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Minutes of the Meeting of St Boswells Community Council of 22nd February 2018

St. Boswells Community Council
Minutes of Meeting held on Thursday 22 February 2018 in the Lesser Village Hall at 7.30pm

Chairman: J. Pollock advised the meeting of what to do in the event of a fire.

Attending: D. Oliver, R. Parker, A. Marks, J. Pollock, S. Pollock, D. Black and Councillor S. Hamilton, and 4 members of the public

Apologies: E. Reid, A. Drummond, P.C. Entwhistle and Councillor Sandy Scott.

Minutes of Last Meeting: The minute of meeting on 25 January 2018 was approved on the proposal of S. Pollock seconded by A. Marks.

Police Report: A written Police report recorded that there had been 32 reported incidents mostly of a minor or non criminal nature.
3 crimes were recorded namely
(a) on 09/01/2018 one male arrested for causing disturbance within Orchard Park, St Boswells
(b) on 10/01/2018 a housebreaking with intent to steal from a property in Springfield Terrace and
(c) a property in Springfield Terrace was entered on 29/01/2018 and taps were turned on causing extensive flood damage
Contact with the Police is Jamie.Entwistle@scotland.pnn.police.uk or JedburghDistrictCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

A previously identified issue regarding two untaxed and uninsured vehicles parked/used in the village has been dealt with by the Police.

Matters Arising:
• War Memorial – Councillor S. Hamilton obtained name of N. Hastie, SBC Estates Officer and A. Drummond has initiated contact. A. Drummond also confirmed that the War Memorial now has a website domain address of
• Entrance Signs to Village – Confirmation from SBC that action will be taken before end of financial year.
• Benches within the village – Refurbishment of 4 other benches will resume in the summer of 2018.
• A68/A699 – No further update on outstanding work.
• Dumping of Garden Waste – Countryside Access Officer is checking ownership of land to confirm location of signage.
• Grass Cutting Contract with GB Landscaping – This contract has 12 months to run and the Community Council confirmed continuation of the contract for 2018 at a cost of £830. Contractor now requires to charge V.A.T. and A. Drummond will notify SBC.
• Community Council Notice Board – Representative of Village Hall Committee has confirmed the long term use of notice board for Community Council information.
• Car Boot Sales – A. Finnie, SBC is to be advised that we have no storage space for traffic cones and we will have to continue ordering as required ( there may be space to the rear of the cricket club but this has not yet been verified)
• Christmas Tree Lights – Posters were put up in the village requesting volunteers to set up an action group (and this is also to be included on internet forum). The objective was to see if anyone in the village had aspirations to upgrade the Christmas Lights If no-one comes forward the Community Council will look at what they can do to improve the lights.
• Appeals for new members on Community Council – advertisements by posters and in the Jed Eye were made asking for new members for the Community Council. Existing members are encouraged to continue making personal contact with potential candidates. J.Pollock is preparing a summary of the Community Council’s activities to identify what will be lost if the Community Council disbands due to lack of interest.
• Time line for election of Community Councillors – Nominations open on Thursday 22nd March 2018, closing 21 days later on Thursday 12th April 2018. Nominees have 7 days to withdraw their nominations. Assuming that the number of nominations is more than half the required number (5) and no more than (10) no ballot will be required. The new Community Council can be declared on 19 April 2018 and ready to take up post at the AGM scheduled for 26 April 2018.
• Woodland – We have met with Estate Agents for Buccleuch estates to discuss a lease for the Community Woodland. The Tesco award of £1000 has been conformed and will be used to improve access to tennis courts. Border Forest Trust Volunteer Action Group has been booked for 27 February when coppicing hazel, planting a chestnut and removing old wire netting and barbed wire will take place. Discussions proceed with Borders Forest Trust regarding an environmental audit of the woodland. At this time no further action has been taken to try and generate a public meeting in the village to attract interest in the project.
• New LED Street lighting for St Boswells – SBC commences work on upgrading all street lighting during April 2018.
• Cheviot Area Partnership – Councillor Hamilton gave a detailed explanation of the new Cheviot Area Partnership which will now be the source when communities require funds (Small Scheme and Quality of Life Grants) for different projects. Procedures for nominating projects and subsequent voting procedures were explained although these are not written in stone because the initiative is still too new. It is proposed to hold meetings out with school hours to maximise potential public interest and some projects may cross Community Council boundaries e.g. employment, transport, broadband etc. The next meeting will be held at Jedburgh Grammar School when it is hoped SBC elected members and Community Council Chairs will attend.

