COUNCILLORS have approved a motion to spend £3.1 million to improve outdoor spaces in the Borders.

On Thursday elected members voted to earmark the cash to create outdoor play areas, skate parks and pump tracks over the next four years.

And it has been confirmed that Peebles, Harestanes, Kelso, Coldstream, Hawick, Jedburgh, Eyemouth and Earlston will be next in line for investment.

Councillor Shona Haslam (Cons) said: “Working with our partners in Live Borders, the council is working hard to try and secure a major investment at Harestanes, where we hope to introduce a high level of equipment for children with additional needs including wheelchair swings, roundabouts and activity units.”

The funding announcement comes off the back of the success of the opening of the new Rowan Bowland play park in Galashiels.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison (Ind), added: “The council has a lot of work to do over the next four years to roll out this new investment but we know that when new facilities are installed, the public response to them is very positive.

“With a greater focus on reducing childhood obesity and getting young people active, it is important that we invest money wisely to make sure that this can happen.

“Councillors were unanimous in approving this element of the budget and I know that the whole council will want to work hard to leave a lasting legacy of improved play provision and facilities for young people.”