PORT OF MENTEITH COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The usual meeting of the Port of Menteith Community Council in the Port of Menteith Hall
scheduled for Monday, 19th April, 2021 did not take place due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Instead,
an E-meeting involving all members was held and a document summarising the current situation
with regard to regular Agenda items, together with the draft minutes of the February meeting, a list
of correspondence received, a Police Report and a statement of the end of year accounts were
circulated to members for information, discussion and comment in the usual way
Draft Minutes of the meeting of the Port of Menteith Community Council of Monday, 19th April, 2021.
Members : Peter Stewart, Chair
Sheena Makgill-Crichton, Vice-Chair & Secretary
Penny McCoull, Treasurer
Valerie Graham, Minutes Secretary
Members Present and Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest in Items of Business
There were no declarations of interest.
Adoption of the Draft Minutes of the E-Meeting of 8th February, 2021
The adoption of the minutes as a true record was proposed by Jim Riach and seconded by
Matters Arising from the Minutes:
Port of Menteith Church
Sheena Makgill-Crichton reported that the Church had re-opened again on 28th March
when the Scottish Government had allowed places of worship to do so but the
restrictions in terms of no singing, social distancing, masks, sanitising etc., had remained.
However, the numbers have changed and 30 people are now allowed at a service
which is the maximum that can be managed within the social distancing regulations.
Also, that another booklet had been produced for the Community at Easter which it
was hoped had been well received. An Easter service had been held but numbers
had still been restricted and attendance limited to local people. It had been decided
to make a collection for ‘Start Up Stirling’ again which had raised £415. The Church will
continue to be open under Covid-19 regulations, but it is doubtful that it will be open
during the weeks in July and August as previously.
Following the issue of a press release by Stirling Council announcing that 14,000 Brown
Bin permits had been sold, Valerie Graham reported that she had emailed Martin Earl
to enquire as to what arrangements were being made about multiple Brown Bins
located at the end of private roads for which there is no means of limiting their use to
holders of permits. He had responded to say that he had sent a list of questions
regarding this and other issues to the Council but had not yet received a reply.
Strathard CC Co-op Buy Out Project
Joyce Kelly, Strathard CC’s Planning Representative, had reported that the point at
which a decision would have to be made as to whether or not to take the project to
the next stage had now been reached. There had been a large response following the
community engagement exercises which gave some clear direction on the preferred
uses for repurposing the old Co-op building although some were more practical than
Also that the Strathard Community Trust had decided that it is not in a position to
sponsor the Project so if the decision is to take it to the next level i.e. submit a Scottish
Land Fund (SLF) Stage 2 funding application to purchase the Co-op building, another
Community Enterprise legal entity will have to be created. This will take time and most
likely delay when the Trust would be in a position to lodge an but they are trying to
interest sufficient volunteers to join a project team to take the matter forward.
Viewforth Link Road Petition
Members were advised that it had been agreed at the meeting of Stirling Council on
Thursday, 4th March to continue consideration of the petition against the Link Road at
the next meeting of the Council pending the submission of further information. It is
expected that the Petition will be further considered at the Council’s meeting on
Thursday, 29th April, 2021. An update will be provided when the Committee makes a
No work on local roads is scheduled for the period 5th April – 10th May but sections of
the A81, A873 and B8034 in the PoM area are now deteriorating to such an extent they
are becoming extremely dangerous as drivers swerve to avoid potholes and bad
Members were reminded that the Chairman had previously recommended that the
Community Council should draw attention to the situation and members supported a
proposal that Martin Earl should be asked for his help to get an on-site visit from an
officer in the Roads Department to look at the condition of the local roads. Action : VG
Cardross Bridge & A811 Warning Sign
Members were advised that there had still been no response from Stirling Council’s
Bridge Officer regarding the dive survey report or as to what action was required and
the sign on the A811 at Arnprior warning of the weight limit on the Bridge had still not
Valerie Graham reported that there had still been no response from Angela McGibbon
to the Community Council’s comments regarding the red road markings at the bottom
of Cock Hill nor any information about when the planned trial signage would be
Road Sign & School Lights
Valerie Graham reported that the damaged directional road-sign at the junction of the
B8034 & A81 had still not been repaired and the 20mph school warning lights continue
to either malfunction or not work at all despite the Council having been advised of this
by both the School and the Community Council on numerous occasions.
