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Clackmannanshire Welcomes Syrian Refugees' Business to the High Street

That the Parliament welcomes the opening on Alloa High Street of Alloa Barbers, which it understands is the first new business venture in the Forth Valley by refugees from Syria; congratulates the two owners, Mohamad Alwan and Neehad Othman, on their hard work, dedication and commitment to seeing their business being established since arriving in Scotland a year and a half ago; recognises the challenges that they have overcome, such as learning English and settling into a new culture and country, all with the support of Clackmannanshire Council and the wider community; understands that they have received an overwhelmingly positive response from Clackmannanshire residents, and wishes them, their business and their families continued success in the future.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Gillian Martin

Lochies School Makaton Rocks Group, #AsOne

That the Parliament congratulates the children in the Makaton Rocks singing and signing group from Lochies School in Sauchie on their outstanding show of support for the Scotland rugby team ahead of the squad’s Six Nations game with Ireland on 9 February 2019; understands that they became a Twitter sensation with the video that they posted of them signing and singing Flower of Scotland to show the team their support and to highlight the message that “we are #AsOne”; notes that Lochies is Clackmannanshire’s specialist primary school for learners with complex additional needs and uses Makaton sign language regularly used to assist with communication; understands that, in recognition of the group’s support, Scottish Rugby has invited a number of the pupils to attend the summer test match against France, and hopes that the children’s video will inspire the team for its game against France on 23 February.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Edward Mountain, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Gillian Martin

Closure of Santander Alloa Branch

That the Parliament expresses disappointment regarding the reported decision by Santander to close its branch in Alloa in June 2019; notes that the announcement comes just weeks after the loss of the RBS branch in the town; deplores the loss of banking services in Alloa and across Clackmannanshire, given the closure of several other bank branches in the area over recent years; is concerned about the fate of staff at the branch, who it understands face an uncertain future as a result of the announcement, and calls for action to protect banking services from the UK Government, which has regulatory and legislative competence over banking and which it believes must act in the interests of the customers and businesses who face more upheaval as a result of this latest proposed bank closure.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Rona Mackay, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, David Torrance, Angela Constance, Mark Ruskell, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson

Andy Murray’s Remarkable Sporting Legacy

That the Parliament notes the announcement by Dunblane’s Andy Murray that he will shortly retire from tennis; celebrates the many highlights of a glittering career as one of the world’s top tennis players; hails his many fine achievements in the game, which have included back-to-back Olympic tennis singles gold medals, one US Open singles title, two Wimbledon singles titles, and achieving the number one ranking in men’s singles; commends his remarkable legacy and the inspiration that he is to the next generation of sports stars, and wishes Andy all the best in the future as he rounds off his magnificent playing career.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Maurice Corry, Gordon Lindhurst, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Miles Briggs, Maureen Watt, Alison Harris, Margaret Mitchell, Annabelle Ewing, Alexander Stewart, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Mark Ruskell, Stewart Stevenson, Pauline McNeill, Neil Findlay, Bill Kidd, Jackson Carlaw, Rachael Hamilton, Stuart McMillan, Donald Cameron, Sandra White, Monica Lennon, Edward Mountain, Fulton MacGregor, Annie Wells, Bob Doris, Shona Robison, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, Alex Rowley, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur, Colin Smyth, Angela Constance

Trust Housing Association

That the Parliament congratulates Trust Housing Association on its innovative Digital Participation Project, which has seen the roll-out of free wi-fi in its housing complexes at West Lodge Gardens and Bedford Court in Alloa; notes that the aim of the project is to get more tenants online in order to increase their confidence in using technology and benefit from the social, health and economic advantages of being digitally connected; understands that training will be delivered to support residents to use a large digital touch screen kiosk and tablet in communal lounges where they will gain knowledge that will also enable them to use personal digital devices independently, and commends the Trust Housing Association on its commitment to extend this project to all its properties across Scotland.

