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Nominations vital to save Jedburgh Community Council

Jedburgh residents have until noon tomorrow to put their name forward to become a community councillor and help save the group from being temporarily disbanded.

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Dog walkers urged to keep to the sidelines

Dog walkers urged to keep to the sidelines

A fresh bid to stop dogs fouling on sports pitches at Netherdale has been made ... citing a piece of historical text.

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Councillor Sandy Aitchison considers Newtown St Borswells as an excellent example of a community working together to eradicate the problem of dog fouling.

Communities urged to take charge of dog fouling problem

Communities are being urged to continue to support Scottish Borders Council’s Responsible Dog Ownership Strategy.

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Local reservists head to Italy

Local reservists head to Italy

Soldiers from the Borders and Berwickshire serving with the 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS) left for Italy last Friday.

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A Borders Railway service at Newtongrange.

Borders Railway failing to yield housing boost predicted for region

The coming of the Borders Railway has so far failed to yield a predicted boom in private housebuilding here – in stark contrast to the position in next-door Midlothian.

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New traffic islands have already been created on the A7 at Hawick, and further improvements to the road are to follow soon.

Work to start soon on danger bends on A7 in Borders

Work on a £240,000 package of measures aimed at cutting accidents on the A7 trunk road between Galashiels and the English border is due to begin within the next two months.

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Site of new thermo heat plant at Langlee, Galashiels.

Residents air C77 concerns

Residents in the Coopersknowe area of Easter Langlee got their chance last week to air their concerns about Scottish Borders Council’s proposed waste transfer station directly to council officials.

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The wall at Hillside Terrace, which has been the source of some consternation at previous community council meetings.

Hands-on councillor vows to repair wall

In Kevin Crawford, Selkirk has found itself a different type of community councillor – one who is keen to fix problems rather than talk about them.

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Borders MP John Lamont has been made a member of Westminster's Scottish affairs committee.

Borders MP vows to use committee role to speak up for region

Borders MP John Lamont has been given an extra chance to speak up for the region at Westminster after securing a place on the UK Parliament’s Scottish affairs committee.

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Hawick Volunteer Flood Group chairman Stuart Marshall.

Public inquiry into planned Hawick flood defences would be disastrous, says group

Hawick Volunteer Flood Group chairman Stuart Marshall believes it would be a disaster if construction of the town’s proposed £41m flood protection scheme is hit by any hold-ups.

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Lowood Estate south of the Tweed (left of the photograph)

SBC shares vision for housing

A vision for the future development and expansion of Tweedbank in the new railway age will be unveiled later this month.

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The advanced thermal treatment plant was planned for the recycling centre and landfill at Easter Langlee.

Call for inquiry into council’s £2.4m waste write-off

Following an investigation spanning two-and-a-half years, a retired Borders journalist is pressing for an inquiry into Scottish Borders Council’s failed and costly bid to bring a regional waste treatment plant to Galashiels.

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An application has been made to introduce six Eurasian lynx into Kielder Forest.

Scottish Borders Council yet to be consulted about bid to bring lynx back

There has been no consultation with Scottish Borders Council over plans to release lynx in Kielder Forest in neighbouring Northumberland, it has been revealed.

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The current Galashiels JobCentre site.

Planners reject bid to move Galashiels JobCentre to empty shop site

The Department for Work and Pensions is weighing up its options” after being refused planning consent to move its Galashiels jobcentre to a town centre shopping precinct.

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SBC in bid to put thirty houses on Triangle Field

SBC in bid to put thirty houses on Triangle Field

Scottish Borders Council has included the Triangle Field at Bannerfield on its approved list of 19 new sites for accomodating housing.

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Borders General Hospital. Google Maps

Rise in kids admitted to A&E after drink binges

A Borders MSP has warned that work is still needed to be done to shake off the country’s culture of binge drinking after figures show an increase in the number of alcohol-related attendances at Borders General Hospital.

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Residents object to SBC’s renewed Langlee WTS bid

Residents object to SBC’s renewed Langlee WTS bid

A residents’ association in Galashiels is to fight new plans by Scottish Borders Council to build a regional waste transfer station (WTS) on the outskirts of the town.

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Union Chain Bridge.

Union Bridge funding is upheld

Should Scottish Borders Council be contributing £1million towards the restoration of a historic, but structurally deficient, bridge linking Scotland and England over the River Tweed?

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Lowood Estate south of the Tweed (left of the photograph)

New sites are set aside for housing

Scottish Borders Council has approved a list of 19 new sites capable of accommodating 811 houses.

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11/08/17 . GLASGOW. Stock shot of adult smacking child. smack, parent smacking.

Council split over ban on smacking of children

A motion calling for Scottish Borders Council to support a ban on the smacking of children in Scotland has been carried by 19 votes to eight.

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