Council needs to talk to business
Sir, – With the closure of Kirkcaldy’s High Street M&S, Fife Council appears once again to be on the back foot.
Given the money that is pouring into regeneration and infrastructure projects in the town, it beggars belief that the council is so detached from business that it can be shocked and surprised to hear the news.
Where is the economic development strategy which involves working closely with existing businesses in towns like Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Levenmouth and Cowdenbeath to ensure that their needs are prioritised?
The Labour/SNP administration needs to put economic development at the heart of its programme, with resources and personnel to match, if it is serious about checking, or reversing, this trend.
No one can fail to applaud the ambitions of the Fairer Fife plan, but they will remain largely aspirational unless the same hard thinking and ambition is applied to the business environment.
Linda Holt. Councillor for East Neuk & Landward, Dreel House, Pittenweem, Anstruther.
“People on benefits don’t go globetrotting to top up their winter tan, neither do they go off on winter skiing holidays in Austria. The money is spent locally