10 May 2006
Local communities have, yet again, had their requests for real rights denied by the majority of the Scottish Parliament’s communities committee. The Stage 1 report published today concludes that a majority of the committee do not see any need for communities, local authorities or individuals to have the right to participate in a formal examination […]
30 Mar 2006
We welcome the Government’s announcement to set Scottish targets to reduce emissions. We have long argued that this is a key part of ensuring that Scotland makes progress in tackling climate change. “We will now be keeping a close eye on the implementation of the strategy to ensure that it results in real cuts in […]
09 Feb 2006
There has been varied success, in recent years, in improving environmental trends in Scotland’s farmed environment. While it is clear from the audit that some environmental issues, such as bathing water quality, have been improved during the last few years, a range of important environmental issues such as the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas […]
09 Feb 2006
Speaking at the reception, Fred Edwards (LINK President) will call the environment movement ‘prophetic’. He will argue that public perception about environmental issues has become ‘the stuff of headlines’ and the ‘There is the dawning of a wider realization of the seriousness of these matters’. He will praise the work done by the Executive on […]
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 […]
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