Largs Community Council
20 December 2018, 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr A Carson, CCllr V Lundie, CCllr J Stewart, CCllr K Murray, CCllr J Phillips, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Wood, CCllr D Cochrane, CCllr P Perman, CCllr J Perman, Cllr I Murdoch, Cllr A Hill (Late)
Apologies: Cllr T Marshall
CCllr Carson welcomed members.
As noted above
|3||North Ayrshire Council Report
As reported by Cllr Murdoch. Full council meeting yesterday (17 December). There is an issue with the lighting in Gallowgate Square, relevant department been out several times attending to this. Complaints received about shorefront carpark in relation to bins again. This was dealt with today with the exception of one food bin which is due to be emptied.
During the full council meeting, Cllr Murdoch raised the issue about the lack of an EIA for the decommissioning site. The three month timeframe for appealing to planning has now lapsed, so The Friends of the Clyde are now appealing to SEPA and Marine Scotland to ask for an EIA as this is still within their powers. Cllr Murdoch advises that all the evidence points to a Schedule 1 EIA and it has not been requested. They have now applied for a waste management licence for the whole site. These issues are being pursued. He also asked if planning conditions had been breached as one of the conditions was that a Liaison Group was to be created within 3 months of planning being granted and this has not happened.
Cllr Hill states that there is about to be another license application to Marine Scotland and they are the last public body that can state that an EIA must be carried out. It’s a sensitive environmental area. Cllr Murdoch also advised that there is an issue with the size of ships. The fact that several smaller applications were made allowed the size of the ships involved to be not such an issue compared to that had it been one large application. If the jetty extension goes ahead then the ships could be as close as 10 feet from a rare oyster bed. CCllr Cochrane has every faith that the correct processes will be followed. Cllr Hill emphasised that Largs will be impacted by this.
CCllr Carson asked if LCC supports the request to Marine Scotland to insist on an EIA. No objections.
|4||Minutes of Meeting of 15 November 2018
Cllr Murdoch raised an issue with Item 9 – Treasurers Report regarding the cost of the independent tree survey. He states that there was no proposal or vote and that it is not in the minutes that he challenged this. He feels that if we are spending money then it should be proposed, seconded and voted upon. CCllr Carson responded that this was discussed and although there was no proposal and vote, it was asked if there were any objections, which there were not. NAC also uses this format. CCllr P Perman suggested that perhaps for future items of this nature we should vote rather than seek any objections.
Minutes proposed CCllr Cochrane, 2nd CCllr Adair
|5||Matters Arising from Minutes
CCllr J Perman referred to item concerning the voting a the Locality Partnership meeting whereby £10K was distributed without a proposal or vote being taken despite the opinion of NAC Legal Services saying that the application did not meet the requirements. Cllr Murdoch advised that this has already been raised with the head of NAC Legal Department and has been advised that everything was done appropriately. Cllr Hill stated that Locality Partnership works on the basis of consensus, where this isn’t reached then it’s down to the councillors to vote when it concerns finance. CCllr Perman asked if it is acceptable for the councillors to ignore their own legal services who stated it does not meet the requirements.
CCllr Perman is taking this forward personally.
Cllr Murdoch refers to item raised under AOCB, regarding the privacy and embarrassment experienced when obtaining vouchers for the foodbank. He has now been able to arrange for a private meeting room to be used. CCllr Murray can confirm that this is the case.
|6||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence
Been quite quiet. Any correspondence received by way of emails is forwarded to relevant/all members to be actioned.
Reported by our new treasurer CCllr P Perman.
Proposed CCllr Adair, 2nd CCllr Phillips.
|8||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police – emergency to attend to therefore reported by CCllr Wood. (See attached). CCllr Wood advised that NAC will not be supplying taxi marshals this year, as they were too late in putting it out to tender and no company took it up. However, additional funds have been allocated to Police Scotland to cover this task. The Police have visited all licensed premised in the lead up to Xmas, New Year, and 2nd Jan period.
b. Licensing – None to report
c. Planning – Application received again from Weatherspoon for creation of seating on public footpath for 10 tables and 20 chairs. LCC had objected to previous application for this. This is the narrowest part of the prom and if this is to accommodate a smoking area then they already an outdoor terrace for this purpose. Objection on grounds that it is too narrow to accommodate this with comment regarding existing outdoor area. Proposed CCllr P Perman, 2nd CCllr Phillips. Unanimous decision.
d. Environment– CCllr Adair has arranged for the waste management team to visit LCC next month. CCllr P Perman reported that the sub group held a meeting and discussed some more beach clean-up. She will consult with the school regarding some dates. Given recent budget cuts NAC have asked for volunteers to help with the local flower beds, e.g. adopt a bed. It is proposed to do another ‘Poo’ campaign. We now have a banner to display whilst carrying out events on behalf of LCC.
e. Transportation– CCllr Stewart raised an issue with regard to taxis dropping off at the school campus, as some of the drivers have to sign in the pupil. Can these vehicles be accommodated via the bus lane in some way rather than the lengthy wait via public entrance and taking up a parking space? Cllr Murdoch says he will check this out but difficulties is that people are abusing the parking drop off points.
|9||A.O.C.B. – CCllr Carson asked Cllr Murdoch if he could find out the waiting time for person leaving hospital and going into residential care. From what she had been able to ascertain in NA it is about 12 weeks yet in Inverclyde it is 24/48hrs. She is awaiting a response from NAC on this.
CCllr Cochrane advised that further to the meeting regarding the trees, a compromise has been reached whereby some of the trees will be saved, possibly a maximum of 5. Also NAC has agreed that any of the residents who wished to have a tree could do so in their own garden. Choices of 5 trees have been offered including a miniature cherry tree which is proving popular.
Further to our letter of complaint to NAC we will send a further response whereby we still feel there are points to be addressed. CCllr Cochrane proposes we send a response, 2nd CCllr P Perman. Unanimous.
CCllr Lundie reported that as CCllr Murdoch had not attended 8 meetings his membership has ceased. Also that should Linda choose to join LCC we still have one further vacancy.
|10||Date of Next Meeting – 17 January 2018|