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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:


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.

Royal Marine Commando remembered in Peebles

Alec Lucas and his daughter Credit: family of Alec Lucas

A Royal Marine Commando from Peebles, killed in action in Afghanistan, is being remembered today as a football tournament is held in his name.

The annual event arranged by the family of Alec Lucas will raise money for a Trust set up following his death in 2008.

£90,000 has been raised for the Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund and local sports charities.

The Alec Lucas Memorial Trophy will take place at Peebles Rovers Football Club today (Saturday 31st May).

Enduro World Series underway in Peebles

One of Mountain Biking's biggest races is taking place in the Tweed Valley this weekend.

600 people are taking part in the Enduro World Series, starting in Peebles this morning.

The event attracts riders from around the world, and this is the first time it has been held in the UK.


Enduro World Series "good for the whole community"

Peebles pro-rider Katy Winton is one of 600 riders taking part in the Enduro World Series.

She says the event is a huge boost to the area.

"It is incredible, I did the world series last year, to have a bit of home advantage here is really cool, this is all the top riders in the whole world in Peebles so it is not only good for us as bike riders and as world racers, it is good for the whole community, bike riders in general just see the level that is here riding on the trails that they ride as well.

– Katy Winton, competitor in Enduro World Series

Mountain bikers prepare for major competition in Peebles

Mountain Bikers queue up to register for the competition Credit: ITV Border

600 mountain bikers are preparing to take part in one of the biggest cycling events to take place in the UK this weekend.

The Enduro World Series is taking place in Peebleshire.

Local riders will compete against pro riders from around the world

Local girl Katy Winton is interviewed in her home town. Credit: ITV Border
Cyclists gather in Peebles ahead of the event Credit: ITV Border

Sports complex given gold by pupils

A new sports facility costing just under £5 million pounds has been opened at a school in the Scottish Borders.

Peebles High School finally has an all weather sports complex and it's hoped it will open opportunities for thousands of children who will use it in the future.

Guests of honour included former pupil and Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash and Chris O'Hare, another former pupil, who will be competing in the 1,500 metres for Scotland at this summer's Commonwealth Games.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Botanical garden becomes hydro-electric

The Scrape Burn, where the water supply comes from Credit: ITV Border

A new hydro-electric scheme has been launched at Dawyck Botanic Garden in Stobo, near Peebles.

The scheme will provide enough electricity to power the visitor centre and the Garden's infrastructure.

Surplus electricity will be sold back to the national grid.

Mr Ewing unveils a new plaque on a rock removed during the construction of the plant Credit: ITV Border

The scheme was officially launched by Fergus Ewing MSP, Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.

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