Business rates U-turn ‘doesn’t answer the problem’

Some of Forth Valley’s best-known hospitality businesses will no longer face astronomic rates increases, but more remedial action is needed.

13-08-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. LINLITHGOW. Party at the Palace 2016. Day one.

Party at the Palace line up announced

Linlithgow is set to enjoy “its biggest party yet” as Kaiser Chiefs and Amy Macdonald headline this summer’s massive weekend music festival.

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Record-breaking profit for Ineos

Petrochemical giant Ineos has reported record profits of €4.3 billion for 2016 up from €4 billion the year before.

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Union leaders have called for railways to be nationalised. Picture: TSPL

Train misery with delays for commuters

Rail commuters are facing delays tonight on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line.

Picture: Michael Gillen

Finalists hoping to toast their success

Hoping to have something to raise a glass to are the three Falkirk venues shortlisted for the Best Bar None national awards.

Council tax rise avoids cuts to jobs or services

Council tax rise avoids cuts to jobs or services

It was mission accomplished for Falkirk Council’s administration as it delivered a balanced budget with no cuts to services or job losses.

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Falkirk Foodbank will receive �50,000 from Falkirk Council to allow it to undertake a childrens poverty project

Council tax cash will go the most needy

Falkirk Council has made a commitment to pour the cash it will raise from its council tax increase back into the community.

Conservative MSP Alison Harris

New rates “will hurt business” say Tories

Alison Harris MSP has condemned the Scottish Government for what she dubs its “blase attitude”to a rise in business rates.

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Council tax will rise by three per cent in Falkirk

Council tax will rise by three per cent in Falkirk

Falkirk Council has just started its meeting to decide its budget for 2017/18 but it is a certainty the council tax will rise by three per cent.

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The t-shirt has now been pulled from sale

Primark pulls Walking Dead t-shirt after row over racism

Primark has removed a t-shirt promoting hit US TV show The Walking Dead from its stores after it was branded “fantastically offensive” and “racist” by an angry shopper.

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Falkirk High Station pre-1915

Rail line celebrates 175th anniversary

It’s Scotland’s busiest passenger railway and a vital link between the nation’s capital and its largest city.

Bridge misery for motorists

Bridge misery for motorists

Motorists were warned to expect delays as temporary traffic lights on the Kincardine Bridge are currently out of order.

An artists impression of how the railway attraction will look. Picture: Purcell

Railway plans will create employment

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway has revealed extension plans it hopes to develop if successful in a £2 million grant bid.

There were massive tailbacks last month due to overturned lorry closing Forth Road Bridge. Pic: Michael Gillen

Lorries defying wind limits may face tougher penalties

Penalties to deter vehicles from flouting high wind restrictions are being investigated by ministers.

ATTACK: The child was assaulted on a train which had left Waverley Station Photo: Ian Georgeson

ScotRail paying £2000 a day in compensation to passengers

ScotRail is handing over £2000 per day in compensation payments to disgruntled train passengers

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UPDATE: Roadworks planned for the weekend

UPDATE: Roadworks planned for the weekend

A variety of roadworks are taking place in Falkirk district over the weekend.

Bar 209 licensee Barry Frame. Picture: Michael Gillen

Bar running free bingo bus

A licensee of a pub is turning back the clock and running a free bus so people around the Denny and Bonnybridge communities can get to the bingo.

Catriona Cripps, Federation of Small Businesses Forth Valley

Support self-employed to boost jobs

Falkirk’s economy could be transformed by supporting the self-employed and new start-ups, according to new data issued by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Falkirk must use its attractions to get the local economy booming again. Montage: Michael Gillen

Major investment to get Falkirk’s economy back on the right road

Falkirk is undergoing massive infrastructure investment that will help attract more visitors to the area and boost the local economy.

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