Cultural services trust consultation is questioned

There seems to be little opposition to moving Borders libraries, museums, halls and community centres out of council hands and into those of a trust.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 5th July 2014, 3:06 pm

Consultation is currently taking place about the creation of a cultural services trust to run the facilities by October 2015.

Scottish Borders councillors were told last week that no “significant opposition to the trust proposal” has been picked up at the meetings that have taken place so far.

However, at last week’s council meeting, leader, Councillor David Parker, 
admitted to reservations about the consultation questions and suggested that if the process needs to take longer then the council should consider extending the time.

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“I’m not convinced that the consultation was carried out in a way that you would get meaningful answers to the questions asked.

“I’m not convinced that all is well here.”

However, others were happy for the process to continue on the agreed timetable.

Not all libraries are included in the trust plans. Those that share premises with SBC contact centres (e.g. Duns and Coldstream) will remain under council control.

Museums that are already run by trusts are not affected (e.g. Eyemouth) and similarly with community centres that are already run by trusts (Coldstream) will remain so.

Of the 43 facilities across the Scottish Borders to transfer to the cultural trust just five are in Berwickshire. They are Eyemouth Library, Coldstream Museum, Jim Clark Room, Southfield Community Centre, Duns, Eyemouth Community Centre.