Strathard Community Council Approved Minutes of meeting: Thursday 5th August 2021. Online via
Community Councillors Present: Trevor Geraghty (Chair), Gillian McEwan, Joyce Kelly, Lynda
McColl, Andre Goulancourt, Stuart Stephen, Natasha Shepherd
Minute Secretary: Kate Bovill
Attending: Rob Friel – Dukes Weekender, Jeremy McDonald Stirling Council, 1 member of public
Trevor Geraghty (TG) chaired the
Minutes from last meeting proposed
Lynda McColl (LM) Seconded TG
4. Matters arising
TG aware that Fire Service were still
Christmas events – Gillian McEwan
SCC will also contribute to costs of
5. Dukes Weekender 2021
Rob Friel attended to inform about
£1000 raised from 2019 event has
equipment. This has been
Event details – Risk Assessment
– hand bikes & pedal recumbent. No
TG – Village better resourced, as now
year’s event in place. Recommended
6 Police Report
See Appendix 1
TG read through Police report –
risks around B829 road closures.
7 Treasurers report
See Appendix 2
Nearly 4k are Committed funds
Discussion around small budget
GM – Trust via AB would like to
This fits well with SCC creating a
No Questions raised
SS – Apply new
See Appendix 3
JK explained that there were only
require some discussion. This was
emphasis the SCC should put on
the KCLP contents in relation to
TG & John Lewis (JL) met with MSP
Meanwhile TG has submitted
well as SC roads department. No
JK to coordinate
response as yet. Jeremy McDonald
TG – evidence of risk has now been
JK will liaise with Natasha Shephard
9 Local Place Plans
JK explained she had been
10. Establishing Delegated
JK explained that she had been
and SCT member and lay members
are required. JK said that she was
In addition to these negotiations JK
community. She went on to say that
11 Community Life Plans
JK said that now restrictions had
Strathard covered by Community Life
JK stated that the aim is to re-
dependent. If this wasn’t possible it
before the KVH opened up again.
12 Coop Project
JK had nothing to report and said
and follow progress with the sale.
13. Strathard Development Trust
Update attached, Work has stalled
Braeval broadband is now up &
AGM 29th September.
Editor has been found for Strathard
Vinyls in old Coop building, part
Discussion followed around SC trying
Thurs 2nd Sept 7.15 in Aberfoyle
Communicate for SC notification
KVH won’t be available until January
Lets reclaimed as part of Admin grant
GM to inform
Minutes of recent feedback around
GM has contacted Stirling Council
GM has also contacted Stirling
TG – reported a desperate need for
Massive piles of Glass were waiting
QEFP update received as excel
Next Meeting & AGM Thurs 2nd Sept at 7.15pm
Appendix 1 – Police Report
Trossachs and Teith Ward,
Strathard Community Council
01/06/21 to 05/08/21 Compiled by PC Lorna Deans
You are concerned about antisocial behaviour including drunken behaviour.
During the reported period officers have been assisting National Park Rangers with campers in the
You are concerned about speeding, dangerous driving and indiscriminate parking.
On 15/6/21 a vehicle crashed through a wall and came to a halt on the shoreline near to Altskeith
Hotel on B829. The driver failed to report the incident. Police recovered the vehicle and
enquiries are still ongoing to trace the driver.
You are concerned about homes being broken into and travelling criminals.
On 13th July 2021 a theft by shoplifting occurred at Coop, Main Street,
Aberfoyle. A male and female have been charged and reported to the
procurator fiscal in relation to this.
Community Engagement and Reassurance
It is important to you to have community officers who you know, who are accessible
and who address local problems.
If anyone has any policing issues that they wish to discuss, please contact us at
Police Scotland are currently conducting a public consultation in relation to the use oflink attached provides information. The
PC’s Deans and King will be holding a police surgery at the Hub, Main Street,
The Community Officers for your area are: PC Donald King and PC Lorna Deans, based at Callander
The Community Sergeant for the area is PS Grant MacDonald, based at Dunblane Office.
