Minutes of Lochgoil Community Council 27th August 2012
Present: Iain MacInnes (Convenor), Tom Murray, Jimmy Sim, Lindy Thomson,
Irene McAllister (Secretary).
Attending: Councillor Alex McNaughton, David Robertson Scottish Forestry,
Argyle, Recreation Manager.
1. Apologies: Ewan Hardy, Dennis Bolt, Elizabeth Bain, PC Steven Carr,
Councillor Bruce Marshall, Councillor Gordon Blair.
2. Convenor Remarks:
2.1 IMcI welcomed all to the August meeting and thanked Councillor McNaughton
for attending. IMcI gave a warm welcome to David Robertson from the Forestry
2.2 IMcI reported August had been a busy month around the area supporting the
community ie Forestry Commission, A83, wild camping, roads, planning and parking.
2.3 IMcI stated after the presentation from Mr David Robertson there will be a five
minute Question and Answer Session.
3. Minutes of last meeting: Minutes of the meeting held on the 30th July were
approved by TM and seconded by LT.
4. Treasurer’s Report: Bank balance is £4416.68. Miscellaneous income and
5. 50/50 Club.
Draw for August 2012.
1. 115 Iain Christie 2. 99 Heather & Calum MacInnes
3. 82 Mike Haldane 4. 186 Danny Buchart
5. 146 David Gibson
6. Update and Report on Forestry Commission Scotland:
6.1 David Robertson, Argyll Forest Recreation Manager gave a presentation on the
work being carried out in the area and reported he had been involved in the new build
of Highland Drive and the opening ceremony. Mr Robertson continued by stating the
Play Park area has regular safety inspections and the work carried out of tidying the
Arboretum was a good example of Community and Forestry working together with
the assistance of Community Services. Plans are in place for new swing area also
looking at funding for fourth fence. Access issues on path to Steeple. Mr Robertson
pointed out that The Forestry Commission Scotland are aware of the situation.
6.1.2 IMcI thanked Mr Robertson for the presentation and opened a Q & A session.
6.2 Q & A Session:
6.2.1 JS brought to DR attention a lot of work has been carried out by the River Goil
but more is needed to clear drainage. (DR to Act)
6.2.2 JS also asked about the spraying of the bamboo in the Arboretum. DR stated that
the bamboo had been sprayed.
6.2.3 JS pointed out the problems of Japanese Knotweed. DR stated the Japanese
Knotweed to his knowledge is sprayed locally. (DR to Act)
6.2.4 TM stated the lease for the ground at Cormonachan has ran out and once it is
renewed car parking facilities could be created. (DR to Act)
6.2.5 LT raised the question again of a litter bin for Play Park area. (AMcN to Act)
6.2.6 IM stated his concern regarding Camper Vans. DR aware of the situation and
will need to look at legislation regarding parking. (DR to Act)
6.2.7 Question from the floor regarding rubbish being tipped into the Arboretum. DR
advised to contact police as tipping rubbish is breaking the law.
7. Matters Arising:
7.1 Roads & A83 Rest & Be Thankful Update + Bus Stop:
7.1.2 A.McN reported no further action on the A83 Bus Stop.
7.1.3 IMcI reported on a Stakeholders Workshop meeting in Inveraray on 22nd
August. The objective of the Workshop was to look more closely at the issues along
the entire route of the A83 and identify any ideas or solutions that could help. There is
still movement on the hillside and netting will be extended to cover the area of the last
slip. Transport Scotland’s preferred option at the moment is the Old Military Road.
The A82 was to close October/November to allow work at Pulpit Rock but has now
been put back one year.
7.2 Village Enhancement:
7.2.1 JS reported phase 2 has been carried out to enhance the path to the Shore House
7.2.2 JS reported Village Map finished and approved. Cost £236 + vat. It will be
displayed in the CC Notice Board at the Bus Stop.
7.3 Entrust: JS stated nothing to report. Looking into prices for a Planter . (JS to Act)
7.4 Police Report: IM stated in the absence of PC Carr there was nothing to report.
7.5 Planning: IM stated in the absence of EH there was nothing to report
7.6 Action plan: IM confirmed the completed new Action Plan was on the local
7.7 Gala Day: JS reported new ideas for next year and thanked everybody for their
help on the day.
7.8 News letter: LT reported The Wee Goil had been printed and will be issued in the
next few days.
7.9 Carrick Castle: TM reported nothing to report.
7.10 Energy: LT reported that Pete Clarke has requested a meeting with Broadlans.
7.11 Website: IMcI reported Website running well. The Wee Goil and Website are
working closely together.
8. Trust Reports:
8.1 Community Trust: TM reported Jermey Game has renewed his instructor
licence, MIDAS, for the mini bus.
8.2 Hall Trust: IMcI confirmed date of Coffee Morning September 22nd. IMcI also
confirmed oil has been ordered for the Village Hall.
8.3 Jetty Trust: TM reported funding from Crown Estates to replace the condemned
9. Letters: IMcI read letters received since the last meeting, on various subjects.
10.1 TM reported that Grant from Argyll Bute was £338.30 different from the usual
£300. (AMcN to Act)
10.2 JS raised the question of the sight lines being cut. AMcN stated that this was a
real problem Cowal wide and will need to find funding.
10.3 JS reported due to heavy traffic at Cormonachan in front of Bowater ditch right
hand side crushed. Concern over the winter, will flood and pot holes will form on
10.4 TM reported the entrance to Chalets the road has eroded with flooding and
nothing done also badly eroded in Hells Glen.
10.5 JS reported Argyll & Bute have a list for applying for a Community fund of
£3000. Closing date 12th September . (AMcN to Act)
11. Date of next meeting: Monday 27th September 2012 at 7.30 in the Village Hall.