Philpstoun Community Council - Thursday 10 November 2016

Present - Jonathan Harris (Acting Chair), Gillian McLean, Simon Constable, Kirstie Constable

Apologies - Andy Gray (Chair) PC Andy Murray, PC Neill Drummond

1. Police Report – Update e-mail received in October -

“There are no issues of note to report in connection with the Philpstoun area.  There has only been one call regarding the off-road bikes on the bings, as you are aware this is an ongoing issue that has historically proven difficult to tackle.

It was our intention to highlight home security and request that, as the nights draw in, people consider how their home looks to would-be housebreakers.  If arriving back from work after dark then consider putting lights on timers, tilting the blinds, ensuring gates to the back garden are locked and secured etc.  Little things go a long way to deterring people”. 

2. Philpstoun Bowling Club – No update on last position of rent fees requested by Council, update to be obtained.

3. EGIP – The notice board requested from EGIP/Network Rail is yet to be supplied – The EGIP project are looking into providing notice board.  KC now advised EGIP that the preference would be for free standing.

Damage to verges and covering of chipped path to Old Philpstoun following completion of bridge works. Council advised the project to infill the path as it was not a recognised path. Community Council will need to approach WLC access officer to make this a path and reinstate.   KC to speak to Tom Kerr for assistance.

4. Planning –

0591/EIA/16 – EIA Screening request for Wilcoxholm Farm – Note to discuss Community Council response as impact on education, road traffic through village.


Edinburgh and South East Strategic Development Plan – recommendations are to be made by Thursday 24th November 5pm.  Details of plan, supporting documents and how to make a recommendation are available  Contact details - or by calling 01506 282883. 


5. Environment – Follow up confirmation required of treatment of Himalayan Balsam. A Gray to liaise with Paul - Action A Gray.


Concern over litter around village, lanes and surrounding.  A Gray advised that West Council are good at responding if anyone reports instances.


6. Airport Trial – Consultation concluded and await further updates.  

7.  Transport.  Report of issues of the 20.12pm bus to Linlithgow on a Friday not turning up on two consecutive occasions end Oct/Nov leaving people stranded.  KC to e-mail to report as resident has e-mailed Horsburgh with no response. 

8. Community Improvement and Youth Members - Suggestion made that council need to get a note out to seek community views / ideas.  One suggestion was to encourage youth members as 4 members aged 14-18 can sit on the council.  Also what other money in council fund is available to have a community involvement and ideas needed – one suggestion is seat outside the Community Centre needs sanding and varnishing.   Update required from WLC for any outstanding community funds from Lorraine McGrority. Action A Gray.

Suggestion from G McLean to replace flowers and planters in village as previous were removed.  Community council to speak to Youth Club to engage participation and all to review in New Year.

Youth Club – Possible contribution from Community Council for fund raising and to discuss over next meetings.

9. Newsletter / notice –  Next newsletter – planters, youth participation from Youth Club as above.

10. AOB .  No new business reported.

11. Next meeting will be Thursday 8th December, 19.30.