Grangemouth Stadium Javelins

As part of sportscotland’s and Glasgow 2014’s initiative to distribute sports equipment used at Glasgow 2014 to clubs and local authorities across the country, Grangemouth Stadium successfully applied for the running tracks at Hampden Park and Lesser Hampden Park.  Falkirk Council supported the bid, providing over £500,000 to see the project come to fruition.

Partners from Falkirk Community Trust, sportscotland, Glasgow 2014, Falkirk Council, and Scottish Athletics were on site at Grangemouth Stadium with local community groups, local athletes, and contractors to mark the completion of the Hampden Track, used in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games, being moved to Grangemouth Stadium.

Commenting after a visit to Grangemouth Stadium, local MSP, Angus MacDonald said:

“I am delighted to see the track open for use here at Grangemouth Stadium. This is an excellent legacy for Grangemouth athletes and will hopefully be instrumental in inspiring local communities in and around the Grangemouth area to become future Team Scotland athletes and to emulate our recent success on the global stage.”

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport and Health Improvement, also attended the visit to Grangemouth Stadium. Mr Hepburn said:

“The opening of this fantastic track is a demonstration of the continuing legacy of the Commonwealth Games that will help build a more active and healthier Scotland.

“It’s great that young people can now train and compete on the very same track where Eilidh Child, Usain Bolt and many others won medals. The Grangemouth Stadium is already extensively used as a training hub for Scottish internationalists and club runners and I am confident the new track will attract more athletes and help inspire the next generation of champions.”



A moratorium on planning consents for unconventional onshore oil & gas wells, including fracking, has been announced today by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing

Fergus Ewing also announced that a full public consultation on unconventional oil & gas extraction will be held to ensure that the voices of communities across Scotland are heard on the issue.

Earlier this week the majority of Scottish Labour MPs failed to vote for a moratorium on fracking in the House of Commons, despite Jim Murphy stating his supposed opposition to the technology at the weekend. Every SNP MP voted in favour of a UK-wide moratorium.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“Today’s announcement of a moratorium will be welcomed by communities across Scotland who have been alarmed by the gung-ho stance taken by the Westminster Government.

“Today’s statement brings welcome clarity and stands in stark contrast to Labour’s chaotic approach to fracking. This week saw Jim Murphy announce his party’s supposed opposition to fracking before his MPs failed to support a moratorium in the House of Commons.

“The SNP Government has acted where Labour’s MPs failed and have once again shown that Jim Murphy is more interested in political posturing than concrete action.”





SNP MSP Angus MacDonald is today welcoming new figures showing strong numbers of dental registration in Falkirk district – and is encouraging local people to ensure they attend regular check-ups with their dentist.


Figures published by the Scottish Government show that 53,994 children and 205,662 adults in Forth Valley are now registered with a dentist – as national figures show that almost 2 million more people across Scotland are now registered since the SNP came to office.


Commenting, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:


“The SNP’s investment in our health service is paying dividends – with 259,656 people in Forth Valley now registered with a dentist and almost 2 million more people across Scotland registered since the Scottish Government came to office. 


“The large number of children registered in Forth Valley is also particularly welcome – with 53,994 now having access to a dentist


“Regular attendance at a dentist is very important – and can help identify early signs of oral cancer – so I would urge everyone across Falkirk district to take the opportunity offered by increased access to an NHS dentist and make sure they take the time for regular check-ups.


“These figures are another example of the SNP’s commitment to and investment in our health service paying off – and so it is no wonder that the people of Falkirk district are continuing to put their faith in us to improve our public services.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2015

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