Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser Column June 2018

DEVELOPERS have now submitted plans to build up to 2600 homes on green belt land near Calderbank.  They’ve hired smooth-talking PR people to put out the message that they will deliver some kind of green oasis.

Don’t be fooled.

Defending the Powers of the Scottish Parliament

There has been a lot of nonsense talked about the non-existent Westminster Brexit power grab. I was able to demolish these claims and make suggestions for moving forward in the latest debate on leaving the EU.

Save Woodhall and Faskine from Development

Save Woodhall and Faskine Green Belt

The application for planning in principle on the green belt between Carnbroe and Calderbank has now been submitted. 

We must do all we can to prevent this application being approved – the council must listen to the views of the community.

East Kilbride News Column June 2018

The news that South Lanarkshire Council is considering a proposal to build a nursery on land at the Westwoodhill Recreation Area is setting a dangerous precedent.  The vision of building new towns like East Kilbride was to get people out from the overcrowded and polluted inner cities in the post-

Planning (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Debate

SNP attempts to reform planning in Scotland have been dismissed as a “power grab” by the Scottish Conservatives.

MSPs debated the first stage of the Planning (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood this week.

Portfolio Questions - Property Factors - 16th May

Last weekend in the Sunday Times, I called on Ministers to implement a system of compulsory factoring of new-build flats while making it easier for property factors to be struck off.  This would improve property conditions and the management of repairs for those living in communal buildings.

Braidhurst High, Motherwell

Children are sitting exams in a school while builders are carrying out a £3million refurbishment.

Corridors and classroom ceilings are covered with exposed wiring and heating pipes - with some walls only half built.

Queensway Resurfacing

Graham Simpson MSP welcomed the news that over half a mile of the A726 between the Righead and Murray roundabouts will be resurfaced later this month.