KILMADOCK COMMUNITY COUNCIL
MINUTE OF MEETING HELD ON 13 DECEMBER 2021 AT 7.30PM
BY WAY OF VIDEO CONFERENCE
Participants : Alison McAlpine (Chair), Michelle Ashford, Wiesek Chodyniecki (part), Tony
Farrant, David Harding, Sue Harvey, Ben MacCorquodale, Jim McGroarty, Dougie Morrison. Ken
In attendance : Councillors Martin Earl and Jeremy McDonald; David Clark (Minute Secretary).
Apologies for absence : Michelle Flynn (Stirling Council) and Police Representatives
The minute of the meeting of 8 November 2021 was approved – proposed by Ben
MacCorquodale, seconded by David Harding.
Matters arising – none
05/11/21-10/12/21 Compiled by Constable Lorna Deans :
Antisocial Behaviour - Between 4/5 December 2021 damage was caused to a
vehicle parked on Castlehill, Doune. Enquiries are ongoing.
Road Safety - On 12 November 2021 a lorry collided with a vehicle on the A84
near to Doune causing minor damage. Enquiries are currently ongoing.
On 16 November 2021 there was a collision between 2 vehicles after a
driver took unwell. Police assisted the driver in getting medical attention.
During the weekend of 26/28 November 21 officers were busy dealing with
numerous closed roads due to fallen trees as a result of storm Arwen.
Theft - There have been no reported thefts in the Kilmadock area
At the Chairperson's invitation, guest Erik MacEachern from Deanston addressed
the Council on concerns about community resilience in the light of significant
problems suffered by many local people in the aftermath of the storm and wind
damage on 27/28 November. It was agreed that the local resilience plan required to
be updated and that a more robust two-way system of communication should be
sought with Stirling Council. It was agreed that issues, suggestions and proposals,
should be compiled by Ben MacCorquodale for submission to Stirling Council
(Action - Ben MacCorquodale)
Councillor Martin Earl reported on
issues and analysis from Stirling Council's point of view on the aftermath
of the recent storm. He expressed concerns at the response and
performance of the electricity network operators.
Continuing problems with the new waste collection service and difficulties
in contacting the appropriate department
The Provost's Award 2022, inviting submission of candidates in
recognition of work and service in the pandemic. The closing date for nominations is 14 January 2022
The agenda for the Council meeting on 8 December, indicating new
proposals for individuals and groups to address the Council on specific
issues. A special meeting has been called for 15 December to address the
condition of road bridges in the Council area in the light of recent road
closures caused by bridge collapses.
Alison McAlpine reported that she had received a lot of communications in the
aftermath of the recent storm. She expressed thanks to all in Doune and Deanston
who had helped in various ways. She also expressed appreciation for the response
to the Remembrance Day service, the Winter Window initiative and for the recent
improvements to the paths within Kilmadock cemetery.
The Treasurer, Jim McGroarty, reported that :
The Kilmadock Community Council Bank Account balance at 13 December 2021 is
Payments for items for the opening of the Moray Park toilets have started. Once
opened, there will be regular invoices for the operation and maintenance of the toilets,
which will reduce the bank balance considerably over the next year.
The Christmas lights have been erected, and the invoice for the electrical work to get
them all up and lit is awaited.
Around £250 remains from the Windfarm Trust for painting/refurbishing of the Doune
former phone box. This money is being used to prepare the phone box to take the
Michelle Ashford reported that she has been asked about the Community Council's
plans for its AGM. It was agreed that this would take place in association with the
Council's June meeting.
Dougie Morrison reported as follows on planning issues :
Transfer of ground at Castlehill Court – he had not been able to find out more
about this but it was noted that it had been approved
Various permissions granted to deal with dangerous trees
Removal of unstable masonry at the mill at Castle Road - approved
New windows at 28b Balkerach Street - approved
New windows at RTA building in Station Wynd – approved
Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
Tony Farrant reported as follows :
Green shed site – there was still no word on the outcome of the
application for funding
Moray Park toilets – while Stirling Council have now given permission for
the installation of washroom services and cleaning although water and
electricity connections and metering have yet to be completed. It is
doubtful if these can be completed by the proposed opening date of 3
January 2022 so a temporary solution by Stirling Council will be required.
The Council has agreed to reimburse the football club for expenses
New bridge across the Ardoch Burn near the castle has now been
completed and will be part of the new tourist trail.
Kilmadock Development Trust
Ken Russell reported that Neil Fergusson, Development Officer, has now begun
work. The Post Office continued to work well and extended opening hours were now
in operation prior to Christmas.
Community Action for Deanston
Ben MacCorquodale reported on the AGM held in November at which office-bearers were
re-elected and a choice of the new play equipment was made. The car boot sale and
Christmas Fair had been well supported, considering the pandemic restrictions.
Wiesek Chodyniecki attended for this part of the meeting and confirmed that the new
Convener of the Primary School PTA and the Head Teacher agreed with the proposal to
remove the speed bumps in Doune. Drainage on the A84 near the junction with Balkerach
Street would need more extensive work and he will press for this. The cut-out police officer
on the A820 at the eastern entrance to Doune appears to be effective as a speeding
Doune Ponds and Commonty Walk
Tony Farrant reported that favourable comments have been received about the
improvements to the Commonty Walk although the area had since been badly affected by
fallen trees in the recent storm. The same was true of Doune Ponds but all the paths have
now been cleared, thanks to the efforts of volunteers. The Fairy Trail would run at the Ponds
for two weeks from 19 December.
Christmas trees and lights
It was agreed to send a note of thanks to Blair Drummond Estate for the donation of
Christmas trees (Action – Michelle Ashford).
The new Christmas lights were now installed and working well. About 54 metres of lights
remained and these would be erected at an appropriate location. It was agreed to retain
those of the previous lights which were still in working order.
Tourism and Marketing
There was no report.
Sue Harvey reported on receipt of an assessment by Moray Estates of the recent
considerablewind damage to forestry areas. It detailed the scale of the damage, the
intended clearance operations and revised plans for replanting.
Lighting at Health Centre lane – Dougie Morrison reported on recent discussions with a
contractor on proposals for a high-mounted solar-powered light. It was agreed that he would
explore the matter further, with potential locations. (Action – Dougie Morrison)
It was agreed that the next meeting would take place by video conference on Monday 10
January 2022 at 7.30pm.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm.