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Bonnington of the Falls of Clyde

Tourist sites in Scotland’s rural areas such as Clydesdale can now apply for a share of £3 million funding aimed at helping them meet the demand of growing visitor numbers.

The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) – administered by VisitScotland - aims to help tourist attractions and their communities deal with the impact of increased visitor numbers on the local infrastructure by helping with improvements such as parking areas, visitor facilities and recycling points.

Communities across Clydesdale should apply for the latest round of RTIF funding.

The importance of a fund dedicated to helping deal with increasing demand can be seen by the level of interest from across Scotland in the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund since its creation in 2017.

Clydesdale is blessed with vibrant, active communities, as well as beautiful surroundings and history. This fund can provide a vital step in growing tourism potential in Clydesdale, and provide innovative initiatives to develop the industry further locally.

Applications are now open, and I call on local projects in Clydesdale to work with South Lanarkshire Council in making an application.

Application forms can be found here:


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Lest we forget...Lanark on Sunday with Angela Crawley and Councillor Julia Marrs

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I am aware that constituents are again being distressed by fireworks at this time of year.

While legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, we need to discuss how fireworks are sold.

The Scottish Parliament has also set up a review group which will look at restrictions to the use of fireworks on private property across Scotland, and changes to the times at which fireworks can be set off. It can also look at options for potential no-fireworks zones.

The review group was announced last week as part of our fireworks action plan, which will also develop guidance for community groups on how to set up safe fireworks displays.

Our recent consultation showed overwhelming public support for a change in how fireworks are sold and used. Hopefully in the future there will not be so many nights of random, unexpected, explosions in streets and back gardens!


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Douglas youngsters have a good knowledge of climate change

I was privileged to visit P4/5 at Douglas Primary School this week to talk to them and listen to their views on climate change.
The children have been learning about the climate emergency and they were inspiring in their ideas to reduce their carbon footprints. They asked some tough questions and clearly have a lot of interest in the use of technology, active travel, e-cars, single use plastic and the empowerment of younr people.
As politicians we have to look at the implications of every decision and make changes to ensure that we can hand on a world in better condition to them.
Many thanks to teacher Morag Pitt and the children for allowing me to hear their thoughts.


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Station at Law is among options being considered

I welcome the Clydesdale STAG report, outlining eight options to improve transport in Clydesdale, and I expect the next phase to consider how to improve public transport to improve access to employment and other services.

The options, covering mainly potential rail, bus and active travel proposals, will now be considered in detail to identify which could be developed for implementation.

The options considered under the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance cover rail travel, including the potential for new rail stations at Law and Symington and rail services from Lanark to Edinburgh and from Carluke to Edinburgh via Carstairs.

Bus services under consideration include a Law to Carluke shuttle, Biggar-Lanark-Symington services, Law services, Carstairs-Lanark-New Lanark services and an M74 corridor Bus Hub, as well as demand-responsive transport serving, in particular, communities in settlements in Southern Clydesdale and rural areas.

Improvement options at Lanark Interchange could include work to the bus service interchange and to the park and ride facilities, while extra park and ride provision could be created at Carstairs.

The options also include active travel infrastructure covering Law, Carluke, Braidwood, Biggar, Symington, Carnwath, Carstairs and Lanark.

The conclusions drawn from this stage are due to be reported in March next year.

This report gives us a major opportunity to consider how we can increase the integration of our transport options, improve access to public transport, and explore how we can strategically improve the offering of transport links in Clydesdale.

Rural transport is one of the most pressing concerns facing our communities - a point reiterated during my recent meeting between local community councils and SPT.

As the options under consideration now go forward to the next phase of the process, the focus must be on delivery, sustainability and the provision of travel options to improve access to employment and key services, as well as supporting tourism in the area.





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