Abernethy publishes a quarterly newsletter carrying news from the locals, reminiscences, historical articles and letters of concern. The contents of each quarter’s newsletter can be found on the paper’s website where back issues can be downloaded as PDF files and where much of the content has been sorted into topic pages.

Take a look and see what the residents of the area are saying and find out what some have been up to in the past.                    VILLAGECRIER
Abernethy is situated on the banks of the River Earn where it joins the River Tay in Perthshire close to the border with Fife. Perthshire is one of the most attractive areas of Scotland and Abernethy provides an ideal base for exploring this part of Scotland while still providing easy access to Edinburgh (45 miles by Motorway most of the way), Glasgow (60 miles by trunk road), Dundee (31 miles by trunk road), Aberdeen (106 miles by trunk road) and Inverness (116 miles by trunk road).

The countryside around Abernethy provides wonderful opportunities for recreation having many golf courses including, Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Lansdown, St Andrews, (to mention but a few) virtually on the doorstep. In fact there are more than 40 courses in a 20 mile radius and of these at least 20 are championship courses. The fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife, the Angus glens, and the majesty of highland Perthshire are all easily accessible by car from Abernethy.

Abernethy itself has an interesting circular walk with fine views and historic associations.

Abernethy had a thriving agricultural industry, helped by the fertile lands along the banks of the rivers Earn & Tay. The rivers also supported salmon fishers & ferrymen and although the salmon fishing has all but disappeared in the Abernethy area, the ferries and ferrymen long gone, agriculture still plays a large part in the local economy today.
The remains of an Iron Age hill fort on Castle Law, above the village, show that the area was populated in pre Roman times. The grassy embankments, which remain, show that the fort had massive twin walls of stone filled with rubble and timber. The Romans themselves had a camp at Ardargie, just to the west and excavations have revealed a Roman residence and bathhouse at nearby Carpow, dating from the late 2nd century.
Abernethy nestling in the Ochill hills overlooking the lands of the Earn and Tay estuaries, at first sight appears to be a typical Perthshire Village, with narrow winding streets lined with 18th century houses. The main A913 road bypasses the centre of the village leaving it a peaceful place. But other than the famous Round Tower there is little to show that Abernethy, was at one time, an ecclesiastical capital and a place of immense significance in Scotland's Story. Click here for information about SAINTS associated with Abernethy.

Abernethy has a long history of religious involvement: the first Christian Church had been established in 460AD and was restored by St Columba in 590AD. The Church became a Monastery from which monks travelled out to spread their gospel to the Pictish people. As Abernethy's reputation as a centre of learning grew it was selected by Pictish Kings as their capital and place of residence, being once the seat of the Bishops of the whole Pictish kingdom. At least one of these kings was called Nectan -giving the village its name - Obar Nectar - Nectan’s work/strong hold.

Although the primacy of the Church passed to Dunkeld when the Scots became united under Kenneth MacAlpin, monks continued to live in  Abernethy: however the increasing ascendancy of the Celtic Church meant they were Culdee monks rather than Columbians

Most Church buildings were destroyed during the Reformation in 1560. Later, in the mid 18th century Abernethy became a leading centre of the Secession Church.
There are some short descriptions of saints associated with Abernethy on the following pages.

St Brigid

   St Durlagdach
    Other Saints Associated with Abernethy
     Nine Maidens
The round tower built in the early 9th century, is one of only two such towers in Scotland, the other being at Brechin. This 72ft/22m tall tower was built by the monks from the nearby monastery and has served several purposes; as a place of refuge, as a belfry and as a sepulchral - several skeletons have been unearthed within the building. Attached to the outer wall, medieval jougs (an iron collar and chain) can be seen and there is part of a Pictish sculpture stone at the foot of the Tower. In 1072 Scottish king Malcolm Canmore was here forced to kneel and pay homage to William the Conqueror. William had battled northwards with such great success that Malcolm's capitulation seemed to be the only way to persuade the Normans to return to England.

Other than the Round Tower there are several other interesting buildings in the village.

    The Abernethy Hotel (now no longer a hotel) an 18th century coaching inn, which could stable 50 horses, has been visited by Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stephenson.

    In Main Street the amusingly named Tootie house is a reminder of the days when the cowherd blew his horn as a signal for the villagers to release their cows to be driven to the common grazing.

    In School Wynd the Museum of Abernethy, opened in May 2000, where among other things further reading on the history and legends of Abernethy can be found. (Check opening hours on building).

    Although not a building nonetheless the graveyard by the tower is the source of much interesting information and was surveyed a few years ago byBill Drever. The results can be found here.

The area has a legend of Witches Graves associated with the supposed burning of 22 witches but see the link below for a summary of current thinking http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/search_item/index.php?service=RCAHMS&id=27920

Abernethy itself has an interesting circular walk with fine views and historic associations.

Abernethy also has a hall gifted to the village in  1880. The hall is available for hire for most purposes but is unlicensed.  For information on renting the hall (availability, rates etc) go to http://www.williamsonhall.org.uk

The village has an annuel fete in the summer to raise funds for the upkeep of the Williamson Hall and on the Sunday following the fete there is a hill race. Click here for the history of the race and to see the record times for each category.
Eating

Eating is available in and around Abernethy.

Although the Abernethy Hotel is now closed we have eating facilities in the village at the Berryfields tearoom.

Around Abernethy we have the Bein Inn on the road to Glenfarg, the Glenfarg Hotel in Glenfarg, and several eating establishments in both Bridge of Earn and Cupar.

Although not serving food the Inn in Abernethy is very popular with locals.

Accommodation


Accommodation is available in and around Abernethy.

Although the Abernethy Hotel is now closed we have letting rooms in the village at several bed and breakfast establishments including Gattaway farmhouse.

Around Abernethy we have the Bein Inn on the road to Glenfarg,and the Glenfarg Hotel in Glenfarg.

Many hotels, boarding houses and guest houses can be found around Abernethy in Cupar, Newburgh, Strathmiglo, Bridge of Earn, Milnathort and Perth.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 21st February 2013 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion, Powrie Park.



            Members Present:  Mr Alistair Robinson (chairman), Mr Angus MacIntyre, Mr Colin Morrison, Mrs Donna Gillespie, Mr Bill Hughes Mrs A. Sangster.
            Apologies: Mrs K. Butler, Peter Borodajko TEG, Richard Hinchcliffe SITA UK, Tayside Police, PKC Councillors H. Anderson, A. Jack and A.  Livingstone.

The minute of the meeting of 24th January 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr Angus MacIntyre proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Colin Morrison.

Matters Arising.


Binn Farm Area


The SITA and Teg representatives had given their apologies for this meeting. It had been agreed that as the Binn Forum meeting had been held the previous week, at which they both gave updates, it was not necessary for them to attend this CC meeting. Mr Robertson, Mr Morrison and Mrs Sangster had attended the forum meeting. Mr Robertson informed the CC meeting of topics discussed - recent smells in certain areas of the village of landfill gas continued to be investigated by SITA and SEPA. SEPA were considering action. - Traffic implications for certain villages in relation to the proposed wood and chip processing and storage - a SITA trust representative had explained the recently adopted process for applying for funding (Landfill Community Funding). It was no longer a requirement for this area to apply via the Quality of Life trust.

Wind Farm - It was agreed that Mr Robertson and Mrs Sangster would attend the next liaison meeting due to be held in March. (Date to be confirmed)         

Parks Project

The meeting was informed that the works had started. The Councils funding and planned works were being carried out to accommodate the proposed AEA works as the funding became available. A SITA Trust application for Phase2 was being compiled in conjunction with PKC open space officers. Local businesses had contributed generously and work in kind had progressed the project considerably.

Tayside Landscape Project


The meeting was informed that the final submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund was due to go in shortly.  There are a considerable number of projects in the final list for submission, including 2 specifically related to Abernethy. The larger one is Ancient Abernethy (Conserving and Restoring) and the smaller one is The Story of Abernethy (Access and Learning). The first will include conservation of the Churchyard and the second improvements to the visitors experience and wider promotion of the museum. There will be fieldwalking sessions around Abernethy with local volunteers encouraged to join in. It should be known by mid June if the funding application was successful and if so the first projects could begin by September.

Community Web Site


Colin Morrison and Les McIntosh are looking at the present web site to update and re vamp. . They will update the next CC meeting. Secretary to look at obtaining village group contacts and forward for their use.

Village Maintenance


Surface runoff on the Glenfoot Road (blocked drain at top bend in road) had been reported to the Council who were to look at the problem Erosion to bridge foundations on the Circular Walk had also been reported to the Rangers Service. They were aware of this problem and have a schedule for repair.

CC Meeting Location


The chairman is to make further enquiries into the option of meeting at the Crees Inn.

Contingency Planning

Following a short discussion it was agreed the chairman contact the co-ordinator John Handling and inform of Abernethys position on this matter.


Treasurers Report



The Treasurer gave a brief update on - present Bank Balance and informed that the Grant for this year was now in the Bank. - updated the committee on funding allowance and procedures for the CC.

Correspondence



    P&KC Planning notifications
- Applications: (1) Alterations and extension to dwelling House, Midfield, Perth Road, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs D. Kennedy. (2) Installation of replacement windows 1 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs Skinner. (3) Extension to dwellinghouse, Wester Greenside Farm, Newburgh Road Abernethy for Mr C Haxton.

Decision Notices:
(1) Outline application approved for Alterations and extension to dwelling House, Midfield, Perth Road, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs D. Kennedy.
Scottish and Southern Energy -
invite to attend a consultation on their proposed business plan for 2015 to 2023.
PKC
- copy of minutes of meetings 20/09/12 to 21/11/12.
PKC
- Supporting the Role of CCs response requested.* members to contact secretary once they have read document - by 1/03/13.
Countryside Trust
- Newsletter.
SNH
- informing of SSSI sites merger at Turflundie woods.


A.O.C.B.



Climate Change Funding


No interest was expressed in relation to this at present.

Possible Planning Application Aberargie


It was agreed that pre application discussions were not in the CCs interest. The secretary is to inform that the CC will await the planning application.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st March 2013 in the Pavilion, Powrie Park.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 21st March 2013 at 7.30pm in the Pavilion, Powrie Park.



            Members Present:  Mr Alistair Robinson (chairman), Mr Angus MacIntyre, Mr Colin Morrison, Mrs Donna Gillespie, Mr Bill Hughes Mrs A. Sangster.
            In Attendance: Councillor H. Anderson, Peter Borodajko TEG, Richard Hinchcliffe SITA UK
            Apologies: Mrs K. Butler, Tayside Police, PKC Councillors A. Jack and A.  Livingstone.

The minute of the meeting of 21st February 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Bill Hughes.

Matters Arising.



Police Matters


A Police Report received had been circulated to CC members for information. Recent crimes reported - an incident of vandalism and 2 thefts all still under investigation. Those present raised no other issues.

Binn Farm Area


SITA - An update forwarded for CC members by Richard Hinchcliffe was handed out and Richard then covered in more detail each item. Wood Processing - Commissioning of the trommel and shredder equipment was completed in early March. Commissioning of the RWE biomass combined heat and power plant at Markinch has been delayed. As a result operations are planned to ramp up gradually with full production planned for July 2013. The first loads of wood chip fuel began leaving site this week to be stockpiled at an RWE facility at Cardenden. Binn Skips have submitted a planning application for the construction of an additional concrete pad, to be used as a wood storage pad for processed material. Landfill - The installation of new gas wells continues although the works have taken longer than planned due to the weather conditions. At present five of the six pin wells have been installed and four of the five deep vertical wells have been installed. It is hoped that all well installation works will be complete by Fri 22nd March with connections to the gas extraction system complete by Friday 29th March. Capping works to the 16,000m2 area of upper phase 9 remain on target to commence in April. Leachate levels are currently out of compliance in one area of the site, phase 8. This is due to the temporary capping on the phase 8/10 batter acting to collect all rainfall and direct it into the base of phase 8 where we are currently tipping. An action plan has been submitted to SEPA. Additional pumps have been installed and leachate levels are currently falling.

Odour issues in and around the village had occurred over the past month and SEPA were looking into this matter. It was agreed a leaflet reminding the public of the SEPA telephone numbers to report odour issues, be delivered around the village. Colin Morrison and family were kindly going to carry this out over the Easter break. It was also agreed that this information could be placed on the Community website and in the next village newsletter.

Teg - Peter Borodajko  gave the meeting a brief update on the Teg site. He informed the meeting that Teg continued to work hard to maintain the odour controls in place. SEPA were due for a site visit next week. He informed that although Teg had fallen behind with some of the reports and reviews they were obliged to supply to SEPA they were working hard to rectify this situation. The AD plant was officially still commissioning although it was really ‘fine tuning’ of the process at this stage. He informed that the company had successfully secured similar sites/ processes south of the border.              


Parks Project



The meeting was informed that an application had been submitted to SITA Trust for phase 2 of the parks project. No further information was available at present.

Drainage at Williamson Park - discussions relating to a possible drainage ditch in the field above the park had taken place. The outcome would not be known till a meeting due to be held on the 25th March 2013.


Tayside Landscape Project



The meeting was informed that the application for funding had been submitted and there would be no further information now till the outcome was known, probable June/July 2013. There was a possibility of an archaeological survey being carried out in the summer months on Castlelaw.

Village Maintenance



Green space Maintenance - Following a review of the Councils grounds maintenance activities across Perth & Kinross area the Council are looking at objectives that ensure there is a consistent and equitable approach to the sites the Council currently maintain and allocation of resources they have.  A map detailing any changes for Abernethy and Aberargie had been supplied. Following discussion it was agreed that as Abernethy did not have a bloom committee that may be interested in ‘adopting’ some of the areas to receive less attention from the Council, that the chairman would approach the Horticultural society and see how they were positioned to help. Members were asked to assess the feelings of those they represented and give any feed back to the secretary or chairman by the 1st April. Any response to the Council was required by the beginning of April.

Councillor Anderson informed that the problem of Surface runoff on Glenfoot Road (blocked drain at top bend in road) had been investigated by the Council who would deal with the matter when/if funding became available. The flooding at the ‘County boundary’ just this side of Newburgh had also been investigated by both PKC and Fife Council along with the landowners. It was hope this problem would be sorted out shortly.

Councillor Anderson was to report a suspected unsafe chimney on Main Street to the relevant Council dept. for investigation.

Scottish water had visited and was to further investigate the problems, which were causing flooding on Perth Road. It is hoped they will also investigate other areas of concern in the village. To be monitored.

Community Web Site



Colin Morrison informed the meeting he had gathered together information informing of the SITA Trust funding process for inclusion on the web site. The secretary informed that she was awaiting information from the Community Capacity officer relating to village group contacts. When received she would forward this information for inclusion on the website.


CC Meeting Location



The chairman had made enquiries and informed that the Dinning room in the Crees Inn was available for CC meetings. Following discussion it was agreed to give this venue a trial and reassess in a few months time when the school may once again be available for meetings. It was also agreed that no alcoholic beverages would be consumed during the business meeting.

Correspondence


   
P&KC Planning notifications -Decision Notices
: (1) Modification of planning consent (12/01877/LBC) to paint the two colonnade posts white at Ayton Coach House, Aberargie for Ms Caroline Irwin - approved.
  
PKC Planning - informing of Local Development plan status
. With Scottish Gov reporter.* It was agreed that a request for a Master Plan of the Binn Area could be requested at the next Forum meeting.
  
PKC - copy of minutes of meetings 28/11/12 to 13/02/13
.
  
SITA
- update March 2013.
   
Tayside Police
- Report for meeting.
  
PKC - Community Plan 2013 to 2023
. - Green space Review for comment * see village maintenance section.
    Newburgh Surgery and Abernethy Clinic - invite to launch of ‘Links Project’ 25/03/13 1-2pm. * chairman attending.
   
PKC Roads Dept
  - review of Gritting and snow clearing.
   
Woodland Consultant
- informing of management plan for Binn Wood, Glenfarg

A.O.C.B.


Better Place to Live Fai
r

It was agreed that the possibility of holding another fair next year (2014) could be discussed nearer the time.

Housing on Old Caravan Park


The meeting was informed that it was believed the 11 - 12 houses were to be part- buy through Kingdom Homes and Stephens.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on at 7.30pm on Thursday 18th April 2013 in the Dinning Room, Crees Inn, Main Street, Abernethy.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 18th April 2013 at 7.30pm in the dinning room, Crees Inn, Abernethy


            Members Present:  Mr Alistair Robinson (chairman), Mr Angus MacIntyre, Mr Colin Morrison, Mrs Donna Gillespie, Mrs K. Butler, Mrs A. Sangster.
            In Attendance: Councillor H. Anderson, Richard Hinchcliffe SITA UK
            Apologies: Mr Bill Hughes, Tayside Police, Peter Borodajko TEG, PKC Councillors A. Jack and A.  Livingstone.

The minute of the meeting of 21st March 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Colin Morrison.

Matters Arising.



Police Matters


A Police Report received had been circulated to CC members for information. Disappointment was expressed at the non-attendance of a police officer, particularly the ‘new’ community officer for this area as CC members have yet to meet him. Those present raised no other issues.

Binn Farm Area

SITA
- An update forwarded for CC members by Richard Hinchcliffe was handed out and Richard then covered in more detail each item. Wood Processing - Commissioning of the RWE biomass combined heat and power plant at Markinch had been further delayed. As a result operations are planned to ramp up gradually with full production planned for September2013. Loads of wood chip fuel continues to be transported to be stockpiled at an RWE facility at Cardenden. Binn Skips planning application for the construction of an additional concrete pad, to be used as a wood storage pad for processed material, is currently being processed by PKC.

Landfill
- The installation and connection to the gas extraction system of the six pin wells and five deep vertical wells is now completed. Tenders for the capping works have been received, with works to the 16,000m2 area of upper phase 9 planned to commence in May.

Leachate levels are now compliant at the landfill site.  A total of 3 additional pumps have been installed to deal with the additional leachate volumes generated due to the temporary capping on the phase 8/10batter acting to collect rainfall and direct it into the base of phase 8. The situation will be monitored and SEPA are being advised of the leachate levels on a weekly basis. Prior to leaving the meeting Richard agreed the CC secretary pass on his email information to Councillor Anderson. He was thanked for attending and gave his apologies for the next meeting.

Odour issues - no significant odour issues had been brought to the CC’s attention over the past month.

Teg
- Peter Borodajko had forwarded a brief update for the meeting. It informed: things are continuing much as before at Teg and the IVC composting and AD plant are operating well as are the biofilters in controlling odour emissions. The AD plant is still awaiting some small modifications to the control system before Teg can commence the final four week commissioning test.         

Wind Farm Liaison Group Meeting
- The chairman and secretary had attended a meeting on the 15th April. The chairman gave an update of the meeting - the proposal was now looking at a 3 to 4 wind turbine layout further down the valley towards the Glenfarg side of the site. A liaison meeting is anticipated in May with a further set of Public Consultation meetings probably in June. Community Fund - this will more than likely be reduced as the number of turbines has been reduced. It is hoped that further information on possible methods of distributing this fund to the local communities and the possibility of a community turbine is made available at the next meeting. A short discussion covering - turbine size, costs, grid connection and PKC policy on such applications followed.


Village Maintenance



Green space Maintenance
- A response to the Councils Grounds maintenance review had been submitted. No further information was available. Councillor Andersons offer to request a visit to a CC meeting by one of the service officers was agreed on. CC members had discussed the review with local residents and most were not opposed to a reduction in services as long as it was equally distributed across PKC and the village did not become unsightly. Some were prepared in principal to tackle minor up keeping works in their neighbourhood.

Scottish Water
had surveyed drains on Perth Road and established that there was partial blockage due to roots and ragging. This is to receive attention shortly - removal of blockage. It is hoped they will also investigate other areas of concern in the village. To be monitored.

Lighting Powrie Park -
An additional streetlight was to have been placed at the Park by the end of March. On enquiring the secretary was informed that this is now on this years financial list and is to be carried out before the dark evening return. It was agreed that the secretary continue to pursue this matter.

Bollards at the Square
- Two bollards had been ‘uprooted’ this week. It had been reported to the Council and a works schedule for repair was underway. The meeting was informed that the CC had been informed that parking issues at the square had been brought to the attention of the local MP.

Round Tower
- Various issues - no flag for a year, weather vain not yet returned, trap door requiring maintenance. These issues have been compounded by Historic Scotlands (HS) strict health and safety and contracting policy. The meeting was informed that the Museum board had written to HS to express their disappointment with the delays in resolving the above issues. It was agreed the CC write a similar letter supporting these concerns. Members of HS were also encouraged to write.

Manhole, adjacent to Midfield access on Perth Road
- The condition of the cover/surround is to be monitored. If it does not receive attention shortly and further deteriorates it is to be reported to the roads dept.

Litter Baiglie Straight
- All were in agreement this section of road required attention i.e. litter removed from verge. Councillor Anderson agreed to report this matter to the relevant Council Dept.

Community Web Site



Les McIntosh continued to update/add information to the web site. Colin Morrison informed he had gathered together information on the history of the Hill Race and its inclusion on the web site was agreed.


Correspondence


   
P&KC Planning notifications -Decision Notices
: (1) Variations of condition No1 (08/02118/FLL) to allow 3 further years for commencement of the development Glentarkie Farm, Strathmiglo for Duncan Black- approved. (2) Extension to dwelling house Wester Greenside Farm, Newburgh Road, Abernethy for Mr C. Haxton - approved. (3) Installation of replacement windows 1 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs A Skinner - refused. Planning Applications: (1) Extension to dwelling house 58 Castlelaw Crescent, Abernethy for B. Duncan. (2) Demolition of outbuildings and erection of dwelling house Wester Clunie Farm, Newburgh Road for Mr J. Lawrie. (3) Erection of steel frame building for processing residential waste, Binn Skips, Binn Farm Glenfarg for Binn Waste Management. (4) Extension to dwelling house 19 Brandywell Road, Abernethy for Mr David Stewart.
    Tayplan
- informing of development plan scheme - consultation, ‘Big Ideas and Projects’.
    SITA
- update April 2013.
   Teg
- update for April meeting.
   
Tayside Police
- Report for April meeting.

A.O.C.B.



Post Office Van


Complaints had been received that the van frequently did not turn up or turned up but the satellite did not work. The meeting was informed that a notice had been placed in the notice board informing that there would be no van for 2 days and there would be a new van shortly.

Distillery, Aberargie, Planning Application


This was brought to the committees attention by Councillor Anderson. He informed it had been in Tuesdays PA and the Local Coucillors had discussed this employment promising proposal with the applicant. Also that SEPA and Scottish Water appeared to be coming round to the proposal. Following a short discussion covering planning issues and applications it was felt by the committee that they would remain open minded till they were formally consulted by the planning dept.

Abernethy Environmental Association


The meeting was informed that the associations AGM was due to fall on Monday 29th April and would be held in the Williamson Hall at 8pm.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Thursday 23rd May 2013 in the Dinning Room, Crees Inn, Main Street, Abernethy. A short Annual General Meeting will be held prior to the normal monthly business meeting.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 23rd May 2013 at 8pm (following AGM) in the dinning room, Crees Inn, Abernethy



Members Present:  Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mr B. Hughes, Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs D. Gillespie,  Mrs A. Sangster
In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson P&KC, Constable Jim Pentley Tayside Police.

Apologies:          Mr C. Morrison, Mrs Kate Butler, SITA and Teg representatives, Councillor A Jack and A. Livingstone P&KC.

The minute of the meeting of 18th April 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Colin Morrison.

Matters Arising.



Police Matters


A Police Report received had been circulated to CC members for information. The report informed: Metal thefts in the surrounding area (3). A short discussion followed covering the traffic monitoring and traffic calming measures in the area around the temporary school and the mini roundabout. Regular speed checks continue to be carried out on local arterial routes with warnings, conditional offers and reports to PF where necessary. A member of the public informed that he had seen motorised bikes using the bike track at Powrie Park. This was noted by PC Pentley. Those present raised no other issues Prior to leaving the meeting PC Pentley was thanked for his time.



Binn Farm Area


SITA
- An update forwarded for CC members by Richard Hinchcliffe was handed out. It informed:

Wood Processing - No significant change from last month. As a result of the delayed commissioning of the RWE biomass combined heat and power plant at Markinch SITA intend to ramp production up gradually. Full production is planned for September 2013. SITA continue to transport loads of wood chip fuel to be stockpiled at an RWE facility at Cardenden. Binn Skips planning application for the construction of an additional concrete pad, to be used as a wood storage pad for processed material, is currently being processed by P&K.

Landfill
- Contractors are on site and the capping works have now commenced. The contract also includes works for the construction of phase 11; this will be the last phase of the landfill. It is expected that the contractors will be on site until late August. Leachate levels remain compliant across the landfill site with the exception of LW4R. SITA are currently having some problems with a failed pump in the replacement leachate well LW4R installed earlier this year. The pump has become jammed in situ. SITA are using additional pumps to remove the leachate from the well and are working with specialist leachate system contractors and SEPA to find a solution.

Teg
- An update forwarded for CC members by Peter Borodajko was read out. It informed the AD and IVC plants are operating well and the Biofilters working effectively. Emissions testing on the AD plant engine emissions and Biofilter efficiency testing will be carried out over the next couple of months as required by the SEPA permit. The AD plant is still under commissioning awaiting a small technical change to its control system. Teg is involved in the PKC ‘Open Doors’ Day on 29/05/13 and will be hosting a visit that afternoon.        

Wind Farm Liaison Group Meeting
- A liaison meeting is anticipated in the near future.

Odour issues
- no significant odour issues had been brought to the CC’s attention over the past month. A member of the public informed that Aberargie had recently experienced a smell from the stock piling of a material (thought to be sewage cake), which was for spreading on local fields.



