Minutes from the January 2018 Meeting
Largs Community Council
15 February 2018, 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr D Blair (Chair), CCllr V Lundie, CCllr P Perman, CCllr J Perman, CCllr A Carson, CCllr J Stewart, CCllr D Cochrane, CCllr J Phillips, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Woods, Cllr I Murdoch, Cllr A Hill, Inspector C Convery, Sgt A Marshall
Apologies: CCllr E Marshall, Cllr T Marshall
Chair welcomed members, Police Scotland representatives, visitors and members of the public.
As noted above
|3||Visitor – Ros Fallon, Marketing & Publicity Officer, Roads & Streetscene, NAC
The role that Ros has was designed specifically to find ways to get their information out to the public and stakeholders in a better fashion.
One of the main campaigns is the winter gritting campaign, running from end of October to beginning of April. She is also working on publicity for other parts of roads including surface conditions, lighting and flood protection.
Local paper reporter (Callum Coral) raised the question of webpage stating roads have been gritted when it appears they haven’t. Ros was able to confirm that flash rain can wash away the grit and protocol is that police will close the road until the gritter can be brought back.
CCllr Blair thanked Ros for this evening and that we could have her back regarding other topics connected to Streetscene.
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Cllr Hill advised that most meetings at the moment are surrounding the budget.
Further to story in local paper about library moving into the Vikingar, confirmed that there is nothing certain at this time but is something he would support. Vikingar is owned by NAC and leased by KA Leisure.
|5||Minutes of Meeting of 18 January 2018
Cllr Murdoch pointed out that on page 1, item 3, change “5 mins of being laid” to “5 mins of being started”.
Minutes approved CCllr Adair, 2nd CCllr Phillips.
|6||Matters Arising from Minutes
|7||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence
CCllr Lundie pointed out that other councils (Argyll & Bute; Fife; Inverclyde & South Lanarkshire) support the Pass Plus driving qualification, via DVLA and so supporting safer drivers on our roads, particularly newly qualified drivers. CCllr Lundie asked the elected councillors if this is something that NAC offers or willing to look at.
Email today from Morna Rae, NAC re Community Council Investment Fund. This is something we will look at in more detail at later date.
Letter of complaint was sent on behalf of LCC to NAC about the new prom surface. It is with Karen Yeoman, to date no reply received. Briefly covered the points raised, in particular hope the next section is completed to a far better standard and that if it was an external contractor we have expected payment to have been withheld.
Spend of £50 for new badges from the project account leaving a balance of £1994.07 From the current account a spend of £64.35 (for renewal of website and for wreath) leaving balance of £325.87
|9||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police – as reported by Inspector Convery. Incident numbers for period 18/01/2018-14/02/2018 are down 40 compared to same period last year. For this period 29 reported crimes of which 16 been detected. A particular problem recently is theft of diesel. Other crimes see attached.
CCllr Cochrane enquired as to the outcome of the two persons arrested in relation to recent seizure of 10,000 Valium. Inspector confirmed that they had appeared in court and have been bailed in the meantime. They have a problem with ‘street’ Valium.
Inspector Convery advised that the move to Brooksby Centre is still very much on the cards. He also asked that we think about what information and the format of crime reporting we want. He is not convinced that the current format, basically a list of figures, is a true reflection of what is going on.
b. Licensing – none
c. Planning – application from Day-to-Day, 20/22 Nelson Street for fast food outlet at rear of premises. LCC response- rejected based on over provision and excessive traffic. Proposed CCllr Phillips, 2nd CCllr Wood. Vote, 5 for, 3 against, 2 abstentions. Motion carried.
Previous application for upgrading of former Sheiling Bar was then subsequently withdrawn. New application submitted for alterations and change of use from public house to class 3 with permitted change to class 1 &2. LCC response – no objections. Proposed CCllr Wood, 2nd CCllr Adair.
d. Environment – Letter from Savills re Kelburn Estate. To develop forest plan, currently in the scoping stage. Map produced with view to thinning out and new planting. CCllr Perman will respond immediately advising that we require further consultation and note with concern that neither NAC nor Fairlie Community Council has been notified. We will raise it with CMRP.
Regarding the successful trial of the compactor bins CCllr P Perman was advised by NAC that there was not funds to purchase these. However, she is liaising with Cllr Hill to see if we can obtain funding from an alternative source.
CCllr P Perman has been contacted by several people about the dog poo problem. It is her intention to organise a highlighting event, similar to our previous Broomfield event last year. CCllr Blair suggested that we liaise with Streetscene on this matter.
Regarding the new housing development, CCllr P Perman is dismayed that NAC are removing the all-weather pitch, especially given the focus on the health and fitness of today’s youth. She also points out that the map used for this development includes points of reference that no longer exist and is out of date.
e. Transportation – following on from meeting last week we are hoping to move forward with traffic issue in and around the town centre. CCllr Adair has put forward a proposal (attached). This could be introduced as a pilot with amendments made as necessary. Largs needs a traffic/parking strategy. Cllr Murdoch stated that this needs to be looked as a bigger strategy for Largs.
f. Social Media – CCllr Carson introduced Greg from TikTok, a web design company. CCllr Carson is keen to engage the help of Greg to assist with the re-design of our web page as we don’t have the programming skills needed to do this ourselves. Greg advised that with the current framework we are limited to 5 pages only. For this year we can work with what we’ve got with some modification. CCllr Carson is seeking approval to employ Greg to carry out this work for us. Agreement to proceed proposed by CCllr Carson, 2nd CCllr Wood.
|10||A.O.C.B. – CCllr Wood confirmed hand over of plaque to Royal British Legion and thank you letter received.
CCllr Cochrane introduced member of the public Martin Murdoch and proposes Martin to co-opted to fill our membership vacancy, 2nd CCllr Adair. CCllr Blair asked Mr Murdoch if he accepts, to which he did.
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