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Green Candidate Calls for Highland Council Energy Savings
— 30 October 2011

Highland Council could reduce the impact of central spending cuts by saving money on energy bills, claims Green Party candidate Gale Falconer.

The Inverness South by-election takes place on 3rd November, and Mrs Falconer, a long-standing community activist, believes that money could be found for local issues such as transport, access and Open Spaces maintenance by making Highland-wide savings on energy bills.

While welcoming the Council’s general commitment to renewable energy, with solar panels and biomass boilers being installed in some Council properties, Mrs Falconer is calling for more radical action, for example a requirement that new builds reach higher standards of energy efficiency, and increased support for householders and businesses to retro-fit insulation and renewables to existing buildings...

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Highlands and Islands Green Party’s task is to communicate, and help achieve, our vision of a green, sustainable society and the benefits such a society has to offer.

In these pages you can find out how Greens in the Highlands and Islands, are going about that task, together with links to the wider Green Party community.

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Recent Articles:

Green Candidate Calls for Ambitious Waste-Reduction Targets
— 21 October 2011

“While we welcome The Highland Council’s waste management measures, including its guidance material for school teachers, it is crucial that The Council should set ambitious targets for waste reduction, as well as continuing to improve recycling facilities”, says local Green Party activist and Inverness South by-election candidate Gale Falconer.  “Only by setting targets can we measure progress.”

And while welcoming the introduction of blue bins to the city, Greens believe that recycling is only part of the answer to dealing with waste.

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Highlands & Islands Green Party Announces Candidate for the Inverness South By-Election on 3 November 2011
— 12 October 2011

The Highlands and Islands Green Party is delighted to announce Gale Falconer as its candidate for the Inverness South by-election on 3 November 2011.

Gale has a long history of community and political activity.  Originally a primary school teacher, in recent years Gale volunteered in Cradlehall and in Inshes Primary Schools – both within the Inverness South Ward.  She also volunteered for several years within the Play Scheme at the Childrens’ Ward, Raigmore Hospital.

Among her many other activities within the community, in 1994 she founded Shopmobility Highland.  This well-respected charity – which stretches from Fort William, to Wick, Elgin, Dingwall and Inverness – has made a huge difference to the lives of people with mobility problems.  She was Chairperson and Director of that charity, serving as a committee member for several years, and is now Honorary President.

Gale has also been Chairperson of Highland Community Care Forum; member of Inverness Community Care Forum ICCF; Director of MS Therapy Centre, Inverness Access Panel, Inverness; Chairperson of Culcabock & Drakies WRI.

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Rail Station and Associated Shuttle at Beechwood Campus, Inverness
— 9 September 2011

The Highlands & Islands Green Party has admonished the Chairman of the Highland Council’s Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Planning Applications Committee for failing to raise the question of providing a rail station along the rail line running through the site.  This, despite the strong case Highland Greens made in August for such a facility.

Donnie Macleod, organic farmer and Scottish Green Party member, said:  “I am deeply concerned that our proposals for a rail station at the proposed Beechwood Campus, and an associated rail shuttle service into town, were not raised...

“This failure is particularly disappointing because the existing Inverness Local Plan provides for a rail halt and park-and-ride facility.

“The Council’s failure to even consider a local rail service is an abrogation of its responsibilities to the Highlands.  It is time that The Council realised that the global issues of climate change and economic uncertainty impinge directly on day-to-day life here in the Highlands.  We need to explore every opportunity to boost local communities and their economies while, at the same time, reducing the need for road travel.  A rail halt and shuttle service into town is an obvious and attractive measure for helping achieve those aims...”

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Greens Disappointed by Kinloss Decision
— 27 July 2011

Fabio Villani at Kinloss The Highlands & Islands Green Party has expressed its disappointment following the recent announcement setting out the future of RAF Kinloss as an Army base.

Local campaigner and Highlands & Islands Green Party convenor Fabio Villani said:  “This decision does the Forres area no favours.  Our focus since the shock announcement, last October, of the intention to close RAF Kinloss, has been on seeking to retain RAF servicemen and women and their families in the area, and to develop high-quality, sustainable jobs for all those who choose to remain here.

“The promise of an unspecified number of Army personnel moving in from Germany in a few years contributes nothing towards these aims, and runs counter to the aspirations of the local communities, which are to reduce the local economy’s dependence on defence spending and fickle decision-making in Westminster.  We are still waiting for the UK government to provide an economic support package for the Forres area; it is disgraceful that, more than nine months down the line, we have heard nothing about the support that the government owes Moray to regenerate the local economy and develop alternative employment opportunities.

“In the meantime, the Greens will continue to work with others and play their part in helping to develop a community self-help approach, with the community itself taking a leading role in ensuring that the Forres area remains an attractive place for people to live, work and play, now and in the future.”

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