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Broomhouse is Full of Initiative

The public vote on Broomhouse Decides applications, took place at the Street Party which was hugely well attended by local people. Edinburgh Napier University helped with the voting (and in advance the community discussions that led to setting the priorities). The following grants were awarded to local community organisations ("Strivers Grant for Community Organisations", up to £2,500): - Health in Mind: will run five mental health recovery focused events in Broomhouse, involving local people in planning the events, as well as creating opportunities for volunteer involvement, and will provide a crèche to allow parents to attend. St David’s Church: will build a community choir, for all (not

SNP MSP Calls For Festival Water Refill Points - Thirst For Change On Plastic Waste

SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald has called for Edinburgh Festival venues to offer and promote free water refill points across the city – as part of an effort to cut down on plastic waste during the world-famous festivals. The environmental impact of Edinburgh’s festivals has become a growing concern in recent years, despite efforts from all the festival organisers to limit the impact that they make in terms of pollution and litter. Gordon MacDonald, who represents Edinburgh Pentlands, has suggested the promotion and availability of free water refill points at all venues across Edinburgh as a potential solution to the problem of single use plastics. Commenting, Gordon MacDonald MSP said, “Edinburgh’

Tattoo Charities Will Miss Out If Barracks Close

Edinburgh Pentlands MSP, Gordon Macdonald, has said that charities benefitting from the Tattoo will miss out if UK government press ahead with plans to close Redford Barracks. The Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo is a particular favourite for many coming to the Festival – and this year it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary. However, the Tattoo’s reach goes further than 8,800 audience members each night of the festival. Each year, the Tattoo distributes a substantial amount of its surplus funds to charitable arts and service benevolent organisations. Last year’s Tattoo culminated in £1 million being donated to arts and armed services charities. The SNP MSP, Gordon Macdonald, has raised conc

MSP Calls On Locals To Get Involved - A New Music Project At WHALE Arts

WHALE Arts and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s new integration project, Music and Visuals, begins next week and local MSP, Gordon Macdonald, is calling on adults in Wester Hailes to get involved. The project, which is for adults living in Wester Hailes, will use music workshop practices as tools to create a space where participants can create their own audio or visual materials that articulate their own experiences in the locality. The project begins on 6 August with two full days of workshops and continue with two hour sessions for the following five weeks at the WHALE Arts. Throughout the project, participants will be given the chance to take part in workshops led by Emma Smith, an innova

Effective Management of Queensferry Crossing a Lesson to All - Audit Scotland

Audit Scotland's report commending the effective management of the Queensferry Crossing project confirms "the SNP Government’s excellent stewardship of the project", the SNP's Gordon MacDonald has said. The report found that the Forth Replacement Crossing project was “managed effectively”, whilst achieving its overall aim of maintaining a reliable link between Fife and the Lothians. It commends the clear project scope and communication with stakeholders, as well as sensible budgeting, quality assurance and risk management measures. These measures helped to deliver impressive value for money, handing £245 million back to the Scottish budget upon completion. This report trashes criticism

MSP Celebrates play Day in Edinburgh

Photo: Gordon Macdonald MSP and James McCulloch (from Dads Rock) playing the drums on National Play Day To celebrate National Play Day, Edinburgh Pentlands MSP, Gordon Macdonald, joined locals at Clovenstone Community Centre, to mark the importance of children’s right to play, with everything from loose parts play and street arts to water play and a messy baby paint zone. National Play Day saw thousands of children and their families out and about, playing at hundreds of community events across the country. From local community events to national events organised in parks and open spaces, Playday takes many different shapes to allow everyone to take part. As well as the events, organised by

5 Ways To Protect Our Water Supplies

As Scots enjoy the sun, Gordon Macdonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, is reminding residents to take notice of the call to use water wisely. Scottish Water has asked customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather. Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the concern is that with current level of usage and continuing dry weather, stocks of stored water available for use are reducing. The Edinburgh Pentlands MSP is asking everyone to follow 5 simple practical steps that include: - 1. Taking shorter showers 2. Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants 3. Us

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