Argyll and Bute’s population has dropped by more than 3,000 in ten years. A reducing population could have consequences for public services including health, education and employment in the area, and may also impact on government funding allocated to Argyll and Bute in future.
Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership (CPP) wants your views on why there’s no place like Bute to make your home, to visit or to work, and wants you to share ideas on how to reverse this declining population trend.
The CPP organised a series of public events back in November to give people an opportunity to identify what needs to change to attract more people to stay in the area and to move to the area, but was cancelled with no reason provided as to why. Argyll and Bute Council announced on Monday, December 23, that the workshops would be going ahead in the new year.
The events on Bute are designed to be as interactive as possible, comprising open discussions and a public question and answer session with an invited panel. Panel members will include representatives from agencies including Council, Health and Police.
On Friday, January 17, at Rothesay Pavilion between 2-4pm there will be an open discussion and workshop on topics including education, employment, health, young people, stronger communities and infrastructure.
On Monday, January 20, there will be a public ‘Question Time’ video link to an event at Dunoon Grammar School at Rothesay Academy from 7-9pm.
Barry McEwan, Chair of Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership Management Committee, said: “Tackling population decline is our number one priority. Argyll and Bute’s economic success over the next ten years will be built on a growing population. I would really urge people to come along to these local events. We want to hear people’s views on this critical issue.”
To book a place and submit a question to the panel please contact: 01369 707166 or email email@example.com