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Auchterarder Common Good Fund Committee - 24 February 2016

A meeting of the Auchterarder Common Good Fund Committee will be held in the Gannochy Suite, First Floor, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth on Wednesday 24 February 2016 immediately following the meetings of the Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Abernethy, Alyth and Coupar Angus Common Good Fund Committees which commence at 10.30am.

If you have any queries please contact Heledd Rheinallt on (01738) 475119 or Christina Flynn on (01738) 475450.

Those attending the meeting are requested to ensure that all mobile phones and other communication devices are switched off.

Members:

Councillors Ann Gaunt (Convener), Tom Gray, Murray Lyle, Ian Miller and Alan Grant.

AGENDA

1.         Welcome and Apologies         

2.         Declarations of Interest

3.         Minute of Meeting of 1 July 2015 for approval and signature

4.         Matters Arising

5.         Auchterarder Core Path Improvements

            An urgent item of business arose in January 2016, in relation to the work undertaken by the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, to consult with the communities of Auchterarder over the past twelve months into the condition of existing core paths in the area and the completion of a feasibility study into the proposed path improvements. The deadline for submitting an application for funding to Sustrans was 12 February 2016.

            Due to the scale of the project, the timing and availability of funds as well as the need for cooperation with all stakeholders, including Perth and Kinross Council and the housing developers, a phased approach had been suggested. Phase 1 involves the smaller paths, for which landownership agreement is already established. This is due to commence as soon as the Memorandum of Understanding is agreed with the community group. Phase 2 includes an upgrade to the Provost and Jubilee paths, where they pass beside the A9, and will require a wider, sealed surface to accommodate multi users (cycles, wheelchairs, horse riders and pedestrians) and includes the old railway line north towards Muthill.

            Due to the timing of the Common Good Fund Committee dates and the urgency of preparing an application for funding to Sustrans, members of the Auchterarder Common Good Fund Committee were contacted and agreed to the proposal to:

(i) reposition the fence line and necessary ground works to enable the wider sealed surface path, a prerequisite of Sustrans 50% funding; and

(ii) submit an application for planning permission at the western end of the Provost for an alteration to the line of the path plus an easy access ramp with chicanes and the overall widening of the path from there to the bottom of Ruthven Street, Auchterarder and to formally report the decision at the next meeting of the Auchterarder Common Good Fund Committee.

6.         icon Applications for Financial Assistance [490Kb] - Report by Director (Environment) (copy herewith 16/91) (Pages 3-8)

7.         icon Financial Assistance Criteria [532Kb] - Report by Director (Environment) (copy herewith 16/92) (Pages 9-14)

8.         icon Transfer of Venues for Culture and Sport [2Mb] - Report by Senior Depute Chief Executive, ECS, (Equality, Community Planning and Public Service Reform) (copy herewith 16/49) (Pages 15-32)

9.         icon 2015/16 Financial Statement [496Kb] - Joint Report by Head of Finance and Director (Environment) (copy herewith 16/93) (Pages 33-38)

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE PUBLIC AND PRESS SHOULD BE EXCLUDED DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING ITEM IN ORDER TO AVOID THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION WHICH IS EXEMPT IN TERMS OF SCHEDULE 7A TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

P1.      Auchterarder Golf Club, Orchil Road, Auchterarder - Rent Review - Report by Director (Environment) (copy issued under separate cover)