Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 21:53
A brief press-release on my views regarding the recent reports about the former Greenock Academy site...
Ward 3 Councillor Math Campbell-Sturgess today attacked Council Leader Stephen McCabe’s comments over plans for the former Greenock Academy site.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:11
A little later than it should have been due to problems getting the letter scanned in, but attached is a copy of the response I recieved from the Scottish Government on gambling.
In a related matter, I'm very happy my collegaue, Stuart McMillan MSP, managed to ask a question of the Scottish Government. You can see the video of his question and the response here.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:28
Some excellent news from the European Parliament today, in the form of the passing of the telecoms reform package. If this all sounds a geeky and technical, well, it, is, but there's a fairly good explanation here.
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Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 14:52
Some very welcome news from my friend and colleague Stuart McMillan MSP, who has managed to secure a debate in the Scottish Parliament over the use of FOBTs in betting shops. This follows on from my campaigning against the use of these machines, and the overprovision of gambling shops in our town centres. It's a very important issue which I have previously written to the Scottish Government about, and I hope the debate further highlig
Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/22/2014 - 21:45
As readers may be aware, a story surfaced by Twitter during the week where a Port Glasgow school-pupil, seeking information regarding the Scottish Independence Referendum, attempted to gain access to the Yes Scotland website from her school, only to find it was "blocked" as a policy violation. She then discovered the No campaign's website was not blocked, and posted on twitter regarding this.
Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 13:56
Posted below is a copy of a letter I sent earlier this week to Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, whose remit includes licensing law; this was also CC'd to Derek MacKay MSP, the Minister for Local Government as it encroaches on his work as well. When a response is forthcoming, I will publish it as well. I wrote to ask the Cabinet Secretary what the Scottish Govt. can do to give us the powers we need, as local councillors, to look at local matters when granting (or declining) licences for Gambling...
Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 02:34
Please see the press-release below; further information on the matter can be seen in the report on Inverclyde Now and in the next Education & Communities commitee papers.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:28
Very pleased that last week's full Council approved my motion
, and ammended it slightly to look into making a general "Ethical Leasing Policy". My proposal originally targetted just gambling premises. It was, you may recall
, to change the Council's Commercial Lease Policy to require that no council-let properties are used for gambling.