Fly-tipping Fund

In response to Covid-19, PKC has set up a temporary Fly-tipping Fund of £20,000 to support communities affected by fly-tipping on private land in Perth and Kinross. The Fund welcomes applications from landowners, communities and individuals across Perth and Kinross who wish to carry out mini-projects to clear the fly-tipping and implement preventative actions at each site to resolve the localised problem long-term.

Rural locations, particularly such as those in Highland Perthshire, have always had issues with fly-tipping, often in beauty spots.  However, during lockdown and as restrictions lift, there has been a notable increase in fly-tipping.  This is totally unacceptable as within a week of Recycling Centres being open, people have been able to take any materials for recycling, and commercial-type vehicles including trailers have re-gained access.  However, there are still new reports of fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping creates a burden for landowners who need to access their fields to feed livestock daily or to harvest crops. The burden is also felt by wildlife who can become entangled in the rubbish and by people living in the rural communities; all suffering the blight of fly-tipping during walks along country lanes, past laybys, through woodlands or whilst commuting. In Highland Perthshire, one person has reported five separate fly-tipping locations over a very short period of time.  Unfortunately, a lot happens on rural remote roads, down embankments and on private land which makes it difficult to clear or at a cost. The temporary Fund not only helps to deliver a positive, quick solution but also demonstrates that fly-tipping is not acceptable.

Landowners, communities or individuals can apply to the Fund for the disposal of the fly-tipping and to finance preventative actions which will help to stop the fly-tipping at that location in the future. Preventative actions could include physical barriers (such as fencing), traffic prohibiting measures (such as posts or boulders), a local campaign, signage and/or CCTV. The Waste Services Team can provide advice to landowners on preventative actions and will also work with landowners to recover any relevant evidence to support further enforcement.

It is anticipated that each application will be in the region of £500 to £1,000 but there is not a minimum limit for funding requests and although the maximum funding award will be £3,000, in exceptional circumstances, a larger award may be made. The application process aims to take a maximum of 3 weeks so that there is quick access for those affected. To access the application form and guidance, please visit www.pkc.gov.uk/flytippingfund.

Meanwhile, to help prevent new cases of fly-tipping, householders are reminded that everyone has a legal Duty of Care to ensure that their unwanted items are only removed from their property by a licensed waste operator (the list can be found online at https://www2.sepa.org.uk/wastecarriers/) who can legally carry and correctly dispose of waste.  If items are in good condition, they can be passed on for reuse (www.pkc.gov.uk/wheretodonate) or unwanted items can either be collected from outside their home via a special uplift (www.pkc.gov.uk/specialuplifts) or taken to a Recycling Centre (www.pkc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres). Householders with a commercial-type vehicle or a trailer, wishing to access a PKC Recycling Centre are encouraged to check their recycling permit is up-to-date and review the new social distancing requirements at www.pkc.gov.uk/recyclingpermits

 

Tree Planting in Viewlands Park

On 5th December a group of 20 volunteers – both members of the pubic and council employees – gathered to plant 88 trees up at Viewlands Park in Perth. We were lucky with the weather as a window of relatively rain-free opportunity was open to us for the hour and a half we were there. It’s surprising how quickly you can plant that many whips with a good few hands to the task, and makes you think what a difference can be made while having fun out in the fresh air. Now we just have to hope that they will thrive in time and give all the good things: beautiful foliage, cleaner air, habitat for fellow creatures, and extra carbon sink in these times of climate uncertainty.

By the end, a steaming cuppa and a biccy were welcome rewards!

SSE in action at the Den O Alyth

 

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Community Greenspace work with communities to manage a variety of sites across the area including the Den O Alyth which is known for its native woodland, red sandstone geology and its freshwater ecology.

Recently staff from SSE Renewables as part of their corporate volunteer programme helped to conserve the den by working towards the aims of the management plan. Staff spent the morning working with the rangers to remove Beech Tree saplings from an area of native woodland using tree popping tools and bowsaws. Beech are not native to the area and out compete native stock so staff were given the opportunity to take the trees home to replant. In the afternoon footpaths were cleared of leaves and mud making a huge difference to the paths which crisscross site. As an extra challenge the team also removed a tractor tyre which had been fly-tipped.

This is the second time SSE have helped us at the Den O Alyth. The help is invaluable and allows the many objectives of the management plan to be achieved.  The team from SSE worked hard and enjoyed the challenges of doing something different.

To find out more about corporate volunteering please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Paths groups in Perth and Kinross

We have a growing network of paths groups that help to maintain many of the paths within Perth and Kinross. Tasks undertaken in this year alone includes vegetation management, grass cutting, addition and improvement of signage, creation of new paths/restoration of old paths, litter picking, learned how to operate strimmers/leafblowers and flails, bridge building and general access improvements. We hope to continue the great work next year!

Visit this page to find out more about the various paths groups and what the work that they do.

If you would be interested in joining or setting up a new paths group, please contact communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk or your local Greenspace Ranger.

Litter!

Community Greenspace keep a supply of litter picking equipment in Highland Perthshire for community groups to use.

In June the litter picking equipment was out on loan to the 17th Perthshire Beaver Scouts, the primary 3 class from Breadalabane Primary and to the Tay Valley Time Bank.

Please contact community Greenspace if you want to borrow the equipment.

 

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Bringing Football Back to Stanley – Update

BRINGING FOOTBALL BACK TO STANLEY

Stanley football pitch drainage improvements

PROJECT AIM

This partnership project between Stanley Development Trust (SDT) and Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) aims to re-instate the football pitch in Stanley and thus enable our local football team to train and play league games in their own village and develop teams for younger players. It will also enable Stanley Primary School children to undertake physical activity and play football on a well-drained natural turf surface. The football pitch is located within the grounds of Stanley Primary School.

