James Calder - Lib Dem candidate for Dunfermline North

From Cllr James Calder

As 2018 is getting underway I thought I would discuss how things are going at Fife Council. It will be a busy year and there is plenty to get on with locally.

The start of the year brought my motion to make Single Carriageways in Dunfermline to a maximum speed limit of 30 mph. This was passed with one amendment to bring a report back to the Dunfermline Area Committee, and I am pleased this is now on the agenda. It will have huge beneficial effects on the communities affected.

Schools continue to be a challenge. The catchment situation is a mess and it appears that many children who wish to be in school in Dunfermline are being put in place in Inverkeithing. This needs to be resolved quickly, and I am hoping children will get to go to the school of their choice. I will be working on this in the Education Committee

Alongside this we have the spectre of rising class sizes. Supersized classes of over 30 may be acceptable to the SNP, but not to me. We must do more to help our children’s education. After the Administration have said they will be looking to increase Fife’s lower than average school uniform grant, which I highlighted last year, I will be holding them to account on this. We will see what happens at the budget meeting later in February.

I will also be battling for my local community. We need to see more frontline staff for Dunfermline’s green areas, which have been cut significantly over the past few years. Many of the roads and pavements are also in a poor state and this is becoming a health and safety issue. I will be looking to deal with this.

Finally, I am always happy to discuss issues with people. You can find a list of my Council surgeries on the Fife Council website, along with my contact details. I hope to be a helpful Councillor to my local community primarily.