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Briggs comments on Edinburgh's population increase.

Commenting on the news that Edinburgh’s population rose by 1.68% last year in the year to June 2016, the largest increase of any area in Scotland and almost 3 times the national rise, Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs said:

 

“ These figures are another indication of Edinburgh’s justified popularity as one of the very best places in the whole of the UK to live, work and study, and a sign that the city’s dynamic economy is continuing to attract people to our area.

 

“ But at the same time many local residents have understandable concerns about the impact an increasing population has on our public services and infrastructure. These statistics should act as another wake-up call to the SNP Government to take more action to address the GP crisis affecting the city, with many GP practices unable to register new patients, and to invest in the city’s key transport projects to cope with the rising number of cars and other vehicles using our roads, not least the city-bypass which is already way over capacity and experiences serious congestion at peak times.”

 

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Miles Briggs