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Featured Consultations

Open Consultations

  • Area Partnerships - next steps

    Local Area Partnerships are an opportunity for you to participate in discussion and debate about the challenges and opportunities you see affecting your area. Area Partnerships, established in 2017, seek to bring together key organisations, groups, businesses and... More

    Closes 1 August 2021

  • Authorisation form for organisations/groups requesting Council building access

    We continue to live with the threat of COVID-19, highlighted by the number of new cases in the Scottish Borders in recent weeks. As a result, our absolute priority remains the safety of the public and staff, including external groups who previously accessed Council buildings for service... More

    Closes 7 September 2021

  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) 2021-22

    EMA provides financial support for 16-19 year olds who stay on in full-time non-advanced education or a community/voluntary activity programme after their statutory school leaving date. Students attending college full-time may also be eligible but should contact their Learning Centre direct... More

    Closes 31 March 2022

  • Financial Inclusion User Satisfaction

    This survey is for customers who have received advice, assistance or support from the Financial Inclusion Team at Scottish Borders Council. More

    Closes 30 September 2025

  • Children & Families Social Work Exit Survey

    This survey is to help us to understand what our involvement has felt like for you and your family and will be used to help us consider whether there are things we could do differently. This survey is asking about your experience of working with Children and Families’ social work More

    Closes 31 October 2025

Closed Consultations

  • Berwickshire Community Fund Assessment Panel - volunteer application form.

    The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 is legislation that helps communities do more for themselves and have more say in the decisions that affect them. In line with the ethos of the Act and the Scottish Community Development Centre’s Review of Area Partnerships, and the Community... More

    Closed 14 June 2021

  • 20mph public consultation

    As part of the Scottish Government/SUSTRANS Spaces for People programme Scottish Borders Council introduced a trial roll out of 20mph speed limits last October to encourage more active travel as lockdown eases and is now looking to obtain the views and experiences of pedestrians, cyclists,... More

    Closed 6 June 2021

  • Child Protection Practitioner Communication Survey 2021

    Child Protection practice, processes and procedures are always evolving; subject to local and national developments. You will likely be aware of some of the areas of work that are in need of being moved forward. Since March 2020 definite decisions have been made about not to progress at... More

    Closed 31 May 2021

  • Scottish Borders Council Gaelic Plan 2021

    This plan has been prepared under Section 3 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and requires that public authorities consult on their draft Gaelic L anguage P lan to the attention of all interested parties before submitting it to Bòrd na Gàidhlig. ... More

    Closed 23 May 2021

  • Anti-Poverty Strategy 2021 Consultation

    What is poverty? According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Poverty is when your resources are well below your minimum needs. Poverty means not being able to heat your home, pay your rent, or buy the essentials for you or your children. It means waking up every day... More

    Closed 16 May 2021

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked for your views on introducing a range of temporary measures across Peebles as part of a trial to promote more active travel, including walking and cycling, in the area.

This included introducing temporary advisory cycle lanes across certain areas of Peebles, installing a puffin crossing at Eastgate and altering the existing taxi ranks within the town centre.

You said

602 people responded to our survey

  • 261 (43%) would welcome a six-month trial of advisory cycle lanes on Kingsmeadows Road
  • 307 (51%) would not welcome a six-month trial of advisory cycle lanes on Kingsmeadows Road
  • 253 (42%) would welcome a six-month trial of advisory cycle lanes on Innerleithen Road
  • 324 (54%) would not welcome a six-month trial of advisory cycle lanes on Innerleithen Road
  • 191 (32%) would welcome a six-month trial of advisory cycle lanes on High Street and East Gate 
  • 388 (64%) would not welcome a six-month trial of advisory cycle lanes on High Street and East Gate
  • 307 (51%) think installing a puffin crossing over the A72 at the Eastgate is a good idea
  • 223 (37%) think installing a puffin crossing over the A72 at the Eastgate is a bad idea
  • 391 (65%) think removing the taxi ranks from The Park and The County and extending the one outside Trespass is a good idea
  • 103 (17%) think removing the taxi ranks from The Park and The County and extending the one outside Trespass is a bad idea

 

  • 156 (26%) said the installation of cycle lanes and puffin crossing change would change how they walk or cycle in Peebles
  • 327 (54%) said the installation of cycle lanes and puffin crossing change would make no difference to their travel choices

We did

After carefully considering the data, a 12 month trial of cycle lanes will take place starting from summer 2021, to fully determine demand for more active travel spaces in Peebles which have the potential to make the town a more walking and cycling friendly area.

After taking into consideration public responses to the survey, which indicated that there was clearly no demand for cycle lanes at Peebles Eastgate and High Street, these areas will not form part of the trial.

As part of the wider trial, taxi ranks outside The Park Hotel and The Crown will be removed and the existing rank at the Eastgate Theatre will be extended.

We asked

We asked for your views on the ongoing trial of a temporary reduced speed limit of 40mph for vehicles on the backroads between Peebles and Peel.

We wanted to know if the reduced speed limit helped encourage more walking and cycling on these backroads and if there was support for a more permanent change to the speed limit.

You said

442 people responded to our survey

The survey showed that:

  • 146 people (33%) were less likely to walk or cycle since the introduction of the trial 40mph on these roads
  • 114 people (26%) were more likely to walk or cycle since the introduction of the trial 40mph on these roads
  • 173 people (39%) would like to see the 40mph signs removed and the road revert back to national speed limit between Peebles and Innerleithen
  • 231 (52%) would not like to see the 40mph signs removed and the road revert back to national speed limit between Peebles and Innerleithen
  • 215 (49%) would like the lowered 40mph speed limit removed between Innerleithen and Walkerburn
  • 199 (45%) would not like the lowered 40mph speed limit removed between Innerleithen and Walkerburn
  • 232 (52%) would like the lowered 40mph speed limit removed between Walkerburn and Peel
  • 187 (42%) would not like the lowered 40mph speed limit removed between Walkerburn and Peel

We did

After carefully considering the data, which indicated that motorists would be in favour of a specific section of the road reverting back to 60mph, the stretch of road between Walkerburn (east) and the Craigmyle turn off will return to the national speed limit.

All other sections of the road will remain at 40mph and the trial will continue.

We asked

During 2020 we began consulting on the introduction of Alcohol Byelaws in the Borders through a paper, online and face to face consultation.

You said

Many of you responded to us through the online and paper forms but we were unable to speak to you on a face to face basis due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We did

This consultation has been paused and will be re-opened when it is safe to hold public meetings.

Thank you to everyone that has made comments. These will be kept and collated with all other feedback once the consultation has been completed.