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Minutes of the Meeting of Maxton & Mertoun CC of 25th September 2014

MAXTON & MERTOUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

HELD AT MAXTON VILLAGE HALL ON THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2014

PRESENT – Isobel Veitch, Penny Harvey, Andrew Leitch, Malcolm Hosie

APOLOGIES – Trudy Leitch, Councillor Rory Stewart and C.B.O Karen McIlroy

NO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE PRESENT

CHAIRPERSONS WELCOME:

COUNCILLOR RORY STEWART'S REPORT:

No report was given as Rory was not in attendance.

COMMUNITY BEAT OFFICER'S REPORT:

Karen is no longer in post and a replacement is hoped to be in post shortly. A report for Jedburgh was provided in the hope this may be of some assistance. A copy of the report was made available.
Incidents of note included the vandalism of 5 benches in Queen Mary's Garden, the theft of alcohol to the value of £200 from the Co – op on the High St. (offender caught and awaiting court action), 1 car stolen from a business premises, 1 drugs offence and vandalism of a tree in Queen Mary's Gardens.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 21st AUGUST 2014 – ADOPTION OF MINUTES:

Proposed as a correct record by: - Penny Harvey
Seconded by: Malcolm Hosie

MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTE:

The matter of the proposed new football goalposts arose again. The CC is still waiting to hear from the council/goalpost supplier for advice on this.

Plans were made to purchase a fairly large quantity of spring bulbs to be planted in various chosen parts of the village. It is hoped that as part of a 'greater community' project members of the village would be asked if they wanted to participate in a bulb planting day (date TBC). Andrew volunteered to advise on the selection of bulbs (largely daffodils) from a wholesale catalogue. Malcolm has volunteered to obtain the bulbs and make plans to inform other members of the community about the planting plans.
The suggested areas for planting were the small section opposite Maxton Cross (next to phone box), the area of grass before East End Farm (Kelso end of village), the banking between Meadowbank and East End Farm, the grass verge opposite all cottages on main street and the grass area (including planters) at the St Boswells end of village.

CONCERNS RAISED BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

2 members of the public had raised concerns over the upkeep and state of repairs to No. 4 Meadowbank, Maxton. Efforts would be made to try and determine who is responsible for this and what can be done.

It had been noticed that the sign at the St Boswells end of the village (signed Longnewton) was in poor condition. Suggestions were made to review the condition of the sign and spend some time re conditioning it. Malcolm volunteered to assist with this.

TREASURERS REPORT:

The current balance of the account is £1,775.48 less £1,825.00 planned for accruals leaving a sum of -£49.52 but annual grant 2014 from Scottish Borders Council and venue costs for 2013/14 still to be received.

BALANCE ON 25TH SEPTEMBER 2014 in credit £1,775.48

CORRESPONDENCE: various - Dealt with at meeting:

An email was received from Councillor Jim Brown advising us of works being carried out in the churchyard. An area in both the old and new parts of the grounds has been cordoned off to allow work to be done on some of the headstones. It was felt that because of the sensitive nature of the work – the CC should be informed of the work being done.

Correspondence received from J Logan Inglis (Reston and Auchencrow CC) stating that contact had been made from the minister for Local Government and planning with regards to the legal status of local community councils. The response was to state exactly where the insurances and liabilities lie and to highlight the role the Scottish Borders Council played in assisting with this.

A copy of a letter from John Lamont MSP had been received enquiring as to whether the CC would be interested in making an application for the Vodaphone Rural Open Sure Signal Programme.

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL:

There are still two vacancies - one could be waiting on you!

A.O.C.B. None

Date of, Time and Venue for Next Meeting

Thursday 23rd October 2014

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Maxton Village Hall


All members of the two communities are welcome to attend and take this opportunity to make a difference to their communities, your thoughts and concerns are of interest to all your Community Councillors.

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Date: 25/09/2014