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Business Park 'attractive'

A new £31million flood protection scheme will provide long-term financial benefits for Selkirk according to representatives of Scottish Borders Council.

The work should provide protection to almost six hundred homes and businesses on the Scottish Borders biggest business Park which lie in the town's riverside area.

Local Councillor Gordon Edgar says that insurance prices should come down and business investment in Selkirk will become more attractive.

Family demand fresh answers for son's mystery death

Julie and Les Sheppard are campaigning for more support for British abroad Credit: ITV News Border

Julie and Les Sheppard are travelling from Selkirk to London to demand answers for their son's death.

Andrew Watt died in France four years ago. His parents argue that there was a lack of support from the British foreign office to find out the details of their son's death.

When the son's body returned to the UK it was discovered his heart and brain had been removed.

Last October the pair joined other families whose relatives had died abroad and protested about the lack of support available in that situation.

Julie and Les Sheppard will join other angry families at London's foreign Office on Tuesday at 11am in a bid to get their voices heard.

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The moment Selkirk's Auld Stane Brig collapsed in 1977

Footage from 1977 shows the moment Selkirk's Auld Stane Brig collapsed after a night of heavy rain caused the river Ettick to flood.

It effectively severed the town in two, and numerous homes were flooded as the river burst its banks.

If you remember the Selkirk floods, email us at Pamandian@itv.com and we'd love to publish any photos you have

Selkirk flood prevention scheme gets green light

Flood risk map showing areas prone to flooding in Selkirk
Flood risk map showing areas prone to flooding in Selkirk Credit: SBC

The long awaited Selkirk flood defence scheme has been given the go-ahead after the Scottish Government agreed to help fund the scheme.

The £31m scheme is expected to protect up to 595 properties currently at risk in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas of the town.

Years in the planning, the funding boost means construction work will now begin in November, with completion expected in 2016.

Borders care home graded "weak" in quality of care and support

Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk Credit: ITV News

The Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk has been heavily criticised by regulators following complaints made by a relative of a female resident.

9 out of 14 of the relative's complaints - all relating to her end of life care and the use of a scheduled painkiller - were upheld.

The care home say that they are working with the Care Inspectorate to resolve these issues.

Selkirk care home criticised

A care home in the Borders has been heavily criticised by regulators in three separate reports.

Riverside Healthcare Centre in Selkirk was investigated by the Care Inspectorate following complaints made by a relative of a female resident.

The complaint concerned her end of life care and the use of a scheduled painkiller drug. 9 out of 14 of the relative's complaints were upheld.

A surprise inspection of the Bridge Street home took place in December.

The home provides 24 hour care for up to 45 elderly people.

Inspectors graded Riverside "weak" in quality of care and support and in quality of management and leadership.

A spokesperson at the care home said:

"We are working with the Care Inspectorate to resolve these issues and they have noted significant progress."

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Selkirk man missing after flying to Spain

Peter James Smith
Peter James Smith was last seen on the 14th January Credit: Police Scotland

Police are appealing for help in tracing a Borders man who hasn't been seen since boarding a flight. Peter James Smith, who is 29, and from Selkirk was last seen leaving the UK on a plane to Fuerteventura from East Midlands Airport on 14th January.

Police Scotland say his family are "increasingly concerned" about him. He may have returned to the UK but his family are unaware of this.

Peter is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, slim build, blue eyes, shirt light brown hair and with a Scottish Borders accent.

Peter James Smith
Police are appealing for information about the wherabouts of the 29 year old Credit: Police Scotland

Inspector Carol Wood from Police Scotland said: “Police are concerned for Peter and keen to find out his whereabouts. Anyone who believes they have seen Peter, or who has information that can assist our investigation is asked to contact police immediately on 101 or 0131 440 6861."

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.

Textiles centre plans progressing

Plans for a Scottish Centre of Textiles have progressed thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Fund have agreed to sponsor a feasibility study into the opening of the centre in Selkirk.

Developed by a group, headed by designer Hamish Carruthers, the proposal is to build a national centre exploring the history of the Scottish textile industry on the Riverside Estate in Dunsdale Road.

Its hoped the plans could bring between £10million and £15million in investment and tourism to the area.

Plans unveiled for Textile Centre in Selkirk

Plans for a Scottish Centre of Textiles in Selkirk have been unveiled.

The Heritage Lottery Fund have agreed to sponsor a feasibility study into the project.

The plan is to showcase the heritage of the textile trade at a disused yarn store at the Ettrick Riverside Industrial Estate in Dunsdale Road.

Ideas include a museum, gallery, shop and cafe.

The feasibility study is expected to take three months with the findings announced in June.

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