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Month: October 2017

BALLOCH CASTLE COUNTRY PARK NOMINATED AS BEST PARK IN UK

BALLOCH CASTLE COUNTRY PARK NOMINATED AS BEST PARK IN UK

Balloch Castle Country Park has been nominated as the best park in the country in a UK-wide competition organised by national parks charity the Fields in Trust. Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has praised Balloch Castle Country Park as a much-loved public space in West Dunbartonshire, and is urging local residents to show their support by casting their votes ahead of the deadline on Friday 3 November 2017. The UK’s Best Park Award gives the public the opportunity to vote for…

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MARTIN BACKS LAUNCH OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE METAL RECYCLING CAMPAIGN

MARTIN BACKS LAUNCH OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE METAL RECYCLING CAMPAIGN

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP has added his backing to the launch of a campaign to boost the metal recycling rates in West Dunbartonshire. The ‘Make Your Metals Matter’ campaign aims to encourage local residents to recycle all metal packaging found around their homes, including drinks cans, empty aerosols, food tins, aluminium foil, pet food tins and foil trays. West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has said that households are recycling more than ever and urged local residents to play their part and…

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP BACKS CALLS TO HALT ROLL-OUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP BACKS CALLS TO HALT ROLL-OUT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has called on the Tory UK government to halt the roll-out of its damaging flagship welfare policy in Scotland. The SNP MP has added his backing to demands for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be stopped following damning evidence that the Tory government’s welfare changes are pushing families into financial hardship. Universal Credit replaces several existing benefits including housing benefit, tax credits and unemployment benefit and is currently being introduced in pilot areas…

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30 YEARS OF DUMBARTON DISTRICT WOMEN’S AID MARKED IN PARLIAMENT

30 YEARS OF DUMBARTON DISTRICT WOMEN’S AID MARKED IN PARLIAMENT

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has lodged a motion in parliament congratulating Dumbarton District Women’s Aid on its 30th anniversary. The local women’s aid charity has been praised in the House of Commons for the invaluable support and refuge services it has given to victims of domestic abuse over the past 30 years. Mr Docherty-Hughes was invited to meet with local staff, volunteers and supporters of Dumbarton District Women’s Aid last month during a special event in Dumbarton marking the charity’s 30th anniversary. Dumbarton…

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APPROVAL FOR £40M CHIVAS BOTTLING PLANT EXPANSION

APPROVAL FOR £40M CHIVAS BOTTLING PLANT EXPANSION

SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has welcomed the announcement that Chivas Brothers has been granted approval for a £40 million extension of its bottling plant at Kilmalid in Dumbarton. West Dunbartonshire planning authority has given the green light for the multi-million pound investment plans which will see new state-of-the-art facilities created at the firm’s premises in the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate. Premium whisky and gin producer Chivas Brothers, owned by drinks company Pernod Ricard, aims to begin work immediately on…

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP WELCOMES FRACKING BAN

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE’S MP WELCOMES FRACKING BAN

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has welcomed action taken by the SNP Scottish Government to ban fracking in Scotland. The SNP’s announcement not to support the development of fracking in Scotland follows an extensive period of evidence gathering and public engagement on the impact of unconventional oil and gas extraction. Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, has written to local authorities confirming that Scotland’s moratorium on fracking will remain in place indefinitely. A public consultation on unconventional…

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