They can be contacted via the email address TrossachsTeithCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk or by
We regularly publish information on the ‘Forth Valley Police’ Facebook page and tweet using
Appendix 2 – SCC Treasurers Report
Strathard Community Council – Bank account balance at 5 August 2021
General Fund opening Bank balance 28.5.21 11985.10
Minute Secretary ( 40.00)
CCN (ALP) (1850.00)
Scotways ( 20.00)
Total monies out (1910.00)
Total monies in 0.00
General Fund closing Bank balance 30.6.21 10075.10
Appendix 3 Strathard Community Council
Weekly Planning Lists for June/July 2021
Ref No 2021/0249/DET: Officer Amy Unit:: Date Valid 21 July 2021: Proposal Change in
the use of holiday apartment unit to permanent residential accommodation Location Inchrie
Castle Duchray Road Aberfoyle Applicant Mr Richard White: Type Detailed Planning
Permission Expected Decision Level DEL National Park Ward NP Ward 2 (northern (central)
area) Community Council Area Strathard CC: Advertisement Type Neighbour Notification:
Ref No 2021/0261/NOT: Officer Scott Brown: Proposal Construction of up to 1050 metres
of ATV access track Location Land West And South Of Loch Dubh Loch Ard Forest Kinlochard
Applicant Mr Andy Malcolm Forestry and Land Scotland Aberfoyle Office Aberfoyle FK8 3UX:
Officer Scott Brown: Date Valid 20 July 202:1 Application Type Prior Notification Expected
Decision Level DEL National Park Ward NP Ward 2 (northern (central) area) Community
Council Area Strathard CC
Ref No 2021/0215/DET Officer Alison Williamson Date Valid 7 July 2021: Proposal
Erection of telecoms mast, installation of associated equipment and upgrade of access track
Location North Of Loch Ard Forest Block Off B829 South Of Stronachlachar: Applicant WHP
Telecoms Limited 401 Faraday Street Birchwood Park Birchwood Warrington WA3 6GA
Agent Damian Hosker WHP Telecoms Limited Helena House Troy Mills Troy Road Leeds LS18
5GN Application Type Detailed Planning Permission: Expected Decision Level DEL National
Park Ward NP Ward 2 (northern (central) area) Community Council Area Strathard CC:
Ref No 2021/0248/PPP: Officer Vivien Emery Date Valid 6 July 2021: Proposal Change in
the use of land from agriculture to caravan site for siting of holiday pods and managers
accommodation and formation of access, car parking, footpaths and installation of sewage
treatment plant Location Ledard Farm Aberfoyle Stirling: Applicant Ledard Estates Ltd
Ledard Farm Loch Ard Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3TL: Application Type Planning Permission in
Principle: Expected Decision Level DEL National Park Ward NP Ward 2 (northern (central)
area) Community Council Area Strathard CC: Advertisement Type Neighbour Notification.
Ref No 2021/0140/HAE: Officer Lorna Gray: Date Valid 18 May 2021: Proposal Installation
of solar panels on perimeter wall Location Corrienessan Cottage Aberfoyle Stirling Applicant
Mr Michael Payne Great Scott Holdings Corrienessan Cottage Lochard Road Milton Stirling
FK8 3TQ : Application Type Householder Planning Permission National Park Ward NP Ward 2
(northern (central) area) Community Council Area Strathard CC: Date Decision Issued 14 July
2021: Decision Approve
Ref No 2021/0141/DET: Officer Lorna Gray: Date Valid 23 April 2021: Proposal Erection of
telecoms mast, installation of associated equipment and upgrade of existing ATV track
Location Forestry land south of Achray Toll, off Dukes Pass, Stirling: Applicant Secretary Of
State For The Home Department The Home Office Marsham Street London SW1P 4D:
Application Type Detailed Planning Permission: National Park Ward NP Ward 2 (northern
(central) area) Community Council Area Strathard CC: Date Decision Issued 9 June 2021:
Ref No 2020/0149/HAE: Officer Amy Unitt Date Valid 17 July 2020: Proposal Demolition of
existing porch and single storey extension and erection of replacement porch and single
storey side extension: Location The Glassert Lochard Road Aberfoyle: Applicant Mr James
Cowderoy The Glassert Lochard Road Aberfoyle FK8 3TJ : Application Type Householder
Planning Permission :National Park Ward NP Ward 2 (northern (central) area) Community
Council Area Strathard CC Date Decision Issued 24 June 2021: Decision Approve
Application Number 2019/0183/DET Development Proposed : Formation of
telecommunications compound to include erection of telecoms mast, installation of
associated equipment and construction of hardstanding and access track Location: Land At
Tom Nan Saighdearan Aberfoyle . Date Application Valid: 5 August 2019 Date of expiry of
