Callum was first elected in 2017 to represent the ward of Kinross-shire. He is proud to represent the community where he lived all his life. Kinross-shire has a distinct history and local identity as its own historic county. Callum strives hard to ensure that Kinross-shire’s voice is heard in the Council chamber in Perth and lobbies for a fair deal in funding for rural areas that often miss out to the city of Perth. He also wants to see more decisions taken locally, by local councillors, community councils and residents.
Callum campaigns on many issues of concern to local residents, including:
- Opposing overdevelopment of housing sites in the local area and ensuring that the necessary schools, transport and health infrastructure is in place for any developments that are approved.
- Supporting local communities to upgrade residential and business broadband connections to full fibre, making use of the UK Government’s Rural Gigabit voucher scheme.
- Campaigning to improve community and public transport across Kinross-shire, including reinstating the direct rail link between Perth and Edinburgh with a park-and-ride station at Kinross.
- Helping communities that have concerns about speeding in their local area, including by securing funding for more vehicle-activated speed signs and introducing 20 mph speed limits where appropriate.
- Ensuring the Council becomes more efficient, deliverers value for money for taxpayers, and adopts a ‘Think Yes’ approach to solving problems, rather than letting red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of getting things done.
On the Council, Callum sits on the Planning and Development Management Committee and the Lifelong Learning Committee. He also works to improve health, social care and mental health services locally as a member of Perth & Kinross Integration Joint Board, including as the Chair of its Audit & Performance Committee. He is also a Director of Horsecross Arts, the charity that runs Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall.
Outside of the Council, Callum works as a campaign manager and political adviser. He also volunteers with a number of local community groups, including the Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation (KLEO), the Rural Access Committee of Kinross-shire (TRACKS), and Light-up Kinross.
Callum is always happy to hear from constituents. If he can be of assistance, please get in touch on CPurves@pkc.gov.uk or 07557 812570.