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Villagers Views collected at Community Day

People attending were from the village and also representatives from the Council and the NewWays Agencies. (NHS, Borders Housing Network, Communities Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Board, Scottish Natural Heritage, Visit Scotland, Scottish Environmental Agency).
Local Councillor Carolyn Riddell-Carre was also in attendance.

The Main Hall had display boards giving results of various village surveys carried out, displays of sample house designs and a model of the village, constructed by Douglas Robb, showing areas for possible development and aerial photos of the village were also displayed.

Feedback information was displayed on the Village Appraisal action points showing that the small number of remaining points to be actioned would be put into the future redevelopment program.

Villagers were requested to give comments on possible development sites and preferred types of house designs etc. which were all recorded for later use.

Presentations were given on the results of village surveys, by the young people of the village, NEAG and local businesses. A film made by local young people was shown covering the sort of things that they would like to see in the village in the future.

Questions were asked at the end of the presentations and people gave their views using an electronic keyboard system which again will be kept for future reference.

50 people attended a consultation evening in the Community Wing in Newtown St.Boswells on 23rd August

Introduction was made by Roger French who stressed the importance of getting villagers views so that future plans can reflect their wishes. Ever one was asked to encourage other people, neighbours, relatives, brothers & sisters etc. to also give us their views either at future Forums or by filling in questionnaires or simply contacting members of NEAG and Community Council. A Newsletter to give update was planned to be made available shortly.

Helen Ford explained why she was involved with the Newtown and Eildon Action Group and how this consultation session had evolved.

The individuals were arranged into smaller groups and each group was facilitated to talk about the four questions which were provided to them and to discuss all issues around these questions.

The facilitators took notes and the Community Development Fieldworker has pulled these together to feedback to the Community and to take to the Vibrant Communities meeting as well as to be used to inform Scottish Borders Council.

The Questions and Answers from this session

Q. 1. How would YOU like to see Newtown and the surrounding area develop over the next ten years?

A.
More Parks and Recreational facilities
Weekly Club – Day Centre
Sports facilities
Larger medical practice
Better infrastructure
Bus services improved
Employees using car park – charges
Cleaner tidier Village
Safer Village for children
Proper Village Centre
Council car park moved
Newtown being seen as dumping ground for new houses
The heart was taken out of village – we want it back.
Do not want to become a Town
All rundown areas improved e.g. Langlands Mill, Petrol Station etc
Need for more business units and help for fledgling business
Employment needed
Facilities for Tourists
Manage access to River
Access to Eildon's needs to be improved.
Any housing development need to be phased and planned to integrate Railway Heritage Centre.
Development of Facilities to preface any housing development
Village to have a say in type of proposals
Young People’s places
Swings for older kids
Tourist attractions
Develop and care for walkways
Area cleaned up – Garage and Langlands Mill
Adventure Park created
Village Centre – High Street, Shops and café etc like Earlston
Focal point
Centre for people to use Village
To not end up a dormitory town
New build in keeping with character
Employment Opportunities
Enterprise agencies help and support needed
General tidy up – Housing associations need to be responsible too
The Row to be cut more often
Work for local people
More local businesses
Retain feel of a village
Improve bus service
Old railway line behind Langlands for a new Park
More activities for young people
Innovative designs
Baxter Johnston’s area has potential to make centre inviting
Cooks Van Hire area potential for development
Streams, burns could be make more attractive
Organic Growth – Slow development to fit in with existing village.
Need to move with the times
Park for everyone
Need to identify a village centre
Develop the mill, garage, Baillie Hall etc
Start with tidying up the village – grass, hedges etc
Take initiative from surrounding businesses i.e. Little Ones – Other buildings have been painted and improved.
More industry encouraged
People need to invest in our Village
Care Centre provided
We have pride in our Village – How about SBC
Should be a development Fund in which SBC should contribute.
More local shops i.e. butchers bakers but not supermarket
Sports facilities
Fitness Centre
Adequate Schooling
Play Area
No more parking spaces
Integrated development
Improve Medical Centre
Mart access from Bypass


Q.2. There may be an opportunity for Newtown to develop including housing – what are YOUR views – would more housing be a welcome development

