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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

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.

Driver charged over Galashiels monument crash

The damaged Mercat Cross Credit: ITV Border

A motorist has been charged with careless driving after crashing into an historic monument in the Scottish Borders.

The 147-year-old Mercat Cross in Galashiels was badly damaged following a single vehicle collision on Monday 12th March.

Police Scotland have confirmed a 55-year-old man has been charged with careless driving and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal at Selkirk.

Meanwhile, Scottish Borders Council say the monument will need to be taken down for repair and then carefully put back together again.

Touring Car champion backs 'Advanced Driving Test'

A former British Touring Car champion is backing a scheme to get young people to improve their driving skills.

The skills for life programme is aimed at reducing the numbers of fatalities and casualties on roads in the Scottish Borders.

Up to 400 young people will now be able to take their Advanced Driving Test free of charge, thanks to funding from Scottish Borders Council.

Those behind the scheme, including former racing driver John Cleland, hope it will set a benchmark for the rest of the UK. Jenny Longden reports.

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