Live Borders Saved from £1 million bill

Scottish Conservative pressure has resulted in an SNP U-turn that will save Live Borders £1 million.

The SNP Government so called ‘swim tax’ would have seen a tax on Live Borders facilities that would have amounted to £1,079,448.

Room for improvement for Borders Rail

Latest statistics from Scotrail are encouraging for Borders Rail, although there is room for improvement.

Scotrail reports that trains arriving at Tweedbank between in the period 15th October and 11th November narrowly missed the national performance target.

Good news for the Scottish Borders in Autumn Budget

Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservatives have ‘bent the ear’ of the Chancellor and delivered for the Scottish Borders.

The Autumn budget secured Scotland an extra £2 billion in funding.

Rachael Hamilton’s constituency office officially open

Monday 20th November saw the official opening of Rachael Hamilton MSP’s constituency office in Kelso.

The office located at 7 Abbey Court, Kelso was opened with the help of local constituents and the Scottish Conservative leader, the RT Hon Ruth Davidson MSP.

Footfall remains a concern in the Scottish Borders

Recent figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) have provoked concern in the Scottish Borders about footfall and vacant shops.

The SRC reported that footfall across Scotland was down by 0.4% and that 1 in 10 shops in Scotland sit empty.

NFUS and Rachael to support agricultural skills pilot scheme

National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) met with Rachael Hamilton MSP to discuss a future agricultural skills pilot scheme in the Scottish Borders.

NFUS have identified skills shortages and with the help of the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire hopes to plug them.