A LOCAL environmental campaigner is to stand for election in the upcoming North Ayrshire Council ballot as a Green Party candidate.

David Nairn revealed he was putting his name forward for the North Coast and Cumbraes ward at a recent Fairlie Community Council meeting.

He previously stood as a Westminster parliamentary candidate in the 2019 election.

David is a marine ecologist and commercial skipper, as well as a fervent campaigner on local issues.

He manages the Clyde Porpoise Community Interest Company, a grassroots community project, engaged in long term marine mammal and environmental monitoring of the Clyde, which works in partnership with research scientists, environmental authorities and provide information to better inform North Ayrshire’s local biodiversity action plan.

Over recent years David has been centre stage on marine issues at both local and national level.

He said: " I believe there are massive opportunities for job creation and huge potential for positive social impacts across Ayrshire and campaigning for the site to be developed in accordance with Scottish Green New Deal aspirations."

He says that he believes it is time for a fresh approach in local politics.

David added: "I have been selected to stand for the Green Party in the North Coast and Cumbrae ward and I am willing to work in partnership with anybody on the council who is willing to help with environment and social injustice issues.

"North Ayrshire as a whole needs a 'positive change'."

David has voiced concerns about the council tax going up by three per cent and says that there is a significant demographic who will able to afford the hike.

He added: "There is a huge majority of people getting left behind. Yes, there are handouts and support - but that won't touch half of those who need help the most. There are huge pockets of destitution in North Ayrshire.

"There is deprivation everywhere and we live in a wee bubble. With the cost of living crisis with rising food and petrol prices, we need to provide more help to the people who need it and that is something I will certainly fight for if elected on May."