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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    12:41: Scots' scrum in good shape Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

    Scottish rugby is in a much better shape "at all levels" than it was when he took up his role in 2011, says SRU chief executive Mark Dodson.

    Dodson says historic debt, which once stood at £25m, is down to "£9-10m."

    SRU chief executive Mark Dodson

    He also stressed that, despite Glasgow's European Cup exit yesterday, results for both Pro teams and the national side's performances are getting better.

     
  2.  
    12:32: Jobs boost

    Holiday firm Barrhead Travel is creating 100 jobs in Scotland and the north of England. The Glasgow-based company is creating full and part-time contracts at its stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and contact centres in Larbert and Cumbria.

    The firm says it is responding to increased demand across a number of areas of the business.

     
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    @BBCNews Democracy in action BBC News UK

    Is democracy working in the UK? @bbcnickrobinson takes your questions at 13:30. Details: bbc.in/1C6bw1R

    The BBC's Nick Robinson
     
  4.  
    Text 80295 A9 speed cameras - Your views

    Anon: I use the A9 regularly, van limited to 50mph. It has now become one of the most stressful trips I make, not the limit but just constantly having to concentrate so hard you do not drift over. It's not easy on a three-hour trip...

    Jayne: The A9 is a nightmare: 18 cars tail-backed behind a convoy of five HGV's. Frustration causes accidents!

    Ally on the A82: They install average speed cameras and the number of people caught speeding is down - that's a real surprise!!! It would be more interesting to see if the accident level drops over the next 2-3 years. Also worth checking the accident level on the A82 as it becomes the rat run to Inverness.

     
  5.  
    12:10: 'Help reduce climate emissions'

    Following the publication of the A9 statistics, environmental group WWF Scotland is calling for speed camera schemes to be introduced on more of Scotland's roads and motorways "to help save lives and cut pollution".

    "Today's figures show the clear safety benefits of enforcing speed limits on trunk roads using average speed cameras which should also help reduce climate emissions as well as fuel costs for motorists," WWF Scotland's Gina Hanrahan said.

     
  6.  
    12:00: Never Miss A Beatt... John Beattie BBC Scotland

    On air @BBCRadioScot about to talk Greece and new speeding figures on the A9.

    The John Beattie Show

    Listen live to the programme here.

     
  7.  
    11:56: Gattuso eyes Ibrox return

    Former Italy midfielder Rino Gattuso wants to return to Rangers to manage the Ibrox club.

    Current Rangers team boss Kenny McDowall is working his 12-month notice, having handed in his resignation.

    "My dream is to maybe one day to have the chance to work for this club," he said after attending a tribute match for former defender Fernando Ricksen.

    Rino Gattuso

    Gattuso, who missed out on Hamilton's managerial vacancy, added: "I played today [Sunday], but manager is a different job. I am sure 100% that this is a big club."

    The midfielder joined Rangers from Perugia in 1997 but fell out of favour when Dick Advocaat succeeded Walter Smith.

     
  8.  
    11:48: Prison statistics BBC Scotland News

    Plans for a new Scottish women's prison are scrapped http://bbc.in/15zVNK0 Here's the latest stats on women in jail.

    Prison stats
     
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    @BBCJohnBeattie See the light... John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Some light in the sky in my beautiful city at 7.37am!

    The Hydro and Pacific Quay, Glasgow
     
  10.  
    11:34: Scottish exports 'at all-time high'

    A record £27.9bn worth of Scottish goods and services were exported across the world in 2013, statistics show.

    The figure represented a rise of £1.9bn, or 7.2%, on the previous year.

    Exports

    The largest sectors were food and drink and refined petroleum.

    The US remained the largest single market for Scottish exports, with an estimated £3.9bn of goods, followed by the Netherlands (£2bn), Germany (£1.9bn) and France (£1.8bn).

     
  11.  
    11:25: Court and prison strike

    Court staff and prison service workers are going on strike today in a dispute over pay.

    PCS union flag

    The one-day industrial action will involve Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members working in the Scottish Courts Service, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and the Risk Management Authority.

    The Scottish Court Service (SCS) said that some courts may be affected, while the SPS don't expect any major disruption to normal prison regimes.

    The union says it is seeking a 5% or £1,200 pay increase for public sector workers following price rises of 16% and real term pay cuts since the financial crisis.

     
  12.  
    11:21: Hospital hygiene standards Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    The standard of hygiene at a hospital in Edinburgh has got worse since last year, according to a hygiene watchdog.

    The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate was created by the Scottish government to improve cleanliness in Scottish hospitals.

