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Call for views on Borders waste services

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Borderers have just over a month to give their views on the region’s current waste services.

The first phase of the consultation by Scottish Borders Council was launched last month and so far hundreds of members of the public have taken up the opportunity to tell the council how they presently use waste and recycling services and how they feel about potential changes.

The consultation is part of a council review which is being driven by a number of factors, including the need to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Last year over 30,000 tonnes of waste were sent to landfill in the Borders, the equivalent of over 3,000 refuse collection vehicles. It meant the council had to spend £2.5million on landfill tax last year.

All feedback in the first phase of the consultation will be used to develop the council’s new waste management plan, with a final consultation phase expected to take place at a later date.

To take part in the survey, visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/wastesurvey or pick up a paper copy from any council library, contact centre or community recycling centre. The deadline is Sunday 15 May.

Cash and jobs: how will deal benefit the Borders?

Scottish Borders Council has handed global company CGI a contract to run its digital services.

Here's how the council says the deal will benefit the Borders:

Jobs and cash:

  • 200 new jobs in the Borders which has a potential to bring £107.1m into the local economy
  • 49 existing Council ICT staff will remain working in the Borders
  • The creation of a second UK Delivery Centre within the Scottish Borders to service CGI’s UK clients
  • Modern Apprenticeships will be created through working with Borders College and schools

Connecting with the council:

  • A modern digital platform will make it simpler for residents to interact with the Council and receive feedback
  • A new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution will replace SBC’s current Finance and HR systems
  • A showcase of options to address some of the major connectivity challenges that exist in the Borders. This includes the unbundling of six exchanges to allow CGI to deliver a superfast broadband offering to schools, communities and businesses

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Calum Kerr MP praises “fantastic” deal for the Borders

The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP, Calum Kerr, has responded to the news that 200 ICT jobs are being created in the Borders.

Calum Kerr MP - Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, SNP Credit: ITV Border

This is a fantastic announcement for the region and I warmly congratulate Scottish Borders Council and CGI for in putting it in place.

It’s a highly imaginative solution which will bring jobs and better IT - both of which we really need - across the Borders.

– Calum Kerr MP

MSP says Hawick should be base for new ICT centre

Scottish Borders MSP John Lamont has reacted to news that Scottish Borders Council has signed a new ICT contract which will result in the creation of 200 new jobs, by saying the work should be based in Hawick.

John Lamont wants Hawick to be the home for new ICT centre Credit: ITV Border

Given the challenging time that Hawick has experienced recently, I strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to do its bit and bring new investment and new jobs to the town.

“Hawick not only has the space and facilities for a major call centre, but it has a willing and enthusiastic work force. Basing the new centre here will have knock on effects for other businesses as well and bring further investment, which can only be good for the town.”

– John Lamont MSP

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People in parts of Hawick told to evacuate homes and businesses as flooding is expected

Residents in parts of Hawick are being advised to evacuate their homes and prepare for flooding.

The worst affected areas are expected to be the Duke Street, Teviot Crescent, Buccleuch Street, Sandbed and Haugh areas.

Scottish Borders Council says people should prepare to evacuate their houses and move their vehicles to higher ground now.

Businesses should also prepare for flooding. The council says the situation is likely to get worse during the day and residents may not have much time to prepare when the waters rise.

The Teviotdale Leisure Centre has been opened as a rest centre and residents are being directed there.

Police, Fire, Mountain Rescue and Council staff are on the ground in the town and are being assisted by Hawick Flood Group volunteers and British Red Cross staff.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, SEPA, is also forecasting some flooding in the Camptown area near Jedburgh, March Street and Tweed Green in Peebles, Galashiels and Newcastleton.

There are a total of 16 flood warnings currently in place across Scottish Borders.

Water is also affecting many roads like the A7 between Stow and Galashiels and south of Hawick.

The A698 between Hawick and Denholm is closed due to flooding, as is the B7062 - between Peebles and Traquair.

A total of 60mm to 100mm of rainfall is predicted on already saturated ground, as well as winds of around 70mph on lower levels.

Rain is expected to becoming persistent and heavy overnight on Friday and last through Saturday, before clearing southwards early on Sunday.

Hawick recycling centre revamp planned

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A £346,000 revamp of Hawick Community Recycling Centre is set to get underway this autumn.

The Scottish Borders Council-funded overhaul will redesign the Mansfield Road facility with the aim of improving traffic management and increasing the site’s capacity.

The new design will create a one-way traffic flow through the site and keep the public away from the workings of the site, reducing the need for the community recycling centre to be closed while skips are being emptied.

Work is due to run until the end of March 2016, but the council say disruptions will be kept to a minimum, with most improvements carried out while the site remains open.

Any closures that are required will be advertised beforehand on SBC’s website -www.scotborders.gov.uk - and its Twitter and Facebook pages.

“I am delighted work to improve Hawick Community Recycling Centre is set to begin.

“The council considered comments from members of the public when finalising the improvements and we believe the works will result in a much improved recycling centre for the people of Hawick.”

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