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Monifieth Medical Centre Bus Stop

A local resident recently contacted me to bring my attention to the bus stop outside the Monifieth Health Centre on Victoria Street.
The markings on the road next to the bus stop need repainted as the recent roadworks on Victoria Street have removed the word ‘stop’ and part of the word ‘bus’.
I have written to the council about this and sent them a picture of the road, hopefully they will repaint it soon.

bus-stop

Angus Sewage Power, Don’t Waste our Waste!

Protecting our environment has always been a priority for me and as part of this I have always been an advocate for renewable energy.
There are however many people who don’t share my enthusiasm for renewable energy as to them this usually means wind turbines causing an eyesore in the local environment or having to fork up for costly solar panels. These aren’t our only options though!
Something often overlooked by local authorities is sewage energy.
In 2012 Thames Water generated 14% of its annual energy from sewage, saving £15 million from its power bills.
Thermal hydrolysis process plants (THP) are pressure cookers which heat leftovers from wastewater treatment and aid in breaking down waste and producing energy.
Thermal hydrolysis produces 20% more biogas than anaerobic digestion alone.

Currently, there are plans to form an anaerobic digestor plant in Angus, near Caroustie. Upon inspection of a recent report from the Council’s Development Standards Committee I have seen no mention of thermal hydrolysis.
In light of this I have written to the convener of the committee Rob Murray as well as Craig Fotheringham (another member of the committee and councillor for Monifieth and Sidlaw) asking whether the plant will incorporate Thermal Hydrolysis and if not then why not.
Protecting our environment depends on action at all level of government whether its local or international and the formation of the anaerobic digestor plant in Angus presents us with an excellent opportunity to stop wasting our waste!

Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 year vision.

The Scottish Government is currently running a consultation seeking views from the public on the proposed framework to transform mental health in Scotland.

This morning I made my contribution to this consultation highlighting the need to prioritise cutting down the unacceptably long waiting times prevalent in our mental health services.
I raised the need to increase accessibility to therapies rather than prescribing medication as a first resort and in particular the need to move away from cognitive behavioural therapy as a ‘one size fits all’ therapy and instead adopt a wider variety of therapies to match the needs of individual patients.
My full submission to the consultation can be found here.
The Government’s consultation is still open and I encourage anyone with experience of Scotland’s mental health services, whether as a patient or as a professional to make their own contribution to the consultation which can be found here.ImageVaultHandler.aspx

Ben Lawrie to Angus Council: “Don’t close the Monifieth Recycling Centre.”

LibDem candidate ofr Monifieth & Sidlaw Ben Lawrie has criticised Angus Council's plan to axe the Monifieth recycling centre.

With the announcement that the council will be closing several recycling centres around Angus, Liberal Democrat council candidate Ben Lawrie has raised concerns surrounding the proposed closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.

“There are several reasons why I believe that closing this centre is a bad idea. Our environment is of the utmost importance yet we’re failing to incentivise people to recycle by making them travel longer distances to use recycling facilities. Not only will longer journeys to these facilities impact our carbon footprint, people will also be less likely to make the effort at all, instead opting to fly-tip at the council’s expense.”
“The closure of the recycling centre, paired with the new garden waste collection charges are a double whammy of bad news for the residents of Monifieth as well as the local environment and I hope that the Council will soon see sense.”

Changes to recycling facilities in Angus are projected to save £246,500 – falling short of planned savings.

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Ben Lawrie slams garden waste collection charges

Monifieth & Sidlaw candidate Ben Lawrie has recently spoken out on the new garden waste collection charges introduced by Angus Council labelling them “unfair and ineffective”.
The charges, introduced last month were initially intended to deal with “severe budgetary constraints”, however since their introduction only 1/3 of households have signed up for the service.
Commenting on the lack of uptake, Mr Lawrie said: “With only a third of households in Angus signing up for the new garden waste collection charges it is now clear that this charge is not only unpopular, it’s not working either.”bins

“I fear that the failure of this scheme will lead to a rise in fly-tipping, which will need to be dealt with at a cost to the council, this seems to me a very counter-intuitive result for what was originally supposed to be a money-saver.”

“Talking to people around Angus, the common message I’m getting is that people feel that their council tax should be paying for waste collection and that these new charges are just a back-door tax  imposed by the SNP administration in Angus.”