Largs Community Council
19 April 2018 at 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr D Blair (Chair), CCllr V Lundie, CCllr A Carson, CCllr D Cochrane, CCllr P Perman, CCllr J Perman, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Wood, CCllr J Phillips, Cllr I Murdoch, Cllr T Marshall, Sgt J Cook
Apologies: CCllr E Marshall, CCllr J Stewart, Cllr A Hill
Welcome to all present.
As noted above
|3||North Ayrshire Council Report
Cllr Murdoch reported that follow up from last meeting the missing bollard from the prom at the pier end will be replaced next week. The square and the shelters were to be completed by Easter, alas these weren’t. There is to be a site meeting this coming Monday. There have been a lot of complaints regarding the topic of yellows lines; this will be covered under transportation. The recent road closures of the A78 were to carry out structural issues and not maintenance. Cllr Murdoch has written to ask what are the plans for the rest of the road, through Fairlie and Largs to Skelmorlie are in a particularly bad state. He had meeting regarding possible cycle counter with suggested site at kiosk near RNLI station. With recent road works there followed issues with Brisbane Glen Road and had to ask for this to be closed due to volume of traffic and it all became total gridlock and vehicles being damaged. Cllr Murdoch has been trying to arrange a meeting with other elected members with a view to getting a pilot up and running and arrange finance for some form of parking marshal.
NAC has submitted a response to the Forestry EIA.
Cllr Marshall advised of a local development plan which has earmarked where new housing is to go and there will be a new development up Brisbane Glen. The population of North Ayrshire is dropping so they have identified 10 new sites for developing with a view to boosting the local economy and bring in new people to the area. There is debate as to whether this is a suitable area due to flooding. CCllr Lundie asked that assuming there will be family housing in this development has this been taken into account with the construction of the new campus?
CCllr Wood asked that with all this proposed development what will be done for the community. There is not even a Community Centre in the town. Cllr Murdoch pointed out the facilities available at the new campus, the Vikingar etc.
Cllr Murdoch pointed out that the prom has recently been done albeit not up to standard, the investment in Gallowgate Square and the new skate park.
|4||Minutes of Meeting of 15 March 2018
Proposed CCllr Adair and 2nd CCllr Woods.
|5||Matters Arising from Minutes
Re item 6 FOI – update from CCllr J Perman – what Jennifer Ross has conceded now is that she had advised that NAC had received representation from 2 councillors, this is incorrect and there was only 1 representation. Prior to 14 July there was no complaints lodged with NAC and Mr Hatton had to solicit input from the Police on 14 July. Nothing had ever come directly from the Police to NAC. Mr Hatton then contacted local members at which time there had been no report from PMI and PMI made no recommendation for demolition. Inspection was made subsequent to members agreeing to demolition. The only person who proposed the demolition was Mr Hatton. Only on 12 September did the Organic Growers concede to asset transfer/lease request for the building. Mr Hatton emailed on 18 July to Councillors Murdoch, Marshall, Gallagher, Hill and Andrew Fraser stated that “I am minded to demolish the shelter”. Cllr Gallagher responded on 19 July “It sticks in the throat that we have to destroy what is a perfectly sound structure built for the public good. We need to co-operate with the Police etc. to see if there is a long term solution we can apply. Also, we obviously cannot knock down the building without replacing it with something.” A further response from Mr Hatton on 20 July “Happy to consider form of replacement, although we need something that won’t attract anti-social behaviour. Once we have a clear way forward and timescale around potential demolition I’ll arrange to meet with ward members to discuss thoughts on potential replacement.” As at last Community Council meeting (15 March), Cllrs Murdoch and Hill confirmed that this has still not taken place.
|6||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence
Email received re Community Council Planning Training has been rescheduled for 9 May at Focus Centre, Saltcoats. CCllr Wood confirmed she would attend.
Message received via our webpage suggesting local workers obtaining a pass for seafront carpark to free up town centre parking. CCllr Adair to take this forward to NAC.
CCllr Blair advise that we received email and call from FCS thanking Largs Community Council for being an active participation.
Re the meeting on Monday night about the forestry, arranged at very short notice, some very valid questions and points put to the applicant’s representatives from both interested groups and local residents. NAC have also submitted a response supporting the proposal subject to the following matters – access; buffer zones; deer fencing; traffic being via Blair Park; no tree planting in the prominent west facing areas.
Regardless of whether we as a group or individuals agree or not with the proposals and the specifics of it, the application is in and decision now up to the FSC. CCllr P Perman expressed disappointment at the low numbers of local people attending.
One expense this month with cheque being issued to TikTok for our web design and set up at £550. Balance in accounts – Project fund £1744.07 and Current account remains at £213.87.
|8||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police CCllr Woods introduced Sgt John Cook from Police Scotland, Saltcoats. CCllr Blair raised an issued that had caused concern amongst several residents this afternoon, which were ‘explosion’ noises coming from the direction of Hunterston. Sgt Cook confirmed that they had been made aware of this in relation to planned works and there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about. CCllr Blair suggested that perhaps some warning in future. It was very alarming. CCllr Wood concerned about the level of violence with 11 reported assaults over a 4 week period with 7 being detected and positive line of enquiry on a further 2. Sgt Cook advised that they have had reports of the shelter at Moorburn being used as a drinking den. This is something that will be covered under their action plan. West coast of Scotland is experiencing theft of batteries from temporary traffic lights and asks the public to report any lights that are out. These batteries are extremely heavy. There are no particular emerging crime patterns.
b. Licensing Shortly after last month’s meeting couple of applications came in and as a response was time critical these were passed directly to CCllr Wood to respond. Again another application that was time critical – from Sports Centre for licence for special occasions. CCllr Wood responded on behalf of Community council with no objections.
c. Planning Application from Mr Clark re proposal for additional use of hardstanding which projects onto the prom. The fairground ride is too big for existing hardstanding and owner wishes to lease part of the prom to accommodate this. There was debate as to whether these showground rides were an asset to the town. CCllr J Perman proposal objection on basis that it narrows the prom 2nd CCllr Lundie, vote 4 for, 3 against and 1 abstention.
d. Environment Forestry as per earlier discussion.
e. Transportation CCllr Adair reiterated parking and yellow line debate discussed at previous meetings. However more recently residents were not made aware that new double yellow lines were to be laid down in Bath Street area. Cllr Marshall emphasise that NAC were only refreshing existing traffic regulations therefore consultation was not required. The town is suffering as a result of RMT affecting Calmac and volume of traffic. Cllr Murdoch and Marshall will raise this issue at forthcoming NAC meeting. CCllr P Perman stated that the report in local paper stating that LCC started the petition is inaccurate.
f. Social Media – None
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|10||Date of Next Meeting – 17 May 2018|