Environment and Economy

COSLA comment on state of Scotland's bridges

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "As always Councils main concern is public safety. That is why we are tackling the backlog on a priority basis. This is a long term problem that requires a long term strategy and funding solution. In the meantime cuts to councils certainly don't help."

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Thu, 18/01/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on winter maintenance funding overspend

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "Councils main concerns are public safety and keeping the roads clear and people moving.  

"Like any budget decision individual spend is rightly and properly a matter for local discretion based on local need and circumstance.

"What I can say generally is cuts to local government certainly don't help the situation.

"Demand for our services will always outstrip our ability to pay for them as our recent fair funding for essential services document showed."

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Wed, 17/01/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on council salt stocks

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s Councils take their duty in this area very seriously indeed. Councils have Resilience plans are in place for the whole winter. Salt stocks are more than sufficient from a council point of view."

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Tue, 07/11/2017 - 17:00

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