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Welcome to the website of the Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council.

Public Meeting on Large Windfarms

Gavinton Village Hall
Thursday 28 May at 7pm

There are proposals for over 40 large turbines to the north of the B6456 between Polwarth Mill and Westruther (Black Rig, Inch Moor, and Weetfoot Bog).

The meeting will present options available to affected communities on how to respond to these developments, and the experience of communities who have been through the process.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The meeting will deal with windfarm development in general, and not any particular proposal.

Anyone likely to be affected by these large windfarms is most welcome.

Members of these Community Councils are also invited:
-          Duns
-          Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth
-          Gordon & Westruther
-          Greenlaw & Hume
-          Lammermuir


The AGM of the village hall committee will be held on Wednesday 3rd June at 7pm.

Everyone is welcome and free wine and nibbles will be available. 

Blackrig Windfarm

If you missed the exhibition where the developer, RES (Renewable Energy Systems), showed its proposal for a windfarm with 10 turbines at a location within two miles of Polwarth, you can still see details on the developer's website.

Map of proposed windfarm site

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Current planning documents are on the SBC website.

West Gavinton Development Latest

13-00332-FUL: Planning Application for 54 new houses in WEST GAVINTON APPROVED

On Monday 27 April, 2015, the planning application for 54 new houses in West Gavinton was approved by the SBC Buildings and Standards Committee, with conditions governing development, including phasing.

The Committee was in general agreement that the scale of this application was excessive.  However this site is formally designated for “an indicative number of 45 houses” in the Local Development Plan, so the Committee has no legal basis for challenging the scale. The decision to designate the entire BGA1 site for building development (in 2007) cannot be challenged at this stage.

Click here for access to further information and all previous plans and documents.

Community Council AGM

Notice is given that the AGM of Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council is being held on Tuesday 5th May at 7:30pm in Gavinton Village Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Community Council Latest

Community Council Meeting Minutes

The minutes page has been updated and reports on all recent meetings are now available.

The village of Gavinton, with the associated parishes of Fogo and Polwarth, lies to the south-west of Duns in Berwickshire. This pdf file shows the local area with the community council's boundaries. The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, 18 miles, by road, to the east, provides access to the national rail network and the A1 trunk road, putting Edinburgh and Newcastle within easy reach.

A lot of the information on this website, such as information about the Gavinton Village Hall and access to the archives of the Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC), is intended for residents of the area but other information, such as the history of the three communities and the photo galleries, should be of interest to anyone with links to this part of the Scottish Borders.

Daffodils by the Gavinton sign

Daffodils by the Gavinton sign

Like approximately 100 villages in Scotland, Gavinton resulted from the desire of a wealthy estate owner to manage his land more efficiently. It was established in 1759 when the laird of Langton, David Gavin, wished to clear the settlement of Langton in order to improve the agricultural output of the estate.

Langton church

The parish church in Gavinton
retains the Langton name.

Please use the navigation links at the side to explore the site. If you have come to the site because you believe you have family connections to this area and are looking for more information, please feel free to use the link to the webmaster at the bottom of every page.



Gavinton village green

The village green in Gavinton











Is Your House Heated by Oil?

Since 2013, Tim Jackson has co-ordinated the Polwarth Oil Group. Now, the area that can be included has been extended to take in Gavinton and other properties within about 3 miles of Polwarth.

By arranging deliveries on the same day to multiple addresses it is possible to make savings. Click here for full details.