Booming Berwickshire has rediscovered its ‘identity’ believes former council leader

Booming Berwickshire is no longer a ‘forgotten bit of the Borders’, according to the former leader of Scottish Borders Council.

By Paul Kelly
Tuesday, 14th June 2022, 3:05 pm
The opening of Reston station.
The opening of Reston station.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Conservative representative for Mid-Berwickshire, believes the region has re-found its ‘identity’ over the last five years.

A new railway station has recently opened at Reston and the Eyemouth waterfront is being regenerated.

That time period coincides with the rule of Scottish Borders Council’s Conservative administration, with Mr Rowley acting latterly as its leader.

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At a meeting of Berwickshire Area Partnership last Thursday, Mr Rowley, who was re-elected for his second term at May’s Local Elections, outlined Berwickshire’s achievements over the period.

He said: “I am very passionate about Berwickshire, which I think until recently was seen as a forgotten bit of the Borders but, guess what, I think over the last five years, because of work done by people on the Berwickshire Area Partnership and organisations like A Heart for Duns and all the activity that is happening in Eyemouth and Coldstream and in other parts of the region is really starting to get its identity back and starting to deliver with things like the Pingo bus services and the new station at Reston and all those exciting developments that quite a few of us have been involved with at Eyemouth on the waterfront.”

Mr Rowley, whose council’s responsibilities include transformation of the council and service delivery, added: “My role is to help the council get in a fit and proper place ready to face the challenges across the region.”