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New Falkirk Council HQ: Come back with a definite plan

A councillor was threatened with expulsion from a meeting as discussions about a new Falkirk Council HQ boiled over.

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Death of Falkirk councillor and minister

Death of Falkirk councillor and minister

A respected scholar, politician and man of the cloth has died after a short illness.

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The GMB Union says the pay offer will widen the gap between the highest and lowest paid council workers.

Scottish council workers urged to reject ‘unfair’ pay offer

Council workers across Scotland are being urged to reject an “unfair and unacceptable” pay offer.

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More food parcels needed in Falkirk

More food parcels needed in Falkirk

Families are being “driven to food banks” according to Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East.

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Councillor James Kerr and Squadron Leader Tom McMorrow prepare for the arrival of the RAF 100 Relay at the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial on May 26

RAF marks its big 100 at Spitfire memorial

The Royal Air Force will mark its 100th anniversary in Grangemouth next month by bringing its UK RAF 100 Baton Relay to the town’s famous Spitfire Memorial.

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Pictures: Well-read Grangemouth pupils back library funding bid alongisde Deputy Minister

A group of book daft youngsters shared their love of literature with Scotland’s Deputy First Minister this week.

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Kenneth Lawrie will take on the role of Falkirk Council's chief executive from August.

New Falkirk Council chief executive revealed

A new chief executive has been appointed for Falkirk Council.

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Tearing down an eyesore

Tearing down an eyesore

The wrecking ball was making its presence felt this week as work begins to demolish a dangerous derelict eyesore.

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Falkirk Council ‘coup’ is not what’s happened say Opposition

Falkirk Council ‘coup’ is not what’s happened say Opposition

The new look executive of Falkirk Council met for the first time on Tuesday and it did not take long for things to heat up between parties.

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Labour and Tories vote together in Falkirk Council power struggle

Labour and Tories vote together in Falkirk Council power struggle

A political power struggle at Falkirk Council saw Labour and Conservative councillors vote to give themselves more seats on the executive committee.

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Falkirk Conservative group leader Malcolm Nicol, centre, has called for a special meeting of the council which could see a change in the balance of power within the local authority if he can get the backing of Labour group leader Dennis Goldie. Council Leader Cecil Meiklejohn has criticised the move

Power struggle has now begun at Falkirk Council HQ

Falkirk Council’s minority administration is bracing itself for a fight and claims an opposition party is looking to take its power away.

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Decision was ‘fair and just’

Decision was ‘fair and just’

A councillor claims his decision to let developers away with not paying £330,000 to Falkirk Council was the fair and just thing to do.

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Falkirk Council planning convener David Alexander and Sheildhill and California Community Council treasurer Maria Montinaro both objected to Persimmon Home's plans to build 91 houses at Tappernail Farm, Reddingmuirhead - but the plans were approved following a vote

How 30 houses turned into 90

Plans to build 91 houses were given the go ahead despite the objections of two community councils and the convener of the planning committee.

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Council tax rise agreed at Falkirk budget meeting - but snow and opposition delay other decisions

Council tax rise agreed at Falkirk budget meeting - but snow and opposition delay other decisions

Falkirk Council’s SNP administration were really up against it this week as the weather and the Labour opposition combined to delay their budget proposals.

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Extra houses not wanted

Extra houses not wanted

Objectors feel cheated council planners will be taking a decision on an application to build 91 houses in Reddingmuirhead next week.

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Union protest cuts before council budget meeting

Union protest cuts before council budget meeting

Falkirk Joint Trade Union Committee (JTUC) is staging a demonstration outside Falkirk Council headquarters this week over proposed cuts contained in this year’s budget

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The gravestone of Second Lieutenant William Galbraith who was killed when his Sopwith Pup crashed on February 26, 1918.

Remembering young pilot who died as he prepared to serve his country

A training flight tragedy almost exactly 100 years ago robbed a family of their beloved son and the Royal Air Corps of a talented pilot.

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Plenty of houses but no community spirit

Plenty of houses but no community spirit

A plan to build 168 new homes in Falkirk was given the green light despite concerns over the development’s potential to create a “gated community”.

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MSP urges NHS Forth Valley to provide staff parking permits

MSP urges NHS Forth Valley to provide staff parking permits

NHS Forth Valley is being urged to solve a hospital parking tangle that has left hundreds of staff waiting for a permit.

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Malcolm Allan Butchers donate black pudding and sausages to Falkirk Veterans for its veterans' breakfast club

Butcher serves up black pudding as donations grow

A renowned family butchers has served up some tasty treats to show its support for local armed forces veterans.

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