Tarves Community Council
Minutes of Meeting Held on Tuesday 17th
In Tarves School at 7.30pm
Sam Andrew, Jonathan Boughey, Gordon Brown,
Keith Crichton, Bob Davidson, (Chair and Minutes), Ian Massie, Dick Reville
(Treasurer) and John Thomson.
Non Members Present:
Sgt Colin Donald (Grampian Police) and 1
member of the public.
David Leslie, Colin Taylor, Councillor Paul
Johnston and Steve Pratt, (Grampian Police).
Sgt Donald from Ellon gave an update of Police activity in the Tarves area.
There had been some reports concerning a "booze cruise" around the
Local pubs and it is hoped that a Pub Watch scheme would be extended to include
all local pubs.
Officers were continuing to monitor driving standards on the A947 and were now
using new powers which allow cars to be seized for repeat Anti Social Driving
Minutes of Previous Meeting (20th March
Barthol Chapel Matters
Viewfield – A decision has now been
issued dismissing the PP appeal. Although the reporter had initially been
minded to grant conditional permission, there was a failure to reach
agreement on the reduction of use of the applicant’s commercial premises
at Crichneyled, St. Katherines. Concern had been expressed at the use of
Viewfield for Auctions. It was pointed out that farms having roups was
accepted practice and that TCC would not object to this as any farm in the
area could hold a roup and Viewfield is better accessed than some.
Roads – Road junction at Balgove
requires repairs.BCCA Correspondence - Still no response from Mackie Bruce
to the letter from TCC handed to him at the Feb meeting. Info is currently
being sent to Bill Kelly due to BCCA Secretary not accepting correspondence.
This should be formally rectified at the next BCCA meeting
Planning Matters (1)
Jonathan queried whether or not a copy of the
initial TCC response had been sent to BCCA for approval. TCC members had agreed
the formal response at their March meeting (as per minute); there was no
requirement to have this or any other Planning App response approved by an
external body. BCCA had been sent a copy along with Councillor Johnston and AC
Methlick Farmers Wind Turbines App. TCC had
requested a site visit for the applications at Balgove and Hattonslap as it
appeared that there was particular concern about these.
Matters arising (from minutes)
Mackie Avenue Affordable Housing –
Information has now been received from Elaine Blaine and this will be
included in the Information to be given to AC.
Bakery – Area Manager agreed to get a
response from Planners. Still no response from Jane Whyte – Both Paul and
Bob have asked, Paul has asked for plans of the proposed access .It was
noted that the old ovens building had been demolished and rebuilt and no
permission exists for this.
Bus Lay-by, Shelters in Square – Works
now completed, shelters and lay-by being used sign has been moved from
Duthie Terrace. Pole still to be removed.
Car Parking Opposite School – No funding
currently available from Safer Routes to school budget for Traffic Order.
Legal Contacts – Leask House - Paul to
find out a contact with experience in Trust Law. Arthur will get the books
to members soon.
Old School House – Bob still to write to
All Weather Court - Lights need repaired
– no money currently available.
Cardboard Recycling – There is still
problems with capacity/regularity of emptying.
The Square - Bollards are needed to avoid
vehicles coming into contact with the new bus shelter.
Community Newsletter – A new free
newsletter for Tarves and Barthol Chapel (TBC News) is to be produced.
Volunteers to help with this are Ian and John. Advertising to be offered for
Local Businesses, articles etc to be sent to Moira Allan,
36 Bede Way, Tarves. Email: email@example.com.
The Hut (Zone 98) CC have been asked if
they would take over ownership of the hut, with the proviso that the
Management committee and AC would have full responsibility for Maintenance
etc. This was agreed on condition that written confirmation is received from
AC Insurance officer indicating that the CC insurance would cover the
building. Colin to pursue this.
Local Member’s Report
Councillor Johnston had e-mailed some info as
he had to attend a FAC hearing;-
New Bus shelter for Duthie Road is in
stock, waiting on solar panels before taking to site.
Road Repairs are due to start soon with
Ythsie Junction - Work has been carried
out here, not much of an improvement, however there is slightly more usable
Mackie Ave Housing -Will liaise with
architect to ensure he has new info and completed documents for AC in due
Roads, Paths and Signs
Recycling sign still awaited.
Dick to enquire about signs for village
entrances re Formartine in bloom / Coat of Arms.
Stuart McFarlane (AC Roads) has indicated
that the gully on Kirk Brae needs to be sunken to catch water and avoid
flooding of properties. It is unclear how he reached this conclusion.
Noticeboard - Dick currently coating with
preservative. Ian will organise brackets.
Tarves Website - Keith to liaise with
potential helper and Web group.
Planning Matters (2)
11 Gordon Place – FPP for Installation
of Oil Tank – Decision notice received.
The Grange, Duthie Road – Appeal – It
was agreed to send comments indicating that the appeal was both unnecessary
Boudiestone Appeal against refusal of PP
for new house – dismissed by SEIRU Reporter.
Aberdeen Arms - Letter from Planning
Inspector indicating that all was under control and the car park would be
closed indefinitely. (This was not an option of the existing conditions).
Aulton of Fochel – FPP for Steading
conversion to dwelling – No Comments.
Bankhead Croft – FPP for Alts and Ext to
Dwellinghouse – No Comments.
Little Ythsie – FPP Erection of Agri
Building and demolition of sheds – No Comments.
Old Manse, Tarves – FPP and LBC Internal
Alts to Dwellinghouse – No Comments.
West Auchedly - FPP for Steading
conversion to 2 Dwellings and Business unit – No Comments.
Nethermill Farm – Updated Plans for Agri
Building – No Comments.
Letter from Ian Rendall re Ythsie
City and Shire Structure Plan – meeting
in Oldmeldrum, Hopefully reps from TCC will go. Jonathan to extend invite to
Friends of the Earth having Planning info
meetings locally TCC will try to send a rep.
Scheme for Establishment of CC’s – Sam
Grampian Fire and Rescue – 3year Plan
Letter from Mackie Bruce in relation to an
e-mail Bob had sent to Rob Barker.
There have been numerous e-mails sent to
the Chairman’s personal e-mail address from Rob Barker as Chair of the
BCCA Wind turbine action group regarding the applications from Methlick
Farmers and Wind Turbines in general. The Chairman had eventually pointed
out that he did not wish to receive this either personally or as Chair.
Jonathan expressed concern at the tone of the Chair’s responses. Mr.
Barker was critical of the TCC response to the Planning Applications for the
Wind Turbines and had suggested that the Chairman was "lobbying"
for the Turbine apps by way of accepting and circulating the letter of
support received and copying this to the local Councillor.
It was agreed that if BCCA wish to
correspond with TCC on any subject including Wind Turbines, this should be
done via Jonathan or to the CC Postbox. TCC do not sponsor any of their
members’ internet connections and as such rely on individuals to use their
own equipment and supply their own ISP. As such it is entirely at the
discretion of each member what they send or receive for or on behalf of TCC.
Prop of Ythsie – Maintenance - Keith
Newton looking into budget issues – no update.
Christmas Lights - Design of new lights
agreed, Dick to order. Sponsorship funding to be sought – appeal to be put
in new Newsletter.
P.U.T. Garden Waste recycling scheme are
currently looking for a venue in Tarves for their trailer. Braiklay Ave park
Community Council meetings are always open to