|Candidate Name||George Smith|
|Electoral Ward||Shetland South|
|Description (if any)||Independent|
Although there is to be no election in Shetland South I think it is important to set out what I see as the key priorities for the next council.
- Deliver the best possible public services within available resources which protect and prioritise our most vulnerable – young people, the elderly and those with additional needs.
- Protect funding for schools and ensure all children can make the best start and have the resources and support needed to achieve their potential
- Invest in apprenticeships, Further and Higher Education
- Provide quality social care services based on the needs of the individual, supporting people in their homes where possible
- Pursue Scottish Government for fair funding for internal and external ferry services
- Secure high speed broadband and mobile phone coverage for all households
- Provide social housing where it is needed
- Continue to fight fuel poverty
- Lobby UK and Scottish government for better consideration of the needs of the islands
- Support youth work and encourage healthy lifestyles from a young age
- Seek a democratically accountable Shetland Charitable Trust
I shall continue to do my best for all constituents in Shetland South and look to represent the community’s views at council meetings as we seek the best outcomes for Shetland South and Shetland generally.
There are a number of local issues which I believe will come up over the next five years and these include
- The future of Sandwick Junior High School secondary department I shall not support any proposal for the closure of a school unless the wider school community believe this to be the best option on educational grounds
- Ensuring that the most vulnerable in our community get the social care best suited to their needs
- Improved broadband coverage to areas not presently served in Shetland South
- Improvements to A970 in Levenwick and a resolution to the speed issues through Quarff
I do not intend going around the doors or publishing a leaflet but I am keen to hear from anyone who wants to discuss these or any other issues or concerns.
Phone: 01950 431322