STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD Community Council Meeting Agenda June 28th 2022

TUESDAY, June 28th 2022 at 7pm

Online meeting

A G E N D A

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Community Action Plan Review
    1. CCTV Update
  6. Standing Items
    1. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
    1. Strathaven Castle Update
    1. Transport Sub-Group
  7. Planning Applications
  8. Rotary Installation in Allison Green
  9. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  10. Strathaven CARS
  11. Kype Muir Community Fund
  12. Community Council Micro Grants
  13. Secretary’s Report
  14. Treasurers Report
  15. Reports from CC Members
  16. Reports from SLC Councillors
  17. A.O.C.B
  18. Date of next meeting Tuesday August 30th 2022 at 7pm in Avondale Community Wing

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Strathaven and Glassford Community council Meeting

Time: June 28th, 2022 07:00 PM London

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Minutes of meeting of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council April 26th 2022

Sederunt: Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. Councillors: M. Cooper and I. Dorman. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitor: Robert Murray. 

Apologies: Linda Brown; Dr. Lisa Cameron MP; Councillor G. Campbell and Mairi McAllan MSP. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (29/03/2022). The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: L. Hoggan. Seconded: A. Stewart. 

Police Report The Report giving figures for the period 28th March to 25th April, 2022 was received prior to the meeting. The figures were as follows:- 8 Thefts (1 Detected). 1 Assault (Detected). 2 Serious Assaults (1 Detected). 1 Breach of the Peace (Detected). 1 Fraud. 1 Road Traffic Offence. 2 Breach of Bails. 2 Theft Housebreakings. 1 Theft of a Vehicle. 1 Drugs Offence. 1 Attempt to Pervert (Detected). CC Members to contact the Chairperson if they have any issues they wish raised with the Police. 

Community Action Plan (CAP) Three quotations have been sought for the installation of CCTV in the town centre. Assignment of the Funding from the REF is awaited. Councillor Cooper agreed to follow this up. The eight businesses on whose premises the cameras will be placed have still to be chosen. 

Standing Items

A. Clydesdale Tourism Group – Nothing to report since the last CC meeting.

B. Strathaven Castle – Planning Application for the work has still to be approved. Councillor Dorman said that Scheduled Monument Consent had been requested.

C. Transport Sub-Group A Meeting was held earlier in April and the following points were raised:- (a) Some objections to the proposed One-Way System at Bridge Street and Wellbrae have been received by SLC. They will discuss these with the objectors in a bid to resolve their fears. Should this fail, a Formal Review Procedure will have to take place. A Stop Sign at the Bridge Street junction of the roundabout and better road markings and signage have been suggested. (b) Cycle Racks are being considered for placement outside of ‘Glamour’ in the Common Green. SLC to consult with Climate Action Strathaven (CAS) about this. (c) Phasing of the Traffic Lights at the Common Green to be looked at. (d) L. Hoggan to write to SLC regarding the issues at Threestanes Road and Lethame Road. It was suggested that the 20mph zone be extended to cover both roads and that there could be an improvement in the No Go Zones around the schools. (e) Yellow lining will not be carried out at the Overton Road/Commercial Road junction. (f) Removal of the bush blocking sight lines at North Street/Commercial Road junction has still to be done. (g) Extending the 20mph limit to cover Commercial Road, Townhead Street and Kirk Street has been suggested. (h) The Crags Bridge road has re-opened and white lining to be changed to keep the traffic to the centre of the Bridge. (i) A Survey into speeding in Glassford found that there was a problem on Alston Street. This matter to be referred to the Police. (j) Parking restrictions for Gala Day and the Balloon Festival Weekend are being considered. 

Planning Applications One issue was noted, that of the proposed erection of 2 detached dwelling houses on land south west of Ivy Cottage, The Heads, Glassford. This raised no issues for the CC. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA) (a) Some funding is being held to cover emergencies. (b) The Peer Groups are almost finished. (c) A COVID Mural, to be placed on the wall of the Flower Box Boutique on Green Street, is being considered. The CC will get to view the design before a final decision is made.  

Strathaven CARS (a) The Project is winding down and some issues have to be resolved at Sorbie Hayes and The Barber Shop. Work on The Weavers will be carried out. (b) Work on Blair’s and The Tudor has been completed and the defibrillator, which was on the wall of The Tudor, will be relocated to Creative Strathaven.

Kype Muir Community Fund (a) Nothing to report since the last CC meeting. The next meeting of the Group will be the AGM when Terms of Reference will be reviewed. Decisions from this important AGM will come to the CC for agreement. (b) The CC Open Day on Funding Sources attracted 6 visitors to the shop and a further 3 people were spoken to in the street. Leaflets regarding Funding Sources will be placed in shops in the town. (c) Avondale Radio looked in to the Open Day and will promote Funding Sources on their shows. An interview with some CC Members on Funding will be broadcast on Monday 2nd May and again on Thursday 5th May. The broadcast can be put on to the CC Website. 

CC Micro Grants The year end information was submitted to SLC at the end of the month. The Audit Outcome and confirmation of new funding for the current year are awaited. 

Secretary’s Report The Avondale Radio interview with the CC will be held at 2.00pm on Friday 29th April, 2022. 

Treasurer’s Report (a) Final Accounts for 2021/2022 were submitted to SLC on Thursday 31st March, 2022. Audit information and funding Award for the current year are awaited. (b) WTA money has been paid out. (c) Balance remaining uncommitted in the COVID Fund is £5,450.61. 

Reports from CC Members (a) Avondale Radio has 8,000 listeners, 25 presenters, 57 different shows and 11 sponsors. (L. Hoggan). (b) The Car Park at the top of Strathaven Park has been designated as a Park and Stride area for parents to park when taking or picking up children to and from the school in the area. (M. McDonald). (c) The question was asked if the Charging Points in the Car Park at the top of Strathaven Park would be switched off on Gala Day and for the Balloon Festival Weekend. (D. Scott). Councillor Cooper agreed to look into this matter. (e) South Lanarkshire is being considered as a possible Pilot Area to become an Age Friendly Community. (J. Graham). (f) The question of Toilet Provision was raised. (M. Arnot). It was said that nothing would be done until after the Council Elections. 

Reports from SLC Councillors

Councillor G. Campbell Prior to the meeting Councillor Campbell sent an E-Mail indicating that he would close down his Council data on the 27th April and requested that he be removed from the CC E-Mail List.