Village Maintenance



Green space Maintenance
- There was a short discussion on the Councils Grounds maintenance review and the CC response. The review report was due to be discussed at the beginning of June (5th) by PKC. It was agreed to wait and see the outcome of this discussion.

Bollards at the Square
- now repaired.

Manhole, adjacent to Midfield access on Perth Road - This had been looked at by the roads dept and would be monitored.

Round Tower
- the problems with the roof hatch had now been repaired and the Tower was open again. The return of the weather vane and installation of new flagpole was being looked into by Historic Scotland.

Litter Baiglie Straight
- This area had been tidied up.

Community Web Site



Les McIntosh continued to update/add information to the web site. It was agreed that planning applications and decision could be placed on the web site notice board. The secretary to coordinate.

Distillery Planning Application



The CC had submitted representation. The closing date for the planning application was the 18th May and there was nothing further to discuss at present.


Correspondence



    P&KC Planning notifications -Decision Notices
: (1) Extension to dwelling house 19 Brandywell Road, Abernethy for Mr David Stewart, Approved. (2) Extension to dwelling house 58 Castlelaw Crescent, Abernethy for Mr Brian Duncan, Approved. (3) Formation of hard standing area for the storage of wood & associated engineering operations at Binn Farm, Glenfarg for Binn Farm Ltd, Approved.
  
P&KC Planning Applications:
(1)
    Alterations and change of use from public house to dwellinghouse, the Inn 24 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr Edward Coffey. (2) Installation of replacement windows 1 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs A. Skinner. (3) Erection of an agricultural shed at Jamesfield Organic Centre for Jamesfield Farm.
 
  SITA
- update May 2013.
   
Teg
- update for May meeting.
    Tayside Police
- Report for May meeting.
   
PKC
- Informing - Draft Forest Plan and Draft Perth Lade Management Plan. Meeting Abernethy 18th June, Williamson Hall, 3.30 to 4.30pm.
   
Roseanna Cunningham MSP
- informing of ‘Walkers Welcome’ Scheme.
  
Convention of P&K CC’s
- informing CC’s can write to Scottish Government if unsatisfied with PKC handling of Local Development Plan.
    PKC
- Informing of ‘ tellme, Scotland’.
   
PKC
- Minutes of Council meetings 14th Feb 2013 to 17th April 2013.
    PKC
, Waste Service - informing of ‘Doors Open’ Day Wed 29th May, 2 to 4pm.

A.O.C.B.


Venue For CC meetings


It was agreed that as the school is back in use enquiries be made into the possibility of CC meetings returning to the school.

Core Paths

A meeting of Tayside Landscape project team had been attended by Angus MacIntyre and Alistair Robinson last night. They informed how the importance of securing the core paths in particular a connection between Newburgh - Abernethy - Bridge of Earn had been discussed. Landowner issues still remained and these matters were hoped to be resolved through discussion. The meeting was informed that the funding prospects for the Landscape project should be announced in June/ July.

Circular Walk Leaflets


The meeting was informed of new leaflets by the Ramblers Association were available at the Culdees Tearoom.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Thursday 20th June 2013 in the Dinning Room, Crees Inn, Main Street, Abernethy.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 20th June 2013 at 7.30pm in the dinning room, Crees Inn, Abernethy

Members Present:  Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr. A. Robinson, Mr B. Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson and A. Livingstone P&KC, Constable Jim Pentley Tayside Police.

Apologies:          Mr A. MacIntyre, Kate Butler, SITA and Teg representatives.
The chairman welcomed those present to the meeting and explained this was his first meeting as chairman. He thanked previous office bearers for their time and efforts and informed he would like to keep the meetings focused, current and scheduled.

The minute of the meeting of 23rd May 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr Alistair Robinson proposed their adoption, seconded by Mrs Donna Gillespie.

Matters Arising.

Police Matters


A Police Report received had been circulated to CC members for information. The report informed of recent crimes/issues in the area: Theft, housebreaking to Culdees tearoom, Abernethy, quantity of cash stolen - under enquiry. Theft of stalkers high seat and red diesel at Glentarkie/Pitmedden - under enquiry. A short discussion followed covering the above incidents.

Regular speed checks continue to be carried out in Abernethy and Aberargie with warnings issued.

Issues raised regarding questionable activities by some young people at the Powrie Park had been followed up on by PC Pentley. He informed the meeting that while he had visited the park a number of times he had not found any indication to support the reported concerns. With regards to other issues relating to behaviour (use of motorised bikes) in the Williamson Park area he would look into this matter and report back his findings to the CC. A short discussion on leafleting and doorstep callers followed. PC Pentley reminded those present that when reporting incidents sufficient information was required to achieve any meaningful outcome i.e. times, dates, descriptions, reg numbers etc. If people did not wish to report crime via the local police there was the option to report it anonymously via Crime stoppers tel: 0800 555 111. PC Pentley will endeavour to submit a ‘Police’ article for the next local newsletter due in September. Those present raised no other issues. Prior to leaving the meeting PC Pentley was thanked for his time.

Binn Farm Area


Binn Forum Community Meeting - The chairman and secretary had attended the recent meeting of the Forum. The chairman gave the CC meeting an update on topics covered at this meeting: SITA have informed that they intended to revoke the license for the Moving Grate EfW plant although they could reapply at a future date. Following a short discussion on this and other topics discussed at the meeting (all included in the SITA update for June which was handed out) were covered. The 7 acre wood storage slab was under construction with full production of the wood processing operations planned for September 2013. Those present continue to feel the transport impacts of the operations at Binn are not being interpreted accurately.

Landfill - Contractors are on site and the capping works and construction of phase 11 are progressing to schedule. Leachate levels remain compliant across the landfill site with the exception of LW4R.

A detailed sequence of works have been scheduled which are intended to remove the damaged pump and bring the leachate well back into full use. The contractors are on site this week and preparations have begun to carry out the remedial works.

Teg - Peter Borodajko had given his apologies for this CC meeting to the Chairman and secretary at the Binn Forum meeting and informed that nothing had changed since last month CC update.  

Binn Skips -The forum meeting was informed that a planning application for a 3 acre concrete storage pad would be submitted over the summer.   

SEPA - Information had been received for tonights meeting. Teg  - a warning letter had been issued re requesting overdue reports.  Binn Forum Meeting - the chairman had been written to expressing SEPAs feelings that the wood processing operators (SITA) had mislead the meeting in their representation of this operation.

A short discussion followed relating to Tegs recent contract with PKC and Tegs compliance rating by SEPA ‘Poor’. It was agreed the chairman would write to PKC Waste Management Services for clarification on CC concerns i.e. was due diligence given to the contract process - It is known that Council Services require specific criteria to be met for contractors to be included/ accepted on tender lists - Given Tegs ‘Poor’ rating this appears not to apply to waste management. - CC members felt that PKC should at least be requesting Teg to improve on this rating.

   Village Maintenance


Green space Maintenance
-The review report was due to be discussed this month by PKC and it had previously been agreed the CC await the outcome of this discussion.

Weed Spraying - the annual spray had been carried out in both villages.

Verge cutting
- Some road junctions had received attention. The general verges were yet to be cut. The Councillors informed that these works were prioritised and scheduled between June and mid August.

Dog Fouling
- concerns had been forwarded by community members to the CC. The secretary had informed the Dog Control officer and requested advise on the matter. A meeting had been arranged for tomorrow afternoon and the secretary would report back to committee.

Bus Shelter - Councillor Anderson agreed to the committee request to look into the possibility of a bus shelter being placed at the Back Dykes stop (near the entrance to Sutherland crescent)

Draft Forrest Plan Consultation - improvements/maintenance for Abernethy Den - interpretation panel  - an alternate position to the one suggested in the plan had been put forward i.e. Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden or across the road at the access to the walk leading to the Den.

Lights at Powrie Park - the long awaited street lights have been installed.

Community Web Site

There was a short discussion on the increasing number of individual village group web pages being set up and the merit of accessing the information via the Village web page. It was agreed the chairman monitor the situation.

Distillery, Aberargie,  Planning Application

Both the Councillors present are on the Development Control committee and were not willing to make comment on the application at present. CC members had a short discussion on the merits of the proposal.

Venue For CC meetings

The meeting was informed that a let form for the school had been submitted. If school let not processed by the next meeting date in August the meeting will be held in the Dinning Room, Crees Inn, Main Street, Abernethy. Secretary would keep members informed. 

Correspondence

    P&KC Planning notifications -Decision Notices
: (1) Alterations and change of use of coach shed to form ancillary accommodation and garage at Old Carpow, Newburgh, KY14 6EN for Lieut. Col and Mrs Michael Bullard.  Planning Applications: (1) Siting of a static caravan, Elderado, Glenfoot, Abernethy for Stuart Munro. (2) Extension to dwellinghouse, fir cottage, Back Row, Aberargie for Mr R Macloan & Ms E Thomson.
    P&KC Planning - update on stage of development plan. Moving from proposed plan to Examination stage.
  
SITA - update June2013.
    Tayside Police - Report for June meeting.
   
Convention of P&K CC’s - informing of next meeting 30/06/13 Tulloch Community Centre at 2pm.
  
Circular Walk Leaflets - new leaflets by the Ramblers Association ‘ Lets go Walking’.
   
P&K Healthy Communities Collaborative - re promoting and supporting healthy ageing. Abernethy initiative.

A.O.C.B.


Health in the Community NHS Fife & Tayside

A local doctor (Fife based) and the chairman had discussed and were looking into the possibility of setting up a jogging/ running group aimed mainly at the younger age group although it would be open to all.  The secretary and 2 other community members had met with a project support worker for P&K Healthy Communities Collaborative and were looking at activities to promote and support healthy ageing ie gentle exercise classes. It was agreed interest in above required to be assessed.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd August 2013 in the school.
To be confirmed

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 18th September 2013 at 7.30pm in the School



Members Present:   Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs A. Sangster
In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson P&KC.
Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mr B. Hughes, Kate Butler, Councillor A. Livingstone, SITA and Teg representatives, Tayside Police.

The chairman welcomed those present to the meeting. This was the first meeting to be held in the recently extended primary school and also on the now changed evening for meetings, now Wednesdays.
The minute of the meeting of 20th June 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Alistair Robinson.

Matters Arising.



Police Matters


A Police Report received for the previous month contained no reported crime for the area. Inconsiderate Parking at the Square had once again been raised with the CC over the last month. This concern accompanied with photos had been forwarded to the police seeking advice. The response suggested - discuss problem with PKC and inform police of incidents with vehicle registration. In the short discussion that followed the possibility of a ‘residential parking’ sign was considered however the Councillor informed that PKC no longer supply these. If Double yellow lines and parking space markings were applied it was felt this would require to be used through out the village and would create more issues than it solved. It was also felt Historic Scotland would probably be against this. Consideration as to where new/ additional car parking could be created did not raise any practical solution at present. It was agreed to continue to monitor the situation and report incidents to the Police.

Binn Farm Area


SITA and Teg representatives had given their apologies for tonights meeting however they would be attending the Binn Forum Community Meeting on the 26th September and would be giving an update report then. Alistair Robertson, Ann Sangster and Colin Morrison hoped to attend and would take any questions relating to the various processes at Binn to this meeting.

The meeting was informed  - SEPA were in the process of revoking the permit for the Dargavel gasification plant near Dumfries. - SITA had applied to revoke the permit for the moving grate EfW plant at Binn and were in discussion with SEPA.

Village Maintenance


Weed Spraying
- the annual spray had been carried out in both villages however it was felt some areas had been missed. Councillor Anderson would speak with Councillor Livingstone prior to making enquiries relating to weeds in gutter, Den Park.

Green space Maintenance
-A letter of enquiry had been received re possibility of setting up a group and establishing areas of wildflower swards in and around Aberargie. Those present had no objections if this was carried out accordingly - consult local community, group set up and consult with PKC. It was agreed secretary pass on this information.

Barclayfield /Drumcairn Glen - Core Path
- It was agreed Councillor Anderson would investigate further the report of  - removed style, use of trail bikes and large piles of polythene in this area.

Unsafe condition of Bridge on Quarry Road (beyond top of Kirk Wynd
) - Councillor Anderson agreed to make enquiries into ownership of this section of road.

Community Projects



A request for assistance (funding) had been received from Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA). Following discussion it was agreed that consideration could be given if AEA could provide a business plan for their project and supply receipts for expenditures.

Community Orchard
- a member of the Horticultural society was present and gave the meeting an update on this project to create small pockets of fruit trees and hedging through out the local area. The society was in discussion with PKC and landowners to establish suitable sites. It was anticipated this would be a running project over a number of years.


Correspondence



    P&KC Planning notifications -Decision Notices:
1) Siting of a static caravan, Elderado, Glenfoot, Abernethy for Stuart Munro, approved. (2) Erection of steel frame building for processing residual waste, Binn Skips, Binn Farm for Binn Waste. Approved.
   
P&KC Planning
- Consultation on supplementary planning guides.
   
SITA
- update June2013.
   
Tayside Police
- Report for September meeting.
 
  Member of Community
- enquiry re Distillery application at Aberargie - suggestion for wild planting in and around Aberargie.
   
Keep Scotland Beautifu
l - informing of Clean up Scotland campaigns.
    PK Heritage Trust
- Open doors 21st and 22nd September - 71 buildings open free across PK.

A.O.C.B.



Distillery, Aberargie,  Planning Application:
No further information available.

Erection of Steel Frame building for processing residual waste, Binn Skips, Binn Farm for Binn Waste
.The CC had been informed this application had been approved. Councillor Anderson agreed to make enquiries as to why one of the conditions was allowing operational hours to be from 6am to 10pm Monday to Sunday when all other operations in the Binn Area did not operate on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday and the hours were generally 7am to 7pm.

School Extension:
A short discussion took place covering the various merits of the extension. A query was raised as to exactly what the fuel for the biomass plant consisted of and why was it considered that during the build process when the children were relocated, that a 3 foot boundary wall was considered safe and yet now there is a 10 foot or so fence required. While it was thought the fuel was wood pellets and that the boundary fence around the relocation class rooms was deem adequate by the head teacher, it was agreed that Councillor Anderson and a CC member who sits on the school board would make further enquiries.

Christmas Tree /outside electric connection
- enquiries to be made regarding the removal of this during building works and subsequently lack of being replaced.

PKC Garage Review:
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting that a review of Council garages, such as those at the Williamson Park, would be subject to a review shortly.

Kilgraston School:
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting that he had received a communication from this school indicating that it wished to become involved in community activities such as litter picks and general tidying up of green space areas in the local community.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th October 2013 in the school.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 30th October 2013 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr B. Hughes Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs A. Sangster

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson P&KC.

Apologies: Mr. A. Robinson, Councillor A. Livingstone, SITA and Teg representatives, Tayside Police.

Following the addition of an item: Unsafe condition of Bridge on Quarry Road (beyond top of Kirk Wynd) - Councillor Anderson agreed to make enquiries into ownership and safety concerns raised re the bridge’. The minute of the meeting of 18th September 2013, which had been circulated, was then proposed for adoption by Mrs Donna Gillespie, seconded by Mr Angus MacIntyre

Prior to commencing the monthly business meeting a short presentation from Mr O. Webster was given on a proposed development for a wind turbine at Binn Hill Farm, Glenfarg. Maps, pictures and supporting statements were also provided. Mr Webster assured the meeting that the proposal was for one turbine only with no future plan to expand on this. He also informed that it was a wish to benefit the local community through funding from the operation of the turbine. It was noted that the CC do not generally comment till a planning application is submitted and registered with PKC. Following a short discussion Mr Webster left the meeting. Prior to leaving he was thanked for keeping the committee abreast of future proposals for the local area. 

Matters Arising.
Police Matters
The meeting was informed that due to a recent restructuring of the Perth and Kinross Local Policing Area, Abernethy and Bridge of Earn Community Councils would now be serviced from the newly created Perth Landward Section. The Inspector for this section is Inspector David Rankine and the Community Sergeant is Sgt Jon Anton, Local Community Officer is PC Graeme Ogilvie. There were no reported crimes for the area received for the previous month. Parking cones around war memorial to be requested.
Inconsiderate Parking at the Square - The CC had been informed that this issue would be raised at the next meeting of the PKC Traffic Co-ord Group with the Road Policing Unit, in early November.  It was agreed to continue to monitor the situation and report incidents to the Police.  An article highlighting the issue of inconsiderate parking is to be submitted to the ‘Crier’ by A. MacIntyre.

Binn Farm Area
SITA and Teg representatives had given their apologies for tonights meeting however they had sent updates. 
SITA Update informed - SITA are no longer revoking the license for the moving grate EfW plant proposed at Binn. Wood Processing - The commissioning of the RWE biomass combined heat and power plant at Markinch has been further delayed, full production start date is unknown. As a result SITA are continuing to operate the wood processing operation at a reduced level. The wood storage pad - is complete and began accepting wood chip in late August. This pad is now full with approximately 20,000t being stored at present. Landfill - All capping and restoration works are now complete. The construction of phase 11 commenced Monday 12th August and is due to be complete by 31st October 2013. There will be a further construction period in Spring 2014 to complete the cell before tipping can commence. This will be the last phase of the landfill. Leachate levels are now compliant following the successful installation of a new leachate well to replace LW4R, which has a failed pump, jammed in situ. SITA will continue to use the LW4R as a leachate extraction point to give greater flexibility and control of leachate levels in that area of the site.
SITA have upgraded some of the sorting equipment in the Materials Recycling Facility, including the installation of a new eddy current separator, which will improve the plants ability to segregate aluminium cans from the mixed dry recyclables.
Teg - Update informed - Both IVC and AD plants continue to run well. Teg has tested one biofilter and the result (yet to be fully confirmed) looks very good. The other biofilter will be tested next month. The SEPA audit earlier this month went well - Teg had been working to resolve all of the issues previously identified.

SEPA - The meeting was informed that from the beginning of November the call centre is moving to a new location at Eurocentral, Bellshill. The staff there had been informed of the background history of Binn and Abernethy.

Village Maintenance
Barclayfield /Drumcairn Glen - Core Path - Issues in this area had been investigated. Monitoring of the area will continue.
Unsafe condition of Bridge on Loanhead Quarry Road (beyond top of Kirk Wynd) - Councillor Anderson had informed Council departments and investigations into ownership continued. PKC do not own.
Bus Shelter/ Back Dykes - The possibility of a shelter in this central area, (top of Sutherland Crescent on Back Dykes) had been looked into. The meeting was informed that at present there was insufficient funding however the proposal would be kept on file and if funding and/or refurbished shelters became available consideration would be given to installing a shelter.
Christmas Tree /outside electric connection at school - now in place.
Weed Spraying - Areas missed during the annual spray had been attended to.
Faulty Street Lighting - The 2 faulty lights at the Pavilion had been reported in September. It had been noted that they once again were not working and a further report would be placed with PKC.

Community Projects
A request for assistance (funding) had been received last month from Abernethy Environmental Association (AEA). AEA had been contacted and the limitations /requirements for possible funding from the CC explained. They had informed that they did not have a business plan as the Parks project was being run by PKC in line with their (PKC) standard procedures. Some present felt that there must be a plan available to progress any project and to have allowed/ supported the application for funding from SITA Trust, which has been subsequently granted. Agreed CC await receipts /or copies.

Distillery, Aberargie, Planning Application  - application withdrawn.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning notifications - (1) Alterations and extension to dwellinghouse, West End, 9 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr Brian Greig. (2) Extension to dwellinghouse Broadwell Cottage, Glenfoot, Abernethy for Mr David Bell. (3) Erection of a meteorological mast Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Glenfarg for Element Power. (4) Withdrawal of Distillery Aberargie application
2. P&KC Planning - Reporters observations on proposed Local Development Plan
3. SITA & Teg  - update October 2013.
4. Tayside Police - Informing new officers for area. Report for October meeting.
5. Scottish Natural Heritage  - newsletter.
6. PKC - renewal of CC insurance.
7. PKC- Review of Polling district - no changes for this area.
8. PKC - CC training event. 30/10/13 same evening as CC meeting unable to attend.
9. War Memorial Trust - info on Trust.
10. Primary School - informing of P6 & P7 s museum relating to the ‘Titanic’. Open for viewing 11am to noon Thursday and Friday.

A.O.C.B.
PKC Proposed Local Development Plan
A short discussion covered the Scottish Governments Reporters recommendations for the Abernethy and Aberargie Area. I.e. changes to housing sites proposed.

Remembrance Service
A wreath had been organised and Councillor Anderson had delivered it. Members were reminded the Service is on 10th November at *11 am. CC members should meet in the Session House by *10.45am.

Christmas Trees for Villages
A short discussion on costs and requirement for new lights took place. The chairman is to look into new lights and secretary to make enquiries into the supply of trees. Further arrangements to follow once this is established.

Visit to Groups
The chairman had visited the ‘Open Doors’ group and Playgroup over the past month. No new issues were raised by either group.

School Heating System - clarification on type of fuel used was sought. Thought to be wood chip only.

Courier newspaper
Councillor Anderson expressed concern relating to inaccurate reports in the newspaper recently. In particular the population of P&K and the Dundee area and also the alleged financial crisis for Perth Theatre and Concert Hall.

Water issue for Glentarkie housing
Councillor Anderson informed that houses in the Glentarkie area were having to use bottled water as the supply to the houses had been disrupted. He was assisting in getting this matter remedied.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th November 2013 in the school.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 20th November 2013 at 7.30pm in the School



Members Present:   Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr. A. Robinson, Mr B. Hughes Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs A. Sangster
In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson and Councillor A. Livingstone P&KC. Richard Hinchcliffe SITA representative.
Apologies: Mrs D. Gillespie, Tayside Police.

The minute of the meeting of 30th October 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr Bill Hughes proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Angus MacIntyre.

Matters Arising.


Police Matters
There were no reported crimes for the area received for the previous month.

Inconsiderate Parking at the Square
- agreed to continue to monitor.

Binn Farm Area


SITA Update
  - The meeting was informed on (1) Wood Processing - the commissioning of the RWE biomass plant at Markinch has been further delayed; full production start date is unknown. As a result SITA have further reduced the wood processing operation. (2) Wood Storage Pad - this is completed and as a direct result of the delayed RWE Markinch commissioning, remains full, with approx 20,000t of wood chip being stored at present. Questions were asked relating to safety issues (possible combustion) with this storage method and the meeting was assured this had been looked into by SITA and discussed with SEPA. (3) Landfill - the planned 2013 construction of phase 11 is due to be completed by 22nd November 2013. There will be a further construction period in Spring 2014 to complete the cell before tipping can commence. This will be the last phase of the landfill. (4) Leachate  - levels are now compliant with the exception of the new leachate well to replace LW4R. Investigations and pumping trials are on-going which to date have indicated that this is an isolated issue and could be due to a perched leachate layer. SEPA have been kept advised throughout and all results from testing and trials are shared with them. (5) Upgrades to sorting equipment - in the material Recycling facility have begun to deliver the expected results with both an increase in total volume processed in October and a significant increase in the amount of aluminium cans captured for sale to re-processors.

Binn Eco Park - Polytunnel application
- application for renewal of original application.

Village Maintenance

Unsafe condition of Bridge on Loanhead Quarry Road (beyond top of Kirk Wynd)
- Councillor Anderson had informed Council departments and investigations into ownership continued. PKC do not own. It was agreed the CC write expressing concerns re safety.
Core path to Bridge of Earn via Culfargie
- issues allowing this path to be included as a core path are ongoing.
Bus shelters
- Wooden shelter at Aberargie to be replaced with more modern style. Bus stop on Back Dykes (main stop in centre of village) to be assessed for shelter.

Community Projects

A request for assistance (funding) had been received from the ‘Lunch Club’. It was agreed to discuss this at the next meeting, when the treasurer was present.

Distillery, Aberargie, Planning Application
  - The meeting was informed that this application will be resubmitted in the next few months. It was agreed that Councillor Livingstone pass on the CCs recommendation that the applicant hold a public consultation/ meeting rather than use a CC meeting as a platform to inform.

Christmas Trees for Villages

The chairman is to look into new lights and secretary to make enquiries into the supply of trees. Further arrangements to follow once this is established.

School Heating System
- clarification on type of fuel used was had been sought. Wood pellets only.

Village Web site

The meeting was informed that the site had been ‘rebuilt’ over the past month to bring it up to date with new applications etc. Mr McIntosh was thanked for this much appreciated work.


Correspondence



1.
P&KC Planning notifications
- (1) Erection of a meteorological mast (temporary for 5 years) at Binn Eco Park Wind Farm, Glenfarg for Element Power. (2) Erection of a wind turbine Land 390metres south east of the Bothy, Jamesfeild, Newburgh for Harmony Energy Ltd. (3) Alterations and change of use of former Inn to dwelling house, Baiglie Inn, Aberargie for Mr F. Hardie. (4) Renewal of planning consent 10/00983/IPM for development of 114ha of unheated and heated polytunnels (in principle) Binn Farm, Glenfarg for Binn Farm Ltd.
2.
SITA
- update November2013.
3.
Tayside Police
-Report for November meeting.
4.
PKC
- renewal Data protection.
5.
Funding request
- Lunch club.

A.O.C.B.


Fuel Poverty

Councillor Anderson informed that there were a number of schemes on the go at the moment and explained that a further PKC trial scheme was being rolled out in Highland Perthshire and that it was the Councils intention to expand the scheme if it proved successful.

Tayside Landscape scheme

At present the partners in the scheme were transferring the roll of lead partner. Once this was completed it was hoped to have information on the schemes progression.

