Ayrshire Homes
FHMCC wishes to thank Ayrshire Homes for their recent grant awarded in support of our 2016 / 17 projects. Information on the community council projects can be found in our monthly minutes at: http://fhmcc.org.uk/documents.php#meeting_minutes

Food waste bags
Food waste bags
Did you know that rolls of food waste caddy bags are for sale at Forehill Library?

Save the trip into town and pop into the library instead.

DOG WORRYING (DISTURBING) SHEEP IS A CRIME
DOG WORRYING (DISTURBING) SHEEP IS A CRIME
This letter is to bring to your attention an increase in the number of sheep worrying reports received in the Ayrshire area. As lambing time approaches, Police Scotland has taken the decision to contact your community to highlight the seriousness of this crime and the penalties it incurs.

Please click on the image to download the letter as a PDF

Forehill Library at 31-33 Mt Oliphant Crescent is a hive of activity! Your local library is an ideal place to spend some time and is open to all ages 0-100! Why not check it out and try something new?

There are board games and jigsaws, a knit and natter group, a colouring book station and as colouring books are increasingly found to be a good source of therapy and relaxation- adults are catered for here too!

Tea and coffee is 50p a cup.
You can make use of the computers within the library, or you can take your own laptop and share the FREE wi-fi.

Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council is looking for suggestions for activities that you want to see at your local library.

Message us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR or email secretary@fhmcc.org.uk with your suggestions.
It's YOUR community so please get involved!

Home Security Advice from Police Scotland:
https://www.facebook.com/
AyrshirePoliceDivision

South Ayrshire 1000 - Citezens’ Panel
South Ayrshire Council with its partners in the public and voluntary sectors, wants to survey attitudes and views on public services and policy issues.
South Ayrshire 1000
Citizens’ Panels are a way for local people to provide feedback on a range of issues and influence decision makers. The South Ayrshire Citizens’ Panel is called “South Ayrshire 1000” as it is the intention to have 1,000 members on the Panel. We have managed to recruit around 850 people who live in South Ayrshire who volunteered to http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sa1000

The Scottish Government has recently set up a national website highlighting the role of community councils.
See the letter below.
Scottish Government letter to Community Councils. November 2014
www.communitycouncils.org.uk

GET INVOLVED — Your input is what will help our community come together.
We would love to hear from you. We want this website to be about you. Send us your pictures, share your memories, tell us your stories about our area and we will publish them on our webpages. Let us know if you, or someone you know in the area, is celebrating a special occasion.
Check our website and facebook pages for forthcoming competitions.

Come to our meetings. FHMCC meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Kyle Academy and we extend a warm welcome to local residents.

Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR

Email us at secretary@fhmcc.org.uk

Phone Us on 07935 169 749

Ward 4, Ayr East area map
Ward 4, Ayr East area map
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Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
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Forehill, Holmston and Masonhill Community Council Documents

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Meeting Minutes, April 26th 2022

Minutes of AGM Meeting – 26TH April 2022

Kyle Academy, 7.00pm

 

Attended: Bill White, Anne Miller, Samantha Laidlaw, Tom Houston, Dougie Smith, Allison Russell, Mary Elliot, Steven Mackie, Laura McIlloney, Elsie McDougal

SAC:               Cllr Brian McGinley, SAC Link Officer Sandra McMath

Guests:          T

Apologies:     Sarah Gamble, Sandra Taylor, Brian Wotherspoon, SAC Cllr Kilpatrick, SAC Cllr Cullen, FHMCC Chair John McGuire

 

Matters

Arising: None

 

March Proposed by Douglas Smith,  Seconded by Samantha Laidlaw

Minutes:

 

 

Police FHMCC remind local Residents to remain vigilant and to contact the Police if they see anything

Report: suspicious by calling 101 (999 for emergencies only) 

 

Secretary's    Included in Agenda

Report:

 

Treasurer's The Treasurer discussed the current financial report and incomings and outgoings.

