Kingswells Community Council Minutes December 2015

Community Council Minutes of Meeting


Monday 14th December 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

Police: Lesley Fraser and Elliot Melvin

Councillor David Cameron, Councillor Steve Delaney Evening Express





Nomination of Officials

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.

Extract has not been added

Crime remains low in Kingswells. The following were reported during the last month:

Drugs use, person cautioned and charged

Theft of a motor vehicle

Attempted theft from an insecure garage.

All residents to be vigilant and keep doors locked on both property and cars.

Cars using Park and Ride for skidding and racing engines. It was reported that the CCTV is operational but not monitored

Reports of drinking and possible drug use in car park in Corse Wynd,


Police to monitor


Members of the public

Stewart Davidson, Planning Consultant, has just moved into Kingswells area but outside the KCC area. He was invited to be a member of the planning action group.



The beams for the A944 road crossing, AWPR, have been delivered

2000 bulbs were planted by the Kingswells School pupils in the Wellside Crescent/Avenue area

It was suggested that a map be prepared showing where all bulbs have been planted, this to be undertaken in the spring when the bulbs are in flower.


David and Steve met with 1st Bus to discuss the issues with the current service, quality of buses, routing via hospital, journey times and timetable. A survey is to be held by, 1st Bus, in January to gather public opinion.

The appointed dyker has been requested by the ACC to draw up a plan for the repairs to the consumption dyke, and submit to Historic Scotland. It was requested that the West Cairn also be included in the works.


Use of bit mac to repair lock block is still an issue. Ian has advised Mike Cheyne about meeting dates, but is awaiting a confirmed date.

Mike Cheyne has still to arrange a meeting to discuss new trials for alternative method of repair. Ian to contact Mike. No contact has been made by Mike Cheyne., this to be followed up.


Work on modifications to the P&R to facilitate the new X17 bus service has to be complete by the end of March 2016. There was no update from ACC

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. There are similar problems in the Derbeth area.

The gullies at the bottom of Fairley Road, this to be followed up




Fairley Road Field, is there any progress to form a committee to look after the amenity area. There are a number of people in the village interested in joining the committee




Approval of minutes

Approval of the minutes was held over until next month.


Matters Arising the previous meeting

Kenneth provided an update on the preferred locations for additional benches in Kingswells. McAlpines contractor to start work on 5th January 2016 with installation of benches at 5 locations



Malcolm Allan ground maintenance was delayed last month, but is planned to start 15th January 2016.


The Prime Four Trust has £5,000 for each of he next four years. The funds are for constituted organisations in Kingswells to make improvements for the community. The projects put forward are approved by a panel of residents including some community council members, The panel has not been active since the Chair stood down. Drum are reviewing the organisation of the Trust prior to re-establishing the Panel.

The condition of the trees in Kingswood was raised following the recent storm when a significant section of a beech tree was torn off. This is possibly an issue of safety as many people use this area to walk in. There is a history of disease in the trees as far back as 1983.

A letter to be drafted and sent to ACC to raise concern as to the management of the risk and maintenance being applied.



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.




No change



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


There is a need to raise the profile of KCC in the village.

It was suggested that each KCC member prepare a short profile to be inserted on the KCC website



Date of Next meeting:

Next meeting will be on Monday 11January 2016 in the coffee shop of Kingswells Community Centre. Meeting closed at 22:00.