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Voters can deliver double whammy

I attended last week’s Scottish Borders Council meeting, in a personal capacity, to see the setting of the budget.

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Letters to the Editor

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Park paths dismay

Park paths dismay

I expect I am not the only person who walks in our beautiful park to read with dismay in your newspaper that the paths in the park are not in the regeneration programme.

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Teries need to make their voices heard

Teries need to make their voices heard

Since the Hawick Knitwear closure announcement, the road past my house in Slitrig Crescent to the factory has suddenly gone quiet.

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It’s time for all councillors to shout for town

It’s time for all councillors to shout for town

boundary bid

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Paterson: My letter was factual, not abusive

Paterson: My letter was factual, not abusive

I wasn’t going to reply to the cowardly person who couldn’t even put their name on the letter (Councillor’s ‘cheap swipes’, December 18), instead choosing to hide behind the usual “Name and address supplied” – but I was merely pointing out the facts that some councillors choose not to sit on any committees at Scottish Borders Council and just turn up for the full council meeting every six weeks. This is fact, not personal abuse, and if anyone cares to look up what committees their councillors are on, they may get a surprise.

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Hawick flood spirit abounds

Hawick flood spirit abounds

I read with pride the recent remarks regarding the community spirit during the floods, but I have to say that this is not just isolated to the floods or emergencies.

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Thanks from Linden ladies and Scouts

Thanks from Linden ladies and Scouts

We would like to thank everyone who attended the ladies’ day at Hawick Linden RFC on December 5. Also to all the local shops for their kinds donations for our raffle, which raised £375 for Simba. A big thanks to Thorterdykes Roadhouse for the use of their hall when we had to evacuate the clubrooms at the Volunteer due to the floods. We hope everyone had a good time.

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Hawick parking problem lies with council

Hawick parking problem lies with council

As a recently-retired shopkeeper, I feel I must respond to Councillor Ron Smith’s remarks regarding shopkeepers being part of the problem of shambolic parking on the High Street (Soap Box, December 4).
Some shopkeepers do park their vehicles outside their shops for long periods, depriving themselves and their fellow shopkeepers of trade, but they are a minority.
The problem lies with Scottish Borders Council. It is more than three years since Police Scotland intimated to the council that it would no longer fund the wardens, and as of yet, nothing has been done.
The favoured proposal at the moment seems to be pay-and-display parking discs. This would be detrimental to trade, as any potential customer passing through, wishing to make a quick purchase, ie a newspaper or takeaway, is not going to look for a shop to buy a disc, then display, and then shop. They would just move on.
The old system worked perfectly well. I realise the council must break even from the parking, but far better to contract this out to a private company and take a portion of the income generated.

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Councillor Paterson’s ‘cheap swipes’

Councillor Paterson’s ‘cheap swipes’

Just when you think Councillor Davie Paterson can’t sink any lower – surprise surprise he manages to – when publicly attacking the two local councillors who are trying their level best for the town (Letters, December 4). No he didn’t name Stuart Marshall or Watson McAteer, but chose to hide behind cheap swipes and personal abuse – shame on you.
While these councillors are obviously getting up his nose, perhaps if he took a lesson from them and focused on the town and those who voted for him rather than default to his old and boring tactics of hurling personal abuse and negativity, he and the town would be doing much better.

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Rail campaign’s call-to-arms for Teries

Rail campaign’s call-to-arms for Teries

From its inception in 1998, Campaign for Borders Rail has been consistent in the pursuit of its primary objective: To right the injustice of complete closure of the Waverley Route between Edinburgh Waverley and Carlisle Citadel on Monday, January 6, 1969.

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Councillor not surprised that critic is having another go

Councillor not surprised that critic is having another go

‘silly letters’

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It’s time to cancel tapestry project

It’s time to cancel tapestry project

In recent weeks I have read letters to the editor of the Hawick News expressing doubts about the financial viability of the Great Tapestry of Scotland Project. Try as I may I simply cannot find anyone who wants this millstone hung around our necks.

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Planning broadside fired at council

Planning broadside fired at council

The proposed opening of a whisky distillery in Hawick is very exciting news for the town. Let us be honest – any new business that will create jobs can only be a good thing. I hope, therefore, that Scottish Borders Council’s planning department get their finger out and the distillery application does not turn into a complete shambles like the Aldi one.

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Tapestry: ‘There are more questions than answers’

Tapestry: ‘There are more questions than answers’

Andrew Farquhar is to be congratulated on his exposé on the Tweedbank tapestry fiasco in last week’s Hawick News, and the wholly reprehensible role played by Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker in proceedings.

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Not too late for ‘another look’ at tapestry project

Not too late for ‘another look’ at tapestry project

Since the last time I wrote to the papers the saga of the tapestry building has rumbled on unabated. It is worth noting that the tapestry project was initially passed at a full council meeting by only 18 councillors (all of the SNPs, the Liberals and most of the so-called group of ‘Independents’). Then it was the turn of the petitions committee, Councillor David Parker (the leader himself), Councillor Stuart Bell SNP, and Councillor Alec Nichol who is a Liberal, and as it turns out his wife was one of the tapestry ‘stitchers’ but he failed to mention this particular interest at the hearing. This committee is now under investigation by the Standards Board having subjected Brian McCrow to derision and scorn rather than listening to voice of the 4,400 petitioners.

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Medical practice under fire over appointment wait

Medical practice under fire over appointment wait

I have just rung O’Connell Street Medical Practice to be told that there is not a routine appointment for any GP for just a day or two short of three weeks.

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Why can’t club admit it is wrong?

Why can’t club admit it is wrong?

I was disappointed to learn that the 1514 Club has announced the unveiling of its contentious new Hornshole plinth next Sunday. The decision to plough on regardless of public opinion is all the more perplexing, given that it now appears the town does not own the ground on which the plinth is to be situated, and the probable owner has profound reservations about the entire initiative.

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Councillor Paterson’s ill-judged photo opportunity

I write to express my anger after reading last week’s edition in which there was a story on Councillor Davie Paterson who was “disgusted” at yet another fly-tipping incident in the town involving garden waste.

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Criticism is ‘unfair’ says councillor

Criticism is ‘unfair’ says councillor

I was more than a little disappointed to read in recent editions of the Hawick News that I am being blamed for the state of the Mote.

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