Category Archives: Community Ownership

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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Mull of Galloway

Earlier this month I visited Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway to meet representatives of the Trust which has taken on community ownership of the area. The community, through the Mull of Galloway Trust, took up the offer … Continue reading

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Rethinking Wellbeing

Earlier this month, I sat on a panel for the last of a Rethinking Wellbeing seminar series. The programme was run by Scotland’s Futures Forum, along with SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government, and started in September. Entitled ‘Different … Continue reading

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Consultation to look at allotments

Last month, the Scottish Government launched a consultation to discuss possible changes to laws governing allotments in Scotland. The  consultation is the latest step in the Government’s stated aim to support allotments and community growing spaces in Scotland. With the … Continue reading

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