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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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Housing minister Kevin Stewart.

£44m pledge will help pay for 1,200 affordable homes in Borders

The Scottish Government’s announcement of almost £44m funding for affordable housing in the Borders over the next three years has been welcomed by council chiefs.

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Hawick councillors Watson MacAteer and Stuart Marshall at the Wilton Lodge Park cafe site.

Firm in charge of new Hawick park cafe revealed

The operator set to run the new cafe in Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park has finally been revealed.

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The public toilets in Kelso's Shedden Park.

Spending a penny now costs 30p in Borders

Spending the proverbial penny is about to cost 30 times that much as a £200,000 programme to install charging machines at 27 public toilets across the Borders gets under way.

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Hawick's Common Haugh car park.

£3,000 plans for gates at Hawick car park face knockback

A call for £3,000 to be spent on installing gates at the entrance and exit to Hawick’s Common Haugh Car Park faces rejection next week.

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Barrie Knitwear in Hawick.

Plans for mobile phone mast in Hawick given thumbs-up

Approval has been granted for an 18m-high telecommunications tower on land close to Barrie Knitwear on Hawick’s Burnfoot Industrial Estate.

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Bid to turn town into magnet for business

Bid to turn town into magnet for business

A £3.6m funding package will help create a launchpad for new businesses in the former Almstrong’s store in Hawick’s Teviot Crescent in a bid to revive the town centre’s flagging fortunes.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson picking up dog dirt in Melgund Place.

Hawick residents cry foul over increase in dog dirt

Questions are being asked about an increase in dog fouling in part of Hawick previously relatively untroubled by that problem.

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Galashiels transport interchange.

Opening hours to be cut at Galashiels transport hub

Galashiels transport interchange’s opening hours are to be cut by hard-up council bosses looking to save up to £40,000 a year.

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John Lamont on his first day at Westminster,

MP Lamont backs troubled PM in Brexit talks

The region’s new Tory MP John Lamont is getting ready to start his new day job at Westminster.

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Time of the Tories as Kerr is ousted from Westminster

Borderers came out in force once again last Thursday – and voted in the constituency’s first Conservative MP since 1965.

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Rachael Hamilton wins over voters

Rachael Hamilton wins over voters

Conservative candidate Rachael Hamilton’s gamble paid off on Friday morning, as she rode the local Tory wave to success in the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Scotish Parliament by-election.

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General election: The Borders turns blue

General election: The Borders turns blue

The Conservative Party might be struggling in the war politically as it faces a hung Parliament, but it certainly won the battle of the Borders.

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General Election: “It seems the challenging environment that we expected has been borne out on the day” – Calum Kerr

General Election: “It seems the challenging environment that we expected has been borne out on the day” – Calum Kerr

The SNP’s Calum Kerr has not yet officially knocked over his king in this chess game, but as counting continues at Kelso, it looks very much like his short reign as MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk is over.

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SNP Candidate Calum Kerr looks like losing the seat he has enjoyed for only two years.

General Election: Tories look like winning Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat

Live from the count: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

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Election count at Springwood Hall.

Live from the count: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Once again we are here at the count centre for the General Election count for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk UK Parliament Constituency, as well as the by-election for the Scottish Parliamnent’s Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency.

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First Minister pays flying visit to region to back candidates

Scottish Government First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid a visit to Hawick on Monday to chat to supporters and try to boost her Scottish National Party candidates’ campaigns ahead of today’s elections.

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Theresa May visits Kelso in show of ‘strong and stable’ support

Prime Minister Theresa May lent her political weight to John Lamont and Rachael Hamilton’s campaigns on Monday with a visit to Kelso.

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First Minister and Prime Minister in Borders visits

Election week has started in earnest today, Monday, with both the SNP and the Conservatives adding weight to their campaigns through visits from their party leaders – who just happen to be Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson raising concerns for disabled parking spaces being filled by able bodied drivers.

Disabled parking rumpus between councillors

A Hawick councillor has defended his decision to ‘shop’ a fellow Borders politician for parking in a disabled bay at council headquarters.

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