AGM Minutes 9th May 2017
Kilmun Community Council
Annual General Meeting – 94h May 2017, Younger Hall, Kilmun at 7.30 pm
At the beginning of the meeting Bruce Marshall thanked everyone for attending and gave an especially warm welcome from KCC and our community to our 3 newly elected Councillors Gordon Blair, Yvonne McNeilly and Alan Reid.
Robert Aldam (Convener), Janet Holm (Secretary), Russell Humphreys (Treasurer), Graham Revill, and Kirsty Husband.
Also Present: Bruce Marshall, Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Blair, Councilor McNeilly, Councillor Reid, Agnes Harvey (BVT) PC Donald Mackay and members of the community.
APOLOGIES: Lachlan Macquarie, Jim Kirby (Vice Convener), Lynne O’Keefe and David McKenzie.
MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 14TH MAY 2013
The minutes of the last AGM (13th June 2016) were accepted as a true record of events
Proposed by: Russell Humphreys
Seconded by: Robert Aldam - Carried
CONVENER’S ANNUAL REPORT + ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Another year has passed for the Community Council – some local issues have been successfully resolved whilst others have not. Nothing new there.
During the year we have dealt with a number of new and continuing issues and finalised others, such as the option to have high speed broadband in much of our area.
Napier Point/Finnartmore – At last this saga is completed, although not in the way some local residents would have wished. Fyne Homes and others have now come round to the views of KCC – This development was not really suitable for affordable flats.
ACT. KCC agreed to join Argyll and the Islands Coast and Countryside Trust. This organisation supports the environment through working strategically and locally, encouraging people to benefit and enjoy the environment and sharing ideas on how to care for the environment.
Flower Tubs. During the year Kilmun Community Council agreed to support volunteers from within our community to maintain the flowers tubs in Kilmun and Strone.
A880 Footpath – We still have the wire fence; it is doubtful that this would be considered safe in a garden of a residential property. We have been advised that this footpath is finally due to be completed early in this financial year.
Sewage Upgrading. Some years ago it was considered unlikely that local improvements would be made for many years to the amount of raw sewage being discharged into the lochs. All that has changed for some areas along the shore because of a proposal by Scottish Water to install 3 sewage tanks on the A880. Initially Scottish Water planned to close the A880 during the work to install the tanks but following protestations from KCC, the wider community and other statutory organisations a method has been devised that enables the road to remain open, and disruption to traffic and the bus service will be minimised
Clachaig Mains Water. After considerable correspondence and meetings with several organisations, it now looks as if there is a better opportunity of mains water being available in the village when new funding becomes available from 2020.
Fishing Protection Areas. Unfortunately, during the year, KCC came to the conclusion that, as an organisation, there was nothing further that they could do to influence the protection of our local marine environment. If opportunities arise in the future this subject can be revisited. The lack of will to protect the seabed is likely to come back and haunt the authorities.
Grass cutting at Grahams Point. At the beginning of 2017 it became apparent that A&BC did not intend to continue to cut the grass at the Graham’s Point recreational area, despite it being a play area and games park for our residents and holidaymakers. Councillor Marshall, put a strong case for this work to be continued but Argyll & Bute Council refused to reconsider. At present the land is owned by ACHA who have agreed to take over the cutting of this area of grass, until the matter is resolved between A&BC and ACHA
Community Action Plan – Nothing of importance to report – KCC reviews the situation monthly. A new Action Plan is due this year.
Wind Farms. The proposed Bachanburn windfarm has been delayed following problems with the original promoter. However, new promoters have revived the planning application for this proposed wind farm that is expected to have very high turbines. Because of the size of the proposed development, any planning application would apparently be determined by the Scottish Government. As this windfarm is on Forestry Commission Scotland land, it could be said that the Scottish Government will determine their own planning application. In addition, there is another wind farm proposal – Ardtaraig that is near the head of Loch Striven. Discussions are on going and KCC is involved looking closely at the proposals for this windfarm development. The Ardtaraig windfarm, unlike the nearby wind farm at Glendaruel will be very prominent. Beware of the precedent.
Public toilets – Argyll & Bute Council have now decided to install a ‘multi-use’ toilet in the car park by Kilmun church – KCC hopes it is not too long before it is operational.
War graves. Following correspondence, members from KCC had a meeting with a representative of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Kilmun Cemetery, to assess the current position and situation of the 5 war graves in the cemetery. It was concluded, with liaison with A&BC, that these war graves are situated in a dangerous position within the cemetery. Therefore a special dedicated plaque to the war graves in the cemetery will be erected in a safe place for members of the public to see. However, the funding for this will most probably have to wait until the Common Wealth Graves Commission are awarded Lottery funding for this work.
