Minutes of Kintore & District Community Council meeting on January 15, 2019.


Held 7.00pm on 15th January 2019 in Kintore Primary School

Fiona Cooper, Ken McEwen, Drew Cullinane, John Thomson, Ann Marston, Sheila Gray. Members of the public: Kenny Thomson. Cllrs Martin Ford and Dominic Lonchay. PC Steve Middleton

Lesley Monaghan, Joan Thomson, Jess Lumsden, Paul Davidson. Members of the public: David Monaghan. Cllrs Fergus Hood and Glen Reid

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

1. Police report
Community Policing Priorities
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

On 28th December 2018, there was a report of indecent images having been sent by Instagram to a 12 year old female in Kintore. Enquiry is ongoing but seems to have been generated from abroad.

On 11th January 2019, a Drugs Search Warrant was executed at an address in Carnie Brae area of Kintore and enquiries are ongoing regarding items recovered.

Acquisitive Crime:

On 15th December 2018 there was a report of a loss of a mobile phone within a taxi which was found and kept by the next occupant. That individual is due to be reported regarding Theft by Finding.

2 Males from Inverurie and Oldmeldrum have been charged with Theft by Shoplifting that occurred at the Co-op on Northern Road, Kintore on 29th December 2018 and on 8th January 2019.

Road Safety and Road Crime:
On 23rd December 2019, a male was charged with driving a vehicle with defective tyres on the A96 near Kintore.

Community Engagement and Reassurance
Please do not be fooled by the recent mild weather and remain prepared for any change later in the month.

2. Matters arising from the last minute
Nothing to report.

3. Approval of the Minute of last meeting
Proposer Drew Cullinane /Seconder Ann Marston.

4. Treasurers report
Following KDCC agreement on disbursement of the profits pertaining to the Fireworks Event, a cheque presentation and thank you evening was held at the Bothie on the 24th of November, 2018 where cheques were presented to the various groups. Kintore Boys brigade has yet to cash their cheque for £200.00 which Kenny will follow up. Once this cheque is cashed, the balance on the account will be £10,624.34.

Kenny advised that the KDCC had received a letter of thanks from Kintore Playgroup. The playgroup ran their own stall and as agreed prior to event, kept their takings in lieu of receiving any portion of the event’s profit.

5. Youth Report
All groups continue to run well. The Christmas party was a good success and seemed to be well supported. A new Thursday night group will begin soon with details to follow at the next KDCC meeting in February.

6. Planning Matters
APP/2018/1223 24 flats - 4 blocks of flats on Forest Road. Revised plans & elevations. - Drew looked into this and advised that there seem to very little change to original application. It was agreed therefore to check with planning officer to see if our original letter of objection was still being taken into consideration or whether we required to make new representation.

7. Correspondence - Drew asked whether there were any more volunteers who wished to attend the “planning matters” Training Course for community councils members on the 30th January. Aberdeenshire Council are currently looking to develop artworks for the new Kintore Railway Station and are holding a workshop in Kintore Church Hall on Saturday 26th January 2018. On the 14th February in Inverurie Academy, a public consultation will be held in respect of Inverurie Flood study. Although this primarily concerns itself with what happened in Port Elphinstone in 2016, it will be taking in views of flooding within the whole of Garioch. Details of both events will be put on the Kintore website/facebook page.

8. A96 Dualling - Sticking to the current A96 Inverurie by-pass route seems far-and- away the most favoured option. The Jacobs report of May 2015 seems to be quite clear that it is feasible, stating that the existing bridge could “readily” take a second carriageway and that the Upper Boat flyover would need widened and “geotechnical” solutions would be required for getting past the new houses.

In a response Transport Scotland reveal that the clearance between the fence lines is 21 metres and the road would require 26 metres. So, for the sake of five metres, we are facing the prospect of new and very intrusive routes through open country.

The blue-green-violet route to the north east of Inverurie and Kintore would be particularly intrusive with an estimated loss of £760,000 of agricultural production due to 63 farms being split and 1,760 acres of quality agricultural land lost.

Being at a higher elevation this route would be very visible particularly where it would slope down to Tavelty, taking A96 and extra traffic drawn from the A947 over a huge viaduct to Kintore.

MSPs Lewis Macdonald and Mike Rumbles and MP Colin Clark seem most active in this issue. Lewis Macdonald has written to Michael Matheson, the Transport Minister “insisting” that the existing route is put back on the table.

9. Aberdeenshire Councillors update - Cllr Ford highlighted the difficult issues that the Council is facing in respect of setting a budget. Above inflationary pay rises in respect of teachers and the fact that costs associated with providing the current level of services have increased are having a major affect on this process. As the Budget is set in February, more information will be available at the next KDCC meeting.

Fiona asked the Councillors if they could look into the parking issue at the entrance to Allandale gardens. On frequent occasions, the entrance becomes extremely narrow due to inconsiderate parking and therefore makes it difficult to drive through with an ordinary car and virtually impossible for a Fire Engine. Cllr Ford advised that he would look into this matter and report back.

10. Kintore Action Report - In October 2015, the community action plan was done with the help of Garioch Partnership. This requires to be updated and from this the KDCC will be able to ascertain a specific list of priorities that the community wants. Ideas on how to engage with the community to gain this information to be discussed at the next meeting.

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