Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant has questioned the Scottish Government over delays to the Berriedale Braes improvement scheme.
Mrs Grant challenged the Transport Minister, Derek Mackay MSP for more details over whether a public local inquiry will be held following the publication of the draft road order material for the A9 Berriedale Braes improvement scheme at the first General Questions session since Parliament returned from summer recess.
Helmsdale Volunteers Rejuvenate Sutherland Station
That the Parliament congratulates a group of volunteers who have undertaken what it considers a unique restoration scheme in the Sutherland village of Helmsdale; notes that the group, who have renovated Helmsdale railway station, a working stop on the far north line, have been nominated for an award as part of the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, which are funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; understands that volunteers from across the country, including an accountant, a seamstress, an electrician and three engineers, were among 21 contributors who stayed in the station while they refurbished the building, which was built in the 1870s and has been vacant for over 20 years;
Scottish Labour MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Rhoda Grant is in full agreement with the coverage in today’s press that highlights the failings of the Government to tackle the problem of healthcare provision in rural Scotland.
“The coverage on BBC’s Breakfast highlighted the problem of finding GPs for rural area,” said Mrs Grant.
“This is a long standing problem that the Government seems unwilling to properly address.
“A significant number of our rural communities are just one retirement away from being without a local doctor.
“Even doctors in large urban practices complain about their workload. In small rural practices the workload, exacerbated by imposed Government targets, is not just unattractive to new doctors but is seen by many as unmanageable.
Highland (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant is hailing Helmsdale station as a “shining example” of the potential to improve stations and the passenger experience along the length of the far north line connecting Caithness, Sutherland and Ross with the Highland capital.
Last month Helmsdale Station Community Interest Company, set up in 2009 to rescue and restore the listed station building at Helmsdale as a community project announced that volunteers behind the renovation had been shortlisted for an award under the caring and protecting category at the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, to take place in Edinburgh on the 28th September, funded by the Andrew Llyod Webber Foundation.
The Helmsdale station building, originally constructed in the 1870s , had fallen into disrepair and had lain empty for over 20 years has now been rejuvenated with original platform features being reinstated, the stationmasters quarters converted into self-catering holiday accommodation, the station office into a photographic dark room and the waiting room into a visitor information centre.
A new Scottish Wildcat Action website was launched today at the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.
Labour MSP and wildcat champion Rhoda Grant was on hand for the unveiling of
earlier today with proceedings carefully monitored by ‘William’ the wildcat who was also on hand – or paw – on behalf of Scottish Wildcat Action.
Scottish Wildcat Action, supported by the Scottish Government and Heritage Lottery Fund, is delivering the first national conservation plan to bring back viable populations of Scottish wildcats.
The new website has easy-to-use features which encourage people in the Scottish Highlands to report sightings, volunteer with fieldwork, and register their interest to help.
Rhoda has given her support to the following motin in the Scottish Parliament :
St Kilda Swim Team—That the Parliament congratulates the seven members of the St Kilda Swim Team on the completion of a 35-hour, 60-mile swim relay from the islands to Hushinish, Harris;