Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting

TUESDAY, September 27th 2022 at 7pm

Avondale Community Wing, Strathaven

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
    1. Rotary Installation in Allison Green
  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 October 25th 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)

Minutes of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting – June 28th 2022

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING 28TH JUNE 2022

1. Sederunt: Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald and Aileen Stewart. Councillors: M. Cooper and S. Kerr. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitors: Dr. Lisa Cameron MP; Robert Murray and William Park. 

2. Apologies: Linda Brown; Councillor E. Frame; Les Hoggan (Secretary) and Douglas Scott. 

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting (31/05/2022) The Minutes were approved with the following addition:- (Subsequent to the meeting it was found that the Funding Request for the installation of the CCTV had not been progressed to an Application). Proposed: S. Tulloch. Seconded: A. Hendry. 

4. Police Report (a) The Crime Figures from 31st May to 27th June, 2022 were as follows:- 12 Thefts (5 Detected). 6 Assaults (3 Detected). 5 Asbo (3 Detected). 2 Frauds. 7 Road Traffic Offences (3 Detected). 1 Drug Offence (Detected). 6 Vandalism. 1 Wilful Fire Raising (Detected). (b) Aileen McMann contacted the Police regarding incidents in the town and requested increased Police presence, at appropriate times, to the areas identified. The Police replied by saying that they were aware of the issues and have spoken to a few of the residents of the new houses on Threestanes Road regarding the youths at the ash park behind their properties. A Police presence will be in the area on every opportunity and the issues will be passed on to the Response Shift Officers. (c) Any CC Members who may have questions for the Police to pass them to the Chairperson who will raise them with the Police. 

5. Community Action Plan (CAP) Review (a) CCTV – The Funding Request has not been progressed to an Application. 

6. Standing Items (a) Clydesdale Tourism Group – Nothing to report. (b) Strathaven Castle – Nothing to report. (c) Transport Sub-Group 1. A letter has been received from SLC informing the CC that the proposed One Way System for Bridge Street and Wellbrae will go to a Committee Hearing. SLC will inform the CC of the date of the Hearing and let them know of the outcome. 2. The bush impairing the line of sight at the North Street/Commercial Road junction has still to be removed. SLC has been contacted but there has been no reply to date. 

7. Planning Applications No problems have arisen regarding any of the proposed Applications submitted since the May CC meeting. 

8. Rotary Club Installation in Allison Green (a) The Chairperson informed the CC Members that she had seen the new Design for the proposed Garden in Allison Green. The Design is an improvement on the original but the CC have not received any information regarding the proposed Plan. The Chairperson found the information accidentally when asked to consider signing a Questionnaire supporting the Plan. The Rotary Club to be contacted on behalf of the CC requesting details of the Project. (b) SLC will look after the Garden but the CC would like to know the scale of the Plan. Councillor Kerr was asked of she could look into this and agreed to do so. (c) The Slate Beds in Allison Green are unsightly and it was asked if these could be replaced. Councillor Kerr agreed to make enquiries. (Subsequent to the Meeting Councillor Kerr reported that it is the Council’s intention to replant all three Beds with a sustainable planting scheme. This will happen once all the plants have been delivered to SLC). 

9. Working Together for Avondale (WTA) (a) Money has been refunded to Ann Davidson Butchers for supply of Food Vouchers. (b) A Funding Bid has been submitted for taking on a Community Worker who would be based in the Climate Action Strathaven (CAS) building and the outcome should be known by August. 

10. Strathaven CARS Nothing to report this month other than work is scheduled to start on the Weavers and all other projects are completed.

11. Kype Muir Community Fund (a) There has been an increase in the Funding available to the CC. The sum is now £81,154. (b) Margaret Vaughan leaves her post in June and will be replaced by Naomi Steven. (c) Strathaven Curling Club have been awarded £2,300 for the purchase of new jackets for Members to wear when representing the Club in matches. (d) Awards were also given to Lesmahagow Bowling Club and Stonehouse Men’s Shed. (e) Strathaven Choral Society have submitted an Expression of Interest for £2,000 to update their Internet provision. (f) An Application received from The Haven, which is within the Sandford area, is pending. Any information on The Haven would be welcomed. (g) The Wind Turbines for the Kype Extension will be coming through Strathaven soon. Information will be put on the CC Facebook Page and Councillor Cooper will put the details on her Facebook Page. (h) The next meeting will be in September, 2022 and Funding Requests should be in by then. 

