News and views from Fife Greens

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Fife Greens vow to fight for local services

Mon 17 Apr, 2017

Fife Greens have pledged to support local services, and to increase the involvement of local residents in deciding on budget priorities for their areas. The last year has seen a number of key services being withdrawn, including the closure of the library and Bank of Scotland in Kinghorn, where there is now no longer any bank at all. The impact of these closures has been exacerbated by reductions in bus services, making it harder for residents without cars to access these services in Kirkcaldy.

Our Active Travel pledges for Fife

Mon 17 Apr, 2017

Here are three pledges that will transform Scotland for active travel

My council campaign video

Scott Rutherford Fri 14 Apr, 2017

Here's a wee video we did for TheCourier.co.uk last week, laying out some of our intentions for the next five years.

I’m standing for the Scottish Greens because I want to represent a voice neglected within Fife Council, a bolder, fresher voice that puts a radical
approach at the heart of local government.

Let's think positive about Glenrothes

Glen McGill Thu 13 Apr, 2017

We know Glenrothes lacks a centralised night-time economy and like any town it has its problems.

But rather than bemoan what is wrong, what do you like about the town? What is going well and can act as a catalyst for further improvement?

The Kingdom Centre is regularly far busier than high streets in similar towns. The choice of cafes and lunch spots has improved and there are fewer empty units than in many similar centres.

Being a Carer - my story

Glen McGill Wed 12 Apr, 2017

Caring for a loved one is challenging, scary, heart-breaking, lonely. Yet it can also be fulfilling, life-affirming and a real privilege. 

Support and recognition are crucial.

I have managed without having to access support services for four years now. Sadly things are deteriorating and I know I am likely to need both professional support and the shoulders of friends before long.

Let's value the Arts in Fife

Glen McGill Wed 12 Apr, 2017

The Performing Arts - not as essential as having food on your table, shelter, heat, security.

But with more than 20 years of involvement with the local amateur and professional arts scene, I recognise the value and the contribution of the Arts to our communities and our daily lives.

In its simplest form it can be seen as entertainment - a distraction from the day-to-day routine.

Glenrothes Greens Assemble

Glen McGill Tue 11 Apr, 2017

Glenrothes has a team of three candidates from the Scottish Green Party standing for Fife Council this year.

Back in 2012, the Greens had just three candidates for the whole of Fife.

 

Lewis Campbell, Lorna Ross and Glen McGill are all ready to take on the challenge of delivering Fife its first Green councillors.

Education budget cuts - my letter to Fife Free Press

Scott Rutherford Mon 3 Apr, 2017

In my letter to Fife Free Press today I said:

As acknowledged by teachers’ union EIS and hundreds of concerned local residents, the £3m being cut from Fife Council’s education budget appears likely to result in staffing cuts: an issue of great concern to Mid Fife Greens. 

Schools across Fife are already being affected by staffing shortages, and stress is becoming an increasing issue for the remaining staff who are required to deal with the impacts of this. 

Creating homes

Andy Collins Wed 22 Mar, 2017

Greens believe everyone deserves a decent, affordable home.

This can be achieved by introducing rent controls, bringing empty homes into use, facilitating the use of derelict land, and building more social housing.

We will protect green spaces from development and make sure that newly built estates are communities, not just places to live.

Connecting communities in Fife

Andy Collins Wed 22 Mar, 2017

For the sake of our personal health and for the health of the planet, we need to facilitate sustainable modes of transport.

Cyclists, for example, need suitable infrastructure to avoid conflict with traffic and pedestrians. Green councillors will actively support groups like St Andrews Space for Cycling and Cupar Active Travel (part of Sustainable Cupar) to achieve this.