New Minister for Village

The meeting was informed that it was believed that a new minister had been agreed on for the district.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 in the school.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
Of the Abernethy and District Community Council
Held on 23rd May 2013, 7.30pm, in the Crees Inn, Abernethy.

Members Present:  Mr. A. Robinson (chairman), Mr B. Hughes, Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson P&KC, Constable Jim Pentley Tayside Police.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mrs Kate Butler, SITA and Teg representatives, Councillor A. Jack and A. Livingstone P&KC.

Minutes of the Last Meeting
The minutes of the AGM held on 24th May 2012, which had been circulated, were taken as read and agreed. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Alistair Robinson.

Chairman’s Report (Alistair Robinson)
The past twelve months have seen the Community Council actively involved a number of projects around the area.
We continue to be involved with the Binn Farm Community Involvement Forum, which has given us a good platform to make our concerns known to the business at Binn Farm, and in general we have seen the odour issues from the landfill and the composting operation moderate, however, there is constant development in the Binn area, and we must always be aware of their influence on the quality of life within our area.
An interesting development in the Binn area is the proposal to build a wind farm of between 3 and 5 turbines, which will provide a community development fund for local projects. This development is at an early stage, but Community Councillors have been involved in all meetings with the developer, and it is hoped that this project may provide good opportunities in the area, with minimal impact to residents.
The development of both Powrie and Williamson Hall parks is well under way, and has seen great support from all parts of the community.
The school extension has been completed and in the last week the move has been made from the temporary accommodation in to the new premise which has been greatly appreciated by staff and pupils.
One highlight of the past year was the Passing of the Olympic Torch through Abernethy, which was a truly memorable experience for the hundreds who turned out to line the route and cheer on the torch bearers.
A new website has been established for the village, with useful local information and the Community Council minutes available on line at abernethyvillage.co.uk.
We have lost one of our number in the last year, with Simon Downes resigning to take up employment in Nairn; we thank him for his input and wish him well in his new venture. This leaves us with two vacancies, which we hope to fill in the coming months.
From Perth & Kinross Council we have seen regular attendance from Councillor Henry Anderson; unfortunately his colleagues have not been seen as often.
Finally I would like to thank my fellow members of the Community Council for their support over the last year, and whilst I am standing down from the position of Chairman, I look forward to continuing to work alongside them on the coming twelve months.

Treasurer’s Report

The accounts for 2012 - 2013 were available to those present. The Treasurer went over the accounts for the year explaining the various entries. At present there was £904.78 in the account. There was an outstanding bill for rent of the Pavilion and the secretary’s expenses were also due. All were in agreement with the report of accounts.

Councillor H. Anderson took the chair for the election of office bearers for the year 2013 - 2014.

Election of Office Bearers
Chairman: Colin Morrison nominated by Mr Alistair Robinson, seconded by Bill Hughes. Elected unopposed. (As elected in his absence, acceptance of the position is to be confirmed as soon as possible.)
Vice-chairman: Mr Alistair Robinson nominated by Ann Sangster, seconded by Angus MacIntyre. Elected unopposed.
Councillor Anderson handed over the chair to Mr Robinson for the nomination/election of the other office bearers.
Secretary: Mrs A. Sangster nominated by Alistair Robinson, seconded by Bill Hughes. Elected unopposed.
Treasurer: Mrs Donna Gillespie nominated by Alistair Robinson, seconded by Angus MacIntyre. Elected unopposed.

Appointment of Data Controller: It was felt that this post was probably better held by the secretary and it was agreed by all present Mrs Ann Sangster continue in the roll of Data Controller.


The chairman closed the meeting by thanking all for attending and the next AGM would be held in May 2014.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 22nd January 2014 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr. A. Robinson, Mr B. Hughes, Mr A. MacIntyre,
Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson and Councillor A. Livingstone P&KC.

Apologies: Richard Hinchcliffe SITA representative.

The minute of the meeting of 20th November 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr. Alistair Robinson proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Angus MacIntyre.

Matters Arising.


Police Matters


A Police report, covering the previous month was not available. A discussion followed in which the meeting was informed of a few incidents, which had occurred in the area recently. While these had been reported to the Police no information was available as to any follow up or outcome. The meeting was informed that although the CC had appealed in the village newsletter for consideration re parking in the village, the issues of Inconsiderate Parking at the Square appeared to have remained unaltered. Disappointment was expressed that a police officer was not present to advise / inform on matters. It was agreed both Councillors present would contact the Police expressing the CC’s disappointment.

Binn Farm Area


Some of those present indicated they had detected a few odours in and around the village over the previous weeks.
SITA Update  - As the Binn Forum meeting is due to be held next week (27th Jan) it had been agreed Richard Hinchcliffe give an update at that meeting.
SITA PPC permit for Landfill- The CC had been consulted by SEPA who had received an application from SITA to vary this permit. It was not an operational variation, but the wording of the section relating to odour management/ detection both in and of site at the landfill. It was agreed this be brought up for discussion at the Forum meeting and a letter expressing the CC’s objections/ concerns to the variation be submitted to SEPA.

Binn Eco Park - Polytunnel application  - renewal of original application. This application is still pending.

Village Maintenance


Unsafe condition of Bridge on Loanhead Quarry Road (beyond top of Kirk Wynd) - Councillor Anderson had informed Council departments as had the CC. Investigations continued within PKC.
Core path to Bridge of Earn via Culfargie -matters allowing this path to be included as a core path are ongoing within PKC.
Bus shelters - Wooden shelter at Aberargie replaced with more modern style. Bus stop on Back Dykes (main stop in centre of village) to be assessed for shelter.


Community Projects


A request for assistance (funding) had been received from the ‘Lunch Club’. It was agreed to donate funding available from the sale of the Abernethy ‘Blue’ history book. The exact amount available was not certain at present. Treasurer to attend to.

Christmas Trees for Villages


The chairman informed of the eventful process of collecting and erecting the trees this year. He thanked John Sangster for his time efforts and equipment to assist with the process. The chairman had purchased new lights for the Abernethy tree and would arrange to be reimbursed by the treasurer. It was suggested that the large conifer tree situated at Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden might be a more suitable tree and position for the ‘Christmas’ tree, with a possible connection for tree lights to the street lamp. A member of the public informed that there was the possibility that the Horticultural Society were considering removing this tree. It was agreed that A. Robertson follow up on this matter with the horticultural group.


Planning


Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC.
Renewal of application for 114ha of heated and unheated polytunels at Binn - still pending with PKC.
Aberargie, Ayton Farm, erection of 7 houses approved - discussion covered the 5year period this application had taken to be processed. Councillor Anderson informed the meeting this was as a result of issues between landowners. Some CC members felt this was not a convincing explanation for such a lengthy period and they were of the understanding that landownership was not a planning matter.

Tayside Landscape scheme


The meeting was updated on this project. There is expected to be around a 6 month delay to the original time scheme which would mean it is expected to be underway once more around the beginning of March 2014. The new leader partner is the Heritage Trust and although a project leader has been appointed other team members have yet to be appointed. Angus MacIntyre has represented this area in the project and all were in agreement he continues in this post.

Correspondence


1. P&KC Planning application notifications -  (1) Alterations and extension to dwellinghouse Gruinside, Perth Road, Abernethy for Miss M Henderson. (2) Alterations and extension to dwellinghouse 1 Ivy cottage, Back Dykes, Abernethy for Mrs Dorothy Haig. (3) Erection of dwellinghouse, Land 50 metres SE of the Arches, Newburgh for F Watson and D O’Brian. (4) Alterations and extension to dwellinghouse Westdene, Perth Road, Abernethy for Mr D Simmie.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Construction of new access road and formation of 7 serviced plots at Ayton Farm Aberargie for Pittencrieff. - Approved. (2) Extension to dwellinghouse Broadwell Cottage, Glenfoot, Abernethy for D Bell. Approved. (3) Alterations and change of use of former Inn to dwelling house, Baiglie Inn, Aberargie for Mr F. Hardie. Approved. (4) Erection of a meteorological mast (temporary for 5 years) at Binn Eco Park Wind Farm, Glenfarg for Element Power. Approved. (5) Erection of Dwellinghouse (in principal) Land 50metres SW of Balofield House, Manse Road, Abernethy. Approved.
3. PKC Development Plan Team - notification of intention to adopt the P&K proposed Local Development plan (as modified).
4. *Garden Party - nominations should be fwd to secretary before the closing date 4/02/14.
5. PKC Licensing Board Policy Statement.
6. Scottish Rural Parliament - information.
7. Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014- 2020. -  Information stage 2.
8. PKC minutes 19/09/13 to 20/11/13.


A.O.C.B.
Deadline for Village ‘Crier’
The meeting was informed this would be 31st January. It is hoped to submit an article from the CC covering recent issues discussed at CC meetings.

Trials- bikes
Trials-bikes had been seen up and in the vicinity of Castlelaw hill, (core path ABNY/105). Concern that the paths were being ripped up was expressed. It was agreed the Councillors would follow up on this.

Metal Detector
Users of these devises had recently been seen in the Powrie Park. Discussion covered the licensing requirements and a code of conduct for the use of such devises.

Williamson Park
It was drawn to the attention of those present that it appeared a vehicle had been driven over the water sodden grass causing it to be torn up in areas.

Dog Binn
A member of the public informed of a long running issue of his household bin being used for dog waste. Following contact with the dog warden it had been agreed a bin would be placed adjacent to his property at the Newburgh end of the village. However he was still awaiting its arrival. The secretary agreed to make enquiries and let him know the outcome.

Pension Funding Schemes
For information a CC member informed of a recent report in a newspaper article covering investments for pension schemes. The article informed how public money is being used to fund climate change, big tobacco and arms companies, appearing unethical as this is often in conflict with public policy aims and objectives.

Evidence 2 Success
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting of ‘Evidence2Success’ a collaborative project between P&K Community Planning Partnership and Dartington Social Research Unit. This pioneering project is hoped to find out what more can be done in Perth and Kinross to help our children and young people grow up healthy, ready to learn and prepared for success in life. A number of surveys, will be/ have been, carried out and results can be viewed on the PKC website.


It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 26th February 2014 in the school.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 26th February 2014 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr B. Hughes (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson and Councillor A. Livingstone P&KC,
Nigel Mullan Convener of the Newburgh Train Station Group.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mr. A. Robinson, Mr A. MacIntyre, Police, SITA & Teg representatives.

The minute of the meeting of 22nd January 2013, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Bill Hughes.

Proposed Newburgh Train Station


Prior to the business meeting a short update on the present situation regarding this project was given. Nigel Mullan, brought the Community Council up to date on the campaign to re-open the Newburgh train station, since last addressing the Community Council in June 2011 at the very outset of the campaign. During 2012-2013, Abernethy residents were given regular news from the campaign in The Crier. The post office and shop has also allowed itself to be host and base in Abernethy for the campaign's household survey, which it has established to gauge the level of support a station at Newburgh would have and how people would use it. The meeting was informed of the Newburgh Train Station Group's new website where news and things to do pages could be accessed
: http://newburghtrainstation.org.uk/
The meeting was also told of the movement towards establishing a full transport appraisal for the area along the lines of the Scottish Transport Advice Guidelines (STAG). This process has been initiated by Fife Council, SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership), Perth and Kinross Council and TACtran (Tay and Central Transport Partnership) commissioning a small scale study from MVA/Systra (a transport consultancy business with a large and established international profile) to establish the likely feasibility of various transport shortcomings and options for both Newburgh and Bridge of Earn/Oudenard areas. This study would therefore in turn provide a basis as to whether a more in depth transport appraisal would be commissioned along the lines of a STAG, at which point Transport Scotland would be involved. The study is due to be complete in May this year and the communities it refers to (Newburgh Train Station Group have pressed for this) have been promised sight of this and an involvement in the discussion on its findings, thereby having a say on the policy outcome of these (i.e. whether a full transport appraisal gets done). Cllr Livingstone, who sits on TACtran and the Tay Plan, made a response to this development, concerning the conflation of the two councils, two transport partnerships and the two areas concerned, by describing it as a " gentlemanly agreement", through which the costs of the study, £12,000 in total, were split evenly between the four parties at £3000 a head. He did, moreover, aver that Fife Council was taking the lead in the commissioned work. Nigel was thanked for attending prior to leaving the meeting.

Matters Arising.


Police Matters


A Police report had been received, covering the previous month. No incidents of note had been reported. Following last months meeting the Community Sergeant had contacted the CC informing of  - Community Officer for this Area, Graham Ogilvie, who unfortunately is absent at present. He should however return to full duties shortly and hopes to attend a CC meeting on the first date he is available. The meeting was informed that issues of Inconsiderate Parking at the Square continued. Councillor Livingstone informed that he was arranging to meet with the Area Sergeant to discuss possible attendance at a CC meeting. He would inform the secretary of any progress on this matter. It was suggested that a meeting in the square with some CC members, local residents and Police might be of benefit.
Trials- bikes up Castlelaw hill, (core path ABNY/105)- Concern that the paths were being ripped up had been expressed at last months meeting. Reports that this activity continued had been received.  Councillor Anderson had looked into this issue and informed incidents should be reported to the police.


Binn Farm Area


SITA PPC permit for Landfill- The CC had been consulted by SEPA who had received an application from SITA to vary this permit. It was not an operational variation, but the wording of the section relating to odour management/ detection both in and of site at the landfill. As agreed a letter of objection to this proposal had been sent. No further information was available at present.
Binn Eco Park - Polytunnel application  - renewal of original application. Application has been approved.
Binn Wind Farm - The first meeting in almost a year had taken place the previous evening. No CC member was available to attend however Councillor Livingstone had kindly taken notes and issued a summary sheet of the main points discussed.  -  Exhibition/ Consultations at end of April 2014 in Abernethy and Bridge of Earn - Formal Planning application to PKC in June 2014. - At present the site is assed for 5 turbines, 115mtrs high. - A 3D visual presentation will be available at exhibitions - visibility from Abernethy, 1 fully visible and the tips of 1. -  Timings, Application June 2014, 12 months gestation with planners, if approved June/July 2015, 6 to 9 months everything signed off, further 26 months to build. - Logistics 7 lorry journeys per turbine, Rosyth - motorway - Baiglie Straight - Binn.
Teg - A short update had been provided informing  - The CHP emissions had been tested and were in compliance with permitted limits - Teg were working with the people who are installing the Binn polytunnels to design the system to use the AD plant heat.

Village Maintenance


Unsafe condition of Bridge on Loanhead Quarry Road (beyond top of Kirk Wynd) - A sign warning of possible subsidence on the pathway had been erected by PKC.
Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden, as possible position for future village Christmas tree - The Horticultural society had been contacted regarding their maintenance plans for the garden as it had been intimated some of the trees in the garden were to be removed. It had been confirmed that the Lawson’s Cypress was proposed to be removed. It was agreed to contact the Horticultural Society and discuss the possibility of having a Christmas tree stand and electric connection to street lamp installed if the tree was removed. It was also expressed that if there are dramatic changes proposed for this local garden it would be in the interest of all the community if theses were publicised prior to any actions being taken.
Dog Binn - a new bin has been placed at the bottom of Gattoway access road. The possibility of a bin being placed at the access road to Ayton House, Aberargie, is to be looked into.
‘Friends’ of Aberargie - The meeting was informed that this group were in the first stages of setting up a constituted committee to better the environment in and around Aberargie. They intended leafleting the local community shortly. It was agreed that assistance (form CC) could be given if required with the cost of producing /or actual printing of this leafleting as it was a community project. The group initiator had met with PKC officers to discuss possibilities, funding etc this information would be included on leaflet.

Planning


Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC.
Distillery Aberargie - The CC representation had been submitted. Some present expressed concerns re a leaflet put through doors in Aberargie. It informed of the CCs objection to this proposal and some issues they may want to consider. While there was the possible inference it was written by the CC this was not the case. Had Abernethy and District Community Council written it this would have been clearly indicated.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Alterations & extension to dwellinghouse at Gavney Brae, Newburgh for Mr & Mrs Dow. (2) Change of use from agricultural to industrial/commercial and erection of a distillery & liqueur production facility with associated bottling plant, grain & cask stores on land 480metres SE of Nethorton Mains, Aberargie for KIC (Holdings) Ltd. (3) Erection of conservatory at Strathview, Station Rd, Abernethy for Mr J. Banks. (4) Extension to dwellinghouse at Lindenbrae, Kirk Wynd, Abernethy for Mr K. Finn. (5) Alterations & extension to dwellinghouse at Woocliff House, Newburgh for Mr & Mrs S. Lindsay.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Erection of dwellinghouse, Land 50 metres SE of the Arches, Newburgh for F Watson and D O’Brian. - Approved. 2) Alterations and extension to dwellinghouse 1 Ivy cottage, Back Dykes, Abernethy for Mrs Dorothy Haig - Refused. ((3) Alterations and extension to dwellinghouse Westdene, Perth Road, Abernethy for Mr D Simmie. - Refused. (4) Renewal of heated and unheated Polytunnel application at Binn Farm - Approved.
3. PKC Development Plan Team - notification of adoption of the P&K proposed Local Development plan.
4. Tayplan - update newsletter.
5. *PKC- Informing of CC administrative and supplementary Grants. Grant will only be issued to bring CC balance up to the sum of£700. Supplementary grants can be applied for.
6. Scottish Government - informing of review process - local boundary Commission for Scotland.
7. PKC - Provision of Council Services - Gritting and Snow clearing.
8. Rural P&K LEADER priorities Survey.
9. Forestry Commission Scotland - info re Regional Wood fuel Forum - District Heating workshop.


A.O.C.B.
Council Services
The annual consultation for review on Gritting and Snow Clearing had been received. While this service had to date not yet been required it was suggested that a request be put in for the path clearing in Aberargie from front row to the bus stops, particularly as the small tractor passed through the village on its way to Abernethy from Bridge of Earn. The secretary will forward this suggestion to the relevant department.

New Street light Aberargie
The meeting was informed by residents that it was felt the new street light, placed adjacent to the recently upgraded sewage system was miss positioned and would be more appropriate on the Main Road. Councillor Anderson would make enquiries regarding this matter.

Planning Process
The meeting was informed that following last months discussion re application Aberargie, Ayton Farm, erection of 7 houses - approved, and the 5year period this application had taken to be processed, the secretary had contacted the planning dept regarding the processing of this application and possible other ‘Legacy’ application.  She had been informed that the time scale for processing applications had been reviewed and were to be tightened up in future.

Haulage License
The meeting was asked to consider objecting to a renewal of a haulage license (May/June) on the grounds of - smell, noise, operation too large for site, dangerous site access. The meeting was informed that these problems have been reported to various authorities. The committee suggested those affected keep a diary of events to present to the appropriate authorities. As the CC does not normally comment on these matters and there were a limited number of committee members present no decision on this matter was made.



It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th March 2014 in the school.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 19th March 2014 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr A. MacIntyre Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson and Councillor A. Livingstone P&KC.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mr B. Hughes, Police, SITA & Teg representatives, Councillor A. Jack.

The minute of the meeting of 26th February 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mrs Ann Sangster.


Prior to the business meeting a short update on the present situation regarding a public enquiry relating to storage/ haulage operation at Nethermains Farm, Aberargie, also the recent discovery by neighbouring residents that an Equestrian Centre has/is being established in the same area, was given by one of the neighbouring residents, Stuart Adams. He explained the main issues of the enquiry and informed that PKC had been informed of the developing equestrian Centre. The committee agreed they would await a planning application to allow informed discussion and consideration.

Matters Arising.


Police Matters


A Police report had been received, covering the previous month. No incidents of note had been reported.
Councillor Livingstone informed that he had discussed with the Community Sergeant the possibility of his attendance at a CC meeting. Sgt Anton had no objections to this and Councillor Livingstone will convey the CC’s invitation to attend a future meeting, possibly May, preferably the June meeting.
The meeting was informed that incidents of Inconsiderate Parking at the Square continued although no further damage from Trials- bikes up Castlelaw hill had been reported. Councillor Anderson informed that the Roads dept were to look into the possibility of chevron and parking bay markings at the square.

Binn Farm Area


SITA Update had been received informing:
Wood Processing
- The commissioning of the RWE biomass combined heat and power plant at Markinch is now virtually complete. SITA expect to ramp up to full production over the next three month period.
Wood Processing / Storage - SITA have reviewed their wood processing operations and concluded that it would improve the efficiency of the operations if the processing operation was relocated onto what is currently the storage pad. The implications of this is being discussed with Perth & Kinross Planning team to determine what process would have to be followed in order to make this change.
Wood Storage Pad -Deliveries have commenced of wood chip from the storage pad to RWE Markinch. It is expected that the volumes will fall within the 8000t to 10,000t range by the end of April 2014. Volumes will then fluctuate on the pad in line with inputs and demand from RWE although it is expected that 8000t to 12,000t will be the typical volume on site at any point in time.
Landfill - The planned 2014 construction of phase 11 is currently on-hold. Tipping continues in Phase 10. A further update on landfill developments will be given at the April meeting.
SITA UK’s re-structure is now complete. Victoria Johnson is now Regional Manager Landfill North with responsibility for Binn Landfill. Richard Hinchcliffe Regional Manager Processing Scotland & Northumberland retains responsibility for the Materials Recycling Facility and Wood Processing operations at Binn. All other SITA UK management structures at Binn are unchanged.
SITA PPC permit
for Landfill- The CC had been consulted by SEPA who had received an application from SITA to vary this permit. No further information was available at present.
It was agreed the secretary make enquiries of SEPA re hold up with landfill phase 11 and as to what stage the Variation Application was at.

Planning


Distillery Aberargie - Application approved. Councillor Livingstone informed the meeting that he had spoken to the developer and been informed that works were not anticipated to commence for approx a year and further delays may occur due to the availability of operational equipment.
Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC.

Village Web site


It was agreed Alistair Robinson would request the School to contact Les McIntosh regarding a link to the School website from the Village web site. He would carry this out next week at the Parent Council meeting.


Village Maintenance


Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden, as possible position for future village Christmas tree - The Horticultural society have been contacted regarding this. Alistair Robinson would liase with the Society and update CC. 
Dog Bin - The request for a bin to be placed at the access road to Ayton House, Aberargie, has been passed to the dog warden who has subsequently informed she has visited the area and would liaise with the residents concerned.
Street light Aberargie - The positioning of a recently erected light next to the new sewage tank had been questioned at last months meeting. Councillor Anderson had made enquiries and informed that it was not a PKC light and was associated with the sewage tank (for H&S).
Inn Public Car Park - Enquiries were on going regarding boats stored in parking bays.
Overhanging bushes - Problem areas with bushes overhanging pavements were discussed. Perth Road/ Back Dykes at roundabout.
Poor condition of access road to Powrie Park - in particular the section from the railway bridge to the park access. Local residents had raised concerns that this section of road had deteriorated greatly as a result of the vehicles used to carry out works on the Park renovation. It was agreed to firstly contact the AEA group who were steering the Parks project and enquire if they could address this issue and possibly request that the contractors used be asked to carry out remedial works to this section of road, i.e. fill in pot holes.

Correspondence

1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Alterations & extension to dwellinghouse at Kinclaven House, 72 Main Street Abernethy for Mr M. Shepherd.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Change of use from agricultural to industrial/commercial and erection of a distillery & liqueur production facility with associated bottling plant, grain & cask stores on land 480metres SE of Nethorton Mains, Aberargie for KIC (Holdings) Ltd.  - Approved. (2) Alterations & extension to dwellinghouse Gruinside, Perth Road, Abernethy for Miss M Henderson - Approved.
3. Police Scotland Tayside Division - report for meeting.
4. PKC- advising CC’s that their preparation for the ending of financial year should be commencing shortly - Arrangements for CC Working Groups.
5. Invite to next meeting of Proposed Newburgh Train Station group, 7th April - no one available to attend  - apologies to be tendered.
6. Local resident - following reading the Crier  - offer of possible assistance with village bus shelter.
*(Thanked and CC position in this matter explained).
7. Rural P&K LEADER priorities Survey.
8. PKC - Food and Garden Waste Recycling Services Update - leaflets shortly to be distributed by PKC.
9. AEA - Horticultural Society  - informing of ‘Planting’ of trees, shrubs and grasses in Powrie and Williamson Hall Parks on 29/03/14.
10. SITA March 2014 Update for meeting.


A.O.C.B.
Tayside Landscape Partnership
The meeting was informed that the new ‘team’ were now in place and it was anticipated that progress with the project would commence shortly.


It was agreed the next meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 in the school.

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 23rd April 2014 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr B. Hughes (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson and Councillor A. Livingstone P&KC. Sgt Jon Anton Police.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mr. A. Robinson, Mr A. MacIntyre, SITA & Teg representatives, Councillor A. Jack.

The minute of the meeting of 19th March 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mrs Ann Sangster.


