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Minutes June 2019

Minutes of the Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council

John o'Groats Village Hall

24 June 2019 at 7.30pm


Those Present

                                    Councillors                    Bill Mowat                     Vice-Chair

                                                                        Barry Butler                   Treasurer

                                                                        Mark Gibson                 Secretary

                                                                        Beatrice Farmer

                                                                                    Henry Gunn

                                                                        Carole Whittaker

                                                                        Thomas Meikle 

                                    Highland Councillor       Raymond Bremner

                                    Apologies                     Anne Shearer

                         Eric Green


There were two members of the public in attendance 


 1.  Minutes of the Previous Meeting

These were agreed


2.  Chairs Report

2.1 In the absence of the chair there was no report to make


3.  Treasurers Report

3.1  Councillor Butler reported that the account was standing at £1360, with two outstanding bills, one for Hall hire and one for Mey.

3.2  The chequebook and accounts were currently with the auditors.  Accounts should be ready to formally approve by the next meeting.


4 Secretary's Report

4.1  The Secretary updated the meeting on planning applications (no objections received) and on correspondence received.


4.3    Councillor Gibson updated the meeting on the John o'Groats Development Trust which had lost its development Officer.  Steps were being taken to fill the gap and Councillor Gibson was attending a Conference in Brora for Development Trusts in order to gain information and contacts.


5.  Infrastructure and Transport

5.1   There was a spirited discussion on bus transport.   It was determined that a service which links the two main towns via the North Coast would be a was forward.  There was currently a consultation on the new timetables by Stagecoach and it was agreed to submit a formal response to this from the Community Council.

5.2   Councillor Bremner noted that a bigger fleet of smaller buses was more useful to the Highland Region.  He stated that there had been a  recent change in HC Chief Executive and Directors and it was a good time to review transport issues. 

5.3   Councillor Whittaker asked when the next Bus User Group would be.  Councillor Bremner said that he would chase this up

5.4   Councillor Mowat noted that it seemed odd there was no Saturday service on a key part of the NC500 Route.  There was also poor or no service for workers who needed earlier and later buses and a weekend service.  A poor bus service contributed to poverty, isolation and depopulation.


6.  Pilgrimage Route

6.1  Councillor Mowat noted that plans for this had been bubbling away for two to three years and now they were starting to really get going.  It was agreed that the Community Council express support for the scheme.


7.  Scallywags Nursery

7.1  Scallywags reported that they had articles in the papers, letters of support and had written to almost everyone they could think of.

7.2  Highland Councillor Raymond Bremner reported that there were developments on this and a potential extension of a year.  Councillor Bremner noted that the closure issue came out of the blue for local Members.

7.3 Councillor Mowat recognised the danger to local populations levels and the possible risk to the future os Crossroads School should this closure occur.  He noted that if bairns went to Castletown nursery they would make their friends there and not wish to go on to Crossroads School.  He noted that the Community Council felt very strongly about this.

7.4 Councillor Bremner noted that he was going to see the Chair of the Care, Learning and Housing Committee and hopefully something could be done.

7.5  The Community Council thanked Councillor Bremner for his help.


8.  Windfarm Consultation Slickly

8.1   It was noted that an initial consultation meeting had been held and that public consultations would take place later in the year.


9.  Jog Development Fund

9.1 It was noted that the £2 charge for visitors staying in the car park was about to be launched.  Free passes would be available to Caithness residents.


10.  Any Other Business

10.1 Coastguard:  Councillor Mowat noted that the local Coastguard was having difficulty filling vacancies

10.2  Councillor Mowat raised the plight of the old museum and exhibits and asked for the item to be kept in mind.  It was important that important artefacts were returned and displayed in John o'Groats.

10.3  Councillor Farmer noted that a van appeared to have been abandoned at Corsback Cemetery. Councillor Bremner noted that he would report it.

10.4  Councillor Butler noted that the Association of Community Councils had access to a fund for projects of up to £500 for improvements and open to all with match funding.  He also noted that on completion of forms the Highland Council Allocation to D&CCC would be paid by BACS.

10.5 Councillor Butler noted that there was no stop sign at the bottom of the Lyth road to Gills.



 Dunnet on Monday 22 July at 7.30pm


The meeting closed

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