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Minutes of Board Meeting held at Pier Hotel 24 February 2016
Directors in Attendance
Dinah McDonald Chair
David McKenzie Secretary
Pearl Brown Treasurer (part time)
Members in Attendance
Cllr Bruce Marshall
Anne Sobey, Loch Lomond & Trossachs NP Community Partnership
Minutes of Meeting 9 December 2015
The draft minutes of the Trust Board meeting of 9 December 2015 were reviewed. The minutes were proposed by Catherine, seconded by David M and adopted.
Nomination of Historic Kilmun for a Civic Trust award – this had been separately taken forward by the Board of Argyll Mausoleum Ltd and was in progress.
Business of the Trust
The new constitution, which was approved at the EGM held on 9 December 2015, has yet to be registered with Companies House and OSCR. This will be done shortly.
Update on membership
Pearl advised that our bank balances were as follows:
Dinah advised that an application had been submitted to the National Park for an admin grant, but no decision had yet been communicated. No application had been made this year for a ‘Soon, Seen, Successful’ grant.
Anne Sobey introduced herself and outlined the structure and purpose of the Community Partnership. The Partnership operates across 4 areas within the NP, each of which has 3 Directors on the Committee. In Cowal, these are Dinah McDonald, Iain MacInnes and Elizabeth Bain. In May, the partnership will adopt a new structure, but will continue to provide services to Community Groups, including the Area Network meetings, increased focus on the development of Community Action Plans and support to access funds from the new Leader program which will be operational shortly.
Community Action Plan 2013 - 2017
Priority 1 – Invasive Species:
Equipment and herbicide are in store and will be used at the appropriate time in the new season.
Priority 1 – Blairmore Village Green
Catherine reported that the Blairmore Village Trust was partnering with the Hall Trust to have a survey carried out on the Village Green in preparation for further development by both Trusts.
The Village Trust is planning a summer event / picnic
The sale of surplus land plots by the Village Trust is going ahead and offers for sale will be shortly sent to affected residents.
Priority 3 – Development of potential sites.
The new Scottish Land Fund is in the process of being rolled out; the Trust was asked to complete a form to refresh the project, which has been done. A visit from an SLF representative is now expected on 17 March.
Priority 1: Sewage facilities upgrade
The Trust Board are not convinced that they can do anything further on this – Scottish Water is planning some form of treatment for the communities of Kilmun and Stone but not for Blairmore.
Priority 2 – Broadband Provision
Latest news is that some households in the shore area are being offered ‘Superfast Broadband’; however, there are no plans for the remoter communities.
Priority 3 – Renewable Energy
The joint hydro project with Kirknewton CDT is awaiting a decision on CARES funding.
Villages in Bloom
Graham’s Point Community Park
The work to sandblast and paint the bus shelter following the removal of the glass is still on hold due to Listed Building Consent (LBC) having been delayed. This has now been issued and the work can proceed.
In order to avoid problems with the deadline for claiming the necessary funds from the National Park, the Council has agreed to receive the funds before the deadline and to hold these until the work is completed. This has now been done.
Maintenance of the Willow Tunnel – Dinah will check if NP volunteers could do this in the spring.
Working Groups / Projects
Paths and Access
The Walking Group is going from strength to strength; 6 walks per month are being held as well as a program of ‘Lite Bites’ (shorter walks).
Historic Kilmun / Argyll Mausoleum Ltd (AML)
Gordon advised that a challenging year ahead could be expected.
Blairmore Village Hall will be holding a fiddle concert on 20 March
On 12 April from 10:00 to 16:00, together with Growing Together Scotland, the Community Partnership are offering a free full day’s programme of practical training for community gardens aimed to support community growing organisations and individuals to be more enterprising. Venue – TBA.
Cuillin Sound will be performing at Uig Hall on 4 March
Next Area Network and BBQ will be at Lochgoilhead on 18 May
Next Community Partnership Gathering will be on 5 November.
Date of next meeting
The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday 30 March at 19:30 in the Pier Hotel.