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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Dunfermline South’s prospective candidate, James Calder has hit out at the lack of action by Fife Council in dealing with uneven pavement and road surfaces. Much of Dunfermline, including in the Dunfermline South ward, has significant problems in this regard.
Mr Calder stated, “I have lost count of the number of times that I have tripped up over damaged pavements in Dunfermline, and there are areas where this presents a serious risk. However this presents an even greater danger to the elderly and disabled. Recently I have had close family in a wheelchair, and this opened my eyes into how bad the situation is in some areas.”
“Councillor Tony Martin has made great progress in pushing Fife Council towards improving road surfaces, included in some parts of Pitcorthie. However Fife Council need to do more to ensure these are safe for the public, and I will continue to push for this to be resolved.”
One in four Scots will suffer from a mental health issue in their lifetime.
Bryn Jones writes: “Key targets in Fife are being missed: at least 90% of Psychological Therapy patients are meant to start treatment within 18 weeks of referral, but in Fife only 71% get seen that quickly, compared with 97% in the Highlands. It’s just not acceptable that those with mental health problems in Fife are having to wait longer than elsewhere.”
“My priority as a council candidate is to fight for better services.”
The time for action is now.
Scottish Liberal Democrats are committed to improving mental health. We want to double the funding for Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. And we want an expansion in mental health provision within primary care.
Mental health services have been neglected for too long. The time for action is now.
The Reporters from the Scottish Government’s Planning and Environment Appeals Division (DPEA) agreed with local residents that Middlebank should not be included in housing allocation land.
Liberal Democrat’s Councillor Tony Martin had supported the campaign and was naturally delighted at the decision of the DPEA’s Reporters.
Mr Martin said, “This is an excellent result for residents not only living in Middlebank Holdings whose lives would have been enormously affected by this but also for the wider community in Dunfermline South.”
“I always felt that local residents in Middlebank Holdings deserved to keep their community in a rural setting. Moreover, local schools such as Pitreavie Primary School would have faced severe capacity issues and we would have seen it have effects on roads locally.”
James Calder, prospective candidate for the Dunfermline South ward, added, “This is a great result for ensuring that the views of people locally are taken seriously. It was clear that this development was completely inappropriate, would have led to dreadful changes to people’s lives and would have further overstretched our local public services.”