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Borders pupils have the grit in new school contest

The winning pupil from Philiphaugh Community School for the Selkirk area will get the chance to see their newly named gritter, with Council and police representatives in attendance. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Nine Scottish Borders Council gritting vehicles will tackle the winter weather with new names following a Borders-wide school competition.

Primary four to seven pupils across the region had to come up with the best winter related title and a winner was picked from each of the nine high school cluster areas.

Chosen by the local integrated police officers the winning names have been printed on to the vehicles which will then visit the school which named it. The winning pupil and their class will also be presented with a framed photograph.

The first winner to be announced was Kamal Aziz from Philiphaugh Community School in Selkirk, who was visited today (27th November) by the gritter which he called 'Gritter Spitter 3000'.

The competition was organised by the Council’s Safer Routes to School Team and was run within each school by the Junior Road Safety Officers.

The full list of winners are:

  • Berwickshire – Gritter Garbo; Alex Bisset, Eccles/Leitholm Primary School
  • Earlston – Sub Zero Hero; Josh Turner, Melrose Primary School
  • Eyemouth – Grit Britain; Quentin Strang, Ayton Primary School
  • Galashiels – The Winter Soldier; Kieran Linford, Stow Primary School
  • Hawick – Border Blaster; Fraser Casson, Wilton Primary School
  • Jedburgh – Salt ‘n’ Shake; Carys Williams, Howdenburn Primary School
  • Kelso – Great Grizzly Gritter; Molly Howlett, Sprouston Primary School
  • Peebles – Snow Farah; Max Ryall, West Linton Primary School
  • Selkirk – Gritter Spitter 3000; Kamal Aziz, Philiphaugh Community School

Councils backs festive domestic abuse campaign

According to police, over the festive season the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police rises. Credit: PA

A global campaign against domestic abuse is being supported by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities team as part of a festive safety warning. Dumfries and Galloway Council are also supporting it.

According to police, over the festive season the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police rises.

The aim of the global 16 Days of Action campaign, which runs from 25th November to 10th December, is to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background. The abuse can be physical, sexual or mental and emotional and can be committed in the home or elsewhere.

Police figures from 2009/10 showed there were over 800 domestic incidents reports to the police in the Borders, with the vast majority being women.

"Domestic abuse is the most often repeated and the least reported of all crimes. The impact on children and the wider family cannot be underestimated.

Many women find it difficult to seek help - abuse thrives on secrecy and silence but there are specialist services such as Border Women’s Aid, Children1st, and Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre who can provide help.

With International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marking the start of 16 Days of Action today, it is a timely to raise awareness and give a clear message to our communities that violence in any form is unacceptable.”

– Paul Richardson, Safer Communities Officer at Scottish Borders Council

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can report it in person at a police office, at a remote reporting site, phone 101, or 999 in an emergency.

There is a directory of agencies which can help victims of domestic abuse, available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/domesticabuse.

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Parents invited to enrol children into schools

Enrolment week will take place between 17th and 21st November. Credit: PA

Parents in the Scottish Borders are being invited to enrol their children into local childcare and schools.

Enrolment week will take place between 17th and 21st November.

Parents are encouraged, by Scottish Borders Council, to visit their local catchment school during enrolment week and enrol for primary one, for children born between March 2010 and February 2011.

Three and four-year-olds, born between 1st March 2011 and 28th February 2013, can be enrolled into early learning and childcare settings of the parent's choice.

Children don't need to start school until the August after their fifth birthday. Parents or carers can opt to defer entry to a school where the child’s fifth birthday falls between 1st September 2015 and 28th February 2016.

Under the new statutory guidance for Early Learning and Childcare, only children who will be five between 1st January 2016 and 29th February 2016 are entitled to a further funded year in early learning and childcare. All other children are not entitled to further funded early learning and childcare.

Scottish Borders Council agree to review green waste service

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to look again at the scrapping of a service providing garden waste collection to many residents in the region.

The decision to stop the service had proved unpopular, with 8,000 people signing a petition to see it returned.

It was scrapped earlier this year to make savings of around £600,000 a year. It would cost £1.5 million to re-introduce it.

