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National award nomination for Garioch councillor

By Chris Cromar

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An East Garioch councillor has been nominated for a local government award thanks to his work on rural issues.

Councillor Glen Reid has been nominated for the Local Government Information Unit's (LGiU) Scotland Councillor Awards' Rural Community Champion category.

This award is for councillors in predominantly rural constituencies who have gone above and beyond in supporting their communities'.

One of councillor Reid's major successes this year was getting traffic calming measures implemented at Kintore School, with traffic calming being implemented, a move which Councillor Reid described as being “probably one of my best days at council”.

Commenting on his nomination, he said: “I was delighted and humbled to find out that I had been nominated, let alone shortlisted for the Rural Community Champion award.

“When I was elected in 2017, I was determined that by the time my five-year term was finished, I would have improved all the towns and villages in my East Garioch ward.

“Whilst I have managed to achieve quite a lot, including opening the Midmill School astro pitch up after school hours to all community groups and successfully campaigning for Kintore and Blackburn to be included in the seasonal garden waste collection scheme, it is the traffic calming project on School Road outside Kintore School that I am most proud of. “It is hard achieving change as an opposition councillor, but as I've shown repeatedly, it can be done, and I won't stop trying to have a positive impact in our communities.”

For the second year running, the Councillor Awards have been showcasing the best of local government.

The Councillor Awards are the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of individual councillors across Scotland and have a total of eight categories.

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced at this year’s ceremony, which is taking place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 28 at Edinburgh City Chambers.

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