12. CC Micro Grants Two new Applications have been received:- (a) 2022/23 – 003: Strathaven Dynamos AFC Girls U14 Team. The Club have requested a Grant of £500 towards the cost of new team football strips for a total of 25 players. The cost of the Project is £1,140. This is the first time an Application from a girls team has been received and it is recommended that the full £500 be awarded. Recommendation agreed. (b) 2022/23 – 004: Trinity Parish Church Guild Strathaven. The Guild have requested funding for a Christmas Shopping outing to Livingston for 40 people at a cost of £420. Given that the group includes Members out with the CC area, it is recommended that an Award of £200 be provided. Recommendation agreed. (c) £4,780 remains in the Fund. (d) The following Micro Grants have been signed off in the past month:- 2021/22 – 011: Rainbows. 2022/23 – 002: Gallowhill Farm Residents Association. (e) Outstanding paperwork is still required for 11 Projects. 

13. Secretary’s Report Nothing to report beyond items already on the agenda.

14. Treasurer’s Report (a) SLC Audit completed the Annual Audit of the CC Accounts and the Annual Grant of £515 has been received. (b) The two Micro Grants agreed at the May meeting have now been paid out. (c) WTA COVID Fund – £45,050.39 has been spent; £1,990.00 is currently committed and £5,155.61 remains uncommitted. (d) The full Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting. 

15. Reports from CC Members (a) The Allotments on Lesmahagow Road are run by SLC and Applications for a site should go to them. There is a long waiting list. (J. Graham). (b) The Balloon Festival will be held on the last weekend of August and some 15 – 20 balloons are expected to be at the Event. Extra parking on the outskirts of the town and a Shuttle Bus to transport visitors from there to the Event and back should be available but this has still to be confirmed. (G. McAllan). (c) Fly tipping is still a problem in parts of the local area and needs to be addressed. (G. McAllan). (Subsequent to the Meeting Councillor Kerr reported that a site visit was undertaken to establish the exact location and types of materials to be uplifted. It is anticipated that the removal of materials will be carried out by the end of the week 08/07/2022). 

16. Reports from SLC Councillors Councillor S. Kerr (a) Footpath resurfacing has been announced by SLC for parts of the Strathaven area. (b) A Bill has been introduced at the Scottish Parliament for a National Care Service. This would take control of this Service from Local Authorities and transfer them to the Scottish Government. (c) The Community Fridge is doing very well and donations to it have been good. (d) She informed the CC that, regarding The Haven, they have been involved in house Therapy for people with mental health problems. (e) Councillor Kerr agreed to look into the concerns regarding the Rotary Club Garden. 

Councillor M. Cooper (a) The Slate Beds in Allison Green should be replaced by Planters and new benches will also be installed. (b) Detailed drawings of the Rotary Garden are available and Strathaven Academy are being consulted regarding what contribution young people can make to the Project. Councillor Cooper will send the Plans to the CC. Given the information supplied by Councillor Cooper, Councillor Kerr said that she was willing to allow her to address this issue for the CC. (c) A Pre-Planning Application has been submitted for the Multi-Sports Development at the Rugby Club. A full Application will be submitted soon. (d) The Noticeboard, to be situated in the Common Green, will be in place soon. The delay is due to an increase in price of £500 and more funding has been requested. (e) She has been dealing with footpath and roads issues. (f) Still assisting the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust on two issues. (g) A question was raised by the Chairperson about the bins on Waterside Street which block the footpath. Councillor Cooper agreed to look into this. 

17. AOCB (a) Dr. Lisa Cameron MP has written to the Health Board for advice as to how to set up a Patient Partnership Group in Strathaven. There is such a Group for the Surgery in Lanark, run by the Lanarkshire Medical Group who also run the Strathaven Medical Practice, and it was suggested that someone from the Lanark Partnership Group could come and speak to the CC. The Chairperson agreed to contact Mairi McAllan MSP about this issue and J. Graham indicated that he knew someone on the Lanark Group and would ask him for some information. (b) It was noted that Strathaven Ales are now available in the bar at Westminster. (c) The responses from the Questionnaire regarding problems on Commercial Road have been sent to SLC and to the Police. The CC will be kept updated on this. (d) Japanese Knotweed has been found in an area of the Burn running through the Park. SLC have been contacted and a response is awaited. There will be an update at the August CC meeting. (e) Two large commercial bins have been left sitting outside a local restaurant on Green Street for some time uncollected and rubbish bags are now appearing beside them. Councillor Kerr agreed to look into this matter. (Subsequent to the Meeting Councillor Kerr informed the CC that she had contacted SLC and the bins should be uplifted within a week). 

