Motion: S4M-08432: Expansion of Woodfuel on Mull

I lodged another motion on Wednesday 27th November, and this was following the announcement of a deal for North West Mull Community Woodland Company Limited to buy Crannich Woodfuel.

That the Parliament welcomes the purchase by North West Mull Community Woodland Company Limited (NWMCWC) of the island-based woodchip supplier, Crannich Woodfuel; understands that this will allow NWMCWC to continue the expansion of its woodfuel business and that Crannich Woodfuel will trade under the new name, Island Woodfuels; notes that Island Woodfuels will sell woodchip as well as logs and kindling and that the business will now be large enough to employ a new member of staff; understands that the primary benefit of the purchase will be the ability of NWMCWC, which owns and manages over 1,500 acres of woodland in north-west Mull, to ensure the long-term security of woodfuel supply for customers, and further understands that the founder of Crannich Woodfuel, Robin Sedgwick, has said that the move will help create local jobs and ensure a sustainable local fuel supply for existing customers and for those who may invest in a biomass boiler in the future on Mull, Iona and beyond.

Motion: EHRC Coalition Cuts

EHRC Coalition Cuts
That the Parliament acknowledges what it considers to be the vital role that is played by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in providing guidance to the public in promoting and enforcing equality legislation; expresses its deep concern over the reported 62% reduction in EHRC’s budget by 2015 and how this could impact on EHRC’s operations in Scotland; believes that the proposals will cause the closure of the EHRC’s Edinburgh office, resulting in a loss of half of its workforce in Scotland; notes that the UK Government plans to close EHRC’s direct expert helpline and replace it with a referral-only service, with no presence in Scotland or Wales; considers that, the decimation of the EHRC’s budget and the concurrent impact on its ability to provide an effective service, runs contrary to the Equality Act 2006; condemns what it understands is the UK Government’s decision to continue with these regressive reforms, despite it consultation showing that people were against this by a margin of 15:1, and considers that this is a typical example of what it sees as the fiscal vandalism of the UK Government and how it is harming Scotland and society’s most vulnerable and marginalised groups.