Councillors to search for lost voters

Altany Craik
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Glenrothes councillors are planning to take the town’s monthly area committee meetings out on the road in a bid to engage with voters.

The move was suggested by new committee chairman councillor Altany Craik following the poor turnout of voters, just 29.7 per cent, at the recent Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch by-election.

A number of factors were blamed including the unexpectedly good summer weather, but councillors agree that measures must be put in place to try and combat voter apathy.

“I must thank councillor Peter Grant for the thought following the disappointing level of turnout at the recent by-election, we must get out more as politicians and as a committee into the communities that we serve”, said Mr Craik.

“I’m looking into ways in which we can take the committee ‘on the road’ possibly with a themed discussion and to make it a fairly regular occurrence.

“I’m hoping we can have the first of these set up before the end of the year”, he added.

A similar move has already been adopted by Kirkcaldy councillors and their Glenrothes counterparts hope the roving meetings will help generate a renewed interest in local issues and initiatives.

The meetings, like those currently being held at Fife House, will allow all members of the public to attend.