Councilor Hazel Sorrell: I’m ready to go

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This is my first column in the Reporter since my election. I would like to thank my team who supported me during the election, by distributing leaflets and letters, and by canvassing. I am really grateful for all your help.

My biggest thanks go to all the constituents of Lomond Ward who trusted me in May.

As you can imagine, I was absolutely thrilled to be elected and it is an honor to serve local residents and represent you on the board, committees and several external bodies as well. I was very pleased to have the opportunity to be the board’s nominee to serve on the National Park Board for a second term. I look forward to the next five years on the board.

The last few months have been a bit chaotic. After the election, I went through two weeks of induction training, getting up to speed with all the changes on the board and gaining insight into the challenges we face. It was really good to meet old acquaintances and meet a new group of advisors for the first time.

I’ve had a lot of inquiries around the constituency and am looking to get a number of improvements for the neighborhood such as looking at some of the biodiversity spaces like in Haldane, doing what we can to ensure the safety of local residents and visitors when visiting Balloch on hot summer days. I have been delighted to see the Partnership Action on Water Safety initiative, which was developed in West Dunbartonshire, being adopted across Scotland. Congratulations to all participants.

Additionally, I was lucky enough to attend some of the local community events like the Loch Lomond Highland Games and the Pipe Band Championships in Dumbarton.

It’s interesting to see the contrast, as the Highland Games are ticketed while the Pipe Band Championship is free and gets three times the number of visitors. It would be nice to see more concessions for families at the Highland Games to encourage more people to participate in the event.

I would like to congratulate all the students for their hard work and exam results and wish them good luck in their chosen career. It was also great to see all the elementary students start their first day of school with their proud parents.

I started my ops in August so I’m sure I’ll be seeing a lot of voters over the next few months but if you can’t do an op feel free to email me or to call me.

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