Environment and Economy

COSLA comment on building standards

A COSLA Spokesperson said in regard to the story today (Monday) on building standards:

"While we agree that the implications of achieving the net zero target by 2045 are profound and will impact on all aspects of society and the economy, it does not necessarily follow that a national buildings standards agency is part of the solution. If anything the long term solution to meeting the net zero target seem more likely to involve increasing decentralisation of power to local authorities and communities.

Article published: 
Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on waste management

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA’s Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:
 
"We have been recognising for some time the challenges that the ban presents to local authorities and the wider commercial waste sector in Scotland. 
 
"The report confirms this and we are working with our 32 Local Authorities and Scottish Government to  find a pragmatic way forward."
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Tue, 23/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on fly-tipping

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s councils take the issue of fly-tipping very seriously indeed.
 
"While the practice of dealing with fly tipping varies across the country, all treat it with the same degree of seriousness.
 
"The figures obtained in the FOI request refer only to cases referred to the Procurator Fiscal. So only give a partial view of the reality.

Article published: 
Tue, 16/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on littering

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA developed last year, together with the Scottish Government, new guidance on dealing with litter. This encourages a focus on prevention and making a much broader range of bodies responsible for preventing littering.
 
"It is a huge social blight with economic and social consequences for our local communities, and we need all hands on deck to get to grips with this. Local government is committed to stepping up to the challenge, and we hope all others will do the same."
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Thu, 21/03/2019 - 18:00

£20m of support for regeneration in local communities

More than 600 jobs to be created or supported.

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4m to support local regeneration activity.

A total of 18 projects are being awarded funding in 2019/20 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

Article published: 
Thu, 07/03/2019 - 10:00

COSLA comment on winter preparedness

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:

Article published: 
Fri, 25/01/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on Scottish Crown Estate Bill

COSLA Spokesperson for Environment and Economy Councillor Steven Heddle said: "COSLA welcomes the passage of the Scottish Crown Estate Bill by the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

"The passage of this Bill marks a step towards devolution of the Crown Estate to Local Authorities which has been a long-held aspiration of Local Government and something which COSLA has long campaigned on.

Article published: 
Thu, 22/11/2018 - 11:58

COSLA comment on the Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit)(Scotland) Bill

COSLA is generally positive towards the proposed Bill. It is important that any proposal to change the speed limit to 20mph is resourced and is practical for Local Government to deliver and will need a considerable and lengthy public information campaign that is fully funded.

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Tue, 25/09/2018 - 09:59

COSLA comment on enivronmental fines recovery

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is an operational matter for individual authorities. Obviously cuts to local government funding do not help in relation to the essential services we provide."

Article published: 
Thu, 13/09/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on countryside rangers

A COSLA Spokesperson: "COSLA recognises the important role which countryside rangers provide. Local Government has faced serious financial constraint in recent years which has impacted upon many vital services - countryside rangers included. Every organisation has to balance its budget, and this includes Local Authorities and SNH.

"While we recognise why supporters of specific services sometimes call for ring fencing, this is not something we support as it reduces the ability of councils to respond to local pressures taking cognisance of local need and circumstance.

Article published: 
Mon, 30/07/2018 - 17:00