Strathmore Conservatives have selected Dennis Melloy and Hugh Anderson as candidates for the elections in May.
Dennis Melloy was first elected in 2007 and has served in the role of Provost for the past five years. Commenting on his reselection, Dennis said:
"It has been an enormous pleasure to serve as an elected member for Strathmore these past fifteen years. In 2017 I was elected Provost of Perth and Kinross which was an enormous privilege and allowed me to engage and support many communities and organisations, not only in Strathmore, but throughout Perth & Kinross.
"I decided to stand for another term of office as I am hugely aware, post Covid, of the need to rebuild and focus on the future. These past two years have been very difficult for us all and we need to ensure that we continue to help local residents, of all ages young and old, to rebuild their confidence going forward. We need to focus on economic development and support our Towns like Alyth and Coupar Angus, to name but a few, highlighting they are open for business.
"More and more houses are being built in Perth & Kinross, which is good for our economy, unfortunately the A93 and A94 are having to contend with more vehicles speeding through our Villages and small Towns, such as Guildtown, Balbeggie, Burrelton & Meigle. Safety must be paramount and I will do my best to have pedestrian crossings and more VAS signs ( Vehicle Activation Signs) in place as soon as possible.
"Pot holes continue to be an ongoing issue in Strathmore and I get complaints regularly, unfortunately this is a problem for every local authority. In Perth & Kinross there are 100543 road miles that our roads team are responsible for and 55000 pot holes have been fixed during this administration."
Hugh Anderson who previously served as a councillor for Scone added:
"I am delighted to get the opportunity to stand as a candidate for the ward of Strathmore.
"It’s been many years since I was Councillor for Scone, in those days I juggled a full time job and other commitments, but I’m in the enviable position of being retired now and not only have the time but the energy to get the job done. I share very strongly with the points Dennis has highlighted and my wish is to add weight to it so we can drive them forward together. Scone will benefit greatly by the implementation of The Cross Tay Link Road but we need to fight for villages North of Scone and bypass them all!
"It is a massive concern to see long established businesses in our area close or reduce their staffing levels so drastically. I want to push for growth in business and secure future employment opportunities for all, but most importantly our youngsters.
"Perthshire has always been highly envied for the quality of agriculture and tourism, like most other sectors this has been adversely affected by Covid. We need to work hard to help them regain their strengths.
"I hope the voters will give us their support in the forthcoming election".