Shape what happens in Tweeddale

Shape what happens in Tweeddale

People in Tweeddale are getting the opportunity to shape what happens in their communities, with the first Area Partnership meeting taking place on Wednesday (10 January).

Area partnerships are replacing locality committees and are split into five different parts of the Borders – Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale, and Tweeddale.

These will be informal meetings where members of the public and community organisations will join local councillors in a conversation about their area. The Tweeddale one will take place at the McFarlane Hall at the Old Parish Church at 7pm.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services said: “Instead of being a formal council meeting with a strict agenda we want area partnerships to be relaxed and for the communities themselves to play a big part in driving the discussion. We’re looking forward to hearing what’s currently working for people, what they like about their area, what we can improve collectively, and what they can offer to help their towns, villages and local communities.”

Councillor Robin Tatler, Chair of Tweeddale Area Partnership commented: “For this first meeting we are especially keen to hear about the local economy, skills and learning in Tweeddale as this is a vital subject. There will also be an open forum which will give members of the public the chance to raise anything they feel is important and a look at what funding opportunities are available to the local community.”

Other area partnerships are taking place on the following dates (venues to be confirmed apart from Eildon):

· Eildon – 25 January in Galashiels Transport Interchange

· Berwickshire – 1 February

· Cheviot – 7 February

· Teviot and Liddesdale – 20 February

Date of publication: 4th January 2017