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East Kilbride can be the 'Town of Tomorrow' - again

Tue 14 Mar, 2017

Once dubbed the 'Town of Tomorrow', local Greens say that East Kilbride can be the best again if we make the right investments, build a strong local economy and renew local democracy.

'East Kilbride, Town of Tomorrow', is the name of a film made about our pioneering New Town. People came from all over the world to see town planning at its best. Scottish Greens Council candidate, Kirsten Robb, is urging local people and decision makers at all levels to build on the town's legacy in its 70th anniversary year, to be pioneering once again and to give the town a new lease of life.

South Lanarkshire Greens Launch Local Election campaign

Wed 8 Mar, 2017

Local Greens are gearing up to make a breakthrough to South Lanarkshire Council as they launched their local election campaign and announced prospective candidates at an action day over the weekend.

Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie (pictured), joined candidates out on the doorsteps and rallied supporters for the campaign ahead. Greens will be standing in the vast majority of South Lanarkshire wards, aiming to elect their first councillors and play a key role in a new South Lanarkshire Council.

Local Greens Comment on Budget

Fri 3 Mar, 2017

As the Scottish Budget passed with support from Green MSPs, local Green campaigners are delighted that the deal with the Greens has removed  £9.4 million for proposed cuts to local services in South Lanarkshire. South Lanarkshire Council now needs to set its own budget, and Green MSPs have written to South Lanarkshire Council urging them investment in warm homes, active travel and support for pupils with additional needs. 

Scrap City Deal Road Projects and Start Again

Mon 27 Feb, 2017

South Lanarkshire Greens are calling on the council's City Deal capital projects to be scrapped and the process started again to ensure the money is spent on projects that reflect the real needs and aspirations of local people.

Greens call for private rent controls in EK to tackle poverty

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Responding to last week's News spotlight on East Kilbride's housing crisis, local Green candidate Kirsten Robb (East Kilbride East) is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to introduce private sector rent controls to help tackle poverty. The Private Housing (Tenancies) Act, introduced last year, permits local authorities to do this by declaring areas as 'rent pressure zones'.
An extreme lack of housing for social rent has led to a decades long waiting list, and forced people to pay sky-high rents in the private sector. Although there have been recent welcome commitments to build more social and affordable housing, these are insufficient to meet demand, and so private sector rent controls are needed to tackle poverty now.