All change as SNP take charge of Glenrothes committee

Cllr Fiona Grant and Ross Vetrraino
Cllr Fiona Grant and Ross Vetrraino

The body with the power to make many influential and significant decisions affecting the town has new people in charge following a specially convened meeting of the Glenrothes Area Committee today (Wednesday).

SNP councillor Fiona Grant, who previously held the position of chairman between 2007 and 2012, has been re-elected, with Ross Vettraino taking on the vice-chairman’s role.

I am looking forward to the challenge of ensuring that the Council’s services meet the local needs

Councillor Fiona Grant

The change was forced following last month’s SNP win in the Glenrothes West and Kinglassie by-election, which altered the balance of power in favour of the SNP by six members to Labour’s five, allowing them to call for the early removal of chairman, Labour councillor Altany Craik.

Following the decision Cllr Grant said it would be a privilege to serve the people of the Glenrothes area in this way.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of ensuring that the Council’s services meet the local needs in the face of the continuing austerity measures that are being imposed by the Westminster government,” said Cllr Grant.

She added: “I have over 20 years of experience as a councillor in the Glenrothes area and Ross, who will have special responsibility for the town centre, has over 40 years of experience in local government, so I think that, between us, we are well placed to lead in Glenrothes.”

Cllr Grant went on to outline a number of priorities that the committee would be aiming to focus on including scrutiny of services provided by the Council and other providers, and better communication and consultation with communities on issues and decisions which affect them.

She added that she would be maintaining the focus of the Council’s enterprise and development resource to improve the footfall in the town centre.

Labour councillor Kay Morrison had proposed SNP’s Bill Brown for the chairman’s position saying he would bring a “fresh view of things” but Cllr Brown declined the invitation.

As the meeting concluded Cllr Peter Grant called for a note of thanks to outgoing chairman Mr Craik for his work in the chairman’s role in what he called “challenging times”.

Afterwards Mr Craik said he had overseen what he called a “more harmonious period within the committee” and urged the new chairman to devote the time he said the role deserved.