Community invited to give their views on the future of public properties in Jedburgh

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Published: Thursday, 13th June 2019

Community groups and members of the public are being invited to give their views on the use of properties in Jedburgh.

The community drop-in event on Wednesday 26 June in the Town Hall will give the public the chance to find out more about the investments being made in the town and for us to listen to the community’s views. Doors open at 4pm, with people invited to drop in anytime until 8pm.

Investments in Jedburgh include the Intergenerational Community Campus which will provide a wide range of community facilities and services, as well as Jedburgh CARS and other investments.

The event will be a starting point for options appraisals on a number of buildings and sites in the town which we, along with our partners, are keen to work together with local groups. Sites include such as:

  • Grammar School
  • Howdenburn Primary sites
  • Town Hall
  • Library Contact Centre

For more information, email [email protected]

Fir for 2024

The event is part of our new Fit for 2024 programme, which aims to ensure we are best placed to meet challenges and opportunities over the coming years with one of the key themes being ‘Making Better Use of Council Properties’.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“Over the last five years, SBC has, on average, spent £14m each year in the running costs of property. This includes refurbishing and repairing the current estate. However, the sheer size of that estate means that investment is spread too thinly and makes it impossible to sustain safe and fit-for-purpose properties.

“Fit for 2024 wants to make sure the Council meets the current and future needs of service users, communities and service providers. It aims to do this while making the best use of investment opportunities in terms of both existing resources and external funding.

“It also aims for SBC to be sustainable and affordable in terms of funding and energy efficiency.”

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

“Fit for 2024 aims to ensure the Council is bolder and braver when it comes to making decisions about estates and engages with communities and partners on how we can together meet changing customer needs and community demands.

“With the new Intergenerational Community Campus opening next year, alongside other investments, we thought Jedburgh would be a good place to start the conversations needed around property.”

Jim Brown, Scott Hamilton and Sandy Scott, Jedburgh and District Councillors

“The Council and partners need to hear the views of the Jedburgh people to create a common strategy for the future of the town and surrounding area.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to come along and contribute to the event.”