A.
No / Yes if related to a specific percentage
Integrated
Mixed Community
Rural areas. Development to suit – mixture of house type and size, affordable housing
Important to have professionals to fill job vacancies and live and shop in Scottish Borders
If phased development what housing is proposed for local people on Borders wages?
Yes if 25% are affordable for locals
Facilities to be in implicit part of any development and provided before completion of housing
Can local tradesmen be guaranteed a percentage of contracted work?
Welcome houses – not 900
Keeping control of people coming into the village
Affordable housing
Affordable shops
Travel Lodge
Mega bowl
Race course
Café i.e. coming from St Boswells Business (Internet)
Village Green – where car park is situated
Restaurant
Revive our church (community bus on Sundays)
Don’t swamp us – where are they building them and what type
Too many houses will spoil Newtown
Newtown will lose its identity
Integration a must
Favour of more housing for all villages – not overwhelming amount for one
Developers must stick to their word
How can we be assured that planners don’t cave in to developers
Village has to have a centre
Need facilities to go with extra housing if they are forced on us
No way we would accept houses without proper thought given to services and facilities
We want no development
A total traffic survey required for whole village
Who are the houses for?
Housing market will influence
Welcome development – if we control it
- good opportunity – business / employment
- must not be self-contained
- realistic about what we can achieve
Would not like any houses
Welcome more houses – but not 900+
Need more info – where? What kind? How many? What else will we get?
We enjoy living in a village – not a town
More houses may mean more “planning gain”
If we get the houses – will we get the regeneration as well?
Make performance bond a requirement from developers


Q.3. Consultation – what do you think is the best way for SBC to keep the residents informed of any development/progressions and how do you in turn inform SBC of your views

A.
Need to see plans
News in local papers but not just the Southern Reporter
News letter
Website
Church meeting
Meetings for Newtown not to include other areas
SBC newsletter to villages
SBC to notify Community Councils
Newsletter from SBC in local paper (Southern Reporter)
Info on internet with facility to feed back views
Local meetings with SBC Planning Department
Topic Specific Village Meetings
Community Council
Newtown and Eildon Action Group
SBC General release village newsletter
Councillor Surgeries
Transparency and honesty from SBC
Community Council
No secrecy between SBC and Community regarding development plan
All plans should be accessible
No decision being made without consulting community or community knowing about it
Agendas for SBC meetings should be better publicised
SBC meetings should be more accessible to the public – e.g. held in the evening etc
Newsletter
Council officials ought to attend Community Council Meetings
Distribute information for young people and collect their responses
Councillor needs to be kept closely in touch with village opinion.
We don’t want things decided for us.
Series of meetings with planners – child care issues so varying times, morning, afternoon, evenings
Representative group of 4/5 from Council to feedback to all in Village
Community Council
NEAG
Summary of meetings to be distributed round the doors – with attached reply slip – could be collected in Frame’s Newsagents


Q.4. How can we consult with young people / older people of the village – recommendations for ways to ensure all the community are involved in consultation – everyone needs to be heard!

A.
Through school
Youth groups e.g. Guides
Leaflet Drop
Home Visits for Elderly
Through Doctor’s Surgery and District Nurse
Post Office
Newsletters
Clubs
Parents Involvement
Pensioners Club
Suggestion Box
Youth Survey – Needs, Views
Handout Primary School and Earlston High School busses
Ongoing and evolving
Engagement of various age groups of Newtown and Eildon
Encourage involvement of youth in NEAG and Community Council
Buddy System
School has project which is a Village Study – added value
Earlston High School Bulletin Board
Approach Football Teams
Church
Bowling Club
Any groups involved in the Community Wing – Playgroup
Monday Club
Word of Mouth
Newsletter
School Project
Door to Door Survey
Approach groups i.e. Guides
Press Secretary
Questionnaire to schools, youth groups, pensioner’s lunch club


Above inf. put into Categories

Recreational/Sports/Social Facilities

More Parks and Recreational Facilities Sports Facilities
Manage access to River
Access to Eildon’s needs to be improved
Young Peoples places, Swings for Older Children
Develop and Care for walkways Adventure Park created
Old Railway line behind Langlands for a new park
More activities for young people
Streams, burns could be made more attractive
Park for everyone to use
Sports facilities
Fitness Centre
Play Area
Mega Bowl
Race Course
Café
Village Green
Restaurant
Need facilities to go with extra housing if they are forced on us
No way we would accept houses without proper thought given to services and facilities
Weekly Club –
Day Centre
Care centre to be provided

