Young Independent is hoping it’s “second time lucky”
Announcing his bid today, Xander McDade, 23, said he was hoping it would be “second time lucky” for him after previously standing for the Highland Ward of Perth & Kinross Council when he was 18. Back in 2012 he reached the final round of the count, coming ahead of several party candidates and another independent in a hard fought race.
“I got involved in politics from an early age, helping campaign against the demolition of first our local curling rink and then the Bank House in the middle of Pitlochry by the same developer. Watching the dreadful planning process where there was no requirement for local people to be consulted about a development that would have a major impact on them, made me passionate about local democracy and ensuring local peoples voices are heard.”
“People want someone local who will stand up for the best interests of their area and put those interests ahead of party politics and I think that is the important role Independent councillors can play. I love the area I live in and that’s why I want to stand up and represent the people of Highland Perthshire.”
“As in my previous campaign I will be focusing on local issues that matter to people in the ward such as protecting our rural schools from budget cuts; building more council houses; and reforming our local democracy so that local people get much more of a say in the decisions that affect them. I believe we should be looking to increase the powers of Community Councils and have local area planning committees rather than a centralised one in Perth, where the vast majority of councillors will not live in the ward affected by the decisions they make.”
Xander is currently a manager in a local delicatessen and spoke of the importance of helping local business. “I know from my own experience managing a shop in a rural town that more needs to be down to help small business in Perthshire. Local businesses are not just affected by excessive rate rises, but also falling footfall as visitors are deterred by parking charges, and more tour companies bypassing towns which charge for public toilets. I believe the council should extend its free parking from 15 minutes to three hours and abolish toilet charges, which would dramatically improve the experience of visitors and shoppers to our town centres and encourage more people to stop/stay in town.”
Voters wishing to contact Xander to discuss issues, or who want to support his campaign may call him on 07956252909, email on email@example.com or go to his website – votexander.co.uk
(Released to the press on 28th March 2017)