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Scottish Borders Council considers 17m investment

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The council will meet to discuss the plans next week

Scottish Borders Council is to consider a spending review which could see £17m invested in projects across the region.

A new bus station in Galashiels, roads schemes and increased school capacity are included in the plans.

A meeting next week will consider the investment proposals which would take place over the next four years.

Council leader David Parker said the projects would "significantly boost" the Borders economy and have a major impact on services.

"The council's administration has carried out the most comprehensive review of our capital funding for some time," he said.

£5.6m - Galashiels transport interchange
£1.8m - roads projects
£3.6m - industrial land in Hawick, Duns, Lauder, Peebles and Coldstream
£775,000 - improving school capacity
£750,000 - Netherdale sports pitch
£600,000 - improving Eyemouth and Earlston primaries

"I am delighted that we are able to recommend an additional £6.4m worth of schemes in 2010/11 with a further £10.6m of investment to take place in the years ahead."

Deputy leader Neil Calvert said the plans had been "carefully considered".

"We were keen to ensure that we got maximum benefit from capital and that we invested wisely on projects that would stimulate the Borders economy and improve frontline council services," he said.

"As a council, we recognise the difficult financial times that we live in and are committed to ensuring that we do all we can to improve the life of Borderers."

Fellow depute leader Alex Nicol said the roads spending would be welcome after recent bad weather.

He added: "There are also a range of projects in education and social work which will enhance frontline services and improve facilities to service users.

"This has been a wide-ranging review but it will deliver a significant investment for the Borders economy and the whole of the Borders public and I have no doubt it will be very welcome."

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