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Sep/14

19

Parking issues in Angus burghs

By David May

Since the last posting I have had contact from some constituents in other burghs who have also complained about parking problems in their high streets and I have suggested that not only should they contact their local councillors but also the local police/ police inspector.

It has been made clear to me that Police Scotland will not reverse their decision and again employ traffic wardens so contact with their own local police will hopefully help to reduce parking problems.

From: David May

Sep/14

18

Angus and Montrose losing out

By David May

“I am disappointed to hear about the decision by Police Scotland to close the Angus police garage based in Forfar as this is yet another example of Angus losing out to the police centralisation by the Scottish Government. In the past year we have seen decisions by Police Scotland leading to the closure of some of our local police stations, the loss of traffic wardens and the changed role of the police role with travellers.

Now we see Angus losing out again as the closure of the police garage in Forfar, which maintains the Angus fleet of cars, and the work in servicing and maintaining the cars transferred to Dundee. Not only will this lead to a loss of jobs at the Angus garage and increased costs for the council, it will also have an adverse affect on our Montrose and Angus taxi drivers, as this will mean a loss of income to them. Now it seems that they will have to travel to Dundee to undergo their annual safety check and this will cost the taxi drivers both time and money”

From: David May

By David May

I am delighted my campaign to get action on bad parking in Montrose has been successful, as I have heard that the police have been very active in the last few days with parking tickets being issued. I hope drivers take heed of this, and return to parking properly in Montrose before we have accidents and also so that disabled drivers are not finding that their designated spaces are taken up by others.

I am, however, disappointed to hear from Police Scotland that they will not do a u tun about their decision about dispensing with traffic wardens as there is no doubt that bad parking in Montrose has become significantly worse since Police Scotland dispensed with the traffic wardens they employed. People have complained that more and more drivers are parking on double yellow lines, often making it difficult to see ongoing traffic. I have heard people say this is likely to lead to accidents and makes driving much more difficult. Another complaint is that drivers are increasingly parking for long periods of the day which makes it very difficult to get a parking place and this is bad for local businesses. which is very important for our High Street as well as those people they employ.

From: David May

Sep/14

12

Sale of council building in Forfar

By David May

In the August council meeting I voted for the council building going on the open market and was very disappointed that nearly all of the SNP and also some independents voted this down. However, it was a very close vote which was only lost by one vote. In my view in the name of openness and transparency when the council sell their buildings this should always be done in a public way and through the open market. You would have thought that some of the councillors, who were in post several years ago, would have learned their lesson after the debacle they were involved in of selling the council St James site, which saw the council eventually net £1.8 million for a site that they had planned was to have been off-loaded privately for £700,000, which means Angus residents could have lost over £1 million pounds. Openness and transparency is very important and Angus residents have the right to know about the sale of council buildings whether surplus or not.

From: David May

Sep/14

10

Bedroom Tax Reforms

By David May

As a Scottish Lib Dem councillor who has campaigned against the Bedroom tax I am delighted to back the work by the Liberal Democrats who have take the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament.

Under the proposals by a Lib Dem MP and backed by the Lib Dems and Labour MPS and two of the SNP MPs, which were passed in that last few days in the House of Commons, it is clear that the Bedroom tax will be effectively abolished as existing tenants will not be penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available or where there is a serious medical reason for an additional room.

Given the SNP criticism of the Bedroom tax their MPs who did not attend the vote must answer why they got the chance to effective get rid of it but did not attend.

From: David May

Sep/14

9

New recycling system for Montrose

By David May

As concerns have been expressed to me about the council proposals for the location of the extra bins outside one of the blocs in North Street I arranged to meet the residents. As I have every sympathy for the issues they raised I have organised an on site meeting with some local officers for today ( Tuesday) and the residents, to discuss the issues and look at a way forward which will meet the local residents concerns. The meeting turned out to be very successful as the residents group not only supported the need for recycling but the council officers accepted and agreed with what the residents proposed.

I hugely support the underlying principles of the new system as we must recycle more as too much is presently in landfill, but I do recognise that all of us must do our best to help to do this. Furthermore, our local supermarkets have a key role to play in this as far too much packing if used by them in goods and I call on them to change their systems as they can be blamed, and often rightly, for not playing their part in reducing waste.

From: David May

Sep/14

1

Bill boards vandalised

By David May

While out campaigning for Better Together I received a telephone call from a constituent as large No Thanks billboards have been vandalised. Unfortunately there were no witnesses to the vandalism or referral would have been made to the local police.

