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Hutton and Paxton

THE AREA
 

The Community Council area is broadly bounded by the Whiteadder River to the north and east, the Tweed to the south and the Hutton Castle area to the west. It is a rural area with a number of large farms, a major estate (Paxton House) and two main settlements: Hutton and Paxton villages with a hamlet at Fishwick. The population of Hutton is about 100 and Paxton, which has expanded significantly in recent years, is larger with a population of over 200.

Paxton has the Cross Inn, the only pub in the 'constituency' and there is a part time Post Office in the village hall at Hutton. Hutton Primary School at present has a roll of 22 and secondary children attend Berwickshire High School in Duns. There are Church of Scotland Kirks in both villages with the manse in Hutton.
The major tourist site is the Palladian mansion: Paxton House (open Easter until October) and its grounds, which are open all year. There is another seasonal attraction: 'The Amazing Maize Maze' at Fishwick. Hutton Castle, once the seat of Sir William Burrell is not open to the public. There is self-catering accommodation in the area as well as B&Bs. The Tweed cycleway goes through the locality and there are some good footpaths and also there is the opportunity for fishing. The Village halls provide the venue for many thriving clubs and activities.

ISSUES  

  • It is hoped that the minimal zoning of land for development in the SBC Draft Local Plan will protect the two villages from over development.
  • There is no additional drainage capacity in either village. Representations have been made to Scottish Water to solve recurrent problems.

 

 

  • Hutton Primary School is unfortunately under threat of closure as the result of a Scottish Borders Council review. Local groups are contesting this.

 


Hutton Primary School


Hutton Village Hall

  • The local community is attempting to source funding for the upgrade or rebuild of Hutton Village Hall.
LOCAL PROJECTS

Completed:
Paxton Village Green (initiative of local people who established a Trust to raise funds and to build the Green).  Paxton Village Hall has been refurbished and extended with the support of Lottery funding.

 

Proposed:
Hutton Village Hall (see above issues).  There is ongoing discussion about the possible rebuilding or bypassing of the closed Bridge at Lovers Loaning.  This would allow for the reopening of an ancient roadway and path for horse riders and walkers.  Skateboard facility for Paxton.  New Village notice boards in Hutton and Paxton.  Community composting site in Hutton.

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