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Last Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Borders youth hostel set to close
Coldingham Youth Hostel
The SYHA said it intended to keep job losses to a minimum
A Berwickshire youth hostel is one of seven earmarked for closure by the Scottish Youth Hostel Association.

Coldingham hostel, near St Abbs, will close - with the SYHA citing a need to improve standards and reduce running costs as the main reasons for the cuts.

But local councillor Michael Cook said the move was disappointing in light of attempts to expand tourism in the area.

The SYHA said it is "committed" to the network, including hostels in remote areas that are not commerically viable.

However, Mr Cook said: "There does appear to be a lack of places where people can stay in Berwickshire and we're keen to see those places being optimised.

"We're very enthusiatic about the tourism potential of this area.

"Any change which reduces the available accommodation is disappointing."

A statement on the SYHA website said it intended to keep job losses to a minimum.

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