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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.

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Hawick High Street.

Closing Hawick High Street to cars could be way ahead, meeting told

Closing Hawick High Street to cars could put it on the road to a brighter future, a meeting in the town heard this week.

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Motocross bikes stolen in Selkirk

Motocross bikes stolen in Selkirk

Police are appealing for witnesses after two motocross bikes were stolen from the Benchmark Motor Company in Selkirk this week.

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Eyemouth Community Resilience exercise, testing how they'd cope with a major flooding incident, with support from Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.

Leaders sought for new emergency crew

Selkirk is to have another stab at putting together a resilient community group, following a stalled attempt the last time round.

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Former councillor Bill Lamb, who died last week, aged 81.

Bill could light up a room – once literally!

Tributes are being paid to former Scottish Borders councillor Bill Lamb following his death last week.

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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.

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Hawick and Denholm councillor Clair Ramage with Billy O'Neill, a lollipop man at the town's Wilton Primary School.

Borders children’s lives could be at risk if school crossing patrols cut, council told

Cash-strapped Scottish Borders Council’s plans to save £80,000 by making cuts to school warden patrols and other services could put children’s lives at risk, it has been warned.

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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. 

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38 Bank Street in Galashiels.

Galashiels dog-grooming salon plans approved on appeal

Councillors have overturned a previous decision to deny planning permission for change of use of a retail unit at 38 Bank Street in Galashiels.

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The woodland site at Peelburnfoot, near Clovenfords.

Bid to build woodland house near Clovenfords rejected on appeal

Councillors have upheld a decision not to grant planning permission for a chalet-type house in woodland west of Galashiels.

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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.

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These anything but unruly dogs were among the stars of the show at last year's inaugural council-run dog fun day in Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park, an event set to be repeated in July.

Control orders issued for only one in 20 unruly dogs reported in Borders last year

Only one in 20 complaints to Scottish Borders Council about out-of-control dogs last year led to dog control orders being handed out, figures reveal.

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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.

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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.

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Hawick Town Hall.

Hawick action plan up for discussion at meeting in town next week

The ongoing Hawick action plan will be among the issues up for discussion at next week’s meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee.

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Land off Howden Drive in Jedburgh.

32 affordable homes to be built on greenfield site in Jedburgh

More than 30 affordable family homes are to be built on a greenfield site in Jedburgh.

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Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park.

Calls go out for dogs to be kept on leads in Hawick park

Hawick community councillors are urging residents to report out-of-control dogs to the police.

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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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Galashiels Swimming Pool.

Galashiels swimmers kicking up a stink about pool pong

Galashiels Swimming Pool has been hit by a wave of foul smells, according to swimmers.

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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.

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