TRACEY Logan has been handed temporary control of Scottish Borders Council (SBC) decisions.

In an emergency full council meeting, held on March 26 through video-conferencing, elected members agreed that meetings should be cancelled until September 30 to "minimise social contact during the coronavirus outbreak".

In the meantime, decisions will be made, where possible, by Ms Logan.

The proposal was moved for approval by council leader Shona Haslam and seconded by Tweeddale East representative Stuart Bell, before being supported by all 30 members present, according to a council spokesperson.

A section of the proposal read: "There is a risk that, should Council and committee meetings continue in their present form, coronavirus will spread wider in the community.

"Council business, including decision-making, must however continue so that there is least impact on service provision.

"By allowing greater flexibility in the decision-making processes, the Council can be confident that it will be able to carry out its functions in a way that creates least risk to public health."

Any meetings which must take place will be conducted using video-conferencing technology.