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Controversial wind farm to bring 100 jobs to Borders

19 wind turbines will be built. Credit: PA

Planning consent has been granted for a major new wind farm in the Scottish Borders.

Aikengall IIa will be located in the Lammermuir Hills, and will consist of 19 turbines.

The development by Community Wind Power Ltd will bring 100 jobs to the area, and is expected to generate up to £9.4 million in community benefit.

The company says this money will be divided equally between local communities.

It'll produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes.

Planning consent was granted today by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

Local councils had raised concerns about the development.

Scottish Borders Council's planning committee voted to object to the scheme against the recommendation of planning officers, because they said it would "unacceptably harm" the landscape.

East Lothian Council also opposed the scheme, claiming it was "unquestionably the wrong development in the wrong place".

Appeal after 'completely unprovoked' assault on woman

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a "completely unprovoked" assault on a woman in Hawick.

At around 1pm on Friday 14 October, a 27-year-old woman was walking on the Loan, near the junction with Beaconsfield Terrace, when two men and a women started to punch and kick her to the head and body.

The suspects made off and the victim was taken to the Borders General Hospital for treatment to facial injuries.

Police Scotland are trying to trace the group responsible and anyone who can assist with this investigation is asked to contact police on 101.

The suspects are described only as being white and aged between 35 and 40-years-old.

This appears to have been a completely unprovoked assault that left the victim with some painful injuries to her face,

We are pursuing a number of local inquiries to trace the people who carried out the attack and would ask anyone who saw what happened to contact us immediately.

It is believed there were a number of members of the public in the area at the time and if you have information relating to this incident then please get in touch.

– Constable Ryan Anderson from Hawick Police Station


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