Update on plans for Strathaven Castle

Strathaven and Glassford Community council has been working closely with South Lanarkshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland since 2019 on plans to repair the stonemasonry on Strathaven Castle to make it safe.  Our primary concern when we first contacted SLC was the safety of the public as there had been several reports of falling masonry.  We were also determined to ensure that the castle would be a key feature of Strathaven for many years to come.

Our first contact with the council, owners of Strathaven Castle, was very positive and a series of meetings were held, leading to SLC committing a budget of around £100,000 to carry out required remedial work. Historic Environment Scotland carried out a full survey leading to an understanding of the work involved in making the castle safe. We had to be careful in discussions as there was a risk that the damage to the structure was to such an extent as to cause its collapse.  Fortunately that did not turn out to be the case.


A temporary fence was erected to ensure access was not possible, helping ensure the safety of the public.  Discussions continued on how the work would be carried out and a planning application was submitted in early 2020 for a fence.  Unfortunately this did not meet HES requirements and further work was undertaken on how the fence could safely be installed without any risk of archeological damage to the site.  Revisions were made to HES satisfaction and a further planning application was scheduled to be submitted in March 2020.  


Unfortunately that was the start of a global pandemic, resulting in significant delays due to work not being able to be carried out. Towards the end of 2020 initial online meetings were held between the Community Council and SLC, leading to an agreement in April 2020 on the format and layout of the fence.  This will be installed from the entrance to Castle Park near the Town Mill along the base of the escarpment to the steps leading up to the castle.  Fencing will also lead up the steps to meet the existing fencing at the top.  THere will be a gate at the bottom of the steps and the entrance off Stonehouse Road will remain closed.  Access to Castle Park will be restored once the boardwalk damaged by a tree fall is repaired. Having agreed the layout a planning application will be submitted by SLC to enable the work to proceed as soon as it is approved.


Once the fence has been erected work will start later this year (aiming for late summer/early autumn) on the remedial work to the stonemasonry. Once complete access to the castle will be restored as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.  The plans also include foundations for three information boards around the castle grounds and potentially ducting for lighting to illuminate the castle at night.  Discussions are continuing on funding for both these projects.

Following the necessary safety work being completed, Strathaven and Glassford Community Council has agreed with SLC that it will conduct detailed community consultation to assess the views on what should happen next.  Any future work would be community funded and not financially supported by SLC.  For that we need to know that the community sees spending significant amounts of public funds on the castle is justified and a community priority. That consultation will take place as soon as is practicably possible once the safety work is completed.


Strathaven and Glassford Community Council and South Lanarkshire Council are 100% behind the current phase of work and the community has been kept informed through our website at www.strathaven.org and through regular updates in Strathaven Echoes.  We are determined to ensure that the remedial work is completed as planned enabling full access to the castle for the community and visitors. We are also ready to carry out the necessary community consultation to identify where the castle sits in terms of priorities for the future. We will continue to keep the community informed and advised on what happens next.

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Minutes of meeting April 27th 2021

Sederunt:- Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. Councillors:- G. Campbell and I. Dorman.

Minute Secretary:- John Graham.

Visitors:- Dr. Lisa Cameron MP; Linzi Clark; Robert Murray; William Park and Rachael Wakefield.

Apologies:- Councillor Margaret Cooper.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (30/03/2021). The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: M. McDonald. Seconded: M. Arnot.  

Matters Arising. AOCB – Section 17(f):- Councillor Dorman reported that a Road Mapping Exercise was on-going regarding the bins at Lethame Road. 

Community Action Plan (CAP).

(a) A timescale has been agreed for the launch of the Review of the CAP.

(b) The full Review will be launched on the 30th April, 2021 and will be available on the Community Council Website at http://www.strathaven.org. It will also be available on the CC Facebook Page.

(c) Returns to be in by 30th June, 2021 and the updated CAP is planned to be launched in October, 2021.

(d) The Consultation Document was approved at the Meeting. L. Hoggan to tidy up the Document prior to sending it out.

(e) As getting involvement with schools could be problematic due to COVID-19, it was suggested that the Head Boy and Head Girl from the Academy could be asked for comments on the CAP.

(f) It was agreed to involve schools on the Agenda for the June Meeting and to invite someone from the schools to attend. 

CC Membership. No reply has been received from Linda McCorrison to the recent contact made with her. L. Hoggan to write to her thanking her for her contribution to the CC and say that the CC shall consider a replacement for her on the Council 

Plans for Incinerator at Overwood.

(a) The CC to keep a watching brief regarding the Project until the Planning Application is submitted.

(b) Following discussion about the proposed Incinerator, it was agreed that the views of the CC Members be sought via E-Mail and that these be collated. L. Hoggan agreed to try to put a Report together for the next Meeting.

(c) Councillor Campbell reminded the CC that they were not a Statutory Group when it came to objections to the proposal. Any objections would have to come from individuals and not from the CC as a Group. 

Strathaven Inside/Out App.

(a) The App will be formally launched in May, 2021 and the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) are finalising the two Heritage Trails at present. The App will be free to use.

(b) Funding has been secured to add to the App. The additions will be two more Heritage Trails, two Cycle Trails and an Article on weaving in Avondale. Clarification is being sought as to how the Funding will be managed. 

Transport Sub-Group.

(a) December 2019 was the last time that the Sub-Group met and SLC have agreed to arrange a meeting of the Group as soon as is feasible.

(b) SLC wish notice of what issues the CC want to discuss prior to arranging the meeting.