period for representations: 6 September 2019
Application Number 2019/0305/DET. Development Proposed: Change of use and
extension of 1 no. existing building to dwellinghouse and erection of 5 no. terraced
dwellinghouses and 1no. detached dwellinghouse Location: Stronachlachar Cottage
Stronachlachar Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3TY Date Application Valid: 28 November 2019 Date of
expiry of period for representations: 3 January 2020
Application Number 2020/0111/DET Development Proposed : Formation of footpath and
installation of viewing structure Location: Land North Of Stronachlachar Pier Stronachlachar
Applicant: Mr Denis O'Kane Date Application Valid: 22 May 2020 Date of expiry of period for
representations: 10 Jul 2020
Application Number 2020/0202/DET Development Proposed : Erection of dwellinghouse
Location: Land Between Creag Mhor Cottage And Creag Mhor House Lochard Road
Stirling FK8 3TD Applicant: Mr And Mrs Russell McKeand : Date Application Valid: 8
September 2020 Date of expiry of period for representations: 16 October 2020
Application Number 2020/0231/DET Development Proposed : Partial change of use of
ancillary building to use class 1 (retail) Location: Hill Cottage Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3SY
Applicant: Mrs Cindy McLoughlin Agent’s Name: 12 October 2020 Date of expiry of period
for representations: 13 November 2020
Application Number 2020/0304/DET Development Proposed : Erection of dwelling house
Location: Balanton Yard Montrose Road Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3UL Applicant: Ms L Briggs
Agent’s Name: Nicholas Goward Agent’s Company Name: studioEAST Chartered Architects
Agent’s Address: King James VI Business Centre Friarton Road Perth PH2 8DY Date
Application Valid: 4 January 2021 Date of expiry of period for representations: 12 February
Application Number 2020/0214/DET Development Proposed : Erection of replacement
garage with flatted dwelling (holiday accommodation) Location: Hazelbank Manse Road
Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3XF Applicant: Mr Kenny McNeil Agent’s Name: Mr John White
Agent’s Company Name: John H White Architects Agent’s Address: Ballat Crossroads Balfron
Station G63 0SE Date Application Valid: 22 October 2020 Date of expiry of period for
representations: 8 March 2021
Application Number 2020/0337/DET Development Proposed : Subdivision of guesthouse
to form 4no. flatted dwellings (for use as holiday lets) Location: Craigmore Guest House
Lochard Road Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3SZ Applicant: Mr Andrew Malcolm Agent’s Name: Mr
John White Agent’s Company Name: John H White Architects Agent’s Address: Ballat
Crossroads Balfron Station G63 0SE Date Application Valid: 2 February 2021 Date of expiry
of period for representations: 12 March 2021
Application Number 2020/0304/DET Development Proposed : Erection of dwelling house
Location: Balanton Yard Montrose Road Aberfoyle Stirling FK8 3UL Applicant: Ms L Briggs
Agent’s Name: Nicholas Goward Agent’s Company Name: Nicholas Goward Agent’s Address:
King James VI Business Centre Friarton Road Perth PH2 8DY Date Application Valid: 4
January 2021 Date of expiry of period for representations: 12 February 2021
Appendix 4 - SCT update from meeting
Strathard Community Council 5 August 2021 – SCT update from 27 July meeting
Inversnaid/Stronachlachar broadband project
Final monies received from Stirling Council but not yet passed to Broadway (internet
No report back on connectivity but aware that it hasn’t reached Inversnaid yet.
Request for update still outstanding.
Braeval Broadband projects
Braeval complete and up and running.
Duchray project progressing
Proposed date 29 September
Discussions ongoing and funding applications to be made.
Report from Strathard Community Council (SCC)
No update since 6 May meeting.
Progress being made and future issues being planned.
Meeting held with MSP and councillor, supportive of keeping Hub going. Request to SC to
Now open 24/7.
Trossachs Visitor Management meeting
NP general update – increase in visitor numbers, fewer reported problems
Thinking about 2022 projects
Appendix 5 Aberfoyle Toilets
Good Afternoon All,
I am pleased to let you all know that we have the final results on the Aberfoyle Toilets
consultation, not as many as we thought but some and good comments….
Aberfoyle Consultation – 7 respondents all for going ahead
Good to see proper improvements for our disabled fellow citizens
Pity we have to lose so many toilets to incorporate this larger one but very necessary.
