08 November 2018
Current Draft Minutes

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

Agenda Reference



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 Community Council for joint meeting







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 consultation.

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 Event


Events licensing update forwarded by Fife Cllr Dave Barrett.

Community Council will review and suggest additional license conditions.

IM and DS to raise issues with Vigour Events





7. Edinburgh Airport Flightpath Consultation

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 Service

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 progress.


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. Treasurers report – procedure to disbursement of £500 grant

Best wishes to Christina who is unwell & in hospital.

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 funds 




13. Floral Enhancement

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 defibrillators, update


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 applications

None this month



16. Correspondence

SF has written to Alex Hynes thanking him for arranging the installation of handrails at the station.


17. Any other competent business

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























Next NQCC meeting:  7.30pm Thursday, 20th December 2018, at North Queensferry Community Centre.  Members of the public are very welcome to attend.



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