Rachael Hamilton Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Rachel Hamilton. Conservative candidate for the Leaderdale and Melrose Ward.

Rachel Hamilton. Conservative candidate for the Leaderdale and Melrose Ward.

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“I am standing as I care passionately about our area and the standard of council services that people receive. I believe that my experience is very relevant to the issues we face and I hope to make a valuable contribution to our community as a councillor.

As a mother of three who lives in this ward, uses our local schools and services, and helps run the local family hotel business with my husband Billy, my concerns are the same as yours. Many of you may know me through my netball coaching or charity fundraising. I feel that I have the experience, the local knowledge and the time to provide our area with a strong voice in the council chamber and to speak out for our community regardless of party politics.

“Like most Borderers, I rely on my car to get around. That is why I will campaign for long term preventative investment to ensure our road network is fit for purpose. I am especially keen to see the A68 landslip between Lauder and Earlston repaired as soon as possible so the traffic lights that are causing delays can be removed.

“If elected I will campaign for superfast broadband to be delivered in every house across the ward. Many areas of the Borders are in desperate need of better connectivity. By having good broadband, we will be able to attract employers and new jobs. I will support any initiatives that will encourage residents back to our high streets and to shop locally. We have some of the most beautiful towns in Scotland here in the Borders. It is important we do what we can to support our unique identity.”