Loch Hill wind farm appeal rejected

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A developer has lost an appeal against the refusal of a plan for a wind farm on land north east of St John's Town of Dalry in southern Scotland.

2020 Renewables wanted to build 11 turbines in the Loch Hill scheme.

Dumfries and Galloway Council planning officials had recommended approval, but it was rejected by councillors due to its "visual and cumulative impact on the surrounding area".

Now a Scottish government reporter has also turned down the plan.

The appeal argued that the scheme aimed to minimise environmental impact.

2020 Renewables said it could have brought "substantial economic benefits" to the region.

However, a reporter concluded that the "visual harm would be disproportionate to the renewable energy generation benefits".

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    16:09: Weather Update BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Showery rain continues to move through the east and north east of the country. Slowly brightening up behind it.

    Today's top temperatures: Kinloss - 22.5C, Achnagart - 22.2C, Edinburgh - 22.1C, Leuchars - 21.8C, Charterhall - 21.5C.

    15:53: Cameron's pledge on Holyrood powers Tim Reid Political correspondent, BBC News

    The Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that Holyrood will get further powers "soon" - if there's a No vote in next month's referendum.

    In an interview with the BBC, asked if he "guaranteed" further devolution, Cameron replied: "yes".

    Prime Minister David Cameron

    The pro-Union parties have all pledged further powers but don't agree on which ones, or when.

    Mr Cameron also accused Alex Salmond of "trying to frighten people... with a scare story" over the NHS in Scotland.

    The first minister has argued that a No vote in next month's referendum places the future of the NHS in doubt - despite critics insisting that the health service is totally devolved.

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    Anonymous: SNP promises looking more like an election manifesto than a referendum. Promise anything like some dodgy salesman in return for a Yes vote, safe in the knowledge there's no turning back when they can't deliver.

    Colin, Grangemouth: To Willie: I know who I would trust more, certainly not Cameron, Boris & Farage because they're the ones we will have to deal with if we vote No.

    15:34: Referendum - What happens if we vote no?

    No thanks will not mean no change, it seems.

    Scottish independence cakes

    Tim Reid, the BBC's Political Correspondent, investigates what might happen to Scotland in the event of a no vote.

    15:24: Care home criticised

    A care home in Aberdeen has been told it must make improvements after being labelled 'weak' for the second consecutive time.

    The Care Inspectorate made its conclusions following an unannounced visit to the Bucksburn Care Home.

    15:17: Teenager stabbed over loud music row

    A man who stabbed a 15-year-old boy during a row over loud music has been jailed for 10 years for attempted murder.

    Ryan Taylor, 30, attacked the teenager at flats in Ayr.

    Taylor denied attempting to kill the boy in January this year but was found guilty.

    The High Court in Glasgow heard that Taylor had a lengthy criminal record and was awaiting sentence for another offence at the time of the stabbing.

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    Willie: Can't believe that people will happily allow Mr Salmond to gamble with their hard-earned life savings for him to satisfy a life's ambition. If the rash gamble fails we're all going to suffer.

    Anonymous: To Stephen, Ayr. Not a needless campaign in anyway. Regardless of the vote, Salmond and co have got the population, young and old, engaged in politics in a manner not seen in this country for a great many years. Or is Better Together therefore advocating we continue with the lethargy, disenfranchisement and poor elections turnouts that have become the signature of British politics? I for one am delighted my children and grandchildren are discussing their futures, researching and drawing their own conclusions.

    15:02: Wakaso out to 'make history'

    Celtic's new signing Mubarak Wakaso has said he wants to "create history" at the club.

    Mubarak Wakaso

    Wakaso, who has signed on loan from Rubin Kazan, is the first Ghanaian to play for the Scottish champions and he told the club's website he is ready to set an example for other players from the African nation.

    14:50: Driving Force

    Scottish golfer Stephen Gallacher opened with a 72 at the Italian Open as he targets a top-two finish that would earn him a Ryder Cup place.

