ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES FLOOD PROTECTION FUNDING FOR HIS FALKIRK EAST CONSTITUENCY

 

 

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

 

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."

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP VOTES TO BACK SCOTLAND'S PLACE IN EUROPE

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FALKIRK DISTRICT’S DECISION TO REMAIN MUST BE RESPECTED

SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has joined with colleagues from across the Scottish Parliament in uniting behind the First Minister’s efforts to keep Scotland in the European Union – voting to give the Scottish Government a mandate to commence discussions with EU institutions and members states.

At Decision Time on Tuesday, MSPs voted overwhelmingly by 92 votes to 0 in favour of a Scottish Government motion in favour of exploring options to protect Scotland’s EU membership – with only the Scottish Tories withholding support.

Commenting, Angus MacDonald said:

“Last week, the people of Falkirk district made their voice heard in no uncertain terms – and I was proud to join MSPs across the parties to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to make clear that their decision should be respected. 

“That Ruth Davidson and the Tories could not find it within themselves to back this common-sense position in unison with the rest of the Parliament shows just how far they are willing to go to defend their colleagues in the UK Government – throwing Scotland under the bus in the process.

“Over the last few days, Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician in the UK who has shown any leadership whatsoever – and it is entirely right that MSPs have given her this overwhelming mandate to make Scotland’s case directly to EU institutions and member states.

“Our national Parliament spoke with a strong and united voice – making absolutely clear that Falkirk district’s vote must be respected and Scotland’s place in Europe must be protected.

“In doing so, the First Minister has made clear that no option is off the table – and the SNP in government will do everything we can to ensure that Scotland maintains its place in the European family of nations, rather than being dragged out against our will by a right-wing Tory party which now finds itself in complete disarray.”

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