Folllowing the success of the Holyrood elections in 2016, The Scottish Green Party now have 6 MSPs within the Scottish Parliament who are proving to be an effective and constructive opposition. On the 4th of May this year, we have a real chance of electing our first group of local councillors in Ayrshire. But to help make this happen, we need to reach more people than ever before.
Green Councillors across the country have been making a difference working with all parties to build a better Scotland. Some examples range from -
Five Green councillors on City of Edinburgh Council have:
- Ensured no-one would be evicted for bedroom tax rent arrears
- Championed action on empty homes
- Played a leading role in extending participatory budgeting throughout the council
- Secured commitment to phase out harmful weedkiller
- Spearheaded action to protect common good property
- Pushed for a Green City Deal for investment in a sustainable economy
- Stood shoulder to shoulder with trade unions and poverty campaigners in defending public services against cuts
Four Green councillors on Glasgow City Council have:
- Improved outdoor spaces and sports centres with support for community gardens across the city, repairs to Woodside Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool and improvements to Old Station Park, Kelvingrove bandstand, the Kelvin Walkway and Pinkston Paddlesports Centre.
- Delivered a low carbon heating policy for Glasgow City Council - Green motion adopted by the Council.
- Helped local businesses – supported the Byres Road Business Improvement District
- Campaigned with community councillors for action on air pollution.
- Developed a waste prevention, reuse and recycling for the Council, schools and social work centres.
Green Councillor Martin Ford, working collaboratively with independent Cllr Paul Johnston, in Aberdeenshire has:
- Delivered extra investment (£250,000) per year in walking and cycling.
- Secured council support for re-opening the Dyce to Ellon railway as part of the Aberdeen City Region deal.
- Made climate change now one of the council's overarching strategic priorities.
Green councillor Ian Baxter in Midlothian has:
- Abolished music tuition fees in schools – a Green amendment to the Budget 2015/16 was accepted by SNP/Independent administration in return for accepting other measures in the budget. The fees are being phased out over two years.
- Delivered a strong anti-TTIP motion passed by Midlothian Council – a Green amendment to weak motion proposed by the SNP was accepted and the amended motion passed.
- Persuaded the council to ensure superfast broadband is installed in new developments, introduction of webcast meetings, and investigate ways it can generate renewable energy and offer lower prices to local residents.
Green Councillor Mark Ruskell on Stirling Council has:
- Won the campaign to protect the Park of Keir greenbelt against a celebrity backed executive housing and sports development
- Won concessions in the Local Development Plan to protect the greenbelt
- Worked with Dunblane businesses to successfully resist an out of town supermarket
- Championed the successful roll out of cycle training in the majority Stirling Schools
- Committed the Council to support the Unison Ethical Care Charter
- Led the case for investment in low energy street lighting, renewable energy, a social enterprise strategy and school meal improvements - all now being pursued by the Council
They’ve made a difference for the people of Scotland. But this is just the beginning. Imagine what we could acheive with more Green councillors in Ayrshire and beyond. Green councillors are commited to working on protecting services, creating homes and connecting communites. Putting power in your hands.
Can you help make it happen? Please donate what you can and help us reach more voters than ever before and ensure that Ayrshire has a Green voice.
If you'd like to find out more about our campaign across Ayrshire, check out our Ayrshire Greens Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter at @ayrshiregreens, email us firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.ayrshiregreens.wordpress.com