As the first Green councillor in South Lanarkshire, I’ve been straight to work on learning more and taking action on the issues raised on the doorsteps during the election campaign and issues we’ve been campaigning on for many years.
To date I’ve progressed 50 items of case work for constituents, covering everything from keeping access paths open to bins, to traffic issues, pavement and housing repairs and much more in between.
In terms of the difference a Green councillor makes, I’ve kept the community much more informed about developments at Hazelhead Park, asked for greater dialogue on the management of Glen Esk Park and sought more information for local people about the new bridge planned in Calderglen Park.
In June, I’ve visited / helped 9 local organisations in the community: I attended St Leonards Primary Parent Council, met with the English for Speakers of Other Languages staff, cleared paths with Calderglen Volunteers, celebrated pupils’ achievements at Sanderson High, learned a lot about support services at Arch Autism Hub, cleaned up the woods at Glen Shee with EK Community Litter Pickers, met with St Leonards Community Council, attended the launch of EK Heritage Group’s ‘Village Voices’ book and visited the Harvest Store at the Calderwood Baptist Church.
In the council, I’ve asked many questions: on climate training, use of fake grass, glycophosphate herbicide (commonly called glysophate), air pollution, Strathclyde Pension Fund, energy generation on council land and buildings, EK Town regeneration, screening allotments, park improvements, walking and cycling initiatives, recycling and waste management.
The council induction programme is nearly complete, including an exam on licensing laws so I can make good decisions on the local licensing board.
My surgeries start in August but I’m happy to meet face to face via: walking meeting, coffee shop, park bench or can book a community hall room if needed. I can also do online face to face. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07385 467774.