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October Newsletter


Welcome to my October 2018 newsletter.

Over the past month I have been working hard for my constituents locally, and in Parliament.

I hope you will enjoy the latest edition on my member’s newsletter that includes a snapshot my work as your MSP.

You will find details of upcoming my planned surgeries on the foot of the newsletter – alternatively, if you require an appointment, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch directly.

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Yours for Scotland,
Jenny Gilruth MSP
MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes
In the Constituency
 
TOWN CENTRE VISIT
 

This Thursday, I will  welcome the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP to the Kingdom Centre next week. Mr Matheson’s Government portfolio includes town centres. 

 

The visit comes on the back of my campaign calling on the Kingdom Centre owners, Mars Pensions Trustees, to provide greater investment in the town centre. In Glenrothes’ 70th anniversary year I know people are proud of our town. But folk also know it could be so much better if the owners of the Kingdom Centre took their responsibilities more seriously and invested in the fabric of our town.

 

The Cabinet Secretary will meet with members of the Glenrothes Area Residents Federation (GARF) next Thursday. 

 

The visit will then open  out to interested local residents and stakeholders during a question and answer session with the Cabinet Secretary.

It would be fantastic to see other members of the community here in Glenrothes take the opportunity to raise their concerns, and aspirations for our town, with the Cabinet Secretary.

 

Interested residents are invited to attend the event from 9.45am to 10.30am, Room 10 in the Rothes Halls.

 
GLENROTHES FOODBANK


This month I paid visit to Glenrothes Foodbank, Pentland Park. The foodbank offers much vital support to individuals and families in the surrounding community.  

 

Foodbank volunteers here in Glenrothes, and across Scotland, do amazing work to help those most in need. It was great to meet with local volunteers and see first-hand the support the foodbank provides to Glenrothes residents.

 

According to the Trussell Trust, the number of people depending on foodbanks to get by is at an all-time high in Scotland.

It is scandalous that in 2018 families are forced to depend on foodbanks, simply to get by. I am urging people in our local area to donate what they can and provide a lifeline to members of the Glenrothes community who are struggling to get by.

The foodbank is located at Caledonia House, Pentland Park, Saltire Centre, Glenrothes, KY6 2AQ. Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 1pm to 4.45pm.

 
Glenrothes Foodbank are currently appealing for donations for instant mash, beans & sausages, tinned potatoes, tinned vegetables and snacks.

 

 

SURGERY TOUR

I was delighted to take my regular open surgeries on the road last month, travelling across the constituency to meet with constituents.

I paid visit to the Balmaise Centre in Leven, The Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, The Village Hall in Star, St Ninian’s Café in Glenwood, The Victoria Hall in Coaltown and The Jubilee Community Centre in Stenton.

It’s a real priviledge to represent the Mid Fife & Glenrothes constituency in Holyrood - but no politician should ever take voters for granted and I believe it is my duty to be accessible to all constituents. That’s why getting out and about ‘on tour’ is always such a rewarding experience, because I get to speak to folk who might otherwise not be able to get to my surgeries. 

I really hope my regular surgery tours encourage more people to get in touch to discuss their issues with me. Being an MSP is all about making a difference and helping people - that’s why I do my job. I’d encourage anyone in need of support to get in touch with my local office in Markinch.
In Parliament
Out of Hours - Members' Debate
 
This week I led a Members’ Debate in the Scottish Parliament on Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s decision to close out-of-hours GP services in Glenrothes.

What was meant to be a temporary closure has now been on-going for 197 days. Given that Fife’s health and social care partnership took the decision to extend the contingency period, it will be a new year before the service is fully operational.


I am concerned about my constituents health and well-being. And I am not the only elected member who shares these concerns.

 

The energy and determination of the people I represent to ensure this service stays open was unquestionable at the public meetings I attended.

 

From elderly residents, to the parents of children with serious medical needs, worries were raised that residents would become isolated from round the clock healthcare. 

The outcome of the retrospective consultation on the decision will be considered by the Fife integration joint board at its meeting on 20 December.

