Town centres threat

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted 11 town centres in the Borders which it says are under threat due to local closures.

The FSB has compiled a list of 98 towns and cities throughout Scotland which have recently seen the closures of services such as bank branches, sheriff courts, crown post offices and police counters.

The organisation warns that the closures pose a threat to efforts to turn around Scottish high streets and rejuvenate local economies.

With Borders towns such as Hawick, Duns and Selkirk on the list, local Conservative MSP John Lamont has urged the Scottish Government to take heed of the warning, and start to provide more financial help.

“It is no wonder the FSB have chosen to voice its concerns as well, as many of the small businesses they represent will be under increased danger of closing if something is not done to boost these local economies.”

The FSB has highlighted Galashiels, Hawick, Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Greenlaw, Lauder, Melrose, Newtown St Boswells, Peebles and Selkirk as all having suffered recently from closures.