Local Conservatives have selected Kim Schmulian to be their candidate in the Newlands/Auldburn ward, after incumbent councillor, Kyle Thornton, announced that he would not be seeking re-election in May’s elections.
Kim Schmulian said, “It’s a huge honour to be selected for an area that I know well and I am looking forward to the coming campaign and raising issues of concern to local residents.”
"Kyle Thornton has been a strong local voice for local residents since his election in 2017 and if elected, I would hope to continue his work in speaking up for the communities of Newlands, Muirend, Merrylee, Auldhouse, Pollokshaws, Hillpark, Manswood, Arden, Carnwadrick, Kennishead, Cowglen and Regent’s Park."
"The SNP administration has failed to look after our wonderful city and there are many pressing issues that need addressed, not least sorting out waste, recycling and fly-tipping issues, which are of concern locally. These would be among my top priorities if elected."
Cllr Kyle Thornton said, “I have known Kim for many years and with her broad experience, know that she would be a first class representative for the people of Newlands/Auldburn. I wish her well in the coming campaign and hope that local residents will support her.”
Kim spent her early career in legal practice in Glasgow before joining the Law Centre movement. She subsequently lectured at Glasgow University before working for SEPA for a number of years on implementing Water Framework Directive in Scotland. In addition, she worked on planning reform issues for the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and spent 3 years as CEO of the Pollokshields Burgh Hall Trust. She has previously held a number of voluntary positions, including with the Princess Royal Carers Trust and is currently a Trustee of the Merchants House of Glasgow and Langside Halls and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland. Kim is married with three children and lives in Pollokshields.
(Pic Kim Schmulian and Kyle Thornton outside the Sir John Maxwell School, Pollokshaws)
Local Councillor, Kyle Thornton, raised the future of the Sir John Maxwell School at a recent Full Council meeting. The building, which was closed as an educational facility in 2011, has recently shown signs of significant decay, with parts of the roof collapsing earlier in 2021.
Cllr Thornton said, "The Sir John Maxwell School site should be the centrepiece of ongoing Pollokshaws regeneration. However, persistent delays in setting out a future for the building mean it continues to decay. This in unacceptable and the council can’t continue to bury its head in the sand."
Kim Schmulian said, "Glasgow has many historic buildings which are unfortunately in a poor condition and significant work needs to be undertaken to preserve them for future generations. If elected in May, I will continue with Kyle Thornton’s persistent questioning on the school’s future and push for plans to be brought forward at the earliest possible date."
The SNP has failed Glasgow, with bins going un-emptied, litter blowing around our streets and charges introduced for bulk-uplift. The SNP Scottish Government has starved local councils of funding in recent years and the SNP in Glasgow has been too weak to stand-up for our city and ask their SNP colleagues in Edinburgh to fund our local services property. Glasgow's Conservative councillors have been highlighting this issue for years and would: scrap the bulk-uplift charge; invest £10m in frontline services; reverse bin collection cuts; create an Environment Enforcement Team and would not charge for Garden Waste collections. Kim Schmulian said, "The Conservatives have a plan to sort out the waste crisis in Glasgow. I hope to be part of a team that delivers cleaner streets in our city over the next five years." #CleanUpGlasgow.