Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Lesser Hall, Town Hall, Hawick

Contact: Judith Turnbull Tel No. 01835 826556  Email:

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Welcome and Introductions


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the Teviot and Liddesdale Area Partnership and thanked community councils, partners and local organisations for their attendance.




Feedback from Meeting on 11 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Copy minute from meeting on 11 November 2018. (Copy attached).


The Minute of the meeting of the Teviot and Liddesdale Area Partnership held on 11 November 2018 had been circulated along with a summary of the discussion.  The Chairman highlighted the suggested efficiencies and priorities for spend included:  improving the waste management strategy, reducing the amount of paperwork sent to residents, making better use of public buildings, aligning bus transport timetables, investment in prevention services, lower service charges on prioritised services, and investment in economic development to grow economies and communities.     




Theme: Quality of Life pdf icon PDF 37 KB

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



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The theme for discussion this evening was ‘Our Quality of Life’.  The Chairman welcomed Russell Bell, Station Manager, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service; Jacqueline McGuigan, Deputy Local Area Commander, Police Scotland;  Norrie Tait, SBC’s Community Learning and Development Team Leader; and, Paul Brough,  Archive Manager, Live Borders. The Chairman explained that the guest speakers would give an introduction to the work their service was delivering in the Teviot and Liddesdale area to help improve quality of life.


3.2       Station Manager Bell, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) began by referring to the Community Fire and Rescue Plan for the Scottish Borders, a summary of which was included in the paperwork provided on the tables.  As part of a community partnership approach to make people safer in their home, the SFRS had developed a holistic ‘safe and well’ programme aimed at reducing unintentional harm in the home, for example through slips and falls, providing mental health support, fuel poverty and other vulnerabilities. They also promoted community resilience to improve outcomes for people involved in non-fire emergencies, such as flooding caused by extreme weather.  Station Manager Bell then advised of community partnership working to make Scottish Borders’ roads safer and work to reduce antisocial behaviour.  He discussed the aim to reduce the occurrence of unwanted fire alarm signals (UFS) and the impact they had on the wider community in terms of business disruption and road risk.  Station Manager Bell concluded by advising that the SFRS were committed to delivering these positive outcomes in an effective and professional manner, working with emergency service colleagues, community planning partners and local residents to ensure the best possible outcomes in relation to community safety. 


3.3       Inspector McGuigan, Police Scotland, referred to the Local Police Plan 2017-20 for Scottish Borders.  Following a consultation process with local community groups, seven local priorities had been identified: domestic abuse; road safety; violent crime; antisocial behaviour; drugs and alcohol misuse; protecting people; and, acquisitive crime.     Inspector McGuigan then discussed strong partnership working with the Council’s  Safer Communities Team, highlighting the proactive Drivewise campaign.  Inspector McGuigan then referred to the work undertaken by the Community Action Team (CAT) and their focus on dealing with Quality of Life issues.  The CAT provided a dedicated community resource, specifically targeting emerging and ongoing quality of life issues in each locality such as antisocial behaviour and on-street parking.  It was noted that any incidents to be referred to the CAT should be made through Elected Members. 


3.4       The Community Learning and Development (CLD) Youth Team Leader, Norrie Tait, Scottish Borders Council, then gave an introduction to the Community Learning Partnership.  Mr Tait explained that the CLD service priorities included:  promoting a whole town approach to engagement and participation with young people; developing family learning opportunities individually and through groups; and making informed choices for health and wellbeing.  Mr Tait then highlighted work ongoing in schools to target and accommodate young people such as the Growing in Confidence model which was a mental health tool delivered  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Localities Bid Fund 2

Update by Locality Development Co-ordinator.


Shona Smith, SBC Communities and Partnership Manager, then gave an update on the Localities Bid Community Fund.   There was £40k in the Fund and there had been interest from a number of groups to take forward a variety of community projects.  Information was available on the website with guidance notes and the Communities and Partnership Team were available to give assistance.  





Open Forum


Hawick Flood Protection Scheme – Timber Community Benefit

The Community Benefits Co-ordinator, John Mallin, explained that owing to Hawick Flood Protection Scheme works, a number of trees had been felled.  The Council was offering this timber to groups for community use.  Further information was available on the Council’s website, together with an application form.  The closing date for applications was 8 April 2019.   


5.2       Councillor Ramage advised that a Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) event would be held on 9 March in the Newton Community Wing.   Information would be available at the event to support and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.


5.3       In response to a question, Councillor Ramage advised that there were plans to locate a What’s Matters Hub in Denholm. 



Any Other Business


The Chairman advised that there was no other business.



Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 in Hawick High School.


The next meeting of the Teviot and Liddesdale Partnership was scheduled for Tuesday, 18 April 2019 in Hawick High School. The Chairman thanked the speakers and all those present for their participation and input.




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