01 Feb 2006
The delivery of a large investment programme requires good co-ordination and communication between the government agencies, economic regulators and Scottish Water. The resignation of Scottish Water’s chair signals an ongoing conflict between these agencies, which could prove damaging for the environment, biodiversity and the Scottish people.
18 Jan 2006
A coalition of 36 Scottish environmental organisations and 1,150 Scottish community councils will today hand a petition to Parliament demanding a rethink on the draft Planning Bill. The action has been prompted by the fear that the new National Planning Framework (NPF), included in the draft Bill, could allow Scotland to become a dumping ground […]
20 Dec 2005
Despite repeated consultations and overwhelming public support for the issue of limited Third Party Rights of Appeal (TPRA), the Executive has failed to deliver real rights for communities. At the same time, the Executive has made it easier to push through national developments without the risk of public challenge. Furthermore, the proposals for scrutinising the […]
12 Oct 2005
LINK welcomes the joint proposal from the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats for cross-party consensus on countering global warming and new measures to cut greenhouse gases.
12 Sep 2005
Welcoming the Scottish Marine and Coastal Strategy launched today by Environment Minister Ross Finnie MSP, Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Task Force1 said only prompt, decisive action can protect Scotland’s seas. Calum Duncan, Convener of the LINK Marine Task Force, said: “In the eighteen months since the Scottish Executive ended its consultation on a Strategic Framework […]
07 Sep 2005
Tonight in Edinburgh, LINK welcomes Bill Ballantine to share his experience of pioneering Marine Reserves in New Zealand, demonstrating their value to fisheries, tourism and marine wildlife alike. Whilst Scotland has its own set of marine management issues to grapple with, a growing recognition that a sustainable future for our coastal communities and industries relies […]
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 […]
29 Jun 2005
“Disappointing and discouraging” is the response to the White Paper on Planning from the LINK Planning Taskforce
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, […]
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