Annan Common Good Fund Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 23 February 2016
Time:
7:00pm
Place:
Council Chambers, Town Hall, Annan

Attendance Details

Members:
Ian Carruthers (Chairman)-Annandale South
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Sean W Marshall-Annandale South
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
John Bonner-Community Council Representative
Officials:
Jamie Ferguson - Service Manager Area Framework Annandale and Eskdale
Julie Robinson - Principal Officer Partnership Support Annandale and Eskdale
Apologies:
Alan Kay - Community Council Representative
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

4 Members present, 1 Community Council representative present and 1 Community Council representative Apology

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Richard Brodie declared in interest in item 8 by virtue of being the Chairman of Annan Harbour Action Group and determined that his interest was such that he would not leave the meeting during consideration of this item.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 27 OCTOBER 2015

Decision

 

APPROVED

4 ANNAN COMMON GOOD FUND - CATCH STATISTICS 2015 SEASON AND CONDITIONS FOR SALMON & SEA TROUT AND LICENCE CONDITIONS AND FEES FOR 2016 FISHING SEASON - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

4.1      the figures for the 2015 fishing season for Haaf nets in Appendix 1 of the report;

4.2      the effects of the Conservation Regulations to control the killing of wild salmon in Scotland as detailed in paragraph 3.2 of the report;

AGREED

4.3      that on the grounds of conservation, no more than 2 Sea Trout per licensee be retained per tide for the 2016 fishing season for Haaf nets;

4.4      that fishing on the north side of the lake between Seafield Stake Nets and the Battlehill Stake Nets be permitted and to inform the water bailiffs of the change;

4.5      to write to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reforrn to request a meeting to discuss the concerns surrounding the effects on the Annan net fishings of the Scottish Government’s Conservation Regulations to control the killing of wild salmon and the rationale behind the decision not to make an exception to the regulations for the Annan nets in terms of the heritage value;

 

4.6      to write to the Rural Affairs and Climate Change Committee to reiterate concerns surrounding the effects of the Conservation Regulations on the Annan net fishings and to request that an exemption be incorporated into the Conservation Regulations to recognise the heritage value of Haaf Netting in the Solway in line with NASCO guidelines and to permit a salmon kill quota equal to the mortality rate of the rod and line catch on the River Annan;

 

4.7      to set the Haaf Net Licence Fees at £30p.a. plus VAT; and

4.8      to provide information to Haaf Netters on the powers and duties of Water Bailiffs (Scotland and England).
 

5 ANNAN COMMON GOOD FUND - ALLOCATION OF HAAF NET LICENCES 2016 SEASON - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

5.1     to continue to follow the procedure for the allocation of licences as outlined in paragraph 3.3 of the report; and

 

5.2     to allocate Haaf Net Licences to the applicants detailed in the Appendix for the 2016 season.

6 ANNAN COMMON GOOD FUND - REVIEW OF CHARGES FOR THE USE OF THE JOHN BELL PLAYING FIELD - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to increase the hire charges for the John Bell Playing Field by 2.2% as from 1 April 2016.

7 ANNAN COMMON GOOD FUND - REVIEW OF GARAGE RENTS - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED to increase the Annan Common Good Fund garage rents by 2.2% (Consumer Price Index December figure plus 1%) for the financial year 2016/17.

8 ANNAN COMMON GOOD FUND -ASSET REPAIRS - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

8.1      to repair / replace all broken kerbs, bricks including setts on the slope and repair of the drainage gully to stop pooling of water at a cost of £3,924; and

 

8.2      to defer consideration of additional works to allow a site visit to inform any future work;

8.3      to remit to Service Manager Area Framework to work with Annan Harbour Action Group to identify other sources of funding; and

8.4      that a report detailing the assets of Annan Common Good Fund to include information on leased property, the cost of repair of common good garages and options to potentially generate income will be presented to a future meeting.
 

9 ANNAN COMMON GOOD FUND - APPLICATION FOR FUNDING - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

9.1   NOTED the balance available for disbursement in 2015 /16 of £10,448;  and

 

9.2    AGREED to award £1,000 to the application from Annan Christmas Lights Project 2016 (ACGF91)

10 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.