Fri 1 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens have slammed the SNP for its lack of action on short-term lets.

The party’s parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone called for action at FMQs, after a Scottish Government consultation overwhelmingly endorsed the Scottish Green position to regulate short term letting through both planning and licensing reform.

This week SNP MSPs in Edinburgh signed a letter calling for urgent reform, even though they had voted with the Tories during the Planning Bill to block similar proposals from Green MSP Andy Wightman.

In her question to the First Minister, Alison Johnstone pointed to other examples of when the Scottish Government has left communities waiting.

She said: “Over the last three years the number of homes lost to short-term lets has tripled, making a home an ever more distant prospect for tens of thousands of people in Scotland. And all this during a housing crisis.

“My colleague Andy Wightman’s amendment to the Planning Bill offered a way forward around planning controls, but the SNP and Tories colluded to block it at the last minute. That was unacceptable. It was not a one-size fits all idea, it was a simple proposal on planning permission to empower councils.

“The public are demanding action. Even SNP MSPs who voted against controls just a few months ago are now demanding action. The Scottish Government cannot keep us waiting any longer."

Get involved

More like this

Scottish Greens back COSLA wellbeing call

Wed 15 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a call from COSLA to protect funding for local services that promote wellbeing.

COSLA have warned a reduction in the local government settlement in this year’s budget would have an impact on the wellbeing of citizens.

Responding, Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone said: “COSLA are absolutely right to make this link between council funding and wellbeing. The Scottish Greens have always argued for a greater focus on prevention, and that means making sure local services are adequately funded.

Greens launch campaign to stop Sheriffhall spaghetti junction

Mon 13 Jan, 2020

A proposed £120m spaghetti junction at Sheriffhall roundabout will increase congestion and should be scrapped, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green MSPs and councillors have launched a campaign to halt the proposal and instead use the money to improve clean transport across the city region, reflecting Edinburgh’s proposed new ten-year City Mobility Plan.

The campaign highlights how £120m could be better invested in segregated cycle paths, bus lanes and park and rides, transforming the city’s transport infrastructure.

Soaring foodbank use shames Scotland

Thu 9 Jan, 2020

Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone has said a new report which reveals soaring foodbank use in Scotland is a source of shame for the country.