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Snow update: drivers reminded not to be complacent despite improved conditions

Last night’s expected snowfall may not have been as bad as expected across the Borders, but police are still warning drivers to be extra cautious.

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A snow plough at Lilliesleaf on Tuesday, January 16.

Schools to stay closed on Thursday – more snow expected tonight

Schools will remain closed tomorrow (Thursday) following an extended amber warning for more snow from 9pm tonight.

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The Harwood Estate site being eyed up to host a 12-turbine wind farm.

Firm to appeal against rejection of Borders wind farm bid

An energy firm is to take its rejected bid to build a wind farm near Bonchester Bridge to the Scottish Government, it has emerged.

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Jimmy Shanks of Blinkbonny Quarry near Gordon.

Blinkbonny’s extension is set in stone

Scottish Borders Council has given permission for a further extension of Blinkbonny Quarry near Kelso.

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The applicants say the lagoon will speed up slurry spreading.

Council approves controversial slurry lagoon application

A retrospective application for a slurry lagoon near Greenlaw was unanimously approved by councillors on Monday.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson.

Council vows to keep battling dog fouling problem

The battle against dog fouling will continue into the new year with a long term view to tackling the problem, Scottish Borders Council has assured.

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Hawick's River Teviot.

Hawick flood scheme receives final approval

Hawick’s £44m flood prevention scheme has taken another step forward after councillors granted it final approval yesterday.

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The lynx shot dead in November after escaping from a zoo in Wales.

Norway research trip stokes farmers’ fear over lynx plans

Farmers’ fears that plans to bring back Eurasian lynx in Britain would result in large-scale loss of livestock have been backed up by a research trip to Norway, they say.

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A week-old Golden Eagle chick in eyrie showing egg-tooth on tip of bill, taken in Argyll, in early May, by Laurie Campbell.

Golden eagle project set to release chicks

If your idea of a dream job is helping to ensure more golden eagles grace the Borders skies, then Christmas may just have come early.

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What the 14-turbine Whitelaw Brae wind farm, front right, dwarfed by the 152-turbine Clyde wind farm behind it, would look like.

Outcry as 14-turbine Borders wind farm gets go-ahead on appeal

Borders MP David Mundell has hit out at the Scottish Government’s decision to give the thumbs-up to controversial plans for a wind farm near Tweedsmuir.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson highlights dog fouling in Arthur Street, near Trinity Primary School.

Hawick school forced to go on lookout as dog fouling worsens

Dog dirt around a primary school in Hawick is endangering the health of pupils, warn staff there.

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Farmers Alistair, Ross and Jen McAulay at Wauchope Farm.

Borders farmers fearful lynx would kill their sheep

Two Borders sheep farmers have warned of catastrophic consequences if plans to release wild Eurasian lynx in Kielder Forest go ahead.

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Kelso in cobbles sewage row

Kelso in cobbles sewage row

A blocked drain in Kelso’s town centre this week saw dirty water seep up through the ancient cobbled streets – with one resident claiming it was raw sewage.

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Volunteers at work in Ancrum.

Ancrum group advancing towards biodiversity

Ancrum Biodiversity Group was awarded an advancing award by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity behind the campaign which rewards community participation and environmental responsibility.

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At the site, from left, Eileen Walsh, project manager Duncan Taylor, William Rodger, Andy Maybury.

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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