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NEWS SNIPPETS - 23 April 2004
MP criticises local councillor's vision for the future of Bo'ness

MP Michael Connarty has slammed local councillors for their "lack of vision" for Bo'ness.

His scathing comments came after a site visit to the award-winning Drum housing development.

Mr Connarty, who hopes to represent the new East Falkirk and Linlithgow seat at the next general election, spent nearly three hours at The Drum with John Cadell of Grange Estates.

The MP also spoke to families and representatives from the housebuilders.
Said Mr Connarty: "I found the layout and landscape design at The Drum one of the best I have seen in 25 years of representative involvement."

On the planned expansion into South Drum, he said: " From my visit it was clear the proposed location of the business park and hotel opposite The Drum entrance would seem far enough removed from Muirhouses to have little impact.

"It would be a major blow to the future of Bo’ness if the regulatory committee of Falkirk Council chaired by John Constable took the proposals out of the local plan.


"It is all very well to try to revitalise the town centre but Bo’ness must make use of its strategic position if it is to achieve the prosperity needed for the town's future.

"I represent the people of Bo'ness in the UK parliament and I hold them in the highest esteem. I am concerned their future and their hopes for their children will be cut off by the lack of vision of their council representatives."

Councillor Constable hit back: "Mr Connarty is foolish to allow himself to be pulled along by less reputable people on the fringes of the Bo'ness Labour Party "When the Falkirk area structure plan was drawn up Drum Farm was dropped for business purposes, for robust planning reasons.

"That view was supported by Mr Cadell who agreed it was 'unsuitable and inappropriate.'

"If we are accused of having little vision, where does that leave previous Labour administrations who had no vision at all for Bo'ness?"

Barony Theatre celebrate their Golden anniversary

BARONY Players have pulled out all the stops to ensure the success of their spring offering, "When We Are Married", a comedy about three couples who have been married for 25 years....or have they?

The production, from May 4-8, in the Barony Theatre in Bo'ness, features a staggering 14 members of the society and pays posthumous tribute to one of its greatest supporters.

" When We Are Married" was written by J B Priestley. It's set in a charmingly rustic village in Yorkshire and centres around three couples prominent in the community.

All are celebrating their silver wedding anniversaries but the fizz goes out of the champagne party when they find out their marriages are not quite what they appear.

Originally written as happening in the 1930s, the Players have brought the action forward 20 years to the 1950s but otherwise the production stays faithful to the script - even to the inclusion of the "ghost" 15th member of the cast who is often alluded to and even gets a credit but who never appears on stage!

Sandy Queenan of the Players said: "This production has really seen the Players push the boat out, not least because virtually everyone involved has doubled up on acting roles and behind the scenes work at the same time.

"Rehearsals have gone extremely well, even if we've had some trouble getting the Yorkshire accent to stay in place!"

Sandy added: "We're about to introduce two new faces to the Bo'ness public in the cast and we'd certainly like to see a few new faces occupying the seats as well."

Tickets, price £4 and £5, are available now from company members or by telephoning Bo'ness 01506 823727.

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