Councillor M. Cooper (a) She reported that the £275,000 REF Grant for Strathaven Rugby Club had been signed off. The Grant is towards making the Club House carbon neutral. (b) Jardine Paterson has been in discussions with SLC about building an Indoor Training Area. (c) LED lights will be installed at Strathaven Tennis Club in May. (d) A site meeting to be held to discuss a new Cemetery for Strathaven. (e) The white lining of areas in the Common Green has been agreed and as many of the junctions identified by the CC as possible will also be re-lined. (f) The problem of commercial vehicles parking in the centre of the Common Green will be considered at a later date. (g) She reported that there had been an accident on Commercial Road today. (h) She has also been dealing with Constituency work. (i) She wished Councillor Dorman all the best for the future.

Councillor I. Dorman (a) She has been dealing with Constituency work. (b) She thanked the CC for their work and support during her time as a Councillor.  

AOCB (a) A Report was read out from Dr. Lisa Cameron MP regarding the problems on Commercial Road. It read as follows:- Dr. Cameron has now put out a letter to get residents views regarding speeding, lorries overload and lorries mounting the kerbs and to date she has had few replies. Once all the replies have been collected she will re-notify SLC and Police of residents concerns and give a Report to the next CC meeting. (b) The Chair thanked Councillors Campbell and Dorman for their work over the years and wished them well for the future. 

Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 31st May at 7.00pm to be held via Zoom.

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

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting May 31st 2022 – Agenda

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Community Action Plan Review
    1. CCTV Update
  6. Standing Items
    1. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
    2. Strathaven Castle Update
    3. Transport Sub-Group
  7. Planning Applications
  8. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  9. Strathaven CARS
  10. Kype Muir Community Fund
  11. Community Council Micro Grants
  12. Secretary’s Report
  13. Treasurers Report
  14. Reports from CC Members
  15. Reports from SLC Councillors
  16. A.O.C.B
  17. Date of next meeting Tuesday June 28th 2022 at 7pm on Zoom

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings

All correspondence to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com

A Community Council as constituted under Section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (As amended)

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council

Time: May 31, 2022 07:00 PM

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Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting March 29th 2022

Minutes of meeting

Sederunt: Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. Councillors: G. Campbell; M. Cooper and I. Dorman. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitors: Mairi McAllan MSP and Robert Murray. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (22/02/2022). The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: S. Tulloch. Seconded: M. McDonald. 

Police Report. The Report covering the period from 22nd February to 27th March, 2022 was sent to CC Members prior to the Meeting. The Crime Figures were as follows:- 4 Vandalism. 2 Assault (1 detected). 9 Breach of the Peace (5 detected). 3 Theft Shoplifting (2 detected). 1 Fraud. 1 Embezzlement (detected). 4. Road Traffic offences (2 detected). 1 Communications Act. 5 Theft from properties. 1 Theft from a vehicle. The Chair asked CC Members to contact her should they have any questions for Police Scotland regarding the Report 

Community Action Plan (CAP) Review. Three quotes are required for the installation of CCTV Cameras in the Town Centre. The system will not be monitored but it will be recording 24 hours a day. A Funding Application is being considered. If the approach is favourable the system could be installed by late summer. 

Clydesdale Tourism Group. (a) Work is being carried out on a Tourist Route which will complement the Lanarkshire Larder Trail. (b) Doing something for Scotland’s Year of Stories is being considered. 

Planning Applications. (a) The Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting. (b) The Application to extend the extraction area of the existing Bankend Quarry raised concerns.The planned extension comes close to the northern end of the Kype Reservoir and could cause concerns for fishing and wildlife. There may also be a “cultural” and “environmental” impact. L. Hoggan and G. McAllan to compose a Letter regarding this to be sent to SLC. (c) Sandford and Upper Avondale CC to be contacted to see if they were considering a response with regards to the Quarry extension. 

Strathaven Castle. Planning consent for the work to be undertaken is taking some time. Councillor Cooper said that the Planning Department were behind in dealing with the Applications due to staff shortages.

Transport Sub-Group. (a) The next meeting of the Sub-Group will take place in April. A Report will be given at the next CC Meeting. (b) The following points to be raised at the Sub-Group Meeting:- 1. Traffic congestion in the Town Centre. 2. The One-Way System Consultation which closes on the 15th April, 2022. 3. Placing of bike racks in the Common Green. CAS would also like to discuss this issue with the CC. (c) It was suggested that a 20mph speed limit would be beneficial on Kirk Street. SLC are not allowed to do this under current Legislation. (d) High sided vehicles parking in the Common Green are causing problems for partially sighted people and the CC were asked if anything could be done to restrict parking for such vehicles. The Meeting was informed that bringing in such restrictions was not possible. (e) Councillor Cooper reported that she is raising the possibility of replacing the white lining in the Common Green and in the large Car Park at the rear of Scotmid with the Roads Team. She was asked if the white lining at some of the road junctions in the area could also be looked at. CC Members to let Councillor Cooper know which junctions should be considered. (f) There is 2.5 million pounds in the Capital Budget for pavement repairs and Councillor Cooper encouraged CC Members to identify priority areas prior to Local Consultations being carried out on this issue. M. Arnot agreed to collate this information and send it to Councillor Cooper. (g) It was suggested that CC Members could walk round the local area and identify which pavements were in need of resurfacing. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA). (a) The deadline for the Corra Foundation funding is 31st March, 2022 but £484 has been put aside to help the Foodbank. (b) The four Peer Support Group sessions were well attended. (c) A mural will be put in the Town Centre as a COVID Memorial rather than a Commemorative Bench. There is already a Memorial Orchard in Strathaven Park. It was suggested that some of the art work done by local schools for the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) COVID Archive could be considered for the design of the mural. (d) Working Together for Avondale has raised £52,000 in total. 

Strathaven CARS. (a) The Project ends on the 31st March, 2022. (b) Work on Blair’s Hairdressers, The Tudor and The Barber Shop has still to be completed. (c) Work on Sorbie Hayes has been completed and work on The Weavers will go ahead. (d) A final Report will be done at the end of the Project. 

Kype Muir Community Fund. (a) £46,521 is available in the Fund for the Strathaven and Glassford areas. (b) Several requests have been made to the Fund:- Sandford Village Hall Refurbishment – £45,000. Sandford in Bloom – £7,000. Lesmahagow Community Garden – £10,000. (c) Enquiries needing further information:- Glassford (Gala). SJHMT. (d) The Kype Muir Extension is running to plan with the turbines being delivered at the end of April/early May. Dates will be published nearer the time. There will be traffic dislocation at the junction of the Darvel/ Muirkirk Roads. (e) Connect2 Renewables has ongoing problems and the money spent on it does not provide a commensurate number of recipients. While some Projects in Strathaven and Glassford have received funds from this source, M. McDonald requested that CC Members give her examples of Projects which have benefitted from this Fund. A talk on Avondale Radio was suggested as a means of promoting the Fund. (f) Some new ways of working the REF have been discussed and a proposed agreement has been reached. The substance of this will be clearer after the next meeting on the 3rd May, 2022. (g) The Kype Muir contact requires updating on the CC Website. (h) Lesmahagow High School wants a Hobbit Hut and it would be good if there could be one in Strathaven. The Parent Councils would have to make the Application for this. (i) The Report will be circulated to CC Members following the Meeting. 

