Mixed reaction to new city region deal

There has been a mixed reaction locally to Scottish Borders Council’s involvement in a £1.1billion city region deal.

Forest Enterprise Scotland communities, recreation and tourism manager Alan Stevenson, left, and Borders district manager Sallie Bailey, right, with Forest Holidays planning manager Andrew Brook at todays announcement of the �11.3m plans at Glentress Forest.

£11.3m Glentress Forest cabin plans set to create 60 jobs

An £11.3m investment in new log cabins and cycle trails at Glentress Forest, near Peebles, is expected to generate £1m a year for the Borders economy and create 60 jobs.

Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam, front left, and Borders MP David Mundell, three places to her right, at the signing of the deal.

£1.1bn city deal expected to help create jobs and homes in Borders

The £1.1bn Edinburgh and south east Scotland city region deal agreed yesterday will give a huge boost to efforts to create more jobs and affordable housing in the Borders, according to council leader Shona Haslam.

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From left: John Fairweather, regional resilience advisor, Karen Macaulay, national emergency preparedness communications and liaison manager (both Scottish Ambulance Service), Mark Ilderton, head of ScotRail Alliance Integrated Control.

Early interventions help unwell customers and cut delays

Delays to trains where a customer has taken ill and needs urgent medical treatment have been cut by 37 per cent due to a new partnership between the ScotRail Alliance and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The site of of the former St Mary's Church has gone up for sale.

Selkirk eyesore site goes back on the market

The long-running saga over the fate of the former site of St Mary’s Church on Ettrick Terrace could finally be set for a conclusion.

Selkirk's junior football players model their new season kit last week.

Firms show support to young Souter footballers

Selkirk’s young footballers will be hitting the ground running in the best of gear, having been newly kitted out ahead of the new season.

North Sea cod stocks have now been declared sustainable a decade after coming close to collapse.

North Sea cod stocks declared sustainable

North Sea cod can now be bought “with a clear conscience”, according to a fisheries body, as stocks have now been declared sustainable.

The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Watchdog defends £2.4m Galashiels tip deal write-off

Scottish Borders Council did the right thing by scrapping a deal for a £21m waste transfer plant at Easter Langlee near Galashiels even though that cost the public purse £2.4m, according to Audit Scotland.

MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Borders MSP vows to use new role to promote tourism

Borders hotelier Rachael Hamilton has been appointed as shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism just weeks after being voted in as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

Anna Lee, assistant manager at Hawicks British Heart Foundation shop, fears having seven such ventures there could be too much.

Fears voiced that Hawick charity shops face fight for survival

Concerns have been expressed that charity shops in Hawick High Street are facing a fight to survive as yet another prepares to open its doors.

From left, Border Buses supervisor Tony McConnell with operations managers Lee Young and Claire Lark.

End of road for Perryman’s name as bus firm merges Borders subsidiaries

Borders Buses and Perryman’s Buses are merging, leading to the scrapping of the latter brand.

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From left, Border Cookwares Tina Newton, Cloud Nines Louise Stewart, Focal Points James Walker, Swan Shoes June Swan, Nikki Allman of Kelso Border Retreats, Kelso councillor Dean Weatherston and Sue Beck of Hendersyde Holiday Cottages celebrating Visit Kelsos latest success.

Group doing the business at attracting trade to Kelso

A bid by businesses in Kelso to boost trade by joining forces to highlight the town’s attractions is set to go from strength to strength.

A sign warning of a road closure on the A6088 near Hawick.

Stretch of A6088 near Hawick to be closed for three weeks

A stretch of the A6088 Hawick-Carter Bar road is to be closed for three weeks to allow timber-harvesting works to be carried out.

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Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Old guard make way for younger guns as Borders council cuts staff

The average age of Scottish Borders Council’s staff has fallen from 52 to 47 over the past seven years as its workforce has been cut from 5,566 in 2009 to 4,141 last year.

Camper vans at Hawick's Common Haugh car park.

Camper vans to carry on helping drive tourism boost for Hawick

An innovative scheme to allow mobile home owners to park up free in the centre of Hawick is set to continue amid evidence that it has helped boost tourism in the town.

Lowood Bridge, near Melrose.

Borders bridge to be closed for five days

Lowood Bridge, north of Tweedbank, is to be closed for five days the week after next, although it will be open from late afternoon and overnight.

Hawick's Dovemount roundabout.

A7 to close at Hawick for roadworks again later in month

Sunday and Monday’s closure of the A7 between Hawick’s Dovemount roundabout and its junction with the B720 north of Canonbie for roadworks will be repeated later in the month.

Hub in Selkirk, used to be the old Cross Keys pub in the Market Square. L-r, David Bethune, Jenna Agate, Lindsay Neil and Lawrence Robertson.

Don’t be a monkey, fill 
in the survey

Selkirk Regeneration Company director Lindsay Neil has appealed to everyone using the A7 to take part in a survey on the transport corridor.

Fleece Bar and Kitchen in Selkirk's Market Place.

Fleece revamp welcomed by councillors

Renovation works to Selkirk’s Fleece Bar and Kitchen are now at an end, 10 weeks after they began.

Tower Mill in Hawick.

Plans drawn up to open door to new businesses at Hawick’s Tower Mill

A new entrance to a landmark building in Hawick is expected to open the door to more interest from businesses.

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