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SB Connect Winter 2016


BUDGET: Rapid and Local

Local Services read more

BUDGET: An £11m pledge to keep region clean

Waste read more

BUDGET: Minimising the risk

Flood read more

Spring back to our Borders

‘Back to the Borders’ is a major new tourism campaign encouraging those with Borders heritage from across the world to rediscover their roots. read more

BUDGET: Housing stock gets boost

The Council Tax revenue from second homes and long-term empty properties will support the development of affordable housing. read more

Strictly for kids - a new integrated service

A new integrated children’s service will be in place for August, led by Head of Service Stella Everingham. read more

BUDGET: Funding secure for next three years

Borders festivals will continue to receive funding from the Council over the next three years. read more

SOCIAL WORK: Positive on performance

Scottish Borders Council’s social work service has received a positive report following one of the most in-depth independent inspections of the department. read more

EDUCATION: Quality where it counts

The annual Standards and Quality Report by the Council’s education and lifelong learning department has just been published. read more

EDUCATION: Giving our teachers a helping hand

Activities to help to support and develop staff in 2008 included: read more

EDUCATION: Top marks for high school

Berwickshire High School was one of the first in Scotland to pick up a gold award for its efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of staff and pupils. read more

EDUCATION: Skills success in community learning

Highlights of community learning and development’s youth work and adult learning programmes included: read more

EDUCATION: Tennis award among highlights

A school holiday summer sports programme,was attended by almost 3000 children. read more

EDUCATION: Peebles pupils know the three Rs

Examples of students’ work showing values, citizenship and an inclusive approach to the community read more

EDUCATION: Music to our ears

Successes for arts, libraries, museums and Heart of Hawick teams included: read more

BUDGET: £10m to make travelling easier

The transport network in the Borders will benefit from a significant investment in this year’s budget. read more

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS: It's your choice

With Europe facing major changes... you can help to shape the future read more

It’s top class for visitors

Free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are being run by the Council and Borders College, with Government funding. read more

New schools pass the test

Staff and students in Duns and Eyemouth are enjoying life in their fantastic new secondary schools. read more

BUDGET: Peebles High gets £4.8m for sport

The council has earmarked £4.8 million to build a dedicated sports facility at Peebles High School. read more

Libraries get smart

Borrowers at Hawick Library next to have their details updated read more

We’re winning in the pools!

Swim Team Borders brings home medals read more


Best foot forward – especially if it's GREEN

Green tartan elephant feet are the unusual trophy in a Council initiative to encourage primary school children to choose environmentally friendly ways to travel to school. read more

BUDGET: Budget for our times

Budget setting was never going to be an easy task during a period of recession, but the Council’s political administration is confident that this year’s budget is good news for local residents read more

Top award for SB Connect

Scottish Borders Council has scooped another top award – this time for SB Connect. read more

Training project proves a winner

The Council’s Museums Training and Development Project won the Scottish Government Award for Delivering Excellence at COSLA’s Excellence Awards 2009. read more

Bogie buster!

Calling all racers read more

BUDGET: Local Economy

A package of investments totalling £2.4 million to help support the Borders economy was a big part of this year’s budget announcement. read more

Help and advice for local businesses

There is no doubt that current economic conditions mean businesses will have to be at the top of their game if they are to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. read more

Marks for endeavour

Pupils have been given the chance to ‘get greener’ – thanks to a series of special educational tours at the Marks & Spencer (M&S) ‘eco-store’ in Galashiels. read more

Something for all in our forum

The Borders is flourishing with diverse, community events and festivals. read more

Compost workshops on offer

One third of kitchen and ‘green waste’ such as raw vegetables, egg shells and tea bags can be made into good garden compost. read more

Eco eggs an Easter treat

Did you notice that your Easter eggs had a bit less packaging this year? read more

Flats boost for young tenants

Young people leaving care got some welcome news when the Council’s Executive Committee gave the go-ahead to refurbish a building in Galashiels. read more

Could you be a foster parent?

More foster carers are needed to look after children in the Borders. read more

Follow the LEADER

Are you looking for project funding? Are you a constituted community group or social enterprise? Are you a group of businesses, a trust or a charity? read more

Service with a positive effect

The Community Service Team managed more than 20,000 community service hours handed out by the courts to offenders last year. read more

Our Euro stars!

Four primary six pupils from Glendinning Terrace Primary School have qualified for a place in the Scottish Euroquiz to be held at the Scottish Parliament in May. read more

Housing benefit could help

Are you struggling to pay rent or Council Tax because you are on a low income? read more

That's entertainment

The Graham Institute Community Hall in West Linton has re-opened its doors to the public following a £70,000 revamp. read more

Planning staff move to HQ

As part of the Council’s plans to deliver a modernised planning system, 30 officers are relocating from area offices to Council headquarters in Newtown St Boswells. read more

Changes to blue badge scheme

There have been recent changes to the blue badge scheme for disabled parking. read more

Homecoming targets ex-pat Borderers

The Scottish Borders Homecoming Scotland programme aims to attract visitors from across the world to the area read more

Students build better future

A pioneering partnership between Scottish Borders Council and property developers Muir Group will give students at Peebles High School the chance to be involved in building a £220,000 house in the gro read more

Funding roadshows prove a hit

More than 200 businesses and community groups took part in Rural Funding Roadshow events in February. read more

Now staff can help with all your enquiries

Big changes are happening at Council contact centres in the Borders. read more

Harbouring growth

The Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) in Berwickshire has been working with fishing, tourism and harbour interests for the past three years read more

Youngsters get their kicks at weekends

Programmes to encourage young people to get involved in sport on Friday and Saturday nights are becoming more and more popular read more

Honoured by a legend

Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School pupils gained a national football award at a star-studded ceremony at Hampden Park read more

ASP’s first milestone

The Scottish Borders Athlete Support Programme (ASP) has celebrated its first birthday read more