Ron Smith

Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hawick and Hermitage Learn more

Time to say Goodbye!

by Ron Smith on 25 April, 2017

On Thursday 4th May, there will be an election of new Scottish Borders Councillors to serve for the next five years. At this point therefore I am retiring, and so will be closing down this website and blog . I want to thank those who have read it, and have contributed to it, and to […]

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At what point do we know enough to decide?

by Ron Smith on 27 February, 2017

I often comment ‘Be careful what you wish for’. An opinion expressed too quickly, or a decision made without all the facts, can lead to unexpected and unwanted consequences. Protest votes, such as for Brexit or Trump can create their own problems. I noted comment in my daily paper encouraging readers to consider all sides […]

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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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