Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Scottish Council Elections, 2012, An Introduction

In less than a month, Scots go to the polls to elect their councillors for the next four years. Nominations for candidates have closed and councils have published lists of the candidates, although I have not seen much campaigning yet.

The local election campaigns do not make the headlines to the same extent as a General Election but our councillors can have a significant influence on local environmental issues through local policies and their implementation of national policies. Particular environmental issues in my area include, not in any particular order:
  • Fuel Poverty - a significant proportion of households are now in fuel poverty in Glasgow
  • Air Pollution - Parts of Glasgow regularly fail to meet air quality standards
  • Sustainable public transport - public transport use has declined over the past year and operators are threatening to cut services further
  • Recycling - Glasgow has the poorest recycling record of all local authorities in Scotland
  • Biodiversity - Although Glasgow is a predominantly urban local authority, biodiversity and access to open places is still important
  • Local development plans - through local development plans, councilors have the ability to influence how green the city is for decades to come
  • New Housing - by insisting on the highest standards for new housing, councilors can set the city on a more sustainable path.


Please feel free to add any other environmental issues in the comment box below.

There are other important concerns which will feature in the election such as employment, health, education and social care but many of these can be addressed with or without regard to the environment. I would hope that the prospective councillors can consider improvements to the local environment as being integral to improving the standards of living for the city's residents.

I live in Glasgow's East Centre Ward which will elect four councillors from the following list:


Local Elections 2012 - List from Glasgow City Council website
Ward: 18 - East Centre
ALEXANDER, Keenan
Party NameScottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Candidate Address97 Marfield Street Glasgow G32 6EY
Election AgentMartyn McIntyre
Agent's Address570 Mosspark Boulevard GLASGOW G52 1SD
BALLANTYNE, Nina
Party NameScottish Green Party
Candidate AddressFlat 2-2 143 Elderslie Street Glasgow G3 7AW
Election AgentStuart Clay
Agent's AddressScottish Green Party Suite 4/1 52 St Enoch Square GLASGOW G1 4AA
DOCHERTY, Frank
Party NameScottish Labour Party
Candidate AddressFlat Ground-2 102 Roslea Drive Glasgow G31 2RR
Election AgentDomonic Dowling
Agent's AddressScottish Labour Party John Smith House 145 West Regent Street, GLASGOW G2 4RE
DUNN, Jennifer
Party NameScottish National Party (SNP)
Candidate AddressFlat 2-2 53 Sannox Gardens Glasgow G31 3JE
Election AgentSean McGivern
Agent's Address8 Croftspar Grove Sprinboig GLASGOW G32 0JY
LAIRD, Steven
Party NameUK Independence Party
Candidate Address61 Camp Road Garrowhill Baillieston Glasgow G69 6QP
Election AgentSteven Laird
Agent's Address61 Camp Road Garrowhill Baillieston GLASGOW G69 6QP
LEE, Alan
Party NameScottish Liberal Democrats
Candidate AddressHouse 25 39 Braid Square Glasgow G4 9YQ
Election AgentRichard Stalley
Agent's Address73 Jordanhill Drive GLASGOW G13 1UW
MCDOUGALL, Elaine
Party NameScottish Labour Party
Candidate AddressFlat 1-4 110 Roebank Street Glasgow G31 3EA
Election AgentDomonic Dowling
Agent's AddressScottish Labour Party John Smith House 145 West Regent Street, GLASGOW G2 4RE
O'DONNELL, Daniel
Party NameScottish Socialist Party
Candidate Address11 Piershill Street Glasgow G32 6LL
Election AgentColin Rutherford
Agent's AddressScottish Socialist Party Suit 370 4th Floor Central Chambers 93 Hope Street G2 6LD
PATERSON, Fraser
Party NameGlasgow First
Candidate Address20 Caledonia Drive Baillieston Glasgow G69 7DL
Election AgentCraig Paterson
Agent's Address20 Caledonia Drive Baillieston GLASGOW G69 7DL
ROBERTSON, Russell
Party NameScottish Labour Party
Candidate Address1692 Gartloch Road Glasgow G69 8EN
Election AgentDomonic Dowling
Agent's AddressScottish Labour Party John Smith House 145 West Regent Street, GLASGOW G2 4RE
RULLKOTTER, Colin
Party NameScottish National Party (SNP)
Candidate Address25 Circus Drive Glasgow G31 2JN
Election AgentSean McGivern
Agent's Address8 Croftspar Grove Sprinboig GLASGOW G32 0JY


Over the coming weeks, I intend to investigate where the candidates and their parties stand on environmental issues locally and across the city.

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