Report: Current balance stands at £2407.91

 

 

FHMCC 2021 Projects Update

· Castlehill Woods – Concerns were discussed about noise pollution in  the evening in Castlehill woods caused by cars revving engines and playing loud music.  It was discussed that, in the first instance, concerned residents should contact Police Scotland. The  creation of a children’s interactive play area throughout the woods is continuing. This project was delayed due to covid restrictions. Comments were made regarding accessibility to these areas. This will be brought forward to future meetings.   A general discussion around fenced off areas in all children’s playparks was discussed.  Cllr McGinley commented that SAC are looking at pilot areas for this safeguarding are to be chosen. This will be throughout South Ayrshire, not only Ayr East.

· Litter/Environment – To be discussed at future meetings.

· Glencairn Park – Drainage of the park was discussed.  Lighting in the centre path is planned.  Access for wheelchair users and prams was mentioned with comments that the current plans for the park include widening the existing paths to allow for easy access for all.

FHMCC AGM AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

· FHMCC officers stood down. SAC Link Officer Sandra McMath chaired the AGM

· Full information of officer elections will be available on the SAC website. The summary of the results is, Chair, John McGuire, Vice Chair/Planning/Environment, Bill White, Treasurer, Douglas Smith, Secretary, Anne Miller, Licencing Officer, Steven Mackay.

· FHMCC Vice Chair resumed the meeting

 

FHMCC April 2022 Minutes (Cont)

PROPOSED 2022/2023 PROJECTS

· Local parks/woods (Glencairn, Castlehill)

· Christmas Lights on Holmston Road  ( it was noted that SAC will fund the purchase of the lights and ARA will be approached to install/uninstall)

· Events – Local events – eg a fun day/pumpkin walk etc

· General Fund raising

· Environment

· Local amenities for children/youths

AOB

· Notice Boards. The Treasurer raised the question of who is responsible for the cost, upkeep/replacement of community notice boards. Cllr McGinley agreed to look into this and advise.

· Questions were raised regarding the Citadel Leisure Centre and when it will close. Cllr McGinley advise that closure is currently planned for 2024.

· SAC Link Officer Sandra McMath discussed  the SAC Thriving Communities department and its’ importance in addressing the needs of all areas in South Ayrshire with the aim of encouraging local residents, parents and PTA’s to become more active – in general -  in the community.

· Sandra McMath advised that a copy of the new Community Council ‘blue book’ will be made available for the May meeting.

· Concerns were raised regarding Ayr Town Centre and whether all community councils should be involved in discussions regarding regeneration.

· A local Resident approached members of FHMCC regarding wheelchair access adjacent to his home. Samantha Laidlaw will pass the Resident Cllr McGinley’s email address to allow them to contact him direct.

· Castlehill Woods. Laura McIlloney asked for consideration of installing a vehicle barrier to prevent cars from accessing the woods later in the evening.   Cllr McGinley will advise going forward.

· Concerns were raised about speeding on the stretch of road from the Station at Castlehill Road along to and including Dalmellington Road up to Queen Margaret Academy.  Cllr McGinley mentioned that this stretch of road is monitored on occasion.  It was mentioned that the speed limit on this road should be lowered.  It was also suggested pressure could be made with a petition from local residents.  The SAC Link Officer commented that temporary speed cameras may still be available.  This will be included in the next agenda.

· Planting trees for the jubilee. This project is ongoing and planting of the trees at the two local Academies will be advised.

Next Meeting

· Tuesday 31st May, 7pm, Kyle Academy

 

Meeting Minutes, March 29th 2022

Minutes of Meeting – 29TH March 2022

Kyle Academy, 7.00pm

 

Attended: John McGuire, Bill White, Anne Miller, Samantha Laidlaw, Tom Houston, Dougie Smith, Allison Russell

SAC:               Cllr Chris Cullen

Guests:          Neil Andrew, Steven Mackie

Apologies:     Sarah Gamble, Sandra Taylor, Brian Wotherspoon, Cllr McGinley, Cllr Kilpatrick, Elsie

            McDougal, Laura McIlloney, Sandra McMath

 

Matters

Arising: None

 

November Proposed by Samantha Laidlaw,  Seconded by Tom Houston

Minutes:

 

 

Police FHMCC remind local Residents to remain vigilant and to contact the Police if they see anything

Report: suspicious by calling 101 (999 for emergencies only) 

 

Secretary's    CC Elections 2022 (In agenda)

Report:

 

Treasurer's The Treasurer discussed the current financial report and incomings and outgoings.  The recent

Report: purchase of Defib pads is pending.   Total funds stand at £2474.25. .

