Category Archives: Community Ownership

Ramblers Scotland – celebrating recreational walking

I recently attended a reception in the parliament to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. I was joined with representatives from Ramblers Scotland. Ramblers is an organisation which protect the places for people to walk … Continue reading

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15 years of community ownership – The Land Reform Act 2003

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Passed by the joint Labour and Liberal Democrat administration, this Act was a major step in redressing the balance of land ownership in Scotland … Continue reading

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Peebles CAN open community garden yurt

Peebles CAN (Community Action Network) is a not-for-profit community based organisation that works towards building community resilience and sustainability.¬† Their objective is to work creatively with all sectors of the community, with a particular focus on developing self-sustaining projects that … Continue reading

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Sun Amp visit

I was delighted to visit Sun Amp, an exciting and ground-breaking renewable energy company based in East Lothian, along¬†with my colleague Iain Gray MSP. We met with a number of the staff, including the Chief Executive, Andrew Bissell and Chief … Continue reading

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Stop serial applications

I have registered my objection to a further application from Patersons to quarry at the Overburns site as the consultation closed earlier this month. It is well documented that Patersons of Greenoakhill have been pursuing the Overburns site for quarrying … Continue reading

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Community owned Portpatrick Habour

  Last week I gave a speech in the chamber on the third stage of the Harbours (Scotland) Bill. Ports are a national asset, and it is vital that we allow them to flourish without the threat of privatisation attached … Continue reading

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Tackle loneliness with Re-Connect South Lanarkshire

Healthy Valleys is a fantastic community led health initiative working across rural South Lanarkshire that I have always been keen to support. Local community members, voluntary, and public sector agencies work together to promote health and wellbeing, and reduced inequalities … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee visit to Orkney

Last week I joined my colleagues on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee on a trip to the beautiful isles of Orkney. The trip marked the beginning of the evidence gathering sessions on land reform, in order … Continue reading

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Spirit of Lanarkshire – Energy Cooperative

Last month I was in Coalburn for an event to update residents on the Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Cooperative. The cooperative is encouraging local people and organisations to invest in a community share of Nutberry Wind Farm and another … Continue reading

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Committee visit to Glenlivet Estate

In the final week of the Parliament’s summer recess, I joined members of the Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on a visit to the Glenlivet Estate. The Estate is one of a number of Crown Estate assets … Continue reading

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