Category Archives: Constituency

Update on the works on the A68 slippage


Today I visited the site of the works on the A68 to meet with Bear Scotland officials and see for myself what has been happening following the landslip. I was hugely impressed by the work and was delighted to hear that it seems that the road will reopen on Monday, albeit initially with traffic lights operating at the site. A… Read more »

Calling on the UK Government to protect food standards


I was pleased to sign this cross-party letter to Liz Truss (International Trade) and George Eustice (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) asking the government to clarify its commitment to protecting UK food standards in light of future trade deals. East Lothian is rightly famed for it’s fertile land and high quality produce, with farms across the county, and several local… Read more »

McDonalds Drive Through and Care Village rejected


Following the decisions made by East Lothian Council today, I welcome the decisions made regarding the proposed McDonalds Drive-Through and the Care Village outside of North Berwick. Traffic in that area of Musselburgh is bad enough.  I have had messages from constituents as well, expressing concern about the potential noise and extra litter. I also echo my Council colleagues’ comments… Read more »

Visiting Whitekirk Hill


I recently met with the team at the Whitekirk Hill Leisure facilities between North Berwick and Dunbar. It was great to see the significant work done by the staff and management there to allow them to open their café and restaurant safely on a limited basis, and it was great to see visitors enjoying the gorgeous views over the East… Read more »

Enter the Best Small Shops competition


I am encouraging locally-run shops and independent retailers in East Lothian’s towns and villages to enter Indie Retail’s Best Small Shops competition. The competition is free to enter and, according to Indie Retail, an organisation that promotes independent retail, “celebrates not only the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets but also, the central role… Read more »

Reminder to parents in East Lothian eligible to apply for £250 primary school start grant


I am encouraging parents of children aged four to five to apply for the Scottish Government’s Best Start Grant. A one-off £250 payment is currently open to eligible families, with a child who was born between 1st March 2015 and 29th February 2016, who will be starting primary school later this year. The payment is part of the Scottish Government’s… Read more »

East Lothian Council Consults on safe physical distancing


East Lothian Council have opened up a consultation on Spaces for People in East Lothian.  According to the council website “Given the limited space in our towns, it’s important we introduce enhanced spaces for people on foot, in wheelchairs and on bikes. “The requirements for social distancing are likely to remain in place for some time and people will be… Read more »

Lockdown has provided unanticipated consequences


In my column in the East Lothian Courier I discuss just some of the issues that have been coming up regularly in my mailbox.  One of the common themes is people in already difficult circumstances being hit the hardest. As I say in the column: “The most distressing has been the plight of those seeking to maintain contact with terminally… Read more »

East Lothian’s contribution to Christian Aid Week


Last week I was informed that East Lothian had raised a large amount of money for Christian Aid week.  The theme of the annual fundraiser this year was focussed on the needs of those who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus in the poorest countries with the least developed health systems. I’m really pleased to note that the work… Read more »