Provost Tom Coleman

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    It is with much sadness that we announce that Provost Tom Coleman, Chairman of Falkirk Council has passed away on Thursday 30 November at Forth Valley Royal hospital after a short illness. He first became an elected member to … Continue reading

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Provost Coleman to be farewelled on Friday

The funeral of Falkirk Provost and Bonnybridge and Larbert Councillor Tom Coleman will take place on Friday 8 December at Falkirk Crematorium.

Provost Coleman who was 72, passed away at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on 30 November following a short illness.

First elected in May 1999, he served as an SNP Councillor continuously for 18 years, representing the constituents of Larbert and Bonnybridge.

He won each election he contested, increasing his majority every term and earned the respect of constituents from across the political spectrum.

He was appointed Convener of the Education and Leisure Committee in 2001 serving in the role until 2007. He was elected Provost of Falkirk in May this year and also held the post of portfolio holder for Economic Development.

He was the Chair of Stirlingshire Educational Trust and the Convenor of Torwood Castle Trust.

He also chaired the Common Good Funds of Bo’ness, Denny, Dunipace, Falkirk and Grangemouth and was instrumental in bringing the Mod to Falkirk in 2008.

It was his concern about the use of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes to fund new schools, which rekindled Provost Coleman’s interest in local politics in the late 1990s.

He devised a not-for-profit alternative to PFI funding and oversaw the funding for four new schools

in Falkirk District using the not-for-profit distribution (NPD) model to deliver better value for Council residents.

The NPD superseded PFI in Scotland and has been developed to fund the building of schools, hospitals and transport infrastructure across the country.

He used his commercial and management experience to advise Falkirk Council’s Pension Committee on ethical and sustainable investing and contributed to key projects including, the Stenhousemuir Regeneration Project, improvements to transport infrastructure in Larbert and Bonnybridge and campaigned for a  railway station in Bonnybridge.

A firm believer in education, he was dedicated to improving teaching standards in Falkirk District and worked to raise the quality of and access to healthy school meals.

Provost Coleman was married to Irene and had three grown up children. Before entering politics his career was in the financial services sector.

He was a graduate in History from Stirling University and enjoyed many interests including classical music, drawing and painting, hill walking, travel and spending time with his grandchildren.

Provost Coleman’s funeral will take place on Friday 8 December at Falkirk Crematorium from 3:15 pm.

 

 

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SNP To Invest In Homecare After Years Of Neglect

SNP To Invest In Improved Day Care

The minority SNP Administration within Falkirk Council has moved to ease the fears of carers who currently rely on the Day Care Service. The Nationalists intend to set up a “service users group” to oversee the development of what the SNP believe will be a better service.

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Falkirk Herald Edits Opposition Motion To Make It Fit

Falkirk Council’s former Independent Councillor, Billy Buchanan has been conspicuous by his absence this past ten years but with his return to the opposition benches he is now back amongst the whacky motions.

For the recent meeting of the Falkirk Council Executive, Committee Buchanan moved a two page rant that ended with the following

”Therefore I would ask that we, as a Council, contact our Justice Minister and demand that legislation be brought in to protect our citizens and enable those he represents to have protection from these bullies and that they be allowed to live their life without the scourge of anti social behaviour and that Michael Matheson bring legislation before the Scottish Parliament to put an end to this anti social behaviour. “ Continue reading

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SNP COUNCILLOR SEEKS APOLOGY FOR THE SCOTTISH AMBULANCE SERVICE

The classification of the Scottish Ambulance Service as a “quango” by Labour Councillor Alan Nimmo, is described as “a gross insult” by SNP Councillor David Alexander.

The claim from Councillor Nimmo came during a debate on public sector funding.

The Labour member claimed that local government was falling behind quangos in terms of funding from Holyrood. When questioned and challenged by Councillor Alexander to name the quangos, Councillor Nimmo pointed the finger at the Scottish Ambulance Service. Continue reading

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SNP DEPUTE LEADER ACCUSES LABOUR LEADER OF CONNING THE PUBLIC

SNP Depute Leader of Falkirk Council Paul Garner, has launched a scathing attack on the council’s Labour Group Leader Dennis Goldie, after both members had clashed at the council’s Executive Committee.

For the second meeting in a row the veteran Labour member claimed the SNP Leader Cecil Meiklejohn, faces attempts to oust her from the leadership of Falkirk Council despite the fact the SNP are the largest party following last May’s elections and have 13 members within their Administration. Continue reading

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SNP TO HELP LOW INCOME HOME OWNERS

The recently elected SNP Administration of Falkirk Council are seeking to bring forward a phased package of measures to ease the pressures on vulnerable groups of home owners who are unable to fully fund their share of improvement works.

Despite the fact the council produces a three year rolling programme there are examples of owners being notified that they face crippling bills, often in five figures only weeks before work is due to commence at their homes leaving little time for exploring all options. Continue reading

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Recognition For Falkirk SNP Group Leader

The impact Falkirk North and SNP Leader of Falkirk Council  has made in a very short period of time was recognised by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, (COSLA) SNP Group at the first meeting of the new session on 30 June.

At the annual general meeting of the group the Falkirk leader was nominated and appointed  uanimously Depute Leader of the 44 strong SNP delegation to COSLA.

A surprised Councillor Meiklejohn said,

“It is very flattering to receive the support of your peers and I am humbled by the honour.”

The SNP in COSLA are led by East Ayrshire council leader, Dougie Reid who said, Continue reading

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Labour Put Tories In Key Boards Covering, Amongst Others The Environment, Fire & Police In Place of SNP

Falkirk Council’s Labour Group led by Dennis Goldie, moved to send two Tory Councillors to represent the council on COSLA’’s influential Environment and Economy Board and Board for Community Wellbeing that includes services such as Fire and Police.

These posts are filled with the council spokespersons for each of these headings and in this case would have been filled by SNP members, Paul Garner and David Alexander but Labour joined with the Tories to support their nominations of John Patrick and Jim Flynn.

In return the Tories supported the Labour nominations of Allan Nimmo for the Children and Young People Board and Robert Bissett on the Health and Social Care Board, thus denying the official portfolio holders, Adanna McCue and Fiona Collie their place on the boards. Continue reading

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The Falkirk Council SNP Team

The SNP team entrusted with the task of maintaining a minority Administration within Falkirk Council has been revealed in its entirety.

The Executive team was enlarged when the Labour and Tory Parties voted against a slimmed down executive costing the cash strapped authority around £33,000. Continue reading

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