    Inspectors carrying out an unannounced visit to the Western General in Edinburgh found wards were overcrowded, hand gels had been removed and macerators to dispose of human waste weren't working.

    Inspectors issued eight requirements for the hospital to address - twice as many as last year.

     
  13.  
    11:12: A9 reaction

    Road Safety Scotland's Michael McDonnell: "We know that around three quarters of A9 drivers believed average speed cameras would be 'effective' or 'very effective' in improving safety, and these new findings may strengthen that viewpoint further.

    "It's important to stress that the cameras aren't happening in isolation. They are just one part of a substantial package of measures to make the A9 safer such as engineering improvements, improved lighting and signing, and targeted publicity campaigns."

    A9 speed sticker

    The Road Haulage Association's Martin Reid: "Almost universally our members report that the flow of traffic is much improved and that journey times if anything can be slightly shorter."

    Highland SNP MSP Mike MacKenzie: "This data from the operation of the A9 safety scheme is extremely encouraging, with evidence that driver behaviour is improving and instances of speeding dramatically reduced.

    "That this has been achieved with minimal disruption to travel times and, in fact, alongside an improvement in HGV journey times, is good news for road users and a vindication of the action taken by the Scottish government and A9 Safety Group."

     
  14.  
    11:03: 'Make the A9 safer'

    Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, Head of Road Policing at Police Scotland, said the latest A9 statistics amounted to "an encouraging start".

    He added: "In the first three months of operation we have seen a more than eight-fold decrease in the number of people caught speeding on this stretch of road compared with the same time last year when there were 2,493 offences recorded.

    "It is clear that the cameras are changing driver behaviour in the way that we expected. This will undoubtedly help to make the A9 safer for all road users."

     
  15.  
    @BBCJohnBeattie A9 speed stats John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Average speed data out for the A9 - 298 drivers exceeded limit between Oct and Jan, overall speeding down from one in three drivers to one in 20. And examples of excessive speeding (+10mph re: limit) are down by 97% on the A9 with average speed cameras.

     
  16.  
    10:50: A9 speed stats

    The number of drivers caught speeding on the A9 has fallen dramatically since average speed cameras were introduced, according to statistics.

    They show:

    • The camera system detected 298 vehicles exceeding the speed limit which warranted further action, this is fewer than 4 per day
    • Overall speeding is down from one in three drivers to one in 20
    • Examples of excessive speeding (10 mph+ above limit) are down by 97%
    • Journey times have increased in line with predictions
    • Feedback from hauliers suggests a significant reduction in journey times for HGVs
    • There is no evidence that drivers are avoiding the A9
     
  17.  
    Text 80295 Glasgow 2014 legacy - Your views BBC Radio Scotland

    Caller Matt was inspired by the Glasgow 2014 Games. He is 77-years-old, goes to the gym and tried cycling after seeing it at the Games.

     
  18.  
    10:36: Maloney breezes into Windy City

    Shaun Maloney has left Championship strugglers Wigan for MLS side Chicago Fire for an undisclosed fee.

    The 31-year-old Scotland midfielder's three-and-a-half-year spell at the Latics included an FA Cup triumph, and saw him score 15 times in 91 appearances in all competitions.

    Scotland international Shaun Maloney

    "Sometimes you have to recognise that a move is for the benefit of all parties," said Wigan boss Malky Mackay.

     
  19.  
    @BBCLisaSummers Spring in our step... Lisa Summers BBC Scotland

    First signs of spring in Scotland. Snowdrops in Aberdeenshire and on Lewis; lambs in Edinburgh. Send us your pictures @BBCScotlandNews newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

     
  20.  
    10:25: European talks on milk

    The falling price of milk is to be discussed at a meeting of European ministers in Brussels later.

    A photograph of milk being poured into a glass.

    Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead says it is crucial the Council of Ministers look at what could be done at a European level to support farmers and protect the dairy industry.

    The price of a carton of milk has fallen recently - and farmers say it costs more to produce - than they're receiving from the processors.

     
  21.  
    Text 80295 Glasgow 2014 legacy - Your views

    Ian, Black Isle: No legacy, just a waste of money. Proved by how quickly we've all forgotten it. I don't know of a single person that was inspired to take up a sport (that wasn't already involved).

    Bellahouston walking group: Today we're on our last walk run by the council. No money. What legacy?

     
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    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk A9 speed cameras - Your views

    Mark, Fife: People speed on the A9 because they think it shortens their journey time dramatically when, in reality, it saves only a few minutes. A few overhead signs with the distance and expected journey times - like the ones into Glasgow - would reassure drivers they needn't be so impatient.

