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Gala councillor ‘had to leave’ administration

Independent Galashiels councillor Harry Scott has said he and the ruling administration had to part ways yesterday (Thursday) due to “two fundamental disagreements”.

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Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder.

550-pitch caravan park being planned at Borders castle site

Plans for a major new caravan park in the Borders have been unveiled.

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Beech Avenue, Galashiels.

Could Beech Avenue regeneration make people want to stay there again?

Residents in the Beech Avenue area of Langlee in Galashiels are to be consulted over plans to regenerate the area.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Selkirk is set to be the first of six in the region to be closed next year.

Bank bosses to be called to account over plans to shut Borders branches

Bank bosses are to be called to account by MPs over their plans to close scores of branches across Scotland, including six in the Borders.

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Tweeddale East councillor Shona Haslam.

Scottish Borders Council chiefs face question time on social media over budget

Scottish Borders Council chiefs are to take part in a live social media question-and-answer session next week.

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Lord Thurso at Eddleston, near Peebles, during his recent visit to the Borders.

Talks under way to pick home for Borders tourism hub

A six-month consultation has been launched to decide the location of a new tourism hub in the Borders.

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Tweedbank train station, the end of the line for the Borders Railway line

Councillors agree to region’s first simplified planning zone

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to progress with plans for an innovation park in Tweedbank after a special meeting held in private last Thursday.

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The Tour of Britain arriving in Kelso.

Cultural and sports events boost Borders economy by £6m a year, report reveals

The Borders’ cultural and sporting celebrations generate £6m a year for the region’s economy, it has been revealed.

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The Scottish Borders Council contact centre in Paton Street, Galashiels.

Jobs facing axe at Galashiels care alarm monitoring centre

About 20 workers at a care alarm monitoring centre in Galashiels face an uncertain future after it was agreed to transfer the service to East Lothian.

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The New Reiver House jobcentre in Galashiels.

Jobcentre move gets thumbs-up on appeal

Galashiels jobcentre move plans approved on appeal

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Borders Buses.

Assurances given over future of two Borders bus routes

Scottish Borders Council has assured passengers that it has no plans to reduce services on two Borders bus routes.

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Michelle Ballantyne MSP 23 May 2017. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

MSP Ballantyne quits council and forces by-election

Michelle Ballantyne MSP, who has exercised a dual mandate of serving as a member of the Scottish Parliament and a councillor at Scottish Borders Council since the local elections in May, has resigned from the council.

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Eva and Sharlene Huisanen with Mary and Callum Finn waiting on Santa.

No parade to be rained on as Hawick lights way to Christmas

There was no parade to be rained on as Hawick’s Christmas lights were switched on at the weekend as the festive event’s organisers opted for a change of format this time around.

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Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Hawick High School pupil Harry Ebdon.

Harry, 16, acting as voice of youth for Burnfoot Community Council

A teenager is now acting as a spokesman for Hawick’s younger generation after being elected as a community councillor.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Parties fail to connect over broadband issue

Parties fail to connect over broadband issue

The SNP has hit back at claims that the ‘dithering and delay’ of the Scottish Government has left the Borders behind in superfast broadband.

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Tweedbank Industrial Estate

New planning rules hope to benefit Tweedbank

Scottish Borders Council is expected to introduce its first simplified planning zone to the region in an effort to capitalise on the revival of the Borders Railway.

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SNP MSP Paul Wheelhouse has formally supported the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) by signing the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge.

Wheelhouse takes strong stance against nuclear weapons

Local SNP MSP Paul Wheelhouse has joined his party’s politicians in formally supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

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Lowood Bridge.

Lowood Bridge to be shut for two weeks for emergency works

Lowood Bridge, near Melrose, is to be closed for two weeks for emergency works

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