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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 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.

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council AGM and Meeting

TUESDAY, 26th October 2021 online using Zoom at 7.00pm

A G E N D A

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Chair’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Secretary’s Report
  6. Election of Office Bearers
    • Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  7. AOCB
  8. Date of next AGM Tuesday October 25th 2022 at 7pm in the Calder Room, The Avondale Community Wing, Strathaven at 7.00pm

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STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING 29TH JUNE 2021

Sederunt: Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald and Aileen Stewart. Councillors: I. Dorman. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitors: Matt Burns; Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Robert Murray. 

Apologies: Councillor G. Campbell; Councillor M. Cooper; Mairi McAllan MSP; Aileen McMann (Chairperson) and Douglas Scott. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (25/05/2021).

The Minutes were approved with the following changes:-

(a) Section 15 (i) – The word ‘states’ changed to ‘stated’.

(b) Section 16 (a) – The word ‘Digital’ to be added before ‘Station’ in sentence – ‘…the siting of a Station in Strathaven’.

Proposed: Les Hoggan. Seconded: Sheila Munro Tulloch. 

Matters Arising.

(a) Repairs have been carried out on Brackenridge Highway and Glassford Road.

(b) An instruction has been issued to have safety defects on Carnduff Highway repaired and this is scheduled to be completed by 22/06/2021.

(c) The lining on Commercial Road will be refurbished including the junction of Hamilton Road/Glassford Road during the summer period.

(d) The gullies on Glasgow Road are included in the annual cyclical cleaning programme. If the gully motor is unsuccessful in cleaning some of the gullies at the first visit, they routinely follow up with high pressure jetting/ hand cleaning as required. A Report is awaited from the cyclical cleaning operation to issue follow up work instructions.

(e) A response is awaited regarding the fly-tipping at Hareshaw. (The Chair thanked Councillor Dorman for providing the above updates prior to the Meeting). 

(f) Strathaven Academy has been contacted regarding the incident at the Barrie Shelter in the Park and a positive response has been received from the School. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended.

(g) An article has appeared in ‘The Echoes’ from the young man advocating that a Skate Park for young people be provided in Strathaven. Robert Murray said that he was trying to arrange a meeting with the family on behalf of Dr. Cameron MP and he invited a Member of the CC to attend this meeting. It was agreed that a CC Member would attend. 

Community Action Plan (CAP).

(a) Paper copies of the Review have been placed in 6 locations within the town. It is not know how many have been taken up.

(b) No responses to the electronic version have been received. It was agreed the deadline for returns be extended until Glasgow Fair Friday (16th July). 

Community Council Membership.

(a) One E-Mail has been received expressing an interest in becoming a Member.

(b) Alister Hendry indicated that he may know of someone who might be interested in becoming a Member.

(c) Les Hoggan to continue promoting the search for new Members. 

Plans for an Incinerator at Overwood.

(a) Prior to the Meeting, Les Hoggan sent out a Draft Response on the possible impact of an Incinerator at Overwood on Strathaven and Glassford to Members. This was a very comprehensive Response and the Chair thanked him for his work on the Report. (b) A brief discussion followed and there was a feeling that it may now be possible to prevent the Plan going ahead. Dr. Cameron said that she had submitted an objection and that this had been passed to Viridor. (c) It was agreed that the CC would put in a formal objection once the Plans had been submitted. In the meantime the objections could be put on to the CC website asking the public to comment on them. Action – Les Hoggan and Alister Hendry. 

Toilet Provision in Strathaven.

(a) At present four businesses have confirmed their interest in taking part in a Toilet Scheme. They are:- The Crib; Creative Strathaven; The Drawing Room and No. 13 Barn Street. Climate Action Strathaven have indicated provisionally that they are considering taking part in the Scheme.

(b) It was agreed that a Sub Group be set up to look into toilet provision in the town. Linda Brown and Sheila Munro Tulloch agreed to make up the Sub Group. 

Transport Sub Group.

(a) A Report on the Sub Group Meeting was sent to Members prior to the CC A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. Meeting. Items covered were as follows:-

(b) Hazardous parking at the junction of Overton Road/Commercial Road.

(c) Poor sight lines caused by the island at the junction of North Street/ Commercial Road. Bushes are to be cut back to allow better sight lines.

