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18 June 2018

Stevenson Hails 'Vote of Confidence' in Fraserburgh Harbour

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has expressed his delight at the announcement today that Fraserburgh Harbour will be the port from which service and maintenance will be carried out on the Moray East Offshore Windfarm.

Michael Murray,
Convener of the Harbour Board
with Stewart Stevenson MSP
The MSP has called the agreement a significant vote of confidence in the facilities at Fraserburgh Harbour and paid tribute to the work done by the Harbour Commissioners and former Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford in bringing the business to the town.

The move will result in the creation of around 45 full-time jobs in addition to other income streams for the port. North-east Scotland College will also be involved in the provision of specialist training. The announcement is therefore extremely significant to the port and the local economy.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“I’m delighted for the Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners and for the town that this substantial amount of work has come to the Broch against stiff competition from other northern ports.

“Today’s announcement represents a significant vote of confidence in the facilities and management at Fraserburgh Harbour as well as a tremendous boost to the local economy.

“I know that the Commissioners have done a power of work to get to this position, supported by our former MP Eilidh Whiteford.

“This announcement is a further demonstration of the importance of the offshore wind energy sector to the North-east and our prime location from which to benefit from the opportunities it creates.”

14 June 2018

MSP to Meet with Offshore Windfarm Developer to put Views of Sandend Residents

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has secured a meeting with the firm behind proposals for a major offshore windfarm development.

The SNP MSP recently met with residents at a meeting organised by Fordyce, Sandend & District Community Council to hear the views and concerns of villagers and pledged to take these to a meeting with the developer.
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Mr Stevenson has now secured a meeting and will be holding discussions with representatives from the company next week.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I was pleased to be invited along by the Community Council to have the opportunity to hear the views of local residents on the proposals.

“This stretch of the Banffshire coast is very important to the local tourism and leisure industry so I entirely understand there are concerns.

“I’ve pledged to take the concerns expressed at the Community Council meeting directly to the developer. I am therefore pleased the company has agreed to meet with me next week and I hope our discussions will be constructive.”

MSP Pays Tribute to Campaigner Ahead of Seatbelt Bill Coming in to Force

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has paid tribute to a constituent who worked tirelessly to improve bus safety.

It comes after the date the Seatbelts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill will come into force was announced as August.

The Bill was brought forward by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.

The legislation will come into effect on August 1 which should mean every child will have access to a seatbelt when travelling to and from school for the start of the 2018/19 term.
Mr Stevenson had long been a supporter of constituent Ron Beaty who called for better school transport safety.

For years, the Gardenstown resident worked hard to campaign on school bus safety after his granddaughter was knocked over by a vehicle after getting off a school bus.

Mr Beaty, who sadly passed away before the Bill came into force, had been a staunch advocate of safety on school transport following the incident.

He worked closely alongside Mr Stevenson on the issue for many years.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“I am delighted the Bill to ensure seatbelts are on all dedicated home to school transport will come into force from August.

“I would like to pay tribute to Ron. While he wasn’t here to witness it, I have no doubt that his efforts for many years made an invaluable contribution.

“Ron is an example to us all and I am sure his family are very proud.

“I would also like to commend my colleague Gillian Martin MSP and the civil servants who worked very hard over the past 18 months and beyond on this Bill.”

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to achieving safer road travel which is why we’re urging pupils to wear a seatbelt where one is provided on school transport.

“When the Seat Belts Act for dedicated school transport in Scotland comes into force, it will make sure every child and young person who requires a seatbelt will have one as they travel to and from school.”
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