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New windfarm will pay for 500 new homes

The windfarm is close to Cockburnspath Credit: ITV Border

The UK's first windfarm developed by a housing association to fund new social rental homes launches in the Borders today.

The Hoprigshiels Community Windfarm at Cockburnspath will supply energy to the National Grid giving Berwickshire Housing Association funding to build 500 new properties.

Berwickshire Housing Association and Community Energy Scotland have managed the project forward through a joint venture company, Berwickshire Community Renewables.

The Hoprigshiels windfarm comprises three 2.5MW wind turbines.


Scottish Paintings displayed at Paxton

More than 30 paintings by Scottish artists are going on display at Paxton House in the Scottish Borders.

The artwork is on loan from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Works by celebrated eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Scottish artists Sir Henry Raeburn, William McTaggart and Sir William Allan can be enjoyed alongside modern paintings by the renowned Scottish colourists Samuel John Peploe and George Leslie Hunter, and artists with local connections to the Borders, Anne Redpath and Sir William Gillies.

The Picture Gallery at Paxton is the largest private gallery ever to be built in Scotland.

Fisherman rescued by St Abbs

St Abbs were called to rescue a fisherman Credit: ITV Border

A fisherman who got into difficulty off the Berwickhire coast was rescued by the St Abbs lifeboat.

The St Abbs station in the Borders which is set to close next month were alerted of a man drifting out to sea in an inflatable ring who had been caught in a five knot tide.

The fisherman, who was equipped with an VHR radio, fins and a paddle got into difficulty as he rounded West Hurkur.

Using his VHR radio he called the Aberdeen Coastguard who raised the alarm and sent out the St Abbs Lifeboat at 19:55 on Wednesday 5 August.

The fisherman was rescued by the lifeboat close to the Glanmire wreck.

The RNLI has confirmed the 104-year-old St Abbs station will close on Tuesday, September 8, and the lifeboat removed.

However, the move has attracted widespread opposition with more than 5,000 names collected.

To read more on the imminent St Abbs closure and the public campaign to keep it open click the links below.

Machinery stolen from farm in Berwickshire

Thousand of pounds worth of machinery has been stolen from a farm in Berwickshire.

A jet wash and two welding machines were taken along with some diesel.

A shed at the Buskin Farm in Coldingham was broken into between 11:45pm on Saturday 15 March and 6:45am on Sunday 16 March.

The thieves also targeted a neighbouring farm but were unsuccessful.

“Rural properties are often seen as an attractive target to acquisitive criminals and we would continue to ask our communities to be vigilant for any unusual activity they witness in or around farmland.”

– Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Police Scotland

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Campaigners closer to reopening railway in Berwickshire

Campaigners fighting to have a railway station reopened in Berwickshire say they're one step closer to success.

A report's been produced which supports Reston becoming a stop on a new local service between Edinburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Operators competing to take over the new ScotRail franchise in 2015 are being told to consider it as part of their bids.

A final decision will be taken by Scotland's Transport Minister.

ITV Border spoke with Barrie Forrest from the Rail Action Group, East of Scotland and South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse about the plans.

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