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Scrap Antics

That the Parliament congratulates Sandy Greene, who lives in the Angus South constituency, on being awarded £25,000 from Firstport to grow her social enterprise, Scrap Antics, which is a Dundee-based scrap store and waste directory that will offer volunteering and training opportunities to young carers, and wishes Sandy every success with this venture.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper

Skilz Academy

That the Parliament congratulates the Arbroath-based, Skilz Academy, on its £9,938 Awards for All Scotland grant; notes that the sports group, which offers football development training for children and young people, benefitting grassroots football clubs across Scotland in the process, will use this to provide multisport activities for 7- to 18-year-olds on Saturday evenings; wishes it all the best with this, and appreciates the work of Awards for All Scotland in supporting projects that help to improve communities.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Ash Denham, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle

Species Champion 100 Day Challenge

That the Parliament celebrates the Scottish Environment LINK Species Champion initiative reaching the milestone of 100 Members; welcomes the initiative, which asks MSPs to support the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife while increasing awareness of local biodiversity; notes that the Species Champions 100 Day Challenge will run from 5 June to 13 September 2018; understands that this will provide the Members with the opportunity to engage further with the species that they have championed and encourage those who have not yet done so to consider joining the initiative, and acknowledges what it sees as the importance of this approach in encouraging MSPs to work together to protect Scotland’s threatened species and raise awareness in their communities.  

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Clare Haughey, Mark Ruskell, David Torrance, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Angus MacDonald, John Mason, Stewart Stevenson, Donald Cameron R, Clare Adamson, Fulton MacGregor, Alexander Burnett R, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the introduction of average speed cameras on the A90 has had on road safety between Dundee and Aberdeen.

Current Status: Due in Chamber on 24/05/2018
Kirriemuir and Dean Area Partnership Secures Lottery Funding

That the Parliament congratulates the Kirriemuir and Dean Area Partnership on securing a grant of £83,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland; understands that the group will use the funding to continue its dementia-based work in Kirriemuir, and that this includes a programme of clubs and activities delivered from its community hub for people living with dementia and their carers; believes that activities will focus on reducing stigma around dementia, and commends the partnership’s ongoing efforts to turn Kirriemuir into a dementia-friendly community.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Stewart Stevenson, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross, Tom Mason, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur


That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of Bonfest, which takes place in Kirriemuir, on another successful event; notes that the festival is named after the late Bon Scott, who was the singer of the band, AC/DC, and who was originally from the town; understands that the 13th Bonfest attracted 6,000 people over its three days, with visitors coming from across the world, and wishes the team behind it all the best for 2019 and beyond.

Supported by: Ash Denham, Mairi Gougeon, Joan McAlpine, James Dornan, Gillian Martin, Sandra White, David Torrance, Richard Lochhead, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Alexander Burnett, Liam Kerr, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Kenneth Gibson, Gail Ross, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee, Tom Arthur

Friockheim Community Hub Leader Grant

That the Parliament welcomes the Friockheim Community Hub securing an Angus LEADER grant of £35,555, which will go towards its Changing Places facility; believes that the hub aims for the facility to be open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, which would be a first for Angus, and welcomes the efforts taken by those at the hub to ensure that it will be accessible to all.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Rona Mackay, Clare Haughey, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Ash Denham, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Alexander Burnett, Liam Kerr, Ruth Maguire, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee, Tom Arthur

Trio of Successful Angus South-based Butchers

That the Parliament hails the success of three businesses from the Angus South constituency at the 2018 Scottish Craft Butchers Awards; commends James Pirie & Son, which is in Newtyle, on reaching the final of the Beef Sausage category by winning the East of Scotland section, the Arbroath-based Fleming Butchers on winning Gold for both its honey and mustard pork burger and its smoked back bacon, and two Silvers for its other bacon products, and DH Robertson, which is also in Arbroath, on winning four Silvers in the Beefburger category, including one for what it sees as its delicious Spice of Life burger; welcomes the use by all three of top-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, which helps to maintain a vital local link and supports the Angus South economy; appreciates that these national awards foster and encourage product innovation across Scotland’s independent butcher sector by highlighting original or innovative culinary creations, and encourages everyone to support their area's small businesses, especially those that offer diverse products and help inspire others to establish businesses of their own.

Supported by: Ash Denham, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Bruce Crawford, Sandra White, Angus MacDonald, Emma Harper, James Dornan, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Mairi Gougeon, Fulton MacGregor, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Liam Kerr, Jenny Gilruth, Gail Ross, Gillian Martin, Ruth Maguire, Tom Arthur

Engineering Development Trust Winners

That the Parliament congratulates pupils at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir on winning the final of the Engineering Development Trust’s Tayside Go4SET programme with their fantastic Transforming the World’s Resources project; understands that the 10-week competition was part of an initiative to encourage school pupils to pursue further education, apprenticeships or careers in science, engineering and technology; congratulates the team from Monifieth High School, which won the Best Teamwork prize for its Water and our School project; thanks the mentors and judges from GSK, Tayside Contracts, BEAR Scotland, NCR, Raytheon, Morrison Construction, Ellis Partnership, Keir Construction and Abertay University for their efforts, and hopes that competitions such as this give pupils across Scotland a real taste of the career opportunities open to them through STEM subjects.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, Mairi Gougeon, Stewart Stevenson, Ash Denham, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Ivan McKee, Sandra White, Clare Haughey, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Ruth Maguire

RM Condor, MoD Land Sell-offs

That the Parliament notes plans by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to dispose of assorted assets in Scotland, including part of the RM Condor base in Arbroath; recognises the budget challenges facing the MoD and considers that there will be instances in which such disposals can be justified, but believes that these should never be to the detriment of service personnel and their access to essential training, and believes that the area of RM Condor that is under threat of sale hosts a variety of essential and well-used training and storage facilities.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Stewart Stevenson, John Mason, Ash Denham, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Sandra White, Clare Haughey, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, Gillian Martin, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Tom Arthur

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support