Councillor Paul Johnston has announced his intention to stand again for a seat in Mid-Formartine.
Paul first won his seat in Meldrum in 1995, as a Liberal Democrat. Since boundary changes, he now sits as a Democratic Independent councillor for Mid-Formartine. He describes his interests as being in planning and waste issues, is chair of a national community recycling network and is a strong advocate of social enterprise and development trusts. He has also led the Democratic Independents as a group.
“I believe I still have a lot to offer all of the Communities that make up the huge expanse of the ward of Mid-Formatiine,” he said. ”From Oldmeldrum, Methlick, Tarves and Pitmedden, over to Potterton and Balmedie, I hope I have made a contribution with a record of action.“
Cllr Johnston formerly sat as a Liberal Democrat before leaving the party due to clashes over the decision to grant planning permission to the Trump International development at Menie.
“Sticking up for what is right and doing the best for my constituents is what I believe in. Many people will be thinking about putting trust, openness and fairness ahead of party loyalty in deciding who should be their Councillors. I hope my independent stance will be backed before party votes when deciding this local election. I am strongly in support of keeping services and preventing cuts in classroom support or services for the elderly. I have a record of action and I promise more.”