STRATHDEARN COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Minutes of Meeting of the
Strathdearn Community Council held in
The Strathdearn Hall, Tomatin,
On Tuesday 21st February 2012.
PRESENT: Mrs. V Roden (Chair), Mr. J Cameron-Mackintosh,
Mr. E Usborne, Mrs. M Saunders, Mrs. A Glynne-
IN Mrs. D Ross (Minutes Secretary), Mr. D Hendry, Cllr.
8 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Item Details Action
Mr. S A Gerlings, Mr. D Bryden.
2. Declarations of Interest from Community Councillors
Mr Usborne and Mrs Glynne-Percy declared an interest in Item 10 (Paths
Mr Usborne declared an interest in Item 12 (Windfarms).
3. Minutes of the Meeting of 17th January 2012
Accepted as a correct record. Proposed by Mr Usborne, seconded by Mr
4. Matters Arising
Mr Cameron-Mackintosh reported that he had spoken to John Taylor of TEC
Services and it would not be possible for us to get the tractor through the JCM
Highland Council VAT-free. He had also spoken to a supplier who had supplied a
Council in the North of England, VAT-free. Mr Cameron-Mackintosh to make
further enquiries and report back to the Community Council.
Mrs Roden and Mr Usborne to attend the Community Benefit Conference
organized by the Highland Council on 24th February. Further workshops to be
held on 30th March.
A catch up meeting for sub-groups to take place on Wednesday 22nd February at
7pm in the hall. All welcome.
5. Bus Concerns
No further complaints had been reported to the CC therefore it had been agreed
that the attendance of Mr Goodall of Stagecoach and Mr Young of the Highland
Council was not necessary at this time.
6. Law and Order
No issues raised.
7. Road Safety
Mr Cameron-Mackintosh reported that he had spoken about the subsidence at
Kyllachy, Corrievorrie, the Farr to Garbole Road and at Coignafearn to Mr Taylor
of TEC Services who ad confirmed that Highland Council could not do much about
this at present due to lack of resources. They were only taking action on matters
which were actively dangerous. Mr Cameron-Mackintosh agreed to ask Mr Taylor JCM
to look again at these areas, and also at subsidence and potholes reported on the
Soilsean Road between the Manse and Soilsean, and near the Hardwicks’ house.
8. Queen’s Jubilee Playing Fields
Councillor Crawford had spoken to Charles Stephen. The CC could try to
preserve Distillery Wood for recreational purposes. Mr Bryden had been sent an
e-mail suggesting it would be worth putting an application in under the Queen’s
Jubilee Playing Fields and it had been suggested that this application be put in DB
9. Financial Report
Mrs Saunders advised that the balance in the account at the end of January was
£2,034.69, with outstanding bills of £331.14, and £20.00 to pay in.
10. Community Development Worker’s Report
Mr Hendry had given the Planning Department a copy of Conserve’s report. A
meeting was to take place between Planning, Roads, Stewart Easthaugh and the
Paths Committee once written permission from the Tomatin Estates’ solicitor was
received. A member of the public asked why none of the project was being
started just because we are waiting on the final section being authorised.
Another member of the public seconded the comments made. The CC agreed
that planning permission could be applied for, for the whole path, which could SAG
then be completed in stages, with either end being done as Stage 1, once the DH
written permission from the Estate was received.
Mr Hendry said he and Dr Richard Cooling have been working on this, and that
he had been speaking to Sleat community about costs. Mrs Roden asked if he
could get a ballpark figure of how much we could buy petrol for, and a discussion DH
took place regarding this, and how much people were prepared to pay for it. Mr
Hendry and Dr Cooling to do some further work on costings.
11. Applications to the Strathdearn Community Charitable Trust
1. Community Website
Mrs Roden said that the first application was from the Strathdearn Community
Council for the community website, which had been discussed at length the
previous month. Mr Usborne proposed that we support this, and Mrs Saunders DR
seconded. Mrs Ross to forward to the Trust.
2. Tomatin Sheepdog Society
Mrs Roden read out the second application which was from the Tomatin
Sheepdog Society. £1,000 was applied for, and this was to be used to hire
toilets. Mr Cameron-Mackintosh proposed that we approve this, and Mrs Glynne-
Percy seconded. Cllr Crawford then suggested that the secretary of the
Sheepdog Society could email Charles Stephen, as they might be able to get a
grant from the Ward Discretionary Budget. It was agreed that if they didn’t get
the grant, the application be forwarded to the Trust.
