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Controversial wind farm plans rejected

A bid to build a 12-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge was rejected by councillors this week.

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Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

Waste transfer site plans are approved

Controversial plans for a waste transfer station to replace the landfill site at Galashiels next year have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

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Project stakeholders at the site, from left, Eileen Walsh, North Bridge Street B&B; Duncan Taylor, Project Manager at EnergieKontor; William Rodger, Rodger (Builders) Ltd; Andy Maybury, Greener Hawick.

Wind farm plan recommended for approval

A controversial bid to build a wind farm near Bonchester Bridge is being recommended for approval by planners next week.

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Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

Waste site plans up for debate once again

Plans for a £4.8m waste transfer site at Easter Langlee will go before Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee for the second time on Monday.

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Fallago Environment Fund chairman Gareth Baird presenting a cheque for almost �8,500 to Earlston Paths Group members Tom McGhee, Bill Bryson, Ian Gibb and Ruth Gregory.

£8,500 grant will put Earlston group on the right path

A grant of almost £8,500 is putting a group of volunteers on the right path to make tracks around Earlston.

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A Eurasian lynx.

Borderers to be consulted over lynx plans, pledges minister

UK Government Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove has promised to consult Borderers over the plans to release lynx in Kielder Forest.

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From left to right  Iain Crozier, Alistair Hogg, Margaret Cairns, Margaret Smith, Ian Landles, French Wight, Drew Dickson, Marion Short, Max Arthur and Andrew Farquhar.
 
Missing from the photograph  Sandy Jarvis, George Thomson and Dougie Rae

Town stepping up for 24th walking festival

Hawick has been announced as host of the 24th annual Borders Walking Festival.

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Galashiels Community Waste Recycling Centre & Easter Langlee Landfill Site.

Objections mount as SEPA warms to bid

Scottish Borders’ Council’s bid to create a £4.8million waste transfer station at the site of the current landfill at Easter Langlee continues to hang in the balance, despite SEPA withdrawing an objection this week.

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The area near Singdean where the Cliffhope Community Wind Farm could be built.

Residents quiz developer over turbine plans

Residents concerned about plans announced last month to put up Scotland’s highest ever wind turbines near Hawick met the developers behind them this week.

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Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to hit parts of Scotland today, with travel operators warning of disruption and cancellations to ferry and train services.

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Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

Watchdog rules out action over tip deal

Scotland’s public spending watchdog has ruled out taking any action over Scottish Borders Council’s costly and abortive attempt to have a £23m advanced thermal treatment waste plant built at Easter Langlee in Galashiels.

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Sir Michael Strang and Bob Mitchell, chairman of the Black Bob Heritage group, at the opening.

Spirit of Black Bob trail opens

The first stage of a community art project inspired by the fictional character Black Bob, a dog featured in the Dandy comic from 1944 until 1982, has been shown to the public for the first time.

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L-R Scott Fraser, Scottish Waters Scottish Waters corporate affairs regional manager; Bruce Ritchie, head of business operations and visitor experience at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo; Abi Walker waste water treatment modern apprentice.

Launch of new 3P’s campaign

Scottish Water has teamed up with Edinburgh’s famous penguins to raise public awareness of its new 3P’s campaign and prevent toilet and sewer blockages.

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First tests for extra care facility

First tests for extra care facility

Eildon Housing Association’s bid to create 39 new extra care housing flats at the site of a former warehouse in Galashiels has a few hurdles to clear before building can begin.

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Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse has announced a ban on fracking.

Borders MSP and campaigners welcome Scottish fracking ban

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a nationwide ban on fracking.

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Trinity Street in Hawick.

Needles found in close spark concern

Calls have been made for a greater police presence at drug hotspots across the town after Scottish Borders Council was called to remove 12 syringes from a close at Trinity Street.

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Philip Kerr in front of the nearby Wauchope West proposed wind farm site.

Giant wind farm bid near Hawick slammed as worst yet drawn up

A proposed wind farm at a remote location south of Hawick is one of the most “ill judged and deficient” schemes ever put forward, according to community councillors.

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Tweed Forum director Luke Comins (centre) and trustee Prof Chris Spray (right) with their finalists trophy, alongside Prof Bill Dennison, chairman of the judging panel.

River chiefs catch a finalist’s trophy

Tweed Forum representatives returned from Australia this week after winning a finalist’s trophy in the Thiess International River Prize.

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Scots will be consulted over English lynx release plans

Scots will be consulted over English lynx release plans

The Scottish Government will be consulted before any permission is granted for the introduction of lynx in Kielder Forest in neighbouring Northumberland, MSPs have been told.

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