Local couple to stand in May election

Colin and Anne are hoping to be local champions for their communities after the elections in May
Colin and Anne are hoping to be local champions for their communities after the elections in May

A couple from Mintlaw have been selected as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidates in the forthcoming local elections on May 4.

Colin Simpson will stand in Peterhead South and Cruden, and his wife Anne will stand in Central Buchan.

Colin works in Peterhead as a mental health support worker and sees this area, and the wider health and social care agenda, as a high priority for the Council and its partners.

He is also keen to see the Peterhead area achieve its full potential with investment in infrastructure.

Colin said: “I’ve been gathering the views of local people and the main issues across the ward in Peterhead, Boddam, Cruden Bay and Hatton are not health and social care or education but a clean, attractive environment.

“Folk are fed up with litter, dog poo and dirty streets. I know times are difficult for councils but we need to take these important local issues seriously and look at new ways of tackling them.”

Colin is a past chair and current member of Mintlaw Community Council, treasurer of Aden Community Allotments Association and a director of Buchan Community Farm.

Anne was a senior manager with Aberdeenshire Council until she retired a few years ago and has worked in the voluntary sector as a development worker which extended her understanding of this important area where she remains involved as a member of the Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action Board.

Anne said: “I know the Central Buchan villages well having worked as a local community worker and more recently through my volunteering with the Buchan Development Partnership and others.

“It’s the same three issues that have come top in Central Buchan as in the Peterhead area, namely education, health and social care and a clean, attractive environment.

“We need to listen to our local communities, take their issues seriously and work together to find solutions.”

Anne is vice-chair of Mintlaw and District Community Council and Mintlaw Gala Committee, treasurer of the Buchan Development Partnership, and chair of the Book of Deer Project.

She is a Board member of North East Scotland College, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action and Scottish Rural Action.