Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council

Information on the issues affecting our community and about your community council


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Citizen & Young Person of the Year Nominations

There’s just a few days left for you to get your nominations in for the person you feel has gone above and beyond.

It’s always nice to recognise people for doing a good job and it’s even better when that job benefits the community or a group, so who would you like to give some recognition to?

There are two categories, one for over 21’s and the one for under 21’s will be for our Young Person of the Year.  After the nominations have been received a shortlist will be compiled and the public will be asked to choose from the nominees.

Nomination forms are available in the library, the One Voice office, Mitchell’s Newsagents, Scotmid in Rattray, or the Post Office and the closing date is 15th April 2019.

Go on, show someone they’re effort’s been worth it!

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Playground improvements Feedback

PKC are carrying out a customer satisfaction surveys on play areas that were upgraded in 2017/18: https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/

These were:
•    Ardblair Terrace, Blairgowrie
•    Friarton Park, Perth
•    Kirkhall Park, Almondbank
•    Mathieson Drive, Perth
•    Sidlaw Place, Coupar Angus

If you would like to comment on more than one play area, please return and complete another response. This survey will be open until 30th April 2019.


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Perth And Kinross Local Area Commanders Bulletin

Wednesday 27th March 2019
 
INVOICE REDIRECTION SCAM

A new style of financial fraud has occurred in Perth & Kinross recently.
By hacking into email accounts, scammers are able to intercept legitimate invoices and change the banking details that payments are to be made to.

In a recent incident, reported in South Perthshire, a small business was requested to pay an outstanding invoice of over £7000 to a local builder. The small business received an email requesting that the builder’s bank account details be amended. The email appeared to have been sent from the builder and so payment was made, as requested, to the new account. About a week later the builder queried why the payment hadn’t been received. It was then discovered that the email to change the bank details was not genuine.

In a similar incident, a Tayside company was requested to pay an invoice. The email provided new banking details for the payment to be made to. In this incident over £155000 was paid out due to the fraudulent email.

So what is happening?
Personal and business emails are being hacked by fraudsters. The fraudsters then scroll through and monitor emails in the account and intercept any relating to invoices.

The fraudsters change the banking details on invoices, or send emails providing changed bank account details for payments to be made to. The recipient then pays the invoice believing it is from the legitimate source, when in fact the money is going directly into the fraudster’s account.

How do I protect my business?
Let your clients known your banking details will never change.
Inform your clients to contact you personally if they receive a request to update your bank account details.
Do not provide bank details on invoices, call clients to provide this information.
If you receive a request to make payment, to a new bank account, by one of your clients, phone them to confirm it is genuine – but don’t use the contact number on the invoice you’ve just received as it’s likely to be false too.

Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident.  Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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New One Way System

Last year it was suggested by a member of the public that due to the increase in traffic along Lower Mill Street it might be prudent to make it one way, after the car park.  As this seemed like a sensible idea we suggested it to PKC, who agreed.

Shortly a notice will be posted  informing residents of the proposed change and invite any comments about it.

Here’s a plan of the area which details the proposed changes.  What do you think? Feel free to let us know by email, facebook or comment direct to PKC when the process goes live.


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LAMBING SEASON

With lambing season now under way, we would like to remind dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead when they are near sheep.

Dog owners have a clear responsibility to ensure their pets are under control and this is made clear in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, especially when there are pregnant ewes and young lambs in the fields.

If your pets chase or worry sheep, you are likely to get prosecuted and you could lose your dog.

Worrying is defined as attacking livestock, chasing livestock in such a way that it may be reasonable to expect the dog to cause injury or suffering to livestock as well as abortion in female animals, and being at large (not under close control or on a lead) in a field or enclosure where there are sheep.

In some circumstances farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep. Therefore it is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock.

There have been some truly horrific injuries caused to sheep so please, keep your dog under control.


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Survey – Police Scotland

Shaping our direction and delivery 2019-22

Police Scotland want to hear from the public and our partners about how we shape the service that we provide.
 
In 2017 we agreed a ten year strategy for how we want to build a sustainable service able to adapt to the needs of a changing Scotland. Since then, we have been planning for and delivering change, whilst continuing to provide the local and specialist services that keep people safe.

Each year we are required to publish an Annual Police Plan which sets out our operational priorities for the year ahead.
 
This year we will enhance that, by bringing together the work we do locally and nationally across all our functions with our change activity, into one plan covering the next three years.
 
This will show how all the parts of the service come together to make a positive impact for policing and society and to keep people safe across Scotland against a set of strategic outcomes.

As part of our ongoing engagement, we are looking for opinions from people across Scotland on our proposed outcomes, our approach, and how you want to be involved in working with us to continue to shape future services. We are also keen to hear your views to help shape our future strategies in respect to prevention and public contact and engagement.
 
Your opinions will help us to make sure that our plan fits with expectations and enables continued collaboration, and that we identify any areas of the plan that require to be amended or strengthened.

Our plan will be laid before the Scottish Parliament by the end of March.
 
The survey will be open until 18 March 2019.
 
To take part, please visit: https://consult.scotland.police.uk/consultation/2019shape
 
We will continuously monitor the responses on Citizen Space and also ask you to circulate this to your colleagues, communities and networks to help us reach a large and diverse audience.


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Local Development Plan 2 update

The Westpark Development trundles on and the impact on the town and its local businesses becomes more and more clear as the details get put on paper.

Here’s the newest proposals for the site for you to have a look at.  They are in two parts, the employment part and the housing part.  Please feel free to have a look at them and/or read what others have had to say about the plans when they were lodged.

Maybe you work in one of the shops in town or maybe you own one?  Maybe you’re looking to open a new food business and need more appropriate facilities or maybe you don’t like the idea of a big multinational coming to town, either way you may have something to say about the plans and we’d like to hear it.

The official consultation period is closed but you can contact us via the website, fb page or comment forms in the Community (One Voice) Office or HEAT Office.