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Recycling coffee to make mushrooms

A local community-owned company in Moffat is making money from food waste.

Moffat Can is already known for recycling and repairs. Their aquaponics project uses waste from farmed fish to grow plants in water. Then there's the garden - all organic, of course.

This latest project involves the town's cafes and restaurants. Fiona Armstrong reports.

First Minister to make Borders rail announcement

The First Minister will be in the Scottish Borders. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alex Salmond is visiting the Scottish Borders today.

He'll be in Melrose to talk about the benefits the new Borders Railway will bring to the region.

The outgoing First Minister will be replaced by Nicola Sturgeon later this week.

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Meeting to boost Borderlands

The Civic Centre will host senior members from five cross border councils. Credit: ITV Border

Economic opportunities in the Borderlands will be discussed today.

Senior members of five cross border councils will meet at the Civic Centre in Carlisle.

  • Cumbria County Council
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Scottish Borders Council
  • Northumberland County Council

They'll focus on how to boost industries like tourism, energy and forestry.

The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Colin Glover, the leader of Carlisle City Council.

Waste facility to re-open Monday following fire

Shanks Waste Management have said they will re-open on Monday following a fire at their building in Carlisle.

At 12.50am last night, 6th November, four fire engines were called to a fire involving 3000 tonnes of waste at Shanks Waste Management in Hespin Wood, Rockcliffe.

"Shanks can confirm that there has been a small fire at its Hespin Wood facility in Carlisle. We are pleased that our efficient incident management procedures meant that nobody was hurt and there was no damage to the building or equipment. We expect to restart operations at the facility on Monday and investigations into the source of the fire will begin immediately. We would like to thank the fire service for their assistance in dealing with the small fire quickly and efficiently.”

– Official statement from Shanks Waste Management

Railway project is on the right track

Scottish Borders Council Leader, Councillor David Parker, Network Rail project manager for the central and south sections of the Borders Railway, Ken MacGillivray and Scottish Borders Council Chief Executive, Tracey Logan, join the Borders Railway rail installation team as the rails cross into the Scottish Borders at Cakemuir Burn. Credit: Borders Railway

Rails for the Borders Railway crossed into the Scottish Borders for the first time in 45 years yesterday (Wed 5 Nov).

The rail installation team entered at Cakemuir Burn as the 30 mile route progresses.

It marks the completion of the rail installation process through Midlothian, with tracks now in place along iconic Borders Railway structures including the 167-year-old, 23-arch Lothianbridge Viaduct near Newtongrange as well as the 71.5 metre long new Hardengreen Bridge.

Now the rail is in place throughout Midlothian, it is being used to transport engineering vehicles.

The Borders Railway rail installation team in action as the rails cross into the Scottish Borders. Credit: Borders Railway

“Seeing the rails enter the Scottish Borders brings home the reality that trains will be running along the railway next September. The Scottish Borders is just months away from reaping the benefits of this investment that will encourage more visitors to our many attractions as well as boost the economic health of our towns and villages.”

– Councillor David Parker, leader of Scottish Borders Council

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Natwest branches struggle with 26 customers

Milnthorpe and Sedbergh branches of Natwest will close in January. Credit: PA

Natwest branches in Milnthorpe and Sedbergh will close on 28th January 2015.

It reports that both branches only have 26 regular customers and transactions at the branches is reported to have fallen by 16%. It is due to this that the branches will be closed.

£1billion will be spent to improve other services, such as increasing the amount of ATM locations and installing 600 Cash and Deposit machines for customers to pay in cheques and cash.

Read: Tim Farron MP says the 'impact will be huge'.

"Our branches are still very important to us and we’ll continue to have one of the largest branch networks in the UK. 80% of our customers are within a three mile radius of a branch, and when you include the Post Office network that rises to 90% of our customers being within one mile of a place where they can carry out their every day banking.

Overall, we are investing over £1bn over the next few years to give customers greater choice in how they bank with us, such as improving our online and mobile banking and upgrading over 400 branches across the UK. These branches will be fitted with new technology including iPads to register and access Online Banking and free Wi-Fi access for customers to use their own digital devices in branch.

We’ve advised staff and we’re writing to our customers to make them aware of the closure and the different ways they can still bank with us. If customers or local businesses are concerned about how this will impact their banking, they can go into the branch where staff will be happy to discuss the alternative ways to bank with us."

– A NatWest spokesperson

Barclays justify closing Sedbergh branch

Barclays will close the Sedbergh branch in February. Credit: PA

Barclays has justified closing the branch in Sedbergh.

In a statement, it's said the decision to close the branch has come after a reduction in the number of customers using it. However people can continue banking online or at a nearby Post Office.

“The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices. In response to this change in customer behaviour we must evolve our business to meet their needs.

At Sedbergh branch, customer usage has declined significantly in the last five years which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close the branch on Friday 13th February 2015.

In addition to the option of online, telephone and mobile banking customers can undertake everyday transactions at the nearby Post Office. We hope the range of alternatives including digital banking and Post Office access will help to ease the transition for our customers as we move out of Sedbergh.”

– Kay Eccles, Community Leader for Barclays in Cumbria

Farron: 'The impact will be huge'

Some branches of Natwest and Barclays bank are closing across Cumbria Credit: PA

Branches of the Natwest banks in Sedbergh, Shap and Milnthorpe and Barclays Bank in Sedbergh are to close over the next few months.

A reduction in the number of customers using rural branches of the banks has prompted the decision. NatWest is planning to extend its mobile service to the affected areas.

"The impact it will have on the community will be huge, on the high street and the businesses there, the ability to bank cash takings both with Barclays and Nat West will be huge."

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland & Lonsdale, Lib Dem
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