Cloich Forest wind farm proposals go to public inquiry

A public inquiry is to be held into proposals for an 18-turbine wind farm near Eddleston in the Scottish Borders.

Cloich Wind Farm LLP is behind the Peeblesshire scheme.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing has referred the application to the Scottish government's directorate of planning and environmental appeals.

Scottish Borders Council has opposed plans for the Cloich Forest wind farm, claiming that it would cause unacceptable harm to the landscape.

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    Tweet @bbcscotlandnews Best pun shop names - Get involved

    Naughty by Niger tweets: Coffee shop, Southside, 'Java Minute'

    Fay Young: Thistle Do Nicely, tartan stuff North Bridge, fortunately it didn't.

     
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    08:22: Historic mansion's uncertain future

    A review is being sought for a rejected residential development on the site of a historic mansion near Dumfries.

    Proposals have been lodged to convert Carnsalloch House and build a number of new homes.

    Developers say the buildings have been targeted by vandals, fireraisers and drug users

    However, Dumfries and Galloway Council ruled that the project is not in keeping with the A-listed building.

    Developers said all technical issues had been resolved and that design concerns were a "subjective issue".

    The Palladian mansion house at Kirkton, built in the middle of the 18th Century with a number of extensions over the years, has fallen into disrepair.

     
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    08:15: Read all about it

    This morning's papers take in Rangers, Gordon and the "Beast of Butlins".

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    Read more here.

     
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    @BBCRadioScot Coming up... BBC Radio Scotland

    Wind, coal or nuclear: what's the best way to power Scotland's future?

    Morning Call

    Have your say on Morning Call with Cathy Macdonald from 08:50.

    We'll also be asking: is a two-pint glass a practical solution to big bar queues?

    Listen live to the programme here.

     
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    08:03: You're the pun that I want...

    Earlier we asked you for your favourite shop names featuring puns.

    Gary Lazarowics likes this Airdrie pet grooming business - Captain Dugwash.

    Tweet us your faves @bbcscotlandnews or email them here.

     
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    07:59: Scotland's punniest shops...

    A hair salon in Falkirk has won a poll to find the shop name pun of the year.

    Shop

    Hair Dot Comb attracted the most votes from the 10 shop names on the shortlist compiled by the Local Data Company.

    Another Scottish shop on the list was Glasgrow, a hydroponics store in Glasgow's Merchant City.

    What is your favourite shop name? Send us a photograph and we'll stick the best in a photo gallery.

    Email your pictures to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk with the subject "shop names".

     
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    07:57: Rangers analysis Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    It's quite simply a case of jumping before he was pushed. David Somers has decided against the public humiliation of losing the shareholders' vote at Friday's extraordinary general meeting.

    A meeting called by major shareholder and former director Dave King, who wants a clear out at the top. Somers' resignation just leaves chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach.

    Ibrox Stadium

    They too face being booted off the board on Friday but could also quit beforehand. All on the day when Mike Ashley faces charges by the Scottish FA for his dual interest in Newcastle and Rangers. He owns 9% of Rangers but his influence in the boardroom appears to be coming to an end.

     
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    Text using 80295 Railways - Get involved

    Anon: All this talk of re-nationalisation of the railways sums up how pathetic our thinking is. How much for new rolling stock and engines? Michael Hogg is simply an outdated socialist.

    John, Glasgow: It's not rocket science, a nationalised railway is better for everyone. Private companies work for shareholders, not the public: simple economics.

     
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    07:50: 'Re-nationalise our railways'

    As the East Coast Mainline returns to a private franchise today for the first time since 2009, Michael Hogg, of the RMT union, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland the UK's railways should be re-nationalised.

    "Where the two previous franchises failed, East Coast Trains has been an absolute success under public ownership," he said.

    "The quicker our railways are returned to public hands, the better."

     
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    Rangers - Your views

    What do you think about David Somers' resignation as Rangers chairman.

    Scotland Live

    Tweet using @bbcscotlandnews, email newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or text using 80295.

