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Perth Common Good Fund Committee - 8 October 2014

A Meeting of the Perth Common Good Fund Committee will be held in the Council Chambers, Fourth Floor, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth on Wednesday 8 October 2014at 11.00am.

If you have any queries please contact Yvonne Oliver on (01738) 475125 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 J Coburn (Convener), B Band, P Barrett, D Doogan, J Flynn, C Gillies, A Grant, E Maclachlan, A MacLellan, I Miller, A Munro, A Stewart, H Stewart and W Wilson.

Agenda

1.     Welcome and Apologies

2.     Declarations of Interest

3.     Minute of Meeting of 25 June 2014 for approval and signature 

4.     Matters Arising

5.     Use of the North Inch, Perth by British Military Fitness (BMF)

Since 2010, BMF have used the North Inch to provide military style fitness classes to members of the public.  In 2011 a Minute of Agreement was entered into between Perth & Kinross Council and BMF for a trial period of 1 year to ascertain if the fitness classes were a success and to ensure that no adverse comments were received about the operation of these classes.  A Minute of Agreement has been agreed on an annual basis.

In terms of Section 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act  2003, the public have the right  to be on access land for recreational purposes and these purposes include the carrying on, commercially or for profit, of an activity which the person exercising the right could carry on otherwise than commercially or for profit. The areas of the North Inch on which BMF will deliver their classes are considered to be "access land" for the purposes of the 2003 Act and BMF are therefore entitled in terms of the 2003 Act to use these areas of the North Inch for the purpose of delivering fitness classes.

BMF will not require to take vehicular access to the North Inch and will use no equipment in delivering their fitness classes.

The Committee is asked to note:

(i)     the non-exclusive use of part of the North Inch Perth by BMF for their sessions involving members of the public

(ii)    that a Minute of Agreement will be agreed to regulate the use  and to ensure that the interests of the public are not affected. 

6.     icon Perth Christmas Lights Switch on [738Kb] - Report by Depute Director (Environment) (copy herewith 14/418) (Pages 5-12)

7.     icon Applications for Financial Assistance [108Kb] - Report by Depute Director (Environment) (copy herewith 14/417) (Pages 13-24)

8.     icon 2014/15 Financial Statement [2Mb] - Joint Report by Head of Finance and Executive Director (Environment) (copy herewith 14/419) (Pages 25-34)

 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.     Sites (0.63 HA & 0.07 HA), Shore Road, Perth - Rent Reviews - Report by Depute Director (Environment) (copy issued under separate cover 14/420)