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25 July 2016

Stevenson Announces Annual Surgery Tour

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has announced details of his forthcoming surgery tour of local communities which commences on Wednesday 10 August.

During the course of the tour, Mr Stevenson will also carry out his 1,000th surgery, which will take place in the village of Fordyce, confirming his position as one of the most accessible MSPs in the country.

This year will be the sixteenth such tour that Mr Stevenson has undertaken, covering 37 communities from Rothiemay in the far west to Boddam at the south-eastern end of the constituency and inland to Aberchirder, New Byth and Memsie.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

"The annual surgery tour with my mobile office is always extremely enjoyable and I think also that people appreciate having their MSP come to their own community rather than having to go to one of my 'static' surgeries in a nearby town or village.

“I’m also very pleased to be reaching a major milestone during this tour in holding my 1,000th surgery since becoming an MSP.

"Even in this age of electronic communications, people still value being able to have face-to-face contact with their elected representatives, which is important. It also gets me into some of our smaller communities which I may otherwise not have reason to visit during the course of a year, although to be fair, there aren’t that many places that I don’t pop up in quite regularly.”



Details of the tour are as follows:

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson will be available for consultation in his Mobile Office at the following locations:

Wednesday 10 August

Arr. Dep.
09.45 – 10.00 GARDENSTOWN – adj. Spar shop
10.15 – 10.30 NEW ABERDOUR - car park
10.45 – 11.10 ROSEHEARTY – The Square
11.20 – 11.35 SANDHAVEN – St Magnus Rd beside park
11.50 – 12.00 TYRIE – Lay-by
13.30 – 13.40 MEMSIE – adj. BT exchange
13.50 – 14.00 RATHEN – adj. public hall
14.15 – 14.35 INVERALLOCHY – Frederick Street
14.45 – 15.05 ST COMBS – hall car park
15.15 – 15.25 LONMAY – adj. public hall
15.35 – 15.50 CRIMOND – Church car park
16.00 – 16.15 ST FERGUS – Kirktown
16.25 – 16.35 RORA – hall car park
16.55 – 17.15 BODDAM – Russell St.

Thursday 11 August

Arr. Dep.
09.55 – 10.10 NEW BYTH – The Square
10.15 – 10.25 CRUDIE – lay by
10.35 – 10.45 FISHERIE – Craigwell Cotts
10.55 – 11.05 KING EDWARD – lay-by at Kirk
11.20 – 11.45 MACDUFF – Knowes Hotel car park
12.00 – 12.20 WHITEHILLS – Seafield Street
13.30 – 13.40 BOYNDIE – opp. Boyndie Centre
13.50 – 14.15 PORTSOY – Church Street
14.25 – 14.40 SANDEND – adj. phone box
14.50 – 15.10 CULLEN – The Square
15.15 – 15.30 PORTKNOCKIE – Hill Street
15.35 – 15.50 FINDOCHTY – Seaview Road near Chemist
16.00 – 16.15 RATHVEN – Main Road near Kirk

Friday 12 August

Arr. Dep.
10.15 - 10.25 ALVAH – adj. Linhead Hall
10.35 - 10.50 FORGLEN – Bogton Row
11.05 - 11.30 ABERCHIRDER – The Square
11.50 - 12.10 ROTHIEMAY – near shop
13.30 - 13.45 KNOCK – adj. post box
14.00 - 14.15 CORNHILL – car park adj. park
14.30 - 14.45 FORDYCE – adj. Castle
14.55 - 15.10 LINTMILL - Burnside
15.20 - 15.35 DESKFORD – Comm. Centre car park
15.40 - 15.55 GRANGE – adj. Crossroads School

No appointment is necessary, although constituents with ongoing cases should advise their attendance on 01779 470444.

19 July 2016

Scottish Dairy Farmers Remain Resilient in Difficult Financial Times

Local MSP Welcomes Continued Support for the Dairy Sector

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has been heartened by the new figures that have shown the resilience of the Scottish dairy farming sector in the face of challenging conditions facing the sector.

The latest semi-annual figures to July 1st, published by the Scottish Diary Cattle Association (SDCA), have shown the number of herds remaining at 974, despite a moderate decrease in cow numbers. The figures have been welcomed by the SDCA, who had expected both herd and cow numbers to fall.

Commenting on the statistics, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“These figures are of some encouragement, particularly because of the tough financial conditions that our dairy farmers are currently operating in.

“Despite these difficulties, our farmers have shown great resilience. The Scottish Government has been working hard to help farmers across Scotland, with the Dairy Action Plan continuing to benefit farm workers across the country by promoting best practice, developing markets, promoting an efficient supply chain, supporting First Milk and engaging with the international community.

“Locally, Aberdeenshire Council and Opportunity North-east are taking forward a study to see what opportunities can be created following Muller-Wiseman’s decision to quit Aberdeen.

“By supporting the sector we can continue to secure jobs and ensure the continued production of the very best local products. With Scottish Government support, the dairy industry has a long and bright future ahead of it.”

MSP Welcomes Flood Protection Funding

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has today welcome the announcement of a new ten year strategy to protect Scotland’s most flood prone communities – including funding of £7 million for projects in Aberdeenshire.

The plan – announced by the First Minister earlier this week – will support local flood risk management plans, fund more than 130 flood protection studies and deliver 40 new flood protection projects across Scotland – protecting more than 10,000 homes.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“Earlier this year, we saw the devastating effects flooding can have on local communities – and this new strategy will help protect households across Aberdeenshire from the impact of future adverse weather.

“Investment in flood protection schemes and associated infrastructure is critical to protecting vulnerable householders, businesses and communities – and I am delighted to see the SNP government working in partnership with local government on this important issue.

“As former Minister for Environment and Climate change, I am keenly aware of unpredictable and destructive nature of climate change events like flooding. Pre-emptive action is our best opportunity to meet the significant challenges posed by climate change.

“The plan set out by the First Minister this week will give Aberdeenshire Council the certainty they need to deliver the actions set out in their Local Flood Risk Assessment Plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.”
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