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. 

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting Agenda

January 25th 2022 at 7pm on Zoom.

Meeting details

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council

Time: January 25, 2022 7pm

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  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Strathaven Fire Station
  6. Community Action Plan Review: CCTV, Lighting at new statue
  7. Other funding sources
  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 February 22nd 2022 at 7pm online

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING 26TH OCTOBER 2021 

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: Marta Brionges; Claire Casey; David Jamieson; Chris McVeigh; Robert Murray and Jackie Thomson. 

Apologies: Dr. Lisa Cameron M.P. and Councillor G. Campbell.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (28/09/2021) The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: G. McAllan. Seconded: M. Arnot. 

Police Report The Police Report was received prior to the meeting and was circulated to all Members. Any questions from Members for the Police to be sent to the Chairperson. 

SP Energy Network Planned Overhead Cable Work

(a) Representatives of Keltbray explained that they were Service Partners of SP Energy with responsibility for looking after the poles. They informed Members that the Emergency Number for Power Cuts is 105.

(b) During November they will be working on upgrading the overhead electricity network in the Strathaven area. There will be an investment of around £250,000 across the community. There will be an increased presence of their vehicles in the area and temporary traffic control measures, using Stop/Go boards, will be required during the work. They will do everything possible to minimise disruption but some planned power cuts will be necessary. Customers will be notified of these in advance. Anyone needing either specialist requirements or support should contact Keltbray on 03300 947 191.

(c) L. Hoggan requested that the information be made available on the CC Website and also in ‘The Echoes’.

(d) The representatives of the Company left the meeting at 7.30pm. 

Community Action Plan (CAP) Review

(a) No comments have been received from the community. The CC now need to look at the CAP and decide what needs to be reviewed.

(b) J. Thomson asked what the CAP was and L. Hoggan gave a brief summary of the Plan and its purpose.

(c) J. Thomson asked if some medical aspects currently only available out with Strathaven could be brought to the town and could this be added to the Plan. As this was an NHS matter it was felt that it would not come under the CAP and was not CC business. 

Proposed Overwood Incinerator CC Response

(a) The CC Response has been written and will be submitted at the appropriate time.

(b) M. Arnot had compiled a Report on the Incinerator at Dunbar in which she stated that the plant could not easily be seen due to its location. This contrasted with the proposed Incinerator at Overwood which would be seen for miles around. The Report was noted by the Members. 

Clydesdale Tourism Group Update

(a) L. Hoggan reported that he had become involved in the Group over 2 years ago. Its aim is to create a Tourism Strategy for the Clydesdale area, including Avondale.

(b) Funding will be available in 2022 for the ‘Year of Storytelling’ and advantage should be taken of this to run local events.

(c) The next meeting of the Group is on Friday 29th October. 

Social Media and Strathaven Facebook Group Post Issues

(a) The CC has written to the Administrator of the Strathaven Facebook Group regarding the way in which CC matters are posted. There has been no reply to date.

(b) L. Hoggan has been trying to resolve the issue. It is not possible at present to link the CC Facebook Page to the Strathaven Group Page. At the moment he is posting material to the Discover Strathaven Page and it gets sent from there. It is hoped that this works but he will continue to progress the matter. 

Planning Applications

(a) L. Brown informed the meeting that she is now receiving information from SLC regarding Planning Applications. There was nothing controversial in the October notifications but she checked back on the September Applications and said that the CC may wish to look at one for a house and three garages on Wellbrae. There may be traffic implications if the Plan is approved. 

(b) J. Thomson, a resident from the Wellbrae area, informed the meeting that there had been three previous refusals for Planning Permission for the site. The residents have submitted objections to SLC. She asked if the CC would consider also putting in an objection. The deadline for this was the 2nd November, 2021.

(c) After discussion, the CC decided that more information was needed and that a site visit, by Members of the Transport Sub-Group, should take place. In the meantime the CC would send a letter to SLC requesting an extension to the Planning Procedure to allow it time to assess the Application. 

Strathaven Castle Update The Planning Application is in for exterior fencing on the site. Once this is agreed remedial work can begin. 

Transport Sub-Group

(a) There has been no meeting of the Sub-Group as the meeting scheduled for October has not taken place.

(b) M. Arnot has contacted SLC about the parking at the bottom of Overton Road. 

Working Together for Avondale Update and Future Plans

(a) The Peer Support Groups are continuing.

(b) The Art Classes and Workshops run for children in October during school holiday week were a success.

(c) Discussions have taken place regarding what else can be done to alleviate Mental Health Issues.

