5 APRIL 2022

Well-known local businesswoman Fiona Howard and Community Councillor Watson Robinson are determined to become strong voices for their local communities on Argyll and Bute Council.

The duo have been unveiled as Scottish Labour candidates in Lomond North and Helensburgh Central in the upcoming local council elections which will take place on May 5th.

Former editor of The Helensburgh Advertiser and board member of the Helensburgh & Lomond Chamber of Commerce, Fiona Howard, will stand in the Helensburgh Central ward.

Meanwhile Watson Robinson, who works at Coulport and is the chair of Garelochhead Community Council, will contest the Lomond North ward.

They have been endorsed by Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie who said: “I am absolutely delighted to have two determined local people seeking election to Argyll and Bute Council.

“I truly believe that the election of both Fiona and Watson would be a huge asset to local communities who are in desperate need of having their voices heard.

“Issues like the unwelcome proposal to merge headteachers across the authority and the controversial redevelopment of Kilcreggan Pier are high on the agenda for these clued-up candidates.

“They have the interests of their communities at heart.”

Fiona, who has lived and worked in the area for the last 50 years, said: “Over the last 10 years I have seen the way local events are funded change beyond recognition while seeing the volunteers who are the lifeblood of local events squeezed out by layers of bureaucracy.

“I fear for the future of our school pupils and our schools and I see small business owners disregarded and ignored again and again. There is a need for change and I will play my part by being a strong voice for Helensburgh Central.”

Watson said: “I grew up in the area and know the communities of Lomond North well. I also know the issues that local people are facing. Residents here need a strong voice that will stand up for them and I believe I can do that.

“As chair of Garelochhead Community Council, I have successfully staved off unwanted development at Portincaple, persuaded Scottish Water to replace the slip for public use at Garelochhead and I have worked with councillors to improve roads and infrastructure.

“These are just some of the successes I want to build on as Councillor for Lomond North.”

Picture: Fiona Howard, Jackie Baillie MSP and Watson Robinson. MSP supports Labour candidates for council elections on Thursday, May 5.

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