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December 2013

Minutes of Board Meeting held at Uig Hall 6 November 2013


Directors in Attendance:


Dinah McDonald               Chair

Pearl Brown                     Treasurer

David McKenzie                 Secretary               


Members in Attendance:


Cllr Bruce Marshall




Victor Sandall

David Eaglesham


Minutes of Meeting 17 September 2013


The minutes of the Trust Board meeting of 17 September 2013 were proposed by David M, seconded by Dinah and adopted.


Matters Arising




Business of the Trust


Secretary’s Report


Nothing to report  


Update on membership


Nothing to report


Treasurer’s Report


Current bank balances are:

Savings    £4170.50
Business   £2182.53


£980 is due from FCS as a contribution to Invasive Species training


Grant applications have been made to the National Park:

Admin     £800
Project    £1000 (Invasive Species Training & Equipment) 


Community Action Plan - 2012 


Action Status:


Theme 1:


Priority 1 – Invasive Species:


The training course for removal of invasive species is scheduled to take place in December / January


Priority 2 – Coastal Path:


On hold


Priority 3 – Develop Powder Mill site


On hold


Priority 4 – Improved Signage


On hold


Theme 2:


Priority 1 – Blairmore Village Green


This project is being taken forward by Blairmore Village Trust and there will be an update at the next meeting. 


Priority 5 - Village Appearance


Public seating – Bruce advised that repair work will be carried out in Spring   


Theme 3:


Priority 2 – Business Development


Biomass development at Dalinlongart is still planned – it should be possible to check status by contacting Sandbank CC / Sandbank CDT   
Broadband – work continues with Community Broadband Scotland


Theme 4:


Priority 1: Sewage facilities upgrade


A meeting took place with Michael Russell MSP on 4 October. Michael proposed that the status be reviewed with Richard Lochhead - Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment.  Michael e-mailed Richard on 17 October.


Priority 3 – Renewable Energy


Nothing to report






Nothing to report


Villages in Bloom


Bruce reported that daffodils were now in all planters. 


Graham’s Point Community Park


Inspection and certification of play equipment – the Council had surveyed the play equipment and notified which repairs were required. Dinah / Bruce to identify someone to carry out the work needed.


Work was needed to maintain the Willow Tunnel, benches and planters. It may be possible to get assistance from NP Rangers, possibly with involvement of the local school.   


Working Groups / Projects


Paths and Access


The pathway from Invereck to the bus stop is on hold due to lack of a contractor – Bruce / Dinah to check whether the Council / someone else could complete.


The Walking Group has completed and published its program for 2014.


A refreshed / new ‘Viking Trail’ from the Mausoleum area to Loch Eck via the Arboretum would be popular and should be explored – Dinah to check.


Argyll Mausoleum Ltd (AML)


Construction work continues and is on budget and schedule.


An informal launch for the Visitor Centre is planned for January 2014.




A new catchment area for Strone School incorporating Rashfield is proposed and will be discussed by the Area Committee in December.
The local school cheese and wine evening at the Pier Hotel raised £1500
A soup / sandwich event will be held at the Younger Hall on 23 November.
Bruce gave an update on Queens Hall:

Survey work will begin in April 2014 with actual construction expected to begin in November 2014
The Pier Buildings will be available for use while the Queens Hall is closed
A possible seafood restaurant is being considered for the Pier

Construction work on the Burgh Hall is planned for 2014
The Scottish Government has published a Community Engagement Bill consultation – comments are invited.
The Argyll & Islands Coastal & Countryside Trust (AICCT) has been launched and in process of identifying potential projects that could be given financial assistance. Rashfield ponticum removal is one such project. Bruce will work with Dinah to determine if any other local projects would qualify.


Future Meetings / Date of next meeting


David M will attend the Community Partnership annual gathering in Drymen on 9 November


The next meeting of the Trust Board will be held at 19:30 on Wednesday 29 January. Venue – Younger Hall, Kilmun.  


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