FORMER Provost Robert Moran has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Inverclyde East Central Ward at May’s council elections.
The ward covers much of Port Glasgow plus the Gibshill, Kingston Dock and James Watt Dock areas of Greenock.
The long serving Councillor, a father-of-two and a grandfather, has represented the ward since 2012.
He is convener of the council’s health and social care committee and has been an active campaigner on health issues, highlighting concerns over the impact of cuts to local health services and more recently the need for a new health centre in Port Glasgow.
Robert has been an active member of the Port Glasgow Regeneration Forum and a regular attender at community council and parent council meetings in the ward.
He said: “I’m really pleased to have been selected once again as Labour’s candidate for the Inverclyde East Central Ward. It has been an honour to have represented the ward on the council for nearly 10 years.
“There has been a lot of positive progress over that time with success of the Port Glasgow retail park, completion of the Gibshill regeneration strategy and new housing for social rent being built at Lower Mary Street, James Watt Dock and Lilybank. There has also been significant investment in Port Glasgow Town Centre and in the ward’s schools and nurseries.
“More needs to be done however. I want to see the Clune Park estate demolished and new housing built to replace it. Port Glasgow town centre needs further support to help protect the retail base.
“There should be a fitting replacement for the Comet replica and improvements to Mirren Shore. A new health centre for Port Glasgow and the east end of Greenock is long overdue.
“I would like to see a greater priority given to completing the regeneration of the James Watt Dock area and any new developments at Inchgreen being sensitive to the needs of local residents.
“Over the coming months I will be out and about in the ward speaking to residents to find out what they see as their priorities for the next five years.”
Inverclyde Council Labour leader Stephen McCabe said: “I am delighted that Robert will again be our candidate for Inverclyde East Central at May’s Council elections. He is one of the hardest working and most dedicated Councillors I know.
“He fights to get the best for his ward in the council and has spoken out on behalf of the wider community against cuts to local health services and Scotland’s appalling record on drugs deaths.”