Thanks to all who voted for me

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I would like to thank ev­ery­one who voted for me in the coun­cil by- elec­tion. I was over­whelmed by the sup­port and the good wishes.

Many of you trusted me with your vote and although those were not quite enough (though the SNP led on the first count), I was hon­oured.

While cam­paign­ing, I have lis­tened to your con­cerns about is­sues that af­fect you and I will work with the SNP coun­cil­lor in ward five, Julie MacKen­zie, to ad­dress th­ese con­cerns.

It is to be re­gret­ted that the win­ning can­di­date, Kieron Green, whom I con­grat­u­lated on the night and who as­sured ev­ery voter dur­ing the cam­paign that he would op­pose cuts, aus­ter­ity and the bad de­ci­sions of the cur­rent Tory/ Lib­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion as a true in­de­pen­dent, de­cided af­ter only four days as a coun­cil­lor to join that ad­min­is­tra­tion.

By so do­ing, he has signed on to sup­port­ing the very things he crit­i­cised in his cam­paign and – ever more dam­ag­ingly – to stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der with the Tories in the coun­cil and vot­ing with them for more slash­ing of school bud­gets, mu­sic tu­ition, staff and ser­vices in our com­mu­nity.

I be­lieve those ac­tions greatly dis­credit our pol­i­tics. In­stead, we need more peo­ple power be­cause grass­roots move­ments can achieve great things. I have, there­fore, started a pro­ject that will of­fer a plat­form for com­mu­nity coun­cils to en­gage with a much wider au­di­ence, which I hope will lead to greater com­mu­nity participation in the key de­ci­sions that are presently be­ing made at Kil­mory.

I am also lead­ing a group who want to see change and im­prove­ments in de­liv­ery of ser­vices which are caus­ing in­creased costs and real prob­lems for those who live here and for small busi­nesses. A pub­lic meet­ing re­gard­ing this issue will be an­nounced shortly.

Please email me at if you have any sug­ges­tions or would like to help.

Breege Smyth, Ach­nacreemore, North Con­nel

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