Paisley councillor doesn't want to 'live with regrets' as he resigns from SNP

A Paisley councillor has said he doesn’t want to “live life with regrets” as he resigns from the SNP after more than two decades today.

In quitting the party, Will Mylet – in his third term at Renfrewshire Council – leaves the minority administration with 20 of 43 elected members. The Paisley East and Central politician has vowed to “do what is right” for his constituents as he continues as an independent – at least until the next council election in 2027.

Explaining his reasons, Councillor Mylet revealed his “deep regret” at backing a highly controversial decision to increase parking charges in Paisley town centre last November. He said: “You want to do what you believe to be right and there’s been too many times I’ve had to vote along with the party whip to things that I’ve just not agreed with.

“You don’t want to live your life with regrets and I deeply regret voting to put the parking through for Paisley. I don’t want to have to do these things again.

“I attended the group meeting to try and argue against it. I was speaking to Paisley First and local businesses and because I did that I ended up getting called a traitor.”

Councillor Mylet, who said he was “heavily involved” in stopping a contentious proposal for a cycle path in Causeyside Street last year, believes he can “achieve more” in opposition. He added: “Even when Labour were in administration and I was in opposition, you could still achieve things. You just had to work harder to get them.

“I’m going to do what is right for my constituents. It doesn’t matter if it’s the SNP or Labour putting up a motion. If I believe it’s the right thing for my constituents, I will support it.”

Councillor Mylet insisted he still has “good friends” within the SNP group as he prepares to take his leave. Reflecting on his 12 years as an elected member so far, Councillor Mylet said there were “many things” he takes pride in.

“I’ve always argued we need to invest in our roads and in our play parks,” he said. “I’ve always thought play parks are a place that everyone can go to.

“You don’t need money to walk to your local park. That’s one thing that has gone through, one thing that I’ve asked for and really got.

“I’m still campaigning on road safety. The last one I got was the traffic lights in Barrhead Road and I’m currently working with people to look at pedestrian crossings on Seedhill Road and also Ben Nevis Road. I will keep doing whatever I can to help people.”

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