(c) It was agreed that discussions should follow on from the last meeting. Details to be circulated to CC Members for comment and for them to suggest any additional items for discussion. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA) – Update.

(a) 90 meals were distributed over the Easter Weekend.

(b) Peer Group support sessions have continued to be run from the Outreach Community Church.

(c) Mind Marvels have set up a series of on-line sessions during May.

(d) The Strathaven Food Bank continues to be supported.

(e) Work continues with Creative Strathaven to supply Craft Kits for families. (f) Take up for free transport to Vaccination Centres has been slow. More publicity for this Scheme is planned and the LEAP Hands On Project have agreed to publicise the service.

(g) £14,492 remains to be spent and ideas on how to use this funding will be most welcome.

(h) The Chairperson congratulated WTA on the excellent work which they are doing. 

Strathaven CARS.

(a) Work on the former Fruit Shop and on No 40 Common Green has been completed.

(b) Work is expected to be done on the Barber’s Shop, Craig’s Newsagent, The Taal, Roasted and Sorbie Hayes.

(c) Work on the Green Room is under consideration.

Kype Muir Community Fund.

(a) The Terms of Reference refer to an Evaluation of the Procedures and Terms of Reference after 3 years of the Fund running. It was verified that the date the Fund actually started was 19th May, 2019 therefore the Evaluation will take place in May, 2022.

(b) The Chair, George Smith, and other Office Bearers were appointed for a one year term to allow the alignment of Procedures.

(c) The Kype Muir Extension has been delayed due to a land issue. This should not cause any delay in the final readiness of the Development.

(d) There have been 2 Expressions of Interest for funding from the Fund:- 1. Strathaven Striders for £500 to cover hire of Strathaven Academy on the day of the Annual Half Marathon. This one is recommended. 2. Lanarkshire Larder for £5,000. This one is being researched and it may be one for joint payments from the Fund in view of the participants in this Scheme being able to advertise and bring to a wider audience the produce in Lanarkshire.

(e) There is £20,000 in the Fund at present but more should be added soon. (f) It was said that Strathaven W3ST would be submitting a Funding Bid to the Fund for the installation of CCTV at their premises.

(g) Representatives of Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill were invited to join as observers for one year. They need to meet the Regulations before becoming full Members. Dr. Cameron MP said that both communities were happy with the help which they have been given. 

CC Micro Grants.

(a) It was reported that 7 Grants for 2020/2021 have been completed with 5 outstanding from 2020/2021 and also 2 from 2019/2020.

(b) The Application for this years funding is with SLC. 

Secretary’s Report. All items covered in the Meeting. 

Treasurer’s Report.

(a) Following the CC Meeting of 30th March, 2021, Financial Accounts of 2020/21 were submitted to SLC on the 31st March, 2021. An Acknowledgement has been received and the official Audit of the Annual A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. Accounts is awaited prior to the award of the Annual Administration Grant. During April a number of items relating to WTA have been paid.

(b) COVID Fund 2020/2022 – As the Covid Grant will be operational for a finite period it is proposed that the Accounts for these Funds be reported on a rolling basis over the financial period 2020/2022. As agreed at the outset to expedite payments the Treasurer will continue to make payments from personal funds with reimbursement on a monthly basis.

(c) Value of the COVID Fund is £36,000. To date expenditure is as follows:- Total spent to date = £21,507.29. Currently committed = £ 4,150.00. Total estimated spend = £25,657. 29 Balance remaining = £10,342.71

(d) The Financial Report was accepted by the Members. 

Reports from CC Members.

(a) Ed Archer from the Lanarkshire Heritage Forum has visited the Hallhill site in Glassford and the devastation was noted. The Ecology Report has been completed but it is heavily redacted and there is no mention of an Archaeological Survey on the site. (G. McAllan).

(b) A discussion took place regarding the Hallhill site and it was suggested that a Freedom of Information Request to SLC may prove useful. Dr. Cameron MP agreed to write to the Chief Executive of SLC regarding the situation.

(c) The lack of Public Toilets within the town was raised and the CC were asked to give serious consideration as to how this problem could be resolved. (L. Brown).

(d) Members were requested to think of ideas as to what could be done about the lack of Toilet facilities. Ideas to be E-Mailed to L. Hoggan at least one week prior to the next CC Meeting.

(e) Thanks were expressed to all who have given items for inclusion in the COVID-19 Experiences Project being conducted by the SJHMT. A plea was made for more articles to be submitted. Dr. Cameron MP agreed to provide an article. (M. McDonald).

(f) It was reported that bollards had been removed at George Allan Place and Threestanes Road. Councillor Dorman agreed to look into the matter. (D. Scott). (Since the Meeting Councillor Dorman reported on 7th May that the bollards would be replaced within the next 30 working days). 

Reports from SLC Councillors. There were no further Reports to be given. 

AOCB.

(a) No Report has been received from Police Scotland for this Meeting.

(b) The state of the pond in the Park was raised and it was reported that work was scheduled to take place soon to clean it up.

(c) The question of when the Re-Cycling Bins would be re-instated at the Car Park at Sainsbury’s was raised. No information was available regarding this. 

Date of Next Meeting. Tuesday 25th May, 2021 at 7.00 pm on-line via Zoom.

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings. All correspondence to:- strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com. 

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council: Minutes of meeting March 30th 2021

Minutes of the Council Meeting 30th March 2021 (2nd Draft

Sederunt:- Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les  

      Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown;  

      Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. 

      Councillors:- I. Dorman. 

      Minute Secretary:- John Graham. 

