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Bus goes through rural Clydesdale to Edinburgh


The 101/102 bus service provides a vital and essential link to and from Edinburgh.

I have written to Scottish Borders Council regarding the authority’s decision to withdraw its funding contribution for the service, which runs from Dumfries to Edinburgh via Biggar. The withdrawal would take effect from August 2018, when the contract for the service is up for renewal.

Scottish Borders Council at present contributes approximately 33% of the funding for the service, which also stops at Abington, Lamington, Crawford and Roberton. The route also services West Linton and Carlops.

I have written to the council to seek a reversal in its decision and to SPT to seek an urgent meeting to discuss how the current level of service to/from Edinburgh can be maintained.

This is a well-used route which takes people to work, school, and training. For many of the communities on this bus route, it is the only public transport link to our capital city.

I am requesting an urgent meeting and dialogue in order to get assurance that this service will not be lost.


 Sign up now to be part of mass artwork in Edinburgh. 


I am encouraging women and girls from Clydesdale to walk together as part of a mass artwork to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in Edinburgh on Sunday 10 June.

To mark this historic moment, thousands of woman across the UK 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 - that afternoon.

To take part in this free event, sign-up at You can download a toolkit from the website and make your own banner to bring along on the day.

I am delighted to support the women and girls from Clydesdale who have already signed up to mark this historic anniversary of when the first women got the vote. I hope that many more will join them 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”.


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A beauty spot near Biggar, Overburns could have become a quarry  


SNP Councillor for Biggar Ian McAllan and I are both delighted at the news that the renewed application by Patersons of Greenoakhill to extract sand and gravel on the Clyde at Overburns farm, near Lamington, has been rejected by South Lanarkshire Council today (1/5/18).

The decision was made in a vote by the Planning Committee, who overwhelmingly rejected the application.

As Clydesdale’s MSP, I have always sought to ensure the voices of my constituents and the local campaign group are heard.

For over nine years these plans have attracted over 1000 objections and have seen the local community repeatedly needing to summon the strength to object to all the attempts by Patersons to get their application through the planning process.

I am pleased the Council has overwhelmingly rejected this latest application.

This result is testament to the perseverance and determination by the local community and others who have dug deep to fight this.

I hope Patersons now take heed of this latest refusal, listen to the community who have consistently said they do not want this quarry, and do not bring back any further applications.

Councillor McAllan was pleased to have the opportunity to address the committee hearing to reinforce the strong feelings and objections felt by the local community he represents, and he felt the fact that the vote was so overwhelmingly against demonstrated the strength of the case against this application.

He also hopes that this will now be the end of what has been a very long and difficult journey for the local community.


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The bad winter has left Scotland's roads damaged.


South Lanarkshire Council is to receive over £0.5million of the extra £10 million made available for roads maintenance by the Scottish Government following the extreme winter.

The severe weather meant local authorities incurred unexpected additional costs to their maintenance budgets, and caused more damage to Scotland’s roads.

Now the money has been allocated to the local authorities, and I welcome the extra cash for Clydesdale and the wider South Lanarkshire area.




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Practice plans to close Law medical surgery.  


I have met with the Logan Practice in Wishaw to discuss the concerns in relation to the closure of the surgery in Law village, and the disappointment felt over the way this closure has been announced without prior consultation.

They are aware of the worry those registered under the medical practice have, and have sought to provide reassurance that nobody will lose their GP coverage as a result of the changes.

I have, however, conveyed to the practice the issues surrounding transport between the village and Wishaw, and my office is in discussion with SPT to look at any possible solutions. The practice acknowledges this problem, and advises that house visits by the GP will still be offered.

The practice has said that the existing surgery provided at the Law is not suitable for providing many of the services required, with the new centre in Wishaw better equipped to provide a fuller service for patients.

I will continue to be in discussion with the practice, SPT and the Council to seek solutions to the issues still posed by this closure.



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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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