Minute of Meeting of 19 November 2013

Kalewater Community Council

Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 19 November 2013

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present: Community Councillors; Eric McNulty (Chair), Richard Pedersen, Andrew McEwan, Sarah Dixon, Dot Halliday, Michael Scott (Secretary), Helen Cessford (Vice-Chair).

SBC Cllrs Simon Mountford, Alec Nicol. Public: Nil.





Cllrs: Paul Grime, Sarah Anderson, Matilda Hall (Treasurer), George Aitchison.



Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting of 15 October having been circulated were then passed as a true record of events.

Proposed: Cllr Pedersen; Seconded: Cllr Dixon




Matters Arising from 15 October Actions

Cllr Pedersen to fix new bridge sign soon.


Cllr Pedersen


SBC Cllr Mountford noted that the faulty school speed sign has been reported to SBC but no date for repair.



To be undertaken by Scottish Borders Council.






Community Resilience Plan

Cllr Pedersen reported on the recent SBC information event which covered issues such as lost person searches.

Equipment: 20 shovels, coats and hats. A container with 1 tonne of salt. Some equipment would go to Hownam. No response from Linton residents. Some areas where there is no community interest in Resilience is covered by the farming community.

Request for more volunteers to attend emergency 1st Aid training course in late January. Cllrs Hall and Dixon volunteered.

A Morebattle Resilient Community Meeting is needed, preferably before Christmas. 3 December in the Temple Hall Inn suggested.













Cheviot Area Forum 6 November 2013 report

Chair reported that there was a good turnout and a lively discussion on the proposed change to byelaws on drinking in public places.



Police Service of Scotland Public Consultation, deadline 30 November 2013

Email document to all KCC councillors.





Local Bus Service Consultations, deadline 30 November 2013

Chair felt that the SBC effort which includes the 81 Service covering Morebattle-Yetholm-Kelso route was not a ’consultation’ as only two options were presented and questionable passenger data had been presented. Removal of the 2230 Saturday service from Kelso would make it difficult to make a return trip to Edinburgh without leaving the city before 3pm.

Consultation details to be circulated to all community councillors.

Discussion over the ‘demand-response’ taxi service which requires a day’s advance notice and which was not publicised on bus timetables.












SBC Cllr Nicol


Vattenfall Whitton Wind Farm update

The Planning Review of 16 November has resulted in a request by elected members on the review panel for a site visit (accompanied by SBC’s senior Planning Officer) and a ‘hearing’ on 14 January 2014 where experts from the applicant’s side and SBC would answer questions from the panel. Councillors would convene following the hearing to make their decision.



Switching on Xmas Lights

Chair proposed a fixed date for switching on the lights of the first Sunday in December at 6.30pm starting with Sunday 1 December this year outside the village hall. Everyone agreed.










Items for Circulation Folder

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

·  Data Protection Act: Advice note for community councils
Permission to be sought annually at AGM from community councillors for their email addresses to be in the public domain in relation to KCC business.

·  Home Energy Scotland newsletter October 2013

·  Edinburgh and SE Scotland Strategic Development Planning Authority (SESplan) – Public Consultation on Draft Housing Land Supplementary Housing Guidance, deadline 23 December 2013

·  Cheviot Area Forum papers, 6 November 2013

·  SBCCN Meeting papers, 21 November 2013

·  SBC news release: Budget simulator gives Borderers the chance to balance the books

·  Mobile Apps released for Tellmescotland

·  Tellmescotland Update, November 2013

·  Neighbourhood Operations Briefing Note, Issue1, Cheviot Area

·  Scottish Water performance report 2012/13

·  SBC Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places, deadline 6 January 2014

·  Proposed Public Holiday Dates 2014

·  Safer Borders newsletter, November 2013

·  Commonwealth Games – batonbearers

·  ‘Reclaim the Night march’, 25 November 2013, Hawick

·  Scottish Government National Planning Framework 3 / Scottish Planning Policy: Consultation Update, deadline 16 December 2013

·  SBC news release: Click before you call

·  SBC news release: Winter service plan sees salt bin provision boost

·  Additional £10.3 million extends Climate Challenge Fund until 2016 plus streamlined funding decisions for applications < £30k

·  Supplier flier: Border Signs & Graphics

·  Consultation on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, deadline 24 January 2014

·  Red Cross local services and volunteering

·  Kelso Ward Police Report, October 2013













Concern over repeated vehicle break-in at Mainsfield Avenue.



Cllr Dixon reported that SBC Access Officer Neil Mackay had agreed to look at some repairs on the Whitton Edge-Pennymuir core path section of Dere Street. Access Ranger Susan Kevan would investigate a blocked path.



Cllr Cessford reported that there would be a fund-raising coffee morning in late January for a village defibrillator with a presentation talk in February or March.



Cllr McEwan reported that he had found a volunteer to maintain the Morebattle website www.morebattle.com and that the Facebook page had been refreshed and Twitter account progressed. Everyone encouraged to ‘like’ the FB page.






Beirhope salt bin has been installed.


Cllr Hall had left a query re. whether the Scottish Land Fund could potentially purchase a development site in Morebattle. It was noted that the fund was not open to commercial sites.


Items for Next Meeting Agenda

Edinburgh and SE Scotland Strategic Development Planning Authority (SESplan) – Public Consultation on Draft Housing Land Supplementary Housing Guidance, deadline 23 December 2013

Consultation on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, deadline 24 January 2014



Next Meeting

Tuesday 17 December 2013 at the Village Institute, Morebattle.



Meeting concluded at 8.35pm.






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