      Visitors:- Alastair Brown; Kathryn Cain; Lynsey Clark and Robert Murray. 

  • Apologies:- Councillor G. Campbell and Councillor M. Cooper. 
  • Minutes of Previous Meeting (23/02/2021). 

The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: Les Hoggan.        Seconded: Alister Hendry. 

  • Community Action Plan (CAP). 
    • L. Hoggan had sent out a copy of the CAP to Members prior to the Meeting highlighting what had been done for discussion. 
    • The CAP was agreed for publication to the community. This will be             publicised in ‘The Echoes’ and on the CC Website by the end of April, 2021.   It is hoped that the CAP will be completed by October, 2021.
  • Social Media in Strathaven. 
    • Some items have been sent from the CC for inclusion on the Strathaven Facebook Page and they have been posted in a satisfactory manner. 
  • A post has been put on the Strathaven Facebook Book saying that the             Minutes of the February CC Meeting have not been made available for             inclusion on the Page. L. Hoggan to clarify with the Administrator that the  Minutes cannot be made available until they have been approved by CC             Members at the next Meeting. 
  • Allotments and Community Garden. 

The football fields at the back of Kirklandpark Primary School are being        considered for this purpose. Ownership of the land is being investigated and a        Group has been formed within the community to take this forward. 

  • CC Membership. 
    • It was reported that Russell Paterson and Stephen Thompson had resigned as Members of the CC. 
    • Linda McCorrison (Associate Member) has been contacted regarding her position on the CC but no reply has been received to date. L. Hoggan agreed to telephone her. 
  • Plans for Incinerator at Overwood. 

      As little information was available to CC Members it was agreed that the matter be carried forward to the Agenda for the April Meeting. 

  • Lanarkshire Tourism Report (LTR). 
    • The Report of the Clydesdale Tourism Group (CTG) was circulated to CC  

Members prior to the Meeting. The Report covers the Parliamentary             Constituency of Clydesdale and incorporates Avondale. L. Hoggan has             attended CTG meetings on behalf of the CC. 

  • The CC felt that the Report was clear and concise and that the proposals             were acceptable for the Avondale area. 
    • Tourist Trails, as well as business and events information for Avondale will be included in Tourism promotions. This should help attract more people to Avondale and provide economic benefit for the area. 
  • The Report has been presented to SLC and they have funding available for             the promotion of Tourism. The Report will be considered in the next Scottish Parliament. 
  • Working Together for Avondale (WTA). 
    1. A Report by L. Hoggan and S. Tulloch was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting. This gives a Summary of all activities undertaken to date along with a full Financial Summary. The Report will be sent as an             attachment with the Minutes.  
    2. A series of Mindfulness Sessions, provided by Mind Marvels, will be held             during April, 2021. 
    3. Eighty free meals will be distributed over the Easter Weekend by the  Outreach Community Church (OCC). Each meal will include an Easter Egg.   
    4. Peer Support Group Sessions are also scheduled to take place run by the OCC and funded by WTA.  
    5. WTA are linking with the Lanarkshire Medical Group and Strathaven Taxis to fund trips to the Vaccination Centre in East Kilbride for people who need help getting there. 
    6. WTA is working with Councillor Cooper on plans with Creative Strathaven to prepare Craft Kits for distribution across Avondale. Funding has been obtained from Bancon Homes for this initiative. 
    7. At present £6,000 is earmarked for future Projects and £10,000 remains             uncommitted. 
  • CARS. 
    • Work has been completed on No. 40, Common Green and work is being              carried out on the former McGuire’s Fruit Shop building. 
    • Work is due to start on the Barber Shop and the Weavers with Projects              imminent at The Taal and Craig’s Newsagents. 
    • Other Projects are in the pipeline including Roasted, Cafe Q and The Green Room. Sorbie Hayes have also approached CARS regarding renovation work. 
    • M. Arnot asked if the building on the path down to ‘The Smiddy’ was being  considered for CARS funding. In reply, it was said that it had been              considered but no agreement had been reached with the owners to date.        
    •  G. McAllan asked if buildings on the lower part of Kirk Street were being   considered for funding. The situation is that efforts were made to include these buildings as part of CARS but agreement could not be reached with the owners to enable any progress on Projects to be made, therefore they are not being considered at present. 
  • 12.  Kypemuir Community Fund. 
    • At a Meeting of the Kype Muir Community Fund on 24th February, 2021 the representation of Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill and Boghead was discussed.  They do not have a CC and therefore do not meet the standards set for Community Councils. The group are committed and are working hard towards attaining these standards. They have been given observation status for the next year. 
    • A Kypemuir Community Fund website was discussed at the Meeting on the 24th February and it was decided that a standard page would be created which could be added to each CC website. 
    • Discussions are taking place regarding possible changes to the Group. 
    • The Kypemuir Fund is open and there is still £30,000 available in the Fund. 
    • Avondale Church have applied to the REF for funding and not the Kypemuir Community Fund. 
  • Micro Grants. 
    • Following the approval in February, 2021 of the award of Micro Grants to a number of local organisations, the Funds were distributed at the end of  February by BACS as previously agreed. 
    • Friends of Strathaven Park declined the Grant of £300 and the monies              were redistributed to the other organisations where it had been agreed to provide less than the amount initially requested. 
    • Since the last Meeting and the issuing of Funds a number of Projects have  been completed and are now closed off. These include:- 

            Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) – £500. 

            Glassford Primary School Parents Council – £500. 

            Strathaven Miniature Railway – £500. 

