Largs Community Council
Thursday 21 March 2019 at 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr A Carson (Chair), CCllr V Lundie (Secretary), CCllr L Smith, CCllr A Kelly, CCllr J Phillips, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Wood, Cllr T Marshall, Cllr I Murdoch, Cllr A Hill, PC Murphy (Police Scotland)
Apologies: CCllr K Murray, CCllr J Stewart, CCllr J Perman, CCllr P Perman (Treasurer)
CCllr Carson as Chair opened the meeting and welcomed members, Police Scotland and members of the public.
As noted above
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CCllr Carson advised that she had attended the North Coast PP funding, where many groups presented in order to obtain funding. All applicants were awarded some funding. NAC are working hard with many groups.
Cllr Hill mentioned that another topic that was touched on was the roll out of consultation on the future role of public halls, libraries and public buildings. Public meetings will be held throughout North Coast to discuss these services and how they are and can be delivered more efficiently. Public meeting for Largs is to be held on 28 March at 6.30pmCCllr Marshall advised that NAC had tried hard to keep the council tax rise to 3% when other councils had raised it by up to 4.75% There is also concern, not so much with Calmac’s Cumbrae crossing but with the Arran crossing. The ferry was damaged last weekend when it hit the quay and had to be taken out of service. There is a new ferry due for this crossing. The average age of the Calmac fleet is 23years.
Cllr Murdoch touched on the public meeting (Friends of The Firth of Clyde) that was held immediately after our last CC meeting (21 Feb 2019), he felt it was very well attended and organised. He is all for more public meetings to get the public involved in local issues.
CCllr Wood asked if we are any further forward regarding discussion on public car parks. Cllr Murdoch advised that yes there have been discussions and Cllr Marshall concurred that there are two carpark locations under active consideration, which are being costed.
|4||Minutes of Meeting of 21 February 2019
Approved CCllr Smith, 2nd CCllr Carson
|5||Matters Arising from Minutes
CCllr Carson asked CCllr Kelly for update on the ‘tree’ issue and whether she was satisfied following correspondence from NAC. CCllr Kelly reported that residents from the area concerned seemed fairly satisfied, although she had been disappointed in the uptake of replacement trees. The general consensus was that the residents would have wanted to keep the existing trees and not necessarily have a tree in their own garden. CCllr Carson expressed thanks to Thomas Reeney of NAC for his interaction and help regarding this. Cllr Murdoch reported that although he had been informed that the existing trees would be removed by 31 March, this has been delayed slightly and will be over the next couple of weeks.
|6||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence and Social Media
No specific correspondence, we do however receive many surveys and consultations etc. These are forwarded to members with appropriate links and members can decide if they wish to participate and make their thoughts known.
No report (treasurer absent). Update to be reported April.
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a. Police – report by PC Murphy (see attached). Pleasing to see that there has been no reports of serious and violent crimes over the last month.
b. Licensing – none to report.
c. Planning- none to report.
d. Environment – Cllr Carson reported following a successful meeting regarding the Hunterston decommissioning site, a stakeholder’s liaison group has now been set up. CCllr Carson attended an initial meeting, as LCC representative, where it was agreed that no chair would be appointed until an operator had been selected. Terms of Reference were also agreed and that they would meet twice each year until an operator was appointed then the group would meet quarterly.
e. Transportation – Cllr Adair advised that no new issues, however, as already reported last month numerous complaints about the forthcoming road closure of the A78 for resurfacing works. There is never a good time for these works and CCllr Carson assured members of the public that several options/dates had been explored.
|10||A.O.C.B. – CCllr Carson introduced member of the public, John McCracken who wished to discuss the issue of the derelict cottage in Gallowgate Lane. Mr McCracken has had a flat in Gallowgate since 1987 and is frustrated at the state of the cottage and lack of activity or interaction from NAC with regards to improvement of the site, especially since the recent upgrade of Gallowgate Square. He now expresses concern about fly-tipping and rubbish within the site and feels that this is now an environmental issue. Neighbouring shops have claimed to have seen rats, and action needs to be taken. He asks what action NAC can take e.g. compulsory purchase. Cllr Marshall confirmed that there is a live planning application in place and in order to make a compulsory purchase it would be for the value of the land. Cllr Murdoch responds that NAC is limited in what they are able to do given the live application and compulsory purchases are very rare. Mr McCracken asked then if some form of screening could be erected. Cllr Hill advised that this then becomes an issue of taxpayers money being spent on private property, and would require owners consent. Another avenue to look at a scheme called ‘Stalled Spaces’. Something similar was in West Kilbride, and perhaps the façade could be removed with area cleaned out with a garden area in the meantime. Cllr Marshall agreed to check for us the current position with regard to the planning application.
CCllr Wood advises that Douglas Park is 100 years old this year and expresses dismay at the state of the park including the Burns Garden. It’s a disgrace and an embarrassment. Nobody seems to take any ideas forward. Could we organise to tidy it up, at very least? Cllr Murdoch advised that Fairlie Organic Growers have adopted the area in front of former shelter and possibly the area of former aviary. Members of the public can adopt flowerbeds etc. Cllr Marshall stated that the council are intending to tidy it up by filling in the unused flowerbeds and allowing grass area at the tennis courts to become a wild area. This will allow the maintenance charged to our Common Good fund to be cut from £30K to closer to £7K region. Largs Tennis Club no longer uses the courts as they have moved to Inverclyde, but the public still have the use of the courts.
CCllr Kelly expressed disappointment at rubbish discarded between local shop Bake n Bite and school. Credit to shop who do have bins outside premises and agreed that CCllr Wood would speak to police as this is out with school boundaries.
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