Figures reveal Scottish Borders Council’s staff cut by a quarter since 2011

Figures released by Audit Scotland reveal that Scottish Borders Council cut its workforce by more than a quarter between 2011 and last year – the biggest reduction made by any local authority in the country.

The stone cladding decorative wall, at the bottom of Corbylinn Road, is flaking away, just a year after it was built.

Flood wall to be fixed soon, says project’s boss

Selkirk flood protection scheme project manager Conor Price has pledged that issues such as the crumbling wall in the town’s Corbylinn Road will be fixed this summer.


Wait for Hawick’s new superstore is over

The brand new Aldi store in Hawick’s Commercial Road opened today with bargains galore waiting for the first few customers.

Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson surveying the state of the B6399 to Newcastleton from Hawick.

New enterprise agency could put Borders on road to better future, meeting told

Rethinking the Scottish Government’s funding formula for maintenance of the region’s roads could be one of the first tasks for the soon-to-be-created south of Scotland enterprise agency, councillors have been told. 

Tweed Valley business improvement district project co-ordinator Emma Guy.

Emma bidding to get Tweed Valley tourism project in gear

She might be a former champion downhill cyclist, but Emma Guy is hoping the only way is up for her latest project.

Jedburgh High Street.

Plans unveiled to further boost Jedburgh town centre

Plans to put up promotional banners throughout Jedburgh’s town centre in a bid to boost tourism have been unveiled.

Triplet calves born at Corsbie Farm, Earlston.

Triplets defy odds in un-herd of Earlston delivery

An Earlston farmer helped deliver healthy triplet calves at estimated odds of 500,000-1 at the weekend.

Gardo netting station, using traditional fishing methods on the Tweed estuary

Blogger attacks spring netting

The spring netting of salmon by traditional “net and coble” fishing at Berwick has been questioned by Andrew Douglas-Home, in his weekly angling blog Tweedbeats.

Mark Robertson.

Rugby star Mark to open Hawick’s new Aldi store

Olympic silver medallist Mark Robertson will be getting on the ball on Thursday, April 19, to officially open Aldi’s new Hawick store.

No crisis, insists council despite region’s pothole woes worsening

No crisis, insists council despite region’s pothole woes worsening

Earlier this week, we published a story online about how Scottish Borders Council has vowed to repair a road in Galashiels before the town’s 2018 braw lads’ gathering.

Denholm's Auld Cross Keys Inn will host the first of a series of engagement events regarding the forthcoming enterprise agency for southern Scotland.

Meetings being held in Borders to draw up to-do list for new enterprise agency

Views are being sought from interested parties across the Borders to help compile a to-do list for the forthcoming enterprise agency for the south of Scotland.

A train on the Borders Railway.

Old train track could be in line for planning protection

Rail campaigners are considering applying to safeguard a stretch of the old Waverley Route rail line near Kelso.

The A7 near Teviothead.

A7 to be shut near Teviothead for three nights next week

The A7 will be closed overnight south west of Hawick for three days next week for roadworks.

Rachael Hamilton MSP and John Lamont MP are fighting the closure of six RBS branches in the Borders.

Bank chief to answer queries over closures

Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan is to be questioned by MPs next month about the planned closure of 52 branches, including five in the Borders.

The state of Scott Street in Galashiels has caused concern among drivers, cyclists and those who enjoy watching the cavalcade of horses gallop up the street on Braw Lads' Day.

Galashiels road to be repaired ahead of festival

Scottish Borders Council has moved to ensure Galashiels residents that Scott Street will be repaired before the traditional gallop during the Braw Lads’ Gathering in June.

Paulo Neves, new head chef at the Clovenfords Hotel, flanked by Lee Casson and Hilary Bell.

Paulo bringing a taste of Portugal to Borders hotel

As a former winner of an Albert Roux scholarship, it’s no surprise that Paulo Neves is passionate about his food.

From left, Hans Waltl, councillors Stuart Bell and Mark Rowley, John Swinney, Fergus Ewing, Dumfries and Galloway Council leader Elaine Murray and councillor Sandy Aitchison at the Galashiels meeting.

Fears voiced over impact of Brexit on plans to boost Borders economy

Fears have been voiced that Britain’s forthcoming exit from the European Union could hamper plans to boost the Borders’ economy.

An incomplete suffragette game, minus its playing board, called Pank-a- Squith, sold for �620 from an estimate of �80-�120 at Hanson's. It had been in the loft for years.

Are you sitting on a fortune? Find out at Abbotsford this week

If you’ve ever wondered if that ancient vase, pretty brooch, old painting or quirky object gathering dust is worth anything, you can find out for free this week.

Photovoltaic solar panels will be installed at twelve Scottish Borders Council properties.

Council sets out solar panels installation plan

Scottish Borders Council is to install solar panels at twelve of its properties across the region in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

Mike Pedersen, who has asked for a telecommunications mast to be installed at Oxnam, near Jedburgh, where there is little or no signal.

Oxnam man says the mobile signal in the Borders village is worse than in the Arctic Circle

An Oxnam resident has pleaded with politicians to focus on bringing mobile signals to rural areas before bothering about broadband.

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