Residents and community groups in Jedburgh and Kelso are being invited to get involved in planning how publicly owned land and buildings in the Cheviot area (Jedburgh and District and Kelso and District) could be used more efficiently and effectively.

The Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership (CPP) – which includes Scottish Borders Council (SBC), NHS Borders, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Scottish Enterprise, among other organisations – will use a series of events over the winter to launch discussions ahead of the development of property plans for each of the five localities across the Borders.

This includes considering how SBC can continue to deliver services in communities into the future while faced with an ongoing financial challenge and reduced resources.

The events will aim to explain why the plans are being put together and hear from communities about their priorities for public land and buildings in their area.

The first of these events are being held at Jedburgh Town Hall on Thursday 20 October and Kelso’s Tait Hall on Thursday 27 October – both starting at 7pm and finishing at 8.30pm.

“Issues to be discussed include what we are doing well in terms of the use of public buildings, and what we could do better. "We also want to know where people think we should prioritise our resources when it comes to properties and land, how communities could play a role in the running of facilities and what support they would need if taking over or buying buildings and land for community use.”

Cllr David Parker, Scottish Borders Council Leader

Similar events will be held in the other four localities – Berwickshire, Eildon, Teviot & Liddesdale and Tweeddale – later in 2016 and into 2017.