Announcement comes after SNP MSP and Scottish Youth Parliament protest device at Hamilton Central.
SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed ScotRail’s decision to issue a blanket ban on the use of mosquito anti-loitering devices at all of its stations.
The devices, which emit a high pitch frequency in a bid to deter anti-social behaviour, are to be removed by Scotrail following a review. ScotRail cited underuse and a lack of evidence supporting their effectiveness.
Mosquito anti-loitering devices had previously been installed at Hamilton Central, Helensburgh Central as well as Aberdeen station.
The move comes after local MSP Christina McKelvie and the Scottish Youth Parliament previously called for the devices to be banned, citing their disproportionate impact on young people.
SNP MSP Christina McKelvie for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:
“I am pleased that Scotrail has listened to the concerns that these devices can cause undue harm to young people especially, and to little or no avail, issuing a blanket ban on mosquito anti-loitering devices at all of their stations.
“The SNP Government has previously written to local authorities and other key partners to emphasise their strong opposition to these devices, and I have also raised concerns with Scotrail about their devices installed within Hamilton Central in my constituency.
“While tackling anti-social behaviour is important, there are more proportionate responses than unfairly targeting one section of society. I look forward to working constructively with Scotrail in the future to ensure Hamilton Central remains safe and secure for all.”
David Lister, ScotRail Alliance director of safety and sustainability, said:
“The safety and security of our staff and customers remains our priority, and we continue to work with all agencies – including the British Transport Police, Police Scotland, trade unions, and local authorities.
“These devices were always only a small part of a much wider effort to tackle anti-social behaviour wherever it occurred.
“A small number of customers raised concerns about the use of these devices. We always listen very careful to customer feedback. Following a thorough review of the use of mosquito anti-loitering devices, we have taken the decision to remove them from the three stations in which they are currently installed.”
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Wholistic Life praised by Christina McKelvie MSP
Larkhall based charity, Wholistic Life – Coaching for Kids, were the grateful recipients of a £25,000 funding windfall, courtesy of Firstport.
Firstport provides free business advice and financial support to individuals who want to start a business which will help people and communities. Since April 2009, Firstport have made 908 awards and distributed £5,158,419.50 across Scotland
Susan Livingstone, co-founder of Wholistic Life, received the funding bonus from the Firstport Social Entrepreneurs Fund, aiming to support individuals and charities who aim to make a difference in their community.
The social enterprise provides children and young people with essential life skills which assist them to discover their own strengths and capacities, achieving good mental health and wellbeing.
Wholistic Life, who gained charity status in 2017, have been working with local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.
The SNP MSP commented:
“This is just another positive step for Wholistic Life and, more importantly, a vital lifeline for the young people they support.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Susan and Aimee since the inception of the charity and it’s remarkable to see the progression they have made.
“Their aims are simple – to help young people as they transition through some of the most life-changing years of their lives.
“Wholistic Life is to be commended for the vital, community oriented role they play in my constituency and I am delighted to see them going from strength to strength.
Susan Livingstone, co-founder of Wholistic Life and recipient of the Social Entrepreneur Fund, added:
“I am delighted to have received this award. This funding will allow me to concentrate 100% on building the social enterprise, as we aim to take our MindPower Programme to schools, universities and businesses.
“I would also like to thank Christina, her staff and the wider community of Larkhall who have supported us hugely since we opened the Wholistic Life Wellness Centre in September.
“We have been thrilled with how many members of the community, and in particular, local young people have come along to take part in all the activities and services on offer.”