Matters Arising.
Police Matters
Community Sergeant Jon Anton was present and agreeable to discuss community policing issues. The two reoccurring issues of Inconsiderate Parking and Speeding on the Main road through the village were discussed. Sgt Anton advised that he would pass on to the relevant department the speeding concerns. With regards to the parking issues there were a number of actions the CC could carry out.  Flyers/ posters informing of where the public car park was, encourage its use to alleviate the issues in certain areas of the village. This could also be placed on parked vehicles window screens for information. The secretary is to attend to the production of posters etc. Councillor Livingstones offer to deliver flyers to the Church was accepted. Councillor Anderson informed that he had met with a PKC Roads officer in the village and the officer was looking into possible solutions to alleviate the parking issues which would be put to the community in due course.  Sgt Anton offered police assistance if required by the Roads officer. He then went over this months Police report informing of issues of interest for this area - possible poaching in Pitmedden Forest at the end of March. - Few recent incidents of heavy plant machinery being stolen from farms across Perthshire, such as tractors, forklift trucks and trailers. - Incidents of heating oil being stolen from domestic and commercial premises. Good practise advice was given i.e. secure the tank ideally with a good quality closed shackle padlock. - Anyone with information on any of the above should contact the Police. Charity collectors have been going around looking for people to sign up for charity contributions. The majority of these will be genuine, however it was advised to think very carefully before handing out personal or bank details and ensure you are clear on what you are actually signing for. The monthly message from the police entitled Bogus callers /workmen was also discussed.
‘Speed sign’ - It was generally agreed that this sign on Perth Road was placed too far into the village. Councillor Anderson agreed to look into having the sign repositioned nearer the village boundary.
Police Article for ‘Crier’ - As the police would no longer be supplying a quarterly article it was agreed that the monthly report issued to the CC by the police could be forwarded to Mr MacIntosh and extracts could be used for a report in the ‘Crier.
Prior to leaving the meeting Sgt Anton was thanked for his attendance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Binn Farm Area
As the Binn Forum meeting is due to be held next week at Bridge of Earn it had been agreed that a SITA update could be conveyed then. The committee will be updated in due course by those that attend.

Village Maintenance
Inn Public Car Park - Enquiries were ongoing regarding boats stored in parking bays.
Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden - The meeting was informed that the Horticultural Society had informed that they were holding an ‘Open Evening’ on the 30th April at 7pm in the garden to discuss their proposals to renovate the garden. Unfortunately CC members were already committed to previously arranged meetings. Although no date has been arranged the Horticultural Society has offered to attend a CC meeting and give a report on their proposals. Councillor Livingstone informed that he had been made aware of a child being injured by barb wire on a fence in the garden. On learning this garden was the responsibility of PKC he informed that he would take this matter to the relevant Council office.
Poor condition of access road to Powrie Park - in particular the section from the railway bridge to the park access. Local residents had raised concerns that this section of road had deteriorated greatly as a result of the vehicles used to carry out works on the Park renovation. As agreed the AEA (Abernethy Environmental Association) group who were steering the Parks project had been contacted and enquires made re the possibility that the contractors carry out remedial works to this section of road, i.e. fill in pot
holes. AEA had contacted PKC who were looking into the possibility of carrying out this work.
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It was brought to the meetings attention that a resident living beyond the Park was being disadvantaged as a result of the roads conditions as it was proving hazardous to use a mobility scooter or a wheel chair.  Councillor Anderson agreed to follow up on this matter.
Circular Walk - A fallen tree bough hindering passage at the top end of the walk had been removed (by C. Morrison) and the Ranger Service had been informed of some rotting planks on the bridge.

Planning
Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC.
Stables and Outdoor Arena at Netherton Farm, Aberargie -Discussion on this application covered - Access Road /safety concerns - Waste management - Site /operational safety - number of livery boxes and type of livery. - Events arrangements - ‘off site’ ridding. The applicants were present and addressed many of the enquiries/concerns and informed the meeting that HGV movements would be reduced by about 50%,  the access road would be upgraded, there would be 18 boxes for livery, a safety management plan would be implemented on site and no off site riding was planned. The meeting was informed that the CC would make its representation in due course.

Village Web site
The School had been given Les McIntosh contact details regarding a link to the School website.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Erection of fence at 60 Main Street Abernethy for Mr S Procter.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Alterations & extension to dwelling house at Kinclaven House, 72 Main Street Abernethy for Mr M. Shepherd- approved.(2) Erection of conservatory Strathview Station Road Abernethy for Mr J Banks - approved.(3)Alterations and extension to dwelling house Gavney Brae Newburgh for Mr & Mrs Dow - approved. (4) Extension to dwelling house Lindenbrae Kirk Wynd Abernethy for Mr Kevin Finn - approved. (5)Alterations & extension to dwelling house Woodcliff House, Newburgh for Mr & Mrs S Lindsay - approved.
3. Police Scotland Tayside Division - report for meeting.
4. PKC - Tree Management Policy.
5. PKC - Road Management Strategy.
6. *Lunch Club - Thank you letter for donation and information - Open to all members of Community no age restriction or specific criteria required for attendance.
7. Tayplan - Information - Consultation Main Issues Report.
8. PKC - Copy of Council meeting minutes 27/11/13 to 12/02/14.

A.O.C.B.
CC Membership
The secretary explained to the meeting that at present there were 6 CC members and 3 vacancies on the membership. Anyone interested in joining the CC should contact the secretary. The committee had agreed that the chairman have flexibility to his attendance over the first half of this year and retain his position. Work commitments had unfortunately dictated that he would be unavailable on week days/evenings for this period. The secretary informed that the chair was keeping well informed of issues and met with her regularly to go over community business and he had made arrangements to attend next months AGM.

Housing at Jamesfield Farm
Outline planning was granted in Dec 2007 and thought to have expired. The CC had received enquiries relating to this proposal as housing was being advertised and it appeared the proposal was now to go ahead. The secretary had made enquiries as to the position of this application with the planning dept but had not yet received a reply. Councillor Anderson agreed to follow up on this matter.

Verges Perth Road
The poor/ damaged state of the grass verges on Perth Road had been reported to the Council.

Baiglie Straight/ Glenfarg Road
Councillor Livingstone informed that following last months meeting he had spoken with Binn Waste regarding litter on the verges. A litter pick had been arranged and 100+ black bags filled.

Back Dykes
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting that the poor drainage/ flooding on a section of Back Dykes opposite the garage had been inspected by the Roads Department. The outcome was that the road would require re-profiling and it was not clear when funding would become available for this.

It was agreed the next business meeting would be held on Wednesday 21st May 2014 in the school following a short AGM commencing at 7.30pm.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 21st May 2014 at 8pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr B. Hughes, Mr A. MacIntyre,
Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson, Peter Borodajko TEG.

Apologies: Mr. A. Robinson, Councillors A. Livingstone & A. Jack. P&KC, SITA representatives.

The minute of the meeting of 23rd April 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr B. Hughes.

Matters Arising.
Police Matters
Zebra Crossing - Two CC members informed on an incident they witnessed on their way to the meeting. A very near miss on the crossing due to a vehicle not slowing or stopping while a man and 2 children were on the crossing. Once again the possibility of a pelican crossing was discussed. Councillor Anderson informed that this section of road on Back Dykes was at present being looked into by the Roads Dept with regards to: the crossing, signage and road drainage problems. It was not clear when funding would become available for any works and Councillor Anderson agreed to keep the CC informed on the matter.
Inconsiderate Parking - Councillor Anderson informed that the parking issues at the Square were at present being investigated by the Roads Dept and possible solutions would be presented to the Community for consideration in due course.

Binn Farm Area
Peter Borodajko of TEG gave a brief update on Tegs operations at Binn. He informed that the AD plant and composting operation were running well. Discussions with SEPA were ongoing with regards to the spreading of digestate and compost. There had been one complaint of smell recently although not established where it originated from. Teg was in discussion with Binn Ecco Park re: the supply of heat to poly tunnels at Binn. The tunnels had not yet been erected however it was anticipated that this would commence shortly ready for a crop in September 2014 with the heat supplied via 2 pipes from the Teg site. A brief discussion followed covering information gathered at the Binn Forum Meeting: Landfill site - recent work was carried out to rectify source odour following a routine surface emission survey. SITA have assured SEPA that they still expect to fill phase 10 within the 18months design life for the cell. Investigations by SITA continue relating to leachate levels in the site. Dry Mixed Recyclables and Wood Waste Plant (DMR) - wood has begun to be moved from the DMR plant. Binn Skips Proposed SRF Plant (Solid Recovered Fuel) - As the operators wish to process at a rate above 75 tonnes per day a PPC permit will be required. Pre application discussions about the PPC application are ongoing with SEPA. On Friday 25th April SEPA were advised of a large fire at the new SRF plant which was first seen at around 2am that morning. SEPA attended and were present most of that day monitoring the situation. SEPA, Fire and Police investigations are ongoing. Gasification Plant / EfW - no further information available at present. 
‘Pollution’ of River Farg - Concerns were expressed regarding reports of recent pollution by Scottish Water to the river Farg. While it was felt SEPA would have this matter in hand it was agreed the secretary make enquiries of SEPA.

Village Maintenance
Inn Public Car Park
- Enquiries were ongoing regarding boats stored in parking bays.
Poor condition of access road to Powrie Park - (in particular the section from the railway bridge to the park access). Councillor Anderson had followed up on this matter with the Roads Dept and informed the meeting - A costing for the works required to either fill in the pot holes or resurface this section had been looked into. The works would be dependent on funding available. It was agreed the Councillor make further contact with the relevant Council Departments and report back at the next CC meeting.
Round Tower Flag, Pole and Weather Vane - It was agreed Angus MacIntyre make enquiries regarding the reinstatement of these following an intimation that Historic Scotland and the Museum of Abernethy had received donations from ‘the Lord and Baron of Abernethy’.
Aberargie - Local residents expressed concern that the recent works undertaken at Aberargie re new sewage outlet had not received proper reinstatement works i.e. grass planting. The meeting was informed this was the responsibility of Scottish Water. The secretary informed there was awareness of a local ‘Bloom’ group who had expressed an interest in maintaining areas of Aberargie which included this area of concern.
Verges Perth Road - The poor/ damaged state of the grass verges on Perth Road had been reported to the Council. No further information was available.

Planning
Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC.
Stables and Outdoor Arena at Netherton Farm, Aberargie - Pending with PKC. Clarification on the use of the public highways in the area was sought by the chairman from the applicant who was present. The applicant informed the meeting that horses would be ridden on the surrounding public highways. Safety concerns on this matter were expressed by CC members.
Tayplan- The chairman informed that he had looked at the recent review and felt that most issues had been reasonably and adequately addressed.
Housing at Jamesfield Farm - no information of a development was found and the planning officer had not replied to enquiries.

Village Web site
The meeting was informed that the School had been in touch regarding a link to the School website. It had been requested this be put on hold at present as the School was updating/ renewing its website.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Alterations and extension at 20 Main Street Abernethy for Mrs B Gilmartin.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1)Application to vary conditions 1.12 and 15 to allow for existing landfill site at Binn Farm to accept waste until 30th June 2018 with restoration of the site by 30th June 2020 - approved. (2) Renewal of planning permission 09/01185/IPL, erection of an eco/ sustainable dwelling house land 70 metres SW of Grampian view Mountquarry Abernethy for Christine Convy - approved.
3. Tayplan - information re drop- in events
4. PKC - informing of survey re identifying and assessment of landscape in P&K.
5. Kingdom Initiatives - info re Provost Mains, Abernethy housing.
6. Scottish Natural Heritage - quarterly newsletter.

A.O.C.B.
CC Membership
Interest in becoming a co-opted member of the CC to represent the Aberargie section of the CC area was expressed. The meeting was informed due procedure and protocol would require to be followed and clarification on the ‘new’ Schedule would be sought from PKC.

Williamson Hall
The meeting was informed of proposed improvement works - insulation of walls and ceilings, Accessible toilet, replacement windows, redecorating and refurbishment work - totalling approx £65,000. Various grants were being sourced at present. 

It was agreed the next business meeting would be held on Wednesday 18th June 2014 in the school at 7.30pm.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 18th June 2014 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mr B. Hughes, Councillors A. Livingstone & A. Jack. P&KC, SITA representatives, Police.

The minute of the meeting of 21st May 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Angus MacIntyre.

Note- PKC matters were discussed first to allow Councillor Anderson to leave the meeting as soon possible. He left meeting at 7.50pm.

Matters Arising
Police Matters
A Police report had been received, covering the previous month. No incidents of note had been reported. Information/ advice on -fly tipping although not specific to this area was include. This month’s ‘message’ was about car security following a number of thefts from parked vehicles in Perth & Kinross.
Inconsiderate Parking - ongoing - the parking issues at the Square is at present being investigated by the Roads Dept and possible solutions would be presented to the Community for consideration in due course.
Trail bikes - up Castlelaw hill had been reported to the Police once again. Concerns that this may create safety issues this week end for the Hill Race were expressed.
The meeting was informed that the Police had been made aware and looked into the matter of a gun being used in the surrounds of Aberargie.

Binn Farm Area
An update had been received from Richard Hinchcliffe. It informed - Wood Processing - The commissioning of the RWE biomass combined heat and power plant at Markinch is now complete and  SITA are currently running at around 80% of full production and expect to ramp up to 100% over the next two month period. Wood Processing / Storage -SITA intend to relocate their wood processing operations onto what is currently the storage pad in July 2014. Wood Storage Pad -SITA continue to make deliveries of wood chip from the storage pad to RWE Markinch. There is approximately 15,000t in storage at this time and it is expected that the volumes will fall within the 10,000t to 12,000t range by the end of August 2014. Volumes will then fluctuate on the pad in line with inputs and demand from RWE although it is expected that 8000t to 12,000t will be the typical volume on site at any point in time. Landfill - There are currently no plans to further develop phase 11 of the landfill and tipping operations will continue in phase 10 for the foreseeable future. SITA UK’s re-structure is now complete. Victoria Johnston is now Regional Manager Landfill North with responsibility for Binn Landfill. Richard Hinchcliffe Regional Manager Processing Scotland & Northumberland retains responsibility for the Materials Recycling Facility and Wood Processing operations at Binn. All other SITA UK management structures at Binn are unchanged. Site contact information was supplied.
As the committee had not met the new Regional Landfill manager it was hoped she would be in a position to attend a CC meeting soon. It was agreed the secretary convey an invite to her.

Village Maintenance
Poor condition of access road
to Powrie Park - Councillor Anderson had previously followed up on this matter and agreed to make further enquiries.
Aberargie - the secretary informed, the area at the new sewage outlet had received reinstatement works i.e. grass planting.
Grass Cutting - missed area (twice) adjacent to Nurse Peatties Memorial garden. This had now been cut. The meeting was informed that areas on the perimeter of Powrie Park were no longer being cut.
Powrie Park - Disappointment was expressed regarding - the paths already had tree roots showing and puddles, the drainage was still poor on the grass areas.
Circular Walk -
The meeting was informed that while still passable at present the path edges would shortly require attention i.e. strimming. It was suggested as the Horticultural Society had a fruit tree trial around the walk perhaps they could assist with this. Enquiries are to be made re this by Alistair Robertson and if found to be an unmanageable exercise for the Society he would inform the secretary who would then alert the Ranger Service.

Notice Board Aberargie -
the secretary reported that this was in a poor condition and that the ‘Bloom’ group had intimated they intended seeking funding to renew/ replace it and also place a garden bench nearby. Following discussion it was agreed that in principal the CC could possibly contribute £100 towards this project.
Ongoing
· Round Tower Flag, Pole and Weather Vane -Angus MacIntyre had made enquiries regarding the reinstatement of these and it was agreed he continue
· Inn Public Car Park - boats stored in parking bays - no further information at present.
· Verges Perth Road - The poor/ damaged state of the grass verges on Perth Road had been reported to the Council. No further information was available.
CC Membership
The meeting was informed that while the CC had received notification from the Council that Mr J.Wilkie was seeking co option on to the CC to represent the Aberargie section of the CC Area, there were certain procedures which required to be followed i.e. public notification of the CC membership vacancies, and this was an opportunity to advertise the vacancies. It was agreed that notification be placed on the notice boards with a closing date to allow time for PKC to verify and notify the CC for appropriate inclusion on the agenda for the next CC meeting which will be August 20th 2014. Mr Wilkie was assured he remained eligible but might like to forward a supporting statement to PKC who in turn would forward to the CC. With regards to the Public Notice the secretary would confirm dates etc with PKC prior to proceeding.

Planning
Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC. It was brought to the CC attention that this application was difficult to trace on the PKC planning web site due to its location listing. It was not listed under Abernethy or Jamesfeild. It was agreed this be forwarded to the Development Management Team.
Stables and Outdoor Arena at Netherton Farm, Aberargie - Pending with PKC.

Correspondence
1.
P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Installation of replacement windows at Williamson Hall, Kirk Wynd, Abernethy for Williamson Hall Management Committee.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Alterations & extension at 1 Ivy Cottage, Back Dykes, Abernethy for Mrs D. Haig- approved.
3. Police -June report.
4. PKC Roads Dept - update on parking at Square, still being processed.
5. Tay Landscape Partnership - invite to launch of the Tay Landscape Partnership.
6. Education Letting - confirmation of school let for meetings 2014/15.
7. Improvement Service - info on development of informative website on CCs.
8. PKC - notification of nomination form for co-option on to CC (received 13/06/14).

A.O.C.B.
Glentarkie Water Supply
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting of water issues (poor borehole quality) the housing development at Glentarkie were experiencing.
He agreed to keep the committee informed of any progress with this issue.

Tay Landscape Partnership
An invitation for a CC member to attend the launch of the Tay Landscape Partnership had been received. Alistair Robertson was attending and would report back to the CC any relevant information on the project.


It was agreed the next business meeting would be held on Wednesday 20th August 2014 in the school at 7.30pm.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 20th August 2014 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson.

Apologies: Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr C. Morrison, Mr Bill Hughes, Councillors A. Livingstone & A. Jack. P&KC, SITA representatives, Police.

The minute of the meeting of 18th June2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Alistair Robertson.

Matters Arising
Police Matters
A Police report had been received, covering the previous month. No incidents of note had been reported. Information/ advice on - ‘Enjoy the Outdoors’ was included covering -  respect the needs of local people, co-operation with people at work in the countryside and traffic concerns.
Inconsiderate Parking - ongoing - the parking issues at the Square is at present being investigated by the Roads Dept and possible solutions would be presented to the Community for consideration in due course.
Trail bikes - further sightings of bikes in the village area were reported to the meeting.
Speeding -
Although this issue continued a police presence had been noted over the past week.

Binn Farm Area
An update had been received from Richard Hinchcliffe. It informed - the recycling facility and the wood processing facility continue to operate as normal and will be unaffected by the closure of the landfill.
Landfill - A press release had been received and circulated informing of SITAs intention to close the Landfill in September 2014. It was suggested a request be placed to include this topic on the agenda of the next Binn Forum Meeting which was due to be held in September.
SEPA - With regards to the recent (May 2014) pollution incident in the river Farg, SEPA had completed their investigations and submitted a report to the Procurator Fiscal.
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting -  the Next meeting was due to be held on 21/08/14 and it was agreed Mr Robertson and Mrs Sangster attend.

Village Maintenance
Poor condition of access road
to Powrie Park - Councillor Anderson had previously followed up on this matter and informed the meeting that this continued.
Circular Walk - strimming had been carried out in most areas.
Poor condition of some areas of verges Perth Road - awaiting PKC response
Inn Car park, boats stored in parking bays -  awaiting PKC response.
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - Mr 
MacIntyre had been following up on this with Historic Scotland(HS). HS were at present considering work cost estimates and further information on HS decisions should be available by the next meeting.
Notice Board Aberargie, replacement or new one required - it was agreed to wait and see if the Bloom group at Aberargie managed to progress their project which included replacing the present notice board.

CC Membership
As there was a small committee in attendance and the co-option nomination candidate was not present it was agreed to carry this matter over to the next business meeting.

Planning
Wind Turbine application at Jamesfeild - still pending with PKC.
Stables and Outdoor Arena at Netherton Farm, Aberargie - application withdrawn.
Land 10 meters East of 53 Main Street Abernethy - comment had been made in relation to the present parking issues in this area.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Westdene, Perth Road, Abernethy for Mr Darren Simmie. (2) Alterations and change of use from store(class B) to dwelling house (class 9) at site 10 metres East of 53 Main Street, Abernethy for Inga McGowan. (3)Erection of fence at 60 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr Samuel Procter. (4) Alterations and extension to dwelling house at 22 Castlelaw Crescent Abernethy for Mr & Mrs R. Jackson. (5) Alterations to dwelling house at Kinclaven House 72 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr Malcolm Shepherd.
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2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Installation of replacement windows at Williamson Hall, Kirk Wynd, Abernethy for Williamson Hall Management Committee -  approved. (2) Alterations and extension to dwelling house at Westdene, Perth Road, Abernethy for Mr Darren Simmie - approved.
3. Police - July/August report.
4. SEPA - information re Farg pollution incident.
5. Element Power - re next meeting of Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting - 21/08/14.
6. PKC Development Management - consultation on Draft ‘Green Infrastructure Supplementary Guidance’.
7. Criminal Justice Service - community payback team information * as agreed info passed onto village groups.
A.O.C.B
Tay Landscape Partnership
An update for the meeting informed that - project meetings continued. Promotion of the museum and local area had been discussed including signage. A question of adequate parking had arisen. Following a short discussion it was agreed Mr Robertson make enquiries at the next School Council meeting into the possible use of the school car park during school holidays etc. 

New Bus time Table/Service for Village
It was brought to the meetings attention that the ‘new’ bus timetable had been issued and that there was no longer a bus at /around 9am from Abernethy to Perth. There was one at/ around 8am and 10am. It was agreed that a letter be sent to PKC transport and Stagecoach requesting the possible reinstatement of the 9 am bus and expressing the inconvenience and lack of support this demonstrated for rural communities.


It was agreed to postpone the meeting due to be held on 17th September 2014 (as evening prior to Referendum Polling Day) and carry over business to the following business meeting. It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 29th October 2014 in the school at 7.30pm.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 29th October 2014 at 7.30pm in the School
Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired till 8pm), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr Bill Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster, Mr C. Morrison arrived 7.50 pm (chaired from 8pm).

In Attendance: Councillors A. Livingstone & H. Anderson, PKC. Richard Hinchcliffe SITA.

Apologies: Councillor A. Jack P&KC, Police.

The minute of the meeting of 20th August 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Alistair Robinson.


Matters Arising
CC Membership
It was agreed that the co-option nomination candidate, Mr J Wilkie, be accepted as a CC member for a 12 month period. Mr Wilkie was not at the meeting and it was agreed the secretary inform and confirm his acceptance of the position.

Police Matters
A Police report had been received, covering the previous month. Crimes/Incidents since last meeting. - Theft of Green Kawasaki motorbike from car park near Main Street, Abernethy overnight 7/8 Sept - under enquiry. For information - Bogus workmen  again working in the area.
Police Attendance - Those present expressed their disappointment that a police officer very rarely attends the meetings. It was felt the 10 to 15 mins attendance once a month was not expecting to much particularly as ‘Police matters’ are always first on the agenda and the officer can leave immediately following this topic (or if need be during). While changes by Police Scotland to officer attendance at meetings had been anticipated, the committee wondered if there was any possibility of building community relations through the attendance of an officer periodically over the year. A letter to this effect is to be forwarded to the Community Sgt.
Inconsiderate Parking - ongoing - the parking issues at the Square is at present being investigated by the Roads Dept and possible solutions would be presented to the Community for consideration in due course.

Binn Farm Area
Richard Hinchcliffe provided an update.  He informed - Landfill - Following a commercial review of the landfill operations and consultation with P&K’s Planning and Waste Management teams it was decided to cease acceptance of general waste as from 29th September. The site is still accepting soils in preparation for final capping works which are expected to be carried out during Spring / Summer 2015. Wood Processing / Storage - The wood processing operations were relocated onto the former storage pad area in August. Wood Storage Pad - RWE are experiencing some operational issues as a result of which deliveries to RWE Markinch are currently on hold. SITA have approximately 18,000t in storage at this time. It is expected that RWE will recommence full activity during November and that the volumes in storage will fall back to within the 10,000t to 12,000t range by the end of the year. Volumes will then fluctuate on the pad in line with inputs and demand from RWE although it is expected that 8000t to 12,000t will be the typical volume on site at any point in time. SITA UK’s recent re-structure is not effected by the decision to close the landfill to general waste inputs. Victoria Johnston is Regional Manager Landfill North with responsibility for Binn Landfill. Richard Hinchcliffe Regional Manager Processing Scotland & Northumberland retains responsibility for the Materials Recycling Facility and Wood Processing operations at Binn. All other SITA UK management structures at Binn are under review. The CC had been contacted regarding possible license breeches at the landfill. This was referred to SEPA.
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting -  the Next meeting was due to be held on 13/11/14 and Mr Robertson felt more than one CC member should attend particularly to discuss the topic of community benefit. (Foundation Scotland is to give a presentation).  The CC would be updated at the next CC meeting. Binn Forum Meeting - Awaiting a date - late November 2014.

Village Maintenance
Poor condition of access road to Powrie Park - The meeting was informed that this matter is being followed up on by the involved parties. PKC are looking to contribute towards the pothole repair costs along with the other access road users/owners. A future consideration could be the ‘adoption’ process for this section of road.
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - Mr MacIntyre had been following up on this with Historic Scotland (HS). HS were at present considering work cost estimates.



Planning
Stables and Outdoor Arena at Netherton Farm, Aberargie - new application submitted and pending with PKC.
Land 10 meters East of 53 Main Street Abernethy - comment had been made in relation to the present parking issues in this area. Application pending with PKC.
Wind Turbine application and Housing (13) at Jamesfeild old steading- new applications had been submitted. It was agreed CC members would further consult the applications and forward comments to secretary to make representation. Initial concerns expressed to included compatibility of the 2 proposals and the possible confusion in the ‘naming’ of the sites i.e. instead of Jamesfeild Farm land or Jamesfeild Farm old Steading  the phrase 390metres SE of the Bothy and 60 metres W of the Bothy were used.

