Cllr Lawrie welcomes 999 Day

999 Day will take place at 9am on 9th September

A motion was passed at today’s special meeting of Angus Council to support Emergency Services Day.

Emergency Services Day, otherwise known as 999 day, will take place on the 9th of September.

The aim of the day is to:

  • Promote volunteering across the emergency services including special constabulary, NHS community responders, retained firefighters, RNLI and coastguard volunteers.
  • Promote using the emergency services responsibly.
  • Educate the public on essential skills including how to be safe in the water, fire safety, crime prevention, and basic yet essential life saving skills.
  • The 999 day will be an excellent event for emergency services charities to fundraise, raise their profile, and generate support.

Speaking at the meeting, Liberal Democrat Councillor Ben Lawrie said:

“Our Police, Ambulance, Fire and Coastguard Services put themselves in the face of danger as part of the day job to ensure that there is always someone there to protect us when we’re at our most vulnerable.

These are our real life super heroes.

Emergency Services Day aims to educate the public in life saving skills, promote responsible behaviour to reduce the strain on services, and raise awareness of volunteering opportunities to aid and bolster the crucial work that our emergency services do.

It’s a fantastic idea and something that this Council should be full square behind.”

The motion to support 999 day was backed unanimously by Councillors and the Emergency Services Flag will be flown on Council buildings on that date.

More information on 999 day here.

Positive reports for Seaview & Tealing Primary Schools

At last week’s Children & Learning Committee, Monifieth & Sidlaw Councillor Ben Lawrie welcomed positive reports for Seaview Primary School, Tealing Primary School and their respective nursery classes following inspections from Education Scotland.

Speaking at Committee, Councillor Lawrie said:

“I attended Seaview Primary School in my youth and it was a fantastic time for me which set me up for life. I remember it being a great learning environment with some really amazing staff who were very patient with my classroom antics.
I left Seaview 12 years ago but it’s very heartening to see those same standards being upheld today and knowing that the pupils there are in just as good hands now as I was all that time ago.

It’s also good to read the very positive comments about the children, the staff and the Headteacher of Tealing Primary School and their Nursery class. Whilst some areas of improvement have been outlined for both schools, I have full confidence that this feedback will be taken on board and that these schools are only going to get better.”

Information about the Seaview Primary School & Nursery Class inspection can be found here.

Information about the Tealing Primary School & Nursery Class inspection can be found here.

Cllr Lawrie has welcomed positive reports for local Primary Schools

Cllr Ben Lawrie Welcomes Interreg Funding for Angus Health & Social Care

The Angus Council Scrutiny & Audit Committee met this morning in Forfar.

Commenting on the Angus Integration Joint Board Annual and Strategic Performance Report at this mornings Scrutiny & Audit Committee, Cllr Ben Lawrie said:

“I noticed that the [Angus Health & Social Care] Partnership accessed funding through the Interreg programme, allowing them to work with European Partners on digital innovation and improving service design.

This is a really good example of how the Interreg programme benefits Angus and I hope that the UK Government will continue participation in the programme after Brexit so we can continue to reap these benefits.

I’m also heartened to see all the work that’s being done around substance misuse.

I see there’s been some collaboration with the Tayside Council on Alcohol who do a lot of outstanding work around drugs and alcohol abuse so it’s good to see their involvement.

Also, the report lists a lot of training which has been overseen by the Alcohol & Drugs Partnership. I think there’s a good focus here on education, harm reduction and preventing deaths and this is something I welcome.”

Angus IJB Chief Officer Vicky Irons responded to Cllr Lawrie’s comments on the Interreg programme saying:

“We’ve had huge benefit from the Interreg project… We’ve learned so much from that partnership that will benefit us in the future.”

Saved! – Monifieth Recycling Centre open for another year.

At today’s full meeting of Angus Council, councillors voted 13 – 8 in favour of halting recycling centre closures across Angus.
Speaking at the meeting, Monifieth & Sidlaw Councillor Ben Lawrie said:

“I’d like to start by disagreeing with the comments made by one of the members here at the last meeting of the full council, when he said that he “doesn’t think recycling centres are that important”.

Because I do think recycling centres are important. So do my constituents in Monifieth and they are fiercely opposed to the closure of our local centre.

But that shouldn’t be news to anyone here.

This is a view that Monifieth made abundantly clear when the SNP originally proposed these closures.

They made it clear to me on the doorsteps prior to the election.

They made it very clear last week at the public meeting held by Councillor Myles.

And they’re still it making clear today, taking time out of their day to attend this meeting. The people’s voice on this issue has been consistent and united.

I’d like to commend the Monifieth Community Council and the people of Monifieth for the energy they’ve shown in making their opinions heard.
Democracy is at its best when people are active in telling their politicians what they want.

So I will be voting for the motion today, to give us more time, in the hope that we can find a sustainable and fair arrangement that satisfies people in Monifieth as well as across Angus.”

 

The motion puts on hold all closures of recycling centres across Angus for one year so that public consultation can be held and a deeper review of options can be consulted. Leader of the Council Bob Myles stating during the meeting that “We must make the right decisions, not the quick ones.”

 

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Lawrie said:

“Despite it looking like a lost battle over the past few days, we’ve managed to pull out the stops and halt the imminent closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.

This isn’t a permanent solution however, we’ve bought ourselves another year, but a new site for the Centre will have to be found.

If us folk in Monifieth want there to be a local centre in the long term we’re going to have to be proactive in coming forward with offers or suggestions of a location. It won’t be easy but hopefully if we find a suitable site then there is potential for a brand new centre. To me, that would be the ideal outcome.”

Willie Rennie MSP & Cllr Lawrie campaigning to for the Monifieth Recycling Centre last April

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.”