Kelso provost steps down after four years

Fiona Scott steps down as Kelso Provost after four years in office.
Fiona Scott steps down as Kelso Provost after four years in office.

Kelso provost Fiona Scott will quit later this month after four years as the town’s civic head.

The Ark Community Network team leader is stepping down to spend more time with her husband Kenny, who is seriously ill and waiting for a kidney transplant.

A community councillor for 12 years, she said: “I was privileged to be provost. I have enjoyed it very much and I’ve met some really nice people.”

Some of her achievements with others over the four years include securing replacement allotments, getting overgrown grass areas mown regularly, seeing Sainsbury’s open and the mending of a wall on the town’s outskirts that had been the subject of disputed responsibility and complaints for years.

“We have had community councillors who have been really prepared to do things. They have all worked very well, it’s been good, it’s been positive,” she said.

A highlight was the Horse Guards visit in 2011. “It was lovely to see them coming into The Square and see these magnificent horses,” the provost said.

“The Kelso Civic Week involvement is really good fun. The common ridings and festivals are important in the Borders and in the communities,” she added.

She quipped: “I’m probably the shortest provost Kelso has ever had – and it’s a very long robe. I thought I could (carry out a ceremonial duty and) sweep the streets as well!”

The provost had also intended standing down as a community councillor, but is now staying on because there are not enough nominations for the election on May 14.

She is hopeful the current £700,000 townscape heritage initiative will promote business in Kelso and attract more visitors.

Her last duty will be welcoming the Polish consul to Kelso to dedicate a plaque in memory of that country’s soldiers this weekend.