Published On: Wed, Apr 19th, 2017 at 5:51pm

Council elections 2017 – Almond Ward – Ward 1

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The current councillors for the Almond Ward are SNP Councillor Norman Work who is also the Carers’ Champion, Cllr Alastair Shields began as a LibDem councillor but then resigned from the party and now sits as an Independent and Conservative Party Cllr Lindsay Paterson.

Cllrs Shields and Paterson are resigning at the 2017 election.

The ward is now a four member ward meaning that four councillors will be elected to represent the area which extends from South Queensferry to Newbridge, incorporating Kirkliston and extending to Cramond.

There were 3,570 school pupils in the ward in the 2015 figures and this has led to a requirement for a new school in South Queensferry.  Funding for this was confirmed in January 2016.

Head Teacher John Wood said in 2016 : “The school’s staff, pupils, parents and partners are excited by the new build and the contribution we can make to its design. It will give us opportunities to make sure that the facilities are appropriate for the most up to date thinking around learning and the courses that we can offer our young people.

“Of course we will also need to challenge ourselves to look ahead to the future generations of young people who will follow and how they too may benefit from this exciting new phase of Queensferry Community High School.”

In 2012 8413 votes were cast from an electorate of 18996. This was a turnout of 44.3% which had reduced from 63.3% in 2007.

This was the way the results turned out last time.

Candidates for this ward in 2017 are:

Graham Hutchison is the Conservative candidate.

Bruce Whitehead is the Labour candidate.

Bruce will be campaigning on the party’s manifesto launched formally in March 2017, the draft of which is reproduced here:

Kevin Lang is a Liberal Democrat candidate

Louise Young is the second Liberal Democrat candidate.

Norman Work SNP

Norman Work SNP

Councillor Work was elected at Stage One in 2012, and has been a Bailie and Carers’ Champion during this administration.

Pamela Mitchell SNP

Pamela Mitchell is also an SNP candidate.

Pamela Mitchell has a Facebook page here. 

At the time of initial publication of this article (19 April 2017) we have not yet been able to interview any of these candidates.

If you are one then do get in touch and we will update this page accordingly.

 


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