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£250,000 of roadworks to A68 in Jedburgh

£250,000 of resurfacing works are to be carried out on the A68 in Jedburgh.

The work will be carried out on a 1.4km stretch of road between Bongate and Jedforest rugby ground.

The investment by Transport Scotland will see upgrades made to the road.

Work will being on Sunday, 13 July, with a convoy traffic management system in place between 8pm and 6am each night and from 8am and 5pm each day.

It's hoped the work will be finished by Monday 28 July.

“This section of the A68 is used by around 7,000 vehicles every day and now requires maintenance. These works have been planned to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.

“Some disruption is expected and we encourage people travelling to check the Traffic Scotland website for the latest travel information. We would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience during these essential works.”

– Ian Stewart, BEAR Scotland

Crowds gather for Jethart Callants Festival

People are already lining the streets of Jeburgh Credit: ITV News Border

Crowds are beginning to line the street of Jedburgh for the annual Jethart Callants Festival.

The event is part of the Border's Common Riding season.

The event mimics the riding of the boundaries to fend off unwanted English visitors Credit: ITV News Border

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Jedburgh and Selkirk sheriff courts could be saved

A study that recommended the sheriff courts in Jedburgh and Selkirk be allowed to remain open has been approved by the Scottish Court Service Board.

The feasibility report concluded the best way to keep an integrated justice service in the Borders would be to keep the courts in the two towns, which have up until now been threatened with closure.

The study will be considered by the Scottish Borders Council at its meeting later this week.

“I welcome the feasibility study conclusions, reached after extensive dialogue with a wide range of justice organisations on future justice services in the Scottish Borders. I am confident this gives us a solid platform to deliver the best services for the people of the Scottish Borders.

“The feasibility study shows that while it is right we test the concept of justice centres it equally important it is that we tailor approaches that are right for local communities, and we will continue with this approach as we consider Justice Centres in other locations”

– Eric McQueen, Scottish Court Service Chief Executive

Jedburgh's Riverside Park will be rocking this weekend

Around 2,000 people are expected at the first Riverside Rock festival, in Jedburgh this weekend.

80's band Big Country are the headline act on Saturday 21 June. Bands from the Borders and further afield will also play at the Riverside Rugby Park. Organisers hope the festival won't be a one-off.

"Well our plan is if it goes down well and is supported well by the local area we are hoping we can maybe build on it and run it next year or biannually."

– Allan Fraser, Organiser
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16 & 17-year-old voters in Jedburgh debate independence

16 and 17-year-olds are voting for the first time in September, but some still think of young people as apathetic and ill-informed about politics. Yet new research from the University of Edinburgh suggests the referendum is challenging that stereotype.

Joe Pike has been to Jedburgh where enthusiasm for debate is growing:


New visitor centre sells Borders-only produce

The giftshop sells products made in the Borders Credit: ITV Border

A visitor centre has opened up near Jedburgh that only sells produce from the South of Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland.

The Born in the Borders Visitor Centre showcases products from more than 70 local suppliers in its food and drink shop, goods and gift shop and cafe.

Lori Watson performs at the launch Credit: ITV Border

Borders musician Lori Watson sang and performed a specially written song called 'Born in the Borders' at the official launch today.

Medieval building remains discovered in Jedburgh

The remains of a building thought to have been built in the 11th or 12th Century have been uncovered by archaeologists in Jedburgh.

The site, opposite Mary Queen of Scots House, has been earmarked for building accommodation on.

The findings could date back 1000 years Credit: ITV Border

The discovery of what appears to be a house with a fireplace, and artefacts, means the planning for flats is to be reconsidered with the remains kept accessible.

Archaeologists are working to identify exactly what period the remains are from. Meanwhile, they have been covered up for protection.

MSP leads campaign to save courts

The MSP for South Scotland Jim Hume is leading a campaign to try and prevent the closure of sheriff courts in Selkirk and Jedburgh.

This follows the decision to shut courts in Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as at Duns and Peebles as part of a cost cutting exercise by the Scottish Government.

Jim Hume and Willie Rennie Scottish Lib Dem leader tell us about the campaign:

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