Alford resident Robbie Withey has been selected as one of your two Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidates for the local council elections in May.
After his selection Robbie said, “I love living and working here with my family. We have so much on our doorstep, wonderful tourist attractions, locally farmed produce readily available and fantastic local shops”.
“I run a small crafting business and my wife works in a school, like many others we often struggle to balance the working to pay bills with spending important family time together with our son. The SNP have increased council tax rates in Aberdeenshire putting yet more pressure on already stretched family finances, despite the increase they have still cut our local council budget by £3.3m making us the 3rd lowest funded council in Scotland”.
“We in the North East produce 18% of Scotlands economic output with only 8% of the population, I want to see us getting the investment we’re so long overdue. We have talented people making great products right on our doorstep so let’s fight for investment in sectors such as the food and drink industry, farming, agriculture and tourism. I support the freezing of business rates to help our local shops.”
“I will campaign in council for better public transport links to Aberdeen and Inverurie, better parking facilities on the main street and the regeneration of currently vacant retail units and public spaces”.