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Windfarm Proposal Exhibition - June 15th/16th

If you missed the recent exhibitions because of the very short notice given by the proposed developer you can still find information on the Ecotricity website.

INCH MOOR is the largest of the windfarm proposals near us, and located in Gordon & Westruther CC (19 turbines up to 130m to tip).

This windfarm will generate over 50MW of electricity and will be determined by national government (not Scottish Borders Council). It is a big deal.

The developer, Ecotricity, has just announced that it is holding public exhibitions next week:
Greenlaw War Memorial Hall - Monday 15th June from 1pm until 7pm
Westruther Village Hall - Tuesday 16th June from 1pm until 7pm

Further details are available on their website.

Now is your chance to see what is being proposed, and talk to members of the Ecotricity development team.

INCH MOOR is immediately adjacent to the proposed BLACKRIG windfarm (10 turbines, 115m to tip) (see below), and together will have the appearance of one windfarm.  Formal applications for both windfarms are expected later this year.

West Gavinton - Detailed Planning Consent

On Monday 27 April, 2015, the planning application for 54 new houses in West Gavinton was approved by the SBC Buildings and Standards Committee, with conditions governing development, including phasing.

The minutes of the SBC PLANNING AND BUILDING STANDARDS COMMITTEE are now available. Download the document here or view it on the SBC website. The approval appears in the appendix.

The approval gives details of a variety of conditions to be observed by the developer and is, therefore, well worth reading.

Click here for access to further information and all previous plans and documents.

Blackrig Windfarm

If you missed the exhibition where the developer, RES (Renewable Energy Systems), showed its proposal for a windfarm with 10 turbines at a location within two miles of Polwarth, you can visit Duns Library before 22nd June; still see details on the developer's website.

Map of proposed windfarm site

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Current planning documents are on the SBC website.

Community Council Latest

Community Council Meeting Minutes

The minutes page has been updated and reports on all recent meetings are now available.

The village of Gavinton, with the associated parishes of Fogo and Polwarth, lies to the south-west of Duns in Berwickshire. This pdf file shows the local area with the community council's boundaries. The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, 18 miles, by road, to the east, provides access to the national rail network and the A1 trunk road, putting Edinburgh and Newcastle within easy reach.

A lot of the information on this website, such as information about the Gavinton Village Hall and access to the archives of the Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC), is intended for residents of the area but other information, such as the history of the three communities and the photo galleries, should be of interest to anyone with links to this part of the Scottish Borders.

Daffodils by the Gavinton sign

Daffodils by the Gavinton sign

Like approximately 100 villages in Scotland, Gavinton resulted from the desire of a wealthy estate owner to manage his land more efficiently. It was established in 1759 when the laird of Langton, David Gavin, wished to clear the settlement of Langton in order to improve the agricultural output of the estate.

Langton church

The parish church in Gavinton
retains the Langton name.

Please use the navigation links at the side to explore the site. If you have come to the site because you believe you have family connections to this area and are looking for more information, please feel free to use the link to the webmaster at the bottom of every page.



Gavinton village green

The village green in Gavinton











Is Your House Heated by Oil?

Since 2013, Tim Jackson has co-ordinated the Polwarth Oil Group. Now, the area that can be included has been extended to take in Gavinton and other properties within about 3 miles of Polwarth.

By arranging deliveries on the same day to multiple addresses it is possible to make savings. Click here for full details.