Virtual meeting Monday 6th September 2021
Members Present: - Grace Edmonds; Julie Hutchison; Kate Ramsden; Evelyn Mac-
dougall; Philip Graves; John Gray; Eleanor Balfour; Pamela Lee
Apologies: Andrew Thompson; Craig Melville
In attendance: Cllr R Davies; M Vass, SCDT; + 3 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. There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes of June meeting and matters arising
The minutes were adopted, proposed by EM seconded by KR
Matters arising: Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust led a small group of volunteers to
tackle the Himalayan Balsam along the Blane. There is a huge amount in the village
and this will be an ongoing issue. JH said that the plants can be pulled out and left
and PG noted that this should not be done when the plants are seeding.
Cllr Hutchison agreed to look into the fly tipping on the A81. She contacted SC but
nothing has happened. JG agreed to send Cllr Hutchison contact details for the own-
er of the old shop. He has done this.
JH and GE met with Sergeant McDonald from Dunblane regarding the item that was
omitted from the minutes in May. He has investigated this issue and anybody with
any questions should contact him directly.
JG said that there had been further discussion with the Wee Kirk regarding a new
planning application with cooking being done in the hotel. JG wrote to SC saying that
we had no objection to this.
GE reported that the Edmonstone Hall Committee are happy to take over responsibil-
ity for the defibrillator at the hall and will also look into installing the one currently at
the Co-op into the telephone box. They will meet the cost of this, but may ask us for
some help in clearing the telephone box.
PC Graham sent the report for September.
There have been more reports of youths at Mugdock Quarry. There was a report of
vandalism to a house by stone throwing, leading to a broken window. and another
regarding a youth hitting another with a bottle. Both youths were from the Glasgow
There have been several RTCs in the area since the last meeting. None were seri-
ous, however 2 drivers were issued with a fixed penalty for careless driving.
A male took his father’s car without permission and headed towards Glasgow. He
crashed into a wall near Milndavie Road. He was charged with various Road Traffic
There were parking issues at the Devil’s Pulpit and parking tickets have been issued.
PC Graham has carried out Hand Held Radar speed checks in the village and will do
so again in the near future.
Two bikes were stolen from Mugdock Country Park.
There were two thefts of alcohol from the Co-op. One female was charged in relation
to one of these and enquiries are ongoing regarding the second.
There were attempts to break into two sheds in the village.
Police Scotland had a recent campaign regarding fuel theft. Advice on this, bike theft
and fraud can be found in the whole Police report on the CC website.
PG and RD visited Mugdock Country Park as vandalism here has been worse this
year. They couldn’t see an obvious solution and RD suggested that we should write
to the Chair of the Management Committee. JH will do this.
Co-option of New member
Pamela Lee agreed to join the CC and her approval has been received from SC. All
CC members present agreed, JH welcomed Pam to the CC and she joined us for the
rest of the meeting.
Report from the consultation on Refuse Collection
KR attended this on our behalf and she will put the PowerPoint presentation on the
website. She reported that SC was clear from the beginning of the consultation that
their plans will go ahead so this was not in fact a consultation. Participants asked if
the new collection does not fly in the face of encouraging people to recycle, with the
blue bin being collected 4 weekly. SC said that this will link into the Government
scheme to recycle glass in 2022. When it was mentioned that this has been post-
poned SC had no response. A question was asked about providing more on street
recycling bins, but SC said there are no plans to do this. E bins will be available for
medical waste or households with two or more babies in nappies, but no extra provi-
sion for pet waste. There were no answers to concerns about rodents, smell etc. KR
will try to identify the council officer responsible if residents have questions. JH noted
that many residents are very concerned about the new schedule. KR thinks that SC
pushed this through with no consultation. There were also concerns raised about fly
tipping which we are already seeing. SC will let KR know who to contact regarding fly
Elected Member’s report – Councillor Rob Davies
RD confirmed that the changes to the bin collection will start in mid-September. This
decision was made last year and opposition councillors tried to oppose the plans,
with no effect.
There was a planned council meeting regarding the process for having a deputation
to the council, but this has been postponed. The next meeting of the council is 7th
October. RD has tabled a question for that meeting regarding recent closures on the
Stockiemuir Road. These have had adverse effects on local businesses and RD has
asked the council to provide businesses with earlier notification of future closures.
A bridge between Killearn and Fintry failed earlier in the year and RD had grave con-
cerns about the road infrastructure in the ward.
The next meeting of the Rural South West Forum is on 20th September.
