Glenrothes by-election has ramifications beyond the local area

Going to the polls in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie
Going to the polls in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie

Voters in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie go to the polls on Thursday in a by-election that has ramifications for the whole of the area.

The outcome, which is expected in the early hours of Friday morning, could determine the balance of power on Glenrothes Area Committee which holds considerable influence over issues and the decision-making process that affect all residents.

The death of Labour councillor Betty Campbell, who had held the Ward 14 seat since 2007, has left the committee tied at five seats apiece for Labour and the SNP.

Both parties have been campaigning hard in the run up to polling day, as have the other candidates representing the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP, who make up the rest of the five candidate ballot paper.

With traditionally poor turn outs in recent years, the last one in Glenrothes in June 2013 saw just 29.21 per cent of the electorate bothering to vote, it is hoped the added significance that the outcome will bring the town will help attract more voters to the ballot box.

Polling stations will be open across the ward between 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. with four schools - South Parks, Rimbleton, Newcastle and Southwood all also being used.

The five candidates are:

Jane Ann Liston - Lib Dems

Craig Walker - SNP

Alan Seath - Labour

John Wheatley - Conservatives

Martin Green - UKIP

Where to vote ...

Kinglassie Community Halls, 85 Main Street, Kinglassie.

Stenton Jubilee Centre, Dunrobin Road, Glenrothes.

Rimbleton Primary School, Bilsland Road, Glenrothes.

Caskieberran Tenants Meeting Room, Marmion Drive, Glenrothes.

Pitteuchar Tenants Meeting Room, Altyre Avenue, Glenrothes.

Newcastle Primary School, Muirfield Drive, Glenrothes.

St. Ninian’s Parish Church Hall, Tanshall Road East, Glenrothes.

South Parks Primary School, Napier Road, Glenrothes.

Southwood Primary School, Marchmont Crescent, Glenrothes.