Russell: We’ll bring in our own laws to protect Scotland from Hard Brexit

“The Leavers promised the Earth in the European referendum but the nasty reality is that the Scottish Parliament will have its powers diminished and key sectors of Scottish life – farming, fishing, our food industries, manufacturing, public services and even our precious NHS – will be badly affected.

“The Scottish Government is working closely with the Welsh Government to try to ensure we are protected from this damage but so far our negotiations have not resulted in the changes we have to see in the EU Withdrawal Bill which is presently going through the House of Lords.

“That is why we are redoubling our efforts to get change and agreement, but why we are also preparing to undertake our own legislation.”

BREXIT Minister Michael Russell will tonight warn that the Scottish Government is prepared to pass its own laws to protect the country’s place…

Source: Russell: We’ll bring in our own laws to protect Scotland from Hard Brexit

Full Song And Video Created For The Nancy Glen Campaign 

The Nancy Glen Campaign ~Just Giving

You can purchase the song on iTunes here or download from Amazon here. Here the Loch Fyne Pipe Band are playing during the creation of the video. All money raised from the sale of the song goes to the Nancy Glen Campaign to help the families of the lost fishermen.

Source: Full Song And Video Created For The Nancy Glen Campaign – Tarbert Online

Statement from Scottish Government

Statement on Nancy Glen

Published: 12 Feb 2018 15:30

Scottish Government to work with families.

The Scottish Government will work with salvage specialists and the families of the Nancy Glen crewmen to support efforts to retrieve the bodies of the missing fishermen, after the boat was lost in Loch Fyne last month, within sight of Tarbert, where the crew and their families lived.

Following the Marine Accident Investigation Board’s decision to leave the vessel in situ, the Scottish Government has now agreed to examine whether the vessel can be lifted from its position to enable recovery.

This would mean raising the vessel to a position just below the surface to allow divers to enter and operate as safely as possible.

The costs of any recovery would also be met by the Scottish Government.

Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“This has been a deeply distressing time for the families of Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk.

“In these tragic and extremely exceptional circumstances, with the Nancy Glen having been lost within sight of the family homes and the wider community, it is only right that the Scottish Government intervenes and works with the families and salvage experts to search the vessel. The money raised through crowdfunding can go to the families rather than the recovery operation.

“A recovery operation will pose serious logistical challenges, and will need to be undertaken with the safety of divers and others involved uppermost in mind.

“This has been an upsetting time for all those involved, but we owe it to the families of the fishermen who were lost to mount this operation.

“And while there is no guarantee of a successful outcome, I hope our intervention will help bring some closure to the families and friends of Mr MacDougall and Mr Krawczyk.”

 

Brendan O’Hara MP Surgery on Coll 26th February

I’ll be holding a constituency advice surgery on Coll on Monday 26th February 2018. If you would like an appointment please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Source: Brendan O’Hara MP Surgery on Coll 26th February

BBC Any Questions At Dunoon Burgh Hall 11th May

BBC Radio 4’s “Any Questions?” programme is a topical discussion in which a panel of personalities fron the words of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience. On Friday 11th May, you can get the chance to participate as the programme will broadcast LIVE from Dunoon Burgh Hall.

​The “Any Questions?” team need questions from you to make the best programme possible – if you would like to submit a question, please pick up a Question card from the Burgh Hall prior to the event date (you must have an event ticket to do this, as you must be prepared to ask the question yourself on air).
Questions chosen regularly for inclusion in the programme touch on political, economic, social and moral issues of the day. As a nationwide broadcast, national or international issues are most likely to be chosen.

Participants should arrive from 6.45pm, and take their seats by 7.15pm “Any Questions?” will be live on BBC Radio 4 at 8.02pm. Please may note attendees may be included in any official photographs taken at the programme but please note that personal photography is not permitted.

