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ASB CAMCORDER STARTING TO PAY DIVIDENDS

You've NOT been framed! Bay Tory welcomes parental response

Dalgety Bay Conservative, Stuart Randall, has welcomed news that a new handheld camera is producing results. The camera was purchased last year following discussions between Cllr Randall, the local police and the South Fife Community Safety Panel. It is used to record anti-social behaviour, especially that carried out by children and youths, and can be shown to the suspect or their parents if they deny being involved. [more...]

RENEWED CALL TO SCRUTINISE CLLRS' CLAIMS

Freedom of Information Act invoked on expense forms

The leader of Fife's Conservative Group, Stuart Randall, has invoked the new Freedom of Information Act in a renewed attempt to scrutinise elected members' expense claims. He has written to the Head of Law & Administration, Harry Tait, asking to see the forms. [more...]

LABOUR IN DISARRAY OVER SCHOOL CLOSURES

Senior Labour member using Blacklaw Primary as a pawn

Fife's ruling Labour Group is in disarray over school closures, says Stuart Randall, Leader of Fife's Conservative Group. Cllr Bob Young has attacked the proposed closure of Blacklaw school in Dunfermline, despite being a senior member of the Administration that is proposing the change. Cllr Randall believes the school is being used as a pawn in a power struggle between Cllr Young and the Labour leader, Anne McGovern. [more...]

GREENS CHALLENGED ON BULK UPLIFT POLICY

How would they reduce bulk waste going to landfill?

The Leader of Fife's Conservative Group, Stuart Randall, has challenged the Greens to explain their policy on bulk uplifts. Angela Dixon, the Convener of Fife Green Party, has backed a free service and said "the local council has a responsibility to dispose of any household waste produced in the most environmentally friendly way possible." Cllr Randall says it's time they were more specific so their proposals can be costed. [more...]

IGNORE MINOR CRIMES & WE'LL REAP WHAT WE SOW

History shows zero tolerance the way to go

The Leader of Fife's Conservative Group, Stuart Randall, has said Fife police must not downgrade its response to minor crimes.

Cllr Randall says: "We should have learnt from the 1970s that we reap what we sow with so-called minor crimes. Back then, a decision was taken not to treat car crime seriously: after all, few families had cars and expensive stereos were rare. [more...]

GREENS HYPOCRITICAL ON WASTE CHARGE

If they care for pensioners, cut council tax, say Tories

The Leader of Fife's Conservative Group, Stuart Randall, has accused the Greens of being hypocritical over charging for special uplifts. Mark Ruskell MSP has publicly backed tenants' and pensioners' groups who object to the new system, even though it increases recycling and works with the grain of the "polluter-pays" principle. Cllr Randall says council tax should be cut to protect pensioners and reflect the abolition of a previously-free service. [more...]

COMMUTER TURNS TO CAR AS TRAINS & BUSES FAIL

Whatever happened to Labour's public transport promises?

Alistair Macintyre of 14 Ross Avenue, Dalgety Bay has contacted his local councillor, Stuart Randall, to say that after years of let downs he has given up on trains and buses and commutes to Edinburgh by car. Now he fears he'll be hit again by increased bridge tolls and congestion charges. [more...]

CLLR PURSUES SCOTTISH WATER VIA REGULATORS

SEPA and Water Commissioner asked to rule on Bay sewage

The Councillor for Dalgety Bay East, Stuart Randall, has written to SEPA and the Water Commissioner about contamination of the Ross Plantation. Sewage has been leaking into the Ross Plantation wetlands for many years, because 17 domestic sewers were improperly cross-connected to the land drains, but Scottish Water say remedial works cannot take place until 2006 at the earliest. [more...]

McCONNELL TAKING FIFERS FOR MUGS

"Fife's being let-down, ripped-off and hollowed-out"

The Leader of Fife Council's Conservative Group, Stuart Randall, has accused Jack McConnell of taking Fifers for mugs following his pronouncements on bridge tolls. The First Minister has today welcomed the abolition of tolls on the privately-built Skye bridge and there is speculation that the Erskine bridge is next. That would leave the Forth and Tay road bridges as the only tolled crossings in Scotland. In advance of Edinburgh's congestion charging scheme, Fife would be the only place on the mainland where drivers have to pay to take their cars. [more...]

BATTLE-LINES DRAWN AS LABOUR TURNS ON TROOPS

Four Fife MSPs fail to back Black Watch

The Leader of Fife's Conservative Group (and their candidate for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath at the General Election), Stuart Randall, has accused Fife's 4 Labour MSPs of stabbing their own troops in the back. On Thursday, the Scottish Parliament passed a Conservative motion condemning any cuts or mergers by 61 votes to 59, but this was no thanks to them. Only one Labour member broke ranks, and that was Kate Maclean of Dundee West. Christine May, Marilyn Livingstone, Helen Eadie and Scott Barrie all toed the Labour line and opposed the motion. [more...]

NEW HIKE IN RATES BAD FOR BUSINESS IN FIFE

Empty offices, factories and shops are here to stay

The Leader of Fife Council's Conservative Group, Stuart Randall, has attacked the level of business rates and the damage they are doing to Fife's economy. Business rates in Scotland are currently 7% higher than in England and the Lib-Lab Executive has announced the gap is to rise to 9% next year. Prior to devolution there was a uniform business rate, which guaranteed a level playing field. [more...]

TORY CALLS FOR CAUTION ON WIND FARM

Lochgelly proposal must be judged on its own merits

The Leader of Fife Council's Conservative Group, and the Party's candidate at the next general election, Stuart Randall, has called for the proposed wind farm near Lochgelly to be judged on its own merits. The plan is for nine 100m tall turbines on land between the huge Mossmorran petrochemical plant and the A92, clearly visible from much of Cowdenbeath and the surrounding area, which falls within the new Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath constituency. [more...]

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