Fuel rebate scheme needed in Borders

A couple of weeks ago I was in Burnmouth to help out the Marine Conservation Society’s Beach Watch Big Weekend.

The aim of the campaign is to clean beaches around Britain while recording what type of litter was found on them. There was a good turnout of volunteers from the local community, and everyone who helped out did a tremendous amount of work.

The event was a great success, and not only did it help the environment and local wildlife, but the information we gathered on the day will help discover ways of keeping litter off our beaches. The beach at Burnmouth is one of the most beautiful spots in the Borders, and it is important that we do what we can to ensure that it stays that way.

ADHD drugs

Some statistics came out recently that concerned me, as they showed that we were handing out considerably more ADHD drugs per head in the Borders than any other region of Scotland.

While there is no question that these pills have a role to play in the treatment of a range of mild-to-moderate mental health ailments, our young people deserve the best treatment possible. I am sure that many Borderers would agree with me that the best way to do this is not to simply give them drugs and hope that the problem goes away.

It is very clear that other health boards are dealing with this troubling condition without simply dishing out pills to young people, and I wanted to know why NHS Borders were taking such a vastly different approach. Unfortunately they didn’t even attempt to give an explanation as to why they hand out more of this drug than other parts of Scotland.

Fuel subsidies

Many motorists in the Borders will know only two well about the increasing amounts it costs to run a car. The last few years have seen a huge rise in the price of petrol, and this is especially frustrating as the amount we pay at the pumps is often much higher than in urban areas of Scotland. When living in rural regions often involves travelling large distances for essentials, the problem of cost only gets worse, and that is why I would like to see something done about it.

That is why I have called for a fuel rebate scheme to be introduced for the Borders. It has already been successfully trialled in other areas of the country and I can see no reason why it shouldn’t be introduced to the Borders.

Surgeries

My next surgeries in Berwickshire will be on Wednesday, November 20, when I will be at the Volunteer Hall in Duns at 9am and then at the Community Centre in Eyemouth at 10.30am. No appointment is necessary.