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Minutes of Board Meeting held at Uig Hall 10 April 2013
Directors: Dinah McDonald Chair
Pearl Brown Treasurer
David McKenzie Secretary
Apologies: Billy King
Cllr Bruce Marshall
The minutes of the Trust meeting of 6 February 2013 were proposed by David Eaglesham, seconded by Pearl Brown and adopted.
Community Development Plan – Theme 2, Priority 4 – clarified that the property referred to by Bruce is Stonefield, Kilmun.
Theme 2 Priority 5 – burn maintenance – would the Help organisation be able to create an inventory and ownership register.
Re Any Questions – David to draft a letter to the BBC
Graham’s Point – Pearl confirmed that she had personally maintained the willow walk on her own.
Business of the Trust
Annual payment had been made to Plexus for website.
Update on membership
Nothing to report
Pearl advised that both bank accounts had been frozen due to minor issues on signature update documents. It was agreed that Pearl would draft a formal letter of complaint to the Bank of Scotland.
This freeze had prevented the latest payment from the National Park being credited and payments being made for invoices due.
Prior to the accounts being frozen, the balances were:
Account 1: £3,011.73
Community Action Plan - 2012
Final copies of the CAP brochure were now available – it was agreed that each community organisation be given 4 or 5 copies.
Priority 1 – Invasive Species:
Will be discussed further at next meeting
Priority 2 – Coastal Path:
Dinah to contact Nigel Scrivan
Priority 3 – Develop Powder Mill site
Peter Galliard had been contacted and confirmed no hydro opportunity existed
Priority 4 – Improve signage
Council are upgrading road end signage
Priority 3 – Upgrade Strone Pier
Trust interest has been registered
Priority 5 - Village Appearance
Priority 2 – Business Development
David to check status of biomass development at Dallinlongart
Priority 1: Sewage facilities upgrade
David advised that the next meeting of the Cowal Multi-Utility project would be chaired by Michael Russell and held at the NP headquarters on May 17 – he will report back.
Priority 3 – Renewable Energy
David to check if any sites have been identified for development
Dinah has met with FCS – as above, signage and squirrel hide are in progress and, in addition, a map of paths is being prepared.
Villages in Bloom
Bruce is continuing to maintain planters
A wedding party will be held at Graham’s Point on May 31
A discussion was held to explore whether a ‘Friends of Graham’s Point’ group could be formed. It might be possible to advertise such in the Loch’n’Glen magazine.
It was suggested that a sign be erected at Graham’s Point confirming ownership by the Trust – David to check on existing signs.
Working Groups / Projects
Paths and Access
A £1500 grant has been received from Paths for All for equipment and training.
Argyll Mausoleum Ltd (AML)
A main contractor will be appointed and announced by May 7
The new bus shelter at the Doctor’s surgery, partly paid for by a grant from the National Park secured by the Trust, will be installed on Friday 12 April
Future Meetings / Date of next meeting
The next meeting of the Trust Board will be held at 19:30 on Wednesday 12 June, 2013. Venue – TBA.