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Government pressed for timber roads cash

Scottish Borders Council is to press the Scottish Government for more cash to pay for the repair of public roads damaged by commercial forestry operations.

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Councillor Gordon Edgar in Selkirk.

Parking disc scheme trial is abandoned

A bid to try out a disc-based parking system in the Borders has been abandoned after it failed to win support from the police, it has emerged.

Environment
What the distillery will look like when finished.

£13m Hawick whisky distillery planning to waste not, want not

A whisky distillery due to open in Hawick later this year is planning to waste not, want not – and it’s putting its money where its mouth is by looking to invest £3m in a pioneering zero-waste facility.

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Kelso's town centre public toilets will be affected.

Bid to have 30p toilet charge scrapped fails

Last week’s decision to introduce a 30p entry charge at 27 of the 41 public toilets across the Borders will stand despite being challenged by opposition members of Scottish Borders Council.

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Hawick's Commercial Road is to reopen tomorrow.

Hawick road to reopen ahead of schedule

A section of road closed for preliminary works ahead of construction of flood defences in Hawick is to reopen tomorrow, February 11, four days ahead of schedule.

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Pictured with Christine and Ewan, back, are, middle row, from left, Edith, Isla, Roberta, Charlotte, Finlay and Faizan, with, front, Nicole, Ella, Kitty and Ellie.

Borders bookworms make their mark in library competition

A dozen youngsters from all over the region are celebrating after making their mark in a contest run by Live Borders’ libraries team.

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Jedburgh High Street.

Jedburgh and Hawick bottom of top 10 index

Jedburgh and Hawick are at the bottom of a new top 10 league table reflecting the socio-economic wellbeing of the town centres of the region’s biggest towns.

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Borders schools richer by £1.8m in Holyrood handout

Borders schools richer by £1.8m in Holyrood handout

Schools in the Borders have been awarded £1.8million by the Scottish Government as part of its drive to narrow the attainment gap.

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Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker (centre) with depute leaders Catriona Bhatia and John Mitchell with their capital budget programme,

Cash boost for area forums as council sets budget

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to give major new spending powers to the region’s five area forums.

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An artist's representation of what the Rose Court site could look like, intended to give an impression, rather than a definite design.

SBHA announces plans for 10 new-build family social housing

Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) has revealed its plans for the empty space left by the demolition two years ago of the 24 flats at Rose Court in Langlee.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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Hawick High Street.

Town centre footfall in Hawick down 42% in three years, figures reveal

Footfall in Hawick town centre fell by 42% over three years, worrying new statistics reveal.

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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer near where the town's old railway bridge used to be.

Tourism figures add momentum to calls to extend Borders Railway to Hawick

Momentum is growing for the extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick now a new report has hailed the line’s positive impact on tourism in the parts of the region it serves.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson highlighting problems with mobile phone signals near the town and Newcastleton.

Borders’ mobile phone coverage gaps highlighted at executive meeting

Poor mobile phone coverage in parts of Hawick and beyond was raised at the latest meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall at Bonchester Bridge.

Plea goes out for resurfacing of road at Bonchester Bridge

A plea is going out for the road surface at Bonchester Bridge to be relaid over fears it is unsafe.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road.

Cost

Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has defended this week’s decision by Scottish Borders Council to hike the charges it levies on businesses for collection of trade waste.

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Hawick councillors Stuart Marshall and, right, Watson McAteer.

Councillors in clear over letter to newspaper

Two Hawick councillors have been cleared of acting unethically by writing a letter to the press taking issue with a report by a senior Scottish Borders Council officer.

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The public toilets at Volunteer Park in Hawick.

Spending a penny to cost 30p at most of Borders’ public toilets

Spending a penny is to cost 30 times that proverbial amount at most of the Borders’ public conveniences.

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Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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