Cloich Forest wind farm proposals go to public inquiry

A public inquiry is to be held into proposals for an 18-turbine wind farm near Eddleston in the Scottish Borders.

Cloich Wind Farm LLP is behind the Peeblesshire scheme.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing has referred the application to the Scottish government's directorate of planning and environmental appeals.

Scottish Borders Council has opposed plans for the Cloich Forest wind farm, claiming that it would cause unacceptable harm to the landscape.

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    11:28: 'Dreams do come true'

    A centre for children's literature inspired by Peter Pan is one of several projects awarded grants by the funding body Creative Scotland.

    Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

    The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust aims to turn the house in Dumfries that JM Barrie claimed was the inspiration for his story, into a centre for children's literature and storytelling.

    The £687,000 award will help the trust develop its plans.

     
  2.  
    11:19: Teeing up Europe's next captain?

    With the dust having settled on Europe's Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles, attention turns to who will succeed outgoing captain Paul McGinley.

    Darren Clarke

    BBC Scotland's Tom English donned his plus fours before delving into the thorny issue of the captain's contest, noting that Darren Clarke is the white-hot favourite.

    "In racing parlance - a language that the golfer will understand given his fondness for the sport - [Clarke] is coming into the final furlongs still on the bridle while his nearest rival, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, is under the whip," writes the bold Tom.

    Read the rest of his thoughts here.

     
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    11:09: Power plant

    Petrochemical firm Ineos has agreed to buy the power plant which supplies its Grangemouth industrial site.

    The gas-fired heat and power plant, which already supplies the Ineos refinery in the Forth Valley town, is being bought from Finnish energy company Fortum for £54m.

    Ineos is currently building a new £300m ethane gas import and storage facility at Grangemouth.

     
  4.  
    11:02: Ill wind over turbine plan

    The firm behind plans for the largest wind farm on Lewis has ended its interest.

    Wind turbine

    GDF blamed delays in laying a subsea cable needed to carry electricity generated on the isles to the mainland, and rising costs.

    The French energy giant was to invest in the planned 39-turbine scheme on Lewis's Eisgein Estate.

     
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    @thecourieruk 10:58: Dundee restaurants forced to close The Courier

    tweets: Dundee restaurateurs hit out after double closure.

    Read the full article here.

     
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    @edinburghpaper 10:51: Pilton delivery driver attacked Edinburgh Evening News

    tweets: A police probe has been launched into an attack in Pilton last night. Man seriously hurt.

    Read the full story here.

     
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    Text 80295 10:46: Parkinson's disease - Your views

    Alistair, Howwood, Renfrewshire: Guid on the Big Yin! My mum bravely coped with Parkinson's for the last 12 years of a full life. Like many of her generation they gave a grand example of coping in diversity. The Parkinson's Society was a help but she, like Billy and Margo, found that inner strength necessary for all who are afflicted with the disease.

     
  8.  
    10:39: Holiday pay ruling

    CBI Scotland has warned that a recent court ruling on holiday pay could cause businesses to fold.

    The European Court of Justice said workers should receive regular overtime, commission and bonus payments during paid leave.

    Money

    Until now, only basic pay was part of the holiday entitlement.

    CBI Scotland's Andrew Palmer said the cost to employers could run into billions of pounds.

    "In Scotland and across the UK we could see job losses, we could see major infrastructure projects come to a stop, we could see the loss of overtime and really it stops confidence in Scotland and in the UK," he warned.

     
  9.  
    10:34: What's on the back pages?

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila has defended his criticism of the fitness levels of the squad he inherited from Neil Lennon in the summer.

    The Norwegian contends that if the players don't want to be "24-hour athletes" they should find work outside of football.

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila and Andy Murray Ronny Deila insists chips won't be served up for Andy Murray's dinner

    Deila used Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of how fit his players should be, and Andy Murray, with Deila insisting that there's no way the Scottish tennis star eats chips.

    Read the rest of the sporting headlines in our round-up here.

