GREATER POWER FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT’S COMMUNITIES
01 February 2017
ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT ACT
A new law will make it easier for communities in Scotland to take over land or buildings that are currently in public ownership.
The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 come into force on the 23rd January and allows community-led organisations to request to buy, lease or use any land or buildings belonging to local councils, Scottish Ministers, and a range of other public bodies. They must show how they will use the land to benefit the community. Requests must be agreed unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.
This is the latest section of the Act which gives more power to Scotland’s communities to have their voices heard in decisions that matter to them, and to take action for themselves.
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed this new law, and is encouraging any community-led organisation in his constituency to take advantage of it.
Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“The Scottish Government is determined to give communities more power to decide their own futures based on local need. Having control of land and buildings makes a big difference in enabling community organisations to achieve the changes they want, and I would like to see more groups have this opportunity.
“Every area has a building or land that could be of much more benefit to the local community if it was the local people themselves who were given the support and the freedom to make a difference.
“Taking over land or buildings can give communities the opportunity to deliver services. It can also provide jobs, skills and training, and opportunities to generate income and helps groups to become more sustainable, building confidence and a sense of community.
“There are many examples around the country where asset transfer has taken place and real benefits are being delivered by community organisations. I would like to see more organisations within my constituency take advantage of the benefits this new law allows to ensure that our communities make the decisions that are in their best interests.”
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS NOW LIVE
31 January 2017
ANGUS MACDONALD MSP ENCOURAGES PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald is encouraging individuals, organisations and communities in the Falkirk District to make sure their opinions are heard when it comes to unconventional oil and gas.
The Scottish Government have, today, launched their consultation on the industry in order to garner public opinion on what has proved to be a highly controversial industry. This comes after a full range of impartial, independent information was presented by the Scottish Government, in order for an informed debate and dialogue to take place.
The consultation is online and is open for submissions until the 31 May 2017, and is an opportunity for the public to give their views on the technologies and industry as a whole.
Welcoming the launch of the consultation, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald for Falkirk East said:
“The debate on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial. It is also an issue that has stimulated intense discussion, motivated by deeply held and sincere views on all sides.
“It is important that everyone, on all sides, as the opportunity to have their say on the unconventional oil and gas industry, and that the Scottish Government is given the opportunity to consider these opinions in order to make these important decisions.
“As most of Scotland’s unconventional oil and gas deposits occur in and around former coalfields and oil shale fields in Scotland’s Central Belt, which contains some of the most densely populated areas of the country, as well as in the area around Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, it is vitally important that communities, businesses and interest groups from across Scotland have an opportunity to put their views across.
“I am encouraging everyone in my constituency, and beyond, to speak up and be heard on this vitally important issue as soon as they possibly can.”
The consultation can be found here: