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Strathaven and Glassford Community Council Agenda October 26th 2021

Online meeting

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

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 AGM and Meeting

October 26th, 2021 7PM

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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

Members of the Public are most welcome to all our Meetings

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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 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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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. 

Agenda for Community Council meeting on August 31st 2021 at 7pm

STRATHAVEN AND GLASSFORD COMMUNITY COUNCIL  MEETING

TUESDAY, August 31st 2021 at 7pm

Online meeting

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. Plans for an Incinerator at Overwood
  7. Planning Applications Sub-Group
  8. Toilet provision in Strathaven
  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 September 28 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: Aug 31, 2021 07:00 PM London

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Minutes of May 25th 2021 meeting of Strathaven and Glassford Community Council

Sederunt:

Aileen McMann (Chairperson); Gordon McAllan (Vice Chair); Les Hoggan (Secretary); Sheila Munro Tulloch (Treasurer); Morag Arnot; Linda Brown; Alister Hendry; Margot McDonald; Douglas Scott and Aileen Stewart. Councillors: G. Campbell and I. Dorman. Minute Secretary: John Graham. Visitors: Dr. Lisa Cameron MP; Linzi Clark and Robert Murray. 

Apologies:

Councillor M. Cooper. 

Minutes of Previous Meeting (27/04/2021).

The Minutes were approved without change. Proposed: Les Hoggan. Seconded: Douglas Scott. 

Community Action Plan (CAP).

(a) The CAP is now live on the CC Website. There are two versions. One to download and print and one to download and complete online. Information about the Consultation will also be in the latest edition of ‘The Echoes’. To date there have been no responses.

(b) A small number of paper copies will be produced for distribution round local cafes.

(c) Closing Date for the Public Consultation is 30th June, 2021.

(d) Les Hoggan to compose a few lines for the Strathaven Facebook Page. This to go to the Chairperson before going to the Administrator of the site. 

CC Membership.

(a) John Graham was asked to become a Member of the CC. He agreed to do so and his appointment was agreed by the Members.

(b) New Members are required for the CC following some Members standing down this year. It was agreed that a request for New Members be put out. Les Hoggan to put this appeal on to the CC Facebook Page.

(c) It was suggested that visitors to the CC Meetings be asked if they wished to consider becoming Members. This to be done in conjunction with the Facebook appeal to the wider community. 

Plans for Incinerator at Overwood.

(a) This is still at the Pre-Planning stage and no Application has yet been lodged with SLC.

(b) Viridor are carrying out Public Consultations and the opinion was expressed that these have not been particularly helpful.

(c) It is possible that any Planning Application may be referred to the Scottish Government at some stage.

(d) Dr. Lisa Cameron MP has contacted SLC regarding the proposed development. She will continue to monitor the situation and will be doing Reports on the Application in the future.

(e) While the CC are not an official body as far as this Project is concerned they can submit a response to the Viridor Consultation.

(f) Members believed that the proposed Incinerator would impact Strathaven and Glassford. The 90 metre high chimneys would be an eyesore and there may be increased traffic movement caused by waste being taken to the Plant. (g) The CC should begin work on their response but should seek more details about the plans before submitting any response.

(h) Morag Arnot provided statistics regarding other Plants and on the amount of material which was planned to be processed by the Incinerator. She agreed to forward this information to Members.

(i) While something was needed to deal with this type of waste it was felt that this was not necessarily the right location for such a site.

(j) Les Hoggan and Councillor Dorman agreed to speak to John Young from Stonehouse regarding the feelings of people in that community about the proposed Plant.

(k) Les Hoggan was asked to put together a Report, including the traffic aspect. He asked if Members could send him their comments on this matter by Tuesday 1st June, 2021 

Toilet Provision in Strathaven.

(a) As obtaining a building for a Public Toilet is economically unfeasible, the CC are investigating a Local Comfort Scheme similar to one being used in Lanark. This would involve local businesses receiving funding for allowing the public to use their Toilets. To date, 5 businesses have expressed a willingness to take part in such a Scheme.

