Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 21 February 2012

Kalewater Community Council


Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 21 February 2012

In the Village Hall, Morebattle

Present:  Community Councillors; Eric McNulty (chair), Andrew McEwan, Margaret Lister (Treasurer), Helen Cessford (Vice-Chair), Michael Scott (Secretary), SBC Cllr Alec Nicol.

Public: 1





Paul Grime, Sarah Dixon, George Aitchison, Matilda Hall.



Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting of 17 January having been circulated were passed as a true record of events.

Proposed: Cllr Cessford; Seconded: Cllr Lister.






Matters Arising from 17 January Actions




Secretary to forward Cllr McNulty email from SBC Access Officer Neil Mackay received in January re. Dere Street vehicle damage.








Completed. Chair thanked Cllr McEwan for organising flyers for the public meeting and also to Cllr Grime for distributing many of them.




Treasurer had contacted SBC Officer Linda Cornwall and there may be Jubilee events funding available. Need to develop some ideas – school questionnaire suggested by Cllr McEwan. Also a picnic and a beacon. Cllrs Lister and Cessford to progress.


Cllrs Lister & Cessford


Some progress. Treasurer had authorised payment for some items.




Cllr Hall sent Agnes Scott a letter of thanks.



Morebattle Interpretative Board update

None of the community councillors were in attendance to report.





  • Scottish Borders Walking Festival 2013
  • National Network of Community Councillors
  • Planning Application Appeal 11/00762/PPP Land North of Hownam School House
  • Community Involvement in Town Plantings (Scottish Borders Council)
    SBC Cllr Nicol noted that there had been a wide range of community responses to SBC Officer Jason Hedley’s letter. The meeting noted that there was already considerable community involvement through ‘Morebattle in Bloom’ and that the arrangements for 2011 should be continued.
  • Letter from SBC re. defibrillators
    None known to be in the Kalewater area.









Items for Circulation Folder

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

  • Rural Direct Roadshow, Galashiels, 28 February 2012
  • Wind Farm Community Buy-In seminar, Hawick, 22 February 2012
  • Kelso Community Woodlands & Area Pathways Joint Meeting Notes, January 2012
  • Police Report, Kelso, January 2012
  • Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber Newsletter, January 2012
  • Planning Aid Scotland Conference: Can We Cope with Zero Waste?, Edinburgh  1 March 2012
  • Scottish Government consultation Affordable Rented Housing: Creating flexibility for landlords and better outcomes for communities, deadline 30 April 2012
  • Cheviot & Berwickshire (South) Wardens’ Monthly Update, January 2012
  • Cooperative Bank Community Energy Challenge, deadline 29 February 2012
  • Supplier Info: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Items
  • Scottish Borders Council Budget proposals 2012/13
  • Safer Borders Newsletter, January 2012
  • Road Safety play, Tait Hall, Kelso, 28 February 2012
  • Lothian and Borders Police Board request for volunteers
  • ASCC newsletter, January 2012
  • Scottish Borders ElderVoice newsletter, February 2012
  • Interim Review of Scottish Borders Woodland Strategy, revised deadline ASAP
  • Southern Upland Partnership newsletter, Winter 2011/12
  • Community Energy Scotland in the Scottish Borders newsletter, February 2012
  • Scottish Borders Community Council Network meeting, 1 March 2012
  • ‘Your Sustainable Future’, A Community Visioning Workshop, Tweed Horizons, Newtown St Boswells, 17 March 2012













  • Cllr McEwan was concerned at the danger of traffic accidents at the Linton Burnfoot bridge due to the narrowness of the road. Could white lines on the road help to avoid the bridge being hit by vehicles?SBC Cllr Nicol to contact a SBC Roads engineer for a response.
  • Cllr McEwan asked whether Morebattle Christmas trees could be uplifted as happens in Kelso?SBC Cllr Nicol to enquire whether a SBC chipper could make a visit in future.
  • Kalewater Community Council had received an invitation to Yetholm Kirk event marking the completion of restoration work and for a ‘vision’ event. Cllrs Lister and Pedersen to attend.


  • It was noted that there would soon be a St Cuthbert’s Way business event at Yetholm Youth Hall. No progress on the SCW panel for Morebattle at present.


  • Member of public and former community councillor Margaret Blackmore asked whether any community councillors would like to volunteer for Neighbourhood Watch in Morebattle. Cllr Lister offered to cover Heughhead and Cllrs Cessford and McEwan also offered to participate. A local NW coordinator might be required too. A poster would be put into the shop. MB was thanked for her work as Morebattle Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.


  • Member of public (MB) asked if a commemorative tree and plaque could be installed to mark the Jubilee..



 SBC Cllr Nicol


 SBC Cllr Nicol


 Cllrs Lister & Pedersen




Items for Next Meeting 20 March 2012

Morebattle Interpretative Board

Queen’s Jubilee

Vattenfall memorandum of understanding

Affordable Housing strategy response

Scottish Borders Woodland Strategy response




Meeting concluded at 9pm






  • Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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