Notes from a Councillor
The local Government Elections in May seem a long time ago now and this is my first chance since then to thank all of those who voted for me to continue for a second term as a Councillor for Strathtay Ward and to assure those who didn’t vote for me that I will work hard to help and assist all residents of the ward to the best of my ability.
The Council is still in a strange bedding in process, with such a large intake of new Councillors, over half of whom have no experience of being an elected member. From my own experience of five years ago I can say that it is a daunting prospect and requires a sharp learning curve.
Obviously with a change of administration the Councillors who have been returned to Office are coming to terms with the changes in their roles. I am happy and perhaps surprised to have been elected Deputy Leader of the SNP Group at PKC and also chosen for the position of Convener of the Scrutiny Committee, both positions in which, although unexpected, I do not aim to let anyone down.
I am also on the Environment, Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee, the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee as well as being on the Board of Live Active Leisure.
I am getting to know our new Councillors. Councillor Ian James and Councillor Ann Jarvis and feel that although we will have our political differences in the Council Chamber, we are all committed to getting the best possible outcomes for our constituents in Strathtay.
That is enough of the navel gazing about matters in 2 High Street Perth. I cannot believe that the swallows have gone this week and that the clocks will be going backwards soon. While hoping for a mild winter the Winter maintenance plan has been discussed at Council and I hope that all eventualities have been covered, if however you have local difficulties with getting grit bins filled, pavements cleared or gritted then do not hesitate to get in touch.
Getting in touch with me should prove easier now that the Bridge will be updating my contact No’s which are 01738 475023 or 07557732080 or 07881 500501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many consultation processes going on at the moment, unfortunately being a cynic I wonder how many of these consultation events are robust forums for consultation or are just Corporate box ticking, especially when they are held at times that many members of the public find inconvenient. I will leave you to decide.
Good news is that the road from Dunkeld to Fungarth past Dunkeld Golf Course will be resurfaced in October, the bad news is that to facilitate this work will involve road closure between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday to Friday for 3 weeks.
As I will not be writing a Column again until the New Year may I be the first to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS. I leave you with that worrying thought.
Councillor Grant Laing
Local SNP Councillor, Strathtay Ward 5
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