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Welcome to Banffshire and Buchan Coast Liberal Democrats web site. Designed to keep you up-to-date with local events as well as what's happening nationwide.

Consultations

A number of consultations have been initiated recently, some by Aberdeenshire Council. Local authorities will need funding from the Scottish Government to implement the recommendations of the consultations, especially as with Council Tax frozen local authorities raise little money themselves compared to what they spend. Funding by the EU normally requires match funding from either the Scottish Government or the local authority, which in practice means local authority will ask the Scottish Government for the funds required. It will be disappointing if the Scottish Government is keen to encourage consultation exercises so that it appears to be listening to communities but does not provide the funds to implement recommendations.

Macduff & Banff

Consultation re what would improve Macduff and Banff.

Fisher Associates were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to consult and produce proposals which will promote improvements in Macduff and Banff with Macduff harbour and the harbour frontage receiving specific mention. The initial consultations including public workshops during the week commencing 17th May and the follow on draft plan and further consultations are welcome. We hope for positive recommendations and that EU and other funding will be found to take the recommendations forward and to implement these for the benefit of both towns. We made proposals to Fisher Associates in principle to the effect that there should be improvements including investment in Macduff harbour but did not go into detail leaving that to those consulted.

Aberchirder

This appears to be a more modest consultation but it is important that our communities have the opportunity to make recommendations to allow our communities to thrive.

A947

We all know that this is a dangerous road which should be improved. We hope that recommendations will lead to improvements and whilst there will always be accidents caused by driver error an inherently safer road would reduce accidents.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    In his address to the David Hume Institute this evening, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP will say that the SNP would do anything for independence, including betraying those that voted remain in the EU referendum.

    Mr Rennie will point to the changing rhetoric of the SNP over EU membership, demonstrating that they are only using the Brexit vote to further their own nationalist cause which would leave an independent Scotland outside the EU.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today revealed SNP ministers have no record of the location of thousands of air weapons awaiting licenses, describing it as "a serious misfire".

    While thousands of applicants wait for certification, they have been advised "to keep their air weapon either with someone who has an air weapon, firearm or shot gun certificate, or a registered firearms dealer - to avoid committing an offence".

  • Article: Feb 19, 2017

    In his address to the David Hume Institute on Monday, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP is set to say that giving the people a say on the terms of Brexit is the democratic thing to do and that Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to ensure democracy is seen throughout the Brexit process.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today criticised health bosses after new research revealed almost 20,000 patients waited over 4 hours for treatment at the flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) since it opened.

    New analysis from Scottish Liberal Democrats shows that since QEUH opened its doors in May 2015:

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today written to the Finance Secretary to propose changes to Police Scotland that would see its VAT bill abolished.

    However, the letter also makes clear that Police Scotland incurring VAT has occurred as a direct consequence of the Scottish Government's centralisation drive.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech to the pro-European campaign group, Open Britain, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Tony Blair is right about Europe but wrong about independence.

    "The Conservative's hard Brexit is bad for Britain's economy which is why the public need the final say on the deal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to the warning from doctors that radiology is "on the brink of collapse", putting patient safety at risk, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Hospitals can quickly become congested unless there are sufficient numbers of radiologists.

    "This is the latest warning of a crisis in our NHS. Nurses say we are juggling with demographic time-bomb, charities tell us shortfalls in mental health care are leaving children in distress and A&E targets have been missed time and time again.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's over their 'Thatcherite' policy of school testing after it was revealed that data released by the Scottish Government is already resulting in classrooms being pitted against each other.

    The comments come after a report in the Times today revealed that shortly after the first set of results on school testing were published in December a stage by stage analysis with separate statistics for P1, P4 and P7 was sneaked out, making it possible in some cases to identify the work of individual classes and teachers.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to the increase in unemployment, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick said:

    "It is concerning to see unemployment rise in Scotland while it falls in the rest of the UK. With the SNP upping the rhetoric on independence and the Tories jumping off a hard Brexit cliff the Scottish economy is suffering from a double whammy of uncertainty.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Responding to revelations that the SNP headquarters is set to benefit from the proposed changes to business rates, Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "The news that the headquarters of the SNP is set to gain from their proposed changes to business rates will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of many businesses. While some businesses are now having to contemplate their future due to these changes it turns out the SNP will profit from it. I wonder if they will now provide more support to their Banff and Buchan branch who couldn't afford a hotel room because of the changes to business rates.