 

 

FHMCC 2021 Projects Update

· Castlehill Woods – Cllr Cullen.  Drainage work on paths has been completed and cut back has begun on undergrowth.  It is proposed to expand the new children’s interactive walk which will incorporate amongst other things, stacked logs/climbing frame, a slide, planting of fruit and nut trees and a wildflower meadow and various other educational and nature related activities.  The walk will be spread over the wood rather than be static.  FHMCC matched funding for this project will be discussed at a future meeting.

· Litter/Environment – Bill White reported that more litter is in evidence in the area including an increase in discarded face masks.  Litter picking by FHMCC will be discussed after the AGM.  The spring bulbs planted throughout the area by FHMCC members are in full bloom now and add some bright spring colour for everyone’s enjoyment.  It was noted that when requests for service have been made to Neighbourhood Services, their response has been swift which is very much appreciated.  The Queens Jubilee tree planting will take place after the Easter holidays.

· Glencairn Park – Cllr Cullen.  Concerns were raised by CC Mary Elliot regarding the wear and tear of the rubber safety matting under some of the equipment. Cllr Cullen will look into this.  It was also noted that dog fouling in the park appears to be on the increase

 

 

 

 

 

(FHMCC March minutes cont)

Round Table

 

· FHMCC projects for the forthcoming year will be discussed following our AGM in April

· New Builds – Neil Andrew.  Neil advised that there are no updates at present.  Neil thanked FHMCC very much for all of our help with the Sard group.  FHMCC thank Neil for his past updates and wish his group well going forward.

· Crofthead Caravan Park expansion.  The planning request for this has been submitted to SAC Planning.

· Castlehill Woods Notice Board.  Dougie advised that the board is fit for purpose and it was decided it will remain in situ.  A volunteer is needed to post notices/minutes on the board.

· Community Council Elections.  Elected CC Tom Houston has reluctantly taken the decision to stand down for personal reasons.  FHMCC Chair John McGuire thanked Tom for all his work over the years and wished him well in the future.  Anne will contact SAC to advise.  Bill White has agreed to replace Tom on the Committee.

AOB – None

 

 

Next Meeting – AGM and Election of Office Bearers.

· Tuesday 26th April, 7pm, Kyle Academy

 

Meeting Minutes, February 22nd 2022

Minutes of Meeting – 22nd February 2022

Kyle Academy, 7.00pm

 

Attended: Bill White, Anne Miller, Samantha Laidlaw, Tom Houston, Dougie Smith, Sarah Gamble, Allison Russell

SAC:               Cllr Mary Kilpatrick, SAC Link Officer Sandra McMath

Guests:          Elsie McDougall, Neil Andrew, Steven Mackie, Laura McIlloney, David McCormick, Alison

McCormick, Brian Heddle

Apologies:     John McGuire, Sandra Taylor, Mary Elliot, Brian Wotherspoon,

 

Matters

Arising: None

 

November Proposed by Sarah Gamble,  Seconded by Tom Houston

Minutes:

 

 

Police FHMCC remind local Residents to remain vigilant and to contact the Police if they see anything

Report: suspicious by calling 101 (999 for emergencies only) 

 

Secretary's    CC Elections 2022 timetable  

Report:

 

Treasurer's The Treasurer discussed the current financial report and incomings and outgoings. Total funds

Report:        stand at £2541.25 with £50 pending in respect of FHMCC’s donation to local resident Lynn McMorrow for her sponsored walk in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice.  Congratulations Lynn on your fundraising success.  Funds were paid to purchase a new set of Defib Pads for the Mt Oliphant Crescent defibrillator.

 

Licencing Samantha Laidlaw mentioned the application submitted to SAC for the former R.S. McColls  

Report: shop at Hillfoot shopping precinct.  There were no objections around the room.

 

 

FHMCC 2021 Projects Update

· All project updates deferred to the March meeting

 

Round Table

· FHMCC warmly welcomed our new SAC link Officer Sandra McMath.  Sandra discussed what local activities are underway, such as the youth club at Forehill PS for P1 – P7 which is planned to open again soon.  

