Aberdeenshire SNP launch Local Government Manifesto

The Aberdeenshire SNP have launched their manifesto for the 2022 local government elections, to be held on May 5.

By Dawn Renton
Monday, 18th April 2022, 9:00 am
The SNP Aberdeenshire candidates
The SNP Aberdeenshire candidates

The manifesto has four over-arching commitments; embracing the energy economy and securing a just transition; improving infrastructure; leading regeneration in towns across Aberdeenshire, and supporting local communities.

Further, it contains a number of key pledges, including a rolling programme of school improvements and replacements; a continued and enhanced affordable housing programme and a commitment to working with all communities to put resilience plans in place.

Commenting, Aberdeenshire SNP Group Leader, Cllr Gwyneth Petrie said: "The local elections give residents throughout Aberdeenshire the opportunity to choose their own local councillors, as well as who will run the council for the next five years.

"We've had five years of a Tory-led council here, and it is clear that they have drifted through this period, with no real vision for Aberdeenshire.

"These local elections come at a time when we are all feeling the impact of Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the worsening cost of living crisis.

"Aberdeenshire needs strong and progressive leadership - not the in-fighting and lack of presence from the current tory-led administration.

"Aberdeenshire needs change, and we stand ready to provide that, for the benefit of everyone living here."

Cllr Stephen Smith, Aberdeenshire SNP Deputy Group Leader, added: “The SNP Group on Aberdeenshire Council have provided constructive opposition over these past five years.

"We’ve supported proposals from the current Administration where we feel these are in the best interests of the council tax-payer and our local communities, and have put forward alternatives where we believe things could be improved.

“We’ve shown that we are willing to work with others in a pragmatic way to further the interests of Aberdeenshire and that is the approach we shall continue to take going forward.”