There seems to be some confusion around my future intentions (“Council goes south for £90,000-a-year director”, Southern, February 10).
There is no confusion. Since last October I had decided, after 30 years in public service, that I wanted to focus my energy on a more limited range of issues than in my role as director of the planning and economic development department, which delivers around 36 discrete services to the Borders.
The article states that “TheSouthern understands that [Ian Lindley] was advised not to apply for the job” as the new director for environment and infrastructure at the Borders Council. Not so. I was encouraged to apply by the chief executive, the council leader, many councillors, staff, colleagues and external partners.
Whilst I will leave the council in April, I will stay in the Scottish Borders. I have always been made most welcome and have made many lasting friends. I will continue to fight for our small towns and our beautiful countryside. I am sure that the new director, Rob Dickson, will continue the work to deliver the services expected of the new department.
Scottish Borders Council
Newtown St Boswells