Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: West Linton Primary School, Deanfoot Road, West Linton

Contact: Louise McGeoch Tel: 01835 825005  Email:

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the second meeting of the Tweeddale Area Partnership.


Open Forum

Opportunity to raise local matters.


The following issues were raised by those present:-


·                Lack of provision for the Elderly in Tweeddale – noted that this would be discussed as part of the evenings theme.

·                Renovation of the monument at the source of the Tweed – Councillor Anderson advised that she was dealing with this

·                Invitation to all those present to attend a screening of the film “Resilience” which was being shown in West Linton on 23 May 2018



Feedback from Meeting on 10 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Copy Minute from meeting on 10 January attached.


The Chairman summarised the feedback which had been received.  There would be a meeting of Members later in the week to discuss how this would be taken forward for inclusion into the Locality Plan.  Any further feedback would be welcomed.


Theme: Our Health Care and Wellbeing pdf icon PDF 361 KB

A facilitated discussion on the subject in order to put forward a set of initial outcomes for Tweeddale.  Further information on local data and statistics.



3.1     The Chairman introduced Dr Tim Patterson, Director of Public Health and Alison McCollam, Associate Director of Public Health.  Dr Patterson highlighted the need for engagement with Communities and the need for partnership working.  A new edition of the Director of Public Health’s Report, a revised Health & Social Care Partnership Plan and the NHS Clinical Strategy were all being prepared.  He outlined the themes which influenced these which included demography with an aging population, public health priorities, mental health and reducing inequalities.  The public health priorities covered areas such substance misuse, obesity and Type 2 diabetes and the Council’s Chief Executive, Tracey Logan was currently leading an East of Scotland Project on Type 2 diabetes.  Alison McCollam advised that she was leading on mental health and young people.  She emphasised the need to look after young people and the challenges presented by the rural nature of the area.  Work on building resilience to help people manage day to day pressures was being carried out and a resource called “6 Ways to be well” offered practical help.


3.2     Colin Banks, Lead Officer for Localities explained how the session would work and that there were information packs on each table.  Those present were invited to discuss and agree at their respective tables an answer to the question “What are the key challenges, issues or opportunities for health, care and wellbeing in Tweeddale”.  The points identified were to be written down on the post-it notes provided and would be collated at the end of the discussion.  30 minutes was given for this activity and the post-notes from each table were collected and displayed on the boards provided.  There was a short break and Colin Banks highlighted some of the most common points identified.  Each table was then asked to take a further 20 minutes to decide what the most important priorities for health, care and wellbeing in Tweeddale were and what actions could be taken to take these priorities. The post-it notes were again collected from each table and the Chairman advised how this information would be fed back.   A copy of the output from the evening forms the appendix to this Minute.



Localities Bid Fund


The Chairman advised that following the first pilot round of funding an assessment of how it had worked would be carried out and this would inform how the secondi funding round would operate.  A link to a survey would be circulated to all those who had provided email addresses and would give an opportunity for all views to be submitted.  Lawrie Hayworth, Peebles Community Council noted that more votes had been cast in Tweeddale than in any other area.



Other Business


The Chairman advised that there were 4 requests for funding as follows:-


(a)     £2,000 to fund the provision of a re-use cabin to be situated at Eshiels Community Recycling Centre.  The re-use cabin would facilitate the secure storage of discarded household items prior to them being recycled by local social enterprises in the Tweeddale area;

(b)     £600 contribution to Carlops Community Council towards the costs of the supply and installation of a Public Access Defibrillator to be situated at the Village hall in Carlops;

(c)     £600 contribution to Lamancha and District Community Association towards the costs of the supply and installation of a Public Access Defibrillator to be situated at the Lamancha Hub; and

(d)     £625 to fund the replacement planting of a tree at Ushers Wynd Peebles, including an ornamental tree guard. The tree was vandalised at this location in spring of 2017 having only been recently replanted with the original planting having been funded by the Peebles Civic Society.


It was agreed to continue item (a) at present to ascertain if the department could identify any budget and to approve items (b) to (d).



Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 – Community Wing, St. Ronan’s Primary School.


The next meeting would be held on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 in the Community Wing at St. Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen at 7 p.m. and the theme would be “Our Quality of Life”.




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