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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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The Lauderdale Hotel in Lauder.

Police objecting to beer tent bid by Borders hotel

Police are objecting to plans to put up a beer tent and gin bar outside a Lauder hotel during the royal burgh’s common riding on Saturday, August 5.

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The Panna restaurant in Peebles.

Neighbours of Peebles restaurant opposing late-night booze bid

Neighbours of a new restaurant in Peebles are objecting to it being allowed to sell alcohol until midnight daily.

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Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar.

Still time to beat the nomination deadline

It’s not too late to stand for election to Selkirk Community Council.

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John Lamont (Scottish Conservative)
Duns election hustings.

Lamont pushes for Polish people’s rights

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP John Lamont has praised the contribution the Polish community make to Borders life, in a speech in the UK Parliament.

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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.

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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.

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John Raine, chairman of NHS Borders.

Health boss hits out at Tories over risk claims

The chairman of NHS Borders this week accused Tory polticians of using “historic and unqualified data” to make a political point – only to be told that the data came from the trust itself.

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Can you spare five hours a week to help out those who have kept us safe?

Can you spare five hours a week to help out those who have kept us safe?

Organisers of the Borders branch of Britain’s oldest military charities are in need of help.

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MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Two Tories’ summer surgery tour will take in more than 80 Borders towns and villages

Swapping his job as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh for one based more than 300 miles further away from his Coldstream home, in London rather than Edinburgh, won’t stop new MP John Lamont getting out and about in his Borders constituency this summer.

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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.

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From left, community councillors Roger French, Veronica Lenartowicz and George Luke with resident Douglas Robb and one of the signs he designed.

Home is where hearts are for Newtown councillors

Community councillors in Newtown have put their hearts into giving the village’s signage a rebranding, and now they’re appealing for new recruits to help them keep up the good work.

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The old Almstrong's department store building in Oliver Crescent, Hawick.

Progress being made on £2.6m business hub for Hawick

Architects have been appointed to take forward proposals for a £2.6m new business hub to be created at a former church and department store site in Hawick.

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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.

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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.

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