North Queensferry Community Council (NQCC)
Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting: Thursday 8 November 2018
Present: Lin Collis (LC), Jim George (JG), David Shields (DS), Donna Beveridge (DCB), Bruce Finlayson
(BF), Mary Finlayson, Sheila Foggon (SF)
Fife Council (FC) Councillors: Cllr David Barratt (DB), Cllr Dave Coleman (DC), Cllr Dave Dempsey (DD)
Police: PC Jim Bell, PC Richard Duncan Members of Public: Jim West
Description Action
1. Apologies Iain Mitchell (IM), Christina McKenzie (CM), Cllr Alice McGarry (AM)
2. Minutes of
Previous Meeting
Approved with the following adjustments:
5:1 Dome Hawk to be installed at Battery Road Car Park on trial basis,
then moved to Pier Head
6:4 JG to work up a parking layout for large open space area from an
OS plan which Councillor Coleman volunteered to provide.
18 Hound point Terminal – SF will contact Dalgety Bay Council for joint
3. Matters Arising 18: Fife Pilgrim Way - no response from Miranda regarding next
meeting with local representatives – noted talk on 17th November
18: Virgin Broadband – no progress chase Kevin Hughes
4. Police Report 4 calls since last meeting, no crimes reported.
For a trial period, the barrier at Battery Road will be opened and the
car park closure sign will be covered. Fife Council will co-ordinate gate
opening and liaise with resident key holder.
After discussion it was agreed to deploy the Dome Hawk camera at
Pier Head, as this is the priority. This will then move to Battery Road
Car Park.
Jim George will arrange for laminated CCTV sign to be made and put in
place at Battery Road Car Park.
Next Community Drop in at Dobbies on Thursday. Ask Community
Centre to contact PC Richard Duncan re event in NQ
5. Traffic issues Brock Street Parking issues – Fife Council to engage in public
David Shields to send Dave Barratt digital copy of proposed
Community Centre Car Park plan with a view to seeking permission to
paint white lines to improve parking discipline.
6. Vigour Swim
Events licensing update forwarded by Fife Cllr Dave Barrett.
Community Council will review and suggest additional license
IM and DS to raise issues with Vigour Events
7. Edinburgh
Airport Flightpath
Rejected by CAA and Edinburgh Airport will submit new application
within existing airspace.
No response to the Call in Request has been received from the
Secretary of State.
Remaining action is to advise the supporting Community Councils.
8. Albert Hotel No significant update, noted that a premises license has been granted
9. Remembrance
Iain Mitchell will lay the wreath which is with David Shields.
Dave Bonas is organising the Remembrance Service. A second wreath
arrives Friday, to be laid by Royal Marine Reserve Recruit Ben Spong.
10. Fife
Councillors’ Report
DD: Sat Nav – HGV specific Sat Navs should contain information on any
height, weight and length restrictions. Encourage people to contact
vehicle operator if something is out of place. Pavement at Wright’s
now repaired.
DB: The number of recycling points will be formally consulted and
reconfigured by Fife Council. DB will stress NQ needs to retain the
present two locations.
Public toilet – Fife Council continues to seek funding. LC to write to
the press. Draw attention to possibility of restoring public toilets at
Battery Road Bus Stop
No progress on seagull proof bins.
Grit bins – Community Council requested the grit bin on the Brae is
moved from the middle to the bottom of the Brae. Fife Council to
Snagging List (including setts at War Memorial) – suggestion to ask Ian
Balfour to visit the village and review the snagging list. Request with
Cllr Dave Dempsey to progress.
DC spoke about anti-social behaviour, cars and safer communities. He
suggested we try to do something proactive.
11. Community
Group Updates
Pierhead Park playpark project planning application submitted
Website address to be added to minutes – DS contacting David Neill.
Community Centre / MUGA – performing well. Timer being added to
the lights.
North Queensferry Heritage trust – exhibition is open at the Train
Station daily from 10:00 to 4:00pm subject to volunteers, with guided
walks from the station on Sunday’s in November at 10:00am and
2:00pm. Suggestion this could be advertised in the Dunfermline Press.
Community Centre – Suggestion to seek financial contribution to the
proposed white line parking space painting from the Community.
North Queensferry Community Trust – pier repairs now underway.
12. Treasures
report – procedure
Best wishes to Christina who is unwell & in hospital.
to disbursement of
£500 grant
Suggestion to use the Accountant in Dunfermline being used by other
groups in the village. Action – discuss with Iain Mitchell.
£500 disbursement from Fife Council – discussion on how to use the
13. Floral
Floral enhancement grant application has been submitted.
Funding request for the village Christmas tree has been submitted. The
Christmas Tree is ordered and due for delivery & installation at the end
November. The lights will be added first weekend in December.
Suggestion to raise a project to obtain lights for the top of the village,
Wrights has agreed for use of power. MF / DCB to investigate. Formal
request raised for allocation of a portion of the £500 disbursement to
be considered.
Jim West offered 2 set of rope lights available for use, suggestion for
these to go up at the station.
14. Village
Battery Road – Deep Sea World is purchasing directly. The Committee
agreed for SF to purchase the cabinet and invoice Deep Sea World.
An electrician is required to sign off installation of the defibrillator
installation at the bus stop.
An article will be written for the next Ferry News, closing date is Friday
11th January.
15. Planning
None this month
SF has written to Alex Hynes thanking him for arranging the erection of
handrail at the station.
Matter of no yellow zig zags outside school – police can contact the
school & suggest incentives to reduce the number of cars transporting
children to school.
Concern raised about speed of traffic in pathway on route to
Community Centre & MUGA.
Forms for volunteers to man speed cameras, in groups of 3 –
Speedwatch will be reinitiated in spring
Hound Point – Dalgety Bay meeting held this week, intention to hold a
joint meeting with Dalgety Bay and NQ Community Council with regard
to the smell from Hound Point. SEPA has been contacted.
Sewage Treatment Plant (next to B981): SF met Damian Walls of SEPA
who indicated the treatment plant is out of date. It is the
responsibility of Scottish Water to upgrade. Agreement for
Community Council to write to the Chief Executive of Fife Council and
Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Water to raise concerns.
The sequence of traffic lights leaving the village appears to have
changed causing delays – Lin Collis to contact Amey to discuss
18. Any other
Next NQCC meeting: 7.30pm Thursday, 13th December 2018, at North
Queensferry Community Centre. Members of the public are very
welcome to attend.

