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Potential jobs boost for Selkirk

A timber company could take over the former Co-op home furnishing store Credit: PA

A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.

Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.

Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.

The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.

Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.

"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."

– Spokesperson, Oregon Timber

Gun used in Yarrow robbery was a toy

An alleged hand gun used during the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in her own home was a toy, say Police Scotland. They have recovered the item.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery, which took place in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk on Wednesday 18th March.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Following extensive enquiries by local officers, supported by colleagues from other areas of Police Scotland, an individual has now been apprehended.

“This was a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress and I would like to thank the public, and particularly the local community, for their incredible support.”

Woman found with serious burn injuries in Selkirk

Police close Hillside Terrace in Selkirk Credit: ITV Border News

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.

Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".

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Selkirk library closure extended

The re-opening of Selkirk library has been postponed until Monday 13 April.

A replacement mobile library service will operate from Victoria Halls, until Saturday 4 April, at the following times:

  • Monday: 10am-1pm; 2-5pm
  • Tuesday: 2-5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-1pm
  • Thursday: 2-5pm
  • Friday: 12noon-4pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

And the computer suite at Philiphaugh Community Centre will be available until Tuesday 31 March:

  • Monday: 11am-1pm
  • Tuesday: 2-4pm
  • Friday: 1-3pm

The nearest libraries offering full services are in Galashiels and Melrose.

Selkirk hub could improve visitor numbers

Plans for a hub for council services in Selkirk could improve the numbers of people using the facilities according to those behind the project.

Members of the public will be asked for their opinion on plans for the Sir Walter Scott Courthouse and surrounding buildings, which have been acquired by Scottish Borders Council.

One plan is to relocate the town's library, contact centre and tourist information centre in the buildings.

Colin Gilmour is overseeing the Selkirk Regeneration project.

Public to have their say on Selkirk regeneration

The public are being asked for their views on plans to relocate the town's library and contact centre to an historic town centre landmark.

Scottish Borders Council have bought various properties surrounding Sir Walter Scott's Courthouse, including a former pub and a residential property.

They hope the regeneration project will improve the town centre and visitor facilities.

The community will be able to find out more about the project and the available options at drop-in sessions in the Cross Keys Regeneration Hub on Thursday 26th and Tuesday 31st March.

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