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Molly Nolan pledges ‘to knock heads together’ in first 100 days if elected in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

By Alan Hendry

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Molly Nolan campaigning in Wick. She says she would seek 'meaningful change' on a range of local issues and put recovery first.
Molly Nolan campaigning in Wick. She says she would seek 'meaningful change' on a range of local issues and put recovery first.

Molly Nolan has promised to "knock heads together" in a bid to achieve progress on a range of key issues for Caithness if she is elected to Holyrood this week.

Access to health care, the state of local roads and the future of air links would be the priorities in her first 100 days as an MSP.

Ms Nolan, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, pledged to put local issues at the top of the agenda if she wins the seat.

Her commitments to Caithness in her first 100 days, if elected, are to:

  • Urgently raise the issue of potholes and road safety with the Scottish Government
  • Organise a round-table discussion with Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT), NHS Highland and the Scottish Government health team to review the impact of centralisation on healthcare access for local residents
  • Work with Scotland's transport secretary and Highland Council to update residents on the progress of implementing a public service obligation (PSO) at Wick John O’Groats Airport

“If I am chosen as their representative, my pledge to the people of Caithness is that I will work with whoever I need to in order to get meaningful change on local issues and put recovery first," Ms Nolan said.

“The state of the roads is an issue across the far north. The craters scattered across Caithness need a long-term investment plan.

"I am determined to knock heads together. Highland Council, the Scottish Government and the UK government must work together with Caithness Roads Recovery to find a way forward. If elected, my main mission will be to facilitate that knocking together of heads.

“When it comes to access to health care in Caithness, we all know the cruel situation faced by mums and people in the midst of mental health crisis who have to undertake 200-mile round trips for appointments.

"We need a secure psychiatric facility at Caithness General Hospital and we need to see the return of consultant-led maternity services. That’s why I am determined to get NHS Highland and the Scottish Government to start proactively working with groups like CHAT.

“And finally, the future of Wick John O'Groats Airport. We know that the PSO promised by the previous SNP government was a PSO in name only. Flights have not resumed.

"It is unjust to use the future of the local economy as a political football. This key transport link enables local businesses to stay here and attract investment, which means more jobs for local people.

“If elected, my first 100 days will be spent putting recovery first, putting the issues that have plagued Caithness for far too long back on the parliamentary agenda and bringing local people along with me so that their voice is heard – and actioned – at every opportunity.”

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