Council launches #yourpart campaign to help keep the Borders thriving

Council launches #yourpart campaign to help keep the Borders thriving

Scottish Borders Council’s Corporate Management Team (CMT) has launched a new campaign asking everyone in the Borders to ‘play their part’ to ensure high quality services can be maintained despite being faced with various challenges.

The #yourpart campaign has been launched in conjunction with the Council’s new Corporate Plan which was presented at full Council today by the Council’s Chief Executive, Tracey Logan.

The document, called ‘Our Plan and Your Part in it’, outlines plans for the Council for the next five years but it also provides a range of examples of what it needs from individuals, families, businesses, and communities.

The campaign is also being supported by SBC’s Community Planning Partners (CPP) with the aim of ensuring the actions of communities have a positive impact across all public services.

Chief Executive, Tracey Logan explained: “We continue to be very ambitious and despite being faced with various challenges, we are absolutely committed to ensuring our services continue to have a positive and transformational effect on lives, livelihoods, well-being and whole communities. However the only way we can do that is for individuals, families and communities to take an active role in engaging with the Council and to ‘play their part’.

“Over a number of years we have changed the way in which we deliver services, making them more efficient whilst maintaining the quality for our customers. But, as our finances continue to tighten and demand still increases we need to look at taking a different approach, and that is why we have launched this campaign with the support from our partners, and are calling for the Borders’ public to help us.

“With Council tax still only accounting for around a quarter of our funding we need you to help us plan what we do with our resources, be involved with delivering some services and think differently about what you expect from us and what you might be able to do.

“Every single person in the Borders uses our services, whether it’s roads, waste, parks, schools or social care and health so with that in mind, it is everyone’s responsibility to play their part to keep the Borders thriving.”

As part of this new campaign, the Council is promising to think and act differently to reduce costs and maintain high quality services but in return people and communities need to play their part.

Tracey Logan added: “In addition to doing what you should already as responsible citizens like picking up after your dog, recycling properly and making sure your child attends school ready to learn – we are also asking people to do things like use online services wherever possible, check on elderly neighbours, join your local Resilient Communities group or go along to your local Area Partnership meetings to get involved in local planning.

“Every little thing you can do to play your part will all contribute to ensuring the Borders remains a great place to live, work and visit and ensure that we, along with our partners, can continue to deliver vital high quality services into the future.”

Find out more about how you can play #yourpart by visiting www.scotborders.gov.uk/yourpart and tell us about what you’re doing by using the hashtag #yourpart on social media.

Date of Publication: 20th February 2018