MORE than £16,500 has been spent on altering and redecorating Tracey Logan’s office.
But it is claimed the work on behalf of Scottish Borders Council’s chief executive will, in fact, save money and help the environment.
A spokeswoman for SBC said: “Alterations to the layout of the chief executive’s office were essential in order to meet the needs of the chief executive, her staff and visitors.
“The new layout has provided a new waiting/informal meeting area and support team office.
“It also involved the installation of video conferencing equipment that will be used regularly by the chief executive and her staff as part of the council’s commitment to reduce travel costs and impact on the environment.”
She added: “The chief executive wanted to avoid costs as part of this work, and was very keen to ensure old furniture was reused as far as possible.
“The only new furniture required as part of this new layout was chairs. The chief executive kept her desk, carpet and the other furniture in the office.
“Both offices and waiting area had to be redecorated due to the electrical work involved.
“The total cost of all of the works including building works, electrical works, redecoration and furniture was £16,520.”