Improvements/Changes to area short and long term

Cleaner Tidier Village
Safer Village for Children
All rundown areas improved e.g Langlands Mill, Petrol Station, etc
Area cleaned up – Garage and Langlands Mill
General tidy up – Housing Associations need to be responsible too
The Row needs to be cut more often
Cooks Van Hire potential area for development
Baxter Johnston area has potential to make centre inviting
Develop the mill, garage and Baillie Hall
Take initiative from surrounding businesses i.e. Little Ones
Other buildings have been painted and improved
Council car park moved
Better Infrastructure
Employees using car park – charges should be made
Council car park should be moved
Do not want to become a Town
Need for business units and help for fledgling businesses
Employment needed
Facilities for Tourists Railway Heritage Centre
Development of any facilities to preface any housing development
To not end up a dormitory town
Retain feel of a village
Organic Growth –
Slow development to fit in with existing village
People need to invest in our Village
We have pride in our village – How about SBC
There should be a development fund in which SBC should contribute Adequate Schooling
No more parking spaces Mart access from Bypass
Need to move with the times
More industry encouraged
Medical Provision
Larger Medical Centre
Improved Medical Centre
Village Centre Improvements/Provision
Proper Village Centre
Village Centre – High Street with shops and café like Earlston
Focal Point
Centre for people to use Village
Need to identify a village centre
More local shops i.e. butchers bakers but not supermarket
Affordable shops

Housing Developments

Newtown being seen as a dumping ground for new houses.
The heart was taken out of the village – we want it back!
Any housing development needs to be phased and planned
Village to have a say in type of proposals
New Build in keeping with character
Innovative ideas
Integrated development
Mixed Community
Rural area – development to suit – mixture of house type and size
Affordable Housing?
If phased development what housing is proposed for local people on Borders wages? Yes if 25% are affordable for locals
Facilities to be an implicit part of any development and provided before completion of housing
Can local tradesmen be guaranteed a percentage of contracted work?
Welcome housing – not 900+
Keeping control of people coming in to the village
Don’t swamp us – where are they building them and what type?
Too many houses will spoil Newtown
Integration is a must
In favour of more housing for all villages – not an overwhelming amount for one
Developers must stick to their word
How can we be assured that planners don’t cave in to developers
Village has to be the centre
We want NO development
A total traffic survey is required for whole village
Who are the houses for?
Housing market will influence
Welcome development if we control it
Good opportunity for business and employment
Must not be self contained
Realistic about what we can achieve
Would not like any more houses
Need for more information – where – what type, numbers etc?What else will we get
More houses may mean more planning gain
If we get houses will we get regeneration as well?
Make performance bond a requirement from developers.


Consultation

Need to see plans
News in local papers e.g. Southern Reporter, Border Telegraph
All plans should be accessible – bring them to the Community
Newsletter
Website – with access to input from Community
SBC to notify Community Council
SBC to notify Newtown and Eildon Action Group
Councillor to hold regular Surgeries.
Transparency and honesty from SBC
No secrecy regarding developments
No decisions being made with consulting community.
Agendas for SBC meeting should be better publicised
Council Officials ought to attend Community Council meetings
Councillor needs to be kept closely in touch with village opinion.
We don’t want things decided for us.
Representative group of 4/5 from Council to feedback to all in Village through Community Council or NEAG
Summary of meetings to be distributed round the doors with attached reply slip – these could be collected in Frame’s Newsagents
Press Secretary

Consultation with young people and the elderly

Channelled through schools
Youth Groups e.g. Guides
Leaflet drop
Home visits for Elderly
Through Doctor’s surgery or District Nurse
Post Office
Newsletters
Clubs
Suggestion box
Youth Survey – needs and views
Parents involvement
Pensioners Club
Handouts to primary school
Handouts to young people on Earlston School Bus
Engagement of various age groups in Newtown and EildonEncourage involvement of youth in NEAG and CC
Buddy system
School is running a project which is a Village Study – added value
Earlston High School Bulletin Board
Approach football teams
Church Bowling Club
Playgroup
Any other groups who use Community Wing
Monday Club
Word of mouth
Door to door survey
Questionnaire to school, youth groups, pensioners lunch club

Other Services

Bus services improved
Enterprise agencies help and support needed

Watch this Web site for further updates and contact NEAG members below for more inf. or if you would like to be involved

Villagers Views collected at Community Day, Scotland