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Minutes 12 October 2020

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Ardgay & District Community Council

Draft Minutes of AGM held on Monday, 12th October 2020 at 7.00pm on ZOOM

Present: Elected members: Betty Wright, Chair (BW), Silvia Muras, Vice Chair (SM), Marion Turner, Secretary (MT), John Denniston, Treasurer (JD), Andy Wright (AW), Bill Knott (BK)

Minutes Secretary: Mary Goulder (MG)

Apologies: Buster Crabb (BC), Rob Pope (RP)

Items 1/2.  Welcome/Apologies (see above) The Chair opened the meeting the first AGM to be held on Zoom

Item 3. Minutes of last AGM. The Minutes of the last AGM held on Monday 10th June 2019 were accepted as a true and accurate record.  Proposed: Marion Turner; seconded: Andy Wright.

Item 4. Chairperson’s report. (BW)This report is copied here:

This AGM report will be unlike any other so far, given that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and unable to

meet at present, so is being delivered via Zoom.

When lockdown first happened, the impact of it came as a real shock and presented lots of issues about how to care

for and contact those who may have become isolated and in need of practical help re shopping, medicines, lack of

company etc. KoSDT together with Bradbury Centre and local shops really delivered on this. Many thanks to David

Watson and all involved for the work they continue to do for our community.

Local issues that we have been dealing with during the last year include

Recycling in Highland Council – a talk from Waste management team

Proposed tree planting on Jubilee Hill – representation from Community council resulted in plan being

changed to a much-reduced area of regeneration and no actual planting. Discussions are still ongoing about

how FS engage with local communities re planning.

Final edition of Ardgay and District Community Council newsletter. Editor Silvia Muras has gone on to produce

a local magazine – Kyle Chronicle – and obtained funding for this to be delivered free to all households in

Ardgay and Creich cc areas.

Christmas lights – A band of volunteers put up lamppost lights and tree in village

Flower tubs – Jean Richardson has continued to maintain the tubs. Thanks to her and Steve. They also

renovated all the tubs.

Windfarm applications. It has been a busy year! We have been in negotiation re Community Benefit funds

with several developers. These funds are independent of planning process but if used wisely can bring huge

benefits to our area (as we have already seen).

Speed restriction on Ardgay – Bonar straight A836. It has continued to be difficult to engage Highland

council on this issue. There are indications that they might at last be considering this. It is unacceptable that

The Hub, which is a place for families and young people is sited outwith any speed restrictions when it is so

close to the village.

Community Benefit funds. The cc has continued to consider applications to the Beinn Tharsuinn and Beinn nan

Oighrean CB funds.

December 2019 was the first meeting of the newly formed cc following elections. We welcomed 2 new members,

Bill Knott and John Denniston together with the 6 members, Buster Crabb, Silvia Muras, Rob Pope, Marion Turner,

Andy Wright and Betty Wright, who had stood for re-election, taking us to our full complement of 8. BW was elected

chairperson, SM vice chairperson, MT secretary, JD treasurer. We are again joined by Mary Goulder as minutes

secretary. Thank you to all concerned for giving up their time to help their community.

As we have been unable to meet in person since our meeting in February, we have been conducting meetings via

Zoom and requesting that residents raise any matters with us for discussion.

Item 5. Treasurer’s report. (JD) This report is copied here: 

Treasurer’s report for the financial year 2019-2020 For AGM 2020

The balance of A&D CC bank accounts, as of 5th April 2020 was: £21,047.68 of which £20,695.02 was in restricted accounts, as follows:

£18,212.11 in the Beinn nan Oighrean (BnO) account

£2,275.83 in the Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm (BTWF) account

£170.40 in the E.ON Path account

£36.68 for the toilet account

£144.91 was in the admin account

?£207.75 was in the Wind Farm admin account

Admin. During the financial year, the Highland Council (THC) gave the community council a total of £815.03 for administrative work. This consisted of: ?£86.00 advance towards Insurance

?£399.03 annual admin grant to cover the cost of meetings

?£330.00 as a top-up admin grant

In addition, we received £400.00 towards administrative costs from Beinn Tharsuinn windfarm.

Total admin expenditure (hall hire, minutes secretary payments, insurance, postage etc.) for the period was £1,001.17 split as £723.88 from the admin fund and £277.29 from the windfarm fund.

