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
1. Apologies Iain Mitchell (IM), Christina McKenzie (CM), Cllr Alice McGarry (AM)
2. Minutes of
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
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
IM / DS
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
report – procedure
Best wishes to Christina who is unwell & in hospital.
to disbursement of
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
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
Jim West offered 2 set of rope lights available for use, suggestion for
these to go up at the station.
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
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.
13 December 2016Transport Scotland_Community Benefit
North Queensferry Community Council
The following is an extract from an email from Transport Scotland (the client for the Queensferry Crossing/holder of the purse strings) with regard to Community Benefit attributed to the Queensferry Crossing construction contracts:
“I note the further comments from your Community Council relating to a perceived lack of community benefits for North Queensferry specifically. In my e-mail response to you of 19 April 2016 I focussed on the contractual obligations which were placed on the Contractor and also noted the progress that has been made on the relocation of the Beamer Rock lighthouse through engagement with the North Queensferry Heritage Trust. If, as you say, there is disagreement within the community as to where the lighthouse should be relocated then this needs to be resolved in the near future as the component parts will have to be removed from their current storage in the site compound at King Malcolm Drive during 2017. I can confirm that the offer of transport will continue to be valid if an alternative site within the village is identified which is accessible to road transport.
You have requested specific information on the “extra efforts or non-tangible benefits” which the project has provided and I am pleased to provide you with the following specific examples of donations, work “in kind” and considerations from the project for a wide range of communities on the north side of the Forth.
- Benefitting organisations include, but are not limited to, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Park PS (Rosyth), St Serf’s PS (Torryburn), Cairneyhill YFC, Building Blocks Nursery (Rosyth), NQ Gala, Head teachers (Inverkeithing, N Queensferry, Rosyth - visit and buffet at the Project Office).
- Visits to primary schools in NQ, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dalgety Bay, Valleyfield, Torryburn, Aberdour and Kirkcaldy.
- Bike purchase for Road Safety prize, painting competition, veterans’ visits, changing rooms container for sports club, NQ Children’s Bridge Race sponsorship, donation to refurbishing playpark (Crombie), provision of water bottles, bugs, pens, sharpeners for visiting schools or schools visited, Inverkeithing Big Band donation, tidy up NQPS playground and installation of storage facility, minibus and bus trip various donations, secure garden shed gift to Rosyth initiative.
- In addition the project has hosted numerous visits to all of these schools and more from Fife, to the Contact and Education Centre
- An initiative which was introduced at the start of the project namely, the Monitor Host Good Cause Initiative, has proved very popular with the people who agreed at the outset to allow us to site our noise, vibration and air quality monitoring equipment in their gardens. We invite each one of them to nominate a good cause, annually, to be the recipient of £500, financed by FCBC. To date, organisations which have benefitted from monitor hosts north of the Forth have included North Queensferry Primary School, North Queensferry Heritage Trust, Hillfield Swifts Junior Football club and Scotsguards’ Colonel’s Fund.
- Recently FCBC have hosted a visit of representatives from West Bay Users Group (North Queensferry) to our marine yard where we store materials which are no longer required on this project (but may be required elsewhere – yet to be determined). The visit established that there are items which are of interest to the West Bay group and FCBC have agreed to re-visit the yard once we have the new crossing open to traffic with a view to deciding what, if anything, could be made available to the Group.
- Recent awards of cash to:- NQPS – Centenary Celebration Wall Tiles - £2500; Crossing the Black Water – Fife Council initiative involving 9 Fife Primary Schools incl NQPS – engineering workshops and model building - £2625; Chicken Run – Queen Anne High School - design and build of egg handling machine - £1990; Building Bridges – Children’s Theatre Group, drama/dance involving children from north and south of the Forth to be performed to audiences around the time of the Queensferry Crossing opening.
It is also worth mentioning that we have made it clear at the Community Forums that we welcome approaches for sponsorship to educational initiatives. In all cases where people have approached us to seek sponsorship/donations, we have tried our best to help them. Generally, their requests have been accommodated to some degree and we have received lots of positive feedback from recipients.
I am sure that NQCC may not have been aware of all the initiatives noted above, but as you will see these are very wide ranging and are in the spirit of delivering the wider benefits to communities which the project always aimed to provide.
NB: Names and contact details have been removed for Data Protection. Residents of North Queensferry wishing to comment may do so via www.nqcc.co.uk or via Members of the Community Council.