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Borders Sport and Leisure and Scottish Borders Council agree to establishment of joint sport and culture trust

A joint sport and culture trust, to be called Live Borders, will become operational on Friday 1 April 2016, following agreement between Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Borders Sport and Leisure.

Peter Duncan, Chairman of Borders Sport and Leisure’s board of trustees, was joined by Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities to launch the rebranded trust.

The creation of an integrated trust will see all cultural services, like museums, libraries, arts development and public halls transfer to be managed alongside the leisure and sport services already provided by Borders Sport and Leisure.

The Heart of Hawick, Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Heritage Hub and Community Centres, with the exception of those in community schools, will also be operated by Live Borders from 1 April.

Borders Sport and Leisure Chairman, Peter Duncan, said: “Taking on all these new services is a fantastic opportunity and we are very fortunate to have gained an amazing amount of experience over the last twelve years from running Borders Sport and Leisure.  Live Borders will be able to give Cultural Services in the Borders the focus they deserve. These services will move from being a very small element of the Council’s extensive remit to becoming a major focus for our business.”

Councillor Vicky Davidson said: “Through the Corporate Transformation programme the Council is considering carefully how we can do things differently. This transfer of services will help us to be able to continue to deliver high quality services into the future, while addressing the current challenging financial pressures. The transfer of Cultural Services to Live Borders is part of this programme of work.

“The integrated trust is certainly not just about making savings however, and I am very confident that our highly regarded staff across our cultural services will continue to modernise and improve services as part of Live Borders from 1 April and will provide the very best service for the Scottish Borders.

“Cultural services are a good fit with those that Borders Sport and Leisure already provide and there are significant opportunities for all these services once they are operating as part of an integrated trust.”