Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Joe is dismayed with the news that i-Tek Engineering, based at the Riverside Business Park in Irvine, have appointed BDO as administrators.

10 people are employed at the firm who, until the crash in the Oil and Gas sector, were turning over around £750,000 a year.

The news at i-Tek comes after job losses at HOWCO, Clydeport and the impending closures at Red Cross House, AMP Control and Hazeldene Horticulture.

Joe has been campaigning against the loss of local jobs and has called for radical change, including a proper industrial strategy and for redundant workers to be given the right to buy out their firm and create a workers co-operative.

Commenting on the issue Joe said;

"The news that I-Tek have appointed BDO as administrators is yet another blow to the local economy. It will be a particularly worrying period for the 10 employees and their families."

"Our local economy is losing far too many jobs at the moment. Over 600 across the area with losses at HOWCO and Clydeport and the impending closures of Red Cross House, AMP Control and Hazeldene Horticulture."

"I have said things need to change and have set out ways in which it can. I am more determined than ever to stand up for our area and stem the tide of pain that is being inflicted on our communities. I want to defend jobs and services and fight for the sort of radical change, through the redistribution of wealth and power and a proper industrial strategy, that our area needs."

i-Tek Engineering Appoint AdmInistrators

Joe is dismayed with the news that i-Tek Engineering, based at the Riverside Business Park in Irvine, have appointed BDO as administrators. 10 people are employed at the firm who,...

Commenting on the SNP’s plan to “reform” Council Tax, Labour’s Joe Cullinane said;

 

“The hated Council Tax is totally unfair, and any tinkering with bands would not make the system any fairer.”

 

“Those aren’t my words, they are the words of Nicola Sturgeon in April 2007 when Scottish Labour proposed a reform of Council Tax bands.”

 

“The SNP have promised to replace the “unfair” Council Tax for 9 years. It is embarrassing that, after all that time, they have failed to deliver that reform and a minimal change to banding, with no revaluation, is the best they could come up with.”

 

“COSLA have described it as “The Scottish Government Tax” as it further erodes local democracy whilst UNISON describe it as “tinkering”.

 

“This plan will generate less than £2million extra for North Ayrshire Council next year. To put that in context, the local Council’s grant was cut by the SNP by over £10million this year. This announcement does nothing to stop the austerity that is being imposed on our communities by the Tory and SNP Government’s.”

 

“In contrast, Scottish Labour would use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to set income tax 1p higher than that set by Tory Chancellor George Osborne, a policy that would generate enough additional revenue to stop all the cuts to public services such as our public toilets, libraries and community wardens with enough left over to provide a £100 rebate to the lowest earners meaning they are actually better off under our income tax plan.”

 

“In the coming weeks we will also announce our plans to reform local taxation. Personally, I would like to see a system that uses a mix of local taxes underpinned by a land value tax.”

After 9 years of promising to abolish it, the SNP’s Council Tax “reform” embarrassing

Commenting on the SNP’s plan to “reform” Council Tax, Labour’s Joe Cullinane said;   “The hated Council Tax is totally unfair, and any tinkering with bands would not make the system...

Joe has submitted a motion to the next Council meeting on 30th March which aims to retain public toilet provision in every town. 

Last month, the SNP administration’s budget included cuts to public toilets which would have seen all public toilets in North Ayrshire close in 2017/18. An amendment to the budget was unanimously passed which saved public toilets in Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Largs from closure but Councillor Cullinane says that further consideration should have been given to the future of public toilet provision in every other town. 

In particular Councillor Cullinane is backing calls by local residents to keep the public toilets at Irvine Beach Park open. 

The motion has been worded in such a way that it does not require the suspension of the Council’s standing orders to be debated. 

Commenting on the motion, Councillor Cullinane said; 

“The public have rightly voiced their concerns about the proposed closure of public toilets and I absolutely agree with them.” 

“Having unanimously agreed an amendment which saved public toilets in Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Largs from closure, the Council should have given further consideration to the consequences of closures in other towns. My motion is looking to put this right.” 

“In particular, I am making it clear that the public toilets at Irvine Beach Park should not close. The Beach Park is enjoyed by people of all ages and the provision of public toilets is absolutely essential. The Harbourside is an area that the Council are trying to attract tourists too, it has a number of thriving businesses in the area and the closure of the toilets here would undoubtedly have a negative impact." 

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 Text of the Council motion – proposed by Councillor Joe Cullinane and seconded by Councillor Alex Gallagher; 

At its budget setting meeting last month the Council unanimously agreed an amendment which retained public toilets in Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Largs. 

From 2017/18, this would leave a number of towns without the provision of public toilets. It would also leave Irvine Beach Park with none. 

The Council acknowledges that, having unanimously approved the amendment, further consideration should have been given to the impact of public toilet closures on all local towns, particularly at Irvine Beach Park which is widely used by the community. The Council therefore agrees to instruct officers to prepare a report for Cabinet in September which would seek to maintain some toilet provision in each town and at Irvine Beach Park. 

 

Cullinane lodges motion to keep public toilets open

Joe has submitted a motion to the next Council meeting on 30th March which aims to retain public toilet provision in every town.  Last month, the SNP administration’s budget included...

Joe is urging North Ayrshire Citizens Advice Service (NACAS) to retain an advice office in Irvine.

IRVINE MUST RETAIN A CITIZENS ADVICE OFFICE SAYS CULLINANE

Joe is urging North Ayrshire Citizens Advice Service (NACAS) to retain an advice office in Irvine. Read more

Joe has welcomed a bid by North Ayrshire Council for funding towards a feasibility study into Stevenston’s level crossing.

CULLINANE WELCOMES BID FOR STEVENSTON LEVEL CROSSING FEASIBILITY STUDY FUNDING

Joe has welcomed a bid by North Ayrshire Council for funding towards a feasibility study into Stevenston’s level crossing. Read more

Joe has called on the Scottish Government and its partner agencies to step in and save 60 jobs at AMP Control in Irvine.

Cullinane asks for help to save AMP Control jobs

Joe has called on the Scottish Government and its partner agencies to step in and save 60 jobs at AMP Control in Irvine. Read more

Joe's budget amendment sees the charges levied on schools to hire their own school facilities abolished, funded by cutting the lunches provided to Councillors and Officers.

School let charges abolished

Joe's budget amendment sees the charges levied on schools to hire their own school facilities abolished, funded by cutting the lunches provided to Councillors and Officers. Read more

Joe has welcomed the news that Kilwinning Academy will receive a multi-million investment over the next few years.

Campaign helps secure multi-million investment in Kilwinning Academy

Joe has welcomed the news that Kilwinning Academy will receive a multi-million investment over the next few years. Read more

Joe, Margaret McDougall MSP and Cllr Ian Clarkson have reiterated their calls to secure a future for Red Cross House.

Labour politicians continue fight to save Red Cross House

Joe, Margaret McDougall MSP and Cllr Ian Clarkson have reiterated their calls to secure a future for Red Cross House. Read more

Joe has raised concerns that neither the Scottish Government nor Scottish Enterprise are taking responsibility for £335,000 of public money that's been given to HOWCO.

HOWCO get £335,000 of public money – but for what?

Joe has raised concerns that neither the Scottish Government nor Scottish Enterprise are taking responsibility for £335,000 of public money that's been given to HOWCO. Read more

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