Largs Community Council
19 July 2018 at 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr V Lundie, CCllr A Carson, CCllr D Cochrane, CCllr P Perman, CCllr J Perman, CCllr A Adair, CCllr J Phillips, CCllr M Woods, Cllr I Murdoch, PC Hutchison (Police Scotland)
Apologies: CCllr Blair
Acting Chair for this meeting CCllr Lundie welcomed members.
As noted above.
|3||North Ayrshire Council Report
Reported by Cllr Murdoch – follow up regarding Routenburn Golf Course, George Mitchell, head of NAC Leisure, inspected the course and had meeting with members of Routenburn Committee, which was productive, and things are moving on. It is in good condition considering its category (5A) compared to those of private courses. Parking Marshals have been introduced and working reasonably well. There are 3 marshals at the moment and Cllr Murdoch would like to see this number increase over time, particularly directing drivers before they arrive at the seafront car park. CCllr Lundie asked if it was possible to promote this scheme just as vehicles arrive at the outskirts of the town. He will be asking for this. The marshals operate between 11am and 3pm. CCllr Adair advised that cars continue to park on double yellow lines. At the moment this is a matter for the Police, however eventually parking will be decriminalised.
|4||Minutes of Meeting of 21 June 2018
No amendments. Approved CCllr Adair, 2nd CCllr Woods
|5||Matters Arising from Minutes
CCllr Adair asked about issue raised under June’s NAC report, who is responsible for pollution of Gogo Burn into the sea. Cllr Murdoch advised that he had taken this forward to NAC Environmental Health, which had then involved SEPA and Scottish Water. Cllr Murdoch will chase this up as he has had no feedback yet.
|6||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence
Letter of complaint lodged with NAC on 15 June and despite requesting this to be acknowledged, it hasn’t. Nor have we had any response. This is in breach of their own standards of responding within 20 working days (16 July). How do we wish to proceed? We are entitled to now go forward to Public Services Ombudsman. General consensus is that we should give them a reminder.
Email from NAC regarding Young Volunteers Week for persons aged 8-25, if members know of and wish to nominate. Again this had been distributed to all members.
CCllr Carson advised of post received via our Facebook page regarding a meeting for ‘Cycling Without Age’, Fairlie Community Gardens has arranged this, if any member interested in attending.
Also received from member of public residing in Auchenmaid Drive, regarding the demolition of former St. Marys Primary. Surrounding residents feel that they had not been advised of the demolition or not been kept informed despite numerous leaflets from NAC and Mactaggarts advising they would be. They feel the site is not being kept well managed; no warning signs and not fully secure. They are concerned as youths are entering the site. Having contacted Mactaggarts, they were advised that they are not responsible for this site. Who should they contact? Cllr Murdoch advised that he will raise this tomorrow with NAC as he has had several complaints regarding the same.
No change since last reported. Project A/C £2844.07 and Current A/C £213.87. Approved CCllr Woods, 2nd CCllr Adair.
|8||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police – As reported by PC Hutchison (see attached report). CCllr Carson advised that she has again been approach by residents of Bowen Craig regarding the former nursing home as youths continue to congregate. PC Hutchison confirmed that they have spoken to the residents yesterday regarding this. Having visited the premises, the youths scarpered leaving their possessions behind including bikes etc. which were seized. The youths eventually appeared at Police station to claim their items, at which time they were returned to their parents. They were mischievous and intrigued by the empty building.
b. Licensing – No new application.
c. Planning- No new applications.
d. Environment – CCllr P Perman reported that on 22 June she carried out litter picking with local Primary 5 school kids. It was good to see a reduction in litter, this possibly due to other groups also carrying out pick-ups and the increased number of bins on the prom. CCllr Perman also wanted to thank Cllr Murdoch for providing the equipment at very short notice. CCllr Perman proposed that we, as we have done in previous years, donate £20 to the school Environmental Group. 2nd CCllr Adair. Also well done to Anne Carson and the Largs Community Garden members for the beautiful Viking Garden at Largs train station. Having contacted the Viking Festival secretary inviting them to come and see how the garden could be tied into the festival somehow, perhaps have story telling in the garden or handing out leaflets as passengers disembark at the station, Anne was disappointed with the response and will try contacting other members of the committee.
e. Transportation – CCllr Adair advised that further to complaints about motorhomes parking for long periods of time, NAC are now going to place ‘No overnight parking’ signs in Sandringham and Union Street. CCllr Adair feels that this problem is happening on a regular basis. Cllr Murdoch confirmed that once parking is decriminalised there will be lots of changes in this regard, and continues to look at other alternatives.
f. Social Media – as reported under correspondence.
|9||A.O.C.B. – CCllr Phillips asked if we were aware of what was going into the former Sheiling. As yet we are unaware; the recent planning was for non specific refurbishment and general upgrading works.
CCllr Carson commented on the fact that we have empty shops in the town and for the relatively small cost of posters or window decals, could we assist in some way to brighten up the window areas. Calum Coral (Largs & Millport Weekly News) commented on a programme he viewed about trying to bring the community back into the town centre, regenerating it. CCllr P Perman suggested the idea of ‘pop-up shops’.
Cllr Murdoch advised that Largs Events was looking at the possibility of taking on the Yuletide evening; it would be a shame if this was not able to happen.Finally, CCllr Lundie asked members to seriously think about possible replacement members.
|10||Date of Next Meeting – 16 August 2018|