     
  23.  
    10:10: Concerns over land reform

    A major landowners' organisation is "extremely concerned" about the Scottish Government's plans for land reform.

    Skye

    Scottish Land and Estates says it is deeply worried by proposals which would allow ministers to intervene in cases where landowners are seen as a barrier to development.

    The landowners' body is also objecting to plans to make sporting estates liable for business rates, a move which ministers say would allow the fund, which supports community land ownership, to be more than tripled.

     
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    10:03: Museum funding boost

    The V&A Dundee Museum is to receive £500,000 from a UK government grant scheme for coastal communities.

    V&A at night

    The cost of the design museum to be built on the banks of the Tay has nearly doubled to £80m.

    Dundee councillors meet tonight to discuss a £6.5m injection. The Heritage Lottery Fund will announce this week whether it will offer an additional £4.5m.

     
  25.  
    09:56: Woman attacked in pub toilet

    A 25-year-old man is in custody after a woman was attacked in the male toilets of a pub in Inverness, police say.

    The incident happened at about 21:00 on 23 January in the upstairs toilets of the Caledonian Bar in the city's High Street.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

     
  26.  
    09:53: Cabinet on tour

    The Scottish cabinet is meeting in Dumfries as it takes its proceedings around the country.

    Cabinet

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it is to give ministers an insight into the issues affecting local areas and to let the public question them.

    In previous years the cabinet has held summer tours but now plans to meet outside Edinburgh more regularly.

    Nicola Sturgeon says she wants her government to be the most open and accessible Scotland has had.

     
  27.  
    Text 80295 Fracking - Your views

    John, Elgin: Where is the bulk of energy required in Scotland? The central belt. Where are the vast reserves of gas located? The central belt. Fracking - get on with it!

    Stevie, Falkirk: I am against fracking. The risk to the environment outweighs any potential benefit. Once you frack, I suspect you can't un-frack.

    Jess, Edinburgh: The government has misled people about the safety of fracking. Extra safety measures don't mean it is safe, with many examples of it going wrong (USA). Ban it!

    Derek Fraser, Strathblane: I've worked in the refinery for the last 7 years and seen the blatant disregard Ineos have for the enviroment. Totally shocking.

     
  28.  
    09:36: Hearing loss care demand rises

    Nine of Scotland's 14 health boards have said they are facing increased demand from people with hearing loss.

    hearing aid

    Five NHS boards said that there was an increase in waiting times in the past two years as a result.

    The survey, carried out by charity Action on Hearing Loss, said three health boards had reduced the number of follow-up appointments.

    The charity said it was important that patients did not suffer poorer service as a result of increased demand.

     
  29.  
    09:27: Beattie in Scotland squad BBC Sport Scotland

    Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to the Scotland squad with nine players picking up injuries ahead of next month's Six Nations.

    Scotland number eight Johnnie Beattie

    Backs Alex Dunbar and Sean Maitland suffered knocks in Glasgow Warriors' European Cup defeat by Bath.

    Edinburgh's Dave Denton, Ben Toolis, Dougie Fife, Greig Tonks and Matt Scott all picked up injuries during their Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

    Glasgow's Rob Harley and Perpignan's Alasdair Strokosch are also injured.

     
  30.  
    09:18: Fracking row: 'Gas is essential'

    Tom Crotty, director of the INEOS group which owns the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical plant, has told BBC Scotland that fracking is "entirely consistent" with the UK's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Grangemouth

    Mr Crotty said: "Gas is essential for us to get rid of coal which has twice the output in terms of CO2. If we're going to use that gas we should use our own gas and not bring it across the world with additional costs and the additional CO2 burden of that."

    He added a tight regulatory regime is "absolutely essential and I believe we have that regime".

    "We already have a moratorium on fracking. We haven't done anything for the last four years, so it's not like we're rushing ahead here.

    "We are coming up to a major crisis in this country in terms of our energy policy and energy supply. If we don't do anything about it, we'll stumble into that crisis," he added.

     
  31.  
    09:10: A9 cameras: 'We had to do something' BBC Radio Scotland

    Statistics will be released later on A9 speed cameras. Neil Greig, from the Institute of Advanced Motoring, told Good Morning Scotland average speed cameras seem to be the one kind of camera that drivers respect, which brings down "particularly the high end, excessive speeding".

    Traffic on the A9

    Mr Greig said: "The ultimate solution to the A9 is a dual carriageway all the way from Perth to Inverness and that will take years.

