Cossans And Roundyhill Residents Association Information
We are a newly formed local Residents Association, which aims to help people from the local communities of
Cossans and Roundyhill, near Forfar, Angus, Scotland.
The association has been very fortunate to secure a small amount of funding, which has helped with the installation of a community defibrillator unit.
Members take part in looking after the defibrillator and do regular status check on the unit
The group has elected a guardian of this unit, who provides status feedback to the The Circuit 'the National Defibrillator Network' on a regular basis.
Prototype CARRA events
Link to the calender events page... It's a work in progress
as it's not intergrated into the main site, but it does work!
Planned changes - April / May 23 -simple multi-day event(s) handling
- April / May 23 - main menu return and / or menu item tab page....
1 day event in Forfar : regarding 400kV Overhead Line (Pylons) - Public consultation
FYI - Consulation Deadline Has been changed again to Friday 28th July 2023
Again will little notification, to people in the local group, a new 1 day event has been sheduled by SSEN-Connections for the 13th July in Forfar, 1 or maybe more people in our postcode area recived a letter, but most did not.
Event Datails : Forfar Reid Hall
13 July between 1-7pm
400kV OHL Connection - Public consultation - May 2023
Deadline for comments extend to Friday 23 June 2023
400kV OHL Connection We have only just become aware of this major project, (After the original consultation period has expired!)
Kintore-Fiddes-Tealing 400kV OHL Connection
This is even-though our community area is in the direct path of one of the proposed routes
- One point from the SSEN-transmission site is the following
The towers on the existing OHL between Kintore and Tealing are not able to be upgraded to operate at 400kV, due to the size of the towers; the conductors would not be able to achieve safe clearance distances and heights.
There are many documents and update on the SSEN-T site, which are sadly too large for our site to host, We will endeavour to collect a set of links to the most relevant, however it would be best to explore the site yourselves.
An update has been posted from the 13th June 2023 on the SSEN-T web site, which aim to clarify some points.
This is a new project and NOT The existing 275kV overhead line that runs from Kintore via Fetteresso and Alyth, Consent for this project was
granted in September 2022 with work commencing in February 2023 in the Fetteresso area and working north towards Kintore, this project is due to complete in 2026. ( Main Contractor Balfour Beatty)
SSEN-T state that they have commenced LiDAR flights and drone surveys to undertake aerial surveys on potential overhead line routes, alongside other assessments
SSEN-T say "in response to concerns about towers being 75m high we would like to clarify that the towers will be on average 57m high", this does not address what the actual min and max heights that would be required on the route
No notes or statements with regards to the new design T Pylons, which are being used in England, to also carry 400 KV cables, these pylons are generally 35m hight and present a lower visual impact on the route, also the ground foot print area seems to be lower than the lattice pylons.
SSEN-T looking into the leaflet distribution issue
The Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club is delighted to announce details for the next Extravaganza being held at Glamis Castle.
The event is running on the 8th and 9th of July 2023.
This vintage motoring spectacular will bring together over 1800 vehicles representing a wide array of transport
An number of steam engines are scheduled to make an appearance over the two days, along with other veteran, vintage and classic vehicles and machinery and offering a variety of parades, pipe bands and amusements as well as a craft village.
Their are plenty of parking spaces available on site at Glamis Castle
The event is open from 9am to 5pm both days and parking for visitors is free
Dogs are welcome, provided they are kept on a lead.
For tickets and more information please see the site or call
01307 840311 during office hours
posted by Phil @ 15-April-2023
Local Event News
Arts and Crafts Events running in May from 26-29th of May in the local area
The Strathmore Open Studios group are holding a set of open day events promoting a range of local artists in the arts and crafts movement.
Please take a look at their web site for more information and the locations
There is a planned test of a new alerts system, It will be on all Mobile phones across the UK, the phones will emit a loud alarm and vibrate at 3pm on Sunday 23rd April 2023, in a nationwide test of the public alert system.
The alert will say:
This is a test of Emergency Alerts, a new UK government service that will warn you if there's a life-threatening emergency nearby.
