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Broadband boost for Coldstream

Fibre Broadband Boost for Coldstream Credit: PA

Thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Scottish Borders are now able to connect to fibre broadband.

It's part of the £410 million project to introduce fibre broadband to Scotland.

£8.4 million has been put towards the project by the Scottish Borders Council in addition to block funding from all the Scottish local authorities.

It’s really exciting to hear that so many premises in and around Coldstream are already able to connect to fibre broadband. It’s good to see this project reaching more communities in our area, contributing towards the aim of connecting most of our homes and businesses to fibre broadband.

Access to high-speed internet technology is vital to both residents and businesses – which is why Scottish Borders Council chose to invest £8.4 million into the programme’s rollout.”

– Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council

A further £126 million is to be contributed to the Digital Scotland programme by BT

Hundreds of people in Coldstream now have access to their best ever broadband speeds, and more will follow. As the fibre network extends across the Scottish Borders, making the most of it is vital. I hope local people and businesses will soon be taking advantage of all the opportunities on offer.”

– Brendan Dick, BT Scotland Director

Fibre broadband lets users to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time more quickly.

Dredging to begin at Annan harbour

Annan Harbour Credit: ITV Border

The dredging of Annan harbour is due to start - and it's hoped it'll boost the town's economy.

Annan Harbour Action Group has been awarded a £22,000 grant to fund the work, which will remove silt which has built up at the harbour.

It's hoped this will make it useable for boats again, driving more tourism to the area.

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Vulcan Bomber to fly over Carlisle Airport

A Vulcan Bomber is flying over Carlisle Airport Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Vulcan Bomber is flying over Carlisle Airport for the final time as part of its two-day salute to the V-Force, Farewell to Flight Tour 2015.

After surviving the Cold War Era and The Falklands, Avro Vulcan XH558 is 55 years old and is the last one to fly.

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4G coverage could reach the Borders

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A rural village in the Scottish Borders may be given a mobile phone mast to bring 4G coverage to the area.

Ettrickbridge, near Selkirk, is in a so-called not-spot area, which means some homes have no coverage by any operator.

The council plans to erect a 15 metre high mobile phone mast using government funding.

Plans for better mobile phone coverage in Scottish Borders

The plans should improve mobile phone signal. Credit: ITV Border

Mobile phone signal in the Scottish Borders could be set to improve, as plans for new mobile phone masts move forwards.

Scottish Borders Council says a planning application will soon be submitted to built a 15-metre high phone mast in the Ettrickbridge area.

This would provide 4G multi-network coverage to the area, making it easier for people to get a signal.

The plans were outlined at a public meeting in the village on Tuesday (16 June).

The Council is also looking into plans for four other masts in other areas of the Scottish Borders.

Progress has been slower because a number of factors have to be taken into consideration, including power for the mast, negotiations with landowners, and transmission to the wider areas.

It's part of a national Mobile Infrastructure Project, which aims to provide better signal to 'not spot' areas:

The Council has been pushing for several years to ensure that this £150million UK project brings about the benefits promised in the Scottish Borders, and I am pleased that we are now about to see the first planning application for a mast submitted.

We have been working with local and national politicians from the UK and Scottish Government and the respective companies and associations involved to tackle mobile phone coverage in the area, in particular the five locations identified as part of the MIP where the funding is available to address these issues.”

– Councillor Stuart Bell, Executive Member for Economic Development

The council says the developments follow years of "behind the scenes" work.

Environment Agency confident nuclear waste plan is 'safe'

The Environment Agency is asking residents for their views on the proposed expansion of a nuclear waste repository in West Cumbria:

The Environment Agency is the environmental regulator of the nuclear industry in England and is independent of government and industry.

LLW Repository Ltd wants to dispose of more radioactive waste at its site and has applied to us for an environmental permit. We will only issue a permit once we're satisfied that further disposals at the site are safe for people and the environment, both now and in the future.

We've assessed LLW Repository Ltd's environmental safety case and consider it demonstrates that future waste disposal is safe within the limits we have set.

Before we make a final decision, we want to consider the views of local people and other organisations.

We are hosting a drop-in event at Drigg and Carleton village hall on Thursday 18 June, from 11am to 7:30pm, where people can learn more about the issue and our proposed decision."

– Steve Hardy, Environment Agency's nuclear regulation group

If you are interested in learning more from the Environment Agency, or submitting a comment about the plans, you can do so here.

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