Nairn River Community Council
Comhairle Coimhearsnachd Abhainn Narann
Minutes of the meeting held on 18 July 2018 at the Nairn Community and Arts Centre
Tommy Hogg (TH)(Chair), Hamish Bain part (HB), Mandy Lawson (ML)(Minutes), Steven Bain, Veronica MacKinnon , Mike Henderson, Simon Noble, John Hume,
Also Present :
Cllr Liz MacDonald ( Cllr LM)
Cllr Laurie Fraser (Cllr LF)
John Dolan (Nairnshire Telegraph)
4 members of public
Apologies : , Paul McIvor, Iain Bruce, Aidan McCormack,
Cllr Tom Heggie (CllrTH)
Cllr Peter Saggers ( Cllr PS)
Declarations of interest
No interests were declared
Minutes of last meeting held June 20 2018
Meeting recorded digitally by Tommy Hogg and John Dolan.
Member John Hume was welcomed back after a period of absence, also Leslie Boulton an ex NRCC Community Councillor
Minutes were approved, proposed by Veronica Mackinnon
and seconded by Mandy Lawson
Matters Arising from the Minute
Cllr MacDonald confirmed that Richard Porteous of Transport to put a traffic calming scheme in place at Nairn Harbour
Queries re No overnight parking sign which was taken down by Council as not enforceable
Steven Bain( Veronica to take over as new Treasurer next time) Letter received from Ward Manager confirming that grant will be paid out shortly Total grant 1065.71, which leaves £979.71 for the year after £86 insurance premium deducted. Room hire is around 50% of this (up to £46 per meeting for Community Centre which we want to support as a key local ‘hub’
Chair to contact Community Police Officer to ask how he is able to engage.
Letter received from HC (Alison Clark) Head of Policy, rejecting NRCC participation request, while also extending an
invitation for the 5 Nairnshire CC’s Chair and Sec to meet with CCP partners on 13 Aug
Letters re planning see later ( 8 Aug site visit, new Morganti plans)
Highland Play - community guidance for community asset transfers of play facilities
In June this Council voted through Highland Parking Policy - which will be passed after approval at next EDI meeting
Request by Councillors for Nairn Alness Dingwall that these areas should get full consultation on Parking Charges, was refused as charges already approved as part of Council budget.
Common Good land was to be taken out of the current plan and further discussion on implementation deferred till after BID vote. The likely picture is that if parking charges revenue falls short of targets to be set by HC for 2018/19 the local Community Services budget would lose out. We have yet to see any credible business case for this.
Other Highland precedents noted of new charges at Chanonry Point of £ 2 - 4 pounds , and parking meters already on CG Land in Inverness City Centre
No change planned in this financial year.
ML to reminded members to submit any action points for resources to help residents support road and pavement clearing in winter (irony noted that whole of Lochloy estate is unadopted so no gritting guaranteed there)
Survation quote received - Costs £2000 without toolkit - or face to face training which would add additional costs
Second quote awaited -Panelbase
Re questions for survey - important for us to see questions and findings from last years CPP survey (still not received) so can learn from this, and build on it
Links development -Cllr MacDonald noted that consultation activity on this was planned by HC in the summer. Secretary noted that she was aware that Team Hamish was also planning a stall at Nairn Show and other events - It would be good if they could coordinate consultation re Links.
SB - said as CC’s now had limited funds we had limited powers
SN agreed but we need to know what community wants- and raised issue again of making more use of social media/FB. Sec reminded that since no one had volunteered to take on 24/7 monitoring of FB page we had voted to close it down for now.
P and J journalist CC hosted visit to Nairn -Susy MacAulay
13 July - visits to Centre, Viewfield Orchard, Links, Harbour, High Street and proposed devpt sites at Sainsbury, Forres Rd, Lochloy and KIngsteps . Find her podcast on Nairn on P and J Highland community website
Traffic calming at Harbour for cars and pedestrians. Meeting planned with Richard Porteous in early August .
Nairn Community Partnership
Invitation to meet 13 Aug with Chair and Sec 5 CCs Nairnshire
Tommy and Mandy to attend
Aidan to chase second quote
Current Planning Applications ( deferred to final item)
Laurie Fraser left prior to discussion
Forres Road (Morganti Land - Deveron Homes)
NRCC have submitted further comments on the 50 plus revised documents posted recently by the applicant, Deveron Homes..
Deveron has since gone into administration -and seek a buyer to take over the project. For now the planning application still live. Deveron as applicant does not own the land, which is still in hands of Morganti Trust( with Don Hen solicitors) and Transport Scotland. Secretary suggested that if we were prepared to put in a lot of work with other local bodies such as NICE we might be able to put together a Community Asset Transfer bid, to access Community Land Fund grant to help buy the land for the town. However we’d need an alternative plan for a viable development project to protect this green space for community benefit, and prevent removal of historic trees and wildlife habitat. Suggestions welcomed over summer break.
