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Dalbeattie campus gets £25m go-ahead

Plans went on display earlier this year. Credit: ITV Border

The construction of a £25 million Dalbeattie Learning Campus has moved a step closer.

Funding for the scheme had been held up because of a European ruling, but the Scottish Government says that has now been resolved.

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Currently, being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink, can result in:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £2,500 fine
  • a possible driving ban

Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink:

  • 14 years’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 2 years
  • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

New £21m Kelso school finally gets go-ahead

An artist's impression of the new school. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The building of a new £21.4 million school in Kelso has been given the go-ahead, and is expected to begin in early 2016.

Kelso High School will be built at Nethershot on Angraflat Road.

The project had stalled because of a European ruling, which affected ten schools and two health centres across the country.

But the Scottish Government now says that has been resolved.

I am pleased that the issues which have held back the new Kelso High School have finally been settled.

It has been a frustrating period for everyone associated with the school including the wider community, and the people of Kelso should be thanked for their patience during this time.

The new school will include grass and synthetic sports pitches and community facilities, which will provide health and educational benefits for not just generations of schoolchildren but the whole town.”

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council


Villagers club together to keep only shop open

The village's only shop. Credit: ITV Border

Villagers who have been fighting to save their only shop from closure have become its new owners.

The former Co Operative store in Hallbankgate near Brampton, closed in the summer after 140 years.

A community group made up of local residents has now bought it after raising around £70,000, and they're busy refurbishing the shop.

They hope it will re-open in the spring.

RECAP: testing how different drivers are affected by alcohol

The number of drink driving offenders in Dumfries and Galloway has dropped dramatically, since a lower limit came into force.

When the new limit was introduced ITV Border tested how different drivers were affected by alcoholic drinks.

The tests may not have been scientific, but even so the results surprised our lunch party:

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