Press Releases

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New Coalition asks Parliament to Get Real on Planning

03 Aug 2005

LINK together with the Association of Scottish Community Councils launch a petition calling  for the introduction of a limited third party right of appeal within the planning system. It also insists that all planning decisions, especially those related to the proposed National Planning Framework, must be open to challenge and public inquiry. The two groups […]

Planning White Paper – Scottish Executive fail to deliver ‘real rights’ in the planning system

29 Jun 2005

“Disappointing and discouraging” is the response to the White Paper on Planning from the LINK Planning Taskforce

Marine Groups Support Plastic Bag Levy to Protect Sea Life

20 Jun 2005

Environmental groups have voiced support of MSP Mike Pringle’s proposed levy on plastic bags, as a means of preventing the unnecessary deaths of some of Scotland’s most popular marine wildlife. Numerous independent scientific studies have shown high concentrations of plastic material, including bags, blocking the guts of 177 marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, […]

Environment Groups Call for Action, Not More Talk, to Protect Scotland’s Seas

15 Jun 2005

Real and urgent action is needed to protect Scotland’s seas, say the members of Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Task Force. In response to today’s statement by Ross Finnie MSP, the Executive’s Environment Minister, Calum Duncan, of the Marine Conservation Society and Convener of the LINK Marine Task Force, said: “Scotland’s seas are crying out for […]

LINK members have reacted with disbelief to planning proposals

03 May 2005

The National Planning Framework, unlike similar strategies in Wales and Northern Ireland, is not a statutory document, nor is it subject to public consultation, so it cannot be challenged other than through judicial review. It is not subject to any form of inquiry, examination in public or formal adoption procedure.

Robust Planning Laws Crucial for Scotland’s Future

29 Apr 2005

In order to restore public confidence and create a planning system that reflects the needs of the 21st century, we have launched a Planning Manifesto which recommends that the following five points be incorporated into the new law…

LINK calls for Independent Body to Advise Executive on the Environment

30 Mar 2005

Scottish Environment LINK, the umbrella group for Scotland’s environmental organisations, is calling for the creation of an independent body to ensure that Scotland is a world leader in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The call follows the introduction to the Scottish Parliament last week of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill, which LINK welcomes as a mechanism […]

Action Urged to Protect Scotland’s Sea Life

09 Mar 2005

Representatives from Scottish Environment LINK Marine Task Force will travel to Westminster today to visit Scottish MPs in support of the Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Marine Lobby. This show of support by LINK Marine Task Force will raise awareness of the importance of a Marine Act for Scotland aimed at protecting Scottish seas, sea life […]

The Braer – 12 Years and Still Waiting for Better Protection Measures from Shipping Accidents

05 Jan 2005

Almost 12 years ago to the day the Braer tanker tanker carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil ran aground in hurricane force winds off the Shetland Islands. In the wake of the Braer oil spill, the Donaldson Inquiry recommended that the most sensitive and environmentally valuable parts of our coastal seas should be identified as […]

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