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Unst Community Council
Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 26th February 2018
at 7 pm in the Baltasound School, Music Huts


Pat Burns, Chaired meeting

Minnie Mouatt

John Peterson

Raymond Priest

Julie Thomson


Frances Browne, Community Learning and Development Officer

Josie McMillan, Clerk                    

01/02/18     Apologies:

Gordon Thomson

Claire Priest

Janice Priest

Hazel Spence

Alec Priest, North Isles Councillor (ex-officio)

Duncan Simpson, North Isles Councillor (ex-officio)

Ryan Thomson, North Isles Councillor (ex-officio) 

02/02/18     Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 15th January 2018 were proposed by Julie, seconded by John. 

03/02/18     Matters Arising from last minutes

02/11/17  Shetland Space Centre

The meeting with Frank Strang has been postponed.  He is having problems with his back and is unable to do very much.  He says that he has a team working flat out on the Business case and has been communicating with all the relevant agencies.  Mr Strang says that the SIC are right behind them and the residual benefits for the Island will be very welcome.  He will let the Community Council know when he can meet with them.

08/07/16.1 Lund Kirkyard Road

There was a discussion about how the road could be repaired by installing grids.  Costs for grids were discussed at the last meeting, these prices were passed onto the National Trust for Scotland.  They said that they have no money for improving the road.  Frances will check and see if there is any funding available.  The Clerk will email Neil Hutcheson, SIC Roads, and ask if there are any other funding streams which could be applied to specifically for roads.

12/10/12.2  Festive Timetable

The Clerk will email Michael Craigie, ZetTrans, again and ask if the Community Council’s suggestions have been discussed.

10/11/17.3  Scrap Cars

The Community Council has asked for this to be put on the ASCC agenda for the meeting on Saturday 24th March 2018, which Gordon is planning to attend.

10/11/17.5  Shetland Amenity Trust (SAT) Unst Jobs

A letter from Ruth Mackenzie, Chair of Shetland Amenity Trust said that the Community Council’s letter had been discussed at a SAT meeting.  She states “that if any further consideration regarding the involvement of the Trust in Unst is needed, your concerns will be given careful consideration.”

08/12/17.1  Health and Social Care Meeting - Uyeasound Hall, 1st December 2017

The deadline for responses to the questionnaire was extended to the 17th February 2018 because of the poor rate of responses to this questionnaire. Everyone agreed that the form was very difficult to complete.

04/01/18   Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch, Consultation on Disposal of Unused Police Premises

There has been no further word about this.  Whalsay Community Council has objected to the sale of the police house there. 

08/01/18.3  Ferry Matters – Single Vessel Timetable on Yell Sound

Pat explained that when Yell Sound goes down to a single service first thing in the morning, the Service bus misses the ferry at Toft.  Bus Service 23 leaves Lerwick at 7.50 am to meet the 9.15 am Toft ferry. When a single service runs there is no 9.15 and all passengers have to wait until 9.45 for the next ferry. The knock on affect is the service through Yell runs late and misses the 10.05 from Belmont. This means any passengers trying to get to Unst has to wait until the 11.20 from Gutcher and any passengers trying to get to Fetlar cant get in until 15.00 from Gutcher.  All Bus service providers also have to make arrangements for the passengers to be met out with the service route times.  Because the bus leaves in good time from Lerwick it is usually in Toft for 8.50 just missing the 8.45 Ferry.  The Service bus is the only public transport route north.  It was agreed to write to Elaine Parks, Ferries, and ask for the ferry to wait for the Service bus when the single vessel timetable is in operation.  This way the through services runs as normal with no waiting additional time.  There was also a discussion about whether the ferries could give a warning that a ferry service is going to be suspended.  Similar to the text/email message sent after the ferry has stopped.  It was agreed to write to the ferries department and suggest this.  There was a discussion about running the Saturday timetable on the Wednesday public holiday after Up Helly Aa.   This holiday is not really much use to the north isles.  Pat explained that a lot of buses are used during Up Helly Aa, so might be difficult to run a normal bus service.

08/01/18.4  Rubbish Bins

The Clerk will email SIC Environmental Services, Cleansing Department again to ask when the bin at Belmont will be repaired.

04/02/18     Unst Partnership (UP) Update

Gordon had put in an UP report.  He said that their application for a Certificate of Lawfulness to operate as a Second-hand shop was turned down by the SIC, so they have to apply for Full Planning permission for Change of Use to Class 1 (Retail).  This could take about 8 weeks. The application to the Scottish Land Fund for funding to assist with the purchase of Unit 1 and a Development Officer for the secondhand shop has been submitted.  UP is also waiting to hear from HIE about their Asset Transfer, which will be before the 23rd April at the latest.  Directors have agreed to use the Farmers Markets as a way to advertise the service.  The UP Office is now accepting aluminum drinks cans for the Baltasound School’s “Cash for Cans” scheme.  UP is also willing to take plastic waste which will be taken to Lerwick.  The Community Skip Scheme is coming to an end, with the last skip day being Saturday 3rd March.  Gordon asked the Community Council if they thought UP should carry on the Skip Scheme in the next financial year.  Everybody agreed that they would like the scheme to carry on.

