James Calder


2017 was far from a predictable year in politics: Theresa May calling a snap election in June and the task of negotiating Brexit not going smoothly to say the least. But in May 2017 Liberal Democrat James Calder was elected as councillor in Dunfermline South.

As 2018 starts we look back at a few of James Calder’s main achievements since becoming councillor in May and what he has done for Dunfermline.

Cllr Calder highlighted the fact that Fife pays significantly less for School Uniform Grants than both the Scottish Average or Scottish Government recommended amount. Since then Fife Council has committed to look into increasing the grant which will hopefully be reflected in the upcoming budget.

He has also been liaising with Amazon on the issue of lorries travelling through residential areas, disrupting residents due to noise pollution. Amazon have subsequently worked with the AA to put in place signs to divert Lorries to Halbeath Junction on the M90.

Cllr Calder arranged for works to help improve John Marshall Community Centre in Pitcorthie such as outside lights to be repaired which should make it safer when dark as well as a replacement carpet inside the centre.

James Calder also organised for the grass to be cut before events such as the South Dunfermline Gala at Pitreavie Primary and the Community Picnic in the Dovecot area. In addition, he has helped to arrange for the garden of the former janitor’s house at Pitreavie Primary (Council owned property) to be tidied up.

He also brought the Department of Transportation’s attention to the condition of poor roads such as Fir Grove and Willow Grove which lead to them being repaired as well as getting drains fixed in places such as Holly Crescent and Heather Grove.

James Calder has already made improvements to the lives of residents in Dunfermline which he will continue to do into the new year. We wish you all happy holidays from the Dunfermline Liberal Democrats.

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.