Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Rosetta Road, Peebles

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In the absence of Councillor Chapman, Councillor Tatler, seconded by Councillor Haslam moved that Councillor Bell chair the meeting and this was unanimously approved.



AGREED that Councillor Bell chair the meeting.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Consider Minutes of meetings held on:-


(a)     12 June 2018; and


(b)     25 October 2018.


(Copies attached.)

Additional documents:


There had been circulated copies of the Minutes of the meetings held on 12 June and 25 October 2018.  It was noted that in paragraph 1 of the Minute of 12 June that the date should read 2017.



AGREED to approve the Minutes as amended.



In the absence of the Chief Financial Officer who had been unavoidably delayed that the meeting be adjourned until he arrived. The meeting reconvened at 5.30 p.m.



Chambers Institution pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Consider report by Chief Financial Officer.  (Copy Options Appraisal attached.)


The Chief Financial Officer advised that his report was not yet complete.  He provided Members with the background to the Trust and the current funding position.  Plans for the Chambers Institution building needed to take into account the rest of the Council’s estate in Peebles and the possible disposal of other properties.  Funding might be provided from capital receipts and application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The future use of the building was complicated by Chambers Bequest which required the provision of a museum and a library in the property.  A bid for funding from the capital plan was being prepared but this required input from Members in terms of the option/s that they supported.  The Chairman asked if it would be possible to start with option 1 and then take a phased report to options 2 and 3 and it was noted that the cheaper option in the long term might be do all the required works together.  However, costings for both options should be provided.  Input was also required from Customer Services regarding their needs and it was noted that the Trust could not dictate to Council how they might deal with other property in the town.  The Chief Financial Officer advised that there may be opportunities for development of the Burgh Hall following the recent failure of the Eastgate Theatre to obtain lottery funding for the provision of a dance studio.  Members noted the position and agreed that an early meeting be held to receive the Chief Financial Officers report.



AGREED that a further meeting be held on 11 December 2018 at Council Headquarters commencing at 1 p.m.


Private Business

Before proceeding with the private business, the following motion should be approved:-


“That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the aforementioned Act.”


AGREED under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the business detailed in the Appendix to the Minute on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 8 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act





Consider private Minute of meeting held on 12 June 2018.  (Copy attached.)


The private Minute of the meeting held on 12 June 2018 was approved.


Draft Project Business Case

(Copy attached.)


Members noted this document as it related to their discussions at paragraph 3 above.




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