On Thursday 5th December, Members of the Scottish Parliament attended an event in Holyrood organised by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to raise awareness of its annual Christmas campaign.
Castletown Pharmacy Proposal
That the Parliament understands that a proposal to establish a new pharmacy in Castletown in Caithness has attracted widespread opposition; believes that over 500 people attended a public meeting that opposed the application and that the local GP practice and its staff, along with councillors and MSPs, have also expressed opposition; understands that the community is fearful that this pharmacy would have an impact on the dispensing GP practice that is already in place in Castletown and Canisbay; considers that the legislation regarding the granting of pharmacy applications is not fit for purpose and that it leaves communities unable to formally voice any opinion, and, so that pharmacy services enhance local health provision, hopes that legislation will be amended soon to make sure that local communities can have a say.
Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant is calling on the Scottish Government to meet with the Citizens Advice Bureaux in order to explore how they can implement a number of recommendations published in a recent CAB report ‘Payday Loans: A Mayday Call’.
Highlands and Islands regional MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the news that the Isle of Coll has been named as a Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association.
Coll, in the Inner Hebrides, is the second area in Scotland to be recognised – behind Galloway Forest Park – and the sixth in the UK.
The island which has no street lighting and is relatively free of light pollution is a prime location for stargazers.
Having been informed by NHS Highland that the Health Board is not in a position to suspend a community pharmacy application until present legislation is revoked and replaced with other instruction, Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have contacted the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, asking when the new legislation relating to the granting of these applications will be introduced.
Following the decision by Moray Council to approve its first request for a community asset transfer, Elgin Youth Development Group will take ownership of the Mackintosh Building in Francis Place, Elgin.
The building which already housed Elgin Youth Café and the Moray Inkwell meeting place will now pass into the ownership of the Elgin Youth Café charitable trust. The youth development group – which set up the youth cafe in 2001 – applied for the transfer of the Mackintosh Building for use as a base for its charitable activities and to develop a sustainable community hub and training facility.
Welcoming this development Rhoda Grant MSP said
“I am very happy to see this building being taken into the ownership of the Elgin Youth Café trust.