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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.

Selkirk Flood scheme enters next stage

Scottish Borders Council have approved the next stage of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

It means the £31.4million scheme had now been fully approved.

A decision on funding for the scheme from the Scottish Government is due in the next few weeks. If the bid is successful, the scheme will go ahead.

Nearly 600 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town are at risk of flooding.


Three months to enforce Borders traffic order

The Scottish Border Council say it could take up to three months to put up signs that will stop people parking on zig-zag lines at schools.

The council were subject to fierce criticism after it was discovered that the road markings were not covered by a traffic order, meaning police could not take action.

In some cases lines had been painted years ago without them being covered by a Traffic Regulation Order.

The council have now announced that the paperwork for the Traffic Regulation Order's needed to cover these lines was completed on Monday 17 February, but can't be enforced until the signs can be put up. Something which could take up to 12 weeks.

145miles of Borders road in need of 'immediate repair'

Almost 145 miles of road in the Scottish Borders is in need of 'immediate repair'.

A recent road maintenance conditions survey found that eight per cent of road surfaces are degraded and potholed and that to fix them would cost the Scottish Borders Council over £23million.

Currently the council are spending £2million to complete 47 resurfacing projects, each with an average cost of £43,000.

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