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Over 5,000 Petitioners demand that Parliament listens on Planning

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 […]

Planning Bill is no Christmas present for communities

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 […]

Cross-party Position on Global Warming

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.

Promise for Scotland’s Seas Must be Countdown to Action

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 […]

Marine Reserves in Scotland? Useful Examples from New Zealand

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 […]

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 […]

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