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.

James Calder and Cllr. Tony Martin

Dunfermline South’s prospective candidate James Calder and current Cllr. Tony Martin

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.

Woodmill High School

James Calder will make sure that schools such as Woodmill High School are not overcrowded for a better education.

Over the next few years projected figures have shown that Woodmill High School will be operating considerably over-capacity, as Dunfermline faces a schools crisis. Over the next decade it will find itself under current trends with 500 more pupils than it is currently designed for.

James Calder has commented, “The Fife Council administration has been sitting on their hands too long when it comes to schools in Dunfermline. We are facing the prospect of severe overcrowding in our schools and this will badly affect our children’s education.

We need to see action now from Fife Council to make sure Woodmill High School is not overcrowded. This would be helped if the SNP Government matched the Scottish Liberal Democrat commitment to increase our funding of education to the tune of £500 million a year which they have so far refused to do.

Before and After

Liberal Democrat Bryn Jones has been hard at work getting potholes filled and graffiti cleared up in Dunfermline North.

Bryn said, “Potholes are a nuisance to pedestrians alike. On pavements especially they caused huge problems for people with mobility issues.”

One Dunfermline North resident had trouble walking on Townhill Road due to a large pothole on the pavement, as she was using crutches following surgery. She reported this to Bryn who chased the council to get the hole filled. You can contact Bryn to report your own issues by emailing him at

Dunfermline Lib Dems with Willie Rennie at the Conference

James and Matthew with Dunfermline Lib Dems and Willie Rennie

In Dunfermline North and Rosyth today there are two by-elections taking place. James Calder is the Lib Dem candidate for Dunfermline North and Matthew Hall is the Rosyth candidate. Both candidates have pledged to provide the community’s they hope to present with a much stronger voice in Fife Council.

James has declared ‘I am really happy to stand for election in Dunfermline North again. As a local resident it is very important to me that we have the best possible representation in the Council and would really like to opportunity to do my bit to help out. If given the chance, I would work tirelessly to represent the interests of the people of Dunfermline South in Fife Council.’

Matthew commented ‘I am thrilled to be standing in the Rosyth by-election. There are so many encouraging things about the area that we can be proud of but I believe that more can be done to allow Rosyth and North Queensferry to reach their potential as exceptional places to live and work. I would love to have the opportunity to contribute to the community and to make the voices of local people heard in the council. If I were to be elected this November then I would be determined to make an impact on the area and ensure that the needs of the people in this ward are listened to so that we can make real and positive changes.’

If you want strong, hard-working Councillors to represent your local community in Dunfermline North and Rosyth, vote for James Calder and Matthew Hall today.

Matthew Hall at the Forth Bridge

Matthew Hall at the Forth Bridge

Matthew Hall is standing as the Dunfermline Liberal Democrat candidate for Rosyth tomorrow – here are the reasons he would provide the strongest voice for Rosyth and North Queensferry in Fife Council:

• Matthew will put the concerns of local residents above tribal party politics
• Matthew wants to ensure the Forth Bridge’s heritage status is handled properly by Fife Council
• Matthew wants to tackle poor air quality
• As a former teacher Matthew wants to give education a head start
• Matthew will always be available to speak to local residents

The best way to guarantee a strong community voice for Rosyth and North Queensferry in Fife Council is by voting Matthew Hall on the 26th November.

James Calder with Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie

James Calder with Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie

Reasons why James Calder will provide the strongest voice for the community in Dunfermline North:

  • James’s focus is primarily on the local community, not on political point scoring;
  • James has campaigned for Dunfermline to get the investment it deserves;
  • James wants to make education spending a priority;
  • James wants real action on dealing with litter from the Council;
  • James lives in Dunfermline North and would provide a local voice in the Council.

The best way to guarantee a strong community voice for Dunfermline North in Fife Council is by voting James Calder on 26th November.

Matthew Hall at the Forth Bridge

Matthew Hall at the Forth Bridge

In July 2015, the Forth Bridge was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations body UNESCO.

Matthew commented ‘The awarding of World Heritage status to the Forth Bridge is a fantastic way to mark the 125th anniversary of this incredible feat of engineering. It is something that we can all be proud of and should encourage more tourism to the area which will help to support our local businesses and economy. However, with limited parking nearby and the high volume of road works and construction taking place at the moment, it is important that the council makes sure that this fantastic achievement does not become a burden for local residents.

‘If elected, I would campaign to ensure that the local community fully benefits from the tourism boost that this unique opportunity should bring but will make sure that residents are at the forefront of any planning decisions made by Fife Council – especially in relation to road works and parking.’

James Calder at Pilmuir Works

James Calder at Pilmuir Works

Dunfermline North candidate James Calder has been campaigning for Dunfermline to get a fix, and his campaign includes areas in Dunfermline North. In particular, James is concerned about the historic Pilmuir Works building near the centre of Dunfermline.

James has commented, ‘Pilmuir Works has a long history and the building is an important reminder of our industrial heritage in Dunfermline. However the building is now being left in a potentially dangerous state of disrepair. With developments such as the new museum, Dunfermline is making excellent steps to help boost the local tourism economy, but it is a shame that a piece of our history is being left into becoming an eyesore.’

‘I’ve seen plenty of proposals for development including flats or moving the College to the location. However I would like to see action being taken on this so that this historic building can provide real benefits to the wider community.’

Matthew Hall with Willie Rennie

Matthew Hall with Willie Rennie

This year, Fife Council launched their “Air Quality Strategy for Fife 2015-2020” which outlines the council’s plans for protecting and improving air quality throughout the region.

Matthew stated ‘I am very pleased to see that Fife Council is serious about protecting the local environment and the health of residents through managing and monitoring air quality in the region. As the people of Rosyth and North Queensferry know though, the ever-increasing traffic and heavy construction means that local air quality can be very poor.

‘If I were to be elected this November, I would be committed to ensuring that the council follows through with their pledges on improving air quality. With local schools situated next to busy roads, it is more important than ever to make sure that our young people and families can live in an area with clean air and low pollution.’

James investigates litter

James investigates litter

Dunfermline North has been blighted by litter problems for a number of years, and James Calder is campaigning to get this problem sorted out once and for all.

James commented ‘In the last Council election I campaigned vigorously for the Council to work to deal with problems related to littering and dumping in the local area. If I had been elected I would have made this a priority, and I still feel this is something to campaign on. I get especially annoyed when I step out my door and see litter or dog dirt and I feel residents should not need to deal with this.’

‘I know of some great grassroots efforts to solve this which I applaud, but the Council should do more to deter offenders and also provide more public bins. If elected, I would campaign to both get this mess sorted out and also to properly deal with the culprits.’