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.

15 February 2020Current Draft Minutes

North Queensferry Community Council (NQCC)

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting: Thursday 12 February 2020

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

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

Network Rail:  Ian Heigh Members of Public:  Peter Dean

   Agenda Reference



1. Apologies

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


2. Minutes of Previous Meeting



3. Matters Arising

INEOS : Awaiting contact details – name and number

Community Centre: Additional parking spaces still to be marked out

Memorials on Coat Path: Tarmac not aware of memorials and ashes being deposited without permission.  Propose sign by Fife Council or NQCC.  Contact Lyn Strachan of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust

New bench at Battery Road Car Park: DD established that Jim Stenhouse of FC gave permission – a fairly informal arrangement…







4. Police Report

Not received. 



5. Forth Bridge experience (South Queensferry)



Ian Heigh of Network Rail made a presentation.  There will be a reception area North of Dalmeny station just for people going up the bridge.  There will be an operator running this for Network Rail  and expect 20 – 40 people to be trained as guides.   Walkways and viewing platform to recessed into the structure.  Project is cleared with Historic Scotland and UNESCO consent expected 4 March.  For images refer to


Regarding a Visitor Centre at the North end of the bridge – this is not ‘dead in the water’. 

DB suggested access by proposed boat service on The Forth.

We added that it is NQCC policy that the overflow carpark on the B981 is there at NQCC’s insistence.


6. Albert Hotel

IM meeting with Jacqui Low to work up press release.  Agreed that proposal to convert into 3 apartments will be opposed and meet a robust response.


7. Edinburgh Airport Flight path Consultation

CAA not satisfied that Edinburgh Airport Ltd (EAL) had established need and dissatisfied at consultation.  NQCC contacted by Gordon Robertson CEO of EAL – he expressed an anxious desire to consult.  DS to post his email on NQCC Website.

IM has been interviewed by Kingdom and Forth FM and took a strong line.

Concern expressed at lack of awareness in the village and decided to organise an exhibition and meeting in the village.  DS to contact BF to think ahead on this to set up and exhibition.  Visual material required.










8.  Damage to Coastal Path

Excessive wear and tear on path at South end of Port Laing.  Some may be due to Scottish Water and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust vehicles but there appears to be a regular dog walker taking an SUV onto the path.  Ranger Lyn Strachan is keen to get a remedy – but this could be a long term issue.  A barrier was discussed – but AM made clear these can be problematical.  Keep a watch on this and liaise with FCCT


9. Painting of Telephone Box

Douglas Hamilton in contact offering to repaint the phone box on Main Street.  He has previous experience.  DS has responded and awaits a reply from BT regarding permission.




10. VE Day Plans

Something modest but we need some ideas.  IM to contact Dave Bonas



11. Community Group updates





12. Fife Councillor’s Reports



DB: High School preferred new site to be either North of A921 or Fleet Grounds.  GB raised issue of new housing and lack of transport provision.  Response – most new house purchasers are from Fife.  Money will be generated to fund schools.  NHS decides provision of surgeries and dentists.

DD: has consulted on Whinney Knowe grit box.  Small 50/50 response.

Bus Request Point at Church.  Church objects.  Gone to FC Transportation for discussion.

New Forth Bridges Tourism Strategy Manager Allan Watt now in place invite to next meeting

Traffic light sequence at Ferrytoll – Amey monitoring and adjusting the sequence

AM: Public Toilets – still hopeful.  Capital expenditure is in place but still to find money for running costs.  FCCT flushed with success with five awards in Loo of the Year Awards 2019

GB added he is approached by residents regarding condition of Old Kirk Road – our Ward Councillors are stressing to Transportation that the village needs to be included in its programme of works












13. Finance

(a) Complaint to Bank of Scotland – resolved with compensation increased to £400 plus interest £ 125 plus lost Grant £ 500 = £ 1025 DD arranging back up memo which is the last detail.

(b) Update re internet Banking – DCB about to set this up

(c) Current balance - No change / No Statement

(d) Small Grants scheme - £ 100 to Youth Club JG/DS to liaise and £ 100 for information boards on hold – LC contacting Allan Watt









14. Floral Enhancement

LC meeting GB next week to discuss


15.  Planning Applications




16. Correspondence:

(Repairs to Forth Railway Bridge)



Derek Christie / Network Rail: Regarding repairs to steelwork, repainting using a long-life high durability coating, and refurbishment works to Inchgarvie Lighthouse. Working hours will be 0800 to 1700, Monday to Friday. There will be additional noise, as well as increased traffic from delivery vehicles, but measures will be in place to try and minimise disruption and meet all necessary environmental standards.  There will be a drop-in information event, at which members of the team will be in attendance to answer any questions about the planned activity: Wednesday 26th February 1530 – 1900 Ferry Bridge Hotel .  Some residents have been advised by email – need to arrange publicity












17. Any other competent business

GB has found rivets, a nut and bolt fallen from Forth Bridge on Old Kirk Road this reported to Network Rail by AM during the meeting.

Fife 191 – new tourism route by Fife Council understand this is still in development and that it starts in the village at Battery Road – not

Pierhead where there are already traffic issues.  Concern that part of the route is on some relatively quiet cycle friendly roads.  ACTION please review https://fife191.com/ and comments please to DS to forward to Ann Camus FC Tourism.    


Electric Vehicle Charging Points are being funded on a first come first served basis arrange assessments for locations in village eg Battery Road, West Bay, Station, Church, Community Centre.  Community Trust / West Bay Users Groups already notified.

SF has arranged Defibrillator  training 25 March 1900 Ferrybridge Hotel.  Arrange publicity 


















Next NQCC meeting:  7.30pm Thursday, 12 March, at North Queensferry Community Centre.  Members of the public are very welcome to attend.








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