Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for urgent statement on mental health unit staff shortages

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today called for an urgent statement from the new mental health minister after a report from the Mental Welfare Commission revealed that one third of the beds at a specialist mental health unit for children are empty due to staff shortages.


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Alex Cole-Hamilton: cuts to drug treatment funding will not help users kick their habits

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today warned that cuts to drug and alcohol treatment services will not help drug users kick their habits as new figures revealed that more than 12,000 people were assessed for drug treatment services last year.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for step change in mental health services

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has called for a step change in the way that mental health services are supported as new figures from NUS Scotland revealed a 47% increase in the number of students seeking mental health support.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton calls for action to protect care home residents

In his first act after swearing in as a member of the Scottish Parliament, Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton tabled a motion calling for the installation of thermostatic cut out valves in care homes across Scotland.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton backs MND Scotland’s fight to cure Motor Neurone Disease

To mark Global MND Awareness Week Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton is asking his constituents to help cure MND.

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Alex Cole-Hamilton congratulates community on saving Duart Crescent Post Office

Duart Crescent Post Office has been saved following a community council campaign supported by Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton. The counter is expected to be open within the next week following its sudden closure last month.

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Queensferry Crossing Delayed

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton today said the claims from the First Minister that the first the SNP government heard about potential delays to the Queensferry Crossing project ring hollow.


Mr Cole-Hamilton was speaking after pressing the First Minister on yesterday’s announcement that the new bridge is now not expected to open to traffic until May 2017, months later than previously announced.



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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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