Borders MP welcomes proposed tougher sentences for killer drivers

Borders MP John Lamont has welcomed the tougher sentences for killer drivers announced by the UK Government this week.

How the proposed Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels would look.

Heritage society opposing Galashiels tapestry centre plans

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland is objecting to plans by Scottish Borders Council to create a £6.7m permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in central Galashiels.

The plan includes 66 new homes on the site of the old Earlston High School.

Affordable housing plans given go-ahead

A five-year plan to have almost 1,200 affordable homes built in the region was approved by Scottish Borders Council on Tuesday.

Jim Wilson, chairman of the SB Cares board, officially opening the new community equipment service premises at Tweedbank, accompanied by Kelso councillor Tom Weatherston, executive member for adult social care at Scottish Borders Council, and Selkirkshire councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol.

Revamped Borders care home and relocated equipment service now open

Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership and SB Cares have officially unveiled the new base for their community equipment service in Tweedbank.

Clackmae Bridge, near Earlston.

Clackmae Bridge, near Earlston, to be shut for 10 weeks for £690,000 revamp

Clackmae Bridge, near Earlston, is to be closed for 10 weeks to allow major refurbishment and strengthening works to be carried out.

Ian Blackford MP

WASPI gains political support

The Scottish Borders WASPI ((Women Against State Pension Inequality) group co-ordinator Lynne Craighead has welcomed the commitment to their cause by the SNP leader at Westminster.

Borders MP John Lamont claimed more than �34,000 in allowances as an MSP last year, and his replacement, former Conservative list MSP Rachael Hamilton, claimed almost �14,000 in 10 months.

Borders MSPs’ allowances topped £80,000 last year, figures reveal

Total allowances of more than £80,000 were claimed last financial year by the four MSPs with offices in the Borders at that time, according to figures published by the Scottish Parliament.

Galashiels councillor Andy Anderson.

Working group revived in bid to tackle Borders’ parking problems

Council chiefs are to revive a working group in a bid to solve the region’s parking problems.

Kelso councillor Simon Mountford.

Gender divide in Scottish Borders Council pay packets narrowing, meeting told

The gender gap in pay packets at Scottish Borders Council is narrowing, councillors have been told.

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.

Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam.

Vision for the region split by party politics

The Conservative-independent administration running Scottish Borders Council has rejected a plea to set out its position on Brexit in its policy vision for the next five years.

Roseanna Cunningham.

Wildlife criminals to face harsher punishment, vows minister

South Scotland Conservative list MSP Michelle Ballantyne has been told the Scottish Government is committed to increasing maximum penalties for wildlife offences during the current parliament.

MSP Rachael Hamilton with Borders Talking Newspaper volunteers at the Scottish Parliament.

Volunteers are offered praise from Holyrood

The Scottish Parliament has formally recognised the hard work and dedication of those Borders volunteers behind the Borders Talking Newspapers group.

Scottish Borders Council's headquarters in Newtown.

Five-year-old was allowed to walk home from school on own, council complaints report reveals

Scottish Borders Council has vowed to make sure it is dealing with customer complaints in the best way possible, citing as an example its response after it emerged that a primary school pupil was let out of school on her own.

Mid Berwickshire councillor Mark Rowley.

Work on setting up new enterprise agency for south of Scotland to start within months

Councillors were told this week that work will start in earnest at the end of the year to ensure that a dedicated south of Scotland enterprise agency is fully operational by 2020.

Local reservists head to Italy

Local reservists head to Italy

Soldiers from the Borders and Berwickshire serving with the 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS) left for Italy last Friday.

A Borders Railway service at Newtongrange.

Borders Railway failing to yield housing boost predicted for region

The coming of the Borders Railway has so far failed to yield a predicted boom in private housebuilding here – in stark contrast to the position in next-door Midlothian.

Borders MP John Lamont in Westminster.

Borders MP selected for his first committee

Borders MP John Lamont has been selected to sit on Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee which is tasked with scrutinising the UK’s relationship with the Scottish Parliament.

New traffic islands have already been created on the A7 at Hawick, and further improvements to the road are to follow soon.

Work to start soon on danger bends on A7 in Borders

Work on a £240,000 package of measures aimed at cutting accidents on the A7 trunk road between Galashiels and the English border is due to begin within the next two months.

Ann Altman with Nicola Sturgeon on the newly opened Queensferry Crossing road bridge over the Firth of Forth.

Queensferry Crossing opening ceremony

Eyemouth resident Ann Allman met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the New Queensferry Crossing bridge on Monday, both being there for the official opening of the bridge by the Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip.

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