First hydro plan for Borders

Work to build the first hydro-electric plant in the Borders is underway. It's expected to generate power for more than 200 homes.

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Cockermouth launches app to promote town

Cockermouth app
Cockermouth app. Credit: ITV News Border

Cockermouth in West Cumbria is the first town in the county to launch its very own app.

It has information on local amenities including places to eat and drink, tourist destinations and mother and toddler groups.

Joe Broomfield, the town centre manager, said: "More and more people are using apps today. You see them walking down the street with their smart phones out and with their tablets. On its own it's not going to be a panacea but it is part of the marketing mix."

Full Report: 4G rolled out to North Cumbria

High speed broadband will soon be available in a large parts of north Cumbria, which is the first time in the country 4G has been rolled out to a large rural area.

Digital provider EE claims it will enable people to get more than triple the current download speed.

It follows a successful trial in Threlkeld as Samantha Parker reports.

Watch her full report below.

Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Borders broadband expansion

"I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity and fibre broadband will play a key role in enhancing our digital offering.

"The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015.

"This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved. "

– Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure

"This latest investment is a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s future success. It will be a key part of our economic revival as we finally shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a better, more prosperous future.

"This exciting technology will transform on-line education, training and leisure for households and enhance the competitiveness of local firms.

"BT has now announced plans to make fibre broadband available to around 1.45 million Scottish homes and businesses. Reaching that target will be a substantial achievement"

– Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland
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