Coun­cil needs to talk to busi­ness

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

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

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