Plans for a new ambulance depot at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose have been rejected by councillors.
The Scottish Ambulance Service wanted to close down their current Galashiels depot and build a new one at the hospital to serve the central Borders.
They said the location next to the hospital would have allowed them easier and faster access to emergency locations.
However, members from the planning and development committee at the Scottish Borders Council meeting voted 8-3 against the application due to landscape concerns.
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