Hawick and Denholm representative Stuart Marshall has declared he is to stand again as a candidate at May’s council elections.
Mr Marshall, 48, has served the ward for the last five years and, if re-elected, has promised to focus on tackling issues such as antisocial behaviour, crime and vandalism, and employment.
He currently combines the role with his duties as chairman of the Common-Riding committee and, as a self-professed “dyed-in-the-wool Teri”, believes his understanding of local issues can help him act effectively on behalf of local people.
He said: “I feel I have got to know my ward very well and I just hope that the people within it think that I have done a good enough job for them over the years. I just love working for our town and the folk in it.”
“Antisocial behaviour is ruining some of the nicest neighbourhoods in my ward. I firmly believe that the law needs changing and housing associations and landlords need to take a firmer grip of antisocial tenants.
“Over the past five years, I have met many people who have been the victims of crime and vandalism. It is clear from listening to them that much more needs to be done to tackle this worrying problem.
“For me, we need to put extra effort in to attract new business in the area and create more training opportunities.”
Before his stint as councillor, Mr Marshall was a community councillor for eight years and in recent years has served on the licensing board, Border Sport and Leisure Trust, and was part of a handful of other committees and lobbying groups.
Having been made redundant 12 years ago by Pringle, Mr Marshall is acutely aware about employment issues and the effect redundancy can have on local families.
“Losing your job is a shattering experience,” he said. “I strongly believe that it is the duty of your councillor to leave no stone unturned when searching to attract new jobs and training opportunities.
“It is equally important that councillors keep reminding our governments in Holyrood and Westminster to pay much more attention to rural areas like ours.”
Mr Marshall also sees waste disposal – namely litter, recycling, dog fouling and fly tipping – as a major issue in need of urgent attention.
Having acted as chairman of the Hawick Volunteer Flood Group during his time as councillor, Mr Marshall believes the organisation has a key role to play in responding to issues and looking after those most at risk from flooding.