12 September 2019Current Draft Minutes

North Queensferry Community Council (NQCC)

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting: Thursday 12 September 2019


Present:  Lin Collis (LC), Bruce Finlayson (BF), Mary Finlayson (MF), Jim George (JG), David Shields (DS)

Fife Council (FC) Councillors: David Barratt (DB), Dave Dempsey (DD)

Link Officer: Dave Manderson

Public:  Gary Bald (GB) Colin Bell (CB) Dave Bonas (DB) Maureen Gray (MG) Diane Gooch – Caldwell (DGC) David Neill (DN) Karen Trotter (KT)

Agenda Reference


Act ion

1. Apologies

Donna Beveridge (DCB), Cllr Dave Coleman (DC), Sheila Foggon (SF), Cllr Alice McGarry (AM), Iain Mitchell (IM)


2. Minutes of previous meeting

Approved LC Seconded JG


3.Matters arising / Previous Minutes:

8 Agreed to keep reporting any smells arising from Ferrytoll Water Treatment Plant so Scottish Water builds up information.  

16 Eileen Donaldson is not maintaining the planting at Pierhead Buildings but plants at the junction of Main and Ferry Roads.


4. Police report

Police Report not received.  (Second month) – DS to chase


5. Pierhead Playpark Project

Work suspended on 29 August following concerns raised by a neighbouring party regarding the height of the tower.  (NQCC had not been approached on this matter).  DN, DGC and KT explained how there had been extensive public consultation and school involvement on this project.  This included a door to door exercise in the Pierhead area and in August, Pierhead residents including the concerned party signed an agreement on road access to the site.    At the meeting FC confirmed support and confirmed that Planning Permission was not required because the project is an upgrade on local authority land.  

 FC (DM and FC Officer Clare Robert)  met with the concerned party on 3 September.  DM stated that FC fully understood  the complaint and would learn from the process.

There are cost implications arising from the delay which the contractor is seeking to mitigate.  There is still a shortfall in funding.

NQCC received nine, including one from the Parent Council, supportive emails for the project received and none against.

DM reported that the playpark will be inspected by FC every 15 days and by ROSPA  once a year.