             Strathaven Airfield – £462. 

             Glassford Community Group – £230. 

             Strathaven Dynamos – £500.

Ongoing Grants still to be completed for the current year include:- 

             Creative Strathaven – £250.73. 

             Strathaven Camera Club – £100. 

             Strathaven in Bloom – £500. 

             Strathaven Business Association – £500. 

             Kirklandpark Parent Council – £487.28. 

             Strathaven Town Mill – £469.99 

  • There are still two awards made in 2019 – 2020 which have not been               completed due to COVID-19. These are:- 

             Strathaven Festivals – £100. 

             Bethany Club – £450. 

Strathaven Festivals Group are expected to complete their Project and               provide paperwork by early May, 2021 and the Bethany Group are hoping              to have their long awaited trip during 2021 (COVID restrictions permitting).         (f)  Following the distribution of funds all end of year paperwork has been               submitted to SLC in respect of the Micro Grants. 

  • Secretary’s Report. 
  • A meeting took place with SLC regarding the latest awards from the Town Centre Fund. Money will come into the CC Account and then to the   Accounts of the organisations involved. The Town Mill have already had 5  Invoices approved and the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust have               until 2022 to produce two new Local Trails. 
  • Tourist Information Centre in Barn Street Mews is planned to open by the               end of May. 
  • An Area Events Calendar has been suggested in the LTR and could be               helpful in promoting local Events.
  • Treasurer’s Report. 
    • The Financial Report was circulated to Members prior to the Meeting.          
    • As agreed at the previous Meeting a purchase of Printer Ink at a cost of £29.99 was made from the CC Account leaving a Balance of £115.03 in the current year. 
    • A reimbursement of funds was made to the Treasurer for the sum of  

             £4,210.87. This comprised:- 

             £29.99 for Printer Ink. 

             £3,500.00 paid out for Micro Grants. 

             £680.80 in respect of Working Together for Avondale (WTA). 

 A further reimbursement was made to the Treasurer for £706.00 all of               which related to WTA. 

The Financial Report was accepted by Members. 

  1. Reports from SLC Councillors. 

         Councillor I. Dorman. 

  • One positive COVID-19 case has been reported at Wester Overton  

              Primary School. 

  • Strathaven Library will reopen on 26th April. 
    • Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre to reopen on 10th May. Other facilities to open on 17th May. 
    • Councillor Dorman was asked about the situation regarding the Active                Age Card for 2021 – 2022 as it will not have been used in the current                year due to COVID-19 restrictions. She said that she would check on this                and report back. (Since the Meeting Councillor Dorman has E-Mailed                Members to say that when SLLC closed their Centres on 18th March,                2020, all Memberships, including the Active Age Card, were frozen. When a Member decides to start using a Centre again call 01698 476262 and the Membership will be reactivated). 
    • Two million pounds has been allocated for the Participatory Budget. This                funding is for footpaths and the Road Improvement Fund. 
    • Flooding was reported again outside the Town Mill during periods of                heavy rainfall and Councillor Dorman was asked if this was being                addressed. She agreed to investigate the situation. (Since the Meeting                Councillor Dorman has reported that a cleaning operation of the gullies                indicated a partial blockage which could not be cleared by high pressure                jetting. A CCTV survey of the gully outlets will be carried out to confirm                the exact location/nature of the blockage and this will be followed up with appropriate repair work. The work has not yet been programmed,                however it will be carried out as soon as possible). 
    • It was reported that a tree had come down below the Castle and had                damaged the wooden Walkway. Councillor Dorman agreed to check when this would be cleared and the Walkway repaired. Since the Meeting Councillor Dorman has reported that the fallen tree has been cleared from the Walkway and work will be finished in a few weeks).  
    • It was reported that many street lights were out in the town. Councillor                Dorman agreed to investigate this. (Since the Meeting Councillor Dorman has reported that the faulty lights on Commercial Road, Hamilton Road and Glassford Road will be repaired as soon as possible). 
    • M. Arnot said that the Transport Group had not met for some time and                could a Meeting of the Group be held on-line fairly soon? Councillor                Dorman agreed to see if she could facilitate such a Meeting. (Since the                Meeting Councillor Dorman has reported that Michael McGlynn is happy                to resume the Strathaven Transport Group. He has asked if issues to be            discussed/considered to be set out for the Agenda prior to the Meeting.           Councillor Campbell and Councillor Cooper to be invited to the Meeting).          Councillor M. Cooper. 

Although Councillor Cooper could not attend the Meeting she had submitted           a Report to the Secretary. L. Hoggan to send this out to Members. 

  1. AOCB.
    1. M. Arnot raised the point that the mural on the wall of the former Public                Toilet building had been removed and wondered if anything was going to                replace it. L. Hoggan said that 5 new murals were going to be put in place in the town and one would be on the aforementioned building. Creative  

              Strathaven have commissioned the artists to do this work. 

  • L. Hoggan reported that CC representatives had met with SLC regarding                renovation work on the Castle. An agreement was reached on putting up                fencing to allow remedial work to be done. 
    • M. McDonald said that the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust                (SJHMT) were running a Project looking at the experiences of people in                 the community during COVID-19. They are looking for contributions from                the community and CC Members were encouraged to submit their                experiences to the SJHMT. The Project is being promoted on Facebook                and articles and a full page colour advert have been published in ‘The  

              Echoes’. 

