Minutes from the November 2017 Meeting
Largs Community Council
16 November 2017 at 7pm at Largs Library
Present: CCllr D Blair (Chair), CCllr V Lundie, CCllr P Perman, CCllr J Perman, CCllr A Carson,
CCllr J Phillips, CCllr J Stewart, CCllr D Cochrane, CCllr A Adair, CCllr M Woods, Cllr I Murdoch, Inspector B Skimming
Apologies: CCllr E Marshall, Cllr A Hill
Chair welcomed members and Inspector Skimming. CCllr Blair asked if there was anything to be added to agenda under A.O.C.B
As noted above
|3||North Ayrshire Council Report
As reported by Cllr I Murdoch – CCllr Wood enquired about the progress of the skate park redevelopment at Mackerston. Cllr Murdoch responded that he has a preliminary date of 27 November, but this is not definite. There had been hold ups and discrepancies in the budgeted figures for this project.
CCllr J Perman asked about the current situation with the bins in Gallowgate Square. Cllr Murdoch has been pursuing this matter and had asked why wait until January when the work is due to start, stating that Largs Community Council had raised the issue with him. Also given the fact that the work should have started in October then the bins should have been removed prior to this. There is still some negotiation as to where they should go. It is the general feeling amongst member that this is the responsibility of the businesses to which the bins belong.
CCllr Blair stated if there is an enforcement needed regarding this issue then NAC should take it.
CCllr Adair raised concern about the polystyrene fish trays quite often blowing about at the rear of the Blue Lagoon Restaurant. CCllr Blair advised that this should be covered by Street Scene.
|4||Minutes of Meeting of 19 October 2017
CCllr Blair thanked CCllrs Carson & Stewart for these minutes in the secretary’s absence.
|5||Matters Arising from Minutes
FOI – on Friday 22 September CCllr J Perman had submitted original request, acknowledgement received Monday 25 September. Advised that NAC have 20 working days to respond. Response received Friday 20 October, which was in fact the 20 working days! This response contained only four email strings. CCllr J Perman not satisfied with this response and complained. This was then appealed. Email received Monday 23 October advising that the NAC staff member had been instructed by their legal services to carry out this request properly. CCllr J Perman had quoted details from Craig Hatton’s report, none of which were provided to us. Assuming this appeal has a ‘new’ 20 working day turn around, this takes up to Monday 20 November. CCllr J Perman chased this up last week, but has yet to receive a reply.
CCllr Blair summarised the situation with regards to the two separate emails to NAC’s Chief Executive and Chief Legal Officer, for which we received on combined response. He has sent a holding email in the meantime. A full response will be issued subject to information contained within the FOI response. However, it is the general feeling of members that we, as a Community Council, have been treated badly and insulted and at the very least an apology is due to Largs Community Council once it is clarifies who said what, even questioning whether we were constituted!
|6||Secretary’s Report and Correspondence
LCC invited to attend North Ayrshire Funding Fayre to be held Monday 20 November 2017 at 10-12noon at Saltcoats Town Hall. CCllrs Wood and Carson possibly able to attend.
CCllr Blair advised that the next North Coast Locality Partnership to be held at Clark Memorial, 12 December 2017, 6pm CCllr Blair expressed dissatisfaction at the way the meeting is conducted in that members are not permitted to ask questions. CCllr Blair has had communication from other community councils expressing an interest in meeting up to discuss views as they too feel that they are excluded in certain topics.
Accounts are still with the auditor as are the cheque books. One cheque has been present for payment on the project account taking the balance to £2044.07 and the current account remains at £390.22
CCllr Cochrane enquired about an outstanding micro grant application. CCllr Blair confirmed that this outstanding application was submitted after the cut- off date. It will however, be considered in next round of micro-grants. These will of course be subject to further funding being received from SSE. Chair will contact SSE regarding this.
|8||Sub Committee Reports
a. Police – As per attached report. Inspector Skimming reported that it was pleasing that some days there are no reported incidents in Largs area. CCllr Wood asked if local police were aware of the recent deer culling up the Haylie Brae area, as dog walkers had reported hearing gunshots. Inspector advised that they were aware and that this covered a period of 2 hours on Sunday 29 October 2017. CCllr Blair advised that there were concerns raised to members about the fact that members of public were close by and lack of signage. Inspector Skimming advised that he would take on board our concerns.
c. Planning None to report
d. Environment Sub-committee held meeting regarding the Forestry Project. Good turnout from other interested groups. CMRP, SWT, Save The Gretas, two local councillors amongst the attendees. We are on the 7th version of the plans. They have altered, but only marginally. Plans included new paths and seating areas. FCS had asked if groups could compile concerns etc and present them as one, rather than FCS speaking individually to parties. CCllr Blair had made further contact with FCS who have agreed to hold meeting with interested groups, ideally before end December. General consensus is for Wednesday 13 December 2017. Date and venue to be advised.
Cllr P Perman had received a phone call about the amount of dog poo in Nelson Street, which she has passed onto to Streetscene.
CCllr Adair advised that residents of Alexander Avenue would like another meeting to discuss their concerns about the traffic, proposed crossing point and cycle paths.
CCllr Phillips stated that it is appalling that we have been discussing this now for nearly two years and fears that it still won’t be resolved for the new campus opening.
|9||A.O.C.B. – Anne advised that both she and Joanna have been working on the website and advised that the North Ayrshire Official who help set up the page will be attending LCC meetings when possible.
Cllr Murdoch just had confirmation via email that new contractor in place for skate park commencing 27 November 2017.
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