Date: 3rd August 2022, 7pm
1.08 Welcome, Apologies and Declarations of Interest
Present: Sheila Gibb, Joy Snape, Norman Catto, Robert Turnbull, Disney Barlow,
Marc Fletcher, Councillors Parker, Linehan, Paton Day, Anne Brown (minutes), one member of the public. Apologies: Cora Younger.
Sheila welcomed everyone; no conflicts of interest noted.
2.08 Adoption of Minutes
June Minutes proposed by Norman, seconded by Robert. Note: no meeting held in July.
3.08 Matters Arising/Actions from Previous meeting
Discharged: Sheila circulated May Police report on receipt.
Discharged: Cora e-mailed CC her planning consultation response.
Discharged: Sheila followed up request for streets list from Councillor Parker.
Carried Forward: Sheila, Cora and Marc to discuss ideas, options and previous solutions.
Discharged: Sheila liaised with Greener Melrose; met with Anne and SBC to agree changes to the mowing regime in Mill Meadow to benefit wildlife.
No Matters Arising.
4.08 Police Report
June and July Police reports on receipt. No queries raised, no statistics provided.
Our new Community Police officer, Connie Bird, is welcome to attend future meetings.
5.08 Correspondence Received
The 6 items had been circulated.
David responded to resident’s query about lack of Dentistry Services in the Borders, asking what Councillors can do to help. It is an NHS Borders function with a national shortage, too few people to fill vacancies, rural areas experiencing the problem most acutely. They are doing what they can, but it’s unlikely to be resolved soon.
Action: Jenny to forward feedback sessions dates on health and social care delivery.
22/00973//FUL Change of use of ground floor retail and alterations to form hot and cold food take away and form retail unit from retail storage. CC response sent with request to address any potential negative impacts on neighbouring properties and residents.
Update given. CC gave thanks to all businesses and individuals who have donated to Earlston in Bloom. RBS have the completed paperwork to move the account to digital, awaited. CC agreed to re-imburse the cost of the plaque for the Platinum Jubilee memorial.
Action: Joy and Marc to plan and organise Jubilee event before September meeting.
Action: Sheila to contact the Duke of Buccleuch
6.08.3 Earlston Community Action Plan (ECAP)
Item was covered in other updates and discussions.
6.08.4 Earlston in Bloom
Update given. Planters and baskets flowering; watering rota in place; Triangle weeded and mulched; major clean and tidy for Keep Scotland Beautiful visit tomorrow; garden competition open to entries. CC gave thanks to the Co-op for donation of bags of compost, growbags and bark, and to EiB volunteers for all the wonderful work they do to make Earlston so colourful.
Update given. SBC are holding a meeting of all Co-ordinators at the end of this month.
Tweed Forum co-ordinated recent removal of Himalayan Balsam along Turfford Burn.
6.08.6 Eildon Area Partnership
Next meeting on 8th September, agenda to focus on Climate Change.
Action: Jenny to follow up on the unpublished video link from 30th June meeting.
7.08 New Primary School
SBC Councillors to receive project update tomorrow. Programme plans are well advanced.
8.08 Eildon Housing Development
CC had met to discuss ideas for potential community benefits once start date confirmed.
9.08 Community Council Co-opted Membership
Action: Sheila to bring outline plan and timescale to next meeting.
10.08 Update on Local Issues Raised with SBC
CC gave thanks to David and Craig Blackie (SBC) for recent visit to discuss various issues.
See Appendix for topics, actions and responsibilities.
David confirmed Everest Road pavement repairs are with SBC as a Small Scheme.
CC thanked David for organising storage container requested by Christmas Lights volunteers.
John had reported broken High Street pavement slabs, hedge opposite Halcombe Crescent.
Action: David to confirm when 20mph signs on the A68 trunk road will be revised to 30mph.
Action: David to confirm when Earlston will have “Dragons’ Teeth painted at all 20mph entrances to visually narrow the road and slow the traffic, as at Newstead.
11.08 Earlston Public Toilets
Cubicles remain out of order, for months. CC expressed disappointment that action had still been not been taken despite repeated requests and reports, especially after C Blackie said on 15th July that they would be repaired soon.
Action: David to pursue with SBC officers.
12.08 Winter Resilience/Cost of Living Crisis
Marc queried SBC current activity and future plans given the crisis; how is it communicated and what groups/CC can to help. Jenny said this has been raised by other CCs.
Action: Jenny to raise winter resilience and cost of living crisis with Jenni Craig (SBC) and report back on how they are being addressed by SBC and others now and in the future.
Cora queried SBC’s actions to cut energy spending, save taxes e.g., lighting at High School.
CC was advised they are moving the fleet to electric vehicles, have solar panels on building, use LED and session lighting but agree more can be done. The school is with Amey and SBC have no control over the building or their decisions.
13.08 Reading Room Books
The books remain at Jedburgh, in the care of SBC who have asked about removal.
Action: Jenny to ask contact for advice on how to proceed.
14.08 Any other Business
Norman asked what percentage of SBC staff still worked from home. The figure is not known, many are now ‘hybrid’, splitting their working week approximately 60:40 between office and home, as are many other employees across the public and private sector post-COVID.
Next meeting: Wednesday 67h September 2022
10.08 Local issues raised with SBC on 15th July 2022
|Public loo/bus stance||Agreed Action to Be Taken||By|
|1||Black steel stands at bus stance|
One bent, all rusted
|Blacksmith to repair and repaint||SBC/ C Blackie|
Grubby notice board
Clean metal board
Provide clear instructions on who and how to contact SBC when there are access problems
|3||Front right and side loos:|
Door locks/ mechanisms remain broken, out of use
|Ensure correct repairs carried out asap||SBC/ C Blackie|
|4||CC query on how to get secure cycle stands, as in Melrose||Identify locations, send to David for site visit with SBC, agree options, obtain racks||CC / Sheila|
|5||White parking bay lines faded||Confirm ownership, paint||SBC Roads|
|6||Tarmac surface broken, causing problems for elderly, wheelchair/ mobility scooter users etc||Repair holes||SBC Roads|
|7||Broken paving, corner at High Street and the Brae||Repair paving||SBC Roads|
|8||CC query removing/ repurposing of scruffy BT phone box when there are no current consultations, unused for years||Confirm BT contact for enquiry to proceed||David|
|CC query over frequency of cut (annual), timing (end of year) as residents are unhappy||Advised by SBC no change this year|
Review 2023 timing before Common Ridings
|SBC/ C Blackie|
|CC Query over tree branches overhanging pavement in wet weather|
Residents walking on the road
|Advised this is Trunk Road responsibility of BEAR: 0800 028 1414 to report problem||CC/ N Catto|