  • G. McAllan reported that the South Lanarkshire Cycling Partnership                Meeting heard reports about the ‘Make Your Way’ Initiative in Coalburn                and the several SLC Active Travel studies. It is anticipated that the                Surveys will be completed on further communities, including Strathaven.          (e) G. McAllan and L. Hoggan reported that work is going on at the Hallhill                site in Glassford. An Archaeological Dig had been recommended but it                looks as if the site is actually being cleared. This has been reported to the                South Lanarkshire Heritage Forum and Councillor Dorman was asked if                she could check out the situation. She agreed to do this. (Since the                Meeting Councillor Dorman has reported that the owner was required to                update the previous Ecology Report which he has done. On Monday 29th                March, 2021 the owner commenced a pre-application archaeology                undertaking on the site by a reputable company. They will now produce a                Report of any findings from their investigation. The site will be secured                once the Archaeology Company are finished and no other invasive work                will be done on the site until detailed Planning Permission for the                proposed house plots is received). 
    • D. Scott said that there is now a Take Away Van doing food located at                Lethame Farm and there is only one litter bin in the area which is                overflowing. He asked if more litter bins could be placed in the area.                Councillor Dorman agreed to investigate the possibility for the provision of more bins. 
    • Mention was made of an incident in Strathaven Park regarding a member                of the publics attitude towards an employee of SLC. A CC Member                agreed to assist should help be required. 
    • G. McAllan reported the amount of litter on rural roads around Strathaven and also the increase in fly-tipping. Councillor Dorman agreed to look in to the matter. (Since the Meeting Councillor Dorman has said that an instruction had been raised to clear fly-tipping). 
  • Date of Next Meeting. 

         Tuesday 27th April, 2021 at 7.00pm on-line via Zoom. 

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings. All correspondence to:- strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com

Help us by completing our Community Action Plan Review consultation survey

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council published its Community Action Plan in May 2019 following widespread community consultation. The Plan is used to assess applications to the Kype Muir Community Fund to ensure that projects approved reflect community priorities.

Glassford

The Community Council committed to reviewing the plan in 2021 to ensure that it continues to reflect community priorities and to ensure that changes in requirements are included in the amended and updated Community Action Plan. Since consultation in 2018 Strathaven and Glassford have continued to grow in terms of population and we have seen the implementation of several of the initiatives highlighted in the 2019 version.

In addition we have experienced a global pandemic with a huge impact on our rural community and this may be a factor in considering priorities for a Community Action Plan covering 2021-2024.

We are asking for your help in updating the Action Plan. We ask you to please complete the consultation survey below to help us ensure that as many people in our community as possible has a say in what the priorities are for the next three years.

There are two versions. One to download and print and one to download and complete online on your laptop or PC.

If you complete the online version, please email it to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com before June 30th 2021.

If you complete the paper version please complete it and return it to the Echoes postbox in Roasted at 41 Common Green or post it to 5 Feu Road, Glassford, Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML10 6TE.

Get to know Strathaven InsideOut

The Strathaven InsideOut continues to be developed and will be formally launched during May 2021.  The App was developed by the STAND Agency in conjunction with Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust and South Lanarkshire Council following a successful bid to the 2019 Town Centre Fund by Strathaven and Glassford Community Council.

The App, which is available on the Apple Store and Google Play, works on iPhones and Android devices.  It covers all of the local businesses that have registered on the App including offers and perks available.  It also features local heritage trails and will cover events, festivals, groups and organisation across our community.

The aim is to make the App and the Discover Strathaven website at www.discoverstrathaven.org the go to places for all information about Strathaven. Strathaven Business Association has accessed funding to install lamppost banners promoting Strathaven businesses, Discover Strathaven, Scotland Loves Local and the Strathaven InsideOut App.

The App will continue to be developed with plans for more heritage trails and other useful information to be added over the next year.

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council encourages all businesses and local organisations to register for the App to make it as user friendly and comprehensive as possible. To register go to http://insideoutapp.co.uk/ and follow the instructions.  Creating an account enables you to register details of your business or organisation and then to manage the content on an ongoing basis once it is loaded onto the App.

We also encourage residents and visitors to download the App to find out all that is available across our community. More and more businesses and organisations are being added to the App every month and as they update the information themselves you know it is accurate and up to date.

Download on the Apple Store at https://apps.apple.com/mt/app/insideout-app/id1534592376

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Minutes of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting February 23rd 2021

Sederunt:- Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. Councillors:- G. Campbell and I. Dorman. Minute Secretary: J. Graham. Visitors:- G. Gallagher; M. Johnson; N. Luke and K. Quigley. 

Councillors:- G. Campbell and I. Dorman.

Minute Secretary: J. Graham.

Visitors:- G. Gallagher; M. Johnson; N. Luke and K. Quigley. 

Apologies:- Russell Paterson and Stephen Thompson. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (25/02/2020) The Minutes were passed without change. Proposed: Les Hoggan. Seconded: Linda Brown. It was agreed that Letters be sent to Russell Paterson and Stephen Thompson. Linda McCorrison has been contacted.

Community Action Plan

(a) The content has to be fit for purpose in 2021. Aims and Objectives to be looked at; a summary to be drawn up showing what has to be done and decision to be taken as to what needs to be changed.

(b) A check to be done as to what parts have been achieved. Look at this, decide what needs to be done and decide on priorities. In the current climate the priorities may have to be social and supportive issues.

