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Scottish Borders Council names champions

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Scottish Borders Council’s Administration has announced the councillors who will take up the roles of special interest champions for the next five years. The appointments are:

  • Armed Forces and Veterans Champion – Councillor Harry Scott
  • Children and Young People’s Champion – Councillor Scott Hamilton
  • Energy Efficiency Champion – Councillor Gordon Edgar
  • Equalities Champion – Councillor John Greenwell
  • Learning Disabilities Champion – Councillor Kris Chapman
  • Older People’s Champion – Councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol
  • Voluntary Sector Champion – Councillor Robin Tatler
  • Wellbeing and Safety Champion – Councillor Kevin Drum

“They play a vital role in supporting not only the Executive Members for each relevant portfolio, but in their own right working to support and raise awareness of the issues relating to their particular remit."

– Council Convener, Councillor David Parker



New LED streetlights for Scottish Borders

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A street light replacement scheme in the Scottish Borders will finish two years ahead of schedule.

All 19,000 lights across the Borders are being replaced as part of a £4.9 million project.

The council says new LED lights will last longer, cut down on repair bills and be cheaper to run - saving the authority £20 million over twenty years.

You can find out more about the progress of the work here.

Call for views on Borders waste services

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Borderers have just over a month to give their views on the region’s current waste services.

The first phase of the consultation by Scottish Borders Council was launched last month and so far hundreds of members of the public have taken up the opportunity to tell the council how they presently use waste and recycling services and how they feel about potential changes.

The consultation is part of a council review which is being driven by a number of factors, including the need to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

Last year over 30,000 tonnes of waste were sent to landfill in the Borders, the equivalent of over 3,000 refuse collection vehicles. It meant the council had to spend £2.5million on landfill tax last year.

All feedback in the first phase of the consultation will be used to develop the council’s new waste management plan, with a final consultation phase expected to take place at a later date.

To take part in the survey, visit or pick up a paper copy from any council library, contact centre or community recycling centre. The deadline is Sunday 15 May.

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