Area forum holds its first meeting in Duns

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BERWICKSHIRE residents are being encouraged to drop into the Council Chamber, Newtown Street in Duns on Thursday, December 6,.

Residents can drop in from 5pm-6.30pm to browse the information stalls for the council, police, and fire and health services giving advice about preparing for Christmas and winter.

Information on: gritting routes; food safey and trading standards: rubbish and recycling; resilient communities; and fire safey will be on display.

Community councillors can also take the opportunity to have their say at the forum meeting that follows at 6.30pm.

At the first Berwickshire Area Foum meeting the topics to be discussed are: community planning and area forums; proposed Scottish Borders Small Schemes including a wheelchair crossing at Bridgend, Duns, repainting the parking lines in Market Square, Duns, installation of steps from The Orchard, to Back Lane and Paxton and the introduction of a Permanent Traffic Order and Eyemouth Harbour parking charges; and the Scottish Court Service plans for restructing court services which include the possible closure of Berwickshire’s only sheriff court at Duns.

Councillor David Parker, leader of SBC explained: “The aim of the new area forums is to gain an understanding from residents about what matters to them in their local community and how local communities can work with the ouncil to ensure services are the best that can be provided.

“We need as many local people as possible to come along to these events to help us help them in their community. We also want local people to tell us what issues or topics they want each forum to cover to make sure we are covering the topics that really matter to them.”

The forums will be held in various locations across the Borders moving around the wards depending on the availability and suitability of venues - providing market places before the public meetings.

The council has set up five new area forums across the region of elected councillors and elected representatives from each community council in the forum area.