Campaigners protest over Fife Council cuts

0811004 SSHC protest march 'Protest against Council cuts on the steps of the Corn Exchange, Cupar
0811004 SSHC protest march 'Protest against Council cuts on the steps of the Corn Exchange, Cupar
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FURY over swingeing Fife Council cuts led to over 100 local people taking part in a demonstration in Cupar on Saturday.

Local man Dickie Stewart organised the event in a bid to get the message across to Fife Council that people aren’t happy by the enormity of cuts to services and the possible loss of community facilities.

Mr Stewart said he was really pleased by the number of people who joined in a march from the Corn Exchange to the Liberal Democrats’ office in Millgate.

PETITION

Those involved in the protest included residents from across north east Fife, business people, councillors and members of the campaign group fighting to save North Eden House care home, as well as students from St Andrews University.

Mr Stewart said the protest, which saw a 350-signature petition being delivered to the office of Sir Menzies Campbell MP and Iain Smith MSP, was a huge success.

“Local people are annoyed that decisions are being both by Fife Council and the Westminister coalition Government without any thought to the people who have to pay the price,” he said.

“We are all feeling the pinch yet the services we pay for like the recycling centre, bin collections and public toilets are all under threat.

“Where is the democracy? No-one ever asks us what we think!”

Before the march set off, the crowd heard from local independent councillor Bryan Poole, Lib Dem councillor Margaret Kennedy and the Labour Party’s prospective Scottish Parliamentary candidate Colin Davidson.

Speaking after the protest, Councillor Poole said: “It was great to see people who have no political affiliation getting up and making their voices heard.

“There was a real cross-section of Cupar there and it’s good to see members of the public showing support for public services.

“People are very angry at Fife Council’s SNP/Lib Dem administration and the decisions it has taken.”

Mr Davidson also commended the large turn out and said people had every right to express their concerns about how the range of cuts - including a slashing of the education budget - will affect them and their children.

“People can see that decisions are being taken which affect them but they are being given no say in it, it’s about time the administration in Fife House listened,” he said

Mr Stewart said it was important to deliver the petition to the Liberal Democrats as they form part of the council’s coalition.

Mr Smith said he would forward it to Peter Grant, leader of Fife Council’s administration.

He said: “Any of my constituents who have concerns can contact us at any time or come to one of our regular surgeries.”