(d) There are still funds available for projects and the CC agreed to discuss this at the November meeting. 

Strathaven CARS

(a) Many of the projects have been completed and work will be done on Sorbie Hayes, Blair’s, The Barber’s Shop and on a building on Bridge Street. The Weavers work is in the final legal phase. Work on the Green Room will not now go ahead.

(b) All projects are due to be completed by the 31st January, 2022. An extension has been requested due to COVID issues regarding the supply of materials.

(c) Councillor Cooper asked if the owner of The Taal was going to be repaid for the work done on the building. In reply it was said that the issue was still under debate with HES and that CARS believed that the money should be repaid. 

Kype Muir Community Fund

(a) The next meeting is scheduled for the 16th November, 2021.

(b) There are still some Applications pending.

(c) The Kype Muir Fund passes some money to the REF and Connect Renewables and discussions are needed as to how to how this is done in the future.

(d) The Onshore Wind Policy has been revealed and M. McDonald will be attending a meeting about this on Thursday 28th October, 2021. Members were asked to send comments to her before Thursday. L. Hoggan said that he would also be attending the meeting on behalf of Strathaven Echoes. 

CC Micro Grants

(a) An Application from the Evangelical Church has been referred to SLC as the CC wanted their advice before deciding if the Micro Grants Fund was the best option for this Application. Either the REF or the Kype Muir Fund may be a better option. The Application is for CCTV outside the Church and is not for religious purposes.

(b) Councillor Cooper said that she supported the Application as the CCTV could be beneficial in helping to reduce vandalism and drink and drug problems in that area of the Park. 

Secretary’s Report An enquiry has been received asking if the CC could help in securing funds to restore the War Memorial on the tower of Avondale Parish Church. It was agreed that the person making the enquiry should contact the CC to see if the Kype Muir Fund could help. M. McDonald agreed to deal with this matter. 

Treasurer’s Report

(a) The report was sent to Members prior to the meeting. Its contents were accepted by the CC.

(b) The CC Wreath for Remembrance Day is being purchased.

(c) The Chairperson asked what arrangements were in place for the laying of the Wreath this year and was informed that the Parade would leave from Station Road for the Wreath laying at the War Memorial. 

Reports from CC Members

(a) Glassford Community Group has submitted a CAT Application to SLC for the Community Hall. The final outcome is due in December. (L. Hoggan)

(b) A. Stewart asked what was happening with regards to the Toilet Scheme. The CC decided to review which businesses had agreed to take part and how money could be paid to them. The Scheme will be discussed in January and February, 2022. 

(c) Thanks were expressed to Councillor Dorman for her efforts in getting SLC to remove fly-tipping. (G. McAllan)

(d) Thanks were expressed to Councillor Campbell for his work over the years. As he is still a Councillor it was agreed to do this formally in May next year. (L. Brown) 

Reports from SLC Councillors

Councillor M. Cooper

(a) She has been dealing with numerous road closure issues.

(b) She has been continuing to monitor the drainage issue outside the Town Mill.

(c) There have also been issues of vandalism in the Park.

(d) The organising of the Rifleman Khan event on the 7th November has been taking up a lot of her time.

(e) She informed the meeting that NHS Lanarkshire had issued a message saying that they are under duress and severe pressure. Councillor Cooper realises that people are not happy with the lack of GP Appointments.

(f) Canderavon House in Stonehouse are no longer taking long term patients and residents have been moved to other care facilities. They now only take short term patients. 

Councillor I. Dorman Has been dealing with Constituency and Committee work. 

AOCB Councillor Cooper asked if any decision had been taken regarding the Funding Application for the production of a video of the full Rifleman Khan event. The Treasurer reported that the granting of £100 towards the video was included in the Micro Grant Paper with the Treasurer’s Report. As £500 had been requested Councillor Cooper asked if the CC could reconsider the Award with a view to increasing the sum of money. At this point CC Members with an interest in this issue left the meeting along with Councillor Cooper to allow a discussion to take place. After a lengthy discussion, it was agreed to increase the Award to £500. The reason being that there had been a misunderstanding about the role of the BBC, which will also be filming the event, at the original discussions about the Application. The BBC is only making a short film and not the full event. The video of the whole event will be an important part of local history in the future. Also, full information on the video content was not known at that time. The decision was unanimous from those CC Members eligible to vote. 

Date of Next Meeting Tuesday 30th November at 7.00pm via Zoom. 

