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.
Fife Greens are committed to supporting renewables and opposing fracking and other methods of unconventional gas extraction, including underground coal gasification (UCG).
Fife has a beautiful coastline and countryside, which would be at huge risk from fracking. We believe that fracking and other unconventional fossil fuel methods have no place in Scotland – to make a fair contribution to international climate change efforts we will have to leave some fossil fuels in the ground and unburnt.
The Scottish Green Party believes that regulating buses and bringing rail travel back into public hands can create an affordable, reliable public transport system for Scotland.
We believe that bus companies should be there to provide the service that people need, not what the company wants to provide. Too many people are under-served by local buses, as less profitable routes (e.g. to Kinghorn and Auchtertool) are reduced or withdrawn. Rural areas and deprived communities are particularly hard hit by service cuts and high fares.
Our town-centres have seen a lot of change recently, including the closure of BHS and Tesco in Kirkcaldy. However, it has also seen a number of new businesses moving in.
The transformation of the old McDonald’s, for example, has enriched the choice of products and services on the High Street, with the addition of a coffee shop, an independent farm shop, and an ice cream parlour.
We support an economy with local businesses and social enterprises at the centre. These strengthen the community, putting local jobs, social and environmental benefits at the core.