· Guest Laura McIlloney spoke of her plans to start a Neighbourhood Watch in the area concentrating on the Caledonia Road/Forehill PS area to begin with and then expanding to other local areas through time. FHMCC agreed to help raise awareness of this project as it gets underway.

· Cllr Kilpatrick commented that school playgrounds are open for children to use outwith school hours. There was a general discussion about the future needs of our area.

 

 

 

(FHMCC Feb minutes cont.)

· Sard Group Representative Neil Andrew provided an update on the new builds at Holmston Toll and the concerns of local residents in Masonhill regarding the proposed underpass into their area, the possible widening of the A77 and the proposed expansion of Crofthead Caravan Site.  Neil has offered to keep FHMCC informed on these plans.

 

AOB

 

· Viability of the notice board at Castlehill Woods was deferred to the March meeting.

· Queens Jubilee.  It was decided that the purchase and planting of two trees to mark the jubilee was adequate.

· Anne will contact Police Scotland to confirm our meeting dates and times remain the same as before lockdown and invite Police Scotland to our meetings when their time allows.

 

Next Meeting

· Tuesday 22nd February at 7pm, Kyle Academy

 

Meeting Minutes, January 25th 2022

Minutes of Meeting – 25TH January 2022

Kyle Academy, 7.00pm

 

Attended: Bill White, Anne Miller, Samantha Laidlaw, Tom Houston, Dougie Smith, Sarah Gamble, Allison Russell

SAC:               Cllr Chris Cullen.

Guests:          Elsie McDougall, Neil Andrew, Steven Mackie,

Apologies:     John McGuire, Sandra Taylor, Mary Elliot, Cllr McGinley, Cllr Kilpatrick, Brian Wotherspoon,

 

Matters

Arising: None

 

November Proposer Samantha Laidlaw, Seconded – Tom Houston

Minutes:

 

 

Police FHMCC remind local Residents to remain vigilant and to contact the Police if they see anything

Report: suspicious by calling 101 (999 for emergencies only) 

 

Secretary's    In Agenda  

Report:

 

Treasurer's The Treasurer discussed the current financial report and incomings and outgoings. Total funds

Report:        stand at £2725.25

 

Acting:   Until FHMCC Chair, John McGuire’s, return, Bill White was proposed as acting chair.

Chair     Proposer, Dougie Smith.  Seconded by Anne Miller.  The vote was unanimous.

 

 

FHMCC 2021 Projects Update

 

· Castlehill Woods.  Due to Covid restrictions, work has been delayed on this project.  Drainage work has begun ahead of laying new paths after which plans for the new Children’s interactive play area will be determined.  Assurances have been offered to local Residents who were concerned at the removal of the play equipment from the woods that the Interactive Walk will be created as soon as possible.

· Litter/Environment.  Deferred till Spring.  This includes the planting of the two Queen’s Jubilee trees at Queen Margaret and Kyle Academies.

· Annual fundraising has been deferred until the Spring of 2022.  

Round Table

· Local Governance Review (CC’s handbook).   The new Blue Book is available in PDF format.  FHMCC is awaiting confirmation from SAC re the new Link Officer.                                           

· The notice board sited on the gates at Castlehill Woods will be inspected by Dougie Smith to determine if it is fit for purpose.

· Glencairn Park.  Cllr Cullen advised that funding has been sourced to install solar lampposts in the centre path.  Planning for path upgrades is underway.

· Neil Andrew of the Sard group updated the room on their progress regarding the proposed new builds at Holmston Old Toll and their plans to re-arrange their meeting with all interested parties.  Neil noted that to date, the Developers have not responded to their requests to meet.  FHMCC Planning Officer, Bill White, mentioned other planning applications in the general area.  There followed a round table discussion on the new builds.  Cllr Cullen commented that, as of todays date, plans for the development at Holmston Old Toll have not yet been submitted to the SAC Planning office. Neil will keep FHMCC up to date on any developments.

 

(FHMCC Jan minutes cont.)

