Jon Southerington: How we can go zero carbon in Orkney
Jon Southerington, Orkney resident in Deerness, makes a series of proposals for how the north-east island could contribute to the Scottish Government’s new zero carbon emissions target by 2045
VIEWING the Orkney Islands Council plans for Wind Turbine projects in Hoy, Faray and Quanterness has got me thinking about how we in Orkney can do our bit to meet the zero emissions targets (or be a negative emissions community due to our renewable energy production potential), whilst actually making Orkney cleaner and a less expensive place to live.
Guy Ingerson: Understanding debate, division and diversity in the independence movement
Guy Ingerson, co-convenor of the Aberdeen Greens, argues that a depiction of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as increasingly conservative leaning is far from true – the independence movement has to appeal to diverse demographics within, as well as between, regions
Siobhan Tolland & Alan Petrie: We're from two very different cities - with very different Yes strategies
Siobhan Tolland from the Dundee & Angus independence group and Alan Petrie from the Aberdeen Independence Movement write a joint article about the differences in the make-up of their two respective cities, and why they are pursuing different local strategies to win support for independence as a consequence
AS THE independence movement begins to gather pace, discussion about strategy and political direction is growing, in light of the strengths and weaknesses of the last campaign.
'Talk, Think, Do': Common Weal Skye on Rural Housing
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COMMON WEAL SKYE is holding a regular series of events titled ‘Talk, Think, Do’. The aim is to give people the opportunity to engage, interact and respond to solution orientated discussion on relevant local matters. The ideas that emerge from the talks will be posted on the CommonSpace Policy Channel, as a much needed input of rural Highland voices into the national policy dimension.
Community gain historic victory in buyout of Portobello church land
Locals secure land and power for themselves in historic purchase
A COMMUNITY GROUP, called Action Porty and Save Bellfield, has won the approval from the Scottish Government to go ahead with a buyout of church premises in Portobello in Edinburgh.
The plan is to buy of the former Old Parish Church in Bellfield Street by the charity Action Porty is the first urban community buy-out under the new land reform and community empowerment legislation.
Borders community harnesses wind profits to secure 500 new homes
Local community gets guarantee of new homes from community windfarm projects
FIVE HUNDRED HOMES are to be built in the Scottish Borders from the proceeds of a windfarm community project called the “Fishermen Three”.
Completed between the end of March and start of April, the three machines are Danish designed Nordex 2.5 megawatt (MW) turbines which are projected to produce profits of £20m for the community through the sale of renewable energy.
Campaigners look forward to "festival of divestment" as council elections approach
Campaigners urge people to rise up with event against councils as unethical investments are exposed
A ONE NIGHT “FESTIVAL OF DIVESTMENT” tackling the investments of local councils in polluters has been hailed by environmental campaigners as a way for people to find out what their local authorities are up to and learn about more ethical ways of investing public funds.
Taking place April 27 at 7pm, the event organised by Common Weal and Friends of the Earth Scotland will feature films, poetry, music, art and social media training.
Scots thinktank urges local revolution in who holds money for councils
Thinktank calls for strengthening of democracy and local power as elections approach
A REVOLUTION in local government can only happen if local councils control and raise all the local taxes in their areas, according to leading pro-market thinktank, Reform Scotland.
This week the body warned that unless all local taxes were put under the complete control of councils “real democracy” would be weakened.
Community trust issues rallying cry for people's buyout of treasured hospital
Members of the Sick Kids community buyout group to hold public meeting to take hospital into community’s hands
AN EDINBURGH AND LOTHIANS community group is planning to obtain the right to buy a local hospital and healthcare centre that has come up for sale.
The Sick Kids hospital in Marchmont and Sciennes could be purchased through the Scottish Government’s community right to buy scheme which grants locals the right to buy out land and property.