Minute of Meeting held on Tuesday 24th April 2007

Present    Cllrs N.Margiotta, J.Carr, J.Marshall, A.Watt, A.Masson, S.Hall

Attending    Cllr G.Swapp, George Carr representing Dunnottar Woods, Isobel Gordon

Meeting chaired by    I.Duncan

1) Apologies

W.Dargie, E.Booth

2) Minutes of last meeting

Approved by N.Margiotta and A.Watt.

3) Matters arising from minutes


4) Financial matters


5) Dunnottar Woods

Cllr Swapp reports that around 50 people attended the litter evening, and as a result the woods are now in relatively good shape. Litter hotspots in town tackled by the Stonehaven Horizon group and the Adopt-a-Street scheme.

6) Planning

Planning Applications

 Mr & Mrs R Gilmour Crawton Croft  Full Planning Permission for Alterations and Extension to Dwellinghouse.
 Mr F D Campbell The Old Mill,
Mill of Uras

 Full Planning Permission for Alterations and Extension to Dwellinghouse.


Building Warrants

 Dr & Mrs D SmithThe Steading House,
Amendment to Approved Building Warrant BW/2004/0983 – Alterations.
 L LeesPurlieknowe,
Roadside of Catterline

Change bedroom to art gallery incl. Improving access at main entrance.


Mrs Carnie
Triangle Cottage,
Roadside of Catterline
Re-sitting of boiler in roof space.
Mr & Mrs Irving2 Trelong Row,
Erect bedroom extension, conservatory and porch.

Single turbine at Herscha Hill near Auchenblae has been approved.


Cllr Swapp reported that the St John’s Hill windfarm plan is now subject to an appeal, which is likely to take the form of a Public Inquiry. It is likely there will be a pre-inquiry meeting, and if we wish to be advised of developments we should contact Robin Taylor. Discussion ensued as to whether we should submit further representations. J.Carr said it would be difficult to represent CC as a whole because of the range of views held. I.Gordon asked I.Duncan on what basis he had spoken at the KMAC meeting on 10th October 2006 where the original application was determined. He replied that he had stated he was a Community Councillor and was speaking on behalf of the residents of Barras. S.Hall drew a distinction between speaking as a Community Councillor and on behalf of the Community Council. I.Gordon suggested we should check minutes of the meeting to determine what representations were made.

There was no desire expressed to add to the very thorough written representation that we have already submitted, nor to represent the Community Council as a whole at any subsequent Public Inquiry.

7) Roads

It was noted that the roads in the area are in a poor state of repair.

  • Potholes were noted at Lampool/Dunnottar Y junction, Kinneff village
  • Catterline Road in front of Burnside, and at the foot of the school brae.
  • Mitton of Barras road.
  • 2 potholes at Mains of Catterline
  • Fly tipping at old quarry near Bellfield and Brigstanes.
  • Pothole on Criggie road

G.Swapp reported a letter received from Mark Skilling regarding the poor state of the barriers on the Bervie Braes. He states that they are aware of problem, but have no budget to fund the work. They are currently investigating the posibility of phasing the work over several years.

J.Carr reported the hedge at Barras Smiddy encroaching on the road. This restricts visibility and road width.

I.Gordon reported that they believe they have solved the long standing problem of drainage at the field by Mill of Uras which had occasionally caused flooding of the road.

G.Swapp reported that the current area plan states that it is intended to complete the coastal path to Crawton by 2007/2008.

8) Correspondence

  • Aberdeenshire Council – Notice that St John’s Hill Wind Farm planning application appeal and notice of opportunity for further responses.
  • ASCC – Community Councillor magazine and membership renewal invoice. (We are not members of the ASCC).
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Notice of closure of road from Goskiehill to Clatterin’ Brig 23rd Apr – 28th Apr.
  • Friends of the Earth Scotland – notice of training course on planning consultations.
  • NESTRANS – Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme.
  • Aberdeenshire City and Shire – getting involved in the new structure plan.
  • Aberdeenshire Council – Gender Equality Scheme Consultation
  • KMAC – Minutes of meeting 20th March
  • KMAC – Agenda for meeting 24th April.

9) Any Other Business

G.Carr reported that he had attended a lively and interesting Mearns Area Bus Council meeting. He will continue to attend.

J.Marshall expressed concern about the lack of seatbelts on school busses. G.Swapp will pass on concerns.

No reply on school notice board. G.Swapp to follow up.

Chairman Ian Duncan then closed the meeting with the following words;

“Before we close our meeting to-night I would like to make two presentations to thank these people for giving up their time to attend the community council. First I would like to thank George Carr for his enthusiastic and conscientious minute taking. The minutes have always been detailed precise and clearly understood by the serving community councillors. Please accept this gift [a pen] as a token of our gratitude for the time you spent as the community council secretary.  

George Swapp was a selected member to the Grampian Regional council from 1986 and an elected member of the Aberdeenshire council from 1996. George is also a founder member of the Stonehaven Branch of the Ramblers Association and a member of the Dunnottar Woodland Park Association. George has served Mearns North diligently and contributed a vast amount of time and effort into benefiting the local community. George’s conscientious attitude towards the community has earned him a great deal of respect and gratitude and when George finally retires, he will leave a great void, difficult to fill and a challenge to the newcomers. George has supported the Catterline, Kinneff and Dunnottar community council for many years with his sound knowledge of the families and his balanced views of the area. As a token of our appreciation I would like to ask Anne [Masson] to present you with an oil painting of Catterline.”

10) Date of  Next Meeting

Tuesday 29th May 2007.