Minutes of the Meeting of St Boswells Community Council held on 24th November 2016
St Boswells Community Council
Minutes of Meeting
24 November 2016
Lesser Hall, St Boswells Village Hall
J Pollock advised the meeting of what to do in the event of a fire.
Attending: M Evans, D Oliver, R Parker, A Marks, J Pollock, A Drummond, PC Dawson, Councillors Stewart and 2 members of the public
Apologies: E Reid, Councillors Scott and Brown, D Black and S Pollock
Minutes of Last Meeting: On the proposal of A Drummond seconded by A Marks the minute of meeting held on 27 October 2016 was approved.
Police Report: Written report presented by PC J Dawson recorded that there has been 1 road check resulting in no offence being detected. There have been no rural thefts and no incidents of youth antisocial behaviour. On 28/10 an adult male was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following reports to the Police by members of the public. On or about 03/11 an unlocked car in Springfield Terrace was entered and a purse and money was stolen. On 08/11 a complaint was received regarding the manner of driving of a car in Jenny Moores Road and Traffic Officers are giving this attention. On 15/11, following a report of a car in suspicious circumstances at St Boswells Tennis Club, the police investigated and found 2 male youths with a small amount of cannabis. The Community Council reported to PC Dawson that drivers continued to ignore double yellow lines at Hamilton Place and outside the Village Hall
• War Memorial – D Oliver advised that matters were ongoing
• Buccleuch Estates Land Transfer _ A Drummond advised that matters were ongoing
• Benrig Cemetery Parking – A Drummond advised that matters were ongoing and he had yet to arrange a meeting with the local farmer
• Old Link Road behind Jenny Moores Road – It has now been confirmed that all households affected by this route have confirmed that they support the erection of gates to prevent normal vehicle access to the route. J Pollock has attempted contact with the local farmer affected but has only been able to speak indirectly. It was decided to write to J Frater, SBC Roads confirming the Committees support for the local residents wishes (understanding that the subsequent consultation process by SBC will include all residents and the affected farmer.
• Buccleuch Chase Roadway – this matter is ongoing and being handled directly between the Residents Association and SBC. Delays to other Community Council applications to SBC for funding means that this matter may now take precedence.
• Community Council Notice Board – this matter is ongoing. J Pollock will attend Village Hall Committee Meeting scheduled for 06/12 to ascertain if 1 or 2 of the small notice boards there can be used by the Community Council. D Oliver will progress the obtaining of estimates for a new notice board.
• Entrance Signs to Village and bench at A68 junction from village. J Pollock reported that A Finnie, SBC has confirmed that the replacement of the signs on the A68 will proceed subject to approval from AMEY. Mr Finnie has been informed of our wish that the sign on the west side of the village is also replaced. The new signs will incorporate an emblem and can include narrative and a distinct colour shading. J Pollock will meet with a local artist for advice. D Oliver presented detailed costing for installing a circular bench and the required foundation (around a tree). The Committee felt that the costs were excessive and have decided to defer further consideration of this matter until April 2017.
• Bus Stance and village parking – Councillor Stewart circulated a copy of an email exchange he had had with C Banks, Cheviot Area Locality Manager regarding this matter and other information/advice was presented to the meeting. The Committee approved the setting up of a small action group to coordinate all relevant issues and prepare a report which could provide the Committee and SBC with a more considered and focussed plan. J Pollock is to follow up with the Village Hall Committee regarding the parking bays adjacent to the building and the telephone box (which has been listed to remain). Safe pedestrian access was required next to the telephone box.
• Traffic Island at A68 – Councillor Stewart advised that SBC and AMEY were meeting on 02/12 to discuss a range of A68 issues and it was likely that the trial installation of the traffic island would be on the agenda. The Committee made a number of observations about local experiences to date (some negative and others positive). It was suggested that the relocation of the pavement on the south side of the exit would allow it to be widened making a benefit for traffic filtering to the south
• Any Other Matters – A Marks reported that the residents of Jenny Moores Road had decided not to proceed with their petition (as reported at the last meeting) regarding speed limits and pedestrian safety on this school access route. Councillor Stewart advised that SBC employed a Safer Routes to School Officer (Roads/Health and Safety/Education) who might assist and the meeting agreed to include this local concern under the aegis of the small action group looking at the bus station/village parking
Councillor Stewart reported
(a) that the Council has been considering a report recommending the decriminalisation of illegal parking. It was decided to reject this proposal and for SBC to put more pressure on the Police to enforce regulations. SBC is also going to trial a parking disc system in Hawick and Selkirk
(b) The SBC decision regarding the location of the Scottish tapestry is now scheduled for 15/12.
(c) St Boswells Main Street is scheduled to have 400 metres of road surface repair and we will be advised as soon as dates are available
Correspondence: For November 2016
• Road Closures – various
• Plantscape Creative Play products (Sales Literature)
• Neighbourhood watch newsletter and warning re scams – various
• Treasurers Report
• Car Boot Sale – Emails and by post - requests for dates and pitches
• Scottish Community Alliance Newsletter October
• Minutes from last meeting
• News from John Lamont MSP
• Borders National Park Tourism – Stakeholder meeting 17/11
• Bench, Notice Boards, Road Signs – various emails
• Pedestrian Crossing – email
• Health and Social Care newsletter
• Dog Fouling – email promising continued policing
• Scottish Community Councils Hour on Twitter
• Community Led Support Engagement Session
A Marks, Treasurer reported the following;
• Balance brought forward from 27 October- £2897.09
• Income received – £47.00 (Green Usage)
• Expenditure – £961.50 (GB Landscaping, St Boswells Village Hall, War Memorial Wreath)
• Monies Carried forward at 24 November 2016 - £1982.59
• The Road on the Green Maintenance Fund (based on 10% income) is £220.50 leaving a balance of £1762.09 normal funds available. All normal working funds are now in the Clydesdale Bank. The Royal Bank account is being kept open for all income and expenditure relating to the War Memorial Project.
• No further information about the Chip Shop window.
• Notification of replacement of existing structure to sun room at Green Cottage. Meeting noted position
Any other business:
• Fixed Lamps on Village Hall – a check is being made to see if these lamps come under the jurisdiction of SBC Street Lighting supply and, if so, to effect repair and replacement of bulbs
• Car Boot Sales - A Drummond confirmed that 13 sales had been confirmed and a further 1 is awaiting confirmation. The Community Council will operate the dates of 21 May and 02 July 2017
• Village Christmas Lights – A Drummond to write to SBC to check and see if there is a fund available to assist with maintenance and electricity costs. He is costing the possible replacement with LED lighting.
• Lock ups in Springfield Terrace – no information yet available as to plans for the site
• Resilience – J Fraser SBC will write to CC to ask if he can attend meeting of February or March – noted by Committee
• Litter Pickers – Committee approved poster to advertise that we now hold 6 litter pickers for use by members of the Community
• Community Woodland – R Parker and J Pollock have agreed to undertake further rubbish clearance from the area. Additional work to the pond and paths will require to wait until the spring 2017
• Road and Pavement clearance during adverse weather conditions – A Drummond confirmed that the Committee holds a copy of SBC plan and prioritisation of primary and secondary routes and the prioritisation of primary and secondary pedestrian areas.
• The Safety Rubber Matting around the climbing frame next to the cycle track on the Rugby Field is deteriorating and has been referred to A Finnie, SBC
Date and time of next meeting:
Next meeting will be on Thursday 26 January 2017 @7.30pm.
Since the meeting - date and place of next meeting have been changed to Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in St Boswells Cricket Club.