James Calder

Working hard for Dunfermline South all year round Learn more

Archive for the ‘Local Council’ Category

Setback on Abbeyview Community Centre Funding

by jamescalder on 20 June, 2018

There is significant disappointment in the Abbeyview Community that Fife Council has decided to not proceed with a funding application for Scottish Government funding this year. Liberal Democrat Dunfermline South Councillor James Calder attended a meeting held by Dunfermline Area Services Manager Joe McGuinness with members of the Abbeyview Community in attendance. Cllr. Calder has […]

Read more    Leave a comment

More Delays to Recycling Point CCTV

by jamescalder on 14 June, 2018

For almost 6 months now CCTV at the Duloch Tesco Recycling point has been on the cards, but the project has been beset by delays. After procurement issues, the most recent delay has been due to the need for a Privacy Impact Assessment. Currently the Council are waiting for a Business Analyst to ensure tht […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Pitcorthie Burn Walkabout

by jamescalder on 12 June, 2018

Last week myself and the manager for Parks, Streets and Open Spaces met around 25 residents who live near the burn in Pitcorthie. Over the past year I have had a number of complaints about the burn being overgrown and issues with rats around the area. We took a walk along the burn and then […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Food Waste Bags Decision Undemocratic

by jamescalder on 24 May, 2018

Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillors Jonny Tepp, Tay Bridgehead, and James Calder, Dunfermline South,  are concerned that the recent decision to stop the delivery of free food waste bags to save £120,000 was based on a flawed process. They are calling for the decision to be overturned pending a proper consultation process.  Both Councillors had received […]

Read more    Leave a comment

The Education and Children’s Services Committee met earlier today and a number of substantive items were discussed. Looking back at the minutes of the previous meeting, an update on the Dunfermline and West Fife Catchment Consultation took place. There is one final consultation event taking place tomorrow at Inverkeithing High School and there is still […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Tomorrow there will be a meeting which will have a major impact on the Out of Hours GP Services Across Fife. The meeting will make a decision to launch a consultation which will feature the future of this service. There are plenty of concerns about this from across Dunfermline and West Fife, as I have […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Pest Control Issues in Schools

by jamescalder on 17 May, 2018

Figures uncovered by Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor James Calder show that pest controllers have dealt with over 500 infestations schools and nurseries in the current academic year alone. Councillor Calder has said, I am concerned about the numbers of incidents that pest controllers have been brought out to deal with infestations in Fife’s […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Mental Health Awareness Week

by jamescalder on 16 May, 2018

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and as a subject that is very close to my heart, due to family experiences with mental health issues, I thought I would briefly write about this. It is very important that mental health is given greater levels of support than it currently is. I know of both […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Early Years Expansion Cost Concerns

by jamescalder on 14 May, 2018

The Scottish Government will soon be rolling out the expansion of free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1140 hours. However while Fife Council anticipates the cost for Fife will be £37.369 million by 2021-22, the Scottish Government will only be allocating £36.810 million to Fife which Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Councillor […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Increase of Home-Schooled Pupils in Fife

by jamescalder on 9 May, 2018

Fife Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Cllr. James Calder has uncovered figures showing between 2012-2017 the number of home-schooled pupils in Fife have more than doubled from 37 to 75. Cllr. Calder wants to know why this increase has been taking place. Cllr. Calder has said, There have been national trends in increased home-schooling, with common […]

Read more    Leave a comment