3. Strathdearn Youth Group
The final application was from the Strathdearn Youth Group, for £6,000, and Mrs
Roden read this out, then asked for views and opinions from the public. Mr
Usborne said he that he had had feedback that the Youth Group receive a lot of
money from the Trust. A member of the public said that Mr Hardwick was doing
a good job. Mr Usborne said he thought we should defer this until the next DR
meeting, and Mrs Glynne-Percy seconded this. There was no countermotion and
it was agreed that Mrs Ross would email Reverend Campbell to advise the
Mr Hardwick then joined the meeting, and Mrs Roden advised him that the
decision had been made to defer the Youth Group application, but as he had
come in, he could probably answer the questions. Mrs Roden said that they were
asking for £6,000, and advised that there had been feedback that the Youth
Group were receiving a lot of money, but a member of the public had spoken up
for the Youth Group. Mr Usborne said that as there is £2,500 sitting it the
account, would they not only need £3,500 to bring them up to the £6,000 that
they require for the forthcoming activities, and Mr Hardwick agreed that this
seemed logical. Mr Usborne then proposed that £3,500 be applied for, and Mr
Cameron-Mackintosh seconded this. Mrs Ross to email Reverend Campbell to
update him, and to forward the amended application to the Trust. DR
Mrs Barley said she wanted to find out what the feeling was, about a shed being
put up for hall storage, probably costing between £2,000-£3,000, and whether
the Trust could pay for this. Mrs Roden asked what members of the public
thought. One person said it could be sold on if a new hall went up. Mrs Roden
asked what the Community Councillors thought. Mrs Glynne-Percy said she was
in favour of it, and Mrs Saunders said she wondered if it was worthwhile seeing
as the new hall plans were going ahead now. Metal containers were spoken
about, and Mr Cameron-Mackintosh agreed to find out the cost of these. JCM
12. Planning Matters
Mr Bryden had advised that the CC’s objection to the Daviot Wind Farm had been
submitted on 9th February and had been posted on the e planning website.
There had been no further announcement about Glenkirk, Tom nan Clach or Moy.
A 70 metre mast had been approved by the Highland Council at Pollochaig,
where it was proposed to build 9 turbines. A member of the public asked
whether the CC should be accepting community benefit on the community’s
behalf. Mrs Roden replied that regardless of the Community Council’s
representations on behalf of the community, some of these windfarms would be
approved, and it was perfectly in order to accept community benefit in these
14. Strathdearn Community Company
Mrs Roden gave an update on this, and said that if anyone is interested in getting
involved, they should get in touch with Mr Bryden. Some members of the public
said they hadn’t heard anything from Mr Bryden regarding this.
15. Community Photocopier
There had been a problem with noxious fumes during the printing of the last
Newsletter. Mrs Barley had kindly arranged a full service but the machine was
becoming old and in need of replacement. Mrs Barley updated the CC on the
situation. A change to leasing would be likely to cost £300 less per year
(presently costing £698 per year but a move to leasing would cost £662 per year
including all servicing and maintenance costs). The present contract runs out on
31st October. An additional £400 per year, which the company had not advised
the CC about, would become payable from March. Following discussion it was
agreed, proposed by Mr Cameron-Mackintosh, seconded by Mr Usborne, that the
CC move to leasing later this year and that Mrs Barley be given powers to D Barley
organise the lease when necessary.
Mr Usborne asked whether Speedprint could print the newsletter in colour. After
a short discussion, it was agreed that Mr Usborne would speak to Dave Rennie to
find out what the costs would be to get this done.
A notice from Highland Council regarding training on 27th March starting at 4pm
at the Town House. Mr Usborne and Mrs Roden to attend. Mrs Saunders
possibly to attend also.
A notice from Highland Council regarding Planning For Integration, on 27 th
February in Aviemore, and on 8th March at 7pm at Highland Council Headquarters
A poster advertising the Gang Show, which is on 14th April at 7.30pm.
A letter from Education Scotland, which Mrs Roden is going to pass on to Mr
17. Any Other Comptetent Business
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee:
Mrs Glynne-Percy advised that she had attended a meeting this morning at Farr
regarding the Jubilee, and that there is another meeting scheduled for 22 nd
March at 4pm in our hall. Mrs Barley then said that the Hall Committee are at
the thinking stage of a Jubilee Tea around the 2nd/3rd/4th.
Mrs Barley indicated the Hall Committee were still waiting to hear back from the
architects about the drawings. It was also noted that the Sports Facility lights
had been left on late one night, and that more care should be taken to only use
the tokens only when someone is in the Facility, so as not to disturb DR
neighbouring homes unnecessarily.
Light in the Bus Shelter going south on the A9:
The light in the bus shelter going south on the A9 is not working. Mrs Ross to
email Transerv regarding this.
Provision of Adult Day-Care Services
Mrs Roden reported that Highland Council staff were coming to meet with anyone
interested in volunteering to help with Day-Care services at an introductory
meeting in the Hall following the Community Coffee Morning on 22 nd March at
Changes in Bin Collections:
Mrs Roden advised that Steve McDermott from the Highland Council would be
coming to the next meeting to discuss the changes.
Meeting closed 9.20pm
Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 20th March 2012 at
7.30pm in the Strathdearn Hall