     
  10.  
    10:22: Government rejects welfare delay call Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    The UK government has rejected a call from the deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to halt the implementation of universal credit while the Smith Commission considers what new powers should be devolved to Holyrood.

    In a letter to the prime minister, Ms Sturgeon argued that pressing ahead with the new system could make it harder to give the Scottish Parliament control of housing benefit, which both the Conservatives and Labour are proposing.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Downing Street has confirmed receipt of the letter. But a UK government spokesman said they do not want to pre-empt the work of the commission and, until it has reported, government business will continue as planned.

     
  11.  
    10:15: Keep on running...

    Training schedule ahead of this weekend's Great Scottish Run? Check. Suitable running shoes in anticipation of pounding Glasgow's streets? Check. Sorted out a venue for post-race meal? Check.

    Great Scottish Run route

    BBC Scotland's animated map showing the route? Check.

     
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    newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 10:07: Police firearms - Your views

    Bert in Fife: Have the advocates against armed police got nothing better to do than whinge on about the very people who put their neck on the line almost every day of the week to protect the public?

     
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    Text 80295 10:04: Police firearms - Your views

    Davie Rose, Grantown: What a waste of money, changing the holsters to "hide" the guns and batons. I have nothing to worry about the police having arms.

    Gordon: We wouldn't dictate to a surgeon who was going to save our life so we shouldn't dictate to officers who protect our lives. If we do, we have no right of complaint when something goes wrong.

     
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    09:58: 'Realities of policing'

    Specialist armed police officers in Scotland will in future only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.

    The move came following concerns from politicians about officers carrying weapons while on routine patrol.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Labour MSP Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer, said it was a positive move.

    "It is to be welcomed, it creates a safer environment in our communities," he added

    "To try to suggest that Scotland was quite happy to see officers routinely armed and wandering about our communities is a complete mismatch with public opinion.

    Police officers with firearms

    "I welcome the fact that the chief constable has realised the realities of policing in Scotland and has made the right decision."

     
  15.  
    09:52: Enchanted Forest returns

    The Enchanted Forest, a sound and light show, is returning for its 12th year.

    Enchanted forest Faskally Wood near Pitlochry

    The annual event was first held in October 2002 near Dunkeld, but has been based in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry since 2005.

    This year's show - titled Elemental - will run from 3 to 26 October.

    Prepare to be dazzled by the preview pictures of the spectacle here.

     
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    Text 80295 09:41: Police firearms - Your views

    Anon: Police should not be carrying guns because they are too trigger happy when handling speed guns.

    Liz: The Scottish Police Authority hasn't advertised their evidence-gathering exercise very well. How many people in Scotland know anything about it? And filling in an online questionnaire isn't acceptable, the questions are always skewed to get the answers the organisation wants. It's definitely not democracy.

     
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    09:38: Man falls from Hebridean cruise ship The Press and Journal

    tweets: Man taken to hospital after cruise ship fall.

    Read the full story here.

     
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    09:33: Arrest follows Bishopbriggs death

    Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the death of John McFarlane in Bishopbriggs.

    Mr McFarlane, 28, was seriously injured after being attacked near his home in the town's Auchinairn Road at about 22:35 last Thursday.

    The arrested man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

     
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    09:26: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    tweets: M9 heading into Edinburgh - very slow from Linlithgow to J2 Philpstoun - low sun glare is the problem here.

     
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    09:20: On this day...

    On this day in 1947 the paddle steamer Waverley was launched from A. & J. Inglis's yard on the Clyde. The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

    She was in danger of being decommissioned in the early 70s, but in 1974 she was bought by enthusiasts from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

    The paddle steamer Waverley

    Today in 1854 the pioneer of modern urban sociology, Patrick Geddes, was born in Ballater.

    Along with Adam Ferguson, Geddes founded modern sociology and urban planning.

     
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    Text 80295 09:07: Police firearms - Your views

    Margaret, Glasgow: I welcome the u-turn on guns on the street but, to be honest, I also think that Mr MacAskill brought them in on the quiet so that they'd be there in case of riots and other problems at the referendum.