Approval of End of Year Accounts & Agreement to Submit them for Audit
Approval of the End of Year Accounts and the submission of them was proposed by
Alison Forrester, seconded by Sheena Makgill-Crichton and agreed by members.
Payments to the Port Hall Committee and Port Church
The adoption of the Treasurer’s recommended payment for the use of the Port Hall was
proposed by Sheena Makgill-Crichton and seconded by Alison Forrester and agreed by
The adoption of the Treasurer’s contribution to the Port Church was proposed by Alison
Forrester and seconded by Jim Riach and agreed by members.
Members noted that the ICO Registration had been renewed.
List of General Correspondence
This had been circulated prior to the meeting. There were no questions.
Planning Lists from Stirling Council and the NPA;
Copies of the ‘Scotland Funding Search Bulletin’;
Copies of the PAS newsletters;
Copies of the Community News Sheets;
Copies of the Community Partnership’s E-Bulletins;
Copies of the Community Response Bulletins;
A range of Covid19 related & other local information from Martin Earl and
circulated to the Community;
A message from Stirling Council urging voters to get ‘election ready’ for May;
Notification from Stirling Council that it would be writing to all residents about the
introduction of a new garden waste permit;
Notification that Stirling Council housing rents will remain among the lowest in
Scotland after Councillors approved a marginal 1.3% increase for the year ahead;
Notification that Stirling Council has committed more than £23million of investment in
Council housing across communities in the coming financial year;
A copy of the Scottish Community Councils’ winter newsletter;
A copy of the Community Response Bulletins 28, 29, 30 & 31;
An update on the NPA’s Community Support & Engagement arrangements;
News from the National Park;
Notification of proposed changes to drinking alcohol in public byelaws;
Notification that Council Tax across Stirling has been frozen for the year ahead;
Notification that Council Tax across Stirling has been frozen for the year ahead;
Notification that Stirling Council is ranked top in mainland Scotland for home-grown
A letter of thanks to Martin Earl
Members approved a proposal that a letter of thanks for his extensive support and
provision of information for the Community during the Covid-19 pandemic should be
sent to Councillor Martin Earl. Action : PS
A letter of thanks to James Fraser
Members also agreed to write to James Fraser, Chief Executive of Friends of LochLomond & The Trossachs to thank him for his help and guidance in the production for his
help and guidance in connection with the funding application and the production of
the Visitor Management Review & Action Plan. Action : VG
Planning & Licensing Issues
New Planning Applications
Members were advised that there were no new planning applications to consider.
Shellock Windfarm Development Proposal for the Fintry Hills
In response to an enquiry as to when a decision regarding the Shellock
Windfarm planning application might be expected, Councillor Earl had
reported that he had been advised by Stirling Council’s planning department
that no date for this was available as there are still a number of outstanding
issues in connection with the application that have yet to be addressed.
Members were reminded that the Community Council had previously made an
approach to Force 9 Energy requesting that Port of Menteith should be included
in the list of communities to benefit financially from the development as it is the
one to be most visibly affected by the proposed development. However, this
had been rejected on the grounds that it does not meet the standard criteria
However, that approach was made before it was known that at least two of
the turbines will be required to have red navigation lights on top of them which
it is anticipated will light up the sky south of Port of Menteith. Also, although the
proposed development will not be located in the National Park, several years
ago, the NPA adopted a ‘Dark Sky’ policy which will be affected by the
Members agreed to write again to Force 9 Energy in an attempt to get the
company to change its mind with copies of the letter to go to both the NPA and
Stirling Council Planning Department.
Path in Malling Forest/Menteith Hills, Rob Roy Way
Members noted that this has application has now been approved and work is
Port Hall Car-Park
Quint Glen reported that this application has now been approved and he is
now waiting for quotes for the work before he can go ahead and apply for
Doune the Rabbit Hole
This was cancelled last year due to the pandemic but Doune the Rabbit Hole is
scheduled to take place at Cardross this year, Thursday, 15th – Sunday, 18th July.
NB – Subsequently, the dates for DTRH have been changed and they are nowth – 15th August.
