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Nov/14

25

TV reception at Southesk Court

By David May

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I had a complaint about the tv reception in Southesk Court which is a local sheltered housing complex in Ferryden. Consequently, I visited the complex and spoke to several of the residents and they gave me details of the problems they had been facing for some time. It was clear to me that as many of the residents are not too mobile they have a higher dependence on their televisions than many others. I made contact with the head of housing and was pleased to inform the residents, this morning of the complex, that the council are intending to provide digi satellite boxes for tenants at southesk to combat this. This was very much welcomed by the residents who I spoke to..

From:: David May

By Sanjay Samani

It is really welcome that the first major construction contract for Brechin’s flood prevention scheme has been awarded to Morrison Construction.

You can read more about this story at The Courier by clicking here.

This is excellent news for Brechin and a big step forward in protecting the City from future flooding.

With the virtually non-stop rain over the last two weeks, there have been many incidents of localised flooding across Angus and Tayside. Fortunately none of these have been very severe.

Last year, Angus & Mearns Lib Dem proposed a policy on affordable flooding insurance which was adopted by the national party.

We were delighted to see our policy delivered by Lib Dems in Coalition in the 2014 Water Act, along with an agreement with the insurance industry to ensure that Angus residents can get affordable insurance against flooding.

Lib Dem Cllr David May said,

“I was delighted to hear that Brechin’s flood defences are taking a big step forward.”

“However it has highlighted again that the Scottish Government’s funding flood defence schemes is flawed. The SNP Government introduced a crude formula based on population in 2009.”

“It is now abundantly clear that the funding should be based off the detailed maps of flooding risk now available to the Scottish Government.”

You can read more about our ongoing campaign to get fair flood defence funding for Angus by clicking here.

From:: Sanjay Samani

Nov/14

23

Update on local actions

By David May

In the past week I have been responding to local constituents on issues such as drains, dampness in a council house, recycling problems, tv reception in a local sheltered housing complex, parking and dog mess in a childrens park and have been directly in touch with council officers.

From:: David May

Nov/14

21

Action on the Laurencekirk Junction ?

By David May

Delighted to hear that our new First Minister said in her first FM questions that she said she had an open mind and would work with other leaders in a consensual way, and wanted to end the ding dong which was prevalent before. She also spoke about the need for a new approach and I hope this will extend to the Laurencekirk Junction as the case for a flyover has been made time and time again, and action is needed before there is another fatality. We have had over 7 years of inaction so I am looking forward to a new approach and action. On Facebook there is posting after posting of problems at the junction and even in the last few days

From:: David May

Nov/14

20

Montrose Stroke Club Display

By David May

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Ceramic art work created by members of the Montrose Stroke Group went on display

Cllr David May attended the Exhibition of the work by the Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury participants across Tayside at Montrose Bowling Club. Cllr May commented” I was delighted to accept the invitation to attend the exhibition and met many in the group and was very impressed with the ceramic work they achieved.”

The exhibition at Montrose Bowling Club. has been made possible by ST/ART, an arts project for Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury participants across Tayside, which is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside.

Participants created a wide range of three dimensional art work using various techniques, including mugs, vases, tiles and sculptures.

Lead artist Fran Marquis and volunteer artist John Burness have been working with the group over the past two months guiding participants to produce a collection of pieces that reflect their own personal interest, whilst also working with them as a group to design a mosaic. This mosaic will be installed in the bowling club where the group meet regularly.

Fran said, “The group were keen to have ceramics again this year and so we agreed that we would give them a similar programme but develop things further with the creation of the group plaque.

“The group have responded so well, making some great pieces and helping John and I work out a design for the final mosaic.”

The project is one of a range of art programmes for people with long term conditions currently being delivered by THAT, which promotes creative engagement to enhance participant’s health and well being.

Chris Kelly, THAT Project Co-ordinator, said, “Fran’s last programme with the group was such a success that they were eager to have her back and develop their skills further. We see people’s confidence grow so quickly when they are engaged properly and creatively. “

Isabel Byers, the group’s treasurer, said “We are very fortunate to be supported by the ST/ART Project and over the years we have had some great programmes. This one will be even more special because we will have something that belongs to the group and shows who we are and where we meet.”

From:: David May

By Sanjay Samani

Sanjay Samani and David May visit damaged footpath

Angus Lib Dems are backing proposals by Angus Council officers to repair the Esk Road Coastal Path in Ferryden. Due to coastal erosion and the resultant safety concerns the very popular coastal path has been closed, for many, many months.

I back the hard work which has been put in by the council to reinstate the previous line of timber wall and path along the section affected by the erosion. I am aware that local walkers will be delighted when the coastal path finally re-opens due to its popularity

Lib Dem Cllr David May said,

“A number of people in the area have spoken to me about this as it is a path much used by local walkers and I have been regularly in touch with council officers for it to be re-opened. However, it has taken them time to establish ownership as well as developing a coastal defence structure which would provide increased protection against further erosion of land, and reduce the risks to the reinstated Core Path, as well as other local assets and infrastructure, including utilities and rail.”

“The good news is that most of the planning of what is needed to reinstate the path has now been done, and the roads staff are now in the position of currently seeking formal consent from the statutory bodies and the landowner to carry out the proposed works.”

See more on this story at the Montrose Review by clicking here

From:: Sanjay Samani

Nov/14

18

High Street Parking

By David May

At the Communities Angus Council Committee meeting one of the reports contained information about a review of Traffic Warden and Decriminalisation of On-Street parking enforcement, and the fact that our council are engaged in a national project to take forward decriminalised parking enforcement. I asked when it was expected that on-street parking enforcement would be decriminalised and I was astonished that it could take up to 2 years.

