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Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 14th November 2016 at 7 pm in the Baltasound School, English Room



Gordon Thomson

Pat Burns

John Peterson

Raymond Priest

Hazel Spence



Frances Browne, Community Learning and Development Officer

Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch, Police Scotland

Harry Edwards

Josie McMillan, Clerk     


01/11/16    Apologies:

Minnie Mouatt

Claire Priest

Janice Priest

Julie Thomson

Gary Cleaver, North Isles Councillor (ex-officio)

Steven Coutts, North Isles Councillor (ex-officio)

Robert Henderson, North Isles Councillor (ex-officio)


02/11/16    Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 3rd October 2016 were approved.


03/11/16    Matters Arising from last minutes

08/10/15.4  Musical Boat, Sign and Bus at Belmont

The bus has been removed.  There has been no further progress with the sign or musical boat.

08/07/16.1  Roads

The Clerk is to check with Brian Wood, SIC Roads to see if the Roads Department have assessed the road below Gardie.  The Council is planning to undertake some work on the Setters Road this weekThere will be some delays when they are doing this.  The Roads Department have raised concerns about the speed that vehicles are driving through the traffic works at Hagdale.  Motorists are reminded to be aware of what speed they are travelling at when the roadmen are working close by.

08/07/16.1 Lund Kirkyard

Maggie Sandison, Director Infrastructure Services, wrote to clarify ownership of the Lund Road.  Her letter quotes historic correspondence from the 1980s and 1990s between the Community Council and the Council.  The road is not owned by the Council or their responsibility.  It was agreed to write to the current tenant and ask if the ownership of the land has passed to the National Trust for Scotland as is planned.  Tavish Scott has said that he would “be happy to assist in making the case for a sensible way forward that maintains this access which is of course primarily for the graveyard and thus used by SIC staff or contractors.”  It was decided to write to the tenant in the first instance.

08/07/16.8 North Isles Dentist

Brian Chittick, NHS Shetland Dental Director replied to our letter about the dental services provision in the North Isles.  He said that they intend to provide dental cover for 2 days a week from the end of November until they get a replacement Dentist.  It was agreed to write to Mr Chittick and ask when the 2 days’ service will start and when the full service will be resumed.  Mr Chittick stated that there can be no help with travel expenses under the existing travel scheme.  

08/09/16.7  Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Frances explained more about the Community Empowerment Act.  She explained that communities or community bodies can put in a Participation Request if they are not happy with the outcomes of a Public Body service.  The Public Body then have to engage with the community.  There was a discussion about how this would work in practice.  Frances said that because this legislation is so new that it hasn’t been tried yet.  She said that this is very important legislation for communities.

09/09/16.8  Walk in Uyeasound

Kevin Serginson, SIC, replied to our email saying that the broken stile in Uyeasound has now been repaired.


04/11/16    Unst Partnership (UP) Update

Gordon said that UP’s Coastal Communities funding ends in December.  UP has applied to Highlands and Islands Enterprise and LEADER for funding for a tourism development officer.  Bridgette Thomason is stepping down as their treasurer at the end of November.  UP also has a Big Lottery application in for an arts and crafts development project.  This is a pilot project lasting 3 months.  The North Isles Award dinner is on Friday 18th November in the Baltasound Hall.  This is a light hearted event with nominations in 10 different categories.  The next skip day is Saturday 19th November from 11 – 1pm based at the Northside.  There will only be one skip this time, which will allow for an extra skip day on Saturday 3rd December 2016.


05/11/16    Application for Donations

Baltasound SWI – Bairns Christmas Party – it was agreed to give a donation of £390 towards the Christmas Party.

Uyeasound Public Hall – Bairns Christmas Party – it was agreed to give a donation of £126 towards the Christmas Party.

Under 5s – Bairns Christmas Party – it was agreed to give a donation of £108 towards the Under 5s Christmas Party.

Unst Youth Group – Community Fireworks Display – It was agreed to give a donation of £300 towards the costs of the community fireworks display.


06/11/16    Application for Unadopted Road

Raymond Priest, Mailersta – it was agreed to give a road grant of £384 towards the cost of tarring the road.

