John Pentland MSP

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Parliamentary Activities

Appointed Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Deputy Convener of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit

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Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

I thank Mr Slater and Mr Dowson for attending the meeting.

That concludes the committee’s formal business. On behalf of the committee, I thank everybody in Dumfries; it has been an extreme pleasure to be here today. The committee intends to stay on for at least half an hour, so any members of the public who would like to stay behind for a question-and-answer session should feel free to do so.

I formally close the meeting.

Meeting closed at 11:32.  

Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

We have agreed, Mr Slater, that we will write to the local council.



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

It is important that you involve your local representatives in the issue. You must get them to chap on the planning department’s doors and say that you wish to be consulted on the issue.



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

You are absolutely right. There is an on-going appeal with regard to the Whitesands project, which means that it is still under discussion.

If members have no further questions, I think that we should discuss the course of action that we should take on the petition.



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

Given that the issue is really a local one, you probably need your local representatives to sit down together and discuss it. As you have said, the petition is gathering more signatures every day, but there is also evidence that the local council has gone out and done a consultation with a number of people, which is why it has come up with a new vision for protecting the area.

This committee would encourage everybody to get back around the table to have a dialogue about the best way forward. We will make a decision on what we do about the petition after we have finished asking questions about it, but I should tell you that I have been advised that the application for Dumfries and Galloway’s Whitesands project was unsuccessful in 2015-16. That information comes from Paul Wheelhouse’s answer to a question from Sarah Boyack last May. In short, the funding application for the Whitesands project in 2015-16 was unsuccessful.



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

The third new petition is PE1557, by David R Slater, on behalf of the save our Whitesands car parks and river views campaign, on Scottish Government funding for the Whitesands flood scheme. Members have a note by the clerk and a SPICe briefing on the petition. I welcome the petitioner, David Slater, and his colleague John Dowson to the meeting.



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

Okay. Mr Thom, I thank you for attending.

11:08 Meeting suspended.  11:09 On resuming—  

Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

In the first instance, why do we not write to the Scottish Government asking for its views, then we can take it from there?



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

Are we agreed that we will write to the Scottish Government?

Members indicated agreement.



Public Petitions Committee 23 February 2015 : Monday, February 23, 2015
The Convener

There are no further questions from members. What action do you think we should we take on the petition?

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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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S4M-12382 Keith Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—That the Parliament recogni
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Amendment 1 moved by Gavin Brown on motion S4M-12344 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland)
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Motion S4M-12342: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12272: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12085: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11903: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11883: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11871: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11870: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11759: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11612: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11542: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-24295: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03989: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03914: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03897: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03814: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23141: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23142: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23138: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22423: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22421: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Question >>

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