    Stephen Gallacher

    The 39-year-old could knock Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell out of the automatic places in the Europe team.

    He is five shots off early leaders John Hahn and Gareth Maybin in Turin.

    14:35: Referendum - The question of independence in Shetland

    The BBC's James Cook reflects on what the issue of Scottish independence means to the people of Shetland, a place closer to Norway than to London.

    14:25: Referendum - Our National Identity

    The BBC's Allan Little reflects on how being Scottish is expressed in art, music, literature and theatre. How did Scotland shake off its 'kilted straitjacket'?

    Iconic Scottish scene
    14:12: Latest Poles

    The number of Polish people living in Scotland rose to 74,000 last year, according to figures published by the Office of National Statistics.

    The figure is up by 19,000 from the time of the 2011 census.

    It represents more than a quarter of all people in Scotland born outwith the UK.

    14:04: Tories scrap champagne party

    A champagne celebration organised by a Conservative association in anticipation of Scots rejecting independence has been cancelled.

    An advert for the event said an all-night party on 18 September would be "followed in the morning with a celebration champagne brunch".

    The event at the Aston Hotel in Dumfries has since been removed from the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Association's webpage.

    A Conservative spokesman said the party was not taking anything for granted.

    13:50: Dead toddler's mother bailed

    A Fife mother accused of murdering and abusing her toddler son has been released on bail ahead of her trial.

    Two-year-old Liam Johnson died at his family's home in Donald Crescent, Thornton, near Glenrothes on 22 March.

    The cause of his death remained a mystery for months after his death - with his death certificate saying it was "unascertained".

    His mother, Rachael Fee, 30, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 27, both deny murder.

    13:32: Referendum - What's In It For Me?

    BBC Newsnight's chief correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, in advance of a referendum documentary on BBC Two Scotland tonight, explores if Scots would be better off by staying in the United Kingdom or if they would have more money in their pockets in an independent Scotland.

    Money in Scottish purse
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    BBC Weather tweets: Wow! #Aurora #Borealis taken by Alan Tough in Lossiemouth last night. More fab pics: bbc.in/1qLX5VZ

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    13:19: Falkirk teenager signs for Norwich

    Norwich City have signed Falkirk midfielder Conor McGrandles for an undisclosed fee.

    Conor McGrandles

    The Bairns say they have received a club record fee for the 18-year-old, reportedly worth up to £1m.

    McGrandles played 66 games in the Scottish Championship and has signed a three-year deal with the Canaries, with the option of a further 12 months.

    13:12: Dry ice

    The ice bucket challenge has been blamed for the water supply on the Argyll island of Colonsay being shut down.

    Scores of islanders have been taking part in the charity stunt which has also become a craze with politicians and celebrities.

    The Ice Bucket challenge has created a new viral trend

    Scottish Water says no customers were left without water when the flow from the island's main reservoir automatically turned off four times after drainage rose above normal levels.

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    Stephen, Ayr: Of the six powers Alex Salmond has mentioned, we have them all now underwritten by our UK government already.

    Richard Stephen, Clydebank: I currently sell equipment throughout the UK. Will my customers in the rest of the UK continue to buy from me if Scotland is independent or will they prefer to buy from their home suppliers?

    Fran, Edinburgh: This is a pointless discussion! If you want to see what Westminster's BETTER TOGETHER vision is, look out your window. It's here, it's now. You have experienced it your whole life! There is only one way to change this and that's to vote Yes on September 18th.

    12:30: Striker Signed

    St Johnstone have signed striker Brian Graham on loan from Dundee United for the rest of the season.

    Brian Graham

    The 26-year-old moved to Tannadice from Raith Rovers in May 2013 but struggled to pin down a starting place.

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    Rob in Dunblane: In an independent Scotland, priority will be given to the needs of Scotland and not to that of the city of London.

