MPs hit out at bank bosses for refusing to rethink branch closure plans

Royal Bank of Scotland bosses have been accused of being ungrateful and intransigent over their refusal to reconsider their plans to close scores of branches, including six in the Borders.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose is one of six in the region facing closure.

Royal Bank of Scotland bosses to be quizzed about Borders branch closures today

Royal Bank of Scotland bosses will be asked to explain their plans to close 62 branches, including six in the Borders, to MPs today, January 17.

Snow at Station Brae in Galashiels today.

Borderers urged to avoid driving as snow causes disruption

Borderers are being urged to avoid driving unless necessary after heavy snow brought disruption to many of the region’s roads today.

From left, John Henderson, partnership chairman Will Haegelandand Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland.

Borders businesses launch crowdfunding campaign in bid to fund new tourism strategy

Borders businesses are putting their money where their mouths are in a bid to boost the region’s appeal as a tourist destination.

Pupils witness a case of bad timing from MSP

Pupils witness a case of bad timing from MSP

Rachael Hamilton, Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, was left with a red face last week during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood.

Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan in Peebles with Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce vice-chairman Bruce Simpson.

Royal Bank of Scotland boss defends Borders branch closure plans

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive, Ross McEwan, has defended plans to shut six of its nine branches in the Borders.

A Borders Railway service arriving in Stow.

Borders Railway extension study running late

A study looking into the case for extending the Borders Railway is, like almost half the trains on the 30-mile track, running late.

Isaac Knowles-Gruft and Murray Campbell, boss of Campbell's Brewery at Peebles.

Borders marquee firm boss now making his mark rolling out the barrels

Bottling it is, more often than not, another way of saying throwing in the towel – but not for Campbell’s Brewery, unless it’s a beer towel.

Constables Lorraine King and Gordon Latto and councillors Tom Adams and Charles Haffey with one of the cardboard cutout cops in Levenmouth in Fife.

Use of cardboard cops to cut out speeding in Borders called into question

A former Borders police chief is questioning the use of life-size cardboard cutout police officers in the region in a bid to deter drivers from speeding.

From left, Morgan Gowans, Alan Wheelans, Polly Bell, Andrea Hall, Anthony Barlow, Lara Mills and Sara Ward celebrating DYW Borders first anniversary.

Happy first birthday for Borders work-school link project

The Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) initiative is celebrating its first anniversary in the Borders, having brought together more than 2,500 youngsters and almost 150 businesses over the last 12 months.

Regional list MSP Michelle Ballantyne.

Borders textile skills scheme hailed as example to others

Borders textiles firms have been hailed as an example of best practice in a Scottish Parliament debate for their work with colleges and universities to promote skills development.

Sergeants Park in Newtown.

50 new homes for rent being lined up for Newtown

Plans for a major new housing development at Newtown have been revealed.

Land off Dingleton Road in Melrose.

Plans for 50 new homes in Melrose go on show

Plans have been submitted to build 50 new homes on a greenfield site in Melrose.

Land off Howdenburn Drive in Jedburgh.

30 homes for rent being planned in Jedburgh

Plans have been drawn up for 30 new homes for rent in Jedburgh.

Lowood Bridge, near Tweedbank.

Borders bridge to shut for five months for repairs

Lowood Bridge, near Tweedbank, is to be closed for five months for repairs starting at the end of the month.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Selkirk.

Vote with your feet, bank customers told

Community councillors in Selkirk and Hawick this week slammed the Royal Bank of Scotland over its forthcoming branch closures in the two towns.

Peebles High Street.

Old sheriff court set for new lease of life

One of Peebles’ oldest buildings is to undergo a major refurbishment after councillors backed plans for its change of use this week.

The Elder's Yard site at Newtown St Boswells.

Council rejects plans for houses at former yard site

Redevelopment plans for a former industrial yard in Newtown divided opinion at a meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee nearby this week.

The applicants say the lagoon will speed up slurry spreading.

Council approves controversial slurry lagoon application

A retrospective application for a slurry lagoon near Greenlaw was unanimously approved by councillors on Monday.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Kelso, soon to become one of only three Borders towns with an RBS branch, in June last year.

Theresa May facing fresh calls to intervene in RBS closure plans set to leave Borders with only three branches

UK Government Prime Minister Theresa May is again being called on to intervene to prevent the Royal Bank of Scotland from closing 62 branches across the UK, including six in the Borders.

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