Scottish Borders Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Assmbley Room, Jedburgh Grammar, Jedburgh

No. Item


Welcome and Introductions



1.1     The Chairman welcomed everyone to the Cheviot Area Partnership and thanked the Community Councils, Partners and local organisations for their attendance, and for participating and putting forward ideas. 



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2.0     Feedback from meeting on 5 December 2018

2.1     The minute of the Area Partnership had been circulated which included a summary of the discussion output as an appendix.  The Locality Development Co-ordinator referred to the general concerns, issues, challenges and opportunities raised at that meeting.   The theme for the focus for debate for the remainder of the meeting was ‘Quality of Life’, which was the last theme in the series.  Feedback from each theme would then be drawn together to inform the Cheviot Locality Plan.



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A facilitated discussion on the subject in order to put forward a set of initial outcomes for Cheviot.


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3.0     The Chairman referred to the main item on the agenda – discussion around the theme

‘Our Quality of Life’ - and introduced the key speakers who each gave a brief summary of the work, relevant to the theme, being carried out by their organisation/section.


3.1     Inspector McGuigan highlighted the commitment of Police Scotland as identified in the

Local Police Plan 2017-20 for Scottish Borders. Following a consultation process there

were seven Local Police Priorities identified which linked to the themes within the Scottish.  Borders Community Plan: - domestic abuse; road safety; violent crime; anti-social behaviour; drugs and alcohol misuse; protecting people (including child protection); and acquisitive crime (incorporating rural crime, doorstep crime, housebreakings and thefts).  Police had strong links to the Council’s Safer Communities team with proactive campaigns such as Drivewise Borders and Crucial Crew.  Inspector McGuigan also drew attention to the work undertaken over the past year by the Community Action Policing Team which provided a dedicated community resource which would specifically target locality issues i.e. anti-social behaviour, young driver issues and was an additional resource to the Community Policing Team.  In response to a question about the importance of the Resilience Group in Jedburgh, Inspector McGuigan explained that the Group was crucial in times of extreme weather i.e. flooding and heavy snow fall.  Those present were supportive of the CAT which had been very effective at responding to problems raised locally.  The Community Officer within the schools had had a positive impact and early intervention was seen as key.

3.2     Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager, Michael Jaffray, made reference to the Local Fire and Rescue Plan for the Scottish Borders which was included in the paperwork provided on the tables. In particular he drew attention to the focus on helping people feel safer in their homes and on the roads. The service would work with local communities to improve outcomes, reduce inequalities and to build community resilience against extreme weather events such as flooding.  Action Plans were being developed to address key priority areas in the Scottish Borders. Mr Jaffray referred in particular to the aim to reduce unwanted fire alarm signals, where there was no fire but an automated fire alarm system was activated. This currently accounted for over 65% of emergency response activity across the Scottish Borders.  Mr Jaffray concluded by emphasising that the service wanted to work closely with communities and would welcome comments from local residents.


3.3     Donna Wood, from Scottish Borders Council, was in attendance to talk about the work of the Community Learning and Development Service and in particular the work being carried out with 11 – 25 year olds. There were 2 Learning Communities in the Cheviot area based around the secondary schools. The development of the learning communities enabled all key stakeholders to plan and work together to ensure improved outcomes for children and young people. Work was being carried out in schools and in particular with looked after and accommodated children  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Localities Bid Fund Assessment Panel

Consider the following decision by Council:-


that membership of the assessment panel be proposed by each Area Partnership, up to a maximum of 2 members per locality, with a view to improving gender balance.”



4.1   In response to the decision by Council to appoint additional Members to serve on the Assessment Panel, Councillor Weatherston, seconded by Councillor Brown, moved that Councillor Mountford be appointed and this was approved.



            AGREED that Councillor Mountford be appointed as an additional member to serve on the Assessment Panel.



Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 in Kelso.



5.1     The next meeting would be held on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 in Kelso at 6.30 p.m.   The theme of the meeting would be confirmed in due course.



The meeting closed at 8 p.m.




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