Kingswells Community Council Minutes March 2012

Kingswells Community Council Minutes of Meeting 

Date: Monday 12th March, 2012
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Kingswells Community Centre
Chair: Barrie Buchan (Chair)
Participants Alan Stott, Alex Carnie, Ian Cox (Secretary), Ron Howie, Colleen Manson (Vice Chair),  John Gerrie, Meg Sands, Stan McEwan
Apologies: Sam Stafrace, Tom Straiton,
Representatives
/ Observers:
Councillor Wendy Stuart, Lord Provost Peter Stephen
Steve Delaney Sheddocksley Community Council
Police

Item

Minute

Action

1

Introduction by Chair

2

Police Report
The Police report was distributed by email.
Most common problem this month is insecure vehicles and homes. Doors are tried along a street until access is gained to a vehicle or property. Main target items are jewellery, money and other small items. Car keys give access to vehicles in the driveway. Insurance companies normally expect a break-in to occur before claims can be paid.
The police are still waiting to hear if their bid for an operation involving plain clothes officers and traffic vehicles will be successful.

3

Approval of the minutes
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

4

Points from Member of the Public

 

N/A

5

Attendees and ApologiesAs Above

6

Matters Arising (not covered below)

 

N/A

7

Councillors
Peter advised that the Stagecoach service 18/218 would be changing from 12th April. Due to on-going heavy losses on the service, the number of journeys in operation will be cut back to operate broadly every 2 hours on Mondays to Saturdays.  School journeys between Kingswells and Westhill Academy will continue to operate.

8

Planning
Prime FourStan does not approve of the loss of the bus stop for west bound buses on the A944 opposite the church.

Barrie explained that as part of the proposed road improvements planned for the Prime Four development at Home Farm the A944 would be widened near the Kingswells roundabout. The bus layby would be lost, and the bus stop would be moved westward to a point midway between the roundabout and the Park & Ride entrance. The stop would have a traffic controlled crossing.

Although the new location is further away from Kingswells than the existing one, the crossing would make crossing the road safer. There is also a pelican crossing at the roundabout to make access to Kingswells safer.

The loss of the bus stop is unavoidable as there is no real alternative location that would be better. ACC Roads Dept. accept that the proposed changes are the best that can be achieved given the A944 needs to be upgraded to deal with planned traffic flows.

The time planning documents take to be posted on the ACC planning website has been problematic for some time. ACC have been contacted on various occasions to complain. Some times the documents are only posted on the website a day or so before the deadline for comments. The problem is the amount of information that requires to be posted and the lack of ACC personnel available to do this.
Maidencraig Masterplan will be on public exhibition on 29‑30 March at Aberdeen Curl.One of the main issues is the road system. Sheddocksley Community Council are trying to get dual carriageway along the Lang Stracht.
The Huxterstone Masterplan will be on public exhibition at the Fourmile on 26thMarch. The masterplan is for the OP42 area identified in the Local Development Plan.The issue with Stewart Milne including an additional two fields to the east of the designated area remains unresolved. KCC has received verbal reassurances from ACC planners that only the appropriate area will be included in the Masterplan and any subsequent planning application.

KCC has objected to the outline of the extended site being included in initial planning documents.

The previous meeting with developers, and the required outcomes of the public exhibition were discussed.

9

Treasurer’s Report

 

There was no expenditure during the past month.

10

AOCB
Alan advised that the issue with the 14 / 15 bus going to the beach was something that First Bus has tried to improve, but they have not been able to resolve the issues. They know that it is not a good system to have to go to the beach on one bus and for that bus to return to Woodend rather than Kingswells. To return to Kingswells residents have to use a different bus route.
The Kingswells Community News was expected to be available at the beginning of April.
Stan updated KCC re the maintenance of the older part of the village centre. Each building is responsible for a certain percentage of the costs. 70% interest has been shown in developing a scheme for maintaining the shopping area. The scheme will be progressed.

Stan

It is likely that there will be less interest in the hanging baskets in the village centre. The Community Centre and Bill Wok Inn will be looking at an alternative more permanent project. Aberdein Considine unit is now vacant. Meg is to contact Drum.

Meg

The door of the phone box is damaged. Barrie is to contact BT.

Barrie

The 20 mph signs near the shopping centre are falling over.
Meg reported that the school will be holding an Olympics day on 12th or 19th June. Each class will represent a country. They will research the country and will sing some songs from the country.
Ivan Tonna was co-opted onto the community council as a new member.
Sam and Tom are to be asked to attend the Bucksburn Academy conference.

Tom Sam

11

Date of Next meeting:
Next meeting will be on 9th April 2012 in coffee shop of Kingswells Community Centre. Meeting closed at 21:55.

 

Attachments

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2 comments

  1. hanging baskets in the village centre will not mask the smell of hot oil…..cooking fat……lard….quick fry veg etc….

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