"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for August 2013

Local Surgery Dates

Aug. 27th 2013

Surgeries are being held across Central Scotland in local ASDA stores as follows;

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Asda Hamilton from 10am to 10:45am

Asda Larkhall from 11am to 11:45am

Asda Motherwell from 12:45pm to 1:30pm

Asda Coatbridge from 2:15pm to 3pm

Thursday 29 August 2013

Asda Grangemouth from 10am to 10:45am

Asda Falkirk from 11am to 11:45am

Asda Stenhousemuir from 12 noon to 12:45pm

Asda Cumbernauld from 2pm to 2:45pm

 No appointment necessary. Asda “store locator” link below;!/search/index?qs=postcode+%2F+town&imageField=Go


Posted by Marianne Paton | in Constituency, Latest news

Central Scotland Forest Trust Tour

Aug. 20th 2013

Pictured with Simon Rennie, Chief Executive of the Central Scotland Forest Trust and Mark Smillie, Head of Operational Development & Finance on a recent tour of Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSF) projects.


The tour started with “The Helix”, a transformation project making use of unwanted land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. This is a long term development project built round the theme of People, Place and Enterprise.  

The Helix consists of four different zones within 350 hectares of green space.  In the heart of this sits Helix Park which boasts a large lagoon, the great lawn, a splash play area and a network of new pathways – all designed around feedback from people living in the Helix communities.

The Central Scotland Forest Trust has been involved in the Helix project right from the start.  The “Kelpies” sculptures are currently being installed as the official gateway to Falkirk and Grangemouth, the access and development of diverse habitats (the wetlands) and the new canal link and boating facilities.

We then visited the “Lionthorn Greenspace”. CSF carried out Woodland planting, hedgerow planting and biodiversity improvements with improved access.

The tour ended with “Larbert Woods” a partnership project to bring 30 ha of woodland under the ownership of NHS Forth Valley back into active management to provide a resource for health improvement, therapeutic activity, physical activity and relaxation. This project is quite unique-a first in Scotland and a first for the National Health Board as the Forestry Commission Scotland recently launched of a pilot woodland rehabilitation programme for a small group of Forth Valley Royal Hospital cardiac patients. 

Posted by Marianne Paton | in Apologies Bill, Constituency, Latest news

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