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Anti-nuclear groups respond to new power plant plan

The Moorside site next to Sellafield Credit: ITV Border

Anti-nuclear groups have slammed NuGen's announcement confirming Moorside as the site where the company intends to build Europe's biggest new nuclear power plant.

Radiation Free Lakeland's Marianne Birkby says the land next to Sellafield was originally designated as a 'buffer zone' to prevent further development and that the new development will 'double the terrorist target of Sellafield'.

"The land acquired by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was bought out of the public purse as a buffer zone around Sellafield to ensure that there would be no new hazardous development or population increase near Sellafield.

"Protections have been ditched to accommodate the nuclear industry and our nuclear-obsessed government who plan to double the terrorist target of Sellafield with nuclear sprawl on green fields adjacent to the flood plain of the river Ehen. The only protections now are for the nuclear industry at the expense of Cumbria and the wider environment. What other industry would be allowed to operate with nominal public liability in the event of contamination accident?"

– Marianne Birkby, Radiation Free Lakeland

Broadband boost for Leitholm

Leitholm will benefit from better broadband. Credit: PA

More than 300 homes and businesses in Leitholm are the latest to benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

The project team says in total, 16,000 properties in the Scottish Borders can now connect to fibre services.

The technology means more people can download and share large files at the same time, and quicker than before.

The aim is to increase fibre coverage to 95 percent of Scottish properties by 2017.


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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