Scottish Government plans for the country’s independent future will be set out by cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead in Eyemouth next week.
The secretary for rural affairs and environment will be in Eyemouth’s Hippodrome (former Fishermen’s Mission building on Harbour Road) on Wednesday, March 5, 7.30pm for a question and answer session and to discuss the Scottish Government’s vision of independence contained in their guide to ‘Scotland’s Future’.
It is part of the commitment made by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, that in the lead up to September’s independence referendum people across Scotland will be able to put their question directly to him and his Cabinet colleagues at both joint and individual session.
The Eyemouth engagement is Mr Lochhead’s second individual public discussion session, focusing on the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland’s future, and he will be accompanied by Scotland’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse, who lives in Ayton.
The two Ministers are keen to hear as many views as possible and will answer questions from members of the audience.
This is your chance to ask questions about Scotland and how the current SNP Government sees its future.
Speaking to ‘The Berwickshire’ ahead of the event, Mr Lochhead said: “I am delighted to be in Eyemouth to host the second of my public discussion sessions.
“This event is part of a series of Scotland-wide events which will see myself and colleagues engage with people across the country about the exciting future we envisage following a vote for independence.
“We’ve already put forward our proposals for Scotland’s Future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland, but it’s crucial everyone who lives and works in Scotland considers and discusses with others the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.
“Taking the referendum conversation out to communities across the country provides an opportunity for us to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and hear their views on independence, as well as listening to their questions and concerns.
“This is the opportunity of a generation and we want to give as many people as possible across Scotland the opportunity to ask questions and air their views.
“We want to hear what local people have to say about the type of Scotland they want in the future and I would encourage readers of ‘The Berwickshire News’ to come to The Hippodrome, Eyemouth on March 5.”
As well as the formal Question and Answer session, Mr Lochhead and Mr Wheelhouse will be happy to chat informally to audience members over tea and coffee at the end of the event.
Attendance at Wednesday’s meeting is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government have asked that those who wish to attend register at: www.scotreferendum.com/events
You can also register your intention to attend the meeting by calling 0300 244 2114.