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MSP calling for action to tackle bed-blocking in Borders

Borders MSP Rachael Hamilton is calling for action to tackle bed-blocking at the region’s general hospital.

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The public toilets in Kelso's Croft Park.

Charging for spending penny failing to pile up pounds for Borders council

Charging Borderers for spending a penny has failed to pile up as many pounds as Borders council bosses had hoped for.

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Hawick and Denholm councillor Stuart Marshall.

Councillors call for rethink over grass-cutting cutbacks in Borders

Council officials are being urged to reverse their cutbacks to grass-cutting Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park and the town’s cemeteries.

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Tweed Court Kelso

Plans for new homes unveiled

Scottish Borders Housing Association has revealed plans to build 29 new homes across the region.

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Burgh Yard in Galashiels.

Travelodge stepping up plans to open its first hotel in Borders

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is stepping up its plans to expand into the Borders.

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Scottish Borders Council's Newtown headquarters.

Aspiring Borders taxi driver failed to declare conviction

An aspiring taxi driver withheld a dangerous driving conviction when applying to Scottish Borders Council for a licence.

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The former Poundstretcher site in Galashiels.

Demolition of Galashiels store clears way for regeneration

The completion of the demolition of the old Poundstretcher store in Galashiels has cleared the way for a regeneration of the town centre costing millions of pounds.

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Lowood Bridge project team Alistair Forsyth, Greig Gibson, Ian Dickson and Paul Frankland with Leaderdale and Melrose councillors David Parker and Kevin Drum, Galashiels councillor Euan Jardine and executive member for roads and infrastructure Gordon Edgar reopening the Tweed crossing.

Lowood Bridge open again after £640,000 revamp

Lowood Bridge, east of Tweedbank, is open again following a £640,000 revamp.

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Two treehouses planned as farm branches out

Two treehouses planned as farm branches out

A Borders landowner is hoping to branch out into the tourist trade by having treehouses built to let out to visitors to the region.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall in Stirches Road.

Council leader to visit Hawick on grass-cutting walkaround

Council chiefs have agreed to visit Hawick next week in a bid to better understand the outcry which has erupted in the town since cutbacks to grass-cutting were introduced.

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SBSR David Paterson and paul Buttivant MD of 3GS

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.

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Nessie Ruel, 91, and Janet Barrie, 79, outside theirs homes in Richmond Row to protest about the lack of grass cutting.

Jedburgh pensioners hit out at neglect of garden

Frustrated Jedburgh pensioners claim their communal lawns have not been cut for almost a year and are demanding action now.

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The centre of Selkirk is prepared for Friday's moving casting ceremony, but Sir Walter Scott's Courthouse remains under wraps.

Spire work ongoing for big day

Extra renovations are required to Walter Scott’s Courthouse, a historic backdrop to the casting ceremony for Selkirk Common Riding.

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The King's Meadow community garden in Victoria Park, Peebles.

Plans go in for £750,000 church in Peebles

Worshippers at a Borders church forced to live a nomadic existence for over quarter of a century could soon move into a new £750,000 home.

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Councillor Euan Jardine at the newly-rearranged bottle banks.

Councillors are applauded by ex-leader Tulley

Last Wednesday saw something of a tidal change in politics as Galashiels Community Councillor Drew Tulley sang the praises of not one but two local councillors.

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Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf with A7 action group members Marjorie McCreadie, left, and MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Minister agrees to fact-finding trip to discuss case for Selkirk bypass

Calls for an A7 bypass around Selkirk are being stepped up, and Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf has agreed to make a fact-finding trip to the Borders this summer.

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Redburn Garage, also known as Bruce Motors, in Galashiels.

Plans to convert former garage could create 25 jobs in Galashiels

Up to 25 jobs could be created if plans are agreed for the conversion of a derelict Galashiels garage site into a mini-business park, council bosses have been told.

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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.

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VIDEO: John Swinney at Jedburgh intergenerational school campus site

Work is now under way on Jedburgh’s intergenerational school campus, and Scottish Government Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited the Hartrigge Park site on Monday to take part in a ground-breaking ceremony.

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How the 34-flat development would look.

Plans for £4.9m housing site in Galashiels put on hold due to flood concerns

Concerns over potential flooding have led to work on a £4.9m affordable housing development in Galashiels being put on hold.

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