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Minutes of the Meeting of St Boswells Community Council held on 19th January 2017

St Boswells Community Council
Minutes of Meeting of 19 January 2017
St Boswells Cricket Club at 7.30pm

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, S Pollock, E Reid, D Black, PC Dawson and Councillor Stewart

Apologies: Councillors Scott and Brown and PC J Dawson

Minutes of Last Meeting: On the proposal of A Drummond seconded by M Evans the minute of meeting held on 24 November 2016 was approved.

Police Report: Written report written by PC J Dawson recorded that there have been 2 Road checks and 2 people charged with speeding offences.
There have been no rural theft and no reports of youth anti-social behaviour.
There has been a two vehicle collision near Hiltonshill resulting in minor injury.
A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal regarding unattended firearms ammunition left in a car.
The Police are investigating 2 separate incidents of damage to and theft from vehicles on Lawries Garage forecourt. Parking issues on Main Street and near Hamilton Place are being monitored by the Police and 1 Fixed Penalty Notice has been served on someone parked on double yellow lines.

Matters Arising
• War Memorial – D Oliver advised that meeting scheduled with building contractors on 20/01/2017 to facilitate estimate cost/H&S plan/methods plan etc. Buccleuch Estates have now confirmed that the ownership of the relevant land is held by the West Croft Trust and not them. Councillor Stewart, A Drummond and J Pollock are progressing this and are seeking to clarify our constitution regarding land ownership
• Buccleuch Estates Land Transfer _ A Drummond advised that matters were ongoing.
A householder affected by this process is expressing concern about the delay in conclusion.
• 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 – Correspondence has been received from SBC Roads to advise that the cost of closing the road is estimated at £3000 and there are insufficient monies available to undertake the work. Councillor Stewart requested copies of all correspondence/photographs to date as he will contact SBC Officers to further represent our wishes and the H&S implications of no action.
• Buccleuch Chase Roadway – Received confirmation from SBC that this matter has been approved, finance has been identified and Neighbourhood Services have scheduled the roadside work for the end of March 2017.
• Community Council Notice Board – The Village Hall Committee have approved our use of one of the red notice board. D Oliver will estimate for some minor repairs.
• Entrance Signs to 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 provided sketches prepared by a local artist – the meeting approved one design which will be returned to the artist for detailed work and colouring. The sign colour would be sky blue and maroon.
• Benches within the village – J Pollock proposed that before we take any action to replace specific benches that we undertake a review of all benches to assess repair/cleaning/replacement requirements. It was noted that we had received two offers by local residents to purchase memorial benches.
• Bus Stance, village parking and redevelopment– Councillor Stewart had previously intimated the need for a detailed plan to take account of all the elements of concern in the village. The plan would have to include consultation with a cross section of the community and take account of planning and funding schedules (sometimes up to 3 years). Questions arose about the Scottish Government Community Empowerment Act and opportunities for ‘right to buy’. It was agreed that D Oliver, A Drummond and R Parker, and any other interested committee member would meet to scope out the issues to present at the next meeting.
• Traffic Island at A68 – The traffic island now appears to be a fixture rather than a trial installation. Councillor Stewart gave a brief report on the meeting between SBC and AMEY on 02/12 to discuss a range of A68 issues. Councillor Stewart is going to circulate documentation/maps regarding issues and the arrangements between AMEY and Transport Scotland which appear to undermine proactive action and consultation processes. There also appears to be a risk of a High Court case between AMEY and SBC regarding issues of roadside verge cleaning. A Drummond read out a draft letter from this committee addressed to AMEY and Transport Scotland regarding the inadequacy of their consultation process and their ignoring recommendations from us to facilitate flow of traffic – the meeting approved the sending of the letter.
• Car Boot Sales – A Drummond reported on the arrangements for 2017 and confirmed that the community council dates are on 21 May and 02 July.
• Community Woodland – R Parker and J Pollock reported on the work carried out in respect of rubbish clearance, brashing, re-establishing the Tennis Club car park boundary etc. J Pollock has also met with the Tennis Club committee. Preliminary discussions have also been held with a tree surgeon and sources of advice and funding e.g. Borders Forest Trust. Buccleuch Estates have been advised of our progress and they are following up issues around maps, land ownership, replacement notice board, felling of some of the sitka spruce and replacement trees.
• Moles on the Green – Initial action by SBC has not resolved this concern. A Finnie, SBC has confirmed that he is going to progress this matter.
• Village Hall Lamps and Christmas Lights – J Pollock is in discussion with Mr Tait, SBC regarding repair and use of the lamps on the side of the Village Hall. Councillor Stewart has asked for details to ascertain if he can support our cause. We would like to convert/replace our Christmas lights to LED bulbs. Councillor Stewart recommended that we consider approaching the Festive Lighting Company for advice and costings.

