Elections for Floors, Makerston, Nenthorn and Smailholm Community Council have just taken place, and the results, and the date for the next meeting, will be announced very soon.
Floors, Makerstoun, Nenthorn and Smailholm (FMNS) Community Council covers this area of the Borders. Not everyone understands what the Community Council does, so we hope the information below will help, and perhaps encourage you to get involved.
The Community Council acts as a channel between local people and Scottish Borders Council (SBC). One of the local SBC councillors usually attends our meetings and brings information and takes away problems we want raised.
We are also consulted by SBC directly on such things as planning, and by other public sector bodies such as NHS Borders, Scottish Water, and the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government has plans to increase the role of community councils.
The Community Council has a small annual budget mainly for its running costs but can make small grants to local groups where appropriate. SBC also have budgets for small schemes for improving local environments with things like roadside benches, noticeboards, step and path repairs, etc. Access to these funds is through the Community Council.
If you're interested and want to find out more, come to a Council meeting! Members of the public are very welcome to attend. These are held in Makerstoun or Smailholm Village Halls about every three months. Minutes of meetings and agendas with dates and locations are displayed on the local noticeboards. This website will contain details of forthcoming meetings, and will also provide access to agendas, minutes and other information, such as the community police report.
Current Members of the Community Council are:
Ian Topping, Nenthorn
Lynda Stark, Nenthorn
David Stark, Nenthorn
Heather Kerr, Nenthorn
Tony Kime, Nenthorn - Secretary
Kenneth Bone, Makerstoun
Andrew Carter, Makerstoun - Convenor
Lord Biddulph, Makerstoun
Lady Mary Biddulph, Makerstoun
Ian Malcolm, Smailholm
Jane Roberts, Smailholm
Veronica Ross, Smailholm - Vice Convenor
Philip Green - Treasurer
For further information contact
The Convener, Andrew Carter
Secretary, Tony Kime
The Community Council leaflet was delivered to all households in the area in early 2017. This is also available through the link below.
Next Meeting will be in early November, once the community council elections are concuded.
Agendas for all meetings will be available shortly before the meeting.
Accidents on the double bend at the west end of Smailholm
The community council want to keep a record of all the accidents that happen at the double bend at the west end of Smailholm, so that we can convince the council that we need some kind of better warning. Many of the accidents don't get reported if there are no serious injuries and the police aren't called, so the figures the council have are much lower than the reality. So if you see any, can you let either Jane Roberts, Veronica Ross, or Ian Malcolm know.
or telephone 01573 460254