(c) M. McDonald has drawn up some suggestions regarding what has been achieved, what needs to be done and some priorities. Achievements include Questionnaire on flow of traffic; the 20mph speed limit; Creative Strathaven established; the In/Out App now operating; successful Applications to the Town Centre Fund; more Defibrillators in the town and extension of Christmas Lights in Strathaven and Glassford. Issues outstanding include Strathaven Castle, Toilet Access and Community Transport. It was suggested that the CC look at one major Project for the next 3 years and several smaller quick fix ones which relate to the Action Plan.

(d) It was suggested that a Colour Code be adopted for the Action Plan (e.g. Red – Not done; Yellow – Ongoing and Green – Done).

(e) Les Hoggan to do a Review Report for the next meeting. 

Social Media in Strathaven It is essential that accurate posts are put on the Strathaven Facebook Page and that they are not changed. Anything posted by the Community Council (CC) should be entered under their name. Assurances to be sought from the Administrator that this would happen. It was agreed that posts should be posted correctly and not changed and laid out as indicated by the CC. The Administrator to be informed of this. 

Working Together for Avondale – Update and Funding

(a) Through a Foundation Scotland Grant and working with Councillor Cooper’s Strathaven Festival Group (which was awarded £2,000 from Bancon Homes) the CC are working on a Project to supply Craft Kits, through Creative Strathaven, to families with additional support needs. The funding is also being used to support Mindfulness Sessions and Mental Health, working with the Lanarkshire Medical Group, and also lunch packs for local schools to help families just above the free school meal threshold.

(b) An Application for funding has gone to the Communities Recovery Fund for £8,000. The funding will ensure that continued support can be given to the local Foodbank to assist in their work supporting the community. Continued financial support will go to supporting food parcels and there is a plan to supplement provision of non-perishable goods with a Voucher for local businesses to provide families access to fresh food.

(c) Work is going on with a local Chef to provide videos for YouTube, the Foodbank website and social media on how to use the contents of a food parcel and fresh food from local businesses to prepare nutritious and enjoyable meals (http://www.strathavenfoodbank.org).

(d) There are plans to resume provision of a weekly meal to the elderly and other families identified as being in need.

(e) Work is actively going on with a local Church on the provision of a peer support group and plans are being considered to run further such sessions in the future depending on funding.

(f) A Hardship Fund has been established and will be used to support energy top-up needs and also fresh food Vouchers for Ann Davidson Butchers that will be supplied with non-perishable food parcels.

(g) 200 Salt Sticks were supplied through VASLan.

(h) The Treasurer said that just over £7,000 remained from the £28,000 funding and the Chairperson thanked all involved in this initiative.

(i) A question was raised about the use of Digital Inclusion. In response it was said that LEAP do some digital inclusion work for the over 50s. However, there is need for this and Connecting Scotland have funding available for such an initiative. Les Hoggan agreed to contact them. The questioner was informed that it was due to the efforts of the CC that LEAP were operating in Avondale. When asked if the CC were applying for this kind of funding for A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. Working Together for Avondale, the answer was in the affirmative.

(j) M. Arnot requested that M. Johnson put together what information he desires from the CC and bring it to a future meeting. 

CARS

(a) The Enterprise Committee agreed that 2 Projects could go ahead for The Weavers Inn and the Barber’s Shop in the Common Green.

(b) Work has started on No. 40, Common Green. Sorbie Hayes has been put forward for approval; Craig’s Newsagents have been approved in principle and confirmation of Planning Approval is awaited based on it being a Listed Building and work will be done on the roof of the Taal Restaurant. Other businesses are being considered namely, The Green Room, the former Fruit Shop and 1a, Main Street. There is also a building on Bridge Street which requires repairs.

(c) CARS will now end in March, 2022. 

Kype Muir Community Fund (KMF)

(a) There are no Applications outstanding at present. There is currently £30,179 in the Fund with a further £30,000 to come in May, 2021.

(b) The Fund needs to be promoted again to the community. Also, Collect Renewables, funded out of the KMF, requires to be promoted. Few businesses seem to know about this Fund. Should the money not be spent it will default to the KMF. Promotion to be done on the CC website, via Facebook and in ‘The Echoes’.

(c) M. McDonald will do a Report on the Banks Renewables meeting of the 24th February for the CC. 

Micro Grants

(a) There are 10 new Applications for Grants from this source. L. Hoggan declared an interest in 2 of them – Creative Strathaven and Glassford Community Group. No other Members declared an interest in any of the Applications. The Applications are as follows:-

1. Strathaven Airfield – Request for £462 towards a Wheelchair Accessible Picnic Table. A Grant of £460 was recommended.

2. Creative Strathaven – Request for £500 towards providing a Bench Seat and garden feature at the shop in Barn Street Mews. A Grant of £220 was recommended to cover the Bench and as a contribution towards the garden.

3. Glassford Community Group – Request for £500 to refurbish an old road sign and to replace and install a Wooden Bench for the use of local walkers. A Grant of £200 recommended to replace the Wooden Bench.

4. Strathaven Camera Club – Request for £100 to cover the cost of an annual Zoom Account. This money would allow the Club to continue with A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. meetings and training sessions. A Grant of £100 was recommended.

5. Strathaven in Bloom – Request for £500 as a contribution to the purchase of a large Planter (“Welcome to Strathaven” gold on black – total cost £700) to be located at the entrance to Strathaven from East Kilbride. A Grant of £400 was recommended.

6. Strathaven Business Association – Request for £500 as a contribution to promoting Strathaven as a visitor destination and encourage footfall to local businesses following lockdown due to COVID. A Grant of £400 was recommended to pursue the promotion of Shop Local and Shop Strathaven to aid local businesses recover following lockdown.

