ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES FLOOD PROTECTION FUNDING FOR HIS FALKIRK EAST CONSTITUENCY
19 July 2016
Falkirk East’s SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has today welcomed the announcement of a new ten year strategy to protect Scotland’s most flood-prone communities – including funding of £2,952,000 for projects in Falkirk district, including Grangemouth.
The plan – announced by the First Minister earlier this week – will support local flood risk management plans, fund more than 130 flood protection studies and deliver 40 new flood protection projects across Scotland – protecting more than 10,000 homes.
Welcoming the news, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“Earlier this year, we saw the devastating effects flooding can have on local communities – and this new strategy will help protect households in the east of Falkirk district from the impact of future adverse weather.
“Significant work has already been undertaken by Falkirk Council, working with local industry and SEPA, to develop plans for flood defences along the Forth, including plans to protect our petro-chemical industry in Grangemouth. This £2.9 million of funding will help Falkirk Council move these projects forward.
“Investment in flood protection schemes and associated infrastructure is critical to protecting vulnerable householders, businesses and communities – and I am delighted to see the SNP in government working in partnership with local government on this important issue.
“The plan set out by the First Minister this week will give Falkirk Council the certainty it needs to deliver the actions set out in their Local Flood Risk Management Plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.”
SCOTLAND'S MEPs CONTINUE TEAM SCOTLAND APPROACH
08 July 2016
Five out of six of Scotland's Members of the European Parliament from the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives today committed themselves to work as Team Scotland on issues where they can co-operate after the UK Referendum result.
The MEPs, David Martin and Catherine Stihler for Labour, Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith for the SNP and Ian Duncan for the Conservatives said:
"Each of has received emails and letters from constituents concerned about their future in Europe. Our message is a simple one - for as long as we remain MEPs, we will fight for the best deal for Scotland.
As individuals we may have different ideas about what the future could or should hold, however in these challenging times, we will continue to work together wherever possible."