- Mr Gordon Millar, Chair of Friends of Winterfield, gave an update on the work of the group, with plans for future landscaping and development.
- A large sculpture of a bear, a symbol of the John Muir connection with the town, is being funded by Hallhill Developments. There were lengthy discussions about possible locations.
- A fundraising quiz night for Christmas lights will be held at the Dunbar Bowling Club on 11th March.
- A Local Area Partnership public meeting is to be held on 10th March.
Grants of up to £1500 are available to help community groups improve, maintain and promote their local community paths.
The main points from the January Committee meeting are summarised below:
- Isobel Knox has stepped down from the Community Council due to other commitments.
- Dr Liz Hare gave a presentation seeking support for the re-introduction of public drinking water fountains.
- Christmas Lights: substantial funding will be needed this year to continue with the maintenance program and to replace steel wires across the high street and associated junction boxes. The DCC is unable to fund the shortfall without further assistance, and has offered help for further fundraising.
- Police Report: this highlighted a number of anti social behaviour occurrences and many instances of minor theft.
- Financial Report: 15 projects were supported this year with grants totalling £8527.
- 20 mph limit: a draft public opinion survey is under consideration.
The main points from a lengthy committee meeting are below. Foolow the link for the full version:
- Requests for funding and presentations were made by North Lights Arts and by The Ridge re development if the High Street back lands.
- Police CAPP report: continuing problems of Anti Social behaviour were discussed. There have been a number of thefts and break-ins. Parking tickets have been isuued on the High Street.
- Local Priorites Fund: 13 projects have been supported this year with grants totalling £6822.
- East Beach: wall head repairs to be carried out in the Spring.
- Proposed 20 mph Area. a public meeting will be held in due course
The main points from the DCC meeting on 16 November are summarised below. The full minutes are available here:
- Our local Regiment, the Lothian and Borders Horse has been reformed as the Northern Irish and Scottish Yeomanry, and the chairman made contact with their representatives at the Dunbar Remembrance Day parade.
- Sympathy and condolences regarding recent events in Paris have been sent to our twin town Lignieres.
- Anouska Woods of BeGreen gave a presentation re the energy advice and grants which are available to eligible applicants.
- Scott Hood from ELC explained how the Council tried to control sea bird poulation.
- An Application has been made to Community Windpower for financial support for the Christmas lights.
The main points from the October meeting are listed below:
- Penny Morris: elected to the Community Council
- Christmas Lights: more volunteers urgently needed, also further funding for improvements and health and safety issues.
- New Housing Development: need to consider further school extension and infrastructure improvements to support.
- 20’s Plenty: it is proposed that all streets in the old part of Dunbar be encompassed by a 20 mph limit.
- Winterfield Pagoda: An ELC Options paper has considered options for the Pagoda, but there are no funds available for maintenance and improvement, and the Pagoda may have to be demolished.
Dunbar is working with other organisations in East Lothian to help reduce the amount of refuse sent to landfills, with the eventual goal of ‘zero waste’ going to landfill. Dunbar Zero Waste have a team of professionals on hand to help make it easier for schools, businesses and households to reduce, reuse and recycle more. The main aim is to reduce our waste to landfill and maximise reuse and recycling across Dunbar and District. This pilot project will introduce number of community-led educational initiatives, and will include opening a facility to help make re-using goods easier.
Our meeting was hijacked by events when we were locked out of the Town House. Hallhill came to the rescue and the meeting convened there at 7.15pm.
Scottish Water were heavily represented as they came to explain the cause and effect of the sewage spillage at Belhaven Bay.
Two new members were elected to the Community Council. Alasdair Swan joins as Treasurer and George Robertson has kindly agreed to take on a communications role to help us to keep the community informed of our our activities.
To find out more about these and our other September business, please follow the link below.
Highlights of our August meeting included:
Police report – antisocial behaviour and CAPP priorities
Update on South East Scotland Development Plan 2 (consultation closes on 30th September)
Local planning issues
and usual updates. Follow this link to find out more.
The Community Council will shortly be advertising for 2 new council members. Watch this space!
The July meeting lasted almost three hours and included an interesting submission by The Ridge with Kate Darrah and Adrian Gerling telling us about their plans for a ‘teaching garden’ and market space in the Backlands.
Alasdair Swan volunteered to take over the role of Treasurer following Kilvert Croft’s resignation and the services of this qualified accountant were accepted eagerly.
Mary Young has resigned for personal reasons and Sue Anderson will no longer lead Civic Week.
Both were thanked hugely for their very significant contributions to community life.