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August 2015

Minutes of Board Meeting held at Pier Hotel 10 August 2015


Directors in Attendance


Dinah McDonald               Chair

Pearl Brown                     Treasurer

David McKenzie                 Secretary     

David Eaglesham

Gordon Macdonald

Catherine Rae

Victor Sandall


Members in Attendance


Cllr Bruce Marshall


Minutes of Meeting 23 June 2015


The draft minutes of the Trust Board meeting of 23 June 2015 were reviewed. The minutes were proposed by David M, seconded by David E and adopted.


Matters Arising




Business of the Trust


Secretary’s Report


David M reported that the Annual Return was now due to Companies House and this will be done shortly.


Update on membership


David M was asked to ensure Membership list was up-to-date prior to AGM


Treasurer’s Report


Pearl advised that our bank balances were as follows:


Business Account          £3547.44
Current Account           £4174.44


Insurance for Graham’s Point of £552.28 had been paid.



Community Action Plan 2013 - 2017 


Action Status:


Theme 1:


Priority 1 – Invasive Species:


The mapping of the knotweed from Blairmore to Kilmun has been completed. Treatment will take place as weather permits.


Theme 2:


Priority 1 – Blairmore Village Green


A successful open day was held by Blairmore Village Trust on 25 July. Over £1,000 was raised from the raffle. Community input was given on draft designs for the Green and a survey was held as to whether the project should be Blairmore Green, Field or something else.


Theme 3:


Priority 3 – Development of potential sites.


David M had met with Scottish Right to buy (RTB) team in Edinburgh. They advised that the Trust constitution needs to be updated to allow use of Scottish Government funds if needed in the future. David M agreed to work on an approved text for the constitution and bring it to the AGM for approval.
It was also agreed to update the feasibility study brief for sheltered housing and bring it to a future Trust meeting for approval.
As any project involving purchase of land and development of housing would consume lots of Trust effort, the possibility of combining this work with Blairmore Village Trust will be explored.


Theme 4:


Priority 1: Sewage facilities upgrade


This was discussed at a meeting with Brendan O’Hara MP on July 10. He asked to be kept informed


Priority 2 – Broadband Provision


An additional £42M has been approved by Scottish Government for fast broadband for hard to reach communities. It is still not clear if this will benefit local communities outwith the shore.


Priority 3 – Renewable Energy


A survey commissioned by Kirknewton Devlt Trust is planned.







A proposed new water supply to the Ardentinny Toilets (owned by FCS) is on hold.


Graham’s Point Community Park


Bruce continues to carry out maintenance work


The new goal nest have been installed


Renovation of the bus shelter is in progress.



Working Groups / Projects



Paths and Access


Will be involved in Cowal Fest


Historic Kilmun / Argyll Mausoleum Ltd (AML)


Gordon reported:


Cash flow remains an issue – one supplier who has been overpaid remains difficult
Water ingress under the main doors continues to be a problem
Lack of volunteers is constraining opening hours   





The next Area Network meeting is on 26 August in Arrochar.



Date of next meeting


The next meeting of the Trust Board will be the AGM which will be held at 19:30 on Tuesday 15 September (subsequently moved to 22 September) at the Pier Hotel, Kilmun


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