Former councillor Andrew Farquhar led the petition to see the green bin service returned.

Scottish Borders Council will discuss the issue at the full council meeting on October 30th.

Scottish Borders teenagers release child rights handbook

A team from Scottish Borders Youth Voice have created a handbook to teach their peers about children's rights.

It took the ten teenagers 18 months to produce the Child Rights Ambassador Handbook, which encourages others to be leaders in their school and community, and pass their knowledge on to their friends.

Funding was provided by Scottish Borders Council, and the Truth About Youth fund.

“It was great to help run our first training session after all our hard work. I am excited about getting the project set up in schools all over the Borders so that other young people can gain the skills and confidence that I have through the child rights group.”

– Gemma Watson, Scottish Borders Youth Voice

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Borderers urged to make sure they vote in Referendum

Counting Officer for the Scottish Borders Council Area, Tracey Logan is urging voters to make sure they cast their vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September to ensure their views are counted.

Voting opens on Thursday 18th September Credit: PA

“If you are voting in person at your designated polling station on Thursday – please just take a few minutes to plan when you are going to vote. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm but make sure you leave plenty time before the 10pm deadline. Anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote."

– Tracey Logan
  • Total electorate for the Scottish Borders Council Area - 95,533
  • Number of polling places in the Scottish Borders Council Area – 108
  • Number of ballot boxes - 176 from polling stations, plus 22 postal vote boxes
  • Number of election staff - 381 working in polling stations and 190 working at the count
  • Number of postal votes issued – 14,628 (excluding postal proxy votes)
  • Total postal proxy voters – 41
  • Total proxy voters - 979
  • Total number of registered under 18 voters in the Borders – 2,539

Young carers campaign backed by Scottish Borders Council

A national campaign to help young carers receive more help from the government has been backed by the Scottish Borders Council.

Three teenagers from the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) lobbied councillors for their support today, 26 June.

The SYP 'Care. Fair. Share' campaign aims to ensure young carers are treated fairly by society and in government policies.

Finlay Duff, 18 from Jedburgh, Scott Redmond from Hawick and Nicola Pringle from Oxton, both 17, are all part of the SYP and went to the council for their support.

“A young carer is defined as someone under the age of 25 who has a significant role in providing care, often to a relative – parent or sibling - who is experiencing physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or other needs. There is estimated to be over 100,000 young carers in Scotland. This is nearly 10% of all school aged children.”

– Nicola Pringle, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament

Finlay and Nicola gave a presentation to Scottish Borders Council members this morning, 26 June, who offered their support for the motion.

“I am delighted to have the support of Scottish Borders Council. This is an important step in shedding light and addressing this important issue and the needs of young carers. Today’s motion is an important milestone and extends the hard work that we have put in to this campaign as members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and I am glad to see change happening as a direct result of this commitment.”

– Finlay Duff, Member of Scottish Youth Parliament

Scottish Borders Council: "Community has been hit hard by yesterday's events"

The Scottish Borders Council has said the community has been "hit hard" by events at the Jim Clark Rally.

Three people have been killed and two others remain critically injured in hospital after cars crashed into spectators in two separate incidents during the rally on Saturday.

A statement read:

"All our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones or whose loved ones were injured as a result of the tragic accidents yesterday. We offer them our sincerest condolences.

“The Jim Clark Rally and rallying generally is a longstanding and important part of our culture here in the Borders and our close knit community has been hit hard by yesterday's events.

“The Council, working with partner agencies, will ensure it offers the maximum level of support not just to our local communities, but to everyone affected by yesterday's tragic events. "

– Convener Councillor Graham Garvie, Scottish Borders Council

New train stations bid is on the right track

It is hoped that new stations would connect a direct rail service to Edinburgh Credit: ITV Border

A bid for two new train stations at East Linton and Reston has been forwarded to the Scottish Government.

Scottish Borders and East Lothian councils and South East Scotland's transport partnership, SEStran, have submitted the proposal together.

Scottish Borders Council have increased the proposed level of funding towards the scheme to £1.2million and it is believed that this plan could benefit the economy, tourism and reduce road congestion.

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