East Lammermuir Community Council Draft Minutes of Meeting held 23 August 2016

Draft:

Minutes of Meeting of East Lammermuir Community Council held in Spott Village Hall on Tuesday 23 August, 2016

Present: Cllrs: Chris Bruce (Chair /Anne Lyall/Janette MacDonald/Barbara Wyllie/

In attendance: Cllr Norman Hampshire/Elisabeth Wilson

1:00 Apologies: Cllr Michael Veitch/Jason Ormiston/Janice Hanvidge/Pauline Jaffray/
Chris Tacker/PC Gavin Ross and PC Jenni Stewart, CWO, Dunbar

The Chair, Cllr Chris Bruce welcomed everyone to the meeting and our guests for this evening, Alan Hobbett, Projects Director from Berwickshire Housing Association; Keith Scott and Jerome Bell from Scottish Power and Scott Gavin from Excalon.

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105 – The New National Telephone Number for Power Cuts

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A new national phone number “105”, has been launched by all electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Instead of dialling 0800 numbers, customers will be able to call the new “105” number.

Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area. 105 is a free service for people in Scotland, England and Wales. Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, customers should call the emergency services too.

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Diversity in Community Councils Workshops & Drop-in Sessions during September

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Community Council Elections

Community_Council_Logo_Scottish_GovernmentThe current term of office for East Lothian Community Councils is coming to an end in the next few weeks.

As volunteers, your East Lammermuir Community Councillors have worked hard for our community in many different ways, from organising or helping to run community events, to representing local interests to East Lothian Council and other public and private bodies, as well as continuing to work closely with our partners in the Area Partnerships.

Elections for this our most local level of democracy, are scheduled for this October and East Lothian Council will shortly be issuing details of how to get involved.

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Neart na Gaoithe Duct Block Works near Torness starts 8th August 2016

mainstream logoA discrete element of advance construction works for Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm will commence in August. This involves installing concrete blocks to house cable ducts underneath the location of the new Torness cables, which are currently being installed by Scottish Power Transmission (SPT), prior to the new Torness cables being installed.

The site of the works is immediately south of the A1 junction with the Torness Power Station (Grid reference – NT 74347 74503) and its current use is for arable agriculture. However, it should be noted that SPT have already fenced off the area and stripped the site of vegetation and topsoil in preparation for their cable installation work.

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Strategic Police Policies Consultation

Scottish_Government_logoThe Scottish Government has launched its formal
consultation on draft Strategic Police Priorities. The
press release and documents can be found at the
attached links;
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Future-policing-
25a9.aspx
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Justice/policies/policefire-rescue/police-scotland/StrategicPolicePriorities

The consultation is open until 16 August 2016

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Scottish Water Keep the Cycle Running Campaign

scottishwaterKeep the Cycle Running – Summer Campaign

People’s thoughts often turn to days out at the seaside and the outdoors over the summer months, so it’s the perfect time for Scottish Water to launch a new phase of the Keep the Cycle Running campaign to remind customers about the potential impact of flushing inappropriate items like wipes and cotton buds and what they can do to help the keep the cycle running smoothly.

The media statement attached here provides lots of details on this phase of the campaign.

Examples of some of Scottish Water’s messages for Twitter and facebook are:
– Help protect Scotland’s beaches & rivers – don’t rush for the flush http://bit.ly/1cUNsxP #SWcycle

– It’s a no brainer, use a container – know your kitchen checklist. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1cUNsxP #SWcycle

– Know how to save up to 6 litres of water a minute – turn off the tap while you brush your teeth: http://bit.ly/1cUNsxP #SWcycle

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Volunteer for the RAF Association

RAF VolunteerThe Royal Air Forces Association is currently looking for Caseworkers and Befrienders.

The Association is the charity that supports the RAF family, whether it be serving members or veterans and their families. You can find out about the work they do here : https://www.rafa.org.uk/volunteer

Volunteer Caseworkers are needed now to join a team of welfare volunteers identifying the welfare need amongst the RAF family in the East Lothian area. No experience is needed as full training and support will be provided.

Right now there are veterans in the RAF family suffering from loneliness. Often, what can help more than anything is a friendly visit from a like-minded person. Could you become an RAF Association Volunteer Befriender and help make a positive difference to someone’s life?

Volunteering for the Association is great way of developing your skills, at the same time as supporting RAF veterans in your local community.

Contact volunteers@rafa.org.uk or call 0800 018 2361

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