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Welcome to the Community Council Section of the Gavinton Website.

Community Council AGM 19th May 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Community Council was held on 19th May.

You can read a pdf of the Chairman's report by clicking here.

Remember, you can read minutes of community council meetings from 1985 in the Archives section.

Spring is Coming - Official!

Though the newspapers may be full of stories about an impending big freeze, the Community Council has turned its attention to next spring and summer.

For many years, Gavinton entered one or other of the Scotland's Floral Gateway & Beautiful Scotland competitions and usually did very well. One of the side effects of the competition was that, win or lose, it made us very conscious of how well we kept the village and contributed to making this such a lovely place to live.

The group that successfully organised our entry was chaired by the late Rev Bill Longmuir. We haven't entered either competition for a number of years, although we had a very successful garden open day in 2011 for 'Help for Heroes'.

Your Community Council would like to know if residents would like the village to enter one of these competitions again. Come along to the Village Hall for a short meeting on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 7pm if you would like us to take part. We'll decide then how to organise ourselves for success.

Hope to see you there. John Marjoribanks, Chairman, GFPCC

For more information on the two competitions you can visit the Beautiful Scotland website and the Scotland’s floral gateway page on the SBC website

The most unusual leaving gift ever?

Presentation to Janet O'Kane

When Janet O'Kane resigned as Secretary of the Community Council, after seven years, committee members wanted to offer an appropriate gift. And what could be more suitable than six point of lay hens.







Box of chickens

Janet was very distressed earlier this year when a fox got into the henhouse so was delighted when members of the Community Council arrived holding a large cardboard box.




Cover of 'No Stranger to Death'

Though Janet's services will be much missed the council wishes her every success in the future both with her poultry owning and her writing. Janet's first novel 'No Stranger to Death' is available from Amazon.







 Here's hoping the hens give the same eggscelent service to Janet as she gave to the Community Council.

The Role of the Community Council

Under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 all Councils are legally obliged to set up Community Councils. These are legally recognised groups of local people with an interest in their community.

Daffodils by the village green

Daffodils by the village green

The size of each Community Council varies; some are as small as 5 and others as large as 20. The Gavinton Fogo & Polwarth council is made up of 6 members from Gavinton, 3 members from Fogo and 1 member from Polwarth.

The main role of the Community Council is to represent its local area, (see the map at the bottom of this page for an indication of the areas covered by the three communitites) to consult with local residents and pass their views on to public sector organisations such as Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and the Scottish Executive, also major utility services such as Scottish Water. Scottish Borders Council has a responsibility to consult with Community Councils about how local services are delivered and inform them of any changes to services or any issues that may affect their local area.

Many Councillors attend their local Community Council meetings providing a good link between Scottish Borders Council and the community.

Each Community Council is a member of the Scottish Borders Community Councils’ Network (SBCCN) which allows them to share good ideas and communicate easily with one another.  SBCCN organises an annual conference, seminars, to discuss areas of concern, and training, on matters such as committee procedures and how to respond to planning applications.

Please use the links on the left for more detailed information about Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC).

If you would like more information about the work of the GFPCC and how you could help, please contact any of the current members.

Map of Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth CC area

Map of Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth CC area