Community council changes

Two new community councils are to be established in the Borders following representations from the communities.

Tweedsmuir residents have voted in favour of setting up their own community council to deal with issues specific to the area.

Likewise, Upper Liddesdale and Hermitage proposes breaking away from the current Newcastleton and District Community Council.

Supporting Upper Liddesdale and Hermitage, Councillor David Paterson said: “The people who want to set this up have big plans for the area and Hermitage Hall and I feel we have got to listen to what the people have said. It will be sustainable – I’m all for it.”

Other community council changes include: Sprouston increasing from six to seven members; Stow and Fountainhall Community Council changing its name to Parish of Stow Community Council; Innerleithen, Traquair and Glen Community Council changing its name to Innerleithen and District Community Council; the subdivisions for Upper Tweed Community Council to be two from Tweedsmuir, two from Drumelzier and six from Broughton; and a sub division created for Bannerfield on Selkirk Community Council if the community council wishes it to happen.