7. Kirklandpark Parent Council – Request for £487.28 to provide an outdoor Library and Reading area in the school playground. The Grant would be used to buy a “Wooden Outdoor Reading Shed”. A Grant of £480 was recommended.

8. Strathaven Town Mill – Request for £469.99 as a contribution to their ongoing refurbishment of the Thomson Hall. The money to be used to purchase a new Drink Cooler. A Grant of £450 was recommended.

9. Strathaven Dynamos – Request for £500 to allow them to replace goal nets prior to the new season when competition is expected to start. Total replacement is £725. A Grant of £490 was recommended.

10. Friends of Strathaven Park (FOSP) – Request for £499.35 for various items within the Park. They are seeking to purchase an exterior lockable Noticeboard for installation on the workman’s shed in the Park and in respect of photograph printing for the Noticeboard. Also funding for activities for children. A Grant of £300 recommended as a contribution towards the Noticeboard (Total Cost £385.98).

The above Awards recommendations were approved and that concludes the Awards for the current financial year.

(b) Previously in the current financial year Awards were made to :- Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) – £500. Glassford Primary School Parent Council – £500. Strathaven Miniature Railway – £500.

(c) The 10 Applications resulted in an oversubscription for the remaining funds of £3,500 amounting to £4,518.52. In this extraordinary year the Micro Grants Group decided to give all Applicants a share of the money due to the unique impact on all Groups in the community.

(d) The Awards will be paid by BACS as has been recently done with others. This was agreed.

(e) The CC will need to be innovative during the 2021 – 2022 the Financial Year. Groups which have received money cannot apply again within a year of receiving the Award. Those Groups awarded Grants now cannot apply until after the 23rd February, 2022. It has still to be confirmed that the Funding will be available during the next Financial Year. 

Secretary’s Report Most of the Report were covered within the Meeting. However, Avondale Church has been advised to put in an Expression of Interest for a Disabled Toilet through the Kype Muir Fund. 

Treasurer’s Report

(a) The Report was issued to Members prior to the Meeting. The Report was accepted and noted.

(b) £145 remains in the CC Fund and Members were asked to contact the Treasurer with suggestions as to how this money could be spent. This to be done as soon as possible. 

CC Members Reports

(a) Consideration is being given to setting up a local Community Radio Station. This has been advertised in ‘The Echoes’ and suggestions as to possible content will be welcomed. (L. Hoggan)

(b) It was asked if Cala Homes had been given permission for the building of more houses at the back of Lethame Road. As this was not on the Development Plan, could this be verified? (L. Brown)

(c) Metal framing is going up on the old greenhouse site on the Stonehouse Road. Do the CC know what is being erected? It was said that it is to be a dwelling house. (M. Arnot)

(d) The former Toilet Building on Green Street is being fitted out but there is no news as to who will occupy the building. (L. Brown)

(e) The 20mph Speed Limit in parts of Strathaven is welcomed and maybe it could be applied to the whole town. (G. McAllan)

(f) Fly-tipping is on the increase and SLC should be encouraged to keep on top of it.

(g) The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) have withdrawn their Community Asset Transfer Application for the Ballgreen Hall and Former Library building. This was due to the difficulty in finding funding at this time. (G. McAllan)

(h) L. Hoggan and G. McAllan visited the grounds of an old house in Glassford where new houses are planned. Signs of an orchard and of an old Castle was found. The clients were given a Report on the findings. (G. McAllan) 

SLC Councillors Reports

Councillor G. Campbell

(a) He reported that he had been very busy during the Pandemic and that he had had to take on new duties (e.g. Grants, Vaccines etc.). Vaccinations A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. are going well although there had been minor problems with supply to one GP Practice.

(b) Housing issues have become much worse during the Pandemic.

(c) The Flats proposed for Kirk Street are due to be started in March.

(d) The East Overton site work is on hold at present as are SLC housing plans.

(e) Complaints regarding the proposed Dovesdale Incinerator are high. It was agreed that this issue be included on the Agenda for the next CC meeting.

Councillor I. Dorman She said that Councillor Campbell had covered what has been happening and that she had been busy doing core work and attending meetings. 

Questions

(a) Councillors were asked what was being done to support town centre trading and what was being done about Participatory Budgeting and community consultation? In reply it was said that Participatory Budgeting was ongoing. This was originally on a South Lanarkshire basis but now had to be at Scotland level with COSLA involvement. This had delayed the process. There is no Pilot Scheme in South Lanarkshire. L. Hoggan said that the Kype Muir Community Partnership set up aid in 2018 and that a Community Survey had also been carried out. Much has been done for local businesses by way of an App and via the Strathaven Business Association.

(b) M. Johnson followed up by asking about digital access to business and the challenge involved in Participatory Budgeting? He also felt that communities should be empowered and that Projects should be put to the community to allow them a say in decision making. Councillor Campbell agreed to arrange a meeting with M. Johnson with himself, Councillor Cooper, Councillor Dorman plus L. Hoggan from the CC.

(c) M. McDonald asked how visitors to the town would know about the 20mph Speed Limit as there were no signs indicating this. In response it was said that signs would be going up and that no one can be booked until the signs are in place. 

AOCB

(a) Heritage Trails for Apps are planned and will be available on the Discover Strathaven website and the SJHMT website.

(b) M. Johnson asked if Applications for funding could be submitted to the KMF? He was informed that Grants could be applied for but the next meeting to consider them would be in May, 2021. He was advised to check the website and discuss things with L. Hoggan. He was also informed that the CC was inclusive and did not have many smaller group meetings. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended.

