Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 18 January 2011

Kalewater Community Council


Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 18 January 2011

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present:  Community Councillors; Eric McNulty (chair), Michael Scott (Secretary), Andrew McEwan, Paul Grime, Margaret Lister (Treasurer), Margaret Blackmore, Sarah Dixon,  George Aitchison.

Three members of the public.





Community Councillors; Helen Cessford, Matilda Hall, Peter Tweedie

Not Present

SBC Cllr Alec Nicol



Minutes of Previous Meeting

Cllr McEwan asked that his apologies be added to the minutes.

Cllr Aitchison noted that item 9g should read ‘Heavyside’ and not ‘Sharplaw’.

The minutes of the previous meeting of 16 November having been circulated were passed as a true record of events.

Proposed: Cllr Dixon; Seconded: Cllr Lister.





Matters Arising from 16 November Actions



Cllr Aitchison noted that in Hownam, salt bins had been placed in wrong locations. He will send Scottish Borders Council a map.

Secretary read letter from SBC Officer Douglas Scott re. reporting abuse of salt bins by private users. Call 01835 825155.

Waste bins in Hownam were not been emptied on designated days.

Cllr Aitchison



Cllr Aitchison





Chair noted response from SBC that bus fares were determined by the service operators but that differences in fares will be emphasised at the next contract negotiations.



Contact SBC for an update.



Contact SBC for an update.



Vattenfall Meeting Update

Chair reported that Vattenfall were arranging a meeting with the community council’s representatives in late February. Details to circulate to Cllrs Scott, McEwan, Dixon and Grime





Kalewater Community Action Plan LEADER funding application update

Agreed that the three consultants that had shown interest in November should be contacted again and asked to submit for the Spring deadline.




Planning Applications
10/1656/FUL Extension to dwellinghouse, Kirkgate, Heughhead, Morebattle

No objections or comments.





Secretary read through recent correspondence, some of which were placed in the circulation folder.

·   Email from SBC Officer Douglas Scott re winter issues

·   Morebattle Post Office Public Consultation on Service Relocation
Community councillors agreed that relocation to village shop would be an improvement. Some would prefer to see the service available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

·   SBC: Early Engagement on Local Development Plan questionnaire, deadline 28 January 2011

·   Scottish Government Survey of Association of Scottish Community Councils (ASCC) Stakeholders 2010, deadline 31 December 2010

·   Letter from SBC: Public Consultation: Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Shop Fronts and Shop Signs, deadline 7 January 2011. Visit: http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/life/planningandbuilding/plansandresearch/33624.html

·   Climate Challenge Fund








Items for Circulation Folder

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

·   Scottish Borders Elder Voice December 2010

·   Lothian & Borders Police Kelso Area Newsletter, December 2010

·   Cheviot & Berwickshire (South) Wardens’ Monthly Update, December 2010

·   DTAS Event ‘Transfer of Public Assets into Community Ownership’, Hawick, 25 February 2011

·   Safer Borders Newsletter January 2011

·   Healthier Scotland Guide ‘You, Your Child and Alcohol’

·   Scottish National Rural Network Project Visits 2011

·   Scottish Borders Council Budget Meetings dates

·   DTAS Bulletin January 2011













  • From the ‘public’ seats, Mr & Mrs Pedersen talked through their plans to convert the former St Aidan’s church in Morebattle from its previous role as a road haulage site into a cafe and worship centre.

Plans are likely to include re-roofing and a considerable amount of restoration. The front half of the building would be a cafe with storage / toilets behind and a worship centre at the back. Hope to attract St Cuthbert’s Way walkers. Other plans might include walking guides, coach tours, accommodation.

  • Cllr Blackmore unhappy at the lack of a Morebattle Christmas tree.

Cllr McNulty explained that the suppliers could not gain access to cut trees in December due to the depth of snow and extreme weather generally. A replacement from elsewhere would have been relatively expensive.

Morebattle community councillors were happy with the arrangement of the Christmas lights, which would be stored at Cllr McNulty’s home.

  • Cllr Cessford had asked that a letter of thanks be sent to Ann Brown at the Morebattle village shop for her tremendous work during the severe weather.
  • Local resident Alan Thomson’s efforts in clearing snow around Morebattle were also welcomed by everyone.














Items for Next Meeting 15 February 2010

Bob Pringle Award.




Meeting concluded at 8.30pm.






  • Tuesday, 18 January 2011

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