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Selkirk wall saga comes to an end

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A long-running saga in Selkirk will come to an end this month when work finally begins on repairing a wall at the Glen Hotel.

The owners of the hotel and Scottish Borders Council have been locked in a war over who was responsible for fixing it for nearly four years.

A temporary one-way system has been in place since May 2013, but the council and the owner of the hotel have now reached ad agreement.

Work is due to get underway in a matter of weeks at a cost of £100,000.

The completion of the works will allow the re-opening of the northbound lane of Yarrow Terrace which has been cordoned off since negotiations began.

"This has been a long standing issue but it was important that an agreeable resolution was found for all parties.

"We understand the considerable disruption caused to local people while negotiations have been ongoing and thank them for their patience.

"Once the work on the wall is completed, the temporary one-way system will be removed and Yarrow Terrace will return to a two-way road."

– Cllr Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Scottish Borders Council


Police appeal after man exposes himself in Selkirk

Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of a man exposing himself in front of a woman and her grand-daughter in Selkirk.

The incident happened on Station Road at around 6pm on Saturday 15th October.

The man is described as being white, aged between 30 and 40 years old with short dark hair, which could have been a wig.

He was wearing a dark coloured dressing gown and outdoor shoes.

"This indecent and inappropriate behaviour is totally unacceptable and has left the two witnesses understandably distressed.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this individual or who has any information that can assist us in identifying him. "Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Inspector Bryan Burns, Police Scotland

Shuttle bus connects Selkirk to Borders Railway

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Visitors will be able to catch the train to get to this year’s Doors Open Day in Selkirk.

A free half-hourly shuttle bus service will take passengers from Tweedbank Rail Station to Selkirk town centre on Saturday 17 September, when a total of 17 buildings can be accessed free of charge as part of Doors Open Day.

Doors Open Day is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event which sees hundreds of properties not normally open to the public made accessible for one day during September.

Co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and part of European Heritage Days, the local programme has been developed this year by Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme with a wide mix of buildings open to the public in and around the town.

Among the highlights in Selkirk is Sir Walter Scott’s Courthouse, where the famous novelist himself served as Sheriff in the 19th century. It will host a dramatic re-enactment of a case involving robbery and a secret liaison.

Other buildings to be opened up include Haining House, the Duke of Buccleuch’s Bowhill House, the striking modernist studio of the late designer Bernat Klein and observation tower on the nearby Riddell Estate.

Selkirk’s textile past is recognised with the traditional Forest Mill operated by Andrew Elliot open for tours, as well as a mills walking tour around the area which once made the Royal Burgh a key part of the industrial revolution.

“Doors Open Days is a great way to catch a glimpse inside some fantastic buildings which you may not have seen inside before.

“The programme this year contains some wonderful opportunities to encourage the whole family to explore buildings including a kids pack to keep the little ones interested which will be available on the day from our base in the Victoria Halls.”

– Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Officer

Selkirk residents vote overwhelmingly for bypass

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Residents in Selkirk have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bypass for the town.

A ballot has been taking place for the past fortnight.

Voted in favour of bypass
Voted in opposition to bypass
Void papers

The total number of votes cast was 451 - with 373 in favour and 66 in opposition with 12 spoiled papers.

The result was announced by Scottish Borders councillor Gordon Edgar, who is vice-chairman of the A7 Action Group.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf had requested a formal ballot of the views of townspeople before raising it to the Scottish Government for funding.

The A7 is the main route through the Borders, with an estimated 7,000 vehicles passing through Selkirk every day.

Previous plans for a bypass have been drawn up, but have been rejected by British and Scottish governments on the grounds that the project would not have that big an impact on saving lives.

Local residents claim lorries and other heavy traffic passing through Selkirk has a detrimental impact on their quality of life.


Arrests after drunk driving incidents in Scottish Borders

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Two men have been arrested after drunk driving incidents in the Scottish Borders.

A 35-year-old was arrested on Sunday 8 May after a collision between an Audi TT and a motorcycle at Bongate, in Jedburgh.

He will appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on 30 May.

In the early hours of this morning a 27-year-old man was arrested after a Ford Fiesta was found on its side on the A698 at Bonjedward.

He is due to appear in Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 9 May.

Nobody was seriously injured in either collision.

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