Councils to spend cash on projects

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PROJECTS ranging from replacing windows in schools to flood protection work will be undertaken across the Scottish Borders.

It follows a decision by the council's executive committee to allocate £40m of capital funds for individual projects and programmes over the next three years.

The allocations are from specific block programmes within the wider capital budget, which was approved on February 9.

More than £6.7m will be spent on roads and bridges in 2017/18, with a total spend of almost £19m over the three-year period. The council will also spend more than £11m on its school estate through a variety of projects.

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said: “Almost £500,000 will also be spent during 2017/18 on flood scheme preparations across the Borders, including in Peebles, Broughton and Newcastleton, and general flood protection works will also be undertaken in Earlston, Romanno Bridge and on the Slitrig in Hawick in the coming years.”

Further block allocations will also come forward in due course.

Those agreed for 2019/20 include £5.98m on roads surface dressing and £1.9m on masonry refurbishment of bridges.

Scottish Borders Council said that further £163,000 will also be spent on play facilities, with further allocations still to be made.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:37PM
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