Toilet. THC gave a grant towards the running of the Ardgay toilet. Nominally, this was for £600.00, but £77.74 was immediately clawed back for supplies supplied by THC, meaning the net grant received was actually £522.26 for the toilet fund. User donations in the toilet “honesty-box” amounted to a further £193.17 towards the costs of running the toilet. Total expenditure on the toilet for the period was £1523.45.

Newsletter. The Ardgay and District Community Council newsletter has now been superseded by the Kyle Chronicle. Consequently the newsletter account was deliberately run down to zero. At the start of the year, the newsletter account carried forward a sum of £1457.17 from 18-19. Income for the year was £644.96 which included a small grant of £203.76 from the Beinn Tharsuinn fund.

Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm (BTWF) account.

The BTWF account is intended for grants to community projects of up to £2,000. Total income this year to the fund was £2,035.00. The total for grants disbursed during the period was £1,186.82 which included: a new defibrillator; Christmas lights; the Armistice wreath; and contributions to the newsletter.

Beinn nan Oighrean Windfarm account

The BnO account is intended for grants to community projects of up to £250. Total income this year was £6198.13 (including a backdated amount for inflation), whilst expenditure was £750, being grants for: the Ardgay Christmas party, Apple trees and Culrain Christmas lights.

E.ON Path account. There were no transactions on this account during the period.

The accounts were adopted, proposed: Marion Turner; seconded: Silvia Muras.

Item 6. Report re Beinn Tharsuinn and Beinn nan Oighrean Community Benefit Funds. Owing to the absence of RP there was no report concerning the Beinn Tharsuinn Community Benefit Fund. Beinn Tharsuinn gave nine awards totalling £9,435 leaving a balance of £15,500. Subsequent income £10,000 bringing the balance to £24,000. It was agreed to transfer a further £10,000 into the Endowment Fund which will bring it to a total of £25,000. Phil Tomalin will be asked to make the transfer. MG Action. Information regarding possible investment options to be sought.

Beinn nan Oighrean Community Benefit Annual Report 2019-2020 For AGM 2020

Beinn nan Oighrean community benefit was set at £2500+CPI annually in 2010. The CPI element had not been added for a number of years and so there was an additional payment this year to take this into account, leading to a one-off payment of £3698.13. The fund is disbursed to community groups through the CC’s Small Grants Applications. The maximum award from this fund is £250. Details of the fund and how to apply can be found on the A&D CC website and in the Kyle Chronicle (previously in the Ardgay & District Community Council Newsletter).

During the year 2019-2020, three awards, totalling £750.00, were awarded and disbursed. In addition two further awards, totalling £310.00 were agreed but had not been disbursed by the end of the financial year.

The disbursed awards were:

? £250.00 for the Ardgay Christmas party

? £250.00 to Planet Sutherland for the Apple trees to be distributed to the community

? £250.00 to the Culrain Hall committee for Christmas lights.

The balance of the account, as at 5th April, was £18,212.11

Item 7.  Election of Office Bearers. All members of the Community Council stood down and in the absence of a Highland Councillor, Mary Goulder took the chair for the purpose of electing the Chair.

Betty Wright was proposed to continue as Chair; proposed: Marion Turner; seconded: Bill Knott.

Silvia Muras was proposed to continue as Vice Chair; proposed: Andy Wright; seconded: John Denniston.

John Denniston was proposed to continue as Treasurer; proposed: Silvia Muras; seconded: Betty Wright.

Marion Turner was proposed to continue as Secretary; proposed: Betty Wright; seconded: Andy Wright.

Mary Goulder was proposed to continue as Minutes Secretary; proposed: Betty Wright and agreed by all.

Two representatives to the SSE/E.ON Achany Panel will be Silvia Muras and Rob Pope. All office bearers accepted the posts.

One representative to KOSDT will be Andy Wright.

One representative to Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm Company will be Rob Pope. Proposed in his absence.

SM will continue to maintain the Facebook page. Phil Olsen has maintained the CC website for many years, with the grateful thanks for his many years of service both on and after standing down from the CC. It was suggested that this could be passed to someone else. KOSDT is to be asked about the possibility of taking over website maintenance.  BW Action.

Item 8. Any other business. None raised.

Item 9/10. Dates of meeting and AGM. The next meeting will be held on December 14th with next AGM on 14th June 2021. Until further notice meetings will be held on Zoom.

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Meeting closed at 7.36pm.

