Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: via Microsoft Teams

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No. Item


Welcome and Meeting Protocols


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting of the Teviot and Liddesdale Area Partnership held remotely via Microsoft Teams, which included Elected Members, guests attending and those watching the live stream. 



Feedback from meeting on 9 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Link to evaluation of meeting of 09 March: T&L Area Partnership evaluation March 9th


The Minute of the meeting of the Teviot and Liddesdale Area Partnership held on 9 March 2021 had been circulated and was noted.  The Chairman encouraged everyone to complete the request for evaluation following the meeting.  Regarding the comment on bringing back representatives from Police Scotland and Fire & Rescue, views were sought as to whether it would be desirable.  Those present generally welcomed their inclusion on future agendas.



Place Making - Co-Producing the future of our places pdf icon PDF 508 KB

Place Making – Co-Producing the future of our places - Interactive Session facilitated by Scottish Futures Trust


This conversation seeks to build on the energy of communities and local responses to Covid, and engaging with developing national policy on the importance of ‘place’ to support people to live better locally. It is an interactive, facilitated session, focused on local experience and insights, to begin the process of working out the best way to work together to shape the future of our places on shared priorities. 

Additional documents:


With reference to paragraph 5 of the Minute of 9 March 2021, the Chairman welcomed Diarmaid Lawlor from Scottish Futures Trust to the meeting            .  Mr Lawlor had been invited by Scottish Borders Council to work with Area Partnerships to assist with the development of Place Making proposals.  Mr Lawlor had already worked with other areas and had a wide experience of place making.  Mr Lawlor gave a short presentation and advised that from an understanding of local need and ambition, and using Covid learning, there was an opportunity for a different way of working between communities and public agencies. A ‘place based’ approach sought to co-produce an understanding of local priorities and co-deliver action. The format for the workshop was based on three area namely what were the key issues, what would success look like and how could we work together better. Mr Lawlor led the discussion and made real-time notes to summarise the comments and points made.  Those present contributed to the discussion and expressed their concerns and frustrations.  The importance of not losing the gains in communities working together during the Covid pandemic was highlighted.  The need to listen to all generations was also emphasised   Mr Lawlor advised that his notes summarising the key points of the discussion, would be circulated following the meeting and are also be attached as an appendix to this Minute. Jenni Craig, Service Director Customer and Communities advised that Mr Lawlor was visiting all Area Partnerships and a summary of all the workshop discussions across all the five area partnerships would inform a report to Council at the end of August setting out the detail of the place-making approach.  The Chairman thanked Mr Lawlor for his facilitation



Area Partnership Consultation pdf icon PDF 69 KB

A consultation about potential changes to the five local Area Partnerships. To access follow




Gillian Jardine, Locality Development Co-ordinator advised that the consultation was now live, the link to which was included on the agenda.  The consultation would close on 1 August with a report to Council in the Autumn.



Teviot & Liddesdale Community Assistance Hub

Written update within the Additional Information document attached.


Information on the Community Assistance Hub had been circulated with the agenda and Gillian Jardine, Locality Development Co-ordinator gave an update and advised that the Hub was currently focussing on mental health and wellbeing.  



Teviot & Liddesdale Community Update

opportunity to share updates from your community or raise topics for future discussion.


With reference to paragraph 7 of the Minute of 9 March 2021, Philip Kerr asked for feedback following the flooding in March.  He advised that other Chairs were attending meetings of Southdean Community Council.  He also requested that the extension of the railway should be included on every agenda, that the Area Partnership should be a forum for shared learning on items such as windfarms and forestry traffic.  A wider discussion on roads issues was also required.



Community Fund Project Evaluation

Localities Bid Fund 2 project evaluation of Escape Youth Café Community Lunch Club.


The Chairman welcomed Sian Snowden from Escape who was in attendance to give an evaluation of the funding that had been received for the Escape Youth Café Community Lunch Club.  Sian advised that outdoor tables, a pizza oven, foldable tables and chairs had been purchased from the funding.  Help was being provided by the young people and they were looking for volunteers who would be working towards a Saltire Award.  Work had been carried out in the garden area and the produce would be used for the lunch club.  Lidl and Aldi were also providing surplus food which was helping to keep costs down.  On-line cookery sessions had been started during lockdown which allowed young people to cook in their own home.  Drop in baking sessions were also being held.  Over the summer the promotional material would be finalised and there would be information stands to raise awareness.  The club would be promoted to existing users of the centre with a view to getting a wider group to come along.  If successful it was hoped that the club could move from monthly to weekly if more funding could be obtained and they were keen to get started.  Shona Smith thanked Sian on behalf of the Community Partnership Team.



Community Fund Working Group Discussion

update from the working group/SBC Officer on proposals for the T&L Community Fund 2021/22.


Gillian Jardine, Locality Development Co-ordinator shared the slides produced by the Working Group, thanked the Community Councils for their time and input and outlined progress to date.  Those present discussed the way forward and indicated their desire to make early progress with the proposals for a two tier Pot A and Pot B funds.  It was noted that some decisions around the scoring matrix were still required and that Gillian had not received the views from all Community Councils yet.  It was agreed that the final arrangements would be agreed by the end of June and that a special meeting would be held in July to ratify these arrangements.



Build Back a Better Borders Recovery Fund

link to new fund being launched 01 June 2021 below:


Build Back a Better Borders Recovery Fund



The new fund had been launched on 1 June and the link for applications had been circulated.  Applications would be brought to the Area Partnership for approval.  As this was a one-off fund it would not be incorporated into the new Assessment Panel Model. The fund was open for 12 months until 31 May 2022.


Date of Next Meeting

Are there any items you would like to schedule for future meetings?  For example:





Winter maintenance


Locality Plans


Please contact your local Elected Member or Communities and Partnership Team with your suggestions -



The date would be confirmed in due course.



Any Other Formal Business


No items were raised.


Open Forum


12.1     Mr Kerr and Ms Batsch commented on recent issues they had both experienced in receiving their second Covid-19 vaccine to raise awareness.


12.2     Mr Tait queried if any of the funding from the Governments levelling-up fund was being used for projects in Hawick.  Jenni Craig advised that applications were being assessed by an independent Panel with a report to Council.  Information on the successful projects would be available following the Council meeting.


12.3     Mr Kerr advised that Keltbray were offering vouchers for households disrupted by recent power outages and he would follow up.   Severed phone lines had recently been repaired by Open Reach.  SBC’s emergency planning team did not have BT or Open Reach on their preferred contact list and Ms Jardine would discuss this with emergency planning.  




The link will be open from Thursday, 6pm until Sunday, 11:45pm


            Link to evaluation: T&L Area Partnership evaluation


The Chairman thanked everyone for their attendance, reminded those present to complete the meeting evaluation and closed the meeting.




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