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Alert system piloted in Borders

Jim Fraser from Scottish Borders Council with Inspector Keith Dougal, Police Scotland Credit: ITV News Border

An alert system that provides emergency advice, weather warnings and utility failure updates has been launched in the Scottish Borders.

It's the first messaging system of its type to be used in Scotland by any local authority.

A similar alert system is used successfully in Cumbria.

Users can sign up to alerts that are relevant to them on the website, www.sbalert.co.uk, and can chose how they would prefer to receive alerts, by phone, text or e-mail.

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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.

Talks 'Constructive' says Lord Smith

Talks began today in Edinburgh. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Speaking after convening the first cross-party talks on more powers for the Scottish Parliament, Lord Smith said:

“I was pleased with our meeting today. We have good people round the table, each with their own deeply held views, who have committed to work together to achieve a positive outcome to this process.''

“We had a constructive discussion and agreed some important principles, which will guide us towards an agreement on a package of substantial and cohesive new powers to strengthen the Scottish Parliament within the UK.”

– Lord Smith

Borderers urged to prepare for winter

Prepare for winter Credit: ITV News Border

Residents in the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to prepare for winter now.

Scottish Borders Council's Ready for Winter campaign is being launched today, asking people to prepare for winter at home, before a journey, in the workplace and in the community.

Scottish Government-commissioned research has found that almost nine out of ten car owners believe they are prepared for an emergency, largely because three-quarters carry an ice-scraper and de-icer.

7% had experienced an extreme weather emergency in the past year, with higher levels in rural areas. Of these, two-fifths claimed they got together with neighbours to help them cope.

“Scottish Borders Council is pleased to once again support the Ready for Winter campaign. It is vital everyone is prepared for every kind of severe weather that any season of the year can now throw at them – it takes more than just putting a de-icer and ice-scraper in your car. There are simple steps that residents, businesses and communities can take to reduce the risks, with plenty helpful advice available on the SBC and Ready for Winter websites.”

– Cllr Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council

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Watch Monday's Border Life on line.

Stephen Jardine goes in search of the story behind Waverley - Sir Walter Scott's first novel which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. But is Scott's reputation on the slide and is it time for a revival? Gill Brown meets the man whose fascination with the line that divides Scotland and England has prompted an expedition and a book. He takes Border Life for a walk along the border line.

A7 Selkirk wall row

Councillors in the Scottish Borders are planning to introduce a permanent one way system on the A7 in Selkirk, due to a row over a wall in need of repair.

The system has been in place temporarily for 18 months, to keep motorists safe as they pass a wall surrounding a hotel.

Both parties claim the other is responsible for the upkeep of the wall and as Jenny Longden reports, it's affecting local businesses.

Wall row causes fury amongst motorists

A one-way system on the A7 in Selkirk could become permanent, as a row continues over a wall that's in need of repair.

Scottish Borders Council claims it doesn't have legal responsibility for the wall surrounding the Glen Hotel. But the hotel owners say the repairs should be paid for by the local authority.

Councillors are meeting today to discuss making the diversion permanent.

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