Independent, ward five
I stand as an Independent candidate so my loyalty is to the electors and not a political party.
From 1995 until 2015, I served as a district councillor in Lincolnshire, representing both town and rural wards. My roles included two years as chairman of the council and six years as a member of the cabinet. In 2011, I was elected mayor for the town of Louth.
Living in Kilchrenan, I am well positioned to serve both Oban and rural areas of the ward. As a retired accountant, the council’s finances are of particular interest to me.
I would aim to achieve best value for money by providing quality services in the most efficient way. Having an interest in planning, I believe communities should have the opportunity to shape development to suit their own needs.
I support good quality affordable housing and would promote safety improvements to the A85 between Oban and Connel.
I would prioritise economic development to provide career opportunities for young people. Rural areas are often forgotten (many rural roads are badly potholed) and should receive their fair share of resources.
If elected, I will attend community council meetings in the ward and provide feedback.