A special meeting of Earlston Community Council is to be held next week after a petition was received demanding clarification of the role community councillors have played in plans for a new play park in the village.
The Southern last month reported that the Big Lottery Fund had reversed its refusal of last year when it turned down a bid for £250,000 for the project at a site known as the “Cauldie”, and had now decided to award the funds after a reappraisal of the bid.
However, although the project was originally given the green light by planners at Scottish Borders Council more than a year ago, there has been opposition to the scheme. Under the terms of the community council’s constitution, the special meeting to consider the petition from local electors must be held within 21 days and so will take place on Monday, February 16, in the church hall. It starts at 7pm.
The petition asks that the community council publicly discusses and discloses its role and involvement, and that of individual councillors, throughout the joint Earlston Community Development Trust/Scottish Borders Council/Lottery planning process for the play park, claiming that the outcome of that process has only been communicated to village residents through the local press.