05/02/18     Community Involvement Update

Frances Browne explained that she has been working on Locality Planning, there have been two meetings of the steering group.  Claire and Hazel are the Unst Community Council representatives.  There is another meeting on the 14th March 2018.  After that, the engagement stage, it will be brought back to the Community Council for discussion.  There is another short presentation on Partnership Planning, which Frances asked if the Community Council would like to see.  She will take more information about this to the next meeting.  Frances is involved with a project for Fetlar, islands under 100 population.   This is being managed by the SIC, Community Planning and Development Department.  The project is about trying to get more accessible services.  Smaller island communities struggle with more service issues and because of the smaller population these become harder to manage.

06/02/18     Application for Donation

06/02/18.1  Unst Festival Committee

It was agreed to give a donation of £1000, towards the costs of advertising UnstFest. 

06/02/18.2  Unst Partnership – Skip Scheme

It was agreed to give a donation of £300 towards the Skip Service.

06/02/18.3  Unst Junior Netball Development Group

It was agreed to give a donation of £100 towards the costs of attending competitions 

07/02/18     Community Council Finances

07/02/18.1  Community Council Core Funding

The Community Council core funding for the next financial year is £8423, which is that same as it has been for several years now.  It was agreed to put in the same breakdown as last year:- Administration £5000; Environmental Services £373; Grants to Local Groups £1500 and Roads £1550.  The Clerk will email Michael Duncan, SIC, and confirm this.

07/02/18.2  Community Development Fund – First Round - 16th March 2018

The Community Council will put in an application for this round of funding.

08/02/18     A.O.C.B.

08/02/18.1  Hermaness Access

This item will be carried forward to the next meeting.

08/02/18.2  Shetland Transport Strategy Refresh Consultation

This consultation finishes on the 25th March 2018.  The documents have been circulated.  Members will get back to the Clerk with their suggestions before the closing date.  There was a discussion about whether Unst should ask for a referendum on Fixed Link.  It was agreed to ask our Councillors about this and discuss it more at the next meeting.

08/02/18.3  Community Council Training - 10th March 2018

This was discussed.  John attended the first round of this training and found it very useful.

08/02/18.4  ASCC Meeting Saturday 24 March, Lerwick Town Hall (11am – 1pm) 

Gordon is going to attend this meeting.

08/02/18.5  2018 Meeting Dates

There was a discussion about having set meeting dates for Community Council meetings.  It was agreed that it is easier setting them a meeting at a time.

08/02/18.6  Community Council Elections

Community Council elections are to be held this year in November.  More information will become available nearer the time.

08/02/18.7  North Isles Dental Update

Lisa Watt, NHS Shetland, emailed to say that “the Public Dental Service (PDS) has successfully recruited a dentist specifically for the North Isles Dental Clinic in Mid-Yell.  Dr Charlene Hamilton, who has worked at Yell previously as a locum, started her 18 month fixed-term contract on Monday 15 January 2018.  She will be leading a team made up of a dentist, a dental therapist and a dental hygienist.  The dentist will be working in Yell on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  The Dental Therapist is a new addition to the Yell team. A therapist can undertake a significant amount of dental work including fillings and impressions, as well as being able to treat the child population, but works under a prescription from the dentist.  Dental Therapist Shaun Howe will be working in Yell on a Thursday and Dental Hygienist Morag Mouat will be working on a Monday. The clinic appointment times will normally be between 1000 and 1530 as the clinicians will have to travel to the clinic in Yell from the mainland.  There is currently a large waiting list of patients to be seen at Yell Dental Clinic.  As at mid-February 2018, there were 274 patients waiting to have treatment completed and 128 patients waiting for their periodic dental examination (“check-up”).  The team will continue to prioritise those patients with additional or special care clinical needs and children.  Patients who need examinations are being “trickle fed” into the system to maintain a balanced patient flow to reduce the waiting list for both treatment and examinations. The waiting list plays a pivotal role in ensuring that they can address the difference between treatment need and available appointments, as well as controlling patient flow through the service to optimise patient experience.  There will not be an immediate sudden reduction in numbers waiting to be seen by the team, but it is anticipated that will happen gradually over time.  It is planned that the Childsmile Practice Nurse will make a number of visits to the North Isles between February and May to engage with children and parents on a one to one basis to reinforce the preventative message.  The Oral Health Improvement Team has facilitated training for care home staff and carers in the community as part of Caring for Smiles which is a health promotion programme aimed at the older population.  Nordalea in Unst was the first care home to participate in the Caring for Smiles training, quickly followed by Isleshavn in Yell.  Within both care homes a number of staff completed the Foundation Level training and they hope they will continue to the next level of training which will result in them becoming Oral Health Champions (OHC) for their care homes.”

The next meeting date will be set on Monday 26th March 2018 at 7.00 pm in the Baltasound School


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