David Illingworth was elected Councillor for Almond and Earn in 2017.
David writes: " I am delighted to have been elected to serve Almond and Earn ward at Perth and Kinross Council.
"My wife and I moved to Abernethy from Perth nearly 20 years ago, almost by accident. We quickly fell in love with the area and have brought up our children here, sending them to Abernethy Primary School and Perth High School. My career background is in IT, but I have always been fascinated by politics, so I’m delighted to that I will be working alongside Cllr Kathleen Baird for the Almond and Earn ward.
"Perth and Kinross Council is a large, complex organisation with 5000 employees. It seems to me that in order to be successful it needs to focus on the things that really affect the lives of the people of the area: like education, roads and social care for the elderly. Councillors should also never forget how hard people work to pay their council tax and I will strive to get the best value for your hard-earned money. In addition, I will work hard to make sure your voice is heard on the council.
"Although, this election has primarily been about local issues e.g. making sure that new housing like Oudenarde has proper infrastructure, Cllr Kathleen Baird and I will continue to send a very clear message to the SNP that our people don’t want a second Independence referendum.
"My priorities for Almond and Earn
- Listening to local residents and ensuring your voice is heard.
- Minimising Council Tax burden on family budgets whilst delivering efficient services.
- Ensuring education and health provision meets local needs and keeps pace with the developments proposed at Oudenarde and Bertha Park.
- Campaigning to ensure maintenance of rural roads and footpaths is carried out.
- Be open, honest and transparent and work for the good of the community.
- Standing up to the SNP and their obsession with a second, divisive, independence referendum "