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Stop Road Funding Inequalities!

by Aude Boubaker-Calder on 3 March, 2020

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dunfermline South, James Calder, raised a motion at the Dunfermline Area Committee which would have led to a more equal geographic spread of the Dunfermline Roads Programme in the future. This was rejected by all Labour and SNP Councillors. This is after it transpired that the Dunfermline North ward is receiving over £1,000,000 whereas Dunfermline Central and Dunfermline South is receiving less than this amount between them.*

Aude Boubaker-Calder, lead campaigner for Dunfermline Central, said

I am outraged that residents in Dunfermline Central and Crossford are being let down once again. We are receiving half of what Dunfermline North is.

Why did the Labour Councillors for Dunfermline Central oppose the amendment put forward? It is a great let down. It is also a great frustration to see that neither of the SNP Councillors, including the one just elected recently, bothered to turn up to a meeting making such an important decision.

I am truly appalled to see what have been proposed. Recently I have spent time going through the streets of Crossford after a resident has been injured due to the poor state of road and pavements and I can’t believe the village is even not included in this programme. Garvock is in real need of work and the streets of our town centre need the care that the former capital of Scotland deserves. The Council Administration needs to look at this again and put the wellbeing of our residents and our roads before the political game.

I am angry and will continue to campaign for more roads work here in the future. Dunfermline Central deserve better! Residents deserve active Councillors who wants to work locally and for the local people and who are their voice at Committees and Council meetings!

Aude Boubaker-Calder and a resident in front of a pothole in Deans Grove,  Crossford discussing
Aude Boubaker-Calder meet a resident concerned about the state and the safety of the road

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  • Dunfermline North Total: £1,085,397 (Population based on electorate c.12228)
  • Dunfermline Central £503,291 (Population based on electorate c.16269)
  • Dunfermline South £205,970 (Population based in electorate c.16865)

Source: Dunfermline Area Committee Papers