Lochalsh Community Council
Auchtertyre – Avernish – Balmacara – Kirkton – Reraig – Glaick
Tuesday 22nd September 2020– 8.00pm
Present Craig Cummings, Adrienne Sowood, Tim Sowood (Chair) Lynne Crawford, Emma Bennett-West, Sarah Longley, Biz Campbell
Apologies Susan Pettie
Tim welcomed everyone to this our belated AGM and first Zoom meeting.
Minutes AGM 2019 – Approval
Proposed – Sarah Seconded – Emma
Chairperson’s Report 2020
A somewhat different year to report on due the Covid-19 pandemic. During the last six months despite having had no meetings we have managed to keep in touch and share information via email, facebook, the website etc.
We have been represented on the very successful Lochalsh Response to Covid-19 (set up out of the already established Lochalsh Collaboration covering all 7 CC areas) and supported the initiatives to ensure that all vulnerable and isolated people were given assistance during lockdown. The regular Community Newsletter has been well received and our members have delivered every issue to all homes in the LCC area. Indeed the current issue is to feature our own Lochalsh CC area profile which we have recently compiled. These profiles are being written by all CCs as articles of interest for the newsletter and also to provide an information basis for the whole area for the Collaboration ‘s community engagement. Two of our members have also been involved in the SLCVO community calls across the wider area of Skye and Lochalsh.
Other ongoing issues which we have been addressing such as the A87 speeding and Bus Shelter have had to take a back seat during this time. We will doubtless pick them up when times improve.
One issue which did, somewhat callously we thought, continue during lockdown, was the PIP approval on line of the Auchtertyre Development. We wrote to the Chief Exec to express our dismay at the way the issue was handled. The correspondence was circulated and can be seen on the website.
We also managed to plant the 13 barrels we have throughout area and got a HC grant for the cost of the materials.
I would like to thank everybody for all their help and support during these difficulties and hope for better times ahead.
Sarah commented on Biz’s brave efforts at the PIP meeting to represent local feeling. We thanked her for trying.
Biz noted that Heather Knowles is writing to the ombudsman.
The accounts were circulated with the agenda before the meeting and are attached below.
Craig commented that that there has been little movement in the current circumstances. He noted that the expenses were for two years 2019 and 2018 (these were not included in the previous statement). The accounts do not need a formal audit due to current circumstances but need signing by the chair and secretary.
He noted that we have since received our next grant and have also applied for and received a grant from HC discretionary fund for the maintenance and planting of the floral barrels.
Adoption of Audited Financial Statement of Accounts
Proposed Tim Seconded Adrienne – the FS was adopted
Election of Office Bearers
Chair – Tim; Proposed Lynne Seconded Emma
Vice Chair – Craig; Proposed Tim Seconded Adrienne
Secretary -Adrienne; Proposed Emma Seconded Lynne
Treasurer - Craig; Proposed Tim Seconded Adrienne
That Concludes the formal AGM business
Sarah asked if we had met the new KLCT manager. Some of us have met at the Response/Collaboration Zoom meetings.
Biz suggested that the Trust should become a member of the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership. It was noted that the lead member HIE chair Robert Muir is leaving and the new incumbent is Alastair Nicholson.
Adrienne thanked Sarah for her recent workshops and after-school involvement.