In my view it is a great pity that even the local campaign has come to this and the sooner this behaviour stops the better, as surely we can agree to disagree and conduct ourselves in a more civilised manner.

I call on all local politicians to back my call to condemn vandalism like this as neither side should get involved in this way. What an appalling example for the rest of the population.

From: David May

Sep/14

1

Attacks by No Supporters Unacceptable

By Sanjay Samani

Last week I wrote about how the verbal and physical abuse of No Campaigners by Yes supporters had brought a new low. However it looks as if No campaigners are determined the game of stupid one upmanship that has marked the independence debate.

When it was £500 better off, £500 worse, then £600 better, £800 worse, £1,500 better, we can put it down to the fact that there are simply too many variable to reliably answer key economic questions reliably, so politics took over and that’s just to be expected, however disappointing.

However the abuse online demonstrated best by the behaviour of the CyberNats has until now been the ugly underbelly of this campaign.

As we get closer and closer the critical vote – and my postal vote will go into the letter box today – the abuse has spilled into the streets and the meeting halls and the public debate.

Many No supporters are telling us that they feel intimidated and are scared to show their support. Many Scottish companies believe that their businesses will suffer if they declare their position in favour of keeping a stronger Scotland within the UK. We have seen that abuse first hand at the treatment of Willie Rennie, JK Rowling, Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy. None of which is acceptable.

However there are two reports over the weekend of disgusting, stupid behaviour by No Campaigners and supporters, that I utterly condemn. This is the most important debate of our lives and the most important vote. Inevitably emotions will run high. But there is no excuse by intimidating or violent behaviour from supporters of either the Yes or No campaign.

The first is of a man tailgate Alex Salmond’s car and the other is of a No campaigner kicking a woman in Glasgow. Both are completely unacceptable.

The leaders of both the Yes and No campaigns need to come out together and make a stark call to all their supporters to calm the debate down and head into the final fortnight with a positive debate.

We all need to take a tip from these guys who are campaigning in a fun, positive way:

From: Sanjay Samani

Aug/14

29

Referendum Campaign hits new low point

By Sanjay Samani

I was deeply disappointed to read today that Jim Murphy MP has decided to suspend his tour of Scottish Towns to take the Better Together message across Scotland.

Reading in The Courier that over the last few days Jim Murphy has received abuse from Yes campaigners in Glasgow, Dundee, Montrose and elsewhere, culminating in the egg throwing in Kirkcaldy has been very troubling.

Supporters of a stronger Scotland within the UK have been attacked viciously online by the CyberNats for a long, long time. The treatment of JK Rowling in particular has been disgusting. With the online abuse, we can at least keep it at arms length and step away from it.

However that nastiness is now being targeted at campaigners in public, with Jim Murphy, Gordon Brown and Willie Rennie all being abused by Yes supporters.

The Yes campaign has repeatedly moaned about bullying when supporters of the UK have simply expressed their opinions. They should have a hard long look a themselves to understand what bullying really is.

We have seen campaigners forced off the street and not allowed to have their say. We have been branded as traitors and second class Scots, which Angus Cllr Bill Duff still refuses to apologise for. We now hear that 100′s of companies are too scared to voice their opinion in case of recriminations from the SNP government.

The people of Scotland deserved a civilised debate that allowed everyone to have their say without intimidation, but many voters are now too scared to admit they are voting No.

Supporters of the Yes campaign have brought the whole debate to a new low this week. It is time they respected that others have a different view and have a right to express themselves without a barrage of abuse being thrown at them.

With less than 3 weeks left, I worry that the abuse will get a lot worse before the referendum is over.

From: Sanjay Samani

Aug/14

25

The new Adam Centre

By David May

Alison McInnes, Scottish Lib Dem NE of Scotland MSP, visited the present Montrose Day Care Centre with local Montrose councillor David May. Mrs McInnes commented ” It is clear that the staff at the centre do an amazing job in the present site and this enables the users of the centre to remain at home for as long as possible. The plans for the new building are very impressive as there will be a state of the art building which will even better meet the needs of the elderly in the local area. ” Cllr David May added ” I have been involved with our Day Care Centre for several years and I would back the comments about the great job done by the staff. The new build, which will be called the Adam Centre, in recognition of the superb donation, will be based in the former ambulance station and we will be launching fund raising very soon to meet the shortfall in order to equip the new build with all that is needed.”

From: David May

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