Local Community Councils come together

THE 13th annual Scottish Borders Community Councils’ Network seminar takes place this Saturday, October 1, at SBC Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

The event will give community councillors the chance to interact with each others, share good practice and question senior SBC officers about services delivered by the Council.

Guest speakers will also feature throughout the day. They include Aileen Campbell MSP, minister for Local Government and Planning, who will talk about growing and strengthening the role of community councils; Jim Fraser, SBC’s emergency planning officer; and Douglas Scott, senior consultant with SBC, who will outline the council’s new Resilient Communities initiative.

The scheme is based on communities and individuals harnessing and developing local response and expertise to help themselves during an emergency in a way that complements the response of the emergency responders.

Councillor Neil Calvert, SBC’s depute leader (Finance), will discuss next year’s council budget, while other items on the agenda include the need for a national network of community councils, information on a new planning website and how to respond to planning applications, and a breakdown of SBC’s new Environment and Infrastructure department.

An open forum is also scheduled to take place. This is a chance for community councillors to discuss concerns they may have, projects they are taking forward and share ideas for the future.

Community councillors who are interested in taking part should contact Clare Malster, Scottish Borders Council’s community engagement officer, on 01835 826626 or email her at CMalster@scotborders.gov.uk.