SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

Best bits: Hearing local people talk with huge enthusiasm about their local community and its future, whether in Stranraer, Wigtown or Gatehouse of Fleet; and camping under the stars in the shadow of Orchardton Tower with my partner. Worst bit: Struggling to find the time to write my campaign diary! Folk of note: Danny and …

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In Wanlockhead, just inside the north eastern end of Dumfries and Galloway, a small community is trying to grasp the power and means to survive and thrive into the future. Meanwhile in Hawick, the biggest town in the Borders, the local council is consulting with the community on a flood protection scheme that will change …

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