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Plans in Scotland to lower drink-drive limit

Plans to reduce the limit to 50mg Credit: PA

A new lower drink-drive limit will come into force on Scotland's roads before Christmas.

Traffic police will be able to breath-alyse drivers at the reduced limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood from the 5th December, meaning motorists could be breaking the law if they consume a single pint or glass of wine before getting behind the wheel.

The new limit will bring Scotland into line with most of Europe, including Germany, France and Spain, while the current 80mg limit remains in place South of the Border.

Tree felling at Heathhall woodland

Heathhall woodland Credit: Forestry Commission Scotland

Tree felling starts on Monday 3rd November at one of Dumfries’ popular recreation hotspots.

The thinning work will last for around 5 weeks, during which time there will be some disruption to paths within the forest.

Forestry Commission Scotland is urging users to follow instructions on all path closure notices and use any diversions put in place.

“We have just constructed a new road through Heathhall, which really opens up access to the woodland. It’s already proving popular with local walkers and cyclists, but to keep everybody safe we may have to temporarily close sections of this road and some of our other paths. We’ll do our best to minimise the number of paths that need to be closed, and I’d like to ask everyone to be patient whilst we do this work.”

– Lesley Smith, Forestry Commission Scotland

The planned work will open up the woodland allowing in more light, making the forest a better environment for birds, bats and other wildlife as well as creating a more welcoming place for people to enjoy.

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Restoration for 1820's bridge

Union Chain Bridge Credit: ITV News Border

A campaign has been launched to restore the historic Union Chain Bridge, at Fishwick in Berwickshire.

Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council have commissioned consultants to prepare a lottery funding bid for the campaign.

It's estimated the bridge restoration could cost five million pounds.

Plans for log cabin development in Coldingham

Plans have been unveiled for a holiday complex of 16 lodges near the Berwickshire village of Coldingham.

Colania Lodges Ltd. have applied for planning permission to Scottish Borders Council to develop the 3.5 acre site at Whitecross just a third of a mile from the coastal resort.

The Berwickshire-based developers say there is a demand for quality self catering accommodation and that there is no similar log cabin developments in the area. They highlight the ideal location with the award winning Coldingham beach nearby and the marine reserve at St Abbs.

A decision on the application is expected within the next few months.

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Talks 'Constructive' says Lord Smith

Talks began today in Edinburgh. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Speaking after convening the first cross-party talks on more powers for the Scottish Parliament, Lord Smith said:

“I was pleased with our meeting today. We have good people round the table, each with their own deeply held views, who have committed to work together to achieve a positive outcome to this process.''

“We had a constructive discussion and agreed some important principles, which will guide us towards an agreement on a package of substantial and cohesive new powers to strengthen the Scottish Parliament within the UK.”

– Lord Smith

Mark's mobility marathon

Mark Newton on his mobility scooter Credit: ITV News Border

Former soldier Mark Newton is travelling across the region today on a mobility scooter, as part of a mammoth 11,000 mile journey, raising money for charity.

Mark is being accompanied by his two cats Smudge and Missy who have their own special compartment, and seem to enjoy travelling at a leisurely 7 miles an hour.

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