Aaron Foord, South Quoys, Haroldswick – it was agreed to give a road grant of £220 towards the cost of top dressing.  These grants are paid out when the clerk receives the receipted supplier invoice.


07/11/16    Community Council Finances

The accounts were unchanged from last meeting. 


08/11/16    A.O.C.B.

08/11/16.1  Police Report – Chif Inspector Lindsay Tulloch

PC Simon Findlay sent his apologies as he had to work in Lerwick.  Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch, Police Scotland attended the meeting.  He said that PC Simon Findlay was the new Policeman based in Yell.  He explained that the Special Constable in Unst had retired several months ago and that Police Scotland would like to recruit more Special Constables. There was a discussion about what training and pay a Special Constable would get.  He said recruits had to pass an entrance exam and that there was a small remuneration for the work. Chief Inspector Tulloch said that Police Scotland is reducing its assets on the Scottish Mainland.  He was asked if the Police house in Unst would be sold; he said that this was a possibility in the future.  Chief Inspector Tulloch said that there was a £20 million cut in the national budget and that it was very difficult to make savings.  Chief Inspector Tulloch said that crime is dropping in Shetland.  At the moment there is a 90% detection rate.  Members asked if this was because of difficulties reporting crimes.  One person had called 101 and was told someone would call him back.  This still hasn’t happened.  The state of the road at Gutcher was also discussed.  Chief Inspector Tulloch said that it is the contractor who is responsible for keeping the road clean.  Gordon thanked Chief Inspector Tulloch for attending the meeting.

08/11/16.2  HMS E-49 Memorial

Harry Edwards attended the meeting to explain what he has done so far about the HMS E-49 submarine memorial.  He said that on the 12th March 2017 it will be 100 years since the submarine was sunk in Baltasound, with the loss of 31 lives.  He has organised a plinth with an interpretive panel to be erected 10 yards beyond the Bus Shelter.  The plinth will be built by Shetland Amenity Trust. Mr Edwards is raising funds locally to cover some of the additional costs.  He is now researching all the members of crew and has been in contact with several of their relatives.  He plans to unveil the memorial on the 12th March 2017.  There will hopefully be relatives of the crew present. He is planning to have a social event in the Baltasound Hall with displays of all the information he has found out about the submarine and her crew.  Gordon thanked Harry on behalf of the Community Council for all his hard work in getting the project to this stage. Unst CC agreed to pay towards the Planning application costs.

08/11.16.3  Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute and WWI Beacons of Light 11th November 2018

Bruno Peake, Pageant Master to the Queen, emailed to ask if the Community Council would light a beacon on the 11th November 2018.  Members discussed this and agreed to do this.  The Clerk will email Bruno Peake to confirm this.

08/11/16.4  ASCC meeting 8th October 2016

Gordon attended this meeting.  He said that a lot of the items on the agenda did not directly affect Unst.  There was a presentation about the Shetland Place Standard Consultation, which is covered below.  The minutes have not been circulated yet.

08/11/16.5  Shetland Place Standard Consultation

Gordon explained that this was discussed at ASCC meeting.  The consultation took place between the 14th June and 10th July this year.  Members asked how much resources are going into this consultation.  They believed it didn’t come up with any new information.  Frances explained that this is an example of all agencies working together, which should mean fewer consultations and it should improve how things are done.

A diagram comparing the responses from the North Isles, against the rest of Shetland can be seen on the SIC website. 


08/11/16.6 UnstFest – SURF (Scottish Regeneration Forum) Award

UnstFest has been shortlisted for an award in the “Community Led Organisation” category of these awards.  Judges from Glasgow were in Unst last week.  Pat and Megan Burns are going to attend the event.

08/11/16.7  Ambulance Service

There was a discussion about the Ambulance Service.  One callout last week had to be covered by the Yell ambulance as there was nobody available in Unst to drive.  Gordon explained that this sometimes happens, although not very often.  He said that it is the Doctors who decide whether to put a nurse/doctor to accompany the patient.

08/11/16.8  Hjaltland Housing Association Annual Report 2015/2016

This was noted.


The next meeting will be held on Monday 5th December 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Baltasound School

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