The Boundary Commission proposals for Argyll and Bute were discussed at the NKCC meeting held on the 18th of August, 2015. We were unanimous in our sentiment that these proposals are a great mistake.
We accept that there is a requirement for fewer councillors in Argyll & Bute. This is needed due to a reduction in population. Locally, there is a will to try and reverse this trend by attracting in new inhabitants, and we would suggest that disturbing the social cohesion of Mid-Argyll will serve only to make this more difficult. Many of the clubs , associations and charities that form part of the social infrastructure of this area draw their members from Lochgilphead Ardrishaig and North Knapdale use Mid Argyll in their names to designate the community to which they belong.
Mid-Argyll, as a concept of place, is deeply ingrained, and anything that attempts to artificially alter that will have a detrimental impact.
The only way to reach Kintyre and the Islands from North Knapdale, other than over the hills on foot, is by road through Lochgilphead and Mid-Argyll. We have a connection with Kintyre as part of Argyll, but not in any sensible way as a Council ward. We all consider that we live in Mid-Argyll.
Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead are communities that need to work more closely together, and forcing them apart at the Council level will cause unnecessary problems. Lochgilphead and Dalmally, for example, have very little in common. The current Mid-Argyll structure is coherent and contiguous, and any changes equate to an exercise in number crunching, rather than a sensible and representative ward system.
We feel that we know who our Councillors are here, and this is surely a good thing for democracy.
Surely, the reduction in Councillors could more simply be achieved by reducing the current 4 Councillor wards to 3 Councillors? This would result in the required outcome, without harming social cohesion.
Andrew Wilson (Secretary, NKCC).
- Welcome: IR welcomed those attending.
- Apologies: Kim Ritchie, Sue Hillman, Frank Nelson, Ailsa Raeburn, Kirsten Logue, Ross Ryan, Jane Allan and Kerrien Grant.
- Minutes approval: The minutes of the meeting of 19th May were approved.
- Matters arising: None
- Sandy Taylor: Asked that the community contribute their thought on two issue
i) The first regarding the integration of health and social care. Social work, GP and hospital services will integrate. Details here: www.healthytogetherargyllandbute.org.uk . The community are asked to contribute thoughts via Survey Monkey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OUTLINESTRATEGICPLAN
ii) The second is regarding service choices. The Council are to receive less money over coming years, and expect to make savings of £18 million over the next 2 years. What services do the community value most/ least. The budget will be set in February 2016.
- Boundary Changes: Argyll and the Isles is projected to lose 13- 14% of its population over the next 25 years. Numbers have already fallen. The Boundary Commission for Scotland has decided that Argyll must lose 3 councillors and 1 ward. As a result North Knapdale (and Ardrishaig) would be lumped in with Kintyre. Although Boundary Commission decisions are seldom altered, the Community Council was asked to come up with a response. It was decided that representation would be made that it would be more cohesive for the community if the 4 councillor wards (3of them) were shrunk to 3 councillors. This would achieve the same end, without damaging the fabric of the Mid-Argyll community. Comment may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.consultation.lgbc- scotland.gov.uk . Deadline is 28/10/15.
- Planning Issues: It was noted that the last meeting was held after planning had been granted for the development at Crinan Basin.
i) The 30 signs at Tayvallich are to be updated. Tayvalllich is not thought suitable for a 20 mph zone. IR noted that it seems strange that Crinan had no limit round the loop. This may be to do with the open spaces between developed areas.
ii) The Achnamara road had improved markedly, although the section between the village and Castle Sween was still dreadful. It was noted that it was difficult to report multiple potholes on line. Councillor Taylor said it was better to speak to departments direct, and that a case number would be issued. Councillors would follow up if complaints were not acted on. It was welcomed that it is proposed that significant funds be allocated to Achnamara road in next year’s budget.
iii) It was noted that the Achnamara Road doesn’t have a, ‘Please use passing places to allow overtaking sign.’ This would be helpful for residents.
iv) Recent flooding had been caused by blocked gullies which would once have been cleared. Councillor Taylor suggested that these should be reported by phone, and a case number obtained.
