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Following the announcement today that the appeal lodged by Patersons of Greenoakhill Ltd for the extraction of sand and gravel at Overburns Farm has been dismissed by the Scottish Government, I applaud the local people who have campaigned against the plans over so many years.

As Clydesdale’s MSP, I have always sought to ensure the voices of my constituents and the local campaign group are heard.

For over 10 years these plans, for a beauty spot near Lamington, have attracted over 1000 objections and have seen the local community repeatedly needing to summon the strength to object to all the attempts by Patersons to get their application through the planning process.

I am pleased the Scottish Government has dismissed this latest appeal. This result will bring great relief to the local community and others who have dug deep to fight this.

I hope Patersons now take heed of this latest refusal, listen to the community who have consistently said they do not want this quarry, and do not bring back any further applications.

 

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I am pleased to advise that NHS Lanarkshire are inviting you to a meeting about the future of the Woodstock Practice in Lanark Grammar School between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

This follows the decision last month by the practice to give notice to end their contract with the health board. That contract will end on April 6 next year. NHS Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership are currently working with the GPs and staff at the practice to ensure that new arrangements will be in place by then to provide patient care.

The meeting is to provide an update on the current position, the process involved in awarding a new GMS Contract, and for patients to make comments and ask questions. It is also hoped that as patients, some of you may wish to volunteer to be on the recruitment panel.

Due to limited capacity at Lanark Grammar School, those interested in attending have been asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01698 855545 to confirm ahead of the meeting.

Patients interested in participating on the selection panel to award a new contract will need to be available for a two hour training session and one full day for the interviews. NHS Lanarkshire will however reimburse all reasonable expenses.

Anyone interested should contact NHS Lanarkshire:
By telephone – 01698 855545
By email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please provide name & preferred contact details)

 

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Success, in cutting the strip of wood to open the new Men's Shed 

Traditionally, politicians are invited to cut a ribbon to open a new venture, but intstead of scissors chairman Alan Watson handed over a saw, heavy duty gloves and protective goggles when I opened the new Kirkmuirhill and Blackwood Men's Shed at the weekend.

The new shed, behind Thornton Road Community Centre, is a remarkable achievement by a group of volunteers who cleared the land, found and installed a container, then converted it into these wonderful premises.

The Men's Shed movement tackles isolation in older men, giving them a social space to meet and share skills such as woodworking. (Secretary Graham Stewart presented me with a lovely wooden planter after the opening.)

It is a remarkable movement, and the Kirkmuirhill and Blackwood shed will be an asset for generations to come.

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Aileen with the SPT representatives and some of the community councillors who attended.

I hosted a meeting with rural community councillors and transport bosses in Thankerton on Monday in response to ongoing concerns about transport connectivity in rural Clydesdale.

SPT were represented by Gordon Dickson, head of bus strategy and delivery, and Gary Robertson, network analysis and design manager and they were joined by community councillors from Quothquan and Thankerton, Symington, Biggar, Douglas, Lanark, Pettinain, and Carstairs.

Discussions covered a wide range of issues including connecting Clydesdale’s villages and smaller communities, linking up more effectively to emerging transport hubs such as Abington and Carstairs Junction, and reimaging some of the current provision to be more responsive to local need.

The meeting also came ahead of the Scottish Government’s Transport Bill which will be heard this week and alongside ongoing work from South Lanarkshire Council to improve local provision.

It was a very constructive meeting, covering a lot of ground and provided a platform for community councillors to raise local problems and frustrations. SPT were engaging and clearly wanted to listen and make improvements where they could, and also work with the community to create a more joined up transport system.

I will continue to engage with SPT, other transport providers and the council and use the new provisions within the Transport Bill to ensure that this discussion can result in tangible action to make a difference to connectivity in Clydesdale.

Councillor Ian McAllan said afterwards: “The meeting was very helpful, not only in terms of reinforcing our understanding of the transport issues facing this part of Clydesdale, but it also provided a rare opportunity for members of the community to discuss the issues and potential solutions directly with SPT representatives. Furthermore, it was clear that the community wanted to continue to be actively involved with finding those solutions to drive forward improvements.”

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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