Minutes 14 September 2020

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Minutes of meeting held on Monday 14th September 2020 on Zoom at 7.00pm

Minutes approved 12/10/2020

Present: Betty Wright, Chair (BW), Silvia Muras, Vice Chair (SM), Marion Turner, Secretary (MT), Andy Wright (AW), Bill Knott (BK), Buster Crabb, till 8pm (BC)

Apologies: John Denniston, Treasurer (JD), Rob Pope (RP)

Minutes Secretary: Mary Goulder

Items 1 & 2. Welcome & apologies (as above). Chair Betty Wright welcomed everyone to this Zoom meeting booked as a two-hour slot to ensure enough time to work through the agenda.

Item 3. Approval of August minutes. The minutes of the August meeting were approved as a true and accurate record. Proposed: Bill Knott, seconded: Andy Wright.

Item 8. Jubilee trees. This item was moved up the agenda to ensure enough time could be given to the discussion as to whether the CC should submit a complaint to the Ombudsman regarding the handling of the CC complaint to Forestry Land Scotland or raise the concerns about the consultation process with the elected representatives (Highland Councillors, MSPs). The case for each action was strongly made by several members highlighting the failure of FLS to engage with the CC and local residents as well as failing to follow its own procedures, as was the position that the CC had negotiated a satisfactory outcome for the local community. After much debate it was agreed that the Secretary would write to the Ombudsman, giving a simple outline of the issues raised and ask if this is something which he/she would take forward. Further discussion can take place once that opinion has been received. MT Action/agenda item.

Item 9. Regular updates. (1) Planning. Consideration of application 20/02659/FUL Meall Buidhe wind farm. This item was also moved up the agenda owing to time considerations. Lengthy and detailed discussion presented the varied opinions of members regarding the development itself, the pros and cons for the area environmentally and financially and the position of the CC as a Statutory Consultee charged with representing the views of the community. Agreement was reached that, as has been the position in the past, the CC must remain neutral at this stage of the Planning procedures in order to represent the wide-ranging views held strongly in the community. BW/MT Action.

Item 4. Matters arising. (1) Speeding and visibility of signs near Gledfield school. Secretary to request a site meeting with the police. The recent presence of a police speed camera van in two different locations in central Ardgay was noted but nothing near the school or the contentious corner. MT Action. (2) Coire na Cloiche CB funds. An item soliciting community views has been placed in the upcoming edition of the Kyle Chronicle. (3) Update on Bonar straight. To date there have been over seventy emails sent to Highland Council and the police seeking a conclusion to this request by the community to reduce the speed limit on the straight. Attempts have been made to involve various local groups. The Hub gathered approximately one hundred signatures on a petition. No progress has been made and it is felt that the wishes of the community have been ignored. With the proposed development of an organised campervan park at Stonehenge by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust that organisation should be involved to attempt to seek a satisfactory outcome. BW Action. MT was thanked for her tenacity with her continued efforts on this issue.

Item 5. Chairperson’s report. (BW) Nothing to add.

Item 6. Secretary’s report. (MT) Nothing to add.

Item 7. Treasurer’s report. (JD) JD had compiled the report ahead of the meeting. The 28th August balance at the bank is £44,188.01. This comprises Restricted funds of £43,485.32, CC Admin fund of £562.44, and the Windfarm Admin fund of £140.25. The balances of the Restricted funds are: Beinn nan Oighrean £21,289.61, Coire na Cloiche £19,810.00, Beinn Tharsuinn Community Projects £2,275.83, E.ON Path £73.20, and Toilet caretaking £36.68.  No expenditure noted since 30th July. Income since 30th July: £1,347.00 from CnC. Approved expenditure not yet at bank: £2,000 to KoSDT and £225 to Ardgay Public Hall from BTWF.

Item 9 cont.(2). Climate issues. (BW) This is Climate Week. A list of online events was given. The depressing lack of governments translating talking into action was noted. Discussions with Creich CC and KoSDT regarding future handling of community benefits and the best ways forward to achieve maximum benefit to the wider community. Community benefit payments could continue to be administered by CCs but with options such as community buy-ins being dealt with by the Trust. (3) Windfarms – Meall Buidhe (see above). (4) Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust. (AW) No update. No meetings in current situation. Congratulations passed to SM for the excellent edition of the Kyle Chronicle just published.

Item 10. Any other competent business. (1) CC received an inquiry from AbilityNet re possibility of offering support in the area – it was suggested they contact KoSDT as they may already be engaged with this support. (original email from 07/09/20). (2) SM raised the subject of when village halls may be reopening for meetings, etc. No knowledge as to what local hall committees are thinking. (3) BK suggested a new invitation to the police to attend CC meetings.