 

AOB

 

· Steven Mackie mentioned that the Youth Group, Room Sixty, which meets in Wallacetown Church, Main Street, Ayr, has restarted following the easing of Covid restrictions.  The group was established 15 years ago with the intention of empowering young people to reach their fullest potential and they offer a range of activities.  They welcome young people from every area of the town.  Find out more on their website at https://www.roomsixty.co.uk/

· Local Resident Lynn McMorrow will attempt a sponsored walk around Glencairn Park on Sunday 20th February at 1pm to raise funds for the Ayrshire Hospice.  FHMCC agreed to donate £50.  You can find out more about Lynn’s story and how to donate at https://www.facebook.com/AHCapitalBuild/posts/151782747287466

· Comm Cllr Tom Houston raised the subject of the new site of Ayr Police Station at Newton House in Green Street Lane, Ayr.  It is planned to refurbish the building to ensure it is fit for purpose and this will include holding cells.   Work is currently on hold.  

· Local Resident Laura McIlloney contacted FHMCC regarding her plans to create a Neighbourhood Watch.  Laura has been invited along to our next meeting to discuss what she has in mind.

· There are no updates for the build of the generator at the River Ayr although it’s believed a test has been run.

 

Next Meeting

· Tuesday 22nd February at 7pm, Kyle Academy

 



 

Meeting Agendas

 

Meeting Agenda, Tuesday May 31st 2022

Agenda

 

· Apologies

· April Minutes

· Secretary’s Report

· Treasurer’s Report

Round table

 

· 2022 Proposed Projects

¨ Local parks/woods (Glencairn, Castlehill)

¨ Events – Local events – eg a fun day/pumpkin walk etc

¨ General Fund raising

¨ Environment

¨ Local amenities for children/youths

 

· Proposed Youth Council – Guest Justin Malone

· Notice Board funding – Cllr McGinley

· Christmas lights on Holmston Road – All per April minutes

· Liasing with other Community Councils regarding the future of Ayr town centre - All

· Jubilee Tree planting update - Bill

· Co-opting information - John

· Recess months for 2022/2023 – All

· Speed limit on Castlehill Road/Dalmellington Road – Brian McGinley

 

AOB 

 

 

Meeting Agenda, Tuesday April 26th 2022

Agenda

 

· Apologies

· February Minutes

· Secretary’s Report

· Treasurer’s Report

· AGM and Officer Elections – Chaired by CC Link officer, Sandra McMath

· Elected Chair welcome to old and new members

· FHMCC 2022 Proposed projects

· FHMCC 2022 Proposed Fundraising Methods/Events

· AOB 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Agenda, Tuesday March 29th 2022

· Apologies

· February Minutes

· Secretary’s Report

· Treasurer’s Report

 

Round table

 

· Castlehill Woods- Cllr Cullen

· Litter/Environment. – Bill White

· Glencairn Park – Cllr Cullen

· New Builds – Neil Andrew

· Notice Board at Castlehill Woods – Dougie Smith

· Community Council Elections – John McGuire

· AOB – All

 

Meeting Agenda, Tuesday February 22nd 2022

· Apologies

· January Minutes

· Secretary’s Report

· Treasurer’s Report

 

Round table

 

· Neighbourhood Watch Proposal – 30 minute slot

· Castlehill Woods

· Litter/Environment.

· Glencairn Park

· New Builds

· Notice Board at Castlehill Woods

· Community Council Elections

· AOB

 

 

Meeting Agenda, Tuesday January 25th 2022

· Apologies

· November Minutes

· Secretary’s Report

· Treasurer’s Report

 

Round table

 

· Castlehill Woods upgrade - deferred pending costings conclusion

· Litter/Environment.

· Local Governance Review (Blue Book) update – Link Officer Update

· Glencairn Park pathways and solar street lighting update – deferred pending funding

· Glenpark Construction / Corton Build December Meeting Update

· Notice Board at Castlehill Woods

 

 

AOB 



 

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Minutes should be agreed and approved at the next meeting of the Community Council, or its Sub–Committee.

 

A copy of the approved minutes must be sent within two weeks of them being approved to the:

 

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South Ayrshire Council,
County Buildings,
Wellington Square,
Ayr,
KA7 1DR,
Email: communitycouncils@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

 

Anyone wishing a copy of a particular Community Council Minute should contact:

 

Community Councils,
Legal and Democratic Services,
Resources, Governance and Organisation Directorate,
South Ayrshire Council,
County Buildings,
Wellington Square,
AYR,
Tel: (01292) 612181,
Email: communitycouncils@south-ayrshire.gov.uk



Community Council Handbook

 

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