In an actual emergency, follow the instructions in the alert to keep yourself and others safe.
Visit gov.uk/alerts for more information.
This is a test. You do not need to take any action.
FYI, it is possible to stop the notifications on most devices,via settings, but having you phone set to silent will not work for these types of alerts.
posted by Phil @ 5-April-2023
Tayside Road Policing in our area !
The Tayside Road Policing units have been active in the area, !
Thanks to B. and others for the update.
posted by Phil @ 29-Mar-2023
Speed Sign Costings
After a few enquiries, we have received some pricing for the active speed signs, some of these units are self powered with solar recharging,
Sadly it looks like from the emails I have so far received
all of prices for these types of signs are at a price point which may be out of the groups reach
The group will need to reach out again both the vendors,our funding sources and with the local council to look at the detailed costing
An additional point was also to look at the data logging side of these devices
posted by Phil @ 14-Apr-2023
Next Meeting of C.A.R.R.A.
**URGENT** - The chair and vice chair, are not able to attend on the 27th
and have requested a reshedule to the 3rd April 2023 This has now been
confirmed with our hosts the S.V.V.C. The next group meeting is sheduled for the 27th March 2023 at the SVVC
If you have anything item for the agenda please let us know by the 23 Mar 23.
updated by Phil @ 29-Mar-2023
Bad year for Pot holes
It would seem that this year has not been great for the condition of the road in the community, after a walk along a small section of the A928, I have counted at least 4 new Pot holes, which are not yet marked up for repair yet!
I also spotted one pot hole which has been marked up for repair. This has been outlined in red maker paint
If you have seen more potholes on A928 or badly degraded road surfaces, please let me know, with their location, by the 16th April 2023, I will then submit all of these as one batch to the council for action and follow up. (Inc photo's)
Here is a little fun page of the one's I spotted so far. a bit of a rouge's gallery .
I might do a before and after pages as and when the repair's are done
New website for signing up to the Priority Services Register
A New website makes signing up to the Priority Services Register easier than ever, SSEN say
The new website, launched with the support of the energy network operators across the U.K. today,
it will offer a quicker and more straight forward process for energy customers to sign up to the Priority Services Register.
The restrictions were lifted on the 2nd March 2023
Whilst the community is not either of the two currently defined zones, we are very close to them
For more up-to-date information and guidance, please see the following site
Scot Gov Avian Flu
Small overview map
updated by Phil @ 4-Mar-2023
Scheduled Group Meeting(s) Change
The association has now elected to changed how often we meet
We are now planning on meeting every two months next dates to be advised here
Meetings can also be called upon if there is an urgent requirement
item posted by Phil @ 14-Mar-2023
The association has been very fortunate to secure an amount of funding, from the Wind Farm Trust
which has helped to pay for the installation of a community defibrillator unit
CARRA is a local Residents Association
The local Residents Association, initially is focused on the areas of Cossans and Roundyhill
one of the key aims is to help people from the local community
Our meetings are usually attended by a local community officer from Angus Council.
Support and Donors
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following Organizations , Groups and People
The Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club - link The Glen Oglive Windfarm Trust Angus County Council - Community Support officer(s)
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this a collection of General information on items which have been raised at the meetings
Resuscitation Council UK
This web site has number of very interesting and relevant links regarding resuscitation, A.E.D.'s
One of the many subjects they are involved with or are responsible for, is the creation of and support for a standard set of unit and device symbols for automated external defibrillator or A.E.D.’s, along-side a public awareness campaign.
For more information please look at their site www.resus.org.uk
For more resources and information please see the following public resourcess
The U.K. styled signs for A.E.D.'s are as follows
For reasons which are not clear to myself, it would seem the UK has decided not to use the Internationally recognized symbol for AED’s which is as follows.
News from Angus Council - Neighbourhood Alert system by Neighbourhood Watch Scotland
It is a messaging platform that allows trusted administrators, such as Police Scotland, local authorities etc, to issue email notifications highlighting crime and information relevant to safety, security and resilience where you live.
