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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mixed reaction to regeneration plans

Mixed reaction to regeneration plans

Councillors have approved an ambitious “masterplan” which has been drawn up to change the fortunes of Galashiels and Tweedbank.

Hawick Common Riding, Friday 5th June 2015. The Hut.

Women could be granted equal rights for Hawick’s common riding

Radical changes could be on the way at this year’s Hawick Common Riding, with women being granted equal rights to participate more fully than ever before in its 315-year history.

Artist impression of the proposed new facility up Hawick moor.

Public event going ahead, but committee meeting is postponed

A decision on whether a proposed £250,000 revamp at St Leonard’s Racecourse on Hawick Moor will be backed by the town’s common good fund committee has been delayed.

Will the rise affect the council's budget?

Fears rate rise could leave Borders council struggling

Fears have been raised that the interest rate rise announced by the Bank of England last month could leave Scottish Borders Council struggling to make ends meet.

The Royal Bank of Scotland in Hawick.

Council to challenge bank over closures

Scottish Borders Council is urging bosses at the Royal Bank of Scotland to reconsider its decision to close six of the region’s nine branches.

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 and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson is calling for a crackdown on flyposting.

Calls go out for rethink on poster policy in Borders

Scottish Borders Council is being urged to rethink its policy on publicity posters amid claims it is not giving cultural events a fair crack of the whip.

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