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

Strathaven & Glassford Community Council Meeting November 30th at 7pm

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

  MEETING

TUESDAY, November 30th 2021 at 7pm

Online meeting

A G E N D A

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. Connect2Renewables
  6. Community Action Plan Review: CCTV, Lighting at new statue
  7. Town Centre Fund 2022: Project and group options
  8. Other funding sources
  9. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
  10. Social Media and Strathaven Facebook Group Post Issues
  11. Planning Applications
  12. Strathaven Castle Update
  13. Transport Sub-Group
  14. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  15. Strathaven CARS
  16. Kype Muir Community Fund
  17. Community Council Micro Grants
  18. Secretary’s Report
  19. Treasurers Report
  20. Reports from CC Members
  21. Reports from SLC Councillors
  22. A.O.C.B
  23. Date of next meeting Tuesday January 25th 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 Meeting

Time: November 30, 2021 07:00 PM London

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STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCILMINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING 28TH SEPTEMBER 2021

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Sederunt:

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

Apologies:

Mairi McAllan MSP and Douglas Scott.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (321/08/2021).
The Minutes were approved without change.
Proposed: L. Hoggan. Seconded: S. Tulloch.

Community Action Plan (CAP).
No comments have been received regarding points to be included in the CAP.
Members were requested to submit any suggestions to L. Hoggan by the 8th October.

Membership of CC.
(a) M. Arnot and L. Hoggan reported that they had both been contacted by
people interested in joining the CC.
(b) As new Members are required to be ratified at an AGM the names of those involved should be obtained prior to the next AGM.

Matters Arising.
It was reported that, subsequent to the August meeting, it was found that the problem with hazardous parking at Overton Road/Commercial Road had not been addressed. M. Arnot has taken this up with SLC.

Clydesdale Tourism Group (CTG) Update.
(a) L. Hoggan attends this Group which covers tourism opportunities in
Clydesdale. Avondale is included within the group’s geographical area.
(b) 2022 has been designated the Year of Storytelling and there is an
opportunity for Avondale to consider a Funding Bid to carry out events
during the year.
(c) L. Hoggan to send a Report to CC Members.

Social Media and Strathaven Facebook Group Posts Issues.
(a) Following extracts from the CC Website appearing on the Strathaven Facebook Page it was again stressed that the Administrator of this Page should only report CC matters as supplied by the CC.
(b) Following lengthy discussion regarding what to do about this situation several alternative ways of communicating with the community were put forward. It was agreed that the CC should consider a better way of its information being posted on the Strathaven Facebook Group, with the post on the CC Facebook Page being shared in its entirety directly to the Strathaven Group and not edited or posted in the name of an Administrator on the Strathaven Facebook Group. The Members agreed that any data regarding the CC should come from the CC and be reported in its entirety directly from the Community Council. No editing of the material to be carried out by a third party and no selective extracts from the Agenda or Minutes to be posted by the Strathaven Group Administrator. Only the official CC logo is to be used and no additional comments or graphics to be added without the permission of the Community Council. Serious consideration was given to copyrighting CC material in the future and also to using other local social media pages and groups to promote the work of the Community Council, its Facebook Page and its Website.
(c) L. Hoggan to contact the Administrator to arrange a meeting to discuss the
situation going forward.

Planning Applications Sub-Group.
(a) A single 150 metre Wind Turbine is planned off the Muirkirk Road. The CC
has been consistent in its approach to the planned erection of new Turbines and it was agreed that the Standard Letter used by the CC be sent.
(b) Residents have objected to Plans for a conversion of an existing property on Crosshill Road and have asked if the CC could also submit an objection. It was felt that the CC could not do this but, as the residents had not received the correct Plans, the CC would try to ensure that SLC sent the correct Plans to them. Councillor Dorman agreed to contact SLC about this matter.
(c) G. McAllan said that he receives the link to Planning Applications each week and would keep a watching brief on behalf of the CC. L. Brown said that she was willing to assist in monitoring Planning issues if the link could also be sent to her. G. McAllan agreed to expedite this.

Strathaven Castle Update.
(a) The Application to erect fencing at the Castle has been submitted and, once agreed, it should be put in place fairly quickly. Its erection should allow some renovation work to take place.
(b) An offer of funding has been received to allow lights to be put in place to highlight the Castle building.

Transport Sub-Group.
There was nothing to report and the next meeting of the Sub-Group is scheduled for October.

Working Together for Avondale (WTA).
(a) The Peer Support Groups have been continuing.
(b) Art Classes and Workshops will be run during the October School Holiday Week for children.
(c) A meeting will be held on 1st October to discuss the way forward.

