Virtual meeting Monday 10th May 2021
Members Present: - Grace Edmonds; Julie Hutchison; Kate Ramsden; Evelyn Mac-
dougall; Andy Thompson; John Gray; Eleanor Balfour; Craig Melville
Apologies: Philip Graves
In attendance: Cllr Rob Davies; M Vass, SCDT; David and Stuart Fraser; Robert
Hay + 4 residents
(SC = Stirling Council. CC = Community Council. CDT= Community Development
Trust * Denotes an action)
Welcome from the Chair and declarations of Interest
JH welcomed everybody to the meeting. She acknowledged our huge debt of grati-
tude to Pam Campbell for all her help.
The CC was sad to learn of the death of Murray O’Donnell. He will be missed in the
There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes of April meeting and matters arising
EM noted that she had made a mistake when reporting the account balances last
month. The Instant Saver account had £1343.01, not £1342 as reported.
With this amendment the minutes were accepted, proposed by EM seconded by JG
Matters arising: JH contacted Steven Robinson about the damage to grass verges on
the A81. She was impressed with his prompt reply. He will address the issue when
he has the resources.
Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust suggested May 15th as a date for clearing the
riverbank, but JH thought it would be better to leave it until later in the month to give
us time to ask for volunteers. This was agreed
A resident had emailed the CC regarding the rubbish left at Loch Ardinning. JH had
contacted the litter-picking group who tidied the site.
PG has contacted Scottish Water but he was unable to attend the meeting to report
on the outcome.
JH asked Councillor Davies for his help in persuading Lynne McKinley and Caroline
Fraser to respond to emails regarding the participation request and hedge cutting. JH
has tried repeatedly to contact Lynne, who never replies. Caroline told us in Septem-
ber that it would only take a couple of weeks to get the hedge cut, but we have heard
nothing about this. MV suggested emailing Crawford Bell. RD will chase this up.
KR will join the South West Forum. JH suggested asking to add roads to the agenda.
A resident had asked SC about reinstating the village officer. JH contacted Colin
McKay at Land Services. He replied very promptly and explained the reasons why
SC cannot reinstate the officer. JH will circulate his reply to the CC members.
PC Steven Graham sent the police report for April.
Youths were again moved from Mugdock quarry. One male had got into difficulties in
the water but had been rescued by another male.
A male was assaulted near Abie’s Loch. One male was charged with assault.
A dispute between neighbours in Milndavie crescent resulted in one being issued
with a recorded Police warning for minor assault.
A dog attacked another dog at Loch Ardinning and a male was bitten. Both parties
had left when Police arrived. Enquiries are ongoing.
There were a few mountain rescues at the Devil’s Pulpit. No serious injuries were
A drugs warrant was executed at an address in Blanefield and a small amount of co-
caine and cannabis was recovered.
A minor RTC occurred on the A809. One vehicle was involved which ended up in a
field. There were no injuries/
Parking on the A81 at the distillery has been monitored again and this will continue.
Carbeth Inn update – Stuart and David Fraser and Robert Hay
Stuart updated the meeting on what has been happening with the Inn. The drive –
through has been very busy although things have calmed down recently. This has
highlighted some potential issues for the future. Stuart thanked residents for their
help, especially Jo Waterfield who has helped with managing litter issues. They are
happy to supply litter pickers and bags to anybody who wants to help with litter col-
lecting and will also dispose of the full bags. Car parking and road access to the
Stockiemuir Road has been a big problem. The 40mph limit has been extended to
cover the car park entrance and Stuart suggested that more speed checking in the
area would be useful.
The drive-through currently has temporary planning permission until 2023 but they
are now trying to accelerate permission for the permanent structure. The plans have
been altered slightly to allow a better flow of traffic. They hope these plans will be
approved soon as the walks around Carbeth have become more popular recently
and they hope to pre-empt traffic problems this will cause.
The original plan to renovate the Inn and then build a coffee shop were changed
when the Inn proved to be in much poorer condition than anticipated. As a result of
the work now needed it was decided to build the coffee shop first as a revenue
source. It opened in October 2020. A further planning application for the Inn will be
submitted in due course and Stuart will keep the CC informed about their plans.
The new plans for a permanent drive –through will provide a better lay out for traffic.
A new entrance will lead to another car park at the rear of the site to allow walkers to
park without affecting drive-through traffic. The Roads department has been very
helpful and supportive of the plans. EM queried the fact that the new car park will be
very close to a house, but Stuart has been in contact with the owners who are sup-
portive of the plans. JG asked if they are using the cottage car park and if the new
car park is part of the existing planning permission. Stuart said that the new park
does not yet have planning permission but this will be submitted soon. They will use
the cottage car park if necessary in the meantime. JG asked if the hutters use the car
park and Stuart said they do not. AT said that the plans look good and a lot of
thought has been put in to problem solving. He asked what solution there could be
temporarily until the new car park is available and suggested asking walkers not to
use the existing car park at present. Stuart said that they have signs ready to ask
people not to queue on the road when the car park is full and they are unable to turn
right into it and they have high viz vests for staff to use if they need to ask traffic to
move. As a last resort they might have to keep the car park for customers only, but
would prefer not to do this. They hope their drive–through plans will be approved
quickly so that parking issues on the road can be avoided. Stuart asked for any sug-
gestions we might have to avoid a situation like the Devil’s Pulpit. He asked for sup-
port from the CC for their application for the coffee shop as a non-material change.
