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Community Council Digest March 2012
Posted on : 27th March 2012

Full Minutes of Community Council Meetings are posted on the Community Council Page once they have been approved and can then be viewed or downloaded. In the meantime, a summary of main points or decisions taken in recent meetings follow:

  • Police:
    • 1x incident of local children buying eggs locally and then throwing them:  (detected);  shops asked to monitor minors buying eggs.
    • Former WHA site:  still some problems, but Police can only guard perimeter and call keyholders (D&GC) if there are intruders, because of presence of asbestos etc on site.
    • Dog Fouling:  Police have no particular information on this but Sgt Stitt offered to liaise with Peter Clingan, Enforcement Officer at D&GC about this.   Discussion of possibility of DNA testing, as used by some other communities.  To be looked into.
  • DGHP/former WHA site:
    • Plans will be available on D&GC’s e-planning site and a large scale paper copy, provided to the Community Council, will be available in Thornhill Library.
    • At present, plan is for 20x 2 storey houses, fronting on to Station Road (DGHP have funding in place for these already);  10x bungalows, fronting on to Manse Road and 4x flats in the (1909) former Primary School Building.  (Funding for these two latter developments are subject to a successful bid to the Scottish Govt’s Strategic Housing Investment Programme [SHIP].)
    • The 20 houses in the first phase will be a mixture of Social housing and ‘Mid Market Rent’ (let at an economic rent to tenants who must be in employment) and the two types of tenure will be ‘blended’ through the development.
    • Assuming DGHP obtain Planning Permission and take ownership of the site, they will deal with all demolition and hope to be on site late summer.
    • An Open Day on the proposals will be held at the Community Centre in due course.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Bollard in E Morton St has now been fixed.
    • Playpark Grant Application has been submitted;  awaiting decision.
    • Tree Pruning:  has been slightly delayed, owing to unavailability of cherry picker.  Should happen soon.
  • 2012 Gala: all  going according to plan.
  • 2012 Tattoo:  This, too, is going according to plan.
  • Day of the Region:  various organisations interested and outline grant application submitted.
  • Hanging Baskets:  agreed we would do this again on same basis as last year.
  • One Stop Shop moving to Fire Station?  Rumour apparently circulating about this.  Cllr JD confirmed that the SNAPI review (see previous minutes) still in progress and a consultation will happen – maybe in Autumn – but certainly no plans to move anything at present.
  • Winter Resilience:  equipment awarded but process seems to have stalled again.  Being chased up (again) with D&GC.
  • Crichope Linn:  Clearly in a dangerous condition and a facility much valued – and missed – by many.  No funding available from D&GC for this, and very extensive work needed.  Various options being looked at (and suggestions welcome);  watch this space.


  • Mrs Adam’s Legacy:
    • Meeting shortly to take place between Community Centre Management Committee and Community Council re provision for Community Centre and/or Duke William Building;  also meetings with Scouts and WHA.  Thereafter, a Public Meeting to be held, to seek views of public at large.  Progress thus far has been extensively reported on, both in CC Minutes, available on Website and in Thornhill Library, as also the CC Digest, available on CC Noticeboard and on Website.
  • Windfarms:
    • Clyde Windfarm:  Agreements now largely in place for £11,600 approx, per participating Community Council (incl. us) per annum up till 2015 (when it will all be reviewed).  Simplified procedure, including ‘micro grants’ of up to £600;
    • Harestanes Windfarm:  Some 39 communities involved. Not known how much money is involved in this, though probably a lot.
  •  Planning:
  • Noted, in particular, application for another mast at High Auldgirth.  Closeburn are objecting to this;  proposed we support them:  agreed.
  • DW had met with Nick Waugh of Queensberry Developments.  Planning Officers have recommended refusal of application for site opposite Queensberry Beeches (access problems and destruction of woodland at Kinnell Street), but it is to go before Planning Committee.

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Thornhill is at the heart of Dumfries & Galloway in south west Scotland in the beautiful rolling countryside of Nithsdale, steeped in history both natural & physical.

1.5 Hours from Edinburgh by Car.
1.5 Hours from Glasgow by Car.
2 Hours from Newcastle by Car.