MINUTES of Committee Meeting held at 1930 hours on Thursday 22 September 2016.
Barry Turner (BT) (In the Chair), Bill Brown (WB), Andy Duncan (AD), Ian Irving (II), Fred Lawson (FL) and Isabel Orr (IO).
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Dorothy Boyd, Stephen Edwards, Peter Hillier and Jean Rae sent apologies.
- MINUTES OF LAST MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
The Minutes of the last committee meeting were approved as a correct record.
Minute No 6: Crookston School Site:
- II is looking to agree a date with the landowner and he will provide a further update at the next meeting.
- There is also going to be a Battle of Pinkie re-enactment taking place next year.
- There is also going to be a tapestry of the Battle of Pinkie.
Minute No 9b: Planning Matters – Eden Hall
BT advised that any future development will be within the boundaries of the existing site only and that access will be through the existing estate and road network. The developer is not looking to gain access via Inveresk.
Minute No 9c: Planning Matters – Goshen Farm
BT advised that the developers have now withdrawn their appeal against East Lothian Council’s non-determination of the application. However, it is believed that a future application may be presented.
- TREASURER’S REPORT AND MEMBERSHIP REPORT
The Treasurer reported that the Society’s bank balances as at 14 September 2016 totalled £10,257.
The Committee agreed to sanction expenses of £300 for display boards for the Riding of the Marches Exhibition and £383.09 for other expenses incurred relating to The Riding of the Marches Exhibition.
- RIDING OF THE MARCHES EXHIBITION AND INVERESK OPEN GARDENS
BT offered a vote of thanks to II for all of the work undertaken for The Riding of the Marches Exhibition. An excellent display was put together which was very informative and was an excellent contribution to the overall exhibition.
BT also offered a vote of thanks to everybody who helped and supported Inveresk Open Gardens. This was also a tremendous success with hundreds of people visiting Inveresk and substantial sums raised for charity.
WB reported that the Society currently has 57 life members and 28 annual members.
- CAROL SINGING IN THE VILLAGE
This year’s Village Carol Singing will take place on Saturday 17 December 2016, starting at 6pm.
- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
It was agreed that the AGM will take place on either 18 or 25 January 2017 at St Michael’s Church. Subsequent to the meeting the date of 18 January has been confirmed.
- DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
East Lothian Council (ELC) approved a draft proposed Local Development Plan (LDP) for potential sites for development of housing and employment land, at a full Council meeting, held at The Brunton, Musselburgh, on 17th November 2015. The plan set out how East Lothian would deliver the 10,050 new homes required by the Scottish Government’s Strategic Development Plan in the period to 2024 together with provision of 76 hectares of employment land for economic development purposes.
BT is working on a proposal to suggest a reduction in the number of houses by 1,000 in the Musselburgh cluster. The Society has serious concerns about the number of houses proposed for the western end of the County with no or very few changes to local infrastructure and also the increased volume of traffic and pollution.
It was also agreed that details of the plan would be published on the Inveresk website.
The concerns of the Society are also shared by Musselburgh Conservation Society. The Committee agreed that the Society should work with Musselburgh Conservation Society in proposing amendments to the LDP.
BT to write to ELC
An application for development at 3 Smeaton Grove has been lodged with ELC. The Society has written a letter of objection to ELC objecting to the loss of trees at the site.
- VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
A newsletter will be circulated throughout the village in the next few weeks. The following will be covered in the newsletter:
- Crookston School – Carol Singing
- Annual General Meeting – Riding of the Marches
- Local development plan – Inveresk Village Website
- Bus Services – Film Club
- Book Club – Walking group
- Planning applications BT to prepare & circulate newsletter
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS
- Village Picnic 2017
It is planned that a Village Picnic will take place in 2017 and details are to be discussed at the next Inveresk Village Society Meeting.
- East Lothian Life
Pauline Jaffrey from East Lothian Life Magazine has contacted the Society asking if anybody within Inveresk would be interested in writing articles for the magazine.
- National Trust Scotland
There was a letter to The Times discussing that National Trust Scotland (NTS) may look to sell properties that are under-utilised. BT is to speak with Dennis Mollison to see if he has any further information and to ask that he responds to the NTS on behalf of the Village Society.
This has now been repaired with no charge to Inveresk Village Society.
- DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 15 December at Fred Lawson’s home.