Push for Queensferry Fairtrade signs leads to National review

A push to have Fairtrade road signs erected at the entrances to Queensferry has led to a nation wide government review of signage policy.

 

Queensferry was named a Fairtrade Royal Burgh in 2008. The active Fairtrade Group in the town was keen to celebrate the 10 year anniversary by having new road signs to show the fairtrade status of the town.  

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Lothian Buses update

As of this morning Lothian buses are running a Sunday service where they can. 

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The below link shows realtime information on where buses are across the city.

https://tfeapp.com/live/


Snow Distruption and Service Updates

SNOW DISRUPTION AND SERVICE UPDATES
The cold and snowy weather has caused a lot of difficulty and disruption over the last 24 hours, so I want to make sure people had the most up to date information in terms of services and closures. I hope the below is useful!

WEATHER FORECAST ❄️ 
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning until 10am tomorrow. Snow showers are expected to continue. You can read more here.

SCHOOLS 📚 
All Council run nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools will remain closed tomorrow (Friday 2nd March). 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT 🚌 
All credit to local bus operators who we know have been trying to run as normal a service as possible in very difficult circumstances.

- Lothian Buses have stopped their services other than the Airport 100. Everything will be reviewed at 4am tomorrow (2nd March), with no service operating until 0600 tomorrow at the earliest. More info can be found here.

- Information on rail services to and from Dalmeny Station can be found via the Scotrail website.
https://www.scotrail.co.uk

BIN COLLECTIONS 🚚
For safety reasons, the Council suspended all bin collection services and also closed the local recycling services. This disruption is likely to continue into tomorrow so please be patient if your bins are not emptied as normal.

GRITTING AND GRIT BINS 🚙
You can see a list of priority routes for the Council gritting team and the location of grit bins in your area via this link.
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/…/winter_road_and_pavement_main…

We know gritting teams were out last night and will be out again overnight tonight.

HEALTH SERVICES 🏥
NHS Lothian has taken the decision to cancel all routine, non urgent elective procedures and all hospital outpatient appointments today and tomorrow (Friday 2nd March). Emergency and urgent elective procedures will still go ahead. Urgent cancer surgery patients will be prioritised.

If you have a doctor or hospital appointment, then we would encourage you to check first with your surgery or hospital. If you cannot make your appointment then please do remember to phone and cancel.

CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS 👍
Given the bad weather is due to continue for the next couple of days, please make a point of joining us in checking in on more elderly and vulnerable neighbours - just to make sure they are okay.

As ever, if I can be of any help then please just let me know.


Prison not the solution for vulnerable people who are misusing drugs

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for serious drug and sentencing reform ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the Holyrood Health Committee, where the Scottish Prison Service will provide evidence on the Scottish Government’s drug strategy.

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Cancer patients left lonely and cold

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to ensure comprehensive provision of aftercare after new research suggested that cancer patients were struggling to heat their homes.

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A&E target missed since July

Commenting on new A&E stats showing the A&E target was hit for just 85.8% of attendees, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Scot Lib Dems launch social care consultation

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today launched a consultation on the future of social care, warning that the ageing population is set to add an extra burden to a system already under "immense pressure".

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SNP closing kids ward

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today warned that the SNP Government's decision to close a children's ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley will be "a bitter blow to parents and campaigners" who have battled to keep facilities open.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton comments on "Trumpian" SNP PPB

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"It's a worrying development when a governing party use Trumpian tactics to ridicule prominent journalists who rightly scrutinise both their achievements in office, and their lack thereof, and challenge the case for independence.

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Government must lay out plans for national falls strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today repeated calls for the Scottish Government to begin work on a national falls strategy in collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders, after the SNP accepted a Lib Dem amendment calling for the Government to report on progress on the strategy.

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