SEPA seek to get views on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs)
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have launched the start of a national conversation to improve Scotland’s future flood risk plans, with Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, encouraging community responses.
The consultation, ‘Flood Risk Management in Scotland - 2018 Consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs)’, is seeking to update where significant flood risk exists now or is likely to occur in the future.
Closing on 31st July, the consultation will inform SEPA and influence in their proposals to Scottish Ministers later this year regarding PVAs.
Following consistent flooding throughout areas of her constituency, especially surrounding Rosebank, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie is encouraging as many residents as possible to take part in the consultation.
Commenting on the PVA consultation, Christina said:
“For many years, I have been campaigning for the residents of Rosebank and beyond to get the flood protection they require.
“Whilst on behalf of my constituents I continue to engage with the Scottish Government to resolve the matter, SEPA have no launched their flood risk management consultation.
“This is an ideal platform for my constituents to make their voices heard to protect their communities from continuous flooding.
“I will be engaging with SEPA further to ensure the views of my constituents will be represented and I look forward to seeing their proposals published to Scottish Minsters later this year."
To take part in the consultation, please see here:
New figures show a huge boost to connectivity in South Lanarkshire thanks to Scottish Government investment in broadband.
97.2% of properties now receive fibre broadband, compared to 81.5% had improvements been left to commercial deployment.
The figures, published in response to a parliamentary question, provide a local authority comparison of the current percentage of premises connected to fibre broadband – compared to the progress made by 2015 if the roll-out had been left to free market.
Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:
“These new figures show that South Lanarkshire has benefitted from SNP Scottish Government investment in broadband, with 97.2% of homes switched on as opposed to only 81.5% if improvements had been left to the free market.
“More than 95% of Scotland’s homes and businesses are now able to connect to fibre broadband – and the SNP Government is setting its sights even higher pledging to deliver access speeds of at least 30Mbps to 100% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2021.
“Meanwhile, the Tory Government appears content to leave England in the slow lane with an aim to deliver access speeds of only 10Mbps.”
MSP Christina McKelvie is supporting thousands of women and girls across the UK who will walk together as part of a mass participatory artwork to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage on Sunday 10 June.
To mark this historic moment, they will wear either green, white or violet scarves - the colours of the suffrage movement, appearing as a flowing river of colour as they walk through the city streets.
PROCESSIONS takes place in the four UK political capitals (Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London) in the afternoon on Sunday 10 June. To take part in this free event, sign-up at processions.co.uk
You can also download a toolkit from the website and make your own banner to bring along on the day.
Commenting Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:
“I am delighted to support the women and girls from my constituency who have already signed up to take part in PROCESSIONS to mark this historic anniversary when the first women got the vote.
“I hope that many more will join them on Sunday 10 June to celebrate how much has been achieved for women, as well as to recognise how far there is still to go. It will be an amazing atmosphere and the type of event that everyone will look back on with pride in the future and say “I was there”.
For more information and to sign-up to take part in PROCESSIONS visit www.processions.co.uk