Peebles celebrates creative status

The creative community in Peebles are celebrating after coming top in a competition to find Scotland's most creative places.

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Heated discussion over police control room closures

There have been angry exchanges in the Scottish Parliament over the planned closure of several police control rooms.

The Scottish Police Authority agreed last month to close five of the ten centres across the country and Dumfries is expected to be the first to go in April.

Local MSPs claimed these closures were part of a wider failure to take account of local needs.


Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a 10 year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.


Alston community ambulance could be axed

A community run ambulance, which is said to be a lifeline for people in Alston, could be axed.

The so-called agency ambulance has operated for 45 years, staffed by five members of the local community, trained in basic life support.

The agency ambulance responds to emergency calls in Alston Moor to help patients until the ambulance service staff arrive.

The future of the ambulance and other local urgent response services will be discussed at a meeting at Samuel King's School tonight.

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