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.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/12/2013 - 02:17
A very welcome announcement from the Cabinet Secretary today. I hope that my fellow Inverclyde Councillors will agree to the Government's deal, and once again freeze Council Tax for hard-working families here in Inverclyde...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25337494
Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 11:46
I was honoured and privileged to attend several services yesterday honouring those who gave their lives in conflict. We must never forget the evils and horrors of war, nor the sacrifices of those who fought to preserve our freedoms.
Submitted by admin on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 18:37
Just a wee press release from me on the recent news regarding house price increases and the SNP Scottish Government's housing funding...
Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 21:42
Whilst it is sad in many ways to see the old James Watt College being no more, I thought I'd welcome the brand new start for all the students & lecturers of the college - not just the start of a new academic year, but also a new start for the West College Scotland (Greenock Campus). I'm still not entirely sold on the name, but the lecturers and students I've spoken to are very enthusiastic about the new organisation, and how this should hopefully see the college locally progressing after a few very difficult years.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 16:40
Hey everyone - summer is over, and my apologies for once again my blog not being well maintained...Getting a lot of questions/comments about car-parking in Greenock, and the Labour admin's plans for enforcement etc. I've put out the following press release about it, which sums up the situation fairly well I think, but please get in touch if you have questions etc. In due course, I hope to publish what the Roads dept. say to me and what if anything we can do...
Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 21:24
In a similar vein to my earlier post, an early start for me tomorrow as I'll be in Edinburgh as a subsitute for the COSLA meeting...Amongst some of the items on the puglic agenda, we;ll be discussing the recent Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, Planning frameworks, and there's an update on Welfare Reform issues. Full details of all the public matters can be found here, on the COSLA site.