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Top award for three of Copeland's beaches

Silecroft beach was among three in Copeland to get a Seaside Award Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Three beaches in Copeland have won a Seaside Award.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg have been named as having the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Fourteen beaches in the north west of England achieved the same status, which is awarded by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Copeland Borough Council runs the beaches and says it is pleased with the recognition.

This is great news.

Our staff and local community partners work hard to keep our amenity beaches safe and inviting for locals, holiday makers and day trippers."

– Julie Betteridge, Copeland Council’s director of customer and community services

Selkirk recycling centre to close for refurb

Selkirk Community Recycling Centre is closing temporarily on Monday 1 June for maintenance and improvement works.

The site will re-open as normal the following day.

Scottish Borders Council apologises for any inconvenience and during the closure other community recycling centres remain open.

The nearest alternative sites are:

· Galashiels Community Recycling Centre, Langshaw Road, Galashiels, TD1 2NT

· Hawick Community Recycling Centre, Mansfield Road, Hawick, TD9 8AW

Both centres are open from 9am to 5pm.

New recycling centre opens in Kelso

New recycling centre at Kelso Credit: Scottish Borders Council

A new £860,000 community recycling centre opened in Kelso today (Monday 18 May).

The facility in Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate is the seventh recycling centre to open in the Borders and will be open seven days a week, with a wide variety of materials being accepted for recycling, along with general waste.

Scottish Borders Council says it aims to make recycling simpler for residents in the Kelso area and has been designed to allow waste to be put into recycling skips more easily and to keep the majority of works traffic away from the public.

The decision to build a community recycling centre followed a review by Scottish Borders Council in 2013, resulting in the new facility in Kelso.

An adjacent factory unit has also been adapted to create a new depot for the council’s neighbourhood services department, at a cost of £324,000.

“I am delighted to see Kelso Community Recycling Centre open to the public.

“Community Recycling Centres play an important role in supporting the Council’s kerbside waste and recycling collection services.

“The new recycling centre has also brought a former derelict piece of land back into use and should reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.

“I hope Kelso’s residents will make use of this new facility.”

– Cllr David Paterson, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services

Opening times for Kelso Community Recycling Centre are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm.

For a full list of materials which are accepted at Kelso CRC, visit


Anti nuclear protest

Anti nuclear campaigners are to hold a protest this lunchtime on the opening day of 10 weeks of consultation over plans for a new power station in Cumbria.

Members of Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) will gather outside Whitehaven Civic Hall where the plans for the project at Moorside near Sellafield, are on display.

NuGen, the company behind the scheme, says it's very keen to hear the public's views and is encouraging people to have their say.

Is nuclear consultation just a box ticking exercise?

NuGen are entering into a ten-week consultation with people in West Cumbria, about the prospect of building Europe's largest new nuclear plant in the region.

Samantha Parker asked Sandy Rupprecht, the company's CEO, whether voices from the community will have any real impact on the decision:

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