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Local Scottish council budget cuts

Councils in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are setting out their budgets for the coming year.

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Scottish Borders Council announces 10 year plans

Highlights of the 10 year capital budget plans include:

  • £51m Investment in roads, lighting and bridges - including£5m to upgrade street lighting with modern energy efficient lamps
  • Flood protection schemes - £10.4m including Galashiels and the Skip Running Burn in Jedburgh.
  • Waste management - £5.9m
  • New Kelso High School - £18.5m
  • Improved sports facilities at Peebles High School - £4.3m
  • New synthetic sports pitch in Selkirk - £0.9m in 2015/16
  • Investment of £8.4m in broadband
  • £3.6m to be invested in social work property
  • £0.05m per annum to be invested in play facilities across the Borders
  • £3.2m, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to redevelop Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick
  • £4.4m for new computers in schools
  • £0.05m to help prevent falls in older people's homes.

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