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Next Monthly MeetingThursday 11 November 2021 at 7.30pm

North Queensferry Community Council

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting on Thursday 14 October 2021

Members Present:  Lin Collis (LC), Jim George (JG), David Shields (DS), Mary Finlayson (MF), Gary Bald (GB),

Cllr Dave Dempsey (DD), Cllr Alice McGarry (AM), Cllr David Barratt (DB), Cllr Dave Coleman (DC),

Network Rail Guests:  Ian Heigh (IH), Sarah Duignan (SD)

Members of the Public:  - David Neill (DN), Barbara McKechnie (BM), Eileen Donaldson (ED), Oliver James (OJ)

Agenda Reference

Description

Action

1.Chairman’s Opening Remarks

LC chaired meeting in IGM absence. 

 

2. Apologies

Iain G Mitchell (IGM), Jacquie Lowe (JL), Sheila Foggon (SF), Bruce Finlayson (BF), Karen Stewart (KS)

 

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting

LC requested change to #6 Forth Bridge Repairs.  BMK will liaise with LC to amend

BMK

4. Matters Arising

JG queried progress if IGM action with CEO Fife Council – LC will follow up with IGM.  DN queried progress with American Bridge legacy item – LC will follow up with IGM and DN with American Bridge employee.  LC confirmed bench in situ at Hilton Hotel viewing area

LC

 

LC/DN

5. Police Report

Police were unable to attend meeting but report circulated to Members: during September 2021, a total of 9 calls were recorded for the North Queensferry area (compared to 10 in August). Out of these calls, 1 required an immediate response. During the same period, 2 Crime Files were recorded for the area, which contained a total of 2 charges (compared to 5 Crime Files containing 8 charges in August)

 

6. Presentation by Network Rail on Forth Bridge Visitor Centre (South Queensferry)

IH and SD updated previous shared information.  Proposed buildings moved from West side of South Queensferry end of Bridge to East.  See full details at https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/forth-bridge-experience   IH stressed that the plan is not for a Visitor Centre but area geared to those booked for the Forth Bridge Experience. Planning consent, including Listed building permissions,  is targeted for Nov21.  Answering questions IH confirmed:  East side of Bridge would be used for contractor’s construction/maintenance requirements; gun emplacement features may be developed at later stage of project; opening hoped for in 2023 but may be 2024 dependent on weather, pandemics etc; North Queensferry plans for Visitor Centre were part of original business case and will remain to be developed at later date once issues addressed; disabled access plan options still to in developed for part/whole access; due to historic building overview organisations in UK, UNESCO are not required to give permission but are kept up to date on progress; the Guides accompanying the Experience participants will be the source of history/stories relating to the Bridge eg crossing history, 1880s Bridge building constraints etc; Experience participant cost not finally determined but need to be viable for 2/3 hr Experience – see cost of Sydney Harbour Bridge Experience for comparison; objective is to attract visitors to the Three Bridges area and offer activity to hold interest and benefit the area.

 

7. Forth Bridge Repairs

LC has assurance that work will finish by end of this year (weather, flu and covid dependent).  Scaffolding will be removed in stages, by end of May 2022.  Works removal will include the picnic area at end of Battery Road.   LC had circulated list of possible village benefits that Network Rail could offer following the repairs.  LC requested any additional benefit ideas.  Financial limit is not determined but final decision will be Network Rail’s following submission of list by IGM/LC. DN and JG will forward additional ideas on 15.10.21 (day after meeting). GB will forward suggestion for improvement of waste ground to right (travelling from Main Road) of Old Kirk Road.  DN requested copy of the original format of the Repair Project Plan. As a separate project to assess rocks and installation of netting on section of Coastal Path leading from bottom of The Brae, GB advised that section is to be closed for indefinite period and can only progress once scaffolding is down.  LC will request that PM, Tom Podger, responsible for that Project attends the next Network Rail meeting and addresses NQCC concerns relating to state of the path, the signage, the length of time the centre of the village will have the unsightly access to the Coastal Path and which body will be responsible for the clear up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LC

8. North Queensferry Local Plan

No update available

 

9. Edinburgh Airport

BF continues to work with the panel reviewing EANAB. A report from them will be produced hopefully early 2022.  MF and BF will continue to focus direct response from NQCC to issues arising at EAL particularly in connection with current ACP 

 

10. Public Toilet

DD updated meeting with email from Alastair Mutch outlining the plan for planning and award of tender – latter by end of Feb 22.  JG requested NQCC see plan submitted for approval.  DD will request and will follow up  on DN request for progress on Property Services priorities.

 

DD

11. Fife Councillors’ Reports

DD - The sets on road outside Rankins are on the repair list.  A bus stop pole will be installed on Ferryhills Road and road markings for Bus Stop.  DD sought meeting opinions on options for issues at Pierhead including signing similar to that for Forthside Terrace (Access for Residents Only) and possibility of Residents’ Permit Parking.  Solutions would be budget driven and although non-compliance may still exist, it would be minority.  DS quoted examples of other location traffic calming signage in green, more subtle, and distinctive.  DD will follow up with Fife Council on comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DD

12. Treasurer’s Report

No update

 

13. Planning Applications

No applications for consideration

 

14. Floral Enhancement

ED advised plant cleared from location on The Brae where there is water egress from the retaining wall.  DB advised this is being addressed but Fife Council officer will return when rain is causing the issue.  The handrail has been measured but no update on new installation. DN requested that JL provides update on current state of Floral Enhancement grant and any current balance.  LC will follow up with IGM on quote for paint materials submitted by DN.  ED confirmed tubs are at Cemetry and that weed bags filled on Tuesdays are collected on Thursdays and moved to behind grit bin by ED whenever passing – other Members are welcome to move empty bags from bench area if passing.

 

 

 

 

 

LC

15. Remembrance Sunday

DS has wreath and will follow up with Dave Bonas for progress

DS

16. Correspondence

DS received letter from Craig Somerville re village involvement in Coastwatch Scotland – temporary location to start and more permanent to possibly follow.  Further details will follow with possible volunteering opportunities. (Currently in Irvine and Tayport)

 

17. Any other Competent Business

DS, on behalf of NQCC, has objected to and reviewing proposed Scotrail timetable change. DS following up for further information.

JG queried availability of Christmas Tree and installation.  DN volunteered the services of Floral Enhancement Group to erect/decorate.  DD will follow up with Lisa Hemphill on availability.  All Members voiced concerns with ongoing works at The Albert and state of Ferrybridge Hotel.  AM confirmed that, following the withdrawal of the planning application for The Albert (not rejected),  it would appear nothing illegal is occurring and stressed NQCC has no authority over conduct of a private business.

Following query from GB, LC confirmed that NQCC meetings will continue by Zoom at least until the New Year.

DS

 

 

 

DD

 

Next Monthly MeetingThursday 11 November 2021 at 7.30pm

Residents of North Queensferry are welcome to attend all Monthly Meetings

Residents of North Queensferry are welcome to attend all Monthly Meetings

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