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SB Connect Winter 2016


Warning for bikers

The Scottish Borders, with its long, winding, and fairly empty roads, is popular with motorbike enthusiasts. read more

Bag one for the Borders

Ever thought about how many flimsy plastic bags you take home each week when you are out shopping? How many of them do you reuse? And how many end up in a local landfill? read more

All set for the big switch

In November, the Border television region will be the first in the UK to switch completely to digital. read more

Giving our children a better future

In June, the Council launched a 19-week engagement process on a major project to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the service it provides to children and young people read more

Delivering a bright future: One year on (part 1)

The last year has seen the Council drive the delivery of major projects that will change the face the Borders, and change it for the better. read more

Delivering a bright future : One year on (part 2)

continued from part 1 read more

The Results are in...we're doing better!

At Scottish Borders Council, we are wholeheartedly committed to providing the best opportunities for all children and young people in the Borders. read more

Safety First

From preventing fires to alcohol education, we’re working to make our communities safer places read more

RECYCLING: Time to raise the stakes

It is becoming more and more obvious that we need to be smarter and greener in every aspect of our lives if we are going to reduce our environmental impact on the planet. read more

RECYCLING: It's the new three Rs

Spelling it out loud and clear– the green message for the Borders read more


School pupils have collected record amounts of textiles for recycling. Not only does the material get recycled, the schools earn money for their own projects. read more

RECYCLING: Working together to reduce waste

Rising to the environmental challenge can never be a solo effort. On their own, residents and the Council cannot solve the problems caused by waste. But together we can make an impact. read more

RECYCLING: How to grow your own green gold

Gardeners are forever cutting grass, pruning hedges and weeding. All this activity means there’s a lot of green waste to deal with. read more

RECYCLING: Bagging an economic advantage

Case study read more

RECYCLING: Hotel's bill dropped by two thirds

The new charges for trade waste prompted Billy Hamilton, owner of the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells, to rethink his business routine. read more

RECYCLING: Find the recycling solution

The alternative to your waste bin may be your local community recycling centre (CRC). read more


A new era in education

Construction work on the new Kingsland and Lauder Primary Schools began at the end of July. read more

Putting you first

Customer services takes a leap forward read more

Duns project wins awards

Station Court in Duns, an independent living project that provides innovative care in the community, has won two national awards. read more

Funds available for community projects

Local community and voluntary organisations could be eligible to apply for funding for projects or to support their group's ongoing costs. read more

Eco challenge for schools

Sustainable development is the theme read more

LEADER programme is open for applications

Grant applications are now being accepted for the new Scottish Borders LEADER Programme. read more

Council steps in with business help

New and existing businesses that wish to locate to or expand in the Scottish Borders can now get extra help from the Council. read more

Quiz champions of Chirnside

Four primary six pupils from Chirnside Primary School travelled to the Scottish Parliament for the national final of Euroquiz. read more

Everyone a winner

The Scottish Borders Awards Dinner will take place on 3 October. read more

A successful quest

The fitness of people in the Borders is in good hands,according to one of the UK’s leading quality assessors. read more

It's all in the game

A new multi-use games area (MUGA) was completed at Chirnside during the summer. read more

All you need to know is just a click away

Local View read more

It's full steam ahead

The Waverley Railway Project, which will take commuters to and from Edinburgh to the Borders, continues to make steady progress. read more

A vote of approval

Almost 150 members of the Scottish Borders People’s Panel responded to a recent survey about SB Connect read more

Life cycles

Scottish Borders Council came joint second out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities in a national assessment of cycling provision. read more

Melrose is magic!

The work of Scottish Borders Council in redesigning Melrose Town Centre has gained national recognition. read more

New rehabilitation resource

A new intermediate care service is providing rehabilitation for older people following a period of illness, injury or incapacity. read more

Tell us how we can ensure fairness for all

The Scottish Borders is becoming more diverse and the people who are choosing to live here are changing. read more

Formula 1 star is brought to book

Assistant Curator Andrew Tulloch has written a biography of Jim Clark, the Grand Prix legend from Berwickshire, to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. read more

Hizzy has a new home

The Steve Hislop commemorative exhibition, which celebrates the life and achievements of the late Borders motorcycle champion, has found a new home at Hawick Museum in Wilton Lodge Park. read more

Fishing, boating and fun

Sessions for people with disabilities are now available at the Whiteadder Watersports Centre. read more

Reivers and Ridings set for celebration

Three Scottish Borders events are included in the programme for Homecoming Scotland 2009 read more

Over 50s need your vote!

Primetime television beckons for 18 Scottish groups that will compete in a public vote for National Lottery funding – and one of them is from the Scottish Borders. read more

Graeme gets set for Beijing

Duns footballer Graeme Paterson will soon jet off to Beijing to represent Great Britain in the Paralympics. read more

These hills are made for walking

Picture this…4700 square kilometres (1800 square miles), stretching from the rolling hills and moorland in the west, through gentle valleys to the rich agricultural plains of the east read more

Now the kids come out to watch their Dads

Dads from Langlee Primary School in Galashiels have joined forces with other players from the local community to start their own football team – but they need fixtures. read more