Concerns for future of Borders only disability centre
Scottish Borders Council have hired a giant air freshener to combat unpleasant smells leaking from a rubbish dump.
Teenager is still recovering in hospital after being swept out to sea
A 12-week consultation on proposed development plans for the Scottish Borders go on display from today.
The public have three months to put their views forward on the Scottish Borders Council's Local Development Plan.
The proposals include a variety of land uses as well as policies to influence decision-making on applications.
– Councillor Ron Smith, Planning and Development, SBC
"Members of the public have already been able to find out more information on the LDP at each of the Council's five area forums, with the last presentation being made at Berwickshire Area Forum on Thursday 5th December.
"Now there is a chance for Borderers to make their views known on this important document, which sets out the Council's policies on development and land use and will influence decisions on planning applications."
Scottish Borders Council have revealed plans to stop collections of garden waste.
The local authority hope to save £450,000 a year by stopping their garden waste service.
They have also revealed proposals to provide food waste bins to a number of Border towns, and there are plans to open a recycling centre in Kelso.
The plans go before councillors next week.
Scottish Borders Council have announced plans to remove garden waste services.
Currently, garden waste is collected from bins with green lids every fortnight.
Around 33,000 households have garden bins.
The local authority say the move is necessary to save £450,000 a year.
They are also planning to introduce food waste bins in a number of Border towns.
A new community recycling centre is proposed for Kelso, and the regions six other recycling centres will have longer opening hours.
The council will consider the proposals at a meeting on Thursday 12 December.
Scottish Borders Council has launched a 'budget simulator' where residents set their own budget for the local authority.
The aim is to help the council see where peoples' priorities lie when it comes to public service spending.
The simulator allows residents to decide how to carve up a £224.3m budget between the four main departments; education and lifelong learning, environment and infrastructure, social work services and the Chief Executive's department.
– Cllr John Mitchell, Deputy Leader, Scottish Borders Council
In the Borders, we have some difficult financial decisions to make and are keen to understand better how people of all ages who live in, work in, or visit the region would choose to spend public money.
With winter approaching, some local communities in our region are being urged to help themselves in bad weather.
Scottish Borders Council has contacted community councils in their area and has got fifty on board to train local volunteers.
They are also supplying extra salt bins so that residents can beat the worst of winter's storms.
Watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.
Scottish Borders Council have announced that they will spend £16,000 to increase the number of salt bins in the region to almost 1,000.
The funding announcement comes just 24 hours after the Scottish Government launched its Ready for Winter campaign.
Through 2012 to 2013, salt usage was up to 43,000 tonnes from 23,000 the previous year, and staff were called out 271 times to pre-salt roads in 2012/13 - considerably higher than the annual winter average of 180.
– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure
"The Borders witnessed extreme weather throughout last winter, with rainfall in November 2012 above the monthly average by 130 per cent, while March 2013 was the coldest for 51 years.
"However, the Council's roads team continues to work hard to ensure as best they can that roads and pathways are clear for drivers and pedestrians during severe weather.
– Councillor David Paterson, Executive Member for Environmental Services
"I am delighted to see more salt bins being provided across the Borders.
"Despite the financial challenges the Council is under, the performance of its winter service was impressive during 2012/13.
"The proposed developments for the future should help to keep this performance at a high level."
Keith Cockburn has been elected as the new Councillor for Tweeddale West, following the resignation of Councillor Nathaniel Buckingham.
A Scottish Borders Council by-election was held on Thursday (10th October) with the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party member receiving the most votes.
Scottish Borders Council has been fined £48,000 for a "serious failure" of health and safety after a school girl was almost strangled operating a machine in her class.
Nadine Craig, who is now 20, still bears the scars of the accident, which happened six years ago.
Matthew Taylor reports:
Following the £48,000 fine handed to Scottish Borders Council following an accident at Galashiels Academy in November 2007, a spokesperson said:
– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson
"As stated in court, SBC has expressed its unreserved apology to the former Galashiels Academy pupil who was involved in the accident in 2007.
"The Council has accepted its responsibility, having made an early plea in court, and a full safety review of technical classes in all secondary schools was carried out immediately after the accident."
Scottish Borders Council has been fined almost £50,000 for a "serious failure" of health and safety after a school girl was almost strangled whilst operating a machine in her class.
Nadine Craig, now aged 20, still bears the scars of the accident which happened six years ago.
Her scarf was dragged into a lathe while using a lathe at Galashiels Academy.
The sheriff in Selkirk criticised Scottish Borders Council for having done no risk assessment on the lathe. He reduced the level of the fine from £72,000 to £48,000 to take account of the council's guilty plea.