SBC councillors hit the road

SCOTTISH Borders Council is going walk-about, taking its meetings to various parts of the Borders to bring councillors closer to communities.

The first meeting, this week, is at Peebles High School and members of the public are encouraged to go along to see first hand their councillors debating issues which affect the whole of the Borders.

At least another two meetings this year will be held in different locations, with Berwickshire and Tweeddale earmarked for hosting them.

Convener of SBC, Councillor Graham Garvie said: “This is a very good opportunity for people to attend the meeting and see how it operates at close hand.

“There are some significant items of business on the agenda covering health and care, flood protection, development planning, Borders railway, and plans for Police, Fire and Rescue, and community safety.”

Leader of SBC, Councillor David Parker recently announced that the new Administration intended holding two meetings a year away from SBC headquarters at Newtown St Boswells, something that hasn’t happened for eight years.