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  1. Updates for Monday 2 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on Tuesday 3 March

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

That's it for today, watch out for any sleet, snow or ice where you are.

We'll be back in the morning, whatever the weather, with all the news, sport, travel and weather from Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Weather latest

A weather warning for snow and ice covering much of our area is in place from 18:00 tonight through to 10:00 tomorrow.

Weather latest
Met Office

House price fall

UK house prices

fell in February for the first time in five months, according to research by Nationwide.

House sale
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Average house prices fell 0.1% from £188,446 in January to £187,964, said the UK's second biggest mortgage lender.

Yellow warning

BBC Scotland Weather


It will be a bright cold end to the day across the Borders and south west Scotland with sunny intervals and a few wintry showers feeding in on freshening westerly winds.

These will fall as sleet and snow, even to low levels at times, and giving some accumulations over the Galloway Hills.

Tonight there will be some clear spells, but also further wintry showers, leading to accumulations of snow even to lower levels. There'll be a widespread frost, despite the breeze, and a risk of ice.

There is a Met Office yellow "be aware" warning in force overnight for both snow and ice. Temperatures will dip to around -2C.

Health review pledge

Southern Reporter

A review of all in-patient health services in the Borders

will be launched in April and take over a year to complete.

A detailed timescale for the exercise, which will consider how care is delivered at the Borders General Hospital and the region's four community hospitals, was unanimously agreed at last week's meeting of the board of NHS Borders.

And with that decision came more assurances that there are no plans to close the community hospitals which each provide 23 beds in Peebles, Hawick, Kelso and Duns.

Tune in

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland at 16:30 and 17:30 for the very latest news, sport, and weather from the south of Scotland.


Local bulletins return tomorrow at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.


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MBE award

Border Telegraph

A retired history teacher from Melrose

has been awarded an MBE for his voluntary work in neighbouring East Lothian.

Stephen Bunyan visited Buckingham Palace earlier this month to be invested as a Member of The Order of the British Empire by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.

Get in touch

Forgive our toilet humour, but our

favourite shop name pun belongs to Castle Douglas portaloo firm WC in the Fields.


Send your "punniest" shop names to or


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Call to protect Waverley line

The chairman of Scottish Borders Council's planning committee has called for the route of the old Waverley line to be protected to avoid hampering any extension of the new Borders railway south of Tweedbank.

Borders Railway
Borders Railway

His comments came after almost £100,000 was allocated for safety measures at Stow Primary School, which might not have been built where it is had the return of the railway been certain.

Ron Smith said: "Why would we grant an application for housing in the countryside for example if it is going to have its access affected by the railway extension in the future.

"Stow has given us an excellent example of the dangers of flouting that policy."

Carnsalloch House: Get in touch

David Neilson in Dumfries emails: It would seem to me that the planning department would rather the building fall into complete disrepair and have to be demolished rather than have so called "unsuitable" houses built close by.

This precious attitude has in the past allowed the Methodist church in Dumfries and Moat Brae house to deteriorate to such an extent that demolishing them seemed to be the only answer. Both these buildings survived but only at the use of immense amounts of money.

If we cannot be practical and pragmatic about our built environment then we will continue to see this bureaucratic vandalism resist viable projects with delays and petty conditions to the detriment of our built heritage and environment.

Ecoheroes are coming

Peeblesshire News

Hunting bugs and making smoothies with nothing more than curiosity and pedal power were among the highlights enjoyed by children when the Peebles-based environmental group Tweedgreen took a pilot project called Eco-Heroes into primary schools.

Now the group has been awarded

a National Lottery Awards for All grant of £10,000 to expand.

Business bus


Business Gateway

tweets: If you're in Dumfries & Galloway, keep an eye out for the @bgdumgal Plus Bus!

Business bus
Business Gateway

Kelso cheer

A crowd of more than 4,000 packed into Kelso Races at the weekend to watch Glingerburn win the Grade 2 showcase.

But the biggest cheer came for 12/1 winner Douglas Julian under Tom Hamilton for the Katie Scott yard at Galashiels.

Lowland League round-up

Billy Miller netted a hat-trick as Gala Fairydean Rovers beat Threave 5-1 in the Lowland League.


Selkirk suffered another defeat the hands of Edinburgh University. The Borders team lost 3-1.

Gritting in the Borders


Scottish Borders Council

tweets: Due to @metoffice weather warning our gritters will be out at 3.30pm today - fitted with ploughs. Checking conditions again first thing.

Bike space concern

A Green MSP has raised concerns

about the capacity for bicycles on the trains which will run on the new Edinburgh to Borders railway.


Alison Johnstone brought up the issue after being approached by local businesses.

She said a guarantee of just two bike spaces could "fail to match" demand for cycle trips to the Borders.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said plans had not been finalised but space allocation was always a challenge.

Berwick defeat

BBC Sport


Albion Rovers ended a run of four straight defeats by beating Berwick 2-0 to go top of the League Two table.

The visitors edged in front thanks to Ross Dunlop's first-half header before Berwick's Colin Cameron crashed an effort off the post.

Mark McGuigan's excellent second-half strike doubled Albion's advantage.

Berwick substitute Scott Maxwell and team-mate Ross Gray had chances but neither was able to haul their side back into the match.

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tweets: Winter is still alive & kicking in the Scottish Borders. Todays view from the office.

Winter scenes

East Fife close in on Annan

BBC Sport


East Fife kept up their push for a play-off spot after coming from behind to

beat Annan 2-1 in League Two.

Annan took the lead when Steven Logan volleyed home from Peter Weatherson's knock-down.

The hosts' Nathan Austin then hit a post from close range but made no mistake after the break to level.

And East Fife snatched all three points a minute from time when an unnamed trialist prodded in Ross Brown's delivery. The result leaves East Fife a point behind fourth-placed Annan.

Shop puns: Get involved

Marie Wilkson emailed: I just wanted to send a picture of my favourite shop name pun. The shop is a dog groomers in Hawick, Scottish Borders. Genius!

Hair Off The Dog
Marie Wilkson

Wintry showers

BBC Scotland Weather


A bright afternoon to come across the the south of Scotland with sunny intervals and a few wintry showers. These will fall as sleet and snow, even to low levels, and they'll give some accumulations over the Galloway Hills.

There'll be some good spells of sunshine in between, although freshening westerly winds will make it feel cold, at just 5C.

Tune in

Don't forget to get all the latest news in our radio bulletins from Dumfries and Selkirk coming up at 12:30.

More from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway to follow at 16:30 and 17:30.

Carnsalloch House: Get in touch

David McKay in Portknockie emails: Looking at the report on Carnsalloch House there appears to have been some fairly inappropriate developments at this property in the past. These were presumably approved by planners in the past.

If the current strictures on redeveloping old properties had been applied in the past we would be without many iconic buildings such as Culzean Castle as these were developments of historic buildings. Redevelopment is always better than dereliction.

Selkirk secure title

There were scenes of celebration on Saturday when Selkirk secured the Scottish National League Division One with a

42-13 win over Aberdeen Grammar.

Rugby ball

Scott Hendry, Lewis McLennan, Ewan Macdougall and Gordon Paterson all scored for the unbeaten Souters at Rubislaw.

There were defeats for both Jed-Forest and Kelso who slip closer to the relegation places.

Dumfries Saints went down 24 -18 away at East Kilbride in National League Division Three. And East One strugglers Langholm remain stranded at the foot of the table after losing 53 - 5 at Linlithgow.

Mast approved

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Scottish Borders Council's planning committee has unanimously approved plans for a 70m (230ft) wind monitoring mast at Braidlie near Hermitage in south-west Roxburghshire.

Aikengall wind farm

Richard Gordon

BBC Radio Scotland, Selkirk

Scottish Borders Council planning committee members have agreed to tell the Scottish government that

they object to plans for a 19 turbine wind farm scheme near Cocksburnpath in East Berwickshire.

Wind farm
Getty Images

Planning officials had said the scheme by Community Windpower Limited was, on balance, acceptable.

But members voted 5-2 against the bid on grounds of landscape and amenity impact. Because of the scale of the proposed scheme, final say will lie with the Scottish government.

Yellow weather warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice in the Borders and south-west Scotland.

Weather warning
Met Office

Forecasters expect heavy wintry showers overnight tonight and into tomorrow. Snow will fall to low levels in some areas, with localised accumulations of 1-3cm. Snow will be more widespread over hills with around 4-8cm possible above around 200m.

