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New LED streetlights for Scottish Borders

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A street light replacement scheme in the Scottish Borders will finish two years ahead of schedule.

All 19,000 lights across the Borders are being replaced as part of a £4.9 million project.

The council says new LED lights will last longer, cut down on repair bills and be cheaper to run - saving the authority £20 million over twenty years.

You can find out more about the progress of the work here.


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 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

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
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