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Minutes of the Meeting of Maxton & Mertoun CC of 23rd October 2014

MAXTON & MERTOUN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

HELD AT MAXTON VILLAGE HALL ON THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2014

PRESENT Isobel Veitch, Andrew Leitch, Trudy Leitch, Malcolm Hosie, and Councillor Rory Stewart

APOLOGIES Penny Harvey, C.B.O John Dawson

NO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE PRESENT

CHAIRPERSONS WELCOME:

COUNCILLOR RORY STEWART'S REPORT:
Rory informed us that No. 4 Meadowbank, Maxton was due to be repossessed on week commencing Mon 27th October. This follows on from concerns raised during the last meeting with regards to the state of repairs at No. 4 Meadowbank, Maxton.

The Scottish Borders neighbourhood operations review has been temporarily put on hold. We are told this is due to a change of direction with the scheme.

There was to be a meeting held on Mon 27th October 2014 in connection with the Mobile Operators Association. This was to inform the CC's of efforts to improve the coverage in the Scottish Borders area.

Rory was also able to confirm that the repair of the drains in Grantsfield had been carried out.

Other points of interest noted were the launch of a new SBC business forum, the launch of a new emergency message service across the area and the introduction of new Scottish Water winter packs.

COMMUNITY BEAT OFFICER'S REPORT:
A copy of the report was made available.
New CBO John Dawson hopes to attend the next meeting.
No crimes were recorded in the Maxton and Mertoun area for the month of September 2014.

ADOPTION OF MINUTES AT THE MEETING HELD ON 25th September 2014 ADOPTION OF MINUTES:
Correction Adoption of minutes 15th May 2014 and AGM 5th June 2014 proposed as correct rather than the minutes of 21 August 2014 when meeting was cancelled

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

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 25th September 2014 ADOPTION OF MINUTES: with correction

Proposed as a correct record by Isobel Veitch
Seconded by Malcolm Hosie

MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTE:
The matter of the play park goalposts arose again. Despite further attempts by the CC the installation has still not taken place. It was suggested by Rory that we ask to acquire a set through the Quality of Life funding scheme. Rory mentioned he would make inquiry.

As mentioned in the Councillors report, the matter of No. 4 Meadowbank appears close to being resolved.

Isobel contacted SBC and the broken step on the way down to the river (past Maxton Kirk) has been repaired.

Malcolm will go ahead and organise the purchase of the spring bulbs. Andrew forwarded a list which has a wide variety of daffodils, tulips etc. The bulbs should be here and ready for planting by the time of the next meeting.

It has been noted that the works to reinstate a large number of the gravestones in the church yard are well under way. Many of the headstones have been lifted and are waiting to be re installed. Large areas of both grave sites have been sectioned off to do this.

Members of the CC have suggested again the siting of some new benches in parts of the surrounding area where they could offer seating for walkers, dog walkers and residents of the village. Rory mentioned that there was potential for funding alongside the goalposts from the Quality of Life scheme.

Concerns and Issues Raised by Members of the Community:
The CC has received correspondence from the Newtown St Boswells CC regarding the phone box at Clintmains. Residents of Clintmains would like the phone box to be upgraded in the hope that it may house a defibrillator machine.
It was suggested that contact could be made with some residents from Clintmains to invite them to attend the next meeting to discuss the topic.
Rory said he would try to obtain figures for the financial impact of installing a similar machine at Eckford.

TREASURERS REPORT:
The current balance of the account is 1,775.66 in credit less 1,825.00 planned for accruals leaving a sum of -49.34. Annual grant from SBC (630) and reimbursement of accommodation costs (150) still to be received for 2014.

BALANCE ON 25TH SEPTEMBER 2014 1,775.66 in credit

CORRESPONDENCE AND EMAILS DEALT WITH AT THE MEETING
Email received from Mark Wilson SBC Communications & Marketing. People across the Borders are being informed of big changes to the electoral registration system. Voter registration is going to be changing to a new Individual Electoral Registration in an attempt to make it easier and more secure.

Scottish water sent an email regarding the launch of their annual winter warmer campaign. The email contained tips for protecting your household pipes during the colder months. Info to be found at www.scottishwater/winter.

There was also an email received from the SBC publicising a new emergency messaging service (launched Thursday 23rd October) The aim of the scheme is to inform local communities of up to date weather forecasts, utility failures and emergency advise.
Info available at www.sbalert.co.uk (signing up required)

NEW MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL
No new members to report, still 2 vacancies. We would love to have representatives from the Clintmains area.

A.O.C.B. None

Date of, Time and Venue for Next Meeting
Thursday 20th November 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: 23/10/2014