Council

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.”

Dunfermline South bad state streets

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

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.

Bryn will champion Mental Health

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.

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 BrynRichardJones@gmail.com

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.