1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Papers prove failed £21m Galashiels tip deal should have been axed sooner, says campaigner

Documents now released by Scottish Borders Council offer “compelling evidence” that its deal with a private firm to bring a £21m waste treatment plant to Galashiels should have been scrapped long before it actually was, according to retired journalist Bill Chisholm.

Flowers left as a tribute to Hawick's Leon Ali following his death on the A698 in November.

Death toll claimed by Borders roads on increase

A dozen people were killed in road accidents in the Borders last year, the highest death toll for seven years, a meeting heard this week.

Selkirk Community Council 2017. From left: George Irvine, Jim Stillie, Judith Thompson, Alistair Patullo,  Adrian Kentleton, Kirsty Lovatt, Tommy Combe, John Hawkins, Ian King, Kevin Crawford, Graham Easton and Alasdaire Lockhart

Meet your new Selkirk Community Council

Selkirk’s new-look community council was installed on Monday evening, as all 12 members attended the inaugural meeting.

Fix wall before a child dies

Fix wall before a child dies

There has been renewed calls for a badly-damaged wall near Selkirk High School to be fixed – before schoolchildren are either killed or badly injured.

Rubbish dumped in Hawick's Lower Mansfield Road.

Hawick fly-tipping clean-up about to begin

Scottish Borders Council is to begin a clean-up operation today, August 17, to tackle what is described as a serious fly-tipping incident in Hawick.

Melrose’s New Year fireworks cancelled

Melrose’s New Year fireworks cancelled

A lack of willing volunteers has been cited as the reason why Melrose will not see in 2018 with its popular firework display, which has attracted around 4,000 people from across the region to the town each Hogmanay.

Hawick High School.

Food waste produced by Borders high schools up by more than half

More than 14 tonnes of food waste were generated by the Borders’ nine high schools in last year.

Councillor George Turnbull examining weeds in Trinity Street, Hawick.

Weeds getting out of hand in Hawick and Newcastleton, claim councillors

Overgrowing weeds are making parts of Hawick look run down and uncared for, claim councillors for the town.

Damage caused by December 2015's floods in Hawick.

£41m plans for flood defences in Hawick spark almost 50 objections

Hawick’s proposed £41m flood protection scheme has triggered almost 50 objections.

Rory Stewart in Jedburgh's Castlewood cemetery.

Council accused of grave neglect of Jedburgh cemetery

Concerns have been raised over the state of gravestones and grounds upkeep at a Borders cemetery.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar in Market Place.

Selkirk regeneration works will begin this month

Selkirk Market Place is to close for seven months from the end of next week.

Lord Steel.

Borders Lib Dem peers claimed £100,000 allowances last year

Three Liberal Democrat peers from the Borders claimed a total of £103,201 in allowances for attending the House of Lords in 2016.

Selkirkshire councillor and Scottish Border Council's executive member for roads and infrastructure Gordon Edgar.

No public ballot needed as 11 stand up

The returning officer in the election of the new Selkirk Community Council told us this week that he is delighted that no less than 11 nominations have been received.

The Lauderdale Hotel in Lauder.

Borders hotel given go-ahead for beer tent and gin bar

A Lauder hotel has been granted an occasional licence to set up an outside beer tent and gin bar for the town’s common riding on Saturday, August 5, despite opposition from the police.

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Signing of the heads of terms of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal takes place at the Double Tree Hilton on Bread Street

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.

Tweeddale East councillors Stuart Bell and Shona Haslam.

Borders SNP councillors reject Tory plea to work together

A call for councillors to work together on a major policy document has been rejected by the Scottish National Party group on Scottish Borders Council.

Hawick councillors Watson MacAteer and Stuart Marshall outside the new cafe.

Councillors hit out after further hold-up hits opening of Hawick cafe

Hawick councillors have united in condemning the ongoing hold-ups that have hit the opening of the new cafe in the town’s Wilton Lodge Park.

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.

The Bourtree in Hawick.

Police concerned about Hawick pub’s bid to let teenagers in on their own

A Hawick pub’s bid to allow teenagers in without adult accompaniment faces partial opposition from the police.

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