Local residents and campaign groups fear that Transport Scotland are delaying plans to reopen Reston and East Linton station, local MSP John Lamont has told the Transport Minister in a question session in the Scottish Parliament.
John Lamont informed the Minister that RAGES, the campaign group seeking to reopen the stations, has been led to believe that Transport Scotland were purposely delaying the plans as it was not deemed a priority compared to other projects.Read more
Scottish Conservative policy for a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency adopted by Scottish Government
Local MSP John Lamont has welcomed an announcement today that a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency will be set up.
The Scottish Government’s review of enterprise and skills support has today recommended a new agency dedicated to the south be established. This was one of the key recommendations found in the Scottish Conservative manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.
Local MSP John Lamont has repeated his call for rural phone boxes to remain open in the Borders as BT has confirmed a number of payphones earmarked for closure in the Highlands will definitely remain open because of poor mobile coverage in the area.
In September, BT announced it was to consult on plans to close 104 of the 161 public payphones in the Scottish Borders due to a fall in usage.
The new Coldstream Men’s Shed opened its doors recently and in attendance was local MSP John Lamont.
The facility, which is part of a Men’s Shed association boasting around 400 premises across the UK, held its first ever doors open day last weekend.Read more
Local MSP John Lamont has lent his support to Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning by attending several of the events organised in Hawick.
Every year, Macmillan Cancer calls on people across the UK to help raise money to support people with cancer - by drinking coffee and eating cake.
Age Scotland have launched a new campaign to encourage people to get active.
The campaign, entitled Let's get moving!, is about encouraging older people to get active by telling the stories of what people, from right across the country do to keep active.
The Scottish Government has announced a £3.6m fund for Hawick to support a local action plan to “encourage start-ups and retain growing business in the town.”
Local MSP John Lamont has strongly welcomed this funding and is urging the Scottish Government to invest it wisely. He has called for it to be used to establish an Enterprise Zone for the town.Read more
Local MSP John Lamont has urged the Scottish Government to do more to promote cross-border tourism and the Scottish Borders as a tourist destination.
In the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday 21st), John Lamont asked the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop about the Borderlands Initiative and the promotion of the Scottish Borders and wider region as a tourist destination.
It has been revealed that the Borders branch of the Rural Payments and Inspections division has one of the highest number of outstanding CAP payments due to farmers in Scotland.
Ninety-two farmers using the office are still waiting on either part or whole subsidy payments, with just over 700 due funding across the rest of Scotland. The figures have been published in response to a Parliamentary Question from Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith.
Local MSP John Lamont has today repeated his assertion that only the Scottish Conservatives can stand up for Scotland’s place in the UK following comments by former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg that there is now a “compelling case” for independence.
The former Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister told journalists in London that it would be “very difficult” for Unionists to argue against separation in the wake of the Brexit vote.