Monifieth Recycling Centre Closure Put on Hold

This afternoon, the newly-formed Angus Administration passed a motion which “defers implementation of the closures and changes to hours for the recycling centres” in Angus.

A member/officer group will be established to review the proposed changes to opening hours with the aim of bringing forward a report on the conclusions of this review in September.

The motion was proposed by leader of the council Bob Myles and seconded by Councillor for Monifieth & Sidlaw, Ben Lawrie.

Speaking at the meeting of the council this afternoon, Cllr Lawrie said:

“It’s incumbent upon all of us to foster a culture of recycling.

As well as our responsibility as individuals to do our bit, there is also a responsibility at all levels of government, whether it’s national, international, or in our case, local.

To promote this culture of recycling, we need to make recycling as easy as possible for as many people as possible rather than creating extra barriers.

With that in mind I’m pleased that this motion has been put forward. Whilst protecting our environment becomes ever more important, it may not be prudent to reduce the opening hours of recycling centres across Angus.”

I’m particularly pleased that the motion puts on hold the impending closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.

Monifieth residents do not want to lose the centre and as an environmentalist I share that sentiment.

Whilst the motion can’t guarantee the long-term future of the recycling centre, I’m convinced that this is the best first step. I hope that fellow members will join me in supporting this motion so that Angus can play its full role in protecting our environment.”

Ben Lawrie: Mental Health

Ben Lawrie is campaigning for improvements to mental health services in Angus.

“As the previous mental health rep for the University of St Andrews, I’ve worked closely with mental health professionals, charities and people who have suffered from mental illness,” he says. “In the past, I’ve had my own trouble with depression. I admire the dedication and compassion of mental health professionals, and it’s not their fault that services are under-funded and understaffed. The Mulberry Unit at Stracathro is ‘temporarily’ closed due to shortage of staff and I fear we may not see it open again.

“My strongest motive for getting into politics was the desire to see mental health treated as seriously as physical health. If I’m elected, you can count on me to stand up for everyone who’s affected by mental illness and the stigma attached to it.”

Monifieth Group for People with COPD

The group meets at Monifieth Health Centre every second Monday at 2pm.

Do you or does someone you know have COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?
If so, there is a group in Monifieth just for you!
Christine Burnett, chair of the Monifieth COPD support group says:
” We are a group of friendly, like minded people in Monifieth who have C.O.P.D.
We meet every 2nd Monday in Monifieth health centre at 2 pm.
We do gentle seated exercises to attempt to keep our muscles working.
Lots of laughs. Lots of huffs and lots of puffs.
If you would like to come along and see what we do our next meeting is on Monday Feb 27th at 2pm.
If you know anyone in the monifieth area who would benefit from our group and our input please tell them about us.”

My Mum, is actually a COPD nurse and she tells me that gentle exercise is super important in managing COPD so I would definitely recommend going!

For more information please phone Christine: 01382 535289 or Mary: 01382 539302.

“Higher taxes and more cuts to services”: Ben Lawrie on the Angus Council Budget

Households across Angus will soon be seeing hikes in the council tax they pay.

Monifieth and Sidlaw candidate Ben Lawrie has spoken out on the recent budget passed by Angus Council.
Commenting on the budget, Ben said:
“Normally an administration would opt for low taxes and low services or high taxes with strong public services. In Monifieth we’re getting high taxes and no services, lucky us!”

“Monifieth and Sidlaw ward contributes more in council tax than any other borough and what do we get in return? Not only are we the only ward without any council-provided sports facilities, the few services we have left, such as the recycling centre, are either being cut to the bone or scrapped altogether.”

“I’ve lived in Monifieth my whole life, I went to school here and all my friends and family live here. If elected, I’ll always put Monifieth and Sidlaw first, making sure we get our fair share of services for the huge amount of tax that we contribute.”

“The SNP are always attacking the Tories in Westminster for imposing austerity whilst doing the same thing themselves back home. Monifieth deserves better.”

Ben Lawrie is the Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate for Monifieth and Sidlaw in the local elections on the 4th of May.

Better Mobile Phone Coverage Needed in Monifieth and Sidlaw

No Service - Phone Coverage in Monifieth and Sidlaw has been less than satisfactory .

No Service – Phone Coverage in Monifieth and Sidlaw has been less than satisfactory .

Ben Lawrie has highlighted the need for better mobile phone coverage across Monifieth and Sidlaw.

Ben said:
“Phone signal across the ward, particularly in the villages such as Wellbank and Birkhill, is way below standard. Not only are people struggling to find signal to communicate with their work, friends or family, they aren’t even getting 3G internet access while most people are getting 4G.”

“People in rural areas are getting a second class service. I am calling on the council to explore ways to work with service providers so that phone signal and internet is strong for everyone, everywhere.”