CC Micro Grants. (a) The Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting. (b) Following the approval of Grants at the February CC Meeting all funds for the current year have now been issued to the successful recipients. In summary, Grants were made to 12 organisations with 7 of these being new first time recipients. (c) At present there is no information on the future of the Micro Grant Scheme for 2022/23. However, Strathaven Memory Club has already put in an Application from next year’s money. 

Secretary’s Report. Nothing to report which is not covered on the Agenda. 

Treasurer’s Report. (a) The Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting. (b) As previously agreed 2 Banners were purchased from 360 Graphics in addition to printer ink for use by the Treasurer. The sum spent this month was £197.94 which leaves a closing Balance of £4.03 in the CC Fund from SLC. (c) The value of the COVID Fund is £52,196. To date £41,944.45 has been spent and £4,308 is currently committed. The Balance remaining is £5,943.55. (d) This year £72,000 went through the books. 

Reports from CC Members. (a) Avondale Radio went live on the 14th March, 2022 and it had over 4,000 listeners in the first two weeks. Volunteers also attended the Glassford Beer and Gin Festival. (L. Hoggan). It was suggested that it considers interviewing people involved with the allotments in Sandford, Glassford and Strathaven. (b) SLC’s Property Services has been able to confirm that land at The Glebe is still in the ownership of SLC and that there are no plans to release it for sale for development. It cannot provide the CC with a copy of the Title to the land. The CC would have to try to obtain a copy from Registers of Scotland. A copy of the reply from SLC will be sent to CC Members after the Meeting. (M. McDonald). (c) The Cemetery walls are beginning to look good and the repair work is ongoing. (L. Brown). Councillor Cooper reported that, as part of the funding being spent, repairs to the roads in the Cemetery would also be done. (d) Concerns were raised regarding broken glass, dog dirt and litter in the Allison Green. The glass is a particular hazard for young children and dogs. (L. Brown). Councillor Campbell encouraged people to report all instances of this type to SLC. It was also suggested that CCTV coverage be considered for the Allison Green. 

Report from SLC Councillors. Prior to any Reports being given the Chairperson thanked Councillor Campbell for his work and help over the years and wished him all the best for the future. This sentiment was echoed by all CC Members. Councillor G Campbell. The Councillor said that Strathaven had a small group of volunteers who run most things in the town and they should be commended. During his time as a Councillor all Councillors for the area had worked together, regardless of political affiliations, for the benefit of the Constituency. He thanked the CC Members for their work and for the support given to him. He misses Strathaven and is sorry to be leaving. He wished Councillor Dorman good luck on her retirement as a Councillor and wished Councillor Cooper all the best in her effort to be re-elected. Councillor I Dorman. (a) She echoed the words of Councillor Campbell and wished him all the best for the future. (b) She was pleased to report that Viridor had withdrawn their Application to build an Incinerator at Overwood and welcomed the decision. Councillor M. Cooper. (a) Strathaven Rugby Club have applied for funding from the REF to make their Club House carbon neutral. (b) She re-iterated her work to have white lining done in the Common Green. (c) Funds left over from the Rifleman Khan Budget will be used to erect a new CC noticeboard in the Common Green. The board is on order. (d) A supply of the Rifleman Khan DVDs are now available. (e) A backdrop is being considered for the Rifleman Khan Statue. (f) Funding is in place to put a mural on the wall in the Common Green where the Poppy design was in November last year. (g) The Fair Trade Group would like to do something to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Strathaven becoming a Fair Trade town. (h) Two benches to be situated beside the Evangelical Church. (i) She is continuing to work on the fly tipping problem. (j) She is working with the SJHMT in their search for premises. (k) Councillor Cooper said that she has enjoyed working with the CC and with Councillors Campbell and Dorman. She thanked the CC for their work and wished the other two Councillors all the best in their retirement. 

AOCB. (a) Robert Murray wished Councillor Campbell and Councillor Dorman all the best on their standing down from the Council and wished Councillor Cooper success in the upcoming Local Council Elections. (b) Robert Murray reported that Dr. Lisa Cameron MP has been dealing with an ongoing problem which one constituent has been experiencing on Commercial Road with speeding and overweight lorries. She has addressed this to date with SLC who say that they will not be putting in any measures and speeding is a Police issue. The Police were contacted and have now carried out a day of Vehicle Road Speed tests and did not catch anyone speeding or overloaded. She has now sent out a Generic Survey to see how many people are experiencing this issue and on the return of the Surveys will review the situation and report the findings to the CC at the next meeting. CC Members and Councillors during discussion said that speed testing had been done previously and no issues had been found. Parking on Commercial Road makes speeding difficult and it is a perception in many cases. (c) Aileen Stewart raised the issue of the Public Toilet Scheme and asked when the CC were going to progress the Scheme? Funding is required to take the Scheme forward and the issue will be included on the Agenda for the April Meeting. (d) Alister Hendry asked if the CC could consider holding a Hustings meeting for the Local Council Elections? This could be done but it could lead to abuse being directed at candidates and the idea was rejected. (e) The Chairperson re-visited the idea of the CC holding an Open Day to highlight Grant funding information. L. Hoggan and G. McAllan to pull together ideas for circulation to CC Members. (f) Mairi McAllan MSP stated that she was delighted to have been able to join the meeting and if the CC Members wished to meet with her they should get in touch. 

Date of Next Meeting. Tuesday 26th April 2022 at 7.00pm via Zoom. 

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

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, April 26th 2022 at 7pm

Avondale Community Wing

A G E N D A

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Community Action Plan Review
    1. CCTV Update
  6. Standing Items
    1. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
    2. Strathaven Castle Update
    3. Transport Sub-Group
  7. Planning Applications
  8. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  9. Strathaven CARS
  10. Kype Muir Community Fund
  11. Community Council Micro Grants
  12. Secretary’s Report
  13. Treasurers Report
  14. Reports from CC Members
  15. Reports from SLC Councillors
  16. A.O.C.B
  17. Date of next meeting Tuesday May 31st 2022 at 7pm in Avondale Community Wing.