They have warned people to be aware of tricky travel conditions generally, and possible disruption to transport.

Keeper in top form

BBC Sport


Dumbarton keeper Danny Rogers was in top form to earn his side a point against

10-man Queen of the South.

The Sons number one kept out Lewis Kidd's early effort before Queens' Ian McShane hit the post with a header.

Rogers then saved efforts from Mark Miller and McShane, and Dumbarton's Archie Campbell fired wide after going clean through on goal.

Queens striker Derek Lyle was sent off in stoppage time after an altercation with Campbell. The match finished 0-0.

Moat Brae money

A house which is said to have inspired Peter Pan author JM Barrie is among several historic sites across Scotland

to share £1.7m of restoration funding.

Moat Brae

Moat Brae House in Dumfries will receive more than £300,000 to help turn it into a tourist attraction and education and storytelling centre.

Barrie played in the garden of the house when he was a child.

Carnsalloch House: Get in touch

Donald Henry emails: There's a howling example of an area planning committee decision at Kirkcudbright encircling the now disintegrating remnants of Park House following fewer years of non-occupation.

Surrounding the once beautiful Victorian building there are truly conflicting modern builds, some kit style fairly close, and on the opposite side of the road the Cannee field development, itself an eyesore with the disastrous financial legacy of Nailsea where a number of subcontracted local builders lost money in some grandiose scheme.

It is surely not acceptable to claim what was good enough for Kirkcudbright (a decision imposed by councillors from outwith the Stewartry Ward concerned) should not equally be thrust upon a location near Dumfries? Or vice versa, why should standards be applied so arbitrarily despite many valid objections at Kirkcudbright only a few years ago?

Scotland's punniest shops

A hair salon in Falkirk has won a poll to find

the shop name pun of the year.

hair dot comb
Local Data company

Hair Dot Comb attracted the most votes from the 10 shop names on the shortlist compiled by the Local Data Company.

What is your favourite shop name? Send us a photograph and we'll stick the best in a photo gallery.

Email your pictures to or with the subject Shop names.


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East coast rail privatised

The East coast rail route between London and Scotland

has returned to private hands after more than five years in the public sector.

An East Coast line train

Services on the line have been operated by a Department for Transport (DfT) controlled company since November 2009.

From Sunday they are being run jointly by Virgin and Stagecoach, under the name Virgin Trains East Coast.

Stranraer take full advantage

BBC Sport


League One leaders Stranraer took full advantage of Gregor Buchanan's red card

to hammer Dunfermline 5-1.

Grant Gallagher fired the Blues in front before Andy Geggan levelled and Buchanan saw red for stamping on Jamie Longworth after 31 minutes.

The hosts made the Pars pay with Chris Aitken and William Gibson scoring before half time.

Longworth added his name to the score sheet after the break before Jon McShane tapped in the fifth.

Get in touch

What do you think should be done to help safeguard a future for historic buildings like

Carnsalloch House?

Should new developments be allowed nearby to help fund their repair or is their architectural integrity too important to allow such plans?

Future of Carnsalloch House

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A review is being sought for a rejected residential development on the site of a historic mansion near Dumfries

which has fallen into disrepair.

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Proposals have been lodged to convert Carnsalloch House and build a number of new homes.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has ruled that the project is not in keeping with the A-listed building.

Developers said all technical issues had been resolved and that design concerns were a "subjective issue".

Travel news

On the A76 traffic controls are in use today for cabling works between Dumfries and Holywood.

Temporary lights will also be in use at Enterkinfoot and just north of Kirkconnel.

Mobile stop-go boards will be in use a various locations for studding work along the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Euroroute. There are also temporary lights for road works at the Newton Stewart roundabout.

Progressive cabling work's set to continue today on the A701 at Locharbriggs in Dumfries.

Risk of ice

BBC Scotland Weather


A risk of ice this morning, but a bright day to come across the south-west and the Borders with sunny intervals and a scattering of wintry showers. These may fall as rain at first, but they'll soon turn to snow, perhaps with some accumulations over the Galloway Hills.

There'll be some good spells of sunshine in between, although freshening westerly winds will make it feel cold, at just 5C.