I WAS shocked to learn that there had been another fire at the Glasgow School of Art, the ABC and other surrounding buildings on Sauchiehall Street.

Many questions will have to be answered as to how such a devastating fire could happen so soon after the first blaze at the GSA in 2014, and when fire prevention work was supposed to have been undertaken.

The heartbreaking events of last weekend reminds us of the importance of being cautious with open flames, electrics and electronic items within our own homes. There have been catastrophic fires more locally, so we can understand the impact these disasters have, not only on the building, but on the lives and livelihoods of those affected.

One of my roles at the Parliament is community safety. I spend a great deal of time looking at how we can improve on safety in our day to day lives without negatively affecting people. The work the emergency services undertake daily is astounding. Without them, incidents certainly would be disasters. It is our job to ensure they have the right tools to assist us to the best of their ability. I will always support the emergency services in whatever way I can to assure we have the best safety network possible.

AMONG the many fascinating projects in the Dumbarton area I am involved in are the movements to clean up the River Leven and to restore the Skylark IX to help promote the history of shipbuilding in Dumbarton.

It is important to keep the Dumbarton area on the map as it has is so much on offer. Anyone who wants to become involved in local projects can contact my office to find out more.

Summer holidays are now approaching quickly and with the weather being kind so far – and long may it continue – I hope you all have a great time, whether at home or away.