De­velop this area for the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS -

As I write this re­flec­tion of 2017 in early De­cem­ber the mercury doesn’t want to rise out of the low sin­gle dig­its and night time frosts and snow show­ers leave a frozen land­scape.

I hope that this start to win­ter isn’t leav­ing con­stituents freez­ing and iso­lated in their own homes, but I know there will be some out there in need of help and sup­port, due to the cost of heat­ing your home, but un­able or un­will­ing to ask for help.

The HEAT pro­ject run­ning in Rat­tray and the Glens this year is a wel­come step for­ward in tack­ling these is­sues and I urge all those who can par­tic­i­pate in this pro­ject to con­tact the team and get the help and ad­vice they need to have a more fuel-ef­fi­cient and warmer home.

By the time this is pub­lished Santa will have his feet up, digest­ing all the Christ­mas pies and poor Ru­dolf will be sick at the sight of car­rots.

The sales in the shops will have started, and the tur­key sand­wiches will be los­ing their al­lure.

This is a time of year when we shouldn’t for­get about char­i­ties like the Trus­sel Trust and do­nate un­wanted or ex­tra food as they cope with the ex­tra de­mand cre­ated by the tran­si­tion to uni­ver­sal credit, leav­ing some fam­i­lies with only cri­sis loans to feed and heat their homes over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

These dark win­ter months at the start of the year are usu­ally when you will find me and my girls ski­ing or snow­board­ing at Glen­shee.

But in 2017 a com­bi­na­tion of warm weather fronts and the or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volved in a coun­cil elec­tion meant that my snow­board was firmly at the back of the shed, and my footwear of choice was more based on pound­ing the streets of the ward talk­ing to res­i­dents about what coun­cil ser­vices were im­por­tant to them and how I could sup­port them and the com­mu­nity to im­prove the area.

Come May and the end of a long cam­paign dom­i­nated by na­tional politics - rather than the pro­vi­sion and pri­ori­ti­sa­tion of lo­cal ser­vices - I had the hon­our and priv­i­lege of be­ing elected to rep­re­sent ward three, Blair­gowrie and Glens, as a coun­cil­lor for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil.

Be­ing a new coun­cil­lor is a steep learn­ing curve, with an ex­plod­ing diary and lots of new peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions to meet.

The spring and sum­mer months seemed to fly past and here we find our­selves at the end of an­other year.

Go­ing for­ward into 2018 I wish ev­ery­one the best for the New Year and hope we can de­velop Blair­gowrie, Rat­tray and the Glens for the ben­e­fit of all.

It is also im­por­tant that we en­sure Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil sup­ports the needs of Blair­gowrie, Rat­tray and the Glens in an equiv­a­lent man­ner to the de­vel­op­ments and in­vest­ment in Perth city.

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