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Former councillor Willie Clarke took centre stage on Friday to officially open the new Meedies’ hub at Lochore Meadows. The golf pavilion and new visitor centre – named in his honour  –  are new additions to the park and a fitting tribute to Willie, who has long championed the site, transforming the pit bing into a...
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Key stakeholders and community groups assembled today (Friday) for the first time ever in a bid to get to the root of flaring and safety concerns at Mossmorran. The Adam Smith Theatre event was hosted by Lesley Laird and chaired by Professor Wilson Sibbett of the Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay Independent Air Quality Monitoring Group. In addition...
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An independent watchdog has issued final warning notices on Mossmorran, following an investigation into flaring at the petrochemical plant last June. The seven-day incident – which sparked 74 complaints from the public –  was both “preventable and unacceptable” and breached environmental controls, according to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). The report concluded the incident was caused by the breakdown of...
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The killing in Syria as a result of the abhorrent and illegal use of chemical weapons has to stop, just as the killing from bullets and bombs has to stop. However, dropping bombs won’t solve the Syrian conflict – only a political settlement will result in the peace that the Syrian people so desperately need....
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Welcome news for troubled BiFab today (Tuesday) with the announcement that Canadian firm DF Barnes has taken over the firm, following months of negotiations behind the scenes. I’d like to pay tribute to BiFab’s workforce and the trade unions who have fought in partnership so determinedly to save their yards in Burntisland, Methil and Arnish over...
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Lesley Laird MP will call on RBS bosses to reverse surprise cuts to mobile banking services at a crunch-meeting this week. The RBS cuts, which are due to come into effect on April 30, will hit customers in nine locations across the Kingdom, including Cowdenbeath, Kelty, Dalgety Bay and Burntisland. Cowdenbeath, where the last bank in town – Bank of Scotland...
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Lesley Laird MP has expressed fears that a “deepening NHS crisis” could see a permanent closure of out-of-hours services in Fife’s community hospitals. Earlier this week Fife Health and Social Care Partnership announced that due to “staffing difficulties” from Monday, April 9, Primary Care Emergency Services would no longer operate from midnight to 8am. The hospitals affected by the three-month long...
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ScotRail has admitted services won’t begin to improve in Fife until 2019, when new rolling stock is expected to cascade through the network. That’s gutting news for hard-pressed commuters in Fife to hear, but it’s still not the full picture. Despite my repeated calls over recent years to Humza Yousaf to tackle fares, Fifers are...
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Late arrival, overcrowded carriages, stop-skipping. Sound familiar? That’s the daily grind of train travel for commuters across the Kingdom and do you know what else? We’re also having to pay more for it. Two to three times more per rail mile than passengers in other Scottish regions. This is an issue which the Scottish Government...
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