Ross Finnie, the Scottish executive environment minister, will today raise the target for electricity from non-polluting sources to 40% by 2020, which could lead to hundreds more windfarms springing up across Scotland. If the target is met, it could mean wind becoming Scotland's greatest energy source, ahead of coal, gas and nuclear power. Around 150 windfarms - as many as 5000 wind turbines - are already under consideration in addition to the 11 already operating. Many more will now be built, reports The Herald.
Scotland's first mass transfer of council housing to a private landlord is trapped in a bureaucratic minefield which could see the£19m deal delayed until next year. A ballot in the Borders last year confirmed support among the 6,900 tenants for the sale of their homes to the newly-formed Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA).
But difficulty in reaching agreement over the price to be paid for the stock, the introduction of the Scottish Executive's secure tenancy arrangements and a list of other issues, including approval of SBHA's business plan, have held up the transfer, reports The Scotsman.
JUDGES VISIT LAST OF 12 CAPITAL OF CULTURE BIDDERS
Judges for for the 2008 European capital of culture competition yesterday visited Bradford, the last of the 12 cities bidding for the title. The team, including Sir Jeremy Isaacs and Sue McGregor, flew in to Leeds Bradford Airport and were taken by helicopter to the city centre, reports The Yorkshire Post. Paul Brookes, Bradford capital of culture director, said: 'There are many great things about Bradford. However, I hope the judges will also see just how much Bradford stands to gain from being capital of culture. We have already surprised people by emerging as a strong contender.' The short-list will be announced in November and the winner in March.
LEWISHAM PLANNERS TO TAKE ON STARBUCKS
Lewisham LBC is set to take on Starbucks, after councillors have agreed to take enforcement action which will effectively force the coffee chain to close a store, or at least to serve only take-away coffees, reports This is London. Starbucks was said to have 'acted aggressively and provocatively' by ignoring the council's refusal to give planning permission for it to open a cafe in the middle of Blackheath Village, the authority's planning committee heard last night. Gavin Moore, deputy mayor of Lewisham, said: 'The company was outrageous in its decision to flagrantly ignore the fact that we did not give it planning permission to operate a cafe and we are not prepared to let them get away with it.'
Cathy Heseltine, for Starbucks, said: 'We have just heard the result of the council meeting and we need a little time to consider our options.'