    "We had to do something, we came up with the idea of average speed cameras and it's part of an ongoing group of things; engineering solutions, police enforcement, education."

     
  32.  
    09:00: HMP Inverclyde won't go ahead Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    Plans for a new women's jail in Inverclyde have been scrapped.

    Architect's drawing of proposed HMP Inverclyde

    It follows criticism of the £75m plan to replace Scotland's women-only prison, Cornton Vale in Stirling.

    Holyrood's Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Scotland must take a more radical and ambitious approach to female offending.

    The Scottish government will now consult on a plan to provide smaller regional and community-based custodial facilities across the country.

    In the two months since he became minister, Mr Matheson has been scrutinising the plans for the proposed prison in Greenock which was to be built on a former high school site.

    It was the idea of his predecessor, Kenny MacAskill, so that Cornton Vale could close in 2018.

     
  33.  
    08:55: What the papers say

    "We want answers" is the headline for the Daily Record which reports that the brother of one of the Glasgow bin lorry crash victims is unhappy at the lack of information from the city council about what went wrong.

    Scotland's newspapers

    The Scottish Daily Mail is launching a campaign to cut the death rate among young drivers - pointing out that 22 Scots died last year in accidents involving young or inexperienced motorists.

    The Scottish edition of the Times reports that Pauline Cafferkey, the Lanarkshire nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone, was wearing a different type of protection equipment from her colleagues.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

     
  34.  
    08:46: 'Help not jail' BBC Radio Scotland

    On plans for HMP Inverclyde, Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Kezia Dugdale tells Good Morning Scotland that "prison doesn't work for women" and alternatives to custody are three times more effective.

    She says: "We're talking about women who've suffered extreme trauma, physical and sexual abuse, mental health problems, addiction. What they need is help, not jail.

    "It's not about being soft or hard on crime. It's about focusing on what works. Just 5% of the women sentenced to jail last year were jailed for serious and violent offences. And 76% of the population are in for six months or less."

    Ms Dugdale says they should be in smaller facilities close to their community, so they can keep links to children.

     
  35.  
    Text 80295 08:39: Coming up...

    Morning Call is about to get under way on BBC Radio Scotland, with Louise White asking would you ever support fracking in Scotland? We also want to know, six months on from the Commonwealth Games, what difference has Glasgow 2014 made to you? Text 80295 and listen to the show here.

     
  36.  
    08:31: Gas prices down

    Energy company SSE has said it is cutting its domestic gas prices by 4.1% from 30 April, a move which will save the average household £28 a year.

    pylons

    SSE is now the fifth of the "big six" energy firms to have reduced gas prices, following cuts from E.On, British Gas, Scottish Power and Npower.

    EDF is the only one of the big six yet to announce price cuts.

    The moves follow a fall in wholesale gas prices of about 20% since the end of November.

    SSE also said it would extend its guarantee not to increase its gas and electricity prices until July 2016.

     
  37.  
    08:22: Body found in park

    Police have found a woman's body in the east end of Glasgow.

    The body was found in a park near Tynecastle Street in the city's Cranhill area at 16:00 yesterday.

    Police are treating the death as unexplained.

     
  38.  
    08:15: 'Bluster' over A9 cameras BBC Radio Scotland

    With stats out later on the controversial average speed cameras on the A9, Mike Burns, spokesman for the "A9 Average Speed Cameras are Not the Answer" campaign, tells Good Morning Scotland he expects "bluster and false positives".

    Average speed camera

    "There's no denying there has been an effect on the A9, however the opinion varies on what the effect is.

    "You now have vehicles travelling in convoy on a single carriageway, but when people move onto a dual carriageway, as one driver described it, it's like champagne corks popping out of bottles because people are putting their foot down to get past the queues because they're frustrated.

    "The cameras don't solve the problem of the A9. The SNP government have sat on their hands on the A9 for the past eight years. There were improvement projects due to start in 2007/8 which they cancelled and we ended up with this absolutely ludicrous A9 safety quango."

     
  39.  
    08:06: The back pages...

    Celtic fans have triggered a storm of protest from their Glasgow counterparts after they paid for a full page newspaper advertisement claiming Rangers are a new club and that the "Old Firm" derby was dead.

    craig gordon

    The game itself is not a foregone conclusion according to Celtic keeper Craig Gordon, who insists his side's chances of beating Rangers in Sunday's League Cup semi-final are only 50-50.

    It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read our full review here.

