Minutes from meeting 7th February 2022 Crianlarich Village Hall 7.30 pm
Present: Sheona MacLennan, Alan MacLennan, Gary Roberts, Cllr Martin Earl, Cllr Jeremy McDonald
Also present 3 members of the public.
Apologies: Alison Stewart, PC Scott Kennedy, Mary Cunningham (received after meeting)
Due to the resignation of Falcon Frost from the position of Secretary and Community Councillor it was agreed that Sheona MacLennan, being the only remaining full Community Councillor and office bearer, would chair the meeting and continue as Acting Chair until the AGM.
Declarations of Interest - none
Previous meetings minutes - adopted. Proposed - Gary Roberts, Seconded - Alan MacLennan Matters Arising -
Embedded police officer - To get further information on the current vacancy in the area, following Craig Murray’s retirement.
Action - Cllr Martin Earl - will contact the Area Commander.
Recruitment of local Fire Service crews - Jimmy Allardice will continue to raise the importance of our local Fire and Rescue provision and the retention of staff.
It was noted that the problems of recruitment and retention of fire crews is a nationwide problem with many causes.
Cllr Martin Earl will look into raising the issue with the Community Partnership.
External reports - Police Scotland
Period 01/12/2021 to 29/01/2022 CRIMES OF DISHONESTY 06/12/2021
Reports to Police of two drivers who each failed to pay for fuel at the Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum. Enquiries continue to trace the driver of the vehicle on the day with a view to making payment and consideration for the matters to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR –
Reports of a male acting in an erratic manor at Crianlarich Train Station. The male was found at the train station and found to be drunk. After recording his details he was returned to his home by Police and the matter recorded locally.
An allegation of assault was made by a patron at the Drovers Inn. A male suspect was arrested for the assault and subsequently charged with assault and damage to property.
OTHER INCIDENTS OF NOTE
A number of phone calls from concerned members of the public were made to Police at the beginning of December during the heavy snow in relation to a male living in the underpass of the A82 near to Crianlarich Train Station. Police attendees found the male, known locally as Alan (Alain) to be safe and well and well equipped for the conditions.
Over the last 6 weeks I have been building a relationship with Alain. He has told me that he wishes to get his passport renewed so that he can move on to another country. There is ongoing discussion amongst the Police, Stirling Social Services and UK Border Force with how best to assist Alain. It is common knowledge that his mother visited him towards the end of 2021 and was concerned for him.
It is quite clear to me that Alain is very much a valued member of the local community in Crianlarich and has received a lot of warmth and kindness from you all. Going forward I plan to assist and at least sign-post him as best as I can in order to help him. It is clear to me that, although not conventional, he is very happy with his living arrangement and the philosophy of being homeless. He has rejected my offers to take him to Stirling to present as homeless.
If any of you on the Community Council have any observations in relation to Alain, please let me know.
SEARCH AND RESCUE/ MOUNTAIN RESCUE
None for December or January!
ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS
The heavy snow at the beginning of December brought with it issues for vehicles particularly in Tyndrum which were resolved within 24 hours. Other than that, there have been no incidents of note on the carriageway.
Elected Members -
There is a full budget meeting of Stirling Council on 3rd March, the last before the local council elections in May.
Under discussion will be the Council Tax, the Capital budget, the Revenue budget, the bin collection strategy and the Resilience plan.
Councillors will be present at our meetings for the foreseeable future to provide support. Community Engagement - none
National Park Representative - none Report Internal
Chair - none Secretary - none
Treasurer - Opening balance £381.18, payment of £220 for Hall rent and £37.70 for Remembrance Day wreath, closing balance £123.48
Planning - none Sub groups - none
Community Council Business -
At present we have 5 Community Councillors, 3 full members and 2 co-opted.
As two of these full members are not able to attend the meetings we are operating at minimum capacity.
Our full complement of Community Councillors is 8.
The Community Council can exist as it is at the moment and will continue to meet for the present but cannot function as if it had a full complement of active members.
Contact Stephen Bly for advice on upgrade of co-opted members to full members, To get advice on AGM
Procedure for progressing expressions of interest - Action - Sheona
Publicise the Community Council and advertise for new members - Action - Sheona
Next meeting 7th March 2022 AGM Crianlarich Village Hall 7.00 pm
Minutes Approved 4th April 2022