(d) Lethame Road: effective mitigation of traffic hazards and risks to pedestrians. The Planning requirements associated with the visibility requirements for the new Housing Development on Threestanes Road to be checked and liaison with the Developer to be undertaken to ensure compliance with consents. The junction of Lethame Road and Threestanes Road to be reviewed in relation to accident history, visibility and junction priority. Dr. Cameron agreed to write to SLC in support of the work being done by the CC. She will also do a site visit with Robert Murray.

(e) Town Centre One Way System – The CC’s views were listened to by SLC and they were receptive to them. Any change would go straight to a Traffic Order. Les Hoggan has received comments from a Strathaven resident regarding suggested changes for Bridge Street and Wellbrae which he will circulate to Members. It was agreed that the CC should respond to the resident and include it in any Report about the changes.

(f) The 20mph Review and extension – Once the works are completed, further speed surveys will be undertaken and feedback from the community will be sought.

(g) Cycle Parking Facilities. Consideration to be given to potential locations in the town centre area for Cycle Shelter Provision.

(h) Concerns about speeding in Glassford.

(i) Traffic Signal Phasing/Capacity improvement at Common Green.

(j) Footway parking on Common Green adjacent to the Bus Stop. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA).

(a) Confirmation has been received that the Application for £4,000 funding to run Mindfulness Sessions and Art Workshops during the summer has been successful. The total funding raised for WTA has now reached £40,000.

(b) Peer Support Groups continue to be supported and Mindfulness Camps will be run during July.

(c) A successful Fun Day was held at the Miniature Railway in the Park and those attending were entertained by Uncle Billy. Around 120 children enjoyed a ride on the Wee Train. 

CARS. There are 6 or 7 Projects live at present. All planned Projects are funded until the end of the year. 

Kype Muir Community Fund.

(a) The Kype Muir Community Fund Meeting was held on the 28th June and Margot McDonald attended for the CC.

(b) The Kype Muir Extension is still scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

(c) Monies for next year are yet to be apportioned. The sum for the CC will be around £30,000.

(d) Grants agreed were:- Climate Action Strathaven (CAS) – £5,000 (Bicycle Repair Project). Whiteshawgate Sports (W3ST) – £3,500 (CCTV provision).

(e) Sandford and Upper Avondale CC agreed to pay £1,000 towards the CAS Award and £500 towards the W3ST Award. This is in appreciation that people in their area make use of these two resources. This spirit of understanding and co-operation is appreciated.

(f) Further investigation is needed regarding the Application from Frets Creative.

(g) Further information about the Fund is available and it will be sent to Les Hoggan and Alister Hendry for downloading on to the CC website. The new logo is also available for use.

(h) Connect2 Renewables Employability Initiative – There is concern that half the money for this Scheme is given to the Kype Muir Fund and it is felt that there has to be a full reappraisal of how this operates. A Presentation on the Scheme was given and Margot McDonald will send this to Members. 

CC Micro Grants.

(a) £5,000 has been awarded to the Grant Fund for the current year.

(b) The CC would like to see more Applications for Grants from this Fund from small local groups. Members were asked for ideas for Applications from such groups and an article will appear in ‘The Echoes’ informing the community that money is available from this source. 

Secretary’s Report.

An Introductory Letter has been received from Mairi McAllan MSP. 

Treasurer’s Report.

(a) The Audit of the CC Accounts for 2020/2021 have been successfully completed by SLC. This was confirmed on 14th June, 2021. Funds will be paid back to the CC within 14 days of this date.

(b) Town Centre money has been received from SLC and passed back as a claim from the Town Mill as part of the CARS Project.

(c) As authorised at the May Meeting, £60 has been paid to 360 Graphics for the printing of the Community Consultation Forms.

(d) COVID Fund 2020-2022 – As the Covid Grant will be operational for a finite A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended. period the Accounts for this Fund will be reported on a rolling basis over the financial period 2020-2022. 

Reports from CC Members.

(a) The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust (SJHMT) hope to start a display of their COVID Archive at the end of August to the beginning of September. Dates and site have still to be confirmed. (M. McDonald).

(b) Dr. Lisa Cameron MP said that she had still to send her contribution to the COVID Archive.

(c) The Balloon Festival Committee has been selected and planning has begun for 2022. It is hoped that, although there will be no Festival in 2021, some balloon flights may be possible on what would have been the Festival weekend in August. (L. Hoggan). 

Reports from SLC Councillors. Councillor I. Dorman. A new Town Centre Fund will have less restrictions and there will be a Place Based Investment Programme. The Chair thanked the Councillors for getting work done on the walls of the Powmillon Burn. 

AOCB.