Supported by: Emma Harper, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Joan McAlpine, Bruce Crawford, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Gordon Lindhurst, Kenneth Gibson, Mark Ruskell, Gillian Martin, Maureen Watt, Shona Robison, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

Interruptions to Banking Service in Alloa

That the Parliament expresses its dissatisfaction that, following the decision to close the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Alloa, the ATM that was supposed to be maintained, has it believes regularly been out of order; notes that this is particularly disappointing given the assurances made by RBS to customers about the retention of an ATM in Alloa; believes that the regular unavailability of this ATM to customers represents a failure to make good on commitments given, and calls on the bank to take urgent action to minimise interruptions to this service. 

Supported by: Emma Harper, James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Mark Ruskell, David Torrance, Sandra White, Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Gillian Martin, Fulton MacGregor, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson

Launch of Stirling Citizens Advice Universal Credit Research and Guide

That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Stirling Citizens Advice Universal Credit Impact on Vulnerable People Research and Plain English Universal Credit Guide; understands that the research found that claimants with low levels of IT skills find both the initial online Universal Credit claim and ongoing maintenance of their online account very difficult, and that claimants without access to the internet at home who are dependent on public access are also among the most disadvantaged group of claimants, especially those living in rural Stirlingshire where fewer venues offer free public internet access; further understands that administrative pitfalls can be highly detrimental for vulnerable claimants that, without any warning, can leave them with little to no income, and that the waiting time for the first payment is when vulnerable claimants are most likely to need emergency food aid; notes the finding that deductions to recover advance payments, in combination with other third party deductions, can leave claimants with an unrealistic level of income to live on, resulting in vulnerable claimants being unable to pay essential expenditure, including rent and fuel, and in need of emergency food aid and/or a grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund; congratulates all those involved in the compilation of the Plain English Universal Credit Guide, which aims to simplify the Universal Credit system, and considers that this will be of benefit to people across the Stirling area and beyond.

Supported by: George Adam, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, Shona Robison, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Rona Mackay, Fulton MacGregor, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Maureen Watt, Mark McDonald, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson

Communities Light Up Clackmannanshire and Dunblane for Christmas

That the Parliament celebrates the outstanding efforts that many communities in the Clackmannanshire and Dunblane constituency have gone to to ensure that their towns and villages have a Christmas lights display; commends the wide range of community groups and community councils for their efforts in fundraising to allow light displays to be maintained and expanded on; thanks the residents and local businesses who support the groups in these fundraising efforts by participating in events over the course of the year, and hopes that everyone in the constituency enjoys these light displays.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, David Torrance, Sandra White, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Mark Ruskell, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, Stewart Stevenson

Inglewood House and Spa, Alloa, Wins Wedding Award

That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the Inglewood House and Spa, which is in Alloa, on being named the best wedding venue in Stirling, Argyll, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs at the 2018 Scottish VOWS Awards; recognises the outstanding work and commitment of all the team at the Inglewood on making it what it considers to be the "go to" destination in the heart of Clackmannanshire; acknowledges the significant investment that the owners have made to the property; believes that this has made it a wonderful venue for dining, weddings, business and leisure trips, and wishes all of the staff and management continued success.

Supported by: Emma Harper, James Dornan, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Angela Constance, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur

Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2019
Clackmannanshire Bridge

That the Parliament notes that 19 November 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Clackmannanshire Bridge, which was built to help ease the pressure of traffic on the Kincardine Bridge; notes the unusual construction method, which saw the reinforced concrete bridge of some 1.2 kilometres, over 26 spans, being built in sections on the shore that were pushed out across pre-built piers in the Forth, and congratulates everyone involved in the successful campaign to have the bridge, despite spanning the Fife and Falkirk Council areas, named the Clackmannanshire Bridge. 

Supported by: James Dornan, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Alasdair Allan, Gordon Lindhurst, Angela Constance, Jenny Gilruth, David Torrance, Gail Ross, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson, Maurice Golden, Ruth Maguire

Current Status: Fallen on 24/01/2019
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