Minute of meeting held on 31st October 2006

Present:- Cllrs. S Hall, J Carr, A Watt, W Dargie, I.Duncan, P Hales     

Meeting Chaired by John Carr

In attendance :-  Cllr George Swapp. Hugh Gordon.

1.    Apologies

A Masson, J Marshall, G Carr

2.    Minutes of last meeting approved by W Dargie and I Duncan

3.    Matters arising from last minutes.

  • None.

4.    Financial matters

Cllr Watt reported that Scottish Rights of Way had written to say that we have not paid for this year. According to our records, we have paid until June 2007. Cllr Watt has a receipt for the payment and will forward it to them.

5. Dunnottar Woods.

AGM will take place at the Resource Centre on 30 November.
Some wood thinning will be carried out soon, and planting of new trees on 2nd December. An information leaflet will be produced. An eye would have to be kept on the thinning to make sure it wasn’t overdone.

6. Planning

Planning Applications

Mrs D Murray 
Mill of Uras House,Catterline
Erection of garage APP/2006/3540
Mr & Mrs King
The Linns, Catterline
Extension to dwelling house APP/2006/3626
Mr & Mrs Cleaver
Cruachan, Cotbank of Hilton, Catterline
Extension to dwelling house APP/2006/3971

Building Warrants

Mr S Johnson
5 Coastguard Cottages, Catterline
Alteration to dwelling house KM/BA/2006/4567
Mr D Meston
North Chapelton Croft
Alterations to dwelling house KM/BA/2006/4393
Mr J Will 
Mill of Uras Plot 4 
Erection of new dwelling house KM/BA/2006/4283
Mr N MacLeod 
Brucklaywaird Framhouse
Alterations and ext. to dwelling ho. KM/BA/2006/4288

Cllr Swapp reported that the application for 9 wind turbines at St John’s Hill had been rejected by the Area Committee by 7 votes to 4.

Following last meeting’s discussion of the housing developments north of Catterline village, Cllr Swapp reported that no objections had been raised on the plans for Hawkhill and Cotbank of Hilton, and consequently thy had been approved without further consultation. He emphasised that the most effective way to influence planning decisions is to make written representations to the council about specific applications. The community council agreed to monitor future planning applications and comment on those that are out of keeping or unsympathetic to the surrounding area. Cllr Hall will download plans of new applications for distribution and discussion at subsequent meetings.

7. Roads

  • South bound speed limit sign at Kinneff has been damaged
  • Pot holes at St John’s Hill and back road to Drumlithie
  • Building rubble appears to have been tipped by the road to Kinneff church
  • Pot hole between Mitton Cottage and Mitton steadying

8. Correspondence

  • Kincardine & Mearns – Community Council forum minutes.
  • Aberdeenshire Sports Council newsletter
  • SCARF campaign to cut fuel bills
  • MRI coastal heritage project
  • Introduction letter from Laura Anne Mackay, the new Community Learning worker
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Acknowledgement of response to Clochnahill planning application
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Acknowledgement of response to Clochnahill and Auquhirie planning application
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Acknowledgement of response to Hawkhill planning application
  • Aberdeenshire Council – plants for community projects
  • Aberdeenshire Council – highland monument
  • Aberdeenshire Council – feedback from Mark Skilling on road maintenance
  • Aberdeenshire Council – letter re decision of St John’s Hill Windfarm
  • Review of schemes for establishment of community councils
  • Water watch Scotland – complaints handling and customer representation
  • Aberdeenshire Licensing Board – Draft statement of licensing principles
  • Safe Drive Stay Alive
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Request for comment on planning application for 3 turbines at Droop Hill (Macphie’s)
  • RGU ReACH program
  • Kincardine & Mearns – Invitation to Kincardine and Mearns Forum meeting

9.   AOCB

  • Cllr Swapp updated the meeting on progress at East Newtonleys
  • Cllr J Carr reported that Angie Soutar had raised the withdrawal of funding for the Meals on Wheels service with him. Meals on Wheels is to be replaced by a private company providing frozen meals. Cllr Carr stated that Meals on Wheels is a valuable service that provides not only a hot meal, but also regular contact and a check up for vulnerable members of our community.

10. Date  of Next Meeting

Tuesday 28th November in Catterline Primary School @ 7.30pm.