A quick look at the first preference votes for each party in West Garioch compared to 2012. The Conservative message – one which I still believe to be irrelevant to a council election – appears to have reached people who didn’t vote in 2012.
Excellent news that Green Councillors Martin Ford and Paul Johnston have reformed the Democratic Independent and Green Group on Aberdeenshire Council. The DIGG has worked well for several years, seeking common ground with other progressive groups and individuals on the Council to good effect. They’ve had some notable achievements, making a real difference for Aberdeenshire […]
As you’ll know, I wasn’t successful in my attempt to be elected to represent the people and communities of West Garioch. I’m immensely proud of my campaign, which focused on the local issues that those elected today will now be taking decisions on.
That’s it. The polls are closed and the votes are in. Whatever happens tomorrow, I know that I have done everything I possibly could with the time and resources available to me. That is thanks to the many people who have helped and supported me over recent months; you know who you are and you […]
The polls open at 7.00 in the morning folks. I have spoken to very few people during this campaign who have told me they’re not intending to vote but history tells us that something like 65% of people won’t. In this election, possibly more than any other, your vote will count, will make a difference […]
Finally, before voting tomorrow, here’s what we have to say about Education and Life-Long Learning in our Aberdeenshire Manifesto. Nothing Aberdeenshire Council does is more important than educating our young people. That view will always inform our choice of priorities when the Council faces difficult budget decisions.
With two days to go, here’s some more from our Aberdeenshire manifesto; communities and well-being. As a provider of a wide range of public services, Aberdeenshire Council has a key role in promoting good health and helping people lead a happy and fulfilling life.
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.