24 Nov 2014 09:30

Scottish Government is effectively sacrificing the Borders with windfarm policy

SIR, Keele University’s somewhat triumphalist claim that the removal of MOD’s seismic restrictions on windfarms will allow a further 1.6 GW of wind-power generation in the Borders concerns me.

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20 Nov 2014 09:30

Thanking you

SIR, Thank you for the publicity you gave to the “Angel’s Wings” ceremony held in Galashiels on Friday, November 14.

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18 Nov 2014 15:30

White elephants ahead

SIR, Your reporter, Mark Davey, interviewed 12 Borders residents to ascertain their future use of the much hyped Waverley train (Border Telegraph, November 5). Curiously and significantly not one of them intends to use it on a regular basis.

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17 Nov 2014 15:30

Recycling system is a farce

SIR, Andrew Farquhar’s attempt to get the council to rethink their policy on garden waste collection is admirable but I suspect will come to nothing – much like my attempts to deposit my garden waste at Eshiels Recycling Centre.

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16 Nov 2014 15:30

Council gravy train

SIR, Nobody will be surprised to learn that the garden refuse collections are not being reinstated by Scottish Borders Council.

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15 Nov 2014 15:30

Forums are a council vanity project and should be scrapped

SIR, At last Thursday’s full Council meeting at Newtown I counted at least 15 Scottish Borders Council staff members present, quite what half of them were there for escapes me with one staff member standing at a podium for less than two minutes tops, over two hours into the meeting, then disappearing fast!

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14 Nov 2014 15:30

Democracy is for the rich at expense of poor

SIR, The dust is yet to settle after the Scottish referendum where by the powers that be; “Westminster” have appointed Lord Smith of Kelvin to oversee the consultation with all interested Scottish parties, organisations and individuals with the hope of coming up with Devo-Max!

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13 Nov 2014 15:30

Labouring the point

Sir, Having watched the stone-cleaning at the Peebles war memorial which I presume has to be finished before November 11, I hope after 45 years in the building industry that what I see today (October 29) is not the finished job?

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12 Nov 2014 16:30

Galashiels Halloween spook-tacular

SIR, St Margaret’s RC Primary School in Galashiels hosted a very successful Halloween Party in the main hall decorated very spookily by our little friends from Limelight Childcare on Friday.

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3 Nov 2014 08:30

Why are foreign criminals allowed to remain within our shores?

SIR, So Catriona Bhatia thinks it “odd” that the Spanish nationality of a thief in Peebles, who stole a mobile phone and a bank card, was mentioned by the Police (Councillor upset over police disclosure - Border Telegraph, October 21). It was of interest to me, and I am not a UKIP supporter.

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31 Oct 2014 08:30

SBC is more concerned about their budgets than safety of children

SIR, I would like to correct Councillor Bhatia’s comments regarding the Cardrona 20mph pilot. We submitted a petition signed by the majority of households in Cardrona for a two-year safety pathfinder project for a 20mph limit.

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29 Oct 2014 08:30

No comparison

SIR, I would like to comment on the letter from John Melrose where he extols the virtues of Norway’s oil fund and the UK’s lack of one.

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24 Oct 2014 12:30

Borders Council has duty to reply

SIR, I correct a part of my letter in last week’s columns. I said 16 councillors went to Bristol when in fact it was a mixture of councillors and officials.

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23 Oct 2014 12:00

Scottish Borders Council's money should be better spent

SIR, I agree with the two letters in last week’s Border Telegraph asking why it was necessary to send 16 councillors and officials to a site at Avonmouth to visit a waste treatment facility.

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18 Oct 2014 09:30

Ghastly headline

SIR, The headline on the Border Telegraph front page last week, did not reflect the very sensible discussion that took place at the Galashiels Community Council.

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17 Oct 2014 09:30

Council jaunt 'a waste of taxpayers’ money’

SIR, Your newspaper never fails to bring up interesting stories each week.

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16 Oct 2014 09:30


SIR, I am disgusted to learn that Scottish Borders Council sent 16 councillors to look at a new waste plant in Bristol.

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15 Oct 2014 09:30

I’ll settle for being a Galalean!

Sir, Whenever the local media refers to the general population in our area the name “Borderers” is used as if the people were a tight knit homogeneous group.

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13 Oct 2014 16:00

The John Lamont Column

CONSERVATIVE MSP John Lamont represents the residents of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire in the Scottish Parliament. Here, he writes exclusively for readers of the Border Telegraph...

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12 Oct 2014 13:30

Borders firms need to prepare for bag levy change

SIR, From October 20, small businesses in the Borders will have to charge at least five pence for 'single-use’ bags they give to customers – no matter if the bag is made from paper, plastic or any other material.

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