Largs Community Council
Thursday 18 July 2019 at 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr A Carson (Chair), CCllr V Lundie (Secretary), CCllr P Perman (Treasurer),CCllr K Murray, CCllr J Stewart, CCllr Linda Smith, CCllr Alan Peddie, CCllr J Perman, CCllr J Phillips, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Wood, Cllr I Murdoch, Cllr T Marshall, Cllr A Hill
Apologies: CCllr D Cochrane
CCllr Carson welcomed all members and proposes Alan Peddie onto LCC. Seconded CCllr J Stewart. CCllr Peddie welcomed onto LCC. CCllr Peddie brings knowledge and experience gained from his position at Edinburgh University working on sustainability projects and is keen to be involved in or environmental sub group.
As noted above. CCllr Carson confirmed that CCllr A Kelly has now resigned due to increased caring commitments at home.
|3||North Ayrshire Council Report
Cllr Marshall gave update on the local development plan, which is produced every 5 years by NAC. The only update involving Largs specifically is that the proposed development site in Brisbane Glen would not be able to proceed due to the adverse impact on the landscape.
|4||Minutes of Meeting of 20 June 2019
Approved CCllr J Stewart, 2nd CCllr J Phillips
|5||Matters Arising from Minutes
Actions from previous meeting – item 8a, meeting have been arranged for Thursday 25 July, 3pm, Largs Library for environmental sub group. CCllr Carson advised that it is debatable as to whether we can become involved in a project such as Douglas Park; it would involve many people and long term commitment.
|6||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence and Social Media
No correspondence. NAC are in recess so very little coming in from them.
ACTION – elected members to obtain breakdown of figures.
No change to the account balances.
|8||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police – reported by CCllr Woods. (see attached report). CCllr Carson had call today from member of public expressed concern about a young female begging at railway station. She had been dropped off at 8am and not being collected until 8pm. Police attended and were following up. MOP asked if any update on closure of local police station and would there be an open day. CCllr Wood responded that there was no date as yet for closure and would ask about open day.
b. Licensing – Masonic Club, Largs has applied for a variation of licensing times. Looking to start serving from 11am, main reason is that they invested heavily in permissions for showing sporting events, a lot of which are European timings. Meaning starting earlier here. Some other local premises are licensed from as early as 8.30am. CCllr Wood is an immediate neighbour and advises that she has never had any issues at all with this venue. Also they have not previously had any refusals to licensing, we have had no police reports of any issues and it is more than likely to be members only and their guests, not random members of the public who would use the venue. LCC response – no objections.
c. Planning – application made by Mr Heeney of NAC for advertising consent for the erection of a billboard at the Vikingar and also at Bowen Craig. It is for the purpose of providing a specific place to advertise local events and is not for commercial purposes. This will eliminate various banners being attached to railings etc. LCC response – no objections.
d. Environment – CCllr P Perman reported that NAC advised they could not plant up the bed at foot of Gogoside Road, so LCC accepted the request to do so. LCC was able to use £200 for plants; Thomas Reeney of NAC advised that they could top up our fund with a further £100. Plants were purchased from local supplier. Helen Miller of NAC Street Scene was able to donate further plants which we accepted. She has made further contact advising there are even more plants available for us. CCllr Perman has had several remarks about how nice is it to see it planted up. Local business, Haylie Stores, has also donated and laid free bark. The neighbouring B&B business has now agreed to keep it watered.
CCllr Peddie gave update and summarised that Cllr Murdoch introduced him to Thomas Reeney of NAC Street Scene and had a good meeting, primarily about keeping Largs clean. Street Scene are happy to donate as much equipment as necessary for community clean ups. Some members of his separate environmental page are keen to be involved and would like to attend the forthcoming meeting. The only issue they envisage is storage of equipment.
Street Scene also happy to send member to prom areas to monitor cigarette butt issue, particularly on prom. Issuing of some fines would be a deterrent.
CCllr Peddie proposed a few new projects, a sandwich board with litter pickers and bags, prompting public to do 2 minute beach clean. Fishworks had intimated they would be happy to store it. Other locations already use this. Obviously this would require funding. CCllr Carson confirmed that funds would not come from LCC but that there are various sources of funding available. Subject to funding LCC (9 members) support this idea. CCllr P Perman advised that if the new compactor bins are working as they should then this idea is not required. Cllr Murdoch advised that new bins are working wonderfully, however people still chose to deliberately drop it. Cameras will be installed to monitor littering.
In principle majority of members support, others would like more detail, CCllr Peddie will obtain more information on this.
Finally, CCllr Peddie is keen to set up a ‘Park Run’ event in Largs. Park Run is a 5k walk, run, jog, etc group covering all ages. Membership is free and allows you to participate in events worldwide (approx. 1500). It is intended to be a community event to benefit from social inclusion and mental health benefits that are gained from this. It was recently covered by Kelly Holmes on TV. It may also promote an eliminate of tourism, eg Millport has 10-15 regular runners but a recent event attracted 290 participants to the island. Start-up costs are in the regional of £3600 covering banners, insurance, training volunteers, etc. The aim is as a community builder. GP’s are supportive of this.
e. Transportation – CCllr Adair reported that he had received complaints about motorhomes who had driven past the Greenshutters and through the storm barrier opening and parked right on the prom. Having contacted the police he was advised that is outwith their remit and is down to NAC. Cllr Murdoch advised there had also been an incident where a couple of motorhomes had driven through the bollards at Aubery and parked adjacent to the kids play area! Cllr Murdoch stated that when the discussions about decriminalising of parking one thing he would like to see being taken into account is that there is a provision for coach parking and motorhome facilities. CCllr Lundie advised that being motorhome user she advised there are areas (within Scotland) that provide minimal facilities for a minimal cost and automated machines for emptying cassettes and topping up water etc.
|9||A.O.C.B. – CCllr Smith gave an update on proposed project ‘The Living Room’, it due to open sometime September by Christian Against Poverty. It is a centre to help people with debt, bereavement and general help and advice. There will be paid employees as well as volunteers. CCllr Smith will be volunteering, with the support of LCC, having previously worked in the Jobcentre has knowledge in the sector. It is a community hub and will be able to direct people to the relevant services.
CCllr Murray advised that next month (August) will be her final meeting as she is moving to Stirling for University.
|10||Date of Next Meeting – 15 August 2019|