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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.

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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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Bullying: help and advice

If you are worried about bullying, or have been affected by the issues in tonight's ITV Border Lookaround, you can get help and advice at the links below:

  • Tootoot - the anti-bullying mobile app developed by a man from the Borders. It's being used by schools across the UK
  • Childline - free helpline, as well as online support
  • Bullying UK - confidential helpline, and online resources including posters and a message board
  • Young Minds - information and advice about the different forms of bullying
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