     
  22.  
    08:59: Renewable energy

    Economic development agency Scottish Enterprise is putting £450,000 into an international fund which supports renewable energy projects.

    The fund, worth about £5.5m, aims to back ocean-related schemes like wave and tidal technology.

    Countries including the UK, Spain, France and Ireland will be able to apply for cash when the fund opens on 23 October.

     
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    Text 80295 08:52: Police firearms - Your views

    Heather, Edinburgh: You've heard of the saying 'I don't tell you how to do your job'. Police, nurses, firefighters do a great job. If anybody has a right to say whether police carry guns, it's them. They are on the frontline and should decide.

    John: The present chief constable should remember that the police are supposed to serve the public and that Scotland is not a police state.

     
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    08:45: Read all about it...

    "Hands Up, I Surrender" is the headline in the Daily Record above a photo of Police Scotland's chief constable Sir Stephen House after yesterday's announcement on armed police patrols.

    Thursday morning's papers

    Both The Herald and The Scotsman describe the decision that armed officers will no longer be deployed on routine patrols as a "U-turn".

    The prime minister's promise to cut tax for millions of families if the Tories are re-elected is the main lead for the Scottish Daily Mail.

    Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.

     
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    Text 80295 08:35: Police firearms - Your views

    John in Fortingall: Please be careful how you describe this change. There will not be fewer armed police officers on duty. They will still be on armed patrols. It is just that they will not be attending routine calls, even if they are the closest resource. They will be reserved for specialist armed incident and threat to life duties only.

    John, East Kilbride: Why is it always said police on the streets? Where? In their cars is more likely, not like the old days.

     
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    08:31: Morning Call - Your views Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    Campaigners have hailed a decision by police to overturn the policy of some officers carrying guns in public. We're asking: how much influence should the public have over the police?

    And, at the start of a 22 night sell-out tour of Scotland, Billy Connolly has made light of his health problems. What is it like living with Parkinson's disease?

    The lines are open now. 0500 92 95 00, or text 80295.

    You can listen live from 08:50 here.

     
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    08:20: Scottish universities - Your views

    Following on from our story on Scottish universities, did you attend any of those famous seats of learning? Care to share your memories of university life? Do you ever wake up at 03:00 in a sudden panic that you've missed a tutorial/exam?

    Get in touch via text to 80295, email here or tweet using #ScotlandLive.

     
  28.  
    08:15: Moving on up...

    Four Scottish universities have climbed up the Times Higher Education world rankings, despite the UK coming under pressure from overseas competition.

    Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Aberdeen universities all performed better than last year.

    However, Dundee University dropped out of the top 200.

    Glasgow University Glasgow University climbed to 94th in the latest rankings

    In first place overall was the California Institute of Technology in the US, holding on to the top spot for the fourth year running.

    Glasgow was 94th and St Andrews 111th. They had shared 117th on the rankings last year.

    Aberdeen university was ranked 178th, up from 188.

     
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    @bbcscotlandnews using #scotlandlive 08:08: Your Pictures

    Douglas Sinclair tweets: Red sky in the morning in the island paradise of Orkney.

    Orkney
     
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    08:06: Sturgeon urges welfare reform delay

    Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appealed for major UK welfare reform to be put on hold in Scotland.

    She has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for a delay until plans for new powers at the Scottish parliament are considered.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Universal credit is replacing six benefits and tax credits for working-age people with a single payment.

    It is being phased in across the UK by 2017 and is already available to some claimants in Inverness.

    Lord Smith's commission has been set up to seek agreement on a further devolution of powers to Holyrood.

     
  31.  
    08:02: Weather forecast BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Good morning, Kirsteen here. Mostly dry today during daylight hours, with some brightness & sunshine. S/W winds will strengthen along the west coast... reaching severe gale-force across the Western Isles, Skye & n/w coast. Gusts of up to 65mph. Rain will spread from the west later, too.

     
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    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team on Thursday 2 October as we bring you a comprehensive round up of news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.

     

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