May 2 2012 By Joe McGuire
Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson
THE Tories currently only have one councillor in the city chambers – but Scottish party leader Ruth Davidson has bold plans.
She told The Glaswegian the Tories favoured a smaller, more transparent council focused on “bread and butter” issues – and that reducing council tax was one of their aims.
Davidson, left, said: “As Conservatives, we believe in localism. For Glasgow, we’ve put together a really comprehensive manifesto.
“We want more openness and transparency – we want to broadcast council meetings on radio and TV.
“The publication of spending above £500 so people can see where their money is going would make things more accountable and also reduce spending.
“I think anyone who is a driver or bus user in Glasgow would agree our roads need extra work. The potholes haven’t been sorted out properly – that will be a priority.”
She also said the enforcement of dog fouling legislation and the return of weekly green bin collections for single properties were priorities.
Money to fund their plans would come from a one per cent increase in tax collection rates and a “streamlining” of departments.
Davidson wouldn’t say how many council seats the Tories were targetting but said they faced “a long road back”.