Notes from a Councillor
Following the council elections which saw Perth and Kinross with no overall control I am glad to say things are now settled on the make-up of the administration.
I am sure everyone was thinking that we had come to the end of seemingly yearly elections and referendums when suddenly along came another one. All that is now passed and I am sure everyone is looking forward to the holiday period.
Strathtay now has 2 Conservative and 1 SNP councillors and we will all be committed to represent all the communities equally.
The first duty of the new council before the first meeting was being organised with office space, IT and committee places, all a bit of a whirlwind for the newbies.
I may be a newbie to Perth and Kinross but I was a councillor in East Dunbartonshire for a number of years. I relocated to Pitcairngreen having fallen in love with a beautiful village when viewing a property. I was very pleased to be asked to put my name forward for this year’s elections and seized the chance to serve the community. There was of course the hurdle of the election to be jumped.
I have lived in Scotland all my life and worked in the health service, had my own sales and marketing company and been a director of a couple of charities. From school I have always been involved in community and charity work and this lead me into a political career.
The area of the ward is very large and the scenery is spectacular. Driving from Pitcairngreen to Dunkeld and almost to Ballinluig and all points between, each view was better than the one before. I met many people who made me welcome when I knocked on their doors. Coming here was a good move indeed.
Because of the size of Strathtay and the many different communities, there are many organisations to come to terms with; community councils, schools, churches and lots of other community groups. It will take some time to get to know them all but I am working on it.
First invite received was from your community council and I must say I was impressed with the number and diversity of things that they tackle. They are very good guardians of Dunkeld and Birnam and the surrounding area.
The serious work is about to start. There will be many problems; money will continue getting tighter and the new council needs to look at inward investment to increase jobs by bringing new companies to Perth and Kinross. We will need to promote Perth and its communities in competition with larger areas who by virtue of their size have more money to spend.
However we are up for the challenge and look forward to ideas coming from the various communities we serve.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who has ideas or has issues they wish to raise. I can be contacted by e-mail at AnneJarvis@pkc.gov.uk. I now also have a telephone number and can be contacted on 01738 475030.
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