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Councillors hit out after further hold-up hits opening of Hawick cafe

Hawick councillors have united in condemning the ongoing hold-ups that have hit the opening of the new cafe in the town’s Wilton Lodge Park.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam, front left, and Borders MP David Mundell, three places to her right, at the signing of the deal.

£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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The Bourtree in Hawick.

Police concerned about Hawick pub’s bid to let teenagers in on their own

A Hawick pub’s bid to allow teenagers in without adult accompaniment faces partial opposition from the police.

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John Lamont (Scottish Conservative)
Duns election hustings.

Lamont pushes for Polish people’s rights

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP John Lamont has praised the contribution the Polish community make to Borders life, in a speech in the UK Parliament.

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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.

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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.

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Can you spare five hours a week to help out those who have kept us safe?

Can you spare five hours a week to help out those who have kept us safe?

Organisers of the Borders branch of Britain’s oldest military charities are in need of help.

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MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Two Tories’ summer surgery tour will take in more than 80 Borders towns and villages

Swapping his job as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh for one based more than 300 miles further away from his Coldstream home, in London rather than Edinburgh, won’t stop new MP John Lamont getting out and about in his Borders constituency this summer.

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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.

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The old Almstrong's department store building in Oliver Crescent, Hawick.

Progress being made on £2.6m business hub for Hawick

Architects have been appointed to take forward proposals for a £2.6m new business hub to be created at a former church and department store site in Hawick.

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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.

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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.

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Hawick Heritage Hub.

Hawick Heritage Hub now one-stop shop for local history buffs

Hawick Heritage Hub is now the Borders’ go-to destination for local historians following the completion of the merger of Live Borders’ archives and local studies services this week.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road following the withdrawal of doorstep collections.

Green bin collections could make comeback in Borders

The new Conservative-independent ruling coalition at Scottish Borders Council has refused to rule out the reintroduction of regular kerbside garden waste uplifts.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson outside the Common Haugh car park public toilets.

New 30p fee for Borders toilets could go down pan if outcry continues

Scottish Borders Council’s controversial new 30p charge for spending a penny at most of the region’s public conveniences could face going down the pan just weeks after being introduced.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Scottish Borders Council ordered to reveal more papers on failed Galashiels tip deal

The national information watchdog has ordered Scottish Borders Council to release yet more previously withheld documents relating to its doomed deal with a private company to deliver a £21m waste treatment plant at Galashiels.

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Hawick councillor Stuart Marshall outside the Common Haugh public toilets.

Anger mounting over 30p charge to spend a penny

Anger at Scottish Borders Council’s introduction of a 30p charge for using public toilets in Hawick and other parts of the region is mounting.

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Hawick councillor Watson McAteer.

Allocation of area forum cash unfair on Hawick, claims provost

Hawick is missing out on more than £20,000 in much-needed investment because of an unfair distribution formula, according to town provost Watson McAteer.

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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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NFU Scotland's Presidential team launch the discussion document at the Highland Show. Left to right are Martin Kennedy, Andrew McCornick and Gary Mitchell.

Preparing Scotland’s farmers for change

NFU Scotland has used Scotland’s premier agricultural event to put a vision for Scottish agriculture at the heart of Brexit negotiations.

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