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'why are we paying someone £700 per day'

Cumbria County Council's facing criticism for spending £700 per day on a communications consultant.

The council is currently facing cuts of about 90 million pounds over three years.

A spokesperson says the external expertise will save money in the long-term but opposition councillors say the cash could be better spent:

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Next stage for Newton Rigg College

Newton Rigg College now has four times more students than it had three years ago, and boasts that "agriculture's time has come again".

The latest stage in a three million pound development of the site was officially opened today.

Hannah McNulty was there, to find out why more students are taking up land-based studies there.

'Agriculture on the up' for students at Newton Rigg

300% increase in the number of students at Newton Rigg College Credit: ITV Border

A newly refurbished learning centre at Newton Rigg College near Penrith has been officially opened.

It's part of a £3 million investment in the campus, which was taken over by the Askham Bryan College three years ago. It's had a 300% increase in the number of students attending the college since then. Course leaders say worldwide demand for food means land-based courses are more popular than ever.

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An awfully big adventure for Peter Pan house

The writer, JM Barrie, used to live in the house. Credit: ITV Border

The Dumfries house connected to Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been awarded £650,000 from Creative Scotland.

The writer used to live in the town and took inspiration from the gardens at Moat Brae House. It's now undergoing a major restoration project to turn it into a children's literature centre.

Regeneration disturbs the waters in Stranraer

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved plans that will see Stranraer benefit from almost half a million pounds of funding.

The money was saved after the new slip way at the harbour came in under budget.

But concerns have been raised that the public haven't been listened to, when considering the best way forwards for Stranraer's regeneration.

Fiona McIlwraith has this report.

Stranraer savings: where should the money go?

Stranraer's slip way cost less than expected, and councillors are discussing whether to spend the £500,000 savings on the town.

They're asking the public where they think the money should go.

"I would like to see some of the money spent on dredging the whole of the harbour and then working from there, with that as a blueprint."

– Ronnie Bowie, business owner

Boat hoist could 'cut off' fishermen

Developments at Stranraer Harbour are not popular with everyone Credit: ITV Border

Willie Scobie, Councillor for Stranraer and North Rhins, says a new boat hoist could cut off access to the harbour.

"The boat hoist is going to cut off, or has the potential to cut off access to the harbour for fishermen but really there has been no economic profile on this, we don't know just exactly how often this boat hoist is going to be used."

– Cllr Willie Scobie
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