Gavin Ellis is the Scottish Conservative and Unionist councillor in Dunfermline North.
I currently live in Dunfermline and have done so for a number of years now and the one thing that struck me when I first arrived was just how much of a community spirit there is around Dunfermline and how engaged residents were in politics especially at local level.
I have worked for over a decade in a council environment ranging from housing to anti social behaviour and currently environmental protection and have seen first hand the devastating effects Scottish Government cuts have had on services from simple issues like weed spraying to refuse collection, Anti Social behaviour problems in our community. Some of these services are heavily relied on and need to be protected from any further cuts.
Now it's not all about cuts as local councils need to become smarter in their approach, not only in how services are delivered but to also look for ways to earn future income to help safeguard and avoid large cuts to our already struggling services and if elected I intend to seek out these new smarter ways of working and want the residents of Dunfermline North to assist me in this task by being open to what they feel is wrong or what they feel can be done better.
I believe that government whether it be local or central should always be answerable to the people and must always look to consult with local residents. This I intend to do and it is a promise I intend to keep. Can the same be said of your current councillors. When did you last see your Councillor or become aware of any changes they have made. If your not sure then it's time for a positive change. Thank you