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.

07 November 2019Current Draft Minutes

North Queensferry Community Council (NQCC)

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting: Thursday 10 October 2019


Present:  Lin Collis (LC), Gary Bald (GB), Sheila Foggon (SF), Jim George (JG), David Shields (DS)

Fife Council (FC) Councillors: David Barratt (DB), Dave Coleman (DC),

Public:  Duncan Foggon (DF) David Neill (DN)

Agenda Reference


Act ion

1. Apologies

Iain Mitchell (IM), Donna Beveridge (DCB), Bruce Finlayson (BF), Mary Finlayson (MF), Cllr Dave Dempsey (DD), Cllr Alice McGarry (AM)


2. Minutes of previous meeting

Proposed LC Approved JG


3.Matters arising / Previous Minutes:

5:  Playpark door to door exercise was August 2018 / FC Officer was Clare Lovette.  There was no item 13.


4. Police report

11 September to 7 October 12 calls recorded and 1 crime – resident charged with possession of class A drug.  Brexit preparations are taking up resource at present.


5. Brock Street Parking (and Community Centre Parking)

DB reported good level of response to survey.  Possible funding sources discussed.  DC sending copy of Fife Council Funding Book.  JG requested that Public Convenience and Parking Improvements be included in next year’s budget.  Health and Safety angles including fire access to be explored by DC

JG proposed a DIY approach to increasing parking spaces at the Community Centre with Fife Council match funding.  JG to advise costs.  DS and Community Centre Committee to initiate plan and contact Niven Family, owners of the adjoining area and part of the working area. 










6. Albert Hotel

IM has located owner.  A local group has offered to rent the property.  DN suggested compulsory purchase by Fife Council – advised funds are not available.  DB advised legislation enabling Compulsory Sales Orders to prevent dereliction is coming along.


7. Edinburgh Airport Airspace Change

MF and BF report:  Since the September meeting ENAB (Edinburgh Noise Advisory Board) have been considering the Workshops being carried out by a third party for EAL (Edinburgh Airport Ltd). Many communities have expressed concern on this format of consultation.  This is an ongoing situation and they will advise the CC of developments.

MF and BF are contacting other CCs as we did in connection with last years ACP to seek support of our complaints to CAA.

They are attending discussions at the Scottish Parliament in connection with Scottish Government climate change legislation and targets and will report back ASAP

GB reports that following the demise of Thomas Cook, Easyjet and Jet2 may operate more flights from Edinburgh.








8. Water Treatment Plant and Hound Point - update

SF – no news regarding Treatment Plant except some landscaping on the South side.  A lot of investment is required.  Continue to monitor and report any smells.

It is possible smells are arising from elsewhere e.g.

Hound Point - monitor and report any smells – SF to advise DB INEOS contact number.

Braefoot Bay Terminal - DS tasked to investigate. 

Scottish Gas DS to make FOI request (item carried over).

DC suggested fall out from Grangemouth – monitored in neighbourhood DB to check with Environmental Health











9.  Glass Recycling

Removal of station facility has caused a stir.  Facility at Deep Sea World is closed at 1730.  DB to see if older, smaller lorry has been retained.  Report issue to Dunfermline Press – DB and DC support that and looking into the issue.





10. Admiralty Marker Stone

This was removed from Ferrytoll roundabout by Transport Scotland moved to Fife Council in care of Douglas Speirs.  No funds allocated for reinstatement.  Suggested it is displayed at the train station – DS to contact NQHT and then Douglas Speirs if they are amenable.





11.  VE Day 75

Events are planned for weekend of  8-10 May 2020 – information passed to Dave Bonas for initial consideration


12. Fife Councillors’ reports

New High School location:  DC decision expected end of month.  DB pushing to build adjacent to existing.

Tourism Strategy Meeting:  No consistent policy.  We now have a Local Tourism Association producing a Dunfermline and West Fife map.

Development Trusts Association Scotland:  DC explained Community Powers Act for buying abandoned land.  Community Groups can force a sale.  If an application is successful landowner is required to sell land to the Community. 

New Public Toilet:  Fife Council will ensure NQCC sees the design.  Planning Permission required.  Doubtful for this financial year.

Setts at War Memorial:  Still no action JG to check with DD.

Old Kirk Road deterioration: GB has met with Ian Balfour Fife Council (IB) and suggests renovation is tied in with Main Road.  IB will inspect but has no timescale.  Need to schedule work for low season at Deep Sea World.  DC checking with Martin Kingsman Fife Council to see if it is in his program.

We discussed a concerted approach by residents using the road (and Deep Sea World) to report road faults to Fife Direct to move it up the priority list.



















13. Community Group updates

DN reports major items now installed in new playpark.  Grass bedding in awaiting ROSPA inspection.  Expect mid November opening. Cost of work suspension will be made up by Fife Council.  DF advised a lockable gate may be required – there may be an issue with teenagers from outwith the village in the evenings.

LC reports Village Show was successful and made a reasonable sum.


14: Finance

Understand DCB now has all receipts to be paid and operational cheque book.  IM and DS to set up meeting to issue cheques.

SF – resolution to finances required at next meeting.

DS tasked to check Minutes as to when DCB last attended






15. Small Grants Scheme

Issue of payments depends on item 14

Expenditure details for NQHT and Youth Club still not received


16. Data Protection

Fee to be paid and reclaimed via Grant.  Still to order booklet, read and enact.


17. Floral Enhancement

Eileen has done The Brae.  Lin – The Boat.  Sheila – The Lower Village.  GB feels there has been a general decline in cleanliness and will chase contact regarding a village tidy up.  (Willies Well requires a clean up).




18. Planning Applications



19. Correspondence

Bench on Port Laing Beach.  Planning enquiry required – can come under street furniture.  Contact owner – Colin Bell


21. Any other competent business

SF – has signage for defibrillators.  Fixing dates for training.

Barnardo’s Bridge Event – very well organised with local volunteers assisting. 

JG proposed moving seagull proof bins from beach to Battery Road.

DN – overflow car park on B981 at treatment works still locked up to prevent travellers.  Ferrytoll car park is very full – DB to talk to FC









Next Meeting 1930 Thursday 14 November

North Queensferry Community Centre All Welcome





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