Councillor Report:
Councillor Stewart reported
(a) a pending seminar on adapting homes to meet an ageing population
(b) SBC budget meetings are about to commence for 2017/18 in the context of a Scottish Government 4 – 4 ½ % reduction in allocation (approx. £8 to £9 million pounds).
(c) St Boswells Main Street is scheduled to have 400+ metres of road surface repair commencing circa 28/02/2017 and we identified our wish to obtain some of the planings for path work in the woodland and the lay by on the Green on the Maxton Road section.
(d) a pending seminar drop-in event offering IT training
(e) the Border Street Pastors have reported on their 2016 activities in Galashiels and Melrose which are extensive and surprising. The service is being extended to Hawick. (f) copies of the Borders ‘Whats On’
(g) details of 6 EU Funded projects in the Borders which given the UK exit plans may be the last of their kind

Correspondence: For December 2016 and January 2017
• Road Closures – various
• Reece Gritbins – sales literature
• Neighbourhood watch newsletter and warning re scams – various
• Treasurers Report
• Car Boot Sale – Emails and by post - requests for dates/pitches/cancellations – agreement forms
• Scottish Community Alliance Newsletter – November and December editions
• Minutes from last meeting
• News from John Lamont MSP
• Police Report
• Buccleuch Chase roadway – various emails
• Community Woodland/pond -various emails
• Bench, Notice Boards, Road Signs, Village logo, Coronation Lamps – various emails
• Change of CC meeting venue and date – various emails
• Village generation – various emails
• War Memorial – various emails
• Scottish Civic Trust – My Place Awards 2017
• Cheviot Area Forum – agenda for meeting on 07/12/2016 – and minutes
• Village Hall Open Meeting – agenda and minutes of 06/12/2016 meeting
• Post Office Consultation paper
• Programme of Planned Revenue and Capital Works 2016/2017
• Economic Bulletin for November
• Festival Lighting Company – email from Councillor Stewart
• Winter Tips Booklet
• PCS-UK – Community defibrillators (sales literature)
• Waste and recycling collection service briefing note – winter arrangements
• Scottish Borders Community Council – insurance issues – Zurich Insurance policies for CC’s carrying out resilience activities – renewal form
• Mainstreaming Equality SBC Report for 2017 to 2021 – Consultation paper
• Winter Weather updates
• Childrens Hospice Association Scotland request for Community fundraiser
• Scottish Rural Action – Conference and AGM on 20 September 2017
• Scottish Mediation – a more collaborative planning system – conference 21/02/2017
• Old Link Road behind Jenny Moores Road – email regarding ongoing issues
• Housing – SBC Draft Supplementary Guidance

Treasurers Report:
A Marks, Treasurer reported the following;
• Balance brought forward from 24 November 2016 - £1982.59
• Income received – £450 (SBC Grant for grass cutting)
• Expenditure – £35 (Bouquet of flowers for Mrs J Reed)
• Monies Carried forward at 19 January 2017 - £2397.59
• The Road on the Green Maintenance Fund (based on 10% income) is £220.50 leaving a balance of £2177.09 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.

Any other business:
• Community Council has been approached by Community Hospice Association Scotland requesting to speak to meeting/fundraising. The meeting agreed to note the request.

Date and time of next meeting:
Next meeting will be on Thursday 23 February 2017 @ 7.30pm @ Lesser Hall of the Village Hall

Minutes of the Meeting of St Boswells Community Council held on 19th January 2017, Scotland