Councillor Report:
Councillor Scott Hamilton reported that
(a) SBC has approved its 2018/2019 Budget which includes 12 months investment in Community Policing and a major investment in Road Repairs
(b) The potential closure of the G.P. Surgery at Newtown St Boswells arising from some of the current G.P’s retiring and there being a nationwide shortage of potential replacements. The process to date has excluded patient consultation. Councillor Hamilton is communicating with the Health Board and will seek to get someone from the Health Board to attend the March meeting of the Community Council.
(c) There is a stay of execution until December 2018 of the Melrose Branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Correspondence: For December 2017/January 2018
• Road Closures – various
• Neighbourhood watch newsletter and warning re scams – various
• Treasurers Report
• Car Boot Sale – Emails and by post - requests for dates/pitches/cancellations – agreement forms – boot sale information
• Minutes of last CC meeting
• Bright Starts Out of School Children’s Club – provision of support letter
• War Memorial Ground Transfer – email from Councillor Hamilton
• Notice board Company (Sales literature)
• Garden waste signage - email
• War Memorial ground transfer and funding options - emails
• Information changes to St Boswells Website - emails
• Localities Bis Fund – Voting Information and project Information
• PCS-UK – Communities Sales Literature – Defibrillator provision
• Scottish Community Alliance Newsletter (subscribed) February
• Picnic Benches Invoice - email
• Abandoned and non taxed vehicles – email
• Tesco bags of Help award confirmation and follow up information
• Borders Buses Newsletter
• Diabetes Support Group – Poster and Information
• Back Link Road signage – emails
• Scottish Borders National Park – Campaign Position Statement
• St Boswells spring Litter Pick and sign up on line information
• Scottish Fire and Rescue Community Asset register
• Planning application Vets Field – collation of comments and observations
• SBC Budget briefings for 2018/2019
• Local traffic concerns - emails
• Street Lighting in St Boswells and Christmas Lights Poster
• Contact @ SBC for Community Council matters
• Scottish Borders Community Council Network - agenda for 14 march meeting
• Hags Playground Solutions – sales material
• Glasdon Bins, Seating and Bollards – sales material

Treasurer's Report:
A. Marks, Treasurer reported the following;
• Balance brought forward from 25 January 2018 - £1711.16
• Income received – Nil
• Expenditure – £626.44 (Ruthven Alarms, picnic tables, St Boswells Village Hall, GB Landscaping and Chairman expenses)
• Monies Carried forward at 22 February 2018 - £1084.72
• The Road on the Green Maintenance Fund @ 22 February 2018 (based on 10% income) is £250 leaving a balance of ££834.72 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.

Planning: No new applications received

Any other business:
Concerns expressed about people cycling on pavements within the village and on the A68 between the two villages.
• Village Spring Clean: R. Parker reported that Annual litter pick has been advertised by poster and within the Church newsletter for Saturday morning the 7th of April @ 10.00am. SBC has confirmed date for delivery of litter pickers and application to Councils insurers is pending.
• Reference was made to the traffic lights at BGH junction on Melrose Bypass

Date and time of next meeting:
Next meeting will be on Thursday 29 March 2018 @ 7.30pm @ Lesser Hall of Village Hall

Minutes of the Meeting of St Boswells Community Council of 22nd February 2018 , Scotland