Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to do more to support the Antonine Wall and the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. Cathy used the debate on Scotland’s Historic Environment to highlight the national and international importance of the World Heritage site and industrial museums such as the railway – “unique resources for our economy and our people” – and the difficulties they face and the potential they have to benefit the area and Scotland as a whole, given adequate government support and funding.
Cathy with the new £50 banknote
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has welcomed the new Clydesdale banknote designs – particularly the new £50 note.
Cathy said: “I am doubly pleased by this new design. On one side, the the note shows Scots doctor and suffragette Elsie Inglis, one of Scotland’s most inspirational women. On the other side is an an image of the Antonine Wall, an important part of my constituency’s heritage.
“It’s great to see the Antonine Wall included in the new design. Given the Wall’s historic importance and status as a World Heritage Site, it deserves greater recognition and exposure. I know that the council is working hard to promote the Wall, and I will be lobbying for more support from the Scottish Government.
“Without a doubt, Elsie Inglis is one of Scotland’s greatest pioneering women, both as a doctor and as a proponent of women’s suffrage and equality. She is famed for her medical work, founding the Edinburgh Hospital and Dispensary for Women and Children – now the ‘Elsie Inglis Memorial Hospital’ – and renowned for her work in the First World War, setting up the Abbaye de Royaumont hospital in France, and a total of 14 medical units across Europe. As an ardent campaigner for women’s rights, she helped to create the Scottish Women’s Suffrage Federation.”
Cathy Peattie MSP with HSE board member Danny Carrigan, HSE Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger, and Chair of the HSE Judith Hackitt.
On Tuesday evening, 22nd September, Cathy hosted a meeting for the Health and Safety Executive in the Scottish Parliament.
“It was good to get so many people together to discuss how we can improve health and safety in Scotland,” said Cathy.
“There is a lot being done to address poor health and safety, but there are still many problems and I am particularly concerned that Scotland has higher rates than the rest of the UK, fewer successful prosecutions, and relatively low levels of fine being imposed. I think there needs to be a formal initiative that brings together and coordinates health and safety action in Scotland, to maximise the benefits of existing work, and to identify what can be done to address the “Scottish Safety Anomaly”. I know some people think that this is down to a different mix of employment and a different culture, but if that’s the case, let’s not use it as an excuse – we need to tackle the causes.”
Cathy Peattie MSP visited Royal Mail’s Grangemouth and Bo’ness Delivery Offices to pass on best Christmas wishes and encouragement to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year.
Michael Connarty MP, Cathy Peattie MSP and Cllr Adrian Mahoney with the Grangepans Postmaster
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie and her colleagues Michael Connarty MP and Cllr Adrian Mahoney are asking Grangepans residents to make their voices heard in opposition to the proposed closure of Grangepans PO.
As well as encouraging people to submit individual letters to the post office consultation, they are distributing a survey to try to identify those who will be most seriously affected if they are unable or have difficulty using the central Bo’ness post office.
“The Grangepans Post Office is at the heart of the local community,” said Cathy. “It is important that the elderly, disabled, young families and carers, many of whom cannot readily travel to Bo’ness town centre, are able to access their own local Post Office in Grangepans. I urge local residents to register their opposition to this proposed closure by completing our survey and writing directly to the post office.”
Michael Connarty said that “The local postmaster is opposed to the closure and has welcomed our campaign. In a small number of cases, the decision has been revoked and the post office has remained open as a result of the public consultation. The Post Office can be influenced by people showing that closure would cause hardship or if they have overlooked prospects for local business.”
Councillor Adrian Mahoney pledged his support and said,”Grangepans Post Office provides a vital service to the local community. It is terrible that this facility is under threat. I hope local people will oppose any attempt to close this service.”
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie, whose constituency includes the easternmost section of the Antonine Wall, at Kinneil in Bo’ness, has welcomed the announcement that the Wall has been given World Heritage Site status.
“This has been a long campaign, launched over five years ago,” Cathy said.
“A concerted effort by all concerned has seen us through the various stages, and I hope that we can now build on the newly confirmed World Heritage Site status, to increase international awareness and appreciation of our Scottish heritage.
“One end of the wall and some of the best preserved remains are in my constituency, so I’m naturally very pleased by the announcement, and keen to see the cooperation that has brought this success continued with further study and preservation of the wall and the development of local educational and tourist resources.”
motion: Antonine Wall – A World Heritage Site
That the parliament welcomes the confirmation of the Antonine Wall’s status as a World Heritage Site; congratulates all those who have contributed to this achievement, including Historic Scotland, campaigners from Bo’ness to Old Kilpatrick, Falkirk Council and other local authorities, the Scottish Executive past and present, and the UK government; notes that this will focus international attention on the area, helping to promote tourism and increase awareness of Scotland’s roman heritage; and looks forward to a continuing partnership approach to ensure the preservation, study, and development of educational and tourist resources highlighting the global importance of Scotland’s heritage.
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Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is showing her support for Local Newspaper Week by tabling a motion in the Scottish Parliament, and by hosting, in conjunction with the Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association, a reception in the parliament.
The parliamentary event takes place in the Garden Lobby from 6-8pm on Wednesday 7 May.
The motion which has already gathered support from 22 MSPs, names the Falkirk Herald, the Grangemouth Advertiser and the Bo’ness Journal as examples of newspapers that play a central role in their communities, and congratulates the Falkirk Herald on receiving the Weekly Newspaper of the Year award.
Cathy said that “local newspapers are very important to politicians, not only as a means of communicating with constituents, but also for the role they play in stimulating political debate and supporting and promoting community life. Local Newspaper Week is an opportunity to highlight this within the parliament and in my constituency.”
Cathy also maintains a regular keen interest in the press as Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Culture and Media.
The motion, S3M-01823, states “that the Parliament notes that 5 to 11 May 2008 is Local Newspaper Week, which this year has the theme of Campaigning for Your Community, showcasing and exploring the campaigning work undertaken by local newspapers across the country; notes that 84% of adults read a local paper, and that local newspapers and their websites are a highly trusted source of news; believes that local newspapers such as the best-selling Falkirk Herald, the Grangemouth Advertiser and the Bo’ness Journal are important focal points for their communities, providing a forum for debate on local issues and information and feedback about local events; congratulates the Falkirk Herald on being named Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the 29th Press Awards, organised by the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society; notes that local newspapers, through their editorial content and advertising, play an important role in the local economy; believes that local newspapers are an essential component of local democracy, facilitating the dialogue between elected representatives and their constituents, and applauds the hard work of newspaper staff whose dedication underpins the success of the local newspaper industry.