Name: Stewart Douglas Electoral Ward: North Isles Description: Independent
I moved to Shetland over 13 years ago to work with Shetland Islands Council and I’m known to many in the North Isles from my former role as a building standards surveyor.
These days I run my own consultancy business which brings me to the North Isles on a weekly basis providing professional support services on a major construction project, as well as obtaining planning permission and building warrants on behalf of businesses and homeowners, through to supervising, monitoring, and carrying out air tightness tests on the many self-build housing projects. My work also involves supporting haulage businesses.
I hold chartered membership status of a number of construction related professional bodies as well the institute of logistics and transport. With a career spanning over 40 years, I have worked for a number of local authorities and in more recent times have been involved locally in a number of projects including the Shetland Gas Plant and the Scalloway fish market redevelopment.
At 60 years old the time is right for me to now use my expertise for the benefit of our local communities. While the North Isles face exciting times, there are also many challenges to overcome to maintain and improve our quality of life and make the isles an even better place for everyone to live and work.
It would be simply wrong for me to promise that if elected I will resolve every issue we have, but what I will do is ensure our voice is heard where and when it counts! – being your councillor will not be about me – it’ll be about you and ensuring your needs, wants, and aspirations are promoted at every opportunity.
Once elected I will be accessible to everyone, and encourage involvement from all across the ward in all relevant council matters.
Democracy will only work if people stand for election, and people vote – I would encourage everyone to register to vote. One work colleague in his 20s recently commented that in his adult lifetime he had never had the opportunity to vote in a local council election, and the seats had always been awarded to candidates uncontested.
Anyone who is registered and is over the age of 16 can vote – it’s your chance to have a say in your future! You can register to vote at the following link:- https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/register-vote-and-update-your-details
In the coming months the cost of living and energy crisis will gradually cause more and more suffering in many households. While the cause is mainly down to the inaction of central government over many years, and I appreciate there is little SIC can do help, I will stand by you through this time and do whatever I can including donating at least 10 per cent of my renumeration from my role as an SIC councillor to charities or local organisations who can ensure help will reach those who are suffering.
Is there’s something you would like to discuss – drop me a note – strictest confidence will be observed at all times.