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Opposition voiced to plans for clean-up of old church site in Hawick

A proposal to use Scottish Borders Council cash to clean-up a overgrown piece of land abandoned by a private landlord in Hawick has been branded an “insult to the tax-paying public” by one of the town’s councillors.

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Wellogate Cemetery in Hawick.

Safety checks lined up for 18 more cemeteries across Borders

Safety inspections are to be carried out at 18 more cemeteries across the Borders, and any headstones deemed unsafe will be cordoned off or laid flat.

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The fountain in Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park.

Objectors get the blues over Hawick fountain going for gold

Golden days lie ahead for a landmark feature in a Borders park.

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Whithaugh Park Holiday Centre near Newcastleton.

Borders holiday park given go-ahead to replace lodges

Council planners have given the go-ahead for the redevelopment of Whithaugh Park Holiday Centre near Newcastleton.

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The GMB Union says the pay offer will widen the gap between the highest and lowest paid council workers.

Scottish council workers urged to reject ‘unfair’ pay offer

Council workers across Scotland are being urged to reject an “unfair and unacceptable” pay offer.

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Councillor Davie Paterson in Hawick High Street.

Suggested ban on cars in Hawick High Street dismissed as road to ruin

A controversial suggestion that Hawick High Street should be made into a pedestrian-only zone is a “car crash of an idea”, a councillor for the town has warned.

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Newcastleton.

Plea for better notice of roadworks in south west of Borders

Villagers in the south west of the Borders are calling for better co-ordination of roadworks within the region and in neighbouring council areas.

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St Margaret's RC Primary School in Hawick.

Council to press ahead with closure of Hawick school

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to close St Margaret’s RC Primary School in Hawick.

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St Margaret's RC Primary School in Hawick.

Fate of Hawick primary school to be decided this week

The fate of a Hawick school is to be sealed this week.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson surveying the state of the B6399 to Newcastleton from Hawick.

New enterprise agency could put Borders on road to better future, meeting told

Rethinking the Scottish Government’s funding formula for maintenance of the region’s roads could be one of the first tasks for the soon-to-be-created south of Scotland enterprise agency, councillors have been told. 

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Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park.

Calls go out for dogs to be kept on leads in Hawick park

Hawick community councillors are urging residents to report out-of-control dogs to the police.

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Hawick's James Wilson statue.

Hawick statue could soon be on move again

A new home is being sought in Hawick for a statue of one of the town’s most famous sons, James Wilson, founder of the Economist magazine.

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The Borders Search and Rescue Unit (�35,000) came into its own during the recent cold snap.

Search and rescue unit finds itself at the top in locality funding votes

Community projects across the Borders have benefited from the first tranche of payments from Scottish Borders Council’s £500,000 Localities Bid Fund.

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Hawick High School.

Community’s hopes are high for a new Hawick school

Hawick must make its wishes known loud and clear if it is to be next in line for a new school.

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ScotRail train at Tweedbank station.

Rail travel pilot signals discount for companions

Scottish Borders Council will soon be Scotland’s fourth local authority to offer discounted rail travel to the companions of visually impaired people.

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A708 road sign

More signs on way to promote Borders tourism

Almost £100,000 is to be spent pointing visitors in the right direction when it comes to finding the region’s visitor attractions over the coming year.

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Hawick Councillor George Turnbull at St Leonards race track where money is to be spent refurbishing the facilities there.

United front is called for on Hawick moor revamp

Plans for a £250,000 revamp of Hawick Moor’s racecourse buildings have hit a stumbling block after the town’s common good fund sub-committee refused to grant some of the funding needed.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson in Newcastleton's North Hermitage Street.

Timber bosses pledge to review lorry routes

Campaigners claiming that timber lorries are destroying rural roads and speeding through villages say they are confident their pleas are being taken on board.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

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