ABERNYTE COMMUNITY COMPANY
FOURTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday 24th November 2009.
Present : 21 Members
Chairperson Helen Richardson
Apologies were received from Mr & Mrs Roberts,Mr & Mrs
Nicol,Mr Hole and Mrs Young
2 REPORT BY THE CHAIRPERSON
Helen reviewed the activities of the Company over the past year and answered a number of questions from members.
The Breathing Places project had been the main activity and our performance had been very well
received by the Lottery and there was now evidence of increased use of the Millennium walk .
The community web site continues to be very popular and Gordon Nicoll gave a brief report.
Helen finished by thanking the Directors and all the helpers from the community for the progress made in the past year.
3. ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS.
The Treasurer, Mark Petrie , presented the Report and accounts to members and answered a number of questions . The report and Accounts were accepted and the auditors report read .
4. APPOINTMENT OF THE AUDITOR
John Barton had expressed his willingness to continue and was unanimously re-elected.
5. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Mark Petrie and Gordon Nicol retired by rotation but both were available and willing to be re-elected. Both were unanimously re-elected. The meeting was advised that there is vacancies for further directors to be appointed and that anyone interested should approach the Secretary.
6 OTHER BUSINESS
There followed two items held in common with Abernyte Heritage Group.
BREATHING PLACES PRESENTATION
Barry Caudwell gave a presentation on the project and outlined the work done in the past year. He then explained the various species found, the surveys carried out and planned , and drew attention to the success in attracting wildlife even at this early stage. He finished by encouraging all visitors to note what they saw and found, and to keep up the reports on wildlife on the web site.
PLANNING AND BOUNDARIES
Malcolm McSwan reported that the Company and the Heritage Group committee had both confirmed that they would not be involved in supporting or objecting to any planning proposals or applications in our area. Both organisations believe that their role will be to facilitate and ensure the community is made aware of any issues and that individuals are
given the opportunity to express their views to the appropriate body or bodies. Recent events at the Community Council and the new Planning system has given rise to a new group being formed – The Braes of the Carse Conservation Group. This group will include representatives from Abernyte , and their role will be to monitor proposals and do what is possible to conserve the unique character of the villages and the countryside of the Braes . Individuals will be approached shortly by the new group to encourage membership and participation.
Some discussion followed and there was agreement on the role of the two Abernyte organisations . The meeting was generally supportive of the Braes of the Carse initiative.
The Chairperson thanked all members for attending and a Pot Luck supper followed with the Abernyte Heritage Group.