SNP announce candidates for local election

Councillors Stephen Smith and Stuart Pratt have been reselected by SNP members within the Ward
Councillors Stephen Smith and Stuart Pratt have been reselected by SNP members within the Ward

The Scottish National Party has announced the two candidates it will be fielding in the Peterhead South & Cruden ward of Aberdeenshire Council.

Sitting councillors Stuart Pratt and Stephen Smith have been unanimously reselected by SNP members within the Ward.

Cllr Stuart Pratt said: “It’s a privilege to be nominated again by the SNP members in this area.

“For most of the time I’ve been a councillor, Aberdeenshire has been run by various coalitions of Tories, Lib Dems and Independents, but nearly two years ago the SNP and other progressive councillors formed a new Administration.

“Since that time – and for the first time – we’ve seen a focus on Peterhead and Buchan the like of which we’ve not seen before.

“I’ve been proud to be part of a team locally which has finally brought plans for a new Peterhead Academy to the stage where we’re consulting on where it should be.

“We’ve also seen attainment levels at the current academy on a par with Aberdeenshire and ahead of comparator schools.

“We mustn’t get complacent as there’s still much to do and investment in a new academy is a vital part of that.

“I’ve also been proud that the SNP delivered a new all-weather pitch at Balmoor.”

Stephen Smith, said: “I’m delighted plans for a new academy in Peterhead are progressing.

“There is an opportunity to really develop the sport and leisure facilities as well and make this a win-win for the Buchan area, and I’m particularly keen to see the current theatre developed and expanded to include more facilities and make it more attractive, contributing to the town centre.

“In Cruden Bay, I was delighted when we finally managed to secure a replacement for the Ladies Bridge, which is essential for access to the beach and for the local tourist economy.

“In Hatton, when the bridge in the centre of the village was damaged by flooding, cutting the village in two, Stuart and I managed to persuade the council to put up a temporary bridge, saving local residents a long detour and helping local businesses retain their trade.”