Largs Community Council
Thursday 21 June 2018 at 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr D Blair (Chair), CCllr V Lundie, CCllr J Stewart, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Woods, CCllr D Cochrane, CCllr A Carson, CCllr J Phillips, Cllr I Murdoch, Cllr A Hill, Inspector C Convery
Apologies: CCllr J Perman, CCllr P Perman
Chair welcomed members and introduced Roz Fallon of North Ayrshire Council
As noted above
Roz Falllon, Marketing and Publicity Officer, Roads and Streetscene, NAC. The campaigns being progressed under the topic of roads are road safety, flood protection, winter gritting (Oct-April), street lighting (promoting LED), night spotting and crime.
Member of Public – John Corrigan – asked about the work inspection. Roz advised that contractors have their own inspection team and then NAC have an inspection team. John asked why it has all going wrong then – signage is all wrong, traffic not knowing road is closed until point of closure. This has been the case in two recent works. Roz has promised to take this on board and take it forward as an issue. Cllr Murdoch clarified that works on Greenock road were carried out by Transport Scotland and not NAC, the recent works outside Pearsons was carried out under a permit via Transport Scotland by a utility company. Callum (Largs & Millport Weekly News) advised that on NAC website and from a quote both implied A760 closure for 2 weeks. Could they have a more advance notice as he only made deadline for public? Roz advised that originally the closure was for 2 weeks but they had managed to reduce it to 1 and so when that was authorised the website was updated. The difficultly with a weekly newspaper is public take it as being bang up to date. CCllr Blair mentioned that with the Greenock Road closures we had a meeting and plenty advance notice. Perhaps this is something that NAC would consider for future closures etc. Roz asked if we could put the link on our page. Cllr Murdoch stated that he would also take on board this, advising us in advance.
|4||North Ayrshire Council Report
Cllr Murdoch reported that NAC have agreed to run the pilot parking marshal scheme and will run every Saturday and Sunday from 30 June and run until end of Viking Festival. Three members of Streetscene will run the piolet. It is purely about directing people to parking areas and not enforcement. CCllr Blair stated that this was good news. He has also been involved in meetings about creating parking in Largs and areas have been identified. One area he would welcome is a trader’s carpark with permit for local businesses and their staff. He advised that £300K has been set aside in the budget to implement the decriminalising of parking in North Ayrshire. Timescale he has been given is 18-24months. CCllr Stewart advised that she had been contacted by a member of the public with a view to having some form of parking permit. CCllr Cochrane asked why NAC flatly rejects pilots schemes, in particular when fellow CCllr Adair and residents have been asking for a pilot scheme in relation to resident permits do they then agree to the street ambassador pilot? CCllr Hill responded that a parking permit scheme involves lots more work and change of law, a change of traffic order and enforcement. It would have to be part of a wider scheme. Every time a consultation for parking in Largs is brought forward half the town agree and the other half object and protest, and so no progression made. CCllr Blair has suggested that we work together with elected members, local paper and the people of Largs to have a more formal survey. Cllr Hill is willing to sit down with the Community Council to discuss and look at ideas, possibly even revisiting previous proposals. General consensus among members is that this is something we would wish to take forward. CCllr Cochrane comments that he feels that Calmac staff has more or less turned the pier into a staff carpark.
|5||Minutes of Meeting of 17 May 2018
Approved CCllr Adair, 2nd CCllr Phillips
|6||Matters Arising from Minutes
|7||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence
Regarding our formal complaint concerning our FOI request and handling of Douglas Park shelter demolition, an acknowledgment was requested; however this has yet to be received! We can only assume that this has in fact been received as reference was made to it in our local paper by an elected member.
Further to last month’s concern about traffic on A760 near crematorium and bus stop cut out as opposed to a lay-by, letter was sent to NAC planning expressing our concern and referring back to original application. Still awaiting response. Cllr Murdoch advised that when he was recently exiting the crematorium, he encounter a vehicle over taking and could have been carnage. He has asked roads department to look again at this stretch.
Income into the project fund of £1400 from the micro grants. No cheques issued.
Balances-Project account £2844.07 and current account £213.87
|9||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police – Reported by Inspector Convery (see attached). Another positive month. This weekend involved policing Largs Live, although it is a scaled back version this year.
b. Licensing – follow up from last month’s application from The Anchor Bar, Cllr Murdoch advised that this was granted on Monday 18 June.
c. Planning – Application (retrospective) from Mr McDonald of The Room to extend the outdoor seating area. Application states “…enlarge outdoor seating area, the additional area is owned by my company and has been used since 1993.” General consensus is that there is a difference between what is owned by The Room and what has been granted permission for sale of alcohol. Given that we are only in year one of the new Gallowgate Square Events space, it is felt that it is too soon to be granting this enlarged area application. The current permission held is for 40 seats but within a smaller area. Clarity has to be sought over what is owned and what is not. CCllr Blair asked elected members what is the Council’s policy on the upkeep of Gallowgate Square. Cllr Murdoch responded that he has asked for a clause to created whereby when an event is booked that requires the entire square then all of the businesses having seating on council area of the square have to remove them. He is waiting for clarity from estates on this point. Response is that we seek clarity given debateable ownership and ambiguity.
An application of variation has been received to extend operating time period of National Offshore Wind Turbine testing facility until 14 October 2019 at Hunterston Construction yard. Response – no objections.
d. Environment – on our local Facebook page, Largs People there were reports of fly tipping, both up The Glen and The Haylie. Cllr Murdoch confirmed he has already reported this; however, the problem is that it falls to the landowner to clear.
e. Transportation – no further issues.
f. Social Media – CCllr Stewart has already share the NAC link on our Facebook page, Twitter and Largs People. Feedback received already that NAC site is wrong.
CCllr Stewart introduced member of the public Kirsten Murray who would be interested in joining Largs Community Council. Proposed by CCllr Stewart, 2nd CCllr Carson. Kirsten accepts.
CCllr Cochrane attended recent Hunterston Stakeholders meeting, it was the 50th meeting. Confirmed again that by 2024 Hunterston ‘A’ will have only a skeleton staff. In the period 2016/2017 the £20m community fund that Magnox give out only £70K was in North Ayrshire. Elected councillors are to meet with them to try to address this. At the ‘B’ station there is still 500 staff. Further to the ‘cracked’ bricks in reactor 3, it was shut down. This reactor could be operational, however, Hunterston themselves suggested to the Office of Nuclear Regulator that they would not reopen this reactor until they had carried out extensive investigations into the 39 cracked bricks out of 2000. There would have to be 700 cracked bricks for there to be any danger whatsoever. They are only operating at 50% capacity and so only breaking even.CCllr Blair asked members if they wished, as previously expressed, to lodge a formal complaint against a specific elected member regarding what was considered to be a breach of Councillor’s Code of Conduct. CCllr Blair seeks guidance on how members wish to proceed. Consensus from members is that we should proceed as several points of conduct have been breached.
Proposed by CCllr Wood to submit formal complaint, 2nd CCllr Adair, 8 for, 0 against, 1 abstention.
CCllr Blair clarified the process that we as individuals may have to be involved in, and will arrange a separate meeting for the purpose of this discussion.
|11||Date of Next Meeting – 19 July 2018|