Christina McKelvie MSP and Màiri McAllan MSP have welcomed the published Report of the independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy which includes recommendations to ensure no further planning applications for incineration infrastructure should be granted unless offsetting incineration closures or in remote or rural areas which require a small amount of additional capacity.

Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse joined with Màiri McAllan MSP for Clydesdale last year to call for a review into the role of incinerators and to push for a moratorium on incineration. 

The review also includes recommendations that would improve the quality of waste management data, provide a declining cap on incineration need which declines over time and create a separate reporting mechanism for greenhouse gas emissions from incineration.

The Scottish Government has confirmed it will keep in place the requirement for local authorities to notify Scottish ministers if they receive a planning application for an incineration facility. 

The campaign for a review began following a large local campaign led by the Dovesdale Action Group which worked alongside local elected members to ensure that the local communities position on the proposed development was crystal clear. The campaign included the support of Sir David Attenborough and eventually led to the withdrawal of the proposals for an incineration facility in Stonehouse.

Welcoming the news Christina McKelvie MSP said: 

“I am absolutely over the moon with the recommendations from Dr Colin Church’s review into the role of incineration in Scotland. It is particularly heartening to see the recommendation to put a halt to new incinerators that are not replacing other facilities or required in remote or rural areas.

“In Scotland we have world leading emissions targets which we should rightly be proud of. These recommendations help move us towards achieving those targets and improving the wider environment across our country. It is vital we continue to move towards a Scotland that does our bit to limit global emissions, especially moving forward from the commitments made at COP26 hosted in Glasgow.

“I look forward to reading the Scottish Government’s response to Dr Church’s recommendations in due course.”

 

Màiri McAllan MSP said:

“The recommendations published today by Dr Colin Church’s review are incredibly positive, and mark a significant milestone for campaigners locally and nationally who have worked so hard to reach this point – particularly the efforts led by Dovesdale Action Group.

“Having called for this review into incineration alongside my colleague Christina McKelvie MSP last year, we are delighted by the outcome of this and we look forward to the Scottish Government’s response in due course. 

“There is huge opportunity as we move to Net Zero, to place the focus on a just transition which will lead us into green jobs, meet our emissions targets, and build a circular economy. 

“A halt on new incinerators will help concentrate our efforts on reducing, recycling and re-using our resources.”

"This is an extremely concerning time, both for staff at RS McColls and the customers who rely on the crucial paypoint services their stores provide.
 
"In the middle of a cost of living crisis these developments could be a devastating blow, not just for RS McColl employees but for the local economy as a whole.
 
"I will therefore be writing to Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, to see what support can be made available from the Scottish Government to prevent job losses on a massive scale and support the workers throughout this difficult time."

SNP MSP CHRISTINA MCKELVIE WELCOMES NEWS INVESTMENT IN EARLY INTERVENTION AND FAMILY SUPPORT

South Lanarkshire will benefit from nearly £274,235 of new investment to support people affected by drugs and alcohol including earlier intervention and better family support.  

This is part of a nationwide announcement by the SNP Scottish Government. A total of 77 initiatives the length and breadth of Scotland will benefit from £25 million over the next 5 years.  The Children and Family Fund and the Improvement Fund were established to provide direct financial support to front line services and third sector organisations.

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

‘I am delighted that local services in South Lanarkshire will benefit from an additional £274,235 from the national Improvement Fund and the Children and Family Fund that the SNP Scottish Government established last year. 

‘This funding will enable services to increase and improve support provided to those affected by drug and alcohol use including their families.  

‘A whole family approach is needed to ensure more people can access treatment and recovery that is right for them at an earlier stage.  Supporting family members in their own right is also important as for every single person struggling with drugs or alcohol there are, on average, 11 other people affected.   

‘This additional investment will help local services in South Lanarkshire to work together and respond to problems earlier to prevent children, young people and their families from reaching the point of crisis.’

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