18. Date of Next Meeting Tuesday August 30th at 7.00pm in Avondale Community Wing.isMembers of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings. All correspondence to:- strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com A . 

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD Community Council

Agenda

TUESDAY, August 30th 2022 at 7pm

Avondale Community Wing, Strathaven

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. 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
    1. Waterside Street – Bins, CC Project?
    2. Avondale Radio update
    3. Community Garden – Rotary
  18. Date of next meeting Tuesday September 27th 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)

Community Council Minutes May 31st 2022

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING 31ST MAY 2022

1. 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 S. Kerr. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitor: Robert Murray.

2. Apologies: Councillor E. Frame.

3. Welcome The Chairperson welcomed Councillor Kerr to her first CC Meeting and congratulated Councillor Cooper on becoming Provost of South Lanarkshire.

4. Minutes of Previous Meeting (26/04/2022) The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: L. Hoggan. Seconded: D. Scott.

5. Police Report The crime figures from 26th April to 30th May, 2022 were as follows:- 8 Thefts (1 detected). 3 Assaults (1 detected). 1 Serious Assault (detected). 2 ASBO (2 detected). 8 Frauds (1 detected). 5 Road Traffic Offences (1 detected). 1 Drug Offence (detected). 4 Vandalism (1 detected). 1 Wilful Fire Raising. 1 Dangerous Dog. CC Members wishing to raise any issues with the Police to contact the Chairperson and she will pass these on to them.

6. Community Action Plan Review (CAP) CCTV Update (a) The Funding Request to the REF has been moved to an Application. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. (b) The installation of the system is expected to be done by the Autumn. (c) Eight businesses have been identified to host the CCTV cameras and all are supportive of the plan.

7. Standing Items (a) Clydesdale Tourism Group – The next meeting is scheduled for June 2022. (b) Strathaven Castle – The Application for Historic Building Consent has been submitted. (c) Transport Sub-Group – SLC are dealing with one objection containing 8 areas of concern regarding the proposed One Way System around Bridge Street and Wellbrae. The objector wishes to continue with the objection and the issue may go to a Committee Hearing.

8. Planning Applications No problems have arisen with any of the Applications submitted since the April CC Meeting.

9. Working Together for Avondale (WTA) (a) It was decided to hold money back to see how the Cost of Living situation played out in the coming months. The funds will be used for the Food Bank and the Community Fridge in the Climate Action Strathaven (CAS) premises. (b) An Application for £3,000 has been submitted to the Spirit of Lanarkshire Fund. (c) The Peer Support Groups are ending but they may restart if funding can be found. (d) In reply to a query asking if there was a Hygiene Bank in Strathaven, the CC Members were informed that there was one in the CAS premises accessed through the Food Bank. A map is also available showing the location of all Hygiene Banks. (e) The question was raised about the support for the Food Bank and if all who required it were being reached. It was stated that the work was all done by volunteers and they provide support to all who come forward. Word of mouth is the main way in which people find out about the service but the Sandford Giving Tree and Ann Davidson also pass on information to WTA. (f) A post of Community Worker would be beneficial to aid the promotion of the services available and applications for such a post will go out as soon as funding can be found. The Community Worker would be employed through a local organisation. A Job Remit has been drawn up and L. Hoggan to share it with CC Members. (g) Around 15 – 20 Food Packs are given out each week and the Food Shelf in CAS is also being used. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended.

10. Strathaven CARS (a) Scaffolding has been erected at the Barber Shop, work on The Weaver’s to be carried out and some snagging work has to be completed at Sorbie Hayes. (b) A Heritage Photography Competition is being run with Strathaven Academy. (c) All work will be completed by September, 2022.

11. Kype Muir Community Fund (a) There are two Co-Chairpersons – Ailsa Lorimer and Chris Castles. Aileen McMann is the Deputy Chairperson. (b) The CC has £48,000 available from the Fund with more money to come in May. (c) Comments as to how money is accessed and spent in the future is being looked at in Durham. The CC will be consulted before any final decision is made. (d) The next meeting will be held in Strathaven Golf Club in June, 2022. (e) Margaret Vaughan is leaving her post and she will be replaced by Naomi Steven. (f) The Wind Turbines for the extension to the Wind Farm will begin to come through Strathaven from the middle of June, 2022. (g) An Application for funding has been received from The Haven but this should have gone to Sandford CC. (h) Glassford have been awarded funding towards their Gala Day.

