Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 16 February 2010

Kalewater Community Council


Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 16 February 2010

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present:  Community Councillors; Eric McNulty (chair), Helen Cessford, Michael Scott (Secretary), Keith Hanson, Sarah Dixon, Cathy Mabon, Margaret Lister, Mathilda Hall.

1 member of the public.





Community Councillor Barbara Jackson, Peter Tweedie, Margaret Blackmore, Andrew McEwan, George Aitchison.

Not Present: SBC Cllr Alec Nicol



Minutes of Previous Meeting

Cllr Mabon noted an omission under item 10 AOB re. placing a note of thanks in the Southern Reporter. Secretary to amend final minutes.

The minutes of the previous meeting of 19 January having been circulated, were then passed as a true record of events.

Proposed: Cllr Hall; Seconded: Cllr Lister.





Matters Arising – No items.



British Red Cross Community Support Networks

Cllr Hall noted that Social Work are unlikely to be able to pass on details of their clients to a Support Network due to confidentiality issues. However some form of liaison with Social Work would be required.

Cllr Hall would contact Lindsay Wilson (BRC) re. arranging a 2-hour community 1st Aid session. Names could be gathered through the village shop.





Cllr Hall


Whitton Wind Farm update
Jeanette Thomson (Smithy House Associates on behalf of Vattenfall)

Planning application likely to come before Planning committee in April.

Vattenfall is expected to agree its new Community Benefit policy mid-March which will inform any future negotiations with Kalewater and Oxnam communities. Vattenfall is a Swedish state-owned company without shareholders which also owns coal fields in Germany.

JT noted that a ‘community profile’ is an essential part of most community wind farm funding agreements. ‘Future Innerleithen) has produced a community profile www.futureinnerleithen.org.uk  (unconnected with wind farm applications), also Alyth and Fintry (www.fintrydt.org.uk).

Vattenfall is interested in the Fintry model of community wind farm ownership but it is far more work to set-up and operate.






Pharmacy Presciption arrangements

Cllr Hall reported that there had been no great problems so far. Cllr Dixon would ask in Hownam and report back at the next meeting.



Cllr Dixon



The Secretary read items listed on agenda.



Items for Circulation Folder

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




Cllr Dixon gave an update on the Kelso Town Centre Stakeholder Group’s progress on proposals for improving traffic in the town. One option from 8 has been chosen for further investigation which would see one-way traffic from Horsemarket into the square and into Woodmarket.

Cllr Hall requested that each month’s approved minutes be emailed to her to pass to the Morebattle shop.

Cllr Hanson noted that there had been recent problems with vehicles parking at the junction of Rennie Court and of lorry drivers using mobile phones whilst passing through the village. Chair noted that these were matters for the Police.

Cllr Dixon noted that road to Hownam at Heavyside was very icy due to water run-off. Contact SBC Officer Ronnie Pattenden.

Cllr Scott gave a brief report on the Scottish National Rural Network gathering in Kelso on 16 February. Some items for the circulation folder. Very few community councils represented and some disappointment that a briefing from Fintry community renewables representative didn’t take place.

Cllr Mabon reported problems with FirstBus service 81 on in-service teaching days; 0825 service on Friday 12 February and 1625 service from Kelso which only went as far as Yetholm. Emailed SBC Officer John Dellow who had replied that it had been an oversight by the company. Cllr Mabon noted that the same problems had occurred at near Christmas and June 2009, on in-service days. Current contract expires in the summer with new tenders issued in March. Letter to John Dellow expressing concern about inconvenience (cc to EM and CM in advance).

Scottish Borders Council has ‘Ageing Well’ handbooks available. Cllr McNulty to collect one or two boxes.







Cllr Hanson









Cllr McNulty


Items for Next Meeting 16 March 2010

Creation of a ‘Community Profile’.



Meeting concluded at 8.40pm.






  • Tuesday, 16 February 2010

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