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SNP Win Vote in Fraserburgh & District Ward

>> 9 May 2017

The SNP in Fraserburgh was celebrating after coming first in Fraserburgh & District at last week’s local elections in terms of total votes with both of the party’s sitting councillors being returned.

Against an increased vote for the Tories across Aberdeenshire, the SNP saw off the challenge locally and topped the polls once again with 1,522 first preference votes.

Commenting, Banff & Buchan Westminster SNP candidate Eilidh Whiteford said:


“I’m delighted that Charles Buchan and Brian Topping have been re-elected to serve the people of the Fraserburgh & District ward and congratulate them on their vote. Our third candidate, David Donn, ran an excellent campaign on local issues which was well received and I congratulate him on a well-fought election, as I do the other candidates.”

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SNP Win Back Banff Seat from Tories

>> 8 May 2017

By-Election Loss Reversed as Reynolds Elected at Stage 1

SNP activists and supporters were celebrating winning back the Banff & District seat from the Conservatives on Friday. After the votes were counted at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre, Glen Reynolds was elected at stage one of the count, reversing the result of the by-election held last November.

Commenting on his election, Councillor Glen Reynolds said:

"I am delighted to be given this opportunity to serve all the people of Banff & District ward, and not just those who voted or supported me. Taxpayers and their families should expect to see a great deal of hard work from me, and that work starts now.

“I follow in the footsteps of the late Cllr Ian Gray, who was devoted to the residents of the ward and my election is a great opportunity to do him, and those same residents, proud. I look forward to working with councillor colleagues and especially the people of the area, to ensure that local services are protected in difficult and uncertain times ahead."

Banff & Buchan SNP candidate Eilidh Whiteford added:

“I’m very pleased for Glen who put a huge effort into winning back this seat from the Tories and has been rewarded for that effort by the voters. Glen will be an excellent councillor for Banff & District.”

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Parking Issues at New Sports Centre: Glen Reynolds Welcomes 'Urgent Consideration'

>> 28 April 2017

SNP candidate for Banff & District Glen Reynolds has welcomed a commitment from Aberdeenshire Council that parking issues around the new Deveron Sports & Community Centre will be given “urgent consideration” by the council.

Residents in Bellevue Road raised concerns over parking congestion in the area with Mr Reynolds who took the matter up with local MSP Stewart Stevenson. Now, the local MSP has received a response from the council’s Area Manager stating:

“The Chief Executive has asked me to give this matter urgent consideration and a suite of measures will be developed not only to encourage responsible car parking but also car usage.”

Commenting, Glen Reynolds said:

"Wonderful resources like the new sports facility in Banff, can result in nearby residents becoming victims of the success and popularity of such a popular venue.

“Following concerns raised by local residents and in collaboration with the MSP, I am very pleased that Aberdeenshire Council is taking the view such parking issues require urgent attention. I envisage some measures being taken to ensure that parking in designated areas is prioritised, but I think that there are other measures we all have to consider these days, such as car sharing where possible. It is not an easy problem to solve."

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Councillors Welcome A90 Hatton Speed Limit Review & Stirling Village Safety Measures

>> 24 April 2017

Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councillor Stephen Smith has welcomed commitments from BEAR Scotland that the speed limit on the A90 through Hatton will be reviewed. BEAR have also said they intend commence design works this summer on increased pedestrian safety measures at Stirling Village for installation in the autumn.

Commenting, Cllr Stephen Smith said:

“These commitments from BEAR Scotland are very welcome. I am aware that the speed limit on the A90 going through Hatton has been an issue for quite some time and has been raised with me on many occasions by local residents. I am pleased that BEAR have now committed to a review of the speed limit and I look forward to this being done swiftly.

“The safety of pedestrians crossing the A90 at Stirling Village has been another cause for concern and myself and my Ward colleague Cllr Stuart Pratt have been pleased to support Boddam Community Council in their efforts to get improvements.

“This is now in the works plan and BEAR have committed to starting the design scheme for safety enhancements for pedestrians.”

Cllr Stuart Pratt added:

“These are very welcome developments in the short term. Longer term, I want to see the A90 upgraded from north of Ellon through to Peterhead with particular attention to the Toll of Birness junction being made safer. I believe this is achievable with the study being done by NESTRANS and will continue to campaign for better transport links, both road and rail, north from Aberdeen and Ellon to Peterhead.”

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