St Boswells Parish Community Council

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Village Spring Clean

Woodland work

Establishment

St Boswells Parish Community Council was established, following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, to ascertain, coordinate and express to the Scottish Borders Council, and to other public authorities, the views of Parish folk on matters with which those public authorities are concerned. The Community Council is also able to take any actions, in the interests of St Boswells Parish, as may be expedient and practicable. Within the Borders there are 69 Community Councils, including the Bowden Village Committee.

Membership

St Boswells Parish Community Council has up to 10 members. Members must be aged 16 or over and appear on the electoral roll for the Parish. In addition, the Scottish Borders Councillors for the area covered by St Boswells Parish have ex officio membership of the Community Council although they have no entitlement to vote or hold office therein.

Community Council nominations are generally widely sought. If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election is held. Elected Community Councillors serve for a minimum of two and a maximum of four years: thereafter they are eligible for re-election.

A casual vacancy can arise when a Community Councillor is no longer on the electoral roll for St Boswells Parish, on written resignation, or on non-attendance for a period of six months. Casual vacancies can be filled by co-option, until the next ordinary Community Council election. The Community Council can also co-opt members with skills or knowledge considered to be of assistance in carrying out its functions: such co-opted members have no voting rights, and cannot hold office, although they may also be under 18.

Community Council members must comply with the Scottish Borders Council code of conduct for community councillors. They must also agree to the terms of the Scottish Borders Council Equalities Statement.

Meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend Community Council meetings. St Boswells Parish Community Council generally meets once a month (omitting July and December), usually the last Thursday of the month, in person in the Lesser Village Hall. During the pandemic, meetings have been restricted to the computer medium of Zoom. These virtual meetings are not agreeable to everyone, but still provide a measure of public debate and discussion which is essential. Agendas and draft minutes are posted on the Community Council noticeboard by the main door of the Village Hall. Agendas and minutes are also available on this Village Hall website through the good offices of the Village Hall committee. Ordinarily, draft minutes are agreed for accuracy at the subsequent meeting, but due to pressure of time this procedure has been curtailed during the pandemic. It is intended that this be re-introduced as soon as physical meetings resume.

A Community Council meeting offers members of the public the opportunity to raise local concerns and ideas, preferably but not solely by proposing an agenda item to the Secretary.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Activities

In addition to acting as a sounding board for the Scottish Borders Council and other public agencies, the Community Council can be active in other local areas. It owns much of the Village Green, for example, and is therefore involved in its management, specifically controlling any car boot sales which take place there, helping to coordinate the annual Travellers’ Fair, and contributing to the ongoing maintenance of the War Memorial.

The Community Council takes a keen interest in public access in and around the village, and has taken some limited responsibility for maintenance of some of the local footpaths. Every Spring there is a Parish-wide litter pick. The Community Woodland is also a public facility, lightly managed by the Community Council through a subcommittee. Another subgroup focuses on striving for a greener St Boswells through the encouragement and maintenance of key structures, plant material, and a more enlightened approach to environmental matters generally. Several images in our photo gallery record recent efforts in these areas. Over several get-togethers volunteers got stuck into some hazel coppicing, chipping surplus wood and spreading the chippings out on paths. We also did some invasive species removal of Himalayan Balsam and installed some coir mats with native wetland flowers to improve biodiversity in the Woodland’s wetland habitats. In 2021 some forgotten corners were tidied, and residents around Springfield Terrace have been working on creating a Community Meadow with help from trainees at Borders College. For recent activities, see the St Boswells Community Woodland / Friends of the Woodland’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113291699447075/ 

Community Council members also run St Boswells Foodbank. For information and special appeals see https://www.facebook.com/BoswellsCommunityCouncil/
The foodbank may be contacted at stboswellsfoodbank@gmail.com  

Community Council Members

Chair
Gavin Tweddle

Vice-chair

Chris Richard

 Secretary
Charles Strang

 Treasurer
Wilma Burns

Minute Secretary
Annette Patterson

Members
Mike Barrie, Yvonne Clement, Craig Edmond, Angela Farnish, Alan Frank

Co-opted Members
Allan Drummond, Elaine Reid

Ex officio Members
SBC Councillors Jim Brown, Scott Hamilton, and Sandy Scott.

Contact Details

Charles Strang, BArch(Hons) MSc(U&RP) RIAS IHBC FSAScot

Secretary
St Boswells Parish Community Council
Glen Eden
The Croft
St Boswells
Melrose
Roxburghshire
TD6 0AE

Mobile: 07736 969 226
Phone: 01835 822 560
Email: stbospccsecretary@gmail.com