RD reported that council officers are gradually returning to their offices, but this will
be slow while computer systems are updated.
JG asked if the road closures on the Stockiemuir were unexpected. RD said that they
were advertised in the usual way by SC but that some businesses did not see this.
JG suggested that we could highlight some of the closures in the area on the web-
site. JG is surprised that SC is opening the offices but have not had technicians in
updating the computers. SC seems to have put itself into extreme lockdown in the
last 18 months. RD said that it has been frustrating that Planning officers have not
been allowed to carry out site visits.
JG also raised the issue of road markings in the village and surrounding area which
are fading. It seems that SC is not doing a good job with these. RD will raise this with
Roads. EM mentioned that a lot of the red warning signs are fading also, although
this seems to be a national problem.
JH said that we were supposed to have a Participation Requests meeting but this
had to be postponed because Lynne McKinley was isolating. She hopes it will be re-
JH thanked RD for his report.
Planning and Licensing.
JG reported that the Gladman application rumbles on. The Reporter had presented
their report to the government, but SC revised its housing numbers so the reporter is
looking into this.
JG noted that the houses on the Devil’s Elbow are under construction. We do not
know if there will be a footpath from the development but it seems unlikely as the
houses are being sold from the original plans. There has been a consultation be-
tween the residents in Edenkiln Place and the contractor, regarding run off from the
JG noted that a petition signed by several residents counts as one petition. It is better
for residents to send individual petitions.
21/00762/FUL Erection of new dwellinghouse, land adjacent to An Larach Milndavie
Road, Strathblane. JG/EB will file similar comments to the previous application for
this site with regard to water courses, flood risk etc.
21/00743/FUL Erection of dwellinghouse and associated driveway access, land be-
tween 1 and 3 Dunglass View Strathblane. CC will ask planning to make sure that it
complies with all applicable policies and guidance respective of local developments
patterns, plot ratios etc.
21/00677/FUL Erection of dwellinghouse in garden ground and creation of new ac-
cess for existing dwellinghouse, Kenly, 12 Glasgow Road Blanefield. There was
some concern that this might set a precedent for other houses on Glasgow Road. It
is a very tight site. SC will ask Planning to make sure it complies with all applicable
policies and guidance with respect to local development patterns, plot ratios etc.
21/000629/FUL Demolition of agricultural buildings and erection of dwellinghouse,
Land Southwest of Boards Farm, Blanefield. CC’s position is the same as previous
application for two smaller houses. JG said that it is a pity that it will add to large
houses in the area.
21/00469/FUL Erection of dwellinghouse and garage building, land adjacent to the
Garden House Blanefield. JG filed comments in a personal capacity during the re-
cess and shared these with the CC members.
JH thanked JG for all his work in Planning.
Current Account - £2372.50
Instant Saver Account - £1343.06
The admin grant for this session will be £475.61
We have been asked to take part in a Derelict land survey. JH will look into this but is
not sure that we have any. MV suggested that the land behind the toilet block might
qualify as derelict.
We had an email from a resident concerned that the recycling facility in Balfron is in-
accessible for older people. RD will look into this but is concerned that SC might
close the facility rather than deal with complaints. JG asked if SC could do a deal
with EDC to allow residents in our area to use their facilities.
Residents have complained about dangerous driving near the Co-op. People are
driving at speed along the pavement from Dumbrock Road to park on the double yel-
low lines. JH will ask Lynne McKinley or Angela McGibbon to look into putting bol-
lards along the footpath. GE will email Steven Graham about the dangerous driving
also. JH also mentioned that the bollard at the end of `Blane Crescent that was
knocked down in February has still not been replaced.
A resident has complained about people leaving bags of clothes around the recycling
bin at the library when it is full. KR noted that people leave bags beside the bin even
when there is space in it. We will put something in the BVB asking people to be more
The owner of the Kirkhouse Inn has asked about sponsoring the BVB and possibly
attending a meeting to discuss their plans. We will contact him about this.
We had an email about the bus service being reduced due to Covid. We will put the
link to this in the BVB and on the website.
MV gave a brief update on the library. They are still negotiating an operating agree-
ment with SC. SC is not keen to donate the land, but discussion is ongoing. Tenders
for the build have been received but are way over budget due to increased costs due
to Covid and Brexit. MV hopes to have a much more positive report at the next meet-
KR said that the flooding survey is ongoing. She will invite somebody to speak to a
future meeting about what is happening with the survey.
Date of next meeting October 4th 2021
Copy date for the BVB 17th September 2021.
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