20 December 2018
Current Draft Minutes

North Queensferry Community Council (NQCC)

Draft Minutes of Community Council Meeting: Thursday 20 December 2018

Present: Iain Mitchell (IGM), Lin Collis (LC), Bruce Finlayson (BF), Mary Finlayson, Sheila Foggon (SF), 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) 

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust:  Miranda Lorraine

Members of Public:  Jim West (JW) David Neill (DN)

Agenda Reference



1.  Opening Remarks

We paid tribute to Christina McKenzie who did so much for all the  village especially local organisations.  She did it smoothly and effectively – a hard working Treasurer for many years.  It is an enormous shock to find she has left us.  She will be sorely missed.  Our sympathies to friends and family.


2. Apologies

Donna Beveridge, Police:  PC Jim Bell, PC Richard Duncan  


3. Minutes of Previous Meeting

Approved with the following adjustment:

11:  Re Pierhead Playpark DN pointed out that Planning Permission was not required, he had stated that the grant application was approved.



4. Matters Arising



5. Police Report

9 calls since last meeting, (4 last month) 1 crime recorded, no public element, enquiries are ongoing. 


Domehawk camera is now deployed at Pierhead in relation to the ongoing issues.


Large untaxed BMW parked near shop – the shop pursuing the matter.


Community Drop in at Dobbies on Thursday will continue in 2019. 


DS to ask Community Centre to contact PC Richard Duncan re event in NQ











5. Pilgrim Way Signage

Miranda Lorraine (Fife Coast and Countryside Trust) presented the design for the Interpretation panel.  This to be located at the Pierhead, in place of the existing worn panel, along with a cast ‘footstep’ feature.  Design is still in development – will be in the style of an illuminated manuscript.





6. Edinburgh Airport Flightpath Consultation

BF:  Edinburgh Airport’s proposals have been rejected.  CAA has issued a technical document addressing some issues – EDNAB is reviewing.  The recommendations are in line with our objections.  MF:  Proposed responding to CAA (cc. Edinburgh Airport) stating we will work with the airport citing our criteria e.g. accurate noise measurement and proper investigation of operating eastward departures further down the Forth.  MF and IM to draft a letter.

NQ should have a representative on the Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee as do Cramond, Ratho and Kirkliston.  MF to write to Chair (IGM to revise) to consider a position for NQ










7. Remembrance Service

Went well – Colin Alston did the honours.  Payments to Ferrybridge and Glenrothes Salvation Army still to be made.  Follow up latter with Dave Bonas.



8. Fife Councillors’ Report

DC:  Map for Brock Street has been ordered.


DB:  Recycling consultation – still in progress.  Particular issues with plastic shopping bags.  A list of what can be recycled is on the FC website:




Following up on seagull proof bin.   Annual Harbour Users Group meeting is coming up.  


DD:  Ian Balfour will visit to review the snag list.  JG will attend.  IM suggested identifying places which would benefit from double yellow lines.


AM: Replacement Public Toilet – Fife Council continues to seek funding










9. Community Group Updates


Community Trust: administration changes required as Christina McKenzie was Company Secretary.  AGM is overdue DS to speak with Community Centre to find out when the Centre’s will take place and try and coordinate this with the NQCC’s AGM.  Note sufficient number of members are required.


Heritage Trust:  Exhibition and Radio Station very successful.  BF is now Secretary.  Sam Roger will continue her role with the Village Show.


Pierhead Playpark:  Fife Environment Trust 45K conditional offer is in place, seeking funds from local businesses to cover small shortfall.  Price enquires go out in January. DN instructing contractors to use Battery Road car park for parking to prevent any local disturbance.


Defibrillator:  Delivery to Deep Sea World is imminent along with cabinet.  Once installed SF proposes a picture for the local paper thanking funders.


Community Centre: DS highlighting to the community centre committee the parking issues.  Fife Council owns the surrounding land.  Propose: suitable areas are identified and Fife Council is approached to build and pay for improvements.   JW noted that the access is used as a footpath and should be signed 5 MPH. DB will email Scott Blyth about speed restrictions.

West Bay Users Group: People have been digging for shellfish in the bay.  Agreed LC will suggest to WBUG that signs are put up advising shellfish unsafe to eat, deep mud, SSSI status.





























10. Finance and disbursement of £500 grant




The Community Council operates a cheque book – not online payments. LC contacting the Bank about cheques written since the last AGM.


£500 disbursement from Fife Council – LC to post in Ferry News inviting requests. 


Currently under consideration:



Community Centre Parking – White Lines

Gardener for The Brae

Pierhead Park

Christmas Lights for Station Exit (start a fund).


Review in January along with suggestions. 






11. Floral Enhancement

No progress



15. Planning applications




16. Correspondence



17. Any other competent business

Wider issues such as road damage arising during MUGA construction.  JW and DD will inspect.


Brock Street and school parking discussed.  JW suggested South side of football pitch is cleared and made available for residents to rent.  Consultation will be required on improvements in this area. 


Dalgety Bay has agreed to a joint meeting with ourselves, SEPA and INEOS regarding smells arising from Hound Point.  DB has a meeting organised with SEPA after this we will compare notes and organise joint open meeting.      SF to take forward.


Check if School Transport Plan has been updated.


Admiralty Boundary Stone:  LC established that Fife Council are not currently planning to reinstate this and requested FC councillors help to take this forward.


Battery Road CCTV sign.  Proceed with trial.  DB to seek permission from FC officers.  Noted that Battery Road issues are year round – not to do with tourism.





















Next NQCC meeting:  7.30pm Thursday, 10 January 2019, at North Queensferry Community Centre.  Members of the public are very welcome to attend.





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