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Election / Coleman puts himself forward for Lerwick South ward

Peter Coleman.

ANOTHER candidate has come forward to stand in the upcoming council election for the Lerwick South ward.

Peter Coleman, who is the local manager of electrical wholesaler Rexel, has thrown his hat into the ring for the 5 May election.

He was born in Papa Stour but has lived all over Shetland including Whiteness, Bressay and Lerwick.

Coleman recently moved to Gulberwick with his wife and four children.

He said he takes a “close interest” in local politics and served as a member of the Hjaltland Housing Association committee for nine years – while he also spent three years on Lerwick Community Council.

Coleman said he wants to use his voice to improve housing options in Shetland.

“After being on Hjaltland Housing Association committee I recognise the need for an increase in good quality housing,” he said.

Coleman said he is keen for the council to support people as best as it can through the cost of living crisis, while he recognises a need to make Shetland an “attractive place for our young people to want to live, work and engage with their community”.

He also advocates the council being “ambitious and more autonomous in the decisions it makes which impact on the local people”.

The Lerwick South ward will see four seats up for grabs.

On Friday senior councillor Cecil Smith confirmed he will seek re-election in the ward, while colleagues Amanda Hawick and John Fraser previously indicated their desire to stand.

Nominations are open for the 5 May council elections until 4pm on 30 March. More information about standing can be found here.