of meeting held on Wednesday 11th July 2001
in Castletown Drill Hall at 7.30pm
(HC Councillor), M.Cormack, E.Geddes, W.Stark, G.Firth, I.Moodie (Village
(Northern Constabulary), I.Calder
1/ LAST MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING FROM THEM
The last minutes of
the 14 and 27th June were read and agreed as a true record.
June Item 3 Letter sent
5 Covered in agenda
6 NHSCHT letter sent
Plan covered in agenda
June Item 1 Complete
Item 2 Letter sent
Item 3 Info passed on
2/ Local Plan
Having written to the
Highland Council with objections about the zoning of Murkle Bay as
industrial and expressing our concerns and aspirations for the Stannergill
housing, replies were received from the council on both matters. They
explained the councils position and why Murkle was zoned for industry (to
comply with the Highland Structure Plan) and also included some suggested
changes to the wording of the housing sections to cover our concerns as
best they can. It was agreed that the housing changes were sufficient and
also now we had a contact with the consultants we should accept the
proposed changes. We agreed to include a written submission on the Murkle
Bay zoning and to contact KLM Consultants with a view to setting up a
3/ VILLAGE OFFICER
The position of the
insurance for the village officer was still unclear. M.C. was to contact
A.Ferrier of Wick to see if further information could be obtained.
The village officer gave
a run down of what he had been doing so far and the problems he had
encountered. Good comments had been received about the difference the work
was making to the look of the village. The officer was in desperate need
of a strimmer and the mower to ease the cost and problems he was having
with equipment failure. He highlighted the problems with a shortage of
litter bins at the harbour and the small size of the one at the sand end.
A.M. agreed to ask about a bin for the harbour area and a larger bin for
the sand end. The officer was also having trouble with the strong growth
of grass at the sand end car park and some other areas around the harbour.
A.M. was to ask to see if we could get permission from the council to use
the verge cutting machine for a time some night to tackle the worst areas.
Scalping were also required at the sand end car park and along the far end
of the Jesanís path. A.M. would check up if it was possible to obtain
some from the council if we spread them ourselves. The putting green shed
was also in grave need of repair to the lower sections. As the council had
already priced this work at over £3000, and unlikely to be completed
before 2003 it was felt it may be possible to carry out a temporary repair
to extend its life. The village officer would look in this. J.C. would
chase up the mower and funding for the strimmer. The shed at the rear of
the toilets was now in the hands of the community council.
J.C., A.M., I.M.
The latest batch of
letters was gone through with none of note.
Information was passed
on to A.M. with reference to a number of scrap cars lying around the
village. A.M. was to pass on the info to the relevant department.
A letter and booklet
from the British Conservation Trust Volunteers was received inviting us to
suggest some works for its volunteers to undertake or advice it could
give. It was agreed to write and ask about any help they could give on
improving the battery walk.
Comment was made about
how choked the burn was below the bridge on the Wick road. It was trapping
rubbish and becoming totally overgrown with no real route for the burn to
take. A.M. would enquire with the landowner if any thing could be done
before it caused a real problem.
no further business the date of the next meeting was set for Thursday 23rd
August 2001 at 7.30pm in the Castletown Drill Hall.
Being no further business the meeting closed at 20.40hrs