Candidates for the 2012 local government elections have been announced and there are a total of 72 candidates for the 36 seats on Scottish Borders Council.
The Borders is divided into 11 wards: ten of them are represented by three councillors; while Galashiels and District ward has four councillors.
In Berwickshire there are two wards: East Berwickshire and Mid-Berwickshire and there are total of 12 candidates standing.
Seven people are contesting the East Berwickshire seat which is currently represented by Councillor Michael Cook, Councillor Jim Fullarton and Councillor David Raw. Both Councillors Cook (Independent) and Fullarton (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) are both standing for office again, but Councillor Raw is retiring from local government politics. Other candidates for East Berwickshire include Joan Umpherston (Scottish National Party); Jack Johnston (independent); Kenryck Lloyd-Jones (Scottish Labour Party); Cat Macdonald Home (The Borders Party); and Ken Webb (Scottish Liberal Democrats).
The three councillors that have represented Mid Berwickshire for the past five years are all standing for re-election - Councillor Trevor Jones (Scottish Conservative and Unionist), Councillor Donald Moffat (Scottish National Party), and Councillor Frances Renton (Scottish Liberal Democrats). Other candidates in Mid Berwickshire are: John Greenwell (Scottish Conservative and Unionist); Tom Miers (The Borders Party).
Scottish Borders Council moved to the ward system of electing councillors at the last elections in 2007
‘Building a successful Borders’ was the aim of Scottish Borders councillors when they were elected into office in 2007. Now five years on the electorate can have their say on whether or not they think the council has achieved this.
The ‘Building a successful Borders’ plan was divided into four sections: people; communities; business; delivering for our Borders.
Given that much of their term of office was during an increasingly difficult financial period the council managed to complete 29 of the 41 priorities they set in 2007, and say they are well underway with a further 11.
Only one priority - to introduce pilot schemes of using motion detectors and solar power in street lighting - has made little progress.
Giving their end of term report the council’s administration said: “SBC is well on the way to becoming a modern, responsive and customer focused organisation delivering the excellent public services that our communities need.
“We have made significant progress which demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of this administration and the commitment we have to listening and delivering for local people and to building a successful Borders that our communities deserve.
“The administration set out a clear and comprehensive policy programme to help create and build a successful Scottish Borders for our people, our communities and our business.
“This administration has been characterised by success, delivery, achievement and the implementation of our ambitious programme.
“All against the backdrop of a global recession, and increasing demand for services.