point or a permanent piece of street furniture. Keep the lock off the ground where possible as this makes it difficult to cut off.
 Cover your motorcycle and ensure the cover is attached to the security device
 If possible use Thatcham , Sold Secure or Secured By Design approved devices. These have been industry tested and are generally agreed to be amongst the most robust security devices available.
 Ensure you always activate the steering lock
 Do not leave your helmet or other possessions on the motorcycle or in luggage space or panniers.
 Look out for car parks that are accredited to the Parkmark scheme, as they are safer places to park vehicles. Log onto parkmark.co.uk for a list of car parks on your area
 Be vigilant, ensure that you are not being followed home and check for suspicious items attached to your motorcycle or transporting vehicle/trailer that could be used to track your whereabouts

Security Tips at Home
If you have a garage, shed or storage area consider securing
your motorcycle there.
 Fit a hasp and padlock with dome headed, non-return screws to prevent tampering.
Consider Sold Secure soldsecure.com or Secured by
Design www.securedbydesign.com products
 Secure windows and don’t enable people to see inside with curtains or opaque film. Fit grills, heavy mesh or reinforced glass
 If you have a house alarm consider extending it to cover, garages and out buildings
 If your garage adjoins your home and there is a through door it should be external quality and kept lock
 Secure your bike within the storage area with a ground anchor and chain
If you have any information in relation to stolen motorcycles
please contact Police Scotland via 101 or 999 in an emergency
Report anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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’s Graeme McNulty and Matt McCammon are the Ward Officers for the Forth and Endrick area.
They are based at Balfron Police Office and can be contacted at the office, on 101, or at ForthEndrickCPT@scotland.police.uk. It is recommended that this email address is used by the local community for email contact however this should not be used to report crimes.
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

Finance -
1 travel grant received for £250 approved
1 tuition grant received for £250 approved
Grant application received for Santa’s Sleigh for £250 approved
Grant application for Christmas lights for the village £430 approved
Funding of £500 for laptop for the Community Council Treasure was voted on and approved

Resilience update
Resilience plan was activated on Saturday 7th October Amber warning for flooding was in place.
The resilience team arranged with Stirling council for sandbags to be delivered nearly all of them were distributed over Friday and Saturday.
Houses that have never asked for sandbags before required them and will need to be added to our flood areas register
Also, underwater burn came back into force during the heavy rain we will speak at our flood forum meeting to see what can be put in place.
No update as yet re the hall defib

Planning Application received for single storey rear extension with flue and front extension to dwelling house 3 Menzies Avenue

Bus Shelter Menzies Ave the Community Council have sent another letter chasing this up for the possibility of installing a new bus shelter for the

Children of Menzies Avenue
Street lighting replacement programmes have been cancelled due to budget cuts. Will take this forward
Reinstatement of speed activation signs it’s still in dispute with the Council and the company direct.
The Community Council is still awaiting a response from traffic Calming team regarding our traffic survey. The Senior Officer has left and the replacement officer is not in post as yet.
The CC has arranged a site meeting with roads officer to discuss traffic calming at the clachan end of the village and at kilunan.
Have written to Stirling Council roads re the installation of a footpath from Kilunan to Fintry
CC have agreed replace the catch on the gate at Cicely’s way

Enquiry re travel grants treasure will respond
Enquiry re play park this was overtaken by last minutes publishing and detailing update on the playpark
Enquiry about trees that the community planted along the rugby field and riverbank for flood response. The CC advised that the fruit trees had been pruned over the years by CC. we also advised that the fruit from the trees round the rugby park are used by the villagers. The flood response trees are maintained by C.C & Loch Lomond Fishers trust.

Phone Box
Was listed on 23rd June 1989 by the Community Council
It’s a category B LB12513
Built by Sir Giles Scott 1935 there is only 1700 hundred left in the country.
After discussing with historic Scotland, they advised they would not be favourable in removing the listed category B on the phone box.
Stirling Planning department advised we would have to have written permission from historic Scotland to make any changes and also planning permission as it’s in a conservation area.
It has also been raised by some members of the public about domestic abuse victims only life line.
The Community Council intend to keep the phone box live. Fintry Museum are interested in helping to look after the box, including repainting. Sam (Fintry museum Representative] will bring more detail on this subject to our next meeting.
Sam and team were unable to attend meeting

The rest of the coronation Trees will be planted in the next couple of weeks
School crossing patrol officers are being removed by Stirling Council
Dog Wardens enquiry the councillor is still awaiting a response and will chase up
Members of public who are thinking of moving to the village asked various questions regarding the village which the Community Council was happy to answer and promote the

Date of next meeting
 7.30pm 8th November 2023