Item 11. Date of future meetings. – AGM. The next meeting will be held on Monday October 12th, following the AGM, no meeting in November then 14th December. 

Item 12. Applications to Beinn Tharsuinn, Beinn nan Oighrean community benefit funds. No applications received.

Meeting closed at 8.30pm

Minutes 10 and 17 August 2020

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Minutes of meetings held on Mondays, 10th & 17th August 2020 on Zoom at 7.00pm

Minutes approved 14/09/2020

Present: Betty Wright, Chair (BW), Silvia Muras, Vice Chair (SM), Marion Turner, Secretary (MT), John Denniston, Treasurer (JD), Andy Wright (AW), Bill Knott (BK), Buster Crabb (BC)

Apologies: Rob Pope (RP)

Minutes Secretary: Mary Goulder

Items 1 & 2. Welcome & apologies (as above). Both these meetings were scheduled as forty-minute free Zoom meetings. Chair Betty Wright hosted the meetings which covered the agenda drawn up for 10th August.

Item 3. Approval of previous Minutes. The Minutes of the March and July meetings were adopted as a true and accurate record, proposed by Marion Turner, seconded by Bill Knot.

Item 4. Matters arising. (1) Forestry Land Scotland response re tree planting on Jubilee Hill. Much discussion highlighted the lack of consultation by FLS, irrelevant procedures, and failure by landowner to communicate with community. BW will put together a draft proposal about the next step for CCs to comment. BW Action. (2) Bonar straight update. Cllr Currie had been asked to follow up with THC Roads Department. Secretary will contact MP, MSPs, local Highland Councillors. MT Action.

Item 5. Chairperson’s report. (BW) Little to report; moved to next item due to meeting time limit.

Item 6. Secretary’s report. (MT) (1) Dog fouling. Perennial problem. Some local dog waste bins have disappeared/been removed. Use of spray painting to highlight the incidents could be tried again also new warning posters with details of fines for the offence. Secretary will write to the most recent complainers. (2) Street lighting and speed restriction signs at Gledfield. Speeding remains a constant problem. It was suggested that the 20mph restricted stretch should be extended into a ‘20’s plenty’ area. Present lighting arrangement causes dangerous glare hindering clear sight at night. Secretary to express concerns and suggestions to the Police. MT Action.

Item 7. Treasurer’s report. Windfarms. Coire na Cloiche community benefit. Discussion as to how to make best use of this fund to benefit the community. Several options put forward for consideration including involving Foundation Scotland to administer the funds for larger applications, create a resilience fund administered by FS, and setting up allocations to local organisations with physical assets to maintain. This discussion was halted by the cut-off time of the Zoom meeting at 7.50pm.

Item 11. Beinn Tharsuinn/Beinn nan Oighrean fund applications. It was agreed to commence the second meeting by discussing current applications due to time limiting. Application to Beinn Tharsuinn by Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust for funding towards its Kyle -All Lives Matter (KALM) project was approved with an award of £2,000. Application to Beinn nan Oighrean by Ardgay Public Hall for funding for the continuation of Broadband provision was approved with an award at this time of £225 to cover six months when the funding will be extended if necessary. Details of method of payment will be explained to the applicants. MG/MT/JD Action.

Item 7 contd. Discussion resumed with various opinions as how the Coire na Cloiche income should be handled. Nothing finalised. Ideas put forward included talks with Creich CC, consultation with the community, consideration of annual grant payments to various organisations, seek to ensure equitable distribution of the fund. Once again the meeting was timed out.

Meeting closed at 7.40pm.

Minutes 13 July 2020

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Minutes of meeting held on Monday, 13th July 2020 on Zoom at 7.00pm

Minutes approved 10/08/2020

Present: Betty Wright, Chair (BW), Silvia Muras, Vice Chair (SM), Marion Turner, Secretary (MT), John Denniston, Treasurer (JD), Rob Pope (RP), Andy Wright (AW), Bill Knott (BK), Buster Crabb (BC)

Minutes Secretary: Mary Goulder

Chair Betty Wright had called the Zoom meeting, firstly to test the system and establish if the format can work in future if it remains impossible to hold face to face meetings. Also to confirm email decisions reached during the lockdown period, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, since the middle of March.

