Scottish Borders Council

Agenda item

Land and Property

Consider the following:-


(a)     Condition of Garage at Tweed Green leased to Peebles Rugby;


(b)     Callant’s Club proposal for the Riverside Path, known locally as “The Hump”;


(c)     Path at Victoria Park; and


(d)     Callant’s Club proposals for tree planting.



The Chairman advised that he had been contacted by Peebles Rugby Club regarding the condition of a garage that they leased from the Council.  The property was currently sub-let to the Tweeddale Peace Group but this would cease later this year.  There were some issues with the property including the fact that the main doors did not fully open.  The Estates Manager advised that the Rugby Club had never signed a formal lease for the property, the terms of which included all repairs to the garage.  The Sub-Committee agreed that they would consider works to the property once a formal lease was signed.  The Estates Manager was also asked to check if there were any other outstanding leases requiring signature.





(a)       that further consideration of works to the garage be given once the formal lease had been signed by the Rugby Club; and


(b)       the Estates Manager check that all other leases for land and property owned by Peebles Common Good Fund had been signed.



Mr Alan Mackenzie of the Callant’s Club outlined their plans to upgrade the Riverside Footpath to make it fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  The path passed through land owned by the Common Good Fund and NHS Borders so permission was required to carry out the works.  The project funding was the subject of a Locality Bid Fund application with the remainder to be met from Parking Income.  It was noted that planning permission would be required and the Estates Manager advised that he would be happy to assist the group with their application.  The Sub-Committee agreed that they would be happy to provide a letter confirming their support for the project.



AGREED to provide a letter to the Peebles Callant’s Club confirming their support for the path improvement project.  



The Chairman advised that the path in Victoria Park from Kingsmeadows Road was currently being used to access the new Baptist Church which was being built and the developers had asked if they could lay hard core as the path was in poor condition.  Concern was expressed that this would allow cars to access the path if a barrier was not erected.  Consideration also needed to be given as to whether or not the hard core should be removed after the works were completed to prevent the path being used as a road.  Members agreed that they would allow the works subject to a barrier being erected so the path could not be used by vehicles outwith working hours.  The possible reinstatement of the path would be considered once works were complete.  The Estates Manager advised that he would have the current condition of the park checked to ensure any damage was fully reinstated when works were complete and undertook to contact the developers.





(a)      to allow the works subject to a barrier being erected so the path could not be used by vehicles outwith working hours; and


(b)      to reconsider the possible removal of the hard core once the work s were complete.



With reference to paragraph 10 of the Minute of 30 August 2018, it was noted that the proposed meeting with the Callant’s Club regarding tree planting had not taken place.  It was noted that the planting might involve bushes rather than tree.  However, Community Councillor Hayworth advised that there had been some interest from both the School and allotment holders to use part of the ground. 



AGREED that the Chairman and Councillor Bell pursue this matter in the first instance.





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