Community Council Matters
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Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0EA
Date of Next Meeting: Monday 12th February
Time of Next Meeting: 7pm
Venue: Birnam Institute
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Community Council Matters
Hello everyone. It’s a busy time for the Community Council and for many of the local groups and individuals who are working hard for our community. Initiatives and projects include those to improve our rail and bus service links, the A9 co-creative work which aims to deliver the best possible design option for our stretch of the new dual carriageway, and efforts to retain Post Office facilities for Dunkeld.
As I have responsibility for links with the local Policing team, I thought I would share some of the advice from our Police colleagues. Firstly, we are fortunate to live in an area which does not tend to attract the levels of crime that others may unfortunately suffer. However, Police advice is that we should all remain vigilant, particularly in respect of rural crimes, such as deer poaching or thefts of agricultural machinery etc. If anyone should see a vehicle or people acting suspiciously, they should not hesitate to inform the Police; either on the nonemergency number of 101 or, if they believe a crime is in progress or about to occur, on 999. Many thieves are opportunists, so valuables should not be left on view in parked cars. Finally, a number of local Birnam residents have expressed concern about speeding motorists on Perth Road, through the village. I have spoken with the Police and discussed enforcement options, but would ask that if anyone has any information or car registration numbers, please inform the Police and they will follow up.
Time is running out for local people to submit their ideas for A9 dualling options, for the pass of Birnam to Jubilee Bridge section. Community engagement events are being held, at which anyone can learn more and submit ideas. However, if anyone is unable to attend any of the events they can visit the www.A9Co-Creative.scot website, which is packed with useful information and provides the opportunity to submit ideas electronically, in most formats. As David Levy said at our last meeting, “We’ll get the best possible road for our community, if we fully engage in its design”.
We have recently been informed that the Post Office intends to commence a new mobile Post Office facility for Dunkeld. This follows the closure of the Dunkeld office and subsequent concerns expressed by local people and the Community Council. There is no definitive start date for the service, or how it will be advertised locally, however they plan to commence it around mid-March. The mobile Post Office will park in the North End Car Park on Atholl Street in Dunkeld and will be there between 9:30 and 10:30am each Thursday and Friday morning. There is parking at the location and the van has disabled facilities. We do intend to ask further questions as to the choice of days and times, which may of course be subject to change, but I would hope that further information will be made widely available by the Post Office prior to commencement of service.
That’s all from me. Please keep warm and lets all look forward to some spring warmth.
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