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Digital Subscriptions > The Oban Times & Lochaber Times > 27th April 2017 > Meet the candidates hoping for your vote in next month’s council election

Meet the candidates hoping for your vote in next month’s council election

Susan Carstairs

Scottish Labour, ward 11

I grew up in Edinburgh and worked for 20 years in London with refugees from Chile and other countries.

I’ve been in the Highland since 1992, working at the Arisaig Hotel from 1994 to 1997, and for the last 18 years on environmental issues in Lochaber and across the Highlands with Lochaber Environmental Group and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. Over the last 35 years, wealth has shifted from the public sector to the private and a shift from public control to free market control. Both these changes have damaged society and left us without funds to run our hospitals, transport, education and social care.

Scotland has partially resisted the trend for privatisation but local government is starved of funds to provide essential services. Highland Council has made strenuous efforts to do more with less but a new arrangement is needed to provide the resources needed.

The environment is a priority for me. We should develop a programme for sustainable land use across Lochaber involving farmers, landowners, businesses and residents. Protect our valuable peatland carbon, increase local food production, make maximum use of our renewable energy generation potential, raise recycling rates and the take up of composting, improve public transport and ensure our deer and other wildlife are managed sustainably.

Denis Rixon

Liberal Democrat, ward 11

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