‘It’s time for change’: Ayrshire pub owner ‘fed up’ with politics sets sights on becoming a councilor

A well-known Ayrshire bar owner says he’s fed up of local politics in his area and admits it’s time for change.

John Cairns has taken matters into his own hands and is hoping to restore Kilmaurs to its former glory – by being elected as a local councillor.

The Weston Tavern owner, who was born and bred in the East Ayrshire village, thinks it’s time that the elected members should be standing up for the area, and he’s prepared to get his hands dirty do it himself.

Mr Cairns is standing as a member in the Annick ward and will be vying for election as an independent candidate on May 5.

Speaking to the Kilmarnock Standard he said: “It’s all to do with local politics, and the amount of things I had to do during lockdown because the local councilors weren’t.

“I am of a strong belief that your local councilors shouldn’t be tied to a political party, because when they are they can’t speak out because they are controlled by their party whip, they are not a true representation of their constituents.

John Cairns

“I was born and raised in Kilmaurs, it’s the village I grew up in and I have seen so much being lost over the years.

“Kilmaurs has lost so much over the years, and the council always come back and say there’s no funding, but really there should be.

“It is vitally important that there is a local voice representing our area.”

I added: “During the pandemic the local councilors weren’t seen or heard from.

“At the pub we were the ones who had to get groceries for people, pick up their prescriptions.

“We picked up and dropped off people from their vaccine appointments, then on top of that we are the ones who help organize litter-picks, raise funds for defibrillators, we organized CPR training for the full village for free.

“I do a lot more for the village than the councillors have done over the last 20 years.

“It’s about time for change, that’s what it’s all about, it’s about building a better community and getting Kilmaurs back to how it used to be.”

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John admits he has no interest in being a politician, but he wants to be a voice for his beloved community.

He said: “I don’t want to be a politician, it’s never something I envisaged.

“It’s about doing what’s best for our community, that’s what it comes down to.

“There are enough people in Kilmaurs to make a change and give our village a voice.

Mr Cairns added: “I am putting a challenge out to the other candidates, a debate night style.

“We can get everything aired and answer questions, but so far I’ve not had a response from them.

“Turn up and face me, face the local guy wanting to represent the village, rather than hiding behind your party.

“They don’t want to face the music, they are not ready, I don’t think they appreciate the scale of the problems.

“Anyone I speak to are so disheartened with their political parties, some of them don’t even know where to find them, it’s a sad state of affairs.

“At least they know where to find me, this is my home.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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