A DEDICATED community activist has thrown his hat into the ring to run for local office.
Paul Travers, former chairman of the Larkfield & Branchton Community Council, will run as an independent in Ward 6.
He says he has the right experience to serve local people because he knows what the problems are in his plot.
Mr Travers, who runs his own taxi business, said: “I was chairman of the community council from 2009 to 2015 and again in 2019.
“At that time, I was working with elected officials from all parties.
“Being Community Council President has given me invaluable experience that will help me deliver as a councillor.”
Paul says he has worked alongside various council departments, housing agencies, community guardians, community groups and the police to help people and improve his area.
He is currently a volunteer vice-president of the Greenock South West Community Council.
He said: “If elected, I would be a well-known face in the community.
“I will work hard and be committed to Ward 6 and the wider Inverclyde community.
“I campaigned for the improvement of the school transport offer for the district and participated in many consultations – for the new prison site, IBM site, on the closure of local police offices, always on behalf of the community of district 6.
“I also consulted with the local community through door-to-door surveys and using online polls.”
Mr Travers says the wide range of investigations he has faced would leave him well equipped to serve as an elected member.
He campaigned for Larkfield and Braeside play parks, bus shelters in Inverclyde Royal, the demolition of Cumberland Walk, to keep school transport in Ward 6 and prevent the closure of Youth Connections in Burns Square.
He told Tele: “I have dealt with complaints from residents in all parts of the area, including street lighting, hedges, dog soiling, roads, flooding issues and housing issues, all things that concern the community.”
“I know what it takes to represent the residents of Ward 6 and I know what he needs.
“It will grow in the coming years with new developments at Spango Valley and Inverkip Power Station.
“I will work with residents and community groups to find solutions to the problems these great developments will bring with them.”