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Garvald and Morham Community Council News

Penny Short has decided that now is the time to stand down from the Community Council and the Chairperson’s role. Penny has served on the council since 2012 and as Chairperson from October that year. She has been a great asset to Garvald & Morham district.

We would all like to thank Penny for her dedication and excellent work over the last few years.

At our last meeting in December, with Penny resigning, the position of Chair was accepted by Phillip White from Garvald who has been the Vice Chair since 2012. The position of Vice Chair was accepted by Anna Derricourt from Morham.

In due course we will be looking for an additional person to join the Council and this will be advertised on the Garvald website soon.

Phillip R White

Chair, Garvald & Morham Community Council

Public Consultation on Council Budget

East Lothian Council have launched a public budget consultation.

A message from Angela Leitch, Chief Executive of ELC :

The consultation is an opportunity for local residents and council employees to have a say on how the council spends money to support local services. As highlighted recently by the Accounts Commission, the council performs well and has a good record of delivering services within budget.

ELC have embraced new ways of working and become increasingly efficient and effective. ELC couldn’t have achieved any of this without the good work and commitment of council employees. Like all councils, we continue to face financial challenges. East Lothian is Scotland’s fastest growing council area and our external funding – 72% of our income – has fallen in real terms. While ELC are still awaiting news of next year’s funding, it’s expected that significant savings will be required in the coming years. This means it’s increasingly important for ELC to look at innovative new ways of delivering services.

Elected Members will meet in February to agree the council’s 2019/20 budget. In the meantime, council services have been thinking about further options for reducing costs or increasing income.

The public budget consultation sets out some possible options from officers which could help us to address the challenges faced. While it’s important to stress that absolutely no decisions have been made, the council must look ahead and continue to plan for the future..

Please have your say on the consultation.

Angela Leitch, Chief Executive

Walk around the Donolly reservoir and Danskine Loch

Core Paths around Garvald

Last week our local paths warden Dave Hapgood, from Snawdon, escorted a group of Garvald walkers on a wonderful walk around both the Donolly reservoir and Danskine loch. The aim of the excursion was to have a look at the state of the paths and to see if any improvements were possible or desirable.

In case you are new to the village, the way to reach this walk is to take the bottom road heading west out of the village, sign-posted Carfrae. Just before the road starts to climb up the hill there is a left turn to Garvald Mains Farm, and then about 30m along this road a right-hand track leading to the reservoir. Dave has attached core path signs at various points to show the way.

Thanks to Dave’s work in thinning out self-seeded trees there is now a good path right round the Donolly and this makes a very nice circular walk from Garvald. There is a bit of mud on the south side of the reservoir and the path winds around in and out of trees on the north side but it’s a lovely walk, with occasional feathered company. The circle can be completed in approximately one and a half hours.

We would like to hear comments from other walkers so please take advantage of the mild autumn weather and report back via the website.

A core path leads from the west end of the Donolly through a very muddy field, across the road and then around the Danskine loch. It is then possible to walk on core paths all the way to Gifford. The path round Danskine loch is good, but the intervening muddy field presents a bit of an obstacle. We would be keen to hear any creative suggestions about how to improve this part of the path.

So, dig out your boots, your camera and go walking, but don’t forget the chocolate biscuits like we did!

Dave’s description of the walk to Gifford
https://www.elcv.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/DH-walk-garvald-to-gifford.pdf

Other core paths in East Lothian
https://www.elcv.org.uk/library/path-descriptions/

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Climate Change Consultation

East Lothian Council is developing a strategy to help reduce carbon emissions and wants to hear your views on what the council and the wider community, including local groups and businesses, can do to help achieve this goal and prepare for the future effects of climate change.

Come along to a drop-in consultation event to find out more about what we are already doing, and what we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint.

Haddington drop-in event: Monday 1st October 4pm–6pm (in Buffet Room, Town House)

Lothian Broadband masts – planning application

Two planning applications have been lodged by Lothian Broadband with East Lothian Council for the erection of two masts; one up on the river banking opposite the village hall and one on the hill behind the village hall. The masts will provide high speed broadband with improved service levels from Lothian Broadband to residents of Garvald and surrounding area. As part of this project, Lothian Broadband will also provide a wifi connection to the shelter in the park at no cost to the community. The planning application can be viewed on the ELC website:
https://pa.eastlothian.gov.uk/online-applications/
Either search for ‘Garvald’ or Reference Numbers 18/00679/P and 18/00680.

Defibrillator training

Garvald will soon have it’s own Defibrillator fitted to the wall in the small car park in front of the village hall. The machine has been purchased using Wind Farm funding which the Community Council administers.

On Wednesday 16th (7.00-9.00 pm) in the village hall we are running an information session including a walk-through and a talk about what to do in the event that one of us would need to step in and use the machine. The training is being provided by a fully qualified person. 

Please come along if you are free – you never know when it could be required.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the village hall on Wednesday the 16th between 7 and 9 pm.

Phillip White

Vice Chair Garvald & Morham Community Council