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Council 'considering' Borders bus cut proposals

Scottish Borders Council says it will be considering First Group's proposals to cut bus routes in the region.

First Scotland East informed the Council this week of its proposals as part of an overall review of its South East of Scotland operations. We will be considering these proposals during the four week consultation period First are required to undertake with the Council.

Anyone who wishes to make their views known on the proposals should contact First directly.

The Council will be consulting separately on its subsidised bus services later this summer.

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson


Scottish Borders headteachers 'reminded' of bomb threat steps

Schools are aware of the trend for telephone threats. Credit: PA

Headteachers in the Scottish Borders have been reminded of the steps to take in the event of a bomb threat.

A number of threats have been made to schools across England and Scotland, including one in Dumfries and Galloway.

No schools in the Scottish Borders have been threatened, however the council says if a school does require an evacuation, parents will be told directly by Groupcall.

Man hospitalised after Innerleithen assault

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

A 53-year-old man has been left with injuries requiring hospital treatment, after a serious assault in Innerleithen.

The incident happened on Friday 20 May, at around 10:20pm, in or around Buccleuch Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them by calling 101.

They've moved to reassure concerned local residents.

This was an unprovoked attack on a man walking home from a night out in a local public house.

Although understandably distressing for the victim, incidents like this are very rare in Innerleithen and I'd like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to trace this individual.

– PC Kevin Downs from Galashiels Police Station


£10 million boost for historic South of Scotland landmarks

Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

Places of historic interest across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from a £10 million funding boost from Historic Environment Scotland.

The funding encourages local authorities to invest in their historic environment, repairing and restoring the built environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration.

Our investments the length and breadth of Scotland both support and inspire people and communities to utilise their heritage for the future.

What we aim to do is to facilitate decision making at a local level with funding allocated to priority projects which have a key focus on the wider contribution that the historic environment brings to communities – with benefits ranging from helping to breathe life back into high streets, providing employment opportunities or acting as a tourism driver.

– Dr David Mitchell, Acting Chief Executive for Historic Environment Scotland
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