The following notice was posted on Ardentinny notice board by Ardentinny Community Council.
‘We have been informed that the army will be having an exercise on Forestry Commission land on east Loch Eckside then, on leaving FC ground, they will be moving down the Glen and driving back to Glenbranter through Ardentinny and shore villages. This is a navigation/driving exercise and will involve approx. 25 trucks and 15 landrovers. The dates for the exercise are 19-21st February but it is intended that it would be Saturday 20th February when the vehicles will be going through the village.’
At the October Ardentinny Community Council (CC) meeting, a member of the community asked the CC why the notices he posted on the community notice board which said ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ had been removed. With reference to the Community Council’s decision to remove similar notices which carried the 38 degrees logo, he assured the CC that his notices only carried the welcome message; that he knew nothing about 38 degrees; nor was he a member of any political party and he asserted that his democratic rights had been denied.
Some community council members admitted that they had removed the 38 degrees notices, as agreed with the Convener, but denied removing others. Other community councillors expressed their disappointment at the decision to remove any of the posters expressing solidarity with those who have lost everything, making the point that there is a difference between political and party political, and they wished to distance themselves from the majority members who had agreed with the decision to remove the 38 degrees posters.
The complainant left the meeting stating that he was unconvinced that his posters were not removed by members of the CC and maintaining his assertion that his democratic rights had been denied.
At Ardentinny Community Council’s AGM earlier this month a new committee was formed. Val Kennedy resigned as Convener after “at least 10 years” in the post and was replaced by Roy Harrison. Marian Norris remains as Vice Convener, as does Malcolm Bartley as Treasurer. Eileen Connell was elected Secretary. Non-office bearers are existing community councillors: Dennis Gower, Val Kennedy and Bill Williamson. Neil Robinson fills a vacancy, having been appointed uncontested in the recent By-Election.
At Ardentinny Community Council’s August meeting positive moves were made to set up its own website and record its meetings.
A previous decision was reversed when the committee unanimously agreed to audio record future meetings on the advice of Argyll and Bute Council. It was stated that these recordings would be wiped once the meetings’ minutes had been agreed. It was also agreed to set up a Community Council website www.ardentinnycc.co.uk, bringing Ardentinny into line with other local community councils such as Kilmun; Sandbank; and Dunoon.
It was announced that this year’s Annual General Meeting will take place on 6 October at 7 p.m. followed by the bi-monthly meeting at 7.30p.m. Apparently Argyll and Bute Council had granted a time extension due to the fact that the local community council was investigating a complaint against two of its members. The meeting learned that, unbeknown to Ardentinny Community Council, the complaints procedure did not apply in this instance and it had been decided ‘to draw a line under it’.