- Establishment of a Community Trust:
i) A community trust needs to be established in order that NK can seek any available community benefit from renewables. It was agreed that IR, AW, AR, and KL who have made up the steering group, would take this forward as a board for the new trust. The company would be registered, and OSCR recognition would be sought. This was proposed by Andy Grant, and seconded by Catherine MacLennan. Andy Grant agreed to be the 5th member of the group, and his appointment was proposed by CM and seconded by IR.
ii) Ideas for uses for any funds were: marine amenity, the school(s), clubs, skills, volunteer transport, and improving the communication network.
iii) NKCC was urged to set up a community plan which could be endorsed by the CPP. It was suggested that any monies the Community Trust disbursed should, where possible, seek match funding.
- AOCB: The Bins at the Crinan Basin car park were noted to be untidy, with bottlebanks overflowing. NKCC need to establish that these are Scottish Canals, and if so, write to them.
- Next meeting: The next meeting of NKCC will be held on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 730pm. AW to see if it could be held at the Tayvallich Inn.
Minutes of the North Knapdale Community Council Meeting held on the 19th May, 2015 at 7:45 pm at the Crinan Hotel Coffee Shop:
In attendance: Iain Ritchie (Convener), Andrew Wilson (Secretary), Peter Burrell (Finance), Ross Ryan, Catherine MacLennan, Kirsten Logue, Ailsa Raeburn, John McArthur, Fergie Anderson, Anne Anderson, Chris Perring.
1. Welcome: IR Welcomed those attending.
2. Apologies: Kim Ritchie, Sue Hillman
3. Minutes Approval: The minutes of the meeting of 24th February were approved.
4. Matters arising: It was noted that the Taynish NNR road had been repaired.
5. Planning: Application14/02727relatingtoalterationstoan outbuilding at Crinan. Concerns were raised that the proposal involved win dows that would be out of keeping with other structures around the Canal basin.
6. Roads: KM pointed out the dreadful state of Achnamara road. She had been asked to raise it to the CC repeatedly by members of the community.
IR raised the terrible state of the loop road around Crinan, and of the surface into and around the Canal basin car park.
The corner after the long straight at Bellanoch is in an appalling condition, and is in need of repair.
Fergie and Anne Anderson suggested that there was an issue with speeding in Tayvallich. Not everyone agreed, but Fergie insisted that this was a problem, and he had others who agreed with him. The Andersons suggested reducing the limit to 20. Another suggestion was to highlight the existing 30 limit more. Ross Ryan said there was a similar issue in Crinan. It was agreed to look into the options and report back. NKCC would find out the experience of Craignish CC on this issue.
7. Establishment of a Community Trust: A community trust needs to be established in order that NK can seek any available community benefit from renewables. It was agreed that IR, AW, AR, and KL would take this forward. Questions requiring to be answered include:
A. the purpose of the Trust,
B. what expenditure it could make,
C. what sort of board/oversight would be required,
D. relationship to other funding sources,
E. would it be required to hold assets,
F. what would it’s geographical limits be,
G. Membership would be as diverse as possible; under 15,
Associate (non-resident), and Ordinary (16+)
The vehicle would likely need to be a development trust. A decision would need to be made as to its registered office. Directors and office bearers would need to be appointed at the first AGM and this should include members beyond the CC.
Community Investment in Renewables: AW noted that the Chamber of Commerce initiative was moving forward, and that an application had been made to Local Energy Scotland for funding for legal and financial advice leading towards the creation of a vehicle for Community Investment.
AW was to look into any hydro schemes proposed, or any sites suitable for such development.
8. Presentation: John McArthur of Tayvallich Bay Association gave a most interesting presentation on TBAs plans for the area around the
Tayvallich pontoon. The TBA have funds to improve and extend the slipway. TBA sought NKCC support for a more ambitious plan in the area where the Tayvallich Sailing Club Cygnets currently store their equipment. These plans were generally seen to be an improvement, and it was agreed that PB of NKCC would form a group with JM of the TBA, Jilly Wilson of
the Tayvallich Sailing Club, and Kevin Williams of the Tayvallich Community Company to look further into these improvements. They would require to seek funding of £120,000 to achieve this.
The Beech Trees near the Tayvallich Hall Car Park were deemed to be causing a danger as they are inclined to fall down. KL confirmed that the trees were on Village Hall land, and that the Hall Committee were seeking a solution.
