Coldingham and Duns projects funded

duns Tennis Club and Coldingham’s visitor centre project have both received funding from Scottish Borders Council’s Landfill Communities Fund at this week’ executive meeting.

Duns Tennis Club received £6,684 towards their £33,342 project to install floodlighting for the three outdoor tennis courts in Duns Park.

The lights will increase the amount of time the courts are available for play by 30 per cent and will also extend the playing season for members into the autumn and winter, as well as allowing later evening play. The club will also be in a position to offer evening junior coaching rather than local youngsters having to travel to floodlit courts elsewhere.

They have already secured £10,000 from the Lawn Tennis Association, £250 from Duns Community Council, £500 from Duns Rotary Club, £3,000 from Berwickshire Sports Council and is contributing £12,708 from its own funds.

For Coldingham, the £8,690 awarded to the Coldingham Sands Community Company completes the funding needed for their Luckenbooth interpretation and visitor centre project.

The project combines an intepretation centre, post office, coffee point and access to public toilets in a new building on the site of the former public toilets, next to Coldingham Priory, the village hall and the community bookshop.

Overall the project will cost £242,654 - £216,862 was received through LEADER grant; £12,102 from Viridor; £5000 from an SBC Community Grant Scheme.

The building will be well insulated, will have low energy lighting and water and space heating will be provided by an air source pump housed in a recess in the roof. The plan is for the energy/cost efficient systems to contribute to the sustainability of the intepretation/visitor centre.

The Luckenbooth development is expected to make a major contribution to the development and long term future of Coldingham. It is the latest project from an active community who have already completed the transformation of its community hall into an arts venue, developed the community garden and are involved in the major restoration of Coldingham Priory.

Altogether there was £117,721 available from SBC’s Landfill Communities Fund for Borders based projects for 2010/11 plus an additional £39,346,93 remaining from the previous financial year. SBC is not allowed to carry forward any unallocated balance of landfill funds from one financial year to the next and the £16,318 that will be left from this year’s funds will be transferred to Berwickshire Community Council Forum Enviromental to distribute to Border projects approved by the council’s executive.

The BCCF Environmental Group was formed in 1999 to take advantage of the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and its remit now extends beyond Berwickshire to cover the whole Scottish Borders Council area.