I was delighted to be elected to represent residents in Strathmore, my home ward, where I am a member of my local community council. I understand the problems faced by people living here and want to give them a strong voice on the council.
I believe that Perth and Kinross Council must be run differently – we need a new administration with more trust in people and communities to manage their own affairs, and which is relentlessly focussed on delivering services efficiently and keeping control of its costs, and on keeping down the council tax and charges for other services like green waste bins.
I support the large majority of Scone residents, led by Scone Community Council, who oppose over-development of housing before the accompanying infrastructure is in place – if new houses are to be built, then the school and health centre need to be able to cope with new residents, and the Cross-Tay Link Road must be constructed so that there is no increase in traffic congestion or pollution in the village.
The threat of another independence referendum is bad for business and the economy. In 2014, I campaigned across the whole area for a No vote and I will continue to oppose an unnecessary and divisive referendum.
My priorities for Strathmore
- Increase funding for repairs to potholes in roads and pavements.
- Change council policy to ensure infrastructure improvements are in place before new houses are built.
- Demand improved local health facilities, including an out-of-hours GP service which is based closer than Dundee.
- Campaign for improved rural broadband access and mobile phone coverage.
- Minimising Council Tax burden on family budgets whilst delivering efficient services.
- Standing up to the SNP and opposing a second, divisive, independence referendum