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Minutes of the Meeting of Maxton & Mertoun Community Council held on 19th November 2015



Held at MAXTON VILLAGE HALL on Thursday 19th November 2015

Isobel Veitch, Penny Harvey, Gemma Cargill and Jackie Price

Apologies: Andrew Leitch, Trudy Leitch and Councillor Rory Stewart

In Attendance:

Members of the Public Present: none

Chairpersons Welcome: Isobel chaired the meeting in Andrew’s absence and welcomed everyone.

Councillor Rory Stewart’s Report:
Unfortunately Councillor Stewart was unable to attend.

Community Beat Officer John Dawson’s Police Report
Incidents of note Maxton & Mertoun
There were no incidents of note and there was only one reported incident.

On 31/10/15 a two car collision occurred on the A699 road near Greycrook where one vehicle overturned. Fortunately only minor injuries were sustained by the vehicle occupants. The road was closed for short period of time to allow removal of the vehicles involved.

6 Road Checks were carried out in the Area during October, no offences were detected.

No rural thefts were reported in the St Boswells area during October.

There have been no recorded incidents of youth anti-social behaviour for the Maxton area during October and no recorded stop and searches in the ward area during the month
There are no persons subject to Anti-Social Behaviour monitoring for the Maxton Area. (1 Persons in St Boswells is currently on Anti-Social Behaviour monitoring)

Residents are urged to be vigilant of any suspicious activity and contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. You can also contact your Community Beat Officer PC3432 at Selkirk Police Station or e-mail

Minutes of meeting on 22th October 2015: Adoption of Minutes
Proposed as a correct record by: - Penny Harvey
Seconded by: Gemma Cargill

Matters Arising from the Minute:

Bulbs –Andrew has ordered bulbs for autumn 2015.

Defibrillator at Clintmains telephone box – Gemma has met with Stuart Young at SBC regarding the position of the notice board and new planters at Clintmains.

Clintmains Telephone kiosk purchase
Isobel read aloud, in full, the contract to purchase and with the full agreement of all present signed and dated the contract to purchase. This was witnessed and signed by Jackie Price. Isobel will pass this to BT on 20th November 2015.
Telephone number of kiosk 01835 822799 – Jackie is now in possession of a defibrillator so is anxious to move forward.
BT will issue a ‘Notice to Complete’ once they are satisfied the telephone kiosk has been decommissioned and ownership will pass to Maxton & Mertoun Community Council 5 days after receipt of the ‘Notice to Complete’. It is only after that date that any work to convert and renovate the telephone kiosk can be undertaken.

Treasurers Report:
Current balance of account is £3,186.55 less £2,200 set aside for planned accrual, leaving £986.55 available in credit. SBC payment of £630 annual grant and full refund of accommodation costs £150 have been paid into account.

Balance at 31st March 2015 in credit £2,406.06
SBC accommodation cost reimbursement £150.00 £2,556.06
SBC annual Community Council Grant £630.00 £3,186.06
Bank interest paid £ 0.49 £3,186.55
Accruals for proposed projects
Maxton Village enhancement scheme£ 500.00
Bulbs and plants for Main Street £ 300.00
Compost playpark planters £ 200.00
Plants playpark planters £ 200.00
Clintmains –telephone box project £ 500.00
Old railway drainage + clear paths £ 500.00
-£2,200.00 Less Accrual £2,200.00
Total Available Funds £ 986.55

Concerns and Issues Raised by Members of the Community:
Residents of Main Street Maxton report increase in speed of vehicles. Isobel will report to John Dawson Community Beat Officer.
Residents of Clintmains expressed concern about the speed of vehicles and lived in fear of them crashing into houses. They said farm vehicles were particular culprits and it was not unusual for them to lose their loads. Ideally they would like a reduced speed limit covering Clintmains 30 m p h preferably but even a 40 m.p.h. reduction would be a great improvement on the current situation. Isobel will contact John Dawson CBO and ask what can be done.
Broadband speeds continue to be a problem for residents.

New Members of the Community Council:
There are still two vacancies – why not come along and see if you would like to become involved?

Correspondence: Various:
Mail dealt with at meeting:

• The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland – A Borders National Park?
The Association are campaigning for more National Parks in Scotland. The Cheviots are one of the possible areas they have highlighted for possible National Park status. The designation of an area as a National Park, in the views of people living and working in them, conferred a substantial range of economic and ‘quality of life’ benefits on the inhabitants – and also on the surrounding areas through a halo effect. The association are looking for community views on their proposal.

• Introducing Local Energy Scotland – New website and access Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)

• 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 advice. Info available at (signing up required)

• Local Community Paths: Maintenance grants for Community Councils
Find out more about path networks in your area by visiting the following websites:

• Electronic Planning Consultation
Community Councils are encouraged to start submitting responses to planning applications in their area electronically by sending them to
All planning information can be found online by following the hyperlink:

A.O.C.B. None

Date of, Time and Venue for Next Meeting
Thursday 21st January 2016
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.

No Meeting in December any urgent business will be dealt with via the phone/e-mail prior to the January 2016 Meeting.

Future Meeting Dates 2016
Thursday - 21st January 2016
Thursday - 18th February 2016
Thursday - 17th March 2016
Thursday - 21st April 2016
AGM Thursday 19th May 2016 and brief planning meeting

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Date: 19/11/2015