Feb 2021 Minutes

Adopted minutes of meeting held on 17 February 2021





Members present Heidi Bryce, Caroline Carrick, Andrew Donaldson,

Elizabeth Jones, Hilary McGregor, Jim Ptolomey (Chair),
Fiona Rennie


Apologies Susie Henderson, Euan Shaw, Police Scotland


In attendance Doug Ashworth, Cllr Alistair Berrill, Cllr Rob Davies,

Graeme Fraser KCFC,

Jamie Grant Communications Officer to Alyn Smith,
Alyn Smith MP

32 members of the public,

Christine Bauwens (Minute Secretary)


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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the KCC meeting on 17 February 2021 was held
via Zoom.


It was with deep sadness that Jim informed the meeting of the recent, sudden death of
Cllr Graham Lambie. Cllr Lambie served this Ward since 2007 and will be remembered
as a very kind, genuine and hard working person who cared deeply about his
constituents. KCC wish to extend sincere condolences to his family, friends and
colleagues at this time. If any local resident wishes to pass on a message to his family,
please email KCC who will forward it to SC.




The minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting.




  • CC1016 – Any Other Business – Bins


    Jim informed the meeting that SC issued a media release on 16 February giving
    details of the new household waste and recycling policy.



    As Police Scotland was unable to attend the meeting, due to it being held via Zoom,
    Fiona presented the following Police Report:


  • Reports of youths kicking doors in the Birch Road area and throwing snowballs at
    houses near Killearn Primary School. Police attended but the youths had gone.


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  • Report of persons within a house breaching COVID Regulations. However, upon
    investigation it was confirmed no breach had been committed.

  • One road traffic accident on A81 near Dumgoyne. No-one was injured.


  • Police presence at Glengoyne Distillery moving away vehicles parked on the main
    road that had come from outwith the area.

  • “Pop up Police Officer” used in Killearn and had the desired effect of slowing
    vehicles down. Personal speed checks will be carried out in the future.

  • Oakwood Garden Centre broken into overnight on 13-14 February. Any member
    of the public with any information to assist enquiries, should please contact the

  • Reports of suspicious person and suspicious vehicle in the Killearn area. The
    vehicle was traced and all found to be in order but no trace of the person. Local
    residents are assured that all such reports are taken seriously by the police and
    will be investigated.

    The full police report is available on KCC website www.killearncc.org.uk


    CC1021 – PLANNING


    Planning Schedule


  • Valid Planning Applications Received


    20/00024/FUL Demolition of Existing Dorran House and Erection of 2 no
    Bungalows at Kincaple, Jenny Gunn’s Loan, Boquhan, Balfron G63 0RW
    KCC commented re access to site.

    20/00880/FUL Alteration to Garage to Form Additional Living Accommodation for
    Existing Dwellinghouse at Blairbeg Lodge, Drumtian Road, Killearn G63 9QA

    No comment.


    21/00099/FUL Two storey side extension and formation of dormer on rear
    elevation of dwelling house at 2 Elm Road, Killearn, G63 9RY

    No comment.


    Decisions of Appointed Officers


    20/00797/FUL Conversion of Internal Garage to Family Room at
    Croy Buchanan Steading, Killearn G63 9QU

    Approve with Reasons.


    20/00907/FUL Formation of 2 Dormers on Rear Elevation of Dwelling House at
    18 Branziert Road, Killearn G63 9RG



    20/00694/FUL 2 proposed dwellings - 1 replacement house (Plot 1) and 1 house
    in adjacent site (Plot 2) at Red Cottage Blane Smithy Road, Killearn G63 9QQ
    Approve with Conditions.



    Other Planning Matters

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  • Rural Stirling Housing Association – Lampson Road site
    No further information is available.

  • Former Killearn Hospital Site


    The working group is continuing to look at an active travel path between the site
    and the village and investigate possible funding from Sustrans.

  • Development of Former Killearn Hotel


    It is hoped to begin demolition work as soon as the demolition warrant is received
    by the developer.


