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Appeal for new ambulance station in Borders

The Scottish Ambulance service are making an appeal to the Scottish Government, after plans for a new ambulance station at the Borders General Hospital were rejected.

The ambulance service want to replace the old depot in Galashiels with a new facility near the hospital in Melrose.

However, councillors rejected the plans due to 'landscaping' concerns, as they were worried the possible felling of trees would affect the scenic landscape of the Eildon hills.

Campaigners say that the new site would improve ambulance response times, which are below the current government target.