The Borgue bus timetable will be changing (slightly) from the start of December with the aim of improving links to onward connections.
There is currently a temporary arrangement whereby the 0810 and 1540 service are being done by the big school bus (driven by Colin).
The Galloway Community Transport (GCT) bus is now doing a to and from school, schools-only service round by Girthon, Rainton, Borgue etc. This service isn't licensed to carry the public.
GCT is still operating the 1210 and 1710 Kirkcudbright-Brighouse-Borgue-Kirkcudbright services as usual until the new timetable starts on 2 December.
The best person to contact with any questions about the service is Lindsay Heron at Swestrans: 01387 260383.
Every year the average household in Dumfries and Galloway produces over a tonne of waste. All of this is collected and processed through the council’s waste service. Scotland as a whole produced over 3.3 million tonnes of household waste in 2017. This is not sustainable and as a society, we need to do more to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. To help tackle this, the Council will be introducing a new kerbside recycling service across the whole region and improving the way we run our Household Waste Recycling Centres.
D&G Council are running a series of Waste and Recycling Community Conversation events, visiting every ward during October and November 2019. We will have displays and information on the new kerbside recycling collections and the events will also be a chance to discuss all aspects of our waste service or wider recycling issues; for example:
- ·“Where does my waste go to?”
- ·“What does the Ecodeco plant actually do?”or
- ·“What is the Scottish Government’s ‘Deposit Return Scheme’ all about?”
We will also be asking for feedback on proposed changes to opening hours for the Household Waste Recycling Centres. Everyone is welcome to drop in to these sessions.
The event runs from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 29th October in the main chamber at the Daar Road Council offices in Kirkcudbright.
It will be repeated in Castle Douglas Town Hall on Tuesday 12th November at the same times.
A "Request For Scoping Opinion" has been submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council's Planning department for a proposed 30 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant on land at Culraven farm. You can view several documents, including location plans, associated with the proposal at the D&G Council Planning portal. The planning application reference is 19/1259/SCO. You can enter this reference into the search field to find the information. This will be discussed at the next Borgue Community Council meeting on Tuesday 17th September.
Please join Ann and Ellie for their art exhibition on Thursday, 3rd October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Margrie House, Borgue DG6 4UE. There will be prints and cards for sale. Refreshments will be available. Donations received will support the D&G branch of Down's Syndrome Scotland.
In August 2019, properties in Kirkandrews, Barlocco and Knockbrex were notified that they are no longer "In Scope" for fibre broadband even though fibre cable has recently been run from Ingleston, past Kirkandrews to the Coo Palace. This means that the roll-out of fibre broadband will be put back into the scope of the Scottish Governmet's "Reaching 100%" (R100) initiative which aims to deliver high speed broadband to 100% of Scottish properties by the end of 2021.
In the meantime, there are some alternative ways to access a higher speed broadband connection.
EE have been upgrading their 4G mobile network and are now offering wireless home broadband using a 4G mobile router. Early adopters in the Borgue area are seeing download speeds of over 20 Mbps which is a big improvement over broadband delivered over copper wires from the Borgue exchange.
The UK Government Gigabit Voucher Scheme has been extended for rural properties and rural communities can now claim vouchers for up to £1500 per property or £3500 per business to put towards the cost of contracting a private connection to the fibre broadband network.
For properties currently getting download speeds of less than 2Mbps, there is still the UK Government sponsored Better Broadband Voucher Scheme that supports the cost of a contract for satellite or wireless broadband services.
A new green cabinet has been installed on the road from Chapelton to Barmagachan. This should now be capable of delivering high speed broadband services for properties in this area. The planned cabinet for Millhall has now been cancelled due to dificulties in finding a suitable location for the cabinet.