Council agree cash boost for projects

A wide variety of projects across the Borders are set to receive a funding boost of more than £1million from the council.

Councillors opted to award £900,000 from police and fire service reserves, available following the respective creation of single national services, and £326,000 of savings to the projects last week.

The initiatives support both the priorities outlined in the council administration’s ‘Ambitious for the Borders’ partnership agreement and SBC’s own corporate priorities.

Councillor John Mitchell, depute leader, said: “At a time when councils across the country are facing tough financial decisions we have agreed to support a range of proposals with windfall funding not included in our five year financial plan.

“We feel that allocating funding to such a wide range of additional community-centred projects is an excellent way for us to utilise unspent money and savings to benefit as many people as possible and deliver on our priorities for the people of the Borders.”

Residents of all ages are expected to benefit from the projects receiving the council’s backing.

These include the expansion of youth facilities for young people in Kelso and Jedburgh and the installation of Wi-Fi networks in all council-owned care homes and day centres to help older people and people with disabilities learn new skills and keep in touch with their friends and loved ones.

It was agreed to hold back £100,000 for promotional events around the Commonwealth Games baton relay.