Think tank unveils universal income scheme which would give £10,000 to every Scot

EVERYONE living in Scotland under 55 years old would be eligible for a £10,000 stipend over two years under plans unveiled today by a leading…

Source: Think tank unveils universal income scheme which would give £10,000 to every Scot

Conservation Area Appraisals – Easdale and Ellenabeich, Your Views Needed

Conservation areas are defined as “areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve of enhance” (Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997)

Conservation Area Appraisals help the special qualities of the area be understood and how changing needs of that area can sensitively be managed. Appraisals play a positive role in facilitating change in a way that helps preserve and enhance the special quality of the area. Appraisals provide the opportunity to inform residents, businesses, developers, and investors about the special characteristics and needs of an area. This helps inform decisions and proposals for all levels of development.

Argyll and Bute Council has undertaken a full review of the Easdale and Ellenabeich Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans. We are looking for your views about the identified characteristics and sensitivities of the conservation areas and how development within the area can be managed. Survey responses will be taken into consideration before the final Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans are published.

You can fill out the forms below online or print and post them

Easdale Conservation Area

Ellenabeich Conservation Area

Argyll and Bute Council – Realising our potential together

Source: Conservation Area Appraisals – Easdale and Ellenabeich

Your Views On The Gaelic Language Plan

Argyll and Bute Council is inviting people to give their views on its Gaelic Language Plan.

The Gaelic Language Plan provides information on how the Council, in partnership with other organisations, will address the needs of individuals, groups and communities who continue to see Gaelic as a major part of their daily lives.

People are therefore being invited to provide feedback on the draft plan by 19 February 2018

Send feedback via email to gaelic@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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A Conversation in Campbeltown Brexit What Matters to You? – Campbeltown Courier

The Scottish government minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP, will update on what’s at stake and where the negotiations stand in Campbeltown next Thursday.

The meeting, with free refreshments, hosted by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland is at Campbeltown town hall from 6pm to 7.30pm next Thursday.
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The meeting, with free refreshments, hosted by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland is at Campbeltown town hall from 6pm to 7.30pm next Thursday.

Source: A Conversation in Campbeltown – Brexit – What Matters to You? – Campbeltown Courier

3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae Showing In Lochgilphead, Tarbert and Campbeltown

Andy Paterson will be performing 3,000 Trees in Argyll on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th February, full details on flyer below.

Tickets at the door or can be purchased in advance from Aye Fyne in Lochgilphead.

Willie MacRae died in 1985, in mysterious circumstances that have never been resolved. A Scot, he was an officer in the Royal Navy, a lawyer, academic, anti-nuclear SNP activist and politician. His work creating a legal maritime framework for Israel and as an academic in Haifa led to the title of the play.

MacRae is remembered for his mysterious death, in which his car crashed in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands and he was found to be fatally shot in the head by a revolver that was found some distance away. The official verdict was undetermined.

Andy Paterson is an actor, playwright and musician – 3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae was premiered in Edinburgh at the Festival Fringe in 2011 and was last performed there in 2016.

Source: 3,000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae Showing In Tarbert – Tarbert Online

Radical bid to revive heritage lost by the Highland clearances | Press and Journal

A radical package of proposals has been unveiled to attempt to reverse the Highland Clearances in many forgotten communities.

The Scottish Government has been asked by community landowners to create a raft of new powers to revive the region’s “lost heritage” and pave the way for the re-population of townships which were wiped out during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Full Article On The Press And Journal

The plans have been tabled by Community Land Scotland (CLS), the umbrella organisation for the community buyouts which own more than half-a-million acres in the likes of Eigg, Assynt and Gigha.

Land reform campaigners hailed the move last night as having the potential to “build the confidence of local people to make most use of their cherished local resources”.

The CLS submission urges ministers to amend the draft Planning Act going through Holyrood to set a new goal of “the repopulation of rural Scotland, and the resettlement of once populated land now wholly or largely unpopulated”.

CLS wants a map of “no-longer-existing communities” to be drawn up to be considered as part of planning decisions, and to act as a “counter-balance to the power the ‘Wild Land Map’ now gives to arguments to keep places empty, places that once had people and thriving communities in them”.
Full Article: Radical bid to revive heritage lost by the Highland clearances | Press and Journal