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Argyll and Bute Council to develop ‘islands initiative’

Argyll and Bute Council will set up a nine-member short life working group to meet with the Scottish and UK governments to present the case for Argyll and Butes islands and seek support and commitment. (Pic by Kevin Smith)

Argyll and Bute Council will set up a nine-member short life working group to meet with the Scottish and UK governments to present the case for Argyll and Butes islands and seek support and commitment. (Pic by Kevin Smith)

 

Argyll and Bute Council is to set up an islands initiative to identify any increased resources and powers from both the Scottish and UK governments.

The council will work in partnership with other Scottish islands’ councils to develop common issues.

At their meeting on Thursday, January 23, the council agreed to set up a nine-member short life working group to meet with the Scottish and UK governments to present the case for Argyll and Bute’s islands and seek support and commitment.

The council’s Policy Lead for Islands and chair of the steering group, Provost Len Scoullar, said: “As an islander - I have lived on Bute for 45 years – I understand the uniqueness of island life. There are many benefits and pleasures, but life on an island also presents its own particular challenges.

“Our islands have huge potential and we will consult closely with island communities in developing this initiative. We would hope to meet with other island councils with similar areas of interest, and take them together to the governments for consideration. The more islands represented, the stronger their voice.

“This is an exciting and far-reaching initiative in sustaining and developing our island communities.”

Other members appointed to the steering group include Councillor Robin Currie, Councillor Robert E Macintyre, Councillor Mary Jean Devon, Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, Councillor Anne Horn and Councillor Isobel Strong.

 

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