BW began with thanking everyone for joining the Zoom meeting and proceeded to record the CC’s thanks to the various local businesses and organisations which have been providing excellent support to the community including the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, the Bradbury Centre, the Kyle Bakery, Bonar Bridge Post Office and Ardgay Stores. The various services provided by these, and volunteers throughout the area, has been invaluable for everyone, most especially the vulnerable and shielding members of the community.

At the outset of lockdown it was agreed to suspend applications to the windfarm community benefit funds unless they directly impacted on dealing with the virus situation and limitations. Any such applications would still be considered but under the auspices of KoSDT which was co-ordinating many of the supporting measures in the community.

It was agreed to pay Mary Goulder a retainer of £49 per month, based on the 80% Government recommendations, until the end of June. This would ensure continuity of contact, correspondence etc.

Financial report. Prior to the meeting Treasurer had forwarded the report which shows no changes since the 29th May.

The balance at the bank is £20.550.48.  This comprises £20,287.82 Restricted funds, £99.91 CC Admin fund, and £162.75 Windfarm admin fund. The balances of the Restricted funs are: BnO:£17,902.11, BTWF Community Projects: £2,275.83, EON Path: £73.20, and Toilet Caretaking: £36.68. Paid out since 6th April: £97.20 to Travis Perkins for the EON Path fund, BnO grants (approved at February meeting): £60 to Planet Sutherland, £250 to KoS Rainbow, Brownie and Guides (both approved in February) and £90 to Mary Goulder, Minutes Secretary retainer (agreed by email motion).

Ardgay Toilets. The CC rejected the proposal by THC to take on the asset responsibilities resulting in THC taking back the facility management. SM confirmed that the keys were returned to THC. She was advised that the CC should take all unused consumables as the CC had paid for them. These will now be donated to the Community Larder in The Barn at the Trust offices.

Jubilee Hill planting. BK had not seen the response from Scottish Forestry which provided an update on the plans for the area. MT will circulate this, and BK agreed to discuss the matter further once the response has been considered by the local residents. MT Action.

BTWF/BnO applications. It was agreed that applications to the funds will be reopened. BW Action.

Increase in visitor numbers. Local concern has been noted about increasing numbers of visitors to the area although it is understood that many businesses rely on tourism for income. It is hoped that a balance will be established, and that people will continue to observe all safety measures. The leaflet produced and circulated by the Sutherland Community Partnership on advice to tourists is recommended to all holiday accommodation providers and copies should be placed in local shops/outlets.

Next meeting. As it remains unclear when it will be possible to hold a regular meeting it is proposed that the next meeting will also be held on Zoom, open to CC members only, scheduled for Monday 10th August at 7pm. Using the usual channels of communication with the community, Chair will publicise this, asking that people submit any questions/raise any issues beforehand so that they can be discussed by the CC at that time.

Meeting closed 7.45pm.

Minutes 09 March 2020

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Minutes of meeting held on Monday, 9th March 2020 in Ardgay Hall at 7.00pm

Minutes approved 10/08/2020

Present: Betty Wright, Chair (BW), Marion Turner, Secretary (MT), John Denniston, Treasurer (JD), Rob Pope (RP), Andy Wright (AW), Bill Knott (BK), Buster Crabb (BC)

Apologies: Silvia Muras, Vice Chair (SM)

Also present: Highland Councillor Kirstin Currie (KC), Anna Patfield, Planet Sutherland, Teresa Hewlett, Stuart Hewlett

Police Scotland: Report received by email                                                                    Minutes Secretary: Mary Goulder

Items 1/2. Welcome/Apologies. Apologies as above. Chair opened the meeting and welcomed new faces.

Item 3. Minutes of last meeting. The minutes of the February meeting were approved by Marion Turner, seconded by Bill Knott.

