Council

Woodmill High SchoolWith the publishing of The Local Benchmarking Framework Report by Fife Council for 2016/17, Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Councillor James Calder, has commented this shows the need for Fife to receive a higher level of Scottish Attainment Challenge Funding.

James Calder has said, “With all indications that Fife should be due significantly higher levels of Scottish Attainment Challenge Funding due to the high numbers of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the 2016/17 Local Benchmarking Framework Report has given further signs that Fife schools should be receiving more from the Scottish Government.

“While we are making progress in Fife, we are still below the national average in S4-6 exam performance on all levels of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This shows Fife should be a priority for the Scottish Government’s Scottish Attainment Challenge Funding.

“My question is why does the SNP Scottish Government instead feel Fife children don’t even deserve to be in the top 10 of local authorities when it comes to funding?”

Woodmill High SchoolWith the long-awaited release of the Dunfermline and West Fife catchment area review, James Calder, Councillor for Dunfermline South, is raising concerns on the impact for both parents and children in the area. Children in the catchment areas for schools such as Masterton Primary would be moved to Inverkeithing rather than go to school in Dunfermline.

Councillor Calder has commented, “Parents and children will rightly be concerned at the proposals. In particular I am worried that children in Masterton aren’t getting to go to their local High School and are being bussed out of town. After so many years of problems with capacity at the Primary School, this acts as a double-blow.”

“We should be seeking to ensure children can go to their local High School. We can surely do better and ensure that all children in Dunfermline can go to school in Dunfermline. For that reason I will continue to make the case at the Council on behalf of local parents and children.”

After a hard fought campaign James is looking forward to working hard for the local community.

Councillor Calder has said,

It is a privilege to be given this opportunity by the people of Dunfermline South. I would like to thank everyone who has given me their support and I pledge to work as hard as possible to ensure that the local area’s voice is heard in the Council.

We have problems caused by the Capacity Crisis in our schools locally as well as roads and pavements that have deteriorated into a poor state. I hope to work with fellow Councillors from all Parties to try and tackle these issues which need to be dealt with.

It is also important for me to be an approachable Councillor, and to that end I welcome anyone contacting me regarding issues that they would like dealt with.

 

Bryn Jones, our Dunfermline North Candidate

Bryn Jones, Dunfermline Liberal Democrat candidate for Dunfermline North, wants to improve the area. As such, here is his plan if he is elected:

  • Investing in sorting out the state of the roads. We need to get it right first time.
  • Fighting dog fouling – particularly in problem areas like on Tuke St, in Kingseat and parts of Bellyeoman.
  • Counter the problem of youth drinking by supporting police and promoting more youth activities.
  • Bryn is committed to prioritising education when elected.

Councillor Tony Martin (left) is backing James Calder (right)

Retiring Councillor Tony Martin is backing James Calder to put Dunfermline South First

With longstanding Dunfermline South Councillor Tony Martin retiring this year, he is backing James Calder to continue ensuring local people are put first.

James Calder lives and works locally and wants to continue the work of Tony Martin. Over the past couple of years, Tony has been mentoring him and feels James is ready to carry on his work locally.

Tony has said,

It has been a privilege and a great pleasure to be able to work for the people of Dunfermline South. Improving the area and keeping it well maintained has always been my priority and it has been great working with the Community.

I urge you to vote for James Calder. He is young, trustworthy, energetic and intelligent. I know he will work hard to continue carrying on the work I have started and to put the area first.

James Calder has added,

It has been great to learn the ropes from Tony, who has been a dedicated Councillor for many years now and has served Dunfermline South well. It is my hope that I can continue his good work locally and ensure residents will be my number one priority!

If elected I will be a Councillor who will put local residents first rather than being another SNP cheerleader for Independence. I will fight for dealing with the disastrous school capacity problems hitting Dunfermline, ensuring our roads and pavements are properly dealt with and that local people are listened to.

Callum Hawthorne

As someone who has lived in this ward all their life, I am concerned as you are about its welfare and fruition. I’m only 29, but in my short life I’ve seen a lot of change in the area and I want to make sure any future change is for the better. That’s why I’m standing as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the upcoming local council elections on Thursday 4th May 2017.

Having spoken to people in the community and taking into account my own experience, I have drawn up a small list of issues I think need addressed:

  • Fighting for education (Fife Council have announced a dramatic £3 million cut to the education budget due to lack of funding from the Scottish government)
  • Lower rates and funding for small-business owners (We need to encourage local enterprise to keep our communities strong and vibrant, as well as generating employment)
  • Dog fouling, especially along Coastal Path (We have beautiful scenery right on our doorstep, but we shouldn’t be deprived of enjoying for want of watching where we tread)
  • Greater childcare provision (many young families are struggling on single-incomes because insufficient childcare support is holding back entry in the job market).
  • Further consultation on proposed new flight paths for Edinburgh Airport (I’m aware there is concern over noise pollution concerning Route-D which will fly directly over North Queensferry)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. By electing me you are choosing a candidate with a positive and vibrant vision for our community. If you wish to contact me with any queries, issues or new ideas for our ward please email me at columbareturns533@gmail.com.

Aude Boubaker-Calder will be a local champion

Aude Boubaker-Calder is the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for West Fife and Coastal Villages. Aude wants to be a local champion and ensure that the local area is given the attention it deserves.

Aude has said,

Having lived in West Fife for a number of years now, my priority is ensuring the very best for local people and public services. I am fed up to see the SNP Government ignoring West Fife. Rather than focusing on Independence, they should be fixing our roads, our services and schools.

That is why I will focus my attention on improving our area. Our schools, roads, accessibility and public transport badly need investment, and if elected I pledge to fight for that.

Dunfermline South bad state streets

James Calder observing the bad state of the streets of the Dunfermline South ward

After years of inaction by the Labour Fife Council administration, James Calder is sharing the frustrations of local residents in Dunfermline South over the state of our roads and pavements.
James Calder has said,

Tony Martin has done a great job in battling to get some of our roads resurfaced, but despite this some areas are neglected.

Enough is enough! This is damaging cars, and is unsafe for elderly and disabled people. Too many people are injured and too many cars are damaged. I will push Fife Council into resolving this.

Aude Boubaker-Calder wants to see better bus services

Many villagers in West Fife would like to see improved bus connectivity in their area, and Lib Dem candidate Aude Boubaker-Calder is calling for this to be made a priority by Fife Council.

Aude has said,

Many people rely on public transport in the villages, especially the elderly. However all too often the services are infrequent or do not go to where people want.

I’d like to see Fife Council do more to ensure that bus services benefit everyone and are made a priority. After all, not only does this improve transport links but will make a better environment if less people take their cars.

Willie Rennie and Bryn Jones are campaigning for better education

The SNP have come under fire as Scotland’s schools have recorded their worst ever performance in an international survey of pupils.

Scotland’s scores for maths, reading and science have all declined in the latest PISA figures. Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said, “After 10 years of SNP rule, we are not even as good as England anymore.”

The Liberal Democrats propose a ‘Penny for Education’ to support a Pupil Premium, an expansion in nursery education, reversal of college cuts and stopping school cuts.

Mr Rennie said: “Liberal Democrats have an ambitious plan to get Scotland back on track by making the biggest investment in education since devolution.”

Prospective Council Candidate Bryn Jones brings the campaign to Dunfermline North. Bryn says, “Scottish parents expect world leading schools. As a father and a council candidate, it is my ambition to see Scotland rise up the rankings and be the best in the world.”