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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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 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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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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Falkirk Council Under An SNP Minority Administration As Labour Reject A Power Share Agreement.

The first meeting of the newly elected Falkirk Council ended with a Minority SNP Administration (13 members) after Labour rebuffed approaches from the SNP for a power sharing agreement. Instead the 9 Labour Councillors abstained when the SNP and Conservative members went head to head for senior positions. Continue reading

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Falkirk Council’s SNP Group Leader, Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn has reacted with disappointment at the rebuff from the council’s Labour Group to a power sharing option proposed by the Nationalists.

The SNP chief had sought talks with the council’s Labour leaders following the local elections that saw the SNP become the largest party with 12 but short of the 15 seats required to take outright control of the council. Labour has 9 members, the Tories 7 and there are two Independent Councillors, one of which, Robert Spears, is likely to back the SNP while the other, Billy Buchanan has aligned himself with the Tories previously. Continue reading

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The SNP are now the largest party within Falkrk Council after Thursday’s local elections, securing 12 seats within the local authority.

Although Labour are in second place with 9 seats they were pushed into 3rd place in votes cast by the Conservative Party who won 7 seats.

There were two Independents elected, Robert Spears in Grangemouth and Billy Buchanan in Bonnybridge. While Robert Spears votes as an Independent, Buchanan has since 2005 always voted with the Labour Group.

SNP Group Leader Cecil Meiklejohn has called for talks on the future of the council and has written to former Provost, Pat Reid on the matter. Continue reading

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