Introducing Martin Docherty
The candidate to replace Bill Kidd
Whilst the SNP Candidate Martin Docherty was born in Glasgow he was brought up across the border in nearby Clydebank, returning to live in Glasgow in 2000 - having just completed his university studies he subsequently went on to achieve his postgraduate degree in Glasgow in 2004.
Martin has been involved with Scottish National Party since he was a teenager and was elected as Scotland’s youngest Councillor at the age of 21 to the former Clydebank District Council for a four year term. This has given Martin first hand knowledge of the workings of local government and he is keen to put his knowledge in to use to the benefit of the people of Drumchapel and Anniesland.
Martin is a committed community volunteer, a member and trustee of several community based organisations in both Glasgow and Clydebank, relating to health, housing and regeneration.
A message from Martin:
"During the last two years working closely with Bill, I have become critically aware of the issues that affect the various communities within the Drumchapel/Anniesland Ward. As can be seen we have regular trips around the ward discussing the most recent problems, we do not always see eye to eye on the solutions to these problem but we always seem to thrash out the best way forward at the end of the day.
"Among the many problems in the ward there are some that I believe are more urgent, though not necessarily more important, than others. I will, for instance, be seeking assurances from Glasgow City Council on the future of our Schools especially Blairdardie Primary School which has been graded D…or as locals say D for Dangerous!
"As an SNP Councillor I will also be seeking reassurances that the regeneration of Drumchapel town centre continues apace rather than gathering dust, which would be nothing more than a waste of the money that has already been invested.
"As a public transport user I am well aware of the impact of the limited services in the area and will be calling on the City Council to pressure bus companies, which receive substantial subsidies from you the tax payer, to be more effective in meeting your needs and to deliver efficient, regular and safe bus service across the ward"
Some other demands Martin will be making:
- Full, open and transparent consultation on schools estate in Glasgow
- Reduced class sizes in Glasgow
- Local housing investment for communities in Glasgow
- Full involvement of all communities and housing associations in housing developments in Glasgow
- An end to GHA dominance of local housing