Consultation on transfer of culture services to a trust

Councillor Vicky Davidson
Councillor Vicky Davidson

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is seeking feedback on its proposals to transfer the Council’s Cultural Services to a trust.

The proposals were agreed in February on the basis that community consultation was undertaken and a more detailed business case for the new organisation compiled. A progress report is due to go back to Council in autumn this year with a view to the trust being operational by October 2015.

Meetings are now being held with the management committees of community centres which might transfer to the new trust.

Officers from SBC Cultural Services are also in the process of briefing public meetings of each of the five SBC area forums over the next two months.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and hear more about the proposals.

The Berwickshire Area Forum will discuss the trust in the Council Chambers, Newtown Street, Duns, June 5, from 6.30pm.

The public are able to have their say through an online consultation form at or by emailing their views to: They can also write to the Cultural Services Manager, Scottish Borders Council, Newtown St Boswells TD6 OSA.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities explained: “The ownership of buildings will stay with the council but they will be leased to the trust in a way which has proved successful with the three Borders sport and leisure trusts.

The closing date for responses is July 31.