Council

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.’

James with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in Dunfermline

James with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

The Dunfermline Liberal Democrats have selected James Calder as the candidate for the Dunfermline North Council by-election on November 26th. James, who lives and works locally for a small IT business, has stood as a Candidate in Dunfermline North in 2012 and is focussed on serving the interests of local people and improving the area.

Outside of work and politics, James has a variety of interests including fencing, where he has competed for Dunfermline Fencing Club, as well as playing guitar.

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. There is so many things that I think can be improved. My campaign to deal with litter problems in Dunfermline North continues. Earlier this year I launched my “Dunfermline Needs a Fix” campaign to get Dunfermline proper investment from the Council. In Dunfermline North this includes derelict buildings, potholes on our roads and damaged pavements. If given the chance, I would work tirelessly to represent the interests of the people of Dunfermline North in Fife Council. ‘

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has commented ‘James has been a strong Liberal Democrat campaigner for local residents and has a strong desire to do the best for the area. He would be a great Councillor for Dunfermline North and I urge voters to support him.’

If you want a hard working councillor to represent your community, give James Calder your vote this May.

Matthew Hall with Willie Rennie

Matthew Hall with Willie Rennie

The Dunfermline Liberal Democrats have selected Matthew Hall as the candidate for the Rosyth by-election which will take place on 26th November 2015. Matthew is passionate about the area and is excited by the prospect of standing up for local people and making their voices heard.

 

Matthew has declared ‘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.’

 

Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has commented, ‘In Matthew Hall the people of Rosyth and North Queensferry have an excellent Liberal Democrat candidate who is passionate about promoting the interests of local residents first. I would encourage everyone who wants a strong councillor to represent them to vote for Matthew on the 26th November.’

 
If you want a councillor who will be able to make a real difference to the local area, vote for Matthew Hall this November.

James Calder

James Calder

James Calder was the Dunfermline Lib Dem candidate for the Dunfermline South By-Election. Although he was not elected, he did find this to be a rewarding experience and as such would like to express his gratitude.

James has commented, ‘I really enjoyed campaigning in Dunfermline South and have found it to be such a rewarding experience to promote local issues that need fixing and talk to local residents about what is important for them in Dunfermline.’

‘I would like to thank both everyone who came out and voted for me and Gillian Cole-Hamilton, our General Election candidate, as well as all those that helped me in this campaign. I am making a vow – to keep campaigning hard for improvements to Dunfermline, as I feel in so many ways that Dunfermline needs a fix.’

‘If there is anybody who wishes to join me in campaigning in local issues please feel free to contact me at james@dunfermlinelibdems.org.uk

 

Our General Election candidate Gillian Cole-Hamilton

Our UK Election candidate Gillian Cole-Hamilton

James Calder, our Dunfermline South By-Election Candidate

James Calder, our Dunfermline South By-Election Candidate

Tomorrow (Thursday 7th May) is Election Day and our candidates are Gillian Cole-Hamilton for the General Election and James Calder for the Dunfermline South Council By-Election.

Gillian and the Lib Dems nationally are fighting to take the lowest paid out of income tax completely, improve on our NHS and education as well as having a stronger Scottish Parliament in the UK.

James is campaigning on local issues and is putting local residents first, including improving road and pavement surfaces, dealing with litter problems, encouraging community sport and improving education provision.

James has commented, ‘Tomorrow is going to be one of the closest elections in years and I encourage everyone to come out and make their voice heard. The Lib Dems will provide a strong voice for people locally. If elected, my priority is to serve the local community.’

Polling opens at 7am on Thursday 7th May.

James with Councillor Tony Martin

James with Councillor Tony Martin

Dear Residents,

Over the past few weeks I have been campaigning hard around Dunfermline South. I have managed to speak to people around the ward, including Pitcorthie, Pitreavie, Duloch, Masterton and Abbeyview and I am more determined than ever to ensure that local residents’ voices are heard in Fife Council.

