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.

10 January 2019Current Draft Minutes

North Queensferry Community Council (NQCC)

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting: Thursday 14 March 2019

Present: Iain Mitchell (IM), Lin Collis (LC), Jim George (JG), David Shields (DS),

Fife Council (FC) Councillors: Cllr David Barratt (DB), Cllr Dave Coleman (DC), Cllr Dave Dempsey (DD) Cllr Alice McGarry (AM) Police PC Jim Bell (JB) PC Richard Duncan.

Public:  David Neill (DN) Peter Selbie (PS).  Vigour Events: Jim Finlay (JF), Richard Hamilton (RH)


Agenda Reference


Act ion


1. Apologies

Donna Beveridge (DCB),  Sheila Foggon (SF), Bruce Finlayson (BF), Mary Finlayson (MF)



2. Minutes of previous meeting

Approved LC Seconded JG



3. Matters arising

SF – No news about deer.  DB – Seagull proof bins – on trial in Kirkcaldy.  LC contacted National Wildlife Crime Unit about shell pickers in West Bay. DS still contacting FC Coast and Countryside Trust about next management meeting.






4. Police report

11 calls recorded (4 in last period).  1 crime recorded – vandalism at school.  LC working with Gala for a police drop in event at the Gala on 15 June. 





5. Pierhead

Nothing reported.  PS observed an offensive motorcycle. 



6.  Vigour swim event 



NQCC expressed concern at absence of traffic management, lack of toilet provision and people changing in public. RH apologised for previous disruption, main issue was with timing of buses to collect swimmers.  2019 event being capped at 200 swimmers.  AM arranging meeting between Vigour Events and FC Transport to discuss arrangements.  Also discussed feasibility of shuttle buses to / from the Ferrytoll overflow car park.  RH to look at feasibility of swimmers arriving at the Railway Pier – LC to check with West Bay Users Group.










7. Road repair at War Memorial

DD reported 1.5 week closure required for proper repair of setts. DB suggested overbridging the work.  JG proposed tarmac – less cost – quicker.  DC – suggests raised tarmac with a non-slip coating.  AM stressed need to retain setts in the conservation area and to consider aesthetics at the World Heritage Site.  Consensus – gather more information on the options.








8. Orientation boards

Forth Bridges Forum proposing to renew the existing boards but this is some time away. LC approaching school and local printers to produce interim laminated boards at the War Memorial. 





9. Edinburgh Airport Flight Path Consultation

MF reports ongoing discussion with Edinburgh Noise Advisory Board, BF attending meeting with this Board next week.



10.  Community Centre parking

JG reports that FC’s costing was for 10 rather than 12 spaces.  Determined that Community Centre request an extension to its lease to include the car parking area and obtain a more realistic costing for the work.  AM indicated that in principle there would be no objection to extending the lease and that top up funding for the work may be available from FC.  Action DS to propose this to Community Centre Management Committee









11. Albert Hotel

IM has contacted licencing agent – no reply to date. 



12. Rosyth Community Council (RCC) requests re. Rosyth Waterfront

RCC re requesting NQCC support for residential / commercial mixed use for Rosyth Waterfront.  AM explained that this is Scarborough Muir’s preference but that the site is of national importance and is to be mainly industrial use – and all year strawberry growing.  Also hotel and leisure development at the Ferrytoll end.  IM proposed that we review the masterplan:  https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/publications/index.cfm?fuseaction=publication.pop&pubid=8BC0C8CA-A172-C4E5-5671F93D83E3578F










13. Fife Councillors’ reports



DB – Maintenance of West Sands planting thought to be by NQHT but DS maintains this was by FC Coast and Countryside Trust. 

DD – No change to mobile library service. 

Environmental Hit Squad told to concentrate on areas of deprivation – but could consider passage to South of Brock Street. 

Memorial Proliferation – very sensitive issue - contacting FC Coast and Countryside Trust. 



14. Community Group updates

Community Trust and Community Centre AGM are 21 March

Community Trust still to complete pier wall repair; progress work on new toilets; looking at storage/work units in area to right of entrance; Dog warden contacted about dog fouling at West Bay.

Gala Day:  15 June

Village Show:  7 September

Pierhead Playpark:  DN reports procurement process under way to select contractor (allow 6 weeks). After which a 6 weeks installation. Will try and aim for Gala Day.  

Website:  http://www.pierheadplayparkproject.org.uk/Index.asp?MainID=26662





15. Finance


Appointment of Treasurer:  DCB nominated by IM.  Seconded by LC. 

Banking Arrangements: incomplete - waiting for the bank which has DCB’s address.

External hard drive: purchased and with DCB for recording all NQCC financial matters.

Data Protection:  IM advised that for current tasks we do not need a procedure because covered by other areas.

Insurance:  DCB tasked to check renewal










16. Small Grants Scheme

All applications need full details of costings and suppliers as this is public money.

Suggestion that the Heritage Society might be interested in this fund for two new Village Show Banners.



17. Floral Enhancement

Work scheduled for The Brae.  AM has requested funds for the slope above the well to be landscaped.



18. Planning Applications

No applications.



19. Facebook page

DCB managing the Facebook page



20. Pigeon droppings and Bridge lighting. 

No progress – DS will take this up with Network Rail.

No short term plans to improve lighting on Forth Bridge – new lighting expected in next three years. 

Question arising re water draining off the bridge – how does this work?



21. Defibrillators

Battery Road Bus Stop – electrical issue being resolved. 

Community Trust –defibrillator about to be ordered for West Bay installation.



22. Correspondence

Main Street Parking.  ‘Arbitrary abandonment’ of vehicles on Main Street by tourists reported.  IM pointed out that no has a right to park on the street – it is just done.  As soon as street is marked with lines – regulations apply.  Avoid if at all possible. 

St Margaret’s Marsh SSSI Denotification by SNH because part of the area has been used for new B981 road.



23. Any other competent business

Backup:  Confirm everything is backed up to DCB

Pierhead Playpark:  DN pointed out that £1,000 has been transferred from NQCC to Community Trust from the BBC filming – where as it should have been £ 1,100. Agreed an additional £ 100 to be transferred.

Public Toilets:  JG stated no progress – perhaps after April. AM said running costs for public toilet would be about £4,000 pa.







Next NQCC meeting: 7.30pm Thursday, 11 April,

at North Queensferry Community Centre


Members of the public are very welcome to attend.






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