6. Remembrance Sunday

Dave Bonas reported that road closures are in place and Ferrybridge Hotel booked.  He is working with the Primary school to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day Landings, younger members of the village are invited to attend and to select and decorate 38 pebbles to be laid at the Memorial – one for each of the fallen.   This project may run annually and may alternate with the High School in following years.


7. Vigour Swim Event

JG reported this went off without incident and conditions were good.  The changing facility was appreciated.  There were a good number of marshals.  During the event a resident witnessed an elderly driver manoeuvring his car in the turning circle and hitting a child in a buggy.  There was no injury, the incident was reported to the Police.  NQCC communicating with Vigour Events to advise that 100 swimmers seems to be the optimum number and to keep to this number in future. Next year’s event is 13 September









8. Brock Street Parking Survey

DD reports 14 responses out of 100 – DD and DB will collate details.  Intention is to work up a proposal and consult again to hopefully eliciting a higher response.

Issue of school parking really needs attention, however Police maintain situation at NQPS is not unacceptable compared to other schools.  


9 Edinburgh Airport Airspace Change

Second application now underway.  Edinburgh Noise Advisory Board not able to voice views until a later stage of the process.  Letter drafted by BF to MP Douglas Chapman agreed. The latter also considers The Climate Emergency as part of the process. 


10. INEOS / Hound Point

Odour and Noise Complaints

BF, SF, JG met with INEOS and made a trip out to the Hound Point Terminal.  Established INEOS has a reporting system for smells .  SF to post contact number on NQ Facebook page.  It is possible smells are arising from elsewhere e.g. Braefoot Bay Terminal DS investigating. 

CB suggested making FOI request to Scottish Gas.








10 Forth Bridges Public Meeting 10 Septembe

Discussed congestion on new bridge and traffic lights on slip roads. 

Proposed common signage strategy for the area has new funding so some progress expected.  LC to send DD details.

Iain Heigh of Railtrack spoke about ‘Forth Bridge Experience’ and visitor centre going ahead at South / Dalmeny end of the bridge.  LC to invite IH to speak at next meeting.








11. Fife Councillors’ reports

DD – new lorry to collect recycling will not fit under bridge at Jamestown and will not be able to service recycling at the station.  Therefore station recycling facility to be withdrawn, A fait accompli. 

Main Road – may be resurfaced.

DB – Still chasing landscaping of slope above The Brae.  Autonomous buses proposed to operate Ferrytoll to Edinburgh Park next year.  Possibility of one joint campus for High Schools and Fife College.

Question regarding increased housing and healthcare provision – this determined by NHS Scotland

GB concerned about large / heavy vehicles now headed to Deep Sea World recycling point.  Pointed out that FC grounds people visited 6 times a year now only once a year.  Inverkeithing is six times a year.  DB DD expect improvements next year on this. 


12. Community Group updates

LC requested that Community Trust and West Bay User Group website details included on minutes. 



14: Finance

DCB reports that new cheque book expected next week and will arrange counter signatures.  DCB also attending to FC Grant applications and payments.


15. Small Grants Scheme

LC requested DS for more details for NQHT and Youth Club. 


16. Floral Enhancement

No Action


17.Planning Applications

Pilgrim Way Gateway Panel now relocated to Battery Road Bus Stop – size has not been changed.  Existing sign needs relocation.  No other applications.


18. Speeding on Ferryhills Road

(Letter received from Pat Dennison)  Ferryhills Road unusual as limit drops from 60 to 20 MPH.  It was to be 40 MPH DB / DD to follow up.  Felt that speeding on Main Road also needed attention.  Speeding issue seems to be with local people – not visitors.  Agreed a ‘speeding project’ required – need teams of three. 

Action request volunteers next Ferry News – item required deadline 4 October








19. Correspondence

Courtney Cuthbert regarding a memorial bench at Ferrycraigs.  Discussion about memorials in general and a bench with landscaping already in place there.  Consideration of North end of Port Laing – need to check with landowner (CB)  JG suggested we check with Planning Department






21. Any other competent business

Gary Bald co-opted as member of Community Council Proposed JG Seconded LC

JG – litter at Battery Road Car Park and issues with bins and landscaping

Carried forward – The Albert Hotel






Next Meeting 1930 Thursday 10 October

North Queensferry Community Centre All Welcome


DS to sign up for GPDR booklet – still chasing abandoned car in station CP


Date for refurbishment of setts – avoid conflict with Remembrance Day




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