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How to turn around Bute’s population decline?

A busy day on Bute at the island's Highland Games, an event which brings visitors to Rothesay from all over Scotland and beyond - but it's the falling number of permanent residents on the island which is concerning the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership.

A busy day on Bute at the island's Highland Games, an event which brings visitors to Rothesay from all over Scotland and beyond - but it's the falling number of permanent residents on the island which is concerning the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership.

 

A workshop session looking at how to turn around the decline in Bute’s population is just seven days away - and ahead of the meeting, we want to hear your ideas on reversing the trend.

The session, organised by the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership, will be held at Rothesay Pavilion on Friday, January 17 from 2pm to 4.30pm.

The event is being held in the wake of worrying statistics from the 2011 census which showed a ten per cent drop in Bute’s population in the space of ten years - from 7,228 people in 2001 to 6,498 a decade later.

The session will feature an open discussion and workshop on topics such as health, education, employment, young people and infrastructure.

It will be followed by a question-and-answer session at Dunoon Grammar School on Monday, January 20 from 7-9pm, with a video link to the event from Rothesay Academy.

To book a place at the Pavilion session, and to submit a question to the Dunoon panel, contact 01369 707166 or email communitydevelopment@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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