Council forced to do an extra bin collection

The first days of the four-weekly refuse cycle caused havoc last week as scores of overflowing bins weren’t picked up.

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Restoration work has started on the Linlithgow Cross well Picture: Michael Gillen

Time capsule being installed in historic well

Work to restore the 19th century well at The Cross in Linlithgow is under way after plans were approved by West Lothian Council.

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The weathervane has been cleaned up and put back on its 'perch' at the top of Falkirk's iconic steeple

Town’s ‘Golden Eye’ back in rightful place

Falkirk’s famous ‘golden eye’ cockerel has resumed its perch at the top of the town’s equally famous Steeple.

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The volunteers were busy planting this week

Polio campaign gets growing across town

The Rotary Club of Falkirk and Falkirk Delivers teamed up this week to plant thousands of bulbs to help eradicate polio.

EDF want wind farm to help community

Wind farm firm helps community

A renewable energy firm celebrated the opening of its new wind farm by starting a fund for the local community.

Listen to case for fracking industry

Listen to case for fracking industry

The main benefit of a public inquiry is it allows competing evidence on contentious issues to be tested under cross-examination.

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Forest Enterprise Scotland is encouraging locals to go outdoors during the October holidays and appreciate Scotlands beautiful woodland like Callendar Woods.

Five green spaces to enjoy in the October holidays

Forest Enterprise Scotland is encouraging locals to go outdoors during the October holidays and appreciate Scotland’s beautiful woodland surroundings.

Environmentalists protested over UCG plans on the Firth of Forth. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Government rejects UCG but fracking still on the table

The Scottish Government is calling for a ban on underground coal gasification saying it poses serious environmental risks.

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The shale ship makes its way up the Firth of Forth on Tuesday. Picture: Michael Gillen

Absent MSPs, protests and winds cannot spoil Ineos’ day

Tuesday was supposed to be the birth of the shale gas industry in Scotland but Ineos had to wait a little longer for its brave new era to begin.

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Shale ship finally docks

Shale ship finally docks

The ship carrying the first fracked shale gas from the US to Scotland has safely docked today after being held up on the River Forth overnight.

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The Ineos Insight tanker making its way up the River Forth this morning. Picture: Michael Gillen

Shale ship won’t dock until tomorrow

The Ineos ship bringing in the UK’s first shale gas produced from fracking won’t dock until tomorrow due to adverse weather conditions.

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Ineos Insight passes beneath the Forth Bridge PICTURE: MICHAEL GILLEN

US shale shipment arrives to angry protests

Fracking protestors began gathering outside Ineos headquarters in Grangemouth as the firm’s first shipment of US shale travelled under the Forth Bridge.

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Shopkeepers and shoppers complain about the asbestos removal work being carried out at Falkirk Steeple on a Saturday

Questions asked as Steeple work goes ahead on busy trading day

Shoppers and traders were shocked work to remove asbestos from Falkirk Steeple was carried out on the town’s busiest shopping day.

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Parking issues at Weir Street

Action pledged to deal with bad parkers

Inconsiderate drivers have been warned they face fines of up to £50 if they are caught breaking parking rules.

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Residents won't be seeing this site any more

Planners’ long scrap with yard is over

The owners of an under fire scrapyard were praised by planners for complying with orders to tidy up their premises.

Ineos shale ship Intrepid

Billion pound investment will secure future of Grangemouth site says boss

In five days time a cargo ship the length of two football pitches will dock at the Ineos jetty in Grangemouth to off load nearly one million cubic feet of fracked shale gas.

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SEPA has a agreed to meet with Grangemouth Community Council

SEPA will meet watchdog

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has agreed to meet with a local watchdog group to hear residents’ concerns.

Met Office storm names - is your name on the list?

Met Office storm names - is your name on the list?

The Met Office has announced the names of this year’s winter storms.

The payphone box in Campsie Terrace, Skinflats which may be removed
Picture: Michael Gillen

BT could hang up service on 
half its public payphones

Proposals from BT could close over half the public payphones across the district – and bring an end to many of the iconic red boxes.

The site of the proposed archaelogical dig

Dig deep for royal history

An archaeological project aiming to find a long-lost 16th century royal dockyard is calling for volunteers.

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