     
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    07:40: Union flag on public works

    Plaques featuring the union flag and the line "funded by the UK government" are to be displayed on publicly-funded projects.

    It is part of plans being announced by the Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander, who said the aim was to recognise UK taxpayers' contributions.

    Flag

    The SNP has branded the plan a "silly gimmick" that won't disguise cuts to public services.

    Projects funded by the European Union already display the EU flag.

     
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    07:37: Coming up... BBC Radio Scotland

    On Good Morning Scotland this morning:

    • "Tidal lagoon" power

    • 300 years of weather

    • East Coast main line

     
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    @BBCDouglasF Rangers latest Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Now ex-chairman of #Rangers, David Somers looks back: at least #rfc paid its bills + didn't go under on his watch.

     
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    07:24: East Coast back in private hands

    After six years of public ownership, East Coast Mainline rail services have been re-privatised.

    East coast

    Virgin, which already operates West Coast rail services, has taken over the East Coast franchise, in partnership with Stagecoach.

    The line links London with Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

    The companies are promising to improve the service for passengers, following two failed private franchise ventures.

     
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    07:19: Rangers 'avoided going under during my tenure' - Somers

    David Somers, who has resigned as Rangers chairman, says he tried to bring "harmony" to the club after enjoying "considerable success" in the City.

    "When I was approached about the chairmanship of Rangers, friends warned me that the world of football has different rules and codes of behaviour," he said.

    Former Rangers chairman David Somers

    "I now know that is a gross understatement. I am a non-confrontational man and have always tried to bring harmony to boardrooms and with stakeholders.

    "At the risk of antagonising my army of critics I would point out that Rangers managed to pay its bills and avoid going under during my tenure.

    "These critics might not agree with how we achieved this. I look forward to alternative solutions from whoever is running the club in the future.

    "Despite the personal attacks on me from various sources I genuinely wish the club the very best in the future and I am confident that, with such a passionate and vociferous fanbase, they will be restored to their former glories."

     
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    07:15: 'Families to lose out'

    Single parents with young children could lose more than £1,800 a year under the UK government's welfare reforms, according to research.

    Couples with young children will be only £400 better off than single parents, the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee said.

    Coins

    Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University claimed families with children will lose an estimated £960m a year under the reforms.

    The Department of Work and Pensions said the report did not take into account increases in employment and the personal allowance and the introduction of the new Universal Credit.

     
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    07:10: Breaking News

    Rangers confirm David Somers has resigned as chairman with immediate effect. The move is confirmed in a statement to the Stock Exchange.

     
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    07:09: Capital growth

    Scotland's hotel sector will continue to grow over the next year with Edinburgh expected to be among the most popular cities in Europe, a report says.

    Along with London and Paris, Scotland's capital is one of only three cities in Europe forecast to have occupancy rates more than 80% in the next year.

    Edinburgh Castle

    A series of events elsewhere in the country over the next 12 months, including the World Gymnastics Championship, the Turner Prize and the Year of Food and Drink, will boost the sector in Glasgow and elsewhere, PwC's latest European hotel forecast says.

     
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    07:06: Murder inquiry into Hamilton death

    Detectives have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a man in South Lanarkshire.

    Stephen Coutts, 35, died following an incident in Mayfield Road, Hamilton, on Saturday evening.

    Stephen Coutts died and another man was taken to hospital

    Another man, also 35, was injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.

    Det Insp David Moran, of Police Scotland, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

    "Officers are conducting inquiries in the surrounding area to establish what happened," he said.

     
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    @BBCScotWeather 'Risk of ice BBC Scotland Weather Latest

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    07:02: Somers to leave Ibrox? Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Rangers chairman David Somers is to step down just days before his future in the position is due to be voted on by shareholders.

    Rangers chairman David Somers

    An extraordinary general meeting is being held at Ibrox on Friday, 6 March, at which the future of the current board will be decided.

    It is unclear if chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach will also go before Friday.

    An announcement is expected this morning regarding Somers' position.

     
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    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live, bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country until 19:00.

    Stay in touch via Twitter @bbcscotlandnews, by email on newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk or by text on 80295.

     

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