(a) Flooding on the A71 at the Town Mill is still a problem and it seems to be worse since the latest work was carried out. Councillor Dorman agreed to take the matter up with SLC. (Since the Meeting Councillor Dorman has reported that a CCTV inspection took place on 1st July, and this identified a blockage in the road drainage system. A further visual inspection on 5th July, following the heavy rain, was done and this found a further two gullies were sitting full of water. An instruction has been raised to have the blockage repaired and the gullies high pressure jetted. This work is scheduled to be completed within 30 working days).

(b) It was reported that there was rubbish in the Pond in the Park and that the Powmillion Burn was also littered with rubbish. It was suggested that this be reported to the Community Police.

(c) The question was asked if a Licence was needed to carry out Dog Training in the Park. It was said that this was not required.

(d) Dr. Lisa Cameron MP thanked the local community for the work done in the area in recent months and said that she had spoken about this in the House of Commons.

(e) CAS has agreed to put a shelf in its premises to take food for the Strathaven Foodbank. 

Date of Next Meeting. Tuesday 31st August, 2021 at 7.00pm on-line via Zoom. Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings. All correspondence to:- strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com. 

Help us by completing our Community Action Plan Review consultation survey

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

Glassford

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting Agenda

January 25th 2022 at 7pm on Zoom.

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Strathaven and Glassford Community Council

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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)

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Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting

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Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Agenda October 26th 2021

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A G E N D A

  1. Sederunt
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Police Report
  5. SP Energy Networks Planned Overhead Cable Works
  6. Community Action Plan Review
  7. Proposed Overwood Incinerator: CC Response
  8. Clydesdale Tourism Group Update
  9. Social Media and Strathaven Facebook Group Post Issues
  10. Planning Applications
  11. Strathaven Castle Update
  12. Transport Sub-Group
  13. Working together for Avondale Update and future plans
  14. Strathaven CARS
  15. Kype Muir Community Fund
  16. Community Council Micro Grants
  17. Secretary’s Report
  18. Treasurers Report
  19. Reports from CC Members
  20. Reports from SLC Councillors
  21. A.O.C.B
  22. Date of next meeting Tuesday November 30th at 7pm online

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All correspondence to strathavencommcouncil@gmail.com

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October 26th, 2021 7PM

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Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Minutes August 31st 2021

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STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL
MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING 31ST AUGUST 2021
held online using Zoom

