Silver Medal for the Men’s Curling Team

Motion S4M-09125: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014
Silver Medal for the Men’s Curling Team

That the Parliament congratulates all the members of Britain’s men’s curling team on winning a Silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics; notes that the team was led by the skip, David Murdoch, and based itself at the sportscotland’s institute of sport in Stirling, where two of the members are from; believes that Stirling has a significant claim to become the national curling centre; considers that this success, along with the Bronze won by the women’s team, which was led by Eve Muirhead, has generated excitement; welcomes the taster sessions in curling for young people that have been put in place over recent years but recognises the challenges that the sport faces; believes that these were highlighted in a report on sporting facilities that was published in the last parliamentary session by the Health and Sport Committee; notes that £5.5 million was invested in curling by sportscotland and UK Sport over the four years leading up to the 2014 Olympics, and believes that similar such support will ensure future development and help maintain what it sees as Scotland’s pre-eminent contribution to British curling teams.

Blanefield Contamination

Motion S4M-09075: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014
Blanefield Contamination

That the Parliament welcomes contributions by the UK Government of £250,000 and by Stirling Council of £125,000 to meet part of the £630,000 costs of the historic contamination at Blanefield, which were due to fall entirely on local householders; notes the offer by the Scottish Government to consider the landfill tax issue relating to this case once the tax is introduced in Scotland in 2015, but considers that the Scottish Government should make a contribution to the costs now; believes that there are likely to be further cases of historic contamination where, as in the Blanefield case, neither the original contaminator nor the developer still exist, and considers that the Scottish Government should publish guidelines on how it proposes to treat such cases.

Calls for Schools to join Big Spring Clean Up!

Immediate Release

19/02/2014

With Scotland’s summer of Scottish events looming, Clean Up Scotland has launched a ‘Big Spring Clean Up’ encouraging everyone to make Scotland looks its best. Unprecedented numbers of people are expected to visit Scotland in the coming months due to the Commonwealth Games hosted in Glasgow through August, Bannockburn and Armed Forces Day in Stirling, and Perth and Kinross playing host to the Ryder Cup in September.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, an independent charity which campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues which affect people’s quality of life. They are the organisation behind the Clean Up Scotland campaign and the Big Spring Clean Up.

Scottish schools are being called upon to work with their local communities and help clean up local areas. The Big Spring Clean Up also provides an opportunity to for young people to learn more about the importance of looking after the environment. It is also an opportunity for schools to work towards an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award to take action on Litter.

Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Dr Richard Simpson, said:

“With the Ryder Cup being held at Gleneagles, and the Commonwealth games being hosted in Glasgow, I’m sure we all want to see Scotland looking its best this summer as the world watches.

“I think it is always important for our young people to learning about how and why they should value our local spaces and the environment, and the Big Spring Clean Up allows them to do just that on a practical level. I am also always delighted to see our schools playing active roles in our communities, and hope to see many events across Perth bringing together local groups to Clean Up Scotland!”

Schools can take part in the Big Spring Clean Up by:

•           Registering a Clean Up at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/register

•           Taking the Clean Up Scotland pledge at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/pledge

All registered Clean Up events will receive a Free clean up kit including protective tabards, a promotional poster, stickers, and a Support Pack with everything needed to plan a safe, fun and successful event from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

If schools need litter pickers, gloves or bag holders, The Helping Hand Company are offering schools taking part in the Big Spring Clean Up a discount when they order using this form: http://bit.ly/MuXkb9