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Scottish Borders Council praise Rally organisers

The rally will go ahead but not on closed roads Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Borders Council has responded to the announcement that the Jim Clark Rally will go ahead this year, but in a different location.

Organisers were forced to look elsewhere as investigations continue into a crash that killed three people during last year's closed road event.

But while the local authority ruled that the rally can't be held on the Berwickshire roads in 2015, organisers plan to hold a rally in the Kielder forest instead with a base at Kelso.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said:

"We are very pleased that the rally organisers have managed to arrange an event for this summer, and that it will be based in the Scottish Borders.

"The use of private land is a good alternative to ensure a Jim Clark Rally can take place in 2015, and we continue to look forward to the event's return to closed public roads in the future"

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

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Lamont: Rally news 'welcome'

MSP John Lamont has welcomed the news that this year's Jim Clark Rally will be going ahead:

“It is very welcome news that the organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have been able to organise a special stage event for 2015.

"I am especially pleased that the rally will start in the Borders, before heading across the Border.

"I also look forward to meeting with the Lord Advocate shortly to discuss what can be done to ensure the planning for the 2016 event is not unnecessarily delayed.”

– John Lamont, MSP Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Work begins on £1.18million facility in Kelso

A 3D sketch image of the Kelso Community Recycling Centre and Neighbourhood Operations depot. Work is to begin on the facilities in November 2014. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Work is to begin next week on a new community recycling centre for Kelso.

The new £1.18million integrated facility at Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate is expected to be completed next Spring. It will include the adaptation of a nearby building to form a new Neighbourhood Operations depot for the Kelso area.

Scottish Borders Council say that the new, modern recycling centre will make it easier for waste materials to be deposited into on-site skips. It will also accept a wide variety of waste types, from garden waste to electrical equipment, similar to the council’s six other community recycling centres.

“It is vital as many households as possible are provided with access to community recycling centres, so it is good news to hear work on the new facility in Kelso it is set to begin. The three Kelso Councillors made it clear the town required a community recycling centre and I thank them for their efforts. The introduction of the facility will encourage residents and businesses to recycle as much as possible to support our environment.”

– SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor David Paterson

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Dinner lady wins award for £1.60 pie and pudding

Kelso dinner lady Kim Watts Credit: ITV

A dinner lady from Kelso High School has been named Scottish School Cook of the year.

Kim Watts cooked up a Kelsae BBQ beef pie and Coconut Delight Cake to win the competition, which was open to catering staff employed by all 32 Scottish local authorities.

She was given 90 minutes to produce a healthy and well balanced two course meal that cost no more than £1.60.

The winning dishes Credit: ITV Border

Council: 'works finished within weeks'

Scottish Borders Council has assured traders in Kelso that the town centre's multi-million-pound regeneration will soon be completed.

“The Council is currently completing streetscape works in Kelso town centre following the introduction of a new one-way traffic system. These works are due to be completed within the next few weeks and we are confident they will boost the appeal of the town centre to locals and visitors alike.

“A community stakeholder group was set up to discuss and agree the detail of the work which has been designed to enhance the town by regulating traffic flows, improving facilities for pedestrians and creating additional on street parking spaces.

“The Council appreciates that work of this nature does cause some disruption and, as such, work has been programmed and undertaken with a view to minimise this both for locals, visitors and traders in the town. During particularly important times of the year work has in fact been postponed to allow festivals and events to continued unhindered.”

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

Kelso shop owner: 'Repair works cost £15,000 of business'

Shop owner Claire Mole says the regeneration works in Kelso have cost her £15,000 of business.

She runs an independent gift shop in the town.

Since the work begun last year, Claire says visitors have been put off shopping in the town due to a lack of parking and the disruption from the works.

"I've had to let a member of staff go, I've had to move into premises with a business partner to try and halve the overheads just to stay afloat. The footfall is down dramatically and there is no people.

I think what they are doing and the idea is great and I'm not adverse to change, but I think they have taken the heart out of the town as it was. It is a market town and if you can't park in a market town, what use is that."

– Claire Mole, Kelso Shop Owner
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