Community spirit impresses Minister

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EYEMOUTH High School played host to a meeting between Scotland Local Government Minister Derek Mackay, and leaders of Scottish Borders Council.

The meeting took place in Eyemouth at the request of the council and gave the minister the opportunity to see round the new school and meet pupils and staff.

And from there he went on to St Abbs where he dropped in to a Berwickshire Community Council’s Forum information exchange day, meeting up with people from a range of organisations from across Berwickshire as well as many local residents.

“I was very impressed to see local groups taking action for themselves,” said Mr Mackay.

“It was very inspiring and something I would like to see replicated across the country.”

After his meeting with council leaders Mr Mackay said: “A strong and effective partnership between the Scottish Government and local government is central to improving quality of life for people across Scotland, and to delivering sustainable economic growth

“I had a very productive meeting with council leader David Parker and chief executive Tracey Logan. I welcome their reaffirmed enthusiasm for and commitment to improving outcomes for people in the Borders.

“Although local authority budgets have been maintained, it’s important that we adjust to substantial reductions in the overall Scottish budget, as pressures on public services increase.”