PROTECTING WHAT WE VALUE MOST
As I campaigned in our area in the run up to the local elections my manifesto took shape based on what I heard from local people. I strongly believe that in tough times we must protect what we value most and these six key pledges do just that.
1. Fight for our schools.
Many parents and local residents contacted me about this For example, the Mosstodloch school is brilliant but the building is outdated. The message from the community, loud and clear, is that they need someone who will fight tooth and nail for a better building. I promise to do it. I will ensure ALL our schools get the investment they need.
2. Work for better transport
Too many people in our villages are unable to access transport. It is just wrong that residents in places like Garmouth and Kingston can’t hop on a bus that takes them to Fochabers or Mosstodloch. Everyone in Moray should be able to get around easily. I will look for a long term funding source for BABS Dial-A-Bus (lasting more than a year) and work with operators to improve transport links.
3. Stand up for older and disabled people
Everyone wants to have choice, flexibility and control over their own lives. I will fight to ensure that older and disabled people who need care and support have more say over it. They and their families need the best support to live full and independent lives. They should not be made to bear the brunt of a recession caused by greedy banks.
4. Back local business and better paid jobs
Small businesses are the life blood of our economy and I will work always have their back. I will work hard to ensure we attract the right kind of investment in Moray bringing more and better paid jobs.
5. Protect Village Halls
Village Halls are the hub of local activity and a vital resource for every age group. Places like the Fochabers Institute need to be saved for future generations.
6. Save you money
Council tax will remain frozen and I will always remember that every penny of the council’s budget belongs to the people of Moray.