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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 - 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

Scottish Borders Council agrees to include Hornshole

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Scottish Borders Council is to include Hornshole in it's boundary commission submission following a public campaign.

The Council initially failed to oppose plans to remove the historic battleground from the Hawick and Denholm ward as part of revised local government boundaries.

But Burnfoot Community Council Chairman Michael Grieve started petition calling for the area to remain as part of the Hawick ward.

It has now been confirmed that the council has changed its position and will now include the historic site in its entry to the Local Government Boundary Commission.


Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.

Petition to stop Hornshole from leaving Hawick

The current Scottish Borders wards Credit: Scottish Borders Council

A petition has begun calling for Hornshole to remain as part of the Hawick ward.

Burnfoot Community Council Chairman Michael Grieve has started the petition after Scottish Borders Council failed to oppose plans to remove the historic battleground from the Hawick and Denholm ward, in revised local government boundaries.

Under the proposals, the battle site, which is central to the town's common riding festival, will be part of a larger Jedburgh ward.

The plans are part of a national review by the Local Government Boundary Commission of Scotland, who want elected representatives in council to reflect the distribution of voters.

Councillors say there are many rural areas that face joining a different ward under the proposals.

Michael Grieve says the community must fight the plans:

It is quite frightening that 500 years ago we fought over this site and now someone with the score of a pen can just change it and nothing happens. So we have to show the Boundary Commission that these monuments to our past are important and should remain in the areas that they are supposed to be.

– Michael Grieve, Chairman, Burnfoot Community Council

Selkirk recycling centre to close for refurb

Selkirk Community Recycling Centre is closing temporarily on Monday 1 June for maintenance and improvement works.

The site will re-open as normal the following day.

Scottish Borders Council apologises for any inconvenience and during the closure other community recycling centres remain open.

The nearest alternative sites are:

· Galashiels Community Recycling Centre, Langshaw Road, Galashiels, TD1 2NT

· Hawick Community Recycling Centre, Mansfield Road, Hawick, TD9 8AW

Both centres are open from 9am to 5pm.

New food and waste collection in Scottish Borders

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New food waste collection services in the Scottish Borders will be explained in a series of information sessions throughout the region.

Around 24,000 homes get the new services by Scottish Borders Council.

The first phase is due to be introduced in Galashiels, Peebles, Selkirk and Tweedbank next month, with the second phase to be rolled out in September in Hawick and Jedburgh.

Food waste collections will be weekly and householders who receive this new collection service will get:

  • Two caddies, one for indoors and one for outdoors (outdoor caddy collected weekly)
  • A free supply of liners
  • A full guide to the new service, before collections begin

Eight roadshow information sessions are being held at the following dates and venues:

  • Monday 27 April, 5.45pm to 7.45pm, Focus Centre, Galashiels
  • Tuesday 28 April, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Tweedbank Community Centre
  • Thursday 30 April, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Peebles
  • Saturday 2 May, 10am to 12noon, Cross Keys, Selkirk
  • Saturday 2 May, 2pm to 4pm, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
  • Tuesday 5 May, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Philiphaugh Community Centre, Selkirk
  • Saturday 9 May, 10am to 12noon, Hergés on the Loch, Tweedbank
  • Saturday 9 May, 2pm to 4pm, Tesco, Galashiels
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