ACH calls on council to save the 64 bus service

Newly elected MSP for Edinburgh Western, Alex Cole-Hamilton has called upon the SNP/Labour led council to reverse its decision to end the subsidy of the 64 bus service, currently operated by E&M Horsburgh which serves communities across West Edinburgh. As it stands the service will be discontinued from 4th June 2016.


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ACH statement on PPP1 schools fiasco

Our first priority in the PPP1 schools debacle is to ensure pupil and teacher safety.

Nearly 10,000 Edinburgh kids and their families will face considerable disruption in the coming days, so it's vital we ascertain the structural integrity of these Schools as soon as possible.

Coming as this does on the eve of the May exams I'm calling on the Scottish Qualification Authority to consider steps to mitigate the impact schools closures may have on the ability of pupils to prepare for exams, postponing certain papers if necessary.

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Alex comments on plans for 1,200 new Cramond homes

"Like many local residents I was astonished to learn that plans have been submitted to Edinburgh Council for a new 'super village' of 1,200 houses next to Cramond.
"The plans would see a massive area of greenbelt land north of the River Almond opposite the Cramond Brig turned over to housing. It comes barely a year after local residents won the arguments against a major housing development at Cammo after fears over traffic gridlock, particularly at the Barnton junction.
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Alex launches 5 point pollution plan

Alex Cole-Hamilton has laid out a 5 point action plan to reduce emissions through Corstorphine and other parts of West Edinburgh after St John’s Road topped rankings as most polluted street in Scotland, with Queensferry road not far behind in a recent report.


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Queensferry Rd Digital Advertising Board Refused For Good

A community campaign, led by Alex Cole-Hamilton to stop plans for a 36ft digital advertising hoarding at the Quality St junction on Queensferry Road, has paid off after the Scottish Government reporter refused a final appeal from the developers.

This decision is final and cannot be appealed again. It comes after months of activity on the part of local residents.

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Impact of bridge closure 'worse than recession' on South Q'Ferry

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.

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Urgent: Protect our lollipop workers

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.

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Unwanted LCD Billboard at D'Mains Junction goes to appeal

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.


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Alex awarded Best Speaker- Charles Kennedy Memorial Debate

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:

Edinburgh sees Syria

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:

Join me at Edinburgh Sees Syria, vigil for refugees (this Saturday)

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.

Alex opposes SNP/Labour late night parking charge plans

CONTROVERSIAL proposals to extend parking charges into the evening and weekends have been criticised by Scottish Lib Dem candidate Alex Cole Hamilton.


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Alex welcomes 'fresh start' under Farron

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.

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Corstophine store plans revived

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.

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CCTV plans a threat to civil liberties


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.

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