    Glen, Kirkcudbright: Business thrives better in an economy that is stable as a result of a more equitable distribution of wealth.

    newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 12:13: Your Pictures - Get Involved

    Iain Wales hit a real purple patch with this picture of the Sidlaw Hills, looking from King's Seat to Black Hill.

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    You can send us your pictures via email, or tweet using #ScotlandLive and we'll use the best.

    12:03: Video - Ross County reaction to Adams's sacking

    Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor speaks to BBC Scotland's Andrew Thomson about the sacking of manager Derek Adams and his father George, who was director of football at the Dingwall club.

    Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor
    11:59: Never Miss A Beatt John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Would a Yes or a No vote be better for business in Scotland? 79% of jobs in Scotland are private sector.

    You can listen to the Beattie Show here.

    11:56: Get Involved Gordon Brewer BBC Scotland News

    Radio Scotland's The Big Debate is holding a referendum special from the Gurdwara (place of worship for Sikhs) in Albert Drive, Glasgow, on 5 September.

    I'm looking for your questions on the economy. So, if you want to discuss issues like currency, taxation, oil and public services with a panel of guests, you can apply for a ticket by emailing: bigdebate@bbc.co.uk.

    11:40: Goldie oldie

    DJ Goldie found the inspiration for his latest work in a piece of medieval religious music by monks from the Scottish Borders.

    The club star worked with an Oxford University academic to sample parts of the Hawick Missal Fragment.


    The piece will be part of a performance at Glasgow Cathedral on Saturday.

    11:33: Independent Thought

    The Scottish secretary has indicated he could join Scotland's negotiating team for talks on independence if there is a "Yes" vote in next month's referendum.

    Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael

    The Scotsman newspaper quoted Alistair Carmichael as saying he would find it "difficult" to remain in his current job.

    But he said be believed those negotiating on behalf of Scotland would face an "enormously difficult path".

    11:26: Crash victim named

    A man who died after a crash involving a road roller on the A93 at Devil's Elbow near Glenshee on Monday, has been named.

    Ian Bullions, 61, originally from the Kirriemuir area, will be "greatly missed," his family said.

    Referendum Debate - Your Views John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Hi business folks, why would a Yes or Better Together vote be better for you? Anyone prepared to say?

    11:15: Cave monster

    A geologist claims to have identified Britain's biggest cave in Shetland.

    Calders Geo

    The Calders Geo sea cave at Esha Ness has been found to be 60ft tall and spanning a floor area of 5,600 square metres.

    11:10: New York couple buy the Big Yin's Home

    A businessman from New York and his Scottish wife have been revealed as the new owners of Billy Connolly's mansion.

    Billy Connolly

    Marc Lino and his wife Lynne, 44, bought Candacraig House in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, and its surrounding estate from the Big Yin and his wife Pamela Stephenson Connolly for almost £3m.

    Read the full story in The Scotsman.

    11:04: Spring success

    Organisers have estimated the annual Spring Fling arts and crafts event in Dumfries and Galloway generated £1.4m for the local economy.

    Dumfries Spring Fling

    More than 40,000 people visited sites across the areas with an additional 18,000 visitors to three associated exhibitions.

    Dumfries and Galloway Council's Colin Smyth said: "The superb results for Spring Fling demonstrate the timeless appeal of the event, the hard work of its staff and board and the sustained investment that the council has put in over a number of years."

    10:56: Van Dijk, Mackay-Steven and Legia fears

    Virgil van Dijk and Gary Mackay-Steven may soon be on their way out of Scottish football, while Legia's chairman fears a riot if the Poles draw Celtic in the Europa League.

    Virgil Van Dijk

    It is just another day in the world of football gossip.

    10:29: Ryanair confirms Prestwick routes David Miller BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    Ryanair has confirmed it's to continue flying from Prestwick Airport next summer.

    The budget airline revealed in July that it was transferring several key routes from Prestwick to Glasgow Airport. That led to speculation about the future of passenger services at the Ayrshire terminal.

