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Holiday makeover for Borders schools

Work is underway to improve several Borders schools. Credit: PA

Improvements to schools in the Scottish Borders are taking place throughout the summer holidays.

The projects - including security improvements and toilet refurbishments - are being led by an in-house team of architects at Scottish Borders Council, and will be carried out by local contractors.

It's hoped some of the work will be finished in time for the start of the new term, and that even if that isn't the case, the most disruptive work will take place while the children are away.

Work is currently taking place at:

  • Burnfoot Community School, Hawick – completion of nursery kitchen contract, accessibility improvements and internal courtyard redevelopment
  • Chirnside Primary – new and refurbished toilets
  • Cockburnspath Primary – provision of Early Years facilities
  • Coldstream Primary - provision of Early Years facilities
  • Eyemouth Primary – provision of Early Years facilities
  • Philiphaugh Community School, Selkirk - provision of Early Years facilities
  • Selkirk High – alterations to PE changing accommodation for new 2G pitch users
  • Stow Primary – perimeter security improvements related to the Borders Railway

Our architects team has put in a lot of effort and has communicated with its clients to ensure they are in a position to deliver these projects over the summer period.

They should be proud of their efforts which will improve facilities at eight Borders schools for a number of years ahead.

The public should also be aware of these works taking place and make sure they stay away from any of the construction sites.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council

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Step forward for multi-million pound Carlisle school

The building of a new multi-million pound school and community hub in Carlisle takes a big step forward today, with the installation of sky lanterns.

They're designed to flood the buildings with natural light.

Work got underway on the new and expanded Pennine Way Primary School and community centre in Harraby in September.

The scheme is due to be completed this summer.

Delay to work on new Kelso High School

The start of building works for the new Kelso High School has been delayed by a European ruling.

Scottish Borders Council secured planning permission for the new school in October last year.

But European rules affecting some investment projects - including Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme - have put a halt on the £21.4 million project.

The Council says those involved are working to ensure a solution is found as soon as possible.

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Combating hate crime in Cumbria

With disability hate crimes on the rise in Cumbria, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties is highlighting just how damaging and serious the issue can be.

Last year 48 disability hate crimes were reported to Cumbria Police - more than double the number in the previous 12 months.

So to combat this growing problem The Heathlands Project near Carlisle has teamed up with the police to take the anti-hate crime message into local schools.

Today a session was delivered at William Howard School in Brampton to teach pupils what hate crime is and how and why it can have such a devastating impact.

Heathlands Project users have also been speaking about their experiences of hate crime.

"A youth walking along the street tried to fiddle with my wheelchair controls. He then tipped my chair backwards and I hit my head on the pavement.

"It's wrong - everyone who witnesses hate crime or experiences hate crime should report it to the police."

– Hate crime victim and Heathlands Project visitor Steve Woodburn

For more help, information and support on dealing with hate crime take a look at the following links.

https://www.facebook.com/The.Heathlands.Project

http://www.stophateuk.org/

https://www.gov.uk/report-hate-crime

Hate crime victim Steve Woodburn Credit: ITV Border
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