(c) S. Tulloch asked if Police Scotland were still going to be giving Reports to the CC? This was not known at present as there had been personnel changes locally within the Police.

(d) The Chairperson asked Members to let L. Hoggan know about items for the Agenda for the March meeting at least a week before the date of the meeting . 

Date of Next Meeting:- Tuesday 30th March at 7.00pm via Zoom. Details will be published on http://www.strathaven.org

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings.

All correspondence to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com. 

 

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting March 30th 2021

The next meeting of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council will take place online at 7pm on Tuesday March 30th at 7pm. Again due to COVID-19 restrictions this will be an online meeting. The meeting, as with all Community Council meetings, is open to anyone from the community to attend.

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting
Time: Mar 30, 2021 07:00 PM London

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The agenda for the meeting is available to download below.

Online Community Council Meeting: February 23rd at 7pm

With changes to the guidelines for running community councils allowing virtual meetings to be held, the first meeting of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council (SGCC) since February 2020 will take place as an online Zoom meeting on Tuesday February 23rd at 7pm. 

Chair Aileen McMann said: “I am delighted we are able to get formal meetings back up and running.  We have operated in a completely different way over the last year and have continued to review applications for our Micro Grant Scheme and also the Kype Muir Community Fund. Amongst items on the agenda will be consideration of Micro Grant applications ahead of the end of this year’s scheme in March 2021, discussions on social media in Strathaven and Glassford and how we get information out to those who need it, plans for a full review of our community action plan as well as our ongoing standard agenda items.”   

As always the meeting is open to the public who can join by following the link below.

Strathaven and Glassford community Council 

Time: Feb 23, 2021 07:00 PM London

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Connect2Renewables Employability Initiative

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council works closely with Banks Renewables as part of its role in the Kype Muir Community Partnership. It also works closely with South Lanarkshire Council on many topics.

The Community Council is delighted to be able to promote this joint initiative to raise awareness of this excellent employability initiative.

South Lanarkshire Council and Banks Renewables Employability Initiative partnership

The Connect2Renewables Employability initiative is funded from a proportion of the community benefit funds from Middle Muir Windfarm, Crawfordjohn and Kype Muir Windfarm, Strathaven. The purpose of the fund is to help people living within 10km of either windfarm into employment by providing the following: 

  • Learn new skills/re-train
  • Get employability advice and support 
  • Overcome transport challenges – help with travel to work, training or childcare

Who is eligible for help?

People who are workless or unemployed who live within 10km of either windfarm 
    
Towns and villages within 10km radius of Middle Muir Windfarm:

  • Abington
  • Coalburn
  • Crawford
  • Crawfordjohn
  • Douglas
  • Douglas Water
  • Glespin
  • Leadhills
  • Rigside
  • Roberton

Towns and villages within 10km radius of Kype Muir Windfarm:

  • Auchenheath
  • Blackwood
  • Boghead
  • Caldermill
  • Chapelton
  • Draffan
  • Drumclog
  • Glassford
  • Gilmourton
  • Kirkmuirhill
  • Lesmahagow
  • Sandford
  • Stonehouse
  • Strathaven

Are you an employer in South Lanarkshire?

In partnership with Connect2 Renewables and our local communities we are helping local people into employment and training by offering full time and part time jobs or work experience places.

We will support you by providing recruits from the area with training, protective clothing or even assist with travel if required.

We may even be able to offer an employment incentive as well as offering advice and support to you as an employer and to your employee.

For more information about connect2renewables

Contact Wilma at Connect2Renewables Employability Initiative

Phone: 0800 9520 070
Email: connect2renewables@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Connect2 Renewables Employability Fund

Supporting local business and local people into employment

South Lanarkshire Council/Banks Renewables Windfarm Partnership

Community Council meetings to resume online

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Strathaven and Glassford community Council has been unable to meet since February 2020. Urgent issues have been dealt with throughout that time and it has continued to successfully operate both the Micro Grant Scheme and the Kype Muir Community Fund, with awards made throughout the year to eligible groups.

We are delighted that a change to the rules governing Community Council meetings means that from February 2021 this can change.

Community councils can now meet online across South Lanarkshire after an update to their rules. The move is in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult for meetings to be held because the existing guidelines said that members had to be physically present and proceedings had to be open for both the public and media to attend. 

As community councils could not meet these conditions safely, a public consultation was held to help decide the best way forward. The consultation found considerable support for allowing community councils to hold meetings virtually. 

Amendments to the South Lanarkshire Scheme of Establishment of Community Councils were then agreed at a special meeting of South Lanarkshire Council on Wednesday 16 December, allowing meetings to be held either in person or online. 

Council Leader John Ross said: “I want to thank everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation exercise. Community councils are an important layer of local democracy and these changes will enable them to continue their work, even in such challenging circumstances as we currently face.” 

The consultation raised a number of issues, including the availability of equipment and internet provision in some locations, and the role of specific office holders in making the decision to hold meetings remotely, all of which were taken into account. 

Each community council will now be able to decide the most appropriate arrangements to allow their meetings to go ahead safely. This could include technology-based solutions such as video and/or tele conferencing. These are already successfully being used for South Lanarkshire Council meetings. 

Strathaven and Glassford community Council meetings will therefore resume at the end of February and details will be published on the website nearer the time. As with all community council meetings, they are open to the public and details will appear on our website and on our Facebook page nearer the time. Anyone wishing to attend will need to have access to a Zoom account and just follow the published login details.