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BBC Radio Scotland Public Spending Debates: The Borders

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Simone Byrne Simone Byrne | 12:06 UK time, Thursday, 14 October 2010

In the penultimate programme of the public spending cut series of debates, we move to the Borders, to gauge opinion from the councillors and community, ahead of the Government announcements of the 20 October.

Last night's Chairman for the Borders Spending Debate was senior broadcast journalist Cameron Buttle who highlights some of the issues raised below:

Borders Public Spending Review - Tweed Horizons Centre near Newtown St Boswells

Borders Public Spending Review - Tweed Horizons Centre near Newtown St Boswells

The message from the leader of Scottish Borders Council was things might not be as bad as people think, it was very much a 'watch this space' brief from David Parker who, like everyone else is waiting for the detail of the cuts next week.

Borderers were asking about policing, tourism, the effect on the local voluntary sector and in particular should the Borders Railway Project - estimated to cost somewhere in the region of £235 million to £295 million - still go ahead?

Farmers asked about future funding and strategy for an industry vital to the Borders, others wanted to know what life would be like in the Borders after the cuts.

The debate was held in front of an audience of around 70 in the Tweed Horizons Centre near Newtown St Boswells. The panellists were Conservative MSP John Lamont, SNP MSP Christine Graham, Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker, Councillor Catriona Bhatia and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate Kenryck Lloyd-Jones.

Listen in to the Borders Public Spending Debate, 2205 on BBC Radio Scotland and don't miss Brian Taylor's Big Debate, Friday,1215 as he discusses the implications of the spending review on Scotland as a whole.

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