Author Archives: James Garry

What now for the greenbelt and for greenbelt communities?

What now for the greenbelt and for greenbelt communities? How will Midlothian be effected by this ongoing expansion of housing and associated infrastructure in Edinburgh and this continuing nibbling away of the greenbelt?

Will the thousands of empty homes and commercial premises across the city ever be developed? Will the existing acres of brownfield sites and land banked by developers ever be brought into sustainable use? When will we actually start building sustainable livable homes that are affordable, accessible and connected to good quality local services, transport and greenspace?

What is the value of all LDPs and their housing targets, including Midlothian’s  post-Brexit?  There’s a question!  Perhaps a time fro a rapid reassessment?

At present, I’m not sure that there’s a satisfactory answer to any of these questions? Or indeed any sign that the voice or concerns of local communities on either side of the greenbelt will be heard any time soon by either local or central government.

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We voted to stay, and that

Well if independence is put to the test again, nobody will be able to claim that the status quo is even an option; to remain in the UK would be to leap together into an uncertain future outside the family of European nations.

I was immensely reassured this week to see thousands of people gather together outside Holyrood

Moving the goal posts on community energy

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Midlothian Green Party members interested in promoting local opportunities for community owned renewables will be dismayed by recent reductions in support available for the UK Government.

Community energy schemes will be hit hardest by Amber Rudd’s recent energy subsidy shake-up, ministers from Scotland and Wales have warned.

Scotland Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Wales Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant have co-authored an open letter to Rudd urging her to consider new ways to support community schemes.

The two ministers were particularly critical of Rudd