    It was agreed to contact SC with the following requests for road repairs:
    Beech Drive – between Abbeyfield and Maple Crescent

    Beech Drive – at first chicane near Alder Crescent
    Lampson Road – near Napier Road

    Birch Road – lower end


    It was also noted during the recent wintry weather, hazardous ice was forming near the
    chicane on Station Road. Flooding in Graham Road, near Main Street has also been
    causing problems.


    A local resident raised the issue of the footpath down Station Road. No work has been
    carried out since before Christmas, leaving the footpath in a seriously hazardous
    condition. KCC has reported this several times already to SC and is still awaiting a
    response and an update on plans. It was agreed KCC write again to SC requesting
    urgent action be taken to remedy this unsatisfactory situation.


    With regard to the resurfacing work on Branziert Road, which was due to be undertaken
    in the Spring, it was agreed KCC find out why this is not in the current programme of
    works. (Action JP/FR)




    Jim introduced Alyn Smith MP (SNP) for Stirling to the meeting and invited him to take
    questions from the floor. Topics included education issues during lockdown, Active Travel
    Initiative, COVID financial support for the childcare sector, rural broadband services, co-
    operation between Scottish Parliament and the UK government, and the four home
    nations’ response to the COVID pandemic.


    Alyn agreed to provide feedback on questions and links, where applicable, to further
    information and support.


    CC1024 – KCFC UPDATE


    Due to the current lockdown restrictions, there was nothing to report from KCFC.


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    Cllrs Berrill and Davies were both in attendance and reported on the following issues:


  • Shock and sadness at the recent death of Cllr Graham Lambie. As a permanent
    memorial to Cllr Lambie, it was suggested possibly naming a road after him at the
    CALA development at the former Killearn Hospital site.

  • Return of some children to school on 22 February following latest COVID

  • Urgent need for parking facilities near Glengoyne Distillery for tourists coming to
    enjoy the local countryside.

  • 7000 Chrome books distributed to children by SC to facilitate home learning.

  • B818 closed 1-5 March.

  • Strathblane – Old Mugdock Road closed 1-4 March.

  • Three up and coming SC meetings to discuss budget settings, suspension of
    some of the committees in the run up to the election and the decision made
    regarding bins.




Doug informed the meeting that a leaflet describing the proposal for a fast wireless-based
service had been delivered to 90 premises in Branziert Road, Branziert Road North and
Drumbeg Loan. As a result, eight persons expressed an interest of which only three were
committed enough to warrant a survey being carried out. It was agreed Doug discuss the
situation further with Euan to see if this will be feasible and also request assistance from
Alyn Smith MP regarding the situation.




Elizabeth gave the following report:


A further £100 has been received from local Killearn businesses as a contribution to the
cost of the Christmas lights. The invoice for £2307.46 for the lights, installation and taking
down of same has now been received.


Expenditure £80.00 Administrative costs
Current Bank Balance £3629.09

From the £500 grant for Sharing Happiness Project, a further £32.98 has been spent on
COVID information cards, leaving a balance of £250.




There were no questions from members of the public.




Fiona reported on items of correspondence relating to the provision of rock salt to de-ice
private paths of vulnerable and elderly members of the community and the request to SC
for a new waste bin at Lampson Road near the entrance to the Cowfield. The request has
been rejected and KCC has asked this be reconsidered.


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Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership Consultation will take
place 1 February – 15 March 2021. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in
this online survey. There is also a paper copy available to email to anyone requesting
same. Three online workshops have been arranged with the final one taking place on
Thursday 18 February at 2.00 pm. On 3 March, a meeting with carer and server users will
take place to discuss future plans for respite care.


It was noted that KCC has written a letter in support of a grant application by the Old Mill,
KIllearn for additional protective equipment to be purchased in preparation for the annual
Beer Festival, proposed for June pending COVID restrictions.


Given the recent spate of local break ins, the idea was raised for a Neighbourhood Watch
Scheme. This will be discussed at the next meeting.




The next KCC meeting is scheduled for 17 March 2021. This will be held again via Zoom
and details will be confirmed nearer the time.


The meeting ended at 9.38 pm.