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Muircleugh wind farm proposals rejected

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Plans to build a wind farm between Stow and Lauder have been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

Airvolution's application for the seven turbine site at Muircleugh was unanimously refused by the Council’s Planning and Building Standards Committee yesterday morning.

The council believes it would have an "unacceptable" impact on the landscape and character of the area.

But the company behind the plans claims the council has 'lost out on over £3.9m of investment' to the region. It says it is considering its options with regards to next steps.

Border Weather - Monday

It's always beach weather........ Credit: TRACEY LAING

A bright and mainly dry start with a few scattered showers, wintry over hills.

Turning cloudier by lunchtime with longer spells of rain in the afternoon, wet snow temporarily over the higher ground in east.

Winds strengthening again. Highs at best to 9°C

Border Weather - Sunday

Windy Galloway NANCY VENMAN Credit: NANCY VENMAN

Dry, bright start over The Borders. Showers will soon develop though, becoming frequent and heavy over Dumfries and Galloway, extending eastwards during the afternoon.

A mix of fewer showers and more sunshine later but with strengthening westerly winds. Highs to 9 °C.

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Reivers festival gets underway

Hundreds of people are expected at the two-day Border Reivers festival in Hawick this weekend.

The event celebrates the myths and dramas of the area in the 16th and 17th centuries when the notorious Reivers were active.

Feuding families of Reivers often conducted raids across the border to England to steal cattle and many were hanged by the authorities.

The festival features drama, song, poetry and re-enactments to show what life was like in those turbulent times 400 years ago.

There will also be a torchlight procession through the town this evening.

Border Weather - Saturday

Wastwater on Friday Credit: MARK HARWOOD

A wet and windy start, with overnight rain clearing during the morning. Gales possible in exposure with gusts reaching 50-60mph.

Sunny spells will then follow but also blustery showers feeding in along the strong west wind.

Milder highs of 13°C, so feeling warm in shelter.

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