ONE of the longest serving councillors on Fife Council has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the May local authority elections.
Councillor Andrew Arbuckle, who is currently the chair of Fife Council’s north east area committee, said his decision to step down after 26 years had been taken for a number of reasons.
“I am now well beyond retirement age,” he explained.
“My health has not been as good as it might be and I am now a grandfather and intend seeing more of the grandchildren.
“I have enjoyed my spell as a councillor, especially in the past five years where I have been a member of the Lib Dem/SNP administration and I consider myself very lucky to have represented the area.”
Councillor Arbuckle was first elected to the then Fife Regional Council in 1986 representing the Auchtermuchty/Newburgh ward, and currently is one of the three councillors representing the Howe of Fife and Tay Coast area.
Reflecting on his time in local government, Councillor Arbuckle said the best part had always been helping individuals or groups in getting what was due to them.
He went on: “As part of the administration for the past five years, I have been very pleased seeing a number of major projects brought to fruition.
“New build housing in Ladybank and the phoenix of having new houses being built on the old Bell Baxter school site are both good examples of how Fife Council is trying to cater for the demand for housing in the area.
“My particular favourite project is the forthcoming traffic scheme in Cupar.
“Local residents and drivers coming through Cupar have suffered for far too long.
“It is unlikely we will see a Cupar by-pass in my lifetime and this project using the latest technology will help traffic flow easier through Cupar as well as improve pedestrian safety for local shoppers and residents.”