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Stranraer slip way saves £500,000

Money saved from building a slip way in Stranraer could go towards the regeneration of the town.

Councillors will discuss today whether to inject the money back into the local community.

Over £490,000 has been saved by putting in a smaller slipway and a boat lift, the public will be asked their views on how the money should be spent.

Milk price cut is down to 'surplus'

A 3p per litre cut was announced by First Milk, which comes into force from today, Wednesday 1st October. Credit: Arno Burgi/DPA/Press Association Images

A milk processor says a cut in the price of milk for farmers is due to high levels of milk production and a weaker demand for dairy products.

Muller Wiseman is the latest company to cut its November milk price.

Its suppliers will now be paid 27.1p per litre, down 1.9p per litre.

It follows cuts from other milk processors.

A 3p per litre cut was announced by First Milk, which comes into force from today, Wednesday 1st October.

Muller UK say their latest price drop for suppliers results from "significantly lower returns from Müller’s sales of cream, butter and surplus milk which is not required to meet customer obligations."


Six fire crews tackle farm blaze

Six fire crews from across the region were called to the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Investigations are continuing after a hay barn was badly damaged by a fire in Cotehill near Carlisle.

Six fire crews from across the region were called to the blaze, which broke out yesterday afternoon at the farm.

Flames could be seen from up to a mile away from the site. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and no one was hurt.

The fire happened on a farm near in Cotehill, Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

£200,000 boost to D&G events

Dizzee Rascal and Scottish favourites del Amitri performed at this year's Wickerman festival Credit: ITV Border

£200,000 will be available to boost festivals in Dumfries and Galloway.

The council have announced that the money will go towards ensuring there is something going on in the region all year round.

Already the area is home to a lot of successful events.

"We've got a number of events and festivals that take place that really put the region on the map, the Wickerman Festival, the Wigtown Book Festival, we had the Lockerbie Jazz Festival recently, there's a huge range of things taking place right across Dumfries and Galloway and I think more and more people are starting to realise the region is a really good place to visit if you want to go to major events and major festivals."

– Colin Smyth Dumfries & Galloway Council

50 new jobs for Gretna Gateway expansion

The retail village draws more than two million shoppers annually Credit: ITV Border

Fifty new jobs are due to be created with the expansion of Gretna's Gateway retail village.

The announcement comes after one of the most successful summers in the outlet's history.

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games saw Gretna Gateway's busiest ever week at the end of July, as tourists and residents flocked to the park.

The retail village currently welcomes more than two million visitors every year.

Civic Centre: Art or an eyesore?

It's one of Cumbria's most controversial buildings and now campaigners on both sides are fighting to decide its future.

Carlisle Civic Centre frequently appears on 'ugliest buildings' lists across the country and now it could pulled down.

But as with most pieces of art - not everyone thinks the building should be scrapped. And some care so much, they've launched a petition urging people to give it a bit of love.

Matthew Taylor reports.


Council says redevelopment plans will "take years"

Carlisle Council says it wants to increase the amount of shopping available in the city.

It is currently consulting on where to put new shops. The city council has put forward proposals that involve knocking down the Civic Centre, a building which has divided opinions from the moment it was built in 1964. But the woman who is in charge of the plans, Jane Meek, says it is likely to be a number of years before any changes take place.

Jane Meek is the Director of Economic Development at Carlisle City Council:

Civic Centre 'should stay'

A campaigner who wants to keep the Civic Centre in Carlisle has pleaded for people to look again at the much criticised 1960s building.

Tina Leith is part of a group of people who think the building should be kept, despite plans to demolish it.

Mrs Leith says that those who think it's an "eyesore" should look again at its hidden treasures and iconic status. There's a website called "Save Carlisle Civic Centre from being knocked down" with a petition on it that people can sign.

The city council has put forward proposals to redevelop the area of Carlisle where the civic centre no stands. It is urging people to put their views forward on its vision of a new 200,000 square foot shopping development.

This archive footage was filmed by ITV Border shortly after it was built:

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