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Creative cash to be spent on Peebles art

A cash prize for a creativity award for Peebles will be spend on a series of monthly art festivals in the town.

Peebles has won an award for being the most creative place of its size in Scotland, along with £100,000.

Those behind the bid plan to spend it on a creative action plan running from March to December.

Each month will concentrate on a particular theme, such as music, literature or crafts.

The programme will also work with festivals already held in the town, such as the Arts Festival and the TweedLove biking festival.

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Peebles wins £100k creative competition

The Scottish Borders town of Peebles has won £100,000 in a national creativity competition.

The Creative Places awards invites small communities in Scotland to bid for cash awards towards creative projects.

Peebles has won the award for places with under 10,000 residents.

The money will be spent on art installations and events, including a festival programme.

New £8m Peebles housing project

A new eight million pound housing project designed to help older people live as independently as possible for as long as possible opened in Peebles today.

It features 59 two-bedroom flats, 37 of which form the Scottish Borders' first extra care housing facility, Dovecot Court.

The homes have also been designed with people who have dementia in mind so they too can live on their own.

Specialist housing complex to open in Peebles

A new form of sheltered housing will be officially opened in Peebles later. (Monday 27th January)

Dovecot Court is part of an £8million housing complex and is the first development of its kind in the Scottish Borders.

Thirty seven homes have been designed to allow older people to live as independently as possible.

They will be opened by the Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.

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Peebles Showjumper ranked world number one

Scott Brash jumping earlier this year at the FEI European Championships Credit: Jochen LÃŒbke/DPA/Press Association Images

Peebles Showjumper Scott Brash MBE has jumped to the top spot on the Longines World Ranking list.

The 28-year-old was a member of the gold medal winning GB Showjumping Team at the 2012 Olympics.

His most recent victory was at the Global Champions Tour series in Doha.

Peebles bridge "will destroy home"

Andrew Stark fears his home will be under the new road Credit: ITV News

A Peebles resident says one of the proposed locations for the second road bridge will disrupt his home, and mean his neighbours house will have to be demolished.

One of the favoured options between the A72 and Cavalry Park cuts past Andrew Starks front door.

He said: "To get onto the main road, the first thing is, it is going to be above our house, it will probably destroy a neighbouring house there to get the road in, so all in all it seems someone has just drawn a line, and just wants to get onto the main road."

Peebles bridge proposals divides community

Local residents look at bridge location plans Credit: ITV News

Residents in Peebles are divided on plans for a second road bridge in Peebles.

Scottish Borders Council are asking the public to consider three options for the location of the bridge.

All of the options join the A72 to Cavalry Industrial Park.

Planned routes for the new road bridge in Peebles Credit: Scottish Border Council

Business people at the industrial park say there are a number of problems with each of the options.

One of the main issues is that the road will pass close to a nursery school on the park.

Gillian Graham, a local business woman, said: "My concern is the 3 bridges proposed run right past the nursery which is here and, or, opposite the primary school, and ideally I would like to see traffic diverted away from the area".

Peebles "will be held back" without new bridge

Not building a second road bridge in Peebles will be hold back any future development in the town, according to the Scottish Borders Council.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, who is in charge of roads and infrastructure, said:

"Peebles will stagnate if we don't build another bridge, it will mean that any future development will be held back by the requirement for a bridge, so whilst I have sympathy with the people that object to the bridge, it is a need, it is there, the demand is there so we are trying to satisfy the demand in the best way possible."

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Border Council
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