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Messages from the Scottish Borders Council

Message received 18-11-2020 includes Borders-wide information about the following. Click the following link to view or download the PDF: http://carlops.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Nov-2-2020-Galashiels-CLD-Learning-Community-Partnership-Bulletin.pdf

  • Turas (Gaelic singing group) events
  • Play #yourpart by helping SBC to shape budget plans:
  • Citizen Rights Scotland: new EU settlement Scheme
  • Children’s Parliament final report from national wellbeing survey for 8 to 14 year olds
  • Drink Wise Age Well Programme


There is a new SBC calendar of events across the Borders for older people. Click this link


for a downloadable calendar in PDF format

Local Development Plan

Follow the link below for a letter with details of the local development plan and how to view and respond to it. The plan is open for comments from 2nd November until 25th January 2021.


The letter with its links should either download to your downloads folder or open in your browser in a new tab.

The local development plan itself can be found at https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/ldp2

For your convenience, the section from LDP Volume 2 which directly concerns Carlops is here: http://carlops.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FINALISED_Proposed_LDP__Volume_2_Carlops.pdf

Scottish Protection Levels Updated November 2020

This advice forms part of a longer letter which concerns shielding and Vitamin D supplements and can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF from this link: http://carlops.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Shielding_-_Health_and_Wellbeing_-_Protection_Levels.pdf

Protection Levels Scotland November 2020

Scottish Borders Warm and Well Initiative



Warm and Well Borders will target vulnerable groups specifically through health and social care partnerships, to provide support and advocacy, and to tackle fuel poverty. Project officers will broaden referral pathways working cooperatively with the local voluntary sector, social housing providers, and community health and social care practitioners to extend the reach of the project and share project results. Warm and Well Borders will be delivered through a partnership between Scottish Borders Council, Changeworks, three local Citizens Advice Bureaux, Home Energy Scotland, health and social care teams and community health organisations.

For more information in PDF format, please follow these links:

Home Energy Scotland (HES)

Call HES if you’re worried about your energy bills or struggling to stay warm at home. HES are funded by the Scottish Government and are here to help. The service is free and impartial and they are committed to keeping you warm. Contact them free on 0808 808 2282

Citizens Advice Bureau –

Can help with income maximisation and advice on bills. If no one available to answer you will be asked to leave a message and an adviser will contact you. Alternatively please email and an adviser will respond. CAB aim to respond within 3 days to all enquiries.

Peebles – 01721 721722. adminuser@peeblescab.casonline.org.uk

This message was sent by Lorna McCullough <lorna.mccullough@the-bridge.uk.net>

New Local Authority Covid Restrictions

Due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in Scotland, the First Minister has announced further restrictions with some measures only applying in the central belt. These temporary measures will come into place from 6 pm, Friday 9 October.
These protective steps aim to control the rise of coronavirus cases and help keep people safe. We are not asking those who were shielding to do so again, however we are advising those who were previously shielding to be extra careful. This may result in an increase of calls to the national helpline. To support with any additional queries, I attach Q&A to help with these calls.
We also issued two text messages last night to those on the shielding list that have signed up to our messaging service – below are the messages that were sent.
Inside the Central Belt:
The First Minister has today announced further restrictions across Scotland, with tighter measures in your area. These protective steps aim to control the spread of the virus which is happening more quickly across the central belt, and safeguard you. For more information on the restrictions, please go to www.mygov.scot/shielding
Outside the central belt
The First Minister has today announced further restrictions in Scotland. These protective steps aim to control the spread of the virus and safeguard you. For more information on the restrictions, please go to www.mygov.scot/shielding

[LM] Q&A can be downloaded here: http://carlops.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Local-Authority-QA-Temporary-National-Measures-8-October.pdf

A New Message from Tweeddale Community Assistance Hub:

Please get in touch if there is anything that the Community Assistance Hub can support you with or if you require any information from us.

Numbers of referrals to the hub remain very low but we are still in business and remain ready to respond to any requests for help that come our way.

GOV.SCOT We know you might want to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 infection rates in your local area. Public Health Scotland has now published information by neighbourhood which we hope you find useful. Visit publichealthscotland.scot/covidcasesbyneighbourhood.

Margaret Smail Tweeddale Community Assistance Hub

Tel: 0300 100 1800  Covid-19Community@scotborders.gov.uk


Safety Work at the Carlops Rock

Safety work at the Carlops Rock starts today 16th September 2020 and will affect all users of the Rock Car Park. For more information please go to https://carlops.net/carlops-rock-safety-work-september-2020/ or see the link in the right-hand sidebar.

Messages from Scottish Borders Council:

Scottish Borders Council is undertaking a review of the Social Work Non-Residential Charging Policy and is holding a consultation between Friday 7August and Sunday 27 September. A link to the online press release containing all of the relevant information can be found below: An easy read version is also available.


Brian Paris Chief Officer – Adult Social Work and Social Care Scottish Borders Council

Other messages from SBC can be found at this link: https://carlops.net/messages-from-scottish-borders-council/

Advice from Scottish Borders


The nextdoor app is a great way to keep in touch with the community. Use it to offer your services or find someone to deliver your takeaway or fresh veg. from the pub. Just logon at http://nextdoor.co.uk .

Help from Scottish Borders

email: Covid-19communities@scotborders.gov.uk or phone 0300 100 180

Scottish Borders is providing a range of services for people affected by Coronavirus.

The intention is that a range of services will be available for anyone who is required to self-isolate or practice social distancing, including help with getting access to food, shopping and collection of prescriptions as well as regular check-ins.

Emergency Food Bank

All enquiries to the communities mailbox/phone are filtered down to the local hub to be dealt with.

Allan Ramsay Takeaway and Home Delivery Service 

The Allan Ramsay Hotel is offering a new Takeaway and Home Delivery Menu Wednesdays to Saturdays that locals can either a) order online on the website (see link below) or b) by phone on 01968 660258. 

Visit the website https://www.allanramsayhotel.com/s_foodanddrink.asp where there is a Menu Order Form where you can also opt for pick up from the hotel or home delivery.      Upon receipt of your order the hotel will call back to confirm the order and to take card payment. 

More information at https://carlops.net/allan-ramsay-takeaway-meal-service/

Allan Ramsay Food Collection Service

A food collection service is being set up at the Allan Ramsay Hotel – food supplies can be ordered and either collected from the Hotel or delivered to your door. The website for food collection is https://www.allanramsayhotel.com/s_onlineordering.asp?m=13


I understand Stagecoach is currently running an enhanced Sunday service. Stagecoach appears to change the web address ot the timetables for the 101/102 every 5 minutes, so for information just go to https://www.stagecoachbus.com/ and fill in the form.

Any suggestions for more information to be added are very welcome: contact webmaster lesmorss@carlops.net

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