The Council elections are upon us. I have really enjoyed hearing from so many people as I have gone round Musselburgh in recent weeks and months. I live in the town with my wife and young daughter, and I’m determined to give our community a fresh voice on East Lothian Council.
It’s been great to hear that my community activity over the years has been noticed, from chairing the Burgh School Council to pushing for Local Nature Reserve status for the Levenhall lagoons, and from helping the Fisherrow Waterfront Group to pressing Scotrail and government ministers for action on local rail services.
I’ve been thanked for my work exposing the extent of Musselburgh’s traffic pollution problem, and in turn I’d like to thank the East Lothian/Musselburgh Courier for giving this serious issue the coverage it deserves.
It’s telling that when I’ve asked people what they’d like to see on the eyesore site on Mall Avenue they are surprised to be consulted. Our council must involve the community in what happens next so we make best use of this prime site. And my investigations into the secrecy surrounding the operation of Musselburgh’s biggest Common Good asset – the racecourse – have been vindicated by recent revelations of in-fighting, rising legal bills and the threat of racing being suspended.
I’ve shown that I will stand up for Musselburgh and get things done. I want to build on my community work as one of the town’s four councillors. The more number ones I get on ballot papers, the better, but whatever the result I will continue to be active in my community.
On Thursday 4 May, please vote Jason Rose “1”. Thank you.