South Scotland

Borders General Hospital ambulance base rejection overturned

The Scottish government has overturned a planning decision which rejected proposals for a new ambulance station next to Borders General Hospital.

The decision means a new health centre planned for Galashiels could go ahead.

The £1.8m Scottish Ambulance Service project - which it says would improve response times - was rejected by councillors due to landscape concerns.

An appeal was lodged against that decision and it has now been upheld by a Scottish government reporter.

The new facility near Melrose will replace the current ambulance station in Galashiels - freeing up that site for a health centre.

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