New Bus time Table/Service for Village
Letters had been sent expressing concerns at the bus cutbacks particularly the 9am bus, also the number of bus breakdowns on the service No 36. The PKC Public Transport manager had informed - he would raise the concern about breakdowns with Operations Director, Stagecoach East Scotland. - Stagecoach made changes to Service 35 and 36 following decisions taken by Fife Council. Perth & Kinross Council worked with Stagecoach to add in one or two extra journeys at key times. - He will continued advocacy for an extension of the Perth Megarider+ area to include Abernethy.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Alterations and extension to dwelling house at 1 Castlelaw Crescent Abernethy for Mr Craig Johnson. (2) Erection of agricultural building at land 400metres NE of Ayton Farm for Mr J Messenger. (3) Extension to dwelling house at 54 Castlelaw Crescent Abernethy for Mr &Ms Grant. (4) Erection of 12 dwellinghouses and associated works at Land 60metres West of the Bothy, Newburgh for G.W. Miller & Son. (5) Erection of wind turbine at land 390 metres south east of the Bothy, Newburgh for Harmony Energy Ltd.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Alterations and extension to dwelling house at 22 Castlelaw Crescent Abernethy for Mr & Mrs R. Jackson - approved. (2) Erection of fence at 60 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr Samuel Procter- approved. (3) Alterations to dwelling house at Kinclaven House 72 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr Malcolm Shepherd- refused. (4) Alterations and extension to dwelling house at 1 Castlelaw Crescent Abernethy for Mr Craig Johnson - approved.
3. PKC Public Transport Manager - update on Service no 35 & 36.
4. Police -October report.
5. Element Power - re next meeting of Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting -13/11/14.
6. Post Office - proposed changes to mobile van service - to accommodate other villages Abernethy will lose the van on a Thursday.

A.O.C.B
Remembrance Service
Councillor Anderson had kindly brought the poppy wreath provided by PKC. Members were requested to arrive at the church at 9.45am on the 9th November for the 10am service followed by a short ceremony at the memorial at 11am.

Christmas Trees
Arrangements for collecting and erecting the villages Christmas trees were discussed. It is hoped to collect the trees on the weekend of the 6th December at 9am. Those carrying out the work will liaise with each other.

Councillor Anderson informed - of the PKC budget review and possible consequences, due in February 2014.  - the Oudenarde new round about on the Baiglie was to have a large sculpture placed on it,  a split barley peas to represent the barley grown in the area. -  He also informed that the retail position in Perth City is below average in relation to empty properties.

Fire Brigade
Following the recent house fire in Sutherland Crescent the Fire brigade had been out and marked the positions of water hydrant/connections. It was felt detection of hydrants had caused delay during the incident.

Water Quality
The meeting was informed that some areas in the village were experiencing poor water quality. It was agreed Angus MacIntyre make further enquiries of residents and inform the next CC meeting of his findings.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 19th November 2014 in the school at 7.30pm
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 19th November 2014 at 7.30pm in the School
Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr J. Wilkie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Sgt Jon Anton Police Scotland.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Mr Bill Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie,  Councillors H. Anderson, A. Livingstone and A. Jack P&KC, Richard Hinchcliffe SITA.

The minute of the meeting of 29th October 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr Angus MacIntyre proposed their adoption, seconded by Mrs Ann Sangster.
Mr Wilkie was welcomed to his first CC meeting as a co-opted member


Matters Arising
Police Matters
A Police report had been received, covering the previous month. Sgt Anton discussed the Police position in attending CC meetings and informed of a new community officer for this area and the possibility of meeting with this officer although due to duty schedules this would require to be flexible. He informed of crime prevention initiatives, ‘bogus workmen’ working in the area and of Police Scotlands local email contact details.
Speeding - Concerns relating to the School and Perth Road areas were mentioned. The traffic police continued to visit the village. Initiatives involving school children had been tried in other areas and the possibility of trying these in Abernethy would be investigated in the New Year.
Inconsiderate Parking - parking issues and possible solutions at the Square are still pending with Roads Dept PKC. Issues on Castlelaw Crescent were discussed however it was felt at present these matters were for the road owners and neighbours to resolve.


Binn Farm Area
Richard Hinchcliffe had sent his apologies and informed he will give updates on SITA operations at the Binn Forum meeting due to be held on 2nd December.
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting - Mr Robinson and Mrs Sangster attended the meeting held on 13/11/14 and Mr Robinson had circulated the information provided by Foundation Scotland who gave a presentation on their involvement in Community Benefit/ Funds to CC members.  They act on behalf of a number of charities as a conduit for funds being passed out to end users, and currently administer the Community Benefit Fund produced by the Locheilbank wind turbines for Glenfarg and Bridge of Earn. They do not do this free of charge, although Element Power had suggested (no firm commitment) they may take care of any costs in this area. Those present were in agreement, particularly as Glenfarg and Earn seem to be happy with what Foundation Scotland are doing, that this and the other CC’s involved appoint Foundation Scotland to manage the Binn wind farm Community Benefit Fund. Mr Robinson will report back to the other CCs involved as it had been hoped to hold a meeting early in the New Year to decide how the fund is to be distributed, and it would seem sensible for Foundation Scotland to be present. Mr Robinson and Mrs Sangster had informed the meeting that Abernethy was anticipating at least 50% of the fund, as the development is in the Abernethy CC area,  a history of problems eminating from Binn and taking into consideration the policy applied for recipients of the Locheilbank development fund which Abernethy area was ruled out of.
SEPA - The secretary informed of information received - SITAs variation application has been refused. This was the variation relating to odour leaving the site. - The Procurator Fiscal had agreed to progress two cases brought by SEPA - (1). Scottish Water re pollution of the river Farg. (2). SITA for various non license compliance issues. The first part of this process is due to take place late November 2014. SEPA will keep CC informed. - Spreading of compost is to take place on fields in the Binn Area (fields towards Gateside/ Glenfarg). - Teg ‘shares’ had fall   SEPA have spoken to Teg re this and Teg have assured SEPA this is only a temporary situation. - Gas wells were to be drilled at the landfill over the next few weeks -
SRF plant
had been repaired following the fire and was commencing operations.


Village Maintenance
Poor condition of access road to Powrie Park - The meeting was informed that the potholes had been filled in with tar by the contractors who had been repairing the Pavilion/ Park access roads last week.
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - Mr MacIntyre informed the meeting he did not anticipate to hear on this matter till the spring time and he would keep abreast of the matter with Historic Scotland.


Pilgrims Way/ 3 Saints Way - Mr MacIntyre informed the meeting of recent discussion on this proposed project of a pathway from Iona to St Andrews - Due to the scale of such a project it had been divided into smaller sections, the section of interest to this area being Killin to St Andrews. The possibility of connecting the Core path network between Abernethy/ Newburgh (Ferryfield in PKC and Newburgh in Fife) was being explored.

Planning

Stables and Outdoor Arena at Netherton Farm, Aberargie - Application approved at Development Management meeting 19/11/14.
Land 10 meters East of 53 Main Street Abernethy  (store conversion to house)-Application pending with PKC.
Wind Turbine application and Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- new applications had been submitted. As agreed initial concerns had been forwarded to the planning department re possible confusion arising from the ‘naming’ of the sites i.e. instead of Jamesfield Farm land or Jamesfield Farm old Steading  the phrase 390metres SE of the Bothy and 60 metres W of the Bothy were used. Representation had been circulated to CC members and would be forwarded to the planning department in due course.


Christmas Trees
Arrangements for collecting and erecting the villages Christmas trees were discussed. It is hoped to collect the trees on the weekend of the 6th December at 9am. Those carrying out the work will liaise with each other.

Water Quality
The meeting was informed that some areas in the village were experiencing poor water quality. As agreed Angus MacIntyre had made further enquiries of residents and informed that there appeared to be varying opinions and areas throughout the village. It was agreed he make enquiries of Scottish Water in relation to a news article informing that certain areas in Scotland had issues with the quality of water although none were named. He will report back to the next CC meeting of his findings.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - Demolition of dwelling house and erection of replacement dwelling house at Land 700metres North West of Netherton Cottage Aberargie for Streetfield property Company.(Gowlie cottage?)
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - Erection of an agricultural shed at Jamesfield Organic Centre for Jamesfield Farm - Refused.
3. Police -November report.
4. PKC - CC Insurance information,
5. SNH - Newsletter.
6. PKC - waste collection information over the festive period.
A.O.C.B

Taylandscape Project Meeting
A meeting to progress this project was to be held shortly and Angus MacIntyre was to attend and update members in due course.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 21st January 2015 in the school at 7.30pm.
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
Of the Abernethy and District Community Council
Held on 21st May 2014, 7.30pm, in the Primary School Abernethy.

Members Present:     Mr C. Morrison, (chairman), Mr B. Hughes, Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H. Anderson P&KC, Peter Borodajko TEG.

Apologies: Mr. A. Robinson, SITA representatives, Councillor A. Jack and A. Livingstone P&KC, Police.

Minute of the Last Meeting
The minute of the AGM held on 23rd May 2013, which had been circulated, were taken as read and agreed. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Bill Hughes.

Chairman’s Report   
Chairman, Colin Morrison gave a report on the previous year’s activities, he informed:

Over the year the Community Council dealt with concerns of village residents and kept regular contact with Perth and Kinross Council throughout getting updates on progress on matters raised. Issues dealt with varied considerably: Planning, Roads/Pavements, Parking, Street Signs, Speeding, Dog/litter and grit bins, grass verges, etc.
Police attendance at Community Council meetings had been lower than in previous years however following the attendance of the Area Sergeant to a recent meeting it is hoped this will improve.

The Community Council continues to be involved with the Binn Community Forum, which has allowed concerns to be aired and questions asked of the operators at Binn Farm. In general the village has seen the odour issues from the landfill and the composting operation reduce considerably, however, there is constant development in the Binn area and the Community Council remains always watchful of their possible influence on the quality of life within our area. SEPA and SITA have provided updates for both the Community Forum and Community Council meetings throughout the year.
The proposal to build a wind farm at Binn of between 3 and 5 turbines has commenced once again Should the proposal get approval it will provide a Community Fund for local projects. The village is to receive a presentation on the proposal shortly. There is a proposal for one large wind turbine at Jamesfield Farm and the planning application for a distillery at Aberargie was recently approved.

The development of both Powrie and Williamson Hall parks has provided good quality recreational areas for the community with the only let down being the potholes on the access road to Powrie Park although repair work is being looked into. 
Historic Scotland has been continually pursued regarding the repair and return of the flag pole and weather vane for the Tower however this has not yet been resolved. It is hoped to see various improvements at the Museum of Abernethy and around the village with the progress of the Tayside Landscape Project.

Local community attendance to meetings is encouraged and Community Council minutes continue to be placed on local notice boards and the village website. Although Community Council funds are limited it continues to supply Christmas Trees for the local villages and a Wreath for Remembrance Day. At present there are two vacancies in the membership of the Community Council, which it is hoped will fill in the coming months.

In conclusion, the chairman thanked:  Community Council members for their contributions throughout the year, their proficiency and commitment, the local Councillors, Henry Anderson and Alan Livingston for regularly attending meetings and assisting with matters raised and all others who have helped in any way.

Treasurer’s Report
The accounts for 2013 - 2014 were available to those present. The Treasurer went over the accounts for the year explaining the various entries. At present there was £1219.07 in the account. There are a few minor outstanding bills ie Christmas tree lights. All were in agreement with the report of accounts.

Councillor H. Anderson took the chair for the election of office bearers for the year 2013 - 2014.

Election of Office Bearers
Chairman: Colin Morrison nominated by Ann Sangster, seconded by Bill Hughes. Elected unopposed.
Vice-chairman: Mr Alistair Robinson nominated by Bill Hughes, seconded by Colin Morrison. Elected unopposed. (As elected in his absence, acceptance of the position is to be confirmed as soon as possible.) (
Confirmed)
Secretary: Ann Sangster nominated by Colin Morrison, seconded by Donna Gillespie. Elected unopposed.
Treasurer: Mrs Donna Gillespie nominated by Angus MacIntyre, seconded by Ann Sangster. Elected unopposed.

Appointment of Data Controller: It was felt that this post was probably better held by the secretary and it was agreed by all present Mrs Ann Sangster continue in the roll of Data Controller.

Councillor Anderson handed over the chair to Mr Morrison.


The chairman closed the meeting by thanking all for attending and the next AGM would be held in May 2015.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 21st January 2015 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr Bill Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie,
Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: Councillors H Anderson and A. Livingstone, Mr E Baird Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, Richard Hinchcliffe SITA.

The minute of the meeting of 19th December 2014, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr Alistair Robinson proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Angus MacIntyre.

Matters Arising
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Ewan Baird gave an informative talk on the services provided by the Fire and Rescue Services, how they work in partnership with communities, others in the public, private and third sectors, on prevention, protection and response, to improve the safety and wellbeing of people throughout Scotland. Concern had been raised previously, the lack of knowledge as to the position of fire hydrants in the village could result in a delay in dealing with a fire. Mr Baird informed the meeting that fire hydrants in Abernethy were now being located and their position digitally stored for future reference by attending fire services.

Police Matters
A Police report had been received. Crimes reported in the previous month. - Theft of oil from a tank in a domestic property in Main Street, Abernethy between 2nd Dec and 13th Jan- under enquiry. A Commanders Report had also been received on a weekly basis over the past month. Future consideration on whether this should be more widely circulated is to be given. 
Speeding - Concerns relating to this issue were discussed. The traffic police continued to visit the village.

Binn Farm Area
Richard Hinchcliffe had sent his apologies and an update which informed - Landfill - Last acceptance of general waste was 29th September 2014. The site is still accepting soils in preparation for final capping works which are expected to be carried out during Spring / Summer 2015. Wood Processing / Storage - The wood operation is currently processing around 4000t per month. Volumes on the storage pad have reduced since the peak in October / November 2014 and currently there is circa 14,000t in storage. Volumes in storage will fluctuate in line with inputs and demand from RWE although it is expected that 8000t to 12,000t will be the typical volume on site at any point in time. SITA UK recently announced a minor re-structure. Victoria Johnston’s role as Regional Manager Landfill North with responsibility for Binn Landfill is unchanged. Richard Hinchcliffe Regional Manager Processing will be handing over responsibility for the Materials Recycling Facility and Wood Processing operations at Binn to Andrew Hughes Regional Manager Processing. The handover is underway and should be complete by 31st March 2015.
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting - Mr Robinson informed that the next meeting was due to fall on Thursday 5th February and he was unable to attend.  It was agreed Mrs Sangster would attend accompanied by Mr MacIntyre or Mrs Gillespie. It was also agreed that the case for Abernethy anticipating at least 50% of the fund be proposed - as the development is in the Abernethy CC area, a history of problems emanating from Binn and taking into consideration the policy applied for recipients of the Locheilbank development fund which Abernethy area was ruled out of.
Teg plc- The meeting was informed the company had been put into administration on 19/12/14 - no further information was available.

Village Maintenance
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - Mr MacIntyre had contacted Historic Scotland and been informed that all finances for the Tower had been cancelled till the new financial year and even then it was not hopeful that funding would be available. The internal lighting system was receiving attention at the moment and this work would be completed. HS informed that the outside ‘spot’ lighting was to be discontinued and the Tower required outside masonry repairs which was also funding dependant. Following discussion in which the substantial donation given to HS for the Tower was discussed it was agreed Mr MacIntyre draft a letter to HS requesting costings for the works required and how this donation has been used. The possibility of the community raising funds was also to be included in letter.  It was agreed a copy of the letter be forwarded to the donator of the funding (Lord and Baron of Abernethy).

Christmas Trees and Lights -
New lights had been purchased for Aberargie. They were being stored by the secretary at present. Following discussion on the School tree which had blown over and the lights damaged it was agreed Mr Robinson contact PKC regarding the fixture for the tree at the school ie a larger pipe is required. He would also make enquiries regarding the costs to install a fixture and light connection at Nurse Peatties Garden. It was agreed that further discussion would be required into the possible setting up of a fund raising group for Christmas trees and lights for the villages as CC funds were limited. 

Taylandscape Project
Arrangement for representatives to attend the February meeting had been made. They will give an update on the project.

Pilgrims Way/ 3 Saints Way
Mr MacIntyre informed the meeting of recent discussion on this proposed project of a pathway from Iona to St Andrews -The possibility of connecting the Core path network between Abernethy/ Newburgh (Ferryfield in PKC and Newburgh in Fife) continued to be explored.

Planning
Land 10 meters East of 53 Main Street Abernethy (store conversion to house)-Application pending with PKC.
Wind Turbine at Jamesfeild - application approved.
Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- pending with PKC


Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Change of use and alterations to ancillary accommodation to form a dwelling house and formation of an opening in wall to form access at Ayton Cottage, Aberargie (behind Ayton House)
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Erection of a wind turbine land 390 metres SE of the Bothy Newburgh for Harmony Energy Ltd - Approved. (2) Alterations and extension to dwelling house 52 Main Street Abernethy for Mr D Haddow - Approved.
3. Police -January Report and Commanders weekly reports.
4. PKC - Data protection, confirmation of entry in register.
5. PKC - Informing CC Team relocation to The Atrium, 137 Glover Street, Perth.
6. Community Energy Scotland - Info on possible funding from Solar PV development.



It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 25th February 2015 in the school at 7.30pm
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 25th February 2015 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr. A. Robinson (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr Bill Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr J. Wilkie,
Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance: PKC Councillor H Anderson, PC Anna Barnett Police Scotland, Andy Greaves SITA UK,  Lisa Snedden and Sophie Nicole Tay Landscape Partnership Project.

Apologies: Mr C. Morrison, PKC Councillor A. Livingstone, Richard Hinchcliffe SITA.

The minute of the meeting of 21st January 2015, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Donna Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Bill Hughes.

Matters Arising

Police Matters
A Police report had been received. - No Crimes reported in the previous month. A Commanders Report had also been received on a weekly basis over the past month. PC Anna Barnett thanked the members of the community who had recently reported suspicious males going around the village - it had transpired they were canvassing for a window company and were genuine. She informed the meeting -  that 2 males had been arrested in Cumbria relating to the theft of quad bikes and other items some of which had been taken from the P&K area. General information was also given on - ‘Keeping your car and its contents safe’, Thefts of lead from roofs, Scams for financial gain, and the Community Consultation Process Multi Ward Policing Plans. It is hoped to involve the school pupils in a ‘speed’ scheme when the better weather arrives.
Inconsiderate Parking- A letter from a resident raising concerns relating to parking issues had been received and circulated to members. The meeting was informed that Sgt Anton had visited the area of concern (Square) and advised - CC appeal for consideration in village newsletters, advised that the Tea-room chalkboard indicating where parking was available was confusing for motorists, approach Council for signage and possible road markings. Following discussion it was agreed that Councillor Anderson would follow up the previous requests made to the Roads dept relating to possible solutions to the parking issues and car park signage.
PC Barnett was thanked for her attendance prior to her leaving the meeting.

Binn Farm Area
Landfill - Andy Greave the current site manager gave an update on recent and proposed works at the landfill. Waste from Binn Skips is being accepted as cover material for phase 10 which will be finally capped in the summer months. New wells have been installed and appear to be working satisfactorily with no reports of odour over recent months. Leachate levels in some wells were raised however this was being managed. All leachate was now taken of site for treatment. Once the final phase is capped it is hoped the leachate levels will drop. All other operations appeared to be running as previous months.
Binn Community Liaison Group Meeting - The next meeting is due to be held in Abernethy Primary at 7pm on the 9th March. Mr Robinson is unable to attend.
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting - A draft copy of the pre-consent agreement relating to the Community Benefit package had been circulated to members. Matters arising - All were in agreement that the Chairman was the most appropriate person to sign the contract for and on behalf of Abernethy & District Community Council, there was concern raised as to how the funding arrangement would work in the future should the CC ever dissolve. With regards to the draft contract it was felt that the wording ‘Abernethy CC’ should be replaced with ‘Abernethy & District CC’ and this should be listed first as the proposal was entirely within its area, at present the list was not even in alphabetical order. Mr
MacIntyre and Mrs Sangster had attended the previous meeting (5/2/15) and were of the understanding that - Historic Scotland had lodged an objection relating to the setting of Balvaird Castle and Element Power were in the process of addressing this by supplying further views of the proposal in relation to the Castle. - Following planning approval and the signing of the fore mentioned pre-consent agreement, discussion with Foundation Scotland (previously agreed that they would administer the funding) and all interested parties would take place. It is at this stage that the division of the funding will be discussed. As previously agreed it is felt Abernethy area should receive 50% of the funding as the project lies entirely within its area, power connections will require to cross the area to Jamesfeild sub-station and the previous history of issues from the site at Binn. The next meeting is due to be held on 23rd April 2015.
Teg plc
- The meeting was informed the company had been put into administration on 19/12/14 - no further information was available.

Solar PV project
The developer was not yet in a position to provide information on the possible project and felt it premature to attend a CC meeting at present.

Taylandscape Project (TLP)
The two TLP representatives gave a very informative update on the project focusing mainly on the particular parts that related to this local area. Members were pleased to hear of the local primary schools involvement in a number of activities planned for the following months. The Project can be view on the TLP web pages. The TLP representatives agreed to look into the possibility of (destination) signage for Abernethy, heritage interpretation panels, establishing a foot path from the new round about on the Baiglie at Bridge of Earn to meet the footpath at Aberargie and if there was any possibility of helping with funding for the Masonic hall roof repair. The ladies were thanked very much for attending and updating the committee.


Village Maintenance
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - Following on from last month Mr MacIntyre had drafted a letter for committee consideration, highlighting the issues. It was agreed the secretary put it on CC headed paper and forward to Historic Scotland with a copy to the donator of a substantial fund towards the upkeep of the tower, (Lord and Baron of Abernethy). Also included in the letter was the concern relating to the recently installed rope for the bell which is yards to long and causing problems.

Planning
Land 10 meters East of 53 Main Street Abernethy (store conversion to house)-Application pending with PKC. Property requires to make Education contribution to allow approval decision. Property on the market at present.
Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- pending with PKC
TayPlan - Initial stages of review had commenced.
Local Development Plan - Initial stages of review had commenced and the secretary had attended one of the CC consultation events. She informed that the planning officer had suggested the CC put in a letter expressing views relating to housing development, employment land, school capacity, sporadic placement of large single wind turbines and solar PV projects. It was agreed a draft letter be circulated prior to submission.

Evening Bus Service
A drop in session had been held prior to the CC meeting by PKC Public Transport. It appeared to have been reasonably well attended and the issues raised in relation to evening bus services and Sunday service were taken on board. Public Transport will inform of any changes in due course. Councillor Anderson felt the way forward in time maybe for a ‘Flex’ bus service to operate.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Extension to dwelling house 54 Castlelaw Crescent, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs I Grant. (2)Formation of an outdoor riding arena (in retrospect) at Netherton Farm Aberargie for Mr D. Wilkie.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Change of use and alterations to ancillary accommodation to form a dwelling house and formation of an opening in wall to form access at Ayton Cottage, Aberargie (behind Ayton House) for Mr A Gould - Approved. (2) Erection of dwelling house 50 metres SW of Ballofield House Manse Road Abernethy for Mr & Mrs J. Cochrane - Approved.
3. PKC Development Planning - information on Local Development Plan 2018-23, Call for Issues and Sites (20/01 to 31/03).
4. Tayplan - Information on Strategic Development plan review.
5. Police -February Report and Commanders weekly reports.
6. Element Power - draft minute for 5/2/15 and draft pre-consent community benefit agreement.
7. Community Energy Scotland -developer unknown to CC - unable to attend & inform at present re possible Solar PV development.

A.O.B.
CC Accounts
All were in agreement the Treasurer proceed with the annual accounting business.

Wheelie Bins, Aberargie
PKC had been notified of issues with bins moving at the communal point at Aberargie and were to address the problem.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 in the school at
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 22nd April 2015 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr. A. Robinson, Mr Bill Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mr J. Wilkie,
Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance:          PC Russel Duffy Police Scotland, Daryl McKeown Road Safety Officer PKC.

Apologies: Mr A. MacIntyre, PKC Councillors A. Livingstone and   H Anderson.

The minute of the meeting of 25th February 2015, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr. Alistair. Robinson proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr Bill Hughes.

Matters Arising

Police Matters
A Police report had been received. - No crimes reported in the previous month. A Commanders Report had been received and circulated on a weekly basis over the past 2 month. PC Russel Duffy informed the meeting on ‘bogus callers’ and ‘home security’. Arrangements for notifying Police re Hill Race were to remain the same. He was made aware of previous issues re: trail bikes using path network, in particular Castle Law hill. It was requested that the traffic police continue to visit the village re: Speeding on the Main Road through the village. He agreed to pass this onto the appropriate office.
Inconsiderate Parking- Daryl Mckeown from the Roads dept had attended the meeting to discuss possible solutions to the parking issues in the village. Following discussion it was agreed a meeting would be arranged to which Daryl Mckeown would attend and assist in explaining options available for residents of the Square. Mr McKeown also agreed to look into any improvements that could be applied to the crossing on Back Dykes and noted comments made relating to various road signage in the area.
PC Duffy and Daryl McKeown were thanked for their attendance prior to leaving the meeting.

Binn Farm Area
Binn Community Liaison Group Meeting - The minute of the meeting held in Abernethy Primary on the 9th March had been circulated.
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting - A draft copy of the pre-consent agreement relating to the Community Benefit package had been circulated to members. The next meeting is due to be held on 30th April 2015, with a meeting of the CC’s involved being held prior to this on the 23rd April to discuss the agreement. It was agreed the chairman and secretary would attend both meetings and also accentuate the preference for Abernethy & District Community area to be allocated 50% of funding.
SEPA - Information given to the CC - the court case against SEPA re smell and leachate levels continued with no plea as yet. Next hearing date was 30/04/15. A number of fire incidents had occurred at the newly commissioned SITA sorting and drying plant. SEPA and SITA were looking into the cause. A variation may be necessary to the licensing of this plant however at present till the fire issues were concluded this was pending.

Village Maintenance
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - A letter had been sent to Historic Scotland (HS) covering concerns relating to: Flagpole weather vane, substantial donation to HS for works on Tower, concern at length of new bell pull rope.  A letter had been received informing the donation had been recalled, flag pole weather vane and external repairs all dependant on fundings available. The bell pull would be looked at as it presented a health and safety problem. Further to this Mr McIntyre had asked Roseanna Cunningham SMP to look into these matters.
Christmas Tree fixtures and future lighting - ongoing - enquiries being made.
Trees Barmore Place - these trees had been inspected and would continue to be on an annual basis. The tree officer felt no further attention was required at present.
Street sign Inkerman - this has been repaired.
Grit Bin School Wynd - to be replaced.
Station Road - potholes - these have become an issue once again - Councillors informed - awaiting outcome.

Planning
Land 10 meters East of 53 Main Street Abernethy - application withdrawn.
Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- pending with PKC
AAH planning consultant had contacted the CC re: 5MW Solar Farm within the Community Council area - requesting to attend a CC meeting (circulated to committee). As agreed dates of meetings had been given to AAH, however no further contact had been received. It is not known where this proposal is sited.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Erection of a replacement dwelling house at site of former 6 Bells Croft Abernethy for Mr Jim Mair (fire damaged house) (2)Installation of replacement windows at 70 Main Street Abernethy for Mr & Mrs Napier.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Formation of an outdoor riding arena (in retrospect) at Netherton Farm Aberargie for Mr D. Wilkie - approved. (2) Change of use and alterations of ancillary accommodation to form dwelling house and formation of opening in wall for access for Mr Alex Gould - approved. (3)Demolition of dwelling house and erection of replacement dwelling house land 700metres NW of Netherton Cottage Aberargie - approved.
3. PKC Tree Officer - re trees Barmore Place.
4. Binn Forum - draft minute for 9/3/15 meeting.
5. Tayplan - Information on Strategic Development plan review.
6. Police -March & April Report and Commanders weekly reports.
7. Element Power - draft pre-consent community benefit agreement. Next meeting 30th April 2015.
8. Meeting with CC’s to discuss above wind farm - 23/04/15.
9. AAH Planning Consultant - request info re when meetings & inform possible Solar PV development in CC area.
10. PKC - information on CC election due to fall this year ( notification due end of August)
11. PKC Regeneration Officer - Public realm enhancement and funding arrangements.
12. PKC Education Letting - revised booking invoice in view of last month’s meeting - unable to access school.

A.O.B.
CC Accounts
All were in agreement the Treasurer proceed with the annual accounting business. New auditor had been secured.

CC Election
The process is due to commence at the end of August 2015. It was discussed placing this information on Abernethy facebook and in the Crier.

Taylandscape Project
(TLP)
The meeting was informed that through this project the museum of Abernethy had put in place an audio history hub with local people giving a brief history on a number of topics. A few changes to the entrance to the museum were to be carried out.
‘The Wee bid Dig’ would run from 3rd to 5th July 2015 and incorporate a community involvement day.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 7.30pm in the School, Abernethy.  An AGM will be held followed with a monthly business meeting.
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 20th May 2015 at 8pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance:          PKC Councillor H. Anderson, Mr Kevin Robinson and Mr Ian Miller.

Apologies: Mr. A. Robinson, Police Scotland, PKC Councillors A. Livingstone and A Jack.

The minute of the meeting of 22nd April 2015, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr MacIntyre.

Prior to the meetings commencing a short talk was given.

Three Saints Way  (7.30pm to 7.45pm prior to AGM)
Andrew Thompson of Crieff Community Trust Paths Group gave a brief history and update on this project and its progress:
In 2009, Roseanna Cunningham MSP began to promote a long-distance walking route from Iona to St Andrews, to be called the Pilgrim Way. This coincided with increasing interest in the potential for “faith tourism” and tied in with parallel developments by churches and other bodies around pilgrimage walking routes. The idea was to highlight the history of pilgrimage in Scotland, and at the same time allow communities to benefit from the economic stimulus provided by walkers. The route was to follow the path trodden by Early Christian Saints as they spread out from Iona right across Scotland, to St. Andrews. It would also provide a new coast-to-coast national trail from west to east. Since 2009, SNH has carried out various feasibility studies on different parts of the proposed route. National policy has made a National Walking and Cycling Network part of the forthcoming National Planning Framework 3. Four Scottish Parliament Committees have scrutinised the draft Framework, and have reported their conclusions to the Scottish Government. It will be published on 23rd June 2015. As soon as it is finalised, SNH has been tasked with producing a plan for the National Walking & Cycling Network. An initial list of priorities identified the Iona-St. Andrews walking route as a long-term national development (taking up to ten years to develop and costing around £3 million). One section of this route, Glen Ogle-Tyndrum, is a short-term priority (taking up to five years). Another short-term priority was an extension of the Hillfoots Way from Crook of Devon to Kinross. SNH stated that they were considering this as a possible route for the Pilgrim Way. Should this route south of the Ochils be used, it would mean that the Pilgrim Way misses out Strathearn, and thus that Strathearn misses out on the potential economic benefits of a national long-distance walking route through the area. A meeting of local paths groups, tourist businesses and those with an interest in walking was held to ensure that the route does go through Strathearn with the best way to do so considered to be the to setting up  of a Strathearn route which could either stand alone, or form part of a future Pilgrim Way. Thus the Three Saints Way was conceived and a steering group formed to drive it forward.
A short discussion followed covering the route in this local area and possible setbacks to progressing the project. Mr Thompson was thank for his informative talk prior to his leaving the meeting.

Matters Arising
AAH planning consultant had contacted the CC re: proposed development of a 5MW Solar Farm within the Community Council area at Jamesfield Farm - requesting to attend a CC meeting. A photomontage and site plan had been forwarded and circulated to members. Mr Ian Miller landowner and consultant Mr Kevin Robinson attended the meeting and explained the project. Questions relating to the solar farm covered - connection to the grid, construction, positioning, visibility of site, proximity to residential properties, maintenance etc.  Prior to leaving Mr Miller and Mr Robinson were thanked for attending. The committee will await a planning application prior to discussion on this matter.

Police Matters
A Police report had been received. - No crimes reported in the previous month. A Commanders Report had been received and circulated on a weekly basis. .
Inconsiderate Parking- PKC Roads department had been in touch and a date in early June to meet with the residents of the Square on site is to be arranged.

Binn Farm Area
Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting - A draft copy of the pre-consent agreement relating to the Community Benefit package had been discussed at a meeting of the CC’s involved, attended by Colin Morrison and Ann Sangster on the 23rd April. The outcomes from this meeting
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had been forwarded to Element Power for inclusion on the agenda of the next Liaison meeting. The Liaison Group meeting due to be held on 30th April had been postponed and a new date had not yet been agreed on.
Other Operations at Binn - nothing to report.

Village Maintenance
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower - Mr McIntyre had asked Roseanna Cunningham SMP to look into these matters. He informed the meeting that the answers she had received were similar to the answers given to CC ie   the donation had been recalled, flag pole weather vane and external repairs are all dependant on fundings available. He informed that the refurbishment works to the weather vane had been completed but no indication as to when it would be placed on the Tower had been given.
Christmas tree fixtures and future lighting - ongoing - as agreed enquiries being made by Mr Robinson.
Station Road - potholes - these have become an issue once again - Councillors informed - awaiting outcome.

Planning
Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- pending with PKC
Housing at Drumcairn steading - Following discussion it was agreed representation should be submitted applying the same planning criteria as the representation to the housing at Jamesfield old steading.

Correspondence
1. P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Erection of a dwelling house and formation of layout for 5 building plots at Drumcairn Farm Abernethy for Mr John MacGregor.
2. P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Erection of a replacement dwelling house at site of former 6 Bells Croft Abernethy for Mr Jim Mair (fire damaged house) - approved. * discussed under planning.
3. Tayplan - Information on Strategic Development plan review.
4. Police - May Report and Commanders weekly reports.
5. Element Power (Binn Wind Farm) -arrangements for next meeting date - undecided as yet.
6. Community Engagement Team - ‘Join the Conversation’ informing of partner social care project to gather information.
7. Community Greenspace Rangers PKC - launch of new blog for P&K Conservation Volunteers.
8. Abernethy Community Cinema group - enquiry re advertising signage.
9. Abernethy Bloom Group - enquiry re placement of flower tubs etc.
10. AAH Planning Consultant -info re possible Solar PV development in CC area.

Abernethy Community Cinema
The meeting was informed that an enquiry re advertising signage for the group events at Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden had been received. It was agreed this was not within the remit of the CC and to provide a contact at PKC for the group.

Abernethy Bloom Group - The meeting was informed that an enquiry re placement of flower tubs etc. had been received. It was agreed this was not within the remit of the CC and to provide a contact at PKC for the group.

A.O.B.
Perth Transport Future Projects
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting of the consultation process in place at present on phase 1 of this project and the Boundary Treatment in relation to Perth Crematorium.

Abernethy Common good Fund
Councillor Anderson informed the meeting that this fund still existed although small - approximately £152.

Village Web site
Mr MacIntosh informed the meeting that the site required updating to be accessible to iphones. He had carried out this process and asked for the committee to view and approve prior to it going live, 

Taylandscape Project (TLP)
Angus MacIntyre informed the meeting on the event - ‘The Wee bid Dig’ which would run from 3rd to 5th July 2015 and incorporate a community involvement day. He also informed of small grants available to those living in the Conservation Area.

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 17th June 2015 at 7.30pm in the School, Abernethy. 

Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 17th June 2015 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr A. Robinson, Mr B. Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance:          PKC Councillor H. Anderson.

Apologies: PKC Councillors A. Livingstone and A. Jack.

The minute of the meeting of 20th May 2015, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mrs Gillespie proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr MacIntyre.

Matters Arising
Abernethy Bloom Group

Contact information at PKC had been forwarded to the group to assist with their enquiry. It was noted that recently a few flower boxes had arrived in the centre of the village.

Abernethy Community Cinema group
Contact information at PKC had been forwarded to the group to assist with their enquiry, however they had since informed CC that they no longer wished to place signs on the fence at Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden.

Castlelaw Hill
The meeting was informed that trail bikes had again been using this area.

Parking Issues Square -
The meeting was informed of the meeting in the Square on 3th June (7pm) with resident, representatives from PKC Roads Dept and Police Scotland, CC members and Councillor Anderson. Inconsiderate parking in the area of the Square and possible solutions were discussed. The chairman had circulated a summary of the main points raised to committee members following the meeting and a copy had also been forwarded to the local Councillors and the Roads officer.  Main issues raised/ discussed included - Residents felt the suggested hatching and marked parking spaces were of no consequence if they could not be designated for residential use and were not enforceable. Areas of concern brought to the attention of the Roads officer were - in front of and opposite the Townhouse (obstructs/restricts both vehicle and pedestrian access on School Wynd and residents property) - the East corner of the Square onto Main Street (obstructs/restricts vehicle access) - Parking around the memorial cross (obstructs/ restricts vehicle flow and access). -  Residents were frequently blocked in.  - It was generally agreed by those present that the current ‘car park signs’ were not in the most suitable/visible positions and an additional sign erected in the Square would be of benefit. - The Police informed that they have no issue with parking on the pavement provided there is no obstruction to pedestrians requiring them to step into the road. - The possibility of a one way system within the centre of the village was raised. - It was agreed the Roads officer take on board the issues raised and get back to the community with any possible solutions/ proposals within the Authorities remit for consideration. The officer informed that there was all probability that a traffic survey would be required prior to any consideration relating to a one way system and yellow lining would be considered at the areas where obstructions were occurring.
It was agreed till the Roads officer returned with his findings/ proposals this matter could not be progressed at present.

Police Matters
Commanders Bulletin - Colin Morrison informed that he had responded to the Commanders previous request for feedback on the bulletin, mentioning the benefits through information in the bulletin and PC attendance at CC meetings.

Binn Eco Park Wind Farm Community Liaison Group Meeting -
The Liaison Group meeting is due to be held 18/06/15. The main topic on the agenda for discussion is Community Benefit Agreement - address queries raised by Community Councils at 23/04/15 meeting. The secretary is the only committee member available to attend.
Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower
The meeting was informed it is now 3 years since this issue was originally raised with Historic Scotland (HS). The secretary is to forward contact information and most recent letter from HS to the chairman who will follow up on these matters, he is also considering taking this matter to the press.

Christmas tree fixtures and future lighting
Mr Robinson informed the meeting that he had been following up on the matter of a fixture for Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden. He had been informed that a fixture was to be put in place however there was no mention of an electrical connection. Following discussion it was agreed Mr Robinson - contact PKC Lighting Dept regarding an electrical connection. -inform the School Board that they may require to contribute towards the cost of a tree & lights to be placed at the School and that the fixture there may require to be enlarged. Following further discussion covering funding it was agreed to delay the ordering of lights for the trees at Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden and the school.

Planning
Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- pending with PKC
Housing at Drumcairn steading - pending with PKC
Wind Farm at Binn - pending with PKC

Presentation -Solar PV development proposed at Carey Farm
CC members had attended this presentation in the school hall on 17/06/15. Following a brief discussion it was agreed to await the planning application prior to discussion on the matter.

Tay Landscape Project (TLP)
Mr McIntyre informed the meeting of an upgrade/renovation grant in Conservation Areas available through the TLP. He would put posters up and place on Village web page informing of the grant. An invitation from the TLP committee had been put to the CC to stand on this grant deciding committee. It was agreed to wait till the deadline for grant application expired (October) to discuss this invitation further. 
‘The Wee bid Dig’ (3rd to 5th July) - the meeting was informed that changes had been made to the proposed dates for this event to allow for participation of the school children prior to the school holidays. (additional date of 29th June)

‘Abernethy’ Road Signage
Mr McIntyre informed the meeting that he had been pursuing the provision of Road signage on the Motorway and slip roads to indicate ‘Abernethy as at present it is not on any sign till you arrive at the Aberargie roundabout. It is hoped to promote Abernethy as a Heritage Village through the Tay Landscape Project with ‘brown’ motorway signs and follow on signs on slip roads etc. He informed that he had requested assistance in the matter from Roseanna Cunningham MSP who was following the matter up and he was awaiting her reply. The secretary reminded the meeting that Historic Scotland had recently confirmed that they had never ‘road signed’ Abernethy or the Round Tower as they were conscious of respecting the constraints presented in the village infrastructure. She informed that she was aware of a proposed joint promotional scheme involving the Museum of Abernethy and the Berryfield Tearoom and suggested it might be more community orientated and open up much needed visitor parking space if the other businesses of the village were included in this scheme.

Correspondence
P&KC Planning application notifications - (1) Formation of a vehicular access, Eastlea and St Leonards, 68& 69 Main Street for Mr Barry Walker, C/o Steven Johnstone, The Grove, Newburgh Road, Abernethy.
P&KC Planning decision notifications - (1) Installation of replacement windows 70 Main Street, Abernethy for Mr & Mrs Napier c/o Sidey Ltd, Walter Hosie 53 Fues Road, Perth - approved.
Police -Commanders weekly reports.
Element Power (Binn Wind Farm) -arrangements for next meeting date - 18/06/15
Elgin Energy - Consultant re possible Solar PV development in CC area at Carey.

A.O.B.
MUGA area at school
Mr Robinson had circulated an email received from School Estate PKC looking for some advice/support on complaints received from residents next to the MUGA at the school. They wish the MUGA closed due to the

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noise and balls going into their garden. School Estate PKC felt closing the facility is an option but would stop the use by the Community which they are not sure the Community would appreciate. School Estate    are looking at options of signs, fencing and ball nets but there is no guarantee they will stop the noise and balls going into gardens. Following discussion it was agreed Mr Robinson reply informing that the committee felt the area should be kept open for community use.

CC Election Notice
It was agreed Mr Robinson place the CC Election notification poster on the Abernethy Village Facebook page.

CC meeting Dates
The secretary requested committee confirmation for the meeting due to fall within the voting period of CC elections (28th October). Councillor Anderson informed the meeting there was no need to cancel this meeting as the CC required to make important decisions and this should not stop for the period of voting. The secretary is to confirm this date with ECS lets.

Councillor Anderson
The Councillor informed the meeting - Binn Area was progressing with the polytunel proposals - PKC had received a request to name the new roundabout at Bridge of Earn although this was not previous Council procedure - the consultation process in place at present on the Boundary Treatment in relation to Perth Crematorium continued. - Consideration of the Almond Valley village and Bertha Park development had recommenced.


It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 19th August 2015 at 7.30pm in the School, Abernethy. 
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 19th August 2015 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr A. Robinson, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance:          Police Scotland PC Russell Duffy.
Apologies: Mr B. Hughes, PKC Councillors A. Livingstone, H. Anderson and A. Jack.

The minute of the meeting of 17th June 2015, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr Alistair Robinson proposed their adoption, seconded by Mrs Gillespie

Matters Arising
Police Matters
PC Duffy informed the meeting - That no crimes had been reported for this area over the previous month. This Month’s message was Crime Prevention - sheds and garages - methods of securing property were gone through. Monitoring of Speeding on the Main Road through the village would continue.  He agreed to pass on that there had also been incidents of careless driving and excessive speeding on the stretch of road between Abernethy and Aberargie reported to the CC. A few general questions from the public were answered. In respect of the recent call handling publicity HMICS has now launched an online public consultation on this subject which can be found at: http://www.hmics.org/publications/questionnaire-hmics-review-call-handling-scotland  Views on the police 101 or 999 service are welcomed, people’s experience of what is working well when they call these numbers and what could be improved.   This is open until 23 August 2015. The Annual Police Plan 2016/17 consultation, 1st September, 1.30pm to 4pm. Chairman Colin Morrison hopes to attend.
PC Duffy informed that he was temporarily transferring to the traffic police for approximately 3 months. Over this period one of the other community officers would attend CC meetings. Prior to leaving the meeting he was thanked for his attendance.

Summary of Responses to call for sites for Local Development Plan 2018/2023.
Posters had been put on the notice boards, the Village web page and on Face book informing this was a topic on this month’s CC Agenda. There were approximately 40 members of the local community present who had particularly attended for this topic. The chairman identified the sites in both villages and explained what the Main Issues Report (MIR) was: a stage within the preparation of Local Development Plan to identify mainly the use of land and guide future development
within the area. The key stages in preparing the Local Development Plan - Main Issues Report (we are currently at this stage.) - Proposed Plan (Sept 2016) - Examination (to Scottish Gov) - Adoption.
The MIR stage had commenced, landowners/developers had submitted their preferred sites and uses. Planning officers would now assess these sites, write brief reports on each, as to suitability for actual development, (if it complies with various Government Policies, Tayplan etc.)  In/around October 2015 the MIR will be published for a 10 week consultation period. For the CC to make representation at this stage they need to be prepared with community views on the matter. An open discussion followed covering the process above and a number of topics relating to the various sites and the possible effect on the present villages. Topics included: -  housing density and resulting population  - inadequate infrastructure to cope - loss of identity / character - loss of prime agricultural land - poor public transport service would only encourage commuting - traffic assessment - long-term view of how the communities could benefit as a result if these developments went forward. The general feeling of the meeting appeared to be against future large developments. It was generally agreed till the assessment and publishing of the MIR was completed there was little to be benefited from further discussion at this time and a CC meeting would be called and publicised when the MIR was available for consultation.
All were thanked for their attendance and contributions to the discussion.

CC members agreed that remaining topics on the agenda be carried over to the next meeting or where appropriate dealt with via committee communication

It was agreed the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 7.30pm in the School, Abernethy. 
Minute of the Abernethy and District Community Council Meeting held on 23rd September 2015 at 7.30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C. Morrison (chaired), Mr A. MacIntyre, Mr A. Robinson, Mr B. Hughes, Mrs D. Gillespie, Mrs A. Sangster.

In Attendance:          PKC Councillor H. Anderson. PC Mark Stewart Police Scotland.


The minute of the meeting of 19th August 2015, which had been circulated, was taken as read. Mr A. MacIntyre proposed their adoption, seconded by Mrs D. Gillespie

Matters Arising
The chairman went over last months meeting which had been turned over to cover the Summary of Responses to call for sites for Local Development Plan 2018/2023. As agreed at the previous meeting till the assessment and publishing of the MIR was completed it was felt there was little to be benefited from further discussion at this time. When the MIR became available for consultation it could then be properly evaluated by the community and Guidance offered by the CC as requested by the public.

Police Matters
Commanders weekly Bulletin had been circulated to members. The police report for the previous month informed of:  ‘Youth calls’ - setting of fires at Back Dykes and causing annoyance in the grounds of Abernethy Primary school. Crimes/Incidents - Persons selling chainsaws and generators round doors in Abernethy. Caution was advised. - Enquiries continued re an 11 year old boy being knocked of his bike on Station Road by older youths.  PC Stewart informed the meeting - on general safety and security issues relating to the home and garden. - on careless driving ie using mobile phones when driving.
Abernethy 30mph Speed Limit Extension - the chairman had received an email from a resident out with the village boundary along the Newburgh Road. They asked for assistance in their quest to have the 30mph speed limit extended beyond the village boundary. Councillor Anderson felt this may prove difficult as there were few dwelling houses in this area raised. PC Stewart informed that some communities were at present attempting to extend speed restrictions out with their village boundary’s possible to 40mph to create a ‘buffer zone’ prior to entering the villages. Chair to write Councillors via official channel raising this matter.

Parking Issues Square -
This matter is pending reply from PKC. .Following the meeting in the Square on 3th June with resident, representatives from PKC Roads Dept and Police Scotland, CC members and Councillor Anderson  nothing further had been received from PKC Roads Dept. The committee were aware that a traffic survey had been conducted on various streets in the village over the summer months. The chairman informed he had emailed PKC officer 5 times and not yet received a reply. Councillor Anderson wondered if it was no longer an issue as nothing further had been heard from those that had raised the issue. The secretary felt this was not the case as ALL had been informed that till the Roads Dept got back with any proposals for further discussion there was little to be benefited from further actions/discussion at this time. Inconsiderate parking continues in the area of the Square. Chair to request info/action from Roads engineers via official channel.

Binn Eco Park Wind Farm
This application has been approved. The chairman informed of a Government document setting out guidance/ policy on wind farms and of different options for community benefits available from such projects. He had also looked at other such projects across Scotland - as to how the community benefit was established. Abernethy he felt was in a strong position to argue a case to receive the majority of funding from this project at Binn as it was sited entirely within this CC area with any power cables required to the substation at Jamesfield passing through this area. He strongly felt that prior to the signing of any Community Benefit Agreement with the company in October 2016 (at the next liaison meeting due) relevant points to Abernethy’s position in the matter, referencing the Government document mentioned should be drawn to the attention of the wind farm company and Foundation Scotland. It was agreed chairman draft a letter covering these points.

Flag pole/Weather Vane on Tower
The chairman has followed these matters up with Historic Scotland and is considering how to progress the matter to the satisfaction of the community i.e. the return of weather vane and installation of flag/pole.
Mr McIntyre informed, HS have repaired the trap door at the top of the Tower and assured arrangements are now in place to avoid future delays with the ordering of the required struts for repair - spare struts have been ordered and stored for future need.

Christmas tree fixtures lighting
Mr Robinson informed the meeting that he had been following up on the matter of a fixture for Nurse Peatties Memorial Garden. PKC had given a quote for works required approx £1800. Mr Robinson’s proposal that this project be carried over to the ‘new’ committee (following CC nomination period in October) for their consideration particularly as - this sum is well out with the CC budget - a funding avenue would require to be explored - time was now limited to achieve this project this year. He still had old lights for school and a suitably sized tree could be erected at the school this year.

Planning
Housing (12) at Jamesfeild old steading- pending with PKC,
Housing at Drumcairn steading - pending with PKC,
Wind Farm at Binn - Approved. 
P&KC Planning had informed - re substation proposed at Jamesfeild Nursery - this is in connection with the Wind turbine to be built at Jamesfield.
-re application 4 houses at Innernethy, Newburgh Road - developer will be responsible for any grit bins required and also for emergency vehicle and construction traffic access under railway line.

Tay Landscape Project (TLP)
Mr McIntyre had supplied an update from Taylandscape group. A copy forwarded to members. It covered various aspects of the project: Abernethy Wee Big Dig held just prior to the beginning of the school summer holidays had been well attended as had the open day community event organised by Museum of Abernethy on the Sunday. The full archaeology report will be available shortly at
www.taylp.org <http://www.taylp.org> . Traditional Building Grant Scheme has been launched with applications closing by 31st October. This Historic Building Repair grant scheme can offer up to 50% of eligible costs, up to £5000, towards the cost of building work if works are in line with the eligible criteria. For more info visit www.taylp.org. Opportunities and Events - Sat 22nd August - UNEARTH The Mystery of Prehistory! Free family fun day with Minecraft, ancient crafts, mini digs, living history and more. 1-26th September - Uncover the Mystery of Moredun Top hill fort on Moncreiffe Hill. Coppicing - local areas with potential for being coppiced have been identified -around the Nethy burn and disused Quarry. Funding is available to progress a project with guidance and advice on developing a coppice and possible future uses. Learning projects in the area such as Citizen Science bug hunting or other biodiversity themed sessions could also be supported. Abernethy to Bridge of Earn and Jamesfield to Newburgh - potential connecting pathways were still being looked into.

‘Abernethy’ Road Signage
Mr McIntyre informed as a result of Roseanna Cunningham’s letters of assistance, he had been informed that by the end of the financial year 3 black and white road signs are to be erected on the A912 to direct drivers exiting the M90 at Junction 9 to Abernethy.  There may also be a sign on the south-bound slip-road. Meantime, the TayLP people will be trying to get brown tourist signs to Abernethy on the motorway.

