Borders Party members ought to be paying own way

SIR, - Why stop at teas and coffees, when councillors could pay for their lunches as well?

SNP group leader Donald Moffat proposed an end to free meals for councillors two years ago. This proposal has twice been rejected. But he has since led the way and pays for all his meals and drinks.

Letter writer Niall Whyte (March 1) writes of the selfishness of SBC councillors who did not support the proposal by the Borders Party to give up their free tea and coffee. The saving it was suggested could be used to fund a scheme of visiting the elderly.

It was a laudable initiative, but has the Borders Party, which is making this proposal, been paying for its meals during the past two years? The SNP group has already put its “end to freebies” proposal into action. They pay. Will the Borders Party now do the same?

JOAN CAMPBELL

Swan Avenue, Chirnside

SIR, - On behalf of the members of the Burnmouth RNLI Branch I would like thank all who came along to support our SOS Concert on Friday. The entertainment was provided by the Eyemouth Fishermen’s Choir and the crew of the Eyemouth Lifeboat who were once again in fine voice and under the control of Celia and pianist Vivian. Thanks to Bob for reading his poems. To all who donated and helped on the night, a big thank you. A good night was had by all. The total raised was £387.

MARGARET DRISCOLL,

Secretary, Burnmouth RNLI

SIR,- On behalf of the Tweedside Ladies may we say a big thank you to everyone who supported the coffee morning held at Thornton Old School House on February 22. We made £718 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

ELSIE BROWN &

MAUREEN BARTON

Old School House, Thornton