Many issues have been discussed, from the poor state of roads and pavements in some areas, litter problems and how the Council can respond to them as well as issues relating to education and social care. I have also engaged with people online, including using social media as well as an online survey to find out what is important and what the Council needs to improve on.

My focus is always going to be on Residents’ concerns, and I firmly believe that the best Councillors work on behalf of local residents above party politics. I will be delighted to talk to anyone about the issues that matter to them most, with my contact details available below on this message.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this message. Irrespective of how you plan to vote in the General Election, if you would like a councillor who will put the interests of Dunfermline South first, please give me your vote on Thursday.

Yours Sincerely

James Calder

Email: james@dunfermlinelibdems.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamescalderlibdem

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jcalderlibdem

James with a 'Big Belly' bin in Anstruther

James with a ‘Big Belly’ bin in Anstruther

James Calder, by-election candidate for Dunfermline South, has been campaigning for the Council to do more about litter. One of the most obvious ways to deal with this is by additional bin provision, which James has been keen to highlight.

On a recent trip to Anstruther to enjoy the seaside, something else caught James’ eye – the high tech Big Belly bins. After discovering this new innovation, James felt compelled to investigate further.

James has commented, ‘The Big Belly bins in Anstruther use green solar power to compact the waste, in order to reduce the issue of overflowing bins and reduce the necessity to empty bins as often. They also can apparently alert staff as to when the bin is full.’

‘This has obvious implications for helping to reduce litter, as they prevent litter from flying about when it is getting full. While I am sure there is an expensive start-up cost, over the long-term the benefits could be superb if it can help reduce litter problems. This would make Dunfermline a more attractive place to live in the long-run and could also boost its tourism potential if it is a cleaner environment.’

James in his fencing kit

James in his fencing kit
© A. Boubaker

Dunfermline South By-Election Candidate James Calder has called on Fife Council to offer more support for community sports clubs.

James has been a keen fencer since he was a child, having fenced at Dunfermline Fencing Club for most of his life as well as competing for Scottish and British age group teams. It is this experience that makes James perfectly suited to encouraging development of community sport, especially for children.

James commented ‘I know from my experience as a fencer that sport can play a great role for everyone to live a healthier life. It is especially important for children to get involved in sports from an early age, as this will make them fitter, competitive and more disciplined, helping them later in life.

While Fife Council does already provide some support such as use of facilities and some grants, I think more should be done to both encourage children to take up sport, especially in an extra-curricular sense. More can be done to assist clubs, as often even council facilities can be expensive, and we can maybe offer better deals on Council facilities. This could be done for example as an incentive for clubs to do more in local communities such as giving free demonstration classes to schools.’

I am open to other ideas and dialogue from those involved in the local sports community in Dunfermline, and would encourage anyone from other sports clubs to contact me if they feel they can contribute to this discussion.

James investigates litter

James investigates litter

Litter blighting Dunfermline

Litter blighting Dunfermline

Parts of Dunfermline South 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.

Areas of the ward have a number of issues regarding litter, and James believes that the Council can take proactive measures to resolve this, and he has made this part of his Dunfermline Needs a Fix campaign.

James commented ‘Whenever I walk around some of Dunfermline’s wonderful parkland, I always find it frustrating when I see litter flying around. There are some great community initiatives to deal with this. However, despite the best intentions of the current council administration, they are not doing enough to tackle this blight on the local environment.’

‘I have had some interesting conversations with local residents, including some commenting that wind can blow over recycling bins which adds to this problem. I am a massive fan of recycling and I am sure there must be a way to make sure all recycling is recycled and not becoming part of the litter problem.’

‘If elected, I would campaign to both get this mess sorted out and also to properly deal with the culprits. Moreover, I would also work to have more public bins put in place in our parks, as this to me seems something basic that the Council could achieve with a minimal amount of spending.’

If there are any areas of Dunfermline South that you feel the Council could do more in, please contact James, he is available at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamescalderlibdem

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jcalderlibdem

Email: james@dunfermlinelibdems.org.uk