Minute of Meeting of 17 April 2018

Kalewater Community Council

Minute of Meeting on Tuesday 17 April 2018

In the Village Institute, Morebattle

Present: Community Councillors; Michael Scott (Secretary), Tom Edgar, Catherine Mabon, Caroline Lang, Catherine Henderson, Tamzin Thomas, Barbara Bell (Chair).

SBC Councillor Simon Mountford.

Public: Nil




Apologies Community Councillors; Roderick Murray (Vice-Chair), Andrew McEwan, Matilda Hall (Treasurer).



Minutes of Monthly Meeting of 20 March 2018

Subject to 2 corrections: ‘Vice-Chair’ to ‘Chair’ and in 7c, Kalewater Community Company is a charity, SCIO.

Proposed: Cllr Lang; Seconded: Cllr. Mabon.





Matters Arising from Actions 20 March 2018

Border Buses Service 81A

Secretary reported that Border Buses website appeared to show the correct route for their Kelso –Yetholm service.





Walter Leitch Bequest

Chair reported that SBC would allow Kalewater Community Council to trial the scheme this year.

Chair proposed a publicity effort aimed at local schools, using the corporate email address as a point of contact for enquiries.



Road surface issues, Caverton Mill

Cllr Thomas had publicised the state of the road and SBC had filled the potholes subsequently.

SBC Cllr Mountford noted that SBC were soon to issue priorities for road repairs.





SBC Cllr Mountford, Cllr Hall and the landowner met recently. Neither landowner nor SBC were happy with proposed location for reasons of broken glass and parking respectively.

Another site will be investigated.




Secretary reported that details had been passed to the SBC insurance contact who would liaise with insurer..




Morebattle Ride-out

Kelso Laddies’ Association had confirmed by letter and email that the event would take place on Sunday 24 June.

It was agreed to inform both the Kelso and Jethart organisations that there would be a ‘no-drone’ policy due to the excessive noise caused by a drone at the 2017 event.

Chair noted the need for more volunteers to help with food preparation and for setting-up on the Saturday afternoon.

Chair to approach hotel re. beers and a potential speaker.












Further correspondence from Scottish HART hadn’t clarified many of the issues raised at the last community council meeting. Cllr Scott noted that there was no obligation to purchase new defibrillators from a particular outlet. Given the high cost several quotes should be sought in order to ensure value for money.

Alternative advice from a technical source suggested that the current four defibrillators were likely to be functional until 2020.

Replacement units would probably qualify for up to 90% support from SBC’s community grant scheme.

Chair noted that the defibrillator cases should alarm when opened.








Kalewater Community Council AGM and nominations for election

Chair to check that contact person wishes to continue for this year’s nominations.

Cllr Mabon announced her intention to stand down at the end of her current term on 15 May. Secretary noted that with two existing vacancies and one co-opted councillor coming to the end of their max. 12 month term, there would be 4 vacancies.

It was noted that Hownam had not been represented on the community council for several years. Secretary to progress.

















Items for Circulation Folder

·   Police Scotland Kelso Ward Monthly Reports – April 2018

·   Southern Uplands Partnership: What sort of future do we want for the south of Scotland?

·   South of Scotland Enterprise Agency - launch of consultation, deadline 7 June 2018
It was noted that SoSEP is the precursor body to the new Enterprise Agency for the South of Scotland (SoSEA). The agency will have £10M in both the current and next financial years. There is a SoSEP awareness meeting in Kelso on 23 May.

·   Scottish Borders Physical Disability Strategy Consultation, deadline 2 July 2018

·   Consultation seeking views on the update of The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, deadline 6 June 2018

·   Tweed Forum newsletter

·   Scottish Borders libraries rules consultation survey, deadline 22 April 2018

·   Scottish Borders Community Council Network, letter to SBC re. Community  Empowerment

·   Celebrate Community Councils - #CelebrateCCs Twitter Campaign















Community company update

Cllr Mabon reported that the Kalewater Community Company had held a successful Open Day on 14 April to publicise proposals for the field adjacent to the hotel.

The company require a Change of Use approval from SBC for the field and requested assistance from the community council in its application to SBC.

Chair noted that the community council offered this administrative tool to all community groups within the local area, saving them 50% of the usual costs of a CoU application.

The request from the community company was approved by those community councillors present, although not unanimously.















Kalewater Community Council Playing Field Bank Account

Cllr Mabon asked if the balance of the account could be transferred to support for the community company proposal re. the field by the hotel. Chair suggested that the proposal should wait until the Scottish Land Fund had reached a decision on whether it would fund the community company’s application. Those present agreed the approach.






Cheviot Area Partnership
Next meeting is 6 June at 6.30pm in Kelso. SBC Cllr Mountford encouraged all community councillors to attend.





Items for Next Meeting Agenda

24 June ride-out to Morebattle and two consultations.



Next Meeting

7.30pm, Tuesday 15 May 2018, Village Institute, Morebattle, following the AGM.






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