Angus & Mearns Liberal DemocratsWorking Year Round for Angus, Mearns & Stonehaven

By David May

This came as a result of the chair of the village committee contacting me about getting goalposts as the village have many youngsters. I then spoke to the local parks manager about this and he investigated and found suitable goalposts were no longer in use. The council staff have refurbished them and I am very grateful to them for all their help which I am sure the youngsters will welcome.

From:: David May

Jul/15

27

Golf boost to some of our local businesses

By David May

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Open week at Montrose Golf Links is obviously a superb economic boost to our town and to many of our local businesses as over 170 golfers play in the CKwAoqxWUAA23NL annual golf week, and a large number of them are visitors from elsewhere in the UK as well as abroad. This means many of them will have to stay in our hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, as well as eating in our restaurants. This is obviously good news for the town and local area.

At the presentation of prizes for the Pro-Am on Sunday our chairman Andy Boyd said “ Our thanks are due to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to Barr Demolition who have again sponsored our open week as sponsorship makes such a difference to us”

Claire Penman company secretary commented “ We are delighted to have golfers from all over the UK as well as overseas such as Dubai playing our links courses this week and this event is one of the most popular in our golfing calendar. Our course staff have been preparing the course for this prestigious event and each day they are out each morning at about 5.00 am in order to ensure the course is at its best”

Jason Boyd golf professional added “ The fact that we have so many visitors to play and to watch the event is a huge boost to our 3 golf clubs as not only do they provide refreshments, but also have various events planned each night in their clubhouses. Furthermore, the number of visitors who play means a huge financial benefit to many local businesses such as accommodation providers and food establishments. “

From:: David May

Jul/15

23

Police review must not sweep problems under carpet

By David May

As an Angus Councillor I agree with Alison McInnes about the need to ensure that the serving police officers and civilian staff get the chance to take part in the review, and also I believe that the problems stem from the disastrous SNP policy of centralising the police services and there has been mistake after mistake since then, and all we see in Angus are cutbacks and our excellent local police and staff, being told to stop doing things they have been doing for years due to central dictat. It is not surprising therefore, that there are calls for the Chief Constable to resign as he is overall responsible for Police Scotland.
However in my view The SNP and Nicola Sturgeon should spend less time playing silly stunts at Westminster and more time sorting out
the mess they have created with the police.
Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP today said it would be fundamentally wrong to sweep problems in police call handling under the carpet as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) announced the terms of reference for their review of call centre operations.
The HMICS review, which was announced by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson following the recent tragic events following a car crash in Stirling, is set to report in October.
Commenting, Alison McInnes MSP said:
“The reason for this review might be the tragic events around the M9 crash, but concerns over the impact of control room closures have been raised for months. It is vital that the HMICS takes a proper look at the implications of the restructuring and what it has meant for staff and people reporting crimes. It would be fundamentally wrong to sweep these issues under the carpet.

“It is essential that serving police officers and civilian staff have every chance to have their say during this review without fear of adverse consequences for their careers. The commitment from HMICS to listen to police staff and public alike is welcome and they will be held to that.

“We should also not forget that the problems within Police Scotland do not stop with call handling. Whether we are talking about armed police on the streets, the massive use of stop and search and reports of low morale, the case for a wider review of the way that our police force does business is overwhelming.”

From:: David May

Jul/15

23

Bus shelter at Craigo

By David May

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Congratulations are due to both transport and traffic staff for their prompt response to my request for a meeting to move the bus shelter to a new location at Craigo.

This request was prompted by a call from the chair of Craigo Village Hall Committee as the present bus shelter is not used as the bus can no longer get down the road to the stop and stops at the top of the entrance to the village.

This means that in all weathers Craigo villagers wait at the top of the road until the bus comes. It was agreed at the meeting with the council officers that the pavement at the top of the road would only be wide enough for a cantilever bus shelter and that one would be installed there as soon as possible, and the one at the bottom of the road removed. This I am sure will be great news for the Craigo villagers as they will now have a shelter to wait in until the bus comes.

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From:: David May

Jul/15

21

Upadte on Montrose Curly

By David May

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I am very impressed with the Parks department who quickly responded on the issue I raised with them about the fact that the reeds needed cut back. I was told that one of the parks staff met with the Country Park Ranger for advice regarding control of the reeds and he recommended leaving any removal work until late October when wildlife disruption will be kept to a minimum. Apparently, this is work that they plan to do over a three year cycle and will possibly involve draining the pond.

From:: David May

Jul/15

20

Meeting with Roads officers on flooding issues

By David May

I arranged a site meeting with two roads officer about flooding issues in both Ferryden and Montrose which had been raised at a recent meeting of Ferryden and Craig Community Council and with me more recently, by local residents.

I had previously been informed that the council had carried out improvement works in Ferryden in recent times in Craig Road (filter trench and upsized grates) and in Usan Road (more gullies) and at the old pier (a non return valve to prevent the tide coming back up the pipe). However, it was pointed out that the present conventional drainage is unfortunately not designed for storm events of the magnitude which are now experienced.

At the site meeting the road officers looked at some specific issues arising from the recent flooding and various possible actions were discussed and following further work they will be undergoing, a report/ update will be presented to Ferryden and Craig Community council.

At the meeting we also discussed flooding issues elsewhere in Montrose and what is planned there to alleviate the considerable problems these areas have had.

From:: David May

Jul/15

19

The Curly

By David May

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I have had a few complaints from local residents and visitors to the park, about the Curly as I was told that the reeds seem to have increasingly taken over the pond. On a site visit there this afternoon, it seemed clear to me that the reeds needed work done on them, so I made contact with the council parks department about this.

From:: David May

Jul/15

17

Disabled spaces at Montrose Health Centre

By David May

Over a year ago I got in touch with the health centre as I have had complaints about the number of able bodied drivers parking in the parking spaces immediately in front of the front door of the centre, which were supposed to be for reserved for the those who had a disabled badge. In investigation it was clear that the disabled symbols were needing repainted as they were badly faded.

I was told that the NHS and the health centre who used the building leased it from a property company, and I am aware that contact had been made with the company to get the lines repainted.

It is clear that the lines are still just as bad as ever, so I have now made direct contact myself with the property company to get the work done as a matter of urgency, as the parking spaces in front of the health centre are needed by those who have the disabled badges as presently many have to walk from other free spaces, some of which are quite a distance away, and others have to get their driver to temporarily park in what is the emergency vehicle space.

Until the lines are repainted I urge car drivers, who do not have disabled badges, to leave the spaces directly in front of the centre for those who are disabled.

From:: David May

Jul/15

13

Seagulls and the High Street

By David May

Following contact from some residents, this morning before 8am, I found for myself that the seagulls had made a considerable mess in the plastic bags and overfilled bins in various places in the High Street, such as at the Ball house. I have contacted the waste manager about this and he will no doubt take appropriate action. It is an appalling mess for the residents as well as visitors to our High street, to face and I urge those who put their rubbish out to be aware of the mess that seagulls can create if food etc. is not properly sealed.

From:: David May

Jul/15

8

Huge increase in members for Angus Lib Dems

By David May

‘Clive Sneddon chairman and Sanjay Samani membership secretary welcomed some of the new Angus Lib Dem members to a pizza and politics evening.

Sanjay Samani commented “ We have had a massive 40% increase in the membership of our local Lib Dems since the general election from across Angus and we are planning more evenings on various key policy themes in the coming months”’

Clive Sneddon added “ Across Angus we are delighted to see this increase in support from people of all ages, and this reflects not only the Lib Dem fight back but also that Liberal Values such as tolerance and fairness are important to people in our area”

From:: David May

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