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Community Council Meeting Minutes 2005

MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 9 AUGUST 2005

PRESENT

Robert Scarsbrook, Gordon Weir, Andrew Wilson, Craig Crawford, Christine Scarsbrook, Rosee Macdonald, Nick Walker, Ken Macdonald, Linda Smith, David McKie, Brian Young.

IN ATTENDANCE

PC Knox-McLean, PC Smith, Betty Scaff, William Scaff, Douglas Paxton.

APOLOGIES

Bill David, Louise McClements, Grace Weir, Norma David, David Bottomley, Amish Amin.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The Minutes of the 12.07.2005 meeting were adopted – Proposed by Craig Crawford and Seconded by Andrew Wilson.

Matters/actions arising

School Path and resident’s complaint – Ongoing - RC Environmental Services still awaiting update from RC Legal Services.

Amenity Housing – Letter sent to RC clarifying that HCC are not specifically asking for amenity housing but rather that any new housing being proposed includes provision for mixed cost housing and small scale development for elderly.

Local Authority Electoral Boundaries Proposal – Letter drafted in response to consultation. HCC is objecting to proposals on the basis these could marginalize rural communities. Neighbouring communities share this view. Should villagers also wish to register their concerns then a draft letter will be available from Fred’s shop, Post Office or from HCC website to respond to the consultation.

1st Howwood Guides Request – HCC are happy to donate £250 to Guide funds. HCC will include an item in the next Newsletter highlighting that other organisations in the village may also request donations to assist with fundraising.

Hall Upkeep – Letter to RC requesting if they have plans for upkeep of Village Hall has been acknowledged. Reply awaited.

Treasurer – Bill David agreed to shadow Treasurer role until end of financial year. K Macdonald will square off accounts for end of financial year and arrange for Audit with a view to reporting at AGM

POLICE REPORT

No crimes were reported for June and July 2005.

Two serious instances of youth nuisance were reported at the meeting but appear not to have been logged as a crime. It was thought these might have been recorded as complaints.

PC Knox-McLean offered to bring details of complaints to future meetings.

HCC urged that villagers report all instances of youth nuisance to the police and have these logged. In addition such instances may also be reported to the Council’s anti social behaviour department (Help Line 0800 169 1283 / Youth specific 01505 325 030) if the names of the individuals are known. Under no circumstances should villagers attempt to remonstrate with families of any individual suspected of being involved. Item will be included in next Newsletter.

It was noted the HCC are keen to assist Roads Department and Traffic Police on matter of traffic speeding.

HCC asked for thanks to be passed on to Traffic Police for their efforts in controlling traffic speed in and around the village.

Meeting noted a report of possible gun or bird scaring device being discharged during the night / early morning. Police advised villagers to report such matters to the Police office in Johnstone.

FETE 2005 SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2005

A summary financial report was circulated at the meeting.

  • Overall profit was in the region of £600.
  • One outstanding invoice for use of school kitchen is expected later this year
  • A new Fete committee will be set up at the November meeting

ROADS
Meeting With Road Department and Traffic Police

Details of meeting were presented by the Secretary

  • Garthland Bridge – There is no safe way to get pedestrians across the bridge. Entry into 30 mph limit will be marked with white lines warning traffic to slow down. Traffic lights and slow down signs not ruled out
  • The project to create a safe pedestrian and cycle route from village to SUSTRANS is still being actively pursued by RC.
  • Midton Road – Pavement from Midton Road Cottages along towards the Hospice and down to Beith Road will be repaired this financial year.
  • Flooding on Bowfield Road at Midton Road – will be referred to RC Maintenance Department.
  • Hill Road / Bowfield Road Junction – negotiation still ongoing between RC and householder.
  • Crash Barrier at end of Linister Houses – New pavement beyond existing housing will not be created unless there is more development beyond current boundary.
  • Update on progress on all matters arising to be obtained for next HCC meeting.
Parking At Station Road / Main Street
  • RC advised that Yellow Lines are not usually effective.
  • Draft plan of alternative solutions was received for consideration and discussed at the meeting.
  • HCC agreed to proceed on basis of the plan.
Diversion Lochwinnoch

The diversions had been postponed but will now begin on 22 August 2005.

PLANNING
Planning for People Day
  • Meeting will be run by Planning Aid on Saturday 8 Oct 2005.
  • HCC may send representatives. Anyone interested please contact Andrew Wilson.
Tree Protection Order Howwood Inn Car Park

Protection order has been granted at the June 2005 planning meeting.

Local Plan Revision Consultation

Chair gave overview.

  • Midton Road area – Bryant Homes objected to non-release of ‘green belt’ land. Although support was given to the objection the report also took cognisance of the content of Howwood Village Design Plan.
  • There is still a risk that this green belt area could be released for development beyond 2010.
  • Full report available from Secretary.
Revision Of Planning Laws
  • Chair and Secretary gave overview of proposal.
  • A draft response is to be discussed at next meeting.
ENVIRONMENT
HAPI

Update was given on project to upgrade Triangle and paths

  • Tender document being prepared
  • o Sign posts and way markers will be installed later in the year
Recycling

Midton Road Cottages are not included in the current recycling collections. Matter will be pursued by HCC.

NEWSLETTER/ INFORMATION /WEB
Web
  • ASCC Community of the Year – Entry for Web site was submitted by David McKie.
  • Site visits average 8000 per month with July seeing a record 14000 visits.
  • Generation of income from advertising will be raised at next meeting. A small working Group should be set up to consider options to bring to new CC.
  • HAPI walking routes around the area will be placed on the web site in due course.
  • David McKie’s costs for looking after the site are to be reviewed.
Broadband

Anyone who has Broadband in the village and who is experiencing problems please advise HCC Chairman via Howwood.com web site.

NEWSLETTER/ INFORMATION /WEB cont.
Newsletter

Newsletter is due for distribution last week of August.

Content will include – Crime prevention, HAPI, Fete Day, New Council Wards, Parking, Race Night and Car Boot sales for HWW, CC elections, list of village information and contact details, List of activity groups.

COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

No report.

CORRESPONDENCE

As per the Agenda

  • SRWS – Subscription changed and due. Treasurer to change / cancel standing order and prepare cheque for £6 difference.
  • Planning Aid – refer to item under Planning.
  • RCVS & Scottish Health Council Newsletter – Copies from Secretary.
  • Paisley Law Centre AGM – No attendance required.
A.O.C.B.

Chair thanked Craig Crawford for organising the meeting venue at the Church.

NEXT MEETING

TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2005, 7:30 pm HOWWOOD VILLAGE HALL.

Then: AGM 14 October 2005 (subject to change), 8 November 2005 (provisional) 13 December 2005 (provisional), 10 January 2006.

NB Community Council election September 2005.

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