Minute of Meeting of 19 September 2017

Kalewater Community Council

Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 19 September 2017

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present: Community Councillors; Barbara Bell (Chair), Catherine Mabon, Michael Scott (Secretary), Matilda Hall (Treasurer), Neil Thomson, Tamzin Thomas, Caroline Lang, Roderick Murray (Vice-Chair), Tom Edgar.

SBC Councillor Simon Mountford.

Public: 1 (left after item 2).




Apologies Community Councillor; Andrew McEwan.



SBC Managed Trusts

The agenda was amended to allow SBC Officer Kirsty Robb, to update the community council on the Walter Leitch Bequest.

With 177 unregistered and 76 registered trusts, SBC is looking to reorganise the trusts in order that funds can be used for the benefit of everyone.

There was unanimous support for a call for the community council to disburse funds for two Trusts, Walter Leitch Bequest and James Henderson Memorial Trust. Proposed: Councillor Murray, Seconded: Councillor Hall.

There was now communication between SBC and the Australia-based Walter Leitch Bequest trustees.

SBC would advise KCC on proper governance inc. setting-up of two bank accounts and two constituted sub-groups.

Community councillor Lang noted that the Morebattle Institute receives funds from the JHMT.

SBC to contact WLB trustees re. a proposal to make funds available to Morebattle PS in pursuit of its current plans for an outdoor classroom. Noted that the plans will likely proceed before SBC receives a reply.



Minutes of Monthly Meeting of 18 July 2017

The minutes of 18 July having been circulated were passed as a true record of events.

Proposed: Cllr Murray; Seconded: Cllr. Hall







Matters Arising from Actions 18 July 2017

Morebattle Street Trees

Chair had spoken to one of the tree owners. Noted that neither KCC nor SBC can subsidise private owners. Other options to be investigated.







Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer presented amended accounts for forwarding to SBC Officer Clare Malster in order to release 17/18 funds for the community council.

Treasurer noted that two of the community council’s bank account signatories are deceased and would be removed from the account. Chair to get a copy of KCC approved minutes to the bank.

Approval for £58.29 to go to the Morebattle Xmas Party Fund, proposed: Councillor Mabon, Seconded: Councillor Murray.











Morebattle Primary School Parent Council request

Progress on this issue from KCC is now contingent on progress with the Walter Leitch Bequest (item 2).





Planning Applications

17/00861/LBC Hauliers Garage, Main Street, Morebattle TD5 8QQ Internal and external alterations

17/00862/FUL Change of use from haulage yard and alterations to form cafe/office with associated facilities and erection of all ability access ramp

Secretary noted that both applications had been approved by SBC although KCC’s comments in support had been late to arrive with the planning authority. Secretary apologised for late communications.











Village Noticeboard

Cllr Murray confirmed that he now had access to the noticeboard.



Induction Loop

Chair tabled literature for the Circulation folder.





Former Chair is happy to continue path strimming duties. KCC to apply for SBC Access grant.





Borders Transport Corridors Study

Chair responded, incorporating responses from community councillors.




Cllr Hall to check if SBC Access Officer had visited eroded section of path



Cllr Hall


Dogs on school grounds

Cllr Murray noted that all grass/tarmac within the school grounds is part of the school estate. He will contact the Headteacher over the issue (scale of problem, impacts, outdoor classroom).




Cllr Murray


Scottish Borders Local Development Plan meetings, September/October 2017

Chair to attend workshop in Kelso on 26 September.





Scottish Borders Community Plan consultation




·   SP Energy Networks - Partnership Opportunities

·   Parking problems in Morebattle during event
Letter from members of the community re. parking problems during a recent public event. Cllr Murray to speak with those affected.







Cllr Murray


Items for Circulation Folder

·   Kelso Ward Police Reports, July & August 2017

·   Community Learning Exchange

·   Scottish Government survey: The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities, deadline 22 September 2017

·   Tesco Bags of Help Fund

·   Southern Uplands Partnership newsletter, September 2017

·   Roxburgh & Berwickshire CAB AGM, Kelso, 10 October 2017

·   Scottish Borders Community Council Network meeting minutes, 12 July 2017

·   Scottish Borders Council Audit and Scrutiny Committee

·   Scottish Government consultation on Low Emission Zones, deadline 28 November 2017

·   Planning Aid Scotland, Patrick Geddes Learning Festival, Edinburgh, 28-29 September 2017

·   Police Scotland - Your View Counts Survey

·   Harestanes Apple Day 2017, Ruth Rea exhibition posters

·   Inside Outside Borders events poster





Salt Bins

SBC Cllr Mountford reported that SBC would install 2 salt bins between Cessford and Otterburn.



Locality-based Funding Opportunities

SBC Cllr Mountford noted that a new £0.5M funding pot for Scottish Borders communities will accept bids for funding from local people or groups between 15 October and 1 December.

There are 5 Locality Committees: Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale, and Tweeddale.

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of councillors and SBC officers before going to a public vote in early 2018.

The fund total is split between Locality Committees on the basis of the population in each area.












SBC Budget 2018/19

SBC Cllr Mountford noted that the SBC budget-setting process had started.



Armistice Day

Cllr Murray volunteered to assist.

Chair to risk assess the event.


Cllr Murray




Xmas lights

Noted that funding is available for extending the Xmas lights in Morebattle.



Items for Next Meeting Agenda

Proposal to co-opt new KCC member.



Next Meeting

7pm, Tuesday 17 October 2017, Village Institute, Morebattle.







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