of meeting held on Tuesday 21st December 2004
Tarves School at 7.00pm
Davidson (Chair), Dick Reville (Treasurer), John Thomson, Keith Crichton, Colin Taylor.
Paul Johnston, Emma Cameron (Minute Secretary).
Mackie (Secretary), Sam Andrew, Jim Mennie (Barthol Chapel Representative), Ian Massie, David Leslie, Gordon
Brown. Belated apologies were also received for Keith Crichton for November’s meeting.
of Previous Meeting (26th October 2004)
were proposed by John and seconded by Dick, with all members in agreement.
arising (from minutes)
Lights – Thanks was extended to all who had assisted with the erection of the Christmas Lights.
Site – Tarves has been awarded £460, to be reimbursed with receipts, for screening of the recycle site.
Lights – The lights appear to be working normally.
of Conduct - Linda sent response to Keith Newton with inclusions for Draft Code of Conduct.
Warden – John dealing with it.
Matters (no police present)
Community Council had received a letter back in January ‘04 from Inspector Steve Pratt confirming his desire
for Police attendance at C.C. meetings. It was agreed that Bob should write back including a list of
meeting dates for 2005 and suggest attendance at every other meeting.
Planning Application – No more details received.
– The inspection has been done and it will be the first repair to be carried out in the New Year. They
do not anticipate closing the road.
Park – A meeting is to be held in January. There is a problem with the site as a mains sewer drain
runs directly under the site. Talks to establish if the sewer could be directed away from the site are
in progress; however, January’s meeting may determine the future of the Skate Board Park.
– Sam spoke to Graham Waters regarding the fence and a possible gate. Reference was also made to have
the grass area on the roadside of the fence tarred and something to stop children from running out straight on
to the road. Paul confirmed that if the budget was available the area from Stuart Crescent down to Gordon
Place would be made a pavement. However, there was no consideration for having a gate at the top end of
the fence. This would require a new path across the grass and it is not budgeted for. There is
some consideration being given to the possibility of a tarred road across the grass for access purposes.
bench missing in the square. Dick confirmed this will be back in due course.
Approach from the South, shrubs etc. has been cleared. Paul asked Graham Waters to contact Amenities
Group regarding the new planting. In addition to taking down some large branches at the War Memorial,
Sam and Dick suggested planting various heathers in the nearby flower beds.
mph limit (part time) at the Primary School was promised before Christmas. The poles are in and wiring
for Braiklay Avenue was also discussed. Paul advised that 20mph can not be enforced without some other
kind of traffic calming in place. Paul will investigate other forms of calming that do not have
restrictions on width. Paul suggested inviting Bill Lennox to the February meeting to discuss what is
–There has been discussion with the Public Transport Unit re the use of double decker Buses. The
routes stipulate a minimum number of seats not a maximum. Outside of peak loading times the Stand
Manager will endeavour not to send out double decker Buses. Alan Bain at Stagecoach advised that this
was unavoidable at peak times.
Lay-by – Need to convince Bill Lennox that this is what is needed and happy with the double decker bus
issue. Paul to progress this.
of Traffic – Manse Brae, if Roads Department feel there is a problem they may paint SLOW on the road.
has been expresses on the closing of roads for roadworks and the need for clearer diversion signs and more
advanced warning to help tourists etc.
Council Forum – A talk was given by Stuart Robertson, Planning Gain Co-ordinator, on Developer contributions
etc. Robert Gray also gave a presentation on the Planning Online System; unfortunately he was unable to do the
full demonstration due to some technical problems. Dick felt that it would be beneficial to invite him
to one of the TCC meetings to give a demonstration to all members. It was suggested a separate meeting
be arranged for this in the Heritage Centre in February. Bob to contact him to organise a date.
Dick gave an informative talk on the affordable housing. Meldrum CC have written to planning without
response and raised concerns over this.
Paths and Signs
Road – This has been completed. John has received complaints from residents concerning parking on the
pavement. John and Dick to see if neighbours can be approached tactfully.
Cross Roads – Sign is in the programme. Still a problem with cars coming down to the cross roads from
Craigdam without stopping. Suggest start reporting to the Council Roads Department. Bob to mention
to Inspector Pratt and Ian Rendall at the Council.
letter was received from Linda Mackie indicating her intention to resign from the Community Council with
immediate effect due to personal commitments. Bob and Dick will collect and sort the mail. This
leaves 2 vacancies on the Committee. Members to spread the word and Bob to put up an advert on the
Notice Boards and speak to Keith Newton to advertise in the New Year.
– Heritage have written to A.C. regarding the way in which the bakery planning application was
approved. John suggested the CC should do the same. This was agreed. Bob confirmed need to go through
formal complaints procedure and then go to Chief Executive, new Director of Planning, MSP’s etc.
There is general concern about planning applications in that agents and applicants appear not to have access
to, or pay heed to the Guidelines for Applicants, hence the frequency of applications being submitted that are
not complete. The Planning Service are to look into this as part of a scrutiny and Audit investigation.
Craigdam Cottages – application for extension to dwellinghouse, no concerns.
Aberdeen Road – (at rear of the Aberdeen Arms) application for new house in the existing car park of the
Aberdeen Arms and demolition of garage. Verbal objections from residents nearby already received by C.C. The
loss of parking may be detrimental to the livelihood of the Hotel. Many of the relevant details required in
the application form have not been submitted to date, some of these e.g. drainage details, external finish
colours and materials etc. may require consultation with a suitably qualified tradesperson in order to provide
an accurate response. Previous examples in Tarves using wet harl have had fairly obtrusive results. Further
details have been requested, delegated to sub-committee on the assumption that necessary details will be
received in due course.
be reviewed at January’s Meeting.
urgent correspondence to be dealt with at next meting.
Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th January 2005 at 7.00pm in Tarves School. Community Council
meetings are always open to the public.