In order to assess the impact of continuing disruption to travel plans throughout the East Coast caused by the ongoing closure of the Forth Road Bridge, Lib Dem candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton and Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie visited local businesses in South Queensferry this morning.
I learned this morning that on Thursday the Finance committee of the City Council will vote on proposals to remove lollipop workers from out side city schools at lunchtimes.
Residents may be aware that recent plans for a 36ft LCD advertising hoarding at the D'mains junction at Queensferry rd/Craigcrook Rd, were refused by the council following the weight of public objection locally. However the decision by the planning department to refuse this has been appealed by the applicant. This will now be referred to the Scottish Government for consideration.
Alex has led the campaign to oppose this and shares the view of those who see this as an entirely inappropriate development, given that such LCD displays are designed to attract the attention of motorists, the number of accidents that have occurred there and the fact that the crossing is in regular use by patients using the medical centre and pupils at the Royal High.
Alex Cole-Hamilton was awarded best speaker at the inaugural Charles Kennedy Memorial Debate at Glasgow University Union earlier this month.
He debated alongside former chancellor Alastair Darling and Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP and Conservative MEP Iain Duncan to make the case for Britains Continuing membership of the EU.
Their side overwhelmingly carried the vote of the several hundred people present. Alex was then declared the overall winner by a judging panel including Alastair Campbell (former press secretary to Tony Blair), former MP- Jo Swinson and the BBC's Brian Taylor.
You can watch his speech here:
I was at Edinburgh Sees Syria today on Saturday 12th October flying the flag for the Lib Dems and showing solidarity & compassion for refugees. See what I had to say:
I've been utterly ashamed of the UK Government's delayed and halfhearted response to the horrific scenes coming out of the refugee crisis this week. LibDems are clearly unified with those from many other political walks of life in our desire to see a radical increase in the number of refugees granted access to and asylum in the UK. Please consider joining us next Saturday at Edinburgh Sees Syria at the Scottish Parliament from 2.30 next Saturday (12th).
You can find out more about the event here.
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to extend parking charges into the evening and weekends have been criticised by Scottish Lib Dem candidate Alex Cole Hamilton.
Alex Cole-Hamilton has expressed 'utter delight' at the election of Tim Farron as leader of the UK Liberal Democrats.
Speaking after the result, declared from London on 16th July Alex said:
"I'm utterly delighted that Tim has been elected as our new leader. He has incredible energy and an ability to connect with ordinary people in a way that has not been seen in British Politics for quite some time.
I have recently learned that a planning application, identical to the one submitted by Waitrose earlier this year to site a store and cafe on St John's Road was lodged with the council's planning department at the end of June. Developer Realis have since confirmed this will not be occupied by Waitrose but have refused to release a list of possible tenants.
The creeping erosion of civil liberties by the SNP knows no limits. The Scottish Government seems determined to roll out facial recognition software, a personal ID database and now, supported by the SNP led city council, regional CCTV hubs. If implemented in full (and let's face it, who is there left to stop them?) they will be able to monitor and catalogue the movements of private citizens on an unprecedented scale.