Minute of meeting held on 31st January 2006

Present:- Cllrs. J Marshall, A Watt, A Masson, S Hall, N Margiotta, P Hales, W Dargie.

Meeting chaired by John Carr

In attendance :-  Cllr George Swapp and George Carr representing Dunnottar Woods Association and acting temp. secretary. Also former Community Cllr. D Ewan.

1.  Apologies

Cllr I Duncan

2.  Minutes of last meeting approved by N Margiotta and W Dargie

3.  Matters arising from last minutes.

  • The Chairman will invite Craig Whyte along to  a future meeting.
  • Cllr Hall said  that he thought he might be best to set up a new web site for Community Council affairs as the Catterline site might not meet the criteria necessary for  a Community Council.
  • Cllr Hall will investigate  and  set up a new site . He thought it would cost around £20/50 for around 2 years.

4.  Financial matters

Cllr. Watt said we would commit £400 to the project grant. £25 had been paid out to both schools for Xmas trees. The balance was £365.95

5   Dunnottar Woods

There had been another successful volunteer day. The vandalised tree protectors had been replaced.

6    Planning

Hugh and Isobel Gordon from Clochnahill farm beside the A90 road attended the meeting.

They made a courtesy presentation to the Council on a wind farm proposal they had. The Chairman reminded the Council that they had  no real powers other than to look at the planning parameters and to monitor the application making comment if appropriate.

The proposals involved:-

  • 4    1.3 MW turbines, 47m to the hub tall and 62m diameter blades, with a  25year life.
  • They described it as a small scale development on their hill behind the farm at 198m
  • A plateau will house the turbines so they will not be skyline turbines.
  • There are oil and gas pipelines in the area which have considerations to be met.
  • The development will be run and  built by themselves with no outside developer involved.
  • The site was in a sparsely populated area with 3 people/1km away, 36 people/2km.
  • The anemometer had been installed and  wind readings were good.
  • There was easy connection to the grid with a  33kv line running close by.
  • The power line will be a  local distribution line rather than one transmitting power south.
  • There is good access off the A90 and a  good farm road to the site.
  • There is no wilderness being destroyed as the site is currently arable with no water courses.
  • Environmental, landscape, acoustics, shadow/flicker, ecology, hydrology, bird, MOD, aviation and TV studies have been undertaken.
  • They highlighted the benefits as power being generated and  utilised locally with local construction and  maintenance.

Cllr George Swapp said  he was an advocate  of forestry being used to soften the surrounding landscape

Both Hugh and  Isobel were thanked for their presentation.

Mr J Vaughn(BW)     Mains Catterline        Boiler and  shower room
G Bisset        East Mains of Barras        Alterations to original application
Stewart Milne       Braehead            34 dwelling houses.
Mr E Booth      WestMains Barras        Ext to dwelling house
Dunnottar Trust     Dunnottar Castle        Ext to car park
H Sang      Little Chapelton        Oil tank and  boiler
J Will      Mill of Uras            Dwelling house and  access
Kinneff Hall(BW)                        Disabled access and toilets.
Helene Brown        Ashmore, Kinneff        Alt and ext to dwelling ho.
R Stenhouse     Easterside          Oil tank and heating system

Cllr Swapp said that the St John’s Hill Wind Farm application was progressing with the amendments being considered. SNH and  Historic Scotland would be making their recommendations known around March  or April. The landscape and  visual impact was considered to be ok by Peter Fraser of Aberdeenshire Council.

It was agreed to send a letter of objection to Aberdeenshire Council to the Braehead housing application on the grounds of access,  road lighting and schooling provision

7   Roads

Roads requiring attention were:-

  • Lampool/Barras junction and  West Newtonleys.
  • The Catterline kerbing had been done well.

8   Project Grant 

  • Kinneff Hall and tea urn - £200
  • Catterline Community Garden - £100
  • Toddlers - £100

An application from Val Mowat of Home Start was refused on the grounds that it did not fit the criteria of a local community group.

9   Waste Recycling

The waste recycling point was discussed and the following points were noted;


  • It is largely being used as a dump and  the waste management problems emanating from Aberdeenshire Council, have exacerbated this problem, particularly over the holiday period. The Chairman has constructed  a sign explaining what can and cannot be left.
  • The waste bins are not sufficient for what is being left.
  • The recycling bins are being used, but not being emptied often enough, despite larger units being placed there.
  • There is far too much litter blowing about now.
  • The fact that plastic bottles cannot be taken has meant that people are just dumping them
  • There is continual dumping of domestic rubbish, including tyres last week.

The facility was given to end of March to be withdrawn or  a permanent facility constructed with proper screening and protection for the adjacent field. This was considered a most serious problem as the neighbouring farm could well lose it’s  quality assurance scheme if the facility continues as it is beyond March and sowing commences.

The Harbourshields Lay By was a real mess too.

Secretary to write to the relevant officers in Aberdeenshire Council.

10  Correspondence

  • Aberdeenshire Council –  Local Govt Finance Settlement 06/7, 07/08
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Mearns Area minutes.
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Proposed plans for 34 houses at Braehead.
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Consultation on Aberdeenshire Council Public Art Strategy
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Playground equipment
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Road closures.
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Community Groups Safety Seminar
  • Kincardine & Mearns - Youth Work Partnership Steering Group minutes.
  • Kincardine & Mearns – Area minutes.
  • Kincardine & Mearns – Commuity Learning Partnership
  • Scottish Executive – Helping Community Councils fulfil their role.
  • David Davidson MSP -  views on above paper from Scottish Executive.
  • Aberdeenshire Sports Council newsletter.
  • Age Concern Scotland – health in later  life.
  • Grampian joint fire and rescue board- Community Risk reduction.
  • Scottish Health Council newsletter.
  • East Grampian Coastal Partnership – Newsletter and  affiliate membership application form.
  • Dogs trust – Poster
  • Postwatch Scotland – Newsletter
  • B & Q Awards 2006.
  • BT – Parts of BT now known as Openreach.
  • Lloyds TSB Awards scheme
  • Letters of thanks from 2 schools for Xmas trees.
  • A map was provided of the new sub divisions within the Community Council

11   AOCB

There was none.

12  Date  of Next Meeting

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