These changes to the X20 bus service between Kemnay and Aberdeen have come about to accommodate a reduction in the 37 service. I accept that compromise must be made but Kemnay and Alford users appear to be bearing the brunt of that compromise.
More from our local manifesto – our innovative approach to affordable housing. We recognise that the availability of affordable housing is a major constraint in the north-east. We therefore want the Council to develop a project we will call ‘A House for Aberdeenshire’.
As we approach next week’s election, I’ll be posting some key aspects of our Aberdeenshire manifesto. Firstly, our desire for a circular economy and the reduction of waste. The Council’s journey from ‘waste disposal’ to ‘resource management’ must continue. The Council should commit itself fully to the circular economy approach to reducing waste.
After three referendums in recent years that were run erroneously along the lines of an election, this year we are going to have two elections that some would have us treat as referendums.
I will continue to fight next month’s election on local issues. However much some tell you otherwise, the simple truth is that councillors elected next month will be asked to make decisions on matters such as school funding, waste collection, road repairs.
It’s a local election. Keep it that way.
Our manifesto for next month’s local elections was launched today. The BBC have produced a nice summary here.
Despite what you may have heard or seen from some parties or candidates, the election on May 4th is about representation on local councils. Any councillor elected will have exactly the same influence over Brexit or Scottish independence as any unsuccessful candidate and anybody else in the country. They will, however, be making decisions on local schools, local transport, waste collection and everything else that impacts on you directly in your local area.
A vote for me is a vote for nothing more, or less, than a hard working local councillor who will put the needs of my community first.
I have asked Aberdeenshire Council to return their tendered 420 Kemnay-Aberdeen service to a direct route. Under Stagecoach’s current proposals, the X20 will travel via Kintore and Blackburn from May. For anyone travelling to Aberdeen 5 days a week, this will add well over an hour to their weekly commute. By taking the Blackburn stop