Broadband. After some delays, high speed broadband is now available to most of Kilmun, Strone & Blairmore. Unfortunately, by contrast, Clachaig still suffers from diabolical speeds.
The CAUCUS of Community Councils. I am concerned that the CAUCUS has lost its way and will become toothless unless action is taken. Sandbank and Ardentinny Community Councils are, I think, of the same opinion. It might be an idea for the 3 CC’s to get together and revitalise the CAUCUS before it becomes irrelevant.
Elected Member Seminar December 2016. During this seminar it was shown that Dunoon had the poorest outcome in Argyll & Bute. Dunoon was also at the bottom when compared to other similar towns in Scotland. Let us hope for all our sakes that this will change.
Last, but not least. It was decided that there will be a 40 mph limit all the way from Sandbank to Rashfield later this year;
In addition, we also support, and assist when asked, Blairmore Village Trust, Strone PTA and Benmore & Kilmun Community Development Trust.
On behalf of our committee, our thanks to Councilor Marshall who has been a great help during the year – and we all wish him well in his retirement. To David McKenzie, our National Park representative, who continues to work tirelessly for our community. Our thanks also to PC Donald Mackay who attends our meetings, keeps us informed of police activities and the few misdemeanors that happen in our area.
On a personal note I would also like thank the committee for the great support given to me during the year, and also to past committee members - not forgetting those who are no longer with us, who I have worked with whilst being part of Kilmun Community Council
Can I leave you with this thought……….In the latest edition of Loch ‘n Glen news Janice Hampson stated that the next edition – this autumn – will be her last. Each edition is even better than the last. It would be a shame for this publication to disappear. How about Kilmun Community Council taking this on……perhaps jointly with Ardentinny Community Council and any other community groups that would be interested in ensuring the future of Loch ‘n Glen news
A question was raised about when the 100day deadline for resolving the grass cutting at Graham’s point began. It was answered that the 100day started on Friday.
There was discussion about toilet provision in the area and more widely in the Country. Bruce Marshall said that a chemical toilet would be placed in the car park at Kilmun Church car park.
The three councilors present at the meeting said that they would work together to compile a rota for their attendance at the 10 Community Council groups they have in their area.
TREASURER’S SUBMISSION OF BALANCE SHEET & ANNUAL ACCOUNTS
The finances of KCC are similar to last year. We had donations of £50 towards gardening work. There is a difference in totals from last year because a payment to Blairmore Hall needs to be made.
Russell Thanked Sue Minns for the audit and helping to prepare the accounts.
KILMUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Receipts and Payments for the year ended 31st. March 2017
A&BC council Admin Grant
(Data P, Insurance, Web costs)
Surplus/deficit for year
Funds brought forward
Funds carried forward
Balance as at 31 March.
Treasurers Account (Royal Bank of Scotland)
The foregoing receipts and payments account of Kilmun Community Council for the year ended 31st. March 2017 has
been prepared by us prepared from records supplied by the Treasurer.
Finnartmore Cottage, Kilmun, Argyll, PA23 8RY
J. Holm (Insurance)
Keegan and Pennykid
Hall Hire 2015-2016
Hall Hire 2016-2017
Hall Hire 2016-2017
(K Manuel, A Patterson, G Holm, R Aldam, R Humphreys)
(During the year, it was agreed that KCC would allocate £50 to maintain the planters on the Shore
This was matched by donations from the public. The fund is a designated one)
The Treasurer’s report was presented (as above) and accepted as a true record.
Proposed by: Robert Aldam
Seconded by: Kirsty Husband Carried.
Thanks were given to Sue Minns for preparing the accounts.
RESIGNATION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Notification was given that Robert Aldam, Jim Kirby and Lynne O’Keefe were resigning from Kilmun Community Council. Bruce Marshall said that KCC had been blessed with 2 outstanding conveners in the last 10 years and he and the committee thanked Robert for all his hard work.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Convener: Russell Humphries proposed Brian Tester for this post seconded by Graham Revill Carried.
The Vice-Convener is vacant, Russell Humphries has said that he will support Brian and take over the chair of the meeting if Brian is unable to attend the monthly meetings.
Secretary: Brian Tester proposed Janet Holm for this post, seconded by Kirsty Husband
Treasurer: Kirsty Husband proposed Russell Humphreys for this post, seconded by Janet Holm
Election of Co-opted members by the committee
Fraser Smith, Diane Nicholson and Andy Mullen put themselves forward to be co-opted onto Kilmun Community Council. This was proposed by Russell Humphries and seconded by Brian Tester.
After this vote the newly elected convener accepted back control and thanked Bruce Marshall for his assistance.
The next AGM will convene on the 8th May 2018 in Younger Hall, Kilmun
As there was no further business, the meeting closed.
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