The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council has hit out at recommendations by the Local Government Boundary Commission to cut the number of counillors from 47 to 43.
The recommendations provide for 351 wards and 1219 councillors across Scotland.
The boundaries of the existing wards are being amended.
Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson said that yesterday's announcement of £21million budget cuts was a 'sad day' for the region.
The cuts will mean a loss of 250 jobs at the council alone, with many more expected in other organisations.
Councillors turned to cutting a pack of cards to settle the final vote at the lengthy meeting.
Four separate budgets had been proposed, but after a tied vote following abstentions and council leader Ronnie Nicholson declining to use his casting vote, the decision was made by cutting a pack of cards.
The council say the savings are needed to bridge a gap in funding as a result of a 4.5% cut in the council's grant by the Scottish Government.
Amongst the proposals rejected by Labour were cuts to winter gritting primary routes, the scrapping of a Taxicard scheme for the elderly and disabled, the scrapping of the gull control scheme and proposals to scrap Instrumental Music Instruction.
The budget also rejected proposals to close a number of leisure facilities such as Hillview Leisure centre, Beechgrove sports Centre, Newington Leisure Center and Castle Douglas Swimming pool.
However, the leader of the SNP Group at Dumfries and Galloway Council accused the Labour Administration of “robbing bairns’ piggy banks”.
A couple of businesses in the south of Scotland have re-painted their buildings- but they are now too bright for the local planning laws.
Dumfries and Galloway council would like the owners to tone it down.
Matthew Taylor reports:
Two businesses inn south-west Scotland are fuming after their councils complained about the exterior façade of their buildings.
Pete and Cyn Downham have been warned that their shop front door in Moffat contains too many colours and is not in keeping with the town’s conservation area.
The couple say that more than 1,000 people have signed a petition in support of their “Fairy Croft” shop door and say they are often complimented on the bright exterior.
In a separate case, owners of a Dumfries restaurant say their business could be at risk if they are made to change the paint on the outside of their building.
Owners of “Mississippi Grill House”, Craig Deman and Robert McAleese, say that replacing the current green paint with a more subtle colour, as suggested by council planners, could cost them around £10,000.
They are also worried that having a lot of scaffolding outside of the restaurant in order to carry out the work could deter potential customers.
Dumfries and Galloway council say that the current paintwork is not in keeping with conservation rules.
An 80 year old woman is facing eviction from her home which will then be demolished because a Council say it's not fit to live in.
A court has ordered Vida Paul out of her Dumfries home, but her supporters say they'll fight to stop the action
The Dumfries Sheriff granted the eviction warrant because she's not carried out essential repairs.
Business leaders in the Borders have held, what have been described as 'important talks' with the council after a survey showed shoppers are staying away from eight Borders towns.
There's been a 17% drop in the numbers over the last four years.
Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce says more can be done to boost local high streets.
James Aitken from SBCC told ITV Border:
Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale**, said:
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:
Cross-party tributes have been paid to Brendan Jameson, the county councillor for Kendal Strickland & Fell and Leader of South Lakeland District Council, who has died suddenly at the age of 66.Cllr Ian Stewart, Leader of Cumbria County Council's Liberal Democrat Group, said:
"I was shocked when I heard that Brendan had passed away at the weekend. For a man who was so full of life it came as a unexpected, bewildering and tragic piece of news.
Brendan and I had worked together for many years and his enthusiasm, hard work for his community and determination earned him my respect, which was shared by all those who came into contact with him.
It is especially sad that Brendan will not see the benefits of his hard work on the Olympics, which he had been a champion for at a Cumbrian, regional and national level. Our deepest sympathies go to his partner Julie and his family.
The County Council and Conservative Group Leader Cllr Eddie Martin also paid tribute:"Brendan had been a county councillor since 2009 and district councillor since 1999. He had dedicated over a decade to helping local people, pushing the case for South Lakeland and Cumbria and making a difference.
I worked closely with Brendan on the Cumbria Leaders Board and always admired his enthusiasm and approach to life. It is very sad that so much life and energy can be extinguished so quickly and unexpectedly."
Cllr Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council's Deputy Leader and Leader of the Labour Group, said:
"This has come as a bolt from the blue and is tragic and shocking news.
People from across the political spectrum in Cumbria have been rocked by Brendan's unexpected death, but our thoughts must go out to his close family and friends.