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ANOTHER NATS DISASTER

The likely closure of Peterhead Power Station will come as no surprise to the local community as it follows a long list of needless devastation at the hands of the non-resident Nats. It looks very likely that Peterhead Power Station will be added to the long roll of closures Peterhead has suffered over the last few decades. Crossies, Cleveland, General Motors, Mill, RAF Buchan to name but a few that have torn the industrial heart out of the town. The death knell for the Power Station came when the Nats failed to support the Carbon Capture Project at the plant. Instead of supporting Peterhead, the Nats have spent £1.4 billion on Chinese steel to build a bridge in Edinburgh, £350 million on a ‘toy town’ railway in the Borders, £2 billion on railways and roads between Glasgow and Edinburgh, not forgetting the Nats pièce de résistance of a half empty holiday camp for Central Belt criminals at Peterhead Prison costing £150,000,000 of public money. Peterhead’s only resident Councillor, Alan S. Buchan, said, if the people of Peterhead continue to vote for those who have zero commitment to our community, the out come will continue to be the same as it has been for decades. From oil and gas to fish, Peterhead should have been one of the wealthiest towns in the world, instead it has been smashed leaving the East part of the town as one of the most deprived areas in Scotland according to the Nats own figures, while Aberdeenshire Council figures shown that more than 25% of the children in area are living in poverty. Cllr Buchan concluded by asking: Do the residents of Peterhead really wish to continue to allowing huge sums of public money to be wasted while vital jobs are destroyed by those who do not even live in our town ?

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From Page 9In his letter to the Cabinet Secretary, newly-elected President Andrew McCornick said: “With some £10 million originally allocated to ECAF, we now have an opportunity for this funding to drive our shared objective of supporting new and young farmers. We are in complete agreement with Scottish Government on this issue. Encouraging a new generation to the industry is vital if Scotland is to maintain vibrant farming and crofting sectors. Overcoming barriers to entry and attracting talented people to agriculture is a key priority for both the Scottish Government and NFU Scotland.” Mark Donald, Chairman of NFU Scotland’s New Generation Group welcomed the strong focus put on new entrants and young farmers by the First Minister in her address at the Union’s AGM, and the commitment to look into other ways in which government can help. Mr Donald, aged 37, a tenant farmer at Rhynaclach, near Port of Menteith said: “The Young Farmers and New Entrants Start Up Grant Schemes are particularly vital in supporting the next generation of farmers with start-up aid linked to the delivery of a business plan Brown and Macmillan with agriculture as its core activity. Property Maintenance “To date, the total support from the EU and the Scottish Government to the development of around 140 new farms all over Scotland is in the order of £7 milHowever, there is a justifiable concern that the White goods installation & repair lion. total budget allocation of £10 million will soon be Minor Electrical work exhausted, and we have already seen a very high proof unsuccessful applications – not as a result of TV wall mounts etc portion poorer business plans but driven by a need to manage Painting and decorating limited budgets. “To build on its commitment to the generation, reallocating the funding ear-marked Laminate flooring new for the ECAF to these much-valued, but under-funded All jobs considered-24hr Call Out schemes, would go some considerable way to deliveron our shared goal of attracting and nurturing talMintlaw ing ented young folk, helping them embrace the challenges and opportunities offered by agriculture.”

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£217,000 awarded to 73 projects across Scotland over four years NFU Scotland’s Centenary Trust has awarded a final cheque of £1,050 to mark its closing. The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) received the donation as the trustees met for the final time recently to close the books. The Trust was set up to mark the Union’s Centenary in 2013 with £217,000 distributed to charities and community organisations with an interest in agriculture since then with 73 projects benefiting from donations. Of the £217,000 awarded in total by the Trust, £145,000 was given to educational activities, with £43,000 for rural training and £29,000 to health and safety projects. The funds were raised from donations by NFU Scotland members, as well as a highly successful Banff Centenary Whisky and a Centenary Book to mark the occasion. During its time, the Trust delivered on its key objectives of encouraging as many children as possible to learn more about where their food and drink comes from and to visit a farm; to educate farmers, their employees and their children on health and safety in the countryside, with a special emphasis on children’s safety; and to assist in bringing forward a meaningful apprenticeship programme for the farm sector. The largest award was given to Royal Northern Countryside Initiative of £17,500 to build a new classroom on wheels with RHET Borders being given £5,000 to refurbish its country classroom on wheels. Ringlink’s land-based internship programme and the Queensberry Initiative – a charity community project in Dumfries and Galloway - received £15,516 and £15,000, respectively, to fund their educational projects. The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs received a further £10,000 for health and safety projects across the country. Call for an appointment As a comparison, the smallest award of £180 was given to Borestone Primary BLACKHOUSE CIRCLE, BLACKHOUSE IND. EST. School in Stirling enabling a contingent of PETERHEAD. TEL: 01779 474400. MOB: 07833 367577 young children to attend the Royal Email: kenny.nesc@hotmail.co.uk Highland Show. In addition to this, there were three fibreglass “milkable” cows, as well as other life size farm animals, funded and many other projects, mainly through RHET, which centred around making farms more accessible, educational and safer for visiting schoolchildren by providing classroom equipment, display boards, washing facilities and wet weather gear. Other projects enabled primary schools to grow their own vegetables either in small polytunnels or raised beds, with one using their donation to create a small egg incubator. Trustee, George Lawrie, a farmer in Fife, commented: “Over the last four years, the fund has helped many projects educate a huge range of people – from farmers and their employees to school children and teachers, as well as the general public. What has been achieved has been fantastic in a short time frame and we thank all those who have been involved in raising money, giving donations, or submitting applications since the inception of the Trust. “We are bringing the Trust to a close but it will be great to see End of Tenancy & Offices projects that have benefited from funding continue to educate and Disclosure Scotland Vetted inform in the coming years. That is a fitting legacy to mark the centenary of the Union in 2013.” Ends

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