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Outcry as Borders firefighters forced to put lifesaving project on hold

Lives could be lost due to a pilot project drafting in firefighters to help heart attack victims across the Borders being suspended, it is feared.

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From left, MSP Rachael Hamilton, MP David Mundell, MSP Michelle Ballantyne, MP John Lamont and council leader Shona Haslam in Peebles.

Chancellor urged to include cash for Borders growth deal in budget

Borders MPs and MSPs are urging UK Government Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to include progress on the Borderlands growth deal promised earlier this year in his autumn budget next week.

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St Margaret's Care Centre at Hawick.

Sixth member of staff suspended as Hawick care home probe continues

An investigation into what are said to be serious allegations at a Hawick care home has led to another member of staff being suspended.

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Lilith, the lynx shot dead in Wales last Friday.

Sheep deaths spark renewed fears in Borders over lynx release plans

Claims that an escaped lynx killed seven sheep in Wales in a matter of days have sparked renewed concerns over plans to release six of the wildcats in Kielder Forest, just south of the English border.

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Borders MP John Lamont at the launch of this year's Poppy Scotland appeal at Westminster.

Borderers urged to say it with flowers

Borders MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton are urging residents of the region to show their support for our war veterans by wearing poppies ahead of Armistice Day this Saturday.

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Hawick High School

Four towns in the running for school upgrades

Scottish Borders Council is working to decide which of the region’s high schools should be next in line for investment.

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St Margaret's R.C. Primary School, Hawick.

Talks start on plans to shut town school

Plans to close a Hawick primary school took a step forward this week after councillors agreed to start a formal consultation about shutting it.

Education
At the site, from left, Eileen Walsh, project manager Duncan Taylor, William Rodger, Andy Maybury.

Controversial wind farm plans rejected

A bid to build a 12-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge was rejected by councillors this week.

Environment
The taxi rank at Channel St, Galashiels

Borderers are asked to give their views on future taxi fares

Borderers are being urged to have their say on taxi fares as part of a public consultation on the issue.

Transport
Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

Waste transfer site plans are approved

Controversial plans for a waste transfer station to replace the landfill site at Galashiels next year have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

Environment
Independent candidate for Hawick and Hermitage, David Paterson.

Paterson accused of ‘political mischief’

A bid by a Hawick councillor to have Scottish Borders Council write to the UK Government expressing concerns over cuts in funding was narrowly beaten today in a full council meeting at Newtown.

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St Margaret's Care Centre in Hawick.

Police investigating after Hawick care home staff suspended

Police have launched an investigation after five members of staff at a Hawick nursing home were suspended over what are described as serious allegations.

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St Margaret's RC Primary School in Hawick.

Hawick primary school earmarked for closure after pupil roll falls to 14

A consultation is to be held over the planned closure of a Hawick school as part of a Borders-wide review by education chiefs.

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The River Teviot running through Hawick.

Estimated bill for Hawick flood defences rises to £44.3m

Hawick’s £44m-plus flood protection scheme is set to move a step closer to becoming a reality today, November 2.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson in a vennel off Howegate.

Borders MP rubbishes claim that universal credit is to blame for people foraging for food in bins

Borders MP John Lamont has launched a verbal broadside at a Hawick councillor over claims the rollout of universal credit could be forcing Teries to rake through bins for food.

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A Eurasian lynx.

Borderers to be consulted over lynx plans, pledges minister

UK Government Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove has promised to consult Borderers over the plans to release lynx in Kielder Forest.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson inspects bins in a vennel off Howegate.

Universal credit suggested as culprit after Teries seen eating food from bins

Hard-up Teries have been seen raking through bins hunting for discarded takeaway food, it is claimed.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall admiring the wall at the Kenilworth Avenue bus terminus.

They think it’s wall over for Burnfoot eyesores, and it is now

Scottish Borders Housing Association has been praised for cleaning up three eyesore sites in Burnfoot.

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Hawick and Denholm councillor Stuart Marshall on the wasteland near Stirches Primary School.

40 homes for elderly lined up for wasteland site in Hawick

The go-ahead has been given for 40 new homes for the elderly on council-owned waste land close to Stirches Primary School in Hawick.

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Hawick and Denholm councillor Stuart Marshall.

Hawick groups urged to bid for share of £78,000 kitty

Teries are being urged to seize the opportunity offered by a new £78,000 funding kitty.

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