Correspondence
P&KC Planning decision notifications
-Alterations & extension to dwelling house Pitversie Bungalow, Perth Road, Abernethy - approved.
P&KC Planning- Info re substation proposed at Jamesfeild Nursery
- this is in connection with the Wind turbine to be built at Jamesfield. - Info re application 4 houses at Innernethy, Newburgh Road - developer will be responsible for any grit bins required and also for emergency vehicle and construction traffic access under railway line.
Police -Commanders weekly reports. Police Monthly Report.
PKC - info relating to CC election.
R Cunningham MSP - info on 3 Saints way.
* Google map connected to this info has many mistakes. The proposed path route does not coincide with the approved/adopted core path net work. Mr Macintyre will relay this to relevant body.
PKC - info on proposed way marking for some of Abernethy Core Paths.
Tayside Biodiversity Proposal Plan.
Perth City Plan Consultation.

The next meeting is due to be held on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 7.30pm in the School, Abernethy.

Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 28th October at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison (chaired), Mr A McIntyre, Mrs D Gillespie, Mr A Robinson
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor H. Anderson
Apologies: Mr B Hughes, Mrs A Sangster
The minute of the meeting of 23rd September 2015, was circulated, was taken as read. Mr C Morrison proposed their adoption, seconded by Mr A McIntyre.
There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the agenda.
This being the last meeting of the current CC, it was noted that Mr B Hughes, Mr A McIntyre and Mrs A Sangster were standing down. Mr Morrison made a vote of thanks for their support over the years especially for Mrs Sangster who had served on the CC for a period of 25 years, and whose experience and knowledge would be greatly missed.
The fact that the “new” CC had at present only 4 members was a cause for concern, as this was the minimum required for a quorum, and left the CC on a knife edge. Should anyone else have to stand down, the CC would go into abeyance, which would mean that the Community would not have direct access to any benefits that may come our way, for instance in terms of Community Benefit funds from the proposed wind farm at Binn. Mr Morrison appealed to members of the public present to consider being co-opted onto the CC, Mr Robinson had also issued such an appeal to the members of the School Council.
Police Matters
There was no police presence at the meeting but the latest Commanders Bulletin had been circulated. It was noted that there had been a theft of heating oil from a house in the village recently, and that the Police would be having a drop in session at Bridge of Earn Police Station on November 5th between the hours of 2pm and 7pm.
A discussion took place about the poor response to 101 calls concerning the use of trail bikes up Castlelaw, which were causing damage to the paths. Councillor Anderson suggested that we should not give up on this service and continue to report incidents in order to build up a critical mass of calls from our area. It was also noted that there had been a regular police presence at the edge of the village and that a number of speeding motorists had been caught.
Parking Issues at the Square
Still awaiting a response from PKC Roads Engineer, despite previous correspondence. Mr Morrison to raise the matter through the complaints procedure. It was recognised that this was an old problem to which there would be no one size fits all solution.


Village Maintenance Issues
It was noted that one of the dog mess bins in Powrie Park was damaged and would not be replaced. Councillor Anderson informed the meeting that it was acceptable to place bagged waste in ordinary litter bins.
A request on the extension of the 30mph limit to the East side of the village had not yet received a response, however a traffic survey had been carried out in the village recently, and the results were awaited. Mr Robinson informed Councillor Anderson that the “Slow Down” warning sign periodically erected on Perth Road had little or no effect of traffic speeds as it did not light up when speeding vehicles approached.
It was agreed that members of the CC would check that the village grit bins were full in preparation for winter.
The poor state of the verge at Station Road, and the unattractive view presented by the field were discussed especially in respect of poor visibility/road safety, and the possibility of travellers using the field illicitly. The owner of the field had been approached unofficially but no response had been made. Councillor Anderson resolved to investigate the matter.
Planning
Current planning applications were noted including the application for 8 houses at Jamesfield in close proximity to an already approved large wind turbine.
Binn Farm Area
A Community Benefit Agreement had been signed with Element Power, the developers of the proposed wind farm at Binn. It was stated that as the Community most affected by this development, Abernethy would be pressing to receive a large share of any funds available. The possibility of being unable to access the fund due to the CC going into abeyance was again discussed.
Christmas Tree
It was agreed that we should erect a tree in Nurse Peattie’s Garden, and with the support and assistance of Abernethy in Bloom it would be decorated, and we would proceed  to raise funds to pay for an electricity supply for future years. Mr McIntosh informed the meeting that an article to that effect would be placed in the next issue of the “Crier”. Mr Robinson agreed to liaise with Abernethy in Bloom on the matter, and also to investigate if there were any dormant bank accounts in the village from previous projects, that could be accessed. Mrs Gillespie suggested that the CC could make an initial donation of £50 towards the lighting. Mr Swan would organise the supply of two trees for Abernethy & Aberargie in early December.
AOB
Mr Swan informed Councillor Anderson that he felt that street sweeping in the village was not being carried out effectively, which would lead to drains being blocked and further expense being incurred.
It was noted that the area known as “Bett’s Close” was not marked in any way, and while there may be some difficulties in having a sign erected immediately, it was agreed by all that such historic names should not be allowed to disappear, and that a way should be found to maintain its existence.
Due the fact that Mrs Gillespie and Mr Robinson would be unable to attend the next meeting, it was agreed that Mr McIntyre and Mr Brattisani would be co-opted onto the CC for the purposes of that meeting.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:00pm
The next meeting would held on November 18th 2015 at 7:30pm in the School
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 30th November at 8:00pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison - chaired (CM), Mrs K Baird (KB), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr A Robinson (AR)
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor H. Anderson
Future of the Community Council
CM opened the meeting by welcoming the 30 residents who were in attendance, and hoped they would be able to support and assist the CC at this difficult time in its existence.
Motion: “the almost complete lack of attendance by members of the public at the regular community council meetings together with an absence of applicants for community council seats suggests that few regard Abernethy Community Council as worthwhile. This motion is called to ascertain whether there is any support amongst villagers for the Abernethy Community Council to continue to operate.

Even with support, the continued ability to operate is entirely conditional on filling the required number of community council seats stipulated by PKC so this motion also requires nomination of individuals who are willing to actively serve, contribute and participate in the operation of Abernethy Community Council”.
CM and AR both expressed their frustration at the lack of members that the CC was left with, and the fact that without its continued existence, the community of Abernethy would find it difficult to let its voice be heard at PKC and other organisations and would also find it difficult to have access to funds generated by upcoming environmental projects.
Much discussion took place with some members of the public saying they knew nothing about the CC and its current situation. Communication clearly was an issue, as all this had been publicised in the Crier, on the village Facebook page, and the village website.
A number of residents committed to applying for membership of the CC at the election in the Spring, which would bring the CC up to strength, and allow it to actively integrate with other organisations in the village, thus removing any communication issues that may (or may not) exist.
Christmas Tree
AR informed the meeting that PKC had put in place a socket to accept a Christmas Tree at Nurse Peattie’s garden, and that the intention was to have Carol Singing there on the evening of 11th December at 6:00pm. PKC had quoted £1825 to install electrics at the site, which would require serious fund raising in the coming year, however Abernethy in Bloom had committed to supplying decoration and battery operated lights for this year.
Mr J Swan intimated that due the inclement weather conditions it could not be guaranteed that we would have the tree in time, however all parties agreed to use their best endeavours to ensure all went as planned.
PKC Main Issues Report
CM informed the meeting that PKC looked unlikely to pass the building proposals put forward by developers for the Abernethy and Aberargie areas, however this should not be taken as read, and any concerns that both the CC and individuals have should be put forward to PKC. AR agreed to put the relevant information and websites on the village Facebook page.
CM also mentioned that it was important that there was a Master Plan produced for the Binn Farm area and that this area was not allowed to expand on an ad hoc basis.

PKC Parking proposal for the Square
CM produced a proposal from PKC to address some of the access issues caused by inappropriate perking in the square. A discussion ensued where opinions were expressed by CC members and members of the public of the difficulty in solving this problem if indeed there was a solution. In the end CM agreed to produce a copy of the diagram and covering letter to be distributed to those residents of the village most affected by this problem. Mr J Swan agreed to assist in identifying those residents.

Planning Issues
It was noted that the following planning issues had been approved:
39 Main Street, Abernethy - building of additional house.
Carey Farm Solar Park.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:30pm
Date of next meeting 20th January 2016, 7:30 in the school.
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council EGM held on 30th November at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison (CM), Mrs K Baird (KB), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr A Robinson (AR)
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor H. Anderson
Councillor Anderson took the chair and welcomed all to the meeting, he then asked for proposals for the post of Chair, CM was proposed by AR and seconded by KB.
CM then took the chair, the following appointments were made:
Vice Chair - AR
Treasurer - DG
Due to the fact that the Community Council was in default due to it only having 4 members, and that another election would have to be held in the spring, CM agreed to hold the positions of Secretary and Data Controller in the interim. Other members agreed to assist where possible.
The Constitution and associated documents were adopted, proposed by KB, seconded by AR.
DG gave a report on the CC’s financial position which was healthy giving the restrticions placed on it by PKC.
As the CC was currently in default, it was felt inappropriate to firm up dates for future meeting at this stage.
There being no further relevant business, the meeting closed at 8:00pm
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 20th January 2016 at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison - chaired (CM), Mrs K Baird (KB), Mr A Robinson (AR)
Apologies: Mrs D Gillespie
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor H. Anderson
Matters arising and adoption of previous minutes: There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the meeting. The minutes of the meeting of 30th November 2015 were proposed by KB and seconded by AR.
Police Report: CM informed the meeting that Police Scotland had written to him stating that due to the departure of the individual responsible for collating the Commander’s Bulletin, that this service would cease, with no indication as to when or if it would be re instated. This was felt to be unacceptable, and CM intended to contact Police Scotland to let our feelings be known. There had been two incidents of oil theft in the village in recent weeks, and it was stressed that residents should report any suspicious vehicles or individuals to the authorities using 101 or 999 as appropriate.
AR commented on the “Strategic Priorities” report produced by Police Scotland, which it was felt very short on providing comfort to the community in terms of both their performance and their plans to improve it.
Community Council Elections: 2 applications had been received from Abernethy residents, and CM stated he would be writing to others who had expressed an interest in standing, in the hope that we would be able to raise a full complement of 9 Community Councillors.
A discussion took place as to how best communicate the efforts of the CC to the residents, and it was felt that a monthly newsletter available by email would be a good way forward. Mr Les McIntosh offered his assistance in the matter, which was gratefully received. Following the elections this would be progressed.
CM floated the idea of having a CC meeting every two months, instead of 10 a year as currently practiced, after hearing various comments on the matter it was agreed to run with 10 per year for 2016, with the matter to be kept under review.
Planning: The P&K Main Issues Report was reviewed where all residential development areas in both Abernethy and Aberargie had been rejected by P&K, which was felt to be a good outcome, although it was stressed that we should keep the matter under review as developers could appeal against such a decision.
Binn Farm Strategic Development: It was felt that P&K had missed an opportunity by not insisting that a Master Plan for development of this area had not been made mandatory before any further development took place.
Parking in the Square: Mr J Swan had spoken to the residents likely to be affected by a P&K proposal to introduce some restrictions around the Square to ensure access for all especially Emergency Vehicles - he had only received two replies. P&K had undertaken to circulate an official proposal to residents and feedback would be taken from that. CM emphasised that the natter was under CC control, and would not be implemented without our consent.
Planning: A Number of planning applications were discussed, most of which required no CC input, however the application to treble the size of the anaerobic digestion facility at Binn Farm caused some concern bearing in mind the odour problems of recent times. AR had spoken to the “new” owners of the site, who were at pains to point out that they were aware of this situation and intended to ensure that this would not be a problem. An offer had been made to come up and give us a detail presentation on their plans. This was felt to be a good idea, and KB suggested that a drop in session for residents would also be a good idea. Both actions were to be pursued.
Newburgh Railway Stop: A discussion took place about the group campaigning to have a railway station reinstated at Newburgh. Whilst it was felt that this was a laudable cause, a more likely outcome locally was a stop at Oudenarde, although both were felt to some considerable number of years away.
Local Maintenance: It was felt by some present that some areas of the village were not well served in terms of Road Sweeping and Drain Clearing, Councillor Anderson agreed to abtain a schedule for these works in order that the community may compare as to waht is actually being done. It was also felt that the Rough Glen and Circular Walk were in need of more care and attention in the summer months as they become overgrown at times. Councillor Anderson stated that due to a lack of funds, it was unlikely that P&K could assist with this. The possibility of taking local voluntary action on this was felt to be a way forward, this to be discussed at future meetings, possibly with the assistance of the Abernethy in Bloom group.
Christmas Tree: Mr J Swan had again assisted in the procurement of two trees for Aberagrie and Abernethy, and this was noted and appreciated. The initial inadequate base for the Abernethy tree had been rectified in time for the Carol singing on December 11th, which everyone felt was a good community event, and should be continued in future years, with a collection at the end of the evening raising £130, half having been given to the church and half towards future lighting costs. The Abernethy in Bloom group had been successful in raising the sum of £335 so far towards this project, in addition to which, the local Masonic Lodge had given £100, and the CC had pledged £50, giving a total of £485. Questions were raised about the value for money demonstrated by P&K’s cost for installing electricity to the tree, and this would be examined and possible alternatives investigated. On the subject of raising more funds, it was agreed that a “Just Giving” site would be set up for this purpose - Mr L McIntosh agreed to organise this and to publicise the matter in the forthcoming issue of the Crier.
Bus Service: Mr P Glennie raised the subject of the reduced bus service in the area, especially the lack of a service between 8:07 and 9:55 in the morning. Councillor Anderson encouraged those present to write to Mr Andrew Warrington, Head of Public Transport at P&K to pursue this matter. It was agreed to have this matter raised in the forthcoming issue of the Crier.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:00pm.
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 7:30pm in the School.
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 24th February 2016 at 7:30pm in the School
Members Present: Mr C Morrison - chaired (CM), Mrs K Baird (KB), Mr A Robinson (AR), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr J Swan (JS)
Apologies: Mr D Cleeton, Mr P Glennie, PKC Councillor A Livingston
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor H. Anderson
Matters arising and adoption of previous minutes: The previous minutes were accepted as a true recording of the meeting and were proposed by KB and seconded by AR.
CM made note that although the new Community Councillors, Messrs Cleeton, Glennie and Swan were not officially in place until the following day, for the purposes of practicality they would be included as of this evening.
The matter of funding for the Christmas Tree lighting was raised, with CM asking about the £155 in the Abernethy Common Good Fund, however Councillor Anderson explained that only the interest on that sum could be used, which would be negligible. He suggest the CC contact Mr Serge Moran at PKC with objective of investigating any grants that may be available. AR to follow this up prior to the next meeting.
Police Matters: No officers in attendance (again). AR informed the meeting that Abernethy Primary School were having ongoing problems with inconsiderate and dangerous parking by adults dropping off and picking up children at the school, and that they had contacted Sergeant Amanda Nicholson the local Community Coordinator with a view to there being an occasional Police presence at the school to enforce better behaviour. KB informed the meeting that there had been a police car in the vicinity of the school that day.
Abernethy Community Council: results from second election: As noted above Peter Glennie, and Jimmy Swan had been elected to the CC, whilst PKC had lost Dougie Cleeton’s application, so he would be co-opted to the CC.
It was felt that members of the CC would take on specific roles to ensure an even spread of responsibilities, as follows:
CM - Chair and contact for important issues including, Main Issues Report, Binn Eco Park Liaison Group, Binn Wind Farm.
AR - Vice Chair, minutes, planning issues
DG - Treasurer
KB - to have a roving brief
JS - local maintenance and community upkeep
DG - Facebook, communication and community upkeep
PG - transportation links and issues
No one was necessarily limited to these areas and should “muck in” where required.
Planning: CB would be drawing up a response to the Main Issues Report (MIR), which would support the Reporter’s decision to remove the areas suggested for development in both Abernethy and Aberargie, this would be published on Facebook, with the message that residents should also write in to support this decision.
The proposed housing development at Jamesfield had been refused by PKC on the basis that it did not meet the criteria for a brown field development.
It was noted that the Berryfields Tearoom had applied for a change of use to a residential property. Whilst the CC regretted the possible loss of such an amenity to the village, it was felt that it would be inappropriate to raise any official comment or objection in what was seen as a private matter.
The proposed more than doubling of the anaerobic digestor facility at Binn was a cause for concern for both the CC and residents present, and it was felt that the owners must attend a future CC/public meeting to explain their operation and how they would ensure it did not have a detrimental impact on the area. AR to make contact and organise (offer received to attend meeting on 20th April). Would also be useful to have SEPA in attendance.
Correspondence: The new core path signage was noted and welcomed
It was noted that grants were available to help restore local paths, this to be pursued by JS who will draw up a short list of paths that would benefit from reinstatement, particularly those old established paths that through neglect and lack of maintenance have fallen into disrepair.

DC would set up and run a Community Facebook page, and it was also planned to use an email database that Les McIntosh was setting up (through an article in the forthcoming issue of the Crier) to directly sent notices of meetings and minutes to interested residents. It was also hoped that this would increase Community involvement and future participation in the CC itself.
It was noted that there would be a small (£1000 pa) Community benefit fund generated by the Jamesfield wind turbine.
AOCB: It was noted that there had not been a meeting of the Binn Farm Liaison Group for some time - CM to pursue this.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:15pm.
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 23th March 2016 at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison - chaired (CM), Mr A Robinson (AR), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr J Swan (JS), Mr P Glennie (PG)
Apologies: Mr D Cleeton, Mrs K Baird, PKC Councillor A Livingston
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor H. Anderson (HA)
Matters arising and adoption of previous minutes: There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the meeting, the previous minutes were proposed by DG and seconded by PG.
It was noted that KB’s absence was due to her being attacked by a dog while canvassing for the upcoming Council By-Election. All present sent their best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Community Council Meeting Protocol: CM reinforced the fact that CC meetings would be conducted in a more formal manner that in the past, with matters addressed through the chair and one person/item at a time.
Police Matters: PC Mark Simmons was welcomed to the meeting and updated those present on various items, including
Police attendance at the school to discourage inconsiderate/dangerous parking
Persons having been caught and charged over some quad bike thefts in adjacent areas
The importance of securing property, he recommended the website “Secure by Design” as being a good source of good practice
Explained the difference between 101 and 999, saying if there is an immediate risk to persons or property use 999
He was asked how to deal with unwanted nuisance calls, his advice was to ignore them
PC Simons was thanked for his attendance and it was hoped that he or one of his colleagues would be a regular attendee at our future meetings.
Planning: CM reiterated the CC response to the Main Issues Report, which reinforced the Reporter’s view on housing in the Abernethy and Aberargie areas, and also asked for the production of a Master Plan for the Binn Eco Park.The latter to be followed up with Peter Marshall and David Littlejohn of PKC with particular regard to noise issues pre 6:00am. It was noted that some residents had also responded to the MIR and they were thanked for their participation.
AR stated that he had organised for the Mr M Fishwick, the CEO of the company planning to expand the anaerobic digestor at Binn to attend our next meeting on 20th April. Mr Calum McGregor and a colleague from SEPA would also be in attendance.
It was also noted that the proposed extension to Tower Garage had been approved.
Local Maintenance: Bearing in mind that money was tight at PKC, it was decided that the CC should put forward a proposal as how monies should best be used to maintain the local area, on a best value for money basis - JS asked for a ground maintenance schedule to assist with this - HA agreed to supply this.
A discussion took place about the cleaning and repair of traps, and it became obvious that no one knew of the process in organising to blocked and broken traps repaired - HA agreed to investigate and report back on this matter.
It was again highlighted that the collapsed parapet at the bridge at the top of Kirk Wynd leading to the Witched Road was an accident waiting to happen, however there did not seem to be a way forward in resolving this matter, ultimately, once the collapse became large enough to stop access by tractor, something would have to be done.
It was decided that the CC should tackle the demolition and clearing of the 2 derelict garages by the Williamson Hall, however it was felt prudent to obtain confirmation in writing form PKC that we had permission to do so before proceeding - CM to ask for this, and to check out our insurance on the matter with PKC.
Communications: It was felt that the current use of Website, Facebook, Notice Boards , link with the village website was giving good communications to residents. Mr L McIntosh informed the meeting that so far only 4 residents had supplied their email addresses for direct communication. DG also stated that a local joiner had agreed to erect at no charge a new notice board at Aberargie, with the CC supplying the materials.
Transport: PG had written an article for the Crier detailing the possible future rail links in the area at Oudenarde and Newburgh. It was suggested by HA that we contact Mr Andrew Warrington at PKC to attend one of our meetings to discuss Public Transport issues especially buses.
Finance: DG informed the meeting that our finances were in an acceptable condition, that would allow the CC to present Abernethy in Bloom with a donation of £250 towards the Christmas Tree lights fund, which was duly handed over at the meeting.
AR noted that as suggested by HA he had tried to contact Mr Serge Morone at PKC to explore if any grant would be available towards this project, however despite leaving messages on a number of occasions no reply had been forthcoming - AR to persist.
AOB: It was noted that KB was standing in the forthcoming PKC By Election, and if elected would leave a further vacancy on the CC.
CM had been contacted by a local reporter for the Courier and would be contacted him about the lack or responsibility that Historic Scotland were taking with various items at the Round Tower, which as the main tourist attraction in the village was vital to the well being of local businesses and the Museum.
A discussion took place concerning the standard and consistency of accommodation provided at the school for our meetings, with particular reference to our last meeting where we were effectively in a corridor with cleaners sweeping up as we conducted our meeting. CM stated that the school was booked for the rest of the academic year but there was no reason why we should not investigate another venue in the village, the Masons Hall bing one of a number of suggestions.

There being no further business the meeting  closed at 9:00pm
Date of next meeting 20th April, 7:00pm at the school
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 20th April 2016 at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison - chaired (CM), Mr A Robinson (AR), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr J Swan (JS), Mr P Glennie (PG), Mr D Cleeton (DC)
Apologies: None
In Attendance:   PKC Councillor Mrs K Baird (KB)
Matters arising and adoption of previous minutes: There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the meeting, the previous minutes were proposed by DG and seconded by JS.
It was noted that Mrs K Baird, having been elected as a Perth & Kinross Councillor at the recent by-election, had now resigned from the Community Council.
Police Matters:
A discussion on local police matters was led by two WPCs who gave information on how best to contact local police personnel, although most present felt that since the advent of Police Scotland, local contact and knowledge had suffered badly. DC made the comment that policing was now totally reactive, with nothing being done proactively. It was also noted that there had been a police presence at the school twice that day to discourage inconsiderate and dangerous parking. Speeding on Perth Road was an ongoing problem, although traffic police had caught a number of offenders in recent speed traps.
Binn Farm Anaerobic Digestor Expansion: Mr Michael Fishwick of Powerhouse, was welcomed to the meeting and gave a presentation on the structure of the operating company at Binn, and how it would operate in the future. He answered the concerns raised previously as how the operation would cause minimal impact on the local area and community. AR has asked for a copy of the presentation for our records, and has also asked that Powerhouse consider making a contribution towards the Christmas Tree Lights Appeal.
Planning: Berryfields Tea Room change of use approved has been approved by PKC Planning     

Local area maintenance and upkeep: there is general agreement from around the village that the main thoroughfares were clear.
It was also noted that local joiner Mr John Craib, had replaced the notice board at Aberargie, supplying his labour free of charge, for which the CC gave their thanks.

Communication channels update: no new update from the last report

Transport links and issues: no new update from the last report

Treasurer update: no new update from the last report

Community Council membership: Former CC member Angus has volunteered to be co-opted to the CC, this will be effective from the May 2016 meeting onwards, CNM has completed and submitted the necessary paperwork to PKC.

Williamson Hall garages: no further progress in relation to the demolition of the two
condemned garages, Secretary to seek feedback from PKC as to current status.

Venue for future CC meetings: it was unanimously agreed that the Williamson Hall should be used for CC meetings from the August meeting onwards, partly as the venue offers more flexibility to cater for varying attendance but the hall would also benefit from another source of revenue. Secretary to give formal notice to PKC that the last meetings to be held in the school will be that of June 2016.

PKC survey re anti-social behaviour: the CC have been asked whether, as a body, we want to become involved in ant-social behaviour initiatives. There was unanimous agreement that CC members neither have the training, professional experience or constitutional remit to act in this capacity so the secretary has responding to PKC to this effect.


There being no further business the meeting  closed at 9:00pm
Date of next meeting 18th May, 7:30pm at the school - this would also be the AGM.

Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 18th May 2016 at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr D Cleeton (DC) (Chaired), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr J Swan (JS), Mr P Glennie (PG), Mr A Robinson (AR)
Apologies: Mr C Morrison, Mr A McIntyre, PKC Councillor Mr A Livingstone
In Attendance:   PKC Councillors Mrs K Baird (KB), Mr H Anderson (HA)
Matters arising and adoption of previous minutes: There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the meeting, the previous minutes were proposed by DG and seconded by JS.
Police Scotland Rural Crime Event Feedback: DC read out the following report prepared by CM who had attended this event:
Feedback from the Police Scotland Rural Crime event held in Perth, while the event was generally aimed at farms and estates much of the content is relevant to householders.