Sainsbury site ( McDonalds and Home Bargains)
Kingsteps NA2 (MacDonald Land - Springfield)
Residents groups and NRCC preparing for site visit on 8 Aug - 2 places on bus with SPAC members - who will tour area stopping at key sites at Lochloy and Kingsteps
VM - queried that if SNH grants a licence to move the badger colony - where will they go? They have an ideal damp habitat - even in recent drought conditions -and she noted that best practice guidelines from Scottish Badgers say that good badger land like this should be used for amenity rather than development
Possible vandalism on the Kingsteps site was noted by residents ( VH ) who have noticed rocks, and builders materials at the mouth of some badger setts. It was agreed that the Police wildlife crime officer should be alerted to this now that it had been reported in the public domain. Secretary to follow up with Police Scotland.
ML and members to make enquiries
VM - to provide ML with contact information for Police Wildlife Officer - to investigate Kingsteps site - in case of criminal acts to block badger setts.
New Planning Applications
Private housing application for Church Road in a commercial area.
This area is prone to flooding and very close to River Nairn
TH noted that main sewer to High St runs through the site and also location of former cemetery
Agreed that Secretary will ask Planning to grant NRCC statutory consultee status and extend response time so that an objection covering above points to be submitted. HB to draft.
ACTION - raise NRCC consultee objection
Ask Planners for 2 more weeks to prepare comment
Questions from public
Lochloy residents questions
Some of these were deferred from previous weeks. 3 main topics
1/continued failure by Highland Council to adopt ( and thus maintain) Montgomery Drive at Lochloy Estate ( the only access from Lochloy Road and A96) and all other roads which lead off it. Why is this still unresolved after so many years of development ?
With plans in for another 115 homes (at Kingsteps) existing residents have not been made aware that Montgomery Drive is now to extend through to Kingsteps adding more construction traffic, while Lochloy Road already not coping with traffic volume.
Apparently roads can’t be adopted till SUDS ( see below) is sorted out and final construction phase is complete ( could be years)
2/ Failure to progress Balmakeith to Lochloy proposed bridge, and lack of clarity re level of funds already and still to be set aside for this by developers from house sales - (Freedom of Information request pending from Kingsteps Residents Group re developer contributions for Lochloy reported 271k collected but figure falls well short of the number of houses already built( 725) since 2k contribution agreed per house - and it is not clear how contributions per house are being tracked. Needs further investigation
3/ Ongoing disputes and inconsistencies between existing Lochloy residents and developers re grass cutting/landscape maintenance contracts ( some residents have been asked to pay, and some not) and unresolved issue of SUDs drainage at Lochloy which is yet to be vested by Scottish Water.
There are two SUDS ponds. The higher one is adequate. More development means that the ‘lower’ SUDS pond … at bottom of Montgomery is not big enough now for no of houses(and there may be more to come at Kingsteps). Only under pressure from NRCC , have SW admitted that SUDS provision is now insufficient based on survey they were obliged to do. The only option now is to feed surplus drain water into sewage system
Lochloy residents already have water pressure problems in part due to a single narrow supply pipe for the whole estate
JHume noted that although the sewage works has capacity -the Nairn pipe network is not coping and 115 more houses at Kingsteps will add pressure.
No clarity re whose responsibility this is.
Scottish Water or the Developer, or Highland Council?
As Cllr Fraser left at the start, and Cllr MacDonald chose to leave before discussion on impacts of the Kingsteps planning application, yet again no answers were available tonight from Nairn Councillors as all had left by this point.
ML noted key documents circulated by email to members Links Scoping Report and Paddling Pool replacement, plus Team Hamish vision,
Balmakeith /Grantown Road update - HC road surfacing was done just before gas pipe renewal dug it up again - Council says scheduled for next year but was done now as budget left
Smiley Face traffic calming sign has not appeared. HB to talk to Richard Porteous
Proposal to redo white lines further into Grantown Rd -for road safety - concern re use as rat run between Forres and Inverness
Iain Henderson - Query re funding for hospitality at British Legion- after Remembrance Day Service since HC will no longer pay for tea and sandwiches. Asked if NRCC could donate £150. ML said not viable due to recent funding cuts. Suggestion for Legion itself to explore fund raising opportunities - eg coffee morning or evening event.
NRCC may explore new ways to fundraise for Civic Events and have an annual grant giving round - so that distribution could be fairly decided. This can be discussed further at Aug 15 members meeting
Meeting ended at 9 30 pm
Next meeting Aug 15th at Community Centre to start at 7pm ( members only private meeting) Next public meeting 19 Sept