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

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 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.”