12. CC Micro Grants (a) The £5,000 money for this year has been received. (b) Two new Applications have been received for consideration:- 001 – Strathaven Memory Club have requested £500 to purchase items which will stimulate memories and pay for speakers. Proposed that Grant of £500 be awarded to the group. 002 – Gallowhill Residents Jubilee Party. A request has been made on behalf of 22 elderly residents at Gallowhill Cottages who are planning a Jubilee celebration on the 5th June, 2022. Proposed that a Grant of £220 be awarded towards this event. The CC approved the awarding of both Grants. (c) The following outstanding Grants have been signed off:- 2021/22 – 009 Miniature Railway. 2021/22 – 010 Derby and Joan Club. 2019/20 – 014 Bethany Group. (d) The full Report was sent to CC Members prior to the meeting. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended.

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

14. Treasurer’s Report (a) Following discussions with SLC a payment was made in advance to Creative Strathaven (Town Centre Fund) in respect of a reimbursement to be made to our Account of £1,797.00. (b) A payment of £30 was made to 360 Graphics for the promotional material in respect of flyers produced for the day held to promote funds to the local community. (c) Town Centre Funding of £18,024.98 was received on the 3rd May, 2022. (d) A refund payment was made to Sheila Tulloch for payments made. (360 Graphics – £30; Town Mill – £18,024.98 and Ann Davidson – £115). (e) Balance remaining uncommitted in the COVID Fund is £5,685.61. (f) The full report was sent to CC Members prior to the meeting.

15. Reports from CC Members (a) The problem of fly tipping on Hareshaw Road was raised. (G. McAllan). (b) The Car Park at the George Allan Park is used for exhibitors and crews at events and the residents will require permits to allow them to park there. (D. Scott). (c) Clarification was sought regarding SLC switching off the Electric Charging Points in the upper Car Park during events. (D. Scott). It was reported that SLC are looking into this. (d) SLC are storing sand and gravel in the upper Car park and the question was asked if it would be removed before Gala Day. It was also reported that people were helping themselves to this material. (D. Scott). Councillor Cooper agreed to look into this issue.

16. Reports from SLC Councillors

Councillor S. Kerr (a) Constituency work is being carried out. (b) She has volunteered to assist at the Community Fridge. (c) The ECO Festival in Stonehouse was attended by her. (d) SLC is now run by a Labour led working partnership Agreement with the Independent Group and the Liberal Democrat Group. (e) She will be represented on several SLC Committees. (f) There are concerns about the freeze on Local Government Funding.

Councillor M. Cooper (a) Rugby Club funding for an Eco Friendly Club House has been received. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. (b) A lot of work is being carried out by Utility Companies in the area and this is causing some disruption. SLC have no control over when this type of work is carried out. (c) Work is being done on the garden at Kirk Street and donations of plants and offers of help would be most welcome. (d) She has been working with local clubs. (e) The Indoor Training Centre at the Rugby Club will go ahead. (f) A backdrop for the Rifleman Khan Statue is being considered. (g) The CC Noticeboard should be erected in the Common Green soon. (h) Constituency work has been going on as usual. (i) She thanked the community for their support at the recent Local Council elections. (j) The Chairperson said that work was needed on the Alison Green and she asked Councillor Cooper if this could be considered. Councillor Cooper said that new seats were planned, planters were being considered and work is to be done on the area next to Waterside Street.

17. AOCB (a) A problem regarding the payment of the final invoice for the Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust App Extension with Stand from the Town Centre Fund was brought to the attention of the CC. Councillor Cooper asked for the background information on this and agreed to take it up with SLC. (b) Aileen McMann attended the official opening of the Sakura Cherry Blossom Tree Project in Strathaven Park on behalf of the CC. (c) The Goodsburn Room in the Avondale Wing is available for the August CC meeting and L. Hoggan was asked to book the Room for this and subsequent meetings. (d) The Hamilton Road will be closed from Muttonhole Road to Low Waters Road from 20th June to 5th September. Berebriggs Road will also be closed over the summer. (e) Several problems regarding unsocial drinking, vandalism and noise disturbance have been reported within Strathaven. A. McMann to contact the Police regarding the incidents. (f) Robert Murray reported that Dr. Lisa Cameron MP was still carrying out Surveys regarding complaints in the Commercial Road area as discussed previously and SLC are doing work between now and the end of June fixing drain covers. An update will be given at the July CC meeting.

18. Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 28th June, 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 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

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings

All correspondence to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com

Strathaven and Glassford Community council Meeting

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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