CM noted that Achnamara Hall was in danger of closing. There are not enough volunteers for the committee, and the hall lacks events. She urged the meeting to try and come up with uses for the hall. It is available for all sorts of functions and events. NKCC could share events on its Facebook page, and help with marketing. The ‘Touring Network’ was suggested as a source of gigs.
10. Next Meeting: The next meeting of NKCC will be held on Tuesday August 18th, 2015 in Achnamara Village Hall.
Minutes of the North Knapdale Community Council AGM held on the 19th May, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Crinan Hotel Coffee Shop:
In attendance: Iain Ritchie (Convener), Andrew Wilson (Secretary), Peter Burrell (Finance), Ross Ryan, Catherine MacLennan, Kirsten Logue, Ailsa Raeburn, John McArthur, Fergie Anderson, Anne Anderson, Chris Perring
- Welcome: IR Welcomed those attending.
- Apologies: Kim Ritchie, Sue Hillman
- Convener’s Report: Iain Ritchie noted that NKCC had only been running again since November 2014, having held its first full meeting in February, 2015. NKCC is still developing its lines of communication and hopes to improve on its links to the community. We hope to receive a balanced view of local opinion. NKCC has had access to social media and governance training. We have established a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NorthKnapdale ) and a website (http://northknapdalecc.org.uk/ ) to help improve lines of communication. NKCC are still working to understand how the local Community Planning Partnership and Community Planning Group work.NKCC still has to work out an emergency response plan. NKCC need to start work on setting up a local Trust to ensure we can access community benefit from renewable energy. NKCC needs to comply with its obligations regarding Data Protection legislation.The officers of NKCC will remain the same until after elections due in October.
- Treasurer’s Report: NKCC has received £441.60 from Argyll and Bute Council. So far, no monies have been disbursed. The accounts were approved .
- Election of Co-opted Members: Catherine MacLennan, Kirstin Logue, and Ailsa Raeburn were Co-opted onto NKCC. They will be required to stand as Community Councillors in the October elections.
Agenda for North Knapdale Community Council AGM
Meeting to be held on the 19th May, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Coffee Shop, Crinan Hotel.
- Chairman’s Report.
- Treasurer’s Report
- Election of Office Bearers.
- Election of Co-opted Members
Agenda for North Knapdale Community Council
Meeting to be held on the 19th May at 7:45pm at the Coffee Shop, Crinan Hotel:
- Approval of minutes of last meeting.
- Matters arising/ correspondence.
- Planning issues (if any.)
- Road issues.
- Establishment of a Community Trust/ Renewables
- Presentation by Tayvallich Bay Association
- Date and venue of next meeting.
Community Council Meeting February 2015 – Draft Minutes
North Knapdale Community Council
Minutes of the North Knapdale Community Council meeting held on the 24th February, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Tayvallich Inn:
In attendance: Iain Ritchie (Convener), Andrew Wilson (Secretary), Peter Burrell (Finance), Ross Ryan, Catherine MacLennan, Kirsten Logue, Ailsa Raeburn, Jane McArthur, Chris Todd, Donald Carmichael, Will Self, John McArthur, Councillor Douglas Philand, Councilor Sandy Taylor, Mark Davey of the Advertiser.
1. Welcome: IR Welcomed those attending.
2. Apologies: Councillor Donald MacMillan
3. Introduction of Argyll Councillors: Councillor Philand welcomed the new start for NKCC. Councillor Taylor was in agreement. Both felt that NKCC had a contribution to make to representing the community. Councillors Philand and Taylor divide responsibility for CC meetings, and swap areas every 6 months. Councillor Philand is handling our area at the moment, but they were due to swap shortly, hence both attended.
4. Declarations of interest (if any:) None.
5. Approval of minutes of last meeting. Approved.
6. Invitations to be co-opted at the AGM in May. Catherine MacLennan, Kirstin Logue, and Ailsa Raeburn signalled their intention to be co-opted onto NKCC at the AGM in May. NKCC would welcome a representative from Bellanoch.