The new car park will need a full application. AT said that we should send a note of
support to SC when the application goes in. JG will send a letter of support to Robert
to accompany the application. RD will contact Roads to emphasise the urgency of
the traffic problems.
JH thanked Stuart, David and Robert for the update on their plans.
Elected Member’s Report – Councillor Rob Davies
Following the election last week we have a new councillor, Jane Hutchison from Kip-
The Council meeting a couple of weeks ago discussed what constitutes an open bot-
tle of alcohol as part of changing a by-law due to issues at Loch Venachar. There
was also a discussion about upgrading the council IT system, which was approved.
Two roads projects affect our area – carriageway improvement on the A81 from
Milndavie road to the council boundary and also on the A809 from Queen’s View to
RD noted that the council has allocated £6million to the Covid 19 recovery plan and
£4million to road improvements. He said that a huge amount of work needs to be
done on roads in the council area.
RD and AB will integrate Jane Hutchison into their programme and she will attend a
meeting in due course.
JH thanked RD for his report.
Planning and Licensing
We have received an application for an off-sales licence for the Kirkhouse Inn. JH
pointed out that we already have two off-sales licences in the village and has con-
cerns that this might take business away from the Co-op and Vishnu. JG is con-
cerned about whether the alcohol will be sold from the Wee Kirk, adding to the issues
already there. EB said that she had heard about a proposal for a microbrewery for
the Kirkhouse, but we have had no notification of this. A resident said that it is hard to
agree to the application until current issues have been solved. JG said that we have
had no updates on the plans for the Kirkhouse and JH asked if there is any way to
find out more details about the off sales. JG said that he will try to find out what the
criteria are, but he is not inclined to oppose it. A resident suggested that the manag-
ers of the Inn could ask that alcohol is not consumed in the car park.
19/00262/FUL Extension to existing nursery and new staff entrance – amendment to
planning permission. These minor changes seem to be internal and we will not op-
21/000309/FUL Amendment to siting and design of dwelling house (West Plot) ap-
proved under planning approval 12/00505/MSC. Land adjacent to West of An Larach
21/00274/FUL Variation to design of dwelling house (East Plot) approved under
planning permission 12/00505/MSC Land adjacent to West of An Larach, Milndavie
These two applications are adjacent to each other. Neighbours have major concerns
about the flooding risk from this site which is a former mill lade. The CC agreed that
planning permission should not be granted until the new flood risk is considered. This
site has flooded several times recently as the volume of water was too much for the
culverts. If the culverts are enlarged to accommodate the buildings the water will be
moved down to the village. JG pointed out that we already have concerns about
flooding in the village. It was agreed that JG would notify the council that we are very
concerned about the increase in flooding downstream if these sites are developed.
21/00329/FUL Demolition of dwelling house and erection of new single story dwelling
house, The Retreat, Blanefield. We opposed the previous application due to land-
scape impact. This proposal is lower and less intrusive. JG proposed that we support
this application on condition that the siting, low profile and unobtrusive materials are
21/00238/FUL Erection of new dwelling house; land adjacent to Troughstone Cottage
Strathblane. This seems a minor change to existing permission.
The CC received an email from the owners of Cuilt Farm regarding anti-social behav-
iour at Ardoch House. JG will write to SC about the ongoing issues there.
EB and CM offered to look into the licensing application from the Kirkhouse
Current Account - £2557.49
Instant Saver Account - £1343.02
EM has paid ICO for the data protection licence. JG noted that the annual web site
fee is also due.
EM will submit the accounts to Kate Baxter by the end of the month.
Local Issues - Margaret Vass
Thomas Graham Library Ltd and the SCDT have been in negotiations with SC over
the running costs for the new library. The current cost for the porta-cabin is about
£5000 per annum. It is estimated that around £10,000 will be needed for the new
building. MV would like to brief the CC at a later date regarding a campaign to per-
suade SC to increase the revenue budget to allow the library to go ahead. JH agreed
to this briefing on behalf of the CC.
MV highlighted an issue with the pavilion in the park, which was donated to
Blanefield Thistle about 60 years ago. The land is leased from SC at a charge of £1.
The lease is up shortly and the football club has been told that the cost of the lease
will rise to £150. The club cannot afford to pay this. SC has told them that they can
either demolish the building and reinstate the land or hand it back to SC who might
subsequently decide that the building should be demolished and require the club to
pay. RD will look into this and MV suggested that the CC should write to the council.
GE will write to Chris Kane on behalf of the CC. AT said that Thomas Graham Library
Ltd is concerned that the same rise could be applied to the new library in the future.
A resident said that his business would be happy to support the provision of sports
facilities in the village if SC will not move on the rent.
GE received a letter from Stirling Voluntary Enterprise Ltd. This had been circulated
to all CC members.
JH suggested that we should include an appreciation of Murray O’Donnell in the next
issue of the BVB. This was agreed. EB agreed to ask Ann Balfour if she would write
this. EM will write an article about avoiding scams.
Date of next meeting June 7th 2021, 7.30 on Zoom.
Copy date for BVB 21st May 2021
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