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Highland Council Candidate - Wick West
Neil MacDonald - Scottish Labour Party

Neil MacDonald

I was born in 1969 and lived in Lyth till the age of 5. I then moved to Thrumster where I attended primary school before moving on to Wick High School.

In 1985 I joined the Co-op in Wick on a YTS programme. I have stayed there ever since.

In 1995 I moved to West Banks Terrace. I have been married to Jennifer for 8 years.

Ive been a Shop Steward for over 13 years and have represented many USDAW members at many types of disciplinary hearings.  I believe that this experience would help me in being an effective councillor representing your interests.

Wick is going to make progress in the next 4 years.  We will see the Business Park come to fruition, and the results of investment by companies such as Wetherspoon, Belhaven and Lidl.

I would work with the community to develop leisure facilities such as a skateboard park for the young.
Labour has delivered free local bus travel for older people and the disabled, which is to be extended to cover travel across council boundaries.  I would work to ensure the success of the scheme.

I want a vibrant Wick with plenty going on; Im a supporter of the events in the Market Square, and local bands and Wick Players.

It is at community level that we could see a big difference, when we pull together to make Wick a brighter, cleaner and safer environment for all.

I would like to hear your views on local issues.

There is a saying that even the longest journey starts with one step. Together we can make a big difference to Wick.


I believe that Wick has bright future, and I would work to ensure that -
 - Wick is safe and free from crime and vandalism
 - Children are safe when they travel to and from school
 - The all weather surface is completed at Wick High School
 - More development of the Milton to Newton Hill path with adequate lighting

Predictions of doom and gloom and "talking down" our town only harm this community.  I'm a great believer in shopping locally, and I'm a supporter of our local talent such as Wick Players and local bands.

I would give my full support to anyone bringing bowling or a cinema to Wick.
Over 27 million investment has been made in Wick over the last 4 years including:

 - Upgrading the accident and emergency unit at Caithness General
 - A new police station
 - Wick High School Improvements
 - Companies such as Lidl, Wetherspoon and Belhaven
 - A new business park

Labour has delivered -
 - A nursery place for every 3 or 4 year old
 - Free nursing and personal care for older people
 - Free local bus travel for elderly and disabled people
 - Tuition fees abolished and student bursaries introduced

I have lived in the Wick area all mylife, and have worked in the Co-op for 17 years.