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Opposing views in running river debate

A gravel island on the River Tweed is at the centre of a debate on whether it should be removed or left alone.

Some consider it a danger to the surroundings. It's said that the continued growth of the island could lead to erosion of the river bank, which could result in the trees falling down and the potential damage of Tweed Bridge.

Others believe that nature should be left alone or dealt with at a later date:

Tweed island is 'unsightly'

People in Peebles are being asked if they want a gravel island removed from the River Tweed.

Some people fear that it could erode the river bank and cause the trees to fall down. However, environmentalists says that clearing away the island would not be sustainable and would affect wildlife.

Find out the three main reasons why people want the island removed:

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Residents channel thoughts on Tweed island

The River Tweed is 97 miles long and flows primarily through the Scottish Borders Credit: PA

Locals in Peebles are becoming concerned about what to do about an island that has formed naturally in the River Tweed.

Some people are calling for the Tweed island to be removed - but others say it's a part of nature and removing it would be detrimental to wildlife.

'Bag Monster' supports 5p charge for carrier bags

Campaigners outside the Scottish Parliament invented a 'bag monster' to show support for a plan to introduce a charge of 5p for carrier bags.

Inside, the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead told a committee Scotland uses 750m bags a year - the equivalent of 12 bags per person each month.

Keep Scotland Beautiful said the 5p charge would tackle Scotland's 'throwaway society'
Bag Monster - but the charge would also apply to paper and biodegradable bags
More carrier bags are used in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK, said campaigners

More on Representing Border on Wednesday 21st May at 2250.

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