Helen Blackburn (Midlothian West) Statement

Helen Blackburn

Green Party candidate for Midlothian West in May 2017 Midlothian Council elections.

Candidate statement


I have lived in Rosewell for almost eighteen years. I have been a director  of the Rosewell Development Trust since 2012 and have helped to organise events such as the Big Lunch and other community gatherings. I am also a committee member of Rosewell and District Community Council.

In the last few years I have seen the Rosewell post office and both pubs close down while the village doubled in size. Further planning applications have been submitted yet there is no infrastructure to support the hundreds of new people moving into the village, and the bus service has been cut leading to heavier dependence on cars.

I am employed by NHS Lothian as a mental health nurse and have a good understanding of health and social care issues. I have also worked in Further Education and Homelessness Services. I am passionate about dementia and would like to see the council work with communities to make Midlothian dementia-friendly but this cannot happen while care services are subjected to constant cuts.

I am standing for election because I believe we need a new approach to delivering the public services that Midlothian needs.  Sterile arguments every year between the two main parties about what services to cut get us nowhere.  The Greens have secured agreement that the Council will develop renewable energy schemes that will provide a new source of income to fund local services.  If elected I will push for those schemes to be implemented so that we can build more council houses designed for the needs of our ageing population, pay our carers more than the Living Wage, and ensure that all our communities are provided with shops, surgeries and schools.