Provost to stand again

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Aberdeenshire Provost, Bill Howatson, is to stand for election again in the Mearns ward on May 3.

Cllr. Howatson, who has been Provost since 2007 and is standing as a Scottish Liberal Democrat, said: “ I have served my constituents in Kincardineshire since 1999, and have decided to stand this year to continue the work I have done over the years.

“This election is about delivering local services, and I am proud of what the Administration of Aberdeenshire has done locally in tough times.

“I have lived in the St Cyrus area for 25 years, and served on the local community council before being elected in 1999. My family has grown up in the Mearns and been educated at St Cyrus Primary and Mearns Academy.

“My constituents have been at the heart of my way of working and I have worked to represent them effectively and have earned a reputation as a proactive, listening councillor.

“I have a track record of getting things done throughout my ward in terms of flooding, fighting for a new Mearns Academy, dealing with transport issues, giving solid backing to community councils and local groups and assisting with funding issues.

“It has been a particular privilege to serve as Provost of Aberdeenshire for the past five years in tandem with dealing with local issues.

“And I was also privileged last year to be appointed chairman of NHS Grampian, underlining my passionate commitment to health improvement.”