April Draft Minutes

Cleish & Blairadam Community Council

Minutes of the meeting held at 7.30pm. 4 April 2022 at Cleish Village Hall and online Zoom

The meeting was attended by:

CCllr  F.  Principe-Gillespie (FG)

CCllr  F.  Whalley (FW)

CCllr  C.  MacLaren (PA)

CCllr  N. Robertson (NR)

CCllr  S. Gordon(SG)

PKCllr C.  Purves

PKCllr W. Robertson

PKCllr R. Watters

five members of the community were also in attendance/zoom.

Apologies: Apologies had been received from Margaret Traylor (Treasurer) (MT), J. Leishman (JL)

The Chair (FG) welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked all for their attendance.  


No further correspondence received that was pertinent.

Matters arising

The previous minutes were accepted and signed. There is no Newsletter any more, but the proposed minutes are published on the CC website ( and Facebook 

Crime Prevention

PC Mitchinson has moved to a new role within Police Scotland and the CC has passed on their thanks for the excellent professional service provided. We await notification from Police Scotland of a new Community officer

Broadband update and proposal for Maryburgh / Blairforge

(PA) Reported that Openreach are now connecting properties onto fibre so the Maryburgh project is now live.

(SG) Reported that Keltybridge is progressing but that Openreach had not realised how many properties marked as superfast actually fail to meet that criteria. The project is now challenging Openreach to show every property in Keltybridge and outlying areas meets Superfast, which they do not. It is hoped that these properties will then be included in the R100 project. It is not yet clear if this is already factored into Openreach’s plans. Openreach have been inundated with requests so whilst parts of the project are in the queue it is unclear what is planned and when for the other properties  

Financial Update

MT had sent her apologies but had provided FG with a summary financial update. Current balance £600.74 after payment of the telephone box insurance

Planning report (FW)

JL Has passed on a note regarding a strong fishy smell reported in Keltybridge, this was believed to be muck spreading in the nearby fields.

Nivingston renewal application has been: approved

Land North of Winchester, Keltybridge variation of design: approved

Garden Building, Burnside House, Benarty Road: approved

Land NE, 2 Blairfordel cottage (Equestrian Centre): approved

Alteration and erection Garden buildings, 1 Blairfordel steadings: withdrawn

Pending Applications

Erection of Dwelling House in principle land 60m West of Hollow Cottage, corner B9097 and North Road

Replacement Fence, Rowantree Cottage

New Applications:

Extension and garage Rowan house Carsegour, modest changes. No issues raised

Erection of stables and hard standing land East of the old piggery.  It was pointed out that livestock should be more than 400m from property according to the Scottish Executive, which this does not meet.  

The right of access is only A-B and it is illegal to have turn-offs

Awaiting LRB outcome of January meeting for a planning application 100m North East of the farm.

Blairfordge. Matters arising due to increased on the access road which is a private road and has caused damage to the road surface. It was pointed out that the road is disintegrating due to the increased traffic.

This has been reported to PKC Planning Dept. but no action has been taken due to staff shortages caused by Covid infections.

Illegal dumping in has been reported in Blairforge and 2 concrete hard standings have been laid along this road with no planning permission.

Residents have received aggressive behaviour from the developer.

A discussion ensued regarding the poor planning enforcement in P&K. It was noted that until media attention highlights this the enforcements will be aimed at easy soft targets. 

The building site in Maryburgh has a problem with the access road to the proposed plot. It is unclear if a change of use has been submitted for this site.

Village Updates.

Blairadam. The Private Water Association has tested the supply to 13 properties to test for lead in the supply and discovered high levels in 13 properties.

A huge amount of work will need to be carried out to erase this problem and the Private Water Committee will be pursuing the possibility of grant funding.

There have been increasing incidents of speeding in Blairadam, unfortunately, in the main, by local residents.

A 30 MPH Sign has been removed in Maryburgh.

Cleish Area.

Cleish Church. (potential closure). The future of the Cleish has still to be determined, with maybe the potential of Community Right to Buy?


Look into possibility of Defibrilator instruction and possibly have it before a CC meeting.

Two Cllrs are stepping down at the May elections. All the Councillors and Community Councillors voiced a unanimous thanks to Cllr Mike Barnacle for his decades of tireless work and dedication to Kinross-shire and additionally all voiced thanks to Cllr Callum Purves and wished him well in his future roles.

It is hoped that hybrid meetings will also take place in the Tabernacle Hall as soon as sufficient bandwidth becomes available.

4th July next CC meeting at Cleish Village Hall


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