THE PROBLEM

The Stanley football pitch drainage system was last serviced and repaired by the community in the early 1980’s. In more recent times ongoing drainage problems have meant that the football pitch is regularly waterlogged. The pitch is unsuitable therefore for use by Stanley Primary School and unplayable by the local youth football team which has had to play home games at other football grounds in Perth & Kinross.

THE SOLUTION

To renovate the pitch by commissioning a specialist grounds care contractor (SportsMasters UK) to improve the drainage by:

  • Top-dressing the pitch with 60 tons of approved sports sand
  • Applying a winter feed at 35g/m2
  • Decompact the soil (earthquake)
  • Aerate the soil by Verti-draining the pitch

FUNDING THE PROJECT

In 2018 the SUEZ Communities Trust awarded PKC/SDT £9,924.00 for this project with the condition that it must be spent on improvements to the drainage system. The SUEZ grant was match funded with an award from PKC Community Environment Challenge Fund (£16,476). The match funding was originally planned to have paid for essential and non-essential renovation works to the football pitch. However, in reality it was just the essential works (as described above) that were carried out. PKC informed SUEZ Communities Trust of this change of plan and it was agreed that the SUEZ grant could be used to pay for the essential drainage renovation works.

THE STORY OF THE STANLEY PITCH RENOVATIONS

The renovation works were scheduled for the October 2018 school holiday fortnight (8th – 19th October) when the school would be closed and access to the grounds could be limited with little inconvenience to the public. However, exceptionally heavy and prolonged rain was forecast for the week beginning 8th October 2018. The contractor advised SDT that it would be not prudent to come on site in those weather conditions. The risk of damage to the pitch, of machinery not working efficiently in muddy conditions, of the renovations running over scheduled time, and of resultant extra costs to SDT were all considered to be too great. Given the two week window available in which to carry out renovations, it was decided to undertake essential works only (as described above) during week commencing 15th October when the weather forecast for more conducive. The renovations took place on the 15th and 16th October 2018. Please see story board on page 3 of this report for photographic evidence of the renovation works.

Similar treatments have been applied to other water-logged and compacted pitches in the Perth & Kinross area with good results. Whilst it will take some time for the Stanley pitch to fully recover from the renovations, it is already in a much better state to cope with the coming winter and the inevitable rain and snow. The pitch can be used straight away by Stanley Primary School pupils for their ‘Daily Mile’ walking and other physical and sports activities without fear of muddy shoes and clothes. The local football group is in the process of re-forming teams for the 2019/20 season.

There has been a great deal of interest in the project from the local community. A post on SDT’s Facebook page which credited SUEZ Communities Trust with funding the renovation works to the football pitch reached 895 people – a remarkable reach for a village with a population of around 1300.

Thank you SUEZ Communities Trust for helping the Stanley community to realise our long-held wish to improve the condition of the pitch and to help bring football back to Stanley

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Provost Walk Grand Opening Phase 2

MVIMG_20180818_141154Auchterarder Sports and Recreation held an event a Primrose Park recently which celebrated their hard work and efforts in fundraising and creating phase 2 of the Provost Walk footpath. To date the path has had  £595,000 with in excess of £500,000 pounds needed to upgrade phase 3 – the most ambitious phase yet.

There was a very good turn out with support from lots of different organisations providing different experiences and showing how they supported the project in different ways from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust  who supported the group in fundraising and delivery, to funders such as Sustrans, local councillors and also the contractor who delivered the works . There were some fantastic bikes t supported those with support needs as well electric bikes. The electric bikes are free to hire for Auchterarder residents at Synergy Cycles in the town which is a great resource for a local community to have.

Julia and Jane who are co-chairs of the group deservedly opened this phase of the path as it has taken a huge amount of their time and effort for it to come to fruition.

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It is great to see communities being celebrated for their hard work and here is looking forward to the completion of Phase 3!

 

Rattray Fun with Nature event.

Community Greenspace recently attended the family fun with nature event at Rattray primary school. The event was used to promote the fantastic parks and open spaces which are in the area. In particular the Loon Braes which is less than five minutes walk form the event. Greenspace Rangers Alistair and Joanna had a range of activities on offer including pond dipping with mini-beasts from the Loon Braes pond, scavenger hunts plus animal mask making. Over 130 adults and children visited the stall and the rangers were able to engage and explain the importance of our greenspaces for both wildlife and recreation.

The event was run in conjunction with community learning and included a visit from the wild about Scotland bus and visitors enjoyed a free nature themed lunch.

Path Group Training event.

Community Greenspace recently organised a training day for path group volunteers at St Magdalene’s Hill Perth. Peter our trainer from PKC provided training in the safe use of strimmers, leaf blower and introduced the flail (with full training to be provide at a future date)

We support a number of path groups throughout Perth and Kinross. Providing training, insurance and advice to help communities maintain and improve the network of paths around the region.

Please contact us at communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk  should you wish to set up a paths group or require more info.

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Community Spirit

American Students

Exchange students from America worked hard clearing and opening up a path at St Magdalene’s Hill earlier this month. Scott Tominey from the Evangelist Church of Christ, Scotland contacted the Greenspace Rangers and offered the students time to help with a task. The weather this year certainly made the task all the more enjoyable, last year was torrential rain, this year beautiful blue skies. Always nice to see the difference made at the end of a mornings work. Well done guys.