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EXCLUSIVE: Wickerman cancelled due to lack of support

In an exclusive interview with ITV Border, the director of the Wickerman Festival has said the decision to cancel the event was down to a lack of support and a fall in ticket sales.

Patsy Gilroy told our Dumfries and Galloway reporter Lori Carnochan, that she was left with no choice, because the gamble was too big to carry on for another year.

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Hydro power station to bring Dumfries & Galloway jobs boost

An impression of how the hydro power station would work. Credit: Media House
The Glenmuckloch site is currently a surface coal mine. Credit: ITV Border

A hydro power station is to be built in Dumfries and Galloway, bringing hundreds of temporary jobs to the area.

Scottish Ministers have granted approval for the construction and operation of a pumped storage hydro (PSH) electricity generation station in Glenmuckloch, near Kirkconnel.

Around 327 temporary workers will be employed to build it, and up to 15 permanent jobs will be created to operate it.

The site is currently operated as a surface coal mine.

With an installed capacity of up to 400 MW, and supporting 327 temporary and up to 15 permanent jobs, the Glenmuckloch station will help support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway and support the growth of renewables in Scotland’s energy mix.

– Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown

The scheme is a joint venture between Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables.

They say it would still need major financial investment from other partners to proceed.

Meetings have taken place with the UK Government – which sets energy policy – to discuss the need for a stable revenue mechanism that will encourage investment.


Businesses encouraged to capitalise on Borders rail tourism

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Local businesses in the Borders will review the impact of the Borders Railway on tourism at a conference today.

The 30-mile route stretching from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank has had more than one million passengers travelling on the route in the first year and businesses in the Borders have experienced an increase in visitor numbers.

Business owners will be encouraged to continue to capitalise on the business growth opportunities.

The Council is committed to maximising the economic benefit of the Borders Railway across the region, and bringing together businesses for this type of event is a fantastic way to hear about the latest developments, hear what others have done to take advantage of the visitors using the railway and network."

– Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Economic Development

Carlisle firm to create 100 jobs

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A Carlisle based company says it will be creating a hundred new jobs over the next year

Story Contracting has spent £2.5m expanding its head office and is now planning to increase the workforce.

The firm specialises in building, engineering and rail infrastructure.

Business is going very well, we've grown 30% this year, that's on top of 25% last year. Obviously, our sister company, Story Homes, is growing even quicker than that - both companies doing really well and bringing in a lot of good people."

– John Story, Finance Director, Story Contracting
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