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Hawick councillor criticises cut proposals

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The Local Government Boundary Commission's recommendations to Scottish Ministers, is to cut the number of councillors in the Scottish Borders from 34 to 32.

Hawick Councillor, Watson McAteer, says cutting representation in Hawick at a time when the town's dealing with the aftermath of flooding and bus cuts, is wrong:

The net outcome here is that six Hawick councillors are being reduced to four. It's at a time when we've got job losses, we've got huge issues with flooding and the work that needs to be done. And now we're hearing about cuts to our bus services.

Hawick needs more representations, not less. So I do hope that the Scottish government return and reject this proposal from the boundary commission and leave the status quo.

– Councillor Watson McAteer, Hawick and Denholm

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Council could move to former Co-op in Penrith

The former Co-op office in Penrith. Credit: ITV Border

Penrith's former Co-op building could be converted into a council headquarters.

Eden District Council is considering moving staff out of Mansion House and the Town Hall and relocating them under one roof.

Local people are being asked for their views on whether the council should make an offer to buy the former Co-op site on Burrowgate.

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