Visitor Management Plan Project
Jim Riach reported that following the discussion at the last meeting, in partnership with
Friends of Lochlomond & The Trossachs, the CC received funding from NatureScot's
“Better Places Green Recovery Fund” to develop a Community Visitor Action Plan (the
Plan). Callum McNeil-Ritchie was engaged to carry out the survey work and draft the
final Plan and recommendations. This was agreed by the steering group which included
Jim Riach from PoM CC and James Fraser, Chair of Friends of Loch Lomond & The
Trossachs National Park and circulated to members of the CC for their comments. A
few final edits had been received and the Plan updated accordingly. This was then
sent for its design and layout to be carried out locally in Thornhill and the final Plan has
now been sent to NatureScot and circulated to CC members.
As the CC now has ‘ownership’ of the Plan, members considered the following
To endorse the Plan and its recommendations;
To establish a small action sub-committee, which will report to the CC, to take
forward or reject the key recommendations in the Plan. Jim Riach and Callum
McNeill-Ritchie have agreed to lead the group together with other possible
To agree in principle to make a further application to Round 2 of the “Better
Places Green Recovery Fund” for funding in order to deliver the first actions
outlined in the Plan. Applications require to be submitted by 14th May with
work to commence at the beginning of June and Jim Riach, Callum McNeill-
Ritchie and James Fraser will compile and submit the application;
To agree to the distribution of copies of the Plan to residents of Port of Menteith
using the CC’s e-mail circulation list and by placing a notice on the PoM’s
Facebook page, ‘Port Life’ advising that the Plan is available on application.
Alison Forrester proposed and Sheena Makgill-Crichton seconded the adoption of
points 1-4 and it was agreed by members.
After discussions with Jean Cowie, Stirling Council’s Finance Officer, Members were
advised that it had been approved for all income and expenditure relating to the Plan
to be processed through the CC’s bank account.
NPA Visitor Management proposals for the forthcoming season
Jim Riach reported that:
The document outlining the NPA’s Management Proposals for the season had been
circulated to the Members prior to the meeting and much of the information in the
document had been provided at a pre-season stakeholder briefing on the 26th
March which he had attended;
Led by the NPA, the ‘National Park Safe Recovery Action Group’ (NPSRAG) had
been established in summer 2020 to bring together all key partners with a role to
play in visitor management in the Park in order to share information and co-ordinate
actions to help address the issues being experienced;
A Joint Response Visitor Management Plan had been prepared setting out the
extensive range of measures and resources being put in place across the National
Park this season;
The Lake of Menteith has been identified as an area experiencing pressures from
anti-social behaviour associated with camping and Irresponsible parking;
Litter and fly-tipping should be reported to the appropriate local authority;
Irresponsible and dangerous parking along with criminal and antisocial behaviour to
Police Scotland on 101;
Dangerous or wild fires reported to Scottish Fire and Rescue dial 999.
Action Required: Note the key contact points and report all issues of concern. Issues of
concern will be logged providing regular feedback to ensure the profile of community
concerns is noted.
While PoM has been identified as being subject to key pressures, it should be noted that it is
not part of the NPA’s Camping Management Zone – areas which will be prioritised for actions
and patrols. Therefore it will be important to maintain awareness of issues through regular
reporting and monitoring.
Countryside Trust Short-Term Research Project
Visitor Impact Data
Jim Riach reported that he had participated in a Zoom call in early March with SKS, the
consultants conducting research on what data was being collected by communities in
relation to visitor impacts and issues and what baseline data we had. This took place
before the CC had undertaken its own visitor management study and subsequent
action plan but the consultants noted this point and were advised that the action plan
would be completed early in April. Other communities around the Park are also
participating in the study.
Action Required: Note the information and as indicated in the NPA Visitor Management
proposals, ensure feedback to the appropriate channels to support the process of data
collection. Other monitoring actions are outlined in the PoM Visitor Management Plan.
Trust Membership and Communication
Members were advised that, Marie Harvey, the previous administrative &
communications officer of the Community Partnership, has joined the Countryside Trust
and will provide support in communicating with communities thus ensuring some
continuity in the process. Information regarding membership will be released shortly but
information about communications had already been included in the last Community
Action Required:- If you were a recipient of the Community Partnership newsletter you
are being asked to update details to comply with GDPR information on the Community
Port Hall Report
Quint Glen had nothing further to report with regard to the Port Hall.
Port School Report
There was no School report.
Members noted the Police Report which had been circulated prior to the
Any Other Competent Business
There was not further business.
Date of Next Scheduled Meeting : Monday, 21st June 2021