SPORTS MINISTER HAILS COMMONWEALTH GAMES LEGACY FOR GRANGEMOUTH
30 January 2015
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.”
MORATORIUM ON FRACKING IN SCOTLAND ANNOUNCED
28 January 2015
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.”