PKC Local Government Election 4/5/2017
– On Monday 13th March 2017 the Council will publish the Notice for the above Election with a deadline of 29th March 2017 for nominations and withdrawals of candidacy (see election timetable).
After taking soundings locally, I am currently preparing to stand again as an Independent candidate for the Kinross-shire Ward, an area I have been proud to represent since May 1999.
I have a campaign team in place and wish to continue for a fifth, and possibly final, term in making Kinross-shire’s voice heard up at Perth and protecting it’s identity and interests that should not be compromised by party positions.
There remain a number of matters that are ongoing and which I am currently heavily involved in. Unfinished business for me includes, amongst others in the shire, campaigns relating to landscape, planning, roads and footpaths and I would particularly mention the following:
- Restoring the landscape designations for the Cleish Hills and the River Devon Gorge around Rumbling Bridge.
- Securing Regional Park Status for the Ochil Hills.
- Delivering capital improvements to the A977 between Blairingone and Turfhills in ongoing consultation with the community.
- Ensuring the B9097 Action Plan is delivered and improved between Crook of Devon and the Fife boundary near Westfield.
- Delivering on the proposed pedestrian safety measures in Kinnesswood and Scotlandwell following community consultation.
- Improving Kinross High Street Regeneration Scheme following community representation and exploring economic and tourism initiatives to improve our County Town and Lochleven’s surrounds for residents and visitors.
- Ensure that our PKC Local Development Plan 2 progresses, as far as possible , in accordance with community views, especially following further consultation on development zoning proposals in Fossoway; enhancing the policy protection of Lochleven’s catchment and reviewing policies in relation to Gypsy/Traveller sites.
- Maintaining my continuing commitment to argue for an Area Planning Committee for Kinross-shire to arrest a clear ‘democratic deficit’ and for continuing improvements needed to our current ‘failed’ planning process.
Hopefully I can continue with such work-in-progress if I receive the community’s backing on 4th May.
Councillor Mike Barnacle