(b) Informal discussions have taken place in the past but nothing came from them.

(c) How an Incentive Scheme can be funded, how the CC would stand as a Regulatory Authority and any Insurance implications need to be discussed. A Meeting will need to be held to consider all aspects of the proposed Scheme. This could involve local businesses and SLC. A Community Council constituted under section 52 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as amended.

(d) The CC should be pro-active in bringing Toilet facilities to Strathaven and thereby help attract more people to visit the town. 

Transport Sub-Group. A Meeting of the Sub-Group will take place on 11th June, 2021. 

Working Together for Avondale (WTA).

(a) While funds have been committed, no money has been spent in May.

(b) An Application for a further £4,000 has been made to the SLC Enhanced Summer Provision Fund 2021. This funding, if successful, will be used to run Mindfulness and Art Workshops over the summer. A decision on the Application will be known by 9th June, 2021.

(c) Work is ongoing with the Strathaven Foodbank and the Taal Restaurant to provide meal vouchers to supplement the food parcels.

(d) In conjunction with Creative Strathaven more Craft Kits will be provided for use over the summer holidays.

(e) WTA is working with the Strathaven Miniature Railway to arrange a Family Fun Day on Sunday 13th June, 2021. It was suggested that there could be music in the Bandstand on the day but, while this was an option, there were concerns that this could lead to people congregating around the site.

(f) Two more Peer Support Groups will be held. One on Autism and one for families with babies born within the last year.

(g) Events to be advertised on Facebook, the CC Website and in ‘The Echoes’. In reply to a question if the Noticeboard in the Common Green, beside the Car Park, could also be used, it was stated that it was not available at this time. CARS and the Strathaven Business Association are working on a plan to make it usable again.

(h) Members of the CC were asked to give any ideas for the use of remaining funds to either Les Hoggan or Sheila Munro Tulloch. 

Strathaven CARS.

(a) There have been 3 new Applications to the Fund. The Tudor Cafe; 3, Bridge Street and the Green Room.

(b) Other projects are on-going and CARS do not wish too many more new Projects as there is a need to balance the funding.

(c) In reply to a question regarding a Gable End on Green Street it was stated that work could not be done on this at present due to certain unresolved problems. 

Kype Muir Community Fund.

(a) A Meeting scheduled for Monday 24th may, 2021 had to be cancelled. The next Meeting will be at the end of June, 2021 and Margot McDonald will report back to the CC.

(b) There have been 3 Applications to the Fund:- 1. Climate Action Strathaven for £6,500. 2. W3ST for £4,000 towards CCTV provision. 3. Lanarkshire Larder. This Application requires further investigation.

(c) Les Hoggan said that another Expression of Interest would be forthcoming to the Fund.

(d) Concerns were raised that Applications were being received from out with the Strathaven and Glassford CC area. There is a need for other CC’s to take a share of Applications and pitch in with some funding. 

CC Micro Grants.

(a) No word has been received on the Grant for this year.

(b) Two Groups have still to finalise their Funds for last year. 

Secretary’s Report.

All items covered in the Meeting. 

Treasurer’s Report.

(a) There have been no transactions since those reported last month.

(b) Town Centre Funding will be in the next Report.

(c) There is still £10,342.71 remaining uncommitted in the COVID Fund 2020 – 2022.

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

Reports from CC Members.

(a) The Balloon Festival AGM will be held on 10th June, 2021. (Les Hoggan)

(b) Concerns were raised about fly-tipping in the area. (Gordon McAllan)

(c) Certain roads in the area were in need of repair due to traffic originally associated with the Wind Turbines. (Gordon McAllan)

(d) Cones around drains on Glasgow Road are causing a problem for the free movement of traffic. (Linda Brown)

(e) Repairs are required on the road into Glassford from the Hamilton Road end. (Les Hoggan)

(f) Road markings at the Commercial Road/Glassford Road Junction are in need of re-painting. (Morag Arnot)

(g) Councillor Dorman agreed to look into the above issues.

