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Aileen Campbell MSP for Clydesdale, has welcomed steps taken today to ensure women are better represented in farming. The new group Women in Agriculture, announced by the First Minister, will consider issues such as better succession planning, more appropriate health and safety, better access to training and progression within the industry.

The taskforce will be co-chaired by Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and Joyce Campbell, a working farmer and entrepreneur based in North Sutherland.

Commenting, Aileen said:

“The creation of the Women in Agriculture taskforce is positive news for Clydesdale’s rural community.

“There are challenges holding women back from an equal role in the agricultural industry so I’m pleased the Scottish Government is seeking to address this.

“Women in farming may encounter issues accessing training and progression within the industry, which is one of the areas the new group will consider to ensure everyone in farming can reach their full potential.”

 

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed the funding award from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland for Lanarkshire Epilepsy Support Group.

The Group has been successful in its application for funding, securing £89,852 of National Lottery funding.

This funding will be used to support the group's network for people and families affected by epilepsy living in Lanarkshire. Funded activities will build on work already carried out and will establish small local peer support groups in conjunction with running events and organising group meetings.

Commenting, Ms Campbell said:

“This is excellent news and I warmly congratulate Lanarkshire Epilepsy Support Group on their successful application. This funding will make a massive difference to the charity and provide a boost to those who rely on their help.

“I encourage other groups who would benefit from similar funding to make applications to the Big Lottery Fund. The BLF are focussed on distributing National Lottery Good Cause funding to help people and communities most in need throughout Scotland. This is through its five-year £250m main funding scheme as well as through its small grants scheme, Awards for All Scotland.”

PLEDGE FOLLOWS MEETING WITH SCOTRAIL

 

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed a commitment given from ScotRail to examine what possibility there is for some of the new fleet of rolling stock, due to be deployed from later this year, to be put to use in Clydesdale.

The new rolling stock promises to deliver faster, longer and greener trains, with £475 million being invested in renewing or refurbishing the ScotRail fleet over the next seven years. The new fleet will be deployed from September, delivering extra seats, shorter journey times, improved accessibility, at-seat power points and better WiFi.

At a meeting on Monday 22nd May, Ms Campbell pressed ScotRail to ensure Clydesdale enjoys some of the benefits of this rollout, with an upgrade to the existing rolling stock serving Clydesdale stations. Ms Campbell also thanked ScotRail for the work they have done to improve punctuality of the service and the efforts being focused on making sure trains are not ‘stop skipping’, and asked for further updates on this progress.

Commenting, Ms Campbell said:

“I am pleased by this commitment by ScotRail to look at what possibility there is to include Clydesdale in the rollout of the new ScotRail fleet. One way to improve the punctuality and good running of services is investment into new rolling stock. I am keen to ensure Clydesdale enjoys some of these benefits and have asked that Clydesdale’s rolling stock be upgraded as this rollout commences.

“Transport options for many parts of Clydesdale are limited, and the train is an essential service for travel to Glasgow and elsewhere. I am therefore also pleased about the renewed focus on preventing ‘stop skipping’, and look forward to hearing further updates from ScotRail as this progress continues.”

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has congratulated local baking enterprise, Border Biscuits, on winning the ‘Bakery sponsored by Scottish Bakers’ award for the company’s Dark Chocolate Gingers & Orange biscuits, at the 2017 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

The prestigious annual awards, hosted by chef and TV Personality Simon Rimmer, are organised by Scotland Food & Drink and run in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), with Asda as headline sponsor.

Commenting, Ms Campbell said:

“It comes as no surprise but it is excellent to see Border Biscuits being given this much-deserved recognition for their excellence in baking. Border Biscuits have long been a staple of the Clydesdale food and drink scene, and in recent years has truly risen in national profile.

“My congratulations to Border Biscuits on winning this award and best wishes to them in their future endeavours.”

CALL FOR FURTHER OPTIONS TO BE LOOKED AT

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed a response from South Lanarkshire Council indicating that additional “slow” markings are to be placed in each direction between the warning signs and the junction at Tinto Hill on the A73.

This response follows a number of incidents taking place on the main road between Lanark and Biggar, raising further concerns about safety on the route. In recognition of this, the Council has stated that, while the conclude there is insufficient evidence to justify significant upgrading of the junction, the Council has agreed that there would be a safety benefit from duplicating the message from the “slow” markings. This work is now being programmed.

Ms Campbell has however also called on the Council to consider and not rule out additional options that would further improve safety on the road in light of continuing incidents and growing public and local concern.

Commenting, Ms Campbell said:

“While this is indeed welcome news from the Council that additional “slow” markings, significant concerns still remain.

“It is encouraging that the Council are taking the safety of drivers on the A73 seriously, however prevention is better than cure, and with accidents continuing to take place I am asking the Council to continue to explore and examine additional options to help prevent more tragedies from happening and to also keep monitoring the road and any incidents. With the busy summer tourist season fast approaching, this stretch of road will attract more users and we need to ensure it is as safe as it can be, whilst also ensuring the appropriate messaging about driving safely is listened to.”

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