The Kirknewton Community Council election is being conducted as a full postal ballot. Ballot papers will be issued on 5th October to all electors whose names and addresses appear in the register that has been specifically drawn up for the Kirknewton Community Council election.
The deadline for receipt of ballot papers is
5pm on Thursday 26th October.
The count will take place on Thursday 26th October at 6pm and all candidates have been invited to attend and observe the proceedings.
PLEASE USE YOUR VOTE – IN THE LAST ELECTION 25% OF YOU VOTED – LETS MAKE IT MORE THIS TIME AROUND AND PLEASE VOTE!
CANDIDATES BIOGRAPHY & MANIFESTO
All candidates were offered the opportunity to give a short biography and election address. The print version will also be available closer to the election day.
MARTIN LEE BLAINEY
As a father of two I am standing for council to ensure our village has a successful future ahead of it, one of which my sons will be proud of. My wife and I are already active in the community and well known throughout which gives me a wider audience to interact with.
JULIA HELEN BRACEWELL
No election address
SUSAN MARY CAMPBELL
Kirknewton has been my home for 16 years. Keeping our village clean, safe and beautiful are priorities. Having pride in our community requires both attitude and action from every individual. Listening to one another, formulating a plan and working together is how we keep improving our village for our needs.
An HR Management, Employment Law and Litigation Consultant (retired), I am experienced in matters concerning people. Also, being a Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Board member gives me additional community-related perspective. Having lived in Kirknewton since 1994 I hope to contribute to the benefit of our village via the Community Council.
JOHN DAVID SHOLTO DOUGLAS
No election address
I’ve been resident in Kirknewton for 19 years . I have developed myself here as an individual. I run a successful environmental engineering company.I would like to bring alternative viewpoints that should implemented for future generations. Transparency & Representation of what we expect locally and possibly at a national level. I’m a keen environmentalist too.
Involved with many Community interests, youth groups, down through the years. At present, a Kirknewton Community Councillor where I am also the Planning Secretary. A member of Kirknewton Community Development Trust. Have a very through understanding of how a local Authority works. Who would appreciate your support ! Thank you.
I’ve lived in Humbie Holdings since 1974, and locally otherwise since early childhood – just about a local then. I joined the KCC 6 years ago for community assistance in addressing a problem local to Humbie and have always been impressed by the effort given in supporting the whole community.
I have lived in the village for over 10 years. I am a Civil Engineer with 20 year’s experience. I can bring to the council the ability to ask questions and get informed answers about issues like the transport, infrastructure, level crossing, broadband, development and renewables.
Fiona Halliday is a part time staff nurse and full time mum of 3 young children. She has lived in Kirknewton for 10 years and has an interest in community development and volunteering and has chaired committees within the village. Becoming a member of the community council, Fiona aims to act as an advocate for the children and young people. Another interest is supporting parents and carers of children with additional support needs in order to empower them and to alleviate isolation.
GRAHAM JOHN HAMILTON
Living as I do on the edge of the Kirknewton council area, and with my children now all flown, I intend to devote more time to the community. I already represent the Harperrig area on the Pentland Hills Consultative Forum and attend the local branch of the NFU.
PATRICIA STEWARD HASTINGS
Pat Hastings has been active on the Community Council for many years, has recently been involved in the recruitment of new ‘blood’. As Community Councils are the bridge between local authorities and communities, Pat encourages action and participates in making Public bodies aware of opinions and the needs of Kirknewton.
HUGH HUNTER GORDON
Have lived here for over 40 years. All our children attended the Primary School. A member of the Community Association in the late 70’s. For the last 12 years I have chaired the Council. My primary concerns are to develop community interests, enhance the community infrastructure and encourage the legitimacy of the Community Council through proper elections.
ANGEL JONES LYNCH
Hi. I am 20 years old and a 4th year student at Queen Margaret University. I am standing for election to the KCC because I feel it would be advantageous for the youth of Kirknewton to have someone relatively young to represent their interests on KCC. I have had some experience of committee work at both QMU and prior.
FRANK JOHN LYNCH
I have been on the KCC for a number of years now and I must admit it has been a very rewarding experience. I was brought up in Kirknewton and have always thought the village to be somewhat special compared to West Lothian as a whole and found the KCC to be an organisation which helps our little village punch above its weight.
SIAN WYNNE MARKX
Having lived in Kirknewton for almost a decade and through working in the Green Room, I understand what issues impact on local people of different ages and backgrounds. I will lend my voice to issues including social problems, public transport, planning and development, also supporting initiatives which engender community spirit.
IAIN ADAM MASTERTON
Iain recently retired from a career in computer software design. Born in Dunfermline, he studied at St. Andrews University before moving to Edinburgh and then, 30 years ago, to Kirknewton. Retirement allows Iain to re-explore long-lost interests, and contribute more fully to local life. He is married with two children.
STEWART JAMES McKENNA
I am a graduate of Heriot Watt and have owned my own businesses in heating, printing and e-commerce. Now retired my hobbies are energy and sailing. I built our house in Kirknewton in 1983, living here ever since. I have been a member of KCC for 18 years and I am currently Chair of Kirknewton Community Development Trust. Please vote to ensure a fully elected community council for our wonderful village.
I have lived in Kirknewton for 15 years I’m interested in the people and politics at the centre of this community. Having been a participant in the Community Council for some years, I have been most concerned about education, housing and the level crossing. I am a teacher at a local high school where I am a very active member of a vibrant department.
No election address
MARY ANNE HAMILTON PINKERTON
I have lived in Kirknewton for 35 years. We built our house and raised children who went to the local schools. I ran a catering business in Edinburgh. Now retired, I am interested in facilities to make us more active, young people’s chances, gardening, food and getting the village’s voice heard by statutory bodies and services.
MICHAEL WILLIAM RAE
My family have lived in the community for a long time and I’ve been in the community council for the last few years and I’d like the opportunity to help carry on the great work that’s been achieved so far for Kirknewton.
Resident for about 15 years. Career: Over 30 years management in Private Security Industry. Interested in Neighbourhood Watch- reducing anti-social behaviour – greater involvement of youths in positive activities – greater use of park for sports. Traffic issues including speeding in Main Street and surrounding area. Senior Citizen issues.
Kirknewton is listened to more by West Lothian Council and others when KCC is elected by the community. So please vote.
KCC should push for:
- Permanent pedestrian access across the railway line;
- Safer streets for all travelling on foot, bicycle, wheelchair or buggy;
- Offenders requiring close supervision should not be rehoused in communities with no full time authority presence.
JENNIFER SUSAN CLARE THOMSON
No election address – no email supplied
No election address
I live in Kirknewton and care about the community. I am a volunteer, a bookkeeper, a counsellor, and artist but enough about me I want to find out about YOU and being part of the community council will enable me to do the best for Kirknewton and the Kirknewton people.