    Ryanair will operate a total of 44 weekly return flights from Prestwick next summer, and 57 return flights from Glasgow.

    10:26: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    An accident on the A96 Westbound in Moray between B9015 Mosstodloch and B9103 Lhanbryde has been cleared and traffic has returned to normal.

    10:22: Man proposes to his girlfriend at Braehead

    A Glasgow man proposed to his partner at a popular shopping centre in the city.

    Tony Moore managed to persuade bosses at Braehead Shopping Centre to show a video of his proposal on a big screen, before he got down on one knee and popped the question.

    Read the full story in the Daily Record.

    10:10: Managerial casualty

    Ross County have sacked manager Derek Adams and his father George, who was director of football at the club.

    Derek Adams

    In a statement, the club said that the parties "have come to an agreement".

    Adams led County to the 2010 Scottish Cup final during his first spell in charge of the club, and to promotion to the top flight in his second.

    Coach Steve Ferguson and captain Richie Brittain will look after the first team for Saturday's Premiership game at Hamilton Academical.

    County are without a point after four league matches this season.

    10:05: Cancer sufferers need more help

    Three-quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need, according to research in the Lancet.

    Charities say the current situation is "heartbreaking".

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    People often wrongly assume that major depression is part of a natural reaction to cancer - but this is much more than transient sadness, the Edinburgh and Oxford university researchers have concluded.

    10:00: Morning Call - Get Involved

    What would you like to ask Douglas Alexander of the Better Together campaign before you cast your vote in the referendum?

    Louise White and Douglas Alexander

    Call 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295 with your questions.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

    BBC Scotland Live - Your Views

    What do you think of BBC Scotland Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    We've introduced the rolling text service to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think here.

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    Andrew, ex-pat in County Durham: It's intriguing me as to what will make the difference in the vote outcome - is it just one vote? If so, why aren't the two sides using this as a strong point in getting their voters into the booths? Also - where will the vote be announce and whom will announce it?

    09:49: Squirrel leprosy danger

    Scotland's red squirrels are facing a new threat from a form of leprosy, according to scientists in Edinburgh.

    Red squirrel

    Six cases caused by a bacteria similar to Mycobacterium lepromatosis have been confirmed in squirrels in Dumfries and Galloway and the Moray Firth since 2006.

    09:41: Page turner

    Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards.

    McCall Smith's Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion is in the younger readers' section.

    Scottish Book Awards

    One of the other shortlisted authors is Alex McCall, a 20-year-old screenwriting and filmmaking student at University of the West of Scotland in Ayr, who will be hoping to win with his work Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens.

    newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 09:28: Your Photos

    Reader Karen Brown sent us this stunning image of Glen Affric near the village of Cannich in the Highlands.

    Glen Affric

    You can send in your own photographs via email or twitter using #ScotlandLive

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    Stephen, Ayr: In the event of a No vote can we, the British people, claim back all the money wasted on this needless campaign?

    Derick, Monifieth: If we're 'Better Together,' why aren't better together now?

    newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 09:00: Where do we go if it's No? - Get Involved

    There has been plenty of talk about how things will change if there is a "Yes" vote in the Scottish referendum on 18 September.

    But what about if Scotland says "No"?

    BBC News political correspondent Tim Reid says it will be far from "business as usual".

    What do you think? Tell us by texting 80295, via email or at #ScotlandLive.

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    Chris, Dunoon: What happens to the Barnett Formula?

    Anonymous: If we are 'Better Together' why have food banks quadrupled? Why is there an increase in people in poverty with health problems due to malnutrition?

    08:46: 'I'm your biggest fan'

    The mum of a five-year-old boy who wrote an "amazing" fan letter to Scottish Commonwealth swimming champion Ross Murdoch says he will be "over the moon" to meet his hero.

    Brian Fitzpatrick's note reached the swimmer despite being addressed simply to "Ross Murdoch, Commonwealth Champion, Balloch".

