A HARDY group of volunteers from Melrose worked throughout last Sunday to erect Christmas lights around the town and decorate the tree in Morow Gardens.
Melrose community councillor Robin Chisholm told us: “We decided to get the lights up while there was a window of opportunity between snow falls and check them over later.
“The group worked very hard until 4pm. With its covering of snow, Melrose looked really festive and ready for Christmas.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who turned out to help – and to Burts Hotel who supplied us all with bacon rolls.”
At last month’s community council meeting, members heard that a meeting had been arranged with Scottish Borders Council roads officials and representatives of BEAR Scotland to discuss the possiblity of putting in place a “left hand turn only” rule for vehicles leaving Borders General Hospital on to the Melrose bypass in a bid to reduce the number of accidents.
Concern was also expressed that vehicles are being parked at the end of the chain bridge, leading to Gattonside, in such a way that the impression is given to pedestrians that there is no access to and from the bridge past the Chain Bridge Farm. It was claimed that signage at the site was misleading and the community council has asked the police to monitor the situation.
Meanwhile, community councillor Lorna Patterson reported there had been a low attendances at recent meetings of the town’s Traders’ Association.
It was suggested that as both the traders and the community council had long recognised the need for a new and updated town website, that a joint project to set this up should be progressed.
The meeting heard that Melrose in Bloom had been much encouraged by the excellent response to its appeal for new members to ensure the standard of floral displays and their maintenance would be safeguarded next season, despite SBC cutbacks.
It was also reported that SBC’s community support fund had granted £2,000 towards improving timber memorial seats in and around the town. The seats have currently been removed pending their restoration.
And Melrose Rotary Club will plant crocus bulbs in the triangular plot at the junction of Waverley Road and High Cross Avenue as well as on the grass in front of the new bed opposite the entrance to Priorwood.
Since the November meeting, four members of the community council have visited a crematorium in West Lothian: a similar facility to that proposed by the Westerleigh Group which has consent for a crematorium next to Waird’s Cemetery.
“The building we saw was low profile and relatively unobtrusive,” said community council vice-chairwoman Val Miller.
“All of us agreed this was a well-designed and eminently suitable building for the Borders’ first crematorium. However, we remain solidly opposed to the siting of it on the Waird’s site which is within the Eildon and Leaderfoot National Scenic Area and as such has protected status. This was totally disregarded by Scottish Borders Council in granting planning permission.
“We feel this could be the right building, but in the wrong place.”