Environment and Economy

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON SMOKING ON NHS PROPERTY

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “This issue is very much about prevention via education and co-operation in the first instance.  However the legislation does afford powers to local authority enforcement officers through the use of fixed penalty notices for offenders who smoke inside NHS premises.

"The anecdotal instances of this behaviour are very limited in number but that said would require an almost instant reactive response which is unrealistic. That is why the education route is the preferred option and prevention is the key.” 

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Fri, 20/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON POTHOLES

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Scotland's Councils are committed to maintaining our local roads in as good a condition as is possible.

"This is not a simple task and roads have to compete with several other demands on council budgets."

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Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA REPONSE ON FLY-TIPPING

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scottish Councils are well aware of the problems and significant costs caused by fly-tipping and litter. COSLA is currently working with a number of local authorities and the Scottish Government, looking to develop an improved approach.

"Part of this will be the development of a new set of tools to deal with litter and flytipping, and increased responsibilities for the wider public and private sector. The focus will be very much on prevention, which is the most cost-effective approach.”

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Tue, 18/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT'S ENTERPRISE AND SKILLS REVIEW

Reacting to the publication today of the Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Review, a COSLA Spokesperson said that it was how Scotland now gets down to business that will be the true test of its legacy.

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Thu, 22/06/2017 - 13:13

COSLA RESPONSE TO POT-HOLE RELATED BREAKDOWNS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland's Councils are committed to maintaining our local roads in as good a condition as is possible.

"This is not a simple task and roads have to compete with several other demands on council budgets."

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Sun, 14/05/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON UNCONVENTIONAL OIL AND GAS

Councillor Stephen Hagan, COSLA Development, Economy and Sustainability Spokesperson said:

“Local government recognises the level of concern that can exist in communities about use of unconventional technologies to extract oil and gas. The consultation will lay out the evidence for and against and like others we will be studying what has been published carefully. However, if ultimately there is to be a future for these technologies in Scotland then we want to make sure that the views of local people are firmly taken on board.”

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Tue, 31/01/2017 - 15:55

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN

Councillor Stephen Hagan, COSLA Development, Economy and Sustainability Spokesperson said today (Thursday) that action must meet ambition if Scotland is to meet its climate change targets.  
 

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Thu, 19/01/2017 - 00:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON THE CROWN ESTATE IN SCOTLAND

COSLA’s Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability Cllr Stephen Hagan said: “COSLA welcomes the publication by Scottish Government of the consultation on the longer term management of the Crown Estate in Scotland. COSLA has long argued that the management of the Crown Estate assets, operations and associated revenues should be devolved to local government, thereby securing the maximum local benefit for people and communities.

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Wed, 04/01/2017 - 12:00

ANOTHER CUT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS THE WRONG ROAD TO GO DOWN, SAYS COSLA

COSLA today (Tuesday) said that a cut to local government funding from central government next week is both a wrong and dangerous road to go down.
 
Speaking in advance of the Scottish Government laying out its spending plans for next year, COSLA’s Transport Spokesperson Councillor Stephen Hagan said: “The Scottish Government needs to realise that if as a result of their political choices the local government settlement is cut again next week – this will have severe consequences for roads, transport and travel across Scotland.
 

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Tue, 06/12/2016 - 08:15

Councils on the right road and doing well with less

No one is arguing that local roads are perfect and cannot be improved, but at a time of austerity and rising demand for services the fact that today’s report has shown that the quality of local roads has been maintained should be seen as a success COSLA’s Stephen Hagan said today (Thursday). 

Councillor Hagan said: 

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Wed, 03/08/2016 - 23:00