Item 4. Matters arising. (1) Tree planting on Jubilee Hill. No further update available. (2) Date of postponed presentation by Brookfield Renewables. Currently rescheduled to 11th May; this will also be the AGM. (3) Update on Ardgay-Bonar straight. Background given for the benefit of new residents. Cllr Currie querying a misleading email received from Joanna Sutherland, THC Head of Roads, which gave an inaccurate report regarding THC current position. She considered the report unacceptable and will compile a letter to submit on behalf of both A&DCC and Creich once she has discussed it with both CCs. It is essential that the speed limit is reduced; the community and both CCs have been asking for this for well over two years with no action taken by THC. The request is backed by the local MP, MSP and Highland Councillors. The arguments in favour have been laid out many times. KC will keep CC updated if any response/action forthcoming from THC. (4) Response from THC re Ardgay toilets. The proposals received are a change from the usual arrangements and are unacceptable in their present form. The suggestion of an asset transfer to the CC is out of the question as the CC is advised not to hold any assets. Such changes should have been discussed fully at the end of the last season. No-one will sign the new agreement but would agree to opening the facility as per last year on 1st April. Talks could then be undertaken to seek possible solutions. (5) Recycling centres vehicle access. Changes to charging arrangements see no pick-ups or large trailers allowed unless authorised and paying new fees. £500 charged if THC employee at the site reports unauthorised vehicles. This is a rural area where many people use trailers of varying sizes. Inability to utilise the skips will undoubtedly lead to an increase in fly-tipping. (6) Strathy Ward, Migdale Hospital. The ward is open with six beds. It is understood that NHS Highland is still seeking more nursing staff.

Item 5. Police report. There have been seven incidents in the wider Ardgay area in the last month consisting of the following:1 x abandoned  999, 1 x theft,1 x scam caller,1 x fire,1 x intruder,1 x planned shoot, 1 x weather warning.

Item 6. Chairperson’s report. (BW) Nothing to add.

Item 7. Secretary’s report. (MT) (1) All relevant correspondence has been circulated. (2) CC insurance. Invoice received from Zurich Insurance; policy renewal due on 1st April. (3) Lubcroy Forestry Consultation. No comment required. (4) THC Car parking charges consultation. Eventually received documentation. Current deadline 13th March. When Traffic Order is produced CC will submit objections.

Item 8. Treasurer’s report. (JD) (1) The 28th February balance at the bank is £ 21,226.98 comprising restricted funds of £20,695.02, CC admin fund £244.66 and the windfarm admin fund £287.30. The balances of the restricted funds are Beinn nan Oighrean fund £18,212.11, Beinn Tharsuinn Community Projects, £2,275.83, E.ON Path £170.40 and Toilet Caretaking £36.68. Outgoing cheques sent but not yet on the bank statement were for Hall hire and the agreed grant from BnO to the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides group.

Item 9. Correspondence/matters raised by local residents. Oakwood Path. Stones have been delivered; the invoice will be passed to the Treasurer when it arrives.

Item10. Regular updates: (1) Planning issues. One relevant for a met mast at site of proposed Braelangwell windfarm – no issues raised. Mention made of recent THC approval for three large houses to be built in random corners of big fields, not near to transport, services, etc. Concern that THC is approving such applications, possibly against local Councillors recommendations, which will see heavy carbon use due to their situation. Planet Sutherland would encourage that all new housing should be carbon neutral or Passivhaus standards. Scottish Government should implement a transition plan as standards move towards sustainable/renewable energy sources.

(2) Climate issues. (AP)Planet Sutherland workshops arranged for the Greening Your Business scheme. A proposal has been submitted to Interface with a view to seeking solutions to the farm plastic waste issues. Talks ongoing regarding growing schemes locally. (3) Windfarms. (a) Lairg 2. Full planning application by Energiekontor has been submitted. Government is reinstating the subsidy to onshore developments. No comment required from CC on Lairg 2. Discussion once again raised the issue of the higher cost of electricity in the Highland while the areas suffer the worst fuel poverty in the UK. Calls made that cheaper energy provision should be a Planning condition. (b) Braelangwell. Met mast erection, no comment. (c) Sallachy. Public meeting planned for 23rd April in Ardgay Hall. KOSDT Manager hopes to attend. (d) Meall Buidhe. Change of access application noted. No impact in Ardgay. (e) Glencassley. Meeting scheduled 16th March to discuss community benefit.

(4) KOSDT report. (AW) Five page report received. AW will summarise and circulate to CCs. AW Action.

Item 11. Highland Council. Nothing to add to items covered during the meeting.

Item 12. Any other business. Carbisdale Castle workday planned for 5th April at 10am.

Item 13. Dates for future meetings. The next meeting will be held on May 11th. This will also be the AGM. All meetings will be held in the Ardgay Public Hall starting at 7pm. It was noted that the dates on the CC website are incorrect and will be amended. MT Action. Dates of meetings later in the year will be set at the AGM.

Item 14. Beinn nan Oighrean Community Benefit award. Application by Planet Sutherland for £60 towards running Carbon Café and Film & Discussion events was approved. AP and the group were commended for their work and progress since start up.  Applicants will be advised. MG/JD Action.

Meeting closed 8.40pm.