Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 19 April 2011

Kalewater Community Council


Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 19 April 2011

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present:  Community Councillors; Eric McNulty (chair), Michael Scott (Secretary), George Aitchison, Paul Grime, Margaret Lister (Treasurer), Helen Cessford, Matilda Hall, Sarah Dixon.





Community Councillors; Andrew McEwan, Peter Tweedie, Margaret Blackmore

Not Present

SBC Cllr Alec Nicol



Minutes of Previous Meeting

Brief discussion of anonymity in minutes. Agreement that community councillors should be named in the minutes in relation to actions and discussions.

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

Proposed: Cllr Lister; Seconded: Cllr Hall.




Matters Arising from 15 March Actions



Cllr Cessford tabled a poster for 29 April.



Cllr Grime tabled a certificate for Bob Pringle award. Secretary read out email update from Cllr McEwan. Presentation to take place on 29 April at the cream tea. Cllr Hall to organise frame for certificate.

Cllr Hall









Some information available on the former glacial loch at Morebattle in Kalewater Miscellany. Local writer has provided a quote for editing. Cllr Hall suggested approaching Vattenfall for funding. Cllr Hall noted that there had been no response to poster in village shop requesting suggestions for content for the interpretative board.



Chair noted the Fire & Rescue Service consultation was a ‘heavy read’. Agreed that Chair respond by 5 May deadline on behalf of the community council, with the conclusion tending toward maintenance of the status quo.




In progress






Chair attended Kelso Area Committee meeting which discussed future of Area Committees. Proposal is for one community councillor to represent their community council but with no voting rights. Chair was positive about the proposed new structure.

Secretary to respond by 9 May deadline.






Cllr Dixon reported that SBC Officer Neil Mackay was checking St Cuthbert’s Way from Harestanes eastwards and would look at the Corbet Tower section.



Cllr Hall to progress.



No Action



Treasurer confirmed cheque and acknowledgement.



Presentation from SB Warden Mike Marsh

Annual update since last year’s presentation sees two fewer wardens across the Scottish Borders with the remaining wardens covering wider areas. Villages are visited around once per month. Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) takes place mainly in towns and mainly affecting primary schools. Wardens are now visiting primary schools, including Yetholm/Morebattle during May, to assist with pupils designing anti dog-fouling, illegal dumping and litter posters. Recent increase in activity from bogus workmen and scrap dealers with Police action locally.

Community councillors thanked Mike and his colleagues for their continued vigilance.

Mike Marsh is contactable on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Community Action Plan tender documents

Everyone having considered the tenders for the proposed Community Action Plan gave unanimous support for the tender from the STAR consultancy, on the grounds of their considerable experience in carrying out such plans. Secretary to notify all the tenderers of the outcome.

Secretary to progress the Awards for All grant aplication to progress the CAP following notification of the succesful tenderer.







Cheviot Area Committee 23 March 2011
Covered under item 3.



Preparations for Community Council Elections May 2011

Currently there is one vacancy on the community council. In addition, community councillor McEwan and Blackmore’s terms are about to end and co-optee Pete Tweedie must seek nomination in order to continue. Secretary to contact those councillors with nomination form.





Planning Applications

11/00430/FUL Erection of dwelling house and storage building and formation of access, land South East of Mainsfield Avenue, Morebattle.

Comments: Screening around the site was commended. Community council would like to see more suitable landscaping around the storage unit.







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

·   Scottish Borders Council SBConnect articles

·   Scottish Borders Council Public Consultation: Draft Updated Supplementary Planning Guidance on Replacement Windows

·   Scottish Borders Council Local Development Plan: Focus Group Meeting

·   The Big Lunch in Scotland, 5 June 2011

·   Vattenfall newsletter

Chair summarised the Whitton wind fam sub-group’s response to Vattenfall’s request for community council support for a community survey on the wind farm proposals. The group thought it more appropriate that Vattenfall organise its’ own survey to avoid the community council being accused of partisanship.





Items for Circulation Folder

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

·   Scottish Borders Council Countryside Section mailing (Outdoor Diary, etc)

·   Scottish Borders Council Harestanes Visitor Centre mailing (Exhibitions, Events, etc)

·   Cheviot & Berwickshire (South) Wardens’ Monthly Update, March 2011

·   Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre South East News April 2011

·   Broadband NextGen Roadshow 12 May

·   Scottish Borders Elder Voice Newsletter April 2011

·   Scottish Borders Council ‘Scottish Borders Voluntary Sector Conversation - A Charter for the ‘Big Society’ in the Borders’ Event Report

·   Kelso Safer Communities News

·   Scottish Borders Community Council Network Newsletter, March 2011

·   Scottish Borders Council adopted Local Plan 2011

·   Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative leaflet
















  • The July meeting of the community council would be held in Hownam Village Hall following the successful visit in 2010.
  • Cllr Aitchison noted that the crack by Heavyside Bridge was worsening. The cattle grid near the Yett remains damaged. SBC Officer Ronnie Pattenden to be contacted for updates.
  • Cllr Lister noted that SBC had approved £100 support toward Royal Wedding celebrations in Morebattle.
  • The Treasurer will be on holiday at the AGM on 17 May but will prepare a statement for the Chair.Treasurer reminded everyone that at the AGM they must agree to abide by Scottish Borders Council’s Code of Conduct for Community Councils in order to secure local authority financial support.Treasurer advised that the community council remain with the current auditors.











Items for Next Meeting (following AGM) 17 May 2011

Kelso Laddie preparations.

Awards for All application.




Meeting concluded at 9pm.






  • Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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