I look forward to the outcome of this public consultation, with the wellbeing of the kingdom’s most vulnerable in mind. I am confident that Fife’s health and social care partnership will come to the correct decision.

Food and Drink Debate
 

Last month, I  took part in a Scottish Government debate to mark the end of Food and Drink Fortnight 2018.

Running from 1st until 16th September 2018, the celebration acts as a national platform to champion our business owners, entrepreneurs, retailers, caterers, wholesalers, producers and more,  highlighting the fact that everyone has a part to play in supporting the bustling industry.

Scotland is already renowned worldwide for its top quality produce, and Fife is no exception as our local food & drink industry continues to grow year on year. I was delighted to take the opportunity to draw attention to the growing industry here in Fife, highlighting the success of local businesses: Coul  Brewing Company, Lundin Distilling and Balbirnie House.

I am pictured below with members of the Coul Brewing Company -
a small micro-brewing company based in Glenrothes. The young business has grown from strength to strength in recent months, scooping 3rd prize at the Kingdom of Fife Real Ale Festival this year. 

Missing Persons - Alan Bryant
 

Recently I raised the case of missing person Allan Bryant in the Scottish Parliament.

Allan Bryant Jnr was last seen outside Styx nightclub on Caskieberran Road in Glenrothes just after 2 am on the 3rd of November 2013.

Following an update from the Scottish Government’s Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham MSP, regarding the National Missing Persons Framework Scotland, I took the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Bryant family almost five years on from Allan’s disappearance.

The Government’s Community Safety Minister provided assurance that Police Scotland does not close missing persons cases and that Mr Bryant’s case remains open, adding that ‘Police Scotland will continue to investigate any new information that it receives’.

I will now meet with Minister later in the year to discuss the case further.

Any information relating to the disappearance can be made to 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Emails can also be sent to OperationToner@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

Levenmouth Rail Link
 
Levenmouth remains the largest urban area in Scotland with no direct rail link.

The Scottish Government’s 2018 programme for government commits to increase infrastructure spending by £1.5billion per year. I believe this increased investment must be used to support transformative transport projects - reinstating Leven’s Rail Link would bring jobs, tackle poverty & open up the East Neuk tourism trail. 
 

I am, therefore, delighted the new Transport Minister has agreed to meet with me in Leven - so he can see for himself the benefits that reinstating the rail link would bring to my constituency.

Parliamentary Motions
 
In my role as an MSP, I lodge a number of Parliamentary motions each month to congratulate achievements within the constituency. Recently, I have lodged motions on the following:
  • Congratulating Leslie duo Derek Lowe and Eric Smart on thier Lawn Bowls Success
  • Welcoming SVQ award for Kingdom Support & Care Staff
  • Highlighting Kingdom Housing Assocaiton's Trauma Teddies Appeal
  • Congratulating Jenny Thomson for taking part in the Brave the Shave challenge
  • Welcoming St Margaret's Parish Church on winning the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes Award
  • Highlighting Big Lottery funding for School of Hard Knocks
  • Commending the efforts of Nicholas Russell's 500-mile walk for charity
  • Welcoming Big Lottery funding for St Paul's & St Mary's Church in Glenrothes
  • Congratulating Blair Hendry on being named Electrical Apprentice of the Year Finalist
  • Highlighting Glenrothes' Project 70 programme
  • Congratulating Velux on their £7M expansion of Glenrothes Head Office
  • Highlighting Susan Cormack's DC Retail Scholarhsip Award
  • Commending St Ninian's Charity Shop & Community on its Dementia Friendly Status
  • Praising Michael Kelly's efforts to raise money for Victoria Hospital
  • Celebrating Cadham & Leslie Libraries Dementia Friendly Status
Upcoming Constituency Surgeries
If there are any issues which you feel I may be able to help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at one of my constituency surgeries.
 
29th October 2018
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
11am - 12noon


5th November 2018
Constituency Office, Markinch  
11am - 12noon


23rd November 2018
Sainsbury's Cafe, Leven 
11am - 12noon


If you aren't able to come along, please contact my office on 01592 764815 or 0131 348 5792. Alternatively, I can also be reached by email at:
 
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