Minutes: 5th September 2016

There was a meeting of the Carnbee and Arncroach Community Council on Monday 5th September at 7.30 pm in Arncroach Church Hall. Present were Ian...

There was a meeting of the Carnbee and Arncroach Community Council on Monday 5th September at 7.30 pm in Arncroach Church Hall. Present were Ian MacIntyre, Janet Lodge, Natalie Ridge, Helen Blyde , Robert Watson and Councillor Riches. There were 5 members of the public. 1) Apologies from Councillors Docherty and MacGregor, Adrian Snowball and Mary Wilson. 2) Minutes of meeting on 6th June 2016 were accepted. 3) Gillingshill. After the last meeting members of the CC and the public walked around the reserve with Stephen Liscoe. It was discussed that in the autumn the CC would ask the Provans to estimate for clearing the bywash of vegetation to prevent flooding on the path. 4) cdt In response to the CC letter of 9th June 2016 there has been a cdt board meeting. i) There will be an AGM on Nov. 9th when there will be an AGM for 2015 and subsequently an AGM for 2016. ii) accounts will be presented to the AGM iii) in future there will be quarterly board meetings 2 weeks before CC meetings. A cdt update will be sent to CC meeting. iv) negotiations with the 3 farmers have not taken place. The CC urges both sides to negotiate an agreement for the benefit of the community. The future programme of the cdt includes a calendar, summer fair at Kellie, a ceilidh and a film event. The theatre event at Kellie brought in 278.40 for the cdt. 5) Roads. Extreme dissatisfaction was voiced about the state of the roads. Councillor Riches took note. She warned that repairs would take longer than in the past due to budget problems. Could drains and ditches north of Arncroach be checked and cleared before the winter? 6) Councillor’s Report. i) Weeds are sprayed twice a year – in May and autumn. Rural footpaths 3 times annually. Ragwort is becoming a widespread problem. Can verge cutting be timed in order to cut it back? ii) Broadband progress very slow. End of September ‘Suppliers’ Day’ when possible contractors will present how they think they can deliver. Procurement not until end October at earliest. iii) Telephone reception locally still unsatisfactory. iv) East Neuk Forum on 15th September. v) Changes at Recycling centre. Recycling run by an ‘arms-length’ company. Making a loss of 500 000 annually. Wants to find ‘resource efficient solutions’. No changes for householders with cars. Proposed changes for commercial businesses, people with trailers and vans. These will be expensive in time and money for local businesses which will have to go to St Andrews. Strong feelings expressed. Can Fife Council amend the proposals? Satisfaction voiced for the Recycling Centre in Pittenweem which provides excellent service. 7) Treasurer’s Report. 954. 11 in bank. 8) Planning. Nothing current. AOB i) Children’s Panel looking for volunteers. Excellent training given. ii) Colinsburgh Action Plan. iii) ‘Small Sparks’ – small grant scheme for community projects. iv) ‘On your Doorstep’ – a community website of groups, organisations and care providers. Easy computer access. v) ‘Smart Life in Fife’ – an on-line self-assessment tool to enable people to access services to make everyday living easier. Posters on the Board and material handed on to WRI. Next meeting – December 5th. Thanks to all.

PDF: CC 5th sept. 2016