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SNP Announce Candidates for Peterhead South & Cruden Ward

>> 21 March 2017

The Scottish National Party has announced the two candidates it will be fielding in the Peterhead South & Cruden ward of Aberdeenshire Council.

Sitting councillors Stuart Pratt and Stephen Smith have been unanimously reselected by SNP members within the Ward.

Peterhead South & Cruden comprises that part of Peterhead south of a line roughly along the middle of West Road/Meethill Road/Kinmundy Road as well as the villages of Boddam, Longhaven, Cruden Bay and Hatton. It elects three councillors and the SNP are fielding two candidates in this ward.

Cllr Stuart Pratt said:

“It’s a privilege to be nominated again by the SNP members in this area. For most of the time I’ve been a councillor, Aberdeenshire has been run by various coalitions of Tories, Lib Dems and Independents. But nearly two years ago the SNP and other progressive councillors formed a new Administration.

“Since that time – and for the first time – we’ve seen a focus on Peterhead and Buchan the like of which we’ve not seen before. I’ve been proud to be part of a team locally which has finally brought plans for a new Peterhead Academy to the stage where we’re consulting on where it should be.

“For the first time this year we’ve also seen attainment levels at the current academy on a par with Aberdeenshire and ahead of comparator schools. We mustn’t get complacent as there’s still much to do and investment in a new academy is a vital part of that.

“I’ve also been proud that the SNP delivered a new all-weather pitch at Balmoor. This is a great facility which was long-overdue, having been neglected by the previous Independent/Tory Administration. We now need to look at the running track and also ensure we get upgraded sports facilities. So there’s still much to do but in education and sports facilities in particular, we’ve made a flying start.”

Commenting on his selection, Stephen Smith, said:

“I think it’s fair to say that there has been more achieved locally in the last couple of years since the SNP took over the running of Aberdeenshire Council than we’ve seen for quite some time.

“I’m delighted plans for a new academy in Peterhead are progressing. There is an opportunity to really develop the sport and leisure facilities as well and make this a win-win for the Buchan area, and I’m particularly keen to see the current theatre developed and expanded to include more facilities and make it more attractive, contributing to the town centre.

“In Cruden Bay, I was delighted when we finally managed to secure a replacement for the Ladies Bridge, which is essential for access to the beach and for the local tourist economy. In Hatton, when the bridge in the centre of the village was damaged by flooding, cutting the village in two, Stuart and I managed to persuade the council to put up a temporary bridge, saving local residents a long detour and helping local businesses retain their trade.

“I’m honoured to be chosen again by party members living in Peterhead, Boddam, and Cruden to stand again for election. If re-elected, I will continue to do my best for the area and for my local community.”

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