Midlothian Green Party hope to raise enough funds to deliver a leaflet to every house in Midlothian before the by-election on 10 September.
Loanhead community activist to stand for Greens in by-election.
Midlothian Green Party has chosen Loanhead resident and community activist Daya Feldwick as their candidate for the forthcoming Midlothian West by-election on 10 September. Daya has lived in Loanhead for 16 years and during this time has worked with groups in the community on a number of issues including local park improvements, provision of a skate park, community gardening, cycling, planning and renewable energy.
Daya has been involved in the A701 road campaign which is currently trying to save Damhead from unnecessary development. The plans go against the local residents' Neighbourhood Action Plan and include a new road which would cut the local community in half, destroy good agricultural land and decimate the huge chunk of already disappearing Green Belt.
Daya said "Building this road is not a sustainable transport solution as new roads only create more traffic. Improved public transport and better cycling provision would do much more to encourage people to ditch the car; and every person choosing to switch means one less car on the road. I'm standing in this election because Midlothian West Ward is under huge pressure from the development especially along the A701 corridor. The current allocation of land for housing is hugely excessive and the Council is not listening to the people asking to protect the settlements from coalescence".
"On top of this the next South East Scotland Structural Plan suggests more pressure on Midlothian to build private/market housing with insufficient public/social housing provision. Midlothian already has oversupply of land for market housing so there is no need to allocate so much more".
If elected Daya would give Midlothian its second Green Councillor. She would join Ian Baxter who currently represents Bonnyrigg Ward on Midlothian Council.