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Planning democracy

A dose of democracy in the planning system is long overdue, says Alison Johnstone


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Green councillor hails “Grant a Grand” scheme success in South West Edinburgh

A new “participatory budgeting” scheme in south west Edinburgh has been hailed as a big hit after more than 600 young people voted in “Grant a Grand” for £1,000 each.


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Edinburgh audit: Green candidate says local powers vital

Responding to a report published today (25 Feb) by the Accounts Commission, which says the City of Edinburgh Council has made progress towards balancing its books after facing a £67 million gap, Andy Wightman, Communities spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP candidate for Lothian, said:


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Edinburgh heritage: Johnstone highlights UNESCO concerns

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today (24 Feb) urged Edinburgh city council and the Scottish Government to act upon reports that Unesco has expressed “deeply worrying” concerns that the quality of new developments is affecting the city’s World Heritage status.


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Museum of Fire: Johnstone urges rethink of removal plans

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone has today (11 February) condemned the announcement that the Edinburgh Museum of Fire will be moved to a new location.


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Participatory budeting: to boldly go….

Participatory budgeting is coming of age in Edinburgh, according to Alison Johnstone.


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Scotland can be better: Holyrood can be bolder – with more Green MSPs

With a surge in membership to over 9000, and poll ratings that indicate a significant increase in share of vote, the Scottish Green Party have launched their most ambitious election campaign yet with the bold theme of ‘Scotland Can’. 


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Bringing life to the Union Canal

Social enterprise needs to be at the heart of the economic vision for a new canal quarter, says Gavin Corbett.