Changes to Ardentinny Community Council

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.

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Community Council moves to record meetings and create website

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’.

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Ardentinny Community Council Meeting Minutes 2 June, 2015.

Ardentinny Community Council Meeting Minutes 2 June, 2015.

 

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Community Council requested to consult local authority on damage compensation and monitoring of radioactive emissions

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RNAD Coulport

At Ardentinny Community Council’s April meeting a local resident requested the following action from the Community Council as part of its remit “to help make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the community it represents.

The request was made in the context of past events at HMNB Clyde and RNAD Coulport. For example, the MOD officially recorded 105 ‘nuclear safety events’ in the Coulport and Faslane bases in 2013-14, and in March 2014 Ardentinny residents experienced damaging impact from blasts at Coulport.

Therefore, the request was made to consult with Argyll and Bute Council “as to where compensation would be obtained should there be any damage to residents’ homes and livestock, e.g., horses; and ‘what emergency procedures have been put in place and how satisfactory are they?”  The Clyde Off-site Emergency Plan has recently been updated and can be found here. The Council has been advised that the population of Ardentinny is in excess of 50, as published in the plan.

With regard to radioactive emissions, it was requested that “the community council consult the local authority on how to ensure that there is consistent and local, independent monitoring of the safety of the beach at Ardentinny and that the results are made public.” Levels of emissions can be found in the RIFE-19 Report on Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (Dec. 2014) which is compiled by the Environment Agency; Food Standards Agency; Natural Resources Wales; Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Faslane and Coulport are specifically covered in pages 168-169 and Appendix 2, p.249 & p.254.

According to SEPA, the radioactive waste currently being discharged from Faslane and Coulport is below the current agreed limits and there are plans to agree new limits to better reflect actual discharges together with continuing conditions which require the amount of discharged waste to be minimised.

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Community Council Meeting Minutes 7 April 2015

Community Council Meeting Minutes 7 April 2015

 

 

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Community Council Meeting Minutes 8 February 2015

Community Council Meeting Minutes 8 February 2015

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Noise Warning from MoD, Coulport.

Ardentinny Community Council have conveyed to us the following message:

NOISE WARNING FROM MOD, COULPORT

DUE TO NECESSARY WORK, THERE WILL BE 8 EXPLOSIONS BETWEEN 10.00 AND 16.00 HOURS ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 16TH 2014.

 

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Ardentinny Community Council visits RNAD Coulport

It was reported at the December Ardentinny Community Council meeting that 4 members of the Community Council committee (CCc) visited RNAD Coulport at the invitation of the Ministry of Defence.

The Convenor reported that the meeting came about in recognition of the understanding between Coulport and Ardentinny over the past years and to discuss items of local concern which were outlined in Community Councillor, Dennis Gower’s list of questions submitted earlier in the year. She added that staff were very courteous and gave presentations on their role in Coulport and that the Ccc visitors were impressed with their knowledge and level of expertise and felt sure that they take their responsibilities extremely seriously. The Convener said the meeting had been very useful in further cementing the relationship between Coulport and Ardentinny.

There was one question from the floor regarding the levels of tritium gas emissions and the questioner was advised to either write to the MOD with his question or refer to the various reports and websites available online, the SEPA website being one example. It was stressed that it was not the place of the Community Council to give an opinion or take a political stance but simply to pass on the information given to them and that it was important to read newspaper reports with an intelligent mind.

Anyone with questions for the MOD regarding RNAD Coulport can write to : MoD Ministerial Correspondence Unit, 5th Floor, Zone A, Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB or email  ParliBranch-Treat-Official@mod.uk. However they will not respond by email. Therefore a postal address will need to be provided if you wish to receive a reply.

Related links:

Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Quarterly Site Report for HM Naval Base Clyde 1 Jan 2014 – 31 March 2014

Office for Nuclear Regulation: Quarterly Local Liaison Committee / Site Stakeholder group reports

Safety fears after nuclear bomb store avoids independent inspections

SEPA – HMNB Clyde

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Community Council Meeting Minutes 2 December 2014

Community Council Meeting Minutes 2 December 2014

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Community Council Meeting Minutes 21 October 2014

Community Council Meeting Minutes 21 October 2014

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