Hawick could become hub for BMX enthusiasts

A £250,000 skateboard, mountain bike and BMX track planned for Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park could prove a magnet for enthusiasts from far and wide, according to the group hoping to get it built.

The proposed site for Pines Burn wind farm.

Hawick’s stance on wind farm decided

Hawick Community Council has become the latest organisation to declare opposition to the proposed Pines Burn wind farm near Bonchester Bridge.

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Concerns have been expressed for the future of Scotlands landscapes.

Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road.


Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has defended this week’s decision by Scottish Borders Council to hike the charges it levies on businesses for collection of trade waste.

The yellowhammer, one of the 130 species recorded in last year's Big Farmland Bird Count.

It’s time to count the birds

The fourth Big Farmland Bird Count is underway (February 3-12) and farmers in the Borders are being urged to take part.

Purple Milk-vetch.

An amazing sight is when flowering Thrift turns St Abbs Head pink

In last week’s article the sea birds at St Abbs Head were the main subject, and, important as they are, they are only a part of the fascinating selection of wildlife that finds a home and refuge at the Head.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Philip Kerr looking towards Wauchope West, another proposed wind farm site near Hawick.

Wind farm firm under fire over negative report on Hawick

The company behind a major wind farm application close to Bonchester Bridge has come under fire from community leaders over a negative assessment of Hawick and the surrounding area.

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Hawick film-maker Dawn Berry in Wilton Lodge Park.

Project will film year in the life of Wilton park

A project to capture a year in the life of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park, currently undergoing a £3.64m revamp, is calling on young people in the area to get involved.

Philip Kerr in front of another target for development, Wauchope Forest, where 20 wind turbines are proposed.

Concerns voiced over size of wind turbines proposed near Bonchester Bridge

Opposition is mounting to plans to build a wind farm south of Bonchester Bridge.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson in Wilton Lodge Park.

Cafe culture put on hold in Hawick, but other park work ahead of schedule

The multi-million-pound regeneration of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park is ahead of schedule despite hold-ups hitting work on a new cafe there.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson examines the green waste dumped near Hawick Rugby Club.

Anger over green waste dumped near Hawick recycling centre

A councillor is urging Teries to help kick fly-tippers into touch after finding green waste dumped opposite Hawick Rugby Club’s Mansfield Park ground.

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Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

Poultry owners warned to protect their flocks

The discovery last Friday of avian bird flu in a small backyard flock of birds in North Yorkshire means poultry are being kept locked in until at least February 28.

Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

Newcastleton's old filling station.

Trust hoping to reopen former filling station at Newcastleton

Villagers are stepping on the gas in a bid to cut their energy costs and travelling time.

Allotments at Wilton in Hawick.

That’s a lot of allotment

Changes to the way allotments are ruled have been discussed by councillors.

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