Motion S5M-00998: Scotland’s Growing Population

11 Aug 2016

That the Parliament notes the publication of Scotland’s Population 2015: Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends; welcomes the increase in the population to 5,373,000, which is the highest record level ever; understands that, over the next 25 years, it is projected to increase by 7%; believes that a growing population is healthy for the economy as it means more taxpayers are able to contribute to vital public services, and hopes that people will continue to choose Scotland as their home.

Motion S5M-00967: Windfarms and Tourism

10 Aug 2016

That the Parliament notes the research published by BIGGAR Economics that finds that windfarms have had no negative impact on the tourism industry; understands that the research looked at 18 sites across Scotland, taking into account employment in tourism before and after the renewables projects were developed; further understands that the report actually found that many of the local authority areas with the largest growth in onshore windfarms were those that had experienced the biggest bounce in employment in the tourism sector; recognises the 21,000 jobs supported by the renewable energy sector in Scotland; further notes research performed by Scottish Renewables, which finds that roads and paths built for windfarm sites may actually encourage more people to explore the countryside, and believes that these reports show that Scotland can have both a world-leading renewables sector and a world-leading tourism sector.

Appeal for Information

08 Aug 2016

It is with regret that I have to bring to your attention the death of a young man in our area in the early hours of Sunday morning.


As you may have seen from media reporting yesterday, Gary Weir, aged 24, received fatal injuries when he was involved in an altercation with a group of individuals outside Shettleston Juniors Social Club following his attendance at a 21st Birthday Party for one of his friends. Three of Gary’s friends, who had also been at the party, suffered serious injuries although have now left hospital.


At this time there is no clear motive for the attack but I have no doubt that the key to identifying those responsible lies somewhere in our community.


I would be grateful if those who have any information which could lead to identifying those responsible via CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111. An incident room has been set up and can be contacted on 0141 532 6706 for those who have any information and are willing to leave their details. Any information given will be treated in the strictest of confidence.


The road next to Shettleston Juniors remains closed whilst forensic and search teams conclude their vital work. However the Police anticipate that they will leave a presence in the area for at least the next 48 hours. There will also be additional reassurance patrols in Easthall, where Gary lived, in order to reassure his family and relatives and also those of the other injured parties.


Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you need any help or have further concerns.


05 Aug 2016

SNP MSP for Shettleston has slammed ScotRail for cutting services to East End stations. Rail passengers in the east end of Glasgow are set to lose out following the completion of the Queen Street Tunnel upgrade.


The number of trains stopping at stations in the East End on the Glasgow-Airdrie-Edinburgh line, which include Easterhouse, Garrowhill, Shettleston, Carntyne and Bellgrove, will be halved during the day compared to the timetable before the tunnel works began.  Up to March there were four trains per hour to and from Edinburgh (two direct and two requiring a change).  But now there will only be two per hour.


And there are to be no direct trains between Edinburgh and the East End stations during evenings.  Previously there were two each hour.


Another reduction in service is that local trains will no longer run every 15 minutes but will be at less regular intervals.


MSP for Shettleston Constituency John Mason raised concerns with ScotRail before the timetable was announced.


He commented:


“I had hoped that the timetable would return to the previous position of trains stopping at East End stations every 15 minutes as was the case. It is a real let-down and incredibly disappointing that ScotRail are cutting our train service in this way.


“While it may have been reasonable to have a poorer service during the maintenance works it is not acceptable that my constituents should continue to suffer a poorer service going forward.


“I have written to ScotRail regarding my concerns and I very much hope they will look at reversing these cuts.”


You can find a copy of Scotrails response at the following link: 20160805124932214