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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the

Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council

Held in Freswick Hall, Freswick,

14th May 2014 at 7.30 p.m.


Present:    John Green, Chairman

              Christopher Hobson, Vice Chairman & Treasurer

              Bill Mowat. Community Councillor

              Barbara Hiddleston, Community Councillor, Secretary

               Willie MacKay, Highland Councillor


Apologies:   Ann Shearer and Eric Green

There were no members of the public in attendance.

1. Minutes of Previous AGM.

1.1.    There being no corrections, Bill Mowat proposed that the Minutes of the previous AGM

     be accepted, which was seconded by John Green.

2. Chairman’s Report for 2013/2014

‘’ I would like to thank our two retiring members who left the Community Council since the formation of the last Community Council, Linda Bingham and Keith Muir.

We are grateful to Barbara Hiddleston & Ann Shearer who have agreed to become members.  Barbara has taken on the role of secretary which has been very successful.

Lyth Windfarm. This issue has been ongoing throughout the year. A decision is expected on the 22nd May 2014.

Pharmacy for Castletown. The issue was of great concern to Castletown & Canisbay Group Practice and their Patients. The outcome was that the Pharmacy was refused giving relief to everyone involved.

Dunnet Bay Art Work. A proposal to Artwork of the Beach & Dunnet Head caused very strong feeling in the Dunnet area and after several meetings the Council withdrew the proposal but agreed to continue with access improvements.

Village Officer Scheme.  The money was used to improve the road to the Sand Beach of John O'Groats and improve a gate way to Peedie Sands, Dunnet. A similar sum of money is available this year.

Christmas Lights - John O’Groats & Canisbay. Christmas lights were erected in John o' Groats and Canisbay.  The Community Council helped by agreeing to help with finance.

Community Benefit - Stroupster Windfarm.

 The Community Council has opened discussion with Foundation Scotland with a view to setting up a panel to administrate the benefit. This will involve meetings with the local community to agree a way forward.’’

3. Treasurer’s Report

3.1       The Treasurer reported that the balance stood at £3,024.49 and there were no outstanding charges.

3.2.      He produced the Annual Accounts and proposed they be accepted. They were approved by the Members present and when certified they will be forwarded to the Highland Council.

4.    Adoption of the Highland Community Council Constitution and Standing Orders.

4.1.1    The Chairman proposed that we as Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council as shown on Map 47 adopt the Community Council Constitution as per the   Establishment of Community Councils Appendix 3 which was seconded by Bill Mowat.

4.1.2    The Chairman then proposed that we as Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council as shown on Map 47, also adopt the Community Council Standing Orders in which we agree to hold meetings in the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November as per the establishment of Community Councils Appendix 4, which was seconded by Bill Mowat

 5.   Election of Office Bearers.

5.1.      Barbara Hiddleston proposed John Green as Chairman, which was seconded by Bill Mowat

 5.2.     John Green proposed Christopher Hobson as Vice-Chairman, which was seconded by Bill Mowat.

5.3.      John Green proposed Barbara Hiddleston as Secretary which was seconded by Bill Mowat.

5.4.      John Green proposed Christopher Hobson as Treasurer which was seconded by Barbara Hiddleston.

5.5.      Barbara Hiddleston proposed Ann Shearer as a Member which was seconded by John Green.

5.6.      Barbara Hiddleston proposed Eric Green as a Member, which was seconded by John Green.

There being no other business, the meeting was called to a close which was then followed by an ordinary Community Council Meeting.

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