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Galashiels flood scheme opened

Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Parker join local councillors at the flood defence scheme Credit: ITV Border

A flood defence scheme in Galashiels had been officially opened by Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker.

The £3.6million project will protect the town centre from flooding from the Gala Water.

Truck traps construction worker

A construction worker on the Borders Railway was airlifted to hospital after he was trapped by his overturned truck.

The accident happened as part of a 35-mile track was being laid at Torwoodlee near Galashiels, on Tuesday afternoon (4th November).

Fire fighters had to cut the man free as the lorry was on its side. He was then taken by helicopter to Borders General Hospital. Although badly shaken by the incident, he was found to have suffered only extensive bruising.

The £295 million Borders to Edinburgh railway is scheduled to reopen in September next year.

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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.

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
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