- Viking Centre - John Green had spoken to George Bethune who had voluntarily sourced funding for the refurbishment of the interior. He was looking for additional funding to carry out exterior improvements. He was hopeful that work could commence in the coming months which would mean the museum being closed for another summer. He would welcome additional support from Highland Council.
Action: Secretary to contact Helen Allan. Robert Coghill and Alex Macmanus to follow up on progress
- Roads – The road between Freswick and West Canisbay was in a very poor state and had diversions for heavier traffic. Prompt repairs might avoid much greater damage and costlier repairs in the future.
Action: Secretary to contact Iain Moncrieff Principal Engineer, TEC Services. Robert Coghill to pursue the issue
- JBT – Since contacting the company in February 2007 their lorries had ceased to drive through Canisbay village using an alternative route.
Action: Secretary to write to JBT thanking them for their co operation.
- CC Area Boundaries – The Ward Manager would shortly issue revised plans showing proposed changes to the community council boundaries that would bring them into line with electoral wards. Discussion on this topic would take place when the plans were received.
- Recycling – Rural areas did not at present have recycling bins for each household. Robert Coghill reported that the Highland Council had just approved widening its recycling to the whole of Caithness a move welcomed by those present.
- Overnight parking – Camper vans and caravans were parking overnight in areas not designated for camping and leaving litter.
Action: Secretary to contact Police Liaison Officer
- Grass cutting – A full review had been carried out by Highland Council and the service was found to be inadequate. A revised system of grass cutting was being implemented.
Action: Robert Coghill to report back to next meeting. Alex Macmanus would report the lack of grass cutting on the Brochs path at Auckengill
- Planning – Mr and Mrs D Shearer had planning permission approved for a new house in Canisbay but a condition required them to widen the road along the length of their plot. This would be costly and they could see no need for it.
Action: Secretary to write to Roads Department requesting this condition be removed.
- Internet Banking – The members agreed to an internet banking facility being set up for the treasurer.
- Wind Farms – The members had agreed previously that they would gauge opinion and make representations about wind farms located within their boundaries only. This standpoint was strongly criticised by a member of the public who felt the members were acting disgracefully by not representing the views of Dunnet residents on the Spittal Hill wind farm. The members declined to hold a public meeting in Dunnet on the issue but instead would write to planning drawing attention to the views of Dunnet residents who had attended their meetings. This compromise was not acceptable to the member of the public.
Action: Secretary to write to planning highlighting the views of Dunnet Residents
- John O’ Groats development and Tidal Energy – The proposed development of John O’ Groats was welcomed by members as was the prospect of tidal energy development in the Firth. It was agreed that the community should be represented in both these projects.
Action: Secretary to write to Roy Kirk inviting him to our next meeting.
- Caithness Energy Advice – Angela Craig would attend our next meeting to give a short talk about the service.