Jed bowlers hit jack with council’s £32k grant

JEDBURGH Bowling Club has been granted over £30,000 towards the costs of demolishing its existing clubhouse and building a modern replacement.

The application for £32,250, approval of which was conditional on the club securing match funding and gaining planning consent, was one of two which came before Scottish Borders Council executive last week, seeking monies from the Landfill Communities Fund.

The other, which was also approved, was for £18,421 to the Tweed Forum to aid the Earlston Paths Group Leader Jubilee Path Project.

The new clubhouse for Jedburgh Bowling Club will cost a total of £242,250 and will replace the existing property, which is now more than a century old.

The building is of single brick construction with no damp course and councillors heard that it has significant damp problems.

Planning officers in their report also told how the building does not comply with modern standards and is not conducive to people either participating in or developing the sport.

The new clubhouse will include changing space, toilets and a multi-purpose area that will provide space for carpet bowls, social activities, kitchen and meeting facilities.

A sports development plan is in place to encourage participation, including schools, visiting clubs, competition and a wide age range of local members.

The new building, once finished, will also be made available to other community groups for a variety of uses.

The project will be funded by the club’s own funds of £63,000, plus grants from the Jedburgh Common Good (£45,000), Roxburgh Sports Council (£5,000), SBC Community Grant Scheme (£5,000), Sportscotland (£60,000) and the Landfill Communities Fund cash.

In addition, Jedburgh Bowling Club has spent a further £17,000 on designs, plans and consents to date.

The Leader Jubilee Path Project at Earlston will cost a total of £28,277 and will see almost 4,000m of new path created on the east side of the Leader Water from Leaderfoot, north to Redpath and Cowdenknowes.

It will adjoin the existing Speedys Path to Earlston, creating direct links to other paths such as the Leader Water Path and paths managed by the Melrose Paths Group and the Abbey Way to the south.

Included in the project is signposting, planting and the restoration of a forgotten old stone bridge found as part of the initial investigation.

As well as the money from the Landfill Communities Fund, funds will come from the SBC Community Grant Scheme (£5,000), SBC Jubilee Fund (£2,500), Paths for All (£950), Forestry Commission Seedcorn (£1,000) and Earlston Paths Group (£356).

The Earlston Paths Group also intends contributing significant in-kind labour and the project is now ready to start.