Strathaven CARS.
(a) No further Projects are being sought and the following are either completed or on-going:- Craig’s Newsagents; Sorbie Hayes; The Weavers; The Taal; Blair’s Hairdressers; The Green Room; The Barber Shop and the roof on a property on Bridge Street.
(b) Due to difficulties the gable end next to The Green Room is not part of the
work to be done.
(c) Councillor Cooper said that the owner of ‘The Taal Restaurant’ had paid for the work on the roof himself. L. Hoggan said that discussions were still continuing with HES in an attempt to resolve the funding issue.

Kype Muir Community Fund.
(a) A. McMann and M. McDonald attended the Kype Muir Community Fund meeting on 13th September. A Report on this meeting was sent to CC Members prior to the CC Meeting.
(b) Spreadsheets showing Funding Grants and money available were also sent to CC Members prior to the Meeting. Pending for the CC were:-

  • Strathaven Academy Cycling Project £5,000. A copy of the Expression of
    Interest was sent to Members prior to the Meeting.
  • Strathaven Striders: Application for funding for the hire of Strathaven Academy for use at their annual event. However, a site has been offered and a Final Application showing what sum of money is required is awaited.
  • The Strathaven Academy Application covers the Sandford and Upper Avondale CC areas as well as that of Strathaven and Glassford and a split of the money is being pursued. This would also apply to an Application from Avondale Community Beekeepers and it is felt that there should be a split of the funding between the various CCs. S. Tulloch and Councillor Cooper to discuss this with M. McDonald.
  • There has been no feedback from the Banks meeting with SLC seeking clarification of the Connect Renewables spend.

CC Micro Grants.
(a) There have been no transactions since the August Report.
(b) A List has been compiled of smaller local groups and it was suggested that contact be made with the groups on the List to see if they had any Projects which may need funding. It was thought that if some groups were approached and other groups were not asked it could lead to some groups being offended. L. Hoggan to send the List to CC Members and they were asked to pass suggestions to S. Tulloch as to how smaller groups could be encouraged to apply for funds from this source.

Reports from CC Members.
(a) Despite bad weather at the start the Round Strathaven 50 Cycling Event
was very successful. (G. McAllan).
(b) An attempted dog theft took place in the Park. (M. Arnot).

Secretary’s Report.
There was nothing further to report.

Treasurer’s Report.
(a) The Treasurer’s Report was circulated to CC Members.
(b) Approval was sought for the purchase of the Remembrance Day Wreath.
The request was approved.

Reports from SLC Councillors.


Councillor Dorman
(a) Footpaths in the Kype View/Douglas Street area are scheduled for repair
work to be carried out.
(b) The fly tipping problem has been reported but the rubbish has not yet
been removed.
(c) The Board Walk at the Castle Park will be repaired as soon as the wood
can be sourced.

Councillor Cooper
(a) Work has been carried out to the drains outside the Town Mill. A new
channel has been installed and the drains will be cleaned monthly.
(b) 150 guests have been invited to the unveiling of the Rifleman Khan Statue.
Planning for the Event continues and the prizes for the Raffle will be displayed in the window of the Tudor Tearoom. The Event will receive prominent media coverage, including from the BBC, and a DVD may also be produced.
(c) The author of the book ‘Rebel Dogs’, Kimberley Hamilton, will visit all schools in the area and will present a signed copy of the book to each school. Her book covers the story of Rifleman Khan.
(d) New seating will be installed in the Common Green soon.
(e) A new Community Noticeboard will be erected in the Common Green between the Post Box and the Bank. The ground is being checked at present to ensure that it is safe for this to happen.
(f) Due to upcoming road works the residents of Hamilton Road will have to find alternative parking arrangements during the period of the work. Access arrangements are being discussed.
(g) Fly tipping has been reported at the entrance to the Wind Farm on the Muirkirk Road and at the entrance to the Strathaven Hotel.
(h) Councillor Cooper has also been dealing with other Constituency issues.

AOCB.
(a) A copy of the Police Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting. The Chairperson said that she had contacted Police Scotland to ask if they were aware of drug issues in the area. Members were asked to pass any concerns regarding crime to L. Hoggan.
(b) A Report by M. Arnot on Incinerators to be circulated to CC Members.
(c) Councillor Cooper requested that the link to CC Meetings be sent to her
E-Mail address in future.
(d) The burst water main which occurred recently in Strathaven may have been caused by the contractors working on North Street.
(e) Members were asked if it may be possible to site Webcams in the Common Green. While this had been considered some years ago it may be time to look at this again.
(f) The Chairperson reminded everyone that two Agendas would be issued for the October Meeting. One for the AGM and one for the monthly meeting.

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