  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 I. Dorman.
    Minute Secretary: John Graham.
    Visitors: Dr. Lisa Cameron M.P. and Robert Murray
  1. Minutes of Previous Meeting (29/06/2021).
    The Minutes were approved without change.
    Proposed – M. McDonald. Seconded – S. Tulloch.
  2. Community Action Plan Review (CAP). Only one response was received and it may be necessary to look at the Review again in an attempt to pull together community needs. Members to send their comments to L. Hoggan by the end of September.
  1. CC Membership. There has been no response to the request for new Members. The person contacted by A. Hendry was not interested in joining the CC. L. Hoggan to continue advertising for new Members.
  1. Plans for Incinerator at Overwood. The Plans have not yet been submitted to SLC. The CC response is ready to go when required.
  2. Toilet Provision in Strathaven.
    (a) There has been no change to the number of businesses agreeing to take part in the Scheme.
    (b) The aim is to have the Scheme in place for Easter 2022 and this would include plans for a financial incentive for those taking part. A source needs to be agreed for the funding of this.
  1. Planning Applications Sub-Group.
    (a) A CC Member had heard that a Plan had been submitted for the Ballgreen Hall Complex. This had proved not to be true and she said that there was a need for a CC Member to monitor Planning Applications. D. Scott agreed to monitor the Planning Portal but said that he was very busy and Members were asked to let L. Hoggan know if they could assist in this task. The matter will be included on the Agenda for the September meeting.
    (b) Councillors reported that the only Planning Applications current were for the East Overton Development and changes to Berebriggs Road.
    (c) It was also reported that money had been included in the SLC Budget for the demolition of the Ballgreen Hall Complex. It was possible that the site would be put up for sale. Should a private Housing Association purchase it and agree to build Social Housing, SLC could consider becoming involved in the Project.
    (d) Plans have been agreed for the building of flats adjacent to the Golf Club, a Wind Turbine at Kirkland Farm and a bio-mass boiler at West Newton Farm.
  1. Transport Sub-Group.
    M. Arnot reported the following:-
    (a) The problem of hazardous parking at the Overton Road/Commercial Road junction has been addressed.
    (b) The sight lines on North Street are still bad. Ground Services will maintain the site and will replace the bush blocking sight lines with plants.
    (c) A Traffic Census will be carried out in September on Lethame Road to review the situation.
    (d) The proposed one-way system around Bridge Street and Wellbrae will go out to consultation.
    (e) The Review of the 20mph speed limit will be carried out in September and a Report will be sent to SLC.
    (f) A Bike Rack has been suggested for placement in the Common Green but SLC would like there to be a Cycle Shed to provide cover for the bikes. Members were asked to suggest where in the Common Green such a Shed could be sited.
    (g) A Speed Survey will be carried out in Glassford in September.
    (h) Traffic Signal sequence in the Common Green to be looked at in September.
    (i) M. McDonald questioned whether priority should be given to providing more Disabled Parking Spaces over the provision for cyclists.
    (j) R. Murray reported that Dr. Cameron M.P. had received numerous complaints regarding the Lethame Road junction and, after visiting the site with Members of the CC and nearby residents, she requested an on site meeting at the location to discuss what action could be taken for both motorists and pedestrian safety. The site meeting took place and a Traffic
    Survey is to be carried out.
    (k) Councillor Cooper asked why Dr. Cameron was getting involved in SLC matters. It was said that she had been responding to requests to become involved and that she had worked closely supporting SLC Councillors on the CC. Both parties agreed to discuss the matter privately.
  1. Working Together for Avondale Update (WTA).
    (a) WTA have continued to provide community support since the previous CC Meeting. The main activities have been:-
  • Easter meals.
  • Further support for Strathaven Foodbank.
  • Provision of fresh food vouchers at Ann Davidson Butchers.
  • Provision of vouchers for weekend meal at The Taal Indian Restaurant.
  • Support for installation of a food shelf in Climate Action Strathaven.
  • Family Fun Day at Strathaven Miniature Railway.
  • Two Peer Groups held at the Outreach Church.
  • Further Mindfulness Sessions.
  • A Mindfulness Camp for more than 60 children.
  • 200 Craft Kits were distributed.
    (b) Funding for the above activities came from the Communities Recovery Fund, Foundation Scotland and the Enhanced Summer Provision Fund run by SLC.
    (c) To date £28,741.29 of the £40,000 has been spent.
    (d) Proposals for the spending of the remaining £11,528.61 include:-
  • Follow-up Mindfulness Art Sessions during the October School Holiday week. (£1,279.90).
  • Two Peer Support Groups offering up to a maximum of 16 Sessions for up to 12 people per Session. (£3,248).
  • A COVID Commemorative Bench to be sited at an agreed location in Strathaven. (£1,000).
  • An event to mark the effort of organisations, individuals and communities across Avondale during the COVID pandemic. (No costing at present).
  • Further support for Strathaven Foodbank. (£500).
  • Energy top-ups as required for a Hardship Fund. (£200).
    (e) At present just over £5,000 remains uncommitted.
    (f) The full Progress Report on WTA was circulated to CC Members prior to the meeting.
  1. Strathaven CARS.
    (a) Work on The Taal Indian Restaurant is completed.
    (b) Work either in progress or to be started includes Craig’s Newsagent, Sorbie Hayes, The Barbers, The Weavers, The Green Room, Blair’s Hairdressers and a roof on a premises on Bridge Street.
    (c) No further work is being sought.
    (d) The CC Noticeboard was damaged and L. Hoggan has agreed that CARS will fund a replacement. The area previously occupied by the Noticeboard will be taken over by the Rifleman Khan Statue and, following discussions, Councillor Cooper is pursuing permission for the area between the Post Box and the Bank of Scotland as a possible site for the Noticeboard. (This
