Minutes of the Meeting of St Boswells Parish Community Council of 29th October 2015
St Boswells Community Council
Minutes of Meeting
29 October 2015
Lesser Hall, St Boswells Village Hall
D Oliver advised the meeting of what to do in the event of a fire.
Attending: D Oliver, A Drummond, R Parker, A Marks, J Pollock, S Pollock, Councillor R Stewart, M Evans, Karen, PC Dawson and 2 members of the public
Apologies: T Jackson, D Black, Councillors Scott and Brown
Minutes of Last Meeting: On the proposal of A Drummond seconded by D Oliver the minute of meeting held on 24 September 2015 was approved
Police Report: See attached Report
Discussion about dog fouling and agreed to prepare an article for the parish newsletter and Jed Eye to publicize concerns and encourage the public to report incidents to the Police, highlighting the tennis court and bridle path areas. Police also wished to ask people to be aware of rural theft and the availability of home security surveys.
Car boot Sales A Drummond has received many bookings for 2016 and only 3 weekends are now available. Discussion about bookings for 2017 and agreed that no bookings could be made for 2017 until 01 November 2016 following a proposal from D Oliver seconded by J Pollock.
Bridle Path letter received complaining about the quantity of horse droppings. There is no legislation applicable to horse droppings and no rider/owner can be forced to clean up. Additionally a bridle path is historically a route for horses.
SBC proposal to effect 10% reduction in grass cutting costs extensive discussion and community council agreed to defer any suggestions until SBC had formally tabled their proposals
Grass Cutting general discussion to identify potential bidders for the new contract. Secretary to contact list.
Proposal for Borders Area National Park Status extensive discussion about the proposal, which would cover the area from Carter Bar to the Eildons, including the implications for business, tourism, construction, planning, an additional layer of authority, the Land Reform Act etc. Secretary to circulate more information.
War Memorial The committee shared out the house to house delivery of leaflets. Members of the Community Council who are available can attend a coordinating meeting to be held on 01/10 2015 at 7.30pm at Buccleuch Hotel
Resilient Communities K Farnish has offered his services as coordinator and his kind offer was acknowledged by the committee. We agreed that we would undertake a new publicity programme in the New Year to generate more volunteers.
School Drop Off Area at Springfield Terrace D Oliver had discussed parking and safety concerns with the Head Teacher who confirmed the Schools awareness of the problems. The School is going to issue a flier to all parents.
Buccleuch Estates is selling the cottages on the Green and have lodged proposals to recover some ground currently held by the community council. The issue is under review by the Community Council and we will ensure that the viewpoints of other homeowners affected are taken into account.
SBC Councillor Stewart Report:
Guide to help tourism businesses take advantage of Borders railway opportunities
Keep Safe Scheme to be introduced to Galashiels to provide safe places for people with learning difficulties to go if they are lost, scared, need help or are the victim of crime
Second Draft of Strategic Plan for Health and Social Care in the Borders is available for consultation
Annual accounts for SBC now available some discussion about the size of SBC Legal Department and the amount of money spent on external contracts e.g. the recent cancellation of the recycling contract
Youth Borders impact study now commencing
A68/AMEY action group pending and ongoing consultation
SBC Business month and highlighting the work of Business Gateway
RoSPA has issued Scotlands Big Book of Accident Prevention
Secretary to write to Councilor Stewart regarding a tenant of SBHA who has raised some concerns
Road Closures various
SBC agendas various
Neighbourhood Watch newsletter and warnings about various scams
Broxap Plastic Products sales literature
Scottish Community Alliance(subscribed) October
Car Boot booking enquiries for next year and 2017
Emails regarding the War Memorial Exhibition
Paths/Grass cutting documents from E Watt
Invite for comments re Electoral Boundary changes date now closed
Response from Registers of Scotland
Emails from Buccleuch Estates re sale of cottages on the Green and War Memorial site
St Boswells Live - publicity and request for volunteers
P Wheelhouse MSP newsletter
SESplan Main Issues Report consultation now closed
Notification of Quality of Life funding for War Memorial Exhibition
Minutes of Cheviot Area Forum on 16 September 2015
Various emails from Heritage Hub, members of the public, committee members Village Hall Committee and G Hughes (drawings) re War Memorial Exhibition
Alba Ballooning request for invoice and payments details
SBCCN AGM and Annual Conference and request for core committee members
N MacKay reminder re pathways grants and insurance requirements
Plantscape sales literature
John Lamont MSP Newsletter
Village Week committee AGM on 12 November
Public involvement in Research Reporting Guidelines
Jed Eye confirmation of report
SBC Request for a review of local grass cutting
Email from A Gillan effecting resignation from community council
Second draft of the Strategic Plan for health and Social Care Integration
SBC Ready for Winter briefing paper
Better late than dead on time Road Safety performance 2016
Scottish Human Rights Commission event in Galashiels on 10 November
A Marks reported the following;
Balance brought forward from 27 August 2015 - £1293.43
Income received from car boot sales/green usage/Alba Ballooning - £147.00
Grant received for Exhibition Expenses- £873.17
Expenditure (Secretary expenses, Village Hall booking, Garden comp trophy) - £102.80
Expenditure for grass cutting contract to GB Landscaping - £631.00
Monies Carried forward at 24 September 2015 - £1579.80
The Road on the Green maintenance Fund (based on 10% income) is £116.45 leaving a balance of £1463.35 normal funds available
A Drummond reported applications to remove a tree at Braehead, and, 4 trees at Lessudden on the grounds of safety
Any other business:
Query about the progress of SBC Planning on the review of the Chip Shop window advised by Councillor Stewart that a decision is pending
Date and time of next meeting
26 November @ 7.30 in the Lesser Hall of Village Hall.