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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09532: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it is ensuring community (a) representation on and (b) participation with the Longannet Task Force.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 14 June 2017

The Longannet Task Force brings together key partners to mitigate the economic impacts of the power station’s early closure. Co-chaired by the Scottish Government and Fife Council, its membership is drawn from Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland as well as union, community and elected representatives to ensure those impacted by the closure are represented on the Task Force.

As well as through their elected members, community interests are specifically represented by the Chair of the Valleyfield Ash Liaison Committee, selected due to the long standing lagoon impacts that had been accommodated locally. The Chair of the Committee is also representing other relevant community views.

The Longannet Task Force also agreed that Fife Council should lead on additional engagement with non-member community groups, working closely with Clackmannanshire Council and Falkirk Council in their respective areas, to ensure those groups could engage with Task Force activities.