Breege Smyth SNP, ward five

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Com­mu­ni­ties are best placed to make the de­ci­sions that af­fect them. As a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor, I know the good work the com­mu­nity coun­cil does.

Through the Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment Act, more pow­ers can be de­volved to com­mu­ni­ties. If elected, I want to fa­cil­i­tate that em­pow­er­ment.

I will work dili­gently to en­sure there is ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion so that our area takes full ad­van­tage of the Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment Act.

I be­lieve ‘knowl­edge is power’, and in­ad­e­quate, in­suf­fi­cient and dif­fi­cult to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion causes frus­tra­tions. I want to see a user-friendly sys­tem that al­lows res­i­dents easy ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about the work­ing of the coun­cil and its ser­vices. Un­nec­es­sary red tape hin­ders progress in all things.

My back­ground is in fash­ion de­sign and jour­nal­ism. I ap­proach chal­lenges in a cre­ative and prag­matic way. We live in an area of great op­por­tu­nity, I will work with busi­nesses and sup­port ini­tia­tives that will en­cour­age eco­nomic growth and pro­vide jobs to stem the over­all pop­u­la­tion de­cline.

As a pre­sen­ter on Oban FM and a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor, I am in­spired by the great work of our vol­un­tary sec­tor.

I will rep­re­sent my con­stituents openly, hon­estly and with re­spect. It would be an hon­our to rep­re­sent you.

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