What you need… where you want it. The Green new vision for Highland communities will ultimately ensure that almost no-one needs to travel more than 20 minutes to access basic essential services.
There is a postcode lottery in the Highlands. As an example, one village of 1000 people has a health centre, pharmacy, food shop, primary school, library, sports pitches and pavilion, and a post office. Twelve miles away, another village of the same size has just a primary school and post office.
Our vision is to provide all these services in every village of at least 1000 people, and across town neighbourhoods. This can be achieved by councillors, planners, health providers, community councils and businesses working together. Green Councillors will co-operate with these to form alliances to achieve this, wherever possible. Why go to Raigmore Hospital for a ten-minute consultation when you could just as easily do it over the internet from home, or from a private room at your chemist’s?
The Green vision is to reduce the need for travel, and strengthen the livelihoods of our communities. People will generally work from home or in the local community, unless the job requires it. Workshop and small office spaces will be available in the local community, to address issues arising from working from home.
Journeys into the city will be occasional and usually done by reliable, integrated, environmentally-friendly public transport. Realtime information boards at bus stops will notify of any delays.