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings

All correspondence to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com

A Community Council as constituted under Section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (As amended)

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING ON 22ND FEBRUARY 2022

Sederunt: Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. Councillors: M. Cooper and I. Dorman. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitors: Al Brown; Dr. Lisa Cameron MP; Ian Kelly; Philip McDonald (SF&RS) and Robert Murray. 

Apologies: Councillor G. Campbell. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (25/01/2022) The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: D. Scott. Seconded: S. Tulloch. 

Police Report The Crime Figures from 21st January to 21st February, 2022 were:- 3 Vandalism (1 detected). 4 Assault (1 detected). 2 Breach of the Peace (2 detected). 3 Thefts. 2 Fraud. 2 Suspect persons. 4 Road Traffic offences (1 detected). 1 Communications Act. 

Strathaven Fire Station (Philip McDonald) (a) P. McDonald is the Station Commander at Strathaven Fire Station. (b) He attended the meeting to promote the work of the Fire Service and to highlight the need for recruits at the Fire Station. (c) He wishes to liaise with the CC on Health and Safety issues and to engage with the community. He is willing to send Reports to the CC. (d) At present the Station is short of the optimum number of 12 recruits. The posts are part time and recruits should be 18 years of age, live and work within 8 minutes of the Station and have an employer who is willing to release them when they are called to an incident. Training will be given. He agreed to send a copy of the job criteria to the CC. (e) CC Members stated that the presence of SF&RS was welcomed at local events such as Gala Day and the Balloon Festival. It was suggested that he could contact the Strathaven Young Farmers as a possible source of recruits. In reply, he said that he had been in contact with Strathaven Academy but not the Young Farmers. (Philip McDonald left the meeting at 7.20pm.) 

Community Action Plan (CAP) Review The review will not be ready until the middle of March, 2022 and it will be discussed at the March CC meeting. 

Mark Johnson As M. Johnson was unable to attend the meeting, this item will be included on the Agenda for the March meeting. 

Clydesdale Tourism Group Update (a) SLC has published its Draft Policy on Tourism and a consultation on this is available on-line. (b) The next meeting of the Group will be in April, 2022. 

Planning Applications (a) A detailed Report on Applications submitted to SLC since the January CC meeting was sent to Members prior to the meeting. (b) The CC have written to SLC regarding the proposed changes to the housing build close to Berebriggs Road and about the timescale for the upgrading to this Road. The CC will continue to monitor the situation. (c) Archaeological issues were raised regarding the planned Field Conveyor to transport sand and gravel from Bankhead Quarry to Snabe Quarry. The excavation work should be carried out professionally and the work stopped if anything of archaeological interest is found. The CC to send an E-Mail seeking assurances on this issue. (d) The CC considered sending the standard Letter of Complaint regarding the proposed erection of 3 wind turbines on land at Hallburn Farm, Drumclog. The sending of the Letter to be put on hold until clarification is sought to ascertain if the CC can do this as the turbines are outside their boundary area. Councillor Cooper said that a Boundary Map was available and that the CC can check the Ward 5 Map. 

Strathaven Castle Update (a) HES objected to the proposed fencing but this issue has been resolved. The Plan must go through the relevant SLC Committee before work can begin. There will be a meeting of the Committee on 29th March, 2022 and L. Hoggan will keep a watching brief on this issue. Councillor Cooper said that she would contact a Planning Manager regarding this and liaise with L. Hoggan. (b) Repair work is still required to the boardwalk around the Castle. 

Transport Sub-Group A meeting of the Group was held on the 28th January, 2022 and the following issues were discussed:- (a) Dangerous parking at Overton Road/Commercial Road junction. Residents to be contacted. (b) Shrub at North Street/Commercial Road junction to be trimmed and will be removed in the Spring. It is causing line of sight problems at the junction. (c) Will be no change to the Threestanes Road/Lethame Road junction as a pathway in The Glebe is not an option. (d) Proposed one-way system for Bridge Street and Wellbrae to go to public consultation in March/April. (e) After being inspected, it was decided that a covered cycle rack in the Taxi Rank in the Common Green Car Park would be unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. Suggested other sites for smaller racks would be considered. (f) A report is awaited on the Traffic Light phasing at the Common Green. (g) An extension to the 20 mph speed limit is being considered. Following the Group update the following comments were made:- (h) Climate Action Strathaven (CAS) wish to be included in discussions about cycle paths. Councillor Cooper agreed to assist with this. (i) Pavements at Threestanes Road/Lethame Road need resurfacing. Councillor Cooper agreed to take this matter up with SLC. (j) It had been reported that land at The Glebe had been sold but the CC had not been informed about this. Councillor Cooper agreed to check on this for the CC. 

Working Together for Avondale Update (a) The Peer Group to be held at Creative Strathaven begins on Thursday 24th February, 2022. (b) Results from the Peer Groups held at The Epicentre have been compiled. (c) Funding from the CORRA Foundation to be spent on more vouchers and on the Food Bank. (d) There is still £5,908 available in the Fund and CC Members were asked to think of ways in which this money could be spent for the CC meeting in March. It is likely that some of this money will be kept back to cover any problems which may arise in April. 

Strathaven CARS (a) The Scheme will end in March, 2022 and a report will be produced on the conclusion of the Project. (b) Work on Sorbie Hayes and the Barber Shop to be completed and work on The Tudor and Blair’s Hairdressers is ongoing. (c) Work on the Green Room and on Roasted will not go ahead. (d) Any money not spent at the end of the Project goes back to HES.

Kype Muir Community Fund (a) There has been little activity since the last CC meeting but The Haven have requested information about the Fund. (b) CAS will host a meeting of Banks Renewables on Thursday 24th February, 2022. A. McMann and M. McDonald will attend on behalf of the CC. (c) Ideas for a funding Application for a Big Project for this area are still being sought. It is possible that the Business Association could submit an Application, once costings have been received, for the installation of CCTV in the Town Centre. (d) Next meeting is on the 22nd March, 2022. 

CC Micro Grants (a) A full Report on the Micro Grants Fund was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting. (b) Six new Applications have been received:- – Frets Creative CIC for £500. (Grant of £262 proposed). – Strathaven Miniature Railway for £500. (Grant of £300 proposed). – Derby and Joan Club for £500. (Grant of £300 proposed). – 3rd Strathaven Rainbows for £500. (Grant of £400 proposed). – Avondale Community Playgroup for £500. (Grant of £400 proposed). – Strathaven Rugby Club for £500. (Grant of £400 proposed). If the above Grants are approved there will be no further funds available in the current Financial Year having made Grants to twelve organisations, seven of them for the first time, to the full value of £5,000. Above Applications were approved by the meeting. (c) An article to be written to go into ‘The Echoes’ showing which groups were awarded Grants. Details of the Micro Grants to go to L. Hoggan showing diversity of the groups involved. 

