MoD: war of words

Cllr Ross Vettraino, vice-chair of Fife Council's environment, enterprise and transportation committee
Cllr Ross Vettraino, vice-chair of Fife Council's environment, enterprise and transportation committee
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A GLENROTHES councillor has clashed with a Dunfermline MP over the non-creation of a specific taskforce to assist with the army’s arrival in Rosyth.

As part of the UK Government’s MoD review, HMS Caledonia in Rosyth is to become home to army personnel.

Glenrothes councillor, Ross Vettraino, hit back at Labour MP for Dunfermline, Thomas Docherty, after the MP claimed Fife Council would be a Whitehall laughing stock after not setting up the taskforce.

Mr Docherty wrote to the council’s chief executive to demand a taskforce similar to that created for RAF Leuchars’ upheaval, be created for Rosyth.

Instead Fife Council is considering setting up one single Fife-wide taskforce headed up by Glenrothes councillor and council leader, Peter Grant.

Launching his attack, Mr Docherty stated: “There should be two distinct taskforces representing the two communities at either end of Fife - why Glenrothes councillors think they should be in charge is beyond me.”

Cllr Vettraino said the changes to MoD bases and personnel in Fife had a serious economic implication, saying: “Mr Docherty seems to be missing the important point and focusing on party political issues.”

Creation of the taskforce was under discussion at Friday’s Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee.