KILMADOCK COMMUNITY COUNCIL
MINUTE OF MEETING HELD ON 8 NOVEMBER 2021 AT 7.30PM
BY WAY OF VIDEO CONFERENCE
Participants : Alison McAlpine (Chair), Michelle Ashford, Wiesek Chodyniecki, David Harding,
Jim McGroarty, Ken Russell, Dougie Morrison.
In attendance : Councillor Evelyn Tweed; David Clark (Minute Secretary).
Apologies for absence : Tony Farrant, Sue Harvey, Ben MacCorquodale; Councillors Martin
Earl and Jeremy McDonald, Michelle Flynn (Stirling Council) and Police Representatives
The minute of the meeting of 11 October 2021 was approved – proposed by Ken Russell,
seconded by Jim McGroarty.
Matters arising – none
09/10/21 to 05/11/21Compiled by Constable Donald King :
Antisocial Behaviour - on 16 October 2021 Police were on patrol in the area of
Doune when a male was searched and found in possession of a small amount of
cannabis. He was issued with a recorded Police warning.
Overnight on 31 October/1 November 2021 a vehicle was vandalised whilst parked
in the public car park at Castlehill, Doune. Enquiries are ongoing.
Road Safety - there have been no reported incidents
Theft - overnight on 25/26th October 2021 a housebreaking, attempted
housebreaking and theft of a motor vehicle occurred at Castle Garage and
Doune Motors, Doune. Enquiries are continuing.
On 25 October 2021 a theft by shoplifting occurred at the Co-op, Doune.
One male was arrested and is the subject of a report to the Fiscal.
Councillor Evelyn Tweed reported that Stirling Council was comfortable with local
parties cleaning the war memorial in advance of Remembrance Sunday.
She also indicated that it was her understanding that the long-running issue of
insurance for the refurbished toilets was close to resolution. She undertook to
escalate problems of access to the toilets in order to facilitate the connection of the
defibrillator and meters. It was anticipated that the toilets would be available for use
by early January.
Councillor Tweed invited details of local pre-Christmas events for promotion through
her social media accounts.
Alison McAlpine reported that the local masonic lodge had indicated a wish to
contribute towards the cost of planting around the war memorial and also towards
the costs of the new Christmas lights. The Council expressed its appreciation of this
She also reported on the arrangements for cleaning the war memorial prior to the
service on Sunday 14 November.
The Treasurer, Jim McGroarty, reported that :
The Kilmadock Community Council Bank Account balance at 8 November 2021 is
An award of £3,000 has been received from the WindFarm Trust for the purchase and
erection of new Christmas Lights for Doune. The lights have been purchased and are
ready for erection. Around £1,000 remains to cover erection, dismantling and any
repairs to the existing lights.
The sum of £100 has been paid to Trossachs Search and Rescue in recognition of their
assistance with defibrillator training. It was noted that regular funding will be required for
replacement pads and maintenance of the defibrillators.
Most of the remainder of the Community Pride Grant to buy materials for the completion
of the upgrade to the Commonty Walk has now been expended.
Michelle Ashford reported that she has been asked to confirm the schedule of
Community Council meetings. It was agreed that the pattern of ten monthly
meetings per annum (i.e. omitting July and August) should be continued and that for
the time being meetings would be conducted by video conference.
Ken Russell reported that the website was working well with areas still being
developed. It was agreed to delete this item from the regular agenda.
Dougie Morrison reported as follows on planning issues :
New forest track by Moray Estates to north-west of Doune - delegated
Alterations to former Woodside Hotel - delegated
Removal of unstable masonry at the mill at Castle Road - approved
Creation of 1st floor balcony at 6 Elm Court, Doune – approved with conditions
Application for two houses at North Lea - withdrawn
Reported proposal to purchase section of public land adjacent to 5 Castlehill Court
– there was uncertainty about this matter and it was agreed that Dougie Morrison
would investigate (Action – Dougie Morrison)
Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
Most matters in Tony Farrant's report, submitted in his absence, having already
been dealt with earlier in the meeting, David Harding reported that work on the
former phone box to take the defibrillator was nearing completion and that Stirling
Council had agreed to improve the surrounding paving.
Kilmadock Development Trust
Ken Russell reported that Neil Ferguson had been appointed as Development
Officer on a 3-year contract and would formally begin work on 1 December. In addition a new member of Post Office counter staff had started on 8 November.
Extended opening hours would apply in the weeks before Christmas.
Community Action for Deanston
Ben MacCorquodale, in his absence, had indicated that an offer to provide solar panels to
the Deanston Hall would be considered by the local committee on 17 November. Installation
costs would have to be met locally.
A Remembrance Service involving the primary school would be held at the Deanston
memorial on 11 November.
The opportunity had arisen to obtain replacement play equipment in the park and decision
would be made between two styles in a price range of £10,000 - £12,000.
Wiesek Chodyniecki agreed to send a reminder to Doune Primary School parent council
seeking its views on the proposed removal of speed bumps. In addition he would seek action
on persistent flooding issues on the A84 near its junction with Balkerach Street. (Action -
Doune Ponds and Commonty Walk
Jim McGroarty reported that work on the Commonty Walk had been successfully completed,
with considerable assistance from Moray Estates. Lady Moray would perform an opening
ceremony at the path on 27 November.
At the ponds two existing picnic tables have been adapted to be suitable for wheelchair
Dougie Morrison reported that the new lights had arrived and that he would make suitable
arrangements for their erection in the area of the Cross at the beginning of December. The
old lights would be checked out and used as appropriate and there would be a provision of
lights in Deanston.
Tourism and Marketing
There was no report.
There was no report.
Remembrance Day – Alison McAlpine reported on arrangements for the service and wreath-
laying on Sunday 14 November at 10.45am, conducted by Rev Canon Alison Peden and
invited Council members to participate. There would be no gathering for refreshments.
It was agreed that the next meeting would take place by video conference on Monday 13
December 2021 at 7.30pm.
The meeting closed at 8.36pm.