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£1m investment in rural roads

Scottish Borders Council announced the investment today Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Almost £1million will be invested to improve six key rural roads in the Scottish Borders.

The six roads are:

  • B6399 Shankend Quarry to C29 Junction – edge reconstruction and strengthening
  • B711 Redfordgreen to B709 at Tushielaw – carriageway strengthening
  • C29/B6399 junction at Berryfell to A6088 at Hawthornside – passing place improvements, cattle grid replacement, edge/carriageway strengthening and junction improvement
  • D1/3 Roberton to Craik – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening
  • D24/3 A7 junction near Northhouse to Priesthaugh Farm – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening
  • D53/1 C8 Talla Road junction to Menzion Forest – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening

A total of £590,000 has been awarded by the Strategic Timber Transport Fund for the routes, alongside £360,000 of investment from Scottish Borders Council.

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Appleby horse fair visitors asked to leave dogs at home

Appleby Horse Fair Credit: ITV Border

The RSPCA is asking people attending Appleby Horse Fair to leave their dogs at home.

It comes after two dogs had to be rescued on Saturday when their owners realised it was not a suitable event for them.

The dogs could also scare the horses, which in turn could endanger the public.

"Do not bring dogs to the Fair. Dogs can result in hoses becoming “spooked”, which makes their behaviour unpredictable and can lead to injuries.

"Leaving dogs in cars or any enclosed spaces where the temperature can rise dramatically in a short space of time will have tragic results. We always urge people not to leave dogs in cars and not to bring them to Appleby Fair in the first place.”

– Rob Melloy, RSPCA Chief Inspector

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Horse Fair river ramp closed due to high water levels

Horses in the river Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of the Appleby Horse Fair have closed the river ramp due to high river levels.

The Jubilee Ford is used for horse washing, but it will be closed overnight with immediate effect until tomorrow morning due to high waters levels and quickening water flow.

Officials say that the safety of animals and the wider public is the primary concern for these measures being put in place.

“Following a meeting this afternoon of the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group for Appleby Fair (MASCG), we have taken the decision with the support of MASCG Gypsy and Traveller representatives, to close the River Ramp on the Sands and the Jubilee Ford that are used for horse washing.

"The river’s high water level could pose a risk to animals and the public. The closure will remain in place overnight until tomorrow morning."

– Temporary Chief Superintendent Mark Pannone, Cumbria Police

Hawick ready to kick-start Common Riding season

It's that time of the year again when the common ridings and riding of the marches take place across the south of Scotland.

Each town across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway has their own traditions dating back hundreds of years.

They all feature a cavalcade of horses and riders checking the boundaries of the town for potential invaders.

Hawick is the first of the season and takes place tomorrow. Lori Carnochan reports:

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