New wardens will tackle Borders ‘wild campers’

A clampdown on anti-social campers in one of the most picturesque areas of the Borders has been announced.

Hillwalkers are being urged to take care and be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Hillwalkers urged to be aware of dangers posed by bad weather

Hillwalkers and people pursuing outdoor activities in the mountains are ebing warned by Police Scotland of the dangers that inclement weather and the terrain can present.

Engineers pay a visit to Chesters to repair faulty lines.

Persistence pays off for Southdean residents as broadband is improved

Chesters and Southdean residents are back in communicado after weeks of intermittent broadband connectivity.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson.

Council vows to keep battling dog fouling problem

The battle against dog fouling will continue into the new year with a long term view to tackling the problem, Scottish Borders Council has assured.

Hawick's River Teviot.

Hawick flood scheme receives final approval

Hawick’s £44m flood prevention scheme has taken another step forward after councillors granted it final approval yesterday.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson highlights dog fouling in Arthur Street, near Trinity Primary School.

Hawick school forced to go on lookout as dog fouling worsens

Dog dirt around a primary school in Hawick is endangering the health of pupils, warn staff there.

Farmers Alistair, Ross and Jen McAulay at Wauchope Farm.

Borders farmers fearful lynx would kill their sheep

Two Borders sheep farmers have warned of catastrophic consequences if plans to release wild Eurasian lynx in Kielder Forest go ahead.

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.

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.

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.

From left to right  Iain Crozier, Alistair Hogg, Margaret Cairns, Margaret Smith, Ian Landles, French Wight, Drew Dickson, Marion Short, Max Arthur and Andrew Farquhar.
Missing from the photograph  Sandy Jarvis, George Thomson and Dougie Rae

Town stepping up for 24th walking festival

Hawick has been announced as host of the 24th annual Borders Walking Festival.

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.

The area near Singdean where the Cliffhope Community Wind Farm could be built.

Residents quiz developer over turbine plans

Residents concerned about plans announced last month to put up Scotland’s highest ever wind turbines near Hawick met the developers behind them this week.

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to hit parts of Scotland today, with travel operators warning of disruption and cancellations to ferry and train services.

L-R Scott Fraser, Scottish Waters Scottish Waters corporate affairs regional manager; Bruce Ritchie, head of business operations and visitor experience at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo; Abi Walker waste water treatment modern apprentice.

Launch of new 3P’s campaign

Scottish Water has teamed up with Edinburgh’s famous penguins to raise public awareness of its new 3P’s campaign and prevent toilet and sewer blockages.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced a ban on fracking.

Borders MSP and campaigners welcome Scottish fracking ban

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a nationwide ban on fracking.

Trinity Street in Hawick.

Needles found in close spark concern

Calls have been made for a greater police presence at drug hotspots across the town after Scottish Borders Council was called to remove 12 syringes from a close at Trinity Street.

Philip Kerr in front of the nearby Wauchope West proposed wind farm site.

Giant wind farm bid near Hawick slammed as worst yet drawn up

A proposed wind farm at a remote location south of Hawick is one of the most “ill judged and deficient” schemes ever put forward, according to community councillors.

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