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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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Kelso regeneration is 'costing traders thousands'

Traders in Kelso say the £3.8 million town centre regeneration programme is costing them thousands of pounds of business.

A number of traders have complained to the council and asked for compensation for lost business due to disruption caused from the project.

A one-way system has been implemented and the historic market square has been relaid with new cobbles.

Parking spaces have been taken away during the works and traders say that passing visitors aren't stopping as they have no where to park.

The works, which began last year, are due to be completed in the next few weeks.

You can watch Jenny Longden's report on Lookaround.

Historic race night at Kelso

Thousands expected to head to Kelso for evening meeting Credit: PA

Kelso Racecourse will play host to its first ever evening meeting tonight.

Thousands of racegoers are expected to gather at the historic national hunt course, which has been staging races since 1882.

Gates open at two o'clock, with the first race due to start just after four PM.

Mixed feelings on Kelsae Stone

A modern sculpture that cost £40,000 has been unveiled in a historic Scottish Borders town.

The Kelsae Stone is the first bit of public art to go in Kelso's main square for 300 years.

The artist has chiselled the names of surrounding communities into the rock.

So how has it gone down with the locals? Mattew Taylor's been to find out:

But what do you think of the new sculpture? A waste of money or a bright new addition?

Get in touch with your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or email us at pamandian@itv.com

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