     
  40.  
    07:56: Fracking row BBC Radio Scotland

    Mike Weir, SNP energy spokesman at Westminster, tells Good Morning Scotland a moratorium on fracking is a "sensible" idea.

    He says he is backing the move because the devolution of some aspects of unconventional oil and gas production, including licensing, is not due until after the general election under Smith Commission recommendations.

    Mr Weir continues: "At the moment there are existing licenses, and there's the potential for the department of energy and climate change to grant new licenses in the interim. We don't think that should happen.

    "We have very strong reservations about fracking. There is increasing evidence from the United States that fracking can have environmental impacts, and concerns about it. We think we need to look at this very very closely indeed."

    He adds: "We're talking about fracking in an area of central Scotland that's densely populated. I don't think it's sensible to rush ahead with this."

     
  41.  
    07:47: Fracking moratorium

    MPs from several parties are to try to put the brakes on the shale gas industry by demanding a moratorium on all developments until the dangers have been properly assessed.

    fracking graphic

    The move coincides with a warning from Westminster's Environmental Audit Committee that the process could pose a risk to public health and is incompatible with this country's climate change commitments

     
  42.  
    07:38: Murray ready for partisan crowd

    Scotland's Andy Murray is ready to deal with a partisan home crowd when he faces Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open quarter-finals tomorrow.

    Andy Murray

    The pair will meet in the night session match on Rod Laver Arena at 08:15 GMT.

    Kyrgios, 19, is the first Australian man for 10 years to reach the last eight and hopes to become the first for 39 years to win the title.

    "Obviously the crowd will be right behind him, understandably so," said Murray, 27.

     
  43.  
    07:32: Lord Smith heads Games legacy project

    Lord Smith of Kelvin has agreed to chair of one of Scotland's largest regeneration projects, Clyde Gateway.

    Lord Smith of Kelvin

    Lord Smith, who chaired the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution, will lead Clyde Gateway on delivering the post-2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

    The work focuses on regenerating Glasgow's east end.

     
  44.  
    07:26: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Roads: High wind warning on the Skye and Kessock Bridges.

    Edinburgh - One lane closed on A1 northbound for resurfacing works between Newcraighall Road and The Jewel.

    A73 Chapellhall to Newhouse Road still has a contraflow in place.

    Kilmarnock - A76 has temporary traffic lights in place at the Bellfield Interchange

    Ferries: Calmac's Fionnphort-Iona is on amber alert because of the weather.

    Disruption likely on the Oban-Colonsay sailings and likewise on the Oban-Tiree ferry.

     
  45.  
    07:19: HMP Inverclyde Reevel Alderson BBC Scotland social affairs correspondent

    "The 2012 report by former lord advocate Dame Elish Angiolini, which looked at the whole question of women in prison in Scotland, concluded that putting women in prison for minor offences wasn't the best thing for them or even for society. It said those who carry out serious crimes should be jailed but the rest, many with children outside, mental health or drugs problems, should be dealt with in smaller units.

    "That was accepted across the chamber but it seems the plans to build a jail for 300 women in Greenock flew in the face of that.

    "The Scottish government said it would make a decision by the end of the month, that's this week. I expect we will hear one way or another in the next few days."

     
  46.  
    07:10: HMP Inverclyde

    Pressure is building on the Scottish government to shelve plans for a new womens' prison in Greenock. The deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, Kezia Dugdale, will force a vote on the HMP Inverclyde plan at Holyrood this week.

    Architect's drawing of proposed HMP Inverclyde

    The prison would have the capacity to hold 300 women and replace Cornton Vale which is due to close in 2018.

     
  47.  
    07:05: A9 speed camera stats due

    Statistics linked to the setting up of average speed cameras on the A9 are expected to be released later.

    Average speed cameras on A9

    The controversial camera system was installed at 27 sites from Perth to Inverness and went live in October.

    Despite critics claiming it would have little effect on safety, it is understood both speeding and accidents are down.

     
  48.  
    07:04: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A breezy day to come with scattered showers, heaviest in the northwest and over the Northern Isles, where they'll bring a mix of hail, thunder and sleet, with a covering of snow over high level roads.

    Eastern Scotland: Dry and clear with a few icy patches, but this is also where we will see the best of the sunshine.

    Central and southern Scotland: A few showers and some decent bright spells.

    Noticeably colder than yesterday, at 5C to 7C.

    West or northwesterly winds -fresh for most but strong, even touching gale force - around the northwest coast and over the northern isles.

     
  49.  
    07:00: Live and kicking Paul McLaren BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to Monday's Scotland Live, where we will bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the country between now and 19:00.

     

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