7. Matters arising/ correspondence:
i) The Red Cross are offering first aid courses to outlying communities. It was agreed to notify the village halls of this opportunity. (AW)
ii) Social media training is available for Community Councillors on Monday 16th March.
iii) Governance training is available for Community Councillors on Monday 9th March at 2 pm at Kilmory.
iv) Community Broadband Scotland is attending Achnamara Hall on Monday 9th March. This should make clear what superfast broadband would be available in NK.
v) IR had been invited to attend an event on board HMS Argyll in Glasgow. PB agreed to accompany him
8. Bank Account
Bank Account progress/ accounts: PB is pursuing a bank account, and when this is complete NKCC will be able to receive operational funds from A&BC
9. Planning issues:
i) It was felt that none of the planning applications raised since NKCC reformed were of any import.
ii) The meeting was notified that the Local Development Plan was about to be introduced. NKCC reformed too late to submit comment.
10. Devolution of the powers of the Crown Estate: AW outlined that the CC had written to the relevant MP and MSPs regarding this issue.
Responses had been received from the convener of the relevant committee at Holyrood (Stuart McMillan) who confirmed that consultation would take place, and Michael Russell who felt that the officers would be retained, and that these would hopefully work with existing associations. Jamie McGrigor had also shared our concerns, and raised these with the Deputy First Minister. The DFM had replied that key Crown
Estate staff would be retained, and it was hoped would work with stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition.
11. Mid-Argyll Community Planning Partnership representation: It was agreed that IR would attend on behalf of NKCC.
12. Community benefit etc. from renewables:
i) NK has not yet received any community benefit from renewables, but likely would, should certain proposed developments near Ardrishaig and Inverneill be developed. In order to do so, NKCC would have to set up a trust for the purpose, or approach an existing local trust to expand its remit. The Councillors will need to study the Argyll guidance relating to trusts of this sort.
ii) The differences between benefit and ownership were raised. Ownership would likely be pursued under the auspices of the partnership working proposed by Mid =- Argyll Chamber of Commerce.
iii) The A&BC consultation on proposed changes to guidance on benefit from renewables was discussed. It was noted that the level per MW was being raised, and that the A&BC had realised the need for these funds to be spread in a less parochial manner.
iv) NKCC has been invited to respond to this consultation, and will do so.
i) The poor state of the road to Taynish NNR was raised, and Councillor Philand agreed to raise this.
ii) The decay of drainage and culverts between NK and Cairnbaan was raised, and again Councillor Philand was to raise this.
14. Date and venue of next meeting and AGM: These were set as being Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30pm at Crinan Hotel.
Inaugural Meeting of the North Knapdale Community Council
held in Tayvallich Village Hall on 16 December 2014
Present: Tricia O’Neill, Argyll and Bute Council
Peter Burrell, North Knapdale Community Council
Iain Ritchie, North Knapdale Community Council
Ross Ryan, North Knapdale Community Council
Andrew Wilson, North Knapdale Community Council
- Tricia O’Neill, on behalf of the Returning Officer, welcomed all to the meeting.
– There were no apologies for absence received.
- There were no declarations of interest.
- It was agreed to appoint Iain Ritchie as Convener of the Community Council.
- It was agreed to appoint Ryan Ross as Vice Convener.
- It was agreed to appoint Andrew Wilson as Secretary.
- It was agreed to appoint Peter Burrell as Treasurer.
- It was agreed that appointments of specialist administrators would be as follows:-
No appointments were made at this time.
- The community council considered and adopted the Model Constitution.
- The community council considered and adopted the Model Standing Orders
- The community council considered and adopted the Best Practice Agreement.
- Tricia O’Neill highlighted a range of governance issues including co-option, requirements for agenda and minutes to be publicly displayed, funding and training. He/she also handed out a copy of an index to supplement the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils which had previously been circulated to all community councillors.
- The date of the next meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at 7.30pm, venue to be confirmed
Andrew agreed to follow up information on any findings available from windfarm trusts. It was requested that the Community Council Liaison Officer forward any information, including formal agreements that were in place. The Community Council was particularly interested in information available in relation to agreements with EON and EDF if there were any.
The Community Council expressed an interest in more information on Community Planning Meetings and it was agreed that this would be forwarded to them by the Council.
- Community Council Boundary
In response to a query on the Community Council boundary it was confirmed that a detailed map was available on the Council Website under Community Councils and that Bellanoch fell within the boundary area but Cairnbaan did not. The Council would forward a link to the map directly to the Secretary.