MSP voices concerns over criminal proceedings against two Falkirk councillors

Two elected members of Falkirk Council were charged after a police investigation into “planning concerns” over a year ago and now a local MSP is asking for an update on the case.

Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 3:43 pm
Councillors McLuckie and Kerr

Angus MacDonald has written to Procurator Fiscal Sineiden Corrins this week regarding the status of the case against councillors John McLuckie and James Kerr.

He stated: “My constituents have expressed their concerns to me regarding this lengthy delay and the fact the councillors continue to serve in public office. I appreciate their respective parties have suspended them, however, I would ask if there is any prospect of a conclusion to this matter and if further action is likely to be taken in the near future.”

Last September councillors McLuckie and Kerr – along with a third man – were charged following an investigation by Police Scotland’s economic crime and financial investigation unit.

At the time a Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Three men have been charged following an investigation into planning concerns raised in Falkirk. The men, aged 50, 55 and 63 were charged on September 19 and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Labour’s Mr McLuckie was depute convener of the council’s planning committee at the time and Conservative James Kerr was a member of the planning committee.

The two councillors, who both represent the Upper Braes ward, were subsequently suspended by their parties.

Mr McLuckie has been a councillor since 2007, while Mr Kerr was elected in 2017.

This week a spokesperson for the Crown Office confirmed the matter was still being investigated and was still an active case.