You can decide what information you receive and how you receive it.
For more information and to sign up visit the following site -
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Scheme in Dundee is scheduled to start from the 30th May 2022, however the key point of enforcement (Fines !) for non-compliance will not not start until the 30th May 2024.
Here is the map of the Dundee L.E.Z. which give the important boundary to the zone.
Currently (March 2023) there, are very few exceptions to the proposed enforcement of the changes, the key one is blue badge holders.
The other key point is unlike the ULEZ in London, where you can pay a daily charge. In Dundee and other city's in Scotland, it will be fine's if your vehicle is not compliant!
There are some key websites for information and any possible changes or updated - please see the following pages.
Small overview map
This is the zone map for Dundee, currently I do not have any views on the signage to the zones. ( any photo's showing this would be appreciated.)
for your own copy of the map it can be downloaded from the following link
Link to PDF Map
more general overview of the zone(s) in Scotland can be found at the following site.
Low Emissions Zones Scotland
item posted by Phil S @ 29-Mar-2023
The topic of C.P.R. it's often mentioned, a good source of information is from a trust worthy source, The British Heart foundation, can be found at the following web site address. BHF
for information the groups defibrillator is registered with the B.H.F. site "the circuit"
Also of note are the two links to the B.H.F. covering how to perform C.P.R. CPR How to do
A link to videos on how to perform CPR - Please note you can also download a local copy of the videos to your device (offline access) CPR Videos
Members of the group, take part in looking after the defibrillator and do regular status check on the unit
As part of the checkup routine, the guardian, also provides status feedback to the The Circuit 'the National Defibrillator Network' on a regular basis.
For more information please check out The Circuit
item posted by Phil S @ 14-Mar-2023
Speeding through the village areas
A general lack of, and missing road sign's
Edge verge clearing and litter rubish cleaning
A number of properties have great difficulty getting safely onto the A928 from entrances and track roads due to limited visability
Requests for access to the raw traffic survey data from current collection point and from the temporary collection point used in Jan 2023
Change of speed limit map proposal March 2023
Here is another simple page which shows the propose locaton of the reduced speedlimits
on an interactive map (from openstreet view).
It is my view that we would need about six sign posts, if the proposal was approved!
If you have any different views on this please make then known at the next meeting
Angus council also now has a web page where speed limit or other road changes can be requested online
Bin collection issues for residents
Local flooding in the Community
Flooding of Individual Properties
Broadband upgrade to fibre (R100) schemes, and other high speed internet access solutions After checking a number of sources, it would appear that the community has now been dropped further down the Fibre roll-out planning.
- As a group we might be able to get this changed if enough residents put requests into Ofcom.
The first stage is to collect information on how were are currently connected, this is due to the fact that some of us are not using landlines for broadband.
For those who are using a landline - a visit to the following site to collect the information provided would be a great starting point.
The other fact is that group is split into two exchanges,(area codes), I am unsure of how this may impact any approach to Ofcom.
BT Wholesale Broadband Checker
If you can save a copy of the page or copy the key bit of information such as
Telephone number of Exchange xxx is served by cabinet XX - The Exchange and cabinet are the important bits...
Max Observed Downstream Speed 1.2
Max Observed Upstream Speed 0.5
Observed Date 2023-xx-xx
At the end of the report you may see the following....
FTTP is not available.
The exchange is not in a current fibre priority programme
item updated by Phil @ 14-Mar-2023
A new small scale website has been made operational and and a work-in-progress prototype web site(s) has been constructed - We are open to suggestions for improvements
A WhatsApp group is currently being used by the group , with plans to migrate some of the historical information to web site.
Email handling and distribution - we have an operational email address - info at carra (d0t)c0m
A Social Media Group twitter pages has been created
To do - put links into the to Community Council group and supporting council.
Consider the use / offer of Postal Address at the council office for use with Group
item posted by Phil @ 14-Mar-2023
Other information and local support links
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