Ron Smith

Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hawick and Hermitage Learn more

The Endless Tapestry!

by Ron Smith on 16 January, 2017

In early December, I said I was still undecided over the Great Tapestry. It theoretically was an opportunity for economic development in the Borders that should be grasped. At the start of these discussions years ago, groups in this town were calling for it to be here, and so it has always seemed to me […]

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Standing up for Hawick

by Ron Smith on 10 December, 2016

In making a commitment in May 2012 that I would not be standing again for election, I was making it clear that that decision would not be affected by the ups and downs of political life. So, as an interested bystander I note potential candidates raising their profiles, at meetings, in the press or on […]

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What a mess!

by Ron Smith on 10 December, 2016

Being a Councillor brings with a lot of frustrations, but one of the biggest, one I just don’t understand, is the lack of respect shown by many of our townsfolk for their town and for their fellow residents. Throughout my term, since 2007, I’ve been aware of this, but it’s really been catching my attention […]

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Why not walk a little?

by Ron Smith on 14 November, 2016

I was a member from its inception of the Decriminalised Parking Working Group. I remained totally supportive of its discussions and its recommendation that DPE, based on wardens and on parking discs, should be the way forward in dealing with the abuse of parking regulations across the Borders. I have consistently spoken in favour of […]

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Be careful what you wish for!

by Ron Smith on 25 October, 2016

‘Be careful what you wish for’. That’s a thought brought about by media coverage of the American Presidential Election and the UK Party Conferences. It’s absolutely unbelievable to me that Donald Trump could gain support in his bid to become president. His statements and his attitudes are so confrontational and divisive. I cannot see any […]

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The Big Issues!

by Ron Smith on 12 October, 2016

Two issues are at the top of my agenda at present – The Great Tapestry of Scotland and Hawick’s High Street. At a recent Council meeting, there was discussion of a proposal to accept in principle that the Great Tapestry of Scotland should be housed on the site where the empty Poundstretchers stands along with […]

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Business Rates pilot

by Ron Smith on 14 September, 2016

I am totally supportive of Future Hawick’s wish to negotiate a business rates discount scheme pilot which would help to fill vacant shops on the High Street. Their first proposal focused on several clusters of empty shops on the street and I supported this proposal. Being tightly targeted, it was possible for SBC’s officers to […]

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What a great day at Wilton Lodge Park on 28th August . An absolute hive of activity. Congratulations and many thanks to the organisers of Hawick’s International Day. The weather didn’t start kindly, but, as the afternoon ran on, the sun and the warmth made it perfect. I was there along with Dr Cath Elliot […]

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Timber transport issues continue

by Ron Smith on 27 August, 2016

Timber transport has caused concern throughout our Hawick & Hermitage ward for years, as felling has increased in each of the Borthwick, Teviot and Slitrig valleys. These concerns have centred on the damage done to road surfaces and to verges, and on the perceived dangers to users of country roads in meeting these large wagons. […]

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When considering the current state of our High Street, I often use the phrase ‘we’re the victims of our own success’. What I mean is that, as Hawick and Galashiels were the largest Borders towns in the Sixties and Seventies, we were the towns chosen by multiple retailers for their stores. That was fine at […]

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