Business boss hits out at failed attempt to clean up region’s streets

The owner of a firm asked by Scottish Borders Council to submit a tender for its recent failed dog-fouling warden pilot scheme has accused the local authority of creating a fine mess instead of cleaning up our streets.

Ex-Kelso and Border Reivers rugby player Ross Ford.

Rugby star Ross Ford to declare Stow playpark open

Scotland rugby star Ross Ford is lined up to do the honours at the official opening of Stow’s new children’s playpark next week.

From left, the Duke of Roxburghe at Leaderfoot with paths group members Ian Gibb and David Langworth and Leaderdale and Melrose councillor David Parker.

£17,000 project pointing Borders walkers in right direction

A £17,000 initiative to improve paths alongside the Leader Water and provide more information for walkers about the Borders’ wildlife and history has been unveiled.

Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson at the old church site.

Opposition voiced to plans for clean-up of old church site in Hawick

A proposal to use Scottish Borders Council cash to clean-up a overgrown piece of land abandoned by a private landlord in Hawick has been branded an “insult to the tax-paying public” by one of the town’s councillors.

The project began in March

Blainslie road to close for six weeks due to water mains work

The installation of a new water mains pipe in Earlston will see the closure of a section of the village’s Blainslie Road for around six weeks.

The cost of wind farm applications is being looked into by the Scottish Government, but the council says local authorities would not benefit.

Tories accuse SNP of wind farm ‘money grab’

Angry Conservatives have claimed the Scottish Government is planning a multi-million pound money grab from the Borders by charging for work undertaken by the local council on wind farm applications.

The community council chairmen says uncut grass makes the area look downtrodden and unkempt.

Kick cutbacks into long grass, Borders council chiefs urged

Scottish Borders Council chiefs are being urged to kick plans to cut back on lawnmowing into the long grass.


Picture special: Galashiels play park opening

The newest and biggest playpark in the Borders was officially opened on Saturday, and large crowds turned out for a party to mark its launch.

Swans in Fairnington Loch, in the shadow of Peniel Heugh

Mystery still surrounds deaths of whooper swans

An investigation into the deaths of 16 swans found at Fairnington Loch, near Kelso, in December has shown that at least five of them were killed by lead poisoning.

Community company Nature Unlimited was awarded almost �34,000 by the People's Lottery fund for its wild about wellbeing programme.

Grass roots project helps youngsters’ mental health

Young people across the Borders will have the chance to get up close and personal with nature, while improving their mental health, thanks to a five figure lottery grant.

It's not good news for Scottish residents with a phobia of creepy crawlies (Photo: Charlesjsharp / Wikimedia Commons)

Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

Sculptor Mark Hume with his Heron sculpture in Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick.

Community council stumped over tree sculpture funds bid

A large tree stump in Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park could be set for a new lease of life if funding is secured to turn it into a woodland creature.

Councillor Stuart Marshall at Hawick's Beattie Court.

Task force being set up to help clean up Hawick street’s act

Hayley Blackwood, Tim Chamberlain Director of wild tree adventure, Michael Paton,  FR: Kathryn Wylie and Carla Sayer.

New business gets off the ground at Borders estate

A new adventure activity helping people see the Bowhill Estate from a different point of view is set to get off the ground this 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.

The volunteers ready for their litter-picking campaign.

It’s tidy, keep it that way

An astounding 31 bin bags full of rubbish, weighing 139kg, were collected around Galashiels at the weekend by volunteers aiming to give their town a bit of a spring clean.


Councillor urges community to help tackle dog fouling in graveyards

It's time to name and shame disrespectful dog owners, a Scottish Borders Councillor claimed this week.

Selkirkshire councillor Caroline Penman, who is urging dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead when walking through the town's cemeteries, and to clean up after them.

Councillor incensed by graveside fouling

Selkirkshire’s newest councillor, Caroline Penman, is crying foul on irresponsible dog owners after hearing a string of complaints from residents.

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There’s not a lot of room left for turbines

The Borders is running out of space for wind farms, according to a report which forms part of a supplementary guidance (SG) on renewable energy, roundly welcomed by councillors last Thursday.

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.

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