Kingswells Community Council Minutes November 2015

Kingswells Community Council Minutes


Monday 9th November 2015


8 pm


Kingswells Community Centre


Stan McEwan (Chair)


Alex Carnie, John Gerrie, David Simpson, Tom Straiton, Kenneth McAlpine, Ian Cox (Secretary), Kathy Strachan Trevor Rosbrook (Minute Secretary)


/ Observers


Councillor David Cameron, Councillor Steve Delaney Evening Express




Nomination of Officials

The item was chaired by Councillor David Cameron.

The following officers were nominated:

Chair : Stan McEwan

Secretary: Ian Cox

Treasurer: Ian Cox

Minute Secretary: Trevor Rosbrook

Publicity Stan McEwan

The adoption of the Constitution was held over to allow members to consider any modifications. This needs to be completed and signed off within the next 2 months.


Introduction by Chair


Police Report

The police report was sent by email and an extract is included.

(the extract is missing)

Cycling on the pavement was reported to be a problem. There are two issues:

  • Teenagers doing paper rounds in dark clothing and without lights on the bikes

  • Adults returning from work at speed, and without due respect for other users of the footpath / pavement.

The police confirmed that adults should not be using pavements in a residential area and they will patrol the Derbeth area between 4:30 and 5:00 pm to try to educate any offenders. Schools should be contacted to advise the cycling proficiency training staff to emphasise advise on suitable clothing and use of lights in their training program.



Members of the public




West Huxterstone:

The developer is using the area adjacent to the approved site for site offices. ACC have no control over this.

There is an issue with working hours which should be:

Mon – Fri 7am – 7pm

Sat 8am – 4pm

Sun No noisy work allowed. Internal finishes etc are allowed.

ACC can enforce these hours. Please report any issues to Steve.

The temporary road is to be removed after work on the development has been completed


Use of bit mac to repair lock block is still an issue. Mike Cheyne has still to arrange a meeting to discuss new trials for alternative method of repair. Ian to contact Mike.


Work on modifications to the P&R to facilitate the new X17 bus service have to be complete by the end of March 2016.

KCC have given their approval of the revised scheme which utilised raised kerbs between some parking bays to deter inappropriate use of the area by caravan owners.

An update from ACC is as follows:

A topographical survey has been done and this is now allowing the detailed design of the proposed layout to progress. There are a number of issues which need to be considered to allow the construction of the new access arrangements, including how the existing lighting / CCTV columns and the underground drainage/ducts/utilities will be affected.

ACC were under the impression that the gullies in the village centre had been cleaned, but the off road gullies have been omitted. ACC can contact Alex for further information.

Similarly the gullies under Kingswells Drive have not been cleaned out. This is causing water to back up.



Steve requested that KCC copy him into their response to the proposed withdrawal of the Article 4 agreement that requires planning applications for all works in certain parts of Kingswells.


The issue of lack of prior notice to KCC of works being carried out by ACC. Steve explained that there can be a significant delay between requests for work and the work being carried out. Councillors are often told that work is complete. They are not necessarily told when works will commence.

KCC requested that they be kept up to date on all issues affecting the community. If issues are raised by members of the public then KCC only need to know general information. The intention is to allow KCC input into finding suitable solutions and to identify other areas that may benefit from the proposed works.




There was no decision by ACC on the proposal to extend the 40 mph speed limits currently on the A944 to Hazelhead. The decision will be made when the junction to the Crematorium is upgraded.


Approval of minutes

Last month’s minutes were approved


Matters Arising the previous meeting

Kenneth provided an update on the preferred locations for additional benches in Kingswells.

The bench planned for the view point over Gillahill is proving to be problematic regarding identifying the land ownership. Kenneth provided a cost for advertising in the Press and Journal (£213.60)

KCC members discussed the additional cost and voted against further advertising. KCC considered that by placing the advert in the Evening Express and the Kingswells Community News and posting notices by the Core Path that they had done enough to identify the owner. The Core Path is part of the old Drovers Road. It is a public right of way and probably does not have an owner.

Kenneth expressed concern over the above decision and advised that he would have to consider if he would be prepared to proceed with this bench. KCC advised that the bench in this location was very desirable from the community point of view, and Ian advised that he would take this forward if Kenneth didn’t want to proceed with this location.



Alex provided an update on the ground maintenance organised by SMG. Alex, Dave and Stan will attend meeting with SMG.

Dave identified that there were still issues with the pond leaking and a drainage system that had drains that didn’t go anywhere. These issues were causing problems for several householders in the Derbeth area. Dave had been trying to resolve these issues with SMG as an individual. As the issues affect a part of the community Dave was advised that he could address these matters on behalf of KCC.

Malcolm Allan ground maintenance was delayed last month, but should start in the coming month.

The Christmas tree, the volunteers and the sponsors have all been organised. The tree should be erected around 28th November.

Stan spoke to the Chemist re damage to verges by lorries. There was no damage evident at the time.

The planter opposite the chemist, on the north side of the road is a visual obstruction for vehicles exiting Kingswells Avenue. Dave to mark out a suitable location further back from the junction



Planning & Environmental Issues

Tom reported an issue with brown water polluting the pond by the Doctors’ Surgery, and onwards to the Bucks Burn. It is thought that the source of the pollution is the AWPR. Tom is to contact the AWPR team to try to resolve.




£15.00 for cleaning the CCTV cameras.



Kathy reported that the practice of using bins for general waste and dog waste was not working out too well. There are locations where the mixed waste bin is overflowing and the nearby dog bin is empty. There are also issues with smell from the mixed waste bin in certain areas where people congregate.

Kathy is to identify bins that are not suitable for mixed waste with a view to getting stickers removed from these bins



Date of Next meeting:

Next meeting will be on Monday 14th December 2015 in the coffee shop of Kingswells Community Centre. Meeting closed at 22:00.