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Work on setting up new enterprise agency for south of Scotland to start within months

Councillors were told this week that work will start in earnest at the end of the year to ensure that a dedicated south of Scotland enterprise agency is fully operational by 2020.

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A Borders Railway service at Newtongrange.

Borders Railway failing to yield housing boost predicted for region

The coming of the Borders Railway has so far failed to yield a predicted boom in private housebuilding here – in stark contrast to the position in next-door Midlothian.

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New traffic islands have already been created on the A7 at Hawick, and further improvements to the road are to follow soon.

Work to start soon on danger bends on A7 in Borders

Work on a £240,000 package of measures aimed at cutting accidents on the A7 trunk road between Galashiels and the English border is due to begin within the next two months.

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Borders MP John Lamont has been made a member of Westminster's Scottish affairs committee.

Borders MP vows to use committee role to speak up for region

Borders MP John Lamont has been given an extra chance to speak up for the region at Westminster after securing a place on the UK Parliament’s Scottish affairs committee.

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Hawick Volunteer Flood Group chairman Stuart Marshall.

Public inquiry into planned Hawick flood defences would be disastrous, says group

Hawick Volunteer Flood Group chairman Stuart Marshall believes it would be a disaster if construction of the town’s proposed £41m flood protection scheme is hit by any hold-ups.

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An application has been made to introduce six Eurasian lynx into Kielder Forest.

Scottish Borders Council yet to be consulted about bid to bring lynx back

There has been no consultation with Scottish Borders Council over plans to release lynx in Kielder Forest in neighbouring Northumberland, it has been revealed.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Papers prove failed £21m Galashiels tip deal should have been axed sooner, says campaigner

Documents now released by Scottish Borders Council offer “compelling evidence” that its deal with a private firm to bring a £21m waste treatment plant to Galashiels should have been scrapped long before it actually was, according to retired journalist Bill Chisholm.

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Flowers left as a tribute to Hawick's Leon Ali following his death on the A698 in November.

Death toll claimed by Borders roads on increase

A dozen people were killed in road accidents in the Borders last year, the highest death toll for seven years, a meeting heard this week.

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Councillor Stuart Marshall is unimpressed by a half-cut grass bank in Hawicks Stirches Road.

Hawick’s grass verges no place for half-measures, council told

A decision taken on health and safety grounds to only cut the bottom half of grassed banks in Hawick has been labelled “absolutely ridiculous”.

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Rubbish dumped in Hawick's Lower Mansfield Road.

Hawick fly-tipping clean-up about to begin

Scottish Borders Council is to begin a clean-up operation today, August 17, to tackle what is described as a serious fly-tipping incident in Hawick.

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Hawick High School.

Food waste produced by Borders high schools up by more than half

More than 14 tonnes of food waste were generated by the Borders’ nine high schools in last year.

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Councillor George Turnbull examining weeds in Trinity Street, Hawick.

Weeds getting out of hand in Hawick and Newcastleton, claim councillors

Overgrowing weeds are making parts of Hawick look run down and uncared for, claim councillors for the town.

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Damage caused by December 2015's floods in Hawick.

£41m plans for flood defences in Hawick spark almost 50 objections

Hawick’s proposed £41m flood protection scheme has triggered almost 50 objections.

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Lord Steel.

Borders Lib Dem peers claimed £100,000 allowances last year

Three Liberal Democrat peers from the Borders claimed a total of £103,201 in allowances for attending the House of Lords in 2016.

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George Turnbull.

Plea for old industry sites to be revitalised

A Hawick councillor is calling on Teries to push for the rebirth of former industrial sites in the town amid concerns that too many are becoming blots on our landscape.

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Hawick councillors Watson MacAteer and Stuart Marshall outside the new cafe.

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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