Two village halls are to benefit from a landfill tax cash boost.
The executive committee of Scottish Borders Council agreed on Tuesday to make grants totalling more than £33,000 to improve the community facilities in St Boswells and Whitsome, Berwickshire.
Councillors were told that the kitty in the so-called Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) stood at nearly £54,000 and that the two schemes met the eligibility criteria of the scheme’s regulatory body.
As a result, the final phase of the refurbishment of St Boswells Village Hall will now be completed – the grant of £16,125 supplementing more than £4,000 already raised by the hall committee for the supply and installation of new stage lighting and the replacement of rainwater pipes and guttering.
Another £17,361 has gone to Whitsome Village Hall after its management committee failed in a bid for lottery funding to improve the grounds around the building which was erected in 2006. The grant will cover the costs of hard standing areas, replacement kerbs and a new drainage system.
However, a decision on a third bid for grant funding – on behalf of Our Lady & St Andrews Catholic Church in Galashiels – was deferred by councillors.
The executive had been asked to award £15,050 to allow the replacement of four east facing stained glass windows at the B-listed building.
Councillors heard that clear glass had been installed during stonework restorations two years ago, but this had resulted in excess sunlight posing a risk to the ornate interior paintwork.
The church has raised over £21,000 of the £36,000 needed to install the original translucent leaded glass.
A council spokesperson said: “The decision was deferred to enable officers to discuss alternative and less expensive solutions with the applicants.”