Boyd Murdoch, of the Green Party, is one of five hopefuls fighting for votes in MP Corri Wilson’s former Ayr East ward.

Mr Murdoch, 39, has pledged to resist the introduction of controversial fracking as a number of licences are up for grabs in old mines in the area.

He believes energy firms are likely to swoop in to convert coal to gas - using a controversial process linked to acid rain and ground contamination.

The Glasgow School of Art graduate also promises to defend local shops against high rates and improve cycling.

The single barista, of Barassie, said: “I am against any attempts to introduce fracking in South Ayrshire. The process involves setting fire to the coal but if they can’t put it out - how can they be certain to have any control. There are moves to bring this to the Firth of Forth so I can see it happening here as well.” Mr Murdoch joined the Greens in the lead-up to the referendum and was an avid Yes supporter.

He said: “If I’m elected as a councillor I would support better public transport, oppose any attempts to close Ayr hospital and campaign for better rates for local and independent shops. There are too many closed shops in Ayr High Street.

“I’m looking forward to being a fresh green voice on South Ayrshire. More needs to be done to support local businesses.

“I became involved in the green movement as my druidism religion is all about looking after nature and the world. It is also about giving back to my community.”