Tories’ candidate in Ellon

Ellon Conservative councillor Gillian Owen has been chosen to stand again in the forthcoming elections
Ellon Conservative councillor Gillian Owen has been chosen to stand again in the forthcoming elections

The Scottish Conservatives have selected Gillian Owen to stand again in the Ellon and District ward in the forthcoming council elections.

Councillor Owen was elected in 2007 and made it her mission to keep residents informed with what was happening in the local area.

She said: “I have prided myself on making myself accessible and informative.

“Much has been achieved but the wheels of local government do tend to go around fairly slowly.

“There is unfinished business - phase two of the park and ride, NESTRANS concluding their deliberations on the A90 corridor, upgrading the Toll of Birness junction, delivering quality council services at price we can afford, ensuring that all our pupils are competent in the core skills of literacy and numeracy, the three Rs, and lobby to keep business rates income local, not deducted from our grant.”

Mrs Owen added: “However, I have also found that it is the little things that matter - a drop kerb, a bus shelter or even

filling a pothole, issues that we face daily that need addressing and which can make all the difference.

“I have really enjoyed representing the residents of the Ellon and District ward for the last 10 years and I do hope the residents will give me the opportunity to continue as I believe I am a strong local voice for them.”

The SNP recently announced its line-up in the Ellon ward.

Aberdeenshire Council co-leader and current councillor Richard Thomson and local community worker Anouk Kloppert will be standing.