Rural Crime Types

Opportunistic:
Generally carried out on foot or bike
1 Often when legitimately passing through premises when using tracks or paths
2 Operates in plain sight

Targeted:   
Dedicated criminal
1 Vehicle accessed
2 Usually night time activity

Targeted Property:
Small hand tools
1 Fuel oil
2 Machinery, plant, quad bikes, 4x4s, trailers, Land Rover Defenders specifically targeted as now out of production
3 Chemicals and fertilisers
4 Scrap metal and particularly counterweights from forklift trucks
5 Saddlery and tack
6 Livestock  




 

Preventative Measures
DNA marking of property
Surveillance CCTV
- providing good quality identifiable images, located in a tamper-proof location
Low level LED lighting
- better than intense lighting that provide strong pools but creates shadows
Fit TS007 locks
Install fuel locks on oil and diesel tanks
Fit tracking devices to high value machinery
Contact Rural Crime Officer who will carry out a no-cost security audit
Sign up for Perth and Kinross Community Watch for crime alerts
Use social media is you spot something that doesn
t look or feel right 

DC urged all those present to inform the Police of any suspicious activity they come across.

Planning: There were no matters of concern to the CC

Local Area Maintenance and Upkeep: JS had investigated some local paths that were in need of upgrade, and felt that Burnside Lane was one that could be tackled quickly. JS and DC to produce a list of priorities for the next meeting.
A discussion took place on the provision of dog waste bins, and although Councillor Anderson stated that any public waste bin could be used to dispose of dog waste, it was felt that there was a need for some additional ones around the village, especially up the Rough Glen, JS and DC would have a look around the village and see where additional bins were most needed. Councillor Anderson to report back on possibility of more being provided.
AR noted that some concern had been expressed at the condition of two cherry trees in the churchyard, however the fact that they were in full bloom suggested that they were in good health
- JS to inspect. There was also concern at the condition of some trees in Powrie Park - Councillor Baird suggested that Richard Brough at PKC should be contacted on this matter - AR to organise.

Transport Links and Issues: PG had organised a meeting with Margaret Roy, to discuss that inadequate bus service currently provided to our community, but this had been cancelled, although he hoped to have it rearranged. It was suggested that Andrew Warrington of PKC attend one of our meetings to see if we can have an improved service, however, it was noted that we should have specifics to ask him, not just ask for
a better service. This would require some research among villagers.

Future Meeting Venues: It was noted that the June meeting would be held in the School, but that after the summer break, future meetings would be held in the Williamson Hall.


AOCB:
Binn Operations: DC informed the meeting that in a discussion with the operators at Binn Waste that they would be please to invite members of the CC and residents to visit there operation to give all a better understanding of how they work, and to foster good community relations. AR stated that through the Binn Farm Community Forum a good working relationship had been built up with local communities and the operations at Binn, and although a recent meeting had been cancelled it was hoped to have one in the near future.
A discussion took place concerning the amount of heavy traffic passing through the village on its way to Ladybank landfill following the closure of Binn landfill, this lead on to concerns regarding the amount of litter on the Baiglie Straight, as well as debris blowing off vehicles and possibly damage following cars or causing accidents.
AR to contact B Reekie at PKC with these concerns and to ask about agreed HGV routes.
Garages: No word had yet been received regarding the go ahead for the CC to organise the demolition of the derelict garages by the Williamson Hall.
Crier: JS informed the meeting that there were plans to revamp the front page of The Crier, and urged the CC to use this to,publicise relevant events in the area.
Gas Supply: It was suggested that Scottish gas should be approached about delivering a gas supply to Abernethy. After some discussion it was agreed that AR would draft a letter to them asking how best to approach the matter.
Broadband: It was hoped that Fibreoptic Broadband would be available in the next two months.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8:45pm.
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 15th June 2016 in the School.
Draft Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 22nd June 2016 at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr C Morrison (CM) (Chaired), Mr J Swan (JS), Mr P Glennie (PG), Mrs D Gillespie ((DG), Mr Angus McIntyre (AM), Mr A Robinson (AR)
Attending: Councillor Mr H Anderson (HA)
Apologies: Mr D Cleeton (DC), Councillors Mrs K Baird and Mr A Livingstone
Action
Adoption of Previous Minutes: Proposed DG, seconded PG
Matters Arising: It was noted that all waste bins may now be used for dog waste. JS and DC to collate a “bins needed” list for the village and forward this to AR who would pass it on to HA for response. Whilst PKC had responded that the trees in the churchyard were not in need of pruning, it was felt by JS that they were showing signs of stress. AR to write to PKC and confirm that they will be responsible for any damage caused to gravestones should the any branches break off. Gas supply: letter to Scottish Gas enquiring as to best way forward. JS, DC, AR  AR  AR
Police Update: No Police presence at meeting, Commanders Bulletin being circulated to all CC Members, no local issues of concern
Planning: No issues of concern. There had been a public presentation concerning a second Solar Farm at Cordon, resolved to lobby for community funding to be provided. CM
Binn Farm Community Forum: A recent meeting had been convened, which was attended by CM and AR. Attendance was disappointing both from the point of view of other CCs and from some of the Binn operators. A discussion had taken place concerning the expansion Anaerobic Digestor Plant, which had already been given to our CC.  In response to a question previously posed by AR to PKC concerning increased HGV traffic through Abernethy following the closure of the Binn Landfill, B Reekie of PKC had stated that other routes had been investigated but were not efficient or economical, and that only 3 more PKC trucks per day were travelling this route. No-one was available to answer questions concerning the Polytunnels and the Master Plan for the site - this to be kept on the agnda for future meetings. SEPA were not in attendance, but had submitted a report, which had expressed some concern about leachate levels at the Landfill site - Binn were working to reduce these to satisfactory levels.
Local Area Maintenance and Upkeep: A resident of Station Raod had written to the CC relating the history of problems associated with the use of the field at Station Road, concerning a caravan and the prominent display of bags of horse manure. It was understood that there was an order in place from PKC for the removal of the caravan by 05/07/16. Despite attempts to ask those using the field to place their bags of horse manure in a less prominent position, no progress had been made on this matter. It was felt by all present that the prominent display of such material was not conducive to a good image for the village, and there had been some suggestion from PKC that it may constitute fly-tipping and be liable for a fine. It was resolved that the CC should write to PKC Environmental Health Department concerning the matter. CM,AR
Communication Channels Update: All working satisfactorily
Transport Links and Issues: PG reported that PKC and Stagecoach are shortly to have a meeting concerning future bus services, and he will be having a meeting with PKC thereafter. It was generally felt that the existing bus service was very unreliable in terms of punctuality, DG gave some recent examples of services running over 30 minutes behind schedule. PG stated that plans to reduce journey train times between Edinburgh and Inverness may put at risk the possibility of stations at Oudenarde and/or Newburgh. PG
Finance Update: DG stated that we have £250 in our account at present and are awaiting top up funds from PKC.
AOCB: JS asked about solar panels being placed on some local Council Houses, HA stated that this was part of a refurbishment programme and they were to provide hot water. JS produced a letter he had sent to Historic Scotland concerning the ongoing lack of flagpole and fish on top of the Round Tower. HS had replied that they wer having to clean the Tower because of bird droppings - don’t they realise that a flag would keep the birds away - the saga continues. HA and JS agreed that JS would check out the condition of gullies in the village and send a reportto HA for follow up and action It was noted that a number of HGVs had mistakenly driven into Station Road as they were misdirected by their SatNav enroute to Branstons. CC to write to Branston asking they erect a suitable direction sign. CM raised the matter of a letter to the Editor in the last edition of The Crier, where an individual only identified as “LM” had comments that “only one Community Councillor “ was present at the rededication of Nurse Peattie’s garden. Along with other CC members, CM was disappointed at such a comment, given that some members had previous commitments that prevented them being there, (with apologies being given beforehand for this), and also given that much time was given up by members to support the Community and events held within it. He gave the example of most of a recent Sunday being given up by some members in the organising of the Abernethy Hill Race as one example. No one on the CC does it for any sort of reward, but a kick in the teeth we can all do without.      JS  AR
Date of next meeting Wednesday 17th August 2016 at 07:45pm in the Williamson Hall
Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 17th August 2016 at 7:45pm in the Williamson Hall

Members Present: Mr J Swan (JS) (Chaired), Mrs D Gillespie ((DG), Mr Angus McIntyre (AM), Mr A Robinson (AR)
Attending: Councillor Mrs K Baird
Apologies: Mr C Morrison (CM), Mr D Cleeton (DC), Mr P Glennie (PG), Councillors Mr H Anderson and Mr A Livingstone


Action
Adoption of Previous Minutes: Proposed DG, seconded AM
Matters Arising: JS had conducted a survey of bins in the village and it was felt that with a few additions the cover would be adequate, JS to forward requirements to Councillor Anderson. JS had had a conversation with PKC concerning the safety of the Cherry trees in the churchyard and it had been agreed that their condition should be kept under review with regards to their safety. AR had contacted Scottish Gas Networks and had been referred to a document that would have to be completed to start any approach. It was agreed that this would require Community input and that initially there should be a plan to “test the water” by using Facebook and the Crier AR had contacted Branston with regard to trucks mistakenly turning into Station Road when trying access their premises. Branston have agreed to investigate putting a sign at the entrance to Station Road to avoid this happening. JS   AR  AR,JS
Police Update Constables Stewart and Kembray attended the meeting, and spoke of the need to guard against opportunist crime. They emphasised the need to keep serial numbers of any tools, and suggested that nowadays CCTV can be connected to smart phones at reasonable cost. Residents also drew attention to the problem of speeding through the village, especially along the main through routes. It was also brought up that the temporary “Slow Down” sign on Perth Road was useless and it was questioned if it worked at all. Councillor Baird agreed to investigate if a more permanent and effective sign could be obtained.    KB 
Abernethy Road Signage. Lisa Sneddon from the TLP had been scheduled to attend to inform us as to what was available to improve road signage to the village, however, changes in responsibilities had made it impossible for her have any meaningful dialogue with PKC, and she was unable to attend. AM agreed to keep the matter in hand, and KB offered to find out the best person to contact at PKC.
Planning: There were no new issues of interest. AM had received anecdotal evidence that where a distillery was commissioned with its own malting that some environmental problems could occur. However upon investigation, it would appear that the operation at Aberargie did not have such a facility.
Local Area Maintenance and Upkeep: AR reported that Abernethy in Bloom had now had the electrics installed at Nurse Peattie’s garden to allow improved lighting for the Christmas Tree. This was welcomed by all present, and it was agreed that we should jointly organise for this year’s Carol Service. AR to contact Caroline Boyle.. JS also requested that he be given an up to date Ground Maintenance schedule for the Village. AR had contacted PKC Service Centre to request that the core paths around the village be strimmed. AR
Transport Links and Issues: As PG was not present this was carried over to the next meeting. However it was brought up that with the latest change to bus timetables by Stagecoach, that the morning School Bus was in fact a Service bus, which led to some pupils having to stand for the journey. This was agreed by all present to be unacceptable, and KB agreed to raise the matter.   KB

Finance Update: DG reported that we currently have £683 in the bank, having received our top up funding from PKC. However, PKC had also stated that we cannot in future give funds to help with paying for the electrics for Christmas Lights, or providing refreshments at the Carol singing. All agreed that this was a ridiculous decision which did not help the Community in any way. AR also related the lack of coordination and communication that he had come across when asking about the Community Choices Fund, and the Funding Alert bulletin, both of which had arrived too late to be of any use. If such funding is available we need timely notice of it.
AOCB: JS noted that his letter to Environment Scotland concerning the flagpole, flag and fish for the Tower had received a reply, intimating that the fish had been sent way for gilding, and that they hoped that funds would be available to put them in place before the end of the financial year The meeting felt that this probably meant that they had lost the fish! A resident brought up the possibility of holding a music festival in the village and after some discussion it was felt that this would be best organised to tie in with the Village Fete towards the end of May, using the Williamson Hall as a venue for an initial taster, with possibility of using Powrie Park if numbers warranted. This could be initially advertised on the village Facebook page and JS suggested an advert could be run in the Crier. Contacts were given for the Fete and the CC would support the event (although new financial rules will have to be followed)      
Date of next meeting Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 07:45pm in the Williamson Hall
Draft Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 14th September 2016 at 7:45pm in the Williamson Hall

Members Present: Mr J Swan (JS) (Chaired), Mrs D Gillespie ((DG), Mr Angus McIntyre (AM), Mr A Robinson (AR), Mr P Glennie (PG)
Attending: Councillors Mrs K Baird (KB), Mr H Anderson (HA), Mr A Livingstone (AL)
10 members of the Public were present
Apologies: Mr D Cleeton (DC)
Action
Adoption of Previous Minutes: Proposed DG, seconded AR
Matters Arising It was felt that with other matters affecting the CC that the investigation of gas supply for the village should be put on hold.
Police Update: There was no police presence at the meeting, however the matter of road safety was brought up by some present. The fact that the roundabout at the school was very dangerous when approaching from the village, due to traffic on Newburgh Road failing to stop. A number of incidents had been reported of traffic failing to stop at the Zebra crossing at the foot of School Wynd. Councillor Baird offered to take these matters up with the appropriate departments to see if any improvements could be found      KB
Abernethy Road Signage: No further developments as Lisa Sneddon of TLP was unable to make the meeting due to our date change - AM to maintain contact AM
Planning: There were two applications giving concern to both the CC and to members of the public. Main Street - It was felt that the proposed development of two new houses in Main Street (a proposal which had been previously rejected by PKC) was contrary to the Conservation Area Policy, and did not respect the character and amenity of the place.  Station Road - It was felt that this development was not desirable for a number of reasons, the state of repair of the road, the effect to the visual amenity of the area, and the road safety concern with a new entrance emerging onto Station Road at a point where there was regular pedestrian traffic emerging from a blind corner emanating from the Pavilion. The CC would draw up letters objecting to both these developments. Councillor Anderson explained that this would count as a single objection, and that fro any application to be examined by committee, there would have to be at least 6 individual objections. He also stated that if a number of objections were received which were obviously “carbon copies” they would not carry as much weight.        AR
Resignation & Elections: Due to business pressures, Mr Colin Morrison has had to stand down from the CC. Mr Morrison had been a member for a number of years and had served as Chair for the last 4, his contribution and efforts were appreciated by all present. Mr D Cleeton takes over as Chair, and it was agreed that Mr J Swan would become Vice Chair. As this left the CC with only three members who had been elected, (the others three being co-opted) this would require there to be a by election, which would happen sometime in the New Year. In the meantime the CC should continue as normal. The full compliment for the CC is 9 members. AR to write to Christine Grant at PKC to establish detailed procedure and timing. Councillor Anderson stated that Abernethy CC had a good track record of achieving success for the area, and it should continue. All present were urged to either consider putting themselves forward for election, or to at least spread the word that more active participants were needed       AR
Local Area Maintenance: It was noted that Abernethy in Bloom had recently received a Best Newcomer and Silver Gilt Certificate at the Take a Pride in Perthshire Awards 2016. All present gave their congratulations to all concerned for a job well done. A discussion took place concerning the lack of maintenance now provided for Core Paths on private land which was felt to be difficult to understand given the money spent on developing, publicising and signposting them. AR had had a discussion with Mr D Stubbs at PKC about forming a Paths Group to maintain those in our area, however insurance and the use of power tools seemed to be an issue. AM stated that there seemed to be a number of groups who were looking at paths and their maintenance, and it was suggested that the CC should take a lead to investigate and bring these together, possibly with some input from Abernethy in Bloom - AM & AR to investigate. JS asked that he provided with a Ground Maintenance Schedule for the area, Councillor Anderson to provide. AR to liaise with Abernethy in Bloom concerning supply and erecting of a Christmas Tree and organisation of a Carol Service. JS to organise supply of trees. For Nurse Peattie’s garden and Aberargie. Transport Links and Issues: Concern had been expressed at the current School Bus/Service Bus arrangements for Abernethy, which were felt to be far from satisfactory. Councillor Baird stated that she was involved in discussions over this matter and that some improvements were in hand, with some changes having been made to ensure all children were seated on journeys. It was noted that a School Bus also being a Service Bus was not unique to Abernethy. KB agreed to continue these discussions to further improve the situation. 
On 19/09 Councillor Baird reported that morning bus time will be changed to leaving Abernethy at 0806, from Monday 26/09, pupils will be informed by letter. New info at bus stop. Bus will also go to town before High School which should help those who work in town. PG gave a detailed report on the response from Andrew Warrington Public Transport Manger at PKC regarding the recent changes to Stagecoach bus services to Abernethy and surrounding area, along with observations on these (detrimental) changes to our bus service. This detailed report is attached as an appendix.        AM,AR  HA AR JS    KB

Finance Update: DG reported that our current situation remains healthy. The rationale on PKC restrictions on our ability to use our funds to benefit our community were again questioned. Suggestions that CC members charged for what seemed to be petty expenses and “recycle” the money were felt to be a waste of time and inappropriate.
AOCB: Councillor Baird announced that Evelyn Scobie would be representing Abernethy and District on the Community Action Group, which hoped to provide liaison and cooperation between neighbouring CCs. AR had received a communication detailing the “Bags of Help” scheme whereby money generated by the 5p charge for carrier bags at Tesco would be available to assist with projects to develop open spaces - a copy had been forwarded to Abernethy in Bloom. This had a number of opportunities, including assisting with the problems already highlighted concerning Core Paths. There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:20pm      
Date of next meeting Thursday 20th October 2016 at 07:45pm in the Williamson Hall
Draft Minutes of the AGM of Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 18th May 2016 at 7:30pm in the School

Members Present: Mr A Robinson (AR),(Chaired), Mrs D Gillespie (DG), Mr J Swan (JS), Mr P Glennie (PG), Mr D Cleeton (DC)
Apologies: Mr C Morrison, Mr A McIntyre, PKC Councillor Mr A Livingstone
In Attendance:   PKC Councillors Mrs K Baird (KB), Mr H Anderson (HA)
Matters arising and adoption of previous minutes: There were no matters arising not covered elsewhere in the meeting, the previous minutes were proposed by DG and seconded by AR.
Chairman & Secretary’s Report: AR read out the following statement prepared by the Chairman, Mr C Morrison.
The past year was characterised by change: change through the retirement of Ann Sangster as Secretary of the Community Council, who, for 25 years, was the central pillar of the community council. Change too in that we have new faces to the CC (and an older one returning too!); thanks to Ann and to you all for your support and the generous amounts of time you give to the community.

2015/2016 was the period in which social media finally caught up with us in that we now have a community council Facebook page to which we post all the required proceedings but also other items that we think are of relevance and interest to the community. Our posting looks quite staid by comparison to some of the more colourful posting elsewhere but we would prefer to remain objective and impartial, presenting facts as they are received then using the CC meetings to gauge the views of the community but more importantly take direction when we are required to make decisions or express preferences. 

The past year is also characterised by a dearth of planning issues, certainly when compared to previous years when we regularly wrestled with quite weighty proposals, whether at the Binn Farm or newer proposals such as the Aberargie Distillery.  Few will miss the closure of the landfill site in September which blighted our community for many years, although we remain at the forefront of the Binn Eco Park Community Liaison Group to ensure we protect the interests and environment of our community.       

The term “community” features frequently in this update, this year we witnessed genuine community spirit with the reinvigoration of Nurse Peattie’s Garden and the fund raising for the new Christmas lights. Praise must go to Abernethy in Bloom and also those who continue to help the fund raising so that this year’s carol service will be illuminated by our sparkling 240 volt Christmas tree as opposed to AA batteries.

Another small but notable event has been the introduction of Core Path signage where there has been a demonstrable increase in visitors, hopefully the contentious Newburgh-Abernethy-Bridge of Earn linkage will be resolved in the coming year so that the Fife Coastal Path is completed. 

Local and central government initiatives are becoming an increasingly regular feature of our business, some arriving under the auspices of community empowerment, some central government in origin. We remain certain that front-face issues such as care in the community are best left with health and social work professionals, the community council should and will have a communication role but we cannot become directly involved in areas that require dedicated and experienced professionals.

There remains one vote of thanks too: thanks to those of you who turn up to our meetings each month to express your views and provide direction as to how we represent you; it is vital this continues so we can fairly and accurately reflect the wishes of the community.  

And finally, I wonder what chance this coming year we have a new fish and flag to grace our Round Tower?     

Treasurer’s Report Mrs D Gillespie submitted the report which had been signed off by an independent auditor, showing we had a balance of £245.46 at the end of the financial year. This being the case we would receive the sum of 454.54 from PKC to top up our funds to £700. Expenditure for the preceding year was mostly taken up by Rent, Secretarial Expenses, and a donation to Abernethy in Bloom.
At this point all current Office Bearers stood down, and Councillor Baird took the Chair to facilitate the election of Office Bearers for the coming year.
Chair: Mr C Morrison, proposed by AR seconded by PG
                  Mr J Swan, proposed by DG, seconded by DC, after some discussion, Mr Swan withdrew his nomination, and Mr C Morrison was appointed Chair for the coming year.
Vice Chair: Mr D Cleeton, proposed by AR, seconded by DG
Secretary: Mr A Robinson, proposed by DG, seconded by JS
Treasurer: Mrs D Gillespie, proposed by AR, seconded by JS
Mr D Cleeton took the Chair for the remainder of the meeting and thanked Councillor Baird for her assistance.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7:45 pm
Date of next AGM (provisionally) 17th May 2017.
Draft Minutes of the Abernethy and District Community Council meeting held on 27th April at 7:00pm in the Mason Hall.

Members Present: Jimmy Swan(JS) (Chaired), Bruce McNaughton (BM),
Linda Buchan (LB),  Peter Glennie (PG), Michael Cairns (MC),
Duncan Kennedy (DK)

Attending: Councillors Kathleen Baird (KB) and 2 members of the public

Apologies: Angus McIntyre, Donna Gillespie

Adoption of previous minutes: Proposed DK , seconded PG

Planning: BM is to comment online on any future planning applications.

Police Update: No police presence. A police representative is to attend the May meeting. The recent theft of car wheels from the car-park behind the Williamson Hall was reported to the Police. An honesty box was also stolen from outside a house on Perth Rd on Easter Sunday and was also reported to the police.

Paths Maintenance: JS along with 1 volunteer made good headway with the path maintenance at the Crees Inn lane on  the 22nd of April. PKC supplied gravel. Balmore Place is to be targeted next. It was suggested and agreed that the pathmaintenance volunteers concentrate on maintenance in the village and leave the more challenging work for maintenance days organised by Susan Whyte of PKC.
JS expressed disappointment at the poor turnout to the village path work day.  He invited DK to comment on the path maintenance programme.
DK expressed concern that path work should not be carried out under the banner of the Community Council, in the absence of insurance cover and the risk, however, unlikely, of litigation against member in the event of an accident. DK requested that LB enter his objection into the cc minutes.
JS confirmed his request for volunteers was out with the Community Council and aimed at villagers improving their own immediate street etc.
KB advised the members, that in any event the Community Council carried its own insurance cover. DK replied that having read all documents issued at election stage, that confirmation of Community Council insurance cover did not appear to be listed, however, at 30+ pages long, reference to insurance could have been missed.
KB advised that it was important that member read and understand this important document. 
It was noted that previously all core paths were maintained by PKC until very recently. Volunteers are to be invited to a further path maintenance day on the 17th June 2017 from 10am - 3pm. The Crier and social media suggested as the means to invite volunteers. JS to email the cc in future if and when looking for volunteers for improving immediate streets etc.

Communication: Les McIntosh has kindly updated the Abernethy website and mobile site too. It was agreed that a copy of the generic AGM and copies of the draft minutes from cc meetings should be submitted to Les for the website. Local organisations/groups/clubs to be asked for information for the website. ACTION POINT FOR THE AGM

Transport: PG advised that  there is a possibility of a late bus coming to Abernethy as part of the city of culture initiative.

Treasurer Update: The Masonic Lodge needs paid for the hire of the hall.  The cost is £20 per session. DG to invoice for 3 months hire and it was agreed to pay at 6 monthly intervals in the future.

AOB: JS wrote to the Newburgh doctors practise seeking permission to install a defibrillator to the outside wall of the Abernethy surgery.  The practise has responded in full agreement to this.

LB reported that the Almond and Earn decide day at the BoE institute was well planned, well attended and a good event. LB raised concerns about the sift carried out on funding applications which lead to the Abernethy Pavillion being sifted out. Furthermore, all 9 local groups which passed the sift were successfully awarded funding and a funding surplus resulted. KB advised that the councillors had no part in the funding sift process or the decision to sift the applications. The sift criteria was based on equality. A full discussion took place and it was agreed that the cc would write to complain that a sift took place resulting in a local venture not being successful although money was left in the fund. - ACTION POINT - LB

KB advised that the fence on Back Dykes opposite Nurse Peatiie’s garden is to be removed.

KB to check if Back Dykes can be better signposted - ACTION POINT - KB

The archaeological dig taking place at the summit of Castlelaw Hill in early June will be advertised in the Crier.

LB advised that a company called SP Services had been recommended to supply and fit defibrillators. The cost of two units and installation is around £1080. There is a deal on at present and one unit is £695. Wall mounted cabinets can be bought separately which come fitted with a security keypad.  The pads need replaced every two years at a cost of approximately £60-70. The unit self-checks and an error message shows on the display if there is a fault so needs checked regularly. The unit requires mains electricity.

LB reported that Sue Smith had been in touch through social media regarding the annual payment due to the village from Harmony Energy Community Funding in respect of the wind turbine at Jamesfield Farm. LB has contacted Harmony Energy who requested an invoice from the cc be submitted for the sum of £1000 by email to enable payment. Harmony Energy requested cc bank details to pay by bank transfer.  It was agreed at the meeting that a separate cc bank account should be opened to facilitate any community funding grants/payments for the future. -  ACTION POINT - LB & DG

CC bank account signatories to be checked to see if they need updated  - ACTION POINT - DG

The meeting closed at 8:30pm.

Date of Next Meeting: The next Community Council meeting will be the AGM on Thursday the 25th May at 7pm in the Mason Hall.