I spoke about the fact that it was in my view a nonsense that Police Scotland made the decision to lose the traffic wardens as it has led to parking chaos on our high street as some drivers aren parking on double yellow lines, parking most of the day, on corners and in disabled spaces without the cards. I still believe the decision by Police Scotland should have been delayed until the council were in a position to take over parking as we will have huge parking in our high street for up to 2 years.

From:: David May

By Sanjay Samani

Angus & Mearns Select Sanjay Samani as their General Election candidate
Angus Liberal Democrats have reselected me to be their candidate for next year’s General Election. I have campaigned on behalf of Angus residents for many years and as candidate at the 2010 General Election and again at the 2011 Scottish Elections.
It is a real honour to be selected to represent the Angus Lib Dems again and I would like to thank the members for their continued support.
There has been a clear message from voters in every election since 2010. We are all fed up with the the same old politics, where our voices are not heard and we feel we cannot make a difference.
Angus voters made it very clear that we want to remain part of the UK at the Independence Referendum, but also that we want the way we do politics to change. All political parties are committed to further devolution to Scotland and, as a Lib Dem MP, I would work for Home Rule for Scotland.
But that does not go far enough.
Only the Lib Dems are both committed to changing politics and could also be in government to force through the changes we all need. Labour and the Tories have repeatedly blocked change. The SNP cannot and will not be part of the government. The Lib Dems gave you a say on voting change, but our plans for giving you real power to sack your MP, clean up money in politics and having an elected House of Lords have all been blocked, by hard right wing Tories and Labour – desperate to hold on to power.
With only 6 MPs, the SNP cannot make a difference and as they are determined to split our country apart, are not worried about how Westminster is run.
Only with a Scottish Lib Dem can people in Angus be confident that their MP is working for real change to make sure their voice is heard.
Montrose Lib Dem Cllr David May welcomed my selection, saying,
“Sanjay has backed keys campaigns in Angus and in particular the Montrose area. This includes better funding for flood prevention and coastal erosion across Angus and the need to back plans to develop the Harbour here in Montrose. He has backed small businesses, the need to reinstate traffic wardens and backed the need to ban Legal Highs.”
Sanjay has also criticised the SNP for their huge cuts on college places, closure of our police counters and lack of action on a flyover at Laurencekirk.
“Sanjay understands that all MPs should work hard on local issues for their constituents, but that they also need to drive through changes at Westminster so that our views are heard. All too often SNP MPs sit on their hands on Westminster issues because they are only worried about independence. Angus voters gave a huge majority for being part of the UK and they need an MP who can and will deliver more powers for Scotland and clean up politics at Westminster.”
Chair of the Angus & Mearns Lib Dems, Clive Sneddon said,
“Sanjay is a worthy candidate and I am delighted that he has agreed to represent the party again at the General Election. Sanjay has stood up for families working in Angus and the elderly. He will work hard to represent everyone in Angus at Westminster.”

From:: Sanjay Samani

Nov/14

16

Esk Coastal Path

By David May

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“Due to coastal erosion and the resultant safety concerns, the very popular coastal path along Esk Road, in Ferryden has been closed, for many, many months. A number of people in the area have spoken to me about this as it is a path much used by local walkers and I have been regularly in touch with council officers for it to be re-opened. However, it has taken them time to establish ownership as well as developing a coastal defence structure which would provide increased protection against further erosion of land, and reduce the risks to the reinstated Core Path, as well as other local assets and infrastructure, including utilities and rail.

Montrose Lib Dem Cllr May commented “The good news is that most of the planning of what is needed to reinstate the path has now been done, and the roads staff are now in the position of currently seeking formal consent from the statutory bodies and the landowner to carry out the proposed works.”

Lib Dem Angus campaigner, Sanjay Samani added, “I back the hard work which has been put in by the Council to reinstate the previous line of timber wall and path along the section affected by the erosion. Local walkers will be delighted when the coastal path finally re-opens as it is very popular and we will all be very thankful to the hard work put in by Council staff to ensure this happens”

From:: David May

Nov/14

16

Backing for anti bullying week

By David May

Alison McInnes, North East Scotland’s Liberal Democrat MSP, has welcomed Scotland’s national anti-bullying week, an annual event run by Respectme, the anti-bullying service. Anti-bullying week will take place from 17 to 21 November.

Local councillor and former teacher David May commented “I also support the excellent work done by Respectme and the purpose of anti-bullying week, which is to further raise awareness of the damage that bullying can cause and promote the ways in which it can be tackled. It is clear that bullying affects young people from all backgrounds but studies have shown that young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ethnic minority and disabled people are particularly at risk.
Lib Dem campaigner for Angus, Sanjay Samani said “Evidence shows that cyber bullying is of greater and greater concern as young people spend more and more of their time online. As the negativity of online bullying can be anonymous and spread so quickly, it can be particularly appalling. I fully back Lib Dem activist Hannah Thompson’s national campaign to support the victims of revenge porn.”

Alison McInnes commented: “National anti-bullying week is a fantastic initiative. Bullying has the potential to ruin a young person’s life causing great psychological harm and often leading to low self-esteem. Additionally studies show that young people who are subject to bullying often fall behind in school, this can cause serious problems later in life.

“I am very concerned at the continuingly high numbers of disabled, minority and LGBT pupils who are subjected to this treatment. All children should feel safe in school, no matter their background.

From:: David May

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