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Appointment of Agriculture Champions announced

The Scottish Government has appointed four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector.

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Clean air campaigners warn Falkirk danger zones are killing us

Clean air campaigners warn Falkirk danger zones are killing us

Falkirk’s West Bridge Street is one of Scotland’s seven most polluted streets – and the town centre, Grangemouth and Banknock are “unsafe”.

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Falkirk Council is now reviewing the way it handles its blue bin uplifts over public holidays

Council admit failings but say bin uplift system is not in chaos

Missed bin collections which are picked up a day later do not mean the local authority’s uplift system is in chaos.

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Young nature lovers will venture out to Jupiter this winter

Young nature lovers will venture out to Jupiter this winter

Grangemouth’s Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre will be hosting a number of events for children and their parents to enjoy before nature starts to warm up in spring.

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Gales are expected to batter most of Scotland from Wednesday

Blizzards set to bring travel disruption across Scotland

Snow storms amid winds gusting up to 75mph are forecast to batter Scotland from tomorrow until Friday.

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Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Arctic blast set to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to Scotland

Freezing air direct from the Arctic is set to descend over most of the country this week bringing with it the threat of snow.

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Ineos shale operations director Tom Pickering

Ineos back ruling on misleading fracking claims

Petrochemical giant Ineos has backed a ruling by an advertising watchdog which states Friends of the Earth made false claims over fracking.

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Bins not being collected as scheduled

Bins not being collected as scheduled

Falkirk Council has apologised to householders after disruption to the bin collection service over the festive period.

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SEPA needs to come to stay

SEPA needs to come to stay

A meeting took place last week to once again try to convince SEPA and take up permanent residence in Grangemouth.

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Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Warning after bird flu found on Lincolnshire farm

Bird keepers in Scotland have been reminded to keep their poultry and captive birds indoors after bird flu was confirmed at a farm in Lincolnshire.

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Kilfinan Community Forest, Argyll.

Search on for Scotland’s finest woods

The search has begun to find and celebrate the finest and most inspiring woodlands in Scotland. The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are an annual recognition of excellence among those who use, own or manage woods and forests - and a celebration of their contribution to the wealth and well-being of communities.

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Group’s offer of help turned down by cemetery bosses

Group’s offer of help turned down by cemetery bosses

A community group’s offer to help improve a graveyard has been turned down by Falkirk Council on health and safety grounds.

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Graham Simpson MSP backs Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign

Give your litter a lift home to support new campaign

You can usually tell when it’s going to happen. You’re driving along behind a car and a straw wrapper sails from out of a rolled-down passenger window.

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Labour councillors Dennis and Gerry Goldie backed fracking at a meeting of Falkirk Councils executive committee this week

Look, just tell us your fracking stance

Falkirk’s Labour administration was asked to clarify its position on fracking this week after two members spoke out in favour of the process.

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A wind farm grant will help provide future services in Limerigg and Slamannan. Picture: John Devlin

New group has a five-year plan for village

A village’s residents are “thinking big” with a five-year plan to make their small community a better place to live and work in.

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SEPA has to come to port town now

SEPA has to come to port town now

I have called on industrial firms in Grangemouth to “up their game” following the release of data by Scotland’s environmental watchdog SEPA.

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Some people have already made their feelings known before the consultation begins
Picture: Alan Murray

Householders on alert to have say in fracking debate

Six reports now available for everyone to read, digest and comment on should go a long way to deciding if Scotland takes the opportunity to develop a shale gas industry.

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Hares must be controlled to safeguard habitats, the SGA has said.

Warning of habitat damage if culls banned

A full ban on the culling of mountain hares could lead to serious damage to habitats and the species, a national organisation has warned.

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Government pledge on fracking debate

Government pledge on fracking debate

Public consultation on whether Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) development should be allowed in Scotland will start in January.

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Farmers across Scotland are being urged to open their gates to the public for next years Open Farm Sunday on June 11. Organisers LEAF are keen to see more farms taking part.

Farmers urged to highlight vital role

Farmers across Scotland are being urged to open their gates and welcome the public to showcase their achievements and the goods and services they deliver.

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