Local Conservatives have selected Matt Ventisei to be their candidate in the Greater Pollok ward, for the council election to be held on 5th May.
Matt said, "It’s a huge honour to be selected for the ward where I work full-time and spend a vast majority of my time in. I am looking forward to the coming campaign and raising issues of concern to local residents."
"The Greater Pollok ward takes in the communities of: Priesthill, Darnley, Nitshill, Jenny Lind, Hurlet and Pollok. If elected as your councillor in May, I will be an active and visible representative. A good local councillor can make the difference to an area, working with residents and community groups for the benefit of everyone locally. Councillors can sort out the small things like filling in potholes, replace missing street signs, and reporting missed bin collections; but helping individual constituents with a planning matter, housing or disability issues or anti-social behaviour, can really make the difference to individuals and communities. I want to be your local champion – your voice in the city chambers, not a distant voice from a building in George Square."
"Campaigning may be a little different due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, but I hope to be able to speak to as many residents as possible in the coming weeks to find out what really matters locally. I am delighted to be given this opportunity and look forward to the coming campaign."
The Scottish Conservatives are putting forward a Bill in the Scottish Parliament that would enshrine in law a guarantee that everyone in Scotland who needs drug treatment can receive it.
Scotland has the worst drugs deaths toll in Europe and the 2019 figure of 1,264 lives lost – three-and-a-half times more than in England and Wales – is expected to have been surpassed during the pandemic.
The proposed legislation would give people the right to the addiction treatment they need, including a residential rehabilitation place, and has the backing of seven drug campaign organisations. Services would also be put in place for the families of those struggling with addiction.
Matt Ventisei said, "Glasgow’s drug deaths crisis is an emergency and a tragedy we have to deal with. I am proud it is the Scottish Conservatives who are putting forward workable solutions. I support the proposed bill and hope it gets the cross-party support needed to become law."
(pic Matt highlights just one of the many potholes in the Pollock area)
Too many of our local roads are in a poor condition with many motorists experiencing damage to their cars after driving into one of the many pot holes across our city’s roads.
Matt Ventisei said, "The Scottish Conservatives have been calling for an emergency £200m Pot Hole Repair Fund to fix the very worst of the problem, but in addition, we want to see the SNP Government create a fair funding formula for local authorities, so as they are not the first place Government goes to look for savings, which means that council budgets are slashed and local services suffer."
"As your local councillor, I will take immediate action to identify where the worst pot holes are in the area in order to report this to the city council and get them repaired as quickly as possible. A plan needs to be developed to deal with this problem and if elected, I would be pushing for that from day one."
The SNP has failed Glasgow, with bins going un-emptied, litter blowing around our streets and charges introduced for bulk-uplift. The SNP Scottish Government has starved local councils of funding in recent years and the SNP in Glasgow has been too weak to stand-up for our city and ask their SNP colleagues in Edinburgh to fund our local services property. Glasgow's Conservative councillors have been highlighting this issue for years and would: scrap the bulk-uplift charge; invest £10m in frontline services; reverse bin collection cuts; create an Environment Enforcement Team and would not charge for Garden Waste collections. Matt Ventisei said, "The Conservatives have a plan to sort out the waste crisis in Glasgow. I hope to be part of a team that delivers cleaner streets in our city over the next five years." #CleanUpGlasgow.