(h) The 20mph and 30mph signs on Overton Road seemed to be causing confusion due to the short distances between the limits. (Morag Arnot) Councillor Campbell said that the signs complied with the Regulations set out by the Scottish Government to Local Authorities.

(i) In response to a request for an update on the Hallhill Site in Glassford by Gordon McAllan, it was stated that discussions had taken place about the Ecological Report. Robert Murray said that he had questions for SLC. 

Reports from SLC Councillors.

Councillor Campbell

(a) The roll out for fibre boxes for bringing better Broadband to Strathaven and Glassford has been completed. The system should be ready by the end of 2021. It is possible that land may be available for the siting of a Digital Station in Strathaven.

(b) There has been a further delay in starting the building of houses on the Kirk Street site 

AOCB.

(a) The problem of sheep being loose on the A71 on the road to Stonehouse was raised. This could cause a serious accident and could whoever is responsible for the repair of the gates and fencing be contacted.

(b) The Police Report has been received and is as follows:- The figures for dates between 01/05/21 – 25/05/21 are:- Theft – 6 incidents varying from theft of vehicles to shoplifting. Fraud – 3 incidents involving phone scams. Assault – 3 incidents. Road Traffic Offences – 3 incidents all minor. Vandalism – 2 incidents. Anti-Social Behaviour – 5 incidents varying from street drinking to loud parties. Communication Act Offences – 2 incidents of verbal abuse on-line. Drug Offences – 1 minor incident.

(c) There have been reports of Academy pupils climbing on to the roof of the Barrie Shelter and that they were using the public defibrillator to get up there. They could seriously injure themselves if they fell off and there is a risk that the defibrillator could be damaged and be unusable in an emergency. Les Hoggan was asked to contact the Academy and alert them about this issue.

(d) Dr. Lisa Cameron MP reported that she was currently working with an innovative young person who has put together a successful Petition for a Skate Park for young people. Les Hoggan said that he would be putting an article on this in ‘The Echoes’.

(e) Dr. Lisa Cameron MP also said that she was working on her article for the SJHMT COVID Archive.

(f) Aileen McMann said that she would not be available to Chair the June Meeting and asked Gordon McAllan if he could deputise for her. He agreed to do so.

Date of Next Meeting.

Tuesday 29th June 2021 at 7.00pm via Zoom.

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

Update on plans for Strathaven Castle

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

Minute Secretary:- John Graham.

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

Apologies:- Councillor Margaret Cooper.

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

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

Community Action Plan (CAP).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plans for Incinerator at Overwood.

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

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

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

Strathaven Inside/Out App.

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

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

Transport Sub-Group.

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

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

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

Working Together for Avondale (WTA) – Update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strathaven CARS.

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

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

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

Kype Muir Community Fund.

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

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

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

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

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

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

CC Micro Grants.

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

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

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

Treasurer’s Report.

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

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

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

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

Reports from CC Members.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AOCB.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Councillors:- I. Dorman. 

      Minute Secretary:- John Graham. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Lightburn Elderly Association Project (LEAP) – £500. 

            Glassford Primary School Parents Council – £500. 

            Strathaven Miniature Railway – £500. 

             Strathaven Airfield – £462. 

             Glassford Community Group – £230. 

             Strathaven Dynamos – £500.

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

             Creative Strathaven – £250.73. 

             Strathaven Camera Club – £100. 

             Strathaven in Bloom – £500. 

             Strathaven Business Association – £500. 

             Kirklandpark Parent Council – £487.28. 

             Strathaven Town Mill – £469.99 

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

             Strathaven Festivals – £100. 

             Bethany Club – £450. 

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

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

             £4,210.87. This comprised:- 

             £29.99 for Printer Ink. 

             £3,500.00 paid out for Micro Grants. 

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

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

The Financial Report was accepted by Members. 

  1. Reports from SLC Councillors. 

         Councillor I. Dorman. 

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

              Primary School. 

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

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

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

              Strathaven have commissioned the artists to do this work. 

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

              Echoes’. 

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

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

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