SNP’s victory secured at Montrose

MONTROSE voters played their part in helping the SNP secure victory at the local elections last week.

The Montrose Review was on hand at the election count in Arbroath’s Saltire Leisure Centre to watch the election count as the SNP bid to take the administration came down to the wire.

They needed a total of 15 seats to secure Angus Council and with Montrose being the last ward to be announced there were still two seats needed and only two SNP candidates left to fill them.

Elected in the first stage under the rules of the Single Transferable Vote were Bill Duff SNP and Mark Salmond Independent.

Paul Valentine SNP and David May Scottish Liberal Democrats were elected at the fourth and sixth stages respectively.

Montrose had a turnout of 34.46 per cent, the second lowest in Angus, just less than one per cent ahead of Arbroath East and Lunan, with the region as a whole experiencing average turnout rates of around 39.4 per cent.

Councillor Duff said: “I’m delighted with the result, I’m delighted with the faith the people of Montrose have placed in the SNP.

“I’m prepared to work as hard as I can for them in Angus Council and I’m pleased to join the SNP group which will be the ruling group in taking Angus forward.”

Asked what his priorities were, he remarked: “I think the financial issues for the council. Every council is under a lot of financial pressure and also securing good quality jobs for the town.”

Returning councillor Mark Salmond said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be elected again for the second time.

“I’m looking forward to working for Montrose and continuing the projects we have started.”

His priorities for the coming term would be the ones people raised most, such as littering and the High Street.

He explained: “Having spoken to many constituents we need to go back to the core issues of the town.”

Councillor David May said he was delighted to be re-elected and he was keen to tackle the issues of road re-surfacing and town facilities.

He said: “There are issues that we want to take forward in Montrose. We’re looking forward to the Montrose Leisure Centre opening later in the year.”

Councillor Paul Valentine added: “It’s been a long wait, from the time when they first started the count to the last declaration.

“I’m very happy to be back. I’m very happy the people of Montrose have shown their faith in me.”

First priority for Councillor Valentine will be deciding who does what in the new SNP-led council. He said: “We will need to sort out the roles of the councillors in the new administration.”