About Time there Are decent disabled facilities in Aberfoyle
The team will now progress the project to develop the design and take the project through the
building warrant and planning processes. I’ll arrange another meeting once we are able to
update on progress with the next phase.
We will provide regular updates as required through the design process.
Chris Burns, Community Development Officer
Community Development Team | Stirling Council | Old Viewforth | Stirling | FK8 2ET
Appendix 6 Cycle path
Your Stirling You Decide Participatory Budgeting
Cycle Network Meeting
Date: 26th July 2021 Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Present: Chris Burns / Kevin Argue (Stirling Council), Jim Riach (Loch Lomond Countryside Trust),
Michelle Anne- Michelle Ketteridge (Leader), Lynda, Keith Yates, Norman Gillan, Enda McLoughlin
Apologies: David Hopper (SC), Irene Riach (Submitter), Callum Christie, Alison Boa (Strathard
Chris welcomed everyone to the meeting and a round the table introduction took place. Chris, then
asked those present to look over the previous minutes before handing over to Kevin Argue to recap
previous discussion and to update the group.
Cycle Path Update
KA explained that Anne Clark had been the lead officer from his team (Transport Development) on
this project; project management responsibly had since been moved over to another SC officer,
Ewan Prentice and that Anne would continue to offer support. KA noted that in the previous
meeting notes that David Hopper had said there was a decision made on the Smiddy option – KA
confirmed that the in house design work had not hugely progressed due to the retirement of the
Officer who was scheduled to progress this. . KA also explained that due to the pandemic and the
above had that work had stalled on this, and KA apologised to the group.
KA then went onto explain that at present Sustrans are not accepting new applications for funding.
KA t explained that in order to progress the project, the Council has appointed external design
services from Boyd Brothers.
KA advised that to the best of his knowledge the Landowner at the Smiddy remained supportive. KA
advised that Boyd Brothers were undertaking the following –
Technical survey work (GPS & ecological)
Engagement with the land owner Landowner
KA advised the group that once the consultant produced a new design and then shared with the
group for discussion prior to finalising the legal Agreement and then the then the Planning
Application. KA stated that is the aspiration of Officers that the works c start this financial year...
Robert asked about the width of the path. Kevin explained that it would be within the minimum
standard and that they would follow the Cycle by Design Scotland standard of 3m minimum to 5m
Jim asked about the feasibility on Aberfoyle, connecting of villages. KA advised that has not been
progressed. The main objective is to complete this project and then progress with the wider vision
through the forthcoming Local Transport Strategy review.
Lynda asked what length the path will be – KA then shared the proposed path route alignment
diagrams to the group as visual aide.
AMK asked about applying to Sustrans as she was concerned that the council’s funding was not
enough to cover the project.
KA then explained that the process underway would enable a full and detailed costing to be
developed. From there decisions about final budgets can be made.
KY asked about the Thornhill 22 miles is still on the path using the old Kippen railway line which will
be within the place plan and a high priority. He also added about the Rob Roy / Lake of Menteith
plan and whether it is worthwhile spending time on this? KA said yes it is worth spending time on
this but, but noted that the detailed development of this would be begin with a refresh of the
Council’s Local Transport Strategy, delivering on the objectives of the Council’s Climate Plan. NG
raised other points that the width of the road may be reduced due to the autonomous cars and that
this would make space for cycling. Kevin said that he was unsure of this at this time, but that
national guidance would be updated to account for such developments.
KY raised the point of the 2001 survey carried out at the Smiddy which identified that the land was
private and too narrow and would need off road for access to the area.
JR added that the strategic approach highlighted visitor management issues and volume of traffic
and consider alternatives for cycling / walking and not just driving, for Aberfoyle / Port of Menteith /
Thornhill and Blairdrummond corridor. KA agreed with this.
AMK asked would the further design costs come from the remaining budget, KA confirmed that this
was the case. . AMK noted that there here could be other possible funding avenues such as Rural
Towns fund / Active Travel fund. KY added that there is a commitment of £2.5M across the area. JR
added that there is the Carse of Stirling Partnership, a local community involved in path audits and
Anne Clark and Ewan Prentice appointed as new leads.
Kevin will action the new design and costs and will notify Chris then to organise the next
Kevin (and Team) will organise the legal agreement for the Landowner.
Date of Next Meeting
To be arranged when Kevin has design and costs.