Bedding down for a community solution

HOW will the people of Selkirk react to the decision by Scottish Borders Council to slash by 50 per cent the cash it spends providing bedding plants in the town’s planters and amenity areas?

That is the question the community council will discuss on Monday.

“This cost-cutting measure will undoubtedly affect the appearance of the town unless we can plug the gap with some kind of volunteering initiative,” said community council secretary Alistair Pattullo.

“To that end, it would be good to get input from members of the public about how this serious issue can be addressed.”

In 2010, SBC implemented the cut in Peebles, Hawick, Galashiels, Kelso and Melrose in a pilot project and provided help, guidance and support to community groups to take a more active involvement in the maintenance of these towns.

“The initiative is now being rolled out throughout the region,” states SBC’s head of neighbourhood services Jason Hedley in a letter to the community council. “I am able to offer advice on how your community can access funding and develop a volunteer project.”

Monday’s meeting in the committee room of the Victoria Halls starts at 7pm.