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1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Papers prove failed £21m Galashiels tip deal should have been axed sooner, says campaigner

Documents now released by Scottish Borders Council offer “compelling evidence” that its deal with a private firm to bring a £21m waste treatment plant to Galashiels should have been scrapped long before it actually was, according to retired journalist Bill Chisholm.

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Flowers left as a tribute to Hawick's Leon Ali following his death on the A698 in November.

Death toll claimed by Borders roads on increase

A dozen people were killed in road accidents in the Borders last year, the highest death toll for seven years, a meeting heard this week.

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Rubbish dumped in Hawick's Lower Mansfield Road.

Hawick fly-tipping clean-up about to begin

Scottish Borders Council is to begin a clean-up operation today, August 17, to tackle what is described as a serious fly-tipping incident in Hawick.

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Hawick High School.

Food waste produced by Borders high schools up by more than half

More than 14 tonnes of food waste were generated by the Borders’ nine high schools in last year.

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Lord Palmer at Manderston House.

Local lords a-claiming as bill tops £144,000

Three Liberal Democrat grandees from the Borders claimed a total of £103,201 in allowances for attending the House of Lords in 2016.

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Tweeddale East councillors Stuart Bell and Shona Haslam.

Borders SNP councillors reject Tory plea to work together

A call for councillors to work together on a major policy document has been rejected by the Scottish National Party group on Scottish Borders Council.

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Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam, front left, and Borders MP David Mundell, three places to her right, at the signing of the deal.

£1.1bn city deal expected to help create jobs and homes in Borders

The £1.1bn Edinburgh and south east Scotland city region deal agreed yesterday will give a huge boost to efforts to create more jobs and affordable housing in the Borders, according to council leader Shona Haslam.

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MP stands up for rights of Poles

MP stands up for rights of Poles

Borders MP John Lamont called during a Westminster Hall debate this week for securing the rights of Polish-speaking residents of the region to be a priority in Brexit negotiations.

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The Lauderdale Hotel in Lauder.

Police objecting to beer tent bid by Borders hotel

Police are objecting to plans to put up a beer tent and gin bar outside a Lauder hotel during the royal burgh’s common riding on Saturday, August 5.

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John Lamont (Scottish Conservative)
Duns election hustings.

Lamont pushes for Polish people’s rights

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP John Lamont has praised the contribution the Polish community make to Borders life, in a speech in the UK Parliament.

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The Easter Langlee landfill site near Galashiels.

Watchdog defends £2.4m Galashiels tip deal write-off

Scottish Borders Council did the right thing by scrapping a deal for a £21m waste transfer plant at Easter Langlee near Galashiels even though that cost the public purse £2.4m, according to Audit Scotland.

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MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Borders MSP vows to use new role to promote tourism

Borders hotelier Rachael Hamilton has been appointed as shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism just weeks after being voted in as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.

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Can you spare five hours a week to help out those who have kept us safe?

Can you spare five hours a week to help out those who have kept us safe?

Organisers of the Borders branch of Britain’s oldest military charities are in need of help.

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MP John Lamont and MSP Rachael Hamilton.

Two Tories’ summer surgery tour will take in more than 80 Borders towns and villages

Swapping his job as MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh for one based more than 300 miles further away from his Coldstream home, in London rather than Edinburgh, won’t stop new MP John Lamont getting out and about in his Borders constituency this summer.

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Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Old guard make way for younger guns as Borders council cuts staff

The average age of Scottish Borders Council’s staff has fallen from 52 to 47 over the past seven years as its workforce has been cut from 5,566 in 2009 to 4,141 last year.

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Lowood Bridge, near Melrose.

Borders bridge to be closed for five days

Lowood Bridge, north of Tweedbank, is to be closed for five days the week after next, although it will be open from late afternoon and overnight.

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Hospital buildings at high risk

Hospital buildings at high risk

Borders MP John Lamont has claimed shoddy equipment at the Borders General Hospital is to blame for cancelled operations.

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Hawick Heritage Hub.

Hawick Heritage Hub now one-stop shop for local history buffs

Hawick Heritage Hub is now the Borders’ go-to destination for local historians following the completion of the merger of Live Borders’ archives and local studies services this week.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road following the withdrawal of doorstep collections.

Green bin collections could make comeback in Borders

The new Conservative-independent ruling coalition at Scottish Borders Council has refused to rule out the reintroduction of regular kerbside garden waste uplifts.

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