Culture trust views sought

Scottish Borders Council wants to hear feedback on its proposals to transfer its cultural services to a trust.

The proposals were agreed at a meeting of the council back in February on the basis that a period of community consultation was undertaken and a more detailed business case for the new organisation compiled.

A progress report is due to be taken back to the council in autumn this year with a view to the trust being operational by October, 2015.

Meetings are now being held with the management committees of those community centres which might transfer into the new trust.

Officers from SBC Cultural Services are also in the process of briefing the public meetings of each of the five SBC area forums over the next two months.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and hear more about the proposals. Meetings with Eildon and Tweeddale have already been held but forums still to take place are Cheviot Area Forum, Tait Hall, Kelso, June 4, 6.30pm; Berwickshire Area Forum, Council Chambers, Newtown Street, Duns, June 5, 6.30pm; Teviot & Liddesdale Area Forum, Lesser Hall, Town Hall, Hawick, June 17, 6.30pm.

The public is also able to have its say on the proposals by completing an online consultation form at: or by emailing views to: People can also write to the Cultural Services Manager, Scottish Borders Council, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0SA.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities, explained: “Not only will we be able to make the most of savings from business rates remission - a charitable trust will pay only a small percentage of the current bill - the move means that we can protect the valuable services we provide from cuts or even closure and put the services on a positive footing for the future.”

The closing date for responses is 31 July 2014.