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November 2012

DUNNET & CANISBAY COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Minutes of Meeting held in Mey Hall on 14th November 2012


Members Present: John Green (Chair); Chris Hobson (Vice-Chair); Keith Muir (Secretary / Treasurer); Eric Green; Steven MacGregor; Bill Mowat.

In attendance: Ian Lindsay  (Eurowind Development Director) and Simon Munro (LoganPM Consultancy)

7 members of the public.

It was noted that Alex Macleod, our designated Highland Councillor for the Landward Caithness ward, once again failed either to appear or send apologies, thus maintaining a 100% no-show record since his election.

Lyth Wind Farm

The meeting opened with John Green introducing our guest speakers who described the progress of their plans to develop a wind-farm at Lyth. The fine detail of the potentially 36 MW 12-turbine site is still to be agreed following further consultation with local residents; and Eurowind agreed to come back to a meeting early in the new year when the plans are ready for submission to the planning authority to answer any further matters. John Green thanked the speakers.

In the meantime documents relating to the proposal can be viewed on the Highland Council e-planning website:-
http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=M6VYP0IH0A000

Normal Business of the Community Council

Apologies: None noted

Minutes: The meeting in October was not quorate.
Minutes of the September 2012 meeting were proposed by Steven MacGregor and seconded by Chris Hobson; duly adopted.

Matters Arising –
Meygen onshore developments: It was agreed that John Green should write to the Highland Council to ask them to send a planning official to our next meeting to discuss a Master Planning exercise for the whole onshore developments required for the Pentland Firth marine energy programme.

Chairman’s Report
John Green reported that we have now spent the full allocation of Village Officer funds. One project remains outstanding – the shell beach road at John O’ Groats is badly potholed, and it was agreed to obtain a price for carrying out remedial work to see whether the Community Council general funds could cover the cost. John Green will obtain a price and circulate members.

Treasurer’s Report: we have £2,583.07 in the bank as of end October. No major items outstanding.

Planning: No controversial matters have been brought to the Community Council’s attention.

AOB:

Bill Mowat mentioned that an event is being planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the walk to John O’ Groats by Elihu Burritt next year. Noted; no action proposed.

John O’ Groats car park – Ewen Cairney of Natural Retreats has indicated that they have not yet decided what they intend to do with the Car Park area at JOG assuming the proposed lease by THC goes through.

JOG Telephone Exchange: Eric Green has been contacted by a member of the public who has built a new house in the JOG Exchange area, to be told that he cannot get a BT phone line as the exchange is full. Also, broadband speed appear to be slower than in comparable exchange areas. Agreed that the secretary should pursue this.

Dunnet water discharge. Chris Hobson reported that Scottish Water still intends to discharge untreated water into Dunnet Bay during the October – April months despite local intelligence that the water is used by surfers and others throughout the year; and that there is little tidal flush in the Dwarwick area where the discharges occur. Agreed that Chris Hobson should continue to champion this matter and challenge the decision, and to write to the local MSP to advise him of the public outrage at this proposal.

Next Meeting: No meeting in December: Next meeting will be Wednesday 9th January in Dunnet Hall at 7.30 p.m.

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