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Borders MSPs at odds over government budget

The Scottish Government budget for next year agreed this week is either a triumph or a disaster, according to the Borders’ two constituency MSPs.

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The approach to Dirtpot Corner on the A72 near Peebles.

Works agreed to improve A72 accident blackspot near Peebles

A £2m scheme to widen the A72 Galashiels-Hamilton road at a notorious accident blackspot should start this summer after Scottish Borders Council agreed to stump up the cash in its latest budget.

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Former Borders police chief Watson McAteer.

Council to pay for more bobbies on beat in Borders

Bobbies on the beat-type policing is set to make a return in the region now Scottish Borders Council has agreed to pay for six officers and a sergeant.

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Council leader Shona Haslam, accompanied by councillors George Turnbull and, right, Sandy Aitchison with this year's budget.

Scottish Borders Council budget for next year passed despite opposition

A Scottish Borders Council budget for next year including a 3% rise in council tax and up to 35 job losses was approved this week despite unprecedented opposition.

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A view of Andrew Cleghorn's land at Kirkburn, near Cardrona, from the churchyard there.

Plea for rethink over plans for pyramid temple near Peebles rejected by council

A bid to build a towering pagan temple to provide space for multi-faith worship near Peebles has been thrown out.

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Vacant council seat about to be filled

Vacant council seat about to be filled

Residents of Scottish Borders Council’s Selkirkshire ward are heading to the polls today to choose their new councillor.

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Melrose High Street.

Plans revealed for new retail unit in Melrose High Street

Plans have been announced to help revitalise Melrose High Street.

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Hawick Councillor George Turnbull at St Leonards race track where money is to be spent refurbishing the facilities there.

United front is called for on Hawick moor revamp

Plans for a £250,000 revamp of Hawick Moor’s racecourse buildings have hit a stumbling block after the town’s common good fund sub-committee refused to grant some of the funding needed.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson in Newcastleton's North Hermitage Street.

Timber bosses pledge to review lorry routes

Campaigners claiming that timber lorries are destroying rural roads and speeding through villages say they are confident their pleas are being taken on board.

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Kelso councillors Simon Mountford and Tom Weatherston in the town's Jedburgh Road.

Condition of Kelso road causing concern for councillors

Calls for one of Kelso’s busiest residential through roads to be repaired or resurfaced are being made by two of the town’s councillors.

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Councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol.

WASPI women in new push for SPA equality fairness

The Borders WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality) movement continues to grow from strength to strength going by the well-attended members’ latest meeting on Sunday, February 11.

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An artist's impression of the proposed hotel, supermarket, drive-through coffee shop and petrol station at Tweedbank Gateway.

Plans for Tweedbank hotel and retail development could create 100 jobs

Plans are in place for a new hotel and retail complex in Tweedbank, which would enhance the existing railway terminus ... and create up to 100 jobs.

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Tweeddale West councillor Heather Anderson.

Haslam launches an attack on opposition

The Conservative leader of Scottish Borders Council has accused the SNP of ‘living in cloud cuckoo land’ after the opposition tabled alternative financial plans for 2018/19.

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Shona Haslam and  George Turnbull present their draft financial plan for 2018-19.

Budget proposes tax hike and job losses

Borderers will be hit with a three per cent hike in their council tax bill if a draft financial plan for the region is approved next week.

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Corbyn: I’ll return to the Borders before another 50 years are up

Jeremy Corbyn became the first Labour leader in more than 50 years to come to the Borders when he visited Selkirk on Monday.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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How the centre will look.

Demolition due next month as work on new tapestry centre nears

Hopes that the new £6.7m Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre will help create a “cultural and arts quarter” in Galashiels were shared last week.

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Willie Rennie of the Liberal Democrat's with Jack Clark standing for local election in Selkirk.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Rennie pays visit to Selkirk

Scottish Liberal Democrat party leader Willie Rennie has backed calls for a rethink over the closure of six Royal Bank of Scotland branches in the Borders.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visiting Selkirk in the Scottish Borders today.

Jeremy Corbyn looks to build support in Borders through visit to Selkirk

Jeremy Corbyn became the first Labour leader in more than 50 years to come to the Borders when he visited Selkirk today (Monday).

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Hustings at the Southern Reporter office in Selkirk From left: John Mitchell, Barbra Harvie, Caroline Penman, Scott Redpath, Trevor Adams, Kenneth Gunn and journalist Kevin Janiak, who chaired the debate.

Candidates set out their stall in Southern Reporter Hustings

Six of the seven candidates who are contesting the upcoming Selkirkshire ward by-election took part in a hustings today (Monday), broadcast live on Facebook Live from the Southern Reporter office.

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