£1.1bn city deal expected to help create jobs and homes in Borders

The £1.1bn Edinburgh and south east Scotland city region deal agreed yesterday will give a huge boost to efforts to create more jobs and affordable housing in the Borders, according to council leader Shona Haslam.

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From left: John Fairweather, regional resilience advisor, Karen Macaulay, national emergency preparedness communications and liaison manager (both Scottish Ambulance Service), Mark Ilderton, head of ScotRail Alliance Integrated Control.

Early interventions help unwell customers and cut delays

Delays to trains where a customer has taken ill and needs urgent medical treatment have been cut by 37 per cent due to a new partnership between the ScotRail Alliance and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

North Sea cod stocks have now been declared sustainable a decade after coming close to collapse.

North Sea cod stocks declared sustainable

North Sea cod can now be bought “with a clear conscience”, according to a fisheries body, as stocks have now been declared sustainable.

The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Watchdog defends £2.4m Galashiels tip deal write-off

Scottish Borders Council did the right thing by scrapping a deal for a £21m waste transfer plant at Easter Langlee near Galashiels even though that cost the public purse £2.4m, according to Audit Scotland.

MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Borders MSP vows to use new role to promote tourism

Borders hotelier Rachael Hamilton has been appointed as shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism just weeks after being voted in as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

Anna Lee, assistant manager at Hawicks British Heart Foundation shop, fears having seven such ventures there could be too much.

Fears voiced that Hawick charity shops face fight for survival

Concerns have been expressed that charity shops in Hawick High Street are facing a fight to survive as yet another prepares to open its doors.

From left, Border Buses supervisor Tony McConnell with operations managers Lee Young and Claire Lark.

End of road for Perryman’s name as bus firm merges Borders subsidiaries

Borders Buses and Perryman’s Buses are merging, leading to the scrapping of the latter brand.

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A sign warning of a road closure on the A6088 near Hawick.

Stretch of A6088 near Hawick to be closed for three weeks

A stretch of the A6088 Hawick-Carter Bar road is to be closed for three weeks to allow timber-harvesting works to be carried out.

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Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Old guard make way for younger guns as Borders council cuts staff

The average age of Scottish Borders Council’s staff has fallen from 52 to 47 over the past seven years as its workforce has been cut from 5,566 in 2009 to 4,141 last year.

Camper vans at Hawick's Common Haugh car park.

Camper vans to carry on helping drive tourism boost for Hawick

An innovative scheme to allow mobile home owners to park up free in the centre of Hawick is set to continue amid evidence that it has helped boost tourism in the town.

Lowood Bridge, near Melrose.

Borders bridge to be closed for five days

Lowood Bridge, north of Tweedbank, is to be closed for five days the week after next, although it will be open from late afternoon and overnight.

Hawick's Dovemount roundabout.

A7 to close at Hawick for roadworks again later in month

Sunday and Monday’s closure of the A7 between Hawick’s Dovemount roundabout and its junction with the B720 north of Canonbie for roadworks will be repeated later in the month.

Tower Mill in Hawick.

Plans drawn up to open door to new businesses at Hawick’s Tower Mill

A new entrance to a landmark building in Hawick is expected to open the door to more interest from businesses.

Newcastleton's old petrol pumps.

Trust hoping to turn gas on again for drivers in Newcastleton

Villagers won’t have to step on the gas and motor for miles every time they want to fill up if a planning bid submitted this week is approved.

Regional list MSP Paul Wheelehouse being shown around Selkirk's RP Adam factory.

Minister given insight into bid by firm to hit £20m annual turnover

Scottish Government business, innovation and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has praised a Selkirk firm for maintaining its commitment to its community at the same time as overseeing an ongoing boom in business.

Borders brewery hoping to top magnificent seven haul of trophies

Borders brewery hoping to top magnificent seven haul of trophies

Tweedbank’s Tempest Brewing Company has 16 contenders in the running for prizes at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards.


One phone mast approved at Newcastleton, and another could follow

The drive to improve mobile phone coverage in and around Newcastleton continues with approval for a new 25-metre phone mast.

Flex Farm, near Hawick.

Railway return hopes lead to phone mast site near Hawick being shifted

The position of a proposed mobile phone mast has been moved to stop it hindering a possible future extension of the Borders Railway to Hawick, a council boss has revealed.

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Borders MP John Lamont making his maiden speech in the House of Commons during a debate on June 2017's Queen's Speech.

Longer railway would be just the job, new Borders MP tells Westminster

New Borders MP John Lamont used his maiden speech at Westminster to call for the Borders Railway to join him south of the border.

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Robert and Lesley Mitchell, along with son Stuart, farm at Whitriggs near Denholm.

Denholm farm at forefront of efficiency drive

A Denholm farm will be at the heart of moves to improve livestock performance and reduce costs across the Borders next week.

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