Secretary’s Report Nothing to add to what has previously been reported. 

Treasurer’s Report (a) The full Financial Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting. (b) As previously agreed the Zoom Subscription was made on the 27th January, 2022. The sum of £119.90 previously intimated did not include VAT so the final Invoice received was for £143.88. The agreed payment of £119.00 was made to WordPress. (c) Micro Grants payments were made as approved to Knitting Ninjas, Strathaven After School Club and Strathaven Explorers. As discussed at the January meeting the payment of £488 will be made at the end of February due to the date of the last award. (d) A refund cheque of £5,345.94 was made to the Treasurer for payments made and the Working for Avondale spend. (e) COVID Fund – The Balance remaining uncommitted is £5,908.55. (f) There is £201 remaining in the SLC Fund. Roll-Up Banners have been costed at £192 (Including VAT) and the cost of these could come from this money. (g) There is £370.65 in the CC Administration Fund which could be spent on a Project. Some of the money could be spent to offset stationery costs for the Secretary and Treasurer. 

Reports from CC Members (a) Plans are being made on the basis that the Balloon Festival will go ahead this year. (L. Hoggan) (b) Avondale Local Radio Station will launch on the 14th March. (L. Hoggan) (c) Discussions have taken place regarding the Electric Car Chargers in the Car Park at the top of the Park. SLC control the site and the Charge Points could be switched off for a couple of days to allow the site to be safely used. This would be acceptable to users of the Chargers but an extended period when they were not available would not be acceptable. (D. Scott) (d) It was reported that Fly Tippers were now throwing bags of rubbish into local fields. (G. McAllan) (e) The Strathaven App should be finalised soon. (G. McAllan) 

Reports from SLC Councillors Councillor

M. Cooper (a) She has been pursuing the problem of flooding in the Car Park where the Charging Points are located. A monthly drain clean to be carried out in an effort to resolve the problem. (b) SLC is considering introducing charges for the use of their Electric Car Chargers. A Paper to be brought to the Council. (c) Kevin Noon is planning to hold an ECO Music Festival on his land in Strathaven. (d) Strathaven Rugby Club is looking at ways of becoming carbon neutral. (e) She is working with the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust to assist with their efforts to find funding for premises. (f) Discussions are still ongoing regarding a new Cemetery for Strathaven. (g) Funding is being sought to upgrade the Whiteshawgate Road. (h) She has been involved in Budget negotiations regarding the SLC Budget for 2022 – 2023. The meeting to finalise the Budget will be held on the 23rd February, 2022. (i) She has been dealing with constituency issues regarding flooding, pot holes and Care Services. (j) Round Strathaven 50 would like to see a Mountain Bike Trail in Strathaven. (k) The Community Service Awards Ceremony will take place on the 25th February on a face to face basis for the first time in two years. 

Councillor I. Dorman (a) There will be an ECO Festival in Stonehouse in St. Ninian’s Church in May. (b) She has reported blocked drains in Lethame Road. (c) She has been dealing with various constituency issues. 

AOCB (a) Land beside the Town Mill which used to be an orchard has been sold. (b) The March meeting of the CC could take place on a face to face basis if a suitable venue can be found. It could also be held on both Zoom and face to face should some Members prefer to join the meeting on-line. L. Hoggan to check regarding booking a venue. Councillor Cooper said that she would check if the Avondale Wing would be open at night during March and liaise with L. Hoggan. 

Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 29th March, 2022 at 7.00pm. Meeting will be either Face to Face or via Zoom. 

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

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting

TUESDAY, March 29th 2022 at 7pm

Avondale Community Wing

A G E N D A

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Community Action Plan Review
    1. CCTV
  6. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
  7. Planning Applications
  8. Strathaven Castle Update
  9. Transport Sub-Group
  10. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  11. Strathaven CARS
  12. Kype Muir Community Fund
  13. Community Council Micro Grants
  14. Secretary’s Report
  15. Treasurers Report
  16. Reports from CC Members
  17. Reports from SLC Councillors
  18. A.O.C.B
  19. Date of next meeting Tuesday April 26th 2022 at 7pm in Avondale Community Wing.

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council

Time: March 29th, 2022 7 PM Strathaven

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Minutes of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council meeting January 25th 2022

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

Councillors: I. Dorman.

Minute Secretary: John Graham.

Visitors: Robert Murray and Jacqui Thomson. 

Apologies: Dr. Lisa Cameron MP; Councillor G. Campbell and Councillor M. Cooper. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (30/11/2021) The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: L. Hoggan. Seconded: M. McDonald. 

Police Report The Report covering the period from 1st December, 2021 to 20th January, 2022 was sent prior to the meeting. Statistics were as follows:- Disorder/Violence 13 Dishonesty/Theft 11 Road Traffic Incidents 5 Vandalism 4 Miscellaneous 4 Wilful Fire Raising 1 The CC Members were disturbed at the number of cases of violence. Members were requested to contact the Chairperson should they have any issues which they wish to raise and they will be forwarded to the Police. 

Strathaven Fire Station The representative from Scottish Fire and Rescue was unable to attend the meeting and this item will be held over to the February meeting. 

Community Action Plan (CAP)

(a) The CAP Review is now complete and will be redrafted by the end of February, 2022.

(b) The Strathaven Business Association has agreed to assist with the installation of CCTV in the town centre. Options for funding are being looked at and costs have still to be ascertained. Areas to be covered by CCTV will be Barn Street, Green Street, Waterside Street, Townhead Street, Common Green and Bridge Street.

(c) It was asked if images of poppies could be included in the lighting planned for the Rifleman Khan Statue. In reply it was said that Councillor Cooper was in discussions with SLC with regards to this matter.  

Other Funding Sources There is a problem getting groups and organisations to apply for available funding and the CC would like to find ways of encouraging Applications. Several ideas were put forward:-

a. Have an event which the public could attend and find out what Funds were available and how to complete Application Forms. This could be held on a Saturday in April, 2022.

b. Get a person or organisation who have submitted a successful Application to talk on how this was achieved.

c. Produce a publicity Poster showing the range of organisations who have been awarded money.

d. Get some people to make a short DVD on how they applied for funding.

e. Promote the available Funds in ‘The Echoes’. It was agreed to discuss this topic further at the February meeting. 

Clydesdale Tourism Group

(a) The next meeting of the Group will be held in February, 2022.

