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Kelpies capture five star status

Falkirk’s top tourist attraction has earned Visit Scotland’s highest accolade – a five star rating.

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Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe

Major deal for Ineos

Ineos has completed its purchase of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) in the North Sea.

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Falkirk Cuoncil held a planning meeting in public on the issue in March. Picture: Michael Gillen

Public meeting on road closure group

A meeting has been arranged for tonight (Thursday) to formally constitute an opposition group objecting to plans to close off a road at the Ineos plant in Grangemouth.

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The THI project is bringing change

Real solutions and advice for independent traders

Local businessman John Cowan’s firm Real Retail Solutions has advised the likes of Disney, the Commonwealth Games and Next.

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Scottish fracking ban official after Holyrood vote

Scottish fracking ban official after Holyrood vote

MSPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Scottish Government’s decision not to back unconventional oil and gas extraction in the country.

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Fears over polluted beach

Fears over polluted beach

Campaigners fear a popular sandy beach in Bo’ness is in danger of being taken over by plastic pellets.

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Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Storm Ophelia - Where and when it might hit

Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to hit parts of Scotland today, with travel operators warning of disruption and cancellations to ferry and train services.

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L-R Scott Fraser, Scottish Waters Scottish Waters corporate affairs regional manager; Bruce Ritchie, head of business operations and visitor experience at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo; Abi Walker waste water treatment modern apprentice.

Launch of new 3P’s campaign

Scottish Water has teamed up with Edinburgh’s famous penguins to raise public awareness of its new 3P’s campaign and prevent toilet and sewer blockages.

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Ineos warns fracking ban could lead to mass exodus of workers

Ineos warns fracking ban could lead to mass exodus of workers

Petrochemical giant Ineos was licking its wounds after its plans for fracking in Scotland suffered a major – perhaps fatal – setback this week.

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Ineos dealt a major blow as Scottish Government supports fracking ban

Ineos dealt a major blow as Scottish Government supports fracking ban

The Scottish Government has just announced it is officially supporting a complete ban on fracking in Scotland.

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Bin calendars won’t be printed by council

Bin calendars won’t be printed by council

Residents are being encouraged to be good neighbours by printing out bin collection calendars for people who don’t have internet access.

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Celebrating 25 years of Scottish heritage

Celebrating 25 years of Scottish heritage

In the natural world, 25 years is hardly the blink of an eye to an ancient forest of oak and ash, a mountain that’s been standing for millenia or a peat bog that has grown for centuries.

Lifestyle
Championing the woodland cause

Championing the woodland cause

A team of Volunteer Community Champions (VCC) have been appointed to support the work of the Forestry Commission across central Scotland.

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Chernobyl children visit Zoolab

Chernobyl children visit Zoolab

A group of youngsters from Chernobyl got up close and personal with a bunch of wildlife courtesy of Zoolab at Torwood Garden Centre in Larbert.The eight boys and girls along with teacher Olga Kostiuchenko are pictured with Zoolab’s educational presenter Jenna Todd during their visit. The young people are in Scotland thanks to the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity. It was established and registered in 1992 by Victor Mizzi to support the children and their families from Belarus and Ukraine forever affected by the world’s worst nuclear disaster in April 1986. Belarus, where most of its work is focused, received over 70 per cent of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and, as a result, thousands are born every year with, or go on to develop, thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia.

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Gardeners should look out for an impressive autumnal emergence of species such as Comma, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in the coming weeks.

Can autumn offer a butterfly boost?

Gardeners are being asked to look out for butterflies this autumn after species struggled during the cold and wet summer holiday season.

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Haugh Park in Fife was among the 2017 Scottish award winners. Pic: Katrina Johnstone.

Vote for your favourite Scottish park

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is encouraging members of the public to vote for their favourite Scottish Green Flag Award park as part of a UK-wide competition.

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Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham is encouraging people to recycle more. Pic: Michael Gillen.

Businesses urged to be ‘Waste Warriors’

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on local authorities, businesses and organisations to sign up and join its Recycle Week army of ambassadors in a bid to get people to recycle more.

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‘Smelly’ tap water poses no health risk claims Scottish Water

‘Smelly’ tap water poses no health risk claims Scottish Water

Residents have complained to Scottish Water about the ongoing problem of horrible tasting and smelling water coming from their taps.

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A leaking sewer at the Bonnyfield nature park back in 2011

Filthy sewage seeps into nature reserve pond

The “unknown” substance flowing into a nature reserve pond has been identified as sewage from a nearby overflowing drainage system.

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