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Preparing for arrivals in Galashiels

Preparations for Galashiels as Waverley rail line reopens next year Credit: ITV News Border

Business leaders, MSPs and councillors will be be shown how Galashiels is gearing up for the arrival of the new Waverley rail line.

An integrated transport network is being created to ensure that people can link their train journeys to other modes of transport. They'll also look at how local businesses will benefit once the £350 million line is opened.

It's due to be completed by next summer.

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Community calls to improve Galashiels

A community group has been formed to campaign for improvements to Galashiels town centre, ahead of the railway line re-opening next year.

Energise Galashiels is a public group made up of business owners and members of the local community.

They are concerned than when the Waverley line brings trains to Galashiels from next September, visitors will be greeted by empty shops as they approach the town centre.

They will be attending a public meeting at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels this evening.

Councillor Bill White is chairing the meeting, to promote community involvement in making improvements to the town.

Galashiels could 'miss out' on rail benefits

It's feared Galashiels could miss out on the benefits Credit: ITV Border

Galashiels is in danger of missing out on the benefits of the re-introduction of the Borders Railway next year, according to a local pressure group.

Energise Galashiels believes the town needs to do more to make the town attractive for tourists.

A public meeting will be held tonight at Volunteer Hall.

Post Office Robbery: Second Court appearance

A Hawick man has made a second court appearance in connection with a robbery at a Galashiels post office.

David Connolly, 30, is charged with assault to injury and robbery.

It follows an incident at the Gala Park Post Office in Balmoral Place, Galashiels, on Tuesday 2nd September when almost £3,000 was stolen.

Connolly made no plea or declaration during a private hearing at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was remanded in custody until the next court date which still has to be confirmed.

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Young people encouraged to register to vote in referendum

Young people are being reminded to register to vote Credit: ITV border

Young people in the South of Scotland are being encouraged to vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.

The vote on September 18th is the first UK poll that 16 and 17 year old's can take part in.

But they are being reminded to register first so they are able to vote.

A drop-in session has been held in Galashiels to help people register if they are first time voters.

You are more likely to vote if you start when you are younger, it is a habit you pick up and carry through your whole life. You are more likely to vote in General Elections, so it is a great opportunity that everyone should take.

– Finlay Duff, Scottish Youth Parliament

Drop-in for young voters in Galashiels

A drop-in session is being held for young people and first time voters in the Scottish Borders ahead of the Scottish Referendum.

It is the first UK poll in which 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote.

On Saturday 23rd August advice will be given about registering to vote will be given to first time voters in Galashiels Market Square from 11am - 4pm.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd fined after employee's death

The owners of a Galashiels slaughterhouse have been fined £100,000 after being found guilty of two health and safety breaches following the death of an employee.

Meat porter David Barker from Selkirk died in an accident at the Winston Road premises in January 2011.

A jury trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how the 48-year-old was in a storage container loosening the fixings of a steel partition door which collapsed and trapped him by the neck, resulting in his death.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of Mr Barker.

The company was also found guilty by the jury of failing to carry out a risk assessment for the task between January 5, 2011, and January 19, 2011.

Defence lawyer Susan Duff QC told the jury Mr Barker had only been asked by the company's management to remove boxes from the container so that an assessment of the partition removal could take place and he had been acting without anyone's knowledge by unscrewing the fastenings.

But, after two hours of deliberation, the jury returned majority guilty verdicts on both charges.

A third charge of failing to carry out risk assessments between August 2006 and January 2011 for tasks unrelated to food management safety at the abattoir was dropped by the Crown during the trial.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond imposed a fine of £100,000 to cover both offences.

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