    information was omitted at the Meeting and was subsequently supplied by M. McDonald for the information of the CC Members).
  1. Kype Muir Community Fund.
    (a) An Application for £4,000 has been agreed for Frets Creative with a further £1,000 six months later towards the Local Radio Project.
    (b) An Expression of Interest has been received from Strathaven Academy for £6,000 for a Cycling Club. This will also be available to Primary Schools.
    (c) £158,331 has been added to the Fund and the CC will receive one sixth of this sum.
    (d) The Fund will be reviewed in 2022 and the CC will submit ideas and recommendations to the Appraisal in May next year.
  1. CC Micro Grants.
    (a) The £5,000 for this years Grant has been received from SLC. The CC wish to attract Applications from small Groups within the community and L. Hoggan will continue to promote the Fund in ‘The Echoes’.
    (b) Councillor Cooper informed Members that the Tennis Club and the Miniature Railway had developments pending and could put in an Application.
    (c) R. Murray said that discussions were ongoing regarding the creation of a Skatepark in Strathaven and the setting up of a Committee to take this forward was being considered.
    (d) Councillor Cooper said that a Skatepark was planned within the East Overton Development and agreed to assist the family campaigning for such a Project bring it to fruition. L. Hoggan agreed to pass contact details to Councillor Cooper.
    (e) All paperwork has now been completed and Grants closed off with the exception of the Bethany Group who have not been able to have their planned outing due to the COVID pandemic.
    (f) From the 2020 – 2021 Grant there are two outstanding awards at this time, namely, Strathaven Business Association and Creative Strathaven. These Groups have been contacted for an update to allow these to be closed off.
    (g) The full Micro Grants Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting.
  1. Secretary’s Report.
    (a) There is a Plan to create a Community Garden at the Airfield and the group working on this have been awarded Charity Status and require Trustees.
    (b) The Report has been done on the Hunterlees Road in Glassford and R. Murray will send a copy to L. Hoggan for forwarding to CC Members.
  1. Treasurer’s Report.
    (a) All monies have been received from SLC.
    (b) Approval was sought for payment of £15 for the Domain Name. This was approved.
    (c) The Town Centre Fund is a bit cumbersome but the CC are coping with this. Continuing to use BACs for payments and claiming the money back is working well.
    (d) The full Report was circulated to CC Members prior to the Meeting.
  2. Reports from CC Members.
    (a) The SJHMT currently have a display of some of their COVID Archive
    material in the CAS premises on Green Street. (M. McDonald).
    (b) The problem of fly-tipping was raised again. (G. McAllan).
    (c) Congratulation were given to SLC for the work done on road upgrades in the area. (G. McAllan).
    (d) The Balloon Flights planned for what would have been the Balloon Festival weekend had to be cancelled. (L. Hoggan).
  3. Reports from SLC Councillors.
    Councillor Dorman.
    (a) She reported that she has been busy with Constituency matters.
    (b) Councillor Dorman was asked if SLC had any plans to resurface the footpaths in the Kype View, Douglas Street and Moss Road area which are in a poor state of repair. She agreed to look into this matter. (Subsequent to the Meeting Councillor Dorman reported that the footpaths in the area were not currently on the SLC List for resurfacing. An inspection will be carried out to assess if resurfacing is required).
    Councillor Cooper.
    She reported that she had been involved in the following:-
    (a) Working with Avondale Church and the Tennis Club on possible Projects.
    (b) In discussions about where to plant trees in the Park so as not to inconvenience events which take place there.
    (c) Police have been informed regarding damage to trees in the Park.
    (d) The Rifleman Khan Statue will be unveiled in November. Bancon Homes has given £2,000 towards the cost of the Project.
    (e) Investigating the lack of lighting on Lethame Road and Threestanes Road.
    (f) Concerns about the impact of road works in the Strathaven area on the community.
    (g) Work has been undertaken in the past two weeks in an attempt to sort the flooding problem outside the Town Mill and the drain has been fixed. A permanent solution is needed and Scottish Water have to ensure that their drains also remain clear.(h) Councillor Cooper praised the family who had carried out work on the Garden on Todshill Street over the summer. She also thanked the Common Greenery for donating plants. The possibility of the community taking over the site is being considered. (i) SLC now has a Plan as to what a new Cemetery for Strathaven might look like. It is also investigating the possibility of a site for a new Cemetery. (j) Jardine Patterson has donated £40,000 towards repair work being done on the present Cemetery.
  1. AOCB
    (a) D. Scott asked if consideration could be given to putting picnic benches in the Park.
    (b) A. McMann asked if the pond in the Park had been filled up. In reply, it was said that this had not yet happened as some slabs needed to be repaired. It may not be refilled until next year.
    (c) Dr. Cameron said that she had raised an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons recognising the work done by Councillor G. Campbell.
    (d) Dr. Cameron said that if anyone experienced any Home Office problems regarding deportation issues they should contact her office.
    (e) Dr. Cameron said that a Community Questionnaire on the flooding outside the Town Mill would be available soon.
  2. Date of Next Meeting.
    Tuesday 28th September at 7.00pm to be held via Zoom.

Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Meeting

TUESDAY, September 28th 2021 at 7pm

Online meeting

This is an updated agenda with an additional item 7.

A G E N D A

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

Time: September 28th, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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