    Brian Fitzpatrick and Ross Murdoch

    The 200m Breaststroke gold medal winner asked Twitter users to help him get back in touch with the youngster.

    Brian's parents, who live in Dumbarton, got in touch after the appeal was retweeted more than 1,300 times.

    Ross now plans to meet Brian and show him where he trains.

    Brian's mother, Claire, said: "He loves swimming and is very excited at the prospect of meeting Ross.

    "To start with, I had no idea Brian was writing to Ross. He started school last week and I just thought he was doodling when he asked me 'Mum, how do you spell, I am your biggest fan?'"

    08:38: What the papers say

    The Scottish independence debate continues to dominate the front pages ahead of the 18 September vote.

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    The Scottish Sun leads with a story claiming that senior Conservatives confident of a "No" vote have planned a champagne bash after the poll.

    Elsewhere, The Scotsman claims that Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael would leave his UK government post in the event of a "Yes" vote.

    You can read more in our daily newspaper review.

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    Duncan in the hills: If Scotland votes No this must mean an end to international football and rugby. International comes from Latin, "between nations". Voting No means you deny that we have a status as a nation.

    Anonymous: My question is exactly what extra powers will Scotland be offered?

    Robert from Larkhall: I want to ask that if the Scottish economy is withdrawn from the Bank of England wouldn't there be another banking collapse?

    08:22: Pro-independence drive

    More than 200 business figures have signed an open letter backing Scottish independence.

    Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter and Clyde Blowers boss Jim McColl are among signatories who say independence is in Scotland's economic interest.

    It comes a day after a similar letter from 130 pro-UK business leaders said the case for independence had not been made.

    The pro-independence letter has been published in The Herald newspaper.

    08:16: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    In Glasgow, delays on the M74 around Rutherglen and congestion on the M8 heading eastbound at around Junction 28 Glasgow Airport, and Junction 27 Arkleston.

    Surface water on the M80 Northbound between Junction 4A Low Wood and Junction 5 Auchenkilns is also causing delays.

    08:10: New York, New York...

    Andy Murray will aim to avoid the cramp he suffered in his first round win at the US Open, when he faces German qualifier Matthias Bachinger.

    Murray's second-round match at Flushing Meadows will open the late session on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Big Apple.

    Andy Murray

    "I didn't feel unbelievably nervous before my first match (against Robin Haase)," Murray told BBC Sport.

    "I wasn't putting too much pressure on myself either - no-one really has any expectations of me here anyway.

    "I don't feel any different but I'm happy I'm still in the tournament. I could easily be on my way home."

    The Scot will take centre stage from 00:00 on Friday.

    08:05: Morning Call Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    On Morning Call we are giving you the chance to put your questions to the politicians at the heart of the referendum campaign. Tomorrow it's the First Minister Alex Salmond, but today it's the turn of Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander.

    Louise White Morning Call

    So what question do you want to ask Douglas Alexander of the Better Together campaign before you cast your vote?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or via email. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

    Weather Update Judith Ralston BBC Weather presenter

    Rain sweeping north becoming confined to Orkney. Shetland staying dry with sunshine. Dry for a time before showers develop mainly in south. A lot of dry, sunny weather in the north pm. Temps ranging from 15C n/e coast with some mist here. 18/19 for most, 21C Inv & Moray.

    08:01: Economy Boost

    The UK is "an economy of opportunity" which supports one million Scottish jobs, David Cameron is to tell business leaders.

    The prime minister will address the CBI conference later, calling the UK one of the "most successful single markets".

    Prime Minister David Cameron

    The speech takes place in the final weeks of the referendum campaign.

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond challenged Mr Cameron to name a single job-creating power certain to come after a "No" vote.

    08:00: Rise and Shine... Thomas McGuigan BBC Sport

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we provide our rolling live text service of news, sport, weather and travel from across the country between now and 6pm.



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