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Minutes of Board Meeting held at Uig Hall 12 June 2013
Directors: Dinah McDonald Chair
Pearl Brown Treasurer
David McKenzie Secretary
Advisor: Cllr Bruce Marshall
Apologies: Billy King
Minutes of Meeting 10 April 2013
David Eaglesham requested that minutes should distinguish between David Eaglesham (David E) and David McKenzie (David M).
The minutes of the Trust meeting of 10 April 2013 were proposed by Dinah, seconded by Pearl and adopted.
CAP Theme 2 Priority 5 – burn maintenance – Dinah will contact the Help organisation to determine if they can create an inventory and ownership register.
Re Any Questions – David still to draft a letter to the BBC
Business of the Trust
Nothing to report
Update on membership
Nothing to report
Pearl advised that both bank accounts were now operating normally after recent problems.
Account balances were:
Account 1: £3,336.73
Community Action Plan - 2012
Priority 1 – Invasive Species:
A training course is being offered via considered via the Paths Group – the course will need a minimum of 6 participants and will cost approximately £400 per participant. These could be:
Benmore & Kilmun CDT - 2
Dinah will pursue to see if 6 volunteers can be found.
Priority 2 – Coastal Path:
Will be discussed at a later meetinhg
Priority 3 – Develop Powder Mill site
Dinah now has name of owner and will advise David M who will follow up
Priority 4 – Improve signage
Cot House road end signage - Council have upgraded
Priority 3 – Upgrade Strone Pier
No further action until advised if this is for sale
Priority 5 - Village Appearance
Public seating – Bruce will check status
Priority 2 – Business Development
Biomass development at Dalinlongart is still planned, but no date is fixed. David E will advise Trust if status changes. David M will check whether the proposed SSE biomass development in Cowal can be linked to the expected heat output from Dalinlongart.
Priority 1: Sewage facilities upgrade
David M reported that the planned meeting of the Cowal Multi-Utility project chaired by Michael Russell was held at the NP headquarters on May 17 – separate minutes have been distributed.
Priority 3 – Renewable Energy
David to check with Community Energy Scotland to see if any activity is planned or opportunities identified.
FCS held an open day at the Younger Hall on 10 June to present the felling and replanting plan for Kilmun Hill – timber lorry transport will commence in September and will be a maximum of 10 trucks per day. The felling and replanting plan continues beyond 2049.
Villages in Bloom
Bruce is continuing to maintain planters. New plants have been placed at Rhu Beg.
Graham’s Point Community Park
It was agreed that there was no need for a new notice on Trust involvement
It was agreed to proceed to re-form a ‘Friends of Graham’s Point’ group in order to, for example, maintain seating and prune the Willow Tunnel. Recruitment for the group will commence at the Skilmun event on 20 July.
Bruce will check whether the Council will certify the play equipment and repair the damaged wall.
The possibility of building a permanent covered area to provide shelter for stalls, etc. in poor weather was discussed – David M will check with the NP planners to see what their initial reaction will be.
Working Groups / Projects
Paths and Access
Upgrade of the Eachaig paths is planned
A pathway from Invereck to the bus stop is in progress – the Trust will fund the cost of the slabs.
Argyll Mausoleum Ltd (AML)
The main contractor - W H Kirkwood – has been appointed and construction work has commenced.
David M has joined the Board of the Blairmore Village Trust (BVT). The possible community purchase / development of Blairmore Green might be a possible joint project.
Date of next meeting
The next meeting of the Trust Board will be held at 20:00 on Tuesday 20 August, 2013. Venue – Blairmore Hall – Bruce will book.