Minute of Meeting of 17 February 2015

Kalewater Community Council

Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 17 February 2015

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present: Community Councillors; Eric McNulty (Chair), Barbara Bell, Michael Scott (Secretary), George Aitchison, Dot Halliday, Matilda Hall.

SBC Councillor Alec Nicol

Public: Nil





Community Councillors; Andrew McEwan, Tom Edgar, Richard Pedersen, Catherine Mabon.

SBC Councillor Simon Mountford.



Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting of 20 January having been circulated were passed as a true record of events.

Proposed: Cllr Halliday; Seconded: Cllr Aitchison.







Trysting tree Cllr McNulty and contractor had examined remains of metal guard around tree – advice was to leave it in place.

Cllr Hall would ask tree surgeon for their opinion too.

Agreed that no new guard would be installed.



Cllr Hall


Morebattle Noticeboard N/A



Morebattle Development Site Trees are outside owner’s planning development area but within the site. A site meeting with Chair and owner would be helpful. Draft letter and email to Chair.





KCC Contact List Completed.



SBCCN survey on online presence Secretary had responded.

SBC Cllr Nicol noted that Kelso CC placed their minutes on Facebook. A very large number of responses resulted which might be difficult to manage.



Defibrillators Invoices have been paid and delivery expected soon. No location yet identified in Cessford. Electricity costs/year approx. £5.

Cllr Bell would speak to Yetholm CC re. their experience of insurance and property deeds where a unit is located on private land.

Training dates not yet available. Update requested for village shop.





Cllr Bell

Cllr Aitchison


Mainsfield Road traffic speed signs SBC Cllr Nicol reported that SBC officers were reluctant to consider moving 30mph signs. Request a mobile speedcam to collect evidence.



SBC Cllr Nicol


Land near Morebattle Mains SBC Cllr Nicol reported that he spoken to the landowners re. installing a seat. Awaiting a response. Unpaid Work group could potentially supply and install any seat.



Morebattle Archive Cllr Hall suggested contacting SBC archivist Paul Brough at Hawick Heritage Hub for advice. Public meeting suggested.



Cllr Hall


Land by Morebattle PS Cllr Hall noted that the site needs tidying. Cllr Pedersen had offered to clear the site in conjunction with the landowners. Three fruit trees could be planted.



Cllr Pedersen


Brief presentation from Suzanne Howgego, Kelso and District Community Beat Officer, Police Service of Scotland

Suzanne was not present.



Morebattle PS sandpit request

Agreed to fund replenishing of sand.



SBCCN survey on online presence





·  Letter from Lammermuirs Community Council re. NHS Borders out-of-hours services consultation.
Following discussion Kalewater CC reasonably happy with the current arrangement of Out of Hours Care.

·  Town Twinning Request.
No action.



Items for Circulation Folder

The Secretary summarised some of the items going into the new circulation folder as listed on the agenda.

·  Police Scotland Kelso area monthly report, January 2015
SBC Cllr Nicol noted that there had been no stop & search of children in the Scottish Borders in recent years.

·  Southern Uplands Partnership Newsletter January 2015

·  NHS Borders: update on out-of-hours services, deadline 28 February 2015

·  Invitation to community councils: SBC budget briefing 27 February 2015

·  SBC Business Waste Consultation, deadline 20 February 2015
SBC Cllr Nicol noted that there was no service for the Kelso and Duns area.

·  Cheviot Area Forum agenda, 4 February 2015

·  Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Integration - views sought on how the partnership will be governed, deadline 13 March 2015
Agreed to delegate response to Cllr Halliday.

·  Community Energy Scotland Members' Bulletin, January 2015

·  SBCCN constitution; meeting agenda, 18 February 2015 & minutes 13 November & 17 December 2014

·  Safer Borders newsletter, January 2015



















Cllr Halliday




Cllr Edgar had forwarded some thoughts on proposed land reform by Scottish Government.



Cllr Bell noted recent SBC Small Works report and suggested that Morebattle would benefit from a street sign for Thimble Row, especially for delivery vans. SBC Cllr Nicol felt that other street signs were missing in Morebattle. Cllr Bell to draft a list for passing to SBC Cllr Nicol.





Cllr Bell


Cllr Hall had recently spoken to the Paxton rep for Community Resilience and would put them in contact with Cllr Pedersen.


Cllr Hall


Cllr Aitchison noted that £1500 had been raised for the defibrillators.



Cllr Aitchison noted that salt bin at Buchtrig was no longer there and was an issue in icy conditions. Could it be replaced?


SBC Cllr Nicol


Cllr Aitchison reported that there were some bad potholes in Hownam and he would report them via SBC website.


Cllr Aitchison


Items for Next Meeting Agenda




Next Meeting Meeting ended 8.10pm

7pm Tuesday 17 March 2015, Village Institute, Morebattle.






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