(b) Lanarkshire Larder has launched its Food and Drink Trail and it has Strathaven as a starting point. 

Planning Applications The full Report to be sent to CC Members after the meeting. The main points were as follows:-

a. Application for 4 Roller Shutters to be put up on the front of property at 34, Common Green.

b. Application for installation of 2 Electric Vehicle Chargers and associated works.

c. Application for erection of a Distillery Building at Burnbank Farm.

d. Residential development at East Overton, Phase 5.

e. Application to extend operational life of the Kype Muir Wind Farm.

f. Demolition of existing agricultural shed at East of High Hook Farm and erection of a dwelling house and garage.

g. Report on Planning Applications to be sent to CC Members prior to future meetings. 

Strathaven Castle

(a) Planning Application is in for the erection of fencing at the Castle. Remedial work to start after the Application is approved.

(b) A local group has offered to carry out some work at the Castle but has been informed that SLC are dealing with any work at present. 

Transport Sub-Group

(a) Next meeting will be on Friday 28th January, 2022. An update will be given at the February CC meeting.

(b) A reply has been received from SLC regarding putting a shelter for bicycles at the Taxi Rank in the Common Green Car Park. It stated that the site was not suitable. A decision will have to be taken regarding an alternative site.

(c) Matters which CC Members wished to be raised at the Sub-Group meeting include – the One-Way system at Bridge Street and Wellbrae, the Lethame Road Junction and the line of sight problem at North Street. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA)

(a) Four Peer Support Groups will begin for adults in February – 3 in the Outreach Church and one in Creative Strathaven premises. Anyone in the ML10 area is eligible to attend. £9,696 has been awarded from the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund towards this.

(b) The Strathaven Foodbank identified 14 families to receive food parcels between Christmas and the New Year. The parcels included everything needed for a three course meal based on locally created recipes. The food parcels also include £25 Vouchers for Ann Davidson Butchers and WTA have also purchased a number of Aldi Vouchers for distribution. The funding comes from a £2,500 Grant from the Corra Foundation and it will allow the scheme to run until April, 2022. 

Strathaven CARS

(a) The Scheme will be coming to an end soon and no further Applications are being sought.

(b) Projects involving The Barber’s Shop, Sorbie Hayes and Blair’s are going ahead.

(c) Discussions are ongoing with The Weavers and The Green Room.

(d) The problem with clearing payment for work done on The Taal roof has come to a conclusion. HES and SLC stated that payment to The Taal for the work done could not be made.

(e) A Report on the CARS Scheme will be written at the end of the Project. 

(f) A further update will be given at the CC meeting in February. 

Kype Muir Community Fund

(a) A Report to be submitted to the Kype Muir meeting on 28th January, 2022 was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting.

(b) One Application for funding to replace a defibrillator, which has gone missing from outside the Tudor Tearoom, has been received. The Fund wanted a guarantee of security for this Application. CC Members were informed that the Strathaven Business Association would be taking over the management of the defibrillators in Strathaven.

(c) There is still money in the Strathaven Account and it would be good if an Application for funding for a larger Project could be submitted. Members were asked to think of ideas for a Project which might meet the criteria for such an Application. With agreement, money can be rolled over to another year.

(d) The Kype Muir Extension is running to time and this will generate more funding.

(e) Discussions about the REF and Connect2Renewables are ongoing.

(f) The CC Website needs updating regarding the REF and Connect2. M. McDonald to send suggested changes to L. Hoggan.

(g) A suggestion was put forward asking if the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust could get money for premises from the Fund. In reply, it was said that the Trust were looking for premises and that a Lease on a smaller site was being considered. 

Community Council Micro Grants

(a) The Report was sent to CC Members prior to the meeting.

(b) There is £2,062 remaining in the Fund and 3 or 4 further Applications would be welcomed. It was suggested that the Derby and Joan Club and Strathaven Rugby Club might be in a position to submit Applications.

(c) Groups receiving money in February or March, 2022 would not be eligible to apply again in 2022 – 2023.

(d) The Town Mill applied for funding on 16th February, 2022 but won’t be eligible to get the money until March, 2022.

(e) The following Applications within the Micro Grants Report were approved by the Members:- Strathaven Explorers £450 Strathaven After School Club £500 Strathaven Town Mill £488 Knitting Ninjas £500

(f) As many groups may not know about the Fund, it was agreed that a pro-active approach be taken to publicise it. 

Secretary’s Report There was nothing to add to what had already been reported to the meeting. 

Treasurer’s Report

(a) The Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting.

(b) There have been no transactions in the last two months for the main SLC Account. As previously agreed the CC are due to pay £119.90 for the annual Zoom Subscription on 27th January, 2022. From the current £464.85 this will leave a Balance of £344.95 in the main Account. No suggestions in respect of this Account have been received from CC Members.

(c) The £120 payment for hosting the Website has been approved and two Honorariums of £50 can be given. (

d) It was suggested that a CC Banner could be produced and that L. Hoggan get costings for this and for frames which could be hung up to protect the Banner. (

e) COVID Fund – Since the end of November there have been payments of £4,503.06 made as part of the WTA Account. Funds received in December include £2,500 from the Corra Foundation and £9,696 from VASLan. The Balance remaining in the Fund is £6,208.55. 

Reports from CC Members

(a) The CAT of Glassford Community Hall has been agreed and the transfer should be completed by the end of March, 2022. (L. Hoggan).

(b) Avondale Radio – It is hoped to launch the Station by the end of February, 2022 and it will be available via laptops, PCs and Smartphones. A User’s Guide will be available. Funding has been sought through the REF to purchase Outside Broadcast Equipment. (L. Hoggan).

(c) An Application for funding to extend the Christmas Lights in the town will be made. (L. Hoggan).

(d) The Christmas Lights in the Common Green were stunning but would it be possible to purchase lights for the Tree as they were disappointing? (L. Brown). In reply, it was said that SLC were responsible for the Christmas Tree lights.

(e) The CC were urged to monitor any developments regarding the fate of the Ballgreen Hall Complex. (M. McDonald).

(f) The Showman’s Guild has been in touch regarding bringing the Fun Fair to the town. The placing of EV Charging Points on the site used raise Health and Safety issues. The Licensing Department may not know about these Charging Points and a meeting with SLC should be arranged to discuss Leasing arrangements for the site. (D. Scott). It was agreed that Councillor Cooper arrange a meeting with the Parks Department and then an on site visit with the CC. L.Hoggan and D. Scott to attend on behalf of the CC. 

(g) The question about when the CC could return to face to face meetings was raised. (L. Brown). This was being considered but a larger room would be required in which to hold the meetings.

(h) Would all of the usual events in the town go ahead this year? (L. Brown). It is hoped that the events will take place and planning for them all is well underway.

Reports from SLC Councillors Councillor I. Dorman

(a) Referring to Section 18(f) above, the Councillor said that the Licensing Department should know about the Charging Points.

(b) 62 trees have been planted in the Park and I was pleased to have been involved in planting a few of the trees.

(c) One of the EV Charging Points in the Station Road Car Park is not working. This will be attended to.

(d) HMRC will not now be moving their E.K. offices to Glasgow. 

AOCB Mairi McAllan MSP has requested a meeting with CC Members and L. Hoggan to contact her to find some possible dates when this could take place. 

Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 22nd February, 2022 at 7.00pm via Zoom. 

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

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting February 22nd 2022

Agenda for meeting

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Strathaven Fire Station
  6. Community Action Plan Review
  7. Mark Johnson
  8. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
  9. Planning Applications
  10. Strathaven Castle Update
  11. Transport Sub-Group
  12. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  13. Strathaven CARS
  14. Kype Muir Community Fund
  15. Community Council Micro Grants
  16. Secretary’s Report
  17. Treasurers Report
  18. Reports from CC Members
  19. Reports from SLC Councillors
  20. A.O.C.B
  21. Date of next meeting Tuesday March 29th 2022 at 7pm online

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings

All correspondence to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com

A Community Council as constituted under Section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (As amended)

Meeting details

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council

February 22, 2022 7PM

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Minutes of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting November 30th 2021

Sederunt: Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown and Margot McDonald.

Councillors: M. Cooper and I. Dorman.

Minute Secretary: John Graham.

Visitors: Matt Burns; Robert Murray and Jackie Thomson. 

Apologies: Councillor G. Campbell; Alister Hendry; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (26/10/2021)

The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: L. Hoggan. Seconded: L. Brown. 

Police Report

The Report was received prior to the meeting and listed the following Crime Figures between 26/10/21 – 26/11/21:- Crimes of disorder/violence/ASBO 7 Vandalism 6 Road Traffic Accidents 5 Fraud 2 Theft 5 Domestic Incidents 3 Drugs 1 There has also been a marked Police vehicle designated to Strathaven on every shift in the last fortnight. CC Members were asked to let the Chairperson if they had any questions which they wished raised with Police Scotland. 

Connect2Renewables

They requested to attend the meeting but had to cancel their visit. The matter will be taken up at a future meeting should they wish to attend. 

Community Action Plan (CAP) Review

(a) The suggestion about possibly putting in CCTV in the Common Green was thought to be worth considering. The Strathaven Business Association are willing to fund raise for this project and will also front it. The CCTV would be active 24 hours per day and will be managed but not monitored. Talks will take place with Councillor Cooper regarding how this project could be carried out.

(b) The lighting of the Rifleman Khan Statue was discussed and it was agreed that this would be beneficial.

(c) It was suggested that signage and Information Boards be sited in the town.

(d) It was agreed that the above mentioned ideas be added to the CAP.

(e) Councillor Cooper said that the Festivals Group were looking at lighting for the Khan Statue and that she would speak to SLC about other areas who have installed CCTV. 

Town Centre Fund 2022

(a) SLC have been contacted and, while no Fund has yet been confirmed for 2022, the CC should look at having Projects ready to go if funding becomes available. There was a short timescale for Applications last year and the CC need to be prepared.

(b) The question as to who was eligible to apply was raised. In reply, it was said that any constituted group with a Bank Account could apply to the Fund.

(c) Members were reminded that any suggested Project must be in the Town Centre and must be transformational.

(d) It was suggested that the Toilet Scheme, in conjunction with local businesses, be considered as a possible Project.

(e) Councillor Cooper felt that it might be unlikely that the Town Centre Fund would be replicated in the coming year. 

Other Funding Sources

(a) The Treasurer expressed concerns about the take up of the Micro Grants money and that the CC lagged behind other CCs in Applications to the Kype Muir Fund. There is £5,000 available each year in the Micro Grants Fund and there is £4,000 remaining in the Fund at present. There is a need to reach groups within the area.

(b) It was reported that, while money is being given out, there is still £49,700 available in the Kype Muir Fund. There is a need to explain that funding is available and groups should be encouraged to submit Applications. It was agreed to put updated information about the Funds on the CC Website.

(c) Councillor Cooper has the paperwork for the Rifleman Khan Event DVD and said that copies would be sent to schools and to the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust.

(d) Councillor Cooper said that some people apply to the SLC Micro Grants Fund and maybe not to the the Fund run by the CC. She also said that applicants wanted the Forms to be completed for them as the process can be complicated. Maybe there is a need for training on how to complete Applications.

(e) When looking at Funding Bids for the Town Plan it may be necessary to look at a bigger Project covering possibly just one thing. Maybe one Headline Project using more than one Fund. This was deemed to be a good idea and that the Kype Muir Fund would welcome this. Councillor Cooper said that it would be useful to all Grant sources available to the community and the CC if there was one headline Project, led by a group, which could only be achieved by accessing all Funds to achieve it.

(f) A suggestion put forward was that the Scouts needed a Minibus and this could also be used by other local groups. Councillor Cooper said that she knew someone who may be able to help with an Application for a Minibus and that she was willing to put the CC in touch with him.

(g) It was said that the Community Bus needed to be promoted much better than it is at present.

(h) Targeting local groups would be the best way forward and it was suggested that a List of groups in the area could be split between the CC Members. Each group could be contacted informing them about available Grants and any ideas gleaned could be passed to the Treasurer. There are several listings of groups in the area available (e.g. SJHMT, The Gala Day Programme and SLL&C know which groups use their premises). 

Clydesdale Tourism Group Update

The Group is currently developing plans and they will involve routes starting in Strathaven and going to Biggar. 

Social Media and Strathaven Facebook Group Post Issues

The CC will put information on their own Website and on the Glassford Community Page. 

Planning Applications

(a) L. Brown was asked if she could send out a Planning Report to CC Members prior to meetings.

(b) Planning Applications for 3 residential sites have been submitted for Newtonside.

(c) The Floors development has been asked to change the use of one plot on the site.

(d) Two plot Wind Turbines at 150 metres in height are planned at High Cardiff. These could compromise the Flight Path at Strathaven Airfield. It was agreed that the CC be consistent and the standard Letter regarding new Wind Turbines be sent to SLC.

(e) An Application to put housing on the footprint of a previous building at Lethame Cottage has been submitted.

(f) Allotments and Raised Beds are planned on former recreational ground on A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. Lesmahagow Road and the Plans have gone through the SLC Committee process. (Subsequent to the meeting Councillor Dorman confirmed that 7 Plots and 14 Raised Beds were planned on the site).

(g) A site visit was carried out on Wellbrae to assess the planned development for housing there.

(h) Councillor Cooper said that the community should remember that SLC Councillors were not Members of the CC and did not have a vote on issues raised. 

Strathaven Castle Update

(a) The Planning Application is in for the erection of fencing and once this has been done the agreed work on the Castle can go ahead.

(b) Information Boards and Lighting will also be put up. 

Transport Sub-Group

(a) The next meeting of the Group is due in Mid-December.

(b) A question was raised as to whether the Survey planned for September at Lethame Road/Threestanes Road had been carried out. (c) The CC thanked Councillor Dorman and G. McAllan for their work on getting the pavements resurfaced on Colinhill Road.

(d) No work has been carried out on the pavements in the Douglas Street/Kype View area and an update was requested. Councillor Dorman agreed to follow this up. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA) Update

(a) The Chair praised the Food Shelves now in place in the Climate Action Strathaven premises and said that they give the Foodbank another option.

(b) The Peer Support Groups are almost finished and these and the Foodbank have proved to be very beneficial. A further £200 has been raised and donated to the Foodbank which continues to be operational.

(c) There are plans to make up Food Parcels and Recipes to be given out at Christmas.

(d) The Sandford Giving Tree have also received help from WTA.

(e) The Chair asked where the items donated to the Food Box in Aldi went. It was not known where the items went but it was felt that its presence should be made known to the community. L. Hoggan agreed to include an article in ‘The Echoes’ about it.

(f) Some donations to Loaves and Fishes are sent by people in Strathaven and, while some items from this service do come to the town, it was felt that people should be encouraged to support their local Foodbank. It was also suggested that an Animal Foodbank was needed.

(g) Councillor Cooper said that the charity which benefitted from the Christmas Tree was the St. Andrews Hospice.

(h) J. Thomson said that she was a Member of the local Art Club and said that they would be willing to design Christmas Cards for next year. These could be sold for local charities. It was agreed that this idea be considered. 

Strathaven CARS

(a) No new contracts are being sought.

(b) Work is underway at Sorbie Hayes, legal contracts are in preparation for The Weavers and work is due to start soon on Blair’s Hairdressers. Negotiations are taking place with the Green Room.

(c) Work has been completed on Craig’s Newsagents, the Barber Shop and on the roof of a building on Bridge Street.

(d) The problem with the changes carried out on ‘The Taal’ have been resolved.

(e) Congratulations were expressed to ‘The Tudor Tearoom’ and ‘The Taal’ for their success at the Scottish Food Awards. Letters of congratulations to be sent to both from the CC. 

Kype Muir Community Fund

(a) Reports were circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting, including an update on the Kype Muir Extension.

(b) There is still £46,000 available in the Fund.

(c) As the Avondale Beekeeper Award covers a wider area than Strathaven and Glassford some funding will come from other local CCs.

(d) Connect2Renewables and the REF receive 50% of the Kype Muir Fund. At present there is no clarification on what monies go to local Projects and Banks would like better accountability.

(e) The REF is there for Grants up to £10,000 without the need for matched funding.

(f) £45,000 funding to go through the Community Enterprise Committee for the Glassford Community Hall.

(g) Councillor Cooper said that there is currently only one person within SLC dealing with the Fund.

(h) The next meeting of the group is due in January, 2022. 

CC Micro Grants

(a) The Report was circulated to Members prior to the meeting.

(b) There has been one new Application from Round Strathaven 50 for a £500 contribution towards providing accommodation for the annual event at Strathaven Academy. As the group contribute to charities out with the local area, and the Micro Grant requires that the money benefits the local community, the Award was granted on the condition that a £500 donation be made locally. Receipts will be required showing where the money goes.

(c) There is £4,000 remaining in the Micro Grant Fund and Applications for funding are needed.

(d) The CC Grant has £200 remaining. The Zoom Licence, the Remembrance Day Wreath and the web hosting fee come from this money. 

Secretary’s Report

There was nothing to report which was not covered in the meeting. 

Treasurer’s Report

(a) The Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting.

(b) There have been no transactions in the last month for the main SLC Accounts except the Remembrance Day Wreath.

(c) COVID Fund – During the month there was a payment of £500 to the Outreach Church for the Sandford Giving Tree in line with last years contribution. 

Reports from CC Members (

a) The CAT Application for the Glassford Community Hall goes to the SLC Committee next week. (L. Hoggan).

(b) At the South Lanarkshire Cycling Partnership meeting there was mention of the recent publication of the Active Travel Study of Strathaven and Stonehouse. This is one of a number of surveys about how local people travel. Copies can be viewed at local Libraries. (G. McAllan).

(c) Work is well advanced by the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) on the App Extension. (G. McAllan).

(d) The SJHMT AGM will take place at 7.30pm on the 15th December via Zoom. (G. McAllan). 

Reports from SLC Councillors

Councillor Dorman

(a) There has been some vandalism in the Strathaven Park around the Bowling Green and to the fencing around the Miniature Railway. Repairs have been carried out.

(b) Councillor Dorman said that she would send details to the CC Members about the work at the former recreational area at Lesmahagow Road.

(c) She attended the launch of the Onshore Wind Policy.

Councillor Cooper

(a) The Councillor thanked the CC for the Grant made towards the production of the DVD of the Rifleman Khan Event. The DVD will sell for £5.00 and any profits will go to future local Projects.

(b) She also thanked G. McAllan for collecting the Boards from the Display in the CAS premises.

(c) Thanks were given to the local businesses who donated prizes for the Raffle at the Khan Event and also to the Avondale Young Farmers for their help at the Reception in the Scout and Guide Centre. Money from the Raffle was used towards the cost of the Project and hospitality on the day.

(d) Money from the Strathaven Festivals Fund was used to provide a lunch last year for older people in Glassford.

(e) The Councillor has been dealing with complaints regarding the closure of the East Kilbride road.

(f) Complaints have also been received about Leisure Centres and some SLC premises being used as Vaccination Centres. This has meant that some groups have been unable to meet up.

(g) The Stonehouse Post Office has closed.

(h) Other constituency matters have been dealt with. 

AOCB

(a) Members were asked to pass any lists of local groups to which they had access to A. McMann or M. McDonald.

(b) The CC recorded its appreciation to Councillor Cooper for her work on the Rifleman Khan Project and on the running of the successful Unveiling Event. 

Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday 25th January, 2022 at 7.00pm via Zoom. 

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