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Scottish Office local government minister Calum MacDonald yesterday launched Glasgow City Council's new environment...
Scottish Office local government minister Calum MacDonald yesterday launched Glasgow City Council's new environment strategy and re-affirmed the government's pledge to put the environment at the heart of policy making.

Speaking at St Fillan's Primary School, Cathcart, the minister said:

'With its green spaces, waterways, and wildlife, Glasgow has a strong environmental heritage. It also has an urban environment which boasts an excellent public transport system, and a wealth of impressive buildings, both historic and modern.

'But there are also significant environmental problems within the city - physical problems such as poor housing, run-down estates, and derelict land; and unacceptable social problems of unemployment, poor health, poverty and social exclusion.

'The Council is committed - with its partners in the Regeneration Alliance - to the long term regeneration of Glasgow. This regeneration process must underpin the sustainable development of the city - embracing social progress and economic growth as well as action on the physical environment.

'The Government is likewise committed to the long term regeneration of Glasgow, and we are demonstrating this commitment in many ways. For example, we are providing support and resources to the Alliance itself. We are pumping significant resources into Glasgow's most deprived communities, and we are implementing the New Deal, which will offer new hope and opportunities for Glasgow's young unemployed.

'Regeneration and sustainable development can only be taken forward in a spirit of partnership between central and local government, at a local level with all key organisations and players, including the voluntary sector, and local communities.

'It is important that people don't sit back and assume that others will take care of the environment for them - we can and must all play a part. In this way we will ensure that this strategy launched today is not just a document - but translates into action to the direct benefit of Glasgow and its people.'

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