CAMPBELTOWN COMMUNITY COUNCIL
MINUTES OF MEETING on TUESDAY 14th March, 2023
in Campbeltown Town Hall
V Nimmo, Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
V Nimmo CCC
A Martin CCC
C Dobbie CCC
K Gillies CCC
A Gallacher CCC
D Allen CCC
A Baker CCC
E Glendinning CCC
J Biggins CCC
J Martin CCC
Cllr J Armour Argyll and Bute Council
PC D McDonald Police Scotland
DECLARATION OF INTEREST
- MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Minutes of the meeting on 14th February, 2023 were agreed as accurate. J Martin proposed and A Martin seconded.
- MATTERS ARISING
Issue of no parking on Dell Rd raised by L McArthur has been minimised by contractors carrying out small sections at a time. The Council’s misleading communication to residents caused unnecessary alarm.
Closure of Customer Service Point in Burnett Building – concerns noted and reply circulated – to remain open for this year
- MEMBER OF PUBLIC
F MacPherson explained she had found it difficult to find minutes of CCC meetings and info about being a Climate Action Town on CCC’s website or local social media platforms. VN advised that information had been updated.
- POLICE SCOTLAND REPORT
PC McDonald reported on recent incidents in Campbeltown, including a serious sexual assault. A new CCTV camera has been approved for Kinloch Rd beside bus terminus, still to be installed. Sgt K Cairns is engaging with pupils at CGS re anti-social behaviour.
JM asked about level of drugs problem, dealers are known but getting proof is a problem as the Police can’t carry out house searches without a sheriff’s warrant, which is hard to obtain. When the station is closed no one is monitoring the CCTV cameras in the town centre. If you think a crime is being committed phone 999, otherwise 101 to give information. Staffing levels are short, only two on duty tonight and there is a local recruitment campaign underway.
PC McDonald was thanked for attending and he left the meeting.
- COUNCILLOR’S REPORT
Cllr Armour gave following report
Roads to be inlaid from 2023/24 Capital Budget- Kilkerran Rd to Feochaig, Burnbank St, Burnside Sq- Longrow, Bolgam St, Dell Rd, Range Rd, Woodlands Dr. This list was drawn up without input from local Councillors and there are no plans for the Esplanade. All the roads dug up for the flood prevention scheme are to be reinstated.
Trees are to be removed from Killypole this summer, lorries taking the timber through Machrihanish instead of creating a 200m link to the existing forestry road. Advised by JA, no set date for timber extraction, unlikely in this calendar year.
Cycle Path in Ralston Rd/ Meadows Ave is progressing, currently no plans to link to the Cutting due to proximity to Helipad. £676,000 Scot Gov funding was ring fenced for active travel and it was agreed more cycle paths are needed within and outwith the town.
Flood Scheme is progressing well and the resurfacing of roads (whole width) affected is due to start within 4 weeks. Burnside Square reinstatement–still no plans available. CD asked Cllr Armour that a bike park be considered.
AB asked Cllr Armour if a safe pickup/drop off point in front of Aqualibrium could be considered by Transport Scotland who are planning several pelican crossings on Kinloch Rd.
- TREASURER’S REPORT
£12,516.10 in main account (£5,000 ringfenced for Slatery Farm foot/cyclepath)
£510.00 in Quesada account.
£49,937.19 in CCWF account.
All circulated by email to CCC members
- Resignation of V MacBrayne from CCC
- AG volunteered to take on link for planning applications
- Iona/Bute emails re lack of consultation from A&B Council over budget cuts. JB volunteered to follow up.
- Lack of electrical vehicle charging points – held over till next meeting as IM not present
- ACTION PLAN UPDATES
- Crown Estate Funding (£50,000): VN, CD and Eric Spence, SKDT met to discuss and agreed on two proposals
Restoration of foot/cycle path between Trench Point and Slatery Farm CCC to lead
Growing project based at Gateway Garden SKDT to lead
Fergus Murray, Head of Economic Development has agreed they meet the criteria for this funding.
JM and AM to give VN contact details for two more possible contractors. AB agreed to assist VN.
- Top up Taps Scottish Water has communicated that they will finance the installation of one water top up tap probably at the Ferry terminal to be easily accessed from Jock’s Boat playpark. We had asked for three, at the ferry terminal, the old quay and Dalintober beach.
- Windfarm Trust – vacancy for one more member of CCC. AB volunteered and agreed unanimously.
- a) Post of Secretary for CCC. Remit drawn up by VN and CD. F MacPherson volunteered.
- b) Flashing speed signs £2,000 each. These would act as a deterrent at Drumore (Transport Scotland), High Askomil and Witchburn ( A&B Council).
- c) Defibrillators a member of public had asked AB about funding these for Campbeltown to Glasgow buses, cost approx. £1,000 each. No decision.
- d) Coronation Celebrations
George Rahman purchased flags/bunting £501. Agreed CCC would reimburse.
VN had circulated proposals for event and agreed to hold a party on Kinloch Green on afternoon of Sunday, 7th May.
VN to find out permission, insurance, contact Ian Johnston re entertainment
AG to organise wheelie bins
DATE OF NEXT MEETING TUESDAY, 11th APRIL AT 7:30PM IN TOWN HALL