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Jed Forrester
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Threat of Hawick riots didn't even make the papers!
EXCLUSIVE by DOUG COLLIE An influential committee of the Scottish Parliament was warned just before Christmas that any moves to "abolish" common good funds and transfer their assets to local authorities could spark a riot in Hawick. The dramatic exchanges b...
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Skills shortage warning for Borders
EXCLUSIVE by EWAN LAMB The impact of Brexit coupled with an unwelcome fall in the working population of the Scottish Borders may mean the task of replacing 17,400 workers over the next ten years will be made more difficult, leading to possible skill shortag...
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Calls for LOCAL control of Common Good funds
EWAN LAMB continues our coverage of a burning Borders issue A group of "campaigners" from the Scottish Borders have urged Scotland's Parliamentarians to place the administration and management of Common Good funds in the hands of the townsfolk who are suppo...
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Committee hears Common Good mismanagement allegations
DOUG COLLIE reports on disturbing claims in Hawick submissions A SET of written submissions to the Scottish Parliament's Local Government & Communities Committee contains evidence of alleged mismanagement of the country's network of Common Good funds includ...
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SBC contractors all washed up
EXCLUSIVE by DOUGLAS SHEPHERD The dissolution of the insolvent New Earth Solutions Group - the waste management contractor hand-picked by councillors in the Scottish Borders for a "ground-breaking" treatment project - may herald the end of a dark chapter in...
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Council's offshore "funders" have licence revoked
EXCLUSIVE by EWAN LAMB Premier Group Isle of Man which ran the fund chosen to bankroll Scottish Borders Council's £23 million waste treatment facility has had their licence to practice revoked by Manx. financial regulators for breaching regulations. Not Jus...
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Police raid council's Belgian bankers
EXCLUSIVE by DOUG COLLIE The offices of the Belgian state bank which holds six separate loans taken out by Scottish Borders Council over a decade ago was raided by police this week as part of an investigation into allegations of tax avoidance by companies e...
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Suddenly Tories are the "borrowing party"
by EWAN LAMB Conservative-led Scottish Borders Council may have inadvertently set the mood for Philip Hammond's budget by embarking on a borrowing spree which will increase local government debt in the region by in excess of £15 million in 2017/18, equivale...
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Will Borders waste station find favour this time?
DOUG COLLIE on a council dilemma Just six months after throwing out proposals for a multi-million pound waste transfer station (WTS) at Galashiels Borders councillors will be invited to backtrack and sanction virtually the same scheme when they meet next we...
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Methane from Borders landfill = 7,000 cows!
Blowing in the wind EXCLUSIVE by EWAN LAMB The 356,000 kilos of methane sent skywards from the Easter Langlee landfill site on the outskirts of Galashiels in 2016 equates to the annual gas production of 7,120 beef cattle, according to an investigation condu...
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