|Candidate Name||Steven Coutts|
|Electoral Ward||Shetland West|
|Description (if any)||Independent|
I will look to continue to bring my younger, positive and constructive perspective to council proceedings. Over the last five years I have adopted a common sense approach to the role.
I am married to Cathrine, and we have two bairns, Rasmie and Martha Mae. We have lived in Weisdale since 2007.
I believe trust in your councillor is crucial. As I reflect on my 2012 manifesto and my commitments at the time, I can say that my actions over last five years matched my words. More so than ever before, we must have a council that is dedicated to achieving the best for the communities that they represent. We must make sure that resources are dedicated to genuine priority areas.
My priority is to listen, to engage and to take decisions that benefit those in Shetland West.
If the community tells us keeping bairns in the community is important we must listen and act on it. Areas will not thrive under cloud of uncertainty.
As North Isles councillor working with community we saw off closure threats and moratoriums put in place. Education and schools will no doubt be a major issue in Shetland West. I am ready to work with the community on this one.
We need transport services that are affordable. We need to improve broadband and mobile services in the west. This in turn will create new opportunities for employment, for accessing